Community Health

Healthy Communities Initiative

Through the National Partnership, the Australian Government is providing up to $71.8 million until June 2014 to support Local Government Areas (LGAs) in delivering effective community-based physical activity and healthy eating programs as well as developing a range of policies to support healthy lifestyle behaviours. 

The City of Bunbury and Shire of Collie have launched Recharge - get healthy and active for life, as our Healthy Communities Initiative to get more residents participating in programs to improve their health and wellbeing. 

Programs available include:

  • Heart Foundation Walking:  Australia’s largest network of free community based walking groups, find a group to join or start one of your own.
  • Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle:  An eight week healthy lifestyle program, run for two hours each week consisting of an hour of education followed by an hour of gentle exercise. 
  • Weight Wise:  Run by Dietitians and Physiotherapist this 6 week program covers the topics of portion size, fats and carbohydrates, exercise and maintaining weight loss
  • Community Kitchens:  A group of like-minded individuals who come together on a regular basis to socialise and cook affordable and nutritious meals.
  • FoodCents:   Developed in Western Australia, FoodCents is an education program that helps families to achieve a healthy diet and to save money on their grocery shopping.
  • Aqua Walking:  Ideal for losing weight in a low impact indoor environment.  The water's buoyancy supports the body's weight reducing stress on the joints and minimising pain. 
  • Grey Medallion:  Available for anyone over the age of 55 to regain swimming skills, confidence with the grandkids, and enjoy the social interaction of being part of a group.


KidSport is a State Government funded program which makes it possible for Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation, no matter their financial circumstances. KidSport will allow eligible youth aged 5-18 years to apply for financial assistance to contribute towards club fees. The fees will go directly to the registered KidSport clubs participating in the project through their local government.

Who is eligible?

  • Applicant must be aged 5-18 years.
  • Applicant must have a Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card or be referred by a 'recognised' referral agent.
  • Applicant's primary place of residence must be in the local government area they are applying to (to register with City of Bunbury, the child must live in the City of Bunbury).

Funding will cover the cost of fees to join the nominated sport or recreation club up to a maximum of up to $150 per child per calendar year (this may include other related costs as identified by the club). Applicants can apply for up to three clubs per calendar year, as long as the total does not exceed $150.

To apply for KidSport, please complete an application form located at the South West Sports Centre and submit it along with a copy of your Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card. Please wait three working days before returning to the South West Sports Centre to collect your validated form and take it to your club.

Participants and Clubs who have any questions about KidSport can contact the City of Bunbury’s Sport and Recreation Liaison Officer Gary Thompson on 9795 2255 or

Alcohol and Other Drug Management Plan

The Alcohol and Other Drug Management Plan is a result of the City’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2015-2020. The plan was facilitated by the Mental Health Commission and in consultation with key alcohol and drug services in the Bunbury community and it’s surrounds and the community.

 The City of Bunbury Alcohol and Other Drug Management Plan was endorsed by council on 6th March this year. Since its endorsement; service providers have come together to form the Alcohol and Other Drug Management Plan Reference Group, the reference group is made up of essential services including the Mental Health Commission, St John SW Community Alcohol and Drug Services, WA Country Health Services-South West, WA Primary Health Alliance, Police, City of Bunbury, SWAMS, Red Cross, Doors Wide Open, Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation, Accord West, Cancer Council WA, Peer Based Harm Reduction, School Drug Education and Road Aware, Headspace, Roadwise and Local Drug Action Group.

You can find a copy of the plan HERE​

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