- 17 local governments to share in $199,000 Age-friendly Communities grants
- Age-friendly WA Workshop, a State Government initiative, held today
- Program encourages seniors to participate and remain active in their communities
A group of experts in building age-friendly communities will today join Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing Dr Jane Barratt to discuss the challenges and opportunities of Western Australia's ageing population.
More than 100 stakeholders will take part in a program covering topics such as economic participation of older adults, ageism, technology and diversity.
The workshop took place as 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.
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, visit http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:
"There is some terrific work being done to create age-friendly communities in WA. The State is a leader in this space and I congratulate the efforts being made to support our seniors.
"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 age-friendly grants and today's Age-friendly WA Workshop reflect the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to addressing the needs of our ageing population."
Minister's office - 6552 6400