State award for council's health and well-being scheme

ACHIEVEMENT: Port Pirie Regional Council's health, safety and well-being workers, Vicki-Anne Smith and Geoff Van Mierlo, are thrilled with the news.

ACHIEVEMENT: Port Pirie Regional Council's health, safety and well-being workers, Vicki-Anne Smith and Geoff Van Mierlo, are thrilled with the news.

Port Pirie Regional Council's work, health and safety team has been recognised for its focus on health and well-being.

The council won the Best Practice Major Award at the Local Government Association of South Australia's Workers' Compensation Scheme Awards.

The award recognises council's health and well-being program which included a calendar of events and activities for workers.

The association acknowledged that council has looked beyond the traditional injury risks and respected the rising trend in mental health and stress-related issues.

The program included a Sleep Fit initiative and a visiting physiotherapist to lead group stretches and warm-up exercises with outdoor workers.

In other council news, residents now have the opportunity to shape the future of our community and the services that council provides.

Two surveys have been launched to seek input into important services and activities before the review of Council's Community Plan begins early next year. The checklist includes a Communications Preference Survey.

Council is committed to improving its communications and interactions with the communities.

"This includes how we deliver information and news and how residents wish to engage with us," said a spokeswoman. The other exercise is the Library Service Planning Survey in which council wants to hear the community's views on the library services in Port Pirie and Crystal Brook.

"It doesn't matter whether you are a user or non-user, we want to hear what you think about our libraries and how they could be improved," the spokeswoman said.

Surveys are available: Online (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pprclibrarysurvey and https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pprccommunicationssurvey) and through council's website (www.pirie.sa.gov.au/noticeboard/consultation) . Hard copies are available at the Council Administration Centre, in Ellen Street; the library, in Wandearah Road, and the Crystal Brook library, in Bowman Street.

There will be shopping centre pop-up displays in coming weeks. The surveys will close at 5pm on Friday, December 6.

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