What do you consider to be the community health and wellbeing priorities for the region?

about 6 years ago
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  • cyprea over 6 years ago
    I would look at it from a risk perspective, then look at opportunities to counteract those risks. Risks to health & wellbeing? * Climate change (heat, energy security, economic cost) & other environmental responsibility issues (food, transport, energy, etc) * Mental health/Natural resources - access to nature & time/space for reflection, relaxation and connection to others (insufficient open & public spaces) * Housing affordability (a major % of younger people in this area appear to have too great a % of income going to housing/mortgages) * Poor air quality, particulates, smog, too close to major transit corridors * Inactivity, car-based transport, lack of walkable neighbourhood resources (especially schooling transport) * Employment, support networks and other relationship-based resources, skill development & learning, etc * Need for greater engagement, self-determination of society in decision-making processes Opportunities that overcome these - * Rapid climate mitigation "ramp-up" and divestment from fossil fuels, huge increase in renewables, energy reduction * Heat plans for emergencies * De-paving to remove heat island effect, great % decrease in paved areas, etc * Greater emphasis on outdoors, on access to and connectivity between natural areas, greater increase in % green space an urgent issue for Unley. * Explicit efforts to educate about the linkages between wellness and social/economic/environmental sustainability * Greater flexibility of land use - use of lane ways for smaller dwellings, commercial buildings combined with housing, not only on major routes) encourage greater affordability through planning & development regulations * Rapid uptake of mass transit, reduction of single-user commuter habits, investment in bike-only roadways, greater pedestrian access for small retail access. * Economic stimulus for small, local business. A hub for workplace sharing, more flexible learning centres, encouragement of satellite learning institutions of major universities, etc. * Greater participatory decision-making, community input into council budgeting, etc.
  • peter.croft over 6 years ago
    Again, I support Cyprea's comments. I would add a couple of specifics: We need to have a long-term direction of sustainability - so that the community does have a future. For Unley and Mitcham, I would highlight food security and affordability as one of the major issues. The general trend of food prices is heading upwards. The global increase in population over the next 20 years will exacerbate this. One of the major things that Councils can do to assist its community is to encourage more people to grow some of their own food and to support initiatives to share food. Community gardens are a part of the mix, training sessions in aspects of food growing, growing some fruit trees in public parks and sidewalks are too. I think that the Councils could consider some form of celebration of food - as part of an existing festival perhaps? - would be a great way to celebrate the diversity of traditions in our community - Italian, Greek, Vietnamese... An additional issue is that of the diversity and affordability of housing options which are available. I am aware of the SA Government's initiatives to increase the density of housing along main roads and some of the concerns about this. I wonder if there is a more pro-active option for Councils. What if some existing areas within Council boundaries were designated as apartment living and zoned as such - perhaps areas where there are reasonable sized blocks, but the housing stock is tired and is of no heritage or particular community value. A master-planned approach (such as being adopted at Bowden and in some of the western suburbs by Renewal SA) could help create a greater diversity of housing stock. It could enable many people to continue living in the area they know rather than having to shift to other areas where they lose their community when circumstances change. Doing this well would require a concerted project team.
  • Marelle Wilson over 6 years ago
    Reducing the burden of chronic pain.
  • Richard Peake over 6 years ago
    Unley City Council should "stick to the knitting". Physical and mental health are largely the responsibilities of the Commonwealth and State Governments. It is not the council's job to duplicate. If either the Commonwealth or State is not delivering a service, which is its statutory responsibility, the council should lobby strongly to seek redress. There are certainly things a council can do to encourage people to play sport, participate in recreation and enjoy each other's company (from Kindergym to seniors' get-togethers), but a council should not seek to take over responsibilities which are not its core role.
  • James over 6 years ago
    We have an aging population and it is generally acknowledged that people are happier and better off staying in their own homes. I think the required services can best be provided by the local community rather than State or Federal Governments. However, it then becomes necessary for the local community (Councils) to have the financial means to provide the resources to assist these people. Increased pollution from traffic congestion is another increasing problem. Unley and Mitcham have a huge amount of 'through traffic' from people travelling to/from the city who live in the southern suburbs. We are also experiencing an increase in 'high density'living. An efficient public transport system or transport corridors would either reduce the number of motor vehicles travelling through Unley & Mitcham, or reduce the pollution from motors idling for extended periods of time at traffic lights, etc. People should be encouraged to undertake physical activity, but if they need to feel safe walking/cycling along our streets or crossing roads. While pedestrian crossings help with the issue of crossing busy roads, they also stop the case and the idling motors I mentioned previously increase pollution, so we have a 'Catch 22' situation.
  • R23 over 6 years ago
    Prioritising pedestrian and cyclist safety (ie proper lanes, cross-walks) throughout the city, solidifying active transport networks. I would also like to see more community gardening iniatives.
  • Christy over 6 years ago
    I agree with those who have already submitted - food security/food growth right here in our suburbs (verge vegie gardens etc) - transportation that doesn't rely on fuel - bike riding/walking/sufficient/upgrading of parks - creating spaces where the "car" isn't the dominate feature - kids playing in the streets again - open spaces for people to connect - we have brilliant playgrounds/community gardens etc but they all need to be continually supported and maintained which comes at a cost and needs to be consistent