Pool fee reflects facilities

IT WILL cost $1 more to use the new Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre (TRAC) than the other swimming facilities provided by council.

In the fee schedule for the centre, due to be opened in Murwillumbah in November, there's a proposed $175 season ticket for use of the outdoor pools only, while a single entry will cost $4.50, compared with $3.50 for council's other pools at Kingscliff and Tweed Heads South.

Council's manager of recreation services Stewart Brawley said that the draft schedule of fees balances the need to keep prices down to make the facility accessible for the community, with the cost of running the centre and its other activities.

"While the proposed $4.50 single entry fee for the TRAC facility is more than the $3.50 entry fee for council's existing pools, the standard and range of facilities is much greater," Mr Brawley said, adding the season pass is the same cost as a six-month pass for council's pools at Kingscliff and Tweed Heads.

Under the draft fee schedule, the water slide would allow people two free sessions per day during the summer season, and there's a range of flexible entry and membership options, Mr Brawley said.

Administrators are to consider the plan at Tuesday's council meeting before it is placed on display for public comment.

Dive-in movies could be a drawcard for the centre that will include a freeform leisure pool for young children, with a beach area, waterfall, interactive water features and an impressive night-time lighting display.

The centre is proposed to be open from 5.30am to 9pm.

The centre will also include a 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre heated pool and diving pool featuring one and three-metre diving boards, a hydrotherapy pool and a learn-to-swim pool, with various group classes, and services planned to be offered to residents.

The creation of a "wet deck" and resurfacing of the existing 50-metre pool is ongoing, and pre-construction work is now underway for a grandstand which will seat up to 500 spectators.

For a full fee schedule visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au, click on "meeting information", and see item nine in the operations committee section.

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