Per­sonal trainer fights for boot camp space

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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