2021-2026 Positive Ageing Strategy adopted

Central Goldfields Shire Council adopted the Positive Ageing Strategy at the August Council Meeting (24/08) .

During June, Council underwent community feedback and engaged with 650 residents during the drafting phase.

The Draft Strategy then received comments from a further 180 people which is a fantastic result. Community members could provide feedback via an online forum, surveys, interviews and community meetings.

A summary of feedback we received included:

  • Better advocacy needed on behalf of the community across a range of areas, including positive ageing
  • Greater investment and focus on assisting community to adjust to technology
  • The need for added investment for services to support people to age well
  • The Strategy captured community issues and needs well
  • Footpath quality and maintenance
  • Road safety and parking
  • Shire planning
  • Transport
  • Connectivity
  • Volunteer support models to improve the experience of volunteering

Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor thanked all community members who contributed their thoughts to the Positive Ageing Strategy.

“As a Council we are keen to lead the way in innovative and impactful programs that meet the needs of our entire community.

“Earlier, we addressed the special needs of the early years through Go Goldfields which became a leading-edge place-based initiative.

“As we have a substantial ageing population, we also needed to understand their needs, expectations and ambitions considering the ongoing reforms to the aged services. This created a need for Council to develop a clear strategic framework for decision making and priority setting over the coming years.

“Overall, everyone who participated in the drafting process was positive about growing older in our Shire, with key areas of strength being relationships and support of neighbours, services and support provided by Council and other service providers, opportunities to participate in civic and social activities, engagement and quality of community information and parks and gardens,” he said.

Key areas for improvement included:

  • Footpath quality and maintenance
  • Road safety and parking
  • Shire planning
  • Transport
  • Connectivity
  • Volunteer support models to improve the experience of volunteering

Thank you for your feedback

The Positive Ageing Strategy: Strategic Priorities and Actions has now been endorsed following community feedback.

Central Goldfields Shire Council endorsed the Strategy at the May Council Meeting after a period of community feedback.

Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said more than 650 people were involved in the Draft Strategy’s development over the last six months.

“Thank you to the more than 650 people who directly contributed to the Draft Positive Ageing Strategy,” he said.

“It’s well known that Central Goldfields Shire is an ageing community and this Draft Strategy will provide a crucial framework to ensure we continue to strengthen our community.”

The development of the Positive Ageing Strategy is a step in providing Council, stakeholders and residents with a framework to strengthen our community and to prepare Council to respond to our rising aged population demographic. The document is a key outcome from Council’s 2020-2021 Action Plan.

On current trends, over 40 percent of the Shire’s population will be aged 70+ within 10 years.