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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:

 What does the Health and Wellbeing team do?

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

396 Sago Hill Rd, Haddon. Ph. 5342 7000  

19 Heales St, Smythesdale. Ph. 5321 1500 

Swamp Rd, Dereel.  

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.  

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

 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.

Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Grants 

‘Healthy Eating and Active Living’ grants were launched in 2018, and are available for community groups to apply for all year round.


There are two different funding categories which groups can apply for, ‘Eat well! and ‘Be active!’.

The  ‘Eat well’ category includes a wide range of initiatives which contribute to promoting healthy eating and drinks, such as increasing intake of fruits, vegetables and water. 

‘Be active’ activities encourage community members to be active and get moving, such as initiatives focusing on moving more and being physical activity. Program may focus on regular physical activity (walking or exercise programs), as well as sporting programs, gardening groups, and outdoor activities.

For more information on our HEAL grants, click here

 Heart Foundation Walking

A group at the Heart Foundation walk. 

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 Community Wellbeing Officer on 5321 1508.  

Trailblazer Walks

The Golden Plains Shire Health & Wellbeing Team lead monthly walks along paths and trails in Golden Plains and surrounding areas.  Walks are 5 to 6km in length and all fitness levels are welcome as a support vehicle is on hand with pick up points along the walks. Bring along water, snacks, any important medication and wear suitable clothing.  

Trailblazers Sept - Dec 2018.pdf


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.

In 2018 there are a number of fantastic prizes on offer from VicHealth with schools in the running to win a footy clinic and kids encouraged to decorate their shoes, bikes or scooters to parade on the way to school. Check out the walk to school website for more information

Council will work with local primary schools to deliver a range of activities encouraging more families to walk to school thanks to funding from VicHealth.

Activities include; 

  • Competitions
    • 20 x $50 Rebel sport vouchers up for grabs for students at participating primary schools,
    • 1 x $250 Rebel sport voucher for a registered school.
    • Spot prizes 
  • Fruit for 2 healthy morning teas for all students and staff.
  • Opportunity to develop and map safe walking routes to school.

To ensure everyone can be involved

  • Part way is okay! If you can’t walk the whole way, why not try parking the car 1km or so from school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.  
  • Walk at home
  • Walk at school.

Last year all 14 primary schools registered to participate in the Walk to School program, over 20 000 walks were conducted and 1320 students involved. It would be great if we could make the 2018 program even more successful!

Contact the Health and Wellbeing Team on 5220 7111 for more information.

 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.   

 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: 


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Page Last Updated:

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 - 12:50pm


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.