At the Local Government Week Awards evening held in Sydney on 3 August 2011, Cancer Council proudly recognised four councils for leading the charge towards healthy local living and reducing the impact of cancer in their communities. Cancer Council congratulates them for their efforts.
THE WINNERS ARE…
While not the only health issue of concern, cancer is clearly a major consideration in all of our communities. But the good news is that 30 per cent of cancers can be prevented by living healthier lifestyles. Through the unique role of local government in policy, planning and community engagement, they are helping reduce the impacts of cancer and other life threatening diseases.
Guyra Shire Council
Guyra Shire Council received the winning award in recognition of their localised responses to cancer prevention and broad community health initiatives. Council has undertaken initiatives to increase physical activity and healthy eating of residents, to reduce smoking and sun exposure to its workers, and has improved shade at pools, playgrounds and sports facilities. With our support, Guyra Shire Council has also adopted a comprehensive smoke-free outdoor area policy this year that includes alfresco dining areas
Photo: L to R: Mr David Cushway, General Manager – Guyra Shire Council; Ms Shaen Fraser , Regional Programs Coordinator – Cancer Council NSW; Cr Hans Hietbrink, Mayor – Guyra Shire Council; Mr Bruce Hodgkinson, Chair – Cancer Council NSW
Penrith City Council
Penrith City Council received the winning award in recognition of its efforts to reduce the impact of cancer and other chronic diseases in its community. The Council has been very supportive of our programs, especially Relay For Life and provides free office space for a Cancer Council community hub. It has implemented a comprehensive range of healthy workplace programs and community initiatives on sun protection, nutrition, physical activity and tobacco. The council has adopted a strong policy approach in tackling these challenges and actively seeks Cancer Council’s input into its strategic directions. What helps underpin the range of initiatives is Penrith Council’s Health Strategy and they also have a dedicated Health Strategy Officer.
Photo: L to R: Cr Jim Aitken, Mayor – Penrith City Council; Ms Monique Desmarchelier, Health Strategy Officer – Penrith City Council; Ms Aruni Ratnayake , Regional Programs Coordinator – Cancer Council NSW; Mr Bruce Hodgkinson, Chair – Cancer Council NSW
Leeton Shire Council
Leeton Shire Council was highly commended for adopting a comprehensive smoke-free outdoor area policy, improving sun protection practices of staff and actively supporting Cancer Council fundraising. In addition, the Council provides free community transport to cancer patients to attend our Understanding Cancer Program.
Photo: L to R: Mr David Laugher, General Manager – Leeton Shire Council; Mr Bruce Hodgkinson, Chair – Cancer Council NSW
Marrickville Council was highly commended for its strong partnership with Cancer Council and its commitment to addressing tobacco-related harm across the community. Protecting the health of the community is clearly detailed in Council’s Community Strategic Plan. After a thorough consultation process and with the support of Cancer Council, Marrickville Council adopted a very comprehensive smoke-free outdoor area policy. It has also hosted training workshops for community workers to up skill them in supporting clients towards quitting smoking.
Photo: L to R: Cr Fiona Byrnes, Mayor – Marrickville Council; Mr Bruce Hodgkinson, Chair – Cancer Council NSW