City wins kudos for child development


Michelle Brennand (City of Wanneroo) with acting Healthway executive director Maree DeLacey and WALGA president Lynne Craigie.
Michelle Brennand (City of Wanneroo) with acting Healthway executive director Maree DeLacey and WALGA president Lynne Craigie.

At the Local Government Children’s Environment and Health Awards last month, the City won the environments promoting physical activity category and received a commendation for planning healthy communities for children.

The annual awards, run by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, aim to identify progressive policy and outcomes by local governments relating to improving children’s environments.

The City was acknowledged for its forward planning to determine strategies to foster the health and development of children and young people, the Your Move program that encourages and supports residents to increase their physical activity levels and delivering programs that promote healthy and safe eating.

The policies form part of its three-year public health plan, which was launched in 2014.

“The City has been working hard to implement innovative initiatives to encourage residents to lead a healthy lifestyle,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“We will continue our work on the public health plan, for the long term benefit of our community.”