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Yarra Leisure News /
July 2019

What are your thoughts on childcare in Yarra?

a toddler with brown hair crawling on the ground in childcare

This year, Yarra Council trialled an expanded casual and occasional care service. The trial was based on feedback from families about the occasional care service offered at our leisure centres.

During the trial, we offered more casual care sessions at childcare centres while continuing to offer 90 minute occasional care sessions at Richmond Recreation Centre and Fitzroy Pool. Occasional care was not available at Collingwood Leisure Centre during the trial.

We are now evaluating the trial, and want to know your thoughts on childcare at Yarra.

Have your say.

Book your Evolt360 scan from Monday 8 July

Evolt360 image with text saying intelligent body composition analyser

Bookings open for our Evolt360 scanners at Collingwood and Richmond on Monday 8 July. The Evolt360 is an intelligent body scanner that provides a fast, non-invasive method of screening your body.

In only 60 seconds, you will be provided with useful information about your body to help you on your fitness journey.

How do I book a scan?

Book your scan at reception from Monday 8 July and experience the power of the intelligent body scanner and how it can enhance your results and improve overall health.

After your scan, our gym instructor or personal trainer will explain and discuss your results with you to ensure you get the most out of your scan.

How much is a scan?

  • $12 for health care and senior card holders
  • $20 for members
  • $30 for non-members
  • Included in personal training program.

How do I find out more information?

To find out more about these state of the art machines, check out our website. For more information, chat to our team in the gym or at reception.

We have achieved quality accreditation by Fitness Australia for our 3 facilities

Fitness Australia awarding our Mayor, CEO, and Yarra Leisure health and fitness staff the 3 awards

We're proud to announce that Collingwood Leisure Centre, Fitzroy Swimming Pool and Richmond Recreation Centre have achieved Quality Accreditation with Fitness Australia, becoming 3 of just 19 facilities currently holding the accreditation across Australia.

The Quality Accreditation is awarded to facilities that uphold the highest standards in fitness. The accreditation program is designed to support organisations to continuously build on the quality of a fitness business, with customer care, safety and service being the ultimate goal.

Our status as one of the industry leaders in quality service excellence provided a jumping off point for the accreditation process, and our organisation’s strong commitment to continuous improvement was highly regarded by Fitness Australia.

Thank you all for your continued support and keeping us passionate about delivering exceptional services and programs.

Find out more about what this exclusive accreditation means for us!

NEW CLASSES in our new group exercise timetable!

Shot of group exercise class with kettle bells

Our new group exercise timetable will kick off on Monday 8 July. We have made changes to the timetable in response to your feedback, class popularity, timetable structure and operational needs.

What are the changes at Collingwood Leisure Centre?

  • New 12.15pm Zumba Gold on Wednesdays. Zumba Gold is a new class to Yarra Leisure, which involves a mix of low intensity dance moves suitable for older adults.
  • New 12.15pm Yoga 1 on Thursdays.

What are the changes at Fitzroy Pool?

  • New 6.15am Functional Circuit on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • New 6.15am Pilates class on Fridays.

What are the changes at Richmond Recreation Centre?

The Richmond timetable will not change.

View the new timetable online.

Our lifeguard Mai Davies wins Pool Lifeguard Award

Mai Davies receiving her award and smiling with fellow colleagues and ARV staff

We're proud to announce that our lifeguard Mai Davies was awarded the Pool Lifeguard Award on Friday 14 June at the ARV Industry Awards Gala. This is the second year in a row a Yarra Leisure lifeguard has won the award which is exceptional for our team.

The Pool Lifeguard Award recognises excellence and commitment to lifeguarding including; customer service, knowledge and skills relating to lifeguarding, interpersonal and leadership skills, commitment to safety and overall contribution to the facility.

Mai rightfully won the award for displaying all the lifeguard attributes, skills and work ethic that set her apart from the rest.

Find out more about Mai's award and achievements.

Changes to fees and charges

Reception area at Richmond Recreation Centre

As part of the 2019/20 annual budget process, Yarra City Council recently reviewed fees and charges across its services. To ensure that we maintain high standards and keep improving our facilities, there is a proposed increase in Yarra Leisure fees.

Council has adopted the budget with changes at an Ordinary Council Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 25 June at Richmond Town Hall.

What are the key dates for the roll out of new fees?

  • Casual programs and services (including multi visit pass options: Monday 1 July 2019
  • Membership fees, including Open Age Squad: Thursday 11 July 2019
  • Learn to Swim lesson fees: Term 4 2019
  • Up-front term fees: Monday 26 August:
  • Direct debit fees: Thursday 3 October 2019.

View our fee changes and find out more about the 2019/20 council budget on our website.

Take your swimming to the next level

A girl swimming under water in a pool

What's your weakness when it comes to your swimming technique? Our qualified coaches can identify areas for improvement and help you turn it into your strength!

Join us at our 5-week stroke improvement course at Richmond or Collingwood and we'll help you improve technique and endurance across all swimming strokes. You'll focus on kick and body positioning, breathing techniques, arm positioning, rotation and more!

How much is the course?

The course is $126 for members and $140 for non-members.

When are the sessions?

Each session runs from 6.45pm to 7.45pm on the allocated night: 

  • Collingwood sessions will run from Tuesday 6 August.
  • Richmond sessions will run from Wednesday 7 August. 

How do I book?

Reserve your spot online and we will contact you to confirm your booking and arrange payment.

Book your spot at Collingwood Leisure Centre

Book your spot at Richmond Recreation Centre

Book a personal training session with Oli

Yarra Leisure Personal Trainer Oliver Sanderson taking a client through a session

Are you ready to make a positive change to your health and fitness? Oli can help you get there! He understands that change can be terrifying but says the scariest thing of all is wondering 'what if'.

Oli has extensive experience in resistance training, fat loss and nutritional guidance and has worked with leading fitness professionals in New Zealand and Australia.

He's extremely goal driven and committed to enhancing his clients health and wellbeing so they can achieve success. If it's time to make a change and you're looking for a leg up in achieving your fitness goals, book a session today.

Richmond tennis courts and outdoor area closed

Tennis racquet and ball lying on a green court by the tennis net

We no longer have access to the tennis courts and the surrounding outdoor area located on Gleadell Street at Richmond Recreation Centre as Lynall Hall Community School have permanently assumed full responsibility of the courts as of Monday 1 July 2019.

Due to this, family membership holders' entitlements to the tennis and netball courts have ceased as of Sunday 30 June 2019.From Monday 1 July 2019, access to the courts will be managed by Lynall Hall Community School through Gleadell Street.

If you would like to use these facilities, you will now need to contact the school for bookings and enquiries on 9428 4421, via email at or by visiting the school reception.

Move, eat and live better

Seasonal highlights from the world of health, fitness and nutrition to supercharge your wellbeing.

Collingwood Leisure Centre
Cnr Turnbull and Hoddle Sts, Clifton Hill

Fitzroy Swimming Pool
Alexandra Pde, Fitzroy

Richmond Recreation Centre
Gleadell St, Richmond

Burnley Golf Course
Cnr Loyola and Madden Gr, Burnley