Park fee introduced
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.”
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.