Retirees go green for fun

Out and about: Grabbing life with both hands by staying active can make your life much more rewarding, and can even have a positive impact on your overall health and well-being too. Picture: supplied
Out and about: Grabbing life with both hands by staying active can make your life much more rewarding, and can even have a positive impact on your overall health and well-being too. Picture: supplied

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The District Council of Yankalilla has recently launched their new initiative aimed at getting older residents active and involved within the community.

The Green Gym offers participants a chance to keep active and healthy while being outdoors, helping the environment, meeting like-minded people and learning new skills.

Activities will include conservation activities like in-fill planting of existing treed areas with native shrubs and grasses, weed removal, wildlife surveys, habitat restoration and seed collection and even walks through the park.

"The project will introduce activities to enhance the district's natural environment and conservation, and foster increased well-being and fitness for its participants," team leader for community services Claire Taylor said.

"We are looking for volunteers to help with a range of activities from planting on public land to seed collecting and even building bird and bandicoot boxes.

"Over the 20 weeks, there will also be field trips, visits to other environmental groups and guest speakers."

Over the 20 weeks, there will also be field trips, visits to other environmental groups and guest speakers

Claire Taylor

The project has been made possible thanks to the establishment of an Age-Friendly SA Grant.

Ms Taylor said it was an excellent opportunity for the community.

"At the recent information session we had people of all ages keen to get involved," she said.

"The majority were retirees who want to contribute to the community and connect with others in a positive way."

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Ms Taylor said it was a priority for the council to provide services and opportunities to their residents that enhanced their well-being as they aged.

"The council wants to provide opportunities for all of our residents to have a happy and healthy life.

"We have a responsibility to our community, especially when we have an ageing demographic," she said.

The council also runs a Commonwealth Health Home Support Program (CHSP) that is designed to provide transport for those residents who are over 65 years for medical and health and well-being appointments.

For more information on the Green Gym and other programs supported by The District Council of Yankalilla find them on Facebook or at www.yankalilla.sa.gov.au.

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