Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, have welcomed a $1.8 million Move It Aus Better Ageing investment in parkrun Australia.
Parkrun Australia is among 27 organisations to share in the $22.9 million Coalition Government’s Better Ageing Grants over the next two years.
Sport Australia will administer the initiative to encourage more older Australians to live active lives.
Senator Scullion said community parkrun events are held across the Top End which promote an active lifestyle with an emphasis on fun and social connections as well as fitness.
“This CLP investment for parkrun Australia’s Generations Project is about connecting older Australians with their weekly local parkrun community event where they can run, walk, volunteer and socialise with people of all ages,” Senator Scullion said.
Mrs Ganley said parkrun events are held on Saturday mornings from 7am at Bicentennial Park on the Esplanade in the city, Nightcliff foreshore and Palmerston Water Park.
“More than half a million people are registered park runners across the country and I encourage everybody, regardless of age or ability, to get along to one of the free parkrun events across Darwin and Palmerston,” Mrs Ganley said.
Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie announced the major investment, and entered her first parkrun event, when she joined hundreds of parkrun enthusiasts while visiting northern Tasmania on Saturday, February 2.
Minister McKenzie said Australians were living longer and the Move It Aus Better Ageing program was an important step in helping older Australians to get the most out of their senior years.
“As outlined in the Government’s National Sport Plan – Sport 2030 – no matter what your age and no matter what your stage, we’re encouraging all Australians to embrace the philosophy of ‘Movement for Life’,” Minister McKenzie said.
“On current trends, the number of Australians aged 65-plus is expected to double in the next 40 years.
“This shift presents a challenge in broader health terms but provides a chance for sport and physical activity to make a positive difference to the lives of older Australians.”
Parkrun Australia chief executive Tim Oberg said the $1,838,000 investment would help parkrun engage directly with even more older Australians, their families and the people closest to them.
“Our aim is to empower people for whom physical activity through walking, running and volunteering is not the norm to become involved with parkrun in a way that is enjoyable, sociable and leads to regular participation,” Mr Oberg said.
Currently only 25 per cent of Australians over 65 meet the Department of Health physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes activity per day.
Further Information on Move It Aus Better Ageing Grant Program: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/better_ageing
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