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Fitness business struggles to pay council permit fees

SOME businesses are feeling the burn as the Gladstone region's parks and beaches become hubs for fitness junkies.

Last month Gladstone Regional Council fielded more than 12 expressions of interest from commercial users seeking a permit to use a beach or park during the next financial year.

Businesses pay a $500 application fee and $250 annual approval fee to operate in the public areas.

>> Fitness businesses jostle for space in public places

There have been five commercial beach permits and five commercial fitness activities permits issued for 2013-14.

But not everyone is happy with the fees or the council's application process.

One operator has called for an improvement in the council's system.

KiteSurf 1770 owner Cedric Schmidt said he was struggling to make ends meet.

He said fees were unaffordable and the application process was cumbersome.

"We live in a really small place (with) not many people and still we get hit by council fees and taxes," Mr Schmidt said.

"The general feeling is they don't want us to operate - they just make our life really hard."

Mayor Gail Sellers said positive feedback had been received from commercial users of public spaces as part of the expression of interest process.

"We have always allowed use of our public parks by businesses and fitness groups," Cr Sellers said.

"It has been very successful and thus the need to regulate and control the use."

Topics:  fitness, gladstone business, gladstone regional council




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