SAVE OUR GYM - Club Fit Papamoa

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The Issue:

Bay Venues with NO community consultation have decided to close Club Fit Papamoa on 31st July 2018. Not only will we lose the gym itself, we also lose the classes held by Club Fit staff, and the friendly, helpful staff will lose their jobs.

Club Fit Papmoa is a community based Gym which is affordable with a relaxed feel for those who can't afford a private gym or don't feel comfortable with hard core gym goers. It is centrally located within the expanding Papamoa district. 

Some patrons will not be able to afford to attend private gyms and driving to the next Club Fit facility is not possible for many not to mention the additional fuel costs and increase in vehicles on the roads and greenhouse emissions.

Club Fit Papamoa has a diverse group of members, many are trying to rehabilitate from medical events such as strokes and heart bypasses or like myself with elevated cholesterol are trying to prevent these from happening.

The benefits of working out are many: weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, improved mobility and balance, slowing the progression of Alzheimer's and helping those suffering from depression. Many gym goers have commented to me that they are surprised at how much better they feel mentally after working out.

Papamoa is the fastest growing area in the Bay of Plenty and removing this facility is a backward step. It is estimated that within 10 years our retirees will make up over 30% of our population. Add to this our longer life expectancy and the need for this facility is even greater. Keeping fit and active in a supportive environment can have many benefits and in the long term reduce hospital stays and the need for medical intervention.  This will save the Government money in the long term.

Local Government provides a range of facilities  to the community with ratepayers money to benefit the residents. Removing this facility will have a detrimental effect on a large community within the Tauranga District.

What needs to be done?

Tauranga City Council should invest in the health and wellbeing of its residents.

A facility such as Club Fit Papamoa fills this need and with the population growth it is more important than ever. This facility was set up for the community and the staff have helped make sure it has a community vibe which you just don't get at other bigger gyms. 

Tauranga City Council MUST recognise that travelling to other Club Fit facilities is more costly to residents, means more vehicles on the roads which are already clogged, not to mention increased emissions. 

Tauranga City Council MUST consider the effects this will have on our community as a result of trying to maximise profits. 

You can help me save our gym by signing this petition. Please share this petition with friends and family. We need all the help we can get. I have a paper based petition as well so if you know someone in Papamoa who does not have Internet access but would like to sign, please have them contact me on 020 4136 8732 and I can get it to them

Also feel free to leave a comment when you sign the petition.

Thank you

Bernice Mills

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