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Recognition for Healthy Communities

Recognition for Healthy Communities

31 October 2012

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam was today presented with an award in the ‘Councils with populations of 15,000 or less’ category of the 2012 Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards.

“I’m very thankful to the Heart Foundation for acknowledging this important community program,” Mayor Quilliam said.

“Since its inception last year, Council’s ‘balance ... your life’ program has been about encouraging health and well being in the community continues to be an innovative way to address health issues in our community.”

‘balance’ was created in response to the release of health statistics that indicated in North-West Tasmania many of the population are at risk of preventable chronic disease. In Circular Head, for example, 61% of residents are overweight and 21% do not exercise enough (Tasmanian population survey, 2009).

“The program was aimed at the whole community and has seen a range of initiatives that focus on increasing physical activities, promoting healthy lifestyle changes and community wellness,” Mayor Quilliam said.

Mayor Quilliam said the success of the program was reliant on the fact it was also about increasing knowledge to enable residents to have a greater understanding of the risks of chronic disease and how to address this increasing issue.

“This has included building partnerships within the local community with service providers and other health agencies, which has provided a greater outcome for all community members,” Mayor Quilliam said.


“As the role of local government changes there is now a focus on caring for our community through activities and infrastructure that are being developed to promote healthy communities.

“The implementation of walking tracks, fitness equipment, extending the swimming pool season reflects the commitment of the Council in our aim to increase physical activity.”

Mayor Quilliam said all of the supporting programs under ‘balance’ included education and information on healthy lifestyle changes, which provided the community with a greater ability to make informed decisions on improving their combined wellness.

Examples of these programs include

  • Kilos for the Community – the flagship program that launched our ‘balance…your life’ initiative in 2011. With the program running in 2011 and again in 2012 it has not only shown great results with over but also brought a sense of knowledge and awareness to a community with alarming obesity and chronic disease statistics.
  • Aqua Fitness Classes - Provided training for local swimming pool life guards to undertake training to allow the Circular Head War Memorial Pool the capacity to provide additional exercise classes within the community.
  • Stuff for Blokes - The “Stuff for Blokes” is a 6 week program held in the local men’s shed.  The program provides activities for men to encourage them to improve their lifestyles.  The program will give blokes the opportunity to interact in a friendly environment, get involved with some building projects or try their hand at some cooking classes. Participants will also be able to assist with construction of a hothouse that is planned to be erected onsite.
  • BEAT IT Physical Activity and Lifestyle Program - A personally tailored 12 week program for participants at risk of/or suffering from chronic disease.
  • Pool Party – Regular activities are run by Council Youth Officer, but with a large focus on physical activity such as the Pool Party, Laser Skirmishing, and Canoeing.
  • Exercise Equipment - Through the 2011 Kilos for the Community Program Council pledged to match kilos lost with the installation of outdoor exercise equipment along the newly established walking tracks. The equipment is being used so frequently that Council are now receiving letters from community members requesting to install lights along the walking tracks so they are able to use it at night.