City of Wanneroo’s fitness classes in Two Rocks could become privately run

City of Wanneroo’s fitness classes in Two Rocks could become privately run

LOW cost fitness programs in Two Rocks could shift into a private instructors’ hands following a City of Wanneroo decision to transition out of providing the classes.

The council supported a staff recommendation at its October 10 meeting that the City transition the program run at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre to an external business.

“The City has delivered low cost fitness classes in Two Rocks since 2013 through the healthy communities initiative,” the council report said.

“The fitness classes have remained ongoing due to the lack of other affordable programs and services within the Two Rocks area.

“The City directly funds and manages two exercise classes that operate twice weekly at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre.”

One of those programs is ‘Move for life’ aimed at people over 60 years old, which costs $4 per person per class and has about 16-20 attendees per session.

The other is ‘Move for fitness’ which is a moderate intensity group fitness program that costs the same with 10-12 people at each session; it includes a creche service used by six to eight children.

“Both classes run twice a week as part of four 11-week terms and provide a local, affordable and convenient service for local seniors, unemployed, shift workers and stay at home parents,” the report said.

It said the City funded an external fitness instructor to deliver both programs and that three staff operated the creche.

The report said the current program cost the City almost $44,500 a year and last financial year, there were more than 2500 attendances at fitness classes and 600 children attendances within the creche.

“There are no gym or fitness centres in Two Rocks,” it said.

“The closest is located in Yanchep, however does not offer a creche or an over 60s program.

“Local parks and the Yanchep Community Centre host a number of small businesses that run specific programs such as yoga, zumba and boot camp, but classes do not offer the weight training and functional movement of current programs, and are more expensive that the City’s fitness programs.”

The report said the City could lower operational costs by transitioning the programs to a local business owner or instructor, though it may need to continue in-kind support via room hire and the creche.

“In-kind room hire for fitness classes at Phil Renkin would enable costs for participants to remain low, while making the initiative financially viable for an external provider, thereby assisting a sustainable transition,” it said.

The council considered several options, opting to support the recommendation to transition the program to an external business and noting that the current service would continue until January 2018.

“All participant bookings, enquiries, income collection and class facilitation will be transferred to the successful business or instructor identified through an expression of interest process,” it said.

The report said the City expected to release the EOI in the first stage for a two-year initiative in November.

“It is anticipated that by the end of stage two, the business model would have more capacity to stand alone, or other complementary fitness based programs would be available within the Two Rocks area thereby reducing the requirements for the City to be the service provider.”

The report said the transition would initially cost about $31,800 a year for the first two years, then cost about $17,250 a year.

“Should the City fail to successfully engage a business to undertake the new model, the City would continue to provide the current level of service for a further 12 months (to January 2019) while other options are explored.”

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