Government’s poor pool management creates uncertainty for water sports and business

Today’s announcement about the dubious future of the Canberra Olympic Pool highlights the government’s poor oversight which is likely to disrupt pool users and business in the future, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation Steve Doszpot said today.

“Shane Rattenbury has signalled that the pool may not reopen for the next summer season if major water leakages cannot be fixed. We know that the government was alerted to the leakages about 18 months ago. It seems to have taken a long time to address the problem,” Mr Doszpot said.

“The Diving Academy, water rugby and water polo are all major users of the Canberra Olympic Pool and should probably start looking for a new home if the government cannot provide certainty.

“In the Assembly I asked Minister Rattenbury why the contractor who found the leak had their contract terminated two years early. I am yet to receive an answer.

“The government should think of the inconvenience it’s causing and look to address issues as a matter of urgency instead of dragging its heels,” Mr Doszpot concluded.