Council retains aquatic centre management following EOI process
Published: 6 August 2015
Logan City Council has decided to retain the management rights of its aquatic centres and gyms following an expression of interest (EOI) process to test market readiness for the possible lease of management rights to the centres.
Four submissions were received and evaluated for the whole or part management of the centres from local operators and national chains with experience managing similar centres.
A review panel found that there would be no significant financial benefit to Council, or improved services for residents, based on the expressions of interest received.
Chair of the Sports and Community Services Committee, Councillor Russell Lutton, said council made the decision to test the market to see if there could be any benefit to ratepayers from a possible commercial leasehold operation as the centres made an operating loss of $811,000 last financial year.
"The expression of interest process was invaluable as it showed that there was no financial benefit or improved level of service to residents or ratepayers by leasing the centres," he said.
"We therefore made the decision to retain management and continue to look for further efficiencies in the way we manage our centres in order to reduce costs," Cr Lutton said.