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Price hike shock as fee doubles at Rockhampton fitness class

A WOMAN has criticised the doubling of a Rockhampton water fitness program.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, attends water aerobics classes twice a week, which are part of the Aqua Fit program, in her lunch break at the 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre in South Rockhampton.

One day, she went along to her class to discover the fee had risen from $5 to $10.

She recently wrote a letter to the editor at The Morning Bulletin outlining her disappointment at the decision.

"I handed over my $5 to be told that it has increase to $10 to add to this the girl telling me to pay $10 tells me the council have stopped funding this program,” she said.

The woman said she asked to speak to the manager at the facility.

"The new manager told me he could not find the funding showing up in the books at all from council and that it hadn't been for some time there for the decision was made to up the fees,” she said.

She received a letter from Lane 4 Aquatics stating the casual rate for the Aqua Fit program, had risen to $10 due to funding arrangements from the local government.

Councillor Cherie Rutherford, Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council's Parks and Recreation Committee responded to the price rise.

"A subsidy was originally offered for these activities through a program funded by the Federal Government, which ran from 2012 until 2015,” she said.

"When this program ceased, Lane 4 Aquatics, who are the lessees of the complex, continued to subsidise classes for the benefit of the community.

Cr Rutherford said the lessee was entitled to run programs within these facilities at commercial rates.

"It is important to highlight that entry fees into all pools across the region are subsidised to $2 and have been for some time, as part of council's commitment to promoting healthy and active living,” Cr Rutherford said.

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