Thirdslide

Community wellbeing

Objective: Healthy Together Geelong: to enhance health, wellbeing and quality of life of Greater Geelong communities.

Geelong’s population is changing, not just in size, but the demographic profile continues to shift and diversify also. At one end of the spectrum we are an ageing population with people aged over 65 years of age predicted to increase by 43.7 per cent by 2021. At the other end of the spectrum, Geelong birth rates have increased significantly over the past 10 years and subsequently the population of young children is expected to continue to grow. Culturally and linguistically diverse communities also continue to grow.

Our contribution to health and wellbeing ranges from traditional services such as home care and delivered meals for elderly residents to family and youth services, cultural programs and activities, capacity building within communities, open space and sporting facilities to keep people active, and the provision of facilities and programs to support life long learning.

Over the life of this current City Plan (2013-2017)we are focusing on what you said is important for Greater Geelong: to achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes. Following state health trends, chronic health issues facing the Geelong community include the prevalence of diabetes, growing rates of obesity, insufficient fruit and vegetable consumption and insufficient physical activity.

Our goal is to improve in these areas by providing healthy environments for physical activity, promoting healthy eating and lifestyle options, assisting and improving under resourced areas and providing opportunities for socialisation for people of all ages within our communities.

Over the life of this current City Plan (2013-2017) we are delivering ongoing services, new initiatives and system changes to address the following three important priorities:

  • Healthy lifestyles

  • Healthy environments

  • Connected, creative and strong communities


Strategies and master plans

Below is a selection of the key strategies, master plans and initiatives that will assist in delivering Community Wellbeing priorities:

  • Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

  • Municipal Early Years Plan - A Place for Us 

  • G21 Regional Tennis Strategy

  • Greater Geelong Cycle Strategy

  • Multicultural Action Plan

  • Multicultural Strategic Statement     

  • Disability Action Plan

  • Geelong Play Strategy

  • Greater Geelong Physical Activity Strategy

  • Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan      

  • Municipal Emergency Management Plan

  • Community Fire Management Plan

  • Barwon Regional Drug Action Plan

  • Domestic Animal (Dogs and Cats) Management Plan  

  • Future Provision of Community Infrastructure Plans      

  • Corio Norlane Structure Plan

  • Digital Strategy Geelong

  • Food Policy Discussion Paper

  • Asset Management Plans

  • Recreation reserve master plans that guide the management and future development of reserves

  • Geelong Train Station Local Infrastructure Report

  • Mineral Spa Wellness Centre Feasibility Study

  • Social Infrastructure Plan

  • Urban Forest Strategy

Key partnerships include

  • Federal and State Government departments including:

    • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

    • Department of Health

    • Department of Education and Training

    • Department of Human Services

  • The community including local community and sporting groups and organisations

  • Barwon Health

  • Bellarine Community Health

  • Barwon Medicare Local

  • G21 (Geelong Region Alliance)

  • Volunteering Geelong

  • Diversitat

  • Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative

  • Local media


Challenges

Every day we are faced with challenges, both global and regional. These challenges impact on our decision making in the immediate and long term. It is important we remain flexible so we can respond to the changing needs of our community as well as making the most of the opportunities that arise.

Some of the challenges facing us in the pursuit of a healthy, connected and strong community include:

  • The impact of population growth on existing infrastructure and service levels.

  • An increase in the demand for council services due to the shift in demographics; namely the ageing population and the increasing birth rate.

  • Increased demand on existing health care systems (facilities, equipment and health care professionals).

  • Reduction in government grant income.

  • The increase in cost of living and its affect on healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Growing need for education and program provision to combat chronic health issues facing the community.

  • The emergence of food security issues.

  • Increasing risk of social isolation as social bonds are weakened and people become more disconnected from others.

  • Making programs accessible to the community - affordable, relevant, timely and reachable.

  • Meeting the needs of increased cultural diversity within the community.

  • Responding to Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) data to address indicators of vulnerability amongst local children.

  • Seeking funding for infrastructure and environmental improvements in under resourced areas within the community so as to maintain equality throughout the municipality.

  • Continuing to meet the implementation requirements associated with the Federal Government’s early childhood reform, including the National Quality Framework. This has required increased staffing levels and additional kindergarten programs in Council’s long day care centres.

  • Meeting the challenge of increased competition in the 24/7 gym market.


Priority: Healthy lifestyles

We will encourage healthy lifestyle choices by:

  • Facilitating and promoting physical activity.

  • Facilitating and promoting healthy eating.

  • Investing in prevention and improved health across all communities in Greater Geelong.

  • Working collaboratively with agencies to promote and bring about system level changes aimed at improving wellbeing and lifestyle choices.


Progress indicators:

Type of indicator Indicator Target
D Growth in visitor numbers to Council owned leisure centres (casual and membership visits) 3% per annum
D Number of long day care centres at Recognition Point One in the Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program 40% of long day care centres within the municipality
D Number of kindergartens at Recognition Point One in the Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program 40% of kindergartens within the municipality
D Number of primary schools at Recognition Point One in the Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program 30% of Primary Schools within the municipality
D Number of large (200 or more staff) businesses at Recognition Point One in the Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program 30% of large business in the municipality
D Number of participants in the Geelong Seniors Festival Equal to or greater than the previous year
I Percentage of children who attend 3.5 year old Maternal Child Health consultation Meet or exceed Victorian average
I Visit to green space more than once a week (Vic Health Survey) Meet or exceed Victorian average
I Sedentary behaviour (sitting for seven or more hours a day) (Vic Health Survey) Meet or exceed Victorian average
M Percentage of infants breast fed at six months of age Meet or exceed Victorian average


Priority: Healthy lifestyles

We will provide safe and vibrant physical environments and infrastructure to support healthy living and connected communities. This includes:

  • Well maintained public spaces and related infrastructure

  • Cycling and walking paths

  • Safe, hazard and nuisance free environments

  • Maintaining preparedness and responsiveness to emergencies

  • Facilities to meet a range of community programs and activities.


Progress indicators:

Type of indicator Indicator Target
D Community satisfaction rating for overall performance in the enforcement of local laws (Local Government Satisfaction Survey) Meet or exceed Victorian Council average
D Community satisfaction rating for overall performance with local footpaths (Local Government Satisfaction Survey) Meet or exceed Victorian Council average
D Community satisfaction rating for overall performance with recreational facilities (Local Government Satisfaction Survey) Meet or exceed Victorian Council average
D Community satisfaction rating with the appearance of public areas (Local Government Satisfaction Survey) Meet or exceed Victorian Council average
D Kilometres of off road paths (bicycle and walking) established by CoGG Increase
D Food safety compliance; assessment compliance rates 100%
I Number of bicycle riders counted on ‘Super Sunday’ (held annually in November) Increase
I Perceptions of safety – walking alone during the day (Vic Health survey) Meet or exceed Victorian average
I Perceptions of safety – walking alone during the night (Vic Health survey) Meet or exceed Victorian average
I Resolution rates for neighbourhood amenity and Local Law requests 100%
I Dog attack rates per 100,000 population Decrease


Priority: Connected, creative and strong communities

We will facilitate programs and events that encourage increased participation in community life by:

  • Encouraging and promoting diversity and equity of access for all sectors of the community

  • Supporting an inclusive local community culture, where people interact and provide mutual support

  • Investing in community regeneration and rebuilding in under resourced communities

  • Promoting and providing opportunities for education and lifelong learning

  • Building upon existing capacities in local communities

  • Bringing the community together through sports, recreation, arts, culture and heritage.


Progress indicators:

Type of indicator Indicator Target
D Percentage of residents who participated in citizen engagement in the last year (Vic Health survey) Meet or exceed Victorian average
D Community satisfaction rating with overall performance of family support services (Local Government Satisfaction Survey) Meet or exceed Victorian Council average
I Percentageof children enrolled in kindergarten Greater than 95% of children enrolled in an Early Childhood Education program in the year before full time schooling
I Number of annual library visits (physical) per capita Meet or exceed Victorian average
I Proportion of resident library memberships 3% increase per annum
I Greater access to library e-collections 5% increase per annum
I Community acceptance of diverse cultures (Vic Health survey) Meet or exceed Victorian average
I Percentage of residents involved in volunteering (Vic Health survey) Meet or exceed Victorian average
I Community satisfaction rating with overall performance of elderly support services (Local Government Satisfaction Survey) Meet or exceed Victorian Council average


Ongoing Community Wellbeing services and activities for the community

  • Child care at seven City Learning and Care Centres, management of the family day care service and the operation of stand alone council-run kindergartens at Rosewall and Whittington.

  • School holiday programs at five locations across the municipality.

  • The Regional Parenting Service, which provides parenting information and support.

  • Provision of maternal and child health services at centres across the municipality with additional specialist support services provided into the home as required.

  • Immunisation provided from six venues across the municipality.

  • Programs, services, events, facilities and activities that support, engage and promote young people in our community.

  • Aged and disability services including respite, personal and general care programs, both in-home and within the community.

  • Provision of senior citizens activities and services including meals on wheels (through the Regional Kitchen Project) and home maintenance.

  • Promotion of an age friendly and inclusive community for older adults.

  • Community development and community building and renewal activities.

  • Volunteer management.

  • Coordination and sponsorship of community events and festivals.

  • Support of local sporting and community groups.

  • Provision of sport, recreation and leisure facilities to promote physical health and wellbeing.

  • Management of indoor and outdoor aquatic and leisure centres including Waterworld, Splashdown, Leisurelink Aqautic and Recreation Centre, Bellarine Aquatic andSports Centre, Kardinia Aquatic Centre and Lara Pool.

  • Management of sports centres and stadiums including Geelong Arena, Simonds Stadium/Sports House, Barwon Valley Activity Centre, Geelong Baseball Centre and Leisuretime Centre.

  • Management and operation of golf courses – Balyang Par 3, Elcho Park and Queens Park.

  • Provision and maintenance of parks and playgrounds including Geelong Botanical Gardens.

  • Provision and maintenance of sporting grounds and public reserves. This includes turf management, management and allocation of government sporting grants, managing water restrictions, and upgrade of facilities such as clubrooms and lighting.

  • Support, guidance and assistance to local sporting and social clubs and associations.

  • Construction and maintenance of safe walking and bicycle paths.

  • Support to the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, including the maintenance of the 11 library buildings in the municipality.

  • Provision of community halls and community buses located across the municipality for community group use at a subsidised rate.

  • Maintaining a safe community including the operation of Central Geelong safety cameras, street lighting, promoting and participating in activities to improve Central Geelong safety and initiatives relating to prevention of violence.

  • The administration of the General Local Law aimed at promoting a safe and hazard free environment and to prevent and suppress nuisances which affect the quality of life. This is done through a combination of approaches including education, advisory, regulation and enforcement.

  • Enhance environmental health outcomes for the community by delivering a range of services including food and health premises assessments, environmental nuisances prevention (including noise), mosquito and pest control, infectious disease investigations, tobacco control and waste water management.

  • Pet and animal management including registrations, nuisance, stray or wandering animals, incident investigations and impounded animals.

  • Ensure child safety by providing supervision at nominated school crossings.

  • Coordination of emergency responses during major emergencies, such as bush fires or flooding.


How you can contribute to achieving our Community Wellbeing priorities

  • Get active – take advantage of one of our 900 areas of open space, or one of our 281 playgrounds.

  • Eat five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit daily.

  • Try and complete 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days.

  • Have a health check and take action if required.

  • Leave the car at home and walk or ride to work.

  • If you want to quit smoking call the Quitline.

  • Broaden your knowledge and skills by taking part in a local education or training course.

  • Get involved in a community project.

  • Become a volunteer.

  • Visit your local Maternal Child Health Centre

  • Make the most of our dedicated walking and bike trails.

  • Visit your local aquatic, leisure and sports centre.

  • Become an active neighbourhood watch participant.

  • Join a local sporting club or community group.

  • Visit your local library.

  • Be an active member of your community and have your say.

  • Involve your children in playgroup or kindergarten activities.

  • Walk your children to school, or start a ‘walking school bus’.


Key Indicators

Key Type of measure
D Direct – Council has a direct influence on the measure result
I Influence – Council has an influence on the measure result but other external factors outside our control also impact it
M Monitor – Council has no influence on the measure result but monitors it to assist in future planning


Page last updated: Friday, 23 June 2017
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