Community gym fighting for fitness
MANY Nimbin residents are sporting slimmer waists and excuses for not exercising more have become pretty weak in the town, thanks to the Nimbin Indigenous and Community Gym.
But despite the non-profit community facility recording 900 visits since moving into its current premises just over a year ago, the gym has failed to attract any government funding and struggles to make ends meet.
“The place is running on the smell of an oily rag,” manager and instructor Wayne Cuthbertson said.
“We struggle to find the funds every four weeks for rent, and sometimes we have people donate the money.”
Mr Cuthbertson is particularly passionate about youth fitness, but trains children, adults and the elderly, and despite the troubles he is determined low fees at the gym will stay.
The gym charges only $5 for a session with Mr Cuthbertson, whose qualifications include children's fitness, nutrition and exercise rehabilitation, and he doesn't take any payment himself.
“A big part of what we are doing is building up kids' self-esteem,” he said.
“We want to make a difference.
"It's about caring, not about making money.”
Mr Cuthbertson has a certificate qualification in exercise rehabilitation, and accepts clients with rehabilitation programs.
“I can oversee a program that has been designed by a physiotherapist and/or exercise physiologist,” he said.
“The physios are so overworked here and a lot of people just need to get moving again.”
Mr Cuthbertson set up the gym with Bundjalung elder Uncle Cecil Roberts in 2005 and indigenous members make up half the committee.
The Nimbin Indigenous and Community Gym operates from the Nimbin Community Centre, open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9.30am until after lunch.
For details call Mr Cuthbertson on 6689 0069.