The panel in charge of reviewing building management options for Rotorua’s Aquatic Centre have been announced.

Members of the panel include Auckland lawyer Tama Hovell, Deloitte’s Director Rob McDonald, and Sports New Zealand Spaces and Places Lead Jamie Delich.

The Aquatic Centre became a topic of debate when Rotorua Lakes Council made the decision to outsource its management to Community Leisure Management (CLM).

Union and staff members questioned the Council’s decision as no consultation took place before the approval was given.

At the start of March, the council voted 6-5 in favour of re-evaluating more options for the Aquatic Centre’s management whilst taking into consideration any possibilities of future development.

According to the statement released by the council, Hovell has extensive experience in environmental, resource management and Maori issues.

“He has also been involved in a number of major resource consenting projects, provided advice on developments in natural landscape areas and consulted on a range of large infrastructure developments for electricity and telecommunications infrastructure within transport corridors.”

McDonald is adept in business planning, feasibility studies, valuations, operation reviews, consultations and due diligence in a variety of sectors such as local government and tourism.

Delich carries over 44 years’ experience in the aquatics industry. He has worked in various Wellington councils is now advising the national aquatic industry on its operations and development.

“He has been leading Sport NZ’s national sporting facilities network programme which involves facility concept, planning, design, build and operations. In his Spaces and Places role he is coordinating regional strategies on developing sport and recreation facility priorities and needs across New Zealand.”

Once the panel finalises their discussion, they will present their recommendations and preferences to the council.

Geoff Williams, Chief Executive of Rotorua Lakes Council, stated that the council will “continue working in good faith with staff and their union representatives”.

“As I’ve said previously, it is important that this matter is resolved as soon as possible to provide certainty for both staff and the council organisation on the way forward for the Aquatic Centre.”

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