Centre Re-opening Update
Thank you for your messages of support over the last 13 weeks. Like so many businesses and organisations, it’s been tough and challenging times for the Y but we have an amazing group of people who have been helping to navigate us through this time.
There is still a lot of hard work to go but we’ve come a long way from having to stand down 90% of our YMCA workforce in March. Thanks to the JobKeeper wage subsidy we have been able to re-engage 60 of our casual, part time and permanent staff and start working toward the reopening of our YMCA Centres.
Clarence Aquatic Centre YMCA
We’re pleased to let you know that the Clarence Aquatic Centre YMCA will be reopening for lap swimmers on Monday the 15th of June in line with the latest COVID restrictions.
To comply with COVID Safe guidelines, some of the changes are:
- Bookings will be required
- 1 hour session (with 45 minute swim time) will be available
- 1 Swimmer per lane
- Lanes will be across the pool (approx. 25m)
- Maximum 20 people can be in the centre
- Change rooms will not be available
- Modified opening hours for 1st week back
More details are available on the website www.hobart.ymca.org.au/clarence-aquatic-centre/
We ask that all patrons adhere to the new guidelines and restrictions as part of the COVID Safe risk management plan. Please follow the signage and centre instructions. We ask you to be patient and understanding towards our staff.
*Please note that the conditions above are subject to changes in State and Federal Government guidelines and recommendations.
Bookings will open on Friday 12 June at 10am.
Link for Bookings:
At this stage, bookings will only open for the first week.
In the following week, this may extend with up to 2 weeks being made available to book in advance.
When are we opening our other Centres?
Each of our Centres has their own individual challenges for reopening. Our team are working through these challenges one by one. Although we can’t provide an opening date for each centre, we can tell you what our major challenges are, and let you know what we are working towards, so we can get back to doing what we love, working with the people in our community.
Barossa Park Wellness Centre
YMCA is proud of our involvement with the Barossa Park Wellness Centre and is appreciative of the support received by OneCare during the COVID-19 Closure.
The team at the Y put in a lot of time, energy and effort to establish a successful centre that is very much loved by the community.
A key factor in the reopening is the YMCA’s lease of the Centre which is up for renewal very soon.
The YMCA Board and OneCare Board are in negotiations and working toward a decision as soon as possible. Restarting the Barossa Park facility will be an expensive exercise and the Board of YMCA needs some certainty around tenure of the facility before committing to a restart plan.
Glenorchy YMCA and Y-Fitness YMCA (Constance Ave)
For now, YMCA Glenorchy and Y-Fitness will remain closed. This will be reviewed at the end of June by the YMCA of Hobart Board.
We genuinely know how loved and important this facility is for the community and a lot of time and effort is going into identifying how we can continue to provide our community programs in a safe and financially viable way.
It is an expensive facility to run due to its outdated design and age and has been subsidised by the Y’s other operations. Due to the financial impact from the COVID Pandemic on the YMCA, it cannot reopen in the same way as the facility has been managed previously. The YMCA Board is currently assessing alternative ways to subsidise the Glenorchy Centre Programs in a more sustainable way into the future.
The good news is that the finalisation of the $6 million grant is underway, and we look forward to a whole new Y for our community in the coming years.
On-going updates for Project Y will be provided
Glenorchy War Memorial Pool Update
March 2020 marked 10 years of the YMCA managing the Glenorchy War Memorial Pool and the end of the current management contract. As this is a Council owned facility, it is a legal requirement that the contract to manage the facility goes through a regular public tender process. The YMCA have submitted a tender bid through the official process for a new contract. Submissions have now closed and tenders are currently being assessed and considered.
Rosny Park Public Golf Course – Lease Negotiations
YMCA has been in negotiation with the Clarence City Council since late 2019 to renew the lease for the Rosny Park Public Golf Course when it expires at the end of this month. A decision by the Council has been delayed due to the impact of the pandemic on Council’s operations but we are expecting the Y’s Proposal to be tabled at the closed session of Council in the next two weeks.
It has been a privilege to manage this public asset on behalf of Council for the last 10 years. In that time YMCA has been responsible for the cost of maintaining the grounds and golf course and has contributed over $2 million in direct spend to the local economy. The team at the golf course have worked hard to create a space that is welcoming and inclusive of all in the community that want to have a social hit of golf, participate in special events such as night golf, or learn to play in a relaxed and friendly setting.
Each year between 18,000 and 22,000 rounds of golf are played at Rosny. In recent times, the course has been an important community asset providing an opportunity for people to safely participate in active recreation. In 3 weeks of operations during May, over 1,200 rounds of golf were played as it was one of the only forms of sport allowed under the COVID restrictions.
The Y’s proposal to the Council is for the YMCA to continue managing the public golf course while the City Heart project is undertaken and the community consulted on what they would like to see happen with the land the course sits on. As part of the Proposal, we’re asking Council to take on a small share of the YMCA’s costs associated with maintaining the public land. This will help ensure the YMCA is able to continue providing affordable access to the community.
YMCA Swim School
The Y is working on a plan to slowly resume swimming lessons at Clarence Aquatic Centre from the beginning of Term 3. Lessons at Barossa are dependent on the lease negotiations with the OneCare Board and we will provide an update as soon as we can for our swim school students and families.