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The ACT government has agreed to a $ 400,000 payout to sever ties with the Gungahlin Leisure Center contractor, knowing it will not be enough to cover the pool repair costs. ACT Sports Secretary Yvette Berry announced in a hearing on Monday that an agreement had been reached with the contractor of the $ 27.8 million center, which opened in 2014. The 50-meter pool has been closed for the past 12 months and initially closed due to coronavirus-induced blockage before it was discovered in June, some tiles fell off. The government admitted they still didn’t know what was causing the tiles to fall off or what the total cost would be to the taxpayer, but Ms. Berry expected the pool to be open by December. The mystery surrounded the pool’s closure, frustrating swimmers and members of the Gungahlin community who couldn’t get answers. Ms. Berry said the government agreed to pay ADCO Constructions $ 400,000 to avoid litigation that would have prolonged the pool’s closure. “If we had gone through a process, the pool would have been closed for a period of time,” said Ms. Berry. The commercial deal would allow the government to hire a contractor to remove and replace all of the tiles in the problem pool. However, research by technical experts has not been able to determine the exact cause of the problem tiles. Major Projects Duncan Edghill, Canberra’s Chief Projects Officer, was asked for estimates of why the tiles were falling off. “It’s a very good question, and that question is also the obvious question we asked. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to what exactly was causing the problems at the pool,” he replied. He said experts noted that the tile problems could have been caused by a number of issues, including issues with the adhesive used to attach the tiles, the movement of the tiles, or the construction of the tiles. When the tiles began to fall off, the pool was drained and technical investigations were carried out on the cause of the problem tiles. A report on the experts’ investigations was submitted in December, but repairs could not begin until negotiations with ADCO Constructions were concluded. READ MORE: ADCO Constructions previously confirmed to the Canberra Times that there were talks with the area government about the pool. At this point in time, the construction company would not provide any details stating data protection and legal reasons. On Monday, an ADCO spokesman confirmed the deal but did not provide details of the nature of the talks with the area government, nor whether the company had conducted its own investigations. “We can confirm that the problems with the pool were technically very complex, but we can announce that a trade agreement has now been reached that will allow the pool repairs to begin,” said the spokesman. Liberal MLA Leanne Castley, a member of Gungahlin-based Yerrabi headquarters, said: “From what Minister Berry said today, it is clear that we are no closer to discovering the truth about how much it will cost, the chaos the government or how many more years will the residents of Gungahlin be without their pool. “

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March 1, 2021 – 9:00 p.m.

The ACT government has agreed to a $ 400,000 payout to sever ties with the Gungahlin Leisure Center contractor, knowing it will not be enough to cover the pool repair costs.

ACT Sports Secretary Yvette Berry announced in a hearing on Monday that an agreement had been reached with the contractor of the $ 27.8 million center, which opened in 2014.

The 50-meter pool has been closed for the past 12 months and initially closed due to the coronavirus lockdown before some tiles were found to be falling off in June.

The government admitted they still didn’t know what was causing the tiles to fall off or what the total cost would be to the taxpayer, but Ms. Berry expected the pool to be open by December.

Ms. Berry said the government agreed to pay ADCO Constructions $ 400,000 to avoid litigation that would have prolonged the pool’s closure.

“If we had gone through a process, the pool would have been closed for a period of time,” said Ms. Berry.

Major Projects Duncan Edghill, Canberra’s Chief Projects Officer, was asked for estimates of why the tiles were falling off.

“It’s a very good question, and that question is also the obvious question we asked. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to what exactly was causing the problems at the pool,” he replied.

He said experts noted that the tile problems could have been caused by a number of issues, including issues with the adhesive used to attach the tiles, the movement of the tiles, or the construction of the tiles.

When the tiles began to fall off, the pool was drained and technical investigations were carried out on the cause of the problem tiles.

A report on the experts’ investigations was submitted in December, but repairs could not begin until negotiations with ADCO Constructions were concluded.

ADCO Constructions previously confirmed to the Canberra Times that discussions were ongoing with the area government about the pool. At this point in time, the construction company would not provide any details stating data protection and legal reasons.

On Monday, an ADCO spokesman confirmed the deal but did not provide details of the nature of the talks with the area government, nor whether the company had conducted its own investigations.

“We can confirm that the problems with the pool were technically very complex, but we can announce that a trade agreement has now been reached that will allow the pool repairs to begin,” said the spokesman.

Liberal MLA Leanne Castley, a member of Gungahlin-based Yerrabi headquarters, said: “From what Minister Berry said today, it is clear that we are no closer to discovering the truth about how much it will cost, the chaos the government or how many more years will the residents of Gungahlin be without their pool. “