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Tarnika Brewer


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As the sun is rising earlier, so should we! When you think about starting your day the best way possible you might say something like eat some fruit, have a smoothie, do some exercise, these are all great things to do to be energized and ready to start the day.

The Environmental and Health Promotion Teams at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) go for a ride on Friday mornings, with their Bicycle User Group (BUG). The BUG originally started because a few keen riders in our Environmental team wanted to get together to go cycling, it is great to have riders who know the cycle paths to keep the routes diverse and interesting.

The BUG cycle alternative routes around the Swan River, from Ascot to Guilford, East Perth, Bayswater, Maylands and Belmont. Before they leave, they always make sure their bikes are working, everything is safe and they put on their helmets on and take off.

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Doing this is a great way to keep fit and stay healthy. It also gives the staff an opportunity to interact and socialise out of their usual professional working environment. The cycle routes take anywhere between 40mins - 1.5hrs, the BUG stop to have breakfast and a coffee, to chat and reflect on their enjoyable, relaxing morning ride.

One member of the BUG team said “You don’t have to be fit or be a great bike rider at all. We do alternative rides to Garvey Park, which is a short ride with easy terrain so anyone can come along”. The BUG at the EMRC love riding and encourage more people to get out and do it too.

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Tarnika Brewer

Introducing New Staff to Travel Options

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The EMRC’s vision is to be a responsive and innovative leader in assisting Perth’s Eastern Region to be a great place to live, work, play and do business. The EMRC recognises valuing staff in a supportive environment that focuses on their wellbeing.

An Information Sheet on How to get to the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council is included in the EMRC’s Induction Pack and is sent to new staff via email prior to starting. This Information Sheet includes active, sustainable travel options highlighting walking, cycling and public transport, along with a detailed map which shows bus routes and bus stops in correlation to the EMRC’s location. The reverse page includes a broader map and legend which illustrates shared paths and bus routes in respect to the surrounding area.

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Having an Information Sheet and informative map allows for employees to gain an understanding of their new surroundings and provides opportunity for them to explore their travel options. If staff have any questions or need help on finding other routes, they can contact the Health Promotion Team, HR or even ask their new co-workers as staff can be the most valuable resource.

It is a great opportunity for new staff members starting at the EMRC to know how they can reduce their transport impacts and what their transport options are to get to work! By promoting active transport and other modes of transport to new employees, helps benefit employee health and wellbeing from the beginning of their employment.

Active transport is a great way to learn about local surroundings, environment and places, as well as improve health and wellbeing.

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Tarnika Brewer

Walking Group @ The EMRC

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As the weather warms up it is the perfect time to get staff moving. The EMRC HR team have been encouraging healthy lifestyle and fitness activities by starting an after work walking group!

This November the walking club will be meeting every Monday afternoon, and they will be keeping it fun and diverse by changing up their walking tracks every week! Tracks will range in distance from 4km to 8km as everyone builds up their ability.

The walking club will be led by a member of our HR team who knows the local area of the Swan River and Ascot. The new walking club is a great opportunity to bring staff together and get in touch with the surrounding natural environment, the beautiful Swan River and local community areas.

The health promotion calendar is shared among all staff members and positioned in common areas to encourage staff to continue to participate in healthy and active activities! Here’s an example of one of the popular walking tracks as it covers natural bush land, the Swan River, safe paths and direct routes.

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Tarnika Brewer

Ride 2 Work Day @ the EMRC

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What a morning here at the EMRC!
The Ride 2 Work Day was a success at the EMRC. The sun was out and everyone was ready to get moving! Everyone who participated was rewarded a prize. A competition was also held - take a fun photo to go into a draw to win a major prize. All prizes were from the Your Move Rewards Shop. After the morning activities a delicious breakfast grazing table was ready to enjoy!

The EMRC put forward a few options to employees to encourage them to get on board with active transport. You could either:
1.Ride to work,
2.Swap your car for public transport and actively walk or ride afterwards,
3.Bring your bike to work and join the riders group on a morning spin around the beautiful Swan River,
4. or join in on a morning walk!

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All staff we're invited to join in the Ride 2 Work Day which was organised by the Regional Development and HR teams together. The after ride breakfast was free and was an absolute favorite by all! Such a great incentive!

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The excitement from employees who had been on a morning ride or walk encouraged other employees to go for a midday walk together and get moving! People really enjoyed this activity and interacting with fellow colleagues - there was even talk about having regular morning active transport events again in the future.

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Tarnika Brewer

Your Move Forum: Engaging Others

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I attended the Your Move Forum, with guest speaker Jane Genovese on Engaging Others. Jane spoke about how to motivate and inspire people to change how they commute to their workplace. It was an informative presentation and we learnt about the 5 stages of change and how it can affect people in the workplace. Two strategies which are important to remember when dealing with change is gratitude and mindfulness.

What a great first forum to attend, very interactive and informative! Even encouraged me to take public transport home after the forum. Time to create momentum in the workplace for active transport.

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Aimee Kontor

Swan River Ramble rambles again

This story is related to Walking, cycling, active transport challenges

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The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) recently ran another free Swan River Ramble competition to encourage active transport and get residents and staff outdoors to enjoy everything the Swan River has to offer. Participants followed the wayfinding signage of the Swan River Ramble to discover where fictional character “Eric” was hiding with QR codes at 14 different locations. Scanning the QR code with a smartphone unlocked a question associated with the location and a correct answer gave Swan River Ramblers the chance to go into the draw to win a $100 iFly indoor skydiving voucher.

As well as the public competition, a staff competition was held as an EMRC Health Promotion Group initiative to encourage staff to be active. The more QR codes scanned (and therefore the more questions answered and the longer the distance traveled), the higher the chance participants had at winning. Both winners were recently announced and were among those who completed the most QR code questions. No doubt they will enjoy their prize.

All participants resided in the Perth metropolitan area. There 76 entries from people ranging from 23 to 57 years of age, with the median age being 43. This year’s demographic varied from the previous competition two years ago where the participants were mostly children and included visitors to region from as far as Geraldton.

The Swan River Ramble is one of the EMRC’s initiatives to get staff and residents of Perth’s Eastern Region outdoors and active. While this competition has ended, the Swan River Ramble is ongoing. Spread the word and get your family and friends down to the Swan River to enjoy being active in the fresh air.


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Aimee Kontor

Electric bike trial at the EMRC

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The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) trialled three electric bicycles see what the fuss is really about and as a way of encouraging staff to give cycling a go.

The three ebikes, along with helmets and locks, were hired from Spinway WA for staff to trial for two days. Spinway presented to staff on how electric bikes work, the safety aspects and the benefits. Staff primarily tested the ebikes during breaks, enjoying some fresh air riding along the picturesque Swan River, but it also opened up the idea for using them as fleet “vehicles” or to ride to work. They proved to be easier to cycle than regular bikes, requiring less effort to pedal and potentially offering a solution for commutes that would otherwise be a bit too far to cycle with the power from legs alone.

The ebikes also promoted active travel and got some people to try riding who previously didn’t think they could cycle or weren’t confident doing so.

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Aimee Kontor

Pedal-powered smoothies at the EMRC

This story is related to Promote active travel

As part of a health and well-being initiative to encourage staff to try cycling and to promote bike events in the lead up to Bike Week 2018, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) borrowed a pedal-powered blender for a day.

The EMRC hired the blender from the Town of Victoria Park and supplied ingredients so staff could blend a delicious and nutritious smoothie for themselves throughout the day. The bike blender was a huge success with 28 people giving it a go, including the Directors and the CEO. Many different healthy smoothie combinations were created from the fruit and vegetables and it was particularly enjoyable to see genuine smiles on people’s faces as they realised how fun and easy it was to pedal and blend it themselves.

The day finished off with the monthly staff information session which featured cycling. It included information on the benefits of cycling for health, sustainability, convenience and wellbeing, details of the regular EMRC staff bike rides before work on Fridays and the dates of Bike Week events within Perth’s Eastern Region. It concluded with a slideshow of photos and videos taken through the day of smoothie making.

The activities were a fun and interactive way for staff, some of which haven’t been on a bike in years, to remember that riding a bike is something you don’t forget how to do. Responses were overwhelmingly positive with many people saying it was easier than thought and they would consider cycling for transport, to socialise and to stay fit.

This is one of several activities and initiatives the EMRC have planned to encourage staff to cycle for social, health and sustainability reasons. Stay tuned to see what we do next!


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Philip Taylor

Swan River Ramble

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In March 2017, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) launched the Swan River Ramble, an exciting new activity for walkers, recreational cyclists and families to enjoy. Colourful path signage and QR codes have been installed to highlight attractions along the Swan River recreational shared path. A fictional character named Eric directs people around the Swan River and has been designed as a fun way for children and families to enjoy all that the Swan River has to offer.

The Swan River Ramble was launched to coincide with Bike Week and the Term 1 school holidays. The EMRC ran a competition for those who visited the Swan River Ramble in the opening weeks and correctly answered a question about the stop they were visiting using a QR reader at 14 different locations around the Swan River.

Using the existing recreational shared path around the Swan River, the Swan River Ramble used “Alumigraphics Grip” street graphics and QR codes to encourage and promote the use of the path as an alternative to traditional wayfinding and trail markers. The Swan River Ramble demonstrates the EMRC's collaborative approach to undertaking initiatives by working across several local and state government agencies (Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Belmont, City of Vincent and Main Roads WA) to produce an exciting new activity for the community. Ongoing assessment of the project will determine the viability of this method of wayfinding, trail marking and the promotion of active transport.

To download the brochure and for more information on the Swan River Ramble visit www.perthtourism.com.au

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The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) is a progressive and innovative regional local government authority working on behalf of six member councils located in Perth's eastern suburbs. The EMRC provides services in waste management, resource recovery, environmental management and regional development. Working with our member councils, industry, government agencies and other stakeholders, the EMRC is a model of successful collaboration that delivers tangible benefits to the region.


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