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.

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Improvements made to Lakeside Leisure Centre in time for summer

Minister for Sport and Recreation Shane Rattenbury visited Lakeside Leisure Centre in Tuggeranong on 27 August 2015 for the first time since significant improvements have been made to the facility, including upgrades to change rooms and new tiling throughout the facility.

“It was great to visit Lakeside Leisure Centre today and to see the significant improvements that have been made to the facility as a result of the upgrade works,” Minister Rattenbury said.

“When members and visitors return to the Lakeside Leisure Centre they are going to find a vastly improved facility, with these upgrade works making a significant difference to the look and overall amenity.

“Both the men’s and women’s change rooms have been fully refurbished with new tiles and fixtures and fittings including taps, bench seats, toilets, partitions and clothes hooks.

“In particular, it’s fantastic that the pool will reopen to the public next month, with the community able to access the majority of the facilities and enjoy these significant improvements from Monday
7 September 2015.”

While the facility has been closed, additional repairs have been carried out to improve the overall amenity, including replacing lights throughout the facility and refurbishment of the steam room.

Contractors have been working on site every day during July and August to ensure the works were completed as planned and on schedule.

The pools are currently being refilled prior to the public reopening from 7 September 2015.

Work has also commenced on the new water play park, which is a welcome addition to the Lakeside Leisure Centre and will be ready in time for summer.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience during the renovations at the Lakeside Leisure Centre. I also pass on my thanks to the YMCA NSW for helping to minimise disruption to Lakeside Leisure Centre members and visitors by extending the operating hours at Canberra Olympic Pool in Civic during July and August,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“I’d love to hear from the community and get their feedback on the improvements to the Lakeside Leisure Centre, so I encourage members and visitors to get in touch via Twitter or email to let me know what they think.”

Outdoor pools at Canberra Olympic Pool to reopen following repairs

Minister for Sport and Recreation Shane Rattenbury MLA has confirmed the outdoor dive and toddler pools at Canberra Olympic Pool will reopen following the completion of leak repair works.

In March, the Minister announced that leak investigation works would be carried out over winter, and committed to reopening the outdoor pool should the cause of the leaks be identified and subject to advice that remediation works could be undertaken at a reasonable cost.

After considering the report received following leak investigations in April, it was decided that work should proceed to repair the main source of current leaks associated with the outdoor pools so these pools can be reopened for community and sporting use.

The report confirms the repairs can be undertaken at a reasonable cost and be warranted, however the Canberra Olympic Pool is an old and complex system, well beyond its useful life.  Consequently, there can be no guarantee that all water losses will cease, or that new leaks won’t develop.
The repair works will be undertaken without the need to shut the entire facility for an extended period, so disruption to pool users will be kept at a minimum.

Community update on aquatic facilities in Civic and Tuggeranong

The previous management contract at both Canberra Olympic Pool and Lakeside Leisure Centre ended on 30 June 2015. YMCA NSW was been appointed as the interim operator for the Canberra Olympic Pool, and will manage the facility from 1 July 2015 until 31 March 2016.

A new procurement process for the management of Lakeside Leisure Centre was concluded on 26 August 2015 with YMCA NSW being appointed as the new operator.
Lakeside Leisure Centre was closed throughout July and August while substantive renovations were carried out, including retiling of the pool concourse and upgrading the change room facilities. These necessary works were programmed to avoid the busy summer period and to coincide with the end of the previous management contract.
Memberships and visit passes at Lakeside Leisure Centre were frozen for the duration of the closure.
Members are advised that their membership details were passed onto the YMCA NSW, but bank or credit account details were not divulged. All new and existing Canberra Olympic Pool and Lakeside Leisure Centre members will be required to complete direct debit authorisation forms with the YMCA NSW for all applicable memberships.


Sport and Recreation Services appreciates the patience of members and pass holders at both facilities during this transition. For further information please contact Sport and Recreation Services at sport_act@act.gov.au.

Lakeside Leisure Centre Water Play Park

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Shane Rattenbury MLA, invited Lakeside Leisure Centre members, Tuggeranong residents, and all Canberrans to cast their vote on their favourite design for the new water play park to be constructed at Lakeside Leisure Centre.
Members of the public were invited to select their favourite design from the three options available and cast their vote in person at Lakeside Leisure Centre or via the Sport and Recreation Services email (sport_act@act.gov.au). Voting closed on 28 May 2015 with nearly 1000 votes received. Overall, Option 1 was found to be the preferred option. Please note that the design included shade sails for protection from the sun, however, these were not shown on the design.


The water play park will be located within the Lakeside Leisure Centre grounds – outdoors and north-east of the leisure pool.
Construction will commence on the new water play park during the temporary closure of Lakeside Leisure Centre in July and August 2015 with works anticipated to be completed in time for the 2015-16 summer season, which starts on 1 November 2015.

New Pool Fees and Charges to Apply from 1 July 2015

New Pool Fees and Charges to Apply from 1 July 2015
From 1 July 2015, new maximum fees and charges will apply at all Sport and Recreation Services 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 also commences on
1 July 2015. The full list of pool facility fees and charges can be found here.