Gym flood­ing forces re­lo­ca­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By MONTANA ARDON

MEM­BERS of the City of Perth Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s new gym have been forced to re­lo­cate af­ter the fa­cil­ity flooded, fol­low­ing record rain­fall a fort­night ago.

Pres­i­dent Stephen Car­rick said about 80 per cent of the floor would have to be re­moved be­cause of the dam­age.

“We have three dif­fer­ent floor ma­te­ri­als in the gym, all of which were af­fected,” he said.

“The con­crete slab has been re­moved and is cur­rently be­ing dried with de­hu­mid­i­fiers and ex­trac­tion fans.

“A water­proof mem­brane will then be in­stalled, be­fore new floor cov­er­ings laid and the equip­ment moved back in.”

Mr Car­rick was ad­vised the gym would re­open around mid-march.

“At this stage, we have been told it should take about four weeks,” he said.

“It’s not ideal, but we are keep­ing pos­i­tive and keep­ing mov­ing.”

The wa­ter dam­age is a blow at the busi­ness end of the sea­son for com­pet­i­tive mem­bers of the club, who are prepar­ing for the Surf Life Sav­ing WA state cham­pi­onships next week­end.

A tem­po­rary gym has been set up in the train­ing rooms, as well as 45minute cir­cuit classes util­is­ing free weights and mo­bile car­dio equip­ment.

“We’re work­ing with our in­sur­ers,” Mr Car­rick said.

“The Town of Cam­bridge is the owner of the build­ing and I un­der­stand it is work­ing at re­pair­ing the par­tic­u­lar is­sues.”

Cam­bridge chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Buck­ley said no struc­tural is­sues had been iden­ti­fied.

“Staff at­tended (the) site along with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the builder upon no­ti­fi­ca­tion that wa­ter had en­tered the gym in the early hours of Fri­day, 10 Fe­bru­ary,” he said.

“Clean­ing ar­range­ments were made and re­me­dial re­pairs have been ini­ti­ated to the roof of the surf-life­sav­ing club and the Town and builder will mon­i­tor for any fur­ther ingress.

“The im­pact upon the surf club gym is re­gret­table and the builder will work with the Town to min­imise any fur­ther dis­rup­tion to gym mem­bers and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Both the Town’s and club’s re­spec­tive in­sur­ers have been con­tacted and re­pairs to the gym will pro­ceed as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

An of­fi­cial for Ge­or­giou said the Town of Cam­bridge was han­dling the mat­ter.

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