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RAAF Amberley's new multimillion-dollar
physical training and tness is centre
is now open and up to 500 Defence
members a day are taking advantage of
its world-class facilities.
After operating the gym from an old
Amberley mess hall for 20 years, Senior
Instructor 382ECSS, FSGT Stephen
Weaver said RAAF Physical Training
Instructors (PTI) NCOs and Corporals had
the opportunity to get involved in many
aspects of the new complex from its
initial design concept stage.
"We visited many gyms in the local area
and took the best from all those, plus
what we knew we needed for military PT
and put that all into the one package,"
FSGT Weaver said."
"As a user group, we've got exactly what
we need to operate. It has worked out to
be the most unique facility in Australia."
The new complex brings together a
number of facilities, including playing
elds, pool, and tennis courts that were
formerly separated from the main gym
The outdoor and climate controlled
indoor multipurpose training areas can
be directly monitored by the PTIs.
"We can train in any climate and we
have purpose built rooms that we use
for individual survivability training," FSGT
"The weight training room has 80
stations with a mixture of equipment
including xed plate-weight to free
weight equipment - you can do any
type of workout that you can possibly
A purpose built cardio theatre, which is
fully integrated with a sound system, can
train 50 people at a time.
The double basketball court can be
operated as two netball courts, two
volleyball courts, four badminton courts,
or an indoor soccer area.
A multipurpose room o ers military
circuit training as well as general cardio
Two playing elds cater for Aussie rules,
rugby and cricket as well as a general-
purpose military training and an outdoor
synthetic surface training area can be
used even if it's raining.
The four rebound-ace tennis courts
are built to the same standard as the
Melbourne Tennis Centre.
Two outdoor sand volleyball courts
double-up for use as a military PT area,
very useful for members who are due to
be posted to the Middle East.
FSGT Weaver said that although the
new facility o ers all "the bells and
whistles", the facility is ultimately just a
"huge training kit" and the focus for the
PTIs remains on the basic principles for
"We as PTIs have the ability to take an
iron bar outside and train speci cally
to what the people need to meet their
mission capability," FSGT Weaver said.
"In a deployed situation, for instance,
we can go to any area and use any piece
of equipment that we can get our hands
New tness centre draws crowds
on and run very similar PT that we would
run out of this facility."
FSGT Weaver said he is pleased that the
Air Force is investing money into its most
"Quite often as a defence force, we
project a lot of capability toward the
sharp end; that is the hardware to
actually do the business such as aircraft
"This new facility is for the people.
We've invested in our people, which is
the best thing."
Above: PTI Corporal Scott Fairweather trains
O cer Cadet Chris Cox in the weights room at
the new Amberley Fitness Centre.
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