Healthy boost for region

IT’S gained momentum on a national scale and it’s only a year old.

The Gladstone Healthy Active initiative, which had a highly successful beginning, will continue – with the assistance of Amarna – for another five months after Gladstone Regional Council Acting Mayor Gail Sellers recommended council allocate $30,000 to the cause at Tuesday’s meeting.

Cr Sellers said the State Government funding applications were open again in which council won $600,000 last year, after being a joint winner at the State Government’s Healthy Queensland Awards.

She said there was also $500,000 available for schools and $100,000 for industry, which would work well with proposal to expand Gladstone Healthy Active.

Cr Sellers said they would look at putting in another submission, which the committee hoped to win a significant amount of the $1.6 million.

“At the moment, we are doing really well because industry have come to us,” Cr Sellers said.

She said Gladstone Industry Leadership Group CEO Kurt Heidecker had approached the Healthy Active committee, on behalf of GILG, raising the concerns of Gladstone industries with the level of asthma sufferers and smokers in the community.

“They are looking at doing a quit smoking program,” Cr Sellers said.

She said another concept being looked into was encouraging cycling to and from work, with showers and cycle lockable areas at work sites and upgrades to Gladstone’s bike pathways.

Cr Sellers said the concept would likely see contribution from local industries.

“We are going to advance with healthy ambassadors (volunteers) who will take the project forward,” she said.

The $600,000 State Government funding was used to build ‘all ages activity areas’ at various locations in the council region.

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



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