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Media Release - Knox joins global Network of Age Friendly Cities

Knox Council’s commitment to older residents has been recognised internationally with an invitation to join the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age Friendly Cities.

As a member of the network, Knox Council has joined a growing number of cities around the world who strive to better meet the needs of their older residents by creating inclusive and accessible urban environments.

Council now has the opportunity to connect with ageing and civil society experts across the world and receive technical guidance and training, explore opportunities for partnerships with other cities to gain insights into their initiatives and experiences, and better develop programs and services that are relevant, appropriate, sustainable and effective for older people.

Council’s Community and Council Plan 2017-2021 was in part informed by the WHO Age Friendly Cities Framework – a strategy that considers the needs of an ageing community and addresses barriers to the well-being and participation of older people.

In preparing the next Community and Council Plan for 2021-2025, council will continue to ensure the needs of aged residents are addressed in terms of:

  • designing outdoor spaces and buildings,
  • ensuring we have the range of transportation and housing we need,
  • creating opportunities for social participation,
  • facilitating respect and social inclusion,
  • increasing civic participation and employment, and
  • having appropriate support and health services in place.

Quotes attributable to Mayor, Cr Jake Keogh:

  • It is a real honour to part of the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities, and recognition of the great work our staff have done to ensure Council’s services are accessible to and inclusive of older people in our community.
  • Joining this network is an important step towards Knox becoming a more age-friendly city.
  • This initiative reinforces our commitment to work with our older community to better understand how we can continue to meet their needs and respond to an ever-changing environment.
  • We are pleased to join the growing number of cities around the world who strive to better meet the needs of their older residents, creating inclusive and accessible urban environments that consider the needs of their ageing population.

Issued: Wednesday 10 July 2019
Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021

Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021 Reference:

Goal 6. We are healthy, happy and well

Strategy 6.2 - Support the community to enable positive physical and mental health.

Goal 7. We are inclusive, feel a sense of belonging and value our identity

Strategy 7.3 - Strengthen community connections

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