New Health and Fitness Centre for Hay

Member for Murray Austin Evans has welcomed $299,000 in NSW Government funding for the construction of the Hay Health and Fitness Centre at the Hay Services Club.

Mr Evans said the project will support the health and wellbeing of the Hay community by providing a facility that contributes to the improved physical and mental health of residents, including the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries and chronic disease.

“The Centre will include an area for fitness classes, a greater range of fitness equipment, disabled access, cooling, toilet facilities, and 24 hour access,” Mr Evans said. 

“This new Centre is being specifically designed to meet identified community needs informed by consultation with community health care providers, fitness and personal trainers, community groups and gym users”.

Hay Services Club Acting Manager Tania Nisbet said she was ecstatic with the funding. When Mr Evans rang with the exciting news, it literally bought tears to my eyes.

“It is a huge win for the whole community of Hay and is the result of a lot of hard work and commitment by our community,” she said.

Austin pictured with A/g Manager Hay Services Club Tania Nisbet with the steering committee (L-R) Luke Clarke, Sandy Symonds, Shayne Johnston, Betty Hanslow, Kylie Brettschneider, Kevin Walter, Sophie Joseph and Neville Reid, in front of the site for the new centre.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project is funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 infrastructure grants program.  

“Over $50 million in Clubgrants infrastructure funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.  

“These grants are funded through a rebate on the state’s registered clubs’ gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects.

Mr Toole said the NSW Government is pleased to provide this funding to help more people experience the many benefits of taking part in sport and leisure activities including improved fitness and well-being and greater social interaction.

“We improved the program in 2017 by giving community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects,” he said.

“New funding ranges are encouraging more diverse projects, and a streamlined application process is cutting red tape and allowing for faster assessment.”