GOAL Create and maintain a healthy community

OBJECTIVE — Facilitate an environment that provides shared access to public space and promotes healthy activities

Canberrans enjoy a high quality open space network that is valued as a recreational resource, and for its visual amenity and environmental values. Canberrans are also well served through the provision of a range of recreational facilities. Access to open space and recreation areas is highly valued by the community and encourages physical activity.

Policy response
  • Recreation facilities and spaces will be provided as part of the urban development in the Molonglo Valley and the Kowen Plateau as well as in Gungahlin. This includes the recreational opportunities identified for the Stromlo/Deek’s Forest Park area. Recreational facilities will contribute to Canberra’s landscape character and sustainable environmental management, including for urban stormwater runoff and groundwater recharge.
  • The short term recreational use of areas should not adversely affect the potential needs and long term future land uses, such as where land is identified as capable of urban development.
  • Residential development will be located in close proximity to major recreational areas to encourage use of areas.
  • Recreational opportunities will be equitably distributed throughout Canberra.
  • Provide a range of formal and informal recreational activities (such as pathways, walking trails, horse trails, access in forest areas, lakes and rivers, indigenous educational areas, camping and wildlife/visitor displays) to meet the identified needs of the Canberra community and visitors.
  • Protect important nature conservation areas from any adverse effects of recreational activities.
  • Plan for the provision of a range of sports and active recreation facilities at the local and regional levels across the city.
  • Supportive environments for physical activity, passive recreation and entertainment accessible to all the community.
Monitoring indicators
  • The proportion of green spaces for recreation located within 200 metres from housing.
  • The extent of cycleway and pedestrian paths.
  • Proportion of non-urban areas accessible for recreational purposes.
  • Annual usage of major recreation facilities.