Have your say on health strat­egy

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

THE CITY of Greater Bendigo has re­leased a draft Greater Bendigo Mu­nic­i­pal Pub­lic Health and Well­be­ing Plan 2017-2021 for pub­lic com­ment.

All coun­cils must pre­pare a plan ev­ery four years within 12 months of the coun­cil elec­tions.

Greater Bendigo mayor Mar­garet O’Rourke said the plan is about cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that sup­ports the health of mem­bers of the local com­mu­nity and strength­ens the ca­pac­ity of the com­mu­nity and in­di­vid­u­als to achieve bet­ter health.

“The plan sets out the goals and pri­or­i­ties to pre­vent is­sues like the in­creas­ing rates of di­a­betes, de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and cancer ex­pe­ri­enced across the com­mu­nity as well as ad­dress­ing high rates of fam­ily viol- ence and in­creas­ing lev­els of childhood vul­ner­a­bil­ity,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Pri­or­i­ties fo­cus on pro­mot­ing healthy life­styles, build­ing so­cial in­clu­sion, pre­vent­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion, sup­port­ing life­long learn­ing, pro­mot­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and re­silience to cli­mate change and en­sur­ing ac­cess to ser­vices for all.

“The plan is a whole-of-com­mu­nity plan and will be de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with local or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups as well as mem­bers of the wider com­mu­nity. It sup­ports coun­cil’s goal of well­be­ing and fair­ness.”

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are en­cour­aged to make a sub­mis­sion to help strengthen the plan be­fore its fi­nal en­dorse­ment in Oc­to­ber. It is avail­able at

www.bendigo.vic.gov.au for the next four weeks.

‘ It sup­ports coun­cil’s goal of well­be­ing and fair­ness — Mar­garet O'Rourke

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