Out­door fit­ness fee is set to soar

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COTTES­LOE Coun­cil fees for fit­ness train­ers us­ing its public parks and re­serves will rise at least 20-fold to rank among the high­est charged in Perth.

“This will as­sist with the costs of main­tain­ing the re­serves from fair wear and tear,” a staff re­port said at the Town’s August meet­ing.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said while there had been no spe­cific cost or dam­age by train­ers at sites in­clud­ing Cottes­loe Oval, re­serves next to beaches, Jasper Johns Re­serve and the Cottes­loe Civic Cen­tre, there had been an in­crease in main­te­nance.

Cottes­loe in­tro­duced fees as part of a 2013 pol­icy to con­trol the use and noise cre­ated in its open spa­ces by com­mer­cial train­ers.

An up­dated pol­icy fol­lows July’s 2016-17 Bud­get, which in­creased the fees from $20 for an un­lim­ited num­ber of classes at any re­serve for 10 weeks, to $20 for each ses­sion.

But that change caused dis­quiet among some in­struc­tors and an al­ter­ative $2000 an­nual fee was pro­posed in a new pol­icy gov­ern­ing open-air fit­ness classes claimed to al­low the public firs­tuse ac­cess to the sites.

In­struc­tors will now have to choose be­tween the bud­get’s $20 charge for each ses­sion, or opt for the an­nual fee to suit the fre­quency of their ses­sions.

The change will be ad­ver­tised.

Fit­ness in­struc­tors will have to choose be­tween a $2000 an­nual fee and $20 a ses­sion in Cottes­loe.

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