We are heading towards a time where there will more ageing adults in Australia than there will be children. As such, the City will continue to build on its previous achievements working towards a vision of an Age-Friendly Melville to advance the aspirations and wellbeing of our ageing community.

Melville Talks is one way that we continue to engage with our older residents and other stakeholders, and based on what you tell us, we look to improve our strategies to reflect your aspirations for the future. This plan is based on the feedback we have received from you over the past 4 years.

Following your feedback, we have developed objectives and actions outlined in our Age-Friendly Melville Plan 2017 – 2021 which target the key areas identified by our older residents for improvements that promote active ageing. These include transport, housing, respect, inclusion and social participation.

You can view the plan here.

We hope that this plan assists you to live well in Age-Friendly Melville.

These key domains will be our focus over the next four years:

Advocate for increased choices of appropriate housing for older people

"I would like to see new affordable 3x2 villas for over 55's with security"

The City will:

  • Identify opportunities and raise community awareness about housing choices as outlined in the Local Planning Strategy 6 and the Local Housing Strategy
  • Facilitate opportunities for older residents to access information about affordable and appropriate housing options
  • Work with the Melville Aged Services Network and provide funding through the Seniors Assistance Fund to support ageing in place initiatives
  • Advocate for innovative housing and accommodation solutions for over 55's.

Identify and promote affordable transport options, accessible transport, accessible parking and pedestrian access that meet older people’s needs

“Promote the neighbourhood to get together to assist people and to help others with transport”

The City will:

  • Work with relevant partners to provide transport information and suggest solutions
  • Continue to work with Transperth and provide Mystery Bus Tours
  • Advocate for maintenance of pedestrian infrastructure to improve walkability
  • Identify the specific transport gaps and requirements of older people wishing to travel across and within the city

Facilitate and promote opportunities for older residents to feel that they matter and belong and have access to affordable opportunities to live life well.

"Encourage getting out and meeting people... check that people are not isolated"

The City will:

  • Develop and implement the socially isolated seniors project, Hand to Heart, in collaboration with key partners
  • Promote opportunities for older people to access information about bereavement, death and dying
  • Support initiatives that enable our older residents and their carers and families to live well with dementia in the community
  • Support older people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds to participate in the community
  • Strengthen the MAFAB network to identify opportunities for social participation, respect and inclusion of older residents from the business sector

Other domains we will be working on:

Outdoor spaces and buildings are age-friendly and accessible.

The City will collaborate across the organisation to provide community feedback to relevant areas of the organisation to ensure that refurbishment of buildings incorporates:

  • access and inclusion requirements such as upgrades to toilets, ramps and rails.
  • Walkability plan
  • Appropriate seating

Use Access Advisory Panel (AAP) and Continuous Improvement Team (CIT) developed to align plans to provide feedback to officers about access to outdoor spaces and buildings

Promote options for civic participation to older people, including ensuring that employement and volunteering opportunities are available for older people.

Seniors are well informed about Age-Friendly Melville.

The City will ensure the plan:

  • Continues to include all current forms of communication such as hard-copy.
  • Support promotion of existing groups and activities to community
  • Available in other formats” is included in marketing and other external communications
  • Is written in Easy English
  • Melville Talks provides an on-line engagement opportunity for older people.

We will continue to facilitate technology support for older people by COM libraries and community centres.

Ensure that seniors have access to community and health services to support them to live independently.

The City will give support by providing the Seniors Assistance Fund (SAF) program to assist seniors to live independently in their homes in the community.

About the project

As a member of the World Health Organisation's Age-Friendly global network, the City of Melville is always interested in hearing from you about how we can be more age-friendly.

Over the past four years we have gathered almost 1,000 survey responses and supported a range of initiatives in response to what you told us. Some of the great outcomes have included:

  • continuing the popular South of the River Forums in partnership with Council on the Ageing to cover topics on things you have told us you would like to hear about, including housing choices, aged care options, healthy lifestyles and well-being.
  • establishing the Digital Hub in 2014 to provide seniors with small group or one on one training in using smartphones, computers, learn about cyber safety;
  • establishing our Access Advisory Panel in 2013 to represent the views of people with disabilities, carers and older people for input into Council decisions
  • establishing MAFAB (Melville Age-Friendly and Accessible Businesses) network in 2016 to give your feedback to local businesses on what would make businesses more age-friendly and finally;
  • working with Garden City, Coffea Fine Espresso, Alzheimer’s Australia WA and Attitudinal Healing WA to host the very first Memory Cafe

Work with us in creating the new Age-Friendly Melville Plan 2017 - 2022.

Who was consulted?

Engagement with over 2,300 older people and other stakeholders took place between 2013-2017, including surveys, one-to-one conversations and a community reference group (CRG) made up of members of the community including both males and females, carers, people of different age ranges and aged care service providers.

We sent out an email link to our online survey to a random sample of local residents aged 50+ and hosted workshops to do with the experience of ageing. People were encouraged to think about and discuss things that were important to them in our online forum on "the burning issues."

We put together a Community Reference Group (CRG) made up of local residents and held a series of meetings to discuss how life could become more Age Friendly in the City of Melville.

The CRG met several times during 2017 to review the engagement feedback and survey information to determine the main priorities and aspirations of the City’s older residents.

Meet the CRG

CRG Group Photo

Meet the Community Reference Group and project team staff

The CRG serves as a link between the City and the community, encouraging greater understanding of the information gathering and planning process, as we work towards an age-friendly city.

The main tasks of the CRG were:

  • To gain an understanding of the actions taken by the City in response to the current DFS 2013 - 2017 Plan
  • To be informed about things we have learned from older people in preparation for the review
  • To actively participate and contribute to the development of the DFS 2017 – 2022
  • To review the draft document
  • To evaluate the stakeholder engagement process and outcomes with respect to: Adherence to IAP2 core values

The CRG will comprise no more than 12 people representing the broad interests of the older demographic in our community, including:

  • People from each of the following age ranges:
    • 50 – 59
    • 60 – 69
    • 70 – 79
    • 80+
  • People from culturally linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People who are carers
  • People who work in the aged care sector
  • Representatives who will commit to attending all meetings of the group; and
  • Representatives who will register on MelvilleTalks and participate in community discussions for the duration of the stakeholder engagement process.

The term of appointment to the CRG aligned with the project timeline, approximately 4 months.

Snippets from the online survey

Here are some snippets of things you told us from the online survey:

  • Those of you between 50 and 70 have active and varied lifestyles in the community, maintaining lifelong interests and volunteering in service clubs and life long-learning programs.
  • Most of you still live with a husband or partner (57%).
  • 37% of you who are working want to continue for economic reasons and because you consider yourself to be fit and healthy (37%).
  • As to your preferred method of communication from the City of Melville, 82% identified direct email as the preferred option, over the City of Melville website (25%) and advertisements or notices in community newspapers (21%).
  • Those of you between 71 and 85+ are retired, largely female and living alone.
  • Whilst some of you continue to participate in service clubs (14%), your focus appears to be on socialization with community groups (57%) and with others who share a special interest (71%).
  • Direct email is still the preferred option for just over half of you (54%) receiving communications from the City, but you still like to receive communications by post (30%) and through community newspapers (23%).

More feedback soon...