Pilates, power-palking, yoga, and aqua aerobics will soon be more accessible to Queensland women, with applications for funding under the Get Out, Get Active initiative now open.
Recreation and Sport Minister Steve Dickson said Get Out, Get Active would deliver community-based activities in partnership with local councils, delivering on the Queensland Government’s election promise to lower the cost of living for families.
“We’re allocating $200,000 initially to kick start the program, with funding of up to $20,000 available for local councils,” Mr Dickson said.
“I encourage councils to get on board and submit a proposal which would provide local, accessible and free or affordable opportunities to encourage women to become more active.
“Get Out, Get Active is delivering on the Newman Government’s commitment to provide more sport and active recreation opportunities for Queensland’s women.
“It’s part of our strong plan to boost participation levels in recreation and sport, creating a brighter and healthier future.”
Mr Dickson said the idea was motivated by a key recommendation from the Newman Government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women and Girls in Sport and Recreation’s Start Playing, Stay Playing report.
“The report recommended partnering with local government to provide active recreation opportunities,” he said.
“Queensland has some fantastic local parks and outdoor space for councils to use for coordinating some fun and energetic activities, so I really hope they get on board and help us to encourage lifelong participation in recreation and sport,” he said.
Founder and Chief Creative Officer of leading Queensland lifestyle brand, Lorna Jane, Lorna Jane Clarkson, said she welcomed any initiative that encouraged women to embrace Active Living.
“People care more about their health than ever before and anything that further inspires women to get out and get active is a positive thing,” she said.
For more information on Get Out, Get Active, visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au