Rockhampton Regional Council has been recognised for its contribution to tackling heart disease at an awards presentation in Rockhampton on 25 October.

The council was highly commended in the category for councils with populations greater than 15,000 people. Rockhampton Regional Council won this award due to their variety of initiatives under KickStartCQ and the Heart Foundation congratulates all those involved in this successful program“ said Cherie Nicholas, Heart Foundation.

“The awards are important because they recognise the outstanding achievements of local governments in the continuing fight against heart disease – Australia’s number one killer,” said Cherie Nicholas.

“Local governments play a pivotal role in introducing structural change, implementing policies and creating supportive environments which allow people to be physically active, reduce smoking and improve their nutrition,” she said.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Rockhampton Regional Council was Councillor Cherie Rutherford, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee.

“As a council, we have been working hard to implement activities and resources that enable our community to be active and healthy and it is a pleasure to accept this award on behalf of Rockhampton Regional Council and KickStartCQ.

“We have and are continuing to implement a mix of facilities for all age groups, sporting options, and physical activity levels.

“I hope that our community continues to see the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle and gets out and utilizes the great resources and facilities available to them.

Now in their 20th year, the awards were established to recognise initiatives from local governments that have contributed to improving heart health in Australian communities. 

The Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards provide an opportunity for local government to celebrate their achievements and receive recognition for their commitment to creating healthier communities.

Important elements of a healthy community include:

• Opportunities for recreational and incidental physical activity.
• Safe, connected walkable catchments.
• Accessible, safe and appealing environments and facilities that encourage healthy lifestyles.
• Access to affordable healthy foods.
• Smoke-free environments.
• Opportunities for community members to lead interactive and socially connected lives.
• Appropriate, well designed and maintained infrastructure that supports recreation, social interaction and active transport options.

Rockhampton Regional Council is one of four local governments in Queensland recognised with a state award for initiatives that create a healthy community.