Great outdoors focus of October exercise push
Most people living in the Pilbara have no problem getting out and experiencing the outdoors, but for those who need a little more prompting, October is the time according to a new community initiative.
The State’s peak recreation group Outdoors WA has christened this month Outdoors October as part of a first-time initiative encouraging West Australians to roam further afield than just their loungerooms and truly see the great outdoors.
Outdoors WA executive officer Jamie Bennett said he hoped the campaign prompted people to make the most of the huge variety of recreational clubs and services within their own communities.
“It is about linking together the hundreds of people that work in the outdoor industry (from) the bushwalking club down the corner, the paddling club on the river or the local cycling or mountain biking club and the wider population,” he said.
“There are obviously a number (of benefits) to being active outdoors and all of our local communities have these resources and this is an opportunity to make people aware of them, but the bottom line is it is just good fun.”
There will be a wide variety of outdoors-based events on in WA throughout the month, including cycling tours, nature walks, rock climbing, mountain biking, ghost tours and club open days.
The Burrup Mountain Bike Club is holding a mountain biking have-a-go day on Sunday, October 16, as part of the initiative, which will include guided and family rides and skill sessions at the back of the Karratha Hills, with some bikes available for hire.
Club president Damien Muller said Outdoors October was a good and much-needed new idea they were glad to get behind.
“It’s great that we’re doing it, because we need to get our children, adults, everyone in our community more active,” he said.
“We certainly see the benefits of being out on a bike, not even from just a fitness perspective, but from a social perspective too — it’s good for health and wellbeing.”
Mr Muller said living an outdoors lifestyle was easier in areas such as Karratha where these kinds of activities are “all on our doorstep”.
“At worst we might have to travel to Wickham or Dampier for something, but most of it is five minutes from home and you’re at the Leisureplex doing something or at a sports field or dance studio,” he said.
Visit www.outdoorsoctober. com.au.