Leisure facilities review to deliver better services


Brimbank City Council will move forward with plans to improve services and facilities at Sunshine and St Albans Leisure Centres following an extensive review of the centres and their operations.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr John Hedditch said Council had taken community demand for a better, more flexible service that meets community needs very seriously.

“Consistent with our Community First approach, we’ve spent the best part of the last year working with the community and industry experts to look at ways to address the issues raised by the community.

“While we had originally focused on Sunshine, the review was extended to include St Albans to make sure we are providing value and quality services across both Council operated centres.

Change to Management Model

“One of the most significant changes we are considering is a joint management model across both centres supported by agreed service standards, customer and community feedback, industry benchmarking and regular evaluation.

“We’ve committed to pursuing a list of recommendations to offer an improved visitor experience, make better use of indoor and outdoor facilities, and have a positive impact on financial performance and operations.

Master Plan to Guide Development

“This includes $70,000 to develop a master plan to guide the future development of Sunshine Leisure Centre, including its aquatic spaces and gymnasium, with the aim of improving health and wellbeing, access and financial performance.

“The master plan will guide the implementation of the various recommendations with a financial impact, and provide us with the expected costs that can then be referred to future capital works processes,” Cr Hedditch said.

Recommended Improvements

  • Three hours free parking at the Brimbank Multi-Deck Car Park bringing it in line with parking available at Sunshine Leisure Centre (by the end of 2017).
  • Investigation of future expansion of the Sunshine Leisure Centre to improve facilities and experience.
  • Trial of longer opening hours of the Sunshine Leisure Centre outdoor pool during summer and winter.
  • Increased access arrangement to Sunshine Leisure Centre indoor pools.
  • Improvements to the ‘learn to swim’ program at Brimbank’s leisure centres, including more trained swimming instructors and more programmed swimming lessons.

All recommendations of the report will be referred to the appropriate Council processes including Council’s annual budget, capital works and procurement processes.

Recommendations with employee implications are subject to consultation with staff and unions and further assessment by the Chief Executive Officer.

“The scoping and financing of the redevelopment of the St Albans Leisure Centre is also a major strategic focus for Council as it works hard to strengthen its delivery of quality leisure services to our growing community,” Cr Hedditch said.