Development plans for Sydney’s iconic 82-year old Olympic Pool in North Sydney are on display.
North Sydney Council says the development application will be on exhibition until 13 December, as renovation costs for the pool with famous harbour views expected to cost approximately $58 million.
The venue was recently deemed “unsafe” and in such a run down state that the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks event was cancelled due to safety fears this month.
North Sydney Olympic pool secured a $10 million commitment from the federal government towards its revamp earlier this year. It had previously warned the venue could close if funding was not secured.
“Council recognises that the Pool plays two roles in our community,” mayor Jilly Gibson has said of Council’s plans.
“It is a much-loved and well-used local facility but it is also a Sydney icon that attracts people from across the world.”
While council is still looking to secure funds from state government, plans for the revamp include the addition of a new 50 metre pool, a family leisure pool with sunshade, and a four-lane 25 metre indoor pool.
Plans also include a revamped café adjacent to Olympic Boulevard, a children’s interactive water play area along with a sundeck and gelato bar, a grandstand with shade structure, and capacity for 970 people, and expanded 1100sq m gym.
“These plans will ensure the Pool continues to meet community needs and remains one of the best outdoor pools in the world,” Mayor Gibson said.
The development application for the Olympic Pool’s redevelopment is on exhibition until 13 December.
The development will be assessed by an independent planning consultant and reported to the Sydney North Planning Panel for determination.