Age­ing well strat­egy amaz­ing - mayor

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

De­vel­op­ment of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Age­ing Well Strat­egy - to be for­mally pre­sented at coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing next Tues­day, May 15 - has been de­scribed as “ab­so­lutely amaz­ing” by Mayor Pat Bourke.

“I thank coun­cil staff and all peo­ple in­volved in this jour­ney,” he said at coun­cil’s ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing on May 1. “We should look at this for lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Awards.”

Many months ago when the sub­ject arose, Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Di­rec­tor Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Kristy Kay em­pha­sised the sig­nif­i­cance of the age­ing well strat­egy sub­ject and that coun­cil was look­ing for­ward to work­ing with com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­gard­ing its de­vel­op­ment.

At coun­cil’s meet­ing last week, she con­firmed the strat­egy’s sig­nif­i­cance and just who has been in­volved.

“The pop­u­la­tion of the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area is older and age­ing faster than the re­gional, state and na­tional av­er­age,” she said.

“It has one of the high­est per­cent­ages of peo­ple aged over 65 years in the state (at 27% in 2016) and is predicted to con­tinue to in­crease over the next 20 years (to 36% by 2036).”

Ms Kay ad­vised that prepa­ra­tion of the strat­egy has in­volved a steer­ing com­mit­tee com­pris­ing 11 se­nior am­bas­sadors through­out Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area, lit­er­a­ture re­views and data anal­y­sis, con­sul­ta­tion with 118 se­nior res­i­dents through 12 fo­cus groups, con­sulta- tions with 23 ser­vice providers, a com­mu­nity sur­vey with 239 re­sponses, a re­view of coun­cil’s poli­cies, strate­gies and plans, de­vel­op­ment of a back­ground paper and con­sul­ta­tion with key coun­cil staff.

At coun­cil’s lat­est meet­ing, a talk was given by consultant Deanne Drage (In­spir­ing Health So­lu­tions), up­dat­ing and ex­plain­ing to coun­cil­lors about the strat­egy.

In a well pre­sented strat­egy de­liv­ery, Ms Drage said that ev­ery­one in­volved has been work­ing “very se­ri­ously” on what needs to be done. “We need to en­gage older peo­ple to get it right,” she said.

“We’ve had 11 won­der­ful am­bas­sadors and 239 fan­tas­tic re­sponses. There’s been ex­ten­sive pri­or­ity set­ting. But we need to have eve- ry­one’s con­tin­ued in­volve­ment to achieve the best re­sults in this four-year plan.”

Ms Kay said the Age­ing Well Am­bas­sadors have played a fun­da­men­tal role in the strat­egy’s de­vel­op­ment. “Their con­tri­bu­tion has added sig­nif­i­cant value to the process,” she said.

Fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the four-year Ac­tion Plan is un­der­way in con­sul­ta­tion with coun­cil staff. Ms Kay and her team’s staff Ken­dall Reid and Am­ber Har­vey, and Cr Gail Law, re­ceived spe­cial praise for their work.

Coun­cil­lors joined in the praise of Ms Drage and the strat­egy. “The doc­u­ment is some­thing we can hang our hat on,” Cr Paul Miegel said.

Some as­pects of the strat­egy, in­clud­ing light ex­er­cis­ing, are al­ready in place and prov­ing pop­u­lar ac­cord­ing to Cr Bron­wyn Thomas.

In an­swer to a ques­tion from Cr David Longley, Ms Drage ad­mit­ted some finer de­tails for out­ly­ing ar­eas need to be fur­ther in­ves­ti­gated.

Consultant Deanne Drage, Ken­dall Reid, Cr Gail Law, Mayor Pat Bourke and Kristy Kay at Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing on May 1.

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