FORMER Albury mayor Stuart Baker has predicted the lane hire fee saga could bring about the downfall of the Two Cities, One Community partnership between Albury and Wodonga councils.
Mr Baker, a member of the Ovens and Murray Aquatics Action Group fighting the introduction of lane hire fees at public pools in the two cities, was one of four speakers before the Albury Council meeting this week when a recommended licence model was put on hold pending more consultation between swimming and water polo clubs with pool managers, Aligned Leisure.
"The unforeseen consequences of (the monthly licence fee model) will kill our clubs," Mr Baker said.
"The model is flawed.
"This debacle in choosing Aligned Leisure and (not) allowing lane hire for one year then going for it in this recommendation for year two and beyond under a different name has done more to undermine this marriage than anything else.
"The marriage is already on the rocks as Wodonga doesn't want to be part of a cross-border aquatic community consultation process."
"But they need to start behaving in a more constructive manner.
"I'm deeply concerned if they don't start engaging along with us in a proper consultation with the community and swimming user groups then we are going to have major problems moving any of this forward."
Wodonga Council declined to comment.