Kids on the move in Melton

Primary schools students in Melton will be encouraged to strap on their helmets and lace up their shoes by a new state government initiative.

The Kids Active Travel Program will see Melton schools increase the number of students that walk, scoot, and ride to and from school.

The program will introduce education sessions, awareness campaigns, and the installation of travel facilities like bike parking and storage to local schools in the area.

Melton MP Steve McGhie said it would equip the next generation with the tools to live healthily and prioritise positive routines.

“This new program will help local Melton kids get active before and after school by riding, walking or scooting to and from school,” he said.

“Incorporating exercise into the daily school trip will help kids learn healthy habits without adding a lot of time into Melton families busy schedules.”

The initiative will also take place in Hume, Geelong and Bendigo.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence said the government was aiming to set up young people to live better.

“We’re determined to reverse the trend of one in four kids not getting enough exercise – walking, scooting or riding a bike to school is a great active way for kids to start the day.”