Fight the flab at Four Mile

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil has backed a plan to get a fit­ness trail at Four Mile Park - all that is needed for it to be­come re­al­ity is com­mu­nity sup­port.

Windswell Kitesurf­ing owner Brett “Bretto” Whitfield has been work­ing hard for the past year to or­gan­ise the “play equip­ment for adults”.

“It’s some­thing the lo­cals will ben­e­fit from and there’s a lot of res­i­dents in Port and ma­jor re­sorts down this end,” he said of the lo­ca­tion.

“It will be good to cross-train and warm up on, there are about 30 dif­fer­ent ex­er­cises all in one pyra­mid shape, in­clud­ing pushups, chin-ups and stretches.

“It’s good for sport groups, school kids and for us kite surfers - in­stead of stand­ing around wait­ing for the wind to pick up, we can come over here and cross-train.”

The pro­posed lo­ca­tion, which has been ap­proved by Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil, is at Four Mile Park on the op­po­site side of the play­ground.

“This area is rarely used and we’re nat­u­rally util­is­ing the shaded part, there’s a nice cool breeze from the beach,” Mr Whitfield said.

“It will be about 25m-by-25m and the equip­ment is static, there are no mov­ing parts and they are made of plas­ti­cre­cy­cled-tim­ber and stain­less poles and there are in­struc­tions for the ex­er­cises in the mid­dle.

“It’s en­vi­ron­men­tal­lyfriendly and does not re­quire main­te­nance, coun­cil is happy to al­lo­cate the land, we just need the com­mu­nity sup­port.”

Mr Whitfield said there is a com­mu­nity grant of around $30,000 and the project is el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for the funds.

“Coun­cil has in­di­cated they will make the project hap­pen, it has to be a com­mu­nity group that ap­plies for the grant and the Com­bined Club are happy to take over the project pro­vid­ing I get enough com­mu­nity sup­port,” he said.

“It pro­motes strength, fit­ness and health in the com­mu­nity and will be great for the town to get out­doors and get ac­tive.

“The Waterfront plan is tak­ing a long time, this is a project we can do now and get in­stant re­sults.

“In the fu­ture we could have mini-sta­tions on the edge of the hill and at the waterfront and make one big cir­cuit through town.”

To show your sup­port and to find out more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­posed fit­ness trail email Brett Whitfield at bret­

Top tal­ent: Shan­ice Mclean singing at the Higlan­der Tav­ern late last year (inset) abo­rig­i­nal singer Ge­of­frey Gur­ru­mul Yunupingu

Fit­ness Trail: Ma­roochy­dore’s fit­ness trail sim­i­lar to the Four Mile Beach pro­posal

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