Melville updating focus on seniors services with 5-year plan


A digital hub lesson between senior and student teacher.
A digital hub lesson between senior and student teacher.

CITY of Melville is updating its focus on seniors and calling for feedback to set its priorities for the next five years.

Directions From Seniors 2017-2022 is a new five-year strategic plan outlining the areas of importance for helping to achieve the aspirations and ensure the wellbeing of the ageing community.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City’s commitment to an age-friendly Melville continued to be a priority as Australia heads towards a demographic shift of more ageing adults.

“The City has been a member of the World Health Organisation Age-Friendly global network since 2010 and continues to build on its previous achievements to ensure our older residents can enjoy a quality life with the support and services they need,” he said.

“Over the past four years we have gathered almost 1000 survey responses and have supported a range of initiatives in response to what seniors have told us.”

Some of those initiatives include information forums in partnership with Council on the Ageing, digital hub classes providing seniors with training on electronic devices and cyber safety, the creation of the Access and Advisory panel to represent the views of people with disabilities, carers and older people in council decision-making and the Melville Age-Friendly and Accessible Business network.

Mr Aubrey said Directions From Seniors 2017-2022 would build upon work already achieved in earlier plans, including promoting active ageing, removing barriers that people encounter as they grow older and providing a range of information and services.

To complete the survey visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/DFS.

Free access to the internet and assistance completing the survey is available at all City of Melville libraries and community centres.

Paper copies are also available and the survey closes on March 10.