Keep Sporties health and fitness open

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Sporty‘s health and fitness is a vital and essential service for our region with the only indoor pool to service Barooga Cobram and surrounding towns for children swimming lessons ,it is also the only gym that caters for the senior members of our community with their healthy movers class and water aerobics and  provides new mums a chance to return to exercise with the creche.  Pals who helps support those with disabilities in our area will often bring their clients over to play basketball or use the gym equipment to maintain their health and mental well being. This closure will mean they will no longer be able to provide that service. This will have a huge negative effect on those who would attend. We also need to make mention of the great staff who are always there to encourage and offer assistance and the great classes.  This closure will have a dramatic affect on the health and well-being of the community at large.  No doubt it would have been a hard decision to make however members were not given warning of the closure nor were we asked if we would be prepared  to pay extra for memberships. As the other shires in the area help support the outdoor pools,  if Berrigan Shire can help in someway to finance the pool costs this may ease some of the pressure on the Cobram Barooga sports and golf club to be able to channel that money towards the costs associated with providing the gym and exercise classes. Learning to swim in our region is an absolute must for all children living so close to the river.  Currently indoor swimming lessons are provided at Numurkah. Classes are limited and can only take so many children per class. Therefore the only other option available would be at our outdoor swimming pools. Once again the issue being that these pools are only opened for a few months of the year and will only be able to take so many children per class and there needs to be a qualified instructor . If the Berrigan Shire and the Cobram Barooga Sports club can Join forces and run the facility together there is the hope that we will be able to keep it open and increase memberships numbers over the coming years and provide this vital service to families in our region. 

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