Carss Park pool demolition back for debate

Demolition debate: The Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park. Picture: Chris Lane
Demolition debate: The Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park. Picture: Chris Lane

Demolition of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool is back on the agenda for debate at next week's council meeting.

Last month, mayor Kevin Greene lost a motion calling for Georges River Council to immediately demolish the Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park to eliminate the current risks to the community, the environment and the council.

The South Sydney Planning Panel granted development consent on May 31, 2121, to demolish the pool.

The council has also received legal advice from Queen's Counsel and the council's insurer about the high risk to community safety and possible liability.

But the mayor's motion was defeated by 8:7 votes.

Instead, the council supported a motion by 11:4 votes that the pool's demolition be postponed until the council has considered the feasibility of both Todd Park and Carss Park sites as a matter of urgency.

Councillors Sam Elmir, Sandy Grekas and Warren Tegg have lodged a rescission motion which, if supported, asks the council to authorise the General Manager to undertake the immediate demolition and remediation of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool complex in accordance with the development consent (by the South Sydney Planning Panel) to eliminate the current risks to the community, the environment and the council.

The rescission motion also calls for the council to immediately undertake the preparation of a business case for the construction of the third aquatic facility at the Carss Park pool site with funding from the Asset Replacement Reserve.

At the same meeting, the council will receive a technical study by Otium Planning Group that confirms that Todd Park is a suitable site for constructing a regional aquatic centre.

The council report recommends the council take no further action to progress the concept at Todd Park. It has not identified any funding source to enable the construction of a third aquatic facility in Georges River.