SA Budget: Heartening news for healthier communities
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SA Budget: Heartening news for healthier communities

Media Release - 13 November 2020

The Heart Foundation has welcomed today’s State Budget which saw a healthy injection of infrastructure spending for national parks, sports, community facilities and regional health services.

Heart Foundation South Australia CEO, Imelda Lynch, said the funding was an investment in South Australians’ health and wellbeing.

“Investing in community infrastructure is crucial for creating liveable, healthy environments because it encourages South Australians to get out into their local neighbourhoods and parks.

The Government’s $130 million commitment to revitalise the State’s national parks is a terrific example of how infrastructure investment can encourage more people to be active, which is essential for heart health,” Ms Lynch said

The South Australian Government also committed $100 million for local government grants to fund new and upgraded public infrastructure, including footpaths, cycling paths, parks, pools, libraries and community centres.

Councils will match grants dollar for dollar. Another $35 million has been earmarked for sport and recreational facilities.

“Well designed neighbourhoods with plenty of walkable destinations, amenities and sports facilities make it easier for us to be active,” Ms Lynch said.  

“Just 30 minutes of walking or other moderate activity can cut the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by one-third, but we know most South Australians are not active enough for good health.

“The Heart Foundation encourages local councils to make the most of the infrastructure funding to create healthy, active communities.

“The doubling of sports vouchers for primary school children is another wonderful initiative. Anything that makes it easier for children to participate in sport sets them up for future healthy behaviors.”

There was also funding to expand regional and rural health infrastructure and services, including the expansion of the Gawler Hospital’s emergency department which will improve access to emergency services for heart attack and stroke patients.

The Heart Foundation also welcomes funding for Wellbeing SA and looks forward to working closely with them on health and prevention strategies.

Media enquiries:
Suzanne McKenzie M: 0434 691 461; E: suzanne.mckenzie@heartfoundation.org.au

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