Pub­lic space li­cences loom for train­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

■ 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.

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