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New and improved gym for Seymour

The new gym facilities building at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre was officially opened last week.

JENNA BISHOP December 24, 2013 4:33am

Mitchell Shire Council chief executive Rebecca McKenzie, Mitchell Leisure Services manager Helen Milner, Mayor Rodney Parker, Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish and Mitchell Shire Council’s director of community and recreation Travis Heeney and manager of leisure and culture Kristen Cherry in the new gym, which overlooks the pool area.

The long-awaited new building for gym facilities at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre was officially opened last Wednesday, marking the end of a quick six-month construction.

The upgrades were part of the community-led Chittick Park redevelopment, totalling $800000.

A new 195sqm gym will take up about two thirds of the new building’s space and replace the centre’s second storey cramped facilities, with the rest to be used as a multi-purpose space for the community.

The new building was officially opened by Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish, representing Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.

‘‘This project has produced a better park, which means more people will use this community space; be more active and connect more with fellow Seymour residents,’’ Ms McLeish said.

Mitchell Leisure Services manager Helen Milner said the new gym would be a welcome addition to the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.

She said the upgrade hopefully would not only attract new members to the modernised gym, but it would also be easier for people with restricted access to use the gym now it was no longer upstairs.

She said the centre was also hoping to engage with Seymour Health, Nexus and other community groups to help with rehabilitation processes.

Ms Milner said the centre would be investing in new pieces of equipment for the gym, while several newer pieces of the gym’s equipment would be retained and moved downstairs.

Six new treadmills with internet and television capability, four new exercise bikes, new rowers and two steppers are expected to be in place in early January.

‘‘We’ve also got a range of equipment, including weights, hydraulic equipment, stretch mats and dumbbells,’’ Ms Milner said.

The upgrades to Chittick Park were funded through a $500000 investment by the Victorian Coalition Government through the Regional Growth Fund, with the balance of $300000 provided by Mitchell Shire Council.

In addition to the new building, the area has been landscaped with new trees planted, new picnic tables, park benches and additional signage added.

New pathways and an improved car park will help increase pedestrian and car safety.

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