Swim, Sport and Leisure Services Policy

Swim Sport & Leisure Services Document No: CPL280.4
Approval Date: 27 March 2012
Approved by: Council
Review Date: 27 March 2015
Responsible Officer: General Manager Corporate Services Version No 01
Authorising Officer: Chief Executive Officer

1. Purpose

This policy articulates Council’s approach to improving community health and well being through the provision and management of leisure, sports and aquatic facilities and programs.

2. Scope

This policy applies to Council’s Swim, Sport & Leisure Services.

3. References

  • Aquatic and Fitness Network Service Review 2001 - Council
  • Local Government Act 1989 – Victorian Legislation
  • Competitive Neutrality Policy Victoria 2000 – Victorian State Government
  • Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – Federal Government Legislation

4. Definitions

  • The Swim, Sport & Leisure services includes 13 facilities (four indoor aquatic and leisure centres, two seasonal outdoor pools, two stadia, two sports and entertainment venues and three golf courses).

    • Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre
    • Splashdown
    • Bellarine Aquatic Sports Centre
    • Waterworld
    • Kardinia Aquatic Centre
    • Lara Pool
    • Leisuretime Sport Centre
    • Barwon Valley Activity Centre
    • Simonds Stadium
    • Geelong Arena
    • Balyang Par 3
    • Queens Park Golf Course
    • Elcho Park Golf Course

5. Council Policy

Individual and Community benefit:

Council recognises that the provision and management of leisure, sports and aquatic facilities plays an important role in maintaining personal quality of life and as a result contributes to overall community well being.

Council contributes to the overall community health and well being through the provision of facilities and programs such as: 

  • Health and Fitness (gymnasium, group exercise, lap swimming, sporting opportunities, health and wellness programs).
  • Education and Safety (Learn to Swim Program, sports development, training, conferences)
  • Sport and Recreation (supervised recreation swimming, sporting and entertainment activities)
  • Social Awareness (social connection and sense of belonging through group and community activities)
  • Rehabilitation (gentle exercise and water based programs)

Access and Equity:

Council recognises the economic, social and geographic disadvantage of some individuals and consequently strives to ensure that all persons have equitable access to sport, recreation and leisure facilities and programs.

Financial Management and Customer Satisfaction:

Financial Management and Customer Satisfaction with service delivery will be benchmarked against the overall performance of the aquatic and recreation industry and will reference Council’s commitment to access and equity.

Council will review the pricing associated with the provision of sport, recreation and leisure facilities and programs during the annual budget process. Decisions on pricing are made within an overall organisational context.

Council currently subsidises the full cost of operating the sport, recreation, leisure facilities and programs.

Council’s approach to pricing of facilities and programs will be that:

  • Those activities which contribute to the overall community health and well being or are non-commercial in nature will be priced in such a manner that optimise community participation and for that reason will have a component of Council subsidy attached; and
  • Those activities which are commercial in nature will be priced to enable recouping of the full costs of providing the service.
  • Where the majority of activity is non-commercial, Council will adopt an avoidable cost methodology to determine costs.

Whilst being aware of requirements of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Competitive Neutrality Policy January 2000 guidelines, Councils pricing approach does not preclude the implementation of short-term promotional pricing and product offerings with the express intention of increasing usage of facilities.

6. Quality Records

Quality Records shall be retained for at least the period shown below.

Record Retention/Disposal Responsibility Retention Period Location

7. Attachments

  • Nil

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