Friday May 13, 2016
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, praised local seniors for attending the Mulgoa NSW Ageing Strategy Forum, held in response to the upcoming and anticipated 2016 release of the NSW Government’s second Ageing Strategy.
“Undeniably, the NSW population is ageing, with people over the age of 65 representing the fastest growing age group in the State. Indeed, the number of people residing in NSW, over the age of 65, is expected to increase from just over 1 million people in 2012 to 2.3 million by 2050,” Tanya Davies said.
In light of shifting demographics, the very first NSW Ageing Strategy was released by the NSW Government in 2012 and led to the creation of highly successful initiatives, including the Tech Savvy Seniors program, the Elder Abuse Helpline and the expansion of the NSW Seniors Card program.
From the outset, the Baird Government’s vision for seniors is one that conceives them as living active, healthy and happy lives.
“Over the course of discussions, local residents spoke about a variety of issues that are facing our State and the elderly, including public transport, recreational and lifestyle pursuits, health, communication and volunteering,” said Tanya Davies.
“I am always encouraged by the way in which the Mulgoa community is so willing to sacrifice their time, to engage in community forums, such as this one, to grapple with the significant and substantial challenges that face our community, region and State,” Tanya Davies said.
As part of the feedback process, the views and ideas expressed at the community forum will be reiterated back to Minister John Ajaka, who has carriage of the ageing portfolio, as well as the relevant Department of Family and Community Services.
“I am very grateful for all of the feedback from those who came along to the forum. Their participation, knowledge and collective lived experience is undeniably crucial in the overall composition and development of the NSW Ageing Strategy and for the direction of public policy in this area, for the next five years,” said Tanya Davies.
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