It's All About Balance

Released on 21 December 2018
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Living well in the ‘Living City’ couldn’t be easier according to life-long Salisbury residents, Rae and Des Brown.

The couple, who have been married 49 years, said Salisbury’s natural attractions and recreation facilities featured prominently in their lives while growing up and raising their two children. 

“I have always had fun riding, right from when we learnt to ride on the old night cart back lanes where my family grew up and played Skid Kids around the local back paddock,” Mr Brown recalled. 

“I learnt to swim by riding to St Kilda and swimming in the tidal pool there.”

Now retired, the City of Salisbury’s recreation amenities and exercise programs help the couple maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Mr Brown, the fourth generation of his family to be born-and-bred in Salisbury and whose grandfather was the inaugural Town Clerk for the City, joins social riding group Cycling Salisbury weekly. 

Meanwhile Mrs Brown, 69, is a member of a local Heart Foundation Walking Group and an avid lap swimmer at the Happy Home Reserve heated outdoor pool.

“I think it’s important as we get older to have a balanced lifestyle, which includes exercise, that you enjoy doing,” the grandfather-of-five said.

“For us, bike-riding, walking and lap swimming are great ways of achieving this and the City of Salisbury has provided excellent facilities for us all to enjoy.”

This year marked five years since the City of Salisbury partnered with Bike SA to establish the Cycle Salisbury social rides program. 

“We have people from all over the metropolitan suburbs regularly join us and they are amazed at the trails available to us,” he said.

“You can start at the back of the Old Spot Hotel and ride about 15km without crossing a road along the beautiful Little Para with some magnificent gum trees along the way.”

Mr Brown said riding in his 70s has come with an unexpected bonus. 

“I would never have guessed at 71, I would be still enjoying bike riding and making another valued group of friends,” he said.

“It’s never a race as we are all there for the enjoyment of getting out on the great trails we have and doing some exercise we enjoy.” 

Mr and Mrs Brown also dedicate their time working for the community. Both volunteer with various Uniting Care programs, while Mr Brown is also the serving president of the Salisbury Historical Society, following in the footsteps of his father, who was inaugural president of the group 37 years ago.

“I think it’s important you don’t just live for yourself, but live for betterment of the community,” Mr Brown said.

“We get as much (out of volunteering) as anyone who is touched by the programs and groups we’re involved in.”

For more information about Cycle Salisbury or the Heart Foundation Walking Groups visit: www.salisbury.sa.gov.au/healthyliving or call 8406 8251.

This is article is featured in the latest edition of Salisbury Aware.