Friday, September 4th, 2009 - City of Cockburn
The City of Cockburn's Tobacco Action Plan has been named the WA Category Winner for Tobacco in the 2009 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards.

The plan was developed in partnership with the South Metropolitan Public Health Unit and involved an extensive consultation process.

A range of strategies were implemented, including education, publicity, signage, smoke-free public places, smoking cessation course for staff and the public, workplace role-modeling and reduction of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

The city also won a Highly Commended award for its Be Active Cockburn project.

The Heart Foundation Local Government Awards, now in their 17th year, recognise initiatives from local governments that have contributed to improving heart health in Australian communities.

The awards provide an opportunity for local governments to celebrate their achievements and receive recognition for their commitment to creating healthier communities.

The City of Cockburn is one of seven local governments in WA recognised with a state award for initiatives that build a sense of community, encourage people to be active, smoke free and make healthy food choices.

"The awards are important because they recognise the outstanding achievements of local governments in the continuing fight against cardiovascular disease - Australia's leading cause of death," Heart Foundation Chief Executive Maurice Swanson said.

"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."

City of Cockburn Chief Executive Officer Stephen Cain said the council's key goals with the Tobacco Action Plan were to improve the health of people living in Cockburn, by reducing their exposure to smoke and to encourage and assist smokers to quit the habit, through free education courses.

"Part of the plan also included adopting a 'smoke-free' policy, recognising the fundamental shift in community attitudes and the need for healthy workplaces and communities in the 21st century," Mr Cain said.

"This has helped to increase the public awareness of the dangers of smoking with the City of Cockburn, setting an example which the whole community can follow.

"I'm also pleased our Be Active Cockburn program has been highly commended, which is helping our residents to become more physically active, while learning more about the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifefstyle."

This year the Heart Foundation added two more categories to the awards - Planning for Active Living and Employee Health and Wellbeing, which recognise local governments that encourage active living through urban planning initiatives and improve their employees' heart health through introducing physical activity, healthy eating or smoke-free initiatives in the workplace.

They join the existing four award categories - Facilities, Healthy Weight, Tobacco and Priority Groups.

As a WA Category Winner, the City of Cockburn is eligible to be selected as a National Category Winner or even the National Overall Winner - announced in October.

Other WA awards included:


Winners
Planning for Active Living
City of Rockingham – Bicycle Parking and End-of-Trip Facilities Policy

Employee Health and Wellbeing
City of Rockingham – Employee Health and Wellbeing Plan

Healthy Weight
Town of Port Hedland – Walk it Hedland

Priority Groups
Shire of Halls Creek – Store for Better Health

Facilities
City of Joondalup – Dirk Bicycle Tracks Program

Highly Commended
Employee Health and Wellbeing
City of Perth – Health and Wellbeing Program

Tobacco
City of Armadale – Tobacco Action Plan

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
heart1.jpeg: Gillian Street (TravelSmart Officer, City of Cockburn), Maurice Swanson (Chief Executive, Heart Foundation), Stephen Cain (CEO, City of Cockburn).

heart2.jpeg: Sue Judd (Environmental Health Officer, City of Cockburn), Jamie-Lee Cavill (Health Promotion Officer, South Metropolitan Public Health Unit), Maurice Swanson (Chief Executive, Heart Foundation), Stephen Cain (CEO, City of Cockburn).

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City of Cockburn


The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chantelle O'Sullivan
P: (08) 9411 3605
W: www.cockburn.wa.gov.au

Heart Foundation


This year the Heart Foundation marks its 50th anniversary as Australia’s leading voice on heart health.

The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.

As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on donations and gifts in Wills to continue its lifesaving research, education and health promotion work. For further information visit www.heartfoundation.org.au or call 1300 36 27 87.
Liz Rehfeldt, Manger Media and Communications
P: (08) 9382 5947
M: 0403 348 749
W: www.heartfoundation.org.au

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