Council adopted its Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2021-2025 at its 26 October 2021 Council Meeting.
The Victorian Government’s Public Health & Wellbeing Act 2008 (the Act) requires all councils to develop a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP) and corresponding four-year action plan within 12 months of a council election.
In June, Council adopted its MPHWP as an integrated component of the Golden Plains Shire Council Plan 2021-2025. The MPHWP identified five priority areas: improving mental wellbeing; increasing active living; preventing family violence and advancing gender equity; increasing healthy eating; and tackling climate change and its impact on health. The Draft Municipal Public Health Action Plan has been developed to progress the implementation of these priorities through 73 actions. These actions respond to the underlying three principals of the Draft Action Plan:
- Place-based and local solutions: Recognising how the places where people live, learn, work and play have an important role in shaping health and wellbeing. Developing and delivering local solutions to local problems.
- Sustainable progress: Embedded capacity building and empowerment into all health and wellbeing activities to ensure long-term benefits can be sustained.
- Increasing access: Facilitating increased and equitable access to local health and community services to meet the current and future needs of the Shire community.
Golden Plains Shire Council partnered with 26 partners from community health organisations, regional networks, preventative health service providers, regional sporting associations, family violence support services and the education and disability sector to develop the Draft Action Plan. The five health and wellbeing priority areas from the MPHWP were informed by extensive public consultation conducted earlier in 2021 alongside the Council Plan.
Local health organisations, community groups and Council all contributed to developing the Draft Action Plan, which will rely on these partnerships to achieve the Plan’s objectives.
At its meeting on 28 September, Council endorsed the Draft Golden Plains Shire Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2021-2025 (Draft Action Plan) for public exhibition for three weeks.
Community members were able to provide feedback on the Draft Action Plan online, by email or by mail during the public exhibition period, which ended at 9am, Tuesday 19 October, 2021.
During the public exhibition period, Council recieved no submissions on the Draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2021-2025. The Action Plan was adopted at Council's October meeting, in accordance with the Public Health And Wellbeing Act 2008.
28 September 2021
Council endorses Draft Action Plan for public exhibition
29 September 2021
Public exhibition period begins. Feedback opened.
19 October 2021
Public exhibition period ends. Feedback closed.
26 October 2021
Final Action Plan considered for adoption by Council