Community conversations key to creating an age-friendly Peninsula

Published on 27 November 2023

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Mornington Peninsula Shire has built on the momentum of last year’s Positive Ageing Summit (held at Mornington) and recent Seniors Festival to hold three Positive Ageing on the Peninsula – Community Conversation events this November.

The purpose of this year’s events was to monitor the progress of the Shire’s Positive Ageing Strategy – to learn what’s working well and what needs improving to age well on the Peninsula – through conversations with residents with lived experience.

The new format saw over 150 community members attend half-day events at Hastings, Rye and Mornington, making sure that a diverse range of feedback was captured from across the Peninsula. 

A common thread among many participants was a need for more adequate transport (including suitable paths for walking and beach access), housing affordability and opportunities for social connection.

Attendees also heard from two guest speakers on the benefits of volunteering, the role of Peninsula Transport Assist and the brand-new Keeping Active, Involved and Informed directory – a directory of physical activity groups and other information for older people; produced by Peninsula Health in collaboration with the Shire and Frankston City Council.

The Shire would like to thank all of those who attended and helped to make this year’s Community Conversations a success, particularly our valued community and members of the Peninsula Advisory Committee of Elders. 

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Simon Brooks:
“I thank everyone who joined us and contributed to such lively and robust discussion.
“The feedback we received at all three events will have a direct impact on what we do in the positive ageing space and have very real outcomes for our community.” 

Quotes attributable to Councillor Lisa Dixon, Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders:
“It was an honour to attend all three Positive ageing on the Peninsula events and hear the different priorities and feedback from each region.
“I can’t wait to see the potential direction into the future.”

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