Age Friendly Communities Project

As part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funded Age Friendly Communities project, Council recruited seven Positive Ageing Ambassadors to lead identified Age-Friendly projects in Mitchell Shire.

The Positive Ageing Ambassadors have participated in extensive consultation over a six month period where they consulted with our Senior community to identify what they enjoy most about their community, what things limit their participation in the community and what three improvements they would like to contribute to a greater age-friendly community.

Over 500 people responded to a community survey, with the results presented at a series of community workshops where potential project ideas were developed. A copy of the report summarising the results of the age-friendly community survey, and the minutes from the community stakeholder workshops are provided in the 'document library' on the right hand side of this page.

As a result of these consultations, four key projects have been developed:

Communication and information project - Using communication platforms including web, social media, noticeboards and radio to improve information access for seniors.

Pop-up cinema - an indoor/outdoor pop-up cinema system that can be hired out free of charge to community organisations.

Outdoor spaces and buildings project - exploring opportunities for more drinking fountains and bench seats in the main streets of towns, a review of disabled car parks, as well as launching a guide to help make businesses more accessible and age-friendly.

Community transport - Promoting the use of the Bendigo Bank Community Bus by local community groups, including a workshop to support groups through the booking process.

The projects commenced by June 2018 and continue to progress during the evaluation period which will evaluate the outcomes and impacts of the projects throughout 2019.

For further information on any of the projects above or to get involved please contact Council's Community Development team on 5734 6200 or email community.development@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.


As part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funded Age Friendly Communities project, Council recruited seven Positive Ageing Ambassadors to lead identified Age-Friendly projects in Mitchell Shire.

The Positive Ageing Ambassadors have participated in extensive consultation over a six month period where they consulted with our Senior community to identify what they enjoy most about their community, what things limit their participation in the community and what three improvements they would like to contribute to a greater age-friendly community.

Over 500 people responded to a community survey, with the results presented at a series of community workshops where potential project ideas were developed. A copy of the report summarising the results of the age-friendly community survey, and the minutes from the community stakeholder workshops are provided in the 'document library' on the right hand side of this page.

As a result of these consultations, four key projects have been developed:

Communication and information project - Using communication platforms including web, social media, noticeboards and radio to improve information access for seniors.

Pop-up cinema - an indoor/outdoor pop-up cinema system that can be hired out free of charge to community organisations.

Outdoor spaces and buildings project - exploring opportunities for more drinking fountains and bench seats in the main streets of towns, a review of disabled car parks, as well as launching a guide to help make businesses more accessible and age-friendly.

Community transport - Promoting the use of the Bendigo Bank Community Bus by local community groups, including a workshop to support groups through the booking process.

The projects commenced by June 2018 and continue to progress during the evaluation period which will evaluate the outcomes and impacts of the projects throughout 2019.

For further information on any of the projects above or to get involved please contact Council's Community Development team on 5734 6200 or email community.development@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.