New health guidelines for local government planning decisions

South Metropolitan Health Service board chair Rob McDonald, executive director of planning for SMHS Kate Gatti, WALGA president Lynne Craigie, director of health promotions and Healthway Jo Clarkson, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, Cockburn deputy mayor Lee-Anne Smith, Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Fremantle deputy mayor Ingrid Waltham at the launch of the second edition of Pathway to a healthy community: a guide for councillors and local government.
South Metropolitan Health Service board chair Rob McDonald, executive director of planning for SMHS Kate Gatti, WALGA president Lynne Craigie, director of health promotions and Healthway Jo Clarkson, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, Cockburn deputy mayor Lee-Anne Smith, Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Fremantle deputy mayor Ingrid Waltham at the launch of the second edition of Pathway to a healthy community: a guide for councillors and local government.

LOCAL governments have a new tool to call on when considering the health impacts of their planning decisions.

The second edition of Pathway to a healthy community: a guide for councillors and local government offers case studies, strategies and other insights to aid development of public health plans.

The 106-page guide, launched at Fiona Stanley Hospital on Thursday, was published by the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMSH), with support from the Western Australian Local Government Association.

SMHS board chair Rob McDonald said local governments have a significant impact on many factors that influence health, wellbeing and quality of life.

“The guide explores these factors in detail, introducing contemporary thinking to help local governments plan with their residents’ health in mind,” he said.

“It sets out a pathway to the creation of healthier communities – a goal that can only be achieved if health is at the centre of our vision for the future.”

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the guide complemented the many things the City and other local governments were doing to engage with the community and promote a healthy lifestyle.

The guide is available online at http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au.

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