Fund­ing coup for gym

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Fin­ley Com­mu­nity Gym Inc has wel­comed $26,000 in fund­ing from the NSW gov­ern­ment.

The gym com­mit­tee will use the money to pur­chase equip­ment to cater for mem­bers with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties in­clud­ing a new bench press, shoul­der press and low row.

The equip­ment can also cater for able body peo­ple.

Fin­ley Com­mu­nity Gym pres­i­dent Paul Dun­don said a sec­ond por­ta­ble air cooler will also be pur­chased.

He said it was an ‘‘amaz­ing achieve­ment’’ to se­cure the grant fund­ing con­sid­er­ing the com­mu­nity gym only opened a lit­tle over 12 months ago.

‘‘When we took over the gym there was a debt and we’ve paid it off so now re­ceiv­ing this grant shows we’re us­ing a good for­mula to build the gym, and help com­mu­nity with phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

‘‘It’s good to see we have the sup­port not only of the com­mu­nity but of the state gov­ern­ment.

‘‘It can get quite hot in the gym and the air cooler we have is al­ready do­ing won­ders but it of­ten moves from room to room, so this sec­ond cooler is much needed,’’ Mr Dun­don said.

Since open­ing in Jan­uary about 160 peo­ple have signed up for mem­ber­ship.

Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans said com­mu­nity gyms such as in Fin­ley play an im­por­tant role in bet­ter­ing our com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties that as­sist res­i­dents to­wards phys­i­cal fit­ness and de­vel­op­ment.

The Fin­ley Com­mu­nity Gym Inc is run by vol­un­teers and is open 24 hours a day.

Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans (mid­dle) with Fin­ley Com­mu­nity Gym Inc. com­mit­tee mem­ber Sam Armer (left) and pres­i­dent Paul Dun­don.

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