Active Launceston aims to get Tasmanians moving

FUN RUN: Active Tasmania 's Lucy Byrne  and Melinda Cannell, of Newnham with Active Kids instructor Megan Culhane and on top is Frankie Cannell, three, who enjoyed running around on a foggy morning. Picture: Paul Scambler

FUN RUN: Active Tasmania 's Lucy Byrne and Melinda Cannell, of Newnham with Active Kids instructor Megan Culhane and on top is Frankie Cannell, three, who enjoyed running around on a foggy morning. Picture: Paul Scambler

A community-driven partnership will help Launceston’s northern suburbs add extra spring to their steps as Tasmania heads towards the warmer months.

Active Launceston, which has been running for about a decade, launched brand new spring programs to help the population get moving and stay active.

Melinda Cannell and her son Frankie, three, braved a cold, foggy morning to try the Active Kids program at Torrens St Park on Monday morning.

Frankie ran around, solving puzzles, while using everyday equipment.

Ms Cannell, who recently moved to the area from Hobart, said getting active was not just a good way to get to meet people in the area.

“There are benefits every time you get active.”

Project manager Lucy Byrne, from Healthy Tasmania, said the programs were created following consultation with the community to find out how they want to be more active and use the spaces already in the area.

“We use existing local providers to run our sessions which help people make that initial connection, making it easier for them to keep going with the activity outside of the Active Launceston program,” Ms Byrne said.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the program helped Launceston deliver improvements to the northern suburbs, as part of its City Deal.

“We are committed to working with residents in the northern suburbs to support these communities to reach their potential,” Alderman van Zetten said.

Northern Suburbs Community Centre manager Denise Delphin said she could not wait to see how popular the programs would become with local residents.

“But [we] are also really keen to get more people up to visit our communities to see what we have to offer,” Ms Delphin said.

The different programs, which include dance, self-defence, low impact activities and cardio work, will run between mid-August and mid-October.

Check the Active Launceston webpage for more details.

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