Background and History

Background and History

The Healthy Cities movement was established by the World Health Organisation in 1986. In the following year, the Australian government sought applications from cities to pilot the Healthy Cities approach. Canberra, Noarlunga and the Illawarra were successful and Healthy Cities Illawarra was established in March 1987.

In an effort to involve the whole community at the inauguration of the organisation, Healthy Cities Illawarra invited one hundred community, government and non-government organisations and individuals to a public meeting where they were asked to join us in bringing better health to the Illawarra.

Supporters signed a Charter which symbolically committed them to pursuing the principles of Healthy Cities. A Council of Reference and a Management Committee were formed at that time. In 1990, Healthy Cities Illawarra became an Incorporated Association and in 1997, the Council of Reference was disbanded and replaced with a membership base of individuals and organisations which was required under the new Constitution.

To learn more about HCI's early history, read "Ten Years On" and "Case Study -16 Years of Discovery"


"Visionary Voices: Stories from Illawarra Volunteers"

As part of the celebrations undertaken for Healthy Cities Illawarra's 20th anniversary, 17 community members were recognised and presented with Special Achievement Awards for their exceptional commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of their communities and demonstrating the Healthy Cities philosophy and ideals through their actions.

WARNING:  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that this publication contains images of deceased people.

Click here to download and to read the amazing stories of these remarkable community members.