Lane 4 company answers doubters

THE managing director of Lane 4 Pty Ltd has hit back at claims, published in yesterday’s Examiner, that it was going to overcharge swimming clubs and close key facilities if it was successful in winning the tender for the management of four Clarence Valley pools.

Council’s Civil and Corporate committee voted yesterday to have the contract for the Yamba centre given to the alternate tender, who is also the current operator, RYDJ Pty Ltd, and for the contracts for the remaining centres, Grafton, South Grafton and Ulmarra, will go back into negotiations with all tenders.

During the negotiation process, Clarence Valley Council General Manager Stuart McPherson and two councillors will be involved to ensure the interest of the public is upheld.

Public interest in the matter was extremely high with the public gallery being packed and Cr Karen Toms stating that she had received more than 100 emails on the subject and fielded countless phone calls from concerned residents.

Chair of the Civil and Corporate Committee Cr Ian Dinham said that the outcome was pleasing. “All councillors engaged in debate on the subject and we feel that at this stage, this is a satisfactory outcome,” he said.

Lane 4’s managing director Daniel Mulvey wrote a letter to the editor section on Page 10, explaining the company would offer value for money and planned to invest more than $250,000 on gym equipment for the South Grafton pool and would install a fresh juice bar.

The matter will be discussed during next Tuesday’s council meeting held at the Grafton chambers.



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