Out­door fit­ness equip­ment a wel­come ad­di­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Yir­ra­m­a­gardu Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion launched its out­door ex­er­cise area at An­dover Park in Roe­bourne last week.

An­dover Park now has five sta­tions with ex­er­cise equip­ment, which the as­so­ci­a­tion hopes will en­cour­age peo­ple to lead a more ac­tive life­style.

At the launch, YCA com­mit­tee mem­ber Michael Nikakis spoke on be­half of chair­woman Toot­sie Daniel.

“The equip­ment you see here to­day is for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity and we got it here be­cause of the com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion work­ing very closely with the City of Kar­ratha,” he said.

“We wanted (the equip­ment) to be part of a bit of a change in this com­mu­nity, a change in at­ti­tude, a change in be­hav­iours, a change in mak­ing con­sid­er­a­tions and tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for them­selves.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion has teamed up with var­i­ous not-for-profit groups and health agen­cies to en­cour­age peo­ple to use the equip­ment ef­fec­tively.

“The equip­ment it­self is go­ing to do noth­ing for us un­less we use it,” he said.

“More im­por­tantly, that it’s used wisely and it’s used pro­duc­tively.”

“It’s go­ing to be so im­por­tant to re­ceive your help in get­ting the com­mu­nity to use the equip­ment and to get as much out of it as they can.”

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long was also at the launch and said the in­stal­la­tion of the ex­er­cise equip­ment was a tes­ta­ment to the ef­fec­tive­ness of the new com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion.

“This is a very im­por­tant project be­cause it’s the first one that the Yir­ra­m­a­gardu Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion has done for it­self and it just proves that peo­ple in Roe­bourne can do the same thing that ev­ery­one else can do,” he said.

“We want to see this project be a suc­cess and it’s great that this is such an im­pres­sive first project that you’ve done.”

The equip­ment was launched as part of YCA’s ex­er­cise equip­ment project, an ini­tia­tive aim­ing to en­tice the com­mu­nity to in­tro­duce ac­tiv­i­ties and regimes that pro­mote a healthy life­style and well­be­ing.

At the launch, com­mu­nity mem­bers also en­joyed us­ing the equip­ment and a bar­be­cue.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Ngar­luma elder Pansy Hicks, Yir­ra­m­a­gardu Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion vice-chair­woman Marion Cheedy and City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long test out the new equip­ment.

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