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New swimming pool entry prices

Auckland City Council Media release

20 October 2008

New swimming pool entry prices

Changes to some Auckland city swimming pool entry prices will take effect from Labour Weekend (25 October).

Escalating operating costs last year forced Auckland City Council to approve the first rise in swimming pool entry prices in 10 years.

At this time it was agreed that price increases at the pools would be linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and would be adjusted annually in 20c increments if movement in the CPI is this large.

A casual adult entry price at Onehunga War Memorial Pool, Lagoon Leisure & Fitness Centre, Glenn Innes Pool, Cameron Pool and Pt Erin Pool will rise from $5 to $5.20, while the child entry price will remain at $2.50.

A casual adult entry price at the Parnell Baths and Tepid Baths will rise from $5.50 to $5.70, while the child entry price will rise from $3.50 to $3.70.

A discount framework will continue to offer reduced entry costs to infants, seniors, students, community service card holders, non-swimmers, families and frequent users of the facilities.

Councillor Greg Moyle, chairperson of the Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee, says the price rise is a small but necessary one.

"It must be recognised that the cost of operating these pools continues to rise. The council is working with the swimming pool operators to ensure that changes to the cost of entry will not act as a deterrent to current and potential pool users.

"It is important that access to swimming pool facilities remains affordable for all members of the community, which is why we offer a standardised discount framework."

Four other pools are not affected by the entry price increase due to their contractual arrangements. These are Mt Eden Pool, Olympic Pool and Fitness Centre, Philips Aquatic Centre, and Sacred Heart College Pool.

Auckland City Council subsidises the running of 12 pools and reviews the financial subsidy regularly. This year, the council has contributed $1.4m in subsidies to swimming pools.

ENDS


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