The Dunedin Swim Coaching Board is asking the council to
scrap lane charges at Moana Pool, saying athletes are being
charged twice for using the pool.
Board chairman Lindsay Dey told councillors at Friday's
annual plan hearings that lane charges were costing it $6000
and it was now faced with having to increase fees to meet the
The Dunedin City Council agreed in 2012 to introduce lane
charges of $2 an hour per lane up to six lanes, and $10 an
hour per lane above that. A charge of $10 per hour for
half-pool hire for group activities was also agreed.
Mr Dey questioned the lane changes, saying it resulted in a
situation where athletes were ''paying twice'' to use the
''They pay to enter the pool and now they are paying for the
lane space itself.''
In reply to a question from Cr Andrew Whiley, he said he was
not aware of anybody else in New Zealand charging twice for
an athlete to use lane space.
The trust also asked the council to review the allocation of
lane space. It seemed there was a policy to have ''six to
eight'' lanes allocated to the public at all times, which
gave pool staff a lack of ''flexibility'' when allocating
In response to a question from Cr Richard Thomson, Mr Dey
said it would be ideal if more lanes were available to
athletes at times when few members of the public used the
pool, for instance late at night and early in the morning.