Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is seeking community comment on a proposed addition to its 2016/17 adopted fees and charges applicable to the Quirindi Recreation Centre (QRC). Council is proposing to introduce a Corporate Program whereby 5 or more new members paid for by a business, sporting-club or organisation will attract reduced rates of $600 each for 12 months or $350 each for 6 months. The proposals will be on public exhibition at Council’s Administration Centre until Monday 12 December and written submissions will be accepted up to 5pm on this day.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Council is investigating a number of ideas to assist the QRC attract new members.
“We’ve had some interest shown from business/clubs/organisations for the establishment of a Corporate Fitness Program which can provide staff health and wellness initiatives. An increasing number of businesses have come to understand the strong relationship between healthy employees, a more motivated workforce and increased productivity,” Councillor Hope said.
“QRC provides a fully equipped gym with cardio, weight machines & free weights, squash courts and equipment, group fitness classes including boxing, yoga, aerobics and gym circuits and, by appointment, personal training at a slightly additional cost. It also provides a pleasant social environment for members,” he said.
“Most people spend more hours at work than anywhere else except home and many are putting in more hours than the average twenty years ago. As a result, maintaining a healthy work/life balance is becoming increasingly important. One of the primary benefits of employee wellness programs involves a reduction in the rates of illness and injuries. In addition to preventing illnesses, wellness programs also lead to a reduction in absenteeism. Employees who are stressed, unhealthy or overworked tend to become sick much more often than healthy employees. There is a lot of evidence that the relatively small investment required to get employees into such programs is recouped many times over a twelve month period,” he continued.
“In the longer term, if we can attract new members, flow on benefits will accrue for existing members with the possibility of reduced fees, extension of operating hours, the establishment of a more vibrant and functional QRC environment, seasonal promotions and combined pools/QRC membership,” he said.
“Council has made substantial investments in improving the infrastructure at the QRC over recent years however income still fails to meet expenses. It is prudent we review options now for the Centre’s long-term sustainability,” Councillor Hope concluded.