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Healthy Loddon Campaspe announces new projects

Media release

Healthy Loddon Campaspe (HLC) has announced a wide range of new projects aimed at encouraging physical activity and healthy eating for residents across our region.

HLC is a State Government funded initiative aimed at improving health outcomes in the six Local Government Areas (LGA’s) of the Loddon Campaspe region – City of Greater Bendigo, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shires.

Over 30 new projects will be delivered across the region from early September 2023, including multi-LGA projects such as:

  • HLC Healthy Schools Project in four LGA’s, focusing on helping selected schools to provide a supportive environment for physical activity and healthy eating within the school setting.
  • An extension of the successful HLC Healthy Sports Clubs Project in three LGA’s, focusing on helping sports clubs to implement small, manageable changes in their food and drink environments to improve access to healthy options.
  • Portable StoryWalks in two Shires to encourage children and adults to engage in physical activity while enjoying reading in the outdoors at the same time.

Healthy Loddon Campaspe Coordinator, Alicia O’Brien said HLC is delighted to announce the next round of activation projects across the region.

“Data from the Active Living Census told us that 62.5% of Loddon Campaspe residents are overweight or obese, and only 13% of adults and 14% of children meet the daily vegetable consumption guidelines,” Ms O’Brien said.

“The new round of Activation projects, which are place-based and designed with local stakeholders, focus on addressing these statistics by encouraging and enabling healthy eating and physical activity.

“In addition to the multi-LGA projects planned, we’re also excited to see the implementation of a number of innovative new projects in the region such as the Active Footpaths Project in Loddon Shire, and the Verge Gardening Project in Macedon Ranges Shire.”

Project planning is already underway and more information about the full list of next round HLC activation projects is available on the HLC website.

Projects

The following Healthy Loddon Campaspe projects will take place in each municipality as part of the next round:

City of Greater Bendigo

White Hills

  • Active Outdoor Playgroups
  • Active and Healthy Youth and Seniors program
  • Walking group and supporting infrastructure

Heathcote

  • Preschool physical activity program
  • Path activation project
  • Beginners cooking initiative
  • Physical activity mapping project

Long Gully

•    Adventure Bingo
•    Bike repair station, pump, and hoops
•    Multicultural cooking classes
•    Healthy Sports Clubs Project
•    Bendigo Foodshare projects

 

Campaspe Shire

  • Healthy Schools Project
  • Twin Rivers School Garden Project
  • Active Stadiums Project
  • Portable StoryWalks Project
  • Drinking Water Partnership Project

 

Central Goldfields Shire

  • Dunolly Cooking and Gardening Workshops
  • Healthy Schools Project
  • Healthy Sports Clubs Project
  • Skate Park Activation Project

 

Loddon Shire

  • Active Footpaths Project
  • Community Gardens Engagement Project
  • Cooking Healthy Meals at Home Project
  • Portable StoryWalks Project
  • Healthy Sports Clubs Project

 

Macedon Ranges Shire

  • Healthy Schools Project
  • Early Childhood Bike Skills and Resources
  • Macedon Ranges Food Coalition
  • Verge Gardening Project

 

Mount Alexander Shire

  • Healthy Flexible Learning Options Program
  • Healthy Schools Project
  • Food Links Mount Alexander
  • Drinking Water Partnership Project
    Locations:
    Greater Bendigo