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Baw Baw Shire Council adopts Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025
Baw Baw Shire Council has adopted the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 which guides Council's statutory responsibility for improving the health and wellbeing of the community.
The adopted Plan outlines how Council will fulfill its obligations of service provision, good governance, advocacy, regulation, and capacity building. The information contained within the Plan directly aligns with Baw Baw Shire's Community Vision for a sustainable, healthy, and thriving community.
In addition to developing a new Council Plan all Victorian Shires must also deliver a Community Vision
The Plan identifies four key priority areas and corresponding strategies to achieve the goals of each priority. These are:
- Active living to increase participation in active living, arts and culture for everyone
- Healthy eating to support equitable access to adequate, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food and beverages
- Mental wellbeing to enhance mental wellbeing by creating resilient, connected, and socially inclusive communities
- Gender equity and prevention of family violence to create a more gender equitable and respectful community that is free from violence
Prior to its adoption by council, the draft plan was presented to the public for consultation for three weeks from 11 August to 2 September 2021. Council received a total of 36 submissions.
Several key themes were identified across the responses, including requests for greater emphasis on arts and culture, direct reference to the Live4Life initiative, greater emphasis on youth and more specific reference to the Baw Baw community. The relevant feedback was considered and incorporated into the final adopted Plan.
Document that will guide the council
Mayor Cr Danny Goss said, "I would like to thank everyone who participated in this consultation. The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan is an important document that will guide council's health and wellbeing activities now and into the future. This will ultimately affect anyone living in Baw Baw Shire. This document sets out clear goals and objectives that the council can take towards a more sustainable, healthy, and thriving community."
Steps the council can take
Cr Jazmin Tauru said, "I would like to thank all those who have sent through a submission during the consultation process. It is crucial that Council hear the views of the community on this key document that spans over four years and affects the whole community. This document dives into key topics including:
- Climate change
- Mental health
- Prevention of violence
- Gender equity that affects our entire community
Therefore, it is important to keep raising the issues and having the conversation. The document outlines clear steps the council can take towards improving the health and wellbeing of our residents in line with the community vision."
The Plan was developed with the input of Council's Healthy Baw Baw Advisory Committee and several key stakeholder groups and was guided by community input received during the extensive Community Vision consultation processes.
The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan can be found in the A - Z Policies and Documents section of the council's website.
Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council website.
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