Estelle Myers, of Ballina, welcomes the council decision to offer seniors a reduction in fees at the Ballina Memorial Pool.
Estelle Myers, of Ballina, welcomes the council decision to offer seniors a reduction in fees at the Ballina Memorial Pool. Cathy Adams

Pensioners lap up pool fee discount

ESTELLE MYERS swims 12 laps of the Ballina Memorial Pool every day.

But she fears other seniors who cannot afford to do so are missing out, and called on Ballina Shire Council to give aged people and pensioners a discount.

Following a lengthy debate at a council meeting last Thursday, councillors voted to give seniors, pensioners and disability pensioners a 10 per cent discount on the $150 adult season passes, and to charge $26 instead of $29 for a book of 10 entry tickets for the 2008/2009 pool season at Ballina and Alstonville.

A further review of discounts will be also considered when the next price change occurs.

Ms Myers, who contacted the council requesting a seniors' discount be implemented, said many older people struggled trying to pay for food and rent, which meant they often could not afford things like a pass to the pool.

“Water from birth to death is an essential part of healthy living,” she said.

“I'm pleased the council is doing this, it is a win in principle. However, I would like to see a bigger discount in the future.

“Everybody should get in the water every day, it's good for you.”

The council staff's recommendation was to not approve a discount at this stage. However, Councillor Sue Meehan moved the amendment to get the 10 per cent discount.

“Seniors are 30 per cent of the Ballina Shire population,” Cr Meehan said.

“We write these documents about promoting mental and physical health, and good use of the resources we have - it (the discount) would have very minimal impact on the bottom line.”

Councillor David Wright said if the discount encouraged more people to use the shire's swimming pools, it was a good thing.

Council-operated swimming pools at Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Casino already offer pensioner concessions.



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