Stroke of luck as council extends aquatic centre lease
Operators of one of the region’s favourite public pools have been given an extended stay at the venue as council eyes off future improvements.
Councillors voted unanimously to extend the lease of Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre by 10 months, with operators Sport in Action (Sunshine Coast) Pty Ltd, directed by Grant Belcher, having their tenure extended through to June 30, next year.
Councillor Jason O’Pray declared a conflict of interest due to a personal friendship with Mr Belcher and a $2000 election campaign donation received back in 2012, outside of required reporting periods, through his Swim Fit business.
Mayor Mark Jamieson was also absent, having not returned after the lunch break, to attend other commitments for the afternoon.
Division 4 councillor Joe Natoli said the extension would not be unreasonable, as the operators had gone through a significant period without income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said it would also give the council time to scope up improvements to the facility and the new lease expiry date would now align with the end of the current Caloundra Aquatic Centre lease.
The facilities will go to market for new tenants at the end of the lease period.
Councillors unanimously voted to support the officer recommendations to extend the current Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre lease by 10 months at Thursday’s ordinary meeting in Caloundra.