In a liveable community, older people and people with disability feel engaged, can participate in local activities and do not face barriers to carrying out their regular daily lives.
Some features of a liveable community are:
- Walkable pathways, road crossings and ramps.
- Seating in public places.
- Accessible and well located public toilets.
- Public spaces are well lit and have weather protection and hand rails.
- Parking is located near essential services.
- Signage is clear, and includes Braille.
We have collected photos of examples of liveable communities, based on the World Health Organization's Age Friendly Cities checklist (PDF,1.41MB).
A walkable community environment will encourage local residents to walk and exercise in their local area. The Heart Foundation has developed helpful tips to get you out and about and walking.
Other walkability tools (PDF, 1.08MB) have also been developed.