Colac Otway Choose Change

Colac Otway Choose Change is a community-driven approach that involves the whole community and considers all the factors that influence our food and physical activity choices.

The aim is to create an environment that makes the healthy choice the easy choice.

At the moment, when you are out and about deciding what to eat or drink, the unhealthy choice is the easy choice, and often the only choice.


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Elliminyt has a new footpath built to help encourage more people to become active, more frequently. This footpath connects Queen Street to Elliminyt, linking Harris Road and Pound Road. It is conveniently located for local school children to encourage walking and cycling to and from school.    This footpath was developed as a result of discussions on how to encourage and support physical activity for children in the Colac area, as a result of Colac Otway Choose Change.  Mayor Joe McCracken said “It’s fantastic for the Elliminyt community and provides an important off-road connection to key facilities including Colac Secondary College, Elliminyt Primary School, Bluewater Leisure Centre, Central Reserve and it also links to the existing footpath network.” Cr McCracken said where possible the pathway was constructed 2.5 metres wide to allow for shared pedestrian and cyclist use. He said two bike rails were also installed at Slater Street. “Walking is by far the most popular activity for health and wellbeing and cycling is in the top five,” he said. “Projects like the Queen Street footpath assist with making physical activity the easy choice and break down barriers to being active.”   Colac Herald (2018). New Elliminyt footpath to help more people be more active, more often. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Feb. 2019]. 

The “Choose Water This Summer” Campaign is a collaboration between G21 (Geelong Regional Alliance), Councils, and partners in the South West Victoria region, including Colac Otway Choose Change. The G21 region has a population of approximately 324,067 people and includes five municipalities: Colac Otway, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Queenscliffe and Surf Coast. The aim of the campaign is to utilise social media platforms, as well as various communication tools to encourage water as the drink of choice in the G21 region this summer, and promote health and wellbeing by encouraging and supporting healthy behaviours. WHY IS WATER the best drink for good health? Water is the best choice for keeping the body hydrated. It has no added sugar, no kilojoules and is not fizzy, so is much better for your teeth and the waistline. Soft drinks are highly acidic and this, along with high levels of added sugar, can damage teeth and lead to tooth decay. Drinking soft drinks and other drinks with added sugar, can lead to putting on excess weight or becoming obese, and this may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers (ABS 2014). Keeping the body hydrated is essential for good health. Dehydration can lead to feelings of tiredness, thirst, weakness, lethargy, the senses become weak and psychological reaction times will be impaired. Water is the best choice for hydration and therefore swapping sugary drinks for water can help to improve health and wellbeing for everyone (WHO 2015). In 2017, a survey of Colac Otway primary students, conducted by Deakin University, found only 53.7% drank the recommended 5 glasses of water each day. Choose Water This Summer Toolkit