Building a vibrant future for the Sunshine Coast’s ageing population
  • Wednesday 09 February 2011

Sunshine Coast Council is a step closer to developing a collaborative, strategic direction and shared approach to help build a strong, vibrant, connected and healthy senior population.

Key stakeholders in the ageing sector today (8 February) met at the Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Conference 2011 to discuss opportunities and challenges associated with the current and future ageing populations to help shape council’s Positive Ageing Strategy.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the purpose of the Positive Ageing Strategy was to acknowledge and celebrate the positive contribution senior citizens make to Sunshine Coast communities, while guiding council on how to plan for the existing and increasing numbers of mature age residents relocating to the region.

"Council is committed to building a vibrant future for current and future generations of senior residents on the Coast," Cr McKay said.

"Today’s conference provided a great platform to identify and clarify the key strategic partnerships in the ageing community, discuss issues and develop a shared approach towards addressing the needs of our senior residents."

Social Strategy Portfolio Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said the conference was an important step to align local, state and federal government strategies and principles on ageing.

"Today we had a chance to develop a common understanding of the key issues and opportunities associated with ageing, to ensure that we are on the same page and working together to achieve the best outcomes for our mature age community members," Cr Grosskreutz said.

The feedback gathered from today’s conference, together with the information collected in the Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Survey run in November 2010, will help council plan for the needs and aspirations of the rapidly increasing senior population throughout the region.

Today’s conference was held from 8.30am to 4pm at the Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina.

Further information about council’s approach to positive ageing will be available in mid 2011.