Indigo Council is looking to develop the first recreation program encompassing all five of its pools to boost visitation to the facilities.
An expression of interest will close on Monday for individuals and businesses equipped to deliver group fitness and aquatic activities for Beechworth, Rutherglen, Yackandandah, Chiltern and Tangambalanga.
Council community development co-ordinator Carlene Lamanna said the idea had been developed by an engagement team new to the council, looking to rejuvenate the facilities.
“In the past we have had different programs and gentle aerobics delivered through service providers, but this is the first time we’re putting out an EOI to get some innovative programs helping to engage our residents,” she said.
“We’re hoping some of the programs may target our younger cohorts across council, younger mothers with children, and also the elderly.”
Last year, Beechworth netted the biggest attendance across the shire with 12,375 visitors – the majority children.
Yackandandah was next with 8310, followed by Rutherglen (7270), Chiltern (6703) and Tangambalanga (5435).
Ms Lamanna said facilities at Rutherglen were especially of interest, as an extended season was being trialled this year.
“The season will be from October 15 to April 10. That’s an additional four weeks at the beginning and the end,” she said.
“That’s been motivated mainly by a very active group of swimmers through the Rutherglen Swimming Club, who have kept the water clean throughout the season.
“They’ve been giving their time to maintain that pool which has been a great thing and means we can open the pool early.”
Ms Lamanna said funding was allocated within the council’s budget for development of the recreation program.
“We’ll take a week to evaluate and then successful EOI applicants will be notified on October 31,” she said.
“The rest of our pools are open on November 12, so hopefully that gives us enough time to work out arrangements with successful applicants.
“We’re looking forward to interesting applications.”
For more information on the program, visit indigoshire.vic.gov.au/Advertising/Pool_program_opportunity.