ACT Election Announcements

Labor to expand age friendly suburbs for older Canberrans

October 01, 2020

A re-elected ACT Labor Government will support local jobs by expanding the successful age friendly suburbs program to improve path networks and promote accessibly for older Canberrans.
Over the last four years, ACT Labor has delivered upgrades in 12 Canberra suburbs that are home to a larger number of older Canberrans.
These improvements included completing missing path connections, installing crossings, ramps and refuge islands.
If re-elected, ACT Labor will expand this program in additional suburbs over the next four years with a $2 million investment in Reid, Chifley, Scullin and O’Connor.
Today is International Day for Older Persons, and ACT Labor has a strong track record on delivering for older Canberrans.
In Government, we lowered the age of eligibility to 60 for the ACT seniors card and, after extensive community consultation, we delivered our aged friendly city plan.
The plan addresses important issues and solutions to barriers that older Canberrans face, such as elder abuse, transport, active travel, dementia friendly spaces, utilities concessions and community participation.
We also introduced and passed an Australian first - a specific criminal offence for elder abuse by individuals and institutions.
We invested in the Older Persons Legal Service (OPALS) so that older Canberrans can get free legal advice where and when they need it.
In addition to this, ACT Labor will also re-commit to fully implementing our aged friendly city plan. We will ensure older Canberrans are able to participate, are valued and are well represented in our community.
ACT Labor values the contribution of older Canberrans. We are the only party with a genuine plan to address the issues facing older Canberrans and we will continue to deliver that plan.