Enhancing the usability and benefits of open space for older people in regional Australia

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Open space planning and design can play an important role in ameliorating health and social issues associated with the increasing ageing population in regional Australia. We undertook a case study at Albury, NSW using an online survey, focus groups and park observations to explore the way older people (>65) value and use open spaces. While exhibiting diverse views, older Australians’ voices provided recommendations that can maximise the benefits of open space. Well-designed facilities support walking and other physical activity, social interaction and neighbourliness, and potentially reduce feelings of vulnerability. Issues associated with access are complex and require early and ongoing strategic planning. Ensuring open space is responsive to these needs requires both State and local government development and environmental planning and attention to the design and maintenance of park microfeatures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalAustralian Planner
Issue number2
Early online date13 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Grant Number

  • 0000101693


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