Harnessing recreational infrastructure to improve physical activity and community well-being

  • Smith, Ben (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Bauman, Adrian Ernest (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Donovan, Robert (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ewing, Michael (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Mahal, Ajay (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Newton, Fiona (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Mackay, Bruce (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Physical inactivity is prevalent in Australia and is a significant contributor to the nation's burden of chronic disease. Increasing the availability of recreational infrastructure could, however, positively influence levels of physical activity. This study, conducted in partnership with Frankston City Council, will investigate the impact that establishing a major recreational and aquatic centre has upon physical activity and measures of well being in the community. It will test the additional impacts of using marketing strategies to boost centre usage, and thereby inform future action to multiply the health benefits of public investments in recreational infrastructure.
Effective start/end date24/03/1428/07/17


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$142,051.50
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$27,553.50
  • Frankston City Council: A$150,000.00
  • Curtin University
  • University of Sydney