Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Newcastle floats pool tenders

City of Newcastle Council is inviting tenders for the management of the city’s five inland swimming centres.

Acting Director City Wide Services, Lynn Duffy said Council remained committed to ensuring the city’s swimming centres were affordable and accessible to all members of the community.

“With strong attendance figures and consistently satisfied responses from customer surveys, our community have told us how much they appreciate and enjoy our inland pools,” Ms Duffy said.

“This tender provides an opportunity to deliver an improved range of benefits for the community including greater access to inclusive aquatic programs and services reflective of Newcastle’s diverse population.​

“We also remain committed to maintaining access to affordable high-quality public pools, particularly for families in the western suburbs.”

United Services Union (USU) representative, Luke Hutchinson said Council had been working collaboratively with the union throughout the process.

“City of Newcastle has proactively engaged with the United Services Union regarding the new tender for the operation of their inland pools,” he said.

“We are satisfied with the approach being taken to date to ensure the best outcomes for staff and the community,” Mr Hutchinson said.

The tender will be open from 30 July to 6 September, with a report on the preferred tenderer to be prepared for the consideration of the elected Council before the end of the year.

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