John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    New active ageing initiative launched

    26/10/2005 12:00 AM

    A new $1.35million State Government initiative will promote and support active ageing opportunities for ageing and older people in Western Australia.

    Local Government and Regional Development Minister John Bowler said the initiative was about promoting and providing active-living opportunities in local communities across the State.

    “It is particularly important for older people to be involved in activities which can make a valuable contribution to the community where they live and activities that provide interest and social interaction,” Mr Bowler said.

    “It is also important that programs, facilities and services and future local and regional planning take into account the views and ideas of older people.”

    Funding over three years, commencing in 2005-2006, is available for activities which:
    • engage ageing and older people in consultation;
    • encourage their participation in community life; and
    • provide a range of active ageing opportunities and programs at the local and regional level.
    “This exciting initiative is part of the State Government’s Active Ageing Strategy and I look forward to hearing about activities supported by the initiative when I visit communities across the State,” the Minister said.

    Local governments, community and industry/business organisations, volunteer organisations, educational institutions and philanthropic foundations are eligible to apply for grants.

    Further information about the initiative is available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1442, email:, or visit

    Applications for 2005-2006 close on December 23, 2005.

    Minister's office - 9213 6500