Federal MP for Mackellar Jason Falinski supports a number of community causes and campaigns on the Northern Beaches. He tells COVERED. why he feels it’s vital Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club in Cromer gets the new home it deserves.

The Northern Beaches is home to a cross-section of community groups and sporting organisations committed to helping locals achieve their best. Manly Warringah Gymnastics is one such club which has achieved results that are nothing short of outstanding.

The club is entirely community owned and managed, receiving no government funding. Despite this fact it has achieved remarkable success at the highest levels of the sport, winning state, national and international competitions.

The club has over 2500 members and over 220,000 visitors each year, employing 50 full and part-time staff, and making it the largest club in NSW and second nationally. Their present facility is open 15 hours a day, seven days a week and achieves the highest per square metre maximisation of space of any sport.

Under the watchful eye of coaches Ming Lu and Xiaoguing Li, who have over 25 years of successful coaching experience after winning medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. The club creates invaluable opportunities for young Australians in the community to discover, develop and grow their skills to the highest levels.

The community benefit of MWGC is not just limited to competitive gymnastics and associated disciplines. The club is developing comprehensible recreational programs for all ages from toddlers to seniors. There is also a very highly regarded disability programme which has 880 places per year.

As I have written here before, the Club is in desperate need of new premises.  Presently, the roof is too low for some high-performance gymnastics and the building does not have adequate floor space for the club’s needs. 

Federal grants help support local community organisations to play a vital role in bringing people together and create an engaging and dynamic community.  As part of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities grant program, I was able to assist the club in securing funding to upgrade their high performance equipment and provide additional capabilities for the club.  

Still, this is not a permanent solution and we need the local and state governments to work together to secure a permanent home for the club, where it can continue to train gymnasts at all ages and skill ranges, here on the Northern Beaches.  

For too long there has been inaction by local and state governments in finding this club a new permanent facility where it can continue to do what it does best, train awarding winning gymnasts. Surely, it’s time we get this done for the community and this club.

Are you part of a community group? I’d love to visit and see if there is anything I can help with, so email me jason.falinski.mp@aph.gov.au.