||Create and maintain a healthy
|SERVICES AND FACILITIES
OBJECTIVE — Facilitate
the equitable distribution of services and facilities, including
education and health care, arts and recreational facilities
have traditionally enjoyed good access to services and facilities,
such as schools and health services (including hospitals and
child care), sport and recreation facilities, community facilities
and religious and cultural facilities.
As the ACT’s population ages there
will be increased and changing demands for health services
and facilities. A key trend is the move to more community-based
health care facilities and services, within established and
new urban areas of the ACT. Also, the ageing population in
the ACT will affect the school enrolment levels, leading to
declining enrolment numbers in some schools. The Economic White Paper includes strategies to improve
the quality and range of education options within the Territory
and strengthen partnerships between educational institutions
and industry, which the Spatial Plan seeks to support through
a range of initiatives. The Social Plan has a strong emphasis
on supporting the disadvantaged in our community and ensuring
children have the best opportunities to learn and become successful
members of the community. The Spatial Plan supports these objectives.
- Planning for community services and facilities
will be based on the need to:
- retain flexibility to respond to emerging needs and changing
- determine needs and priorities of the local population as people
move into areas;
- foster cooperative commitment amongst service providers; and
solutions to local circumstances and priorities.
- All new greenfields areas and redevelopment
and urban renewal sites will have access to the range of services,
facilities and infrastructure required to meet the needs of the
communities, including telecommunications. The monitoring and
refining of population forecasts as population growth occurs
will be integral to this planning. The urban settlement pattern
will ensure that new residential areas maximise the use of and
access to existing community facilities and services.
- Residential areas will be located close to
existing services, infrastructure and facilities to facilitate
improved efficiency of urban infrastructure.
- New greenfield development areas will be carefully
managed to ensure these communities are provided with services
and other facilities as early as possible.
- Schools will be provided in new settlement
areas. The implementation strategy for the Spatial Plan will
ensure that thresholds for facilities are reached in a timely
manner so residents have equitable access to educational facilities.
The sequence of development and the provision of infrastructure
will be programmed so that maximum efficiency of the schools
infrastructure provided in these areas will be achieved.
in the use of sites and facilities for health care and other
community services will be encouraged so that changing needs
can be quickly and efficiently accommodated.
- Well located sites
will be provided in new urban areas to cater for the anticipated
range of community health care and other facility needs.
- Consultation and liaison will continue with
Government agencies, service providers and peak community and
industry groups to ensure that adequate and appropriate community
services sites and relevant infrastructure are provided and maintained
within the ACT, both within existing areas and proposed new areas.
This includes ensuring appropriate location of schools, colleges,
child care centres, health facilities and other community services.
- Detailed structure planning will address the
need for educational facilities, health care services and facilities
within new urban areas, including ensuring services and facilities
are provided during stages of development to meet community needs
in new areas.
- Assess the need for additional arts, cultural
and community facilities within Civic and the town centres.
Accessibility of community, recreation and
cultural facilities and activities.
Accessibility of health facilities and service
- The average frequency of public transport services
to health, education, community and recreation facilities.
- The average distance users travel to access
health, education, community and recreation facilities.
- The number of students in previously declining
- Occupancy of schools as a ratio of physical
- Waiting lists for schools, educational facilities
and child care centres.