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 […]

Community engagement

Active healthy communities can add value to the community planning process. The social and personal wellbeing of citizens are key underlying resources for any community, and are objectives of the community planning process itself under the theme of economic development. Active healthy communities contribute to all of the minimum themes that Council needs to consider […]

Community engagement ideas

Finding out about your community’s health and wellbeing requires: Listening to local people Sharing information with other organisations Learning from data that has been collected about your community Listening to local people The need for greater community engagement required in the Local Government Act 2009 provides a mechanism for councils to identify local issues for […]

Community engagement: Methods manual

The Methods Manual outlines ‘better practice’ methods for community consultation and engagement in the planning and implementation of initiatives. It provides practical details of the community participatory processes, drawing on experiences throughout the Supportive Environments for Physical Activity trail in the South-East Queensland community of Eagleby and Public Health initiatives across Queensland. It presents targeting adults, young people and people of diverse backgrounds. Each method is divided into seven categories: purpose, features, budgeting, the step-by-step process, key roles, relationship to Supportive Environments for Active Living and further information.

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 facilitate the coordination of active healthy communities strategies across Council departments and units.  Broad active healthy communities themes may include: moving around community wellbeing a healthy community. Other common active […]

A vision for an active, healthy community

An active, healthy community comprises of connected localities that contain an integrated mix of appropriate destinations (e.g. home, shops, schools, workplaces, services, parks, community farms/markets, and public transport nodes) that are connected to pedestrian-friendly streets to enable walking and cycling. Each of these localities should form a self sufficient local economy that supports a diverse […]

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 […]

Links to other council planning policies and processes

Once the Community Plan items for active healthy communities have been identified, the Active Healthy Communities website can be used to link the actions to other council plans and activities. The website has been divided into Corporate Planning, Operational Planning, Planning scheme tools and Local Law & Policy Matters sections. In each section is strategy wording ideas, […]

Asset management

Most council assets have something to contribute to active healthy lifestyles. For instance: parks, reserves, playgrounds and aquatic facilities as places for activities streets, footpaths, cycleways and walking tracks, for moving around traffic management facilities, for safety and separation bus shelters streetscape items such as directional signage, landscaping, furniture, decoration and public art, which enhance […]

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 and needs assessment written plan and objectives surveillance of active health lifestyle patterns, policy, public opinion and environments stable base of support clear program identity and message coalitions, partnerships, leaders […]