Don Tatnell Leisure Centre has now been closed for a month & we would like to take the opportunity to provide our members and guests with an update of what we have been doing behind the scenes to help our community during the transition
Thanks to all of our members, staff, families and visitors for their patience and understanding throughout the closure. If you would like to stay up to date with news about Don Tatnell and development of our new leisure centre, please join our mailing list here: Kingston.vic.gov.au/dontatnellupdates
Council will be holding two community information sessions to provide further information.
Join us at the Mordialloc Community Centre anytime between:
• 6:00pm-8:00pm, Thursday 27 February
• 9.30am-12.30pm, Friday 28 February
You are invited to drop-in anytime to:
•hear from Council’s Building facilities team about the structural issues at the site
•talk to the Kingston Active team to discuss how the closure impacts you and how we may be able to assist your transition to Waves or finding alternative services
•hear about how Council is working with other user groups including Scope to find alternative venues.
Unable to attend but want to register to stay informed? Click here Kingston.vic.gov.au/dontatnellupdates
We look forward to sharing updates on the planning for Kingston’s new leisure and aquatic facility in coming months.
The Don Tatnell Leisure Centre has been closed after serious structural issues were found at the site, making it unsafe for use.
Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said Council was saddened to close the centre, which has served the community for more than 40 years, and it would now plan a new aquatic and leisure facility to serve the community.
“Recently Council detected issues at the centre during maintenance works on pipework buried deep under the pool. We temporarily closed the centre hoping that repair works could see the facility re-opened. Sadly, during the works we discovered major structural issues caused by water leaks over time that have left the foundations on very unstable ground,” Cr Oxley said.
Emergency works are underway to stabilise the building to ensure community safety, however it cannot reopen without major costs.
“Council is saddened to close the centre, which has served the local community very well over the past 40+ years, however we believe the best use of ratepayer funds is to focus on investing in a new facility that will meet the current and future needs of our community.
“Council was facing $9 million in costs and a 10-month closure simply to return the ageing building to a useable state, without any improvement in services to the community. Instead we will focus on developing a new, modern centre that meets the current and future needs of our community.”
Council has kept regular users informed during the works and is now contacting them about the closure and options to transfer them to Waves Leisure Centre (Council’s main aquatic facility) or alternative providers.
“We will also be working with any regular users who need help travelling to Waves to make sure they can still use Council’s pool and gym,” Cr Oxley said.
Councillors have called for a priority report into options for a new leisure and aquatic centre to explore:
The community will be consulted on plans for the new centre in coming months.
Thank you for your patience during the unexpected closure of Don Tatnell Leisure Centre.
Unfortunately, the investigations into structural issues at Don Tatnell has discovered significant problems with the structural integrity of the site.
What has been found:
Examination core holes have been dug through the concrete slab in the pool hall and group fitness room to investigate the stability of the foundations of the building. It found water leaking from cracks within underground pipes have resulted in large voids, filled with mud or water. This has left parts of the facility sitting on very unstable ground, which structural engineers have rated as a high safety risk to the Centre.
Engineers have been conducting urgent safety works to stabilise the building to make it safe for the surrounding community, and to undertake further investigations.
32 safety props are being installed along two walls of the pool hall, which are driven into concrete filled holes approximately 2m below the surface, to stabilise the walls and ceiling.
These works are still ongoing, and as a result, the facility will not re-open on Monday 24 February as planned.
Councillors will now consider options for how to proceed at the Monday 24 February Council meeting.
We appreciate you may have a number of questions about how this may impact your access to the centre.
We will be providing an update to all Don Tatnell users following the February 24 Council Meeting, when we will have further information on the next steps for those impacted by the closure.
An email has been sent to all Don Tatnell members and Learn to Swim families this afternoon. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you haven’t received this communication.
We thank-you for your patience and again apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
For up to date group fitness class schedule (including additional & relocated classes) visit: https://kingstonactive.com.au/time-table/waves
For up to date lap lane availability: https://kingstonactive.com.au/lap-lane/waves
For any swim school questions: Phone the swim school directly on 9559 7123
Contractors are still on site investigating the structural issues identified at Don Tatnell.
We anticipate a progress update from contractors early next week and will provide further details to our members mid next week.
We thank you for your patience during these unexpected works.
In the meantime if you have any concern please do not hesitate to call Waves on 9559 7111
We are in the process of making phone contact with all Learn to Swim Families regarding Don Tatnell swim lessons and advising of options available to our members. If you have not year heard from us, please be assured we will be making contact with you, as we make our way through the list of all our valued members.
All lessons where possible will be moved to Waves, with the same instructor and at the same lesson time. When you arrive at Waves, please look out for your instructor on pool deck as to their location as we have multiple pools at Waves. Swim School staff will be available to assist you.
You will be contacted by a staff member to offer the option to attend your regular lesson at Waves. If you are not able to attend Waves, you will be given a credit for the missed lessons. Please ensure you let us know of your preference.
The only day this is NOT possible for is Saturdays, of which all Saturday customers have been advised via SMS and email. We are not able to accomodate the number of lessons needed at Waves on Saturday mornings, given Waves is already at capacity. Credits will be applied for these cancelled Saturday lessons. We will be in contact to discuss this with you.
* Saturday lessons- 4 weeks cancelled- 4 weeks credit to be applied to every student
* All families who had a lesson scheduled for Thursday 30th January- Monday 2nd February inclusive which was cancelled, will receive a credit for these cancelled lessons
* Lessons affected from Tuesday 3rd February until Sunday 23rd February will have credit applied ONLY if confirmed by customers that they do not wish to attend lessons at Waves during this period. Regular lesson fees will apply if you opt to attend your lesson at Waves.
Should you have any questions at all regarding your lessons, please make contact with us at Waves on 9559 7111 and ask for a swim school representative. We appreciate your patience during this time and sincerely apologise for the inconvenience.
During the closure at Don Tatnell, the below group fitness classes have been relocated to the Mordialloc Community Centre (adjacent to Don Tatnell Leisure Centre) at 115A Warren Road, Mordialloc
11.45am – 12.45pm Strength & Stretch at MCC Studio 1 (Lea)- Please note change of time
9.30am – 10.30am THT at MCC Studio 1 (Sue O)
10.30am – 11.30am Pilates at MCC Studio 1 (Deb)
1.15pm – 2.15pm Wheelie Active at MCC Studio 1 (Kris)
7pm – 8pm Body Balance at MCC Studio 1 (Sue T) Please note change of time
9.30am – 10.30am Body Tone at MCC Studio 2 (Yosana)
9.30am – 10.30am THT at MCC MP Room (Marcela)
11.30am – 12.30pm Yoga at MCC Studio 1 (Paul) Please note change of time
1.15pm Wheelie Active at MCC Studio 1 (Kris)
9.30am – 10.30am Strength & Stretch at MCC MP Room (Sue T)
7.30am – 8.30am HIIT at MCC Studio 1 (Nin)
We wish to advise our members and visitors that Don Tatnell has been closed for building works.
At this stage Don Tatnell will be closed for three weeks until Monday 24 February.
The closure has come after some structural issues were identified during building works last week.
Structural engineers have been on site since Thursday to undertake detailed assessments on the foundations, which have been affected by an ongoing water leak.
In response to recommendations from our engineers and to ensure member and staff safety, Don Tatnell will be closed for the next three weeks to allow for excavations and further investigations to take place.
The safety of our members and visitors is paramount and we want to fully understand and rectify any potential issues before we reopen the facility.
We apologise for the inconvenience the closure causes to users of the facility.
Looking after our members during the closure:
All members can use Waves Leisure Centre during the works.
We have also made the following arrangements to assist during the closure:
We are also looking into options to provide a courtesy bus for our customers who cannot travel to Waves.
Please note: Members are advised that the direct debit scheduled for today has been postponed until Thursday 6 February.
Looking after our Swim School families during the closure:
Please note: The Learn to Swim direct debit scheduled for Thursday 6 February will occur as normal inclusive of applicable credits applied .
We are happy to discuss other options with our valued members. If you wish to discuss these, please contact us on 9587 1016 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate the patience and understanding of all our members and visitors during this time.
Due to urgent building investigation works at Don Tatnell we are closed to the public until Monday 3 February (including Monday). We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.
Kingston Active takes a proactive approach to the safety of our members. While we determine the extent of potential issues, we have decided to shut the facility during this time.
The customer service area will remain open. A modified timetable is in operation for group fitness classes (see below)
While these building works are in progress, all our members can utilise Waves Leisure Centre (including Don Tatnell visit pass holders).
During the closure, swimming lessons will not operate at Don Tatnell. We will arrange refunds/credits for cancelled swim classes.
All members will also receive an extension to their membership for the duration of the closure.
On Monday 3 February, an update will be provided to all members via our website, email, on our Facebook page and text message.
We understand this closure is frustrating for our existing and new members. We appreciate your patience during this time.
If you have any questions, please contact us on 9587 1016 or via email email@example.com
Group Fitness Timetable
Come along and try a group fitness session at Waves