SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…read more
Delays to refurbishment of Sydney’s Dawn Fraser Baths sees Mayor prompt investigation
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has reportedly referred his Council’s handling of the much-delayed restoration of the harbourside Dawn Fraser Baths to the NSW Auditor-General.
The saltwater pool, Australia’s oldest public swimming pool, has been closed since late 2019 to undergo an $8 million restoration
Repeated delays to the works has, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, prompted Mayor Byrne to write to NSW Auditor-General Margaret Crawford last week to request she probes staff’s handling of heritage works on Dawn Fraser Baths, which is yet to reopen despite being scheduled for completion last December.
In his letter, reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, Mayor Byrne wrote “As Inner West mayor, I do not take this step lightly, but the project has been plagued by a series of continued delays regarding the completion of the project.”
The letter was followed by a Facebook post in which Mayor Byrne criticised the setbacks as “unacceptable” and said he had found it difficult to get accurate and timely information about the reopening of the pool, raising “serious concerns about accountability to the community”.
Mayor Byrne also said in the Tuesday social media post that Inner West Council executives should be contracted by the elected council and their performance contracts published for the community to scrutinise.
He went on to write “the only real influence over council operations that elected representatives have is the employment of general managers. Many GMs are paid enormous salaries and wield great power without ever having to talk to local citizens, let alone be answerable to them.”
Greens councillor Colin Hesse described Mayor Byrne’s comments as “blaming the ref”, adding “for the mayor, who’s been at the table since the last election ... for him to turn around and blame the staff, I don’t think that’s leadership.”
The latest tentative opening date of the saltwater pool, built in the 1880s, is 16th April.
According to the council’s website, all internal works are complete and a recent delay caused by the installation of an external pipeline to feed the fire hydrants and sprinklers for emergency services is almost resolved.
The most recent delay was caused by a balustrade that was not considered meeting safety standards.
Last month the council resolved to extend the swimming season at the baths until at least the end of May and to waive the cost of entry for two weeks after its opening as a gesture of goodwill to the community after the loss of the summer season.
Image shows the architect's concept for the refurbished Dawn Fraser Baths. Credit: TKD Architects.
12th January 2021 - Confusion over access for transgender women at Sydney ‘ladies-only’ ocean pool
27th November 2020 - Inner West recognised as Sport NSW Local Council of the Year
2nd February 2020 - New multi-million dollar Northam Aquatic Facility opens
6th November 2019 - Refurbishment project commences at Sydney’s Dawn Fraser Baths
2nd September 2018 - Urgent works needed to repair Sydney’s Dawn Fraser Baths
7th October 2016 - Inner West Council backs aquatic centre redevelopments
26th September 2016 - $15 million funding for parks in Sydney’s inner west
2nd June 2010 - Shoalhaven Council to charge for Ocean Pool Admissions
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…read more
revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…read more
Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…read more
Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…read more
PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…read more
Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…read more
Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!