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									                                                                          active news                       April 2009
                            The Macquarie University Sport &
Easter Trading Hours

                            Aquatic Centre will have modified
                            operating hours over the Easter
                            Weekend:                            Health and Lifestyle Seminars 2009
                                                                April 2009 sees the launch of our re-structured health and lifestyle
                            Friday 10 April     CLOSED
                                                                seminars, working closely with familiar staff and focusing attentions
                            Saturday 11 April   6am – 7pm
                                                                towards areas of life where people need new initiatives and quirky
                            Sunday 12 April     6am – 7pm       new ideas. The first session will be held mid-April, with details below.
                            Monday 13 April     6am – 7pm       Please RSVP your attendance to It is a FREE
                                                                service for all Sport & Aquatic Centre Members.
                            For Group Fitness Timetable
                            changes please visit                Seminar 1 - “Budgeting and how to save money” by John Sevil
                               Tuesday 14 April, 1-2pm and 6-7pm

                                                                In the current economic climate, this session will be a guideline on
                                                                how to better deal with household finances, and how to develop and
                            In the lead up to Easter, U@MQ
Easter Treat!

                            Eat & Drink invite you to           stick to simple budgets.
                            indulge in their special Easter
                                                                Parking Facilities
                            For ONLY $4.00, reward
                                                                Through the implementation of the 2050 Master Plan, the University is
                            yourself with a Hot Cross Bun
                                                                currently employing strategies to manage the increasing demands on
                            and regular Coffee Combo!
                                                                the current infrastructure. One of these strategies is to upgrade the car
                                                                parking facilities on campus to accommodate increases in students,
                            Offer available between 9
                                                                staff and guests. The short term impact is that as one car park is closed
                            March and 13 April 2009 at
                                                                to allow for construction, other car parks will see the knock on effects.
                            Marxines and Crunch Café.
                                                                Long term this will lead to increased and improved car parking
                                                                facilities around campus, including replacing the N3 car park with a
                                                                multistory facility in the years to come.
                                                                The construction program is currently having an effect on Members of
                                                                the Sport & Aquatic Centre. However, together with the University we
                                                                are exploring short term measures to improve the current situation.
                                                                Included in the immediate plan is to provide Members with additional
                            The U@MQ Badminton
U@MQ Badminton Tournament

                                                                parking on the grassed area opposite the Gymnasium Road entrance to
                            tournament is back this year        the N3 car park as overflow parking. Vehicles using the grass overflow
                            on 18 and 19 April here at the      must display a 2hr free pay & display ticket obtained from the N3 car
                            Sport & Aquatic Centre.             park ticket machine. Vehicles without either a valid pay & display ticket
                                                                may be subject to standard infringement notices.
                            This year we will be running a
                            Juniors event for boys/girls        As semester moves on we are expecting to see the impact on the car
                            U/16’s and U/18’s on Saturday       parks reduced as there tends to be a greater number of students on
                            18 April 2009 and then our          campus at the start of each semester. Additionally, the recently
                            Open Championships on               opened Chatswood to Epping train line assists in providing an
                            Sunday 19 April 2009.               alternate public transport option.
                                                                Please note that the Sport & Aquatic Centre does not manage car
                            Entry fee starts from $10 for       parking operations on campus, but we will continue to work with the
                            Juniors and $15 for Open’s          University to seek solutions to parking issues. We apologise for any
                            with registrations closing 5        inconvenience caused during the construction period.
                            April 2009.
                                                                Further details regarding parking are to follow.
      U@MQ Active Towel Policy                                   How to Make the Most of the Global Economic Crisis
      In response to Member feedback, U@MQ                       I read a report a month ago in a tabloid          participate in a class and play squash to
      Active introduced a Towel and Hygiene                      newspaper offering advice on how to make          name but a few of our services. By improving
      Policy in August 2008.                                     things more manageable during these               your health and fitness there is a natural
                                                                 difficult financial times. One of the             progression to living healthier, thus reducing
      This Policy is intended to provide
                                                                 suggestions was to cancel gym memberships         food bills, a reduction in alcohol
      increased Member comfort and hygiene
                                                                 as this is a financial burden you could do        consumption, giving up smoking (please!), a
      safety whilst using our venue.
                                                                 without (amazingly this ranked above giving       better night’s sleep, reduced medical bills
      U@MQ Active would like to remind all                       up smoking in the list!) My jaw didn’t just       due to less illness and injury, greater energy
      Centre patrons that each individual                        drop when I read this, it practically fell off!   during the day and the opportunity to meet
      Member/Guest is required to bring and                      Surely a time of financial difficulty is the      like minded people.
      use a towel at all times whilst utilising                  perfect time to get more out of a gym
                                                                                                                   Make the most of everything in life, turn
      the following Centre facilities: Health                    membership, not cancel it.
                                                                                                                   every negative into a positive. There has
      Club, Group Fitness Studio, Cycle Studio                                                                     never been a better time to get the most out
                                                                 My theory works like this. A gym membership
      and Lifestyle Room.                                                                                          of your membership and improve your
                                                                 costs $85 per month, or $20 per week, which
      Towels are available to hire from the                      is roughly equal to buying lunch 2 days a         health, and you never know, it may even save
      Customer Service Desk for $2.00 (non                       week, 5 drinks on a night out, two takeaway       you money in the long run!
      refundable), however, stocks are limited.                  pizzas, a packet of cigarettes, all things that
                                                                                                                   James Borbone
                                                                 we buy but don’t think twice about. And yet
                                                                                                                   Sport & Aquatic Centre Manager
                                                                 for $20 you can visit the gym everyday, swim,

                             Various facilities at the Sport &    Helpful Hints and Reminders for New Members
Facility Closures

                             Aquatic Centre will be closed on
                             the following dates:                On behalf of all staff at the Sport & Aquatic     with a maximum attendance number and
                                                                 Centre, we’d like to welcome our new              that all classes close within five minutes of
                             18 – 19 April 2009
                                                                 members! In order for you to make the             the start time.
                             The Macquarie University
                                                                 most of your membership, we’d like to
                             Badminton Championships                                                               • Towel usage is a condition of entry for the
                                                                 share some helpful hints and reminders…
                                                                                                                   Health Club. If you’ve forgotten your towel
                             Recreation and Sport Halls
                                                                 • Take advantage of the Members’ Entrance!        on any given day, there are limited towels
                                                                 Just steps away from the main entrance            for hire ($2 each) at the Customer Service
                             25 April 2009                       and open from 3.30 pm to 8.30 pm Monday           Desk.
                             Inter-University Kumdo              through Thursday, the Members’ Entrance
                                                                                                                   • Please familiarise yourself with Centre
                             Tournament                          allows you to beat the peak-hour queues.
                                                                                                                   conditions of entry and pool etiquette
                             Recreation Hall Closed              • As you enter the Centre, make sure that         signage, as this will help enhance the
                                                                 you swipe your card at the front desk…and         experience of all Centre patrons.
                                                                 don’t be surprised if a Customer Service
                                                                                                                   • U@MQ Active appreciates your feedback!
                                                                 Officer asks you to “Say cheese”! In an effort
                                                                                                                   If you’ve had a great experience at the
                             Commencing 18 March 2009, a         to help get to know our members better,
New Group Fitness Addition

                                                                                                                   Sport & Aquatic Centre, or if you have an
                             NEW 7pm Pilates Class will be       the Customer Service Officers at the Sport &
                                                                                                                   idea on how we can improve, please let us
                             added to the Group Fitness          Aquatic Centre will be taking photos of
                                                                                                                   know. Yellow feedback collection boxes are
                             Timetable.                          Members and attaching them to Members’
                                                                                                                   placed in four locations around the
                                                                 profiles. Not only will this help us greet you
                                                                                                                   Centre—by the 25-metre pool, Crunch Café,
                             For more information, visit         by name, it is also a security measure if your
                                                                                                                   the Sports Hall, and the Health Club. The
                                membership card is lost or stolen.
                                                                                                                   Customer Service Desk staff will be happy
                                                                 • You can sign in for Group Fitness classes       to help direct your comments.
                                                                 up to two hours before the start of the
                                                                                                                   If you have any question or concerns,
                                                                 class…Just visit the Customer Service Desk
                                                                                                                   please contact the Customer Service Desk
                                                                 or the Members’ Entrance Desk and present
                                                                                                                   on (02) 9850 7636.
                                                                 your membership card. Please be aware
                                                                 that all Group Fitness classes are capped

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