New estate residents bond over exercise

Rosanna Mogg says her fitness camps have brought a newly developed community together.

Story appeared in: Review | February 6th, 2017

BRINGING a community together, especially within a newly developed residential estate, can sometimes need a helping hand.
Rosanna Mogg has called Botanica, a residential estate developed on the old Lidcombe hospital site, home for just over two years and has seen the community slowly bond. Rosanna runs a daily fitness program on the estate's Village Green, Monday to Friday mornings, in which, she says, has brought many of the new residents together.
"I've seen some really good friendships made here," she said.
"Although the fitness program is not just for Botanica residents, and is open to the wider Lidcombe community, I estimate about three-quarters of the participants are from the estate," she said.
The free outdoor fitness and activity camps feature cross training, boxing and yoga from 9.30am Monday to Friday, and generally run for about 45 minutes.
The Live Life Get Active enterprise, with help from a corporate sponsor, hosts 150 free fitness and activity camps across the state, to encourage communities become healthier.
"The attractiveness of the initiative is that they're free," Rosanna said.
"There's no excuses about gym fees, and because they are usually in a local park or neighbourhood, they're easy to get to as well."
Rosanna says the five sessions attract a broad cross section of the community, with ages ranging from 20 to 65. Class numbers are limited at a maximum of 27, with the Lidcombe camps attracting an average of 16 or 17 people daily.
The classes are tailored to every participant, and bookings are a must. For further information and to book your place, visit

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