Community pitch in to close gap
WITH the life expectancy of Aboriginal men and women in the City of Belmont lower than the state average, the council put its support firmly behind last Thursday’s National Close the Gap Day.
According to the City’s proposed Leisure, Arts and Lifestyle Plan 2015-2018, whose priority areas include physical activity, healthy eating and alcohol, life expectancy for Aboriginal men in Belmont is 65 compared to the WA average of 79, while for Aboriginal women in Belmont it is 70.4 compared to the State average of 82.9.
City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said the City was conscious of the health inequity and the impact it had on Aboriginal people.
“We are committed to working alongside Aboriginal communities to Close the Gap in health, empowering these communities and celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage within the Belmont region,” Mr Cole said.
The City hosted a Close the Gap community event in Faulkner Park, including activities for children including Noongar sports, a barbecue, story-telling, face painting and balloon twisting, plus attendance by Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service, Bentley Armadale Medicare Local, Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service, Marr Mooditj Training Inc, Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation and Jacaranda Community Centre representatives.
Constable Gibbons (Belmont police), Dylan Garlett (sports development Officer with Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports) and Constable Ferreira (Belmont police).
Stephen Kendall (Rotary Club of Ascot) and City of Belmont Mayor Phil Marks.
Janice McEwan (City of Belmont Aboriginal Reference Group), Cr Bernie Ryan and Doreen Nelson (City of Belmont Aboriginal Reference Group).
Leslee Skuse (Yorgum) and Duane Jackamarra (Marr Mooditj Training).
Marcus (2) and Lucas (4) Le, of Kewdale.