‘A Fantasy to Get Employment Around the Area’: Long Commutes and Resident Health in an Outer Urban Master-Planned Estate

Larissa Nicholls, Kath Phelan, Cecily Maller

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The Selandra Rise master-planned estate (MPE) in Melbourne’s south-east growth corridor was designed to create a “healthy and engaged community” through the provision of parks, physical activity opportunities and community facilities. A 5 year longitudinal study researched the impact on residents. Over one third of residents spent 2 to 3 h per day commuting and high levels of dissatisfaction with commutes were found. Longer commute times were associated with poor physical activity and weight outcomes. The paper concludes that provisions for health and wellbeing within an MPE are insufficient when opportunities for local employment are limited and broader locational, connectivity and transport disadvantages are not addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-62
Number of pages15
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • commuting
  • greenfield
  • health
  • Master-planned estate
  • physical activity
  • residential development

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