Why is active living important to health and wellbeing?
Being physically active is important to maintaining and protecting good physical, social and mental health across the lifespan. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of premature mortality and chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, stroke and some cancers.
It is recognised that well-designed safe neighbourhoods encourage residents to make use of parks, increasing walking, cycling and recreational activities.
Find out more information by downloading the Active Living Fact Sheet (395kb)
Why is active living a priority for Casey?
- Casey residents have high rates of overweight and obesity and many are not sufficiently physically active. Older males, women and girls, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds, in particular, have low levels of participation in organised sporting activity through clubs or competitions. Casey residents mostly indicate a preference for walking, aerobics/gym and swimming.
- Casey is a car dependent city as a result of the inadequate provision of public transport infrastructure and limited connectivity. Driving to work or school, compared to inner areas where many walk to public transport, and perceptions of public safety are significant contributing factors to overweight differences. Council recognises the need to improve connectivity of paths, and find ways to improve local access and affordability of diverse high quality sporting and recreation facilities now and into the future to meet growth needs.
- Many Casey residents are time poor. This is a major challenge for Council in encouraging active living.
1 in 3 Casey residents don’t do enough physical activity
What is the City of Casey committed to doing?
Our goal is to increase the participation of Casey’s residents in physical activity
We aim to achieve this by working with our partners to:
- Increase active recreation opportunities and participation
- Increase participation in sport (particularly girls, women and culturally and linguistically diverse population)
What has Council already achieved?
The implementation strategy that is currently being established, will guide the work of Council for the next four years. Once action has commenced, this section will be updated quarterly to reflect the achievements of Council.
Active Living - What does Council have in place?
- Leisure Facilities and Development Plan 2008 (currently under review) is a strategic framework to guide the future planning provision and development of sporting facilities throughout the City of Casey. The Plan also aims to identify and recommend a range of programs and services to assist sporting clubs and other service providers with the administration, promotion and development of sport, with the aim of increasing residents’ active participation in leisure activities.
- Paths and Trails Strategy 2012 sets out the City of Casey’s strategic vision for a connected network of paths and trails throughout the municipality.
- Open Space Strategy (currently under review)
- Playground Strategy 2011 guides the provision and management of playground facilities in the City of Casey to meet the present and future needs of Casey residents.
How can residents be involved?
The City of Casey provides a range of ways for the community to provide feedback on Council policies, service delivery performance or involvement in the progress or review of specific projects or developments.
Casey Conversations hosts a number of community conversations where residents can ask questions, provide feedback to Council and talk to each other about local issues affecting Casey’s future.
Current consultations are listed and updated.