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NSLHD Population Health Promotion's Urban Planning 4 Health (UP4Health) project aims to increase physical activity, healthy eating and social interaction by advocating for the planning, design, development and management of healthy urban (built) environments.​ Working closely with local government, planning agencies and the community, we ensure population health is prioritised in all urban planning and development processes.


Have a look at our latest submissions on local, state and National documents and plans:




​​We Said



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​Northern Beaches Council​
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​Willoughby City Council
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​Ku-ring-gai Council
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​Draft Hornsby Town Centre Masterplanalternate text 50
​Hornsby Shire Council
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Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Strategy and Action Planalternate text 51
​Northern Beaches Council
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Draft Mosman Climate Action Plan - Resilience and Adaptation Strategyalternate text 52
​Mosman Council
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Draft Bicycle Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2030alternate text 54
​City of Ryde Council
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​Willoughby City Council
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North Sydney Walking Strategyalternate text 58
​North Sydney Council
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​North Sydney Council
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​Willoughby City Council
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​Willoughby City Council
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Green Links draft Masterplanalternate text 66
​City of Ryde Council
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​Manly Cove and Manly Wharf Concept Plans​
​Transport for NSW
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​Interested in submissions related to liquor licences? Check out our Reducing Access to Alcohol page.

Review and Outcomes

From time to time we review the outcomes of our submissions and the impact we have. These are documented below:

The Evidence

UP4Health is underpinned by a growing body of evidence which shows a strong relationship between the built environment and people's health.

The UNSW Healthy Built Environments Program Literature Review identifies three key built environment domains that support human health.

The built environment can:

  1. Support physical activity

  2. Connect and strengthen communities

  3. Provide equitable access to healthy food.

The project team review key planning and development policies and proposals and submit comments and recommendations. These submissions aim to increase the adoption of healthy planning principles and thus help create environments supportive of an active, healthy lifestyle.

Further Resources

Healthy Built Environment Checklist

The NSW Ministry of Health's Healthy Built Environment Checklist is a practical tool to support the capacity of health professionals and others to provide informed, health-focused advice on development policies, plans and proposals.

The focus is on promoting healthy planning as a core component of good design and amenity of the built environment to achieve well-connected and liveable communities.

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NSW Movement and Place Framework

The NSW Movement and Place Framework is a cross-government framework for planning, designing and managing our transport networks to maximise benefits for the people and places they serve.

The Framework recognises that streets are not just about moving people and goods – they are also places for people to live, work and spend time.

The Framework has established a set of 36 built environment performance indicators based on qualities that contribute to a well-designed built environment.

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​​Australian Urban Observatory

The Australian Urban Observatory is a digital liveability planning platform that transforms complex urban data into easily understood liveability maps across Australia’s 21 largest cities.

It brings together the link between city design, policy and planning, with health and wellbeing.

The Australian Urban Observatory is a not-for-profit platform developed at RMIT University.

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