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Southern Riverina councils to create age friendly communities

Berrigan and Jerilderie Shire Councils have both received funding to implement programs aimed at older residents.

January 9, 2013 4:32am

Jerilderie, Urana and Berrigan Shire Councils have each received funding to fund initiatives under the NSW Ageing Strategy.

The funding win was announced by Member for Murray-Darling John Williams, who said Wentworth Shire Council was also successful.

Mr Williams said local councils were best placed to develop and implement initiatives in local communities that meet the needs of an ageing population.

‘‘Age friendly communities are ones with accessible town centres and facilities which all contribute to maintaining social connectedness for our ageing population.’’

Mr Williams said Berrigan Shire Council would be implementing the Berrigan Shire Liveability and Healthy Ageing Strategy.

‘‘This project will identify the steps the shire and its communities need to take to be ageing-ready,’’ he said.

‘‘It will also consider how the local economy and the amenities of the council’s communities can be sustained and ‘add’ to the quality of life, health and wellbeing experienced by residents as they age.’’

Jerilderie and Urana submitted a joint application for the funding for the ‘Building Accessible Communities’ project.

‘‘For older people within the communities of Jerilderie and Urana Shires, the opportunities for social and recreational participation can be limited due to ageing infrastructure, limited services and structured groups/activities, lack of transport and distance,’’ Mr Williams said.

‘‘Walking is a major source of physical activity and social interaction.

‘‘This project allows for the benefits of these ‘walks’ to be enhanced by creating more accessible paths and spaces for the community to use.’’

To access the NSW Ageing Strategy visit www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/about—us/strategies/nsw—ageing—strategy.

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