Funding coup for gym
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.