Open Space Strategy
Redland Open Space Strategy 2026
The Redland Open Space Strategy, endorsed by Council on 19 December 2012, forms the “blueprint” for parks and open space management and development over the next 14 years.
The Redland Open Space Strategy 2026 importantly focuses on the provision of activities at a neighbourhood and suburb level. It is an important strategic tool, that when put into action can assist many parts of Council in making recommendations and providing recreation and sporting facilities in the best and most preferred locations. The aim of the Strategy is to help to activate the Community to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make the best use of wonderful publically owned parkland and infrastructure.
Activity based open space planning
Regular physical activity can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, breast and bowel cancer, depression and anxiety.
In 2011, only 44% of children aged 5–17 years were active for the recommended 60 minutes a day and in 2012 only 56.1% of Queensland adults were sufficiently active for health benefit. Physical inactivity is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers and diabetes prevalence continues to increase in Queensland with about 60 new cases diagnosed each day.
A primary function of open space is to provide opportunities for recreational and physical activity for all members of the community including women, children and adolescents and older adults (i.e. retirees). The health and social benefits from participation in physical exercise is well documented and include the following:
Social benefits including encouraging family and community connectedness, social skills and networks, reduced isolation and enhanced self esteem.
Physical and mental benefits including reduced risk of chronic disease, managing weight, developing motor skills and improving sleep, concentration, memory and learning.
It is therefore important to integrate opportunities for recreation and physical activity throughout the built form with the appropriate planning mechanism, primarily through an open space strategy. Traditionally open space plans have a focus on diversity of open space and shortfalls of space from a land based perspective. The Redland Open Space Strategy uses a people and activity based approach that encourages environments that support the health and wellbeing of community members. This could be interpreted to be a more land use approach.
The Redland Open Space Plan 2004 – 2016 has been superseded.
Redland is an LGAQ Healthy Communities Demonstration Project
In 2012 the Redland Open Space Strategy project was awarded funding by the Local Government Association of Queensland and the State Government funding to develop as a State wide demonstration project. This meant that various aspects of the project are being showcased around the State to other Councils. Part of the project saw the publication of two tool kits outlining how the Redland Open Space Strategy was developed and how other Council’s could also use the same methodology.
The LGAQ Healthy Communities Case Studies:
The LGAQ Healthy Communities Tool Kit 1 for developing an activity based approach to open space planning [PDF 1.7MB]
The LGAQ Healthy Communities Tool Kit 2 for developing an activity based approach to open space planning [PDF 1.9MB]