Aquatic centre anger

FAMILIES say they can no longer afford for their children to swim at Maryborough Aquatic Centre due to a recent rise in admission fees.

Members from the Mary River Swimming Club said up to 50 children were now travelling as far as Rainbow Beach to use more affordable pool facilities during the off-season.

Tracey Burgess, whose child swims competitively as part of the club, said spectator fees and a new lane hire agreement which had come into place as of July 1 had meant the club had to make alternative arrangements, with many families having to stop their kids swimming altogether.

"My son can train up to five days a week; not only do I have to pay for him but I have to pay for myself and my other children just to come in and watch him train.

"What other sport do you have to pay to stand on the sideline and wait for your kids to finish training?"

While members of the club claim meetings with the Fraser Coast Council to resolve the issue have not been productive, events, sport, Recreation and open spaces spokesman Darren Everard said attempts had been made to accommodate the swimming club.

"Council has had several meetings with this club and they have been offered an opportunity to come back with a proposal that would accommodate both parties.

"No communication has been received from MRR since the last meeting.

"Swimming pools are extremely resource heavy in relation to running costs with the rising cost of power and chemicals."