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Shaping a healthy and liveable Southern Grampians Community

18 August 2021

Southern Grampians Shire Council has released its draft Community Public Health and Wellbeing Plan for 2021-2025 for community consultation.

The Southern Grampians Community Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (the Plan) focuses on two distinct areas – Healthy communities and Liveable communities - that each include 13 outcomes to be progressed over the next four years. These outcomes aim to promote and support healthy lifestyles, and to also enhance the liveability of the region for Southern Grampians residents now and into the future, through a community and partnership approach.

Southern Grampians Mayor Cr Bruach Colliton said Council has a significant role to play in contributing to and maintaining the health and liveability of the people of the Southern Grampians shire.

“The proposed Community Public Health and Wellbeing Plan has been developed via extensive and active community engagement and we thank our community members for their valuable feedback and their honesty,” said Cr Colliton.

“We know that health and wellbeing is a whole-of-community responsibility and Council has the opportunity to show leadership and provide much needed support, working alongside our partner organisations to combine and maximise our efforts.

“We are committed to implementing the Plan to ensure the benefits are realised by all who live in and enjoy our community now and into the future. We encourage everyone to have a read through the document and provide feedback on the proposed priorities for action,” Cr Colliton concluded.

Outcomes outlined in The Plan to support community health include provision for mental health services, access to nutritious food, support for social connectivity and connection to culture, to reduce harm caused by gambling, drugs and alcohol and to enable residents to remain physically active at all life stages.

Outcomes developed to contribute to a liveable Southern Grampians community include ensuring residents have access to everyday needs, growing the economy, meet housing needs, provide access to technology and public spaces, and to encourage sustainable practices that promote a healthy environment.

The Plan will remain out until 10 September. Community members can view and provide feedback on the proposed Community Public Health and Wellbeing Plan online at www.sthgrampians/haveyoursay or via the online form here.

Hard copies of the proposed Plan are also available at Southern Grampians Shire Council Customer Service Centres.

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