SKYROCKETING FEES PUT CLUB IN JEOPARDY
AN ASTONISHING 10-fold increase to YMCA Gayndah’s annual licence fee may cripple its planned renovations and financial self-sufficiency.
From the beginning of the month, Gayndah’s annual YMCA Australia membership fee skyrocketed from $1000 to $10,000. To keep doors open, Gayndah has to make some tough decisions.
AUSTRALIA’S smallest independent YMCA is fighting to keep its doors open after being slugged a ten-fold increase to its annual membership fee.
A YMCA Australia decision to increase fees for member clubs and eliminate concessions means YMCA Gayndah’s annual fee of $1000 has skyrocketed to $10,000 a year from July 1.
The club has the money to pay the first year of membership, but at the cost of a planned upgrade of facilities and equipment purchases.
YMCA Gayndah president Dael Giddins said
Dael Giddins We have set aside this money over the last couple of years.
from July 1, the club had lost a generous 80% concession on their previous annual $4221 fee, and all YMCA members would pay a minimum $10,000 annual fee.
“They’ve been restructuring their business, and said everyone should pay for being a member,” Ms Giddins said.
Ms Giddins said YMCA Gayndah did not want to sacrifice renovation plans or savings to pay for their annual $10,000 licence.
“We have set aside this money over the last couple of years,” she said.
This was achieved through their goal of financial self-sufficiency – through memberships, active users and hirers of the facilities. One option to retain the “good name base” and “joint insurance” that YMCA membership offers is for YMCA Gayndah to become a branch of Bundaberg.
Bundaberg YMCA president Phil Selwood confirmed a meeting would be held with Gayndah’s management committee in August.
“Some costs are outside our local control. We’ve spoken to the (Gayndah) committee over the last 12 months,” Mr Selwood said.
While YMCA Bundaberg had no branches, it was looking to get a YMCA presence in other areas.
“We’re looking forward to coming out and hoping to get a resolution out there in the next couple of months.”
YMCA Australia chief executive Ron Mell confirmed Gayndah would not be exempt.
“YMCA Australia is keen to work with the YMCA of Gayndah to explore different models which will enable the YMCA to continue to serve the Gayndah community,” Mr Mell said.