Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Measuring Perth’s parks provision as locations for activity

Measuring Perth’s parks provision as locations for activity
December 22, 2013

A tool that determines just how much green space Perth residents have access to and what needs to be provided to get people to make use of their parks has been developed by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

The new interactive database developed by the Centre for the Built Environment and Health based at UWA's School of Population Health has collected data across 32 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the Perth metropolitan and Peel areas.

Some of the key findings include:

• Park area varies and ranges from as high as 800 hectares of parks (City of Stirling) to as low as less than 7 hectares (Peppermint Grove)

• As a percentage of the total LGA, park area accounts for between less than 1% (Murray) up to 16% (City of Perth)

• Park area per person ranges from 110 metre2 per person (City of Perth) to as low as 9 metres2 (Cottesloe) per person. Most councils have been between 20 and 45 metre2 per person.

• Park area across Perth ranges from 11.5 hectares per 1,000 residents (Perth) to as low as 1 hectare per 1000 residents (Cottesloe)

• The percentage of the population who live within the recommended two kilometre distance of a medium sized park (7 to 15 hectares) known as a 'district park', ranged from zero (0%) to almost everyone (97%) with an average of half the population meeting this criteria across the 32 Perth councils (mean of 52%).

Commenting on the findings, Professor Fiona Bull, Director of UWA's Centre for the Built Environment and Health Professor stated "we can refine this to look at whether the needs of particular groups of people are met.

"We looked at the percentage of the population in each area living with access (within 300 metres) to a small park known as a 'pocket park' and found this ranged from 0% to 37%.

"The Public Open Space Tool enables us for the first time to visualise and analyse the distribution of parks across Perth and the Peel region to help with research and planning decisions now and for the future."

Professor Bull also highlights that parks and open spaces have a role to play in locations for activity, combating the global trend towards inactivity.

She adds "societal trends are leading to less activity than previously, and having a clear picture of our green spaces will go some way toward the work needed to be done to address physical inactivity as a public health issue."

The WA branch of Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) has also supported the development of Public Open Space Tool, recognising its "broad potential for spatial and social planning, urban development and as an aid in research for developing thriving communities."

Image shows Perth's Langley Park.

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks



Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology


Pricemark Pty Ltd

Pricemark supplies a wide range of custom branded membership & RFID access products for the Health & Leisure Industry. 

read more



TJS Services

TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide.  Our…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Venues


Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology



Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues



Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness


Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business