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Age-Friendly Lane Cove

 

Consultations for an Age-Friendly Lane Cove

The community is being invited to participate in two upcoming forums that will help provide direction for the next stage of Lane Cove's Age-Friendly Strategy.

Being an 'age-friendly community' means that the area is a good place for older people to live, work and visit. Lane Cove, just like the rest of Australia, has an ageing population - the 2016 Census shows that 24% of Lane Cove's current population is over the age of 55.

People 55 and over who live, work or visit Lane Cove, as well as their carers, are invited to attend the consultation sessions and contribute their suggestions on how we can help address some of the issues faced by older people in our community. This could include issues experienced by older people who want to use public transport, walk or drive around the area, find appropriate housing, be involved in the community or attend social activities, or to get the information they need.

Those who can't make the forum sessions can still have their say by

  • completing an online survey
  • Filling in a hard copy survey which will be available from August at Lane Cove Library, Lane Cove Council and Sydney Community Services (formerly Lane Cove and North Side Community Services).
  • There will also be small discussion groups held with interested community groups and organisations using a 'Meeting in a Box' format.

For more information and to register for the forums email Council's Manager – Community Services on csinclair@lanecove.nsw.gov.au, or phone 9911 3592.

Afternoon Forum for an Age-Friendly Lane Cove

Venue:  Lane Cove Civic Centre

Date:     Wednesday 23 August

Time:    1:00pm to 4:00pm

Light refreshments will be served during the forum.

 

Evening Forum for an Age-Friendly Lane Cove

Venue: Lane Cove Civic Centre

Date:    Wednesday 23 August

Time:   6.30-8.30pm

Light refreshments will be served from 6pm.

 

For further information on Council's existing Age-Friendly Strategy, visit www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/agefriendly

 

 

 Age-Friendly Lane Cove

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities is an international effort to help cities prepare for the rapid ageing of populations.  It looks at the environmental, social and economic factors that influence the health and wellbeing of older people.

There are 258 Age-Friendly cities and communities representing 28 countries in the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities.  Lane Cove was the first Council in NSW to join the Network in June 2014.

In early 2014 Council commenced the development of an 'Age-Friendly Lane Cove Strategy' in accordance with the requirements of the World Health Organisations (WHO) Global Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Project.

Consultants were engaged to hold consultations with the community, develop a baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of Lane Cove and an action plan to address the suggestions for improvement.

A total of 479 people provided their views on the age-friendliness of Lane Cove. The findings are presented in a Baseline Assessment under each of the eight domains or topic areas:-

  • Outdoor spaces
  • Streets and buildings
  • Transport
  • Housing
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Social participation
  • Communication and information
  • Civic participation
  • Community support and health services

Goals for each domain and the strategies and actions to achieve them were extrapolated from the Baseline Assessment to form the 'Strategy for an Age-Friendly Lane Cove, 2014-2017' which was adopted by Council in June 2015.

An Age-Friendly Advisory Committee was formed in October 2014 and has been working on the Strategy since then.

Community updates will be provided to the community on a six-monthly basis from September 2015.