Cooinda Village has received a $100,000 Age-Friendly Community Grant from the State Government to help Benalla be a place where older people can live happier and healthier lives.
The Age-Friendly Victoria grants target rural and regional communities with a high proportion of residents aged 55 and above.
Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services, Sharon Knight, said "We have seen great results from previous Age-Friendly Community projects that help older resident’s access information and stay connected with their community.
"We are working to build age-friendly communities to help older Victorians live happier and healthier lives."
Cooinda Village Inc is the auspice for the project, partnering with the Council and Central Hume Primary Care Partnership (CHPCP).
The aim of the project is to develop Benalla Rural City as an age-friendly community, which is a place for older people to live active, fulfilling lives and enjoy physical and mental health as valued members of our community.
"Benalla Rural City is very deserving of this grant funding and we congratulate Cooinda on receiving it," said Mayor, Cr Don Firth.
"We value being a community with a thriving population of older people. This grant will enable Cooinda and its partners to examine the Rural City’s communities and build on our capacity to cater for older generations.
The project includes a planning stage which focuses on building community capacity, including an emphasis on the rural communities, and an implementation phase, which executes an action plan developed to bring sustainable change to the community.
A community based committee comprising a diverse mix of older people will drive the project, supported by skills training by CHPCP. Contact Cooinda for further information about the age-friendly audit or steering committee.