$1.2 million to help seniors move it, move it!

By Riverine Herald

ORGANISATIONS in Campaspe and Gannawarra shires are encouraged to apply for a share of $1.2 million in federal funding to help get older residents up and moving.

Sporting groups and recreation providers can check their eligibility to apply for funding to support inactive people aged 65 and over to be more active.

The Loddon Mallee Move It project aims to reach more than 70,000 people over the age of 65, offering new and modified sport and recreation activities, strengthening partnerships and workforce capacity, and raising awareness of the benefits of regular physical activity.

Mayor Adrian Weston said council was leading the initiative and helping to deliver great outcomes for older people in the region.

‘‘Around 20 per cent of Loddon Mallee Region’s 332,000 residents are aged 65 years and over,” Cr Weston said.

“Statistically, older people across the region have poorer health and wellbeing than the Victorian average.

“There are higher levels of obesity and chronic disease, and many older people have low levels of physical activity.

“Through Move It, we hope to get more of our older people moving and enjoying the benefits of regular physical activity.”

Mayor Lorraine Learmonth said council was pleased to be involved in the initiative to help deliver great outcomes for seniors.

“More than 27 per cent of the Gannawarra Shire’s 10,549 residents are aged 65 years and over,” Cr Learmonth said.

Expressions of interest for the project, funded by the Australian Government’s Move It AUS Better Ageing Grant through Sport Australia, will be open from July 1 to July 26.

Those interested in applying for funding are encouraged to visit the Macedon Ranges Shire Council website to check their eligibility and register to attend an information session.

For information, visit council’s website under the ‘now open’ section.