$45,000 pool repair bill rises to $525,000

On 22 May Hume City Council announced that Sunbury’s indoor pool at the aquatic leisure centre would be closed for two weeks due to leaking pipes, and that repairs would cost $45,000. Six months on and the pool is still closed and the repair bill has ballooned to more than $500,000.

Speaking at a council meeting on 31 October, the council’s director of services and living, Hector Gaston, said while undertaking repairs to the 25m pool, additional remedial works were
identified and undertaken in the steam room, and the concrete pillars in the pool hall.

“Based on these unexpected additional repairs we now estimate that the 25m pool will reopen the week commencing Monday 20 November,” he said.

“The cost of the repair and associated works for the 25m pool are projected to be $525,550. Council continues to work with our insurance provider regarding opportunities to recoup some of this cost.

“In addition to the repairs that were required to the pool shell, we have carried out additional work.

“This has included the concourse flooring (scheduled for 23/24), as well as new tiles and grating at the pool edge, new lane ropes, upgrades to the pool filtration, and safety improvement works in the sauna and steam room. “

These additional works have been undertaken at a projected additional cost of $622,044, on top of the pool repair of $525,550.

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