The Community Activation Program was a VicHealth initiative that aimed to assist less active people to become more active. We partnered with five Victorian councils to create and ‘activate’ under-used public spaces within local communities, increasing access to opportunities for physical activity and social connection. Our evaluation found positive shifts in activity levels for many participants.
VicHealth is continuing to fund two of the councils’ activations for extended delivery. Golden Plains Shire Council created an adventure park from a car park and grassed area to engage women and families, and Latrobe City Council transformed a plaza and road, using tables, seating, temporary landscaping and an area for physical activity to make a pedestrian-friendly space for the community to use.