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To assist local government in creating and planning for environments that support active and healthy lifestyles amongst residents and visitors there are a number of resources available. Active, Healthy Communities, is a set of tools design specifically for Queensland councils. Healthy Spaces and Places outlines principles for an Australian context to help local governments tackle some of the major preventable health issues through appropriate planning.
Green Star Rating Tools is available help the property industry to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, improve occupant health and productivity and achieve real cost savings, while showcasing innovation in sustainable building practices. It is a good resource for local government planners and builders to be aware of when assessing development.
Managing the amenity impacts of low emission energy generation in commercial buildings: Guide for Queensland Local Governments aims to support local governments involved in assessing development and investigation nuisance complaints arising from existing development. It focuses on managing potential ‘side effects’, such as glare and reflection from solar energy systems, noise from small wind turbines, and air quality impacts of burning fuel.
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, in recognising the importance of walking to improve the future of the transport system, has developed Easy Steps. It is a package developed to assist local governments in promoting walking. Walking doesn't cost anything, is environmentally friendly and is healthy for communities and residents. Each time we walk we help reduce air pollution, wear and tear on our roads and lessen the burden on public transport.
Town Planning For Everyone is a "single point of easy-to-understand information" about planning, designed specifically to help the general community. The resource covers 17 separate topics including an explanation of commonly used planning words.
Other publications and resources, developed by LGAQ to specifically assist local government include:
LGAQ Supporting Queensland’s Resource Regions: Position Paper