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SA Healthy Towns challenge - previous recipients

Since launching in 2018 the SA Healthy Towns Challenge has provided grants to regional and rural towns to develop preventive health programs within their community. Successful projects have increased access or opportunity for communities to make healthier choices or participate in activities with a prevention focus across the six regional SA Local Health Networks.

Past recipients

Round 4 - 2021/22

Gabmididi Manoo Children and Family Centre - Aboriginal-led bush foods garden

The Gabmididi Manoo Children and Family Centre will establish an Aboriginal community-led bush foods garden In Whyalla to facilitate cultural activities, health and wellbeing of young people and families.

District Council of Tumby Bay - Eyre Peninsula Youth Expo: 2021 The Resilience Effect

The District Council of Tumby Bay will hold a two day youth expo focussing on resilience, connectedness, and mental health and wellbeing, and will include presentations, workshops and activities for Year 10, 11 and 12 Eyre Peninsula students, and their families, carers and educators.

Barossa Council - Steps to better health Barossa

The Barossa Council will establish a social determinants of health based online social prescribing tool that links local people to community-based services via the Barossa Cares website to support their health outcomes.

Foodbank SA - Foodbank food hub Ceduna

Foodbank SA will develop a Food Hub in Ceduna to increase access to healthy food options through a food relief distribution to those experiencing food insecurity.

District Council of Elliston - Healthy Pathways – a cycling and walking program

District Council of Elliston will install a pump track along the coastal trail to help increase community access to a healthy recreational physical activity, focusing on cycling and walking for all ages.

Round 3 - 2020/21

Macclesfield Community Association (Barossa region) - Facility, activity and community: better health for all ages in Macclesfield

The Macclesfield Community Association improved the facilities in Davenport Square to increase accessibility to physical activities, improve social connection and strengthen mental health of the community.

Sonder Care (Gawler, Tanunda, Kapunda and Nuriootpa) - Gawler Barossa School Holiday Program

Sonder Care developed and delivered a school holiday program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Gawler/Barossa region encouraging their participation in health promoting activities.

Kickstart for Kids (Mid-Murray Council region) - Mid-Murray school holiday wellbeing camps and family day

Kickstart for Kids developed and implemented an education program increasing knowledge, skills and strategies of children to make better health choices and decisions as they become adolescents and move into adulthood.

Millicent North Primary School - school kitchen in Millicent

Construction upgrades of classroom kitchen facilities at Millicent North Primary School, where students and families will learn and develop skills to prepare safe and nutritious meals.

Kadina Memorial School Incorporated - Sowing the seeds of resilience

The Kadina Memorial School built a community garden/peace park to improve resiliency, enhance community engagement, promoting health and wellbeing in the prevention and post-vention of suicide in the Copper Coast region.

Round 2 - 2019/20

The Copley and District Progress Associations - Copley outdoor gym

A project to encourage physical activity and reduce isolation.

Coorong District Council - Coonalpyn fresh food project

A weekly delivery of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat through partnerships with local suppliers to Coonalpyn, which no longer has a supermarket in the town.

Conservation Volunteers Australia - green gyms in Yankalilla and Two Wells

These projects work on local environmental projects to improve physical and mental wellbeing in people aged over 40 years.

Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation and Ceduna Youth Hub - Bikes Palya holiday program

This project supports a bike riding programs for young people to keep them active, and train people to maintain the bikes.

Leigh Creek Community Progress Association - Akurra Trail

This project supports the development of a multi-use trail linking the town to nearby Aroona Dam to promote activity and health outcomes for youth and community members.

Round 1 - 2018/19

Uniting Country SA Port Pirie - FoodHub health and wellbeing project

Activities at the Port Pirie FoodHub focused on healthy eating, disease prevention and minimising lead absorption, including the training of FoodHub volunteers in food hygiene, cooking and relevant points of referral.

The Barossa Community Co-operative Store (The Co-Op) - A healthy choice

A project targeting rural adults identified as having a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease through increasing the community’s motivation and capacity to be active and eat healthily within a supportive community context to support improved heart health.

Dunjiba Community Council - Oodnadatta community bike program

This project centred on establishing a holiday program engaging children and young people in cycling and nutrition-related activities in the isolated town of Oodnadatta.

Fregon Anangu School, APY Lands - Bikes Palya healthy lifestyle program

The project involved special visits by youth program, Bikes Palya, to promote physical activity across eight APY Lands community schools, as part of addressing long-term obesity and diabetes.

Wakefield Regional Council - Lettuce Grow - Balaklava community garden project

This project involves the production of a community garden with complementary programs including weekly green gym and nutrition and dietetics workshops, as well as a propagation shade house.

Wudinna District Council - Shared pathways to better health

The development and enhancement of shared walking and cycle paths in the Wudinna district supported regular walking programs, new physical activity events and increased social interaction.

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