Media Release by The Hon Julie Bishop MP

WALKing towards health and fitness in the Community

Aiming to promote physical activity amongst women, the Women’s Active Living Kit (WALK) pilot project encourages the formation of walking groups in community settings.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues, the Hon Julie Bishop, today said the pilot will assist a broad range of women young and old, women who are busy with careers and families, indigenous women, and women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“While the primary goal of the WALK project is to increase the levels of health and fitness among women, other benefits include increased social participation, motivation, confidence and self-esteem among women, and increased family interaction,” Minister Bishop said.

Funded under the Howard Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Programme, 48 grants of around $1500 have been made available through the WALK initiative, to support the development of walking groups in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

The funds will help to improve the social structure of the neighborhood, group or workplace and/or the social environment for physical activity.

The grants will be used by groups for a variety of purposes, for example training of coordinators, advertising to establish new groups, providing health promotion/education workshops or subsidising the purchase of health products such as hats, sunscreen, walking shoes or light dumbbells.

“Community groups will also be provided with information about establishing a walking program, the importance of exercise for long-term health and healthy eating as well as pedometers to enable participants to monitor their progress,” Minister Bishop said.

The WALK programme is being undertaken by Central Queensland University, which developed the highly successful 10,000 Steps program.

Attached is a list of community groups which received grants.

Organisation Project City/State
Hornsby Shire Council Walking with others Hornsby, NSW
Blue Mountains Women’s Health Centre Women on the Move Katoomba, NSW
Kempsey Family Community Centre Walk Up to Fitness West Kempsey, NSW
Thou-Walla Family Centre Walk & Talk Group Irrawang, NSW
Greater Southern Area Health Service Women’s Health in Action Queanbeyan, NSW
Queanbeyan Community Postnatal Depression Advisory Group Pram Walking for Wellbeing Queanbeyan, NSW
Country Energy Powerful Women Walking Queanbeyan, NSW
North Coast Area Health Service Biripi Walkabout Taree, NSW
Crowley Retirement Village & Crowley Community Care Stencilling Paths and Brochure Development Ballina, NSW
Windale Women Walking School Bus Windale Women Walking School Bus Windale, NSW
Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School Mungindi Movers Mungindi, NSW
Penrith Women’s Health Centre Southern Sudanese Walking Project Penrith, NSW
YWCA NSW – Family Abuse Prevention Centre YWCA Family Abuse Centre Nowra, NSW
HCCTAC: Tenants on the Move – Wheelin Women Wheeling Women Dangar, NSW
HCCTAC: Tenants on the Move – Walking Women Walking Women Dangar, NSW
BlueCare Brisbane South Allied Health Service 10,000 Steps Team Challenge Springwood, Queensland
Queensland Health – Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre Thursday Island Womens Fitness Challenge Thursday Island, QLD
Queensland Health – Southern Downs District Southern Downs Indigenous Women Walking Project Warwick, QLD
Zest for Life Group Pram Walking Group in Gympie Gympie, QLD
Parents and Friends Association Murri School Walking Group Acacia Ridge, QLD
Deception Bay PCYC and Get Your Body Back Get Your Body Back Pram Group Golden Beach, QLD
Walkervale State School Walkervale State School Bundaberg, QLD
Logan City Council Loganlea Walkers Logan, QLD
Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre Cairns, QLD
One Tribe Inala Majeerah Inala, QLD
Childers Neighbourhood Centre & Isis Childcare & Family Support Service Isis Community Walking Group Childers, QLD
Covenant Ark Ministries Covenant Fitness Friends Cairns, QLD
Girudala Community Cooperative Society Ltd Walk n Talk Girdula, QLD
Coen Justice Group A Walk With Grandmother Coen, QLD
NQ Community Services Inc BABES Rasmussen, QLD
Bendemere Walking Groups Bendemere Walking Groups Yuleba, QLD
Active Mums Active Women Gold Coast, QLD
Trim Gym fitness Centre Walkers and Joggers Group Rockhampton, QLD
Adrenalin Health and Fitness Centre Burdekin Women’s Walking Ayr, QLD
IMPACT Make Your Mark – Positive Start Program Walk It Out Bundaberg, QLD
Moranbah Community Health Centre and Moranbah District Support Service Strollers Walk and Talk Moranbah, QLD
Nungeena Aboriginal Corporation for Women’s Business Women Walking Together Glasshouse Mountains, QLD
Kingaroy Women’s Walk/Run Group Walk/run Group Kingaroy, QLD
Sunshine Coast Population Health Services – Central Area Services – Qld Health The Pram Walkers Maroochydore, QLD
Logan City PCYC Logan Central Walking Group Woodridge, QLD
Caboolture Mums & Little Ones – The University of Queensland Caboolture Mums and Little Ones Caboolture, QLD
Moreland Community Health Service Get Active Walking Groups Coburg, Victoria
Cardinia-Casey Community Health Service & Bunurong Health Service – Dandenong and District Aborigines Cooperative Limited Aboriginal Womens Walking Group Cranbourne, Victoria
Rumbalara Football Netball Club Women’s Health and Wellbeing Shepparton, Victoria
Bellarine Community Health Working Walkers Drysdale, Victoria
Chiltern & District Health Services Chiltern Mothers Walking Group Chiltern, Victoria
Sacred Heart Parish Sacred Heart Parish Diamond Creek, Victoria
Diamond Valley Learning Centre Wednesday Walkers Greensborough, Victoria