Brisbane’s AST program was invited to present at the recent Victoria Walks inaugral “Walking Tall” forum on children’s independent mobility in Melbourne. The forum is aimed at bringing together people working in active travel, physical activity and related areas to hear from experts on children’s independent mobility, share success stories about active travel initiatives, and learn innovative approaches to increasing kids’ activity levels within community settings.
Stacey Hall presented the key strategies and tactics adopted by the AST program to secure ongoing commitment from schools and families - a challenge which similar programs across Australia all tend to face. It was great to see the interest from other local councils, including City of Whittlesea, City of Whitehorse and Cardinia Shire Council, in accessing AST’s knowledge and experience.
The keynote speaker was Professor Karen Malone from University of Western Sydney. Professor Malone presented a historical overview of children’s independent mobility and worldwide efforts to monitor its change. She examined big issues impacting on children’s freedom to walk, globally and in Australia, and discussed the changing attitudes of media, parents and children.
Victoria Walks is a walking health promotion charity with a vision for more people walking every day. They are supported by VicHealth and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. To find out more about the conference and view presentations from the day, visit the Victoria Walks website.