Age­ing well go­ing well

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Four Age­ing Well Am­bas­sadors from dif­fer­ent Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil ar­eas spoke strongly in favour of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Age­ing Well Strategy upon it be­ing for­mally adopted at coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on June 26.

And Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke again spoke in glow­ing terms about the first ever age­ing well strategy, a 98 page doc­u­ment for coun­cil.

“It’s been a pioneer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It sounds ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,” he said.

“It’s helped with the merger im­ple­men­ta­tion (Corowa and Urana Shires) and cre­ated a lot of in­ter­est.”

Coun­cil’s direc­tor cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity ser­vices Kristy Kay said the age­ing well strategy has been an ex­ten­sive and pos­i­tive pro­cess for coun­cil and the am­bas­sadors.

“The com­mit­ment shown by the am­bas­sadors has en­sured a strong level of en­gage­ment from the com­mu­nity through­out the pro­cess,” she said.

“This has re­sulted in a strategy that ac­cu­rately re­flects the needs of the com­mu­nity and will en­sure coun­cil is well placed to re­spond and sup­port healthy age­ing.”

Ms Kay said a key ac­tion is the es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mit­tee which would work with coun­cil to help drive the im­por­tance of some ac­tions.

Ac­cord­ingly, she rec­om­mended es­tab­lish­ment of an age­ing well com­mit­tee which coun­cil agreed to. A Terms of Ref­er­ence will be de­vel­oped to which ini­tially, the age­ing well am­bas­sadors will be in­vited to form the com­mit­tee and then be com­mit­tee mem­bers.

All avail­able age­ing well am­bas­sadors were at coun­cil’s lat­est meet­ing, had morn­ing tea with coun­cil then had their own meet­ing else­where in the civic cen­tre in what was named, an hour be­fore­hand, the Tom Roberts Room.

Jenny Hearn spoke on be­half of se­niors from Urana, Boree Creek and Morun­dah. “I’m pleased to be in­volved,” she told coun­cil.

“I cer­tainly hope coun­cil can im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions put for­ward and turn a neg­a­tive into a pos­i­tive.”

How­long res­i­dent for over 30 years, Ju­dith Bar­ber, said she has found the age­ing well strategy par­tic­i­pa­tion “fruit­ful to find com­mon­al­i­ties” among the var­i­ous ar­eas of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

Mul­wala res­i­dent Liz Seel­iger told of how gen­tle ex­er­cise classes in the Mul­wala Civic Cen­tre are prov­ing so pop­u­lar and use­ful.

“We have 30 to 40 peo­ple, aged 55 to 94, come ev­ery week, with the aim ‘to stay steady on your feet’,” she said.

Corowa’s Stan Brom­ley sin­gled out con­sul­tant Deanne Drage and Cr Gail Law for their “hard work” and who had been “ter­rific” in lead­ing the way from coun­cil’s point of view.

It was ap­plause all round for the four speak­ers by coun­cil­lors and ex­ec­u­tive staff. Cr Bron­wyn Thomas ac­knowl­edged the in­put from com­mu­ni­ties, “es­pe­cially our 11 am­bas­sadors and fel­low coun­cil­lor Law for their long term com­mit­ment to the project”.

Cr Norm Wales ex­pressed his con­grat­u­la­tions to all age­ing well am­bas­sadors in reach­ing this sit­u­a­tion.

Deanne said she was pleased to work with “such won­der­ful am­bas­sadors”. “Kerry (Reid) and Am­ber (Har­vey) are a fan­tas­tic team,” she said. Deanne said she had no doubt as to the strategy be­ing suc­cess­ful and urged all-aged team­work with other gen­er­a­tions. “In­ter­gen­er­a­tion will lead to big wins,” she con­cluded.

Af­ter for­mal adop­tion of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Age­ing Well Strategy, it was a happy Ken­dall Reid, Deanne Drage, Am­ber Har­vey, Jenny Hearn, Liz Seel­iger, Adrian But­ler, Shaun Whitechurch, Ju­dith Bar­ber, Ida Mens­forth, Mayor Pat Bourke, Cr Gail Law, Mike Gardiner and Stan Brom­ley.

This gen­tle ex­er­cise class last Thurs­day at Mul­wala Civic Cen­tre was co-or­di­nated by age­ing well am­bas­sador Liz Seel­iger of Mul­wala. “It’s one of the ini­tia­tives from the age­ing well strategy which we’ve al­ready started at Mul­wala,” she said. “Thai Chi will be start­ing in Spring for the arthrit­ics.”

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