Healthy & inclusive places
Our goal | Create the world’s most liveable urban communities
What does it mean?
We will enhance Landcom’s international status for delivering a world class liveable places by creating places founded on equity, affordability and inclusion.
Liveability is how well a place delivers quality of life to its residents and community. It measures economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as recreation, culture and entertainment.
Liveable communities are healthy and inclusive. They are well connected by public transport and to cultural and economic opportunities.
Why is it important?
Our population is growing fast and we need to think about smarter ways to get the most out of our available land.
A well-designed community takes into account the needs of people living today and our future generations: where they work, where they learn, how they spend their leisure time, and how they move around. We also believe the built environment should include green space, which is why we champion the conservation of existing natural habitats, making the natural environment back as a key component of the built environment.
The New Urban Agenda has shared vision for cities and human settlements globally. That includes nations such as Australia, and those less fortunate. By embedding this shared vision for cities in the way we approach urban renewal, we can support the following social equity outcomes sought by the New Urban Agenda.
“…cities and human settlements that:
(a) fulfill their social function, including the social and ecological function of land, with a view to progressively achieve the full realization of the right to adequate housing, as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, without discrimination… equal access for all to public goods and quality services in areas such as food security and nutrition, health, education, infrastructure … and livelihoods;
(b) are participatory, promote civic engagement, engender a sense of belonging and ownership among all their inhabitants, prioritize safe, inclusive, accessible, green, and quality public spaces, friendly for families, enhance social and intergenerational interactions, cultural expressions, and political participation, as appropriate, and foster social cohesion, inclusion, and safety in peaceful and pluralistic societies, where the needs of all inhabitants are met, recognizing the specific needs of those in vulnerable situations;
(c) achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, ensuring women’s full and effective participation and equal rights in all fields and in leadership at all levels of decision-making, and by ensuring decent work and equal pay for equal work, or work of equal value for all women, as well as preventing and eliminating all forms of discrimination, violence, and harassment against women and girls in private and public spaces;
(e) fulfill their territorial functions across administrative boundaries, and act as hubs and drivers for balanced sustainable and integrated urban and territorial development at all levels;
(f) promote age- and gender-responsive planning and investment for sustainable, safe, and accessible urban mobility for all and resource efficient transport systems for passengers and freight, effectively linking people, places, goods, services, and economic opportunities”
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A primary objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to “end poverty… and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. We couldn’t agree more – which is why we are focusing our efforts on creating healthy and inclusive places founded on equity for people of all ages and abilities.
We believe that equity is at the heart of liveability and prosperity. We are looking at community connection, safety and wellbeing, quality design, engagement, and health, equity and inclusion across all of our projects. Goal 11 sums it up – “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
In February 2017, we scorched through one of the most extreme heat waves on record. Escalating extreme conditions impact the way we use spaces and experience places. To manage and help mitigate these impacts, we must consider how to design places for people.
We have aligned our Healthy & Inclusive Places to key Paris Agreement outcomes; and considered how to best ensure equity and inclusion for all.
Heat waves, storms and bushfires, too much and too little water, and major infrastructure failures such as blackouts are all acute shocks that impact the health, wellbeing and stability of Sydney.
To help reduce or mitigate these impacts, we’re building resilience and adaptation into every project. All projects will undertake Climate Change Adaptation and Community Resilience planning; and focus on building connections and inclusion.
The more resilient and connected we are, the easier it will be as a community to reduce stresses, and thrive in times acute shocks – rather than just survive.
Our social sustainability targets are based on research, collaboration and international benchmarking.
We will nurture wellbeing and connection for all that live, work and play in our communities.
- Achieve 90% resident overall satisfaction with the integration of culture and heritage into all new projects
- Achieve 90% resident reported community cohesion across all new projects, by fostering the integration of community networks and facilities into our projects
We will create healthy, equitable, and inclusive outcomes for all members of our communities.
- All projects provide design, programs or events that encourage active, social and healthy eating lifestyles, achieve 90% resident reported health and wellbeing
- All new projects are designed and delivered to achieve high quality public, active and sustainable transport options to key amenities, services, and employment
- Enable 5-10% of all new homes as Affordable Housing across our portfolio
- In addition to any State Environmental Planning Policy or legislative requirements, 20% of dwellings across all new projects are ‘Design’ and ‘As-Built’ Liveable Housing Australia Silver Certified
- Deliver 10-15% diverse housing across our portfolio
We will optimise the quality of design and place for our communities, and drive strong engagement with our communities and stakeholders.
- All new projects to undergo peer review through a Design Review Panel or equivalent
- All new projects to implement the Landcom Join-In Protocol for stakeholder engagement
We will drive a culture and priority of safety throughout our organisation and on all Landcom projects, striving to achieve incident and injury free environments for overall wellbeing.
- Achieve a culture and priority of safety throughout our organisation and on all Landcom projects, achieve 90% overall community safety score at our projects
We are also thinking about
We know there are always emerging areas of sustainability, and are committed to advancing our approach over time. Some further areas of exploration for us include:
- Identifying opportunities to positively impact diversity, inclusion and accessibility
- Developing a corporate Health & Wellbeing approach
- Piloting diverse housing projects to demonstrate innovation
- Supporting housing innovation by pursuing partnerships, tools and opportunities that relate to housing diversity and affordability
- Exploring opportunities to advance innovation in education, health and wellbeing infrastructure
- Identifying mode-shift opportunities to reduce car dependency in appropriate locations