Industry experts will assist with operation of Rosebud Aquatic Centre

Published on 15 March 2019


Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has confirmed it will engage the services of an industry expert to work alongside Council in the management of the Rosebud Aquatic Centre.

At its Council Meeting on Tuesday 12 March, Council adopted a five-year Fee for Service management model, including up to 12 months of pre-opening planning to help deliver a state-of-the art facility in Rosebud.

Council will retain control over key elements of facility planning and management with an expert aquatic service provider supporting via input on key decisions and management of day-to-day operations. 

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the decision was seen to be the best option for the community.

“We’re bringing in industry experts to work together with Council during the planning phase and initial years of operation.

“We want to make sure this new facility delivers a high-quality service for our community”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Frank Martin said “under this model Council will retain control of business functions such as asset management, utilities, maintenance, fees and charges, and will remain involved in the employment of the Centre Manager”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi said “making this decision early will allow Council to work together with the successful facility manager before the facility is opened and beyond, to ensure alignment with our Council Plan and Health and Wellbeing strategy”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said “having expert aquatic industry advice readily available will enable Council to make informed decisions in line with best practice management, programming and the latest innovative technology to complement one of our most significant recreational facilities”.

An operator will be selected via a Request for Proposal (RFP) process expected to start in June 2019.

Rosebud Aquatic Centre will be designed and constructed over a three-year period, with the aim of opening late 2020.

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