Age-Friendly Strategies Focused on the Suburb of Gladesville
City of Ryde
Hunters Hill Council
City of Ryde and Hunters Hill Councils were recently awarded a grant from Local Government NSW as part of the Age-Friendly Community Local Government Grants. The grants are specifically to assist Local Governments to prepare for the impact of population ageing.The suburb of Gladesville was chosen as a pilot for this project as it straddles two Local Government Areas (LGAs) and has a large older population (21% of the population are aged over 65 years compared to 12.7% across Greater Sydney). It is also culturally diverse, has a popular town centre and a range of community facilities and services for older people. Cred was engaged to prepare a case study of strategies integrated across all outcome areas for older people.
The study aimed to achieve strategies that have been developed in collaboration with local services, residents and business and achieve positive outcomes relating to:
- Programs and services to support healthy and active ageing and keeping people socially connected;
- Accessible and welcoming public spaces, parks and community facilities;
- Universally designed housing to support older people to age in place;
- Getting around with affordable and accessible transport options; and
- Access to communication and information.