Coun­cil wins na­tional gong

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire Coun­cil has won na­tional recog­ni­tion for its ef­forts in pro­mot­ing a healthy com­mu­nity.

The coun­cil has won a Heart Foun­da­tion 2017 Lo­cal Govern­ment Award.

Of­fi­cials an­nounced it as the na­tional win­ner in the ‘coun­cils with pop­u­la­tions un­der 10,000’ cat­e­gory for its YCHANGE or Yar­ri­ambi­ack Cre­at­ing Healthy, Ac­tive, Nour­ished Gen­er­a­tions pro­gram.

The an­nounce­ment came af­ter a state win last week.

Heart Foun­da­tion Vic­to­ria Ac­tive Com­mu­ni­ties co-or­di­na­tor Lisa Speirs said Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire Coun­cil won the award due to its ef­forts in tack­ling the fac­tors be­hind un­healthy weight in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“The coun­cil’s com­mu­nity-driven ap­proach to im­prove the healthy eat­ing op­tions in the shire has sup­ported peo­ple in mak­ing healthy choices to re­duce their risk of heart dis­ease and heart prob­lems,” she said.

YCHANGE is a part­ner­ship be­tween Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire Coun­cil, Ru­ral North­west Health, West Wim­mera Health Ser­vices and Deakin Univer­sity.

Coun­cil com­mu­nity ser­vices and de­vel­op­ment man­ager Gavin Blin­man said the award recog­nised the coun­cil’s work in sup­port­ing the health of the shire, but also cel­e­brated the in­volve­ment of the com­mu­nity in driv­ing the suc­cess of the YCHANGE pro­gram.

“The com­mu­nity own­er­ship of YCHANGE has been in­stru­men­tal to its suc­cess,” he said.

“Noth­ing hap­pens in YCHANGE with­out com­mu­nity sup­port.”

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