Stuckey Fights for Wendens to Manage Palm Beach Pool

21 Jun 2012 9:04 AMJann Stuckey

21st June 2012

Member for Currumbin and Minister for Small Business, Jann Stuckey MP is again calling on the GCCC to allow the Wenden family to continue operating the Palm Beach pool.

“With a full council vote expected on Friday to decide the fate of the Wenden family, I implore all Gold Coast City councillors to consider the huge contribution this family has provided to the local community for the last 35 years,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Wendens have a terrific reputation for running the biggest, and arguably the best, learn to swim school on the Gold Coast, with some 36,000 participants, as well as adult swim programs.

“Council’s key priority should be to provide a community service for ratepayers.

“This service should not be based solely on the cheapest price; and nowhere in the Local Government Act 2009 does it suggest this.

“The Council does have a responsibility to deliver value for money, but that is exactly what the Wendens have done for the last 35 years.

“My office has been inundated in the past two days with requests from constituents to keep the Wendens at the Palm Beach Pool. 

“There are concerns that under new management by a Victorian company fees will go up, making entry prohibitive to local users. 

“Our community is a close knit one and it would be a severe blow to see the Wendens lose control, replaced by a large, interstate corporation running our pool.

“I ask Gold Coast City Council to re-consider their decision and support locals and people who know how to run a clean, safe pool.

“Thirty-five years of dedicated service to our community is worth fighting for.