ABOUT Again Faster is a Brisbane based, Australian owned supplier of strength and conditioning and functional fitness equipment. With nearly 10 years experience in the Australian market, we are…read more
City of Darwin to outsource management of three public pools
An independent report has called on the City of Darwin to look at outsourcing its three swimming pools to a commercial operator in order to reduce deficits.
The City of Darwin Swimming Pools Strategic Directions Report also urged the Council to offer different experiences for the community at its Parap, Nightcliff and Casuarina pools.
The report suggested Parap pool should focus on delivering “the main regional aquatic competition and training facility” that the Nightcliff pool should provide “a destination facility with a focus on lifestyle, tourism and relaxation”, while the Casuarina pool would provide “a contemporary family aquatic recreation and leisure facility”.
The report recommended the Council conduct a feasibility study to determine how the pools could be best managed.
They are currently managed by a contractor, but another option could be to outsource the facilities to one or more commercial operators.
The report stated “under the lease, council intentionally removes itself from the day-to-day operations of the facility, in favour of a single-point of contact and a professional contractual relationship with the designated representative of the leasing entity.”
It found that over the past seven years each of the three facilities had operated at a significant financial loss.
Respective deficits where Casuarina $275,000 a year, Parap $195,000 a year and Nightcliff $164,000 a year.
Although pool attendance between 2008/09 and 2014/15 had increased, the Council was being forced to subsidise each visit, paying an average of $4.22 for every visitor to the Casuarina pool.
The report recommended the three pools should offer a “quality water play park for toddlers and young children to encourage the immediate neighbourhood’s use of each of the pools by local families, playgrounds and community event organisers”.
The report also encouraged the Council to consider opening other facilities at Casuarina to improve patronage. These included a multipurpose sports centre, mini golf course, maze, youth centre or rock climbing centre.
The report claimed the introduction of new services would help Casuarina become Darwin’s “main venue to deliver a broad range of family orientated leisure and recreation services” that would “compliment but not actively compete with the existing Leanyer Recreation Park facility”.
Image: Royal Life Saving Society NT lifeguards at the Casuarina Pool.
4th May 2015 - OUTDOOR SEASONAL POOLS UNDER ONGOING THREATS
Support our industry news service
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
As an independent publisher, we need reader support for our industry news gathering so ask that - if you don't already do so - you back us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine and/or our online news.
Click here to view our subscription options.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…read more
SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…read more
About Priava's Technology - Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…read more
Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…read more
Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…read more
ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!