Integrating Health, Active Transport and Land Use Planning 2013

Integrating Health, Active Transport and Land Use Planning


Thursday February 7 2013

NSW Parliament House, Sydney, Australia


Session Objectives

  • Promote greater understanding of research evidence and key international resources linking health, active transport and land-use planning
  • Examine current NSW interagency initiatives promoting increased active living and healthy eating and the benefits to health, planning and transport sectors
  • Identify future opportunities and challenges to enhanced integration of health, active transport and land-use planning in NSW


Overview of the Session - Key Themes

The case for action - examine how New York City has prioritised enhanced health outcomes in the planning and design of City neighbourhoods, transportation networks and public spaces

A framework for action - outline current NSW policy and practice directed at integrating health, active transport and land-use planning and establish a framework for enhanced collaboration across sectors

Leadership and action - identify opportunities, challenges and required next steps to more systematically integrate active transport, health and land-use planning into all stages of planning and practice



Welcome and Introductions

Hon. Kevin Humphries, NSW Healthy Lifestyles Minister


The Case for Action: New York approaches towards interagency collaboration and facilitated questions and answers

Dr Karen Lee, MHSc, Head of the Built Environment and Healthy Housing Program at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Key topics include; New York City approaches to interagency collaboration; NYC Active Design Guidelines and the promotion of active living and healthy eating; ways to improve the Built Environment for Health; Key learnings from a Health, Transport and Planning perspective

Active Design: The Key Roles of Urban Design and Building Environments in Addressing Health Epidemics (PDF)

Video length - 1:02.36 (Video coming soon)


A Framework for Action: Planning and Health in NSW

Norma Shankie- Williams, Director, Metropolitan and Regional Strategies NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure

Key topics include; Supportive urban design advantages for planning and health; NSW 2021 targets and policy priorities; collaborating across sectors and within industry; NSW Case studies of healthy urban development evidence compilation (UNSW's Healthy Built Environment Program) and policy translation and resource development (PCAL Development and Active Living resources)

A Framework for Action: Planning and Health in NSW (PDF)

Video length - 24.02 (Video coming soon)


Planning Case Study

Matthew Beggs, Development Director, UrbanGrowth NSW

Key Topics include; Better practice role of UrbanGrowth NSW; systemic application of healthy urban planning principles; Metropolitan case study - opportunities and challenges

Planning Case Study - Oran Park Town (PDF)

Video length - 10:35  (Video coming soon)


Transport and Health in NSW 

Matt Faber, Manager Bus Light Rail Active Transport Strategy Road Transport strategy, Planning and Programs Division, Transport for NSW

Key topics include; Active transport as an integral component of an integrated transport system; walking and cycling as travel modes; active transport co-benefits, NSW 2021 active transport targets and NSW policy priorites; NSW case studies

North West Rail Link: Active Transport Principles into Practice (PDF)

Video length 18:48  (Video coming soon)


Transport Case Study

Prof. Corinne Mulley, Chair of Public Trasport and Director of the Public Transport Program, Institute of Transport Logistic Studies, University of Sydney 

Key topics include; Research evidence, quantifying the health benefits of active travel and the health costs of prolonged sitting in cars; financial advantages to NSW of reducing the number of short car trips; opportunities to incorporate health benefit quantification within standard transport infrastructure development processes; health and interagency collaboration opportunities

Transport Case Study (PDF)

Video length 14:11  (Video coming soon)


PCAL - An Interagency Case Study

Peter McCue, Executive Officer, NSW Premier's Council for Active Living 

Key topics include; PCAL interagency model, Terms of Reference and Premier's priorities; healthy planning and active transport policy and resources successses, future priorities and opportunities

PCAL Case Study (PDF)

Video length: 8:41  (Video coming soon)


Leadership & Action: Partnerships, Practice and Policy (facilitated discussion

This interactive discussion will explore the role of polictical leadership, government partnerships, and cross-sectoral collaboration to enhance integration of health, transport and planning sectors. What can Australia learn and/or share to more systematically incorporate health in transportation and land-use planning processes

All previous six speakers (Video length 41:38)

(video coming soon)


Symposium Syntheses and Final Remarks

Dr Jo Mitchell, Acting Director Centre for Population Health, NSW Ministry of Health 

Video length - 5:31 (Video coming soon)



Speaker Biographies


Professor Chris Rissel – Seminar Chair

Professor Rissel is actively involved in promoting cycling as a form of active transport to increase population levels of physical activity. He has published numerous studies on aspects of cycling, including co-authoring the national report for the Department of Health and Ageing 'Cycling: Getting Australia Moving - Barriers, facilitators and interventions to get more Australians physically active through cycling'. Chris is Professor of Public Health in the School of Public Health University of Sydney, and Director of the NSW Office of Preventive Health.


Dr Karen Lee

Dr Lee is currently adjunct Professor at the Schools of Public Health at University of Alberta and Toronto. Since 2004, Dr. Lee has been working on ways to improve the Built Environment for Health, particularly the current epidemics of obesity and non-communicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes. In this regard, she has worked with and for a variety of health and non-health organizations in the U.S, Canada and globally, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NYC's Health Dept, the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the World Health Organization, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association and the U.S. Green Buildings Council.


Norma Shankie-Williams

Norma has worked as a Town Planner for over 30 years, both here and in the UK, for local and State governments in rural and metropolitan areas. She has dealt with major legislative and operational reform as well as the significant challenges associated with long term strategic metropolitan and regional planning. Her current role as Director, Metropolitan and Regional Strategies NSW DP&I includes preparation of a new Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney, and the review of Regional Strategies that apply to coastal NSW.


Matthew Beggs

Matthew is the Development Director for the Oran Park Town project in Camden being delivered by Urban Growth NSW in partnership with Greenfields Development Company. A solutions oriented manager with over 26 years in the property industry, Matthew has extensive experience in planning and delivery of large development projects, major property transactions, business development and relationship management. Matthew strives to deliver a balance of commercial and socially sustainable outcomes for project stakeholders.


Matt Faber

Matt Faber has spent the past 20 years with the NSW public service developing active, public and road transport projects integrated with Sydney's changing urban landscape. He was the chief planner for the western Sydney rapid bus 'T-way' system that celebrates the 10th birthday of its first link – between Liverpool and Parramatta – in a month's time. More recently he has managed the NSW Government's strategic program of actions to grow the transport modes of walking and cycling. Matt is currently Manager Bus Light Rail and Active Transport Strategy with Transport for NSW.


Professor Corinne Mulley

Professor Corinne Mulley is the founding Chair in Public Transport at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies. As a transport economist she has researched and published at the interface of transport policy and economics, in particular on issues relating to public transport. Since coming to Sydney, Corinne has been involved with State government on the development of transport plans and other studies, the independent regulators, local government, community transport organisations and community groups.


Peter McCue

Peter McCue is the Executive Officer of the NSW Premier's Council for Active Living (PCAL) an interagency body that aims to link Government, industry and the community sector to promote active living and healthy eating. PCAL represents one of the first Australian examples of high-level interagency active living collaborations and the Council has maintained a key focus on active travel and health promoting urban environments. Prior to PCAL, Peter worked for over twenty years promoting physical activity in Australia, Asia and Europe within public health, recreation planning and the tertiary sector.