Deputy Mayor Cr Woodall said that with one of the highest ageing populations in the state, local Melville businesses could expect to see a customer base with a growing number of older people and people with disabilities.
“Here in Melville 25% of our population are now over 60, compared to 19% in the greater Perth region. 3.3 % of our residents are aged over 85 compared to 1.8% in the wider Perth region and one in five people live with a disability,” Cr Woodall said.
“The City has been working with local businesses over the last two years to provide a supportive, inclusive environment for all customers, and we see having an age-friendly and inclusive business as an invitation to a broader customer base to fully use and patron your business.
“What we have learnt over the last couple of years from our member businesses, is when people have a comfortable and respectful experience they are more likely to visit your business more often and recommend it to others. An accessible business welcomes older customers and those living with a disability, and adapts to this fast growing and economically powerful customer base.
“AMP and retail businesses in Garden City have been the focus for MAFAB as we have developed the initiative, and we are pleased to now expand the network to our broader business community in conjunction with the launch of some fantastic additional resources for the MAFAB network.”
The new MAFAB resources will be launched during September Dementia Awareness Month to support current FAB businesses and any new businesses interested in joining the network.
To find out what MAFAB has to offer and how to be part of the FREE network please visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/MAFAB
The City of Melville was the first Local Government in Western Australia to join the World Health Organisation (WHO) Age-Friendly Global Network in 2010, further reinforcing its commitment to creating an inclusive and accessible environment for people of all ages.