Council to take over management of pools and recreation centres

Toukley Aquatic Centre will now fall under Central Coast Council’s control

Central Coast Council will take over management of the Lake Haven Recreation Centre, the Toukley Aquatic Centre and the Wyong Olympic Pool from current operators, YMCA NSW, effective from July 1.
The decision came at the March 27 Council Meeting following a detailed examination and a confidential report.
Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said that current members could be assured that it will be business as usual for these popular facilities.
“Fees and charges will remain the same at all three locations for 2017/18, apart from the standard CPI increase,” said Mr Reynolds.
“These centres will now be added to our existing recreational facilities network including the Entrance Ocean Baths, Gosford Olympic Pool, the Peninsula Leisure Centre and Niagara Park Stadium.
“Council will continue to offer the existing programing available at these facilities, with the exception of YMCA’s Brightside and Ability programs,” he added.
YMCA NSW CEO, Ms Leisa Hart, said: “It has been an honour for YMCA NSW to manage these three fantastic centres in recent years and we have loved being a part of the Central Coast community.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Central Coast Council to support the region in other ways in the future, including through initiatives such as Youth Week and programs like our SkatePark League events.
“To our members and the wider community, we’d like to say thank you very much for your support.”
YMCA staff at each centre will be supported through this changeover process and will be able to apply for positions through Council.
Mr Reynolds added that the decision was focused on building an efficient network of facilities to meet the needs of the Central Coast.
“With the necessary resources and expertise to operate these facilities internally, it was considered that this change will promote further efficiencies across the Coast,” said Mr Reynolds.
“It will allow us to invest in each of these centres and ensure our entire network of facilities is the best it can be.
“We’re looking forward to improving the facilities, services and programs for the current users and the wider community.
“YMCA NSW have done a fantastic job and I would like to congratulate them on the successful operation of these facilities since 2009.”

Media release,
Mar 24, 2017
Central Coast Council Media