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Shire snapshot reveals Campaspe more active, less tolerant

A VicHealth snapshot of Campaspe Shire's key health indicators for its residents has revealed some interesting results, not all of them flattering.

KATHLEEN TONINI January 18, 2013 4:31am

Tammy Hone and her daughter, Jazz, enjoy the bike path in Campaspe Esplanade. A VicHealth snapshot has revealed Campaspe Shire residents are likely to lead active lifestyles.

New data released by VicHealth shows Campaspe Shire residents are the least accepting of diverse cultures in the state.

On the plus side, a snapshot of Campaspe Shire key health indicators showed residents were more likely to live active lifestyles and were more likely to volunteer their time in the community.

It showed 47.8 per cent of residents volunteered once a month, well above the state average of 34.3 per cent, while just 18.5 per cent of residents sat for more than seven hours a day, well below the average of 32.6 per cent.

Less favourably, residents here have a far lower tolerance of diverse culturesthere was only a 28.3 per cent acceptance rate of diverse cultures, the worst result of all Victoria’s local government areas.

Campaspe Shire residents were also less likely to attend an arts activity and fewer residents have internet access at home.

Only 76.6 per cent of district residents had internet access at home, compared to 88.8 per cent across the rest of Victoria.

Residents were also less likely to have visited a ‘green space’ in the past week, though they did feel much safer walking alone at night than the state average (81 per cent compared to 70.3 per cent).

The data also shows that Campaspe Shire residents spend an average of $45 on packaged alcohol each week.

On top of that figure, residents spend $34 a week on alcohol bought from licensed premises.

Both these figures are in line with the Victorian averages.

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