Urquhart’s Bundamba Swim Centre manager Chris Urquhart is waiting to hear from insurers before he starts on repairs to what was a new gym.
Urquhart’s Bundamba Swim Centre manager Chris Urquhart is waiting to hear from insurers before he starts on repairs to what was a new gym. Claudia Baxter

Gym not fit to open

THE excitement of opening a swish new gym was quickly flushed away for Bundamba Swim Centre lessee David Urquhart.

Although the remainder of the recently refurbished public pool has been quickly cleaned, repaired and reopened since the floods, $200,000 worth of gym equipment needs to be completely replaced or given a thorough clean out.

The gym had only been fitted out in early January, with the pool's management just beginning to advertise membership when the floods hit.

Mr Urquhart said all of the electronic exercise equipment – including new treadmills, bikes, cross trainers and rowers – had been written off, while pin weighted machines would require extensive cleaning and lubrication before they would be usable again.

“We are still not sure how long it will take before the gym can open,” Mr Urquhart said.

“We are waiting for the insurance company to get back to us – and of course many insurance companies have gone to ground for the moment.”

The dirty water line is still visible inside the gym, running about 180cm high around the windows, walls and doors as a reminder of the extent of the flood.

The cost of cleaning the equipment that can be salvaged was expected to reach at least $1800, however the remainder would not be replaced until the claim with the insurance company was settled.

Mr Urquhart said the equipment was covered by insurance, but he was expecting “issues” with the insurance company's definition of flooding.

The muck from Bundamba Creek also caused significant damage to the floors and walls of the gym when it consumed the area last month.

A line of glass-covered cabinet doors were smashed by chunks of floating debris.

“I have already spent $200,000 – I can't afford to go out and buy more equipment now,” he said.

The gym had not taken on any members before the flooding, so nobody has been missing out on using their membership.

Mr Urquhart paid tribute to large numbers of volunteers and pool staff who contributed to the clean up of the main pool area, which was able to reopen in time for Australia Day celebrations.



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