City calls on residents to take part

THE City of Greater Bendigois encouraging all residents to complete the Active Living Census to help develop better public open spaces and recreation facilities across the region.

Active and healthy communities manager Patrick Jess said this was the first time the council had carried out such a detailed survey on people’s health and recreation habits.

“It is important for staff to hear from as many residents as possible. We want to know what you do to stay active, how often you participate, if you join in with friends and where you go,” Mr Jess said.

“It is also equally important to understand the barriers that may prevent people from being as active as they would like.

“The 2013 – 2017 Council Plan includes strategic objectives to improve open spaces and walking and cycling paths, so by completing this survey residents will be able to further inform the council plan and vouncil’s long term priorities."

The paper-based census will be delivered to every household across Greater Bendigo and is open from April 28 to May 18.

Every resident, including children, is encouraged to participate for their chance to win weekly prizes, including $1000 Champions IGA vouchers, mountain bikes and extended season family pool passes.

The census can be completed online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/activeliving. Every person that completes the Census online will be eligible for a discount voucher to be used at participating Champions IGA stores.

Hard copies of the census are also available from the City’s offices in Lyttleton Terrace, Hopetoun Street and Heathcote, the Bendigo, Heathcote, Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk libraries, and the Bendigo Community Health Services offices in central Bendigo, Kangaroo Flat, Elmore and Eaglehawk.

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