LAUNCESTON City Council's new gym at its aquatic centre will have the second most expensive fortnightly membership in the city.
The fee structure for the new gym, to open next year, will be debated by council aldermen at a planning meeting on Monday and will appear for a decision at a future council meeting.
As it stands, members will be hit with a $149 joining fee for the gym, plus fortnightly charges of $40 for full access to all programs, the pool and spa, or $34 for just the gym area.
The fortnightly fees will be reduced to $24 for complete access and $20 for just the gym in off-peak periods.
The fortnightly membership fees are slightly more expensive than those charged at Hobart Aquatic Centre, and more expensive than any other gym facility in Launceston after Fernwood.
A single casual session will cost $25 but will cover all health and fitness programs on offer at Launceston Aquatic.
Single entry for group fitness will cost $15.
All fees, once endorsed, will be reviewed mid-June 2015.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the price recommendation came from council officers and aldermen would take it on-board for consideration when it came time to make a decision.
Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said council officers had examined fee structures for similar facilities across Australia to determine the fees.
``The proposed health and fitness fees are designed to reflect the high quality facility that Launceston Aquatic represents, and its setting in the marketplace,'' Mr Dobrzynski said.
``The difference in membership fees across gym facilities in Northern Tasmania and those proposed for Launceston Aquatic is a matter of a few dollars, but we believe our offering will be unique.
``Importantly, the rationale behind instituting dry programs at Launceston Aquatic is to reduce the cost of that facility to ratepayers.''
The council resolved in March to spend $460,000 to build the gym in its $26.3 million centre, to add to the 36 privately-owned gyms in the Launceston area.
The centre has run at an operating loss since it opened in 2009.