Collector, Dalton, Gunning and Taralga open outdoor gyms

SWING OF IT: Collector Community Association secretary Gary Poile and Christine Lovelock try out the new fitness equipment in Collector. Photo: Chris Gordon
SWING OF IT: Collector Community Association secretary Gary Poile and Christine Lovelock try out the new fitness equipment in Collector. Photo: Chris Gordon

Collector's new outdoor fitness equipment, footpaths and boardwalk were officially opened by the state member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Collector Community Association secretary Gary Poile on Tuesday morning.

The gym is one of four that have also been constructed in Dalton, Gunning and Taralga, funded by $300,000 from the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 2.

HIP HIP HOORAY: State member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman cuts the ribbon to officially open Collector's new outdoor gym and footpaths. Photo: Chris Gordon

HIP HIP HOORAY: State member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman cuts the ribbon to officially open Collector's new outdoor gym and footpaths. Photo: Chris Gordon

Mr Poile is among residents who have been using the gym on Saturday mornings in a boot camp run by local Kristy Quigg of Active Farmers. She also runs a boot camp at Collector's outdoor gym on a Wednesday afternoon.

"It's been really good and Kristy has been showing us how to use the equipment in different ways," he said.

The gyms have been designed with the demographic of each village in mind, catering to an elderly population in Dalton and younger population in Collector, as examples, Mr Poile said.

State member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman on the new fitness equipment in Collector. Photo: Chris Gordon

State member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman on the new fitness equipment in Collector. Photo: Chris Gordon

The community has also applied for funding for Mrs Quigg to run a five-to-ten-week program to teach groups of up to ten in each village how to use the equipment safely and encourage its use to improve mental health, Gunning District Association secretary Gavin Douglas said.

The program would also run at the existing gym equipment in Crookwell and be funded by the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, Coordinare's Empowering our Communities initiative.

Mrs Tuckerman said the fitness equipment was an important piece of infrastructure for these smaller communities.

"It encourages active lifestyles and the equipment is grouped together so people can still socialise while exercising," she said.

Collector's new footpaths on Lorn and Bourke Streets and boardwalk connect the school, church and oval and include four picnic shelters with benches.

State member for Wendy Tuckerman and Collector Community Association secretary Gary Poile walk across the new boardwalk. Photo: Chris Gordon

State member for Wendy Tuckerman and Collector Community Association secretary Gary Poile walk across the new boardwalk. Photo: Chris Gordon

The project was suggested by Collector Village Pumpkin Festival, which worked with Upper Lachlan Shire Council to apply for funding.

"The idea was to provide an accessible pathway for visitors to the pumpkin festival, so they can go from the oval to the hall precinct along Bourke St and view all of the festival and then it would be available for the general public to use on the other 364 days of the year," pumpkin festival president Mr Poile said.

The project was funded by $220,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 1 and $15,000 from the pumpkin festival to finish the project when tenders exceeded the budget.

The gyms and footpaths have been open for about a month and Mr Poile said it was fantastic to see the official opening on Tuesday after applying for funding more than three years ago.