WHO: Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead congratulates the council’s mayor Jan McWilliams, Lyndie Hepple and general manager Glenn Handford on becoming a member of the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.GREAT Lakes Council is now a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global network of age-friendly cities and communities.
Great Lakes is the second council in the state to become a member of the network and the ninth in Australia.
There are only 210 members worldwide.
Council general manager Glenn Handford said that membership of the network would enable it to learn from communities worldwide to promote healthy and active ageing (and a good quality of life for older residents).
‘‘In October this year, council adopted the Great Lakes Active Ageing Strategy,’’ he said.
‘‘Membership of the global network was a logical next step in achieving our goal.
‘‘Our active ageing strategy outlines a three-year action plan.
‘‘Being part of this global network enables us to learn from the experiences of other like-minded communities around the world.’’
The Great Lakes Local Government Area has the oldest population in NSW and the third oldest in Australia.
Mayor Jan McWilliams said the council recognised ‘‘some time ago’’ that it needed a plan for its ageing population.
The council worked with COTA NSW (formerly NSW Council on the Ageing) to develop an ageing strategy and is now part of WHO’s global network.
The council’s community services co-ordinator, Lyndie Hepple, said the work was a ‘‘commitment to a continuing improvement process’’.
‘‘We’re trying to shift the way society thinks about ageing, from a clinical model of incapacity, illness and care, to a social model of inclusion, participation and contribution,’’ she said.
The council is seeking interest from residents in joining its community reference group.
Residents interested in helping roll out the active ageing strategy are urged to apply. Applications can be made through council’s website.
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