Pool ad­mis­sion rises on cards

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A short­fall in vis­i­tor num­bers has re­sulted in price in­creases for both the Ti­rau and Pu­taruru pools and some were heftier than oth­ers.

All three of the dis­trict’s pools are funded with 20 per cent user charges and 80 per cent dis­trict rates.

In­come for the Ti­rau and Pu­taruru pools fell ‘‘ well short’’ last year, South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Hobbs said.

The Ti­rau pool had a short­fall of more than $7000 while the Pu­taruru pool was more than $26,000 down.

Prices for adults, con­ces­sion swims, pub­lic hire, the Pu­taruru and Ti­rau swimming club, school charges and swimming car­ni­vals are planned to in­crease.

Pres­i­dent of the Pu­taruru Swimming Club, Mi­nor Ni­cholls, said she was sad to hear of the in­crease.

‘‘At the end of the day any in­crease will ef­fect us as a club.’’

She was afraid if they were to put up their own fees, it would put peo­ple off learn­ing the im­por­tant skill. ‘‘Any ed­u­ca­tion for our chil­dren in the wa­ter is im­por­tant.’’

It may hit the club hard but it would not de­ter them from keep­ing it run­ning.

The in­creases come after ‘‘ mis­lead­ing’’ in­for­ma­tion was leaked to Ti­rau res­i­dents about the pool’s po­ten­tial clo­sure, Hobbs said.

A pub­lic meet­ing was held to deal with pub­lic up­roar that re­sulted.

Hobbs said the fu­ture of the Ti­rau pool was dis­cussed late last year when one of the pos­si­bil­i­ties pro­posed was to close the pool al­to­gether.

He said it was never go­ing to hap­pen.

‘‘The pub­lic ex­clu­sion was ig­nored and we had 350 angry peo­ple in the Ti­rau Hall...

‘‘It[the clo­sure] was never an op­tion.’’

Hobbs said the new prices were ‘‘ rea­son­able’’ com­pared to other pools.

The costs for Ti­rau Pri­mary School’s use of the pool was also looked at.

It was pay­ing an an­nual $1000 flat fee and now the school will face an ad­di­tional $375 per week.

‘‘At the end of the day the school [ was] pay­ing rel­a­tively noth­ing... We want the school to have a pool... we think it’s a good com­pro­mise.’’

The flat fee will cover the cost of the chem­i­cals while the school uses it.

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