Health and Wellbeing

Council values the wellbeing of the Clarence community and believes that good health and a sense of wellbeing are integral to a thriving community. Council has led a wide range of projects that aim to improve health and wellbeing through the guidance of the Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2018.


Policy and Planning

Health and Wellbeing Plan

Council’s Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2018 provides strategic direction for Council in the area of health and wellbeing. The plan identifies a range of strategies and actions that can be taken to strengthen and improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the community.

The plan builds on the unique strengths of the region and people in the City and reflects community aspirations and research. A copy of the Plan can be found on our publications page.


Community Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee (CHAWAC)

The CHAWAC is a group of people that provides advice on the implementation of the Community Health and Wellbeing Plan.  Internal Representatives on the committee include Council Officers from Planning, Environmental Health, Asset Management, and Community Development. External Representation on the Committee is provided by Public Health Services, Tasmanian Health Service, Department of Communities Sport and Recreation, the Heart Foundation and Youth Network of Tasmania.

In order to action the Plan, CHAWAC have created three working groups:

The Working Groups include additional representatives from the community, government and service organisations and meet on a monthly basis to further address key actions in the pan. Project groups are established as needed to work on identified actions.


Projects and Activities

Live ClarenceLive Clarence logo

Live Clarence covers the range of communication platforms for Council’s health and wellbeing program.

Living Well in Clarence

This fun health and wellbeing expo is a collaborative project of the Tasmanian Health Service, the Neighbourhood Centres in Clarence, Rosny LINC and Council. The event focuses on the many ways we can live well, including physical and mental health, food and nutrition, exercise, relaxation and the resources and services available for these in our community. The event has been held annually at Rosny LINC on the first Saturday in November since 2011.

Food Security in Clarence

Food security refers to the ability of individuals, households and communities to acquire food that is healthy, sustainable, affordable, appropriate and accessible. Council is currently involved in two initiatives to promote food security and access to healthy foods.

Fruit and vegetable swapping and dropping

One of the initiatives is the promotion of fruit and vegetable "swapping and dropping". If you grow fresh produce and find yourself with an excess, you might like to consider swapping or dropping it at one of the participating Neighbourhood Centres across Clarence where it can find a grateful home. Alternatively, the St Marks Church market in Bellerive and Little Shop in Lindisfarne also accept fresh produce. This initiative is part of the Living Well in Clarence partnership, of which Council is a member, which focuses activity on promoting access to healthy foods.

Healthy Food Access Tasmania

In partnership, Council and the Heart Foundation engaged in a project to better understand how the built environment in neighbourhoods and towns impacts on how residents access healthy food across the municipality. This project, which is unique to Tasmania, spatially mapped a variety of community attributes and consulted with the community to gauge how these attributes impact on their access to healthy food.

This report summarises the process undertaken through the project, shares the tools and expert knowledge and collates the feedback. All of this has informed a set of recommendations for Council.

The report can be found on our publications page.  

The Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition

Council assisted with the research project conducted by the Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition in 2011-12 that developed and tested tools to measure the experience of food security in different Tasmanian settings. The success of these tools provides the beginning of a state-wide food security monitoring and evaluation system.

The report from this project can be found on our publications page.

Film Project

Council has started working with the Tasmanian Canteen Association and Family Food Patch and Rosny College on producing some short films of cooking locally sources vegetable with easy recipes to be viewed on social media.

Waste Communication Project

Council has started planning some ways to improve people’s understanding about what we do with waste. The project is in early stages of development so stay tuned…


Fitness in the Park

Council provides a free outdoor fitness program in some of Council’s parks throughout the year. There are six sessions a week during Summer and a smaller program continues through Winter. For more information see the Fitness in the Park web page.

The 2018 Winter Program runs from 4 April - 12 September:  Fitness in the Park Winter Program 2018(203 kb)

Group Fitness Sessions are for anyone… beginners, over 50s, mums and bubs, you name it! You can take it at your own level so come along and have a go!

Participants must:

Meeting Points: Due to our parks being refreshed throughout the year, meeting points may change, so please look for the flags on the day.

Bookings: Bookings are not taken for the sessions, just come along!

All programmed sessions will run unless deemed unsafe due to extreme weather. If unsure, come along and see.

For more information contact: Community Development Officer, Suzanne Schulz on 6217 9599 or

Wellbeing ProjectMy Wellbeing Kit

Council has worked with a number of organisations including Public Health Service, Partners in Recovery, Mental Health Services, Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Flourish, and residents to produce a helpful toolkit aimed at building resilience and helping people to identify how they can maintain their wellbeing. The My Wellbeing Kit is a pocket-sized pack of 13 illustrated cards that helps people think about what they can do to keep their mental health on track. Kits can be ordered through this webpage.

Help to Health

Council is addressing community concerns about difficulties accessing health services and in particular GPs (General Practitioners). The Help to Health project, supported by Primary Health Tasmania and a range of local health and wellbeing organisations, kicked off in late 2017. The project aims to improve the help residents receive from health services, and build resident’s knowledge and understanding of how the health system works. The pilot project has funding until June 2018.

Oral Health Project

A significant proportion of hospital admissions of Clarence residents are related to complications with oral health. Council is working with Oral Health Services, the Public Health Service, and the Tasmanian Health Service to improve oral health in residents. This will involve a range of strategies including a social media campaign, promoting water as the drink of choice, improving access to water and promoting early dental checks.

Christmas Brunch

The inaugural annual Clarence Christmas Brunch was held at the Howrah Community Centre  on Christmas Day in 2016. Christmas can be a lonely time for many and the annual Brunch is a good way for people to connect up with others in the community at a time where they may feel at a loose end. The Brunch is organised in partnership with the Clarence Salvation Army, and is supported by other local organisations and volunteers.

Neighbour Day

Starting in 2018, Council will be supporting Neighbour Day activities, encouraging community to reach out to their neighbours and find ways to connect locally.  Council is offering a prize to support people holding a neighbour day event. For information check this webpage.

Healthier Events

Council is working with the Public Health Service on a toolkit to inspire better and healthier events. Community celebrations are an essential part of our community, and we want to find ways to make them better for our health, better for the environment and better for everyone. Once complete, the toolkit will be available online.

Workplace Health and Wellbeing

Around a third of our lives are spent at work. Because of the time we spend at work, it is important that the workplace setting is one that supports our health and wellbeing. A good way for this to happen is through workplace health and wellbeing committees that drive supportive activities in our place of work. Council is trialling a workplace health and wellbeing committee which staff members volunteer to be part of. Council plans to share what it learns from the trial and would like to encourage other workplaces to get on board as it is good for business and good for our community. For more information, check out the Simple Guide to Workplace Health and Wellbeing.

Heemskirk Community Garden

Council is working with the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre to establish a community garden on a piece of Council land in Heemskirk St, Warrane. The garden is taking shape with a design plan in place. Volunteers and growers are needed to help grow the garden. If you’re interested in the project, please contact the Neighbourhood Centre.

Community Safety PlanDraft Community Safety Plan

Council has developed a Community Safety Plan to guide actions and strategies towards a safer and more cohesive community. The Framework includes action around Personal Safety, Resilient Communities, and Safe Streets and Spaces. These are underpinned by building a strong culture of cooperation through growing Powerful Partnerships.

A copy of the Plan can be found on our publications  page.

One Community Together

As part of our commitment to community safety, Council is part of the One Community Together community change collaboration in Clarence Plains. Established in 2014, this project is building up a community that is safe, attractive and passionate about the future. The Project is reliant on the involvement of residents and the alliance of organisations in the community – so more involvement from interested people is always welcome. Get in touch through Facebook or the website.

Graffiti Management Strategy

Council is developing a Graffiti Management Strategy to tackle the issue of graffiti in the City. The strategy will build communication and partnerships and will seek to approach the issue from a number of angles.

A copy of the Strategy can be found on our publications  page.

Multicultural Projects

Community Hubs Project

Council has been working on a project to gain a good sense of the “Community Activity Hubs” across Clarence to assist Council with planning and budget priorities. The Community Hubs Project Report will be released in early 2018.


Design Improvement Project

Council is committed to improving livability in the community. This includes the design of residential and commercial developments and suburbs. The project aims to provide helpful information about improved development design and products that contribute to more liveable and sustainable communities.


Council is embarking on a project with the Public Health Service, RMIT, and Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) to audit the walkability of Clarence with the purpose of improving accessibility of pathways to residents. The project will be conducted in 2018.


More information

For more information about health and wellbeing in the City of Clarence or any of the activities listed above, contact the Community Planning and Development Officer on 6217 9599 or email

Clarence City Council
38 Bligh Street (PO Box 96)
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Telephone:(03) 62 17 9500

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