In a major speech on the Gold Coast yesterday, Health Minister Greg Hunt has outlined a 'Long Term National Health Plan' that includes preventative health as one of four pillars.
Above: Greg Hunt represented the Coalition at the 2011 Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards while Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage.
As national advocates for making the choice to ride a bike for short trips easier for all Australians the Cycling Promotion Fund is very pleased to hear that the third of four pillars of the Minister's Long Term National Health Plan is ‘mental health and preventative health’.
The ability to incorporate walking and riding into daily life as part of the short trips we all make every day can greatly contribute to a more physically active, healthy population. A focus on developing active lifestyles early in life through school programs and school travel in particular has life long health benefits.
The CPF has written to the Minister in support of his plan and we will be seeking a meeting to discuss it with him once more details are available.
The Cycling Promotion Fund will announce the 13th national bicycle achievement awards, the 'Cycling Luminaries Awards', in a Gala Dinner in Brisbane on Friday, 12th May 2017.
Nominations are currently open and we urge everyone to consider nominating the champions they know who are making the choice to ride a bike easier, or promoting cycling or making a difference to cycling participation anywhere in Australia. For more information have a look at the Cycling Awards website at: www.cyclingawards.org. But hurry as nomination close on 30th March!!!