Two options for swimmers
Stacey Wells’ privately operated Wanaka Swim Academy has been saved, for now.
An ‘‘eleventh hour’’ community petition and strong arguments from Wanaka’s three elected councillors swayed the Queenstown Lakes District Council to reject a proposal for a single learn to swim provider for the town’s new aquatic centre.
The recommended swim lesson provider was the council’s own Wanaka Swim School.
If the council had adopted a single provider, Wells would have been prevented from working from the new pool when it opens in June and would have had to find another pool for her 300-400 swimmers or close her 18-year-old business down.
Wanaka councillors Quentin Smith, Calum MacLeod and Ross McRobie said there was no case for change and the community voice was loud and clear: there should be a second provider, and the community wanted a choice.
They were supported by Queenstown councillors Craig Ferguson, Alexa Forbes and Penny Clark.
Mayor Jim Boult’s recommendation to reject a sole provider for Wanaka won majority support. His next resolution, to instruct council staff to call for expressions of interest for a dual swimming lesson provider, was passed without further incident.
Until this process has been completed, the status quo remain.
Parents can choose between the Wanaka Swim Academy or the Wanaka Swim School.