VIC/TAS Awards Submissions

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Submitting Organisation:

Katie McDonald - Victoria University

Overview:

A critical analysis of aquatic and recreation centre planning and decision-making: A tale of two Cases in metropolitan Melbourne, is derived from a PhD research project completed by Dr. Katie McDonald at Victoria University. This research provides a comprehensive analysis, examining the multifaceted interactions between public sector management theories and local contextual factors. By uniquely applying local government theories the study uncovers insights into the influences shaping ARC planning and decision-making by providing actionable recommendations for optimising ARC planni


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Submitting Organisation:

City of Casey

Joint Organisation:

Federation University Australia

Overview:

Federation University and Active Communities team at City of Casey designed this research to identify barriers and co-design programs that improve the physical activity of women in Casey. This research provides evidenced-based data to inform council decision-making and strategically invest in community programs and contribute to health and wellbeing. By actively engaging women through this process, the aim has been to empower them and ensure that their perspectives, needs, and preferences are central to the development of programs.


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Golf Australia

Joint Organisation:

PGA of Australia

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SGS Economics and Planning

Overview:

The Australian Golf industry commissioned the Community Benefits of Golf in Australia report to understand the substantial economic, social and environmental benefits that golf contributes to everyday Australia. SGS Economics & Planning implemented a robust methodology that is game changing for the industry. This report quantifies and clarifies a depth of data on how Australians engage with golf and the benefits that flow beyond the spend on an activity (typically the basis of most community impact studies).


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ENJOY MAP for HEALTH

Research Award

VIC/TAS

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Submitting Organisation:

National Ageing Research Institute

Overview:

Installation of the Seniors Exercise Parks and the supportive programs and activities following six park upgrades resulted in increased older people’s park visitation and engagement in physical activity. The establishment of age-friendly outdoor spaces in six Victorian municipalities has created active parks where older people can gather, exercise, and socialise, fostering healthier communities.


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