Shellharbour Stadium roof work to start

Work on a long-awaited "water-tight" roof for Shellharbour City Stadium is scheduled to begin on Monday, closing the building until late August.

In February, Shellharbour City Council agreed to spend $1.435 million on a new roof despite concerns the stadium could be demolished to make way for the Albion Park Rail bypass. Last month, the council accepted a tender that lowered the project cost to $1.168 million.

Competitions that would otherwise be held at the stadium were moved to other venues including Illawarra Sports High School at Berkeley, Illawarra Christian School's Tongarra campus and Centenary Hall, Albion Park.

User groups say problems with a leaky roof date back to the complex's opening in 2000 although the council maintained leaks were first noticed in 2005. In 2012 and 2013, the indoor stadium had to close on 55 days due to rain.

Problems with the roof left the council hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket through lost revenue, temporary solutions and failed legal action against the architects and project managers.

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