An artist's impression of the 150sqm fitness centre to be built at University of Southern Queensland in Hervey Bay.
An artist's impression of the 150sqm fitness centre to be built at University of Southern Queensland in Hervey Bay.

USQ to have new fitness centre

FRASER Coast university students can now get sweaty in between tutorials with a new fitness centre to be built at University of Southern Queensland.

Work on the fitness and outdoor health area is expected to start in January with building finished early April.

Fraser Coast campus manager Brett Langabeer said there will be 20 pieces of workout equipment making up a circuit near A and B blocks.

There will also be a soft-fall ground, similar to what is at WetSide, shading, solar lighting and a water bubbler.

Mr Langabeer said the centre will not just be for uni students either: “We’ve spent just over $200,000 to provide a fitness and outdoor health area for students, staff and the community to use.

“We’re hoping that it will promote an awareness of health and fitness in the community and that it provides students with an opportunity to use it throughout their study.”

Mr Langabeer said the centre will be about 150sqm and free.

The $200,000 allocated for building was funded by the Voluntary Student Union to go toward a fitness and lifestyle project.

The university also hopes to have a walking track around the nearby lake and Mr Langabeer says such a thing would fit in nicely with the fitness centre.

“I am hopeful to have some discussions with the Fraser Coast Regional Council about putting in a walking/running track around the lake.”

Mr Langabeer believes a track would make perfect use of the area at the Pialba campus however the plans were not definite.



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