Town plan­ning well for com­mu­nity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park has re­ceived a com­men­da­tion from the Pub­lic Health Ad­vo­cacy In­sti­tute of WA for plan­ning healthy com­mu­ni­ties for chil­dren in the 2016 Chil­dren’s En­vi­ron­ment and Health Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­port Card Pro­ject.

The plan­ning healthy com­mu­ni­ties for chil­dren cat­e­gory looks at how lo­cal gov­ern­ments are plan­ning com­mu­ni­ties and tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the use of land, ur­ban plan­ning, build­ing and land poli­cies or pre­serv­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment for healthy com­mu­ni­ties for chil­dren.

The Town’s pop­u­la­tion is set to in­crease by about 23,000 peo­ple within the next 20 years.

“Lit­tle to no va­cant land avail­able for hous­ing devel­op­ment and in­creased pop­u­la­tion den­sity means fewer places for chil­dren to play,” Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said.

“A play­ground as­set man­age­ment strat­egy is be­ing de­vel­oped to ad­dress the fu­ture re­quire­ments for chil­dren liv­ing in the Town and will out­line the need to en­gage with chil­dren in the com­mu­nity to en­sure that fu­ture in­fra­struc­ture is best suited to com­mu­nity needs,” he said.

“An ex­am­ple of this en­gage­ment is the rede­vel­op­ment of Ray­ment Park in Lath­lain.

“The com­mu­nity had the opportunity to pro­vide in­put into the types of play equip­ment to be in­cluded, with fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion de­ter­min­ing the mas­ter con­cept plan that was put out to ten­der.”

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