Rosebud Aquatic Centre: Operators invited to submit Proposal Request

Published on 11 July 2019

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11 July 2019

Mornington Peninsula Shire is seeking to enter into an agreement with an expert facility operator for the management of the future Rosebud Aquatic Centre, to ensure the best possible outcomes and service delivery are achieved for the community.

Mayor Councillor David Gill said Council is seeking an experienced and knowledgeable operator to work alongside Mornington Peninsula Shire under a fee for service agreement to manage the operations of the new facility when it opens.

“Council is looking for the best people to manage the facility, which is one of the biggest projects in the Shire’s history,” Mayor Gill said.

Seawinds Councillor Simon Brooks said he agreed with the Mayor and emphasised the importance of finding an operator to maximise the range of users and experiences on offer by applying an innovative approach.

“These people need to be industry-leading, using the latest technologies and able to be cost positive,” Councillor Brooks said.

Council’s representative for the Health and Wellbeing Committee and Seawinds Councillor Antonella Celi said that achieving optimal health and wellbeing outcomes for is a priority for the community.

“I’m looking forward to our community enjoying programs and services tailored for recreation, improved health and physical fitness as well as complimenting local health services within the precinct.

“This is a really exciting project supported by the community over many years and it is vital we get the right people on board ,” Councillor Celi said.

Council would like to work with an operator that is forward thinking, innovative and prepared to work collaboratively.

The successful operator will deliver on Council objectives and will improve community health and wellbeing. Council is seeking an operator for Rosebud Aquatic Centre to run the facility on behalf of the community to also achieve the best possible recreational and economical outcomes.

Requirements include:

  • Delivering the best quality programs and services
  • Delivering high quality customer service
  • Maximising operational efficiencies, including environmental initiatives
  • Being progressive in providing programming and services for the allied health/wellness centre
  • Being industry-leading and using latest technologies; and
  • Capitalising on the destination café, operating with a restaurateur.

Council will retain control over key elements of facility planning and management. Council requires an expert aquatic operator  for input on key decisions and to also manage  day-to-day operations.

Councillor Frank Martin said he was looking forward to more services being available to the Mornington Peninsula community.

“Rosebud is a hub for many local community members and these new high-class facilities open up many employment opportunities for our community,” Cr 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.

Request for Proposal submissions are now open and can be made online at

Submissions close 11am on 29 July 2019.

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