SHANE Rattenbury says repairs will be made to the outdoor pools at Canberra Olympic Pool.
“The Government has considered advice on the cause of the leaks and has decided to make repairs to the outdoor pools,” Shane said.
“The leaks were investigated in April. While there is no guarantee that all water losses will cease, the Government has been advised that repairs can be made at a reasonable cost.
“This facility won’t be able to remain open forever, but I’m determined that the best endeavours will be made to reduce the leaks. The outdoor pools can then reopen after the repairs have been made.
“The government is also exploring options for future aquatic facilities in Canberra, including a leisure centre at Stromlo and other options as part of the City to the Lake project. Sport and Recreation Services will work with other agencies to ensure the planning for new facilities continues as a priority.”
Shane said that a timeframe to complete the repairs would be announced after a contractor is appointed.
“We understand that the community will want access to the outdoor pools at the beginning of the 2015/16 summer season on 1 November. We’re aiming to complete repairs before the start of the popular summer period.
“The decision to reopen the outdoor pools is great news for sporting and community groups, as well as members and casual pool users who use the pool. I’m committed to supporting those who rely on the pool through this period.
“At this stage we expect the repairs can be made without closing the entire facility. We hope this will keep any disruption to pool users at a minimum.
“I would like to thank the pool’s members and users for their patience over the past few months. I’m looking forward to reopening outdoor pools in time for summer.”