Healthy Heart of Victoria




The Loddon Campaspe region Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative has provided funding to enhance outdoor spaces across 6 local government areas. These include:

  • Path and trail improvements
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Seating
  • Drinking fountains
  • Signage
  • Solar lighting
  • Play equipment

$7 million of funding over four years is being sought from the Victorian Government to continue this work. Fore more information, you can watch a video here

The Healthy Heart of Victoria Initiative aims to improve health outcomes in our region(PDF, 2MB).


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

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.

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.

Active Living Census results

WATCH: You can watch an overview of the Active Living Census reports and its data above. A more detailed video is below

A survey was conducted during May and June 2019 to help with planning for health and recreation services and allow a better understanding of people’s activity levels and preferences. 

The findings provide evidence at a local level, and enable reliable comparisons with other data, as well as across townships and demographic groups such as age and gender. 

Key findings for Central Goldfields Shire:

  • 69% of adults are overweight or obese
  • 51% of adults meet the guidelines for physical activity
  • 85% of people use the open spaces in Central Goldfields; and 62% of the 85% use the spaces for exercise and fitness
  • Walking is the most popular physical activity
  • 70% of 3 to 17 year olds eat the recommended amount of fruit each day; 44% of adults do
  • 14 % of 3 to 17 year olds eat recommended amount of vegetables; 11% of adults do
  • 13% of 3 to 17 year olds drink sugary drinks daily; 16% of adults do
  • 15% of households reported they had run out of food and could not afford to buy more.

 Further, the findings provide valuable information on what would help people meet national guidelines for healthy eating and active living, and help support efforts to reduce rates of obesity, chronic disease and high-risk health behaviours by encouraging more people to be more active, more often. 

The reports for Central Goldfields Shire and the Loddon Campaspe region are now available. 

We encourage all residents, organisations and interested community groups to download the reports.  They are available for anyone to access and can be used in a variety of ways such as to support grant applications and funding submissions, or to gain a greater understanding of local health and wellbeing behaviours. 

Download the Central Goldfields Shire Selected Findings report here and the Topline report here(PDF, 3MB)

You can access the Loddon Campaspe region reports here 

Have you used the findings from the Active Living Census? We want to hear about it! Please answer these three quick questions to help us to understand how the findings are being used. 



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 - were installed at the Gordon Gardens in Dunolly as part of the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative. 

The $140,000 Gordon Gardens upgrade project was completed in 2020. 

The new facilities  provide opportunities for free physical activity for children, young people, families and older people of Dunolly but are also a drawcard for residents from surrounding communities. 

Healthy Hearts of Victoria background

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.

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

There are three main components to the initiative:

Active Living Census

See above for details.

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 completed in Central Goldfields Shire include:-

  • upgrade to the path at Goldfields Reservoir; the implementation of a parkrun at the site; and the installation of a nature play area.
  • upgrades around the Maryborough Community House including support of the kitchen garden project; the installation of a new BBQ and shade structure; and playground enhancements.
  • installation of a basketball court in Gordon Gardens Dunolly.

For more information about these projects, click here


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. She can be contacted on 0436 814 111 or


Adventure Bingo

Adventure Bingo

Have you been to Goldfields Reservoir yet? Here’s your chance to check out the 1.7km track and the new nature play park installed this year whilst participating in Adventure Bingo!


The Central Goldfields Shire Adventure Bingo walk is located around the Goldfields Reservoir, Maryborough.  

Download the map and Bingo card(PDF, 261KB)  here. Spot points of interest on the card during your walk and once you’ve spotted three items in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line, you’ve got Bingo!

Interested in more walks?

Other Adventure Bingo walks are located in Rochester, Kangaroo Flat, Wedderburn, Kyneton and Castlemaine.

Download an Adventure Bingo booklet(PDF, 1MB) and participate in one of six walks across the Loddon Campaspe region. Spot points of interest listed in the booklet during your walk and once you’ve spotted three items in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line, you’ve got Bingo!

Bingo booklets are available for free at Maryborough and Dunolly Libraries, Maryborough Visitor Information Centre or Council’s Customer Service Nolan Street Maryborough.

View Terms and Conditions.