Getting Active


Gateway Health is currently working on helping people to be more active in the Wangaratta and Alpine Local Government Areas. 

According to national and state-wide research plus local data, approximately half the population is not meeting the Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines. Given the negative health and economic consequences of lack of exercise, it is vital to understand the barriers and enablers for physical activity. It is also important to assess the way in which the built environment and infrastructure can encourage physical activity. 

We have been conducting Active Living Mapping Projects over the past few years to look at these barriers and how they could be minimised.

Wangaratta Local Government Area

We have finished the 2019-2020 Active Living Mapping Project for Wangaratta and Surrounds:

pdfActive Living Mapping Project for Wangaratta and Surrounds - Summary Report

pdfActive Living Mapping Project for Wangaratta and Surrounds - Full Report

Future work includes advocating for the incorporation of the final report’s recommendations in the Wangaratta Council Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. Additionally, the project report may be used to provide background for planning, as well as local data for funding applications for local organisations and community groups.


Active Alpine final logo

Active Alpine is a group of organisations with representation from Gateway Health, Alpine Health, Alpine Shire Council and Sport North East. The group aims to increase and promote opportunities to be active in the Alpine Shire and in turn promote health and wellbeing, social connection and a healthy, thriving community. Our plan is to:

  • Promote existing events, free, family-oriented activities and facilities
  • Support development of a physical activity policy/strategy
  • Support walking and cycling path connections/improvements
  • Map existing informal recreation opportunities and multiple-use sporting facilities
  • Support sports clubs and workplaces to build healthy environments
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Alpine Active Living Mapping Project

Gateway Health, Alpine Shire Council and Alpine Health delivered the Alpine Active Living Mapping Project as a partnership/ The project focus was to find out what opportunities exist to support the population to be physically active in the Alpine Shire.

The project objectives were to specifically identify:

• how active the population reported to be,
• existing active living services, activities and opportunities, facilities and parks,
• how connected physical activity opportunities are (e.g., walking/cycling paths etc.).

Developing this understanding helped to inform recommendations for increasing active living and in turn, improving the health and wellbeing of the Alpine Shire population.

The target groups identified from the project findings:

1. vulnerable groups (those who do not meet the recommended physical activity guidelines, are not socially connected and are financially challenged
2. older people (65 years and older)

A Partnership Group, with representatives from the Alpine Shire Council, Alpine Health, Gateway Health and Sport North East has been established to deliver the recommendations that came out of the project which include:

• Physical Activity policy development
• Walking and cycling path improvements
• Free and family-oriented activity promotion and development (e.g., parkrun)
• Promotion and education of existing events and facilities
• Support for informal recreation opportunities and multiple-use sporting facilities
• Support for building healthy environments in sports clubs and workplaces

Select here to view the Alpine Active Living Project findings

Alpine Active Living Project Findings front cover

Select here to view the summary version of the Alpine Acitve Living Project findings

Scoping and Costing Outdoor Fitness Equipment for the Alpine Shire

Physical activity has numerous benefits for individuals and communities alike. Despite the evidence, the Alpine Shire has high rates of physical inactivity. This increases across the lifespan and with lower socioeconomic status. Therefore, affordable, accessible and inclusive physical activity opportunities are necessary to address some of the individual and environmental barriers encountered when being or becoming physically active. This report aimed to investigate the need and support for potential outdoor fitness equipment (OFE) across the Alpine Shire. The report provides evidence for installations of OFE and looks at local demographic need through local population statistics and community consultation. Potential sites for OFE across the Alpine Shire were assessed as a result of the information collected. These assessments were conducted in Myrtleford, Mount Beauty, Bright and Porepunkah. Considerations for installing OFE, costing and recommendations for equipment have been developed. Including OFE in one or more sites across the Alpine Shire would be a beneficial investment and assist

with improving physical activity rates and health outcomes for the local community.

This report was prepared by Leeah Cooper, Exercise Physiologist, Equilibre Health, in August 2019.

Select here to download the Scoping and costing outdoor fitness equipment for Alpine Shire full report

Physical Activity Participation in Regional Areas of Australia

To support the Hume region population to become more physically active, ‘active living’ has been introduced as a health priority area for the health promotion team. As a starting point, a literature review has been conducted by Felicity Kennedy in the Health Promotion team to identify the barriers and opportunities to physical activity regionally and to help inform the future public health and wellbeing plans. Despite the well-known benefits, physical inactivity is a global problem and is a clear contributor to chronic disease. Australians living in regional areas are not meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines and experience poorer health than those in metropolitan areas. Using a systematic method, current international and national literature in this area was reviewed highlighting evidence that: socioeconomically disadvantaged groups in regional areas experience limited transport opportunities which influences their low participation rates, there is a unique rural culture around physical activity participation, regional environmental infrastructure plays a role in influencing physical activity levels and social connections are an important aspect of keeping regional people physically active. Based on the findings of this review, a number of recommendations are provided regarding policy, physical activity initiatives and future research. Select here to read the full literature review.

Case Study

Access our 2019-2020 Integrated Health Promotion case study for pdfActive Alpine: Better with Partners3.12 MB