The Age Friendly Suburbs Program is an ACT Government commitment to improve path network infrastructure and connectivity in suburbs that include a large proportion of residents aged over 55 years, and also home to aged care and retirement facilities.
The Program has been underway since the 2015-16 financial year and is funded until 2021, with six suburbs having received upgrades so far: Weston, Ainslie, Monash, Kaleen, Page and Hughes.
An age friendly city encourages people of all ages to take part in community activities. It helps ensure everyone is treated with respect, regardless of their age, and supports people in finding and connecting to the services and assistance they need.
The next six suburbs to receive funding for these upgrades are Narrabundah, Isabella Plains, Stirling, Campbell, Aranda and Holt.
How to have YourSay:
A list of priorities for these suburbs has already been compiled from previous community feedback collated from Fix My Street requests and the Community Path Priority List. Maps containing the proposed upgrades in each suburb are below:
You can have your say by attending one of the pop-up sessions being held at the local shopping precincts. Details on these are under the Key Dates section on the right hand side of this page.
You can also send us your comments on the proposed improvements via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also be meeting with aged care facilities and relevant stakeholders in the coming weeks.
We are looking at:
Canberra is a city built by many of our older Canberrans. In 1950, Canberra was home to fewer than 20,000 people, and now the city is preparing for a population of more than 500,000 by 2030. According to 2016 Census data, 12.5% of Canberrans are aged 65 years and over. This is about 50,000 people – and this number will continue to grow.
Each suburb will receive at least one upgrade as part of the Program with the chosen upgrade to be determined by:
- number of respondents that raised the same issue
- likely use and popularity of the facility
- connectivity to adjoining destinations
- continuity and connectivity of path routes
- road classification and type
- path hierarchy and location
- available project budget.
The Program has been underway since the 2015-16 financial year , with six suburbs having received upgrades so far: Weston, Ainslie, Monash, Kaleen, Page and Hughes.
The upgrades completed as part of the project in each suburb are summarised below.
- installation of new speed cushion on Namatjira Drive - Mirinjani Village
- Namatjira Drive underpass (south side): upgrade and realign footpath to give direct access up to Namatjira Drive
- Namatijra Drive underpass (north side): upgrade and realign footpath to give direct access up to Namatjira Drive
- Hilder Street opposite Lycett Street: construction of new 1.5 metre footpath
- footpaths within open space west of Cooleman Court: isolated footpath improvements and additional signage
- shared path near Weston Uniting Church: new 1.5 metre path connecting to existing shared path.
- Wakefield Avenue/Wakefield Gardens: realignment of crossings and new kerb ramps
- Cowper Street/Bonney Street/Foveaux Street: new alignment of road crossings and footpath
- Northern footpath on Wakefield Avenue (Angus Street to Wakefield Gardens): new 1.5 metre footpath including kerb ramps
- Wakefield Gardens Park: uneven surface areas to be filled to provide users with a wider turning circle
- Hawdon Street: realignment of crossings and new kerb ramps
- Suttor Street and O’Connell Street: construction of new 1.5 metre footpath including kerb ramps where required
- Cox Street and O’Connell Street: construction of new 1.5 metre footpath including kerb ramps where required.
- paths between Goodwin Village and Monash Shops along Cockcroft Avenue
- paths between Cockcroft Avenue and Cowdery Place
- pram crossings and refuge islands associated with these three paths.
- the path between the childcare centre and Kaleen Plaza along Georgina Crescent
- the path between the shared path south of Rubicon Street and the car park in front of the Kaleen Community Hall
- existing crossing across Maribyrnong Avenue in front of Kaleen Plaza
- paths and crossings at Gwydir Square.
- a new refuge island on Groom Street, south of the intersection with Carruthers Street
- an opening in the traffic island and kerb ramps on Carruthers Street east of the intersection with Groom Street
- a completed path connection from the refuge island on Groom Street, to the refuge island on Carruthers Street
- a new refuge island and speed hump on Kent Street north of the intersection with Birdwood Street and the replacement of the old, concrete bus shelter with a new glass shelter
- remediation of sections of path in the green belt open space that runs behind Hughes Primary School.
- a new path along Birrell Street between Burkitt Street and Knaggs Crescent
- a new path along Knaggs Crescent between Burkitt Street and Dallachy Street
- a new path connecting Thozet Place and Bynoe Place through the open space.