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Unintended Socio-economic Consequences of Reduced Supply of Active Open Spaces in the Perth Outer Metropolitan Growth Areas

This study is a flow-on from the above study, and addressed the following research questions: ‘does this significantly reduced supply of active playing fields in these new suburbs matter?’ Or, more specifically ‘what are the unintended socio-economic consequences of this reduced supply of active open spaces in the outer metropolitan growth areas of Perth?’

The study was primarily a literature review and identified the key benefits of being physically active, the key socio-economic reasons why organized sport is important, and the range of values of having active opens space (playing fields) in a neighbourhood, including but beyond the importance for providing for organised sport. The study concluded that there are likely to be unintended socio-economic consequences of the reduced supply of active open spaces in the outer metropolitan growth areas of Perth.

The study was funded by Perth Outer Metropolitan Growth Councils of Perth.

Research team

Professor Marian Tye (lead), Dr Garry Middle, Diane Costello, and Dave Hedgcock, from Curtin