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Sport & Events

16 August, 2021

New pool leeses announced

KEELWATER PTY LTD have secured the leases for the Mareeba, Kuranda pools and the Dimbulah pool and caravan park for the next three years, beating out longtime lessees June and Syd Cotter from Cotters Aquatic.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba Shire Council has awarded Keelwater Pty Ltd as the new lesees for the Mareeba, Kuranda pools and the Dimbulah pool and caravan park for the next three years.

KEELWATER PTY LTD have secured the leases for the Mareeba, Kuranda pools and the Dimbulah pool and caravan park for the next three years, beating out longtime lessees June and Syd Cotter from Cotters Aquatic.

Cotters Aquatic reapplied for the lease of the Dimbulah Pool and Caravan Park for one year only, while Keelwater had applied for all the facilities for a duration of three years, Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) chose the latter. 

“Cotter's Aquatics have been the lessee at the Mareeba and Kuranda pools since 2008 and took on the lease at the Dimbulah pool and caravan park in 2019,” MSC Mayor Toppin said. 

“June and Syd are well respected within our communities and have delivered these important services well in that time.”

Keelwater has been identified as an established business with extensive experience in operating pools and Mareeba businesses with Jason Salecich of Keelwater managing the Mareeba Leagues Club from 1998 to 2003.

“Council considered the tenders from Cotter's and Keelwater, both established and suitably qualified Operators,” Mayor Toppin said. 

“The appointment of a single lessee for all four facilities is expected to result in improved efficiencies and a consistent approach to the management of these community assets.

“Council assesses value for money, the administrative requirements of the proposals and the responsibilities that are proposed for both Council and the tenderer.” 

The Express will sit down with upstanding community member and outgoing lessee June Cotter in the start of September to discuss the lease and her time as manager of the Mareeba, Dimbulah and Kuranda pools

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