Tablelands Regional Council

04/21/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/20/2017 21:47

Tablelands Outdoor Recreation Health & Wellbeing Expo

People of all ages will flock to Atherton on Saturday 6 May to take advantage of the expert advice on offer at the Tablelands Outdoor Recreation Health & Wellbeing Expo. The event has already attracted more than 50 exhibitors who will showcase all things health, wellbeing, leisure, sport and recreation.

Tablelands Regional Council wants to support our community to have better physical and mental health. The expo is an excellent opportunity for members of our community to learn from a diverse range of expert presenters, attend workshops, connect with local service providers and participate in active demonstrations,' said Mayor Joe Paronella.

Rugby League legend and Local Government Association of Queensland Ambassador Shane Webcke, will kick off the event at 9.40am covering team work, leadership, the importance of wellbeing in sport and recreation and his inspirational life story.

'It is exciting to attract Shane Webcke to speak at this event and share his story, as he grew up in regional Queensland and understands the importance of sport and recreation in smaller communities as well as the importance of physical and mental health,' said the Mayor.

The expo will feature great demonstrations that all participants can get involved with ranging from yoga, Zumba and Qigong classes to trying your skills with wheelchair ball games.

'Another great attraction is the free sport and recreation workshops, come and try activities including laser tag, free face painting and a jumping castle for the kids as well as healthy food and drinks available from a range of local vendors. '

Presentations throughout the day will be provided by paramedic and trauma counsellor, Paul Spinks; local farmer and successful business owner, Warren Jonsson; psychologist Simone Fisher; Bram Collins and Trevor Tims.

'We are very lucky in the Tablelands region to have so many dedicated sport and recreation clubs, community organisations and local businesses involved in health and wellbeing. The expo aims to connect the community to these fantastic local services whilst having a free fun day out.

'Tablelands Regional Council is excited to deliver this event in partnership with Tablelands Outdoor Recreation Association to encourage healthy active lifestyles in our region. It is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together,' concluded the Mayor.

The Tablelands Outdoor Recreation Health and Wellbeing Expo is made possible with funding from the Queensland Mental Health Commission and Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.

The expo will be held on Saturday 6 May from 9am to 3pm at the Atherton Merrilands Hall and Showgrounds. A full program is available here.