Our City’s parks and recreational areas are valuable community assets – provided by Council for the community. What we’ve been seeing lately is a rise in the number of residents reporting the unauthorised use of parks and recreational areas by groups and personal trainers. We have a system where we take bookings (and receive fees) for use of the recreational areas, with priority given to local community and sporting groups. Council encourages our local kids and families to use our parks, but what we do object to is the use of our community paid for facilities by groups who don’t bother to make a booking or pay what is a reasonable fee. Our rangers are always out and about and if they receive a report of, or see, unauthorised use of our community’s facilities they will step in.