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City of Mandurah to spend $2.5m to repair aquatic centre roof

City of Mandurah councillors have voted to take part of the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre out of action for at least another 16 months.

The centre’s 25m indoor pool has been closed since May due to damage to the roof from bad weather or similar events. Industry experts have estimated it will cost $2.5 million to repair.

Councillors voted unanimously on November 23 to remove the entire roof structure and install a new one, replacing the original 1982 roofing as well as upgrades completed in 2016.

The new roof is expected to take at least 16 months to complete due to the current high demand on the construction industry and materials’ availability. This would mean the MARC’s indoor 25m pool would be closed over summer.

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A City of Mandurah spokesperson said the City would do its best to track the situation as summer progressed.

“We are currently monitoring the usage of the outdoor 50m pool and indoor leisure pools and are programming depending on usage demands and peak times,” the spokesperson said.

“We will continue to monitor usage throughout summer to try best accommodate the range of swimming needs at the centre.”

City officers must now develop a detailed timeline for the huge repair project.

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“Now council has made a decision on how to progress the roof repairs at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre, officers will work on developing a timeline for the roof replacement, including establishing specifications for design and construction,” the spokesperson said.

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