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Australians take sport seriously, and many are passionate supporters of sporting teams. But how often do they engage in physical activity themselves? This FACT indicates the participation rates in sport and recreation in each state and territory, for people aged 15 years and older 2011-2012.
Participating in organised physical activities is an important element of staying healthy, and contributes to well connected communities and a healthy work-life balance amongst individuals. Particularly in Australia, one of the fattest nations in the developed world, engagement in physical activity is a powerful and important measure to combat the obesity epidemic.
The state with the highest rates of adult participation in sports and recreation is the Australian Capital Territory with 80 percent of people over 15 engaging in at least some physical activity. The state with the lowest is Queensland, with 61.9 percent.
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The most common way energy is transmitted through a city is by overhead energy transmission network lines. A major benefit of overhead power lines is that it has much lower costs than undergroud transmission. Some of the disadvantages is that overhead transmission lines are likely to be affected by adverse weather conditions, which can lead to power outages.
This FACT indicates the total length of energy transmission networks (overhead lines) in kilometres in each state. This number is represented in thousands. The state with the largest amount is New South Wales at 268,378 km of overhead network lines. The state with the fewest thousands of kilometres is the Northern Territory at 5,676 km of network lines. The data is from the years 2009 to 2010.
This FACT indicates the Number of certified & registered green star rated projects in each state and territory. Green Star is a national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings. According to the Green Star website, the system was devised for use in the property industry, and to create a common set of criteria and standards for measuring the level of 'environmental friendliness' of buildings. A Green Star award recognises leadership in green design and development in the building industry, and promotes awareness and sustainable practices.
As of January 2014, 647 certified projects and 487 registered projects have been awarded Green Star status. The state with the highest number of green rated buildings is Victoria with 298, followed closely by New South Wales with 293. The state/territory with the least is the Northern Territory with 11.
This FACT indicates the percentage of males within each Australian capital city who are obese. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered as obese, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, when their body mass index (BMI – an individual's body mass divided by the square of his height) exceeds 30kg/m2 (BMI of 30.00).
Obesity is a real problem in Australia, which is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. According to Monash University research, the obesity rate has risen over 50 percent in the past 20 years.
The city with the highest population of obese males is Brisbane at 32.8 percent. The city with the least obese males is Melbourne at 24.1 percent.
This FACT indicates the vegetable yield in tonnes per hectare produced for human consumption in each Australian state and territory. Vegetables include beans, capsicums, carrots, lettuces, melons (including rock, bitter, and water), mushrooms, onions, potatoes and tomatoes. The state with the highest yield is South Australia at 1054.06 tonnes per hectare. The state/territory with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory at 0 tonnes per hectare.