Boomerang Bike Scheme Renewed

Boomerang Bike Scheme Renewed

By Erin Archer

 

Bathurst Council have voted to keep the Boomerang Bike Hire Scheme running, for at least another 12 months, however not without some debate about how much revenue it brings to the city.

Each year the bike hire sites, which are situated at the at The Visitor Information Centre on Kendall Avenue, and The Aquatic Centre on Elizabeth Street, costs council about $1200 a year of which council keeps 50 per cent of the hire revenue.

However a report from acting corporate services and finance director Aaron Jones, revealed for the first 9 months of operation, the hire scheme ran at a significant loss.

Just 109 bikes were hired across the two sites for a total revenue of $1601, with council’s share at $800.50 – a loss of around $20,000.

Despite this however, councillors voted to continue the scheme until next September, citing a lack of advertisement being the main reason for the scheme’s huge financial loss.

 

“I don’t think we have advertised this very well – I think we have to keep on with the bike hire scheme but do a better job of letting people know about it.” Said councillor Ian North.

 

Agreeing with Mr North was councillor Bobby Burke, who blamed how cold Bathurst’s winter had been last year, for the low income for the business.

There was only one apposing opinion on the matter, which came from councillor Monica Morse, who said the 12 month contract extension for the Boomerang Bike Hire isn’t value for money.

For more information about Boomerang Bikes in Bathurst check out their information page!

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