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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queenslanders are stepping up for fitness

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Queenslanders are stepping up for fitness

    The Palaszczuk Government is encouraging Queenslanders to step up for fitness with investments in walking programs and upgraded walking tracks.

    Speaking at the start of the Bridge to Brisbane, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said walking was a healthy form of exercise and an attraction for visitors looking for bush and eco-walks.

    “An estimated 35,000 Queenslanders participated in Bridge to Brisbane today, either walking or running the five or 10-kilometre course,” the Premier said.

    “Our support for Bridge to Brisbane is part of our Healthier. Happier campaign that my Government has developed to encourage Queenslanders take the first step towards feeling better and getting more out of life.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said in addition to the Government’s partnership with the Heart Foundation Walking program and the 10,000 Steps campaign, it was investing more than $18 million on upgrading eco-walks across the State.

    “There are hundreds of eco-walks throughout Queensland, from the ocean to the bush to the desert. Eco-walks in Queensland rival any other trails found in Australia or New Zealand for diversity of terrain and breathtaking views,” she said.

    “By developing eco-friendly commercial guided tours, the Queensland Government hopes to deliver significant revenue boosts for communities throughout the state and ensure Queensland becomes Australia’s premier bushwalking destination.”

    “In Noosa National Park, we are investing $2.24 million on the coastal track and Devils Gate lookout by upgrading the main day-use area and remaining walking tracks and building new visitor facilities.”

    To promote walking, the Government has committed:

    • $1.1 million over four years for the Heart Foundation Walking Program. Under this funding, 72 new walking groups have been established and 2590 new walking participants have been recruited across Queensland; and
    • $800,000 over three years to enhance the 10,000 Steps program. Under this funding, 7581 adults and 163 organisations, across Queensland have registered on the 10,000 Steps website. Additionally, 127 new workplace tournaments have been completed across Queensland.

     Link to the Government’s Healthier. Happier http://healthier.qld.gov.au/

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791