Pools and Facilities
Sport and Recreation Facilities is responsible for the planning, development, management and maintenance of all ACT Government sport and recreation facilities such as sportsgrounds, aquatic/leisure facilities and Community Recreation Irrigated Parks.
Consultation starts on Stromlo Pool
The ACT Government will soon invite tenders for the design and construction of the $33 million Stromlo Pool.
The design will allow for future expansion of the facility so it has the capacity to grow over time as part of a unique sporting destination, Stromlo Forest Park.
We want to know what the community and stakeholder priorities for additional facilities are so this can be considered during the design process.
We are committed to ongoing investment in sport and recreation in the Territory, which includes making sure we have a range of quality sporting facilities around Canberra to encourage a healthy and active community.
The new facility will meet the needs of newer residents in the area, such as those living in the Molonglo Valley, as well as the Weston Creek community.
The Government will also seek the views of the sporting organizations and other stakeholders in the consultation which will remain open until 25 January 2017.
Construction on the Stromlo Pool is currently expected to start in late 2017 with completion in 2019.
To have your say on Stromlo Pool, go to the Your Say website www.yoursay.act.gov.au.
Regulation of Water Safety in ACT Public Pools
The Public Pools Act 2015 commenced on 1 July 2015 and provides a modern and flexible administrative framework to support contemporary management practices for Territory‑owned public pools.
A Discussion Paper was released in 14 December 2015 and the consultation period closed on 26 February 2016.
The Discussion Paper sought community and industry views on whether the new legislation should apply to all pools that are open to and used by the public in the Territory (including privately-owned pools) and, if so, to what extent it should apply.
Following consideration of the consultation outcomes, the ACT Government has decided not to regulate privately-owned public pools at this time, for the following reasons:
- The industry has well respected and strong peak bodies and associations that support the effective management and safety initiatives for public pools.
- There is no evidence of market failure and regulation of these pools would at this stage be an unnecessary government intervention. Regulation would result in additional costs to industry, which may be passed on to consumers.
- Other market forces drive safety standards at pool facilities through alternative mechanisms such as the ability to secure public liability insurance at a reasonable cost.
- The community is well served by facilities that meet contemporary water safety standards. The Territory invests significantly in providing community facilities that meet the high standards of regulation under the Act.
New Pool Fees and Charges Apply from 1 July 2016
From 1 July 2016, new maximum fees and charges apply at all Active Canberra pool facilities (Canberra Olympic Pool, Manuka Swimming Pool, Lakeside Leisure Centre, Dickson Aquatic Centre and Gungahlin Leisure Centre). The maximum pool facility fees and charges are established as a Notifiable Instrument under the Public Pools Act 2015, which commenced on 1 July 2015. The full list of pool facility fees and charges can be found here.