Great outdoors message for young and old

Get active... Outdoors WA executive officer Jamie Bennett, recreation specialist Tash Peterson and Outdoors WA chairman Andy Wahid.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d456157
Get active... Outdoors WA executive officer Jamie Bennett, recreation specialist Tash Peterson and Outdoors WA chairman Andy Wahid. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d456157

LESS screen time and more green time is the message Outdoors WA executive officer Jamie Bennett wants to push during Outdoors October, a month-long celebration of WA’s great outdoors.

In its fourth year, Outdoors October offers more than 150 events ranging from paddling, climbing, bushwalking to mountain biking through local clubs.

“Three in five people in WA are in the obesity line,” Mr Bennett said.

“We want to turn that around and get people out in nature.

“We know it has massive social and mental health benefits for families being able to get out there together and not be socially isolated with each little screen.

“At a time when mining isn’t solving everything for us, getting more people outdoors and getting some money into those regional areas is one of our goals as well.”

Outdoors WA chairman Andy Wahid said the organisation was a continuation of his lifelong passion for the outdoors.

“It’s great to have quality time camping with my son, who is five, when we go camping and seeing him in a different environment, and it’s great to see young kids actually exploring the outdoors rather than exploring via a screen,” he said.