Council assures residents Carss Park Pool site safe for men's shed members

Carss Park Pool prior to it's closure in 2019. Picture: File Image
Carss Park Pool prior to it's closure in 2019. Picture: File Image

Georges River Council has assured locals that the Carss Park Pool site is safe for men's shed members to use.

The St George Men's Shed operates out of a building adjacent to the pool at 76 Carwar Avenue, Carss Park.

The pool is expected to be demolished due to contamination issues at the site.

A council spokeswoman said the council took immediate action to evacuate the facilities occupied by the St George Men's Shed and the Hurstville Zagreb Football Club in November 2020 following notification of contamination at the Kogarah War Memorial Pool site and Carss Park Flats.

"Following this evacuation, the council took immediate steps to engage an accredited contamination consultant to undertake further testing for contamination at these indoor facilities," she said.

"Following completion of the testing, the council undertook remediation work, as recommended by the contamination consultant, to ensure the safe occupation of these facilities.

"Upon completion of the remediation work, the accredited site auditor confirmed there is no immediate risk to people utilising the facilities."

The spokeswoman said occupation of these facilities was now restricted to ensure the ongoing safety of the indoor facilities.

"The Men's Shed has been operational since December 2016," she said.

"In discussions with the council during the period in which the St George Men's Shed was unable to occupy the site, the Men's Shed volunteers declined council's offer to find them an alternative location.

"The accredited site auditor has confirmed that there is no risk to users of the Carss Park fields."

The Men's Shed elected not to move during that period due to the costs and difficulties with moving equipment for a short period of time.

St George Men's Shed member Phillip Fague said members were not concerned about the contamination posing a risk to their health.

"They have tested the site and there is no contamination where we are, so it is not a worry to us," he said.

However, Mr Fague said he was concerned about what would happen to the men's shed once the pool's demolition was underway.

"We are concerned about what will happen to us if the pool is redeveloped," he said.

"We are concerned about where we could end up.

"We have been in negotiations with the council to make sure we aren't left high and dry.

"At the moment, the shed has a leaky roof and the cost to fix it is substantial, but we are hoping to put another level on so that we can accept more members and fix the problem at the same time.

"We are looking at other facilities as well, but we are aware that there are a lot of community groups looking for a home."