Community members are invited to provide feedback on Central Coast Council’s Draft Positive Ageing Strategy 2021-2026, which outlines how Council will deliver services that support older residents to age healthily, feel connected and enjoy an age-friendly community.
Council Acting Director of Connected Communities, Phil Cantillon, said that the draft strategy builds on the first Central Coast Positive Ageing Strategy 2014, and it renews Council’s commitment to better meeting the needs and aspirations of the Coast’s growing older population.
“The Central Coast has long been an attractive place for older people to live and retire, with 27 percent of the region’s population aged 60 years and above,” said Cantillon.
“With the number of residents aged over 60 expected to increase by almost 39 percent by 2036, it’s vital that we ensure that our services, programs and infrastructure reflect the evolving needs of this population.
“The Draft Positive Ageing Strategy has been informed by what our older residents have told us, their aspirations and expectations, as well as research and consultation with relevant service providers.
“There are many areas where Council can play a key role in positive ageing, from providing options for older people to connect, learn, exercise and have fun, to making Council services and facilities more accessible and providing information to older people about what is on in their community, how they can get involved and how to get support.”
Mayor Lisa Matthews said that Council’s Draft Positive Ageing Strategy was part of Council’s commitment to ensuring that older community members live active, healthy and independent lives.
“Older people play a vital role in our community and it is important to recognise and respect the significant contribution they make to our vibrant region as workers, volunteers, neighbours, friends, parents and grandparents,” said Mayor Matthews.
The Draft Positive Ageing Strategy 2021-2026 outlines four key areas of focus where Council can make a positive difference to older residents: Social Connections and Participation; Being Better Informed and Tech Savvy; Staying Healthy and Active; and, Age-friendly Places and Spaces.
Press release, Sep 14
Central Coast Council