The importance of local access to walking, cycling and public transport facilities has been highlighted in a new survey released by the Heart Foundation.
It found two-thirds of Australians (67%) would also support diverting some government funding from roads towards local infrastructure for walking, cycling and public transport.
Professor Trevor Shilton says having easy access to exercise, parks and open spaces is critical, especially for people living in regional and rural locations.
"There were a few things that were significantly more likely to be said by people in rural Australia being close to shops was one of those and close to public open space is parks and gardens or the beach or water was more commonly said as was being close to healthcare and having a reasonable land size or back yard or ample space in which to be active." said Shilton.