Statement from Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor – in response to Victorian Government media release below
Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor said the grant meant that Indigo Shire could better prepare for its ageing population.
“The demographics of our shire are changing and the number of older people over 65 is increasing faster than any other region in Victoria,” Cr O’Connor said.
“This means we will work with project partners such as Beechworth Health, Indigo North Health, U3A, Senior Citizens groups, to provide new services for this particular age group. And this will involve extensive consultation with our residents and those agencies to determine what will be required.
“This grant is timely and we welcome it wholeheartedly. It will involve the consultation, as I have said, but also the implementation of various suggestions that will arise from the consultation process. The first outcome will be a Positive Ageing Strategy.”
$500,000 Age-Friendly Community Grants Announced
14th Mar 2017
Another five local government areas throughout Victoria have been awarded Age-Friendly Community Grants.
Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services Sharon Knight said $100,000 grants will go to Indigo Shire Council, Corangamite Shire Council, Mildura Rural City Council, Horsham Rural City Council, and Cooinda Village Inc to help older Victorians live happier and healthier lives.
Consultations will now begin in those areas with older people and organisations who support them on how to establish projects that promote age-friendly environments to support older people in their community.
Age Friendly Victoria grants are aimed at rural and regional communities, who have high proportions of people aged 60 and above.
The ABS forecasts that by 2031 people aged 60 and over will make up 29.6 per cent of the rural and regional population, compared to 22.4 per cent in the Greater Melbourne area.
This is the second round of the program - last year’s successful applicants were East Gippsland, Macedon Ranges, Mitchell, Moorabool, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, and Wellington Shire Councils.
Past projects include the development of an online hub of activities and services for older people, subsidised driving lessons, more community transport group and health and wellbeing sessions.
More information can be found at www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/get-involved/age-friendly-victoria
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services Sharon Knight
“We are working to build age-friendly communities to help older Victorians live happier and healthier lives.”
“We have seen great results from previous Age-Friendly Community projects that help older residents access information and stay connected with their community.”
Tuesday 14 March 2017