FUNDING BOOST TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF SENIORS
Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP today said the NSW Government is delivering on another election commitment to make life easier for older people across NSW, providing a $4 million funding boost to improve accessibility in local communities.
The Liveable Communities Grants is a four year program, which encourages local councils, non-government organisations and small businesses to improve accessibility and mobility for seniors.
Mr George said the government is looking for innovative ideas and solutions to help increase the participation of older people in the community so that they can lead rewarding and active lives.
“Liveable communities enable everyone, regardless of age or ability, to lead active, independent and healthy lives,” Mr George said.
“In particular, we know that being able to access their community freely and safely makes a huge difference to the lives of older people. But this is a community effort.
“That’s why we are calling on a wide-range of groups including non-government organisations, academics, entrepreneurs, small businesses and local councils to define what it will mean to age well now and into the future, and to provide suggested approaches for creating more liveable communities.
Successful entries will be assessed on the level of innovation, understanding of the community, potential for creating sustainable long-term solutions and must address one of the following categories:
- Helping people stay healthy,
- Helping people stay connected,
- Helping people work or contribute, and
- Helping people live where they want to.
Winning entries will be determined by an expert panel and further details can be found at www.ageing.nsw.gov.au/home.