About Move It NQ

Move It NQ is one of the projects of the North Queensland Sports Foundation, aimed at supporting healthier and active lifestyles. Through the successful development of evidence-based strategies and delivery of community physical activity programs across North Queensland, Move It NQ has become a leader in driving health-related outcomes across the region.


The objectives of Move It NQ included:

    • Increasing participation in sport and active recreation
    • Reducing the burden of obesity and chronic disease
    • Supporting LGAs and local organisations to target inactive members of the community
    • Developing evidence-based strategies to maximise positive individual and community health outcomes in North Queensland
    • Establishing and supporting links from community health to local sport and active recreation


In partnership between the North Queensland Sports Foundation, Northern Queensland PHN, Western Queensland PHN, and 24 Local Government Authorities in North Queensland, we are reshaping North Queensland.


Why is this program Important?

    • Within the project footprint, 61.6% of adults and 26.9% of children are obese/ overweight. One of the driving factors in a 39.3% and 50.3% inactivity rate for adults and children, respectively.
    • Physical activity provides numerous health benefits: weight management, healthy bones and muscles, heart and lung health and reduces the risk of many chronic diseases.
    • Participation in regular physical activity improves mental health and social well-being.
      Sport and active recreation programs boost local economies, fosters community pride and creates positive behaviours and social inclusion.
    • Grassroot sports and community active recreation programs are the foundation of achieving Sport Australia’s 2030 National Sport Plan priority “Sport and physical activity for all, for life”.


Evidence collected to date

    • Resources are limited any many active recreation programs engaged are not sustainable, with support not available in delivering long-term solutions in engaging the physical inactive members of our communities.
    • Individuals report that cost and time requirements of many traditional sporting activities are a limiting barrier to participation. Community physical activity programs remove these barriers and promote social connectiveness, engagement of local infrastructure and greenspaces and promote positive behaviour change.
    • A collective coordinated approach across North Queensland has a positive impact on community health and wellbeing.


Work completed to date

    • Move It NQ commenced in July 2018 through a partnership between the North Queensland Sports Foundation and the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network.
    • Judah Morris commenced as the Program Coordinator for Move It NQ in August 2018.
    • An initial needs analysis and in-depth consultation across LGAs in North Queensland was completed to understand the diverse needs and barriers to delivering successful programs in North Queensland.
    • Project framework and governance was developed along with the formation of an advisory group to deliberate on LGA program submissions.
    • An initial three pilot programs were developed and launched in the 2018-19FY in Cairns Regional Council, Richmond Shire Council and Hinchinbrook Shire Council.
    • The 2019-20FY has seen the expansion of the initial pilot programs with the addition of programs in Douglas Shire Council, Whitsunday Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council and Charters Towers Regional Council.
    • Move It NQ has continued to advocate for the need of additional local state and federal government support. Presenting the evidence of the program in forums, conferences and strategy realignments, Move It NQ continues to provide strategies in delivering successful intervention bundles aimed at increasing physical activity.

Local Governing Bodies

    • Cairns Regional Council
    • Mackay Regional Council
    • Townsville City Council
    • Burdekin Shire Council
    • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
    • Charters Towers Regional Council
    • Douglas Shire Council
    • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
    • Isaac Regional Council
    • Mount Isa City Council
    • Whitsunday Regional Council
    • Boulia Shire Council
    • Burke Shire Council
    • Carpentaria Shire Council
    • Cloncurry Shire Council
    • Cook Shire Council
    • Croydon Shire Council
    • Etheridge Shire Council
    • Flinders Shire Council
    • McKinlay Shire Council
    • Mornington Shire Council
    • Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council
    • Richmond Shire Council
    • Winton Shire Council
    • Torres Strait Island Aboriginal Council

Judah Morris


With a background in Exercise Physiology and Public Health, Judah has a strong passion in health promotion and delivering evidence-based interventions to enable individuals and communities to improve their health.  As a competitive distance runner, Judah has a strong interest in the role that sport and recreation play in improving our health and how keeping active contributes to overall wellness.

A strong communicator, Judah is ready to partner with LGAs and relevant stakeholders to ensure community needs are met in the development of sustainable health and wellness programs.