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WA Supports Age-friendly Projects

Seniors living in regional areas of Western Australia will benefit from more age-friendly projects which will help local governments create better communities for older people.

Senior and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson announced funding of $200,000 for age-friendly projects. Local governments can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for projects that align with the State Government’s ‘An Age-friendly WA: The Seniors Strategic Planning Framework 2012-2017’.

“As the proportion of older people in Western Australia increases, there is a greater priority for local governments to build communities that encourage seniors to participate and remain active,” Mr Simpson said.

 The State Government has also provided $50,000 to Local Government Managers Australia (WA) to establish a network and host a forum on the issue.

 “To support the needs of Western Australian seniors, whether they are 60 or 90, a community must be age-friendly. That means ensuring seniors have opportunities to stay connected, to have a say in the services that affect them, and to remain mentally and physically active.  When seniors benefit, the whole community benefits,” the Minister said.

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