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Planning for the health and wellbeing of Maroondah

Published on 12 September 2017
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Council has endorsed the draft Maroondah Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 and it is now on public exhibition until Monday 25 September 2017.

Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Tony Dib said that the plan is a key strategic planning document and comprises the vital work being done by Council and external partners to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

“Enhancing the health and wellbeing of all people in Maroondah is central to the work of Council. This is evidenced by our Maroondah 2040 community vision, which outlines the sort of Maroondah we want by 2040. That community will be safe, healthy and active; it will be vibrant and culturally rich; it will be accessible and well-connected; it will be clean, green and sustainable. All these things contribute to our health and wellbeing,” said Cr Dib.

“Maroondah is fortunate to enjoy a good level of wellbeing, relative to both the Eastern Metropolitan Region and Victoria as a whole. Maroondah’s life expectancy for both females and males is higher than the Victorian average, and Maroondah is below both the Victorian and Greater Melbourne rates in many areas of avoidable mortality. However, there are certain areas in which we can direct our efforts to maximise positive outcomes,” said Cr Dib.

The Maroondah Health and Wellbeing Plan contains 57 high level priority action items to be undertaken over a four-year period. Some of the key directions include promoting safer behaviours around alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gambling, child abuse and family violence; facilitating services and resources that support physical and mental health for people of all ages; and promoting healthy eating and physical activity, which includes providing accessible open spaces and opportunities for recreation.

The draft plan has been developed on a solid evidence base, including statistical analysis of key research and indicators and a significant amount of community consultation.

“We thank the more than 7000 people who voiced their opinion on wellbeing.  We were able to hear from a good cross section of the Maroondah community, including the Indigenous community, people with a disability, and young people,” said Cr Dib.

Draft Health and Wellbeing Plan

The draft Maroondah Health and Wellbeing Plan is on public exhibition until Monday 25 September 2017. The draft plan is also available in hard copy at a Council's Service Centre.

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