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Is This Australia’s Most Expensive Gym?

Manly Swim centre (Sydney) is under fire for projected high price of getting fit at top-class facility

MANLY’S new Andrew Boy Charlton Swim Centre could be home to the most expensive gym on the northern beaches, charging more than $2700 a year for membership.

Fees listed in the council’s draft Community Strategic Plan lists an annual “fitness centre” membership fee of $2,766.40 a year, or $1,729 for six months. This equates to more than $55 a week for year members and $72 for half-yearly memberships.

Manly Mayor Jean Hay said she initially questioned the high cost and requested a review.

Councillor Candy Bingham slammed them as “insane”. “Is this the most expensive gym in Australia for what your membership covers?” she said.

“The independent councillors have been asking for a business plan for six months … this is supposed to be providing revenue to counter the cost of the new swim centre and all it will do is send people away in droves.”

According to a Manly Council spokesman, the fees will give members “access all areas” as well as use of all state-of-the-art equipment, pools, a sauna, steam room and spa. It also includes classes.


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