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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council awards Aquatic Centre management tender to Belgravia Leisure

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has announced the appointment of Belgravia Leisure as the facility manager of its new Rosebud Aquatic Centre with the facility management company to commence working with the Council in January 2020 for a five-year period.

This tenure will include Belgravia Leisure supporting Council in the establishment and management of the day to day the operations of the state-of-the-art new aquatic and recreation facility.

Agreed at its Council meeting on Tuesday (26th November), Mornington Peninsula Mayor, Sam Hearn explained that the Council is pleased to have appointed an experienced and knowledgeable operator and looks forwards to a successful working relationship under a fee for service arrangement to manage the operations of the new facility when it opens.

Mayor Hearn stated “earlier this year Council put a call out to the market, looking for the best operators to manage this exciting milestone project for the community.

Council conducted an extensive process to select an expert operator to ensure that the aquatic centre operations.”

Advertised with Australasian Leisure Management, the tender sought an operator to:

• Deliver the best quality programs and services
• Deliver high quality customer service
• Maximise operational efficiencies, including environmental initiatives
• Provide progressive programming and services for the allied health/wellness centre
• Utilise Industry-leading technologies; and
• Deliver a destination café, operating with a restaurateur.

Seawinds Councillor Simon Brooks said he agreed with the Mayor and the operator will be well placed to benefit the community by bringing experience and an innovative approach to programming, technology, service delivery and facility management, adding “it’s a great outcome for our community to secure an operator that is an industry-leader and will bring their expertise to the operations.”

The contract will see the Council retain control over business functions such as asset management, utilities, maintenance, fees and charges and will be involved in the recruitment of the Centre Manager.

Belgravia Leisure, which currently manages other five facilities for the Council, will manage day-to-day operations and deliver programs and services to the community.

Currently under construction, work on the facility is due to be completed by late 2020.

Australasian Leisure Management understands that Belgravia Leisure has also secured the contract to run the City of Sydney’s new $100 million Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, although the Council has yet to issue a statement confirming this.

Image: Artist’s impression of the Rosebud Aquatic Centre artist impression.

Story: Australasian Leisure Management

Written by: Daz

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