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Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report



Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report

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Annual report 2003/2004; Alice Springs Town Council annual report


Alice Springs Town Council


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Alice Springs Town Council

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Alice Springs


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Alice Springs Town Council 2004/2005 Annual Report Page 14 2.3 Relevant and Quality Health and Family Support Services For All Healthy Lifestyle Challenge In September 2004 Counci l s Community Development Officer, Cindy Pierson, got more than 140 Alice Springs residents busy counting calories, joining gyms and breaking bad habits with the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, a joint initiative by Council and the Cancer Council of the Northern Territory. The ten week challenge was launched by Mayor Fran Kilgariff under the sails in Todd Mall. The aim was for participants to achieve a range of personal goals the majority of which were to lose weight, exercise more or quit smoking before Saturday 27 November 2004. Trial sports memberships, free nutrition advice and other incentives included in the registration further encouraged participants to make positive lifestyle choices. The primary aim was to make it easier for community members to think active and healthy Coach Brad Grantham and enthusiastic kids at the Rampage BMX Clinics at the Alice Springs Skate Park 2.4 Youth Development and Well-Being BMX Clinics During 2005 National Youth Week (held from 4 - 10 April), two pro-athlete freestyle BMX accredited coaches from Melbourne came to Alice Springs to run Rampage BMX clinics at the Skate Park. The event, which was supported by Council in partnership with Tangentyere Youth Services and ASYASS Deadly Treadlies, was a unique opportunity for young people of Alice Springs to receive coaching in BMX skills from some of Australias best BMX riders. The coaches, Mike Daly and Brad Grantham, inspired participants to learn new skills and trick tips. The clinics were accessible to all young people in the community and allowed them to gain new skills under the guidance of experienced mature riders in a safe and clean environment. Approximately 85 participants between the ages of 6-21 years turned out for the never before seen event. Co m m un it ymatched with organisations in need of volunteer help. Since opening for business in May 2004, the centre has placed many new volunteers with 22 registered not-for-profit organisations. While volunteers can use the service for free, organisations pay an annual registration fee of $40 to receive access to resources and support, as well as volunteer referrals. The VRC continues to provide a great service for the community. The Centre has increased resources available to local not-for-profit organisations, enhanced opportunities for individuals and benefited the community as a whole. Council is grateful for funding assistance provided by Volunteering Australia and the Commonwealth Department of Family & Community Services. by having the support of the whole group to boost morale. The Healthy Lifestyle Challenge raised nearly $3,000 in registration fees, which was donated to the Cancer Council of the Northern Territory. In May 2005 Council received notification of an award in the National Local Government Heart Foundation Awards for the Challenge in the category of project with limited resources. Cindys hard work and dedication to the health and vitality of the local community paid off and the plaque will be presented to Council at an awards presentation to be held in August. As a result of this award Council is also in the running for a National award and will be judged against the winners from around Australia.