MP on board for new gym

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FLYNN MP Ken O’Dowd and In­dige­nous Af­fairs Min­is­ter Se­na­tor Nigel Scul­lion met with sev­eral Eidsvold com­mu­nity mem­bers to dis­cuss es­tab­lish­ing a gym.

The es­tab­lish­ment of a box­ing club to en­gage the youth of the town was also dis­cussed.

Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the el­derly after op­er­a­tions and the gen­eral fit­ness of the peo­ple in Eidsvold would all ben­e­fit from a real gym­na­sium.

In attendance were act­ing Mayor FayeWhe­lan, mem­bers from Queens­land Health, Po­lice, Am­bu­lance, Cham­ber of Com­merce, Friends of RM and prom­i­nent com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“I am hear­ing ev­ery­thing that you are say­ing and agree­ing with you is easy,” Mr Scul­lion said.

“The gov­ern­ment is spend­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars ev­ery week, we just have to find some for this project.”

Mr O’Dowd said that the gov­ern­ment would al­ways look favourably on projects that served a com­mu­nity in dif­fer­ent ways.

“This one would ben­e­fit sev­eral peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and it would be unique in the re­gion,” he said.

Al­ter­na­tives would be to use ex­ist­ing build­ings in Eidsvold.

“The Sports Shed at the show­grounds is one build­ing that could be looked at for con­ver­sion to a great gym­na­sium,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“The box­ing ring could be used as a stage when other func­tions are in that build­ing,” he said.

There are good ath­letes in Eidsvold and a gym could be sup­ported by all the sport­ing clubs in the town, in­clud­ing swimming, rugby league, lit­tle ath­let­ics and box­ing.

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