FitNSW 2014

FitNSW 2014 - Supportive Environments for Active Living:  Collective Action and Next Steps


Wednesday February 26th, 2014

NSW Parliament House

Sydney, Australia


A summary document from the event is available here.


Session Objectives

  • Promote greater understanding of research, evidence and key international interagency initiatives that have encouraged the creation of healthy built environments and active travel opportunities.
  • Examine current NSW legislative and/or policy frameworks promoting supportive environments for active living / active travel and the benefits to planning, transport and health sectors.
  • Identify forthcoming priority actions and emerging opportunities to implement more supportive environments for active living / active travel across land-use planning, transport and health.

Overview of the Session – Key Themes

The Case for Action – examine how cities around the world have prioritized increased walkability in the planning and design of City neighbourhoods, transportation networks and public spaces.

A Framework for Action – outline current Government and industry practice directed at integrating active travel, land-use planning and/or health and establish a framework for enhanced collaboration across sectors.

Leadership and Action – Identify opportunities, challenges and required next steps to more systematically integrate active travel, health and land-use planning into all stages of planning and practice. 


Premier's Address

The Hon Barry O'Farrell, MP. Premier of New South Wales

The Case for Action: What collective action has achieved in New York City

Dr Karen Lee, International Healthy Built Environment Advisor from NYC 

Key topics include; NYC approaches to interagency collaboration and a brief update on key successes from implementation of the NYC Active Design Guidelines; lessons learnt from a decade of NYC FitCity Conferences; ongoing interagency collaboration opportunities across sectors.

The Case for Action: How walking connects around the world

Key topics include; Co-benefits of improved walkability for planning, transport and health; international best practice examples of the implementation of enhanced walkability; international  innovative strategies to get more people walking; legacies around the world emerging from hosting the Walk 21 International Walking Conference

The Case for Action: How walking connects around the world (pdf 12268KB)

Dr Rodney Tolley, Conference Director, Walk 21 (Video length 1:06.26)

Facilitated questions and answers

A Framework for Action: Promoting active transport for everyday travel

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 policy priorities and actions

A Framework for Action: Promoting active transport for everyday travel (pdf 1016KB)

Carolyn McNally, Deputy Director General, Planning and Programs, Transport for NSW (Video length 21.25)

A Framework for Action: NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy

Key Topics include; NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy, co-benefits of interagency collaboration, evidence for healthy built environments, implementation priorities for NSW Health.

A Framework for Action: NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy (pdf 384KB)

Dr Jo Mitchell, Director Centre for Population Health, NSW Ministry of Health (Video length 18.25)

Industry Frameworks: Active living and the Green Star – Communities PILOT Rating Tool

Key Topics include; Green Star - Communities PILOT Rating Tool purpose and update, active travel and healthy planning related components of the Rating Tool, Healthy and Active Living Credit components, Planning tools to achieve points in the credit, relevant case studies.

Industry Frameworks: Active living and the Green Star – Communities PILOT Rating Tool (91415KB)

Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia (Video length 19.24)

Case Study: Design Parramatta: New ideas to shape the city

Key Topics include; Making it happen at the local council level; Case study of strategies for creating and linking supportive environments for active living. This talk highlights the benefits of using multi-disciplinary design teams and strategic design to create active city environments.

Case Study: Design Parramatta: New ideas to shape the city (6146KB)

Kati Westlake, Manager Urban Design, Parramatta City Council (Video length 14:06)

Facilitated questions and answers

Symposium Synthesis and Final Remarks

The Hon. Kevin Humphries, MP. Minister for Healthy Lifestyles

Speaker Biographies

Professor Chris Rissel – Symposium 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 School 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 organisations in the U.S, Canada and globally, including the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, NYC's Health Department, the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the World Health Organisation, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association and the U.S. Green Buildings Council.

Dr Rodney Tolley

Dr Tolley is the Conference Director of Walk 21, a not-for profit which raises international awareness of walking issues and support professionals in the delivery of best practice. He has chaired the Program Committee for the first twelve international Walk 21 walking conferences, including Munich in September 2013 and has been central to the development of the 'International Charter on Walking.' In August 2009 Rodney was nominated in the top 50 of the World's sustainable transport 'heroes,' 'the extraordinary creative people who over the last decades have led the way in the uphill fight to sustainable transportation, sustainable cities and sustainable lives'.

Carolyn McNally

Carolyn McNally is the Deputy Director General, Planning & Programs for Transport for NSW, overseeing transport planning and program management across all modes of transport in New South Wales. Her team is responsible for identifying transport needs, producing integrated transport plans including the recently released NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan and Sydney's Cycling and Walking Future.  In addition, Carolyn is responsible for developing infrastructure and service solutions and managing Transport for NSW's overall capital budget. Carolyn has worked extensively at a senior level in Government mainly at the Commonwealth Government level and now the State Government.

Dr Jo Mitchell

Jo Mitchell is the Director, Centre for Population Health in the NSW Ministry of Health. In this role she is responsible for the leading the development of health promotion policy and strategy at the state level, including HIV/STI prevention, tobacco control, overweight and obesity prevention, prevention of blood borne virus and harm reduction, and falls prevention in older people. She has over twenty years experience in health promotion at local and state levels and has a doctorate in Public Health from Flinders University.

Romilly Madew

Romilly Madew is the Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, Australia's peak industry association responsible for creating sustainable buildings and places for everyone.  She is an experienced advocate for green building, sustainable communities and cities, both nationally and internationally. 

Kati Westlake

Kati has combined degrees in architecture (University of Sydney) and Landscape Architecture (RMIT) and considerable public sector experience in urban design including; the City of Sydney; the NSW Government Architect's office; Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Parramatta Council.  Kati has a strong interest in the public domain of cities as the primary place of public and cultural engagement and is keen to increase community engagement with architecture and urban design.