Great out­doors fo­cus of Oc­to­ber ex­er­cise push

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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