Health Promotion in Golden Plains

The Golden Plains Shire Health and Wellbeing Team is a partnership initiative between Golden Plains ShireCouncil, Ballarat District Nursing & Healthcare, Barwon Health and Ballarat Community Health.

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.

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

Bannockburn Cultural Centre

27 High Street, Bannockburn  Ph: 5220 7260

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

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 the Health and Wellbeing Team on 5220 7111

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.

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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