Bega Valley has a very high proportion of older people compared to the NSW average and projections indicate that the proportion of older people in our community is increasing. It is also estimated that one fifth of the residents in the Shire have some form of a disability, this is a significant proportion of the population.
Over 33% of the Bega Valley population is aged over 55, compared to 24.6% for NSW. Bega Valley is ranked 29th amongst the 152 local government areas in NSW in terms of its proportion of people aged 65+. It is ranked 67th in terms of its proportion of people aged 85+. In 2006 there were 10,350 residents of the Shire aged 55+ The proportion of older people is particularly high in some of the coastal towns – for instance 49% of the population of Tura Beach is aged 55+, followed by Bermagui (43%) and Merimbula (nearly 41%). (new census info available)
Council has a key leadership role to play in raising awareness in the community about the needs of older people.
Bega Valley Shire Council is committed to all people having equal opportunity to take part in local activities and have fair access to Council and community programs, services and resources. Council works to achieve this by:
Council views these provisions as a response to basic and fundamental human rights and social justice.
If you have an issue to raise about ‘Access for all people’ please contact Katrina Berenguer on 6499 2358 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about the Access Advisory Committee.
Find accessible toilets in the Bega Valley Shire: http://www.toiletmap.gov.au. Also available as an App for smart phones.
As the population grows older, a new philosophy known as "ageing-in-place" is growing in popularity. Ageing-in-place means embracing home remodels, additions, building styles, and home improvements that make it possible for people to stay in their homes, and out of "the nursing home," as long as possible.
Homeowners across Australia are beginning to think ahead and design homes that will allow them to remain independent and at home for as long as possible. Understandably, it would be difficult to find the exact home that will meet your future physical needs; however covering the bases for what most people experience as they age is a good place to start. Regardless of whether you remodel, buy or build, these are possible issues you might want to be mindful of when evaluating the features you want in your home.