The longevity of Murray Residents’ quality of life has been prioritised with the launch of the district’s first ever Age Friendly Communities Plan.
The plan will guide the Shire’s development over the next five years and focus on the growing needs of its older residents and working towards providing greater support to the ageing community.
Shire chief Dean Unsworth said residents should be able to remain in their communities or family home, stay engaged and feel supported as they age.
“By optimising opportunities for health, participation and security through ensuring appropriate housing, transport, physical infrastructure and social and civic supports, the quality of life of our ageing residents can be enhanced,” he said
A $10,000 grant from the Department of Local Government and Communities has allowed the Shires of Murray and Waroona to advance their Age Friendly Communities Plans through the engagement of a consultant.
Extensive consultation including several community forums and workshops took place during this process.
Feedback received reflected the Shire of Murray’s standing as an already attractive place to age because of its slower pace, enjoyable natural environment and rural lifestyle options.
Feedback also highlighted issues that detracted from the district’s age-friendliness.
These included a need for more affordable and diverse mix of housing options for seniors, a shortfall in the allocation of residential aged care places, limited access to in-home care as well as health and community services in several localities and limited public and community transport options.
“The Shire of Murray and its Age Friendly Communities Working Group, who have been instrumental in the formation of the Plan, will work together with stakeholders to implement the actions of the plan,” Mr Unsworth said.
“To ensure its progress and relevance, a review will be conducted every two years.”
A copy of Murray’s Age Friendly Communities Plan is available electronically from the Shire’s website.