Freemason, Bill Kee of Tarra Lodge No. 127 in Yarram, is the man behind the Fitness Park, and welcomed the large crowd to witness the handover, thanking all who were responsible for helping to
establish the park.
“The Tarra Trail Fitness Park will provide a substantial asset to local community and will assist with the health, fitness and wellbeing of its members as well as attract visitors to the area”, Bill said.
“It also fits with the Smile You’re in Yarram project. There are certainly plenty of smiles around today”, he said.
“The project has already been accepted within the community as being a magnificent facility and we are hopeful it will add value and health to residents”.
The concept for a fitness park came about from Bill’s wife Minnie who was heavily involved with the council and state government to ensure the Tarra Trail project was fulfilled. Minnie had seen fitness equipment placed in strategic positions in various parts of Australia and so as the Tarra Trail was developed she thought it would be appropriate to construct a fitness park on the Tarra Trail which would add to an asset to the trail which the public could use.
“The $45,000 project was funded in part by the Tarra Lodge that applied to Freemasons Victoria for a dollar-for-dollar grant and was successful in receiving $20,680.00. Wellington Shire Council
kicked in another $10,400 for the project, with the remaining funds donated by the Tarra Lodge, local businesses, service groups and individuals.