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Page updated: 13 May 2011

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Updated: 13 May 2011

The Built Environment

The Built Environment

There is an accumulating body of evidence which demonstrates the linkages between the design of the built environment and its impact on physical activity, wellbeing and overall health.

There is a need to provide accessible infrastructure which maximises opportunities for the community to engage in both formal and incidental physical activity. 

The provision of safe and supportive environments will provide sustainable physical activity opportunities and contribute to other Local Government community development objectives such as crime prevention and health and wellbeing.  A broad strategic approach should be taken to integrate healthy design principles into town planning and urban design.

Built Environment

A number of agencies have taken the lead role in promoting the importance of creating built environments which are conducive to physical activity.

Built Environment Case Studies

Several built environment case studies have been collated to assist local governments, non governments and community organisations in undertaking their own urban design and planning projects.

Built Environment Urban Design Guidelines

There are a number of Western Australian, national and international resources available to provide guidance on design features which encourage safe, active neighborhoods and communities.

Built Environment Research, Policy & Planning Resources

A number of policy and planning resources exist to inform the development of built environments which encourage active neighbourhoods and communities.