Outdoor exercise classes stop
For several years, Live Life Get Active has been running outdoor exercise classes on Woy Woy Peninsula, first at Umina, then Lions Park at Woy Woy and recently at Kitchener Park in Ettalong.
The Council has always participated by providing the use of space in public reserves.
At the beginning Council also assumed the costs of running the classes, but this responsibility was taken over by the State Government, who finally relinquished their participation several months ago.
Since then teachers' salaries have been paid by Live Life Get Active itself.
Live Life Get Active, not having the funding to continue running classes without outside financial support, has decided to terminate the classes in Kitchener Park.
The classes, which are held five days a week, have proved extremely popular.
From Monday to Thursday they are get fit classes, and on Friday it is a yoga class.
I only have experience of the yoga class at which there are rarely fewer than 30 participants, who are all from extremely different walks of life: young and old, women and men, beginners and experienced.
There are always some young mothers with babies, and sometimes an elderly man with his dog who sits quietly on his own yoga mat.
It goes without saying that many of these people would never be able to enjoy the benefits of yoga in a more formal - and expensive - setting.
Wouldn't it be possible for Council to step in to pay the costs of running these valuable and life-saving classes?
Email, 17 Nov 2023
Jane Hendy, Blackwall