Mandurah councillor takes aim at unhealthy food choices, such as chips, sold at MARC cafe

Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.
Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

CITY of Mandurah councillor Fred Riebeling has raised expressed concern about the sale of unhealthy food, such as chips, at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre cafe.

At the council meeting on Tuesday night, Cr Riebeling raised the issue that council allowed unhealthy food, such as chips, to be sold at the City’s premium health facility.

“Seeing that this is a City funded and run facility, it should be setting an example about healthy food choices,’’ he said.

A keen gym buff, Cr Riebeling also wants earlier access to the MARC gym on weekends.

In a notice of motion to the City of Mandurah at last night’s council meeting, Cr Riebeling asked for a report from the council detailing why weekend access to the gym started at 7.30am when it opened at 5.30am on weekdays.

He told the council he believed there was an opportunity for earlier opening hours at weekends with access through existing external double doors, allowing staff to start their duties at 8am.

Cr Riebelling said that in many cases people followed an exercise routine and the current weekend opening hours did not support those routines.

He said private gyms had out of hours arrangements with patrons.

 

Parking at the centre was also of concern.

“People with four wheel drives will just park anywhere,’’ he said.

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