SA parks to get $8.5m boost to keep in step with a healthier lifestyle

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The Heart Foundation and Walking SA have welcomed a combined $8.5 million cash injection announced in this week’s State budget to upgrade two of the State’s environmental precincts as a valuable investment in the health and wellbeing of SA communities.

The State Government announced the cash boost to upgrade the Great Southern Ocean Walk with $6 million over four years, which will connect the parks running from the Southern Coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Glenthorne National Park will receive $2.5 million for its continued development.

The CEO Heart Foundation SA, Imelda Lynch, said the upgrades to two of the State’s recreational reserves meant South Australians would have access to one of the most spectacular environmental reserves/walking trails.

“South Australia is the least active State in the country and these upgrades should motivate South Australians to get into their great outdoors, get moving, engage in more physical exercise, and improve their health,” Ms Lynch said.

“It’s not just your heart and muscles that benefit from walking. Regular activity is associated with healthy ageing, stronger muscles and bones, and fewer injuries and falls.”

Executive Office Walking SA Greg Boundy, was also encouraged by the budget boost saying:

“Walking SA welcomes the Government’s further investment in walking trails. It is good to see the vision of improving the iconic Heysen Trail along the Fleurieu Coast.

“We also welcome the construction of more accessible trails that will be suitable for people with all abilities, including prams, children’s bikes, and those who use mobility aids, such as wheelchairs. “These will be built at Deep Creek Conservation Park and other parks, so that more South Australians and visitors may enjoy experiences in nature.”

A recent survey by Sport Australia – AusPlay – the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind ever conducted in Australia – found that walking ranks as number one on the list of physical activities that Australians engage in. This is closely followed by workouts at the gym, swimming, running and cycling.

While the survey results were encouraging, Ms Lynch said more than half of all Australian adults are not active enough.  

“Physical activity is the easiest thing people can do to improve their health, and at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 35 per cent.”

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