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Case Studies

Active in the City: Mackay Regional Council promoting active lifestyles

Click here to download print PDF for this case study. The incidence of chronic heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure in the Mackay region is higher than many other areas in Queensland. With a growing part of the community employed in the mining industry, many Mackay residents have long working hours and irregular […]

Spring in your Step: Moreton Bay Regional Council Fitness Program

Click here to download print PDF for this case study. Moreton Bay Regional Council is responsible for one of Australia’s fastest growing urban regions which includes 378,045 residents (Census 2011). The council offers a range of free or low-cost opportunities for residents to stay healthy, active and connected. With funding from the Australian Government’s Healthy […]

FAST and Deadly Tucker: Sunshine Coast Council healthy lifestyle programs

Click here to download printable PDF for this case study. The Sunshine Coast Council is committed to providing healthy and active lifestyle opportunities to all communities in the Sunshine Coast region, and in particular the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on the Sunshine Coast. The Fitness and Sports Training (FAST) and Deadly Tucker […]

Camp Wellbeing: Tablelands Regional Council healthy lifestyle activities

Click here to download print PDF for this case study. The Tablelands Regional Council is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of communities across the Tablelands region. Wellbeing Tablelands, funded until June 2014 under the Australian Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative, aims to reduce the prevalence of overweight, obesity and chronic diseases—such as diabetes and […]

Active Roma: Supporting the community to get active

Description: Active Roma is a joint partnership between Roma Regional Council and Queensland Health. Active Roma also has representatives from Australian Sports Commission and Department of Communities. The aim of the program is to inspire a healthy, active Roma community through supporting residents to make healthy lifestyle choices including physical activity. History In July 2007, a […]

Heart Foundation Walking Program

Description: Heart Foundation Walking (previously known as Just Walk It) is a free community-based walking program that aims to increase participation in regular and enjoyable physical activity. With funding from Department of Communities Queensland and the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, this initiative is implemented by the Heart Foundation in Queensland in collaboration with […]

Heart Foundation Walking Program

Description: Heart Foundation Walking (previously known as Just Walk It) is a free community-based walking program that aims to increase participation in regular and enjoyable physical activity. With funding from Department of Communities Queensland and the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, this initiative is implemented by the Heart Foundation in Queensland in collaboration with […]

South Burnett Aquatic Centre

Description: Nanango Shire Council (now South Burnett Regional Council) constructed an indoor aquatic centre designed to encourage the community to improve their physical abilities and their health and wellbeing through regular participation in physical activity. History: Centrally located in the South Burnett Region, the Nanango facility provides 35,000 residents, across six shires, year-round access to heated indoor […]

Townsville’s Riverway Precinct

The Townsville Riverway offers cultural, sports, leisure, residential and commercial activities located on the banks of the Ross River. The project is a multi-node, multi-year, multi-million dollar investment. The vision is for a sport, recreation, environment and entertainment precinct stretching 11 kilometres along the river banks. The goal is to create facilities according to best […]

Use of parks by commercial fitness trainers

There is a growing demand for the use of council parks and reserves to conduct personal fitness training for individuals and small groups. This demand has highlighted the need for a policy to regulate the use of the parks and reserves for this purpose. At the City of Canterbury, New South Wales the Policy on […]

Plans

Physical activity plan

A physical activity plan can form the overriding planning document for council to coordinate and implement actions to increase physical activity. It is also useful in identifying all relevant sections of council with a role in achieving these objectives. This section provides information on steps involved in developing and implementing a physical activity plan. It […]

Active and healthy lifestyle programs

Active and healthy lifestyle programs can be as basic as promoting council’s existing parks and facilities by running physical activity programs to encourage more people to use the facilities. Programs can also contribute to and integrate with other key council objectives — such as educating the community on the environment, creating a sense of community […]

Information dissemination and awareness programs in corporate plans

Why is this important? Promoting council facilities and activities increases people’s awareness of the services and liveability of a local government area, and often encourages people to use these facilities. There is emerging evidence that people’s perception of what is available for physical activity in their community is sometimes more important than having the opportunity […]