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Council reaches Aquatic Centre management decision

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Elected members have today voted to progress outsourcing management of the Rotorua Aquatic Centre, with some conditions.

The decision follows an independent panel review of management options, including a staff proposal and development opportunities for the facility.

Councillors voted 8 - 3 in favour of outsourcing management of the facility with the following conditions:

- that an exit provision at Council’s discretion to cancel its contract; and

- include stronger engagement with community groups, sports clubs, stakeholders, iwi and a stronger bicultural approach to management

Elected members made the decision in November last year to contract CLM to manage the Aquatic Centre on Council’s behalf.

At the Full Council meeting on 28 February 2018 the Council decided: ‘That Council go back to the drawing board and properly consider all management options including the staff proposal and development opportunities for the Aquatic Centre.’

An independent external review was proposed and Councillor feedback on the draft Terms of Reference for this review was sought. An Independent Assessment Panel was then appointed to carry out a review of the work that had been completed to ensure all management options (including the staff proposal) had been properly considered, and to seek advice on the implications of an external management partner on future development opportunities.

The Independent Assessment Panel Report acknowledged the work done by Council Officers and AWUNZ, identifying that both parties believe the leadership and management of the Aquatic Centre needs to perform better and on a sustainable basis - hence the need to consider a range of management options.

Today, elected members reached the following decision:

That the council resolve to conclude negotiations with CLM for management of the Aquatic Centre as per the Council resolution of 23 November 2017 with the following inclusions:

- Inclusion of an exit provision in an out-sourced management model should be negotiated to allow Council at its discretion to cancel the contract should it prove an impediment to redevelopment or attracting an external investment during the term of the contract

- Both models will include stronger engagement models with community groups, sports clubs, stakeholders, Iwi and a stronger bicultural approach to management than is currently in play

See page 28 of the Full Council today’s agenda (31 May 2018) to read the full report on this matter, the independent panel’s report and feedback from AWUNZ and an Aquatic Centre working group on the independent panel’s report and the paper before the Council.

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