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More people more active more often in Loddon Campaspe


Communities in Loddon Campaspe are being given new opportunities to be more active more often thanks to the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative.

Eleven infrastructure and activation projects across the region were announced today, supported as part of the $5 million Victorian Government-funded Healthy Hearty initiative.

These include $51,000 for further development of the kitchen garden at Maryborough Community House to allow the community to be active through gardening and to encourage healthy eating. The funding will also enhance the current playground at the Community House. There’s also $112,000 for path upgrades at the Goldfields Reservoir in Maryborough and to provide a weekly parkrun around the reservoir. Also in Central Goldfields Shire, there is funding for a new basketball court at Gordon Gardens close to the township of Dunolly.

Among other projects being announced is a multicultural lifeguard and swimming teacher training program at Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre in Kangaroo Flat which will encourage members of the local Karen community to get more active. This is part of a larger initiative which includes the installation of outdoor gym equipment, lighting and seating at Kangaroo Flat Browning Street Oval and the Bendigo Creek Trail. A full list of the projects is below.

The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership made Healthy Heart a priority after hearing from the community at Regional Assemblies that preventative health initiatives were needed in the region. The Healthy Heart Framework document (PDF 10.8 MB), which summarises the Healthy Heart initiative, was also launched this week.

As well as providing new infrastructure to help communities be more active, the program – which is supported by the six Loddon Campaspe Local Government Areas - has funded an active living census to evaluate health levels in the region and to ensure an evidence base for the provision of new health and recreation services. Approximately 25,000 responses to the census were recently returned and the information gathered is now being collated.

The eleven infrastructure and activation projects being announced today are:

Central Goldfields Shire

  • $51,272 for the Maryborough Community House Kitchen Garden and Community Playground
  • $112,131 for the Goldfields Reservoir path upgrade and parkrun, Maryborough
  • $29,647 for the Gordon Gardens Basketball Court at Dunolly

Loddon Shire

  • $20,040 to recruit and train volunteer life guards across the area. Total project value is $39,040
  • $140,000 for Boort Lake Precinct Activation. Total project value is $181,500
  • $140,000 for the Wedderburn and Bridgewater Open Space Activation. Total project value is $181,500

City of Greater Bendigo

  • $139,800 for Kangaroo Flat Browning Oval and Bendigo Creek Trail. This is for outdoor gym equipment, lighting, seats and drinking water fountain. Activation activities include multicultural lifeguard swimming training. Total project value is $225,800
  • $160,200 for Long Gully Recreation Reserve Activation. Total project value is $237,200

Campaspe Shire

  • $272,597 for Activating Crossenvale in Echuca. Total project value is $299,090

Macedon Ranges Shire

  • $300,000 for WalKyneton including for the installation water fountains, seating and redevelopment of the existing walking track

Mount Alexander Shire

  • $300,000 for Castlemaine Walking and Cycling Linkages. Total project value is $330,000

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