Coun­cil’s in­volve­ment is the main is­sue

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion -

JOAN Ja­cobs is very much mis­taken if she thinks I feel I am “be­ing hard done by” (Western Opin­ion, Au­gust 16).

The is­sue has not, is not and never will be about per­sonal train­ers be­ing hard done by. It has been about the way Su­bi­aco coun­cil have con­ducted the process, their lack of con­sul­ta­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the ratepay­ers and res­i­dents and lis­ten­ing only to a very small dis­grun­tled mi­nor­ity.

It is also not about the pur­chas­ing of a per­mit, which I have been more than happy to do.

Per­sonal train­ers are get­ting a bad rap at the mo­ment – we do what we do to help peo­ple be­come fit­ter and health­ier and to im­prove their qual­ity of life.

Gyms are not for ev­ery­one and ex­er­cis­ing out­doors with a qual­i­fied trainer should be ev­ery­one’s right. We are fac­ing an obe­sity epi­demic, di­a­betes and heart dis­ease is on the rise and lo­cal coun­cils are mak­ing it hard for peo­ple to ex­er­cise.

I fully sup­port per­mits, time and group size re­stric­tions.

It is com­fort­ing to know that most res­i­dents (some of whom live ad­ja­cent to the park, un­like Ms Ja­cobs) are in com­plete dis­agree­ment with Ms Ja­cobs and Su­bi­aco coun­cil and feel sad that the park is off lim­its to the few per­sonal train­ers who fre­quented it.

Ms Ja­cobs is yet again wrong with her as­sump­tion that in the case of in­jury the coun­cil would be sued – train­ers must have their own in­surance to re­tain a li­cence.

Su­san An­der­son,

Wem­b­ley.

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