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Frequently Asked Questions - Personal Trainers Policy
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What is the Personal Trainers Policy?
Why introduce the licence system?
To help the Trust manage a growing number of trainers and their clients that at times interfere with other users of our lands. It is also a mechanism for these businesses to contribute to the upkeep of the lands and to contribute, like all other businesses using our lands (e.g. football and netball in the Domain, commercial filming and photography), to Trust programs.
What consultation and planning has taken place?
Over the last few years Trust staff have talked to trainers who use Trust lands, reviewed how local Councils around Sydney have been managing fitness trainers and their clients and considered feedback on trainers and their clients from visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain.
Why has the maximum group size been set at 18?
Fitness NSW advised that 18 is an industry standard and most trainers currently using Trust land have 18 or less clients in the training group. Larger groups have greater negative impact on the living environment, infrastructure and other users of the Domain.
How was a fee set?
The Trust has set a price that we believe reflects the importance of this site, will cover the cost of managing the program, will contribute to repair of the impact on lawns and gardens, and is benchmarked with local Councils in the Sydney metropolitan area.
The cost of $20 a week is very little for providing one of the highest profile parks in Sydney as a business location!
Comparison of Trust Policy and fees to those charged by local councils
Some Councils are not charging a fee, so why will the Trust be charging a fee?
The Trust is a premium site and we believe that businesses using our lands should contribute to their upkeep and to the Trust programs. A licence fee will also help us recoup costs involved in issuing a licence so we can manage better the numbers of trainer groups.
How will the introduction be handled?
What happens next?
How many personal trainers are currently using Trust Lands?
There are about 30 Personal Fitness Trainers regularly using Trust land but precise numbers won’t be known until we start the licence system.
Won’t a flat fee encourage trainers to maximise their use of the site?
The Trust will review the licencing and costs after 12 months and asses its impact. Our discussions with trainers suggest they will continue current patterns of use, although they will be using the Domain rather than the Royal Botanic Garden, but we’ll monitor this.
Why will trainers and their clients be shut out of the Royal Botanic Garden?
Botanic gardens are special sites managed for horticulture, botanical science and peaceful recreation. The Domain is grassed parkland, a site where more active recreation is encouraged.