BATHURST Regional Council has adopted its Positive Aging Strategy after considering feedback from residents.
Staff have been working on the positive aging strategy for some time and were able to put it on public exhibition for a month from late June to late July.
Members of the community took an interest in the plan and as a result council received eight submissions.
Among the feedback received was: the need to address loneliness in older people; the need for improved services and communication relating to technology and safety information sessions; and the inadequate provision of health services in Bathurst.
There was also an interest expressed in viewing annual updates on actions.
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A submission was received outlining ways in which the strategy could more closely align with existing council projects and plans, which council incorporated into the strategy.
All of the people who made submissions will receive letters of thanks for their contributions.
The plans for implementing the Positive Aging Strategy will take a few more months to roll out.
A report will be prepared for the new council after the December 4 local government election regarding the development of the Bathurst Regional Positive Ageing Committee, including committee terms of reference.
Council will be presented with an annual summary of the implementation of the Positive Ageing Strategy incorporating input from the committee.
The inaugural strategy aims to improve the region's ability to cater for an ageing population over the next five years.
It encompasses four key areas: living in an age friendly environment; participating in inclusive communities; staying safe, active and healthy; and being resilient and informed.
Council will be able to respond to the demands on services and facilities with an age friendly lens and work towards improving the quality of life for older people.
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