The Coorong District Council received a ‘National Highly Commended Award’ from the Australian Heart Foundation at the Local Government Association SA’s Annual General Meeting on November 16.
This follows the Foundation’s State award back in September for its work on improving the health of its community.
One of the initiatives highlighted by the judges was the Coorong Healthy Highways (CHH) program – the first of its kind in Australia.
CHH has partnered with more than 20 local businesses to create healthy menu items along its remote highways, and evaluation shows positive change for business outlets and the wider community.
Coorong District Council Mayor Neville Jaensch said the Council had come a long way in terms of how it approached community health.
“We want to build a district with opportunities for future generations, and part of this is ensuring families have access to unstructured physical activity and healthy food.” he said.
“Not only does this support our families living here already, but also create an environment to attract new people to the Coorong.
“These accolades from the Heart Foundation reiterate that we’re on the right track.”
The Council also received $2,000 for the award, which it will reinvest back in to community health programs.