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Case Studies

Renwick Subdivision, New South Wales

Town/Region | Renwick, Mittagong
State | NSW
Context | Regional and Rural
Target Group | New home owners
Timing | Current
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Key Principles
  • People engaging in regular physical activity
  • Built environments influencing active living
  • Sense of belonging
  • Sense of place
  • Positive health impacts


Renwick located in Mittagong in the Southern Highlands is a Landcom master planned estate that reflects the unique character and feel of the Southern Highlands. During the master planning process, Landcom incorporated principles of the Heart Foundation’s Healthy by Design guideline after identifying that the Southern Highlands had a higher than average level of obesity.

The site will create opportunities for residents to get active and improve their health with dedicated cycling and walking tracks located within Renwick’s approximately 30 hectares of open space and along its well connected street network, as well as providing connections to Mittagong rail station and other cycle tracks. Landcom’s Community Development and Welcome Program for Renwick will complement this physical infrastructure by incorporating Heart Foundation programs to increase resident’s level of physical activity.


The design of this development, as a linked mixed use neighbourhood built around a central village square, will encourage active living by making it easy for residents of all ages to access and use the community and recreational services and facilities that are close to their homes by walking or cycling and enable them to access other, regional destinations by bus and train.

Key Features

  • Street pattern–grid pattern, no ‘spaghetti roads’
  • Pedestrian and cycle links–internal and external
  • Open space–25% of the site, different themes and uses
  • Village centre–destination for new and existing residents
  • Public transport–designed into master-plan

Last updated on 24th June, 2009

Sponsors This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.