The Mornington Peninsula has the second highest older population in Victoria with over 30 per cent of all residents over the age of 60, compared to the Melbourne metropolitan average of 17 per cent. This number is expected to increase to more than 33 per cent by 2030. These figures highlight the need for Council to bring positive ageing to the forefront of all decision making processes to ensure the health, participation and security of older people within the community is enhanced.
The Shire worked closely with the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE) to research current government policy and international best practice, and to consult with local agencies and community members to determine the needs of the peninsula’s ageing community.
Positive Ageing Strategy 2013-2018 “A Community for all Ages”
A Community for All Ages outlines a ‘whole of council’ and ‘whole of community’ approach to ensure people on the Mornington Peninsula are supported to age well and to promote optimal health and wellbeing.
In 2001 the Shire was one of the first councils in Victoria to develop an ‘Elder Citizens Strategy’ to help plan its service provision for older community members.
A Community for All Ages further develops this early strategy to ensure the provision of infrastructure and age-friendly neighbourhood designs that enhance the physical, social and economic environment of the local community to ensure the needs, aspirations and wellbeing of older community members are considered and met.
The Strategy outlines many actions that will enhance opportunities for older people to live and age well as valued contributors to their community and to ensure they build and maintain strong social connections as they age. These actions fall into eight key areas of:
- Social participation
- Respect and social inclusion
- Civic participation and employment
- Communication and information
- Community services and health services and
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
A strong focus of the strategy is the development of a community based steering committee made up of Shire officers, PACE members and members of local agencies. The steering committee will work to ensure the actions of the strategy are considered and implemented across all teams of the Shire. Annual Community Summits will be held to reflect and report on achievements in implementing strategy actions.
Or pick up a copy at any of the Shire Offices or Libraries, or contact the Shire on 1300 850 600.