Bowen Place Crossing
Australian Capital Territory | Urban
Heart Foundation has recieved a win at the ACT Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards, with the ACT Active Living Team being part of the Project Team that took out the category ‘Improving Planning Proccesses & Practices' for ‘Active Living Program and Incorporating Active Living Principles into the Territory Plan’.
The judges were impressed by the holistic approach undertaken by the Heart Foundation and Environment, Planning, Sustainability, Development Directorate (EPSDD) in conducting a gap analysis of the Territory Plan (ACT’s planning legislation) to identify opportunities for changes that encourages physical activity. This analysis led to the development and implementation of the Territory Plan Active Living Variation 348 (TPV348). They stated, “By embedding health considerations into the Territory Plan, the Active Living Variation promotes development that supports active lifestyles, encourages incidental physical activity and ultimately contributing to a reduction in cardiovascular and other lifestyle related diseases.” ACT is the first jurisdiction in Australia to achieve this.
To accompany the changes, the Heart Foundation and EPSDD worked together to build capacity, awareness and understanding of the variation through a social media campaign, educational activities and community advocacy and the judges were most impressed with the proactive engagements undertaken to inform industry and the wider community on the active living principles being embedded into Canberra’s planning and statutory framework.
The Project Team is now looking forward to May 2019 when ACT Award winners progress to the National Awards, which will be announced at the 2019 PIA National Congress on the Gold Coast.