Council rethink welcomed

THE swimming community is pleased to see the Clarence Valley Council is taking the time to have a more in-depth negotiation process with tenders for the management contracts of Grafton, South Grafton and Ulmarra pools after the contract for the Yamba pool was awarded to the current holders.

Past president of the Grafton Amateur Swim Club, Jim Dougherty, says he is happy that council staff are not involved with the process after the budget errors in a previous report.

“Now that there are two councillors and a general manager doing the consulting, I am pleased.

"Hopefully there will not be an error of $300,000 when they do their sums like there was when council staff was writing their recommendation,” Mr Dougherty said.

“Hopefully the good work the Pattersons, who have been doing a great job at the Grafton pool for the last 20 years, is recognised. They have had some very trying times in the last three years and I hope that is not forgotten.”

Cr Margaret McKenna and Cr Karen Toms will be the councillors negotiating the tenders and Cr McKenna says consideration will be given to the three tenders.

“We will be basing our recommendation mainly on service to paying customers as well as community organisations that use the facilities, reputation and how closely they adhere to the budget,” she said.

“All of the tenders were well above the amount council had allocated for the management of the sites, however, hopefully there can be a positive outcome.

“The Clarence Valley needs to remember the only people who have all of the facts are the councillors.

"Fair and just consideration to all tenders will be given based upon those facts and the resulting recommendation will be in the communities' best interests.”

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