Healthy Active by Design in action


Healthy Active by Design team members 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. Audiences at conferences and local forums have represented diverse sectors including planning, design, public health, sport and recreation. 

In Tasmania, the team attended the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) State Conference in Devonport on 1–2 August. Heart Foundation Tasmania CEO Graeme Lynch and Policy Advisor Keith Brown delivered a joint presentation on ‘Connections between built environment, planning and health’. Graeme highlighted the importance of the ‘Health in All Policies’ approach, whilst Keith shared guidance, best practice case studies and tools for practitioners including Healthy Active by Design for planning at national, state and local levels. 

As the key annual event for the planning profession in Tasmania, the conference was well attended with around 100 delegates from state and local government, private practice, and the education sector including the University of Tasmania. Tasmanian Minister for Planning, Housing and Human Services, the Hon. Roger Jaensch MP, gave the welcome address noting the need for innovative thinking in planning systems with a reference to active communities. 

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) was well represented, with PIA Tasmania President Alex Brownlie RPIA (Fellow) opening the conference and David Williams, PIA National CEO, referencing the work of the Heart Foundation and ongoing association with PIA as he officially closed the conference. 

The Heart Foundation looks forward to continuing this partnership with PIA at upcoming conferences including a Healthy Active by Design study tour in NSW and new PIA Healthy Active by Design Award categories in Western Australia and Victoria to showcase best practice design that promotes active living in these states. 

Liveable Cities Conference

The Heart Foundation partnered with the City of Adelaide to lead a study tour with delegates from the Liveable Cities Conference. The tour used the Healthy Active by Design checklists and tools to demonstrate how good design benefits health by creating great spaces and place for people to walk and cycle. The walking route showcased the Market to Riverbank Link project which will see upgrades to these small streets and laneways for improved Movement Networks. The Link offers a safe and pleasant route for pedestrians and cyclists through shared streets, with paved paths, tree canopy, public art, lighting and street furniture. These important connecting streets provide a significant daily route for city users and a thriving environment of small bars and interesting small businesses. 

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