Age-friendly communities

In August 2015 Macedon Ranges Shire Council achieved membership of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Communities in partnership with other local agencies.

What is an age-friendly community?

 “Age-friendly is everybody friendly” as defined by a local Macedon Ranges resident. It involves inclusive participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs, not just physical activity (World Health Organisation).

For more information about the World Health Organisation’s Age-friendly Communities program, see: World Health Organisation  Age Friendly Cities.

How will we do this?

Council has developed an Age-friendly Communities Action Plan using the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Communities guide as well as research and community consultation data. Council’s Positive Ageing Advisory Committee (PAAC) played a significant role with research, consultation and in identifying priorities of the action plan.

Key areas of action identified in the plan are:

  1. Communication and information
  2. Community support and health services
  3. Civic participation and employment
  4. Social participation

From December 2014 to January 2015 community wide consultation took place on the draft action plan and a  (PDF, 2MB)Consultation Summary Report (DOCX, 3MB)  and Consultation Summary Report (PDF, 2MB), has been developed to outline these findings.

The final Age-friendly Communities Action Plan (DOCX, 2MB) and Age-friendly Communities Action Plan (PDF, 1MB), was endorsed at the 22 April 2015 Ordinary Council Meeting.

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Contact us

To find out more or how you can be involved, contact Rebecca Millard, Healthy Ageing Engagement Team Leader on 5422 0262 or via

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