Construction of gym underway

EXPANSION: Cleve GymWorks chairperson Kathy Quinn in the new gym currently under construction.
EXPANSION: Cleve GymWorks chairperson Kathy Quinn in the new gym currently under construction.

A new home for the Cleve gym and Cleve Cricket Club is on its way with construction planned to be complete by the end of June.

The gym, currently run from the old football change rooms at the Cleve Oval, has been looking to expand for years.

Over the past three years the Cleve Sporting Bodies have been focusing on funding a rebuild of their storm-damaged clubrooms, with plans for a gym expansion put on the backburner.

However the organisation was able to apply for the construction of a larger shed for the gym as part of the Cleve District sporting groups' application for the federal drought funding.

The building will incorporate an 18x9 metre space for the gym including a disabled toilet, and a 9x3 metre space for the Cleve cricket club and an open area for barbecues.

Gym chairperson Kathy Quinn said the larger space would about double the gym's capacity, which could currently hold about 10 people comfortably.

Mrs Quinn said the gym had about 80-90 members from a wide range of age groups, and was an important facility to keep the community active beyond sport.

"It's more for your wellbeing I think... it keeps us moving," she said.

Mrs Quinn said the gym provided older community members an opportunity to exercise that was less dependent on good weather than walking or golf.

With few similar facilities available outside regional centres on the Eyre Peninsula, she said she hoped the expansion could assist in bringing health services on board, using the exercise equipment to assist clients in rehabilitation.