Swimmers fear they will lose coach in pool tender process
COMPETITIVE swimmers from the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre are worried about their future after council opened the pool management contract to tenders.
Parents at the centre are concerned pool services could be downsized by new management following council's decision, and they fear they may lose out on coaching services.
Former Hervey Bay Swimming Club committee member Nicky Duce's daughter swims regularly at the pool and, Ms Duce said she was worried about what the future held.
"Our main concern is that the new owners could come in and cut coaches and restrict training," she said.
"If a big company comes in with a dollar sign as the bottom line then they might do things like close the pool through the winter or that sort of thing."
Ms Duce said there were five families considering leaving the club so the issues did not disrupt their training schedule.
"The Hervey Bay swimming club is one of the best regional clubs," she said.
"I believe there are kids here that will be in the next Commonwealth Games or possibly the next Olympic Games.
"We want the kids to be able to have a talk with council and for council to take them into consideration."
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said council had rules that tenders must follow.
"It is not unusual for councils to enter into management agreements over pools," he said.
"Council knows what it wants to see achieved and has written a list of conditions in the expression of interest documents.
"There is a clause in the document that says existing users will be consulted in terms of requirements."