Peo­ple’s place set to be­come 24/7 fa­cil­ity

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY SHANE DOUTHIE sd­outhie@ne­me­

It will al­low it to com­pete with other gym­na­si­ums to al­low coun­cil to earn more money.


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.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

EASY AC­CESS: WISAC staff mem­bers Dea McNa­mara (left) and Tr­ish Storer wel­come the news the gym­na­sium will be go­ing to a 24 hour op­er­a­tion.

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