Going to plan: Murrindindi Shire health and wellbeing on track

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Murrindindi Shire Council is whole-heartedly committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of its residents and communities. At its Ordinary Meeting on 23 October, Council took some time to reflect on what had been achieved during the second year of its ‘Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021’.

Mayor Leigh Dunscombe said in partnership with 21 service providers, we’re really proud of the stack of health and wellbeing programs, activities and events that have been delivered in the past 12-months.

“25 activities were delivered to well over 1000 local young people. We collaborated with young people to design programs that work for them, such as the Everyday Leadership Program, Resilient Relationships and The Kindness Project, which we delivered in partnership with the high schools. And that’s not to mention the school holiday and employment pathway programs. It’s all about supporting young people to grow, participate and be happy,” Cr Dunscombe said.

“We’ve also delivered a number of programs to promote active living and healthy eating, including the ‘Walk to School’ and ‘This Girl Can’ campaigns, and worked with our service partners to support the delivery of the Smiles for Miles program and the RESPOND project.

“Additionally, there were 15 events celebrating our diverse and creative communities held, including Harmony Day and NAIDOC week, around the Shire. And a massive 1518 programs run at the libraries (including on the Mobile Library and Customer Service van) engage, inform and inspire people and bring the community together. These are about creating opportunities for people of all ages to connect with and be involved in their community,” Cr Dunscombe said.

“And this is just to name a few of the actions that came out of the ‘Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021’. If you’re interested in finding out how else Council and its partners took steps to ensure people of all ages could access the health and community services they need and collaborated with community groups to plan for our shared future, checkout the Plan here(PDF, 516KB),” Cr Dunscombe added.

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