Healthy Active Gladstone Region developer Crystal McGregor will present the project at a national conference in Adelaide in September.
Healthy Active Gladstone Region developer Crystal McGregor will present the project at a national conference in Adelaide in September.

Gladstone is healthiest community

GLADSTONE jointly won the healthiest Queensland community for Healthy Active Gladstone Region (HAGR) and it’s about to be put to the national test.

Crystal McGregor, of Amarna, who has been a consultant for the Healthy Active Gladstone Region project, will fly to Adelaide next month to do a presentation at the Parks and Leisure Australia national conference.

Gladstone Regional Council was named joint winner of the title “Queensland’s healthiest community”, at the inaugural awards last August for its HAGR initiative.

“A lot of hard work was put into developing the Healthy Active Gladstone Region initiative by council and the team at Amarna, and its message of Be Smart, Take Part has really been embraced by the Gladstone region community,” HAGR committee chairwoman councillor Gail Sellers said.

“This program was developed by Crystal and in my opinion is world-class practice.

“For the time that we had to implement it in Gladstone, it went really well.”

Key speakers at the national conference will include Natasha Stott Despoja, a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats; and Chris West who is CEO of Zoos SA, Professor of Zoology at Adelaide University and Professor of Biodiversity Conservation at Flinders University.

“If she (Crystal) puts it across at the conference, parts of it will be taken up by other councils across Australia,” Cr Sellers said.

Council received $600,000 prize money from the state awards which went towards fitness stations, shade structures, seating, water bubblers and signage.



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