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Good community health and wellbeing can be obtained by engaging with the community to understand and achieve community aspirations, spirit and ownership

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  • Developing community engagement and development plans
  • Using community strength indicators
  • Celebrating cultural diversity including recognising (where appropriate) traditional land ownership
  • Creating a safe and secure environment
  • Providing opportunities for local innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Using communication tools to build social connectivity
  • Using community based social marketing (e.g. behavioural change programs)
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Early provision of hard and soft infrastructure to encourage and promote cohesive communities

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  • Early provision of education and other community facilities
  • Needs based research and facility provision

Urban Planning:

Urban planning that promotes legible, well connected and accessible communities

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  • Safe and universally accessible community
  • Vibrant centres
  • Activation of public spaces
  • Quality civic space
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • POS areas promoting passive and active recreation
  • Community gardens
  • Diversity of lot sizes and building types
  • Connected street and footpath network
  • Public art and sense of place
  • Dispersed community facilities (e.g. decentralised street developments)
  • Health and wellbeing in design and activities
  • Higher density models wherever appropriate
  • Development appropriate to cultural context, such as indigenous communities

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Building Design:

Built form solutions and facilities that allow for a diversity of demographic profiles, facilitating community cohesion and intergenerational communities

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  • Public/ private interface
  • ‘Eyes on the street’ strategies (e.g. front porches and windows / lighting in strategic locations)
  • Safe and accessible buildings
  • Well designed civic buildings that encourage community pride
  • Self help and self-build housing
  • Innovations in housing form, creating adaptable and flexible options
  • Diversity in housing sizes

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