AN Orange councillor says he will stand for election to the board of Orange Ex-Services' Club in the wake of its decision to close its pool.
Councillor Glenn Taylor, a long-time club member, said he was angered by the closure announcement on Tuesday.
He said the club was failing to provide services for members and he would seek election at the next annual general meeting to put the focus back on the members.
"It's no longer a club - they put all the money into motels which is all well and good for the bottom line, but what do the members get out of a motel in their own town?"
It's no longer a club.Councillor Glenn Taylor
He questioned finances as the reason behind the decision after, according to the latest publicly available annual report on its website, the club made $1.6 million in profit in 2017, with $27 million in turnover.
That same year, 53 per cent came from poker machines.
"They can afford to keep staff on until 5am, but they can't afford a couple of lifeguards," he said.
"There's a community component - they'll say they sponsor football teams, but let's see how much they make from poker machines."
He said Orange Aquatic Centre did not have the capacity in winter to take on those who use the club's pool and suggested the club pitch in for a second indoor pool.
Already a member of the OCTEC Limited board, Cr Taylor hoped to find other prospective candidates for the club board, and encouraged members to attend the AGM to vote.
A club spokeswoman reiterated an earlier statement, saying the facilities would close as of April 29 due to "extensive operating costs, ageing plant and equipment and aquatic facility supervision requirements".
The club's 2017 annual report also said it returned $14 million to Orange through wages, procurement, $500,000 in member discounts and more than $1 million in grants and sponsorship.
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