Mudgee Public School Special Education Unit’s innovative bike program, supported by the operators at Glencore’s Ulan West, is an example of how many spokes on a wheel, working together, roll top ideas into action.
The catalyst for this program is Mudgee’s Ready Set Go inclusive therapy program.
It is a community driven program whose main focus is to help children with therapy needs to be more included in their community whether that is at home, in early childhood settings, at school, on the sports field or in any leisure activity that interests them.
Jane Roberts from Smart Move Physiotherapy as part of Ready Set Go, said the program responded to the children and their families’ requests to have a fun leisure activity that they could enjoy together safely.
“Bike riding offers obvious physical benefits and the opportunity it also provides as a platform for life skills, social skills and general academic education is enormous,” she said.
“Mudgee Public School’s enthusiasm to provide this bike education as well as Mudgee’s increasing investment in safe bike paths has meant the option for these children to ride together with their family and friends is on track.”
Glencore’s Ulan Coal operations put their energy and expertise into gear to help make the program a reality.
Ben Gregory, an operator at Glencore’s Ulan West Operations, has worked with personnel at Ulan Coal Mine to purchase the modified bikes and will help to set up the school bike course.
Hi Vis have developed mini road signs especially for the bike program and supplied the witches hats for training, making this a combined community success.
“The expertise of Mudgee Cycling’s Carl Holleman is very much appreciated as he maps out a bike program for the children’s’ enjoyment and education,” Ms Roberts added.
“Riding a bike is a simple pleasure for many, a significant challenge for some, with enormous benefits for all.”
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