KEEPING FIT: Representatives from Kyogle Council and various community groups with Federal MP Janelle Saffin.
KEEPING FIT: Representatives from Kyogle Council and various community groups with Federal MP Janelle Saffin. Samantha Elley

Labor flexing its muscle

KYOGLE residents are using their community gym so frequently it needs a new home - and Federal MP for Page Janelle Saffin has offered to help.

With membership reaching 850 and regular visitors finding space at a premium in the showground building, finding a new home has become imperative.

"The gym has become one of the most popular ven- ues in Kyogle Shire," Ms Saffin said.

"There was a real need to build a community facility that could cater for this growing user-demand."

The Labor Government has offered to contribute $500,000 to help relocate the gym if it is re-elected. The new location will be beside the Kyogle Memorial Pool.

The gym was established as part of a pilot project in rural areas called Active Kyogle, which was a three-year federally-funded health promotion program managed by Kyogle Together in partnership with the Northern NSW Local Health Network.

Kyogle Together's chief executive officer Mark Trudinger said the new site would be great.

"We have many school children using the gym, which means they have to walk over to the showground in all kinds of weather," he said.

"It's also a safety concern when they are walking to and from there at night."

Another benefit of the gym being relocated was that it would be out of the flood zone.

"Imagine trying to move all that equipment when floodwaters are coming," Mr Trudinger said.

Ms Saffin said Kyogle Together's great work had made the gym such a success story.

"Because of the success of this pilot program in Ky- ogle, other rural areas can now develop healthy lifestyle programs in regional communities," Deputy Mayor Janet Wilson said.



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