- The increasing cohort of seniors in our population creates an opportunity for our communities to focus on age friendly policies and services.
- It should be the responsibility of all 3 levels of government, Federal, State and Local. Private enterprise should be strongly encouraged to adopt age friendly practices.
- Western Australia is the first jurisdiction to obtain World Health Organisation (WHO) affiliation, WHO have developed criteria that local governments can adopt, to be recognised as age friendly councils.
Member for Kingsley, Jessica Stojkovski MLA, stood in Parliament on Thursday 29 June to call on all levels of government to ensure seniors are considered in the forward planning and provision of infrastructure in our communities. Mrs Stojkovski MLA knows that despite seniors being both vibrant and engaged members of our community, their social and individual value can be largely understated. Seniors enjoy sharing their knowledge with others and actively seek out opportunities to learn new things. Like all age groups seniors like to socialise and connect with others. Age friendly planning and services can be the catalyst to continue this community involvement and belonging.
Making public spaces accessible with footpaths, and providing forward planning of infrastructure to meet age friendly criteria, such as safer train station escalators and bus stop shades, seating and adequate car park lighting. Ensuring public footpaths join up and flow through the areas people want to be, like parks, libraries and local shops.
Western Australia is the first State Government in Australia to be recognised as a WHO affiliate and Mrs Stojkovski MLA would like to see the northern suburbs local councils, who are currently lagging behind when it comes to developing age friendly strategies, to jump on board with the program.
Comments from Member for Kingsley Jessica Stojkovski:
“As a strategic urban planner I have worked on age friendly strategies and ageing in place strategies for the benefit of our ageing population.”
“I am mindful that almost one quarter of my electorate benefits directly from ensuring at all levels of government that there is compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) age friendly criteria”
“Seniors are an engaged and vibrant part of our community and often seek out opportunities to learn new skills and ensure they are fully informed.”