Long-awaited repairs to the swimming pool at Gungahlin Recreation Center will not be completed this year, the ACT government said.
The 50 meter swimming pool was ready to be tiled, Yvette berry, Minister of Sports and Recreation, announced Friday; the old tiles had been removed, and the pool prepared. But the contract tilers were in Sydney and could not leave due to travel restrictions linked to COVID-19.
“Unfortunately, this means the pool will not be ready by the end of the year as originally planned,” Ms. Berry said. “Tiling cannot begin until travel restrictions are lifted, or unless tilers are granted an exemption to travel to ACT.”
The swimming pool has been closed since March 2020, initially due to confinement. Despite being closed last year, tiles fell from the pool – angering locals, who wondered why a just seven-year-old $ 28 million pool should already collapse. In March of this year, the ACT government settled with the pool builder, ADCO Construction, which pays the government $ 400,000 (only one-fifth of the cost of repairs); and hired Kynetic, a construction and management services group, to handle the pool repairs, at a cost of $ 1.52 million. (No offers were received from local Canberra tilers.)
A spokesperson said the government will notify the public as soon as it revises its schedule. The situation in Sydney was too uncertain to update their schedule at this time.
“The government continues to explore options to get the tiling done as quickly as possible; However, the first priority is to protect the ACT community from COVID-19. “
Ms. Berry apologized. “I know this has been incredibly frustrating for members of the Gungahlin Leisure Center and the Gungahlin community. This is just one of many construction projects affected by restrictions across the country aimed at keeping our community safe and stopping the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and continued loyalty to our center during the repair of the 50 meter pool. “
Residents were frustrated and disappointed, reported Gungahlin Community Council President Peter Elford. “It’s been a very sad go to whoa process.”
Many residents thought it would have been better if the government had identified a suitable contractor in the ACT; that way pool repairs would not have been delayed by travel restrictions.
But Mr Elford also resigned. “We are living in very difficult times. It is somehow recognized that sometimes it will be the repair of a swimming pool; sometimes it will be the delay in repairing your coffee machine because COVID has impacted many normal business processes.
“In addition to successfully hiring a local entrepreneur, it would have been really difficult to anticipate this outcome. “
Member of the Greens Andrew Braddock share the frustrations of the community. “It’s really unfortunate for the people of Gungahlin,” he said.
“Every neighborhood in Canberra deserves excellent sports and recreational facilities for exercising and playing. Unfortunately, Gungahlin will be missing a bit longer.
“I will do my best to continue to stand up for the people of Gungahlin, to complete the pool as quickly as possible, and to improve our neighborhood for those who live here now and for years to come. “
Liberal MPs Leanne castley did not comment.
The ACT government provides bi-monthly updates on progress through the Gungaline Leisure Center website and social media pages.
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