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In a time when minds have been racing and stress levels have been high, weekly Tai Chi sessions have provided a peaceful pastime for the community north of the Daintree River.

The Alexandra Bay Social and Sporting Club has held weekly classes for three years but, according to spokesperson Di Price, the slow-moving martial art has never been more important.

“It has improved mood, reduced anxiety, and increased feelings of well-being, helping community members cope with the emotional challenges they’ve been facing post-cyclone,” she said.

“It has brought has together to support one another, rebuilt a sense of community, fostered connections and solidarity among the participants.

“And of course it’s improved balance, flexibility, and overall physical health.”

The club will be able to keep classes affordable after securing $10,000 through the Douglas Shire Council’s Community Grant Program, Events and Activities stream.

Council has also awarded the club a further $10,000 for a new shade shelter through the Community Grants facilities.

Di said the shelter was a much-needed upgrade.

“I’ve been running playgroup from this space for eight years with Uniting Care Daintree Connections Family support and the old shelter didn’t give us much cover,” she said.

“We also host Alexander Bay Primary school trivia nights, and club social and sporting events and it offers minimal protection.

For more information on Council’s Community Grants Program or other grants available please contact Council Grants Officer by phone (4099 9444), via e-mail or head to Council’s website.

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