POLICIES on child health, climate change, nature play and shade in public places helped earn the City of Wanneroo a state award this month.
The City won the overall award in the seventh annual Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Awards on December 8.
It also excelled in the child health and development, climate change, healthy and safe food, injury prevention, nature play and shade in public places categories.
The Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA held the annual awards showcasing local government’s progress in creating environments that protect and support the health of children.
The City’s community and place director Debbie Terelinck accepted the top 2017 award for ‘Best in WA’, recognising excellence in implementing policy influenced by consultation with children.
The City also received top honours in nature play category for supporting the ‘Cubby Town’ event at Yanchep National Park, which encouraged families to participate in risk and resilient play by building cubbies and forts
Institute director Melissa Stoneham said the awards acknowledged councils that developed policies and provided programs, services and information relevant to children.
“Children are an important part of any community, and they are our future,” Dr Stoneham said.
WA Local Government Association (WALGA) vice president and Wanneroo mayor Tracey Roberts and WA Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit presented the awards, supported by WALGA, Healthway, the commissioner and Cancer Council WA.