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The Historic & Iconic North Sydney Pool - The $58 million+ "Revamp.



Sydney Morning Herald - January 13, 2021

Opal Tower builder chosen to redevelop historic North Sydney Olympic Pool

By Megan Gorrey

The council's budget for the project has gone from $28 million to $58 million to $64 million, and we don't even know what $64 million will get us - Cr Beregi

The construction company that built the cracked Opal Tower has won the contract for the redevelopment of the historic North Sydney Olympic Pool, with construction work on the $64 million project expected to start in March.

North Sydney Council has revealed that Icon will upgrade the indoor and outdoor pools and build a new grandstand, children's play area and expanded gym, after plans were approved by an independent panel last year. Read Full Article Here...


I've been concerned by what I've read about [Icon's] financial position and the status of various legal claims, and whether they have sufficient experience to undertake what is an incredibly complex build on a heritage site. - Cr Beregi

#NorthSydneyOlympicPool #Icon #OpalTower



 


North Sydney Pool Receives $10m Grant

Earmarked For Remote & Regional Communities




The federal grant, first reported by the ABC on Wednesday, drew criticism from independent councillor Zoe Baker, who said she was "shocked" and "not aware the council has made any formal application to that funding scheme". In any case, she said, it appeared the inner city council would not be eligible.


My big concern is I don't see how it's justified that a metropolitan council like North Sydney should receive funds earmarked for rural and regional areas - Cr Baker


ABC 7.30 - Feburary 27, 2020

How North Sydney Council won a $10m pool upgrade grant earmarked for regions

By Paul Farrell



 



ABC 7.30 - Feburary 26, 2020

How North Sydney Council won a $10m pool upgrade grant earmarked for regions

By Paul Farrell


In April 2019 Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and local MP Trent Zimmerman announced a $10 million election commitment to contribute to the pool upgrade.


But two weeks ago, as the Federal Government faced increasing scrutiny over the use and application of several different Government grant schemes, it emerged that the pool funding had been secured from a program that targeted regional and remote areas.. Read Full Article Here...


 


Sydney Morning Herald - Feburary 26, 2020

A 'regional facility': Sydney mayor defends $10 million pool grant

By Megan Gorrey


Perched on the edge of the harbour and beneath its famous bridge, it would be difficult for the historic North Sydney Olympic Pool to sit any closer to the heart of the city. And yet the venue's apparent status as "one of the most Instagrammed pools in the world" and its ability to attract school swimming carnivals from "the other side of the bridge" have cemented its position as "a regional facility", North Sydney Council's independent mayor Jilly Gibson says. Read Full Article Here...



It’s entirely unacceptable that it should be done in such an obscure and wholly unaccountable way. - Cr Baker

#NorthSydneyOlympicPool #10million #Regional #Rural #Funding #FederalGrant #SportsRorts #PorkBarrelling #FemaleFacilities




 




Crikey - January 15, 2021

Deal in the dark: how did the Opal Tower developer land a fresh $64m project?

By Georgia Wilkins

I’m very concerned that there’s a profound lack of transparency around the project generally, but particularly the terms of the contract with Icon - Cr Baker

In a new layer of controversy for the North Sydney Olympic Pool, the pool's redevelopment contract has been handed to the company behind Sydney’s disastrous Opal Tower building.


The facility became the face of government rorting last year when local mayor Jilly Gibson insisted on national television that the pool — perched under the Sydney Harbour Bridge — was “a regional facility” and therefore deserving of a $10 million grant earmarked for female change rooms in rural areas.


Now the council has followed up that controversy with a brand new one. As The Sydney Morning Herald revealed this week, it has handed the contract for the pool’s redevelopment to Icon, the company behind Sydney’s disastrous Opal Tower building. Read Full Article Here...


It’s entirely unacceptable that it should be done in such an obscure and wholly unaccountable way. - Cr Baker

#NorthSydneyOlympicPool #Icon #OpalTower




 



Sydney Morning Herald - July 1, 2020

Councillors still losing cool over revamp of pool

By Andrew Taylor

The proposal will forever alter the heritage fabric of the pool as well as the social and cultural heritage of the pool, favouring privatised retail uses over public recreation said Cr Baker

Her concerns were echoed by fellow councillor MaryAnn Beregi, who said the revamp amounted to the privatisation of a public space.. Read Full Article Here...


The plans seek to turn the North Sydney Pool complex into something of a cross between a Westfield food court and a night-time function/entertainment centre, with a bit of swimming on the side said Cr Beregi

#NorthSydneyOlympicPool #Budget #CouncilSpending




 



Sydney Morning Herald - June 26, 2020

'Vanity project': North Sydney councillors lash $58 million pool revamp

By Megan Gorrey


This is a bloated, expensive vanity project that takes a sledgehammer to the built and cultural heritage of the pool," Cr Baker said. "To contemplate such a project during a pandemic, where North Sydney Council will have to borrow up to $30 million, is completely reckless Cr Baker said.

The controversial plan to revamp North Sydney Olympic Pool has been labelled the mayor's "vanity project" by independent councillors who say the council's $58 million proposal should be rejected.


Days before a panel is due to decide North Sydney Council's revised application to overhaul its famous harbourside pool, three independent councillors are fighting a rearguard battle over mayor Jilly Gibson's determination to push ahead with the project.


The council lodged a development application for the $57.9 million overhaul, including upgrades to the existing pools, a new "family leisure" pool and a replacement grandstand.... Read Full Article Here...

#NorthSydneyOlympicPool #NorthSydneyPoolRevamp #CouncilSpending



 



Sydney Morning Herald - September 16, 2019

North Sydney Olympic Pool design blow-out fuels information concerns

By Jacob Saulwick


All I'm asking for is information pertaining to the pool. I am asking for specific information about why we've got a nearly $1 million blow-out in consultant fees. said Cr Beregi

A $1 million blow-out in the cost of designing a redeveloped North Sydney Olympic Pool has intensified a debate among councillors about the provision of information around the project.

North Sydney Council is running behind its previously published schedule for the redevelopment of the historic pool, and has not secured the funds necessary to meet its estimated $57.9 million redevelopment cost. Read Full Article Here...

#NorthSydneyOlympicPool #NorthSydneyPoolBudget #CouncilSpending




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