THE Hamilton Indoor and Aquatic Leisure Centre is losing almost $1 million dollars per year, with the burden falling on Southern Grampians Shire ratepayers.
The council was told that HILAC had total revenue of $1.19 million, but carried $2.7 million in expenses, resulting in a total net annual cost of around $859,000.
That shortfall came out of the income from shire rates, with ratepayers forking out the funds whether they used the facility or not.
HILAC was completed in 2006 with a final cost of $9.72 million, and Cr Paul Battista encouraged everyone to use the asset, as they were paying for it anyway.
“HILAC is there for the ratepayers and it is there to stay,” he said.
“What we need to do is work on energy efficiencies, because the facility does use a lot of energy.”
The Hamilton outdoor pool is also running at a loss of $102,100 per year, with employee expenses amounting to $47,000, utility expenses $16,700, maintenance expenses $37,000 and depreciation $42,000.
Full report in today’s Spectator.