Moss­man Gym look­ing for new home

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Moss­man Gym Club jumped out of a fry­ing pan last year, and while it hasn’t quite landed in the fire there’s more heat be­ing put on the pop­u­lar club in the form of un­cer­tainty over its cur­rent home.

Pin­jarra Place on Mill St – where the club moved late last year – is on the mar­ket.

“We half ex­pected it but we didn’t ex­pect it to come so soon es­pe­cially af­ter we just got all set­tled and cut up out floor strips,” said club man­ager Hay­ley Bender.

“We only have a month to month lease so we don’t have any se­cu­rity. Un­for­tu­nately the owner re­ally wants to sell it.

“(But) It’s all that we could get at this stage – we were des­per­ate, we needed some­where to go.”

Ms Bender is op­ti­mistic the club will sur­vive, with Mayor Ju­lia Leu pledg­ing the coun­cil’s sup­port for the club.

Ms Bender said there was po­ten­tial for a new fa­cil­ity Coronation Park in Moss­man, which has been on the club’s radar as a po­ten­tial home for many years.

“It’s much bet­ter for us down there, and I think with all the other groups al­ready there it can be a bit of a com­mu­nity hub.” Mayor Ju­lia Leu told the

the DSC would con­tinue to as­sist the club.

Now that a Land Man­age­ment Plan for Coronation Park had been ap­proved by the DNRM, the coun­cil could of­fer trustee leases to users of the show­grounds.

“As the Gym­nas­tics Club has long-term plans to secure grant fund­ing to con­struct a pur­pose-built build­ing at the Show­grounds to house its equip­ment and op­er­ate classes, Coun­cil has in­vited it to join the [show­ground] user group.”

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