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New gym for Toogoolawah sport precinct

Toogoolawah’s new community recreation precinct has reached an important milestone with the opening of a $1 million gym.

Published: 31st May 2022


Toogoolawah’s new community recreation precinct has reached an important milestone with the opening of a $1 million gym.

Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government had invested $800,000 in the new gym to keep Toogoolawah active.

“We know active Queenslanders are healthy Queenslanders, that’s why we partnered with Somerset Regional Council on the new gym,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Building the gym supported five full-time jobs and delivers an important addition to Toogoolawah’s growing community recreation precinct.

“The Palaszczuk Government is also heating the Toogoolawah Swimming Pool next to the new gym, so the precinct can be enjoyed year-round.

“At almost five times the size of the old gym in the Girl Guides’ hut, the new gym is designed to meet fast-growing community demand.

“That means more for space for yoga, Pilates, cardio and weights.

“And to make it even easier to stay active, the gym is open when you want it to be with 24/7 swipe card access.”    

The 270m2 Toogoolawah Community Gym has two large multipurpose rooms, air-conditioning, a kiosk and a terrace overlooking the community pool.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the old gym had minimal equipment due to space constraints.

“We procured 18 pieces of additional gym equipment for the new gym, including cardio, benches, and muscle motion trainers,” Mayor Lehmann said.

“The new gym will have a big impact on the Somerset community. We estimate that there will be a significant increase in gym usage, with a strong uptake of younger residents too.

“That’s good for helping our residents’ young, and old, to keep fit and active, with all the physical and mental health benefits.”

“Council is also building a water-play splash pad on the eastern side of the Toogoolawah Swimming Pool.

“The swimming pool is currently closed for the season. When the facility reopens in September, the Toogoolawah Swimming Pool and the Toogoolawah Community Gym will operate as a sports precinct, supporting active and healthy lifestyles.”

The Palaszczuk Government’s $800,000 investment in the Toogoolawah Community Gym is part of the Active Community Infrastructure Program.

Across Queensland, the program has delivered almost $16 million for 21 active community recreation infrastructure projects.





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