Change in management for town pool as YMCA NSW dives in

NEW DIRECTION: The fitness centre will be built adjacent to the pool. Both are now under the management of YMCA NSW.
NEW DIRECTION: The fitness centre will be built adjacent to the pool. Both are now under the management of YMCA NSW.

OBERON Council has signed a 12-month contract with YMCA NSW to operate the Oberon swimming pool and new fitness centre, which is under construction and planned to open in the coming months.

Councillors voted for the change of operation during the confidential part of the August council meeting which is closed to the public and media.

Oberon Council general manager Gary Wallace said YMCA NSW, known as The Y, is a leading recreation management organisation that will bring expertise to the running of the pool and fitness centre.

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Mr Wallace would not disclose the cost to operate the Oberon pool in the last financial year.

The Y will start its management of the Oberon Swimming Pool on October 12.

In a press release, The Y said it is a not-for profit organisation committed to "delivering services that improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of communities".

The Y NSW chief executive officer Susannah Le Bron said the organisation is thrilled to be working alongside Oberon Council "to better the health and wellbeing of another regional community".

"The Y has a presence in a number of rural locations and we're delighted to be expanding that regional footprint to include the Oberon Council area," she said.

"Managing two recreational facilities within one precinct brings with it a number of advantages, including increased employment opportunities, a bigger impact on the health of the community and easy access to new and diverse programs offered by the Y in Oberon."

The Y NSW chief operating officer Lisa Giacomelli said she welcomes feedback from local patrons.

"I'd like to encourage the township to come along to our community sessions and share with us how together we can make the Oberon swimming pool and fitness centre a desired destination for all local residents," she said.

The Y will work with Oberon Council to secure local staff for the upcoming summer season.

Mr Wallace said the contract will be reviewed after 12 months.