14 September 2020

Asbestos delays reopening of Goulburn's outdoor pool, closes skate park

| Hannah Sparks
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Artist's impression of Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre redevelopment.

Artist’s impression of Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre redevelopment. Photo: Goulburn Mulwaree Council.

The reopening of the outdoor pool at Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre has been delayed by three weeks after construction workers uncovered asbestos during the demolition of the indoor pool as part of the site’s redevelopment.

The adjacent skate park will also be closed for three weeks.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council hopes to have the outdoor pool and skate park open by early October, when FDC Contracting is aiming to have completed the removal of the asbestos.

All work is being undertaken by licensed contractors under the supervision of an asbestos consultant, said council in a press release.

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“There is no danger to the public, but council has chosen to take extra precaution in order to get the clean-up done quickly and safely,” said the release.

“Management plans are in place for the removal of the materials, which include dust suppression and wrapping (bonding) of the non-friable asbestos, while background perimeter air monitoring will be undertaken.”

Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre was closed in March 2020 when COVID-19 restrictions were implemented.

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Council decided to bring the demolition of the indoor pool forward by three months given the restrictions limited the pool’s use to one swimmer per lane. However, the existing outdoor 50m pool was retained while the indoor pool was being demolished.

The Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre redevelopment includes a new eight-lane indoor pool, refurbishment of the existing 25m indoor pool, a hydrotherapy pool, new changing rooms, gym and cafe.

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