A FIVE-YEAR contract extension could be granted to the YMCA to run the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre and the WAVES outdoor swimming pool.
That would take the partnership between Wodonga Council and the YMCA out to the end of June, 2018.
City councillors will make a decision on the proposed contract extension at their monthly meeting tonight.
Community development director Debra Mudra said in a report the YMCA had demonstrated very good performance over the initial contract period.
The YMCA was selected as the successful tenderer for managing the council’s swim centres in 2008, starting a five-year contact in November of that year.
At the time it was noted that there were a further two terms of five years available.
Ms Mudra said the YMCA had made many “operational and strategic changes” that had led to a steady growth in the number of people coming through the gate.
Feedback from the community, she said, suggested a high level of satisfaction with the management of both the leisure centre and WAVES.
The recommendation to continue with the YMCA will include several variations to the contract.
One is that the council would no longer require the YMCA to have a $50,000 bank guarantee.
Ms Mudra said the YMCA’s strong performance since 2008 meant it was at a low risk of “non-performance and non-payment”.
The new contract with the YMCA would start on November 1.
The council would also enter into a profit share arrangement where there would be a one-third profit split between the council, the YMCA and “a committed reinvestment back into the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre”.
Also to be considered tonight is removal of a clause that was initially provided to support the buying of new equipment.
Instead, it calls for any further YMCA requests for buying equipment be considered when the council determines its capital works annual budget and planning.
Ms Mudra listed several significant achievements since 2008.
Wodonga was named YMCA Victoria’s centre of the year last year and it won more than $100,000 in grants to support initiatives such as the New Arrival Water Safety Program, youth mentoring and midnight basketball.
Membership had grown by almost 1000 since 2008.
Ms Mudra also highlighted the YMCA’s increased range of programs and services to meet the community’s wide-ranging needs, including a cardio rehabilitation program in partnership with Albury Wodonga Health.