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$2 entry ‘costs Council’

Tuesday, 13th December, 2011

A decision to cap entry fees to the city’s new aquatic centre at $2 could see City Council suffer an $84,000 budget blowout.

Council resolved to leave the pool’s entry fee at $2 during its ordinary monthly meeting in June, despite budgeting for an increased fee when planning the new centre.

It was originally planned to that entry would be $4 per person for casual pool users, while a range of concessions would be available for families and regular users that would see the cost of entry rise to around $3 on average.

“We think at $4 or $3 it’s reasonable... it’s quite affordable compared to other facilities,” said Council’s General Manager, Frank Zaknich.

“It’s a high quality facility and we think the community will value that,” he said.

“And given that it’s going to be open all year it’s a whole different operational model, and the fees need to reflect that.”

Without a rise in entry costs Council may have to look at reducing operating expenses in other ways such as running the water slide less frequently, closing the outdoor pools for longer over winter, reducing the temperature in the pools or limiting the centre’s opening hours in general.

Council will discuss a report on the pool’s estimated revenue at its monthly meeting tomorrow night and invite public comment on the issue in the near future.

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