North Sydney Council has released a shock announcement today that the family favourite event can not go ahead due to safety concerns.

The NYE Family Fun Night at North Sydney Olympic Pool has been cancelled because of safety concerns about the pool concourse. North Sydney Council has pulled the plug on the popular NYE event after a structural review recommended limiting the load of equipment or people on the concourse. The pool, concourse and grandstand are still safe for everyday use.

North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson said the decision was not made lightly, but safety had to come first. “We’ve been running this event for more than 20 years and we know it is very popular with our community, especially with families.

“However, our engineering advice is that we need to limit the number of people who can be on the pool concourse at any one time. With 1700 people at the event, this would be difficult to manage and we are not prepared to take a risk with people’s lives. Residents who have purchased tickets in the pre-sale over the past few weeks will receive a full refund.”

North Sydney Council has been monitoring the deterioration in the 50m pool, concourse and grandstand for several years. The Council has plans to redevelop the facility and a development application has been prepared. General Manager Ken Gouldthorp said the Council had been hoping that the development approval and funding for the project would be in place before any activities at the pool were affected.

“I have asked staff to take a look at our pool bookings to ensure events don’t overload the concourse or grandstand. We’ll get further inspections done early in the new year and review what to do about the school carnivals that have been booked for 2020.

“We are moving forward with the redevelopment as quickly as possible. The Council has received a commitment from the Federal Government for $10 million for the redevelopment and we are now seeking a similar commitment from the State Government.”

North Sydney residents who have purchased tickets in the pre-sale will be contacted about their refund. If they have concerns they can phone the Council on 9936 8100.

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