Personal trainer fights for boot camp space
WHITSUNDAY personal trainer Tina Spence is involved in ongoing discussions with Whitsunday Regional Council over outdoor space to be used for boot camps.
About two months ago, Ms Spence was stopped from holding her outdoor gym sessions at Cannonvale’s basketball court and at the Volunteer Marine Rescue base.
Council’s chief executive officer Scott Waters said issues had arisen over commercial use of public space. He said Council had received complaints which prompted a policy review.
Ms Spence said she stopped conducting classes but noticed that others continued. Last week, she attended the Council meeting in Bowen to ask why this was the case.
“I understand that policies and procedures take time but that’s not the point,” she said.
“If they’ve put a blanket on outdoor fitness why are there still people out there?”
Ms Spence says that to the best of her knowledge, she appears to be the only personal trainer who has been told to stop.
She says park classes are conducted in Proserpine just two blocks away from Council’s customer service centre. “They can’t tell me they don’t see that,” she said. Ms Spence says all she wants is consistency. “I don’t want anyone else shut down. I just want to come back,” she said.
Her questions at the Council meeting were taken on notice but discussed again that day in the confidential section.
In a letter to Ms Spence, Mr Waters advised that Council would be formulating a policy in relation to the commercial use of parks and infrastructure at its next briefing session.
The letter states that it will be presented at the next ordinary Council meeting which is scheduled for next Wednesday, July 10.
CHALLENGED: Personal trainer Tina Spence is fighting to re-establish her outdoor boot camps at the VMR and Cannonvale basketball courts.