People’s place set to become 24/7 facility
It will allow it to compete with other gymnasiums to allow council to earn more money.
- ACTING WISAC CENTRE MANAGER DEBRA BROCKWELL
INCREASING competition from rival gymnasiums has led to the council-owned Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre moving to a 24 hour operation.
Rural City of Wangaratta councillors this week voted in favour of allocating $50,000 from the profit share account with the YMCA to undertake upgrades to allow all hours’ access to the group fitness rooms, changing rooms and gym, despite opposition from Cr Mark Currie.
Cr Currie asked for the motion to be deferred until the next meeting to allow more time for councillors to study the report, however, it failed to gain any support.
Cr Dean Rees backed the $50,000 investment.
“We have the money that’s set aside for this purpose and it’s designed to do works at the centre,” he said.
“It will allow it to compete with other gymnasiums to allow council to earn more money.”
Acting WISAC centre manager Debra Brockwell said going to a 24 hour operation was an exciting step for staff and gym members.
“The market has changed in recent years and people expect to go to the gymnasium whenever they feel like it,” Ms Brockwell said.
“It’s a trend not only in Australia but around the world.
“We’re also getting ‘virtual fitness.
“It’s installed and we’re hopeful it will be up and going by December.”
The motion was carried 5-2 with mayor Ken Clarke and Cr Currie the only opposition.
Funds from the profit share account between council and the YMCA are earmarked for short term facility enhancements or long term facility developments to provide additional health and wellbeing opportunities for residents.
EASY ACCESS: WISAC staff members Dea McNamara (left) and Trish Storer welcome the news the gymnasium will be going to a 24 hour operation.