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A Whole of Local Government Approach

A Whole of Local Government Approach

A whole of local government approach should be a philosophy that is incorporated within the council’s strategic direction and all relevant operational areas, ensuring physical activity is integrated into existing planning and decision making processes.


Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework and Guidelines

To achieve far greater outcomes that are more sustainable, it is recommended that physical activity is incorporated within the strategic directions of the council and the operations of the relevant internal local government departments

As per the Government of Western Australia's, Department of Local Government Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework and Guidelines "An integrated strategic planning approach will enable more effective delivery of the local government's strategic intention."

The framework provides a process for local governments to "develop strategic planning systems that deliver accountable and measureable linkages between community aspirations, financial capacity and practical service delivery."

 The Framework:

  • Recognises that planning for a local government is holistic in nature and driven by the community.
  • Builds organisational and resource capability to meet community need.
  • Optimises success by understanding the integration and interdependencies between the components.
  • Emphasises performance monitoring so that local governments remain adaptive and responsive to changes in community needs and the business environment.

The resource outlines the processes and activities for local governments to achieve a successful integrated strategic planning process.


Physical Activity and the Triple Bottom Line

To ensure the best use of Local Government resources, physical activity should be considered in the context of the triple-bottom-line, as diagrammatically displayed. 

Physical activity can impact on outcomes across multiple work areas including public and environmental health; community development; planning and urban design; transport and road safety; recreation and leisure; club development; crime prevention; community safety; parks and gardens; economic development and tourism.

Consultation through a community profiling and needs analysis processes followed by strategic and project planning phases enables these areas to work together and achieve shared outcomes.


A Comprehensive Approach

A whole of community approach combining multi-level strategies targeting local policy and programs, public education, and the social, natural and built environment is required to increase physical activity at the community level. Strategies should complement state-wide initiatives and campaigns, building on work already undertaken by other agencies and departments.  


A Partnership Approach

Development of partnerships with State, Local and non-Government agencies, community groups and local business enables local governments to attract greater resources and funding, reduce duplication and elicit greater achievements.

Development of stronger relationships with external agencies eager to work in partnership with Local Government to improve physical activity, also increases available resources and provides opportunities to further develop relationships in the community.

Consultation with a range of State Government and non-Government agencies can help inform local government strategies and ensure alignment to broader strategic priorities.

Develop partnerships internally, for example with  Parks and Garden and Community Infrastructure teams, to ensure active and passive reserves and community infrastructure that supports physical activity is a priority, forward planning is essential.

Within the community local governments can help facilitate partnerships, such as encourgaing the shared use of facilities between schools and sporting clubs.

There is also benefit to be gained by adopting a regional approach. Working in partnership with neighbouring local governments is particularly useful when planning for regional facilities and connectivity of path networks and carrying out physical activity events.


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Integrated Planning & Reporting

Integrated Planning & Reporting

The Department of Local Government developed the guidelines to assist local governments in undertaking strategic planning.

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Year published: 2010

Public Health Planning

Public Health Planning

Developed by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia this resource is designed as a comprehensive and community based Public Health Plan that can be implemented, evaluated and sustained.

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Relevance: State
Year published: 2011

Creating Active Communities: Physical Activity Guidelines for Local Councils

Creating Active Communities: Physical Activity Guidelines for Local Councils

Developed by the Department of Local Government, NSW Health Department, NSW Sport and Recreation, National Heart Foundation of Australia (NSW Division). The purpose of this guide is to provide local governments with a practical resource that will assist them to encourage local communities to be more physically active.

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Relevance: State
Year published: 2008