Welcome to An Age-Friendly Community

Jacinta Sartori Department of Communities (left) and Jillian Warren, Picabeen (right)

How often have you been in a situation where you do not know what information is out there and how do you go about accessing the same information?

It was the question of how do we access the information (with or without a computer) about any subject when we do not know how to begin to look. That was the beginning of the concept of our groups, the Older Women’s Network Mitchelton Branch and Picabeen Community Centre to introduce the concept of An Age-Friendly Community, a program run by the State Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. It will cover the NW suburbs and the Hills District.

The program was launched on Wednesday 14 March at Picabeen Community Centre, with guests attending from the National Seniors, Seniors Citizens and GVK Lions. The member for Everton, Tim Mander MP attended and representatives of COTA and Seniors Enquiry Line with members of OWNQ and Picabeen.  Prior to the launch, support for the project was received from Mark Furner, Member for Ferny Gove and Cr Andrew Wines & Cr Matt Constance. We were all there to learn about the program, presented by Jacinta Sartori from the Department of Communities.

A list of what the participants saw as needs in the community was compiled, access to information being top of the list.  Other subjects were Transport, Health and Advocacy. We will be working with our local Councillors and members of parliament, as well as COTA and Senior Enquiry Line to achieve some of the ideas that came out of the meeting.

For further information on the Older Women’s Network Qld Mitchelton Branch, contact Barbara on 0488398498 or Judith on 3351 3763.  We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Picabeen Community Centre, 22 Hoben Street, Mitchelton.

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