Looking for Direction from Seniors

The City of Melville is calling on its senior community to assist with the development of Directions From Seniors 2017-2022, a five year strategic plan outlining the priorities for achieving the aspirations and wellbeing of the ageing community.

Senior residents are invited to tell the City what is important to them either by completing a survey online at www.melvilletalks.com.au/DFS or requesting a paper copy.

City of Melville 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 (WHO) 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,” said the Mayor. 

“Over the past four years we have gathered almost 1,000 survey responses and have supported a range of initiatives in response to what seniors have told us.”

“This survey is a great opportunity for seniors to contribute to what will become an updated plan for our seniors - one for the future - so we encourage people to complete it by Friday, 10 March 2017.”

Directions From Seniors 2017-2022 will 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.

Outcomes from the current Directions From Seniors 2013-2017 have included the provision of services and programmes such as:

  • South of the River Forums in partnership with Council on the Ageing, providing information sessions directly responding to topics identified by Seniors as important to them;
  • Digital Hub classes, providing seniors with small group or one-on-one training in using smartphones, computers, learn about cyber safety;
  • The Access and Advisory Panel formed to represent the views of people with disabilities, carers and older people in Council decision making
  • Melville Age-Friendly and Accessible Businesses (MAFAB) network, assisting local businesses provide age-friendly services
  • Memory cafe, a collaboration between Garden City, Coffea Fine Espresso, Alzheimer’s Australia WA and Attitudinal Healing WA to provide a monthly meeting place for people living with dementia and their carers.

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.

For more information call 1300 635 845 or 9364 0666 or email seniors@melville.wa.gov.au.

The survey closes Friday, 10 March 2017.