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