12 January 2013
Age Friendly City
A recent email from Council CEO, Peter Tsokas.
Last year we participated in the thinker in residence program centred around developing an ageing strategy for the State.
At the same time, we developed an ageing strategy for the city of Unley and also the Eastern Region Alliance. (7 councils)
Our leadership in this area greatly impressed the State and the Thinker in residence (Professor Kalache) that they encouraged us to apply to be a member of the World Health Organization's Global network of Age- Friendly Cities and Communities.
I am pleased to announce that we have been accepted and have just received our certificate of membership!
To my knowledge, we are the only Council in South Australia to be granted membership and only one of a handful in Australia. That is a great achievement for us and particular thanks must go to Helen Hoare and Celine who were instrumental in us developing our ageing strategies and working with the Thinker in Residence. It is also a sound platform for our new Community and Culture Committee, Planning Committee and Infrastructure Committee to develop action plans for better meeting the needs of our older people and I look forward to some exciting concepts being developed.
Well done to all invloved and the benefit this will bring to the people in our City.