Dust off your sweat bands and get out your lycra – the Upper Lachlan Shire’s first community outdoor gym is open for business.
Member for Goulburn Pru Goward joined Upper Lachlan Shire Council Mayor Brian McCormack OAM and Council’s Acting General Manager Andrew Croke, along with the Crookwell Neighbourhood Centre’s President Narelle Bulmer, Manager Suzie Panne and Hub Coordinator Linda Stephenson and the Department of Family and Community Services’ Manager Housing Operations Shane Meijer and Commissioning and Planning Officer Hannah Wanless for the official opening of the outdoor gym at Clifton Park, Crookwell.
Members of the community were also on hand, along with a personal trainer, to put the new equipment through its paces. The new gym includes a chest press and lat pull down, massage bars and cycle pusher, leg press and swing board, sky runner and runner (elliptical), and two stations to cater for disabled and elderly community members with arm and leg exercises – all available to use, free of charge.
The project was funded with a $50,000 grant under the State Government’s 2016 Social Housing and Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF), sought by the Crookwell Neighbourhood Centre.
Ms Goward said the one-off SHCIF grants are part of the State Government’s three-year, $20 million commitment to build stronger social housing communities.
“This is all about turning social housing areas into strong, vibrant communities that our residents are proud to call home,” Ms Goward said.
Mr Croke said Council was pleased to contribute to the project by levelling the site and donating project management staff.
“The community outdoor gym would give all members of the community of varying ages, abilities and fitness levels, access to a free recreation facility, which encourages healthy lifestyles,” Mr Croke said.
Mrs Stephenson said the facility will also give social housing residents greater opportunities for social interaction with the broader community.
“We are very thankful to the State Government for this funding and to Upper Lachlan Shire Council for their support, input and guidance in submitting our funding application – it was very much a joint effort,” Mrs Stephenson said.
For more photos from today's official opening, please visit Council's Facebook page.