Logan City Council wins Heart Foundation Award
Published: 23 September 2015
Logan City Council has been recognised as a leader in the fight against heart disease and praised for helping its residents enjoy healthy and active lifestyles.
Council was today named Queensland winner of the 2015 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards for populations greater than 25,000.
Heart Foundation Queensland Chief Executive Officer Stephen Vines said he was impressed by Council's efforts in making its cycleway network more user friendly, providing healthy living programs to residents and building safe, connected, walkable neighbourhoods.
"Creating communities which encourage activity and good nutrition is essential in reducing people's risk of heart disease – the single biggest killer of Australians," Mr Vines said.
"Logan City Council should be congratulated on the work it's done to create a healthy community."
Mayor Pam Parker said Council continued to develop initiatives that encouraged people to lead healthy and active lifestyles.
"As well as providing many parks and sporting facilities, Council subsidises a range of free and low-cost physical activities and lifestyle programs for Logan residents," Mayor Parker said.
"Our Live Well Logan program has been a great success, with over 50,000 attendances in the last six months.
"The program has something for everyone including a range of group fitness classes, walking groups, a community garden, rock climbing, skateboarding and even circus skills workshops. It also includes educational programs that help people improve their health and wellbeing."
Cr Parker said Council had made Logan's six named cycle routes easier to navigate by developing and installing customised direction signs last year.
"Everyday choices can make a big difference to our heart health.
"At Logan City Council, we are making these healthy choices more attractive by building a community that encourages people to leave their cars at home and cycle or walk around our beautiful city instead."
As the state winner, Logan City Council will receive $2,000 to spend on a healthy communities initiative and will be in the running to win the National Healthy Community Award.