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Brumby Fitness

Earlier this year, five Australian men of Tongan heritage started up Brumby Fitness: Kalapu Kau Vaivai. The group’s Tongan name means ‘Club of the Weak or Elderly’ and emphasises the organisers’ goal of helping everyone become more fit, regardless of age or current ability. Gym sessions run six days a week, starting at 4am on weekdays, 5am on Saturdays.

Organisers don’t just focus on physical health. They share a strong desire to improve mental health as well by building a strong community and creating opportunities for social engagement – all things the pandemic has clarified the importance of. Today in the Assembly, I publicly thanked the leadership of Brumby Fitness for their efforts to serve Canberra’s Tongan community.

Click on the arrow button to read my speech.


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