Council considers private tender to run aquatic centres

GLADSTONE Regional Council has been quick to dispel rumours its $2million Gladstone Aquatic Centre was to be put on the market.

But the council's director of corporate and community services Cale Dendle confirmed the council would be inviting proposals for external parties to operate the Gladstone Aquatic Centre and the Mt Larcom pool after the Easter holidays.

The council operates those two pools and the Calliope pool, owned by Calliope State School.

Mr Dendle said the council was investigating whether having the centres run by a commercial operation would be more efficient.

The cost of operating the three pools is $1.4 million a year compared to just $750,000 that is raised in revenue from entry fees.

In three years almost $1 million has been spent maintaining the facilities, on top of the $2 million to upgrade the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.