Weston and Ainslie to be designated as friendly for the elderly

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SHANE Rattenbury has launched the next phase of community consultation to improve infrastructure in Weston and Ainslie as part of works to make them Canberra’s first age?friendly suburbs.

“The ACT Government has been working with Council on the Ageing (COTA) to make Weston and Ainslie Canberra’s first age-friendly suburbs by improving infrastructure and facilities to make it easier for older residents to get around,” Shane said.

“These suburbs were chosen to be the first in Canberra based on their demographic profile and differences in their urban environment, with Kaleen and Monash next on the list.

“We want to make it easier, more convenient and more accessible for older residents to move in and around their community and would like your help to determine what improvements are needed to create friendlier and more accessible suburbs.

“An initial audit was undertaken in late 2014 and consultation was undertaken by COTA in early 2015. The key findings identified issues such as narrow and incomplete path segments, non-compliant wheelchair ramps, few places to rest and reduced visibility due to overhanging vegetation.

“We are now seeking feedback on the proposed improvements which include the widening of existing paths, re?alignment of wheelchair ramps to reduce steepness and installation of additional seating. Residents of Weston and Ainslie and the wider community are invited to provide feedback on the preliminary recommendations and help prioritise the proposed improvements.”

More information and an online survey are available at timetotalk.act.gov.au. Hardcopy surveys are also available at the Civic, Dickson, Woden and Tuggeranong public libraries and will be mailed out to residents of Ainslie and Weston. Alternatively come along to a drop?in session at the Weston Creek Community Centre on Monday 12 October or the All Saints Anglican Church Community Hall in Ainslie on Tuesday 13 October. These drop?in sessions will run from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm, with a formal presentation at 5.30 pm.

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  1. The best way to make Ainslie age-friendly would be to allow old people to stay in their homes by subdividing, rather than have them forced out by high rates on large blocks.

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