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New funding for Active Ageing Plan

23 May 2017

Will Hodgman, Premier

The Tasmanian Liberal Government acknowledges the major contribution older Tasmanians make to the state and is committed to initiatives that empower them to age well.

Today I’m pleased to release Tasmania’s Active Ageing Plan, and to kick-start it with $240,000 from this year’s Budget.

Strong, Liveable Communities: Tasmania’s Active Ageing Plan 2017-2022 aims to create a Tasmania that’s the best place to live, work, invest and to be part of a family as we grow older.

The Plan is the culmination of consultation led by the Council of the Ageing Tasmania (COTA), and involves input from more than 900 people including 841 older Tasmanians.

There are four action areas to support Tasmanians to age well and overcome systemic barriers to participation: health; lifelong learning; participation; and security.

Funding in 2017-18 State Budget includes:

  • $125,000 for COTA to deliver six new projects;
  • $75,000 in grants for local councils to build liveable communities; and
  • $40,000 for Tasmanian Government projects including investigating innovative transport options for older Tasmanians, and age and stage workforce planning.

A further $106,000 is being set aside for COTA to coordinate Seniors Week 2017.

Tasmania has the oldest and most rapidly ageing population of all Australian states, and the Strong Liveable Communities: Tasmania’s Active Aging Plan is important for building a better future for older Tasmanians.