VINCENT Council could face court action after rejecting a request from Lincoln Stewart Fitness to use Beatty Park Reserve and Mick Michael Reserve for free, despite City staff recommending approval.
The fitness company sought a waiver of $2740 in fees to provide free group fitness sessions on the reserves for 12 months, starting on September 1.
Deputy Mayor Roslyn Harley questioned the “not-for-profit” nature of the proposed service while speaking against the request.
“There is no way that a company is going to offer free services for 12 months without doing their research and knowing they will get paying clients out of it,” she said.
“There are sporting clubs that provide a service to hundreds of children in Vincent who pay to use our reserves. I think we have a for-profit organisation who wants to use it for free, in this case.”
Lincoln Stewart, the director of Lincoln Stewart Fitness, told Guardian Express he was “very annoyed” with the decision by Council.
“They have declined our request to offer free health services as a charity for the members of the public,” he said.
“They put up as many obstacles as they could, and now that we were able to accommodate all issues… they denied our application based on ridiculous reasons.”