Active healthy communities for all

Outcome (goal): To improve understanding of the benefits of active healthy living and increase opportunities for active healthy living for all residents, particularly people with disabilities, people and communities with low socioeconomic status and other minority and high-risk groups.

Individual theme elements Indicator (strategy) High level targets (actions)
Infants, children and young people
  • Ensure that children and young people have safe places to play.
  • Make some streets in the town centre active recreation areas suitable for children’s play and ensure that housing developments incorporate shared play areas in common spaces.
  • Provide interesting, safe, well-maintained playgrounds, wading pools, sport fields and cycling paths that children and young people can use.
  • Ensure healthy food and drinks are supplied and promoted at community events targeting children and young people.
  • Require access to breastfeeding facilities in all public facilities.
Older people
  • Encourage active socialisation for older adults by improving walkability, especially in areas where older people live: provide well-maintained paths, benches for resting, and shaded and attractive streetscapes.
  • Encourage the development of places for socialisation on streets in the town centre, such as coffee shops and small markets, and community gardens.
  • Provide spaces for older people to be active in local parks and green spaces with activities such as tai chi, bocce ball, crocket, dog walking and organised group walks.
  • Ensure healthy food and drinks are supplied and promoted at community events targeting older people.
  • Introduce an active healthy program (click here).
  • Apply for Department of Communities funding (click here).
  • Integrated good planning principles within the Planning Scheme (click here).
  • Adopt community garden codes into the Planning Scheme (click here).
All abilities
  • Increase access to active spaces by putting playgrounds, recreation areas, trails and parks within walking or wheeling distance.
  • Improve accessibility to public transport to recreation facilities and open spaces for people with disabilities, older adults and families in disadvantaged circumstances.
  • Ensure healthy food and drinks are supplied and promoted at community events.
  • Introduce an active healthy program (click here).
  • Apply for Department of Communities funding (click here).
Social equality
  • Ensure that residential areas for all income groups have full opportunities for active and public transport and equal access to green spaces and healthy food and drink retail options.
  • Provide free or subsidised access to swimming pools and other facilities to children and youth, older adults and people with disabilities.
  • Ensure that education programs include healthy food budgeting skills.
  • Develop an active healthy program plan targeting low socio-economic areas (click here).
  • Use geographic information systems to assess accessibility by public and active transport (click here).
  • Adopt community garden codes into the Planning Scheme (click here).