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Published Friday 16 February 2018
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Age-friendly projects ready to be rolled out

After six months of consultation, discussion and brainstorming, four projects have been identified by Mitchell Shire’s seniors to help make their community more age-friendly.

Mitchell Shire’s seven Positive Ageing Ambassadors were tasked with engaging with seniors to find out what they enjoyed about their community, what limited their participation, and how their community could be more age-friendly.

Over 500 people responded to a community survey, with the results presented at a series of community workshops, in which potential project ideas were developed.

Following consultation, four key projects have been developed:

Communication and information project – using communication platforms including web, social media, noticeboards and radio, to improve information access for seniors.

Pop-up cinema – an indoor/outdoor pop-up cinema that can be hired by community groups.

Outdoor spaces and building project – exploring opportunities for more drinking fountains and bench seats in the main streets of major towns, a review of disabled car parks, as well as launching a guide to help make businesses more accessible and age-friendly.

Community transport – information sessions about booking the Bendigo Bank Community Bus.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the projects would address some of the key findings from the survey and community workshops.

“The feedback we received from our senior community identified a range of barriers to participating in their community – health, age, mobility and outdoor spaces and buildings,” Cr Sanderson said.

“The age-friendly projects were then developed in response to this feedback. It is exciting to see such a diverse range of initiatives about to rolled out that will help our seniors feel more connected.

“It has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm shown by the Positive Ageing Ambassadors, and the wider senior community, to get involved in this project and really help make a difference.”

The Positive Ageing Ambassadors program has been funded by a Victorian Government Age-Friendly Communities grant.

The projects are expected to be rolled out by June 2018.