JOAN Jacobs is very much mistaken if she thinks I feel I am “being hard done by” (Western Opinion, August 16).
The issue has not, is not and never will be about personal trainers being hard done by. It has been about the way Subiaco council have conducted the process, their lack of consultation and communication with the ratepayers and residents and listening only to a very small disgruntled minority.
It is also not about the purchasing of a permit, which I have been more than happy to do.
Personal trainers are getting a bad rap at the moment – we do what we do to help people become fitter and healthier and to improve their quality of life.
Gyms are not for everyone and exercising outdoors with a qualified trainer should be everyone’s right. We are facing an obesity epidemic, diabetes and heart disease is on the rise and local councils are making it hard for people to exercise.
I fully support permits, time and group size restrictions.
It is comforting to know that most residents (some of whom live adjacent to the park, unlike Ms Jacobs) are in complete disagreement with Ms Jacobs and Subiaco council and feel sad that the park is off limits to the few personal trainers who frequented it.
Ms Jacobs is yet again wrong with her assumption that in the case of injury the council would be sued – trainers must have their own insurance to retain a licence.