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Eastern Region Active Travel Forum

The Eastern Region Active Travel Forum was held on Wednesday 9 May at Maroondah Federation Estate. The theme of the forum was creating confident parents and students.

It was attended by Principals, active travel coordinators, teachers and parent committee representatives to strengthen understanding, share ideas, establish networks and reinforce good practices in delivering active travel programs in primary schools. 

Renowned adolescent and children’s psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg was the keynote speaker. His presentation was a psycho-social exploration of factors that impact on the healthy development of children's self-esteem, independence, resilience and social behaviour.  The presentation acknowledged that opportunities for independent mobility play a role.

Dr Sharinne Crawford is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University. Dr Crawford covered research on parental fears and children incidental travel. It covered the influential role the media and peers play is setting parent opinions towards perceived society risks and child’s ability to practice independent active travel.

Two teachers, Mr Cameron Ross (Croydon Primary School) and Mr Max Graziano (St Clement of Rome) presented on the importance and practical application of Bike Education.

The forum was chaired by Dr Shannon Sahlqvist a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University.

A partnership between Maroondah, Manningham and Whitehorse City Councils delivered the forum. It was supported by Road Safe Eastern Metro, La Trobe University, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)and the Eastern Alliance of Sustainable Learning (EASL). 


Dr Carr-Gregg

Dr Carr-Gregg - PowerPoint Presentation  (pptx, 70MB)

Mr Ross

Mr Ross - Power Point Presentation  (pptx, 7MB)      

Dr Crawford

Dr Crawford  - Power Point Presentation  (pdf, 2MB)

Mr Graziano

Mr Graziano – Power Point Presentation  (pptx, 70MB)

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