According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, changes to operating hours for the Recreation Centre agreed to at November’s Council Meeting will see the facility open an extra 18 hours a week when it reopens on Monday January 9 2017 following the Christmas/New Year break which commences at 7pm Friday 23 December 2016.
“Currently the Centre is open 51 hours per week and that will rise to 69 from January. With Council focused on increasing membership and participation numbers to help rein in costs to ratepayers Centre staff and management have taken the challenge to provide sustainable solutions to reduce the deficit,” Councillor Hope said.
“Staff have been undertaking consultation with members and Centre users, both through hardcopy surveys and face-to-face discussions, to try and come up with an operating regime that suits the majority.
“Thus, from January, Monday to Thursday operational hours will increase by 4 per day opening continuously from 6am to 7pm. Friday will also operate 6am to 7pm, an increase of 5 hrs on the day. Saturday will continue as now opening between 8am and midday. The least demand has always been on Sundays and it has been decided to cancel the 3 hours operation on this day. Many people have indicated they support the option of the Centre being open at lunchtime 5 days a week, and while they are disappointed the Sunday timeslot is being cancelled they are understanding of the overall benefits to members and the community,” he said.
Additionally, in the New Year staff will have the opportunity to stage promotional days and to trial additional programs. They are focussed on growing the membership base and new programs will be an integral part of achieving this. Staff are interested in hearing from any community members who may have ideas. We wish to cater for all age groups and to grow health, wellness and fitness initiatives. The business community, organisations and sporting clubs are reminded of the recently introduced corporate rate whereby 5 or more new members paid for by them will attract reduced rates of $600 each for 12 months or $350 each for 6 months,” he continued.
“In the longer term, if we can attract new members, flow on benefits will accrue for all concerned. Call into the Centre personally, phone 6746 3122, look on Facebook at Liverpool Plains Recreation and Swim Centres, or email email@example.com to find out more and the programs most suited to your requirements. You’d be surprised how a couple of hours a week can make a huge difference to your health and wellbeing,” Councillor Hope concluded.