Active ageing receives funding boost

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Wyndham City one of only six local governments across Australia selected to receive grant

Wyndham City has been awarded a $112,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Move It Aus—Better Ageing Grant Program through Sport Australia.

Wyndham City was one of only six local governments across Australia to be selected to receive the grant, which supports projects that aim to prevent and reduce the impact of chronic disease and increase the overall physical and mental health of older Australians. The grant will be used to develop and deliver a project that directly supports Wyndham’s older adult population in being active.

Wyndham City Mayor and Family Friendly City portfolio holder Cr Mia Shaw said this was a fantastic boost for Wyndham residents.

“Inclusive aging is a key focus for Wyndham City and this funding will go a long way in bringing a specially developed activity program to life,” Cr Shaw said.

Sport Development Portfolio Holder, Cr Peter Maynard agreed.

“We’re thrilled to receive this funding and be able to deliver a new program for older adults across Wyndham,” Cr Maynard said.

“Wyndham has around 20,000 residents aged over 65. Figures show that only a quarter of Australians aged over 65 meet the Department of Health’s physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes activity per day.”

With the number of Wyndham residents aged over 65 set to double over the next ten years, Cr Maynard believes establishing a sustainable program will lay a strong foundation, supporting community to embrace the ‘Movement for Life’ philosophy.”

The project will focus on the delivery of physical activity programs and activities for older adults over the next two years, piloting the delivery in a range of non-traditional settings. It will also aim to facilitate engagement between doctors and physical activity service providers.


To find out more about the project, please visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au

 

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