20 Oct, 2010 Last updated: 17 Nov, 2014

A healthy community development planned for outside of Melbourne has won a commendation award from Victorian Planning Minister Justin Madden.

A healthy community development planned for outside of Melbourne has won a commendation award from Victorian Planning Minister Justin Madden.

The new development, Selandra Rise, received the award at the Australian Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence, held in Melbourne on Friday 15 October.

Selandra Rise is a planned community in outer south east Melbourne where the planning, design and development process has considered the health and wellbeing of the future residents.

VicHealth, along with the cross-sectoral partnership of Planning Institute of Victoria, Stockland, Growth Areas Authority and the City of Casey, has supported a five-year research Fellowship to help evaluate the impact of placing health into the design of this community.

The development partners, the Planning Institute of Australia, Stockland, Growth Areas Authority and the City of Casey, are committed to delivering a healthy and engaged community, provision of local employment and diversity of housing

A five-year evaluation of Selandra Rise is expected to add to evidence that shows relationships between urban planning and design of the built environment are linked with residential community health and health.  This information will be used to support advocacy for future planning and design practices.

VicHealth is delighted to be part of this project and congratulates all involved in receiving a commendation award in the 2010 Awards for Planning Excellence.