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Selwyn Times: December 19, 2017

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday December 20 2017 7 News Cost of swim set to Your local Travel and Cruise experts Shop 18, 72 Rolleston Drive. Phone: 03 974 2010 go up at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding THE COST of a swim at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre is going up. The district council has approved an increase in casual, family, swim school and membership fees across the board for the first time since January last year. Centre facility manager Kathy Moore told the district council meeting last week it was anticipated the fees would increase significantly every second year. “The Christchurch City Council do increase their fees every year. It is a bit of a nightmare for them . . . we determined that probably wasn’t the best thing for us,” she said. The facility’s operating costs include electricity, staffing, pool chemicals and maintenance. Increases to swim school classes will come into place in January while the remainder of the fees will increase in February. Ms Moore said a lot of background information-gathering had been done and it is looking to stay in line with the cost of CHANGE: The Selwyn Aquatic Centre will increase its fees from February. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN other pool facilities across Canterbury. Currently the Christchurch and Ashburton councils charge $6 for an adult entry fee while councils in Timaru and Waimakariri charge $5.50. Ms Moore said the Waimakariri District Council had not increased its fees since 2015, but was currently reviewing them with an increase anticipated next year. The district council also looked at charges at Sockburn’s Kings Swim School and compared them to its own learn to swim and swim school prices. “I think overall, we are middle of the road. We are not the cheapest and we are not the dearest. I think these are appropriate charges for our community,” Ms Moore said. The centre operates at a set annual revenue target with a 50/50 cost recovery (user pays/rates subsidy). Selwyn Aquatic Centre fee increases from February General entry •Adult: $5.50 to $6 •Child: $3.20 to $3.50 •Student (uni): $4.50 to $5 •Com Service/Gold Card/ Kiwiable: Stays $4.50 •Pre-schooler + adult: $3.20 to $3.50 Family groups: •Adult + 2 children: $9.50 to $10.50 •2 adults + 1 child: $11.40 to $12.50 •2 Adult + 2 children: $13.90 to $15 District councillor Craig Watson asked if other pools with lifeguards across Selwyn had the same 50/50 ratio, as the Rolleston-West Melton area pays a higher levy for its facilities. He said he was not disputing those costs but it was about making sure there was a consistent model across the district. Ms Moore responded, saying while it does not have a 50/50 split of user pays/rates subsidy for all lifeguard pools at this stage it is something the centre will work towards. •Additional child: $2 to $2.50 Memberships: •3-month: $150 to $165 •3-month senior: $120 to $130 •6-month: $260 to $285 •6-month senior: $208 to $230 •12-month: $450 to $490 •12-month senior: $370 to $410 Swim school: •Infant/pre-schooler: $10 to $11 •School aged: $11 to $12 Cr Watson said the reality was if the district council did not increase the fees, it will have to increase targeted rates. “And I am already uncomfortable about the fact that by some sort of methodology, if you live closer you pay more, whether or not you use (the pool),” he said. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think of the district council increasing fees at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre? Email your views to georgia. AmericAn KArAte GrAndmASter Impeccable Track Record Over 56 years tutor training expertise, in NZ since 1974 Best in NZ! new Karate classes, Leeston • Self-Defence/discipline • Psychological/bully behaviour • Confrontation assessment • Heart & Lung workout/ yoga stretching Personal Instruction by Shihan Mike Lee children and Adult classes: monday through thursday 4 Station Street, Leeston • Phone 022 313 5217 • Come in and see us today at your local Resene ColorShop! On Resene Premium Paints, Wood Stains, Primers, Sealers, Wallpaper, Decorating Accessories and Cleaning Products 0800 737 363 Buy Resene Premium Paints, Wood Stains, Primers, Sealers, Wallpaper, Decorating Accessories and Cleaning Products and get the GST (15% off the full retail price) off at Resene ColorShops and participating resellers. The GST reduction will be calculated on the normal retail price OR if you have a Resene ColorShop or DIY Card you can get the Save the GST sale discount and an extra 5% off. Excludes WallPrint, decals, Crown, trade and industrial products, PaintWise levy and account sales. Paint offer also available at participating Mitre 10 MEGA and Mitre 10 stores. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Offer ends 30 January 2018.