Council has given the go ahead to set
up an Ageing Well Advisory Committee in 2020, which will help shape how the
City supports older people in the region to feel valued and empowered.
committee will ensure the voices of older members of the community are being
heard on the City’s plans and strategies.
The committee will
utilise the experience and expertise of older people and bring new perspectives
while advising council on areas such as social inclusion, participation and
existing aged services.
Work will start
soon on an Ageing Well Strategy and it’s hoped this will also contribute to the
City supporting a broader range of older people into the future.
Councillor Pat Murnane has been appointed chair
of the committee, which will be made up of a maximum 12 members, including up
to four community members.
Nominations for the Ageing Well
Advisory Committee will open in early 2020 and will be promoted in local media
and on our website.
Council already has seven advisory committees across areas such as youth, heritage, gender equity and access and inclusion.
Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor
It’s important the views of
older people in the community, many of whom are vulnerable, are heard and
considered during the decision making process.
The Ageing Well Advisory
Committee is a great step towards ensuring these members are healthy, empowered
and active in the community.
Councillor Pat Murnane, Chair, Ageing Well Advisory Committee
is an ageing society and Geelong is increasingly becoming a population
destination for people to retire to in their later years, so attention to our
built environment and the availability of an appropriate range of services for
the needs of the aged into the future is essential.