The City of Maroondah is preparing to unveil a high-level strategic plan that will guide Council’s promotion of a healthy, happy municipality over the next four years.

The 2009-2013 Maroondah Community Wellbeing Plan is underpinned by extensive community consultation and a comprehensive research report, which provided the basis for its six health and wellbeing priorities – healthy minds, healthy choices; engaged, resilient communities; accessible, safe communities; lifestyle opportunities to support health and wellbeing; targeting equity and social inclusion; and healthy, sustainable environments.

Mayor of Maroondah, Cr Alex Makin, said the plan included six action plans with specific objectives and strategies to support each of the priorities.

“The Maroondah Community Wellbeing Plan will be implemented by Council in partnership with the community, local agencies and the State Government,” Cr Makin said.

“The plan aims to work towards an optimal state of health and wellbeing for the Maroondah community by addressing issues impacting on the entire municipality. The plan will also address issues related to social and economic disadvantage that result in poor health outcomes for particular groups in our community,” Cr Makin said.

The former Maroondah Partners in Health, Safety and Community Wellbeing Committee (now retired) was responsible for the plan’s development and setting its strategic direction. Maroondah’s new Community Wellbeing Committee will oversee the plan’s implementation.

“The Maroondah Community Wellbeing plan is a significant strategic document and we are confident that, with the involvement and support of our community and partners, we will nurture and develop the health and wellbeing of the Maroondah community well into the future,” Cr Makin said.

Cr Makin will launch the 2009-2013 Maroondah Community Wellbeing Plan on Monday 19 April at the Karralyka Centre in Mines Road, Ringwood East.

VicHealth Social Connection, Economic Participation and Workforce Development Manager Irene Verins will cover the topic of social inclusion and health during the keynote speech of the launch.

Copies of the plan will be available at Council Service Centres or online at www.maroondah.vic.gov.au after Monday 19 April.

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Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email: alex@alexmakin.com.au

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