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Coonalpyn - One of SA's Healthiest Towns

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Coonalpyn is one of the winners of the State Government’s SA Healthy Towns Challenge.

Coorong District Council’s 'Coonalpyn Fresh Food Project' has been recognised for its innovative solution to having no town supermarket.

Through partnerships with local suppliers, Coonalypn residents receive a weekly delivery of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat.

It is amongst a range of regional projects across the State that will receive up to $50,000 in grant funding for improving the health and wellbeing of the community.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the winners of the second round of the challenge are innovative and worthy projects that will benefit local communities.  

“The calibre of applications was excellent, which shows that many local councils and community groups are recognising the key role they can play to improve the health and wellbeing of their town,” Minister Wade said.

“The successful projects range from an outdoor gym to a fresh food partnership, and all share the goal of increasing the opportunity for local communities to make healthier choices."

The other successful projects are:

  • The Copley & District Progress Association’s Copley Outdoor Gym – to encourage physical activity and reduce isolation
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia’s Green Gyms in Yankalilla and
    Two Wells – working 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 – supporting a bike riding program for young people to keep them active, and train people to maintain the bikes
  • Leigh Creek Community Progress Association’s Akurra Trail – supporting 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

The winning projects were chosen by a panel of experts, chaired by Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Paddy Phillips.

The SA Healthy Towns Challenge started in 2018 and will run for four years. Grants will be awarded to at least five towns each year, with $1 million to be shared throughout the life of the program.

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