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Coolum kids pedal health message

Sunshine Coast Councillor Vivien Griffin and Coolum Primary School P&C; president Shane Urban on the path to good health.
Sunshine Coast Councillor Vivien Griffin and Coolum Primary School P&C; president Shane Urban on the path to good health.

A new pedestrian and cycle path planned for South Coolum Road will not only lead to the Coolum Primary School but will also lead to fitter, healthier kids.

Councillor Vivien Griffin described the $110,000 allocated in the recent Sunshine Coast council budget for the long-awaited pathway as a “great outcome” for students’ health and for the environment.

“With the growing concern about obesity in young children, I have a strong commitment to ensuring that Coolum Primary School students have the opportunity to walk or cycle to school,” Ms Griffin said.

“It is also important in reducing car trips and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, which is a terrific outcome for the environment.”

Ms Griffin said a P&C-sponsored workshop on future pathways would be held at the school on July 29 from 7.30pm.

P&C president Shane Urban said the new pathway would complement the school’s approach to fitness and health.

“We do promote a healthy lifestyle, both, through the kids themselves and their activities and also through the tuckshop,” Mr Urban said.

“The school really is pushing that whole healthy lifestyle thing.”

Ms Griffin said each councillor was now allocated $100,000 a year to spend on local pathways.

“My approach is to be very strategic, and identify a five-year-plan so that over time we deliver a really good integrated pathway network.”


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