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Health and Wellbeing

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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 and wellbeing of individuals and communities across Golden Plains Shire.  

The key priorities for the Health and Wellbeing Team include:  

  • Healthy eating and active living 
  • Access to local health and community services  
  • Healthy and sustainable environments 
  • Connected communties 
  • Family violence and gender equity  

Learn about Health and Wellbeing services:

  • Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

  • Golden Growers

  • Community Walking Groups

  • Walk to School

  • Take the Lead - Women' Leadership in Sport 

  • Connecting with Community 

 Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

Our Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and Wellbeing Action Plan 2017-2021 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.

Golden Growers


Increasing Vegetable consumption is a priority area within Golden Plains Shire Councils Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan, as according to the Victorian Population Health Survey (2017) 60.6% of Golden Plains Shire residents do not meet fruit and vegetable consumption guidelines. 

The Golden Growers project aims to enage community in sharing skills and local knowlege with other residents to increase local growing and vegetable consumption. The Golden Growers webpage will feature a series of ‘how to’ videos showcasing tips and tricks on growing, preparing and cooking with a range of vegetables, recipes, and content submitted by community members and Council’s partner organisations. To find out more go to  Golden Growers 

 Community Walking Groups

There is a number of walking groups across the Shire led by community volunteers.To find out more and join your local walking group contact the walk leaders listed below.

Township Day Time Location Contact
Bannockburn Tuesday 10.00am Meet at Shire Hall Gail  0400520874
Berringa Tuesday 9.30am Meet at Community Hall Dianne 53422250
Dereel Tuesday 8.30am Meet at Community Centre

Lucy 53461521

Inverleigh Thursday 10.00am Meet at Sonny Cafe Jen 52671200
Linton Wednesday 9.00am Meet at Rotunda near takeaway Sharon 53447500 Barbara 53447280
Rokewood Tuesday 9.00am Meet at Hesse Health Jen 52671200
Smythesdale Thursday 10.00am Meet at The Well Denny  0419 666 860 


Walk to School

Children walking to school

Every October VicHealth's Walk to School program encourages Victorian Primary School kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. The aim of the program is to encourage students and their families to consider ways they can incoporate walking, riding or scooting to school into their regular routine. It's a great way to help students learn healthy habits and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. To find out more about Walk to School in 2019  ​

This Girl Can


This Girl Can

This Girl Can is a Victorian State Government led campaign promoting physical activity for women. The campaign is dedicated to encouraging more women to give physical activity a shot. Whether that is trying something new, returning to a long-lost activity, or visiting your local activity providers or clubs for a friendly catch-up.

Visit for more information on the campaign.


Take the Lead - Women's Leadership in Sport

The Golden Plains Rural Women’s Network in partnership with council were successful in applying for a $5,000 ‘Change Our Game Community Activation grant’ from Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Funding is being utilised to develop and deliver programs and resources, which will build the capacity, skills and confidence of women to undertake leadership roles within sport and recreation clubs.

Three case studies have been developed with four local women taking on leadership roles within their club, case studies focus on governance, coaching and increasing participation.

Case Study 1 - Participation at any age

Case Study 2 - Leadership and Governance at a local level

Case Study 3 - A Coach's job is not only on the field

 Connecting with Community

Our Community Centres offer a range of opportunities for community to connect and participate in health and wellbeing programs, cultural activities and further education.

Northern Community Centre, Haddon  

396 Sago Hill Rd, Haddon. Ph. 5342 7000  

The Well - Smythesdale Business, Health and Community Hub 

19 Heales St, Smythesdale. Ph. 5321 1500 

Dereel Community Centre  

Swamp Rd, Dereel.  

Bannockburn Cultural Centre 

27 High St, Bannockburn. Ph. 5220 7260 

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

Victorian Population Health Survey 2017 results

Results from the latest Victorian Population Health Survey 2017 were released recently. This survey, published by the Department of Health and Human Services, provides an assessment of the health and wellbeing of Victorian adults. These results are reported against several health and wellbeing indicators including fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity. These indicators closely align with Council's MPHWP priority areas. A snapshot of the Shire's performance in VPHS 2017 can be found here.

 Find out more 

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


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Wednesday, 6 October 2021 - 4:50pm


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.