Evening walk with the dog

My daughter got a dog, and as it happens, I walk it half the time. It gets me out of the arm chair in the evening. Because my daughter is in poor health, I walk it four or five times a week. I now walk about four or five kilometres an evening so it was a positive thing to make me get out of my chair!

Riding to work

I get my regular physical activity by my daily ride to work and back. I have been doing this for a year now. I arrive at work feeling more alert and more awake. I have also lost some weight which is great, my mood seems to be improved and I feel much better. I think the cycling makes me feel like I am having fun too.

Clarence Mountain Bike Park and Meehan Skyline Trail

Clarence City Council has constructed mountain bike trails in the Meehan Range and formalised the use of fire trails for walking and horse-riding purposes. There is now improved access to the Meehan Range and increased opportunities for recreation in the area.

This has been achieved with involvement from the community through the Meehan Range Trail groomers which has over 80 registered volunteers carrying out maintenance work in the Clarence Mountain Bike Park and Meehan Range.

Involvement from enthusiastic community members has been essential to the success of the project. Community members have participated on the Clarence Mountain Bike Committee in roles such as coordinating volunteer works, providing input on trail development and the use of social media.

Active living principles were considered in the design with provision of non-car access to the mountain bike park by developing and expanding nearby trail networks that link to population areas such as the Tasman Highway Path and the Kangaroo Bay Rivulet Track.

Future work will involve signage installation on the main tracks to assist with navigation around the Meehan to ensure it is an inviting and accessible area. The draft Meehan Range Strategic Plan was created through funding from Communities, Sport and Recreation and will guide future development. Council funding, donations, volunteer labour and crowd funding are all important to these developments.

Active play at Perth Primary School

Perth Primary School encourages active play in their school environment.

In recent times they have installed a sandpit and softfall landing area beneath play equipment for early childhood classes.

This involved extensions to the current play equipment, installation of a grass surface as well as landscaping rocks, trees and gardens. The installation of the sandpit allowed easy access for all children, including those with mobility issues.

The project aimed to provide purposeful and active choices for students during playtimes and it has fully achieved its purpose. Many children choose to play in the sandpit and it has increased social interaction among the students. The adjacent play equipment provides active play choices with many children playing, climbing, chasing and running.

Taj’s story

My weekly regime consists of unit personal training on a daily basis.

This varies from day to day but will generally consist of a full body circuit on a Monday, cardio work on Tuesday (be it a long distance run, sprints or interval training.

On Wednesdays we have been conducting a team sport such as touch football, Thursday is normally a combination of cardio and circuit based exercise and Friday is usually a battle PT exercise, be it a pack march, webbing run or a team based endurance activity.

Being active in the Defence Force

For my physical fitness I attend five personal training sessions per week.

I also cycle on my road bike two to three times a week and attend a civilian gym that specialises in the sport of crossfit. 

Crossfit focusses on forging functional fitness that would be required to complete each challenge you would face in daily life. This training is usually broken up into two parts.

Part one being the Metcon work out mainly consisting of body weight movements such as push ups, pull ups and burpees. These are programmed to fire up your aerobic system.

Part two is strength based; it incorporates a mix of barbell weightlifting movements like the clean and jerk, snatch and squatting.


Fighting fit

After work hours I go to a civilian 24 hour gym. I go to the gym as an escape from my work and home life and it helps to relieve stress by keeping my mental health and physical wellbeing at a good level.

I use a civilian gym as the Tasmanian Defence gym facilities are in poor repair, with most of the equipment being rusted and out of date.

My personal workout routine consists of a well-structured program that has been reviewed and co-developed by the Defence Physical Training staff based in Perth.

My routine focuses on one muscle group per day (shoulders, arms, legs, chest and back) and my week finishes with light recovery exercises. 

Rehabilitation PT

I am currently unable to conduct cardio vascular training due to an injury sustained while deployed to Afghanistan as part of OP SLIPPER.

Due to my limitations it is imperative to maintain a well balanced diet, which consists of 20 per cent protein, 50 per cent carbohydrates and 30 per cent fat. 

I have been cleared by my physiotherapist to conduct weight training in the gym. Weight training and eating well has allowed me to loose 11 kg over a 12 week period.

Since starting this program and way of eating, my mental and physical abilities have improved a lot. I can highly recommend anyone who is unable to participate in cardio vascular training to give this a go.

Training sessions

I take the opportunity to participate in physical training sessions on a daily basis. These are organised by members of my Unit and consist of the following: swimming, pack-marching, interval training, running and circuit training.

Outside of work hours, I make use of the gymnasium at Anglesea Barracks, Hobart. This normally involves weight training however at times, I utilise the cycle machines. I do own a mountain bike and often make use of the inter-city cycle way and bike lanes surrounding Hobart City and mountain bike tracks nearest to Mt Wellington.

Active Outdoor Approach

Waimea Heights Primary School is committed to building links with the community and extending learning beyond the classroom.

Active Outdoor Approach involves students and the wider community promoting a ‘have a go’ attitude.

Community members and sporting groups are encouraged to use the school grounds outside school hours and fortnightly markets selling produce grown by the students and community members are held.

There is a new kindergarten playground fostering sensory outdoor play. The school is working with Friends of McAuley’s Reserve to make the adjacent public reserve a welcoming space including bushcare activities. The school also encourages and supports students to participate in community events such as fun runs.

Cycling Bus

The St Leonards Primary School Cycling Bus runs every Wednesday and involves a number of staff and parents meeting students at designated pick up/drop off points and cycling to and from school. The course is approximately three kilometres.

Due to popularity the number of students is capped at 20 for safety reasons. The school is situated in a perfect area for bike riding; the roads have designated bike lanes, the area is flat and the school has a large bike rack (that was previously empty). Other schools take part in ‘walking buses’ and so the school adapted this idea to make a ‘cycling bus’.

Mobilising Ravenswood – Auskick

Ravenswood Heights Primary School identified through a survey that only 10 out of 302 students participated in extra curricula sport.

The program was developed to engage primary aged children in physical activity, build parents capacity to engage with children in physical activity and develop positive role models.

Through a community forum it was identified football was wanted in the community. In collaboration with the State Government, AFL Tasmania, Community Housing and Rocherlea Football Club the school developed a plan to deliver the program. The community was engaged to gain support and interest and identify key people to run sessions.

Relay for Kids

Our Lady of Lourdes held the Relay for Kids from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm daily for one week during April 2014.

Classes were timetabled to walk/run around the school oval to keep a baton continuously moving during this time. Parents and carers were invited to join in with the first and last laps.

The relay aimed to raise money for the Tim Blair Run for Kid’s Foundation while focusing on being active as a normal part of everyday life.

Tim Blair previously supported families associated with the school affected by cancer and the school wanted to support Tim participate in the Bluff to Bondi run.

Certificate III in Fitness – Personal Trainers

Don College has offered Fitness Certificate II to students since 2011, but extended this to Fitness Certificate III in 2014 as a result of student demand and industry support.

The more advanced certificate includes a practical requirement for students to work with clients.

Students were paired with college staff in a personal trainer/client relationship, enabling students to undertake practical training while providing staff with a one-on-one, supervised personal training program as part of the staff health and wellbeing program.

Students also run group exercise sessions for other college students. The program provides students with practical experience, meeting a requirement of the Fitness Certificate III. It also improves their retention and engagement in the course.

Playground Buddies

At Bowen Road Primary School, the Playground Buddies program provides opportunities for infant school students to participate in structured physical activity during recess and lunch breaks. Activities are run by trained grade six students and include relays, scooter riding, ball skills, soccer, basketball and running.

Playground buddies was developed in response to an identified need to provide structured physical activity for infant school students during break times. It also aimed to develop grade six students’ leadership skills and limit unsocial behaviour in the playground.

Playground Buddies complements a range of other initiatives also undertaken to promote physical activity at the school.

Go Active 365

Bicheno Primary School delivers the Go Active 365 program for students every day of the year.

The Active After-school Communities program provides children the opportunity to be active every day and participate in diverse, fun physical activities not normally associated with mainstream organised sports.

The program initially featured more traditional sports such as athletics, soccer, bowls and golf. To engage more students, the range of activities was broadened to include non-traditional sports and activities, such as handball, pentanque, circus skills and Frisbee golf. An impressive  77 per cent of children at the school participated in the program during term two 2014.

Mini World Cup

Albuera Street Primary School created a Soccer World Cup themed event for students in grades two to six. The Mini World Cup aimed to get students to participate in fun, healthy sport and create friendships between different age groups.

The idea originated from a teacher who thought it would be great to celebrate the soccer world cup with a tournament. Students organised the event including the equipment, games and rosters. The whole school community was invited to be involved, with students able to organise, play or referee.

Sailability North West

Sailability is a National Yachting Australia program giving participants of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy sailing.

The Wynyard Yacht Club implemented the program to enable people with disability and older people to participate or compete equally in the sport of sailing.

The club purchased two boats that were specially designed and engineered to cater for a wide range of abilities.

The launching trolleys, trailer and hoist were specifically designed to be transportable along the North West Coast and their design captured widespread acclaim at a National Sailability Conference.

Sailability was implemented by the club in partnership with Sailability Tasmania and North West Residential Support Services.

Channel Challenge

The West Winds Community Centre held the inaugural Channel Challenge as a ‘Fun Fit Family Fundraiser’ in April 2014.

The challenge comprised a three kilometre run or walk and 13 obstacles with entry open to children from eight years to adults with whole families encouraged to enter.

The centre collaborated with the local school and council to increase the scope of the challenge to include obstacles in the school grounds and Silverwater Park.

The challenge was developed to raise awareness of the centre’s gym, increase its use and encourage physical activity that is fun and inclusive for the whole family while raising funds to expand the range of equipment in the gym.

Pilates for Engaging the Ageing

Pilates for Engaging the Ageing was developed by the University of Tasmania, Exercise Physiology Clinic to research the effectiveness of novel exercise interventions on reducing fall risk and maintaining exercise adherence in this population.

The project assessed participants and the results showed that the intervention reduced falls risk. After completion of the research study, participants wanted to continue.

The classes were then provided using a cost- recovery model and, with original members inviting others, the classes continue to grow. There are currently six not- for-profit classes per week.

Launceston Ten, Community Active 5K and Kids Fun Run

Tasmanian Sports and Events provided support, training and health awareness for the Launceston Ten, 5K and Kids 2K fun run through an eight week program which featured weekly in the Examiner newspaper.

Embracing the winter, the event caters for the lack in participation opportunities in Tasmania through the colder months. Tasmanian Sports and Events has engaged over 750 000 individuals through the promotion and marketing campaigns surrounding the event.

Polocrosse @ Edinburgh Park

The Tamar Valley Polocrosse Club has built approximately 30 new holding/day yards for horses at the Gravelly Beach grounds of Edinburgh Park to enable more participants in the game of polocrosse and also other horse sports that are held on the grounds.

The project has enabled polocrosse to be held on the grounds and has encouraged greater participation in horse sports. In developing the project, the club collaborated with all users of the grounds to consider how to improve the usage of and encourage more events at the grounds.

Get Active Primary Schools Netball Roster

The Southern Tasmanian Netball Association developed a roster for students in grades three to six providing an affordable playing experience and a positive introduction to netball regardless of gender and fitness level.

The roster promotes enjoyment and continued participation along with skill development in a safe and supportive environment.

The main aim is participation and providing an opportunity for primary school students to experience netball. The initiative provides a low cost, easily accessible and community based option and enables children to learn new skills, experience a team sport, develop self-esteem and make new friends.

Prospect Hawks

The Prospect Hawks Junior Football Club expanded to include Prospect Hawks Seniors and more recently Western Storm who compete in the Tasmanian State League providing a talent pathway for players.

Prospect Park was identified as a suitable venue and, with support from Meander Valley Council and Prospect Park Sports Club, a first class community football venue was built.

The junior club provides a safe, family orientated and development environment for younger players.

The senior and state football clubs provide opportunities to play football in Northern Tasmania and Tasmania, including the opportunity to be drafted to the AFL.

Port Dalrymple Yacht Club

Port Dalrymple Yacht Club ran a course for beginners during the 2013-14 summer sailing season comprising five training sessions both on and off the water.

Numbers were kept low to adequately train and monitor participants. On completion all were able to perform basic sailing techniques and show confidence on the water.

The course was designed to introduce younger, less confident children to sailing, while making it enjoyable and safe and provide a pathway to become confident and capable sailors. The course was an initiative of club members who identified a need to provide an entry level set of skills with a focus on safety and enjoyment.

Mini Sports

Life. Be in It Tasmania developed Mini Sports as a structured sports program for children under five. Through animal movements, children learn key coordination aspects of four primary sports along with basic movement skills.

Sports include AFL, basketball, soccer and cricket all with modified equipment to suit the age group. No other program provides this opportunity.

Teacher notes were developed over a two-year period based around human movement techniques and then formatted to suit young children.

Testing occurred with child care centres to assess timing, skills acquisition and attention spans. The past two years of full participation by parents and children has led to continued refinements enabling participation by children with disability.

Bocce Team Challenge

The Bocce Team Challenge is a program to encourage office workers to engage in an outdoor activity to promote physical activity, team camaraderie and networking without the need for specialised clothing.

Catering for all fitness levels, teams of four played a 30 minute round of bocce every Friday night over seven weeks commencing in Worksafe month (October).

The Bocce Team Challenge has been successful in building camaraderie and boosting esteem within the workplace. Incentive prizes were provided by local retailers.

A day on the beach

A Day on the Beach is an annual Australia Day community event providing free entertainment and activities organised by the Kingston Beach Regatta Association.

Between 7 000 and 11 000 people usually attend making it the largest event in Tasmania on Australia Day. The event brings the community together to enjoy typical Australia Day celebrations on the beach with a barbeque and sport.

A Day on the Beach was implemented after a few locals recognised the need to provide free entertainment/ activities on Australia Day for families and enlisted the  local Lions and Rotary Clubs and, through the local council, involved young people to help organise the events.

Youth Leadership Program

Kingborough Gymnastics Committee run a Youth Leadership Program to develop an education system for new coaches and high school aged students wanting to develop leadership skills and become involved in the sport of gymnastics. 

Participants develop their knowledge over three years through coaching a class with a mentor once a week, specifically developed online training courses and workshops.

Youth leaders are eligible to complete the Gymnastics Australia beginners coaching course and become accredited.

The program has led to a significant increase in gymnastics coaches facilitating more classes and leading to a continued increase in participants.

Karadi Wellness Project

The Karadi Wellness Project provides a holistic approach to health and fitness that is inclusive for the whole family.

Activities include walking groups, weekly bootcamps for all fitness and ability levels, group led gym sessions, community gardening activities, free swim passes, monthly personal training and goal setting.

The program was developed due to high rates of chronic disease levels of Aboriginal clients with many also suffering varying degrees of mental health issues.

In addition, financial stressors often meant the inability to attend traditional gyms. The program has been extended to the whole family and anyone wishing to participate in physical activity.

Hobart Mother’s Day Classic

The Women in Super Hobart Mother’s Day Classic is a fine example of the Hobart community spirit of giving with the event itself being run entirely by volunteers.

As part of one of the largest national community fund raising fun runs, the Hobart event relies on support from within the community for operational costs and to participate. An annual tradition, the Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run and Walk provides the community with a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and raise funds for breast cancer research at the same time.

Good Sports Program

The Hillwood Football Club participates in the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports Program.

The program supports the club to be proactive in providing a safe and healthy environment for senior and junior members.

Hillwood Football Club was awarded the Tasmanian Good Sports club award in 2012 and has since acquired level three accreditation. The club liaised with a Good Sports program officer about the requirements of the program and has worked hard to raise awareness of the importance of providing a safe and healthy environment for members.

State Outdoor Days

Girl Guides Tasmania coordinate ‘outdoor days’ that involve both physical and nature activities for members across the state. The outdoor days are held annually and aim to promote an active outdoor lifestyle for members, and through them promote an active lifestyle to the wider community.

The events provide girls and women with an opportunity to share skills, try new things, gain confidence and meet new friends. The outdoors is a fundamental part of the Australian Guide Program and this underlies the development of the State Outdoor Days.

Launceston Primary Schools Orienteering Program

The Esk Valley Orienteering Club provides orienteering as an elective school sport for grade five and six students in Launceston for one-term per year.

The club works in collaboration with the Launceston State School Sports Association to achieve this.

In addition to health outcomes from outdoor physical activity, the program aims to provide students with an enjoyable experience, an understanding of orienteering and a sense of individual achievement.

Courses are well-designed and encourage self-reliance through decision making.

Dragon Boat Tasmania

Dragon Boat Tasmania collaborated with the Chinese Community Association of Tasmania to highlight the Chinese cultural traditions in contemporary Tasmanian society.

The two organisations co-hosted Hobart’s Inaugural Dragon Boat Festival in June and Dragon Boat Tasmania participated in the Chinese New Year Festival earlier in 2014.

Come and try paddling sessions were held and through collaboration a connection was built between the dragon boat and Chinese communities.

The opportunities to experience a traditional activity and a new sport were relished by both members and the community.

The Spirit Cup

In 2011 the Devonport Football Club established a primary school football roster – the first school football program ever organised in the Mersey region.

The Spirit Cup aims to increase active participation in sport and physical activity for both boys and girls. There are no registration fees and football jumpers are provided, which means there are no costs to players, parents or schools.

Community partnerships were developed with six local businesses, which sponsored jumpers for players to wear. Junior players from the Devonport Football Club assist with umpiring matches and coaching teams.

Tyro’s Earn Your Stripes Challenge

Tyro’s Earn Your Stripes Challenge involves classroom teachers delivering a number of basic ball handling activities for 10-15 minutes per day over a four week period.

With the aid of Cricket Tasmania’s resource pack, the program assists students to develop fundamental motor skills and provides a fun and interactive way to deliver the curriculum.

The program was developed by Cricket Tasmania after recognising many children coming into the MILO in2Cricket and T20 Blast programs had not adequately developed their fundamental motor skills.

The program was developed in consideration of how it could be incorporated into daily physical education at school.

Mind and Body Program

Cornerstone Youth Services developed the Mind and Body Program to assist young men aged between 12 and 19 years who are at risk of being caught up in the youth justice system and/or who have been excluded from the education system due to anti-social behaviours.

Research has shown therapeutic physical activities lead to positive mental and physical health and wellbeing outcomes.

The program supports participants to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviours through activities such as caving, rock climbing, mountain bike riding, abseiling and surfing. This also helps participants develop their self-awareness, self- control and self-realisations.

Ride for Life

The Colony 47 – Eureka Clubhouse Program developed the Ride for Life project to support clients (members) of the adult mental health community to get out and about, increase physical activity, improve mental health and wellbeing and social inclusion through cycling.

The idea was formed when a staff member rode their bike to work and members asked if they could have a ride. Around the same time, quality of life testing undertaken by the organisation found that clients fared worst on the physical health indicators. Through consultation with members and staff funding was sought to purchase bikes for regular use by members.

Sport Unlocked

Centacare Tasmania implemented the Sport Unlocked, Humanitarian Settlement Services in Youth Sport Participation program to provide information and resources to support young people aged 15-25 who have recently settled in Australia to participate in sport and recreation activities.

The program has created a multifaceted approach to support sustainable participation in sport and recreation activities within newly settled humanitarian entrant communities.

As part of the program, Centacare produced a booklet titled ‘Playing sport in Tasmania’ and provided come and try sessions along with financial assistance to assist participation. They also consulted with local sporting clubs and facilities to increase awareness of cultural needs.

Beacy Kids are Healthy Kids

The Beaconsfield Early Learning and Childcare Service started Beacy Kids are Healthy Kids to encourage children to become routinely active and to promote physical activity and healthy eating. 

At 10 am every day, each child walks around the school grounds and participates in running, jumping, skipping and games, regardless of the weather.

AYC Netball Club – State Development Carnival

The State Development Carnival is a program designed to develop the skills and knowledge of junior netballers and help them reach their potential. AYC Netball Club fields teams in both the 14 and under and 16 and under divisions. Each team has junior coaches, umpires, managers and officials and all junior officials are required to have mentors.

A six week training program is set by the mentors in the lead up to the carnival and each junior official is mentored as they lead players through the program. The carnival provides leadership and development pathways for juniors.

Green Exercise

Appin Hall Children’s Foundation invited a group of local primary school students to participate in their initiative Green Exercise, a day of physical activity in a natural setting. The students actively dug holes, planted trees, relocated raspberry bushes, walked around Appin Hall’s pristine mountain site and enjoyed a healthy lunch outdoors.

The Green Exercise initiative is restorative, uplifting, and is physically and emotionally beneficial providing more health benefits than physical activity alone. Participants are encouraged to get off-line, get outdoors, breathe, move and live in a real world rather than a virtual one.

AFL 9s

AFL 9s is the Australian Football League’s (AFL) newest form of Australian football. It is a fast, free-flowing game that involves nine players on each team, played on a smaller field than traditional football.

There is no tackling or bumping, making it suitable for all ages and skill levels. In 2012 AFL Tasmania piloted AFL 9s at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre. This was a success, and in 2013 there were 53 men, women and mixed teams competing over three nights of the week. AFL 9s is easy to learn and is played in a fun and safe environment.

Beach to Bay Strahan Fun Run/Walk

The Beach to Bay Strahan Fun Run and Walk incorporates two, six and nine kilometre events around the Strahan foreshore, together with a mini health and wellbeing exhibition and beach activities.

In the lead up to the event, locals were encouraged to take part in a 10-week training program, using educational resources to prepare for the event and maintain good health over winter.

ACTIVE Strahan aims to increase awareness and encourage positive attitudes towards physical activity, overcome a lack of facilities and structured physical activity programs in the area and raise funds for local projects, including outdoor exercise equipment.

In developing the initiative, ACTIVE Strahan engaged with local government, school, business and community members to enhance the success and support for the event.

Take a Walk with Ryk

Take a Walk with Ryk was a community fitness campaign in the lead up to the Mother’s Day Classic. Ryk Goddard, 936 ABC Hobart breakfast presenter, invited listeners to join him on a bi-weekly walk or run from the broadcast centre.

Inspired by Ryk Goddard’s own personal fitness journey, the walk/run was developed in consultation with local content management and ABC risk management to ensure duty of care was met and credible information provided to the community. The socially inclusive initiative was supported on air, online and via social media.

Nubeena Foreshore Walkway

The Tasman Council developed the Nubeena Foreshore Walkway to link pedestrian pathways with community services and recreational facilities.

In 2004, a group of 40 students formed a working group to campaign for a skate park. As this evolved the Tasman Council implemented the Access and Recreational Master Plan which engaged the whole community.

The adoption of a master plan involved extensive community consultation over a number of years through public meetings, small forums, walk and talk sessions and public submissions. The council has also endorsed a Recreational Plan and a Disability Access Plan which coincided with asset planning so a staged approach could be achieved.

YOLO Colour Fun Run

The YOLO (You Only Live Once) Colour Fun Run is a five kilometre fun run that saw participants doused in coloured paint powder as they passed through five colour zones around the perimeter of Pembroke Park Oval.

As part of National Youth Week, the event aimed to recognise the contributions of young people while bringing the community together in an active, non-competitive and fun activity.

The idea was presented to the Youth Advisory Group as a fundraising idea for a youth centre in Sorell. The event generated great excitement among the youth and other community members.

Glenorchy Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle Ambassador Program

The Glenorchy Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle Ambassadors are volunteers from within the Glenorchy municipality.

There are 20 ambassadors who all received training to support, encourage and assist members of the community participate in Glenorchy on the Go programs.

The ambassadors were recruited to enable the continuation of the program when its funding period concluded. The program also provides opportunities for the ambassadors to participate in council events and workshops and give peer education around the programs offered.

Flinders Health and Happiness

Flinders Health and Happiness is a collaboration of five initiatives that provide a diverse range of health and well being programs for the whole community.

The programs include Actively Flinders, Rural Heath Week, Plant a Tree Day, an annual school holiday program and an upgrade to the Whitemark Foreshore.

Flinders Council has incorporated education and awareness into the programs and developed great collaboration and partnerships with local business, community organisations and the school. The programs aim to be non-threatening  to encourage participation regardless of age fitness level or ability.

Active Youth Program

The Dorset Council developed the Active Youth Program due to a gap in youth services following an ‘outreach caravan’ being discontinued.

The program aims to get youth active who live in the Dorset municipality in a non-competitive and fun way.

The program is accessible to all towns as a purpose built trailer transports the gear to each community. School hour activities are run from Scottsdale or Winnaleah High Schools and after school activities are held around the municipality. Targeting youth aged 12-25 years, the programs vary depending on the weather and number of youth in the town, and 99 per cent of activities are free.

Scholarship Fund – Community Events

The Derwent Valley Council established a scholarship fund in 2013 to financially assist residents achieve personal development in their chosen fields, including sporting, academic, cultural and artistic endeavours. Contributions to this scholarship fund are sourced primarily through community events with a physical activity focus.

These have included a boxing event featuring Jeff Fenech, physical activity and nutrition seminars, information sessions and bootcamps facilitated by Lisa Curry, and New Norfolk Swimming Pool 50th Anniversary celebrations. The scholarship fund was developed as a mechanism to assist those seeking financial assistance for personal endeavours.

Friends of Frascati

Friends of Frascati is a Special Committee of the Derwent Valley Council that brings together members of the community to resurrect the historic gardens around Frascati House.

The group encourages participation from all walks of life in a physical activity that nurtures the individuals and the gardens.

The major objective of the initiative is to restore the historic gardens around Frascati House. All involved with the project have increased their physical activity levels as a result of gardening.

Clarence Foreshore Trail

The Clarence Foreshore Trail is a 14.5 kilometre multi-user pathway that follows the picturesque shoreline of the Derwent River between Geilston Bay and Howrah.

It is centrally located and close to residential areas, making it accessible to a large number of residents and visitors.

The trail encourages a diverse range of the population to get active outdoors and caters for all ages and fitness levels. Secondary path connections also provide links to bushland reserves, playgrounds, beaches and outdoor exercise equipment.

Where possible the track has been constructed to meet disability access requirements. All weather concrete surfaces have been installed in the newer sections to accommodate all wheeled devices.

Cris Fitzpatrick Park Educational Bike Track

Brighton Council upgraded its educational bike track in response to community feedback the track was no longer being used due to its deteriorating condition and lack of contemporary educational infrastructure. The project included surface upgrades, line markings, traffic lights and other infrastructure available on public roads.

The high-quality track supports children to become confident bike riders and increases their understanding of road rules while being socially active. Community involvement was crucial to the success of the track to ensure the upgrade was what users wanted and needed.

Evandale Primary School

Evandale Primary School has completed multiple projects to create greater physical activity opportunities for the whole school community.

An outdoor gym has been installed which includes equipment such as a rowing machine, stepper and twister.

The 300 metre entrance path to the school has been replaced and widened to allow a safe path for those walking, families with prams, students on scooters and bikes and it also allows a play path for primary students in breaks.

Improvements have also occurred in open spaces with the resurfacing of the entire primary grassed area and installation of soccer/hockey goals which provides a large space for children to be active. Playground markings are planned to encourage hopscotch, throwing and catching games in the infant play area.

Evandale Primary School promotes active lifestyles, particularly during recess and lunchtimes and provides opportunities for physical activity at an individual, small group or team game level. All abilities have been catered for in the development and installation of new equipment and structures within the school.

Burnie Primary School

To promote physical activity in the built environment at Burnie Primary School, second hand turf and underlay from the damaged McKenna Park Complex was purchased and installed near the gymnasium.

The area is used by students to be active before school, during recess and lunch breaks, after school and during some physical education lessons.

Mountain Bike Park

To create increased opportunities to be physically active, the Central Coast Council constructed a new international standard mountain bike park at Penguin.

The new mountain bike park adjoins the Dial range to benefit the community in the areas of active recreation, improved health, sense of place and also has potential tourism and economic benefits.

Albuera Street Primary School

Albuera Street Primary School compost kids

Albuera Street Primary School compost kids

At Albuera St Primary School, the Albuera Green Team is an ongoing initiative in relation to gardening and recycling projects.

The students dig, plant, fill up watering cans, carry soil, empty paper and food scrap bins daily into the worm farm and compost bins from our classroom recycling stations and use iPad technology to walk around and read garden QR codes.

Four classroom recycling stations were purchased and garden beds maintained and the aim of this is to encourage students to appreciate that growing your own food is not just enjoyable and produces good tasty food but also that you can maintain physical fitness by gardening and working outdoors.

Recycling waste is also ongoing and a daily physical activity; the aim is to reduce waste and promote individual responsibility for taking the recycling to the vegie patch. Student councilors are waste warriors and the whole school is involved in the Albuera Green Team.

Recycling bins were purchased via a Dr Edward Hall environment grant and garden signage and plants from a NRM South bite sized grant. The new Kinder Veg patch was won in a Natvia facebook competition.


In 2013, Moonah Primary School’s Action Research Team investigated outdoor learning environments and this resulted in the construction of a Playpod.

The Playpod is made from and old shipping container and is full of different materials such as fabric, cardboard, plastic tubing, bobbins and old tiles which the children use for creative play in break times.

The aim of the project was to allow more creative and constructive play options for the students and to reduce behaviour issues. Both the staff and students have positive feedback and other schools have expressed interest in implementing a Playpod.

North West Christian School

Over a period of several years, North West Christian School has completed a range of projects that promote physical activity in the built environment. These include the installation of a fitness track and playground equipment targeting high school students.

Student gardens have also been built allowing separate playing areas for primary and high school students.

To encourage students to participate in physical activity and provide an understanding of its importance, a range of other activities are undertaken at the school. These include weekly walks to the beach for grades 4-6, a walk-a-thon through the Dial Range, teacher involvement in sport during breaks, whole school daily physical education, and a policy that all students be outside during recess and lunchtimes.