C23 - ACT Strategic Plan for Positive Ageing 2010-14

Directorate activites that related to the ACT Strategic Plan for Positive Ageing Plan 2010–14 included the following. For more details on these activities, please see Section A9.

Health and Wellbeing

The Directorate completed a walkability study to determine access to the public transport network. Work also continued on the strategic planning of Canberra’s cycle network. These projects will encourage active travel and enable older Canberrans to enjoy safe, healthy travel and recreation.

Housing and Accommodation

Implementation of universal housing design guidelines

ESDD has developed the technical regulation for universal housing standards for new detached dwellings in consultation with EDD, the lead agency on the Affordable Housing Action Plan.

ACTSmart programs

Directorate programs that encourage water and energy efficiency and waste reduction were open to all members of the community, including older people. Specific radio and print advertisements were run to inform seniors of the ToiletSmart programs. In addition the program is promoted through:

  1. ACT Concessions page on the Canberra Connect website
  2. Seniors Day Expo
  3. Talks and brochures at local community groups e.g. Southern Cross Travel Club and Communities @ Work
  4. Brochures in ACT Government shopfronts and libraries
  5. Canberra Home and Leisure Show.

Pensioner Concession Card holders were eligible to receive one free toilet suite and one free water-efficient showerhead under the ToiletSmart and ToiletSmart Plus programs. Since the program started in May 2008, 2,615 free toilets and 393 free showerheads have been provided to Pensioner Concession Card holders.

The Outreach energy and water efficiency program assists residents receiving low incomes who need to save energy and water and are in financial hardship. In 2012–13 approximately 25% of the contact persons for the 1075 households assisted by the program were aged 60 or more years.

Transport and Mobility

Transport for Canberra

Actions contained in Transport for Canberra aim to deliver an accessible, integrated transport system where it is as safe and easy to walk, cycle and catch public transport as it is to drive. Work on the Strategic Cycle Network Plan, which includes improvements to walking, and Capital Metro light rail planning will enable access to activity areas, health care services and recreational facilities, enabling healthy lifestyles, community participation and economic security and opportunities.

The Community Transport Study, which commenced in 2012–13 and will be completed by mid 2014, is investigating measures to enhance the operations of community transport which facilitates individual and group travel, often door-to-door, for people who do not have ready access to a private motor vehicle and who have difficulty using public transport or standard taxi services.