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Urban Planning and Development and Health

About health and urban development

There is growing recognition that the built urban environment has a significant influence on people's health; a clear relationship has been drawn between the urban environment and a range of chronic diseases such as overweight and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. The mental health of populations is also impacted by the environment. The negative health impacts of air, water, and land pollution and contamination have long been understood. There is also increasing recognition of the importance of ecological sustainability to population health.

In coming years, the area covered by the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) is planned to undergo significant urban development. These webpages provides information and resources relevant to the intersection between planning, development and health in SLHD.

SLHD Catchment area

The Public Health Unit is responsible for area of inner western Sydney that currently includes several statistical local areas (as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics): Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay - Concord, Canada Bay - Drummoyne, Canterbury, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Strathfield and Sydney South and Sydney West. 

Some Councils in New South Wales commenced merging into new larger Councils in 2016, and this process will continue in 2017. Within the Sydney Local Health District boundaries, the following councils are currently either wholly or partially located, as of October 2016:

  • Inner West Council
    (wholly within SLHD; consists of the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils)
  • Canterbury - Bankstown Council
    (partially within SLHD; SLHD includes the old Canterbury Council portion of this new merged Council)
  • City of Sydney Council
    (partially within SLHD; SLHD includes Sydney-South and Sydney-West statistical local areas)
  • Burwood council
    (wholly within SLHD)
  • City of Canada Bay Council
    (wholly within SLHD)
  • Strathfield Council
    (wholly within SLHD)

The negotiation on the merger of remaining councils within SLHD is ongoing.  For more updates and information on the merger of local councils please visit here.   To look up or understand the boundaries of our catchment area and/or map where you live, please visit the NSW Health LHD map here. More information on the size and the type of diverse population within our district is available here