SWIM centres in Albury are to get an advisory committee to help their operations.
The Lauren Jackson Sports Centre and the Alexandra Park athletics complex already have similar groups reporting to Albury Council.
The council’s community and cultural committee this week agreed to establish an advisory body for the two public swim centres it owns in Albury and Lavington.
Both are operated by Paul Tanner and Lawrie McInnes from Albury Aquatic Management.
The two pools experienced some of their highest patronage last summer due to the delay in the opening of Wodonga’s new WAVES aquatic complex.
A total of 163,000 people visited the Albury pool and another 57,000 people went to the Lavington pool.
High demand from swimming and water polo competitions, as well as training and regular use for swimming provides a constant juggling act for the pool operators.
The city’s leisure facilities team leader, Michael Stanton, proposed the creation of the aquatics advisory committee.
“The 2012-13 season reiterated the need for improved communication between user groups, management of the swim centres and the Albury Council,” he said.
“Establishing an aquatics facilities advisory committee will aid this process.”
The committee will help in the co-ordination of major bookings and carnivals, general usage and operational systems, the determination of annual proposed fees and charges and compliance issues.
A serving councillor will chair the group and will be joined by Mr Stanton, representatives from the Ovens and Murray swimming and water polo associations, the Albury Diving Club, the swim centre management, community representatives for both swim centres and an Albury youth councillor.
The chairperson will be elected next month when the council appoints its delegates to working parties and advisory committees.
“Like any advisory committee it is the responsibility of the representatives on it to act as a liaison between the groups they represent,” Mr Stanton said.
The council has also allocated $40,000 for an aquatics feasibility study in 2014-15.
“It is proposed that the advisory committee would be an essential consultation group for this aquatics feasibility,” Mr Stanton said.
“Forming a committee now allows time for the representatives to learn more about the aquatics and leisure industries and the operations of the two swim centres.”