Ageing well going well
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.”