Appendix 3 – resources and references

Public open space strategy guide for local governments.

Department resources

Other initiatives

Healthy Active by Design – Heart Foundation


General references

Giles-Corti B, Ryan, K, Foster, S (2012) Increasing Density in Australia: Maximising the Health Benefits and minimizing the harm Report for the National Heart Foundation of Australia

Curtin Centre of Sport and Recreation Research (2011) Emerging Constraints for Public Open Space in Perth Metropolitan Suburbs 

Curtin Centre of Sport and Recreation Research (2013) Active Open Space (playing fields) in a growing Perth-Peel 2013 

Department of Urban and Regional Planning Madison: Green Space Goal

Fausold, Charles J. and Robert J. Lilieholm (1996) The economic value of open space. Landlines September 1996 Vol 8 No 5

Melbourne City Council (2012) Urban Forest Strategy 2012-32: Making a great city greener

Nicolae, Cianga and Antoaneta C. Popescu (2013) Green Spaces and Urban Tourism Development in Craiova Municipality In Romania European Journal of Geography Volume 4, Issue 2: 34-45

Relf, Diane (2015) The Value of Landscaping Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 426-721

Stephenson, Gordon and J.A. Hepburn, John A. Plan for the metropolitan region, Perth and Fremantle, Western Australia, 1955: a report prepared for the Government of Western Australia

Townsend, M and Weerasuriya (2010) Beyond Blue to Green: The benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being

White, Matthew P., Alcock, Ian, and Wheeler, Benedict W. (2013) Would You Be Happier Living in a Greener Urban Area? A Fixed-Effects Analysis of Panel Data Psychological Science Vol 24 No 6 (pp 920-928)

Wolf, Kathleen L. (2004) Trees, Parking and Green Law: Strategies for Sustainability

Zhou, Xiaolu and Rana M Parves (2011) Social benefits of urban green space Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal Vol. 23 No. 2, 2012 pp. 173-189

Western Australian State Government publications and web addresses

Department of Lands (2013) The Crown Land Practice Manual: Section 152 Reserves

Department of Sport and Recreation (2007) Needs Assessment Guide: Sport and Recreation Facilities 

Department of Sport and Recreation (2012) Classification framework for public open space 

Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Water (2014) Public Parkland Planning and Design Guide 

Department of Water (2004) Stormwater Management Manual for Western Australia 

WAPC 2006 Designing Out Crime Guidelines

WAPC (2006) State Planning Policy 2.9 Water Resources

WAPC (2008) Better Urban Water Management

WAPC (2010) Local Planning Manual

WAPC (2012) Structure Plan Preparation Guidelines

WAPC (2013) State Planning Strategy 2050: Planning for Sustained Growth and Prosperity

WAPC (2015) Draft Liveable Neighbourhoods

WAPC (2009) State Planning Policy and Planning Bulletin State Planning Policy 3.6 Development Contributions for Infrastructure

WAPC (2002) DC 2.3 – Public Open Space in Residential Areas

WAPC (2010) SPP 2.8 - Bushland Policy for the Perth Metropolitan Region

State and regional planning web addresses

WA local government POS strategies

Shire of Capel (2011) Public Open Space Strategy 2011 – 2021

City of Cockburn (2014) Public Open Space Strategy 2014 - 2024

City of Geraldton (2014) Draft Public Open Space Strategy

Shire of Irwin (2011) Public Open Space Strategy

City of Gosnells (2014) Public Open Space Strategy

City of Stirling (2008) Public Open Space Strategy

City of Wanneroo (2010) Local Planning Policy 4.3 Public Open Space

Town of Port Headland (2014) Active Open Space Strategy

Approaches from other states

Landcom 2008 Open Spaces Design Guidelines

Hunter New England Population Health (February 2012) Liveability assessment tool

NSW Department of Planning (2010) Recreation and Open Space Planning Guidelines for Local Government

Parks and Leisure Australia (2013) Open Space Planning and Design Guide: Victoria and Tasmania

Department of Local Government and Planning (2011) Positively Green Queensland - Greenspace Strategy 2011–2020: Protecting our lifestyle, environment and places to play

Sport and Recreation Tasmania (2010) Tasmanian Open Space Policy and Planning Framework: Main Report

Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (2013) Practice Note 70: Open space strategies

Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (2013) Creating Liveable Open Space: Case Studies

Useful websites

Healthy Spaces and Places is  a unique collaboration between the Australian Local Government Association, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Planning Institute of Australia was originally funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Healthy Spaces & Places supports and complements planning and design initiatives throughout Australia. It is a single source of easy-to-find, practical information from experts in health, planning, urban design, community safety and transport planning.

This website includes:

  • design principles that are the foundation stones of healthier more active communities
  • different development types where these principles can be applied
  • information about how to make planning for healthier communities happen
  • Australian case studies that show what is achievable and which have potentially wider application, and
  • links to the health and planning research.

Healthy Active by Design (HAbD) is a tool to inform the design of communities that support and promote healthy and active living. Practical guidance, checklists and case-studies are categorised into nine key design features that will assist planners, urban designers and related professionals to design a built environment that enables people to be healthy and active in their community. Other potential users of the resource include professionals from health, community development and sport and recreation who wish to advocate for and promote health and wellbeing across a range of projects.

Page reviewed 07 September 2023