Have your say on health strategy
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