24-7 gym access for aquatic centre
Horsham Aquatic Centre gymnasium users will soon have 24-hour access after YMCA Victoria won a three-year contract extension to operate the centre until the end of June, 2021.
Horsham Rural City Council community services director Kevin O’brien said the aquatic centre was important for the Horsham community and he was pleased negotiations had resulted in a contract extension.
“Since the facility was built in 2006, YMCA and council’s partnership has helped deliver affordable swimming and leisure facilities that are accessible for all people,” he said.
“The centre is much more than a place to swim. It’s a meeting point where you can attend a class, stay for tea and coffee and connect with community.”
The contract extension marks a new era for the centre, with YMCA Victoria set to finalise 24hour access for gym users.
YMCA Victoria development manager Scott Bryant said the new 24-7 model would meet the changing needs of the community, creating greater flexibility for service delivery.
“We have been proud to manage Horsham Aquatic Centre and are excited by the prospect of further developing this important and highly valued public asset,” he said.
“In 2018 there were more than 170,000 visits to the centre, 1700 individual members, 1600 personal training sessions delivered and more than 5000 visits to the YMCA swimming lesson program, however evidence suggests there is a demand for gym access outside our standard operating hours. For example, we know that mothers with babies and young children who need to fit their exercise routine around their family’s daily routine will benefit.”
Mr Bryant said the centre already supported families through the day by operating a crèche.
“Last year there were more than 5000 visits to the crèche, which has enabled parents to access programs at the facility,” he said. “Our investment in a 24-7 gym is the next step in delivering better health for the Horsham community.”
YMCA’S contract fee for the 2018-19 financial year will be $250,000. The YMCA will pay the capital required for 24-7 gym set-up, which will cost about $65,000.