Thank you for telling us your thoughts on our 2-year Yarra Moves Action Plan. We are currently reviewing your feedback and will provide you with an update shortly.

Our vision

We want Yarra to be a place that is synonymous with active living, a place where everyone can enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle every day.

When we talk about being active, we’re talking about getting your body moving in any way that you like. It can be different for everyone. If you enjoy the way that you are being active, then you will make time for it - no matter what!

At the end of 2021 we asked for your ideas on how we can make Yarra a healthier, more active city. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback.

We used your input to draft our 2-year Yarra Moves Action Plan, to help us achieve the goals in our Yarra Moves Physical Activity Strategy.

We then asked for you to again share your feedback on this before Thursday 14 April 2022.

Yarra Moves Action Plan

You can find out more by reading the full Yarra Moves Action Plan, or see a summary below.

The draft Action Plan is divided into 3 themes. Under each of these themes in a number of objectives and actions.

Empower the community to be physically active, supporting them to make choices through easy to understand information. Provide awareness of the varying ways you can be physically active and participate in the community.

Objectives:

  • Identify and promote the opportunities to be physically active in Yarra.
  • Promote opportunities for people to connect and participate in the community while improving physical wellbeing.
  • Provide opportunities for the community to engage and connect with the natural environment to enhance their physical wellbeing.
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of all employees by implementing initiatives that make active living part of the workplace culture and reduce sedentary behaviour.
  • Use evidence to guide and drive decisions about how to increase participation in physical activity and improve the health of our community.

Examples of actions under this theme:

  • Build a Physical Activity Directory that showcases the physical activity opportunities available in Yarra.
  • Establish a Yarra Moves communications program that promotes the importance of being physically active and reducing sedentary behaviour.

Find out more about this theme and related actions on pages 4 to 6 of the Action Plan.

Provide a range of local options that cater to the diverse needs of different groups to support people to be physically active, particularly focusing on engaging those least likely to participate.

Objectives:

  • Support and facilitate opportunities for the community to be physically active through Council’s services.
  • Support active recreation and sport organisations to continue to provide diverse physical activity opportunities for the whole community.
  • Build partnerships with key partners to provide sustainable and inclusive local options to be physically active.

Examples of actions under this theme:

  • Deliver community-based programs to service vulnerable cohorts.
  • Provide support and club development opportunities to sport and recreation organisations and clubs in accordance with relevant strategic documents and in response to direct feedback from clubs through annual surveys. E.g. child safety, inclusion, diversity, strategic planning and governance.
  • Support health and community organisations to increase active living opportunities available to the community.

Find out more about this theme and read all the related actions on pages 7 to 10 of the Action Plan.

The development of safe, accessible and well-connected neighbourhoods that optimise and encourage active transport and active living.

Objectives:

  • Encourage and support greater walkability and cycling throughout Yarra.
  • Plan and develop neighbourhoods to support active lifestyles.

Examples of actions under this theme:

  • Continue to address road safety issues and remove barriers to walking and cycling through Council’s Spot Safety program, Road Safety Studies and Road Safety Strategy.
  • Continue to implement the Annual Tree Planting program through the Urban Forest Strategy. This program provides shade and encourages pedestrian activity and active transport.

You can read more about this theme and all of the action from pages 1 and 12 of the Action Plan.