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Case Studies

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 […]

Urban Development: SolarCity, Linz, Austria

Description: This neighbourhood built in Linz Austria has been heralded as an urban development project which has managed to address three aspects of sustainability: economic growth; ecological balance; and, social progress. Its planning started in 1992, through the development of a regional concept plan and master plan. The catalysts for its development were to address the […]

Kelvin Grove Urban Village

The Kelvin Grove Urban Village is a master-planned community, bringing together residential, educational, retail, health, recreational and business opportunities into a vibrant new precinct. It demonstrates best practice as a sustainable, mixed-use community in an infill (existing) city fringe location. The Village was a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland University of Technology. Key […]

Shared use community sports facility: St Andrews

Description: The Catholic Diocese, Department of Coummunities and the Cairns City Council, jointly funded a community sports facility at St Andrews Catholic College Redlynch. The key element of this joint funding was that the sports facility was available for use by community groups such as local soccer, netball and rugby clubs. One of the major components […]

Springfield Masterplanned Community

Springfield Masterplanned Community recently won the World’s Best Masterplanned Community at the FIABCI Prix D’Excellent Awards. Springfield is a greenfield development by Springfield Land Corporation and located between Brisbane and Ipswich. It is a masterplanned, self-contained community so the needs of residents are fulfilled within the community. Key features of the Springfield Masterplanned Community include: […]

Northshore Hamilton: Urban renewal project

Description: Northshore Hamilton is one of the largest urban renewal projects undertaken in Brisbane. Just six kilometres from the CBD, Northshore Hamilton consists of 80 hectares of former port land. The project gave back two kilometres of riverfront to the people of Brisbane, and creates a contemporary new riverside suburb that will be home to around […]

Characteristics of a Good City: Adelaide

A good city to walk in and to stay in for a while includes: room to walk with dignity, integrity and without overcrowding comfortable climatic conditions – sun and shade depending on the season and protection from the wind pleasant facades at street level to stroll alongside and observe good conditions for people with disabilities […]

Formalising an informal space into a footpath

Many communities lack opportunities for active living or use public facilities in different ways, so it is important to look for creative and adaptive ways to use land. Residents of the Boyle Heights neighbourhood in East Los Angeles had been using the footpath along the perimeter of the Evergreen Cemetery as a de facto jogging […]

Use of parks by commercial fitness trainers

There is a growing demand for the use of council parks and reserves to conduct personal fitness training for individuals and small groups. This demand has highlighted the need for a policy to regulate the use of the parks and reserves for this purpose. At the City of Canterbury, New South Wales the Policy on […]


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 […]

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 […]

Strategic outcomes that promote physical activity

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

Desired standards of service: Public parks, pedestrian and bicycle facilities

Desired standard of service for a network of development infrastructure, means the standard of performance stated in the priority infrastructure plan (refer to schedule 3 of the SPA 2009). (1) The Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP) details requirements for desired standards of service for infrastructure in available in “Priority infrastructure planning – Standard infrastructure […]

Physical activity plan

A physical activity plan can form the overriding planning document for council to coordinate and implement actions to increase physical activity. It is also useful in identifying all relevant sections of council with a role in achieving these objectives. This section provides information on steps involved in developing and implementing a physical activity plan. It […]

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 targets (actions) Increase access to recreation facilities and open spaces, including parks and community gardens Support sport and outdoor recreation organisations and encourage them to broaden their activities to attract […]

Neighbourhood planning in corporate plans

Why this is important? Characteristics of the built environment can influence both recreational and travel-related physical activity. These characteristics include aesthetic features, proximity of residences to shops and local facilities, presence of footpaths, a safe environment, high density, compact neighbourhoods, convenience and accessibility, lower traffic speeds and volume and access to public transport.(1) For example, the […]

Information dissemination and awareness programs in corporate plans

Why is this important? Promoting council facilities and activities increases people’s awareness of the services and liveability of a local government area, and often encourages people to use these facilities. There is emerging evidence that people’s perception of what is available for physical activity in their community is sometimes more important than having the opportunity […]

Physical activity facilities in corporate plans

Why this is important Infrastructure and community facilities provide places for people to be physically active in formal or structured activities, or in informal activities. Children and adolescents living in communities with parks, playgrounds, trails and recreation programs tend to be more physically active than those living in neighbourhoods with fewer recreational facilities.(1)  For example, a […]