Council explores leasing public assets to reduce debt
THE Gladstone Aquatic Centre and Mount Larcom pool have been put out to tender to test the market interest as council shops for cheaper options.
Leasing council swimming pools is a cost saving measure other regional councils tapped into a long time ago.
Gladstone Regional Council is facing $160 million worth of debt and it has been looking to its neighbours for tips on how to save money.
Shedding some of the operating costs of running pools, particularly wages, is something council officers have been pushing for years, councillor Matt Burnett said.
And it's also something other councils did years ago.
Pools in the Scenic Rim Regional Council area have been run by private managers since before amalgamation in 2008.
Bundaberg Regional Council has lease agreements over its two Olympic-sized swimming pools where the lessees pay the council for the facility.
None of the Bundaberg Regional Council's pools are managed by council staff. But a representative for that council said maintenance and repairs were still its responsibility.