Miranda Cashin

Council urges fitness groups to be considerate of others

REMEMBER to be considerate of others.

That's the message Gladstone Regional Council wants to get across.

Council has received several complaints from residents about commercial exercise groups monopolising public park areas.

In a statement sent out on November 15, Mayor Gail Sellers said commercial operators were required to obtain a permit to conduct business on any Council owned and controlled land.

"The area surrounding the Millennium Esplanade at Tannum Sands is of particular concern as this area has no approved permits for commercial fitness group activities," Cr Sellers said.

"Fitness groups using equipment that amplifies music or voices and blocking public access to pathways and stairways can cause disturbance to other residents using these facilities and living in close proximity.

"The aim of regulating commercial activities ensures public spaces around the region are available for all residents to utilise and enjoy."

Council defines commercial operators as those carrying out beach and fitness activities, busking, mobile and stationary vending, footpath dining and goods for sale on footpaths.

These activities can incur a $500 fine if the operator does not hold a current permit.

For further information phone Gladstone Regional Council on 4970 0700 or download an application form at http://www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/web/guest/commercial-activities