Council to enter aquatics negotiations

17 June 2014

AlburyCity is set to enter formal negotiations with Albury Aquatic Management (AAM) for the operation of the Albury and Lavington Swim Centres for the next four years.

The Community and Cultural Committee made the decision to enter negotiations with AAM at its meeting tonight after it did not accept either of the two tenders submitted during a recent tender process.

Submissions to operate the swim centres until the end of the 2017-18 season were received from AAM and YMCA. The lowest operating tender submitted during the process was $726,869 over Council’s budget for the four year delivery program.

“We want to achieve a better financial result for Albury so Council has decided to enter negotiations with Albury Aquatic Management,” Deputy Mayor of AlburyCity Cr Henk van de Ven said. “Our decision is based on the fact that AAM submitted the most competitive quantitative tender and were recommended to Council as the preferred operator. They are also the incumbent operators and have been maintaining the swim centres to a very high standard since 2011.”

Negotiations will also include the possibility of reducing the Lavington Swim Centre season by two weeks to help offset higher costs and reduced income. 2013-14 figures show that visitation to the Lavington Swim Centre reduced by 35% when compared to the ten-year average. Visitation to the Albury Swim Centre reduced by 15% in 2013-14 compared to the ten year average.

“We had always been anticipating a reduction in visitor figures once WAVES in Wodonga became fully operational so the drop in participation was expected,” Cr van de Ven said. “It simply means we need to factor the new operating environment into our contract, which we can do in our negotiations with AAM.”