Residents who are over the age of 55, along with carers, aged care workers and organisations, are being invited to help MidCoast Council develop its inaugural Ageing Strategy.
Residents can take part in a series of surveys and attend pop-up community information booths at local markets during February.
"We're looking for feedback from local people aged 55 years and over, a carer or family member of an older person and local aged care workers, to ensure the strategy is a true reflection of our community, so we encourage everyone to have their say," MidCoast Council Libraries manager, Chris Jones said.
The Mid Coast is home to a large number of seniors, with more than half the population over the age of 55.
Mr Jones said the strategy would be vital in ensuring the needs of older people could be met now and in the future.
He said council anticipated consultation would identify a number of areas for improvement that were not within its responsibility.
Ultimately we want this strategy to guide us and help to improve the lives of our older residents.Chris Jones
As a result collaboration between all stakeholders would be key to successful implementation of the strategy to ensure success in making Mid Coast an age-friendly community, Mr Jones said.
"Once this strategy is developed it will be a tool for future growth for our entire community."
The strategy will focus on five priority areas - health and wellbeing, working and retiring, housing choices, getting around and inclusive communities.
Council has three different surveys online to shape the strategy.
The main survey targets people 55 years and over, and separate surveys seek feedback from carers, family and aged care workers.
For anyone who is short on time a condensed version is available.
"Ultimately we want this strategy to guide us and help to improve the lives of our older residents," Mr Jones said.
It's vital that residents tell us what's important to ensure we consider it for the strategy."
Council's community development team will be available to talk about the strategy, at information booths at local markets throughout February, including:
- Nabiac Markets, February 27, and
- Pacific Palms Markets - February 28
Head to the MidCoast Council have your say page to find out more and complete the relevant survey.