Published On 18 April 2017 at 09:00 AM
Surging gas prices across Australia are impacting more than just Australian household users. From 1 April 2017 Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre’s natural gas bill has risen by 220%.
Council has already introduced energy efficiencies at its leisure centres and more are coming. However these energy savings measures will only partly compensate for the large increase and some changes are required to contribute to the significant cost increase that’s been passed on.
On Tuesday 18 April Council will make decision on several measures that have been designed to offset the gas price increase, including:
- A $1.30 price rise for general pool admissions
- Slight 1°C decrease in heated pool
- Partly reducing subsidy to the State Government’s Department of Education swim program
Council will also be talking to the community for further input on how best to manage these costs. One option for the community to consider is making some outdoor pools available during summer only. Seasonal operation is popular among other local government areas. Community consultation will be undertaken before any closure is agreed upon.
Investigation is also underway looking at alternative ways to cover the costs including building on the significant energy-saving strategies Council already has in place and other income generating activities at the leisure centres.
- Council has been successful in implementing a range of energy efficient strategies over the past few years to keep costs down:
- Covering our outdoor pools with thermal pool blankets overnight
- LED lighting at Sutherland centre
- Solar-gas and solar-thermal water heating at all centres
- Water and energy efficient filtration systems
- Encouraging positive behaviours to reduce direct energy consumption – lights off when not needed, air conditioning at appropriate set-points
Further information on Council’s decision will be available following the Council meeting on Tuesday 18 April, 2017.