New fitness equipment to help Canberrans get active and outdoors

Released 27/04/2015

Construction is starting on new fitness equipment at three sites across Canberra as part of an ACT Government initiative to get more Canberrans active and outdoors, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.

“New fitness equipment will be installed at the Tuggeranong town park in Greenway, John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen and Theodore oval in Theodore,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Each site will receive an aerobic walker, parallel bars, leg press, trapeze rings and an overhead challenge. Tuggeranong town park will also receive a push up bar, sit up board, pull up bar and chin up bars. John Knight Memorial Park will also receive a shoulder press, pull up bar and chin up bars, while a leg lift and dip bar and a push up bar will be installed at Theodore oval.

“The locations and type of equipment has been selected based on feedback from the community gathered during consultation last year.

“It is an alarming statistic that almost two-thirds of Canberrans are overweight or obese, but the good news is that you don’t need a home gym or gym membership to get active. Canberra has a great range of outdoor fitness equipment available that is free to whoever wants to use it.

“Exercise and the great outdoors are a great combination. Not only do you get to breathe in the fresh air, but the natural environment has hills and other obstacles that provide a challenge in your fitness routine. The ACT already has a number of great locations for outdoor exercise, and these three new sites will provide even greater access to exercise equipment. The $100,000 work will be complete by June 2015.”

Mr Rattenbury said the announcement comes soon after the launch of a new ACT Government ‘Find fitness outdoors’ website, which helps visitors and residents to find the location of Canberra’s outdoor fitness facilities and share their fitness experiences online.

“The website also contains videos showing how to correctly use the facilities and the various exercises you can do using them,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The program was funded as part of the ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative which is designed to improve the health outcomes of Canberrans.”

To get out and get active, get your outdoor fitness journey started with the help of the new website at

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