Heart prize for City’s cy­cle plan

Albany Extra - - News - Tayler Neale

The City of Albany claimed the 2017 WA Heart Foun­da­tion lo­cal gov­ern­ment award at the En­vi­ron­men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence in Perth last Fri­day.

Albany was named as the win­ner in the 10,000-50,000 pop­u­la­tion cat­e­gory.

City act­ing ex­ec­u­tive man­ager com­mu­nity ser­vices Sa­man­tha Stevens said it was a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

“Our sub­mis­sion demon­strated out­stand­ing lead­er­ship and in­no­va­tion in pro­mot­ing the health and well­be­ing of the Albany com­mu­nity via two key projects — Healthy Albany and the Cy­cle City Strat­egy,” she said.

“We have worked in­cred­i­bly hard to pro­mote and en­gage the com­mu­nity to cy­cle for trans­port, re­cre­ation, tourism and health by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ameni­ties con­ducive to the en­joy­ment of cy­cling.”

Heart Foun­da­tion WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Mau­rice Swan­son high­lighted the im­por­tance of the award.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ments play a piv­otal role in in­tro­duc­ing struc­tural change, im­ple­ment­ing poli­cies and cre­at­ing sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ments which al­low peo­ple to be phys­i­cally ac­tive, re­duce smok­ing and im­prove their nutri­tion,” Mr Swan­son said.

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