4 September 2017

The City of Albany has won the 2017 Western Australian Heart Foundation Local Government Award for councils with a population between 10,000 and 50,000. 

Heart Foundation WA Chief Executive Maurice Swanson congratulated the city for its work which was also highly commended by Heart Foundation judges in the national awards.

“The awards are important because they recognise the outstanding achievements of local governments in the continuing fight against heart disease,” Mr 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 Albany Acting Executive Manager Community Services Samantha Stevens accepted the award at the Environmental Health Association Conference in Perth on Friday and said she was incredibly proud of the City’s achievements.

“Our submission demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in promoting the health and wellbeing of the Albany community via two key projects, Healthy Albany and the Cycle City Strategy,” Ms Stevens said. “We have worked incredibly hard to promote and engage the community to cycle for transport, recreation, tourism and health by providing opportunities and amenities conducive to the enjoyment of cycling.

“The Healthy Albany initiative aims to increase the City’s capacity to provide environments, facilities and events that support a healthy lifestyle and we will continue to work to create a healthy environment for people who live, work or visit Albany.”

The City has also been leading the way with a community cardiac program called Albany Heart Safe. Initiated in 2010, the program has resulted in more than 34 defibrillators being located throughout the city and have proven to be a valuable tool in improving survival prospects of people suffering heart attacks by enabling timely access to defibrillation.

The project is now focussed on getting more defibrillators into local workplaces, with two defibrillator models available to purchase at community rates with additional training and support from St John Ambulance and the City of Albany. Any group or business wishing to purchase a defibrillator through the Heart Safe program can contact Senior Community Development Officer Tammy Flett on 6820 3023.

The program is supported by the Great Southern Weekender, Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and St John Ambulance.