Wanneroo Aquamotion to close for three months during $1.45 million tile replacement works

Wanneroo Aquamotion is due to close for three months so pools can be re-tiled. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Wanneroo Aquamotion is due to close for three months so pools can be re-tiled. Picture: Martin Kennealey

WANNEROO Aquamotion will close for three months in the lead-up to summer so the pools can be re-tiled at a cost of $1.45 million.

UPDATE, August 16: A City of Wanneroo spokeswoman said parts of the centre would remain open, including the gym, creche and hydropool, and the shutdown of other pools would probably last four months rather than three. 

A late report on the July Wanneroo Council briefing agenda seeks councillors’ approval next Tuesday to give chief executive Daniel Simms authority to approve a tender for the work.

It said submissions received during the tender period, which closed on August 3, exceeded the $814,245 allocation in the 2018-19 budget.

The report said there had been “significant tile delamination”, where tiles come loose from the basin, in five pools at Aquamotion since late 2017.

It said aquatic engineers Geoff Ninnes Fong and Partners had found there was no back-buttering on affected tiles and it appeared there was no twisting done, resulting in less adhesive coverage than the 80 per cent minimum required.

Re-tiling of the hydrotherapy pool was completed in February 2018.

The City’s community facilities manager Shane Spinks said work would involve draining, re-tiling and filling the main lap, leisure, spa and outdoor pools.

If the council agrees at its August 21 meeting that Mr Simms can award the contract under delegated authority, work could start in early September and finish in November.

The report said the City would continue consulting customers, the Education Department and Aqua Attack Swimming Club regarding the shutdown period.

It said the facility, which was built in 1990 and redeveloped in 2007-08, attracted about 300,000 visitors a year and 1400 swim school enrolments per term.