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SA Healthy Towns Challenge

The SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing 2021 – 2023 is the latest phase of the Healthy Towns Challenge program, and aims to support the wellbeing of children and their families in South Australia’s regional and rural towns through the creation of healthy environments.

Successful projects will receive up to $250,000 in grant support over two years and were selected based on the following criteria:

  • support infrastructure (construct and/or upgrade) for children and families in their communities
  • support children and families in the community to feel more connected and active
  • collaborate with community organisations with expertise in supporting health and wellbeing outcomes for children and their families
  • support with co-investment through funding and in-kind contributions to the project
  • implement and fund (at least 10% of the total budget) a robust evaluation plan measuring the success of the project.

SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing 2021-23 grant recipients:

Woodward Park upgrade focusing on early years wellbeing - Port Pirie

Uniting Country SA Limited

The upgrade of Woodward Park will encourage young children to enjoy outdoor physical activity through the development of a nature play area co-designed with local children, parents, and carers. Facilities will also include a bike track for young children and a half-court basketball facility. The upgrade will be promoted widely through community groups to increase use and contribute to the improved physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of young children and their families.

Connecting Bute’s outdoor play spaces - Bute and surrounding areas

Barunga West Council

Bute’s outdoor play spaces will be developed to improve and connect Bute Lions Fauna park, Hummock’s walking trail, a playground, a skate park, new road safety bike track, and a silo art viewing area. The areas will be connected by a shared walking and pedestrian track, and will encourage more children and families from Bute and the surrounding towns to have a more inviting space to play, connect, and be active in nature.

Aboriginal children and primary carer’s wellness centre - Coober Pedy

Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

The construction of a fit-for-purpose premise will serve as a culturally safe and a positive space for mothers/caregivers and children, as well as providing mother and child health services. Renovation of the Healthy for Life building will include an equipped kitchen, and indoor and outdoor play and seating areas. Facilities will also hold activities that will increase the knowledge and skills of mothers/caregivers on issues such as positive parenting and child nutrition, and will also support children in healthy play and meeting their developmental milestones.

Strong Soul Living = Happy Soul - Point Pearce

Point Pearce Aboriginal Corporation

Spaces for Aboriginal children and young people will be developed and upgraded to increase access to physical and recreational activities, to provide a safe space and strengthen their cultural knowledge and confidence, and support their mental and spiritual wellbeing. Facilities will include a new playground and equipment with shade structures.

Key dates

  • Monday 6 September 2021: Applications open
  • Friday 15 October 2021: Applications close at 12 noon
  • December 2021: Successful projects announced
  • December 2021: Successful projects commence
  • December 2023: Projects conclude
  • February 2024: SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing awards announcement.

Previous recipients

Further information

If you have any questions or would like a call back, contact the SA Healthy Towns Challenge Project Officer, email

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