Fitness stations to fight fat

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TWO fitness stations could soon be installed on Bargara’s foreshore to help fight the region’s worrying obesity levels and motivate people to exercise.

Btransformed Health and Fitness Clinic personal trainer Sarah Forbes yesterday was “over the moon” with Bundaberg Regional Council’s decision this week to approve the project “in principle”.

Ms Forbes was moved to do something about the region’s bulging obesity after she saw aNewsMail article earlier this year stating Bundaberg had a whopping 62% of people overweight or obese, compared with a state-wide average of 50.1%.

“Our rates of obesity in this town are, unfortunately, not a good statistic, and when I saw that I thought something has got to happen,” she said.

Ms Forbes said it was about time Bundaberg caught up with other coastal areas which had similar fitness stations already in place.

The project’s success was now contingent on the community raising enough funds to cover the costs of purchasing the equipment.

Ms Forbes said more than $3000 had already been raised from a Coral Coast Chamber of Commerce ball, and more fundraising events would be held in the near future.

“We’ve got the most gorgeous esplanade and if we can start putting these stations in, I don’t see why we can’t continue it all the way along the Esplanade. I’m so excited, I’m about to explode. This is just great,” Ms Forbes said.

She said Bundaberg’s Megatoy Company already made a “Move System” fitness station range which could provide a full body workout.

The project is expected to cost $21,000, including $7000 for installation.

Btransformed Health and Fitness Clinics made the application to install the stations but council deferred consideration of the matter in May to gain further information.

Cr Danny Rowleson was the only councillor who voted against the motion. He said he was concerned with the ongoing maintenance bill that could result from the equipment and potential future replacement costs.

Cr Rowleson said he was not against exercise, however he believed any equipment installed should be made from marine-grade stainless steel.

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