Healthy Heart of Victoria


Healthy Heart of Victoria (HHV) is an initiative aimed at improving the health of people in the Loddon Campaspe region – the ‘heart’ of Victoria.

The initiative was developed in response to the higher than Victorian average rates of obesity, chronic disease and high-risk health behaviours currently seen within the region.

Healthy Heart of Victoria projects are designed to focus on those parts of the community that are the least active and least supported.  The initiative aims to get more people, more active, more often.

Central Goldfields Shire is one of six local Councils involved in the initiative.  The other Councils involved are Campaspe Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire and Mount Alexander Shire.

Gordon Gardens update

A new bicycle/scooter pump track, outdoor fitness equipment and shade structure – all projects that were identified as part of the Gordon Gardens Master Plan - will be installed at the Gordon Gardens in Dunolly as part of the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative. 

The tender for the project is currently being advertised with a contractor expected to be appointed by May and the project ready for play by the end of 2020.

The $140,000 Gordon Gardens upgrade project will be delivered thanks to funding from the State Government Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative.

The new facilities will not only provide opportunities for free physical activity for children, young people, families and older people of Dunolly but will also be a drawcard for residents from surrounding communities.

The bicycle/scooter pump track is a modular system made of timber composite that will form a circular track of about 65 metres. It will have an entry and exit ramp so that it can be used by a number of people at the same time. It will be suitable for use for all ages from young children through to adults.

The four pieces of outdoor fitness equipment chosen will each work different muscle groups in the upper and lower body. It will be suitable for young people up to older adults. It can be used by all levels of fitness as it is your body that moves the equipment and you choose how times you repeat each movement.

A shade structure will be installed above the outdoor fitness equipment so users have sun protection. The colours for the shade structure and the equipment will be decided in consultation with the local community to align with the heritage aspects of the park.

The site will need to be available for the contractors to prepare the area, surface the new areas, move equipment, and complete the works. Exact dates of closures will be negotiated with the successful contractor.

You can download a flier with additional information here(PDF, 7MB)


In 2016 the community told the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership that it was concerned about health statistics and outcomes in the region.  They also believed that health is everyone’s business, not just health services and professionals.

To address these concerns, a series of design workshops were undertaken involving over 100 stakeholders from local government, health services, primary care partnerships, universities and state government departments to develop the Healthy Heart of Victoria implementation framework(PDF, 11MB).

Subsequently, in 2018 the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative was funded $5M.

There are three main components to the initiative:


The Active Living Census

A survey conducted to help with planning for health and recreation services and allow better understanding of people’s activity levels and preferences.

First conducted within the City of Greater Bendigo in 2014, the Active Living Census (ALC) was carried out across all households in the Loddon Campaspe region in 2019.

Thank you to the residents who completed the survey.  There were over 1,100 responses received from across Central Goldfields Shire, with a number of local residents receiving supermarket voucher prizes for completing the ALC.

Local results will be published in mid-2020.


Infrastructure and activation that gets more people, more active, more often

Improvements to infrastructure, facilities and/or programs across the region to enable more community members to increase their activity levels.

The Healthy Heart of Victoria infrastructure and activation projects in Central Goldfields Shire include upgrades to the path at Goldfields Reservoir and the implementation of a parkrun at the site, upgrades around the Maryborough Community House including support of the kitchen garden project and playground enhancements, and the installation of a basketball court in Dunolly.

For more information about these projects, click here(PDF, 429KB)


Health Broker workforce

A workforce of ‘Health Brokers’ has been appointed to work across the six Loddon Campaspe Councils.

The Health Broker for Central Goldfields Shire is Lynn Waters.  Lynn’s role as part of Healthy Heart of Victoria is to develop relationships between Council, local organisations and community groups to help build knowledge and influence decision making with respect to health and wellbeing.