Council wins national gong
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.”