The redevelopment of North Sydney Pool has again hit more delays, with the controversial project now pushed back to a 2025 completion date.
The blow comes amid construction errors and a budget explosion, with part of the new complex needing to be dismantled.
Locals Frustration: “How long does it take to build a pool,” Susan O’Brien told Mosman Collective.
Work on the revamp began in February 2021 and was originally due to be completed by 2023 at an estimated cost of $64 million.
When that deadline passed, Council promised April 2024 would be a goer, which then got pushed out to July.
“And now we find out that it could be 2025 before we can hit the water, what an absolute joke,” resident Susan O’Brien told Mosman Collective, “people are fed up with this debacle and North Sydney Council has become a laughing stock.”
“How hard can it be to build a pool?”
In 1936, North Sydney Council took less than a year to build and open the Rudder and Grout-designed pool.
Council has confirmed with Mosman Collective that another $20 million is needed to finish the project, which has already blown out to a staggering $89 million.
This means the final cost of North Sydney Pool could easily exceed $100 million.
In 1936, North Sydney Council took less than a year to build and open the Rudder and Grout-designed pool on a former construction site for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It became the most famous pool in Depression-era Australia and cemented Australia’s dominance as a swimming nation. Dawn Fraser, Murray Rose, Lorraine Crapp, Ilsa Konrads and Shane Gould all swam to glory there. Eighty-six world records were set in its blue waters between 1953 and 1978.
Dawn Fraser, Murray Rose, Lorraine Crapp, Ilsa Konrads and Shane Gould all swam to glory at North Sydney Pool.