Construction under way on Oberon's indoor fitness centre

BEGINNING: Paul Toole MP pictured with Storm Shepherdson and Max Sanders from HiTech Verandas Patios Sheds at the new indoor fitness centre site in Cunyghame Street.
BEGINNING: Paul Toole MP pictured with Storm Shepherdson and Max Sanders from HiTech Verandas Patios Sheds at the new indoor fitness centre site in Cunyghame Street.

An investment of $500,000 by the NSW Government is set to improve the quality of life of local Oberon residents.

Earlier this year Bathurst MP Paul Toole announced the government would provide $500,000 to Oberon Council to see an indoor fitness centre established in the town.

Mr Toole said the initiative would be made possible thanks to funding through the government's Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).

He said the need for an indoor fitness centre has been well documented due to Oberon's high altitude cool climate and the large number of shift workers in the area employed at the local timber mill.

"An indoor, all-weather indoor fitness centre is a much needed facility that will address the needs for people of all ages in the local community," Mr Toole said.

An indoor, all-weather indoor fitness centre is a much needed facility.

Paul Toole MP

"The indoor fitness centre will provide a fitness facility for the community who currently have limited fitness and recreational opportunities."

Mr Toole said the indoor fitness centre is currently under construction on the western side of the local swimming pool complex.

"It will feature a fully enclosed front half including an air-conditioned gym space, amenities and office facilities, while the rear half will be partially enclosed and have solid walls and a retractable blind system that can be closed for wind protection," Mr Toole said.

"This rear space will have a half-sized basketball court that can be used for outdoor fitness activities and a direct link to the gymnasium via a roller shutter."

Mr Toole said the project will complement the work already completed at the Oberon Pool.

"The pool will see translucent louvres installed in order to partially enclose the northeastern corner and southern side of the roof to allow sun exposure while restricting cool winds from entering the pool area," Mr Toole said.

"New, more efficient pool blankets will help maintain water temperatures and help ensure the pool complex remains more user friendly."

Mr Toole said Oberon has a population of 5301 people of which an estimated 30 per cent use the pool for recreation and as part of a healthy active lifestyle.

"The pool is used by people of all ages, for swimming classes, schools, seniors for aquarobic. This new complex will greatly benefit the community."