Burdekin Shire women and girls to Get Out, Get Active

Burdekin Shire women and girls will get the opportunity to participate in a range of fun, fitness activities, as part of a Queensland Government program encouraging women into sport and active recreation.

Following on from the success of the eight-week Get Out, Get Active initiative in the Burdekin in 2016, Burdekin Shire Council has successfully secured $20,000 under a new round of the Queensland Government’s Get Out, Get Active program to deliver even more activities to women and girls in the community.

“In 2016, we had 100 inactive girls and women participate in the eight-week Get Out, Get Active initiative and it was a very successful program,” Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said.

“We hoped to run a similar program again in the future and thanks to this new grant by the Queensland Government, we’re pleased to announce this will now occur.”

Cr McLaughlin said the program was specifically aimed at women 15 years and over, who were currently inactive or not as active as they should be.

“The aim of the program is to promote healthy lifestyles and active living by introducing participants to new physical activities to trial for eight weeks with their choice of local fitness provider,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We haven’t set a date yet, but at this stage we are thinking of running the program in February 2018. We’ll keep the community updated as plans are finalised.”

The Queensland Government received 163 applications requesting $3.7 million of funding under round three of the Get Out, Get Active program, which included $700,000 in funding as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ Embracing 2018 Legacy Program.

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the funding was the largest of its kind in Queensland and would provide a strong launch pad for women and girls to foster life-long participation in sport and active recreation.

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