Aquatics - temporary pool closure

NUsport advises that The Forum’s 50m indoor pool will be closed temporarily to undergo necessary structural and system repairs to extend the life of the facility and provide an upgraded user experience.

Over the course of its 23 years in operation, the pool has undergone many minor repairs and upgrades to keep it in good shape for all users. However, a recent review of the ongoing maintenance requirements has shown that more significant works are required to ensure the pool’s structural integrity and performance.

To ensure the Aquatic Centre remains ahead of industry standards and to continue to offer dynamic and functional facilities for all users, University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO recognised the need to prioritise the refurbishment works, and requested the project to commence during the closures of facilities in the management of COVID-19.

The required project works are significant, including repairs and major upgrades to the pool structure, and we want to make the most of this opportunity to add some important additional features. These will include an overhaul to the change rooms and amenities; installation of rainwater tank systems to support the University’s sustainability initiatives; improved accessibility for swimmers with a disability and provision of electronic touch pads.

The Aquatic Centre is a much-loved facility and we know this closure will have an impact for people who rely on The Forum for their regular water-based exercise. We’re working to address impacts to our swimming community and to find alternative solutions where possible.

The Forum will not keep the pool off-line any longer than absolutely necessary and looks forward to welcoming everyone back to the pool in early-to-mid 2021.

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions below.

We thank you for your understanding and patience and we can’t wait to have our pool up and running in early 2021!


FAQs – The Forum Aquatic Refurbishment

Why does the pool need to be closed?
For how long is the pool expected to be closed?
What will the changes to the facility be when it reopens?
What is happening with Squads and Swim Academy lessons?
What will happen to my prepaid package?
I have a Forum membership, but I only use the pool. What can I do?
Will other areas of The Forum be affected by the pool closure?
Why are the works being carried out now?