Media Release: Greening the West Wins Important Health Award

11 December 2014
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The Greening the West initiative, which aims to improve health through increased urban greening in Melbourne's western metropolitan area, has been recognised at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards.

Greening the West, a partnership program involving 21 organisations including local government, community and stakeholder groups and state government agencies, won the ‘Research into Action' category for research into two key public health challenges; physical inactivity and heat stress.

The award recognises achievement in creating and using knowledge through research and evaluation to build public health research capacity and health intelligence to drive new approaches to illness prevention and health promotion.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Colleen Gates said she was thrilled to see the work of Greening the West recognised as an important initiative aimed at improving the health of the community.

We're pleased to be part of Greening the West, an important initiative to improve the overall health of communities across Melbourne's west, said Cr Gates.

One of the challenges for the west will be maintaining healthy, liveable spaces while managing the impacts of population growth and development.

This award recognises the importance that research can play, and its role to plan and support action that will carry us through to a healthy and sustainable future.  

The Greening the West initiative is the first partnership of its kind in Victoria to bring together local government and water authorities including City West Water, state government agencies and industry and community representatives. While each agency plays a different role in affecting urban greening, all are united by a singular purpose to enable sustainable, liveable and healthy communities in Melbourne's west.

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards are designed to highlight important health promotion projects and programs working in Victoria over the last year. This year's awards consisted of nine categories, with 128 entries overall.

A full list of winners and categories is available on the VicHealth website.