Com­mu­nity pitch in to close gap

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cloverdale -

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.

Pic­tures: David Baylis

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.

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