THE winning tenderer for the operation of the Maclean Swimming Pool said a focus on self sufficiency may have given her bid a competitive edge.

Valley Pool Services Pty Ltd, owned by Glenreagh woman Michelle Irwin, has been awarded the contract to manage the pool.

Valley Pool Services manages the 25m Orara Pool and the smaller Glenreagh Pool.

Her company takes over from managers of 39 years John and Robyn Clarke, who received an outpouring of support from the community when the news emerged their bid for the pool had been unsuccessful.

About 400 town's people rallied in support of the Clarkes in Maclean on Saturday.

Ms Irwin paid tribute to the work of the Clarkes and hoped she could build on the work they had done at the pool.

"We focused on the need to be self-sufficient and I think council looked on that aspect of the tender favourably," Ms Irwin said.

"We showed how we could provide a great service at a competitive price.

"We have a great work health and safety practices in place and our pools have a good history and work ethic."

She said her passion as a pool operator of 20 years experience is learn to swim.

"We do squad training and life guarding, but our real focus is on learn to swim," she said.

"We aim to enhance the services the pool currently offers and build up revenues."

Ms Irwin hoped there was no backlash from the community in support of the Clarkes.

"I watched the rally for the Clarkes and it was heart warming to see that support," she said.

"It was something I hope my town would do for me if the same thing happened to me."



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