Health and Wellbeing plan - Council's Commitment

Published on 03 July 2017


Moyne Shire Council is developing a new four-year plan to improve health and wellbeing in the municipality and wants the communities input. Council's current plan(PDF, 2MB) will be replaced later this year.

Council's role in health and wellbeing

The Health and Wellbeing Plan is designed to provide policy direction to Council, to identify workable strategies in key areas, and to encourage community conversation and participation concerning health and wellbeing issues throughout the Shire.

Together with the community, local services and other levels of government, the Shire seeks to support and create opportunities and partnerships to enable healthy places and spaces, healthy lifestyle choices, active local communities, and quality of life for all.

Financial and capital support

Moyne Shire already works well to provide opportunities for improved health and wellbeing.

In the 2017/18 budget Council has committed to spend over $600,000 on Mortlake’s swimming pool, it will also spend $200,000 at Woorndoo on improved changing rooms at the recreation reserve, and over $30,000 at Garvoc to refurbish the playground.

Each of these projects demonstrates Council’s commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle and, social connections and inclusion.

Partnerships with the community 

Council also works with other organisations to promote health and wellbeing often with only a very small financial commitment.

One example is Moyne Shire’s support of the Port Fairy parkrun who Council granted $3,500 from its Community Assistance Fund.

Parkrun is a weekly, timed, 5km walk or run that is entirely free for participants. Since its launch in Port Fairy in January 2017, close to 500 people have taken part with ages ranging from four to 80 taking part.

Event director of Port Fairy parkrun Kate Winnen said that Council’s partnership with parkrun helps improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

“Parkrun is an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to get physically active.

“It might sound a bit cheesy, parkrun is also about the social side and the inclusivity of it – it’s a great way to make friends. There are some really quick people running, but you also get families running and walking together and people of all ages.”

“Moyne Shire has been central to the success of parkrun in Port Fairy. It has provided us with financial and administrative support as well as  passionate moral support."

Have your say

Council would like to hear the community’s opinion about the following factors.

  • Social connection and inclusion
  • Healthy lifestyle (physical activity and diet)
  • Lifelong learning and education
  • Family violence

 Moyne Shire Mayor Cr Jim Doukas said that the Shire was in a unique position to influence better health and wellbeing outcomes for the community, through initiatives ranging from direct services through to advocacy to higher levels of government.

“The identified issues are big community-wide themes, but our plan will look at them through the eyes of local government.

“Our plan will detail how the community will be involved and how the plan will be implemented in partnership with relevant agencies.

“I encourage everyone to take part in the community consultation to help us formulate a better plan.”

The public consultation takes place until Friday 28 July. You can have your say here.