Ceduna project a Healthy Town Challenge winner

PROGRAM: Wilfred Edwards, Ishmarl Coleman, Peter Jericho, Stanley Willis, Gareth Dudley and Jezmiyah Scott are happy to see the 'Bikes Palya' program will be coming to Ceduna. Picture: Luca Cetta
PROGRAM: Wilfred Edwards, Ishmarl Coleman, Peter Jericho, Stanley Willis, Gareth Dudley and Jezmiyah Scott are happy to see the 'Bikes Palya' program will be coming to Ceduna. Picture: Luca Cetta

A Ceduna project was one of five to be named a winner of the second round of the state government's SA Healthy Towns Challenge.

Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation and the Ceduna Youth Hub, in conjunction with Bicycle SA, will bring the 'Bikes Palya' program to Ceduna later this year.

Healthy Towns Challenge projects are designed to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in rural and regional areas, with grants of up to $50,000 awarded to the successful projects.

The 'Bikes Palya' program has been run by Bicycle SA in the APY Lands for almost a decade and Youth Hub coordinator Peter Jericho said they were happy to be bringing it to Ceduna, after receiving $49,600 in funding.

"It is great news and wonderful to work in partnership with Bicycle SA to provide a program over the next 12 months," he said.

"Bicycle SA approached us at the Youth Hub about working together in Ceduna and we will be working with them off their existing model, so we must give credit to Bicycle SA for the program model."

Mr Jericho said the Youth Hub would purchase 20 bicycles - which would be left at the premises following the completion of the program - to start the program and would work on teaching youngsters how to maintain their bikes, plus get out for community rides.

"The program is around promoting a healthy lifestyle and addressing poor health through positive activity," he said.

"We will work on bike mechanics and maintenance, talk about road safety and go for rides in the community, during school holiday periods.

"This will provide access for those who may not have a bike, develop skills for youngsters to help maintain their bikes and keep them on the road, and be a different activity during school holidays while promoting a healthy lifestyle."

The program will involve sessions over four school holiday periods.

Mr Jericho said the aim was to get the program started in the upcoming July school holidays.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the winners were innovative and worthy projects that would benefit local communities.

"The calibre of applications was excellent, which shows that many local councils and community groups are recognising the key role they can play to improve the health and wellbeing of their town," he said.

"Projects such as a youth holiday bike program and 'green' garden gym will provide opportunities for communities to participate in activities that improve physical and mental wellbeing.

"We are delivering these grants to improve the health and wellbeing of South Australians in rural and regional areas."

Mr Jericho said all were invited to come along to the Youth Hub to find out more information about the program, or could contact the Youth Hub on Facebook, especially boys and girls aged eight to 16.