Healthy Towns Action Plans Launched

Following 18 months of community consultation and co-design, NCPHN is funding approximately $1 million of health and wellbeing initiatives across the six Healthy Towns: Casino, Evans Head, Maclean, Woolgoolga, South West Rocks and Lake Cathie.

Program Coordinator Sarah Robin explained: “Healthy Towns has been working in partnership with local communities to design local initiatives that help improve health and wellbeing. Our Community Action Plans are the culmination of this work and will see almost fifty initiatives implemented across the Healthy Towns communities.”

Major projects include:

  • Speech pathology services for South West Rocks preschool students.
  • Community Hub to be established in Lake Cathie.
  • Community Connector to improve access to services for Evans Head residents.
  • Youth programs to be jointly implemented by local service providers in the Casino community.
  • Interagency Service Centre in partnership with Clarence Valley Council in Maclean.
  • Men’s health and wellbeing programs, nutrition program and community events in Woolgoolga.

Healthy Towns Community Action Plans outline key demographics for each community and list each of the initiatives being funded. Hard copies will be distributed in each community and you can download digital copies below.

Next steps for the Healthy Towns program will involve a formal evaluation to determine the success of the program and its impact in communities. Stay tuned for action plan launches in Evans Head and Casino coming up soon.

Click here for more information on the Healthy Towns program.

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