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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

The Healthy Parks, Healthy People Philosophy





Photos by Steve Johnson
The Healthy Parks Healthy People program was developed by Parks Victoria in 2000 to encourage increased visitation to parks and gardens by highlighting their health benefits. More recently, the ground-breaking International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress, held in 2010, drew together a wide range of research revealing that the benefits of exposure to the natural environment go well beyond the physical.

The Healthy Parks, Healthy People Program has engendered considerable resonance and support from an growing number of Australian and international reserved land management bodies, including the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

In addition to the obvious role that parks and reserves play as venues for physical activity and the resultant health outcomes, it is clear that these benefits extend to economic, educational, social and spiritual health.

Natural environments are invaluable as a refuge from the stresses of urban living, a place to reconnect with our own natural heritage, as living classrooms for children to explore Nature, and as natural sanctuaries for spiritual nourishment.

A growing body of evidence suggests that we experience a greater sense of health and well-being, of connection and meaning when immersed in the living systems that sustain us.

With over half of Tasmania protected in national parks and reserves, the State offers abundant opportunities for people to experience the benefits of being immersed in the natural environment. From ancient rainforest and towering tall forests to empty beaches and rugged mountains, from wilderness to easy walking trails, there is a place for everyone.

The development of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People Philosophy continues. For links to further information, see the Healthy Parks Healthy People Central website, which builds on the momentum of Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative of Parks Victoria and provides an online resource dedicated to spreading the Healthy Parks, Healthy People message globally.