Liveability for older residents in regional communities through the lens of walkability and attitudes to nature: a case study in northeast Victoria, Australia

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Abstract

Liveability is determined by characteristics of a place including walkability and access to natural environments. These two attributes can be quantified at a fine spatial scale providing insights into liveability. Most liveability studies focus on metropolitan areas, and we identified a research gap in regional liveability research. Using a case study on two towns in Indigo Shire in regional Victoria and focusing on older residents, we examined walkability and access to and attitudes about the natural environment. We found that opportunities for walking in regional towns can be limited, and that only a small number of older people walk regularly. Despite being largely surrounded by nature in regional towns, connection to nature and sense of community is sometimes lacking. In addition, measures of walkability and access to natural environments designed to be used in metropolitan environments do not translate well to regional areas. However, the data and insights gathered in this research helped build a context-specific understanding of liveability in each community and allowed us to provide useful recommendations to local government. While these recommendations are specific to the study area, the methodologies used, and insights gained are applicable to regional and rural towns in a wide range of contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-424
Number of pages20
JournalAustralian Geographer
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2023

Grant Number

  • 0000102868
  • Indigo Shire Liveability Atlas Pilot Project: Walkability

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