• 10,000 Steps Walking Program

    Description: The 10,000 Steps program aims to increase the day-to-day activity of Queenslanders by encouraging the accumulation of “incidental” physical activity through walking as part of everyday living. Significant health and wellbeing benefits can be made simply by moving more every day. 10,000 Steps is a free program that encourages participants to use a step-counting pedometer […]

  • Go for Green: Maranoa Regional Council improving local food supply

    Click here to download print PDF for this case study. Maranoa Regional Council was one of the first Queensland councils to receive funding under the Australian Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative with the Be Healthy Maranoa program. The program aims to improve access to accredited nutrition and physical activity programs, and to encourage people to take […]

  • Healthy Food programs: South Burnett Regional Council improving local food supply

    Click here to download printable PDF for this case study. With a high level of socio-economic disadvantage across the region and a high proportion of elderly and young people, South Burnett Regional Council has been very proactive in planning, promoting and delivering healthy community initiatives. In 2008, the Healthy Communities Committee was established and 2010 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Public Parks Strategy: Ipswich City Council

    Ipswich City Council has a comprehensive Public Parks Strategy which identified Desired Standards of Service, priorities and opportunities for park provision and development in Ipswich. It includes calculations of rates for Developer Contributions based on updated population projections, spatial distribution of population growth and specific purpose recreational studies. Adherence to the spatial and quality standards […]

  • Places for People: City of Melbourne improving active transport access

    The Places for People study reports on a survey of Melbourne city’s street life and suggest improvements. A collaboration between Professor Jan Gehl and the City of Melbourne’s Urban Design Branch, the Places for People 2004 study finds that the city has been regenerated from an “under-utilised and inhospitable” place to “a vibrant, charming 24-hour […]

  • Community Food Assessments: Bundaberg

    A Community Food Assessment (CFA) aims to present a clear picture of what types of healthy eating initiatives or policy changes are needed to improve the community’s physical and economic access to healthy food, by collecting information about the local food system and informing about the community’s food security. Complementary to the approach outlined above, […]

  • Shopping Survey: improving access to retail choice in Etheridge

    One way of strengthening a local economy is by supporting local businesses.  Etheridge Shire Council located in Queensland’s gulf country and with a population of 1,000 has recognised that supporting local business may also help lower prices at shops and increase variety. Having retail variety is also recognised as a potential attraction or retention point […]

  • Food for Sport: making healthy food available in sports clubs

    Food for Sport: A Guide to Healthy Food and Drink Supply in Sporting Clubs aims to make nutritious foods and drinks available, prominent and promoted in sports clubs in Queensland, and applies to all methods of food and drink provision including canteens, vending machines, mobile food carts and fundraising. This strategy is voluntary for all sports […]

  • How to market healthy foods to make a profit

    Marketing is getting the right product in the right place at the right time at the right price using the right promotion to attract customers who will buy. Getting it right can add a real boost to your sales of healthy foods. Here are some ideas to make your marketing a success: Get your customers […]

  • End of trip facilities: Brisbane City Council’s ‘bike room’

    Brisbane City Council has constructed a best-practice ’bike room’ for its employees. The air-conditioned end of trip facility has separate cycle tunnel entry from Bicentenial Bikeway along Brisbane River to the cycle room and non-slip green bike lanes through the car park to the cycle room. It also includes 150 bicycle racks seven female and […]

  • Mackay Bluewater Trail: encouraging walking and cycling

    The Bluewater Trail is a key component of council’s Bluewater Activation Strategy which looks to develop a range of activities along the riverfront and inner city beachfront through leisure opportunities and selective commercial and residential projects. There are six key sites along the shared pathway including the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Sandfly Creek Environmental walkway, […]

  • Urban Development: SolarCity, Linz, Austria

    Description: This neighbourhood built in Linz Austria has been heralded as an urban development project which has managed to address three aspects of sustainability: economic growth; ecological balance; and, social progress. Its planning started in 1992, through the development of a regional concept plan and master plan. The catalysts for its development were to address the […]

  • Link Mobility Corridor: Hervey Bay

    The Link Mobility Corridor extends 6.2km from the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens in Elizabeth Street, Urangan and connects with the CBD in Pialba. This link follows the former rail line that once took goods to ships at the Urangan Pier. The corridor links key sites, commercial areas and residential communities. The trail is managed by […]

  • Ceres Centre: Promoting community food systems

    CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is located on 4.5 hectares (10 acres) in East Brunswick, Melbourne and is the most visited community environmental centre in Australia. CERES runs a café, nursery, organic farm and market as well as festivals, education programs and a community kitchen. The farm provides locally grown organic food, education in community food systems, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Brisbane Bicycle Parking

    Description: Brisbane City Council is implementing a range of public bicycle parking initiatives to better serve the cyclists of Brisbane. Initiatives include: Bicycle racks – provided at over 200 locations around Brisbane Bicycle shelters – shared closed bike cages for storing bicycles implemented at public transport interchanges and shopping centres across Brisbane to improve bicycle security […]

  • Kelvin Grove Urban Village

    The Kelvin Grove Urban Village is a master-planned community, bringing together residential, educational, retail, health, recreational and business opportunities into a vibrant new precinct. It demonstrates best practice as a sustainable, mixed-use community in an infill (existing) city fringe location. The Village was a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland University of Technology. Key […]

  • Active Travel Workplace Program: City of the Gold Coast

    Click here to download printable PDF for this case study. Like many larger cities, the Gold Coast faces increasing challenges with traffic congestion which impacts on resident’s productivity, health and work-family balance. Furthermore, 50 per cent of adults in the Gold Coast region are overweight or obese, and obesity amongst children continues to increase. A […]

  • A Better Choice: Healthy food and drink catering guidelines

    A Better Choice Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Health Facilities (A Better Choice) aims to increase the availability of healthier foods and drinks in hospitals, community health centres and office buildings. The strategy applies to all situations where foods and/or drinks are supplied to staff, visitors and the general public including: canteens or […]

  • 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 […]

  • Shared use community sports facility: St Andrews

    Description: The Catholic Diocese, Department of Coummunities and the Cairns City Council, jointly funded a community sports facility at St Andrews Catholic College Redlynch. The key element of this joint funding was that the sports facility was available for use by community groups such as local soccer, netball and rugby clubs. One of the major components […]

  • Springfield Masterplanned Community

    Springfield Masterplanned Community recently won the World’s Best Masterplanned Community at the FIABCI Prix D’Excellent Awards. Springfield is a greenfield development by Springfield Land Corporation and located between Brisbane and Ipswich. It is a masterplanned, self-contained community so the needs of residents are fulfilled within the community. Key features of the Springfield Masterplanned Community include: […]

  • Parking Policy in Action

    Description: Parking policy can be used to encourage people out of cars and to walk, cycle, car pool and catch public transport. Parking policies can influence travel choice through two key aspects: the cost of parking; and, the supply of parking at the end of the trip. There are a number of other issues that need […]

  • Way Finding Strategy: Bristol Legible City

    Description: Bristol Legible City aimed to make the city more legible for visitors and residents through an innovative and best practice information and way finding strategy. The aims of the project were as follows: link together the diverse parts of the city make attractions better known and easier to find provide the city with identify and […]

  • Northshore Hamilton: Urban renewal project

    Description: Northshore Hamilton is one of the largest urban renewal projects undertaken in Brisbane. Just six kilometres from the CBD, Northshore Hamilton consists of 80 hectares of former port land. The project gave back two kilometres of riverfront to the people of Brisbane, and creates a contemporary new riverside suburb that will be home to around […]

  • Community Gardens: Maroochy Community Permaculture Group

    The Maroochy Community Permaculture Group was established in 2002 and is built on crown land, leased from council. The community gardens are built over two tennis courts with an old basketball court providing an area for aquaponics and a new straw bale building, and an existing house is used as a classroom, meeting room and […]

  • Hervey Bay Living Streets: Walking and cycling plan

    Description: Hervey Bay City Council (now Fraser Coast Regional Council) commissioned this strategy to develop a walking and cycling plan for the local government area. The vision of Living Streets is for streets and parks to become alive with people along with a reduction in the predominance of the motor vehicles. The integrated strategy addressed infrastructure […]

  • East Perth Public Art promoting walking

    Description: Claisebrook Cove, five minutes from the Perth CBD, is an example of how urban designers, landscape architects and artists have created imaginative buildings, street furniture, landscape features and stand-alone works of public art. Many pieces express East Perth’s history and some are made from materials found on the redevelopment site or salvaged from old buildings. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • Community Supported Local Food Systems & Agriculture

    Community-supported local food systems and community-supported agriculture (that is, food co-operatives, community and school gardens, farmers’ markets, edible landscapes, city farms) can create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Gardening is recognised as a way to improve physical and mental health, nutritional status of communities, and capacity building within communities. Definitions Food cooperatives […]

  • Permaculture Garden: Northey Street City Farm Windsor

    Northey Street City Farm is a non-profit, community organisation situated on the banks of Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek. More than 1500 exotic and native fruit trees, bushtucker plants, shrubs and ground covers have been planted on the 4 hectare farm site. The farm has been developed for people to enjoy and participate in using the principles […]

  • 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 […]

  • Los Angeles blocks new fast food outlets

    City officials are putting South Los Angeles on a diet. The city council voted unanimously to place a moratorium on new fast food restaurants in an area of the city with a proliferation of eateries and above average rates of obesity. The year-long moratorium is intended to give the city time to attract restaurants that […]

  • Characteristics of a Good City: Adelaide

    A good city to walk in and to stay in for a while includes: room to walk with dignity, integrity and without overcrowding comfortable climatic conditions – sun and shade depending on the season and protection from the wind pleasant facades at street level to stroll alongside and observe good conditions for people with disabilities […]

  • Formalising an informal space into a footpath

    Many communities lack opportunities for active living or use public facilities in different ways, so it is important to look for creative and adaptive ways to use land. Residents of the Boyle Heights neighbourhood in East Los Angeles had been using the footpath along the perimeter of the Evergreen Cemetery as a de facto jogging […]

  • 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 […]

  • Measuring healthy food access in Sandwell

    A project to measure healthy food access in Sandwell, United Kingdom used innovative quantitative and qualitative tools to measure and map food access using GIS and community participatory mapping. Results of the project contributed to local baseline indicators of conditions and needs, and the development of strategies to address poor access to healthy foods. Project […]

  • Breastfeeding Promotion Gympie

    Breastfeeding Promotion Gympie, a community action group initiated by the local Community Nutritionist, has a focus on engaging the local council to increase the number of parenting facilities and breastfeeding-friendly venues. In the four years they have been established, Breastfeeding Promotion Gympie has had a number of successes. Increased awareness and understanding of councillors and […]