A major infrastructure upgrade of a neighbourhood park in Crossenvale and a program of physical activities aimed at improving health and wellbeing outcomes of the local community, are set to kick off in coming weeks.
Campaspe Shire Mayor Cr Adrian Weston said the Crossenvale Healthy Heart project will be delivered by council in 2019/2020 with a $266,516 grant received from the Federal Government as part of the Healthy Hearts Initiative.
“It’s widely recognised that physical activity is one of best ways to improve heart health,” Cr Weston said.
“The Healthy Hearts Crossenvale project will provide local residents with opportunities to live a more active lifestyle which, over time, will help prevent heart disease and other chronic diseases in the community.”
Crossenvale, a suburb of Echuca, has been identified as a community at risk of health issues and one which would benefit from increased opportunities to participate in healthy lifestyle choices.
The project includes infrastructure and program delivery at Wilson Court Park, Crossenvale.
The infrastructure works will involve concreting paths, minor landscaping, park furniture installation, picnic shelter renovations and playground upgrades.
The programs will include active training and play sessions delivered on site by council recreation staff who will work in partnership with Crossenvale Community House and Campaspe Primary Care Partnership.
“By making these infrastructure improvements, enhancing the amenity of the park and engaging the community in dedicated programs, we hope to increase visitation to the park by locals and encourage them to be more physically active with their family and friends, or as individuals,” Cr Weston said.
Local residents are invited to a community barbecue and launch of the project to be held on Monday, 2 September 2019 from 3.45pm – 6.30pm at the Crossen Vale Neighbourhood House.
“We want to hear the community’s ideas and aspirations for the project so that the park improvements and programs reflect community needs and preferences into the future,” Cr Weston added.