Councillors have given their in-principle support to a motion which will cut the cost of families using Cootamundra Swimming Pool.
During Cootamundra-Gundagai Council’s July meeting, Councillor Charlie Sheahan proposed a $250 summer season pass for families, an adult’s season pass for $125 and for children and concession holders, the cost is $100.
Previously an annual pass for families from July to June would cost $700.
The price of a single entry would remain $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children.
However, non-swimmers would not be charged for entry.
“The whole objective is to get more people using the facilities,” Cr Sheahan said.
Cr Sheahan said he wanted to see the summer passes at the Cootamundra and Gundagai pools become interchangeable, and for prices to be the same.
There is still further work needed by council before the fees are adopted formally as Cootamundra pool is operated by council, where as Gundagai’s is run by a contractor.
Cr Sheahan said the motion, which received in-principle support, showed what the council was thinking about pool fees.
“We’re still addressing the winter fees for the heated pool,” he said.
“The annual pass that Cootamundra had was by financial year, we’re looking at addressing that as well, so if they pay for a year, they get a year.”
Cootamundra Swim Club’s president Mark Lake welcomed the the proposed entry fees and said it would be good for the community.
“The family pass, kids pass and adult pass is more cost effective and allows individuals, and families the option of purchasing a summer season pass,” Mr Lake said.
Mr Lake said it was a win for parents who would no longer be charged to enter the pool if they were there to supervise, watch swimming carnivals or drop or collect children from training
“We really appreciate Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, especially councillors, listening to us and taking our considerations on board.”
Mr Lake said the Swim Club would be hosting a information night at Ex-Servicemens Club on August 30 for parents ahead of the season’s start in September.
It’s expected the new fees will be formally adopted at the next council meeting in August, before being placed on public exhibition for comment.