Surf schools say tender process ‘extremely stressful’

SURF Schools, Elite Surf Coaching and Stand Up Paddle Board Coaching operated in Ballinashire will require you to reapply for a license.

The Ballina Shire Council has agreed to require a new license open bidding process for the three years from May 2021 to April 2024.

The surf school license fee will remain the same ($ 6,500) in 2021 and 2022, increasing by 3% to $ 6,695 in 2023.

Elite surf coaching fees and stand-up paddle board coaching fees remain at $ 2,166, excluding $ 2,230 in 2023.

Ballina plans to offer 5 surf school licenses to 1 instructor per 8 clients, up to 20 people per day and up to 2 sessions.

There are 6 elite surf coaching licenses with 1 instructor for every 7 clients.

Stand Up Paddleboard coaches are offered three licenses and can teach eight clients at a time.

Starting in 2021, the Ballina Shire Council plans to offer five surf school licenses to one instructor for every eight clients.

Shawn Riley, co-owner of Soul Surf School Byron Bay, provided an agent to oppose the proposed bidding process and asked for a six-year license.

“Bidging is very expensive for our business and the council at a time when it is very stressful for incumbent operators,” he said.

“The proposed bid will create a lot of uncertainty about how we carry out our day-to-day business and labor costs when the jobkeeper is finished.”

The license was initially issued in 2010 through the bidding process. In this process, the council increased the number of surf schools allowed by the policy.

In September 2013, the council resolved in August 2016 and April 2017 to extend the current license without bidding.

The bid was called by the council in April 2018, appointed and provided with five licenses.

The council was previously hesitant to call for bids because of the risk of existing operators losing their livelihoods.

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