A 24-hour PCYC gym in Mudgee has taken another step toward being realised thanks to funding from the state government.
The funding to tune of $26,417, obtained through the NSW Government's Community Building Partnership program, will allow the installation of a security access entry for 24 hour gym activities.
Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders said the upgrades will give members the ability to get to the gym when it suits them - when COVID-19 restrictions allow.
"With different industries like mining around Mudgee, many workers are unable to access the gym during regular hours," Mr Saunders said.
"These improvements will allow them to get the physical fitness fix they need."
"I am looking forward to the time we get past this pandemic which is affecting all parts of our community. We need to be providing this sort of activity as soon as we possibly can. It is really important for both mental and physical health."
Mudgee PCYC manager Railene Doherty said she is excited to have something to look forward to once the COVID-19 restrictions have eased.
Railene also said there is a lot to still consider with the proposal, including development applications, approvals and construction.
"Once we have council approval we will be looking to engage local tradespeople to complete the works, in the hope that it will be completed by the time we get through this, or soon after," she said.
"We've got a strong following, and all our members were very, very excited, especially my gym members that were excited that we're going to offer this 24-hour fitness center. But now they're just looking at when we can actually open up.
"They're not really worried about the 24-hour gym, they just want to get back and get some human contact and work on their mental health and physical health."
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she had been pleased with people's behaviour over the weekend, announcing the single new case of COVID-19 found among almost 6000 tests.
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