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Age friendly local communities

20 December 2012



Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance has today announced 26 grants worth a total of $600,000 to fund local council initiatives under the NSW Ageing Strategy.

"Local councils are best placed to develop and implement initiatives in local communities that meet the needs of an ageing population," Mr Constance said.

"Each council will receive funding for age friendly initiatives to plan for population ageing in their locality such as improving pedestrian access, seating, lighting and age-friendly exercise equipment."

Age friendly communities are ones with accessible town centres and facilities which all contribute to maintaining social connectedness for our ageing population.

President of the Local Government Association of NSW, Cr Keith Rhoades, said given the number of people living in NSW aged 65 years and over is set to increase from just over 1 million in 2012 to 2.3 million in 2050, councils need to plan for their ageing population

"While addressing access and mobility issues, these grants also aim to improve the social wellbeing of seniors," Mr Rhoades said.

President of the Shires Association of NSW, Cr Ray Donald, said councils have a responsibility to ensure their communities are liveable and engaging for all residents including seniors.

"As a key partner in delivering the NSW Ageing Strategy, the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) is pleased to be managing the Age-Friendly Community Local Government Grant Scheme," Mr Donald said.

"These were much sought after grants, reflecting the level of interest in creating age friendly communities across NSW."

Grants have been awarded to 21 regional and rural councils and 8 metropolitan councils. Projects under the grants scheme are to be completed by the end of June 2014.

Local Government and Shires Associations are coordinating the grants with support from the Office for Ageing and the Division of Local Government.

The NSW Ageing Strategy is a whole of government and whole of community strategy to respond to the challenges and opportunities of population ageing.

For a full list of council grants and projects visit www.lgsa.org.au

Read more about the NSW Ageing Strategy.

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