report from the roundtable - 23 jul
At this week's council meeting councillors unanimously voted to
release the draft Health and Wellbeing Plan for public comment. The development
of a municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan is a legislative requirement
under the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
The Health and Wellbeing Plan is an over-arching strategic
document, which sets the goals and priorities for improving public health and
wellbeing in Yarra Ranges.
The Health and Wellbeing Plan draft contains the following priority areas:
- Healthy places, healthy
- Positive mental health and
- Service access for a
healthier Yarra Ranges; and
- A healthy start to life as
the foundation for lifelong wellbeing.
One of the goals under Healthy Places, Healthy People is to increase understanding,
access and consumption of healthy food, the aims to achieve this goal include:
skills and confidence to buy and prepare fresh foods as part of a daily diet.
awareness of the value of healthy eating by working with our partner
food insecurity for our most vulnerable residents through innovation.
understanding of healthy food and fruit and vegetable intake by supporting
community-led projects such as community gardens.
water for food production by working with agribusinesses.
continued protection of food production areas of the municipality by advocating
to the State Government.
solutions and resource allocation by understanding the barriers to healthy
eating in our diverse communities.
greater local planning control over decisions affecting health through advocacy
to the State Government
Yarra Ranges is seeking comments and feedback from the community
about the draft Plan now. Submissions close on Friday, September 6th, at 5pm.
Please address submissions by post to Social Planning and Development unit, PO
Box 105, Lilydale, VIC 3140, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out more about the draft Health and Wellbeing Plan here.
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