Response for Alan Jones regarding closure of Kogarah War Memorial Pool

25/07/2019

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

“Georges River Council recently received advice from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) that it had identified an urgent need for Council to address environmental concerns regarding polluted water (heated chlorinated water) leaking into the Georges River,” said Mayor Greene. 

“The pool has severe cracking across major sections and its foundations, and the pollution is a direct result of leaks attributed to the pool’s age, deteriorated condition and ground subsidence.” 

“Based on this information Council has taken action to immediately drain the pools of water to prevent ongoing pollution of Kogarah Bay.”

“The problem is far bigger than just leaking pipes,” explained Mayor Greene. 

“Like many other pools of this vintage (over 50 years old) in Sydney, Kogarah War Memorial Pool has reached the end of its life and has now suffered a catastrophic structural failure – the pool has broken its back.” 

“Council had hoped to keep the pool open until a decision for the future of the site had been made. As recently as 25 March 2019 Council voted to continue its $650,000 annual subsidy of the pool operations. However, the pollution leaking into Kogarah Bay has forced Council to close the pool as a matter of urgency.” 

“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."

“I urge all interested community members to attend so they can gain a fuller understanding of the issues.”