Public space licences loom for trainers
■ Trainers who run for-profit fitness classes on City of Karratha public parks and reserves are being encouraged to register for permits before monitoring begins next month.
Late last year, the City introduced a policy requiring small fitness and wellness businesses that use public spaces for classes to register for an operating licence with the City, pay a $200 annual fee and have first aid qualifications and public liability insurance.
The policy officially started on March 1, though this month has been allowed as a grace period while trainers sign up.
Rangers will be enforcing the regulation from April 1, with $300 fines handed out as penalties for unlicensed trainers.
So far, only two out of 13 known operators in the City area, including Wickham, have registered.
Red Rock Fitness trainer Jan Newburn was the first local trainer to sign up for a permit.
She and nutritionist business partner April Butt said they thought the policy would benefit the local fitness industry.
“What we like about the permit is it makes sure everyone has the right qualifications, everyone has insurance and everyone has first aid training,” they said.
“It keeps the standard high and ensures the public is getting a safe service as well.”
Licences and fees for businesses using public spaces for profit has become standard practice in a number of WA cities in recent years.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the policy was intended to make sure popular activities such as boot camps, dog training and yoga classes on public spaces were regulated.
“Our parks and gardens belong to everyone, so we want to make sure that where people are using them to conduct business for a profit they are appropriately regulated and contribute to the maintenance of the facilities,” he said.
“We are asking all business owners who are currently operating this type of activity to contact the City for more information and to formalise their arrangements.”
Ms Newburn and Ms Butt said they appreciated that the licence fees were relatively affordable and allowed trainers to use any City public space, not only one location.
To register, contact the City of Karratha on 9186 8555.