Determinants of food choice

Choice of food is not just determined by individual knowledge about what constitutes a healthy diet, food choice also depends on: how much money households have to allocate to food what food commodities are readily available in local shops how much food costs in local shops. (1) For many households, food is the only flexible […]

Food accessibility

This approach to assessing food accessibility is useful if you do not have access to GIS or as a good starting point to understand local data. Using the ABS data it is possible to generate good initial data on local issues. For example: start with the census tables (seehttp://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/data?opendocument&navpos=200) view census tables by location. Refine […]

Food deserts

This approach to identifying possible food deserts is useful if you have access to GIS and social research tools. It builds on the approach to Food accessibility outlined in food accessibility. A food desert is an area where people do not have easy access to healthy, fresh foods. This is a particular issue in low socio-economic […]

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 […]

Open space inventory

An open space inventory can be done using GIS and incorporated into a priority infrastructure plan. Some steps in the inventory and planning process include: Identifying neighbourhoods that lack open space. As a starting point, this can be done relatively quickly, by identifying green space and then transposing 400 metre and 800 metre radius circles […]

My neighbourhood maps

Maps can be a key tool in promoting physical activity. They can easily provide visual information on the locations of parks and sporting facilities, walking and cycling routes, destinations etc. This information can be combined to provide region-wide maps or local neighbourhood maps including the locations of these facilities. Key information that can be provided […]