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Media Release - Blayney Shire Council appoints The Y to manage CentrePoint Sport and Leisure Centre

YMCA NSW (The Y) has been awarded a contract of up to two years to operate and manage the newly refurbished CentrePoint Sport and Leisure Centre.

The Y is one of the leading recreation management organisations in Australia and will commence management of the centre from early September. As a not-for profit organisation, the Y is committed to delivering services that improve the physical, mental health and social wellbeing of communities.  

Blayney Mayor, Cr Scott Ferguson said ‘The findings of the CentrePoint Operational Review conducted by Council whilst the facility was closed for renovations revealed that CentrePoint will not maximise or reach its full potential for patrons, the community or Council if Council retained the status quo of managing the facility.  Council has committed significant investment into the Pool refurbishment project, and we need to provide CentrePoint with the best possible guidance to ensure the facility maximises its potential’  
The Y NSW, Chief Executive Officer, Susannah Le Bron said the organisation is thrilled to be partnering and working with Blayney Shire Council to for the betterment of the health and wellbeing of another rural 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 Blayney Shire Council area. 

The Y with support from the Council will shortly begin a range of community and stakeholder sessions to ensure the needs and ideas of locals are being heard. Sessions will commence from early July.  In the meantime, with the relaxation of COVD-19 restrictions, CentrePoint is open for members again, with the extended hours Gym, Fitness and Aqua classes and swimming pools open as at last Friday.  It is anticipated that a condensed Learn to Swim program will be in operation by the commencement of Term 3.

Council has implemented a COVID Safety Plan, which includes limiting numbers to each section and additional cleaning of gym equipment and change rooms during the day. 

The Y NSW, Area Manager, Shane Simmons said he welcomes feedback from the local community. “I’d like to encourage current members and the wider community of Blayney Shire to provide input into our upcoming consultation sessions as we work together to make CentrePoint a desired destination for all local residents – we’re also eager to understand what types of programs or wellbeing services are needed in the community”. 

The Y will continue to work with Council to secure local staff for positions with a view of increasing the number of jobs created at the Centre. A number of roles will be available for local application in the coming days via the Y NSW website. Some of these roles will come with the Y providing all essential training and qualifications needed, as well as other employment benefits. 

A new website and set of social media accounts are under development for the Centre and residents will be informed when these are active to ensure access to real-time updates programs, employment opportunities and official opening information. 


MEDIA CONTACT

Scott Ferguson
Blayney Shire Mayor
m: 0418 637 828
e: scott.ferguson@blayney.nsw.gov.au


Shane Simmons
Area Manager and Transition Manager | YMCA NSW 
m: 0419 586 280 
e: shane.simmons@ymcansw.org.au 

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Last modified: 23 Jun 2020

Blayney Shire Council

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PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
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Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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