Mannum’s show of strength

Growing pace: Mannum Leisure Centre programs manager Deb Roberts, with Amy Loechel and Bianca Gazzola, demonstrating some of the new gym equipment at the revitalised Mannum Leisure Centre.NEW life has been breathed into the Mannum Leisure Centre, proving it to be a hive of activity.
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In fact, such is the resurrection of the facility a 300 per cent membership increase in just three months was reported by the centre in October and it has again grown to boast over 100 members.

Mid Murray council community services director Shane Thompson said the ageing facility was struggling for members before an overall revamp of the venue and the implementation of a new business plan, which included the investment to make the facility’s gym available to members 24/7.

Other improvements include a refreshed foyer area, the addition of some new gym equipment, reorganising of the main gym space, new programs and programs officer and the implementation of a new marketing.

Mannum Leisure Centre programs officer Deb Roberts said there had been a high level of interest in the centre with 60 new members joining in the past few months.

“Most people are very busy these days and the flexibility of being able to go to the gym anytime that you want seems to be appealing to people who want to enjoy a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

Mid Murray Council mayor Dave Burgess said the Mannum Leisure Centre was a vibrant community space offering a wide variety of programs and experiences for people in and around Mannum to enjoy.

“I invite and encourage people to join in the activities where there is fitness and fun for everyone,” he said.

Mid Murray council chief executive officer Russell Peate paid tribute to the rejuvenated centre and the work of the council’s healthy lifestyle team.

In addition to the facility improvements the centre now offers new programs including a men’s basketball competition, a junior basketball program, boxing aerobics, boot camps and other classes and will soon have a junior netball development program over summer.

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