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In 2005 the Hindmarsh Shire successfully applied for a Victorian Community Support Grant through the Community Support Fund. This Grant was used to develop a Positive Ageing Plan to identify the needs of our ageing community and to set realistic priorities to meet these needs. Hindmarsh Shire acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government to enable this project to be undertaken.

The development of this Plan involved consultation with many community groups and other stakeholders as well as research into ageing and benchmarking with similar studies. The Project was guided by a Steering Committee that was chaired by a Councillor and members included the Mayor and representatives from the Hindmarsh Shire, local health services and regional organisations. A Community Profile and Consultation Report were also prepared as part of this project, and these reports are available from the Shire.

Hindmarsh Shire’s Positive Ageing Plan is unique as many of the actions are not age specific. Instead, they are actions that respond to the issues that have been identified by both older people and future generations of older people as important factors that will allow them to age ‘positively’. Overwhelmingly, the community believed that positive ageing was about living in a vibrant and strong community with opportunities for all ages. Meeting the challenges posed by population change was considered by current and future generations of older people to be inextricably linked to their experience of ageing. An ageing-friendly town is about creating opportunity for all.

Seven priority areas for action have been identified through consultation with the community. These priority actions represent the opportunities and issues that were most frequently raised by the community and other stakeholders as important factors in supporting positive ageing:
1. Community Change and Well Being
2. Information
3. Volunteers
4. Health and Well Being
5. The Built Environment
6. Recruitment and Retention
7. Transport

The Positive Ageing Plan will provide strategic direction for Council to meet the needs of its older residents, its overall objective being to facilitate sustainable actions to meet the community's needs in the future.

For more information please contact Aged & Disability Services on 03 5391 4444.

Positive Ageing and Inclusion Plan 2013-2018

Community Profile
 
Men Outdoors Group
Men Outdoors group
 
This group started as an idea from a member of the Dimboola community to have a volunteer group working on community projects. The Shire applied to Municipal Association of Victoria Positive Ageing Grants Phase 2 and was successful. The initial concept for the project was to develop a coordinated volunteering program to work on small projects in Dimboola, creating constructive and social opportunities for Dimboola residents that provide tangible benefits to the wider community. The program initially focused on retired or semi-retired men and continues to do so. The men have a ‘shed’ to meet, which is the Dimboola Community Centre, have lunch, cuppa, chat and plan their project. They meet on a fortnightly basis on a Wednesday from 10am – 1pm. They do not have a ‘traditional’ men’s shed i.e. woodworking materials etc and are not part of any formal committee. They like to work on projects around the town to benefit the community and receive some instruction about appropriate projects via the town committee, the Shire or members of the community. Some of the projects they have been involved in are: Clean up Australia Day. Painting of bollards at Dimboola Recreation Reserve. General tidy up around various public recreational areas of Dimboola. Tidying up around the Lutheran Church. Clean up at the Dimboola Community Centre. Wimmera Health Care Group Community Health Nurses for the Men’s Pitstop health checks. Dimboola College for an information session on the Mentoring program. If you would like further information or would like to be involved in the group, please contact Aged & Disability Services on 03 5391 4444.
 

   
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