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Mobile March is back for 2021!

Published: 2 March 2021

Mobile March kicked off this week as primary school students across Cardinia Shire are encouraged to be active when travelling to school this month.

Now in its eleventh year, Council’s Mobile March campaign encourages students from participating primary schools in Cardinia Shire to commit to walking, riding, skateboarding or scooting to school where they can.  

For schools where active travel is a challenge, families are invited to utilise Council's Stop and Drop’ zones, which now includes a new zone for Orchard Park Primary School in Officer. Stop and Drop Zones are a signposted location, up to one kilometre away from the school's entrance, where parents are encouraged to park and then walk, ride, scoot or skate with their children to school. All stop and drop zones are detailed on Council's website.

Schools and teachers can also encourage and support children to participate in Mobile March by completing laps of the football ovals or basketball courts. 

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Brett Owen encouraged primary schools across the shire to step up to the Mobile March challenge.  

“Participating in Mobile March is a great way for children to discover the benefits of being active, and for families to consider how they can incorporate active travel into their morning and afternoon routines,” Cr Owen said. 

"While last year’s competition was unfortunately interrupted by COVID-19, it was great to see over 6000 students across 15 primary schools engage in active, healthy and social ways to get to and from school. I look forward to seeing students in 2021 continue to enjoy Mobile March, make new friends and develop physical and social skills” 

Each day, teachers at participating primary schools will tally the students who were active as part of the program. Every school that registers to participate in Mobile March will receive 20 family pool passes to be used at any of Cardinia Shire’s pools.  

This year’s winning school will not only take home the Mobile March trophy but will also win a visit from the Cardinia Leisure Street team who will run a variety of activities with students.  

For more information about how we’re getting kids active in Cardinia Shire, visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/mobilemarch  

Cardinia Shire Council is a Child Friendly City, recognised by UNICEF since 2015. This means we are committed to listening to children’s voices in Cardinia Shire, ensuring that children are given opportunities to be their best and that they are valued, respected, celebrated and heard. For more information, head to www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/cfc