Greens to expand age-friendly communities

The ACT Greens have announced that they will provide an extra $4 million to invest in age-friendly communities across Canberra.

"Age-friendly is really just 'people friendly'. Design that is good for older and younger people is good for everyone," said seniors spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur.

"The current age-friendly suburb program (which includes Ainslie, Weston, Monash and Kaleen) was driven by the Greens in this Assembly – but funding was limited by the Government.

"The Greens will invest more to expand age-friendly communities to make more of our suburbs and our city accessible to everyone.

"While every age-friendly community is different, the Greens' expanded program could provide more public toilets, bus stops, footpath repairs, better quality pedestrian crossings, slower speed environments, and other best practice examples from around the world," said Ms Le Couteur.

Ms Le Couteur said that the Greens would work with the community to deliver the program.

"This program is about putting the community first – and we'll be taking a community-centred approach. We'll make sure people are involved in the choice and design of the improvements in their local area."

Ms Le Couteur will announce the package today at a Council on the Ageing (COTA) Election Forum. Click here to download the policy initiative.

Media Contact: Maiy Azize – 0421 281 400 or maiy.azize@act.greens.org.au