Coun­cil sees fit to move pro­grams

North Coast Times - - #SNAPPERTH - Lucy Jarvis

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.

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