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Revised Draft North District Plan

The revised draft North District Plan provides a 20-year plan to manage growth and achieve the 40-year vision, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability into the future.

28 Liveability

28 Liveability Planning Priority N4 Fostering healthy, creative, culturally rich and socially connected communities In giving effect to the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, this Planning Priority delivers on Objective 7: Communities are healthy, resilient and socially connected; and Objective 8: Greater Sydney’s communities are culturally rich with diverse neighbourhoods and Objective 9: Greater Sydney celebrates the arts and supports creative industries and innovation and the corresponding strategies. To foster healthy, creative, culturally rich and socially connected communities this draft District Plan recognises cultural richness and diversity as some of Greater Sydney’s key strengths. Strong social connections are key to these strengths and a foundation of resilience and healthy lifestyles among the District’s residents. To support and deliver these outcomes a multi-faceted and place-based approach is required to focus on the local inter-relationships between healthy, creative, culturally rich and socially connected communities. Healthy and active lifestyles Research identifies three key aspects of the built environment that support healthy lifestyles and improved health outcomes: strong social connections, physical activity and access to fresh food.2 Consequently, the design and management of streets, places and neighbourhoods are essential to achieving improved mental and physical health outcomes. These characteristics of the built environment are important preventative responses to the incidence of chronic lifestyle diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes. This is important given that around 44 per cent of the adult population in the North District are overweight or obese.3 Walkable streets that provide accessible and safe connections to schools, daily needs and recreation facilities can encourage greater physical activity and social connection. Fine grain urban form and local mixed use places can provide better access to fresh food, together with opportunities for people to participate in arts, recreation and cultural activities. Connectivity of, and access to, diverse open space and opportunities for recreational physical activity are also essential. Diverse neighbourhoods Greater Sydney, like many global cities, has a diversity of people from differing socio-economic circumstances and a range of social, cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. As the District grows and changes, supporting social connections, and cultural and creative expression will build resilience through understanding, trust and neighbourliness. Targeted local responses to address spatial variations in socio-economic disadvantage across the North District are required, particularly in neighbourhoods that experience greater disadvantage. A diversity of housing types such as urban renewal, local infill – missing middle – and new communities in land release areas supports diversity of household types and community needs. The North District is home to people from many cultural and social backgrounds. Thirty nine per cent of residents in the District are from 201 countries including China, England, India, New Zealand and South Korea. As a result 29 per cent of the District’s population speak 175 non-English languages in their homes. The North District is home to refugees from many parts of the world. Councils including Hornsby, Ryde, Willoughby and North Sydney are declared Refugee Welcome Zones and have made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into communities and celebrating their diversity of cultures. The top four languages spoken at home other than English are Mandarin (23 per cent), Cantonese (13 per cent), Korean (seven per cent) and Italian (four per cent) . Fifty per cent of the City of Ryde residents speak over 120 languages other than English. It is home to Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan

29 the most Cantonese and Mandarin speakers in the District. In the Northern Beaches Local Government Area, residents speak 99 languages other than English with the most speakers of Spanish and Italian in the District. A diversity of housing types such as urban renewal, local infill – missing middle – and new communitites in land release areas supports diversity of households types and community needs. Place-based planning in the District’s culturally diverse neighbourhoods utilises engagement that recognises the different ways people participate. Many councils have targeted approaches that consider specific linguistic or other needs to support greater participation. A better understanding of people’s social and economic aspirations and specific needs achieved through engagement and participation, enhances inclusion and identifies culturally appropriate responses to local needs, to deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes. Aboriginal people The District’s Aboriginal people, their histories and connections to Country and community make a valuable and continuing contribution to the District’s heritage, culture and identity. Supporting creative enterprise, cultural expression and social connection Cultural and creative expression is a hallmark of innovation and promotes understanding of people’s differences. Place-based planning will build on the District’s artistic, heritage, cultural, volunteering and creative strengths. Co-locating artistic and creative organisations will support creative enterprises and precincts. This requires planning for multi-functional and shared spaces with opportunities for artists and makers to live, work, exhibit, sell and learn locally. Cultural diversity is celebrated through a multitude of opportunities for cultural expression that develop and are nurtured by the communities of the North District. The District’s artistic and cultural experiences include: • cultural events and celebrations such as NAIDOC Week, National Reconciliation Week, Manly Jazz Festival, Northern Beaches Music Festival, Narrabeen Lake Festival and Willoughby Emerge Festival • entertainment facilities such as the Cremorne Orpheum and Roseville Cinema Supporting Aboriginal self-determination, economic participation and contemporary cultural expression will strengthen the District’s identity and cultural richness. The District contains landholdings acquired under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 where Local Aboriginal Land Councils may be working towards planning outcomes that will help support selfdetermination and economic participation. As this draft District Plan is implemented, engagement with Aboriginal communities will be founded on self-determination and mutual respect to foster opportunities for economic participation, culturally appropriate social infrastructure and contemporary cultural expression. Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan