Published on 08 September 2022
Visitation to the Launceston Leisure & Aquatic Centre, Northern Tasmania's most utilised sport and recreation facility, has increased by more than 22 per cent over the past five years.
The centre recorded 472,303 attendances in the last financial year, up from 386,525 in 2017/18.
On average, 1058 visitations were recorded each day in the 2017/18 financial year, compared to 1293 in the most recent financial year — an average daily increase of 235 people.
The facility's operating deficit, excluding depreciation, has continued to trend downwards over the past five years, dropping from $687,130 in 2017/18 to $405,692 in the financial year just ended.
The cost reduction has been driven by energy efficiency projects, including the recent installation of 240 solar panels capable of generating more than 140,000KW hours of electricity at the facility annually, and increasing membership numbers.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the facility was gearing up for the summer months ahead, with the centre's outdoor pool, waterslide and barbeque areas set to open to the public in time for the school holidays on Saturday, October 1.
"The Launceston Leisure & Aquatic Centre is the most utilised sporting facility in Northern Tasmania, and has inspired a love of swimming in a new generation of Launceston residents," Mayor van Zetten said. "Not only does the centre play an important role in teaching water safety to children, we also have a growing contingent of adults learning to swim for the very first time through our popular Adult Learn to Swim program.
"We're very much looking forward to daylight savings kicking in next month and seeing the temperatures starting to climb as we head towards another busy summer of swimming."
Ahead of summer, the Launceston Leisure & Aquatic Centre has advertised casual employment opportunities, with Learn to Swim Instructor and Group Fitness Instructor positions available.
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