Loch Sport is now home to an outdoor fitness trail with what is arguably one of the most scenic views in Australia.
Outdoor fitness stations have now been installed along the Loch Sport foreshore, providing users with stunning views across Lake Victoria to the mountains as they do leg presses and sit-ups on the new exercise machines.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, who secured $100,000 for the new equipment last year as part of his Active Gippsland initiative, was keen to be among the first to try out the machines.
“It has always been a passion of mine to encourage locals to keep active and lead healthy lives,” Mr Chester said.
“Many locals and visitors enjoy exercising around Lake Victoria and this fitness trail will enhance their exercising experience – and the view may help distract them from their burning muscles.
“The circuit will include aerobic and strength and conditioning equipment to cater for a range of abilities and target different muscle groups.”
Wellington Shire managed the project, which involved the installation of four static exercise stations.
Council Mayor Alan Hall the equipment was installed for the use and enjoyment of both locals and visitors.
“This is a welcome addition to the recreation facilities along Loch Sport foreshore,” Cr Hall said.
“I am sure it will be well-used, both during the peak tourist season and also at other times of the year by anyone who is keen to get some exercise – and I hope this scenic location will help to motivate more people to put on their runners and get some exercise.”
The funding for the fitness circuit is part of Mr Chester’s $280,000 Active Gippsland initiative announced last year, which also included $100,000 to reseal the East Gippsland Rail Trail between Bairnsdale and Nicholson; $30,000 for Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve; and $50,000 for the first stage of an all-abilities accessible boardwalk along Cunninghame Arm, Lakes Entrance.