Get involved with Walk to Work
Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli is encouraging all Maroochy residents to kick off their work shoes in favour of a pair of sneakers this Friday 6 October as he urges people to participate in Walk to Work Day.
The annual event is an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia (PCA) and aims to promote regular walking in a bid to create a healthier and more environmentally friendly society.
"We live in such a visually amazing place and yet so often we jump straight in our cars to get wherever we need to go," Cr Natoli said.
"I hope Walk to Work Day encourages everyone to get out there, get some fresh air and just take a few steps off the beaten track to appreciate this incredible place we call home."
Members of the community are invited to be a part of Walk to Work Day by simply walking all the way to work. Another way to get involved it to use public transport and get off the bus a few stops earlier and stride out the remainder of the journey.
"Take a stroll in your lunch break, use the stairs instead of the elevator, use every opportunity to fit in a little bit of extra physical activity and please, if it's possible, leave the car at home," Cr Natoli said.
Other aims of Walk to Work day are to promote better physical, mental and social health, to reduce the reliance of private motor vehicles (less traffic on the roads) and to improve air quality by reducing unnecessary vehicle emissions.