Mornington Peninsula, the place to age well

Published on 03 September 2018


Mornington Peninsula Shire is setting the pace for older Australians to age well and remain involved in their local community with its annual Age Friendly Awards presented this week.

The Shire was one of the first councils in Victoria to develop a strategy to help deliver services and support older community members and continue to lead the way on recognising and celebrating life at every stage.

The Peninsula has the second highest older population in Victoria with more than 30 per cent of residents over the age of 60, compared to the Melbourne metropolitan average of 17 per cent.

Earlier this week the Shire’s Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Awards were held in Mt Eliza and recognised individuals, clubs, services or businesses that contribute to building a stronger community and lifestyle for older people on the Peninsula.

Among the winners was Elder of the Year, John Drysdale who has been integral to the establishment and development of the Men’s Shed movement on the Mornington Peninsula; promoting fellowship, inclusiveness and self-respect.

Initially financing a Men’s Shed on his own property, John worked for five years to secure sufficient funding, site and plans for a purpose-built shed.

John has also volunteered his time and expertise to assist others in the establishment or resurrection of other Men’s Sheds on the Peninsula.

John is currently an Executive Committee member and Field Representative for Victorian’s Men’s Shed Association and a valued member of the Committee of Management for the Somerville Community House.

John has also organised private respite for his ageing companions in their time of need.

The awards are named in honour of Delys Sargeant (OAM) who was the founding chair of Council’s official community advisory committee on ageing, Peninsula Advisory Committee of Elders (PACE).

Delys was integral in shaping Council’s current approach to supporting residents to age well and remained a Life Member of PACE until her passing in 2017.

Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne congratulated all the winners for their commitment and dedication to our residents.

“The Age-Friendly Awards provide our community a great opportunity to value older community members, promote respect, reduce ageism and encourage an age-friendly Mornington Peninsula,” said Councillor Payne.

Seawinds Ward Councillor and Chair of the Positive Ageing Strategy Steering Committee Antonella Celi added “as Chair, I am proud that these fantastic awards have been developed and overseen by the Shire’s Positive Ageing Strategy Steering Committee.”

“On behalf of the committee, I congratulate this year’s winners and we look forward to the awards continuing for many years to come,” concluded Councillor Celi.

The awards are judged by a selection panel comprising representatives from the Shire’s Positive Ageing Steering Committee and the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE).

The 2018 winners of the Mornington Peninsula Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Award are:


Mayor’s Elder of the Year: John Drysdale
Mayor’s Senior Achiever: Dennis Gist

Age Friendly Local Business: Bolton Clarke
Age Friendly Service/Program: Hastings Police Senior Citizens Register
Age Friendly Group: Mornington Botanical Rose Garden
Age Friendly Individual: Sharon Allen at SalvoCare

Mornington Peninsula Table Tennis Association
Mornington Peninsula Post Polio Support Group

Group: Peninsula North Men’s Shed

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PICTURE DETAILS: Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne with Elder of the Year winner John Drysdale. 

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