Across Victoria, Council owned Senior Citizens Centres are being put under the microscope to better understand how they are meeting the needs of retired or semi-retired people over the age of 60 as well as the broader community.
There are five Senior Citizens Centres across Indigo Shire – Yackandandah, Wahgunyah, Beechworth, Chiltern and Rutherglen as well as the Indigo University of the Third Age (U3A).
Council recently engaged a consultant to undertake an in-depth analysis of their current model of operation and to put forward recommendations to address their future operation as well as opportunities for multi-use purposes by other community groups and organisations.
The consultant’s recommendations are based on detailed discussions with Senior Citizen Centre members as well as the findings from similar reviews undertaken across the state.
Council is now sharing the report and the recommendations(PDF, 1MB) with all community members to determine the next steps, and is inviting feedback prior to a final determination.
We have confirmed the dates for our drop-in sessions for you to share your feedback:
Wednesday 27 October, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Chiltern Senior Citizen Centre
Conness Street Chiltern
Thursday 28 October 2021, 10:30am – 12:30pm
153 High Street Rutherglen
Thursday 28 October, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Wahgunyah School of Arts
35 Foord Street Wahgunyah
Friday 29 October, 10:30am – 12:30pm
101 Ford Street, Beechworth
Friday 29 October, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
High Street, Yackandandah
Monday 1 November, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Coulston Park Oval
The recommendations have been grouped into five overarching themes.
Once you’ve reviewed these, or the above report in full, please share your feedback so we can better understand your views and that of all community members.
A welcoming place for all
- Council, in collaboration with senior citizens clubs, rename the centres as general community buildings to both embrace older people and the general community.
A new look and feel
- Update the appearance of the centres such as the signage, landscaping, entrance and internal and external appearance.
Programming and activities
- Support the clubs in promoting their activities and encourage broader community use.
- Encourage clubs to use their existing funds to increase the number and range of activities on offer.
- Establish an activities program that is jointly funded with Council to provide activities not normally offered by the clubs
- Encourage and support the Indigo U3A to offer activities at the seniors centres in Chiltern, Rutherglen, Yackandandah and Wahgunyah.
- Prepare a facilities plan (including appearance, accessibility and more significant infrastructure needs) for all senior citizen centres, including the U3A.
- Consider the needs of the Indigo U3A and the opportunities provided by the Platelayers Cottage when developing the plan for Beechworth (NB - A formal EOI process will be undertaken to determine future usage / management arrangement of the Platelayers Cottage).
- Investigate the U3A’s future program development plans and facility needs.
- Appoint the senior citizens clubs as managers of the renamed community centres and provide assistance to the clubs in undertaking this role.
- Review the arrangement after 2-3 years and introduce a new management approach if required.
- Enter into formal occupancy arrangements with the senior citizens clubs.
Share your feedback
You can have your say in the following ways: