Councils combine for census

Mayors and chief executive officers from the shires of Central Goldfields, Campaspe, Loddon, Mount Alexander, Macedon Ranges and the City of Greater Bendigo came together in Bendigo last week to launch the Healthy Heart of Victoria 2019 Active Living Census.

In 2014 the Active Living Census was a first for the City of Greater Bendigo. The original census was completed by 17,437 people (16 percent of the population) making it the largest response to any survey ever conducted by the city.

The census provided hard data which allowed Greater Bendigo to secure funding for a range of major recreational and health and wellbeing projects over the last five years. This opportunity is now available to the whole region.

The 2019 census is being funded by Healthy Heart of Victoria, an initiative of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership that aims to improve health outcomes for residents living in central Victoria.

The Loddon Campaspe region has some of the worst health outcomes in Victoria with higher rates of smoking and poorer diet behaviours than other parts of the state. The aim of the census is to seek valid local and regional level data on the community’s health behaviours, activity levels, preferences and needs.

“People can be active in lots of different ways. It’s not just about those who participate in organised sport. Through the census we want to find out what people do to stay active, what stops them from being active and what it would take for them to become more active,” Mount Alexander Shire CEO Darren Fuzzard said.

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