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Council dives into pool business

Nia Brooks and Michael Tom at the Tweed Heads Indoor Swimming Pool, are unsure about council's take over over the pool.
Nia Brooks and Michael Tom at the Tweed Heads Indoor Swimming Pool, are unsure about council's take over over the pool. John Gass

TWEED Shire Council is taking over a swim program at Tweed Heads Indoor Heated Swimming Pool in June but not all of the customers are happy with the decision.

Mick Pfeffer's two daughters train at Tweed Heads after moving from the Kingscliff pool when the council restaffed the pool earlier this year.

"We moved from Casuarina to Kingscliff for the girls," Mr Pfeffer said.

"The council took over and we got a pretty lousy response down there.

"They don't put the kids at heart."

Mr Pfeffer said he moved his children to Tweed Heads but on June 1 the council plans to take over the administration of the swimming programs at the indoor pool.

"We haven't been there for a great deal of time but we found the instructors were really good to the kids," he said.

"If they (Mr Pfeffer's children) don't enjoy it then they don't want to do it."

Michael Tom and Toni Lewis own and operate the swimming business at the Tweed Heads pool and used to pay rent to council for the use of the facilities.

"I will stay as long as Michael is training the children. If he didn't I would be inclined to track him down," Mr Pfeffer said.

Mr Tom said the council had decided to take over the Learn to Swim programs and the coaching.

"Toni and I have been coaching and teaching swimming together for the past 19 years and it has finally come to an end," Mr Tom said.

"It has been a great journey for us and we've had some memorable times and met some great friends.

"It has always been about the people to us rather than just swimming performance.

"Having said that we have had some great swimmers."

4.30pm: Tweed Shire Council has responded with the following:

Council's recreation services manager Stewart Brawley said the cost, schedule and coaches at the indoor pool would remain the same.

"We found that taking control of the swimming programs was the greatest model and offered us the greatest flexibility," Mr Brawley said.

"Michael will be continuing as the coach at Tweed Heads."

Mr Brawley said both the Kingscliff and Murwillumbah pools were operating the swimming programs close to capacity.

Topics:  swimming, tweed shire council



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