Bass Coast,

YMCA Delivers Again

Bass Coast Shire Council has awarded the YMCA a five year service contract extension which supports the management of Bass Coast Leisure Facilities through to 30 June, 2020.

The contract, which recently was adopted by Council, will continue to support most activities provided under the current contract.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the contract extension again displays Council’s commitment to ensure residents and visitors receive the most vibrant, professional services from its leisure facilities.

“This contract extension is another sign of Council’s commitment to encouraging residents and visitors to live healthy lifestyles,” Cr Brown said.

“The YMCA have delivered a wonderful service to our community and Council is excited to move into another five year agreement with them.”

Cr Brown said the YMCA will continue to support the management and delivery of programs and services at both Phillip Island and Wonthaggi Leisure Centres and satellite activities at the Inverloch Community Hub.

“This will include current and increased opportunities for group and dry area exercise at Cowes, Inverloch and Wonthaggi, as well as essential swimming activities at Wonthaggi,” Cr Brown said.

“The YMCA will also continue to be involved with Council on the planning phase of aquatics developments within Bass Coast.”

Continuing its important work within its Community Development Officer role, the YMCA will further develop the link from outside leisure facilities with community and allied organisations.

“The Skate Park Programming role will again provide opportunities for skate enthusiasts to utilise local facilities through community events and educational activities,” Cr Brown said.

“Creche services and holiday programs will continue to be supported as per the current agreement at each of the venues.”

Cr Brown said one obvious change to the upcoming contract is the replacement of skate park supervision.

“This change will see the removal of all skate park supervision in Bass Coast, including Cowes, Inverloch and Wonthaggi, along with supervision services delivered at Corinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville and Newhaven, as part of the Mobile Skate Park project,” Cr Brown said.

“Council agreed recently to isolate savings created by the reduction of the skate park supervision service for the continued capital investment in potential skate facilities across the Shire.”

YMCA Bass Coast Manager, Rebecca Wilson, also welcomed the contract extension.

“The YMCA is very pleased to be continuing to partner with the Bass Coast Shire Council to operate the Bass Coast Leisure Centres,” Ms Wilson said.

“This gives the YMCA the exciting opportunity to continue to provide programs and services that improve the health and wellness of the Bass Coast community.”

The YMCA has delivered leisure services from Bass Coast facilities since 1998.