Council sees fit to move programs
LOW cost fitness programs in Two Rocks could shift into a private instructor’s hands following a City of Wanneroo decision to transition out of providing the classes.
The council supported a staff recommendation at its October 10 meeting that the City move the program run at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre to an external business.
“The City has delivered lowcost fitness classes in Two Rocks since 2013 through the healthy communities initiative,” the council report said.
“The fitness classes have remained ongoing due to the lack of other affordable programs and services within the Two Rocks area.
“The City directly funds and manages two exercise classes that operate twice weekly at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre.”
The report said the City funded an external fitness instructor to deliver both programs and that three staff operated the creche.
The report said the current program cost the City almost $44,500 a year and last financial year, there were more than 2500 attendances at fitness classes and 600 children attendances within the creche.
“There are no gym or fitness centres in Two Rocks – the closest is located in Yanchep,” it said.
The report said the City could lower operational costs by transitioning the programs to a local business owner or instructor, though it may need to continue in-kind support via room hire and the creche.
Several options were considered. The current service will continue until January 2018.
The report said the transition would cost about $31,800 a year for the first two years, then cost about $17,250 a year.