What is an Age-friendly Strategy?

    The East Gippsland Age-friendly Communities Strategy 2017-2030 identifies a set of strategic directions that can make our region even more age-friendly.

    Why is council developing an Age-friendly Strategy?

    East Gippsland is one of Victoria’s highest per capita populations of ageing people, with almost 40 percent of residents being over 60 years by 2020. This age profile is typical of rural Australia, with a high proportion of 55 to 69 year-old “Baby Boomers”. 

    In November 2016, East Gippsland Shire Council signed the Victorian Government and Municipal Association of Victoria Age-Friendly Victoria Declaration. The vision of the Declaration is for better state and local planning to create more age-friendly communities.

    East Gippsland Shire Council is supporting the Age-friendly Communities Declaration by developing East Gippsland as an age-friendly community, through visionary planning and community engagement.

    The East Gippsland Age-friendly Communities Strategy 2017-2030 addresses the World Health Organization’s (WHO) eight identified domains within a local context. The first community consultation process identified the need to include a new domain: Economic Opportunities. 

    Who else has been involved in developing the draft strategy?

    The East Gippsland Age-friendly Communities Strategy Reference Group was formed comprising of representatives from the business community, health services, community services, organisations who provide programs for older residents, interested community members and education providers. 

    Reference group members were invited to attend monthly meetings and were ambassadors for the process in developing the draft strategy.

    Consultation sessions were also held across the region to gain a variety of perspectives and potential solutions. 

    A survey conducted in May 2017 was used to gain a baseline assessment about existing age-friendly features in East Gippsland. There was also an opportunity to express ideas for improvement. 

    A short postcard questionnaire was distributed through the reference group members to venues, seminars and organisations where older people gather. 

    Focus groups with older people and caregivers were held at local senior citizens, U3A and aged care services across the region.

    How can you get involved?

    East Gippsland Shire Council invites people to provide feedback on the draft strategy. A survey is available to complete online or at one of council’s customer service centres. Comments close 5.00pm Monday October 23 2017. Council officers need to receive hard copy submissions by the closing date. Please allow up to five (5) days for postal delivery.

    Online feedback

    Online feedback can be made by completing the survey.

    Written feedback

    Hard copy surveys can also be accessed at one of council’s customer service centres, during the hours of Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm, with the exception of Mallacoota.

    Bairnsdale - Service Centre: 24 Service Street 

    Lakes Entrance: 18 Mechanics Street
    Omeo: 179 Day Avenue
    Orbost: 1 Ruskin Street
    Paynesville: 55 The Esplanade

    Mallacoota: 70 Maurice Avenue
    Monday and Tuesday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm,
    Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm

    Please return survey by 5pm, Monday October 23 2017 to: 

    Jo Ellison
    Age-friendly Communities Project Officer
    PO Box 1618
    Bairnsdale Vic 3875

    How is the Age-friendly Communities Project funded?

    The Age-friendly Communities Project is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services.