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City furthers commitment to age-friendly future

Published Wednesday, 27th November 2019

The City of Wanneroo has reinforced its commitment to improving accessibility for its older residents by joining the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

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A network established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning, members of the WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities share a common desire to promote active ageing and a good quality of life for older residents.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said membership reflected the City’s commitment to listen to the needs of its ageing population and work collaboratively with older people to create age friendly environments.

“For the past two years the City of Wanneroo has been actively developing a fresh approach to amenities and services that are valuable and relevant to the seniors within our community,” Mayor Roberts said.

“This latest step reaffirms our commitment, through our Age-Friendly Plan, to shaping an inclusive community where our seniors are healthy, active and engaged.”

At present, 14 per cent of the City of Wanneroo’s residents are aged 60 and over.

According to the City’s Age-Friendly Plan 2017/18-2020/21, the City will undergo considerable growth over the next two decades, with its population of residents aged 65 years and over expected to increase by 80 per cent to more than 26,000 people by 2036.

The WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities currently includes 1000 cities and communities in 41 countries, covering over 240 million people worldwide.

For more information, visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/seniors.

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