MILDURA Rural City Council has outlined its goals and priorities for protecting, improving and promoting the health and well-being of local residents over the next four years.

Mildura Councillors endorsed the Draft Community Health and Well-being Plan 2017-2021 at their August monthly meeting, paving the way for a two-week public consultation period.

Major priorities in the plan include ensuring and improving the health and well-being of residents, with the main focus on preventing violence and injury, improving mental health, reducing harmful alcohol and drug use, promoting tobacco-free living, and encouraging healthier eating and active living.

Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne said the new draft plan was the culmination of six month’s work, driven by Council’s Community Health and Well-being Reference Group.

“This reference group was led by Council and included representatives from organisations and agencies which play a key role in improving population health outcomes in our municipality,” Cr Milne said.

“This ensured we were receiving the most accurate picture of the challenges faced in our community, including our outlying areas, as these agencies, including Council staff, are working and meeting with our residents on a regular basis.

“It also ensured that we had the expertise of specialised agencies to draw from in planning for the health and well-being of our community for the coming four years.”

Cr Milne said the plan would operate in conjunction with Council’s other important policies, strategies and plans to ensure “a thorough and collaborative approach to planning for our district’s future.”

The Draft Community Health and Well-being Plan 2017-2021 is on public exhibition until Thursday, September 7.

Copies of the plan can be downloaded from the Have Your Say area of Council’s website at www.mildura.vic.gov.au/Customer-Support/Have-Your-Say.

Hard copies are also available to view at any of Council’s Customer Service Centres and public libraries.

Comments and feedback can be made over the phone by calling project officer Anne Ross on 5018 8100, or emai anne.ross@mildura.vic.gov.au.