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Wednesday 23 May, 2018
Ashburton District Council will continue operating the EA Networks Centre gym
rather than opting to lease it to a third party, following an independent
review of the service.
review found that the gym generates a surplus that subsidises the operating
costs of the whole EA Networks Centre facility, and Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel
says the decision to retain management of the gym is the best financial option
2015, Council resolved that after the gym had been operating for three years,
we would review the option of leasing it out. This was to help ensure we were
making the most financially prudent decisions about the EA Networks Centre for
review has found that the income received through gym memberships helps to
offset the centre’s other operational costs that would not be achieved to the
same level if the gym was leased out. This offset assists in keeping rates and
user charges for other parts of the centre down, which is a much better outcome
for ratepayers and centre users,” she says.
to the findings, the financial return from Council retaining the gym is
projected to generate $134,233 more per year than the return made on leasing
the gym out.
review is now available on the Council website.