THE large number of people in Corangamite Shire who have not completed year 12 is “scary,” according to Corangamite councillor Neil Trotter.
About 47 per cent of shire residents aged 20-24 have not reached year 12, compared to the state average of 25.5 per cent.
Cr Trotter was commenting on issues raised in the shire’s 2013-2017 Health and Wellbeing Plan adopted by council this week.
He said the plan showed there were numerous health and wellbeing issues that needed to be addressed in the shire. Among them was the high proportion of residents who are clients of mental health services — almost 26 people per 1000, compared to the state average of 10.9 people.
Also of concern was the rate of asthma in the shire — 16.1 per cent compared to the state average of 10.7 per cent, Cr Trotter said.
A more positive aspect was the shire’s crime rate of 4.3 offences per 1000 people compared to the state average of just over seven.
Volunteerism in the shire was a standout with 47 per cent involved in volunteer activities compared to the state average of 25.5 per cent.
The plan also showed that the proportion of avoidable mortalities per 1000 people in the shire from 2002-2006 was 19.4 per cent compared to the state average of 15.7 per cent.
However, the percentage of drug and alcohol clients in Corangamite was 3.9 per cent compared to the state average of 5.2 per cent.
The council’s community services manager Helen Durant told the meeting the plan provided a strategic framework to address some of the key health and wellbeing issues identified by the community.