Seniors: Positive Ageing
  • Last updated:
  • 10 Feb 2017

Positive ageing is the ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle, enjoy quality social connections and feel welcomed in the community. It is also about feeling empowered and valued as a community member, participating in the workforce if desired, and having access to information and services.

Council acknowledges that older people play a vital role in the region’s communities and it is important to recognise and respect the significant contribution older people make to this vibrant region.

Positive Ageing Strategy 2011-2016

Council developed the Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Strategy 2011-2016 to focus on its commitments to older people on the Sunshine Coast.

The strategy recognises the many significant contributions older people make to local communities and emphasises the need to work in partnership with other key agencies to address the changing needs of older people on the Sunshine Coast.

Foundation paper

The Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Foundation Paper 2011 presents an overview of research on the issues associated with ageing, providing a solid evidence base on which to build the Positive Ageing Strategy. As well as a profile of older Sunshine Coast residents, the paper provides a summary of the international, national, state and local policy context and an overview of key themes identified by other local government ageing strategies.

Rebates and concessions

Council offers a rates remission if you hold one of the following:

  • current Queensland Centrelink concession card
  • Veteran Affairs Gold card.

Seniors Week 2016

In recognition of the contribution our seniors make, council has partnered with the network to highlight Seniors Week activities and events, incorporating the 2016 theme It's on for young and old. There is something to suit everyone, for the full list of details, view the 2016 Seniors Week calendar of events.

You are entitled to free dog and cat registration if:

  • the animal is desexed
  • the animal is microchipped
  • you hold a current Queensland Centrelink concession card, or
  • you hold a Veteran Affairs Gold card.

Council Link

Council Link helps with affordable transport services for people with disabilities, their carers, minors under the care of eligible people and people over the age of 60. It improves their wellbeing and social interactions and helps them enjoy a convenient shopping experience.

Council Link is a service provided by council in partnership with ComLink and funded by the Public Transport Levy.


Council’s Community Development Officer is employed to support older people within the region. The role of the Community Development Officer is to work in partnership with older people, community services, government agencies and the wider community to develop and implement appropriate responses to address the needs of the Sunshine Coast’s older population.

Contact council's Community Development officer on (07) 5441 8261 or email

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