Picture: Jeremy Bannister.The YMCA has been dumped from the Ballarat Aquatic Centre and will cease providingswimming, gymnatics and creche services at the end of the year.
The decision comes after management of the Ballarat Aquatic Centre was handed back to the City of Ballarat in September, less than three years into a 10 year contract which gave management duties to the YMCA.
The 200 staff members employed by the YMCA will be transferred over to the City of Ballarat andhave been assured there will be no job losses from the contract change.
YMCA Ballarat CEO Stephen Bendle said the council’s decision had come as a surprise to the YMCA given their successful historyof delivering swimming and gymnastics classesto the Ballarat community.
“We were very hopeful given our experience and expertise that YMCA swimming lessons and gymnastics classes would continue.”
The YMCA’s gymnastics program has been running for over 20 years and currently has 700 participants from the Ballarat region.
The YMCA will continue to provide services at the Wendouree West Community Centre and the Delacombe Community Hub as well as servicelocal pools in surrounding shires.
Mr Bendle said it was a disappointing outcome for the YMCA whichwould force them to provide competing services to those offered by the council.
“We didn’t necessarily want to do that but we’ve been left with no choice.”
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