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West Tamar Council: Consultancy Services - Development of a future Aquatic Centre Strategy

West Tamar Council: Consultancy Services - Development of a future Aquatic Centre Strategy
February 13, 2020

Request for Tender - Contract Number 05/2020

West Tamar Council is seeking suitably qualified and experienced consultants to develop a future Aquatic Centre Strategy that will review and determine the current and future provision of aquatic facilities that are appropriate and sustainable for the current and future needs of the West Tamar community.

The West Tamar Council Asset Management Plan 2017 has indicated the Riverside Aquatic Centre (RAC) is close to reaching the end of its useful life and will require replacement (or extensive upgrades to the pools, water slide and associated amenities). 

The plan notes that the RAC (pictured) is reaching its use-by date with structural, accessibility, programming and maintenance issues identified as barriers to providing quality swimming facilities and experiences into the future that will enhance the lifestyle of residents and visitors to the West Tamar.  

Riverside Aquatic Centre
The Centre is located off Eden Street, Riverside adjacent to the West Tamar Council Offices, Riverside Tennis Club, Riverside Golf Club, residential and commercial buildings. 

The RAC is owned by West Tamar Council and managed by an external contractor.

The original facility was opened in 1967, with the learner’s pool being added in the early 1980’s and the waterslide and plunge pool added in 1985.  Council and council contractors have operated the facility since that time.

Riverside Aquatic Centre Facilities
The following table highlights the main facilities located at the RAC.

Asset Description Dimensions

• Main Swimming Pool - 7 lanes 33.3m long x 13m wide average depth 2m
• Learners Swimming Pool 14m x 4m by 0.7m deep
• Toddlers wading pool 10m x 6m by 300 deep
• Giant Slide - 62m long x 1.3m wide slide x 7.5m high
• Giant Slide Pool - 7m x 3m by 1.2 deep
• Plant room filter, pipe work and equipment Services 3 Pools
• Water heating system 12 reverse cycle heat pumps 240KW total
• Change rooms and kiosk 250m2 total area

Riverside Aquatic Centre Operational Overview
Patronage numbers of the RAC have been on average 23,400 entries per year. Using these figures and assuming the numbers will grow over time as the population increases and the Centre is upgraded and therefore attracts more patrons (average 32,000) Council can determine the cost subsidy. 

The annual life cycle costs $410,000 divided by the average number of entries minus the entry fee determines that the average subsidy for the next 10 years will be approximately $ 10 per entry. 

This also assumes that the entry fee will remain at an average $3 in real terms. The total annual operating cost per rateable property per year is approximately $ 27.50 each (West Tamar Council – Aquatic Centre Asset Management Plan 2017).

Project Objectives
The objectives of the West Tamar Future Aquatic Centre Strategy are to:

1. Achieve Council’s Vision: 
• To create an inclusive community where people want to live, work and invest. 
2. Achieve Council’s Strategic Objectives and Strategies:
• Active and engaged community
• Prosperous and sustainable growth
• Highly liveable environment
• Infrastructure that works
3. Determine if the Riverside Aquatic Centre is located in the appropriate location
4. Effectively identify community needs for aquatic facilities and services that are appropriate to the current and future needs of the community (for the next 50 years). 
5. Maximise community use of aquatic facilities and services to increase financial sustainability 
6. Ensure planning decisions are soundly based to meet council objectives and outcomes
7. Match community expectations with council strategic direction, within the financial capacity of council
8. Increase fitness and social connectedness

Project Complexities that Must be Addressed
The expected complexity of the proposed project is the determination of location and the sustainable provision of aquatic facility components to meet the communities’ future needs and expectations.

The time frame for this project will be approx. 6 to 8 months 

The Project Area
The Council’s website ( notes the West Tamar Council area is located in northern Tasmania, a few kilometres north-west of the Launceston CBD. 

Tenders close at 5.00pm on Thursday, 5th March 2020.
(Tenderers must consider postal time as late tenders will not be considered).

Submissions can be lodged with West Tamar Council via:
Post: PO Box 16, Riverside, Tasmania. 7250
In person: Tender Box: Eden Street, Riverside, Tasmania. 7250

For enquiries regarding this project please contact:
Michele Gibbins
Manager Community
Windsor Community Precinct
T: 03 6323 9200

Click here for more information. 

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