Deniliquin Council general manager Des Bilske said council can not justify putting money into the Deniliquin Swim Centre should patronage not increase.By Tyla Harrington
Deniliquin Council may have to review operations at the Deniliquin Swim Centre if patronage does not increase.
That is the message from general manager Des Bilske who said usage of the council facility is not enough to warrant the ‘‘substantial’’ investment council makes to maintain the pool.
Increases to user fees and a review of the hours of operation may be needed if interest does not improve, he said.
‘‘If it doesn’t get used it’s very hard to justify to ratepayers that we continue to put money into the facility,’’ he said.
‘‘If more people use it, rates will always decrease.
‘‘It’s a fair amount of money to keep the services going and it’s used by a small number of people.
‘‘If there were heaps of people using it council wouldn’t have to contribute as much.
‘‘There has to be a limit somewhere along the line to how much we can put into it .
Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick said the small price increase was a good start, but said reducing costs would have the most success.
‘‘Keep an eye on the hours because there is going to be reduced hours, I think,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve been generous (with the hours) in the past.’’
Mr Bilske said council either has to make the pool ‘‘more attractive’’ or needs to look at other options to increase usage.
Free entry could possibly be an option in the future, according to Mr Bilske, but it would not solve council’s growing costs for the facility.
For this season, councillors have agreed on a minimal increase to the fees – three to five per cent for the 2013/14 season.
A family season pass will increase by 19 per cent, from $130 to $155.
Deniliquin Council director technical services Mark Dalzell said family passes are for two adults and two children, and represent a 50 per cent saving on single entry.
Mr Dalzell’s recommendation that non-swimming spectators would be able to enter for free was also adopted at last week’s council meeting.
‘‘One of the issues at the pool is that parents drop children off rather than enter the pool and stay with their children during activities,’’ Mr Dalzell said in his report.
‘‘By removing the spectator charge it is intended to encourage parents and guardians to stay at the pool.’’
Individual entry to the outdoor pools, or a day pass, is $3.50 for an adult (up from $3.30), $2.30 for a child or pensioner ($2.15), or $8 for a family ($7.40).
Season passes for the outdoor pools are $95 for an adult ($91.15), $60 for a child or pensioner ($54), and $155 for a family ($130).
Entry to the warm water therapy pool is now $6.50 for an adult (up from $6.20) or $4 for a child or pensioner ($3.80).
A book of 20 passes for the indoor pool is now $110 for an adult ($107) and $70 for a child or pensioner ($64.25).
Management duties of the pool was recently awarded to Deniliquin Outdoor Pools Incorporated.
It will reopen the swim centre on November 9, after ‘‘last minute upgrades’’ to the pool’s pump are completed.
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