Ageing Well Advisory Committee seeks new members

February 6, 2020 BY

Cr Pat Murnane gets moving with the active class at East Geelong Senior Citizens Club.

OLDER residents in the Geelong region are being encouraged to apply for a spot on the City of Greater Geelong’s Ageing Well Advisory Committee.

The committee’s establishment was given the green light by council in December, with Cr Pat Murnane appointed chair.

Up to 12 inaugural members will be asked to draw on their life experiences to shape “an age-friendly community”, advise on policy and inform the development of the city’s Ageing Well Strategy.

Cr Murnane said the committee was a chance for older people to make a difference towards improving their opportunities.

“As the greater Geelong community ages, it’s imperative council and other levels of government increase the availability of appropriate services, to suit the various needs of older residents.

Applicants must be over 55 years of age, live or work in the municipality and be able to attend at least four meetings annually.

Among the committee will be four participants of the city’s Community Care program and four community members.

Each role will be voluntary and aim to represent diverse perspectives of the region on matters of social inclusion, participation and aged services.

The committee will initially operate over two years, with the option to continue if required.

Applications to join the initiative are open from now until March 1.

For more information, head to geelongaustralia.com.au, phone Rebecca Smith on 5272 4719 or email [email protected].

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