Wet'n'Wild or Evans pool?
FELICITY WILDE, of Rileys Hill, will not be using the new Evans Head Aquatic Centre when it opens for the first time today.
The mother of two said membership to the centre was unaffordable.
“It’s $650 for a 12-month family membership,” she said.
“It’s ridiculous. I’m appalled.”
Instead of visiting the centre Mrs Wilde has purchased a $300 pass that will give her family of four entry for 12 months into three Gold Coast amusement parks – Wet’n’Wild, Movie World and Sea World.
Mrs Wilde said the pass was part of a new offer which targeted residents in Northern NSW. She said it was much better value than the aquatic centre.
Mrs Wilde said she was disappointed the pool, which the community had raised funds to build and had campaigned for 17 years to get, cost so much to enter.
“Unfortunately Richmond Valley Council have put the availability of this facility completely out of the reach of the average Evans Head resident,” Mrs Wilde said.
“It’s just so unfair.”
Mrs Wilde said she believed the centre risked financial failure because of its fees.
However, the council hasdefended the entry fees.
Council administration engineer Michael McKenzie said the fees were reasonable.
The council-owned facility is leased to Freney Aquatic Enterprises, which was required to provide information about its fee structure during the tendering process.
The fees were compared with similar facilities in other localgovernment areas and found to be within a similar range.
Entry into the facility is $4 for adults and $3.50 for children aged between two and 15 years, with spectators charged $2.50.
The centre features an eight lane 25-metre heated swimming pool with a constant water temp of 28 degrees Celsius.
The children’s pool has threelevels and features a water playground with cannons, water buckets, spiral sprays, water fountains and rock pools.
There are also barbecue and grass picnic areas.
The Federal Government contributed $3.4 million to the cost of building the centre.
For more information visit www.evansheadaquaticcentre.com
ENTRY FEE COMPARISONS
Evans Head Aquatic Centre: $4 for adults, $3.50 for children aged between two and 12 years, children under two years are free, with a family 12-month pass costing $650.
Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre: $4 for adults and children, $3 during off-peak times, which are 10am to 3pm on weekdays. Children under four are free and a family 12-month pass costs $975.
Ballina Memorial Olympic Pool: $3.50 for adults and $2.80 for children, babies under 12 months are free, with a family 12-month pass costing $300.
Alstonville Olympic Swimming Pool: $3.50 for adults, $2.30 for children.
Nimbin Swimming Pool: free.