We hope you have been keeping well and are enjoying being back at the facility.

Coffs Harbour City Council and Lane 4 have announced on Thursday, 30th July that work will commence to transition pool management arrangements back to Council.

Group Leader Financial Services and Logistics Mark Griffioen said a decision has been made by Coffs Harbour City Council to take over the management of the pools from Lane 4.

“Council has decided to take over management of the pools from mid-October to ensure this vital recreational service continues to be provided to the community and visitors. We have been discussing this matter with Lane 4 and have come to an arrangement that is in the best possible interests of all involved.”

Todd McHardy CEO of Lane 4 said like many Australian businesses, particularly in the recreation industry, the business has suffered greatly with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Whilst COVID-19 safe plans have ensured swimming pools are now a great place to visit, the federal and state government restrictions caused a significant shutdown period and loss of revenue, membership and swim school enrolment.”

“Coffs Harbour City Council have agreed to release Lane 4 from this lease due to the extreme financial pressure COVID-19 has created. We will continue to operate the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool and open the Sawtell and Woolgoolga Pools in readiness for summer, then coordinate a professional transition of management in mid-October.

“As a company we enjoyed the challenge this lease presented and felt welcomed by the Coffs community and Council. We wish all residents well with their future swimming and thank the amazing Lane 4 local staff for their hard work during some challenging times. Staff will be eligible to seek employment with Council at the appropriate time subject to operational needs.

As part of this transition, Lane 4 will strive to keep you well informed as we progress through the necessary changes to come. We can guarantee that the current pricing structure will not change.

We thank you for your patience while we seek to provide you with more information soon.

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