Councillor Trevor McDonald and Mayor Gerard O'Connell are ready to dive into the running of the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.
Councillor Trevor McDonald and Mayor Gerard O'Connell are ready to dive into the running of the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre. Alistair Brightman

Keep cool, we won’t lose management of pools

THE Fraser Coast's pools are safe from takeover after the Fraser Coast Regional Council's decision to continue running the Hervey Bay and Maryborough aquatic centres.

In April last year, the council advertised for tenders to run the pools, leading to concerns among Hervey Bay competitive swimmers that services could be at risk under new management.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council would continue to manage the pools in the best interest of the community.

"Council has thoroughly examined options to operate the pools and decided to continue to manage them itself," he said.

"Examining the management options was part of an investigation of every service and program council offers as part of the annual budget process.

"We need to undertake these investigations regularly to see if there are better, more sustainable or viable ways of providing a service to ensure that ratepayers are receiving the best service possible.

"We have two fantastic facilities.

"The new Maryborough Aquatic Centre, which was flooded in January, is on schedule for the anticipated reopening of the 50m and 25m pools on May 11 and the hydrotherapy pool and children's play area in mid-June.

"And the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre is about to undergo a major refurbishment which is scheduled to be finished in time for summer."