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Operator sought for Stromlo Leisure Centre, and what you’ll pay to have a dip

Ian Bushnell 2 September 2019 35

The Stromlo Leisure Centre is taking shape and will open in 2020. File images.

With the construction of Stromlo Leisure Centre due for completion in the first half of next year, the ACT Government is looking for a contractor to manage and operate the publicly owned facility.

The Centre – which will service the Weston Creek, Woden and Molonglo communities – will include an eight-lane 50-metre competition pool capable of being split into 2 x 25-metre short course swimming pools, learn-to-swim pool, leisure pool and a splash pad and slide.

It will also offer a gym, male and female amenities, family change rooms, creche and a kiosk/cafe – which, according to the tender documents, the contractor must provide, offering a mix of food and beverage services, including healthy options.

The Centre itself must offer a balanced mix of activities between sport, social, leisure, health, lifestyle and wellness-based programs as set out in the Yearly Service Plan.

It will open every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day – Monday to Friday, 5:30 am to 9:30 pm; Saturday, 7 am to 7:30 pm, and public holidays 8 am to 6 pm.

Entry fees set under current guidelines will be: Standard casual entry $7.50 in 2019-20, rising to $8 in 2020-21; concession casual entry $5.30 and $5.60; pensioner casual entry $4, unchanged in 2020-21; disabled casual entry, free; family casual entry $19.55 and $20.40.

As with other ACT pools of this size, there will be multi-visit packages and memberships. The Centre operator will set commercial pool hire and lane hire fees, and be responsible for completing an annual review of non-core fees and submitting an annual fees proposal to ACT Property Group.

The Centre is included in the Stromlo Forest Park master plan.

The Centre is included in the Stromlo Forest Park master plan.

Being in a bushfire prone area, the Centre may have to close when the ACT Fire Danger Rating is raised to ‘Extreme’ or ‘Catastrophic’ or it is considered likely that one of these ratings will be declared in the following 24 hour period; and/or on the advice or recommendation of the Emergency Services Authority.

The documents say the successful tenderer must maintain an Inner Asset Protection Zone of 60 metres to the west of the Centre in accordance with the ESA’s ACT Bushfire Management Standards. The ACT Government will maintain an Outer Asset Protection Zone of 200 metres to the west of the Centre.

The contractor will have to assess and repair at their own cost any shade cloth, outdoor seating, irrigation and other items in the outdoor area, which will have to be maintained in an ‘aesthetically pleasing and safe condition”.

The successful tenderer will have to engage with the community and conduct at their own expense an annual survey each January/February, with a minimum of 200 respondents. The Government will evaluate the answers to ensure the operator is achieving their benchmarks.

The Centre is included in the Stromlo Forest Park master plan.


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35 Responses to Operator sought for Stromlo Leisure Centre, and what you’ll pay to have a dip
Del Bee Del Bee 8:05 am 08 Sep 19

When did a casual visit to a pool get so expensive?

Wayne Read Wayne Read 10:08 pm 06 Sep 19

Our local Belinda Read Jessica Hogan Matthew Read

Judith Hall Judith Hall 6:07 pm 06 Sep 19

Waste of water.

Anne Marie Nielson Anne Marie Nielson 9:54 am 06 Sep 19

About time, only been waiting thirty years..

Frances Hadlington Frances Hadlington 6:49 am 06 Sep 19

Megan Parker - new pool opening next year is only 5 mins from us. Would be cool if Mia has games here next year!!

    Megan Parker Megan Parker 6:50 am 06 Sep 19

    Frances that would be fun! Fingers crossed they put some games there. 🤞

Felicity Cooper Felicity Cooper 9:40 pm 05 Sep 19

Dale Cooper our new local pool!! 🙌🙌

Simone BF Simone BF 9:54 am 05 Sep 19

Kim Xi G this will be semi close to you

Capital Retro Capital Retro 9:41 am 05 Sep 19

Prices should be the same as those at the multi-million dollar bicycle facility at Stromlo.

Joshua F. Johnson Joshua F. Johnson 7:07 am 05 Sep 19

Hopefully very expensive and poorly managed. There’s enough pools in Canberra. What needs is multi function indoor sports centre with indoor running track

Lou Harris Lou Harris 9:21 pm 04 Sep 19

Dave Mayo Sue Belcher next year 👍🏼

Mick Mundy Mick Mundy 9:10 am 04 Sep 19

There should be a Frequent Users Rebate to encourage, especially the 50+ section of the community to use the pool more. So if you take out an Annual Pass and you make 100 visits in a year then the next season you pay 75% of the fee...100 next year...50%.....100 next year..25%.....4th Year Free..5th Year back to 75% and so on. Plenty of people take out Annual memberships with the best of intentions but often, as with gym memberships, drop off. This would be an incentive to that age group that really needs to be getting regular exercise and would also benefit the ACT Health budget by keeping people out of hospital. There are also social benefits involved.

Graham Elder Graham Elder 8:59 am 04 Sep 19

Mary Stevenson have a read of this sounds just like what you need

Robert Honeybone Snr Robert Honeybone Snr 8:44 am 04 Sep 19

Give the job to one of the Gyms in Canberra to run professionally

Tobias Wright Tobias Wright 7:40 am 04 Sep 19

What a missed opportunity for an outdoor pool to cool off in during summer. These pools are ok if you want to get caked in chlorine and old bandaids during winter, but useless when most of the community actually want to go for a swim.

    Tristan Flynn Tristan Flynn 10:38 am 04 Sep 19

    Tobias Wright Not everyone likes radiation burns from the sun, Tobias.

Ian Parnell Ian Parnell 3:09 am 04 Sep 19

If you want the place kept clean don't give it to YMCA

Nicole McGuire Nicole McGuire 7:21 pm 03 Sep 19

Not the YMCA again. Have you seen what they’ve done to the Tuggeranong pool! Filthy!

    John Moulis John Moulis 4:09 am 04 Sep 19

    YMCA aren't as bad as a previous operator of Tuggeranong pool, a Melbourne suit hire company which somehow got the contract, probably because they were cheap. I was swimming one morning and they had let the flags fall into the water. I got tangled in them at the deep end and was screaming for a lifeguard. There weren't any. Far more serious was a near drowning at a school swimming carnival a few weeks later. Again, no lifeguards. The minister at the time intervened and cancelled their contract with three years remaining.

    Steph Maxwell Steph Maxwell 8:55 pm 11 Sep 19

    Nicole McGuire I am torn between loving that the Y gives discounts to over 50s and hating their "cover up in the change room" posters. It's a change room FFS!

Billy Watson Billy Watson 6:04 pm 03 Sep 19

Sure, because privatising services has worked so well in the past.

bigred bigred 4:31 pm 03 Sep 19

I just want to know how to get there on those really hot days when I don’t feel like walking or riding my bicycle the 4 kms

Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 1:07 pm 03 Sep 19

Being publicly owned, and given our rates are so high, entry should be free to ACT residents

    Darren Sault Darren Sault 1:17 pm 03 Sep 19

    Marc Edwards in theory, Communism works.....

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 1:18 pm 03 Sep 19

    Darren Sault it works in China, just ask them, that said your answer didn’t add to why it can’t be free since we already paid for it.

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 8:40 am 04 Sep 19

    Daniel Königs no I reckon it could fit under the existing budget, you know since we have already paid for it

    Martin Ross Martin Ross 3:35 pm 05 Sep 19

    Marc Edwards this ain’t China. However a community pool like Goulburn or Queanbeyan charge less in entry than Club Lime Pool etc.

Justin Bush Justin Bush 11:18 am 03 Sep 19

Mindy; will have to take the boys :)

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