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In 2009, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River was the first regional Local Government Authority to complete an Age Friendly Community Study with funding received from the Department for Communities and South West Development Commission.
The project is based on World Health Organisation (WHO) methodology, the Western Australian Age Friendly Toolkit, and has the aim of ascertaining how age-friendly our Shire is in relation to outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, respect and inclusion, social participation, communication and information, civic participation and employment and community support and health services.
Overall the Shire was deemed to be age friendly within the majority of study areas, however it was acknowledged that improvements could be made across:
Recommendations within the Age Friendly Community Report will provide a blue print for strategies to enhance the age friendliness of our shire and are currently being integrated into other areas such as the Integrated Pathway Plan and Supertowns planning.
The Shire supports activities which promote active ageing. Some activities the Shire supports include:
The Shire is committed to a culture of innovation, quality and continuous improvement and as such appreciates public feedback. If you would like to provide feedback on seniors access and inclusion issues, please do so by contacting the Community Development Officer on (08) 9780 5233 or email email@example.com.
The Shire’s Community Access and Inclusion Reference Group (CAIRG) is open to all members of the community. The group meets quarterly to discuss all community matters related to access and inclusion. They range from consultation on new buildings, seniors issues, infrastructure upgrades, playground redevelopment to community events, access to information and the opportunity to raise issues.
Meetings are held in the Mainbreak meeting room at the Civic Administration Centre on Wallcliffe Road. Please register your interest in attending with Community Development Officer, Susie Elton on 9780 5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Longer Living Stronger™, the premier strength and exercise program for the over 50s in Western Australia is available to seniors at the Augusta and Margaret River Recreation Centres.
Strength training for older people builds muscle mass and increases bone density to improve strength, balance, gait, flexibility and coordination.
Research has shown that strength or resistance training not only improves quality of life and well-being, but can also assist in the prevention and management of chronic disease such as arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, depression and osteoporosis.
To find out more call Kristi Head at the Margaret River Recreation Centre on 9780 5625. For information about fitness centres providing Living Longer Living Stronger™ in other areas call COTA WA on 9321 2133, or visit the Living Longer Living Stronger website.
Seniors week activities are held in November annually. If you are a community group hosting a seniors event and would like to promote it as part of Seniors Week, please contact Susie Elton, Community Development Officer on 9780 5233 or by email email@example.com.
The following aged care services are available in Augusta Margaret River.
Augusta MPS HACC
Phone 9758 3222
Phone 9282 8600
BESS Home & Community Care
Phone 9757 2333
Leeuwin Frail Aged Lodge Inc
Phone 9758 3279
Phone 9758 9600
Disability Services Commission
Phone 9758 7284
For more information contact: Susie Elton, Community Development Officer
Telephone 9780 5233
Fax 08 9757 2512
Or send a message via the Contact form.
PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285
41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512
66 Allnutt Terrace
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5660
Fax 08 9758 0033
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