Bellingen Shire Council and the local community are set to benefit from a new partnership with leading leisure management provider, the YMCA, which has been appointed to oversee the management of Bellingen Shire Swim Centre.
As a not-for-profit and leading provider of aquatic and leisure management in NSW, the Y will work with Council to improve the quality and delivery of programs and services for the people of the Bellingen area to ensure the pool becomes a social, family hub for the community.
Mayor Mark Troy said Council is excited to work with the Y to provide innovative and quality programs that focus on community impact.
“By drawing on the experiences and expertise of the YMCA, our community will benefit from the improved delivery of programs and services at Bellingen Shire Swim Centre,” Cr Troy said.
“As well as offering fresh opportunities in terms of programming at the pool, the Y has a strong focus on community engagement and ownership of the pool by the local community.”
Casey Dunning, Group Manager, YMCA NSW, said he is thrilled to partner with Bellingen Shire Council to provide people of Bellingen the opportunity to experience the Y difference.
“As an organisation focused on family, we will work with the local community to create opportunities for families to spend quality time together,” he said.
“We are one of few not-for-profits committed to expanding our services to rural and regional NSW. We have transitioned 30 recreation centres in six years in areas, such as Macksville, Singleton and Broken Hill, and have successfully increased financial viability, employment opportunities and community engagement of these sites and for people of these communities, and we hope to achieve similar success for the people of Bellingen.
“We are also excited to hold YMCA Swimathon at the pool this summer. During last year’s Swimathon, the Macksville community raised $5600, with funds going towards the Y’s SwimAbility program, which helps people with a disability learn to swim. These programs will be important to the Bellingen community given there are over 600 people living with a disability in the area.
“The Y is also dedicated to ensuring employment opportunities for people from the local area to ensure Bellingen Shire Swim Centre remains a true community asset.”
The Bellingen Shire Swim Centre opened on Saturday 21 September 2013 in time for the start of the school holidays.
The YMCA is a vibrant, self-funding, not-for-profit charity delivering contemporary programs focused on family, healthy living, developing young people and those less fortunate. The Y's ability to positively impact people's lives, strengthen communities and respond proactively to many of today's biggest social challenges is significant, with its diverse programs and services delivered to over 40 communities across NSW in more than 110 locations, generating in excess of four million visits per year.