Mitchell Shire Council is seeking community input on its draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21.
Council has developed a new four-year plan to help improve health and wellbeing in the municipality and it is now out for the community to view and have a say.
The plan, a requirement of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, outlines the goals and strategies for council to achieve the maximum level of health and wellbeing for the community.
It includes a range of priorities including increasing physical activity, decreasing incidents of family violence, minimising impacts on the natural environment and increasing local employment opportunities, all of which are major contributors to the wellbeing of the community.
It was formed after extensive consultation, which included stakeholder workshops and a councillor workshop.
As well as the stakeholder consultation, the community wellbeing survey, which had more than 1000 respondents, and the youth survey, which had almost 500 responses, helped form the plan.
‘‘The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan identifies the goals and strategies that will help improve health and wellbeing for the Mitchell Shire community over the next four years,’’ Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said. ‘‘It details how the community will be involved and how the plan will be implemented in partnership with relevant agencies.
‘‘I encourage everyone to take a look at the plan and provide any feedback if you think something else needs including or amending.’’
The plan will be out for public consultation until July 21.
It will then be considered for adoption at the August council meeting.
To have your say or to view the plan, visit www.engagingmitchellshire.com or pick up a hard copy from one of the council’s customer and library service centres.