Park fee in­tro­duced

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

The City of Kar­ratha last week in­tro­duced a li­cence re­quire­ment for profit small fit­ness and well­ness busi­nesses that use pub­lic space for their classes.

At their last meet­ing for the year, the coun­cil car­ried a mo­tion that small busi­nesses us­ing pub­lic parks and fa­cil­i­ties will now be re­quired to reg­is­ter their use of the land with the City, pay a $200 an­nual fee and have first aid qual­i­fi­ca­tions and pub­lic li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance.

The li­cence re­quire­ment will not ap­ply to in­for­mal, not-for­profit fit­ness meet-ups.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said it was a re­sponse to more small fit­ness busi­nesses in­clud­ing per­sonal train­ers, dog train­ers and yoga in­struc­tors us­ing open pub­lic space.

“It’s great that we lead such an out­door life­style and there is a strong de­mand for things like per­sonal train­ing in our parks,” he said. “We want to en­cour­age more of th­ese busi­nesses but also make sure they all have ap­pro­pri­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions and pub­lic li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance.

“Our parks and gar­dens be­long to ev­ery­one so we want to make sure that where peo­ple are us­ing them for a profit they are ap­pro­pri­ately reg­u­lated and con­trib­ute to the main­te­nance of the fa­cil­i­ties.”

Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Commerce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally said the pol­icy brings Kar­ratha into line with what is be­com­ing the Statewide stan­dard for lo­cal gov­ern­ments and pro­gram­ming book­ing times would help small fit­ness busi­nesses.

“It gives them cer­tainty so they know they’ll be given a time and a place on one of the pub­lic re­serves and will mean no clash of book­ings as has hap­pened pre­vi­ously,” he said. Red Rock Fit­ness per­sonal trainer Jan New­burn has run classes on Peg’s Creek Oval morn­ings and evenings for years and said she sup­ported the new pol­icy.

“I think the fee’s ac­tu­ally quite min­i­mal,” she said. “It makes sure that ev­ery­one op­er­at­ing out­doors has the proper qual­i­fi­ca­tions and in­sur­ances.”

Pic­ture: Red Rock Fit­ness

Red Rock Fit­ness’ per­sonal train­ing classes will be af­fected by the new City of Kar­ratha pol­icy to li­cense small fit­ness busi­nesses op­er­at­ing in out­doors pub­lic space.

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