The chips are not down at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre

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MANDURAH Mayor Rhys Williams has moved to reassure the community that hot chips at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre will stay.

He said they are the best chips in the world and will not be banned.

Yesterday the Times reported Councillors would discuss the centre’s Café Assessment report on the range of food options at the Council meeting tonight. Hot chips were included in the category range of deep fried foods, that should to be reduced.

There was a huge response to the article on social media.

Michael Thornton said the hot chips at aquatic centre were a icon.

Leanne Smeeth said nothing beats a large chips on the way out after a nice swim or when your kids have finished basketball. “Please keep them best chips in Mandurah,” she said.

Kate Benson asked what kid didn’t love hot chips after a swim in the pool. She said big kids loved them too.

In March, City of Mandurah councillor Fred Riebeling raised concern about the sale of unhealthy food, such as chips, at the MARC cafe.

Mayor Williams said his day today included a briefing on important community infrastructure in South Mandurah, planning around economic diversification plans for Mandurah CBD, and some work on a new homeless strategy to address the most vulnerable in the community.

“But what is the only thing I have been asked,’’ he said.

“Are you really banning chips?

“Of course not.

“There are no better chips anywhere in the world than the chips at our MARC – we just want to make sure we have plenty of healthy options available for those who are seeking it.”

The council will discuss the assessment at its committee meeting this evening.