Apply for exercise groups in parks and reserves

This application should be used when a commercial operator wishes to conduct group fitness programs within a Council park or reserve. This includes activities such as bootcamps, group fitness training, and other group active recreational pursuits.

Online

Before applying to conduct fitness programs within Council's parks and reserves, you need to ensure that the park/reserve is available to book and has the facilities you require. 

For further advice on the availability of the park or on what facilities are available, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333, Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm and ask to speak to the Park Facility officer.

Step 1.Gather your information

Approval to use Council's parks and reserves for conducting fitness group programs is made under Chapter 7, Part 3 of Local Government Act 1993.  If you are planning on booking a park/reserve to conduct any fitness programs, there are a number of terms and conditions(PDF, 309KB) which you need to comply with as part of the approval.

You will also need to provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Evidence that the fitness trainer has current accreditation with Fitness Australia or equivalent.
  • Evidence of adequate public liability insurance for $20,000,000.

Your insurance broker will be able to provide a Certificate of Currency, which should list Lake Macquarie City Council under 'Interested party' with regard to use of a Council park/reserve for exercise. The certificate should also provide an expiry date and the amount of public liability coverage.

Step 2.Pay

Fees will be calculated by Council staff and provided to you in writing after we've received your application for the use of Council parks and reserves to run exercise groups.

Step 3.Apply

Once you have gathered your documents, you can apply online. You'll need to upload electronic versions of the required documentation in order to complete your application.

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In person

Before applying to conduct fitness programs within Council's parks and reserves, you need to ensure that the park/reserve is available to book and has the facilities you require. 

For further advice on the availability of the park or on what facilities are available, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333, Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm and ask to speak to the Park Facility officer.

Step 1.Gather your information

Approval to use Council's parks and reserves for conducting fitness group programs is made under Chapter 7, Part 3 of Local Government Act 1993.  If you are planning on booking a park/reserve to conduct any fitness programs, there are a number of terms and conditions(PDF, 309KB) which you need to comply with as part of the approval.

You will also need to provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Evidence that the fitness trainer has current accreditation with Fitness Australia or equivalent.
  • Evidence of adequate public liability insurance for $20,000,000.

Your insurance broker will be able to provide a Certificate of Currency, which should list Lake Macquarie City Council under 'Interested party' with regard to use of a Council park/reserve for exercise. The certificate should also provide an expiry date and the amount of public liability coverage.

Step 2.Pay

Fees will be calculated by Council staff and provided to you in writing after we've received your application for the use of Council parks and reserves to run exercise groups.

Step 3.Visit us

Once you have gathered your documents, visit our Customer Service Centre and we will assist you in completing the application online.

In light of restrictions caused by COVID-19, access to our Customers Service desk in Council's Administration Building is by appointment only. If you require assistance from our Customer Service Centre please contact them on 02 4921 0333.