Local councils awarded for improving public health

Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull, City of Bayswater catchment management officer Rebecca Ferguson, Weld Square Primary School students Geanne Vega, William Ross and Mercedes Celenza.
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull, City of Bayswater catchment management officer Rebecca Ferguson, Weld Square Primary School students Geanne Vega, William Ross and Mercedes Celenza.

THE City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean have been awarded for improving public health.

Bayswater won the climate change award for its children’s environmental action program while Bassendean won the environments promoting physical activity award for its revamped Mary Crescent Reserve playground at the 2019 Local Government Policy Awards last week.

The awards, which were hosted by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA based at Curtin University, recognised local governments who implemented strategies and policies that helped to promote and improve public health in the community.

Bassendean Mayor Renee McLennan said she was delighted by the recognition and the community involvement in its design.

“Community feedback through the ‘BassenDream Our Future’ process had shown that retaining and enhancing open space was one of the highest priorities for local residents,” she said.

Town of Bassendean recreation development officer Tim Dayman and Local Government Minister David Templeman

Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said Green Lab empowered more than 100 students across a two-day event to make change in the community.

“Our City is committed to conserving our natural environment for future generations, so it made sense to ask young people how they wanted Bayswater to look in 10, 20 and 50 years,” he said.

“They understood the need to build roads and infrastructure but wanted to see this balanced with revegetation and retaining as many trees as possible.

“I would like to thank Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Millennium Kids for partnering with us on this important project.”

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