FUNDING BOOST TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF SENIORS IN OUR COMMUNITY

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today said the NSW Government was delivering on another election commitment to make life easier for older people across the region, providing a $4 million funding boost to improve accessibility in local communities.

Mr Marshall said the Liveable Communities Grants was a four-year program, which encouraged local councils, non-government organisations and small businesses to improve accessibility and mobility for seniors.

He said the government is looking for innovative ideas and solutions to help increase the participation of older people in the community so that they can lead rewarding and active lives.

“Liveable communities enable everyone, regardless of age or ability, to lead active, independent and healthy lives,” Mr Marshall said.

“In particular, we know that being able to access their community freely and safely makes a huge difference to the lives of older people. But this has to be a community effort.

“That’s why I’m calling on a wide-range of groups including non-government organisations, academics, entrepreneurs, small businesses and local councils to define what it will mean to age well now and into the future, and to provide suggested approaches for creating more liveable communities.

Successful entries will be assessed on the level of innovation, understanding of the community, potential for creating sustainable long-term solutions.

Entries must address one of the following categories:

• Helping people stay healthy,
• Helping people stay connected,
• Helping people work or contribute, and
• Helping people live where they want to.

Winning entries will be determined by an expert panel and further details can be found at www.ageing.nsw.gov.au/home

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