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Fitness businesses jostle for space in public places

Trainer Caitlin Roffey and Owner/trainer Olive Walters from 4 Mums Fitness are training their clients at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer
Trainer Caitlin Roffey and Owner/trainer Olive Walters from 4 Mums Fitness are training their clients at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer Brenda Strong

OUR public spaces are being stretched to the limit as fitness businesses stake their claim on parks and beaches

Outdoor public spaces are becoming popular for commercial use, with parks and beaches in the Gladstone region increasingly sought after for outdoor boot camps and tourism businesses.

Tannum Sands residents are flocking to Canoe Point Coastal Reserve and the duck ponds for boot camps, while the main beaches at Tannum Sands and Seventeen Seventy host watercraft businesses.

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4 Mums Fitness owner and instructor Olive Walters uses Canoe Point to run 12 fitness sessions a week.

She said exercising outdoors was a fantastic for her clients, who come for group support as much as the workout.

She said the pleasure gained from regular exercise was addictive.

"A lot of ladies find they can't live without it, it's like an addiction," she said.

Many of her clients bring small children to the sessions and value the proximity of public toilets and the availability of play space.

But the permit-holding businesswoman is peeved that other fitness groups sometimes turn up with loud music.

"At Canoe Point at the beginning of year they would turn up with music blaring at 5.30am in the morning," she said.

"There were 20 people there. We paid for our approval, we got our licences. They (other commercial users) were just turning up doing what they wanted to do."

Ms Walters said she felt the permit system was generally working but there were some who exploited the system.

"It's a privilege to do what we do in a public place. It looks bad if we're not doing the right thing," she said.

Topics:  fitness, gladstone regional council, health, parks



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