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Closure of Kogarah War Memorial Pool (Carss Park Pool) - Update


Following a direction from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in relation to urgent environmental concerns, Georges River Council took immediate action to close the pool to prevent further pollution from entering the Georges River (Kogarah Bay).

Council has worked with the NSW EPA, an independent statutory authority, to identify the source of polluted water, and has now confirmed that pollution of the river is occurring as a direct result of numerous leaks attributed to the pool’s age, deteriorated condition and ground subsidence.

The pool has severe cracking across major sections and its foundations due to significant ground subsidence over many decades. Council has been aware that the structural integrity of the pool and its foundations has been failing for some time, due to the ground subsidence.  Council has been monitoring the levels of subsidence since the 1980’s and a series of independent engineering reports dating back to 2011 identified that it would only be a matter of time until the pool structure completely failed.  This has now occurred.

Therefore, to prevent any further detrimental pollution of our local waterways the pools have been drained of water.

Planning for the Site

In July 2017, Council resumed control and maintenance of the pool from the Lessee (Dick Caine).  Critical safety and maintenance issues were immediately addressed by Council in order to extend the life of the pool for as long as possible.

At the same time, Council commenced work on several studies to determine the current and future demand for aquatic facilities in the Georges River area.   These studies are nearing completion and over the coming months, Council will be considering these studies including the draft Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy and an Aquatic Facilities Study (amongst others). This will allow Council to make informed decisions on the next generation of aquatic facilities for the Georges River area.

A public information session on the actions that Council has taken to date will be held on Monday 29 July 2019 at Georges River Civic Centre, corner MacMahon and Dora Streets, Hurstville from 7.00pm - 8.00pm.  All community members are welcome to attend.

Please register your interest in attending this information session, by visiting or contacting Council on 9330 6400.

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