The foundations for community fitness in Walcha have been laid thanks to $935,610 from the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said it is great to see works underway with the slab being poured for the new Walcha Community Gym last week.
"The new gym will be an extension onto the rear of the Walcha Squash Courts and become part of the Walcha sporting precinct that will include the gym, the squash courts and the Walcha Memorial Baths.
"The new gym will ensure ongoing access to gym facilities for the whole community who can participate in activities from yoga and Pilates including weights and cardio activities.
"The facility will include an open gym area, free weights and cardio area looking onto the Walcha Pool, as well as a separate group exercise room, disabled toilet and shower, parent's facilities and designated parking.
"Currently the Walcha Community Gym is being operated from the viewing area of the Squash Courts which is not large enough to accommodate growing numbers of gym users in Walcha.
Walcha Council Mayor Eric Noakes said this will be a great community asset and that it is pleasing to see that works are progressing and I look forward to opening the gym in the New Year.
"Two local contractors have already been engaged on the project, Hoys Concrete to supply the concrete for the slab and Darks Plumbing to do the plumbing works.
"These businesses are also participating in the Walcha Business Resilience Program funded by the Australian and NSW Governments and I encourage any local businesses that haven't already done so to contact council and be part of this imitative," Mr Noakes said.
"I am always thinking of ways we can improve our towns. By keeping jobs local and increasing access to sport and recreational facilities we can improve the health, social and economic wellbeing of the whole community.
"This Stronger Country Community Funding is a great example of how we can build stronger country communities," Mr Anderson concluded.