YMCA to stay as man­ager

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By STEVE KELLY WAN­GARATTA RSPCA LIST­INGS

WAN­GARATTA YMCA has had its con­tract to man­age the city’s ma­jor indoor sport­ing com­plex and swimming pools ex­tended for two years from July 1.

Coun­cil­lors last week de­cided to grant the ex­ten­sion of con­tract to YMCA Vic­to­ria that in­volves man­age­ment fees of $339,018 in 2017/18.

With the build­ing of ex­ten­sions to WISAC with a hy­drother­apy pool and po­ten­tial out­door heated 50-me­tre pool at the ad­ja­cent Barr Re­serve, coun­cil in­tends to ad­ver­tise the con­tract in two years’ time.

“With the ad­di­tion planned and pend­ing fa­cil­i­ties at WISAC a two year ex­ten­sion of the cur­rent con­tract would al­low a new con­tract for the man­age­ment and op­er­a­tion of the up­graded fa­cil­ity to be ad­ver­tised once works are com­pleted,” coun­cil’s re­port read.

“An up­graded fa­cil­ity may re­sult in ad­di­tional in­ter­est from op­er­a­tors pre­vi­ously dis­in­ter­ested in ten­der­ing for the con­tract.”

YMCA was said to have showed “a strong demon­strated abil­ity to fully per­form the func­tions of ser­vice” over the last five years.

“They have suc­cess­fully met con­tract re­quire­ments by con­tin­u­ally pro­vid­ing a ser­vice that is both value for money and meets over­all cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion re­quire­ments while en­hanc­ing over­all health and well­be­ing for our chil­dren and fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity,” YMCA’s as­sess­ment read.

Ann Dun­stan from Tarrawingee ques­tioned last month’s coun­cil meet­ing say­ing she didn’t think the YMCA’s com­mu­nity and mar­ket­ing ca­pac­ity was what it should be.

Coun­cil di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity well­be­ing Jaime Car­roll said there were some ar­eas where they con­tinue to push for in­creased com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pro­mo­tion and they will con­tinue to work with the YMCA on those.

WAN­GARATTA RSPCA has many lov­able crea­tures up for adop­tion - visit the Con­nell Street shel­ter or call 5722 2874. Adop­tion dogs: Staghound X, Brindle, male, 2yrs, ‘Bear’; Amer­i­can bull­dog X, 4yrs male, ‘Detroit’. Adop­tion cats and kit­tens: Medium hair, male, 2yrs, ‘Rudy’; Short hair, tabby, male, 11mths, ‘Phil’; Short hair, fe­male, 11mths, ‘Lil­lian’; Short hair, torti/white, fe­male, ‘Lola’; Short hair, fe­male, 4yrs, ‘Smokey’; Short hair, male, 6yrs, ‘Snowy’; Short hair, fe­male, 4yrs, ‘Kitty’; Medium hair, male, 4mths, ‘Toby’; Short hair, cham­pagne, male, 4mths, ‘Ed­ward’. Also nu­mer­ous kit­tens are avail­able.

WALKIES TIME: Maryanne Blundy with Rex, Ku­mar and Scout will be head­ing down to the Mil­lion Paws Walk that sets off from the Wan­garatta Dog Obe­di­ence Club at the show­grounds on Sun­day. PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier DOG own­ers are join­ing a fight against an­i­mal...

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