Shire shares in $1.8 million in funding to get older residents more active

Macedon Ranges mayor Janet Pearce, Nationals candidate for Mallee Anne Webster (third from left) and Minister for Sport, Senator Bridget McKenzie visited some of Maryboroughʼs senior citizens last week to announce new funding.

Central Goldfields Shire’s older residents will soon be able to get fit and active thanks to a nearly $2 million grant from the Liberal and Nationals Government.

Central Goldfields Shire Council is one of 10 councils in the Loddon Mallee region set to share in $1.8 million worth of funding aimed at encouraging older Australians to live more active lives.

The grant is part of the government’s $23 million investment in the Move It Aus Better Ageing program and Minister for Sport, Senator Bridget McKenzie visited Maryborough’s Lake Victoria on Thursday to announce the funding.

“I’m very proud to announce this funding. This will assist the nearly 70,000 people across the 10 councils who are over the age of 64 to get more active more often,” she said.

“This means modifying sports and finding ways older people want to be physically active.”

Ms McKenzie said for towns like Maryborough, which has an aging population, helping people get active is vital for their wellbeing.

“We know that 75 percent of Australians over the age of 65 don’t get their 30 minutes of exercise a

day, and that leads to negative health outcomes, mental health issues and a lack of social connectedness,” she said.

“It’s incredibly important for towns like Maryborough because there’s a high level of chronic disease and obesity, and we know that being physically active stimulates physical health but also connects you with new people and overcomes loneliness.”

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