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Funds available to get older people moving

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Expressions of interest are open for projects to help get people aged over 65 years moving as part of the Loddon Mallee Move It Project.

Thursday 4 July 2019

Did you know that groups in Mount Alexander Shire have the opportunity to receive a share of $106,000 for up to two projects that will help get older residents up and moving?

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

Sporting groups, recreation providers, primary health care groups and other organisations are encouraged to check their eligibility to apply for funding to support inactive people aged 65 and over to be more active.

The project is funded by the Australian Government’s Move It AUS Better Ageing Grant through Sport Australia.

“We know that ours is an ageing population and we have a greater proportion of older residents than other parts of regional Victoria,” said Lisa Knight, Director Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Unfortunately across the Loddon Mallee region, older people have poorer health and wellbeing than the state average,” said Ms Knight.

“There are higher levels of obesity and chronic disease. 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.”

The expressions of interest process is now open and will run until Friday 26 July.

Those interested in applying for funding are encouraged to visit the Macedon Ranges Shire Council website at www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/MoveIt to check their eligibility and register to attend an information session held at 10.00am to 2.00pm on Thursday 11 July at La Trobe University in Bendigo.

To discuss your project idea please contact Kevin Pittman, Council’s Community Wellbeing Manager, on 5471 1700. All projects must be considered and supported by Council.

Along with Mount Alexander Shire, the other local government areas covered by the $1.838 million grant include cities of Mildura, Greater Bendigo, Swan Hill and shires of Loddon, Central Goldfields, Campaspe, Gannawarra, Buloke and Macedon Ranges.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Mildura Rural City Council are leading the implementation of the project.

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