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Health Promotion in Golden Plains

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Funded by the Department of Health, the Health and Wellbeing Team has a commitment to working in partnership to enhance and promote the overall health & wellbeing of individuals and communities across Golden Plains.

The key priorities for the Health and Wellbeing Team include:

  • Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Building healthy communities through increased physical activity and good nutrition
  • Improving capacity building through evaluation and partnership development.

What Do We Do? 

 The Health and Wellbeing Team provide a range of activities and services from four main community hubs. These are:

Northern Community Centre, Haddon (link to ‘facilities for hire’)

396 Sago Hill Rd, Haddon. Ph. 53427000

The Well - Smythesdale Business, Health and Community Hub (link to ‘facilities for hire’)

19 Heales St, Smythesdale. Ph. 5321 1500

Dereel Community Centre (link to ‘facilities for hire’)

Swamp Rd, Dereel.

Bannockburn Cultural Centre(link to ‘facilities for hire’)

27 High St, Bannockburn. Ph. 52207260

For information about the current activities and services offered at these community centres please contact using the phone numbers above.

We also provide a range of other activities and programs across the Shire some of which include: 

Senior's Week 

Sunday 2 October to Sunday 9 October 2016

 For more information call 5342 7000 or email

 For more information on the statewide Seniors Festival 2016 go to: or call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300 135 090.

Walk to School

Walk to School is a VicHealth initiative which many local councils across Victoria apply and receive funding from to deliver local Walk to School activities and active travel initiatives in their communities.The Health and Wellbeing Team works with schools in the Shire to develop initiates to support active, healthy lifestyles for children and families in Golden Plains Shire.Visit for more information. 

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation Walking is a network of free community based walking groups led by volunteer organisers. The Heart Foundation Walking Area Coordinator for Golden Plains Shire can provide assistance to establish new walking groups or support any existing groups across the Shire to recruit walkers or plan walks with other groups.  For more information on the range of walking opportunities across the Shire contact Jacinta Walshon 5321 1500 or .

Gem of an Idea Grants

The Health and Wellbeing Team currently has funding available for "Gem of an Idea" grants. These small grants of up to $500 are available for non profit community groups to undertake projects or activities aimed at promoting community connections, good nutrition, physical activity and/ or mental wellbeing. For more information visit the Gem of An Idea(link to ‘Gem of An Idea’)page.

Physical activity opportunities

Health and Wellbeing staff work with partners and the community to identify opportunities to help people get more active across the Golden Plains Shire. Some of the programs  and projects that the Health and Wellbeing team are delivering or partnering with others to provide currently are Branch into Music, Steady Feet, Sporting Schools, Nature play, @ the heart, Walk to School, and Trailblazers.

Food Network Groups

In 2015 there was a great response from the community in relation to ‘Food for Thought’ forums at which information from a recent local Food Access study was shared and local solutions identified. Following the Forums, two Food Network groups have been established, one in the north and one in the south of the shire, to identify and work on projects that help improve access to healthy food in Golden Plains Shire.

Project ideas have beenprioritised by the food networks and are being developed by community working groups. The food network groups continue to meet and work on these projects and identify additional opportunities to strengthen our local food access system. If you would like to be involved in these projects or if you would like to start your own project and be linked into the Food Networks please contact Jacinta Walsh on 5321 1500 or email

Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

Our Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan "Healthy People - Healthy Places" sets the overarching framework for all of the policies and partnerships that must be in place if people in the Shire are to enjoy good physical and mental health in great communities.  For more information click here. (link to current Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan’)

Health Information and Resources

A range of health information and resources are available for individuals, communities and events.  This includes information on a variety of topics including mental health, diabetes, men's health, relationships, and available health and community services.  Please contact the Health and Wellbeing Team or drop into one of the above Hubs to enquire about any of the resources available.

How Do You Find Out More?

For additional information on any of the activities or services provided,  please contact the Health and Wellbeing Team Leader.
Follow the links below to find out more about the agencies involved in the partnership: 

Ballarat district nursing & healthcare logo

Ballarat Community Health logo

Barton Health logo

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Page Last Updated:

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 - 12:31pm


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.