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Fitness the focus for many as 2016 approaches

Chizen Health Club trainer Tom Hopkins helps member Wayde Tobin hit the bikes.AS Dubbo prepares to herald in 2016, residents are thinking hard about their resolutions, and what they want to achieve in the new year.

Lifestyle changes or shedding some of that Christmas cheer also rank highly as new year’s resolutions, and Chizen Health Club owner Jackie Hopkins said after Christmas there is always a spike in people wanting to improve their health and wellbeing.

“It’s a crazy time of year and you eat a lot of food and drink more and once the new year kicks in it’s great to start shedding again,” Ms Hopkins said.

“The best place to exercise is under the air-conditioning, out of the heat.”

Ms Hopkins said setting more achievable, short term goals is the key to achieving a New Year’s resolution.

She said Chizen’s six-week weight loss challenge would kick off again around the end of the month.

“Usually people succeed better with short term goals,” she said.

“We can reassess them after they’ve achieved that short term goal and change their program, and a lot of people like our classes because they find a group environment is more motivating.”

The city’s politicians have set a few goals of their own for 2016, with continued growth in Dubbo a priority for Deputy Premier and Dubbo MP Troy Grant.

“I don’t make new year’s resolutions, but I’ve got things that we want to do,” Mr Grant said.

“We want to open stages one and two of the hospital in the new year and then set a timeframe for stages three and four, and then progress our investment into cancer equipment.

“I want to guide the councils through the boundary commission process and just keep the momentum going for the Dubbo electorate – more investment, more funding, more jobs.”

Mr Grant said it was unlikely his beard – the subject of much debate in 2015 – would make a return next year.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the federal election would make 2016 a big year politically, and a redistribution at the election will see Parkes take up about half of the landmass of NSW.

“There are a lot of things we’ve started this year and put funding toward that will continue to emerge next year,” Mr Coulton said.

“There was a big domestic violence funding announcement and work with the inland rail will continue.

“Hopefully there is rainfall where it is needed as a lot of the electorate is still in drought. Hopefully we will see more benefits of the CHAFTA (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement).”

Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson said he doesn’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, but said his main goal for 2016 would be for Dubbo to avoid amalgamating with Wellington.

He said the Artlands Conference would be a big event for Dubbo in 2016, as will the Junior Indoor Cricket National Championships.

“We want to make sure we get the weir completed, same with the upgrade of the cattle facilities,” Cr Dickerson said.

“The controversial one will be the trial of the organics bin – that will start around late January.

“And Eumungerie will be connected to water this year so that’ll be a huge breakthrough for Eumungerie.”

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