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Healthy Active Ageing Insights

Catch up on our latest e-news - Issue 4, July 2021, in this issue: Launching the Healthy Active Ageing animation, Building community food systems, A 2020 trend with predicted growth, Continuing the conversation – 30 KM Streets, National PIA 2021 Planning Festival, and The Australian Urban Design Awards 2021

Better Apartment Designs For Our Neighbourhoods

Victoria - March 2021

The Heart Foundation welcomes the Victorian Government’s update of the Better Apartments Design Standards, which will result in healthier and more liveable apartment design and healthier communities.

Just released: HAbD Introductory Training Resource

National - January 2021

Our new Training Resource that will support the adoption of HAbD principles in your workplace.

Active Streets in Action: Hobart

Tasmania - December 2020

Hobart City Council has announced it will be reducing speed limits in its CBD.

PIA HAbD Award winners annouced

National - December 2020

Projects in Qld, Vic and WA have won the PIA Healthy Active by Design Award for Planning Excellence.

Healthy Active by Design Newsletter - Issue 7

National - November 2020

Check out our latest Healthy Active by Design Newletter - place making, pop-up bike lanes and more.

Healthy Active by Design Special Edition Newsletter - Healthy Active Ageing

National - October 2020

Check out our latest Healthy Active by Design Special Edition Newletter - packed with information on how to create age-friendly built environments!

Queensland’s new Technical Guidance Material for Walkability

Queensland - September 2020

The Heart Foundation welcomes the launch of this resource, designed to facilitate healthy and active communities.

Walking towards sustainability 

National - August 2020

Laura Oakley (PIA NSW Young Planner of the year 2019) revisits the importance of walkable communities in light of the Heart Foundation’s revitalised Community Walkability Checklist.

PIA Awards for Planning Excellence: Nominations still open!

National - August 2020

The 2020 PIA Awards for Planning Excellence are open until August 25.

Image credit - Hume City Council
Image credit - Hume City Council

PIA Awards for Planning Excellence

National - July 2020

The 2020 PIA Awards for Planning Excellence are now OPEN, with Queendland, Victoria and Western Australia all offering the Healthy Active by Design Award!

Active Streets - the new normal for public space

National - May 2020

The Heart Foundation has published a position snapshot document calling on local government to ensure all Australians have safe streets for walking and cycling.

Australian experts call for space for safer walking and cycling

National - May 2020

Australian health and transport experts call for decision makers to take urgent steps to enhance safe walking and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic and once the economy has reopened.  

Active Streets in Action

National - May 2020

Great examples of positive action are emerging around the world in response to COVID-19 conditions, including providing more space for people to stay active while maintaining social distancing.

Queensland Walks launches Queensland Walking Alliance

Queensland | May 2020

Queensland Walks launched the Queensland Walking Alliance with the first of a series of discussion forums on walking and walkability in Queensland.

Help us promote age-friendly design

National - November 2019

We are calling out for case studies which highlight best-practice planning, built environment and urban landscape projects.

Heart Foundation and ASPECT Studios short-listed!

National - October 2019

We are proud to have been short-listed as finalists in the Future Park Design Ideas competition, announced as part of the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

HAbD in action

National - August 2019

We recently enjoyed some great opportunities to connect with a wide range of stakeholders across Australia to share Heart Foundation guidance for planning for health and active living. 

Walking to make great strides for Queenslanders’ health

Queensland - August 2019

After extensive consultation was conducted in early 2019 across the state, Queensland now has a Walking Strategy!

20-Minute Neighbourhood Pilot Program A Success!

Victoria, August 2019

We’ve been working closely with the Victorian Government to embed the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Active By Design principles into the 20-minute neighbourhoods pilot program.

Car free Oslo! 

International, 2019

Oslo may not be the largest European city, but it is taking big strides to improve the lives of its 650,000 residents.

PIA Congress Report

National, May 2019

The PIA National Congress is the biggest event in the Planning sector calendar. With 727 delegates attending in total, we were definitely kept busy at our exhibition booth!

Five new green bridges for Brisbane

Queensland, April 2019

The Heart Foundation congratulates the incoming Lord Mayor of Brisbane on the announement that five new green bridges would be built in the city to facilitate active travel. 

Visiting walking expert Dr Rod Tolley (centre) with Tuesday Udell (right) from the National Heart Foundation and Greg Boundy (left) from Walking SA with their signed Charter for Walking.
Visiting walking expert Dr Rod Tolley (centre) with Tuesday Udell (right) from the National Heart Foundation and Greg Boundy (left) from Walking SA with their signed Charter for Walking.

Heart Foundation leads walking with international expert Dr Rodney Tolley

National - April 2019

We’ve been talking walking this Autumn as the Heart Foundation works to get more Australians active more often, through walking.

Neighbourhood Walkability Checklist - We need you!

National, 2019

The Heart Foundation are refreshing the Neighbourhood Walkability Checklist and we need your help!

Where should all the trees go?


Urban greening is essential. But where is it best to concentrate our efforts? This RMIT report sought to understand just that.

Cooling the City - Darwin's heat mitigation

Northern Territory, 2019

Cavenagh Street in the CBD is home to a new trial aimed at cooling the temperatures in the CBD which can reach up to 60 degrees.


South Australia  - 2019

Way2Go is a South Australian program geared to promoting active travel for primary school students and their communities.

Healthy Food in the Built Environment Workshop

Western Australia - November 2018

Join us for a free HAbD workshop exploring the integration of healthy food in the planning of built environments.

Edible Pocket Gardens now sprouting in Palmerston

Northern Territory - November 2018

A new Edible Pocket Garden policy is supporting healthy built food environments in the NT

Heart Foundation takes home a win!

Australian Capital Territory - November 2018

The Planning Institute of Australia has awarded the Heart Foundation for their recent work in the ACT

Better infrastructure and closer destinations key to active living 

Queensland - November 2018

A recent Heart Foundation survey has identified the main infrastructure barriers to walking in Queensland.

Healthy Active by Design hits NSW streets!

New South Wales - September 2018

Healthy Active by Design will be launched at the Planning Institute of Australia state conference in Orange.

News from the PIA Tasmanian Conference

Tasmania - August 2018

The annual Tasmanian Planning Institute Australia (PIA) conference was recently held in Hobart, titled “Towards 650,000: Are we partying around the bonfire or planning our future?”.  Find out what our delegates learned.

London Walking Action Plan

International - July 2018

Transport for London has released the London Walking Action Plan. The resource outlines a strategy for planning, designing, building and managing cities in a way that facilitates and integrates walking into the community.

HAbD has officially launched!

National - May 2018

Healthy Active by Design officially launched at the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Congress in Perth in May. 

Changes to Canberra's territory plan

ACT - December 2017

New changes to the Territory Plan mean Canberrans can look forward to a healthier and more active city.

Heart Foundation represented in key city inquiry

National - November 2017

In November, the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities met in Melbourne to discuss elements of liveable communities.

HAbD principles for major redevelopments

WA - January 2017

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) embeds the Healthy Active by Design framework into their urban renewal and placemaking projects.