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Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Doyle Michael.Doyle@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

GUT-WRENCH­ING is the term used to de­scribe the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to not re­new the ten­ders for the op­er­a­tors of the Dalby and Jandowae pools.

Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil de­cided on Wed­nes­day to of­fer the con­tract for the pools to Sun­shine Coast com­pany Swim­fit.

The new con­tract be­gins on July 1, leav­ing the cur­rent man­agers of the pools just 10 weeks to fin­ish and find new em­ploy­ment.

Micheal Wise has run the Dalby pool for the last six years and said he and his staff faced great un­cer­tainty about their fu­tures.

“Ba­si­cally they be­lieve this new com­pany is go­ing to of­fer bet­ter ser­vice than what we are – and at a cheaper price,” Mr Wise said.

“I am ab­so­lutely gut­ted, I’ve got 30-odd staff work­ing for me, the un­cer­tainty of that 30 staff not hav­ing jobs now, let alone my­self, it’s gut-wrench­ing.”

Mr Wise said it hurt know­ing lo­cal busi­nesses were be­ing over­looked.

“Es­pe­cially when coun­cil is so dom­i­nant about ... sup­port­ing lo­cals and try­ing to build lo­cal busi­nesses and stuff like that and then they have just wiped four lo­cal busi­nesses and em­ployed some­one from the Sun­shine Coast,” he said.

PHOTO: MICHAEL DOYLE

GUT­TED: Dalby, Chin­chilla and Miles pools man­ager Micheal Wise said he and his staff now faced un­cer­tainty.

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