New activities to encourage residents to be active in Heathcote

Healthy Loddon Campaspe, a State Government-funded initiative aimed at improving health outcomes in the region, is launching two new activations in Heathcote to encourage incidental and affordable physical activity in Heathcote.

The Heathcote WonderWalk and Active Heathcote booklet will be launched at Heathcote Community House at 10am tomorrow Friday June 7. All community members are invited to attend the launch which will be followed by morning tea.

The Heathcote WonderWalk project was developed in conjunction with Heathcote Community House, and involved consultation with locals about free, accessible ways to help them be more active in the community.

WonderWalk is a more ‘mature’ version of the successful StoryWalks that have been implemented by Healthy Loddon Campaspe across the region.

Instead of a story book, the WonderWalk will feature local photos, poetry and stories for residents to stop and enjoy along a walking trail. Colourful footpath stickers will lead the way to each WonderWalk board with content to be changed regularly to encourage locals to continue to participate in the walk.

An Active Heathcote booklet has also been created to provide an overview of the variety of locations and ways to move and explore in the town. The booklet includes a Heathcote town map as well as a page for each location highlighting the activities that you can be done there, with a focus on low-cost and free activities.

City of Greater Bendigo Active and Healthy Communities Manager Amy Johnston said the City is pleased to work with Healthy Loddon Campaspe to deliver another round of physical activity projects in Heathcote.

“By working with local partners like Heathcote Community House and consulting with community groups, we’re excited to launch the Heathcote WonderWalk and Active Heathcote booklet,” Ms Johnston said.

“We hope that these new activities, most of which are free and accessible for all ages and fitness levels, will encourage Heathcote residents to be more active, more often.”

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