Healthy Town Awards

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

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