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 […]

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 […]

Community-supported local food systems and agriculture in operation plans

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.  How to develop […]

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 […]

PedShed analysis

The PedShed analysis technique has been championed in the Western Australian Liveable Neighbourhood Code as a tool to assess the walkability of a neighbourhood.  This tool can be used to assess street layouts for new developments and existing areas, to consider improvements which can be made to connectivity. It can also be used to compare […]

Neighbourhood planning promoting walkability

Every journey begins and ends with walking. Walking does not have a cost, is environmentally friendly and is healthy for both the mind and body. Walking helps reduce air pollution, and lessens the wear and tear, and burden on roads. A key goal to promoting walking and physical activity is to create walkable streets for […]