The Territory Government has approved a $65,000 grant to promote healthy living and active transport for Nightcliff school children.
The Member for Nightcliff Natasha Fyles said getting young people to walk, ride or skate to school safely helps to promote healthy living and it also eases congestion in the suburb.
“There are four local schools and attending students deserve to have safe and vibrant communities to ride or walk in,” she said.
“The $65,000 grant will be used to promote and develop safer ways for Nightcliff children to walk, ride and skate to school.”
NT Minister Fyles said the funding compliments the opening of a new bike track at Nightcliff Primary School that gives students a chance to develop their cycling, skating and walking skills before and after school.
“The creation of bike track at Nightcliff Primary School was a school council initiative, with funding for the track raised through community and school fundraising events,” she said.
The Chair of Nightcliff Primary School Council Simon Niblock said the track built on a school culture that promotes healthy and active students.
“We wanted to create a fun, safe and shady place for our students to learn to ride a bike.
“It’s been very popular, before and after school and especially on weekends,” said School Council chair Simon Niblock.
The Principal of Nightcliff Primary School Graham Chadwick said the school has a strong focus on health and active living.
“Nightcliff Primary School is a school community surrounded by accessible footpaths and riding paths,” Mr Chadwick said.
“We are very focused on encouraging our students to be physically active and safe on their journey to school and on an average day, approximately 30-40% of our students actively travel to school.
“On days like today where we run our ‘Ride, Walk or Wheel to School’ promotions, over 60% of our students and teachers are actively travelling to school, which is a fantastic achievement.”
“Riding is fun because you can get to school early and play,” 11 year old student Charlie said.
“I feel much more awake when I walk to school,” 11 year old student Rouge said.
Nightcliff Primary School, along with three other schools in Nightcliff, is an active participant in Bicycle Network’s Ride to School day, which sees the school participate in monthly ‘Ride, Walk or Wheel to School’ days.
Source: NT Government