Shellharbour receives Healthy Cities membership

7/03/2018
 
Shellharbour City has received membership from the Alliance for Healthy Cities, joining Kiama Council and Healthy Cities Illawarra.

The Alliance for Healthy Cities is an international network aiming at protecting and enhancing the health of individuals. The Alliance is a group of cities and other organisations that work towards achieving the goal through an approach called Healthy Cities, with close collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba says she is delighted that the city had received Healthy Cities membership, adding that there were very few organisations in Australia that have a full membership with the Alliance for Healthy Cities. 

“This reflects highly on our city, our Council and our community and it comes with significant benefits.

“Being a member of the Alliance for Healthy Cities means Council can bring global best practice back to our local community and provides access to a network of global cities who are promoting a common philosophy that is endorsed by the WHO.”

The network shares information about healthy city initiatives and holds a global conference every two years where members can connect and showcase current developments.

WHO define a healthy city as "a city that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and to develop their maximum potential."

Currently, there are over 1300 Healthy Cities worldwide. Healthy Cities is a cooperative approach to health planning and urban administration and, based on improved cooperation between different sectors of government and greater community participation in decision making. This results in an environment more conducive to good health.

It is now expected that local governments from various countries and regions will participate in the Alliance as a mechanism for improving their capacity to respond to health and quality of life needs through the Healthy Cities approach. 
 
Media opportunity
  • Shellharbour City has received membership from the Alliance for Healthy Cities, joining Kiama Council and Healthy Cities Illawarra.
  • The Mayor is available for photos/interviews tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 7 March). To arrange contact me at kelli.wells@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au or 0448 361 008.
  • Barrack Reserve section of the outdoor fitness equipment trail. The trail is part of Healthy Ageing Strategy.
  • The free equipment is grouped in fitness stations on the city's eastern foreshore area.  For more information click here
Media enquiries: Kelli Wells 0448 361 008.