Skip to content
Community, Government QLD

$20,000 to boost physical activity at Mount Isa school

Health and Wellbeing Queensland 2 mins read
  • $20,000 in grant funding has been awarded to Barkly Highway State School P&C for an innovative 'outdoor classroom' initiative to increase students' participation and learning through physical activity
  • The GenQ Health and Wellbeing Queensland Grants Program aims to support the health and wellbeing of infants, children and young people 
  • Grants were awarded to initiatives that promote physical activity, nutrition, health literacy, wellbeing and/or health equity  

Local communities across Queensland are being empowered to implement initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of infants, children and young people through new grant funding. 

Health and Wellbeing Queensland, the state’s prevention agency, has awarded 25 community projects a total of nearly $400,000 in funding through its inaugural GenQ Health and Wellbeing Community grants scheme.  

Grants were awarded to initiatives that promote physical activity, nutrition, health literacy, wellbeing and/or health equity in local communities. 

In Soldiers Hill in Mount Isa, Barkly Highway State School Parents and Citizens Association has received $20,000 to implement Barkly's QR Code Outdoor Classroom Adventure Course.

The orienteering-based course is part of the Outdoor Classroom program, which uses QR codes permanently placed around school grounds to encourage physical activity, whilst learning.

The 'outdoor classroom' initiative is to give a permanent, flexible and editable resource to teachers that increases student participation through physical activity. 

This program will be piloted at Barkly's Highway State School with the goal to expand this approach in other Queensland schools. 

Health and Wellbeing Queensland Chief Executive Officer Dr Robyn Littlewood said creating a generational shift was key to helping Queensland’s children and young people live healthier more active lives. 

'It's wonderful this Children’s Week to acknowledge the communities across our state who are driving to improve the health and wellbeing of Queensland’s more than 1.2 million children and young people,' she said. 

'New research shows that a child born in the decade from 2023 may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents – we need to reverse this trend.  

'These Community Grants are just one of the steps we’re taking to deliver our GenQ vision so that children born today experience better health outcomes than the generations of Queenslanders before them. 

'These grants will help make healthy happen faster for our state by driving innovation across key areas that have a huge impact on our health and wellbeing, and most importantly by supporting communities bring the ideas to life that will be most beneficial – because they know their own communities better than anyone.'

Click here for the full list of recipients.

Interviews available:

Health and Wellbeing Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Dr Robyn Littlewood 

About us:

Health and Wellbeing Queensland is the state's prevention agency. Our focus is to reduce the impacts of chronic disease especially for those who are experiencing poor health due to circumstances beyond their control. We do that by working with government, communities and other sectors to change the environments people live in to help create a healthier and fairer Queensland.

Contact details:

Sarah Motherwell, Senior Media Advisor, 0439 599 210 


More from this category

  • Government QLD, Medical Health Aged Care
  • 01/03/2024
  • 10:31
Health and Wellbeing Queensland

One in eight people living with obesity globally

New global study published in The Lancet shows obesity has more than doubled since 1990 In adults, Australia ranks 36th globally for obesity prevalence in men (32.1%) and 79th in women (30%) In children, Australia ranks 53rd for obesity prevalence in boys (17.2%) and 55th in girls (14.2%) Urgent changes are needed to prevent, manage and treat obesity with a major global study showing more than a billion people are living with obesity worldwide. The study, which was published today in The Lancet, found that since 1990 obesity among adults had more than doubled, while obesity among children and adolescents…

  • Community
  • 01/03/2024
  • 10:30
City of Sydney

PIONEERS bring epic dance production to Sydney

A group of award-winning young performers will stage an outdoor dance and theatre production next week as part of the City of Sydney’s Art…

  • Contains:
  • Community, General News
  • 01/03/2024
  • 06:01
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Imam of Adelaide’s Largest Mosque opens doors for Iftar Dinner on Sunday, March 17

The Imam of Mahmood Mosque, Imam Kamran Tahir, is inviting all members of the community to an Iftar Dinner at Mahmood Mosque. The Iftar, represents the breaking of the fast, and is marked by Muslims every day during the Holy month of Ramadan. Date: Sunday 17th March 2024 Time: 6.15pm (The breaking offast(Iftar) will happen at 7.31pm and will be followed by a complimentary dinner) Address: Mahmood Mosque (6-8 Toogood Avenue Beverley SA 5009) The program will include an Interfaith symposium where Abrahamic Faith leaders will talk about the concept of Fasting in their respective religions, which will be followed…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.