​Problem-plagued pool may not reopen until June 2022


The Labor-Greens Government has finally revealed some of the major repair works that are needed for Gungahlin Pool, Liberal MLA for Yerrabi Leanne Castley said today.

Sports and Recreation Minister Yvette Berry confirmed to the media yesterday that all tiles, levelling screeds and coatings of the Gungahlin Pool will have to be removed while a further investigation into the structure and joints is done.

The works will then require the installation of a new “pool tiling system” which includes waterproofing membrane and grout repairs.

Last week’s Budget allocated funding for repairs to be done as late as June 2022, but the Government did not reveal the cost.

“The amount of work to be done is massive,” Ms Castley said.

“The Minister needs to come clean and tell Gungahlin residents and families how long they will be without a pool.

“What the Minister has also failed to mention is when the repair will begin, how long will it take and how much will it have cost Canberrans when the pool does reopen.

“Gungahlin residents have been without their pool since June 2020. With money allocated in the budget for 2021-22, it possible these works will drag on until June 2022. This would be entirely unacceptable.

“This entire process has been a debacle,” Ms Castley concluded