YMCA take charge of gyms, pools

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAUREN PRI­EST­LEY

The de­ci­sion out.

Af­ter months of fine­tun­ing, the coun­cil has an­nounced the ma­jor­ity of its cen­tral Auck­land pool and gym fa­cil­i­ties will be man­aged by com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion YMCA.

YMCA won 10 of the 12 fa­cil­ity con­tracts up for grabs this year, in­clud­ing four that were pre­vi­ously man­aged by Com­mu­nity Leisure Man­age­ment (CLM).

Three of the pools af­fected by the change are in cen­tral Auck­land: Cameron Pool, Lyn­field Youth and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre and One­hunga War Me­mo­rial Pool.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Fer­gus­son says the first thing for cus­tomers to know is that fees will not be in­creas­ing.

‘‘The price will not be go­ing up. We’ve been sim­pli­fy­ing our pric­ing struc­ture in the last cou­ple of years so we might look at that a bit more.

‘‘We will be try­ing to keep it as seam­less as pos­si­ble. We’re con­scious that we’ll be step­ping in with com­mu­ni­ties that have had these ser­vices for a long pe­riod of time.’’

One­hunga will now have two YMCA pools within about 1 kilo­me­tre - an ad­di­tion that will help the com­mu­nity, Fer­gus­son says.

The close prox­im­ity gives an op­por­tu­nity for the cen­tres to work col­lab­o­ra­tively, he says.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is also ex­pect­ing the ma­jor­ity of staff pre-

is fi­nally vi­ously em­ployed CLM will stay Fer­gus­son says.

Most have been of­fered con­tracts with just a hand­ful head­ing to other CLM fa­cil­i­ties or jobs else­where, he says.

New pro­grammes and a fam­ily mem­ber­ship op­tion are on the cards but the or­gan­i­sa­tion is be­ing care­ful not to rock the boat, he says.

‘‘The last thing we want to do is race in there with new staff who don’t know the place and change things up. The ex­pec­ta­tion is that all of the staff that are keen will be com­ing across.

‘‘Once we get on the sites we’ll be able to get a feel for what the com­mu­nity is re­ally want­ing. But we’re not just go­ing in to change things around.’’

The man­age­ment con­tracts will take ef­fect from July 1 and last five years.

CLM de­clined to com­ment.

Auck­land Coun­cil leisure man­ager Rob McGee says it was a close com­pe­ti­tion be­tween YMCA and CLM.

The pre­vi­ous con­tracts were due to fin­ish this year so a full ten­der process was re­quired to find the best provider, he says.

‘‘We have worked closely with lo­cal boards to en­sure their com­mu­nity out­comes are well re­flected in these de­ci­sions and will con­tinue to do so as we mon­i­tor the de­liv­ery of each con­tract.’’

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