Grants to build age-friendly WA communities

Experts in building age-friendly communities will today join Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing Dr Jane Barratt to discuss opportunities for Western Australia's aged.

 

More than 100 stakeholders will take part in a program covering topics such as economic participation of older adults, ageism, technology and diversity.

 

On the occasion it was announced that more than $199,000 would be shared by 17 Western Australian local governments in the latest round of the State Government Age-friendly Communities grants.

 

Earlier this week, Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray met with Dr Barratt to discuss WA's nation-leading performance in the age-friendly space.

 

Mr Murray said, "In an age-friendly community, there is a culture of inclusion shared by people of all ages and ability levels. This encompasses spaces, places, programs and initiatives that make a community better for all residents.”

 

The grants program consists of two streams: age-friendly planning and implementation, with up to $10,000 and $20,000 available to local governments respectively. To date, 75 local governments have received $673,113.

 

In June the State Government was named an affiliate member of the World Health Organisation's Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, which gives it a significant role in supporting age-friendly communities worldwide.

 

For a full list of recipients by local government area, see http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au

 

20 July 2017.