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Mayor, deputy at odds on pool fee

Saturday, 28th January, 2012

Rising admission costs at the multi-million dollar Regional Aquatic Centre could hit attendance, according to City Council’s new Deputy Mayor.

Admission prices to the newly-refurbished site will remain at $2 while a Council report detailing revised fees and charges is put on display for 28 days.

Smart cards, multi-entry savings and pensioner discounts are just some of the options being considered as alternatives to $2 fees.

Councillor Bob Algate, who was elected Deputy Mayor this week, said the proposed hike in fees to $4 could drive people away.

Aussie Day was a time to chill

Friday, 27th January, 2012

FAMILY TIME: Scott Rogers, son Blake, 8, and wife Melesse enjoy a dip at the Regional Aquatic Centre yesterday. FAMILY TIME: Scott Rogers, son Blake, 8, and wife Melesse enjoy a dip at the Regional Aquatic Centre yesterday.

 Sizzling temperatures saw hundreds celebrate their country’s national day yesterday by chilling out at backyard parties or by the pool.

And the city’s new multi-million dollar Regional Aquatic Centre was the place to be, as families laid out their towels and donned their bathers for a day in the water.

The temperature reached 34 Celsius yesterday and it was accompanied by a strong, hot wind.

Mayor Wincen Cuy mingled with the pool-goers and said it was “fabulous” to see so many people enjoying the new facility.

Heat wave to continue

Saturday, 21st January, 2012

PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

FEELING HOT: Four-year-old Molly-Jo Stubing took to the pool earlier this week to cool off. The opening month of the year has so far had a simmering average of 36 degrees. Thursday’s Australia day is forecast to be a similar maximum of 35 degrees with a 20 per cent chance of showers.

Every good child deserves a dip

Tuesday, 13th December, 2011

ALL IN: Well-behaved children from Burke Ward Public School were treated to a day at the new Regional Aquatic Centre yesterday. ALL IN: Well-behaved children from Burke Ward Public School were treated to a day at the new Regional Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Vandalism at the Regional Aquatic Centre has not stopped school children from enjoying all the new amenities.

The pool was vandalised in the early hours of Sunday morning when, police said, three males broke in and threw a table, three bins and a pool cover into the water. One of them also defecated in the pool.

Police described the suspects’ actions as a “real insult to the community” and said they were very keen to speak to anyone who could identify those responsible.

$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.

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