Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Center swimming pool unusable for 18 months due to shortage of repairmen

Mandurah’s indoor public pool will be without swimmers for at least another 18 months as the council cannot find workers for critical roof repairs.

No contractor made a contract offer in April for a job advertised by the city of Mandurah, another sign of the WA labor shortage crisis.

The roof over the indoor pool at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Center was damaged during storms last year.

It has been out of operation since then.

“It’s a very heated construction market, there are supply issues, labor shortages and it’s hard to get people to bid on the scale of this project,” Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams told 7NEWS Friday night. “We know how much the community loves these facilities, but we will get to work and complete it as soon as possible.”

Due to the labor shortage at WA, the initial roof repair is split into separate design and construction tenders.

Elite swimmers who train regularly poolside are forced to travel to nearby Rockingham.

However, the center’s outdoor pool is still in use. The municipality of Mandurah advertised $50 million worth of construction contracts last year. But the state’s workforce shortage has left $20 million of those jobs unfilled.

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