Council resolved to drastically slash the price of pool passes for Narrabri Shire pools at its February Council meeting on Tuesday 27 February 2018. This decision will see 12-month family passes reduced by $700 per annum and other passes reduced. These discounts will be applied immediately to existing pass holders renewing their passes and patrons wanting to take out a multi-use pass for the first time.
“This was a great time to review the Narrabri Aquatic Centre and the other pools as the Aquatic Centre has now been running for several years and actual operating costs and trends in patronage could be better defined,” explained Community Facilities Manager, Evan Harris. “The review found that patronage over the last few years has declined and the take-up of season and annual passes is not where it should be.”
“The review of fees and charges associated with the pools was conducted as staff saw the potential to increase patronage by decreasing the cost of pool passes and making family passes more appealing.”
“Council wanted to make a visit to the Narrabri Aquatic Centre more affordable for families so Annual and Season pass costs have been dramatically decreased and are more in line with our surrounding regional centres. Boggabri and Wee Waa passes have been reduced by a smaller amount to now align closer to the new Narrabri half yearly fees, reflecting their shorter swimming seasons.”
“It is hoped that lower pass fees and availability of winter only access will encourage more swimmers from outside Narrabri to access swimming sessions at the Narrabri Indoor Pool this winter.”
The new fees and charges will be applied in 2018/2019 but Council will be providing discounts immediately for residents wishing to purchase or renew their passes in an effort to encourage swimming over the winter months at the Narrabri Aquatic Centre.
As well as reducing the cost of passes, Council is making other changes to encourage pool patronage.
“Staff have been discussing further expansion of “in pool” activities at our pools. The Learn to Swim program has been reviewed and the fees associated with that program will now include the spectator fee, meaning that guardians and parents won’t have to pay separately every time they bring their child to a Learn to Swim lesson.”
“These simple changes make it easier for our staff when experiencing a high volume of customers and more convenient for families.”
“Event fees have also been lowered,” outlined Mr Harris. “We want to see more carnivals and events happening at Narrabri Shire pools in the future and promote the amazing facilities we have in Narrabri Shire.”
For further information contact the Narrabri Aquatic Centre on (02) 6799 6782 or see the factsheet below.