YMCA has been granted another five-year contract to run the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre and the WAVES outdoor swimming pool.
Councillors were unanimous in approving the contract at last night’s council meeting, with many praising the organisation for its handling of the facilities so far.
Acting mayor Anna Speedie said the YMCA was “doing a terrific job in the services they provide to the community”, while Cr Eric Kerr said it had ensured WAVES was on track for yesterday’s grand opening for the swim season.
The contract renewal will start on November 1 and take the partnership through to 2018.
The YMCA was selected as the successful tender for managing the swim centres in 2008, starting a five-year contact in November that year.
The recommendation to continue with the YMCA includes several variations to the contract, including no longer requiring the YMCA to have a $50,000 bank guarantee.
The council will 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”.
A clause provided to support the buying of new equipment has been removed — instead, any YMCA requests for equipment will be considered when the council determines its capital works budget and planning.