‘Loud mi­nor­ity’ noisy for fit­ness class ban: trainer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

A WESTERN sub­urbs per­sonal trainer be­lieves the City of Su­bi­aco is go­ing against res­i­dents and ratepay­ers by ban­ning fit­ness classes at Su­bi­aco Com­mon.

The City’s changes will come into ef­fect on Au­gust 1, when per­sonal train­ers will no longer be able to use the re­serve, af­ter it re­ceived noise com­plaints.

Trainer Su­san An­der­son said the de­ci­sion was made with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents and ratepay­ers and was based on com­plaints from a small num­ber of peo­ple.

“They have made this de­ci­sion based on a loud mi­nor­ity of peo­ple com­plain­ing, with­out con­sult­ing the ma­jor­ity,” she said.

“They say noise is an is­sue and if that is the case then bring in re­stric­tions on times, but don’t ban the use of Su­bi­aco Com­mon.”

The City has brought in re­stric­tions on other parks and re­serves, where per­sonal train­ers need to ap­ply for per­mits and dis­play a sign if they want to use them.

Mueller Park, Ni­chol­son Road Park, Ma­bel Tal­bot, Ros­alie Park and Lake Jual­bup will all be avail­able for use with a per­mit.

A City of Su­bi­aco spokesman said the new re­stric­tions were in­tended to pro­vide fair and equal use of parks and re­serves.

“Due to the close prox­im­ity of res­i­dents to the grassed area in Su­bi­aco Com­mon, the in­ci­den­tal noise of com­mer­cial re­cre­ation im­pacts nearby res­i­dents and is there­fore un­suit­able,” he said.

“Per­mits pro­vide train­ers with a time and lo­ca­tion for com­mer­cial re­cre­ation. Train­ers are re­quired to dis­play a sign (pro­vided by the City) with their per­mit num­ber dis­played to al­low city of­fi­cers to eas­ily iden­tify valid per­mits.

“No per­mits have been is­sued for Su­bi­aco Com­mon.”

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Per­sonal trainer Su­san An­der­son.

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