Leisure centres set for a fitness overhaul under new management contract

Singleton Council's leisure and recreation facilities are on course for a new direction with a new management contract for the Singleton Gym Swim and Singleton Heights Sports Centre.

Councillors last night awarded the tender for the management of the centres to Belgravia Leisure for a three-year plus two-year term. The contract also has the potential to be extended depending on a proposal to redevelop the Singleton Heights Sports Centre.

Anthony Egan, Council's Director Corporate and Community Services, said the new contract would take effect from 1 July 2019.

The YMCA has managed both centres since 2011.

"Council has had a very successful relationship with the YMCA over a number of years, including during the $6 million upgrade to the Gym Swim recently to make it a leading leisure centre in the Hunter," he said.

"However, that project has highlighted a significant opportunity to redevelop the Singleton Heights Sports Centre, which is 45 years old and reflects its age in appearance, configuration and maintenance requirements.

"A redevelopment proposal to transform the Heights facility into a multi-functional active recreation and sports centre was a significant component of the invitation to tender for the management contract, which ran earlier this year.

"The community will have the opportunity for input into what the redevelopment will look like when the process gets underway."

Mr Egan said there was also scope for further improvements to the Gym Swim to highlight facilities beyond the swimming and program pools.

"Belgravia has a wealth of experience in the leisure industry and currently operates 170 recreation centres across Australia and New Zealand," he said.

"Council is looking forward to a repositioning of both centres to include new community-focused programs and activities to enhance the lifestyle opportunities available for residents and visitors to Singleton."

According to Belgravia Leisure's web page their core areas of business and facilities stewardship include health clubs, wellness and spa, accommodation, caravan and campsites, golf, aquatic and sporting venues in 165 locations across Australia and New Zealand. We are proud to partner with 40+ Local Government and State Government authorities.

The business says it has $2 billion of assets under our management and a 2017-18 turnover of over $160 million.