Ouse is a small rural town of approximately 300 people situated on the Ouse River in the central highlands of Tasmania. The Central Highlands local government area is primarily a rural based district with a population of approximately 2,200 residents living in numerous small towns or on rural properties. The area also includes some of Tasmania’s premier trout fishing lakes.
Ouse had a few key assets (Primary school, IGA supermarket, community health centre, playground, public toilets) that supported walking and active recreation, but did not have other features such as walking or cycling tracks or public or private recreational facilities, scoring 26% on the town-wide assessment tool.
The program and policy assessment showed the town lacked programs to support physical activity in Ouse (scoring 21%) although the Health Action Team Central Highlands offered some programs.