Expert called in to help with pool

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AN industry expert will be brought in to help manage the lead up, as well as after, the opening of the Rosebud Aquatic Centre.

The five-year fee-for-service management model adopted by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council at is meeting on Tuesday 12 March includes up to 12 months’ pre-opening planning for the $41 million pool complex which is expected to open in September 2020.

Under the model the council will retain control of business functions, such as asset management, utilities, maintenance, fees and charges, while the centre manager will provide input on key decisions and oversee the pool’s day-to-day operations. 

The mayor Cr David Gill said the management model was regarded as being the best option for the community. “We’re bringing in industry experts to work together with council during the planning phase and initial years of operation,” he said.

“We want to make sure this new facility delivers a high-quality service for our community”.

Cr Antonella Celi said making the decision early would allow the council to work with the successful manager before, and after, the centre opens. This would ensure alignment with the Council Plan and Health and Wellbeing strategy, she said.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 2 April 2019

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