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Charlestown Swim Centre closes for major repairs


Charlestown Swim Centre’s 50m pool is closed to the public, allowing for much-needed repairs.

The public lap pool shut off access to swimmers on Tuesday 26 March and will inaccessible until late May.

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Leisure Services Brendan Callander said concrete sealing of the pool structure was due for renewal, requiring the entire pool to be drained and resealed.

“We know how popular Charlestown Swim Centre is, and how this will impact users of the 50m pool,” he said.

“But we consulted with various user groups and stakeholders and concluded that this was the best time of year to do the work, with the minimum amount of disruption as a result.”

Mr Callander said the maintenance was necessary to prevent chloride from the pool water seeping into the concrete, causing significant long-term damage.

“The closure period will allow for dispersal of chemicals in the pool water before the pool is drained and dried out in preparation for works,” he said.

Speers Point Swim Centre is an alternative being offered while Charlestown Swim Centre undergoes major repairs during April 2024.

Charlestown Swim Centre’s 25m pool and learn to swim pool will both remain open during that preparatory stage, but will close during resealing for public safety.

“We’re expecting the entire swim centre to close from Monday 15 April to Friday 26 April,” Mr Callander said.

“We’ve done everything we can to minimise that closure period and will be encouraging pool users to head to the city’s other swim centres during that time.”

The 25m pool and learn to swim pool are expected to reopen once the resealing has cured, but the 50m pool will remain closed until late May.

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