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 […]

Local law matters promoting healthy eating

Many of the objectives for healthy people and places can be achieved through measures other than local laws. However, local laws are still used by some councils to regulate food provision. This section provides local government with items to consider for local laws to promote healthy eating. It is recommended that council review existing local […]

Policy: Food availability through Council-operated venues and functions

Council facilities are well placed to provide a significant contribution to promoting health and healthy eating – making the healthy choice the easy choice. Consider establishing corporate policies for healthy catering at: Sporting and recreation facilities (such as swimming pools, sporting grounds and gymnasiums) Sporting, recreation, cultural and other events and festivals, starting with council-run […]

Improving access to and availability of healthy food

Access to supermarkets and local stores The location of supermarkets and local stores influences the variety and competitive pricing of healthy foods. While this may be addressed through the planning scheme, there are policy options for local government to support increased access to healthy foods. These options are likely to be more readily implemented by […]

Local law matters: Commercial use of parks

Definition Commercial recreation activity is any activity conducted wholly or partially for the purpose of sport, entertainment, education, tourism or recreation which is carried out on a commercial basis on public or local government owned land. There has been a significant growth in personal fitness training which is pushing the need for strengthened management of […]

Breastfeeding and baby care facilities code

For information on why this code insert should be implemented, as well as supporting strategies that could be undertaken, see Breastfeeding and baby care in the Corporate Plan Tools section of this resource package. Breastfeeding and baby-care facilities are not considered to be a land use in their own right for the Queensland Planning Provisions, they are likely to […]

Community-supported local food systems and agriculture in planning schemes

For more information on why local government should implement this code, and supporting strategies that can be introduced, see Community-supported local food systems and agriculture in the Corporate Plan Tools section of this resource package. Community-supported local food systems and agriculture are currently not identified as a land use in the Queensland Planning Provisions. While there are opportunities for […]

Case Studies

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, […]


Sun Safety in the workplace

Workplaces provide an ideal environment for supporting healthy lifestyle practices. Many workplaces already engage in activities to promote physical activity and healthy eating. It is important that Queensland workplaces make sun safety a priority, particularly for employees who spend time working in outdoor environments. Outdoor workers are at a high risk of developing skin cancer; […]

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 […]

Healthy eating in corporate plans

Overall goal – Healthy places for healthy eating The City, Shire, Council <select one> is a healthy and safe place for residents and visitors alike. Overall objectives – Healthy places for healthy eating A healthier community through increased awareness of health issues and solutions Develop partnerships and build community capacity through gardening and environmental projects […]

Breastfeeding and baby care in corporate plans

Why this is important A baby-care room is a room that provides facilities for carers to attend to the needs of babies and toddlers, such as breastfeeding, expressing breast milk, feeding fluids and solids, and changing of nappies. Breastfeeding is shown to be the healthiest start for babies, providing greater protection from a range of […]

Community supported local food systems and agriculture in corporate plans

Why this is important Community-supported local food systems and 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.(1) […]

Strategic outcomes that promote healthy eating

The content of the Strategic Outcomes can be linked: upwards to the corporate plan, remembering this is the policy direction of council and where the priorities for operating initiatives and funding are derived; and downwards through the planning scheme, through the purpose of codes and codes themselves. The standard planning scheme provisions for new Planning […]

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 […]

Funding opportunities and awards

Outlined below are relevant national and state government funding opportunities and awards, as well as privately managed community funds which are potential funding programs for local governments, councils and community groups. Information about these funding and award opportunities may change over time. Funding opportunties Community Benefit Funding Programs invests in the community sector, supporting the […]

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 (see 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 […]