Published On 05 July 2018 at 05:00 PM
Council promotes and will continue to deliver services to our community to enhance healthy and active lifestyles.
We also recognise the need to balance service provision that best meets the needs of our whole community with long term financial sustainability.
Unprecedented rises in energy costs have resulted in challenges on the operating budget of Sutherland Shire Leisure Centres, particularly increasing costs of heating and maintaining outdoor pools in the low season.
A proposal to consider seasonal operation of the pool at Engadine Leisure Centre will be discussed at the next Council meeting.
At this stage no decision has been made.
Engadine Leisure Centre has the lowest visitation rates of the Sutherland Shire Leisure Centres in the low season. Analysis, review and modelling of the visitation rates and cost of operation of the outdoor pools has been carried out. This concluded that closing the Engadine Leisure Centre pools at the end of the April school holidays and reopening at the start of the September school holidays would reduce overall operating costs by approximately $185,000 per annum.
Under the proposal, alternate aquatic facilities would remain open at Sutherland and Caringbah Centre and there would be no impact on gym users at Engadine Leisure Centre which will continue to operate as normal throughout the year.
You are encouraged to review the report to be considered by Council. This report can be found on our website on the Council Meetings & Minutes page.
The matter will be considered by Council at its meeting 16 July 2018.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Updated 10 July 2018
Q: Why is the pool currently closed? (10 July – 16 July 2018)
A: The Olympic Pool at Engadine Leisure Centre has been temporarily closed to carry out emergency repair works on a vital pipe that services the pool:
- Before the repairs begin we will drain the pool so that the level is equal to the pipe and once the pipe has been repaired, the pool will be refilled and heated.
- Duration of the repairs may take up to one week, we will provide further updates as soon as the information is available. Please check the Leisure Centre Website for further details
Updated 6 July 2018
Q: Has Council tried any other approaches to address the increasing costs of running the pool?
A: A range of initiatives have been introduced at Engadine Leisure Centre, including solar thermal heating, thermal pool blankets, wind breaks and high efficiency gas heaters and pumps have been. All of our Leisure Centres also use solar heating for the showers, and we have reduced the pool temperatures by up to 1 degree.
5 July 2018
Q: Is Council closing Engadine Leisure Centre’s pools over the winter months?
A: No decision has been made. This proposal is being considered at the Council meeting on Monday 16 July 2018.
Q: Why is Council considering seasonal operation of Engadine Leisure Centre pools?
A: Engadine operates at a loss, and in the low season each pool patron is subsidised by almost $19.00 per visit. At Caringbah it is $1.60 per visit and no subsidy is required at Sutherland.
Why is this? In the low season, on average 8% of all swimmers who use our Leisure Centres visit Engadine, 22% visit Caringbah and 70% use the facilities at Sutherland. On average 1100 patrons visit our centres daily in the winter months.
Closing the Engadine Leisure Centre pools during the winter months would save the community approximately $185, 000 per annum.
Q. Would the fitness centre (gym) remain open?
A. Yes, the fitness centres (gym) would remain open year round.
Q. What would happen to the current programs that run at Engadine pool during the low season?
A. All programs that currently operate out of Engadine Leisure Centre pools would be available at Sutherland Leisure Centre.
Q. My child is a squad swimmer at Engadine. What would this mean for us?
A. The Engadine squad program would run as normal, but out of Sutherland Leisure Centre.
Q: What if I have a membership at Engadine - would I have to pay extra to use Sutherland or Caringbah pools?
A: No. Your membership would allow you to use the pools at all Sutherland Shire Leisure Centres over the low season. You could also suspend your membership or extend your expiry date.
Q: What if I can’t travel easily to Sutherland. How would I get there?
A: Please contact us to discuss your personal situation so that we can help.
Q: Has Council consulted the community?
A: Yes. We sought community views late last year through an extensive survey to consider priorities in service delivery which best meet the needs of all in the community.
Q: How can I have my say?
A: You can contact your ward Councillors or submit your feedback on our website through Join The Conversation
Councillors continue to encourage feedback from the community in the lead up to the consideration of the proposal at the Council meeting on 16 July 2018.
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Read the Report - Engadine Leisure Centres Seasonal Closure