Congratulations to the Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation for being named as one of five winners in the second round of the state government’s SA Healthy Towns Challenge.

Their successful application, in conjunction with the Ceduna Youth Hub and Bicycle SA, will bring the ‘Bikes Palya’ program to Ceduna later this year. The purpose of the grant is aimed at increasing physical activity and promoting the health and well-being of indigenous and non-indigenous youth aged between 8-14 years living in the Ceduna, Koonibba and surrounding Indigenous Homeland.

The project will provide four, one-week Bikes Palya programs during school holidays, which include activities to promote healthy eating and physical activity.  In addition, the project aims to engage at-risk youth in positive recreation activities to support attendance and engagement in school across the whole year. Bike SA will also provide consultation advice and assistance in developing a BMX track.

The Youth Hub received $49,600 in funding and will purchase 20 bicycles, and at the end of the program, will work on teaching the youth how to maintain the bikes, work on road safety and go for community rides during the school holidays.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade said, “the calibre of applications was excellent, which shows that many local councils and community groups are recognising the key role they can play to improve the health and wellbeing of their town.”

To find out more on the program visit the Ceduna Youth Hub Facebook page.