Planning and designing healthy new communities: Selandra Rise

Housing Housing development Housing and health Public health Public transport Victoria
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Selandra Rise is a new housing development located in Melbourne’s south-east growth corridor, where residents have bought land and built new houses over a period of several years. This research project aimed to discover how design and planning of a new residential community could improve the health and wellbeing of residents.

Developed through a VicHealth Research Practice Fellowship, it was conducted at RMIT by Dr Cecily Maller, Senior Research Fellow with co-researcher Dr Larissa Nicholls, Research Fellow. In partnership with Stockland, the Metropolitan Planning Authority, the City of Casey, the Planning Institute of Australia (Vic) and VicHealth, a key focus of the research was the development of recommendations to inform design and planning of future residential communities.

The key research findings and recommendations cover five areas:

  • Length of travel to work and health outcomes
  • Public transport and connectivity
  • Community engagement and social connection
  • Physical activity
  • Neighbourhood satisfaction and wellbeing
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