Gabby Harris runs through one of the funky water features at the Maryborough Aquatic Centre opening.
Gabby Harris runs through one of the funky water features at the Maryborough Aquatic Centre opening. Robyne Cuerel

Council taken to task on Maryborough pool entry fee

A MARYBOROUGH man has called on Fraser Coast Council to immediately review pricing at the city's aquatic centre because it costs more for a child to swim than an adult.

Mike Grounds contacted every councillor over the cost of entry to the council-owned pool, which carries a $3.40 charge for children and $2.20 for a spectator adult.

An adult entry is $4.50, $1 less than for a child and spectator.

Mr Grounds said the charges were in excess compared to nearby council-run pools such as Bundaberg, where the cost of a child and spectator equal the cost of an adult entry.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he had not yet received a formal response from Mr Grounds to review the charges, but would respond if one was lodged.

"The reason there is a charge for spectator parents is that they are responsible for supervising their children while swimming, which may mean that they need to be in the water with the children unless they are attending lessons or swimming carnivals," he said.

"The spectator parents also have access and use of the other facilities and amenities at the pool."

Cr O'Connell said pool pricing was reviewed annually as part of the budget process.

POOL COSTS

  • Single entry to Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre and Maryborough Aquatic for one adult is $4.50.
  • Single entry for a child aged three and over is $3.40, with a $2.20 charge for accompanying spectator adult.