Healthy Town Awards
COMMUNITY groups across the Coast are encouraged to submit nominations for the Healthy Towns Awards program.
PHN senior manager for the Sunshine Coast Robb Major said the awards recognised community groups that were able to connect people to one another, their community and the environment and offered groups the chance to receive up to $5000 to support their activities.
“Research shows when people are involved in their community, they are happier and therefore healthier,” Mr Major said.
“By helping to build connections within our community we are able to have a positive impact on the health of individuals.
“Whether you’re a group supporting young mums, refugees or planting trees we want to hear about the success of your group and encourage you to keep up the great work.
“The criteria focus is on collaborative efforts that target populations where there is greatest need. These could include programs that help vulnerable populations like older people, young people and the homeless.”
Bruce Molloy from Eastbank Edible Garden said the grant they received helped to build new facilities for the community.
“Support from Healthy Towns allowed us to employ at risk youth to install garden beds in the community,” he said.
“The gardens are used for education, skill development and social interaction. Our garden is 30% about growing food and 70% about people and social connections.”
Healthy Towns is a joint initiative of central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN, University of the Sunshine Coast, Griffith University, Caloundra Community Centre, Sunshine Coast and Noosa Councils.
Go to www.healthytowns.org.au to submit your nomination.