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  • Community Plans have the potential to set the strategic vision and targets for outcomes, and establish priorities, goals and indicators of success for Council that represent the community’s views, visions and values for the Local Government area for the next 10 years or more. Community Plans may also identify the specific actions, roles and responsibilities to realise the vision.
    Community Plans can also be used to practically inform Council’s corporate plan, long-term financial plan and long-term asset management plan, as well as strategic land use planning, priority infrastructure plans and planning scheme development.
    There are four themes which can be considered in the development of a Community Plan:

    • social wellbeing—planning for the development of the community’s shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours, diversity, social infrastructure, access, mobility and identity reflected through language, stories, experiences, visual and performing arts, ceremonies, culture and cultural heritage
    • economic development—planning for the development of the economy’s capacity to generate employment and wealth for social and personal wellbeing
    • environmental management—planning for the sustainability of the natural environment in relation to activities that constitute community life within changing settlement patterns, natural resources and the landscape, infrastructure and services
    • governance—planning to improve the capacity of Council to deliver accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable services, particularly the community plan

    Council may also choose to address other themes.

    Active healthy communities can be included in community planning by:

    • gathering background data and information on the health and wellbeing of the local community as part of the community engagement process
    • engaging with the community and gathering their perspectives and ideas on how they want their  community to look in the future to support their social and personal wellbeing
    • incorporating health and wellbeing within the vision and/or community goals for the Local Government area
    • specifying outcomes and strategies to reach active healthy community visions of community members
    • considering the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments, community groups and partnerships in delivering on the health and wellbeing for the Local Government area
    • considering the potential impact of the Community Plan on the Council’s asset management plans and forward financial forecasts
    • coordinating existing policies and documents related to active healthy communities
    • coordinating exiting programs, projects and responsibilities related to active healthy communities
    • including active healthy communities performance indicators in the Community Plan.

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    • Community engagement: Methods manual

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    • Themes for an active, healthy community

      Council may choose to include active healthy communities as a specific theme (outcome area or key result area) in their Community Plan. This may help…

    • A vision for an active, healthy community

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    • Active and public transport

      Outcome (goal): To make walking, cycling and public transport more viable transport options in communities. Individual theme elements Indicator (strategy) High level targets (actions) Streets…

    • Walkable and liveable communities

      Outcome (goal): To increase opportunities for active healthy living, help reduce pollution and improve economic development by providing more green space and walkable, mixed-use development. Individual…

    • Open space, parks and recreation

      Outcome (goal): To encourage wellbeing, creativity and enjoyment of the outdoors so that people become more active and healthy. Individual theme elements Indicator (strategy) High level…

    • School and workplace environments

      Outcome (goal): To increase active healthy living by improving opportunities in the school and work community environment.

    • Community safety and crime prevention

      Outcome (goal): To improve the safety of communities and residents’ perceptions of safety in their communities so that children and families become more active and…

    • Healthy grocery stores and markets

      Outcome (goal): To increase access to grocery stores and markets that sell affordable fruits and vegetables to improve the health and wellbeing of the community and…

    • Farm-fresh local foods

      Outcome (goal): To increase the availability of fresh, local fruits and vegetables for residents while supporting rural and urban economies, and providing a space for…

    • 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,…

    • Monitoring active healthy communities

      Evaluating the progress of Council’s active and healthy community goals is important. Evaluation should start at the beginning of the Community Plan and be ongoing…

    • Links to other council planning policies and processes

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    • Asset management

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    • Elements of a successful program implementaion

      The World Health Organisation developed a policy framework for active healthy communities. In terms of program implementation, the following elements were identified as necessary for success: consultation…

    • Useful community planning resource links

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