Glenorchy pool needs $30m fix

8 August 2023|Sport| Off Comments off on Glenorchy pool needs $30m fix|

The Glenorchy War Memorial Pool will remain closed during the upcoming summer season after a consultancy report on the 60-year-old facility revealed multiple health and safety concerns.

The faults and suggested upgrades in the report included leaking, structural issues with the concrete grandstand, an urgent need for switchboard upgrades, and a complete refurbishment of the toilets and changeroom areas.

Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said the council was considering all options including the permanent closure of the facility, as refurbishment would require state or federal funding.

“While we will consider all options, the scale of the work required is not something the Glenorchy City Council would be able to afford on its own,” she said.

“I will be seeking urgent meetings with the state and federal governments about what assistance they can provide or what potential futures they may see for the site in partnership with the council.

“The business case for the pool, as it is, is not particularly strong. As an outdoor pool it has a limited season, and there is a more modern facility in the Hobart Aquatic Centre 10 kilometres up the road.”

The Council revealed that last summer fewer than 100 people used the pool each day, on average, at an annual cost to Glenorchy ratepayers of about $400,000.

Mayor Thomas said preliminary estimates put the cost of redeveloping the pool to modern standards in the vicinity of $30 million.

“Unfortunately this is not a quick fix and the council must be certain it’s making appropriate investments in our community facilities,” she said.

“This means considering not only the up-front cost of the re- developed infrastructure but also the demand and ongoing financial sustainability cost.

“The council understands some people have strong connection
to the pool, and as a memorial facility it holds significance to the city. However, we also need to be realistic about the size and scope of the work required to keep a facility like this operational.”

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