Closure of Kogarah War Memorial Pool - Update

23/07/2019

Mayor of Georges River Council, Cr Kevin Greene said today: 

“Georges River Council today announced the closure of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool.”

“Recently, the pool was closed for winter maintenance, however following a direction from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in relation to urgent environmental concerns, Council has taken immediate action to close the pool to prevent further pollution into the Georges River. The pool will not reopen on 4 August 2019 as previously advised. 

“Council has a moral and legal obligation to our community to ensure that further pollution of Kogarah Bay does not occur.”

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

“The Olympic pool has severe cracking across major sections of the pool and its foundations. The structural integrity of the pool and its foundation has been failing for some time and a series of independent engineering reports dating back to 2011 foreshadowed that it would only be a matter of time until the pool structure completely failed. 

“To prevent any further detrimental effect to our local waterways the pools will immediately be drained of water,” said Mayor Greene.  

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

To register your attendance to this information session visit Your Say Georges River or for more information contact Council on 9330 6400.