How you had YourSay:
Thank you for taking the Age Friendly City survey, either online or hard copy. A consultation report will be available soon to show you what we heard with an analysis of your comments, feedback, ideas and survey responses.
We are looking at:
In 2011, the ACT was accepted as a member of the World Health Organisation's Global Network of Age Friendly Cities. Canberra fosters an age friendly city by helping senior Canberrans to:
- age safely in a place that is right for them;
- be free from poverty and continue to develop personally; and
- contribute to Canberra while retaining autonomy, health and dignity.
We are getting ready for a city which will be home to 500,000 people by 2030. We're growing rapidly with 7,000 new Canberrans and 5,800 reaching the age of 60 each year. We're planning for where Canberrans will live, the hospitals they will need, how they will easily move around the city and adapt to a changing climate.
As our city expands we want a Canberra that is inclusive, innovative, healthy, smart, active and fun - a city Canberrans are proud to call home, no matter what their age may be.
We will use your views to:
The Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing and the ACT Government are seeking the views of senior Canberrans on their experience of Canberra as an age friendly city to inform a wide range of future work.
Age Friendly Initiatives
Since 2010 the ACT Government, with input from the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing, has been actively driving better support, connections and initiatives for senior Canberrans. Here are some of the highlights:
- 2000 Canberrans participated in the Age Friendly City Survey in 2011
- There were two Older Persons Assemblies
- We hosted the inaugural Australian Age-friendly Cities and Communities Conference in 2013
- Assistance ACT - a single website of support for cost of living pressures
- eNewsletter for Veterans and Seniors on events, lifelong learning, volunteering services, assistance and programs
- 50,000 passengers have used the flexible bus service
- ACTION provides free bus travel for those over 70 years of age
- We are trialing free off-peak bus travel for Seniors Card holders
- Design, development and tenanting of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older persons housing establishment
- Age friendly suburbs upgrades for crossing, footpaths and bus stops in Ainslie, Weston, Monash and Kaleen, with Hughes and Page to come
- Active living principles incorporated into the Territory Plan guiding future suburb design like amounts and style of seating, paths, access points and lighting
- ACT Participation Grants for Seniors and Veterans support Senior Canberrans to remain active and connected to their community. They include digital literary, connecting multicultural community members and raising awareness of elder abuse