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The Ageing in Place Advisory Committee has been established to provide advice to Council in relation to what makes Hinchinbrook Shire an aged friendly place to live, and what more could be done to enhance its overall age friendliness.
There is no formal or legislative requirement for Council to engage with the community in relation to Aged Services. However, the establishment of an Ageing in Place Advisory Committee provides an important forum for identifying current issues and advising Council about effective policy and service provision regarding older people in the Hinchinbrook Shire.
The Advisory Committee does not replace other forms of community engagement used by Council to consult with and engage with the community. The Ageing in Place Advisory Committee will complement and enhance community engagement.
It is Council’s objective to facilitate an age friendly community with all reasonably available and relevant needs and services catered for.
The provision and establishment of a well serviced and amenable community may be promoted as a catalyst for the attraction of retirees looking for quality environments for retirement and ageing in place thus creating a more vibrant industry for employment and economic diversification in the district.
The Ageing in Place Advisory Committee is a non-constituted committee of Council with a Councillor/s being nominated through the annual statutory appointment process to be a member of this Committee.
The Ageing in Place Advisory Committee will provide advice to Council about:
Council’s objective is to achieve:
Council invites local organisations and businesses which provide services, facilities and activities to older residents of the Shire to list their information in the Seniors Lifestyle Directory.
The Directory is an initiative of the Hinchinbrook Ageing in Place Committee, and will become a freely available resource for seniors to use to stay informed and connected in the community.