Age Friendly Benalla Strategy in development

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The Council is seeking community input into the development of a whole of community ageing well strategy ensuring the older, and ageing population, can best live healthy, happy lives.

The 2016 Census revealed that 42% (5875) of Benalla residents are 55 or over and this percentage is expected to rise.

The Age Friendly Benalla Reference Group began in 2017 as a three-way partnership project between the Council, Cooinda Aged Care Service and the Central Hume Primary Care Partnership. 

Mayor, Cr Scott Upston, said actively focusing on the services and infrastructure required to support an ageing population is important.

“Quality of life, health and wellbeing, removing barriers to social participation and assisting more people to age in place is important and the outcomes of this Age Friendly Strategy is something we will all be affected by at some point.

“I encourage everyone to provide input into this Strategy and to really think about what they, their friends and family will need to be able to age as healthily and as happily as possible.”

Postcards asking questions for people to fill out will be distributed and Listening Hubs in the main street of Benalla and in some rural localities will be staffed by members of the Age Friendly Benalla Reference Group so people can directly provide their input. 

You can also provide your input by completing this online survey: 

Tick the box indicating your age group