Don Tatnell Closure

29 January 2020 | Post by Kingston Active | in Facility Operations

Don Tatnell Leisure Centre is now closed due to major structural issues

Stay up to date about Don Tatnell and the planning of our new Kingston Leisure Centre:


Update - Thursday 5 March 2020

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

  • Works are continuing at Don Tatnell to make the building safe before further decisions can be made about the future of the site
  • Last week we ran 2 community information sessions to provide updates and answer any questions about the Don Tatnell closure. If you were unable to make it along or still have more questions please feel free to come see us or call Waves Leisure Centre on 9559 7111
  • Refunds for memberships, visit passes and swimming lessons are being processed as quickly as we can. Apologies for any delays in this process and we thank you for your patience. Please allow up to 14 days for your refund to be fully processed – please contact us if you are yet to receive your refund after this time
  • A selection of group fitness classes have been transferred to Mordialloc Community Centre for a trial period until 27th March. Read more here:
  • We have made changes to our Autumn group fitness timetable at Waves to allow for more classes, more often and with larger capacity. Find out more here:
  • We are still working through what our Learn to Swim timetable will look like at Waves in term 2, however will announce our new timetable when bookings open for term 2 on Monday 9th If you have not yet made contact with us regarding your preference for lessons or cancelling, please give us a call at Waves.

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:


Don Tatnell Closure Information Sessions

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

We look forward to sharing updates on the planning for Kingston’s new leisure and aquatic facility in coming months.


Update - Tuesday 25 February 2020

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 range of services to offer at the facility
  • potential locations, including the option to rebuild at the current site
  • funding required to build the new centre.   

The community will be consulted on plans for the new centre in coming months.  


Update Tuesday 18 February 2020

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.

Council action:

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.  

Next Steps:

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:

For up to date lap lane availability:

For any swim school questions: Phone the swim school directly on 9559 7123


UPDATE - Friday 14 February 2020

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


UPDATE - Wednesday 5 February 1:45PM - SWIM SCHOOL FAMILIES

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.  


Update - Monday 3 February - Group Fitness Classes

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)


UPDATE - Monday 3 February 2:05pm

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:

  • All memberships will be extended for the duration of the closure.
  • A modified group fitness timetable is in operation at the neighbouring Mordialloc Community Centre.

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:

  • All Learn To Swim families will be individually contacted by a Kingston Active staff member to discuss available options.
  • Swimming lessons will be moved to Waves where possible. 
  • Students not able to be accommodated at Waves will have a credit applied.

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

We appreciate the patience and understanding of all our members and visitors during this time.

Kingston Active


 UPDATE - Thursday 30 January 9:30am

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

Group Fitness Timetable

Timetable Modifications


  • Wheelie Active, Interval Training and Yoga will run in the multipurpose room in the Community Centre


  • Aqua sessions cancelled
  • Strength & Stretch will run in the multipurpose room in the Community Centre


  • HIIT will run in the multipurpose room in the Community Centre
  • Body Pump and Body Balance Cancelled


  • Body Pump Cancelled
  • Body Balance will run in Studio 1 in the Community Centre


  • Aqua sessions cancelled
  • Both morning and evening Body Pump cancelled
  • Strength & Stretch sessions have been cancelled
  • Body Balance will run in the multipurpose room in the Community Centre

Come along and try a group fitness session at Waves