For the record

For the record

You may have heard, seen or read in some sections of the media, reports about Prince Alfred Park Pool.

The facts are these:

The City of Sydney is doing everything it can to get the Prince Alfred Park Pool open.

The latest information from the contractor indicates that we may be in a position to reopen the pool in mid-2013, and will be giving the public one month free entry to thank them for their patience and understanding.

Staff are on standby to ensure the opening can take place as soon as the necessary completion certificate and water quality testing is in place.

Several key elements of the project are behind schedule, meaning the pool does not currently meet public safety standards.

Defects to the pool’s balance tank mean that the water level cannot be kept constant. As a result, water quality at this time is not able to meet the necessary National Association of Testing Authorities standard.

The main pool entrance is still under construction as is the main boundary fence. This means the pool cannot be opened as the pool operator has a legal requirement to manage safe access and provide appropriate supervision.

Throughout the life of this project the City has done everything in its power, consistent with its contractual obligations, to assist the contractor to complete the pool on time.

We are continuing to do everything we can to support the Contractor in completing construction as soon as possible, including by allocating three Council project managers to the project.

Current progress is not at a stage where the pool could safely be opened, while works on other areas of the site progress. As public safety is paramount, the pool cannot open until it meets all safety requirements.

In the meantime, the City’s other pools – Andrew (Boy) Charlton, Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and Victoria Park Pool are fully operational.