Two Sunshine Coast Council programs that focus on improving the health and wellbeing of our community have come away with Highly Commended commendations at the 2017 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards ceremony held in Gladstone yesterday (October 15).
The Heart Foundation Local Government Awards recognise and showcase councils that are working to improve heart health through building a sense of community, encouraging people to be physically active, be smoke-free and make healthy food choices.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the National Heart Foundation’s commitment to encouraging Australians to live, work and play in environments that actively promote and support healthy choices was in line with the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy vision and the new Healthy Sunshine Coast initiative which was Highly Commended along with the Coastal Pathway project.
“One of the key targets of council’s Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 was for the region to maintain its ranking as the healthiest in Queensland. The Healthy Sunshine Coast program and Coastal Pathway project are two ways to help us keep that status,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The Highly Commended awards certainly allow us to benchmark our projects on a national platform and demonstrates our commitment to deliver a healthy, smart, creative region.”
Heart Foundation Queensland CEO Stephen Vines said Sunshine Coast Council was a deserved winner of commendation.
“Sunshine Coast Council has been incredibly active in cultivating opportunities for residents and visitors to be active and healthy,” Mr Vines said.
“The Heart Foundation has been particularly impressed with the Coastal Pathway project which has attracted more people to walk and ride.
“Council has also been proactive in promoting heart health, especially during Heart Week.”
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the collaboration and consultation with external stakeholders and citizens had been the key to the early success of the Healthy Sunshine Coast program.
“By working alongside stakeholders such as Queensland Health, TAFE East Coast, Queensland Sport and Recreation Services to name a few, council will ensure our community will continue to thrive and enjoy a lifestyle that sets us apart,” Cr McKay said.
“The world-class scenic Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway is an iconic coastal pathway integrating beaches, coastal lookouts, parks, local destinations, services and business for the length of the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s designed for both pedestrians and cyclists to keep an active lifestyle and support community well being.
“Council will continue to ensure we build and support an even stronger and healthier Sunshine Coast community.”
For more details on the Healthy Sunshine Coast program, visit council’s website.