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Indigo Ageing Well 

The Indigo Ageing Well project consultation and planning phase has been completed and the focus is now on implementing the priority projects identified through extensive consultation with local organisations and community members. 

The key themes that came out of community consultation included:

  • Social Activities & Inclusion
  • Information, Communication & Advocacy
  • Access to transport
  • Health Services
  • Facilities and footpaths
  • Housing

Close to 45% of Indigo Shire’s survey respondents indicated that access to friends and people to do activities with was a primary indicator of an age-friendly community.

Two projects that address the issue of social isolation are:  

  • Indigo Chats for Change:

A program where elderly residents are matched with other community members for regular social calls.

  • Indigo Community Connectors:

Community leaders in each township are trained as ‘go to’ people in their area for social connections and other support.

A workshop will be held on Monday 4 June from 10:30am until 2pm to work through the final steps towards launching these two projects. More detail about the proposed next steps for the Indigo Chats for Change and Community Connectors projects can be found here.

Close to 55% of respondents indicated they were either unsure, or felt under-valued in their community and that transport and the ability to access services in neighbouring towns was difficult.  

The projects that will address these themes are:

  • TimeBank & Share My Ride:

Develop a tool to help residents exchange skills and services and to access community transport options for nearby townships. Elderly residents will be able to reach out for assistance when required and offer skills and services in exchange.

Finding it difficult to access information about what services and social activities were available to residents was also raised as an issue. To address this Council will implement the following:

  • Ageing Well Connect: 

The Ageing Well Connect is a bulletin that will be distributed by Council and included in publications such as the Indigo Informer. This will ensure residents are aware of services, community events, and other social opportunities which is an integral part of improving elderly livability.

These projects will be developed in partnership with community input from both Indigo Shire Ageing Well Steering Committee and interested residents. Anyone with a particular interest in particular projects can express their interest by contacting Community Development Officer Jess Johnson on 1300 365 003 or Further information about ways to get involved and help develop and deliver specific projects will be available over coming months.

Age Friendly Victoria Grant

Indigo Shire Council has received an Age Friendly Victoria grant from State Government Department of Health and Human Service. The aim of the grant is to help rural and regional communities develop ideas for seniors to live happier and healthier lives.

The project will be split into two phases, consultation and project implementation

This grant will build on Council's commitment to age-friendly communities as demonstrated by the above Declaration.

Age-friendly communities encourage active ageing and optimise opportunities for good health, social and economic participation and personal security. They recognise the great diversity of our older population, promote inclusion of older people and respect their decisions and lifestyle choices. Indigo Ageing Well will involve service providers, businesses, community leaders and older and younger people in planning to meet ageing-related needs and aspirations. 

In August 2016 Indigo Shire Councillors signed the Victorian State Government and MAV's Age Friendly Victoria Declaration. The declaration was a significant step in Indigo Shire showing its commitment to working towards a community where residents can grow old happier and healthier.