Ararat - Ararat Rural City Council is currently preparing a draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, which will be used over the coming four years.
Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 Councils in Victoria are required to prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan within 12 months after each general election of the Council.
The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP) is one of three major council documents required by legislation.
As a way of incorporating the community's views, a postcard was created and approximately 1500 were distributed across various locations within the municipality.
The postcard was titled 'My Big Wish' and asked residents to complete a statement that was specifically worded so as not to load any preconceived ideas into the responses, 'My big wish for health and wellbeing is...', with the definition of wellbeing given as 'Something more than health and happiness: it's about having meaning in life and feeling that life is fulfilling and worthwhile - physically, emotionally, socially, financially and spiritually'.
In total 107 postcards were returned with the top three themes from the My Big Wish cards including physical activity, social connection and healthy food.
Also included in the information collated was feedback obtained through the Council Plan and Council Vision postcards.
The top three themes from these included development opportunities for Ararat, physical activity and social connection.
The information will be collated into the draft MPHWP and presented at the September Council meeting.