19 June 2020

YMCA to manage the new Gungahlin Leisure Centre

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After an exhaustive and rigorous tender process, Sport and Recreation Services has awarded the contract for the management of the soon to be opened Gungahlin Leisure Centre (GLC) to not-for-profit organisation the YMCA (the Y).

The contract is for a 10 year period however, it will be reviewed after the first two years.

“The Y tender provided by far the best value for money of the tenders received, and, as Australia’s largest provider of aquatic and leisure centre management services, they undoubtedly have all of the necessary skills and expertise needed to successfully operate Canberra’s newest leisure centre,” said David Jeffrey, the Acting Director of Sport and recreation Services.

In NSW, the Y currently operate 30 similar pool facilities and are the nation’s largest provider of learn to swim lessons, teaching more than 27,000 children and adults to swim every year in NSW alone.

On news that the Y had been awarded the contract, YMCA NSW CEO, Phillip Hare said: “The Y is looking forward to partnering with the ACT Government, local residents and sporting groups, to see the GLC quickly develop as a community hub for families to become happier and healthier together.”

News of the contract being awarded to the Y was also welcomed by the Gungahlin Community Council, (GCC), with its president Ewan Brown saying: “We welcome the announcement of the successful tenderer for the management of the GLC.

“It’s an important milestone in the delivery of a vital community resource for which the GCC has campaigned for many years. With its 50 and 25-metre pools, gym facilities and office space, it will service the demands of the fastest growing region in Canberra.

“It will particularly benefit young families and the migrant population in the region, and will improve the awareness of water safety. The GCC looks forwarding to working with the Y to deliver the best possible outcomes for everyone in the Gungahlin community.”

Gungahlin Leisure Centre website: http://www.ymcansw.org.au/centres/gungahlin

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