OPERATORS of the two Albury outdoor swim centres and Wodonga’s WAVES have struck a cross-border membership discount at the three facilities this summer.
The biggest beneficiaries of the deal between Albury Aquatic Management and the YMCA will be Ovens and Murray swimming and water polo participants who use all three pools regularly.
Albury Council this week agreed to a 20 per cent discount for seasonal membership at the Albury and Lavington pools for seasonal members of WAVES.
Wodonga city management supports the discount, but was sweating on Albury making a decision on Monday before implementing the discount at WAVES.
A decision had to be made this month to allow each management to include the new fee on membership forms and promotions — Albury and WAVES open on September 16.
An adult membership at the Albury and Lavington pools this summer costs $176, concession $145, child $145, family $289 and family concession $260.
An adult membership at WAVES costs $160, concession $128, child $128 and family $250 (no family concession).
Presently members of the Albury and Lavington pools can pay an extra 20 per cent to have reciprocal membership of those two facilities.
Current members of the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre can buy a WAVES membership at a 20 per cent discount but a discount doesn’t apply to casual visits.
A joint pass was considered too difficult to administer based on the transfer of funds between management groups and the difference in membership prices.
It was considered unworkable to include the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre or other aquatic facilities given their all year round operation.
The initiative will be conducted as a trial in 2013-14 and a review will take place between council staff and aquatic facilities managers for any future joint arrangements.
A benefit of the discount is recreational swimmers and families will have the option to access another pool when another is hosting a major event.