Health & wellbeing planning

Public Health and Wellbeing Plan – a new approach

For the first time, we are integrating our Public Health and Wellbeing Plan with our Council Plan. Our aim is to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, learn and play in Moonee Valley by ensuring health and wellbeing matters are prioritised across all areas of Council.

The public exhibition and consultation period for our draft Council Plan 2017-21 closed on Sunday, 14 May. Thank you to everyone who provided input. Feedback is important to make sure this plan reflects the community’s vision and aspirations for Moonee Valley over the next four years. We are currently reviewing the feedback to inform the final Council Plan.

A Special Committee of Council will consider formal submissions made during the public exhibition period at 6pm on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 at the Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds. 

Council will then consider adopting the final Council Plan at its Ordinary meeting commencing at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. 

In developing the draft Council Plan we have reviewed 16,000 recent community responses from community consultation activities. Here’s what you've told us:

  • Social connections are highly valued
  • Accessibility to all our facilities are important
  • Parks and open space are important for exercise and community events
  • We need to plan and build infrastructure and services for future residents. If it isn’t our direct responsibility then we need to advocate for these
  • Local businesses want our support to encourage business growth, such as faster internet, growth, social media and marketing
  • The community wants us to show leadership in sustainability, diversity and access

Other community consultation is helping us shape the Council Plan, such as the Community Survey 2017 and the MV2040 'Your neighbourhood, your ideas'. Ongoing engagement with Councillors and staff has been critical in identifying key priorities and actions.

You can see a snapshot of what our community have told us in our Council Plan Factsheet (pdf, 3.74MB).

We also engaged our health sector to make sure that the priorities and goals allow community members to maximise their health and wellbeing. Research and consultation with the community and partner organisations have informed our Health and Wellbeing priorities for 2017-21:

  • gender equity and prevention of violence against women
  • walking, cycling and active transport
  • mental health and alcohol and other drugs
  • reducing inequalities
  • creating liveable neighbourhoods
  • employment  

These priorities have been incorporated into the Council Plan.  

We have recently prepared three documents to help inform this plan, these are:

Accessible versions:

Why have a Health Plan?

It is a legislative requirement of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 that councils develop a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan within 12 months of a council election.

The creation of a new Health Plan every four years is a good opportunity to take stock of the health and wellbeing of our community and redefine priorities. It is a great tool to ensure that Council, local health providers and relevant groups and organisations are working together to reduce health inequalities and achieve the same positive health outcomes in the community.

Our community

Our Municipal Profile tells the story of our health and wellbeing status. The profile can be used to draw attention to health priorities and opportunities for action in the next four years.

Our profile (pdf, 14.2MB) includes data about our community, such as our demographic information, health and wellbeing status and details about the environment in which we live in.

Our current Health and Wellbeing Plan

The Moonee Valley Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-17 (pdf, 1.48MB) (docx, 133KB) sets out how we intend to develop a healthier city over the next four years. Our vision is to shape a healthy city that works together to sustain our good health, respond to new and emerging issues and promote equitable health outcomes.

The four key themes of the Moonee Valley Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (the Health Plan) are:

  • Healthy Places
  • Safe and Connected Communities
  • Healthy People
  • Governance and Partnerships

Key documents that informed the Health Plan include:

Documents that support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Health Plan include:

Annual action plans:

Progress reports:

More information about our community:

More information

To find out more, contact our Social Planning and Wellbeing team on 9243 8888 or email 

Last updated: Friday, 9 June 2017, 12:49 AM