July 9, 2021
Council shares the frustration being felt across the community by ongoing delays of construction works at the Aquatic and Fitness Centre and - with current COVID-19 restrictions in place – the matter is, for the time being, out of our hands.
A recent incident on site resulted in the construction site being closed while an investigation was carried out, a report prepared, and remediation works undertaken – which has had an impact on project milestones.
Following on from that, the COVID-19 public health notice issued by the NSW Government means that contractors need to show evidence of a satisfactory, approved COVID-19 safe plan before they can resume work on the site.
And, while works are taking longer than first expected, it is deemed to be in the best interest of public safety for the centre to remain closed while the bulk of the works are completed.
This means all classes, including learn to swim and aqua aerobics, are cancelled for now. Residents who enrolled for the learn to swim program have had payments credited while swim memberships will be extended by the length of the closed period on reopening.
The new state-of-the-art aquatic and fitness centre is a major construction project which will significantly improve and expand the swim and recreation facilities at the centre and include a new water activity park, heated learn to swim and therapy pool, spa and sauna, new kiosk, entrance and foyer, a party room and viewing deck.
The Fitness Centre remains open and is operating on winter hours: Monday to Friday: 6am-7pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.
Council again apologises for the inconvenience and thanks the community for their patience as we endeavour to deliver a positive outcome for the whole community as soon as possible.
Mayor Rod Scholes 9 July 2021
JUne 22, 2021
The Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre remains closed and all classes, including learn to swim and aqua aerobics, are cancelled as construction works continue.
Works are taking longer than first expected and, in the best interest of public safety, the centre will remain closed until works are completed.
The Fitness Centre is open and operating on winter hours.
Winter Hours at the Fitness Centre are:
Monday to Friday: 6am-7pm
Customers may be also enquiring about:
- Intensive Learn to Swim Program (LTS), this is on hold until further notice.
- LTS Program, people’s accounts have be credited;
- Swim Membership will be extended from the date of reopening.
Council apologises for any inconvenience as we endeavour to deliver a positive outcome for the whole community very soon.
APRIl 15, 2021
MBK Aquatic and Fitness Centre Upgrade Update
Fitness Centre and Indoor Pool to reopen on April 19 with COVID-19 Safe Plan in place
- the existing gym facility is now setup for public use
- a COVID-19 Safe Plan is in place
- capacity is 24 people in fitness area at one time, 5 people per each spin class
- the gym facility will operate separately to the indoor pool
- entry will be via the Boronia Building car park
- installation of the indoor pool heat pumps has been completed
- the indoor pool has been filled and water treatment is underway
- a public entry into the indoor pool has been established alongside a temporary office space for staff to process patrons
- a partition wall has been installed to separate the indoor pool area from ongoing construction works
- a COVID-19 Safe Plan for the indoor pool area is in place
- capacity is 60 people at any one time in the indoor pool area
- the outdoor pool will be closed to the public and winterised after the indoor pool opens
Council advises the community that this completes the second stage of the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre Upgrade.
Works continue stage three which will include a heated learn-to-swim pool, children's wet play area, kiosk, sauna, spa, foyer and 24/7 entry to the gym when these works are completed later this year.
Please note: The NSW Government Public Health Notice for swimming pools remains in effect and COVID – 19 restrictions will be in place. Numbers at the pool will be capped at 60 at any one time and visitors to the pool will be required to scan a QR Code and be temperature tested before entry. Each visit to the pool will be limited to two hours per person and COVID marshals will always be on duty.
February 1, 2021
Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre out door pool is now open.
Free entry until Sunday February 7th.
Visit https://pools.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/ for further infomation.
January 6, 2021
The refurbishment of the White Memorial Pool – the 50m outdoor pool at the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre- is running around three weeks behind schedule as a result of weather delays and is now expected to reopen towards the end of January.
Relining and tiling works have been completed and the finished works will include a wet deck, all access ramps, shade structures, lighting for night events and new reticulation and pumping works.
Works will continue the indoor pool project - which includes a heated learn-to-swim pool, wet children's play space, extended cafe, extended solar PV array and a sauna and spa – and remains on schedule for completion by the end of March.
Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Upgrade Update
Works are due to start on the refurbishment of the 50 metre outdoor pool at the Muswellbrook Aquatic Center with the aim of reopening the pool by the end of 2020.
The works program includes the lining of the pool, installation of a wet deck, removal of the existing concrete hob and gutters and construction of an access ramp which will extend the longevity and efficient operation of the pool and enable compliance of the pool body to current standards.
The 50 metre outdoor pool was opened on 3 February, 1929, making it more than 90 years old. Water leaks have been an issue for a number of years and it is considered that the refurbishment will extend the life of the pool for a further 25 years.
While the Aquatic Centre is closed for the upgrade Council has arranged for Muswellbrook Swimming Club members to be transported to Singleton by bus for training during winter and, if necessary, to Denman for summer.
Denman Memorial Pool will open, for organized swim activity and exercise purposes only, on October 6 (Monday to Friday).
As determined by the current NSW Public Health Notice no recreational swimming is allowed at this time.
22 JUly 2020 - MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE upgrade
Following closure to comply with Public Health Orders, Council negotiated with the construction contractor for the Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Upgrade Project to include all additions of the adopted master plan in the redevelopment and reduce the length of the construction programme for this important community facility.
The additions include the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a water activity park, learn to swim and therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, party room, spa and sauna, viewing deck, and upgrade of the fitness centre to allow 24/7 access, during which time the centre will remain closed.
This construction programme has created the opportunity for Council to bring forward the refurbishment of the outdoor 50 metre pool. The outdoor pool will remain closed during the winter season as per the usual practice and reopen when works are completed. Understanding the importance of the outdoor pool to the community, as much as practicable, delivery for summer will be a high priority.
Council recognises that these works will be inconvenient and frustrating for many users of the Aquatic and Fitness Centre and asks for the community’s patience during this construction period. The end result of the completed redevelopment and refurbishment works will bring forward an exciting new level of service and greatly improved facilities for the community to enjoy.
Council appreciates the community’s understanding, and for further project information, or to answer any questions regarding membership, please contact Council on 6549 3700.
1-2 FEBRUARY, 2020 - TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE
Council advises that to facilitate further demolition works as part of the Early Works Program the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be closed on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2.
The work includes the removal of bonded asbestos pipe encased in concrete. All work will be completed in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.
Council has engaged a licenced demolition and asbestos removalist to undertake the work including the engagement of an experienced occupational hygienist to ensure safe operations at all times.
Major construction works for the Aquatic and Fitness Centre upgrade are scheduled to take place during the 2020 Winter season. The Early Works Program currently underway includes the demolition of the outdoor Learn to Swim and toddler pools, investigation of leaking, relocation of services and pressure testing
Significant features of the upgrade are the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a new water activity park, Learn to Swim and Therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, and dry play party room.
29 JANUARY, 2020 - TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE
Muswellbrook Shire Council advise that to facilitate further demolition works as part of the Early Works Program the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be closed on Saturday February 1 and Sunday February 2.
2 DECEMBER, 2019 – EARLY WORKS PROGRAM
The Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre Masterplan, adopted by Muswellbrook Shire Council earlier this year following extensive community consultation, is an ambitious and exciting upgrade of one of the town’s most popular facilities.
Significant features of the upgrade are the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a new water activity park, Learn to Swim and Therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, dry play party room and viewing deck.
Major construction works on the Aquatic Centre upgrade will take place during the 2020 winter season. However, an Early Works Program, including investigation of leakage in the 50m outdoor pool and the demolition of the outdoor Learn to Swim and Toddler pools, relocation of services and pressure testing, will get underway in January.
The outdoor 50m pool, indoor pool and fitness centre will remain open during the Early Works Program although access to some areas of the facility will be restricted. Learn to Swim classes will be held in the outdoor pool over eight weeks of the first term next year. The upgrade of the fitness centre to allow 24/7 access will be completed as part of the major works program.
Successful grant funding applications support the redevelopment with $1 million granted towards the water activity park from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities fund and $900,000 towards the Learn to Swim and Therapy pool from the Ridgeland’s Community Fund.
Manager Property and Building Services
Paul Chandler, Project Manager
Property and Building Services
(02) 6549 3700