Warrnambool City Council is revelling in the success of its AustCycle programs and is already planning for 2013.
Despite only being on board since August, Clare Vaughan, Program Manager from the Healthy Communities Initiative in Warrnambool, said that to date 80 people have completed or are currently enrolled in an AustCycle course.
So far Warrnambool has focused on teaching adults with a disability, but in the New Year more classes will be run for the general community.
“Our HCI program is called ‘Eat Well Be Active – Southwest VIC’ and the program has a focus on providing opportunities for people with a disability and their carers to be more physically active and more able to join in community activities”.
“Some participants attend AustCycle as part of a disability support program and they have support workers attend with them and others come along independently”.
The AustCycle sessions are run by Jodie Carey and Clint Gillmartin and are held in the safety of one of the Foreshore Caravan Parks. Participants ride the 12km-shared path along the Warrnambool Foreshore Promenade as well as the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail, which is a 33km trail that opened in March this year.