Council Welcomes Seniors Funding

The Hurunui District Council is welcoming the announcement from the Government’s Office for Seniors, that its application for funding from the Community Connects grants has been approved.  

The council will receive $12,800 from the May 2018 round of funding, to develop a detailed assessment of the current and future needs of the Hurunui’s older people.

Council Public Services Manager Audrey van der Monde says that the detailed needs assessment that will be funded by the grant will enable the council to see where its focus should be to ensure Hurunui is an age-friendly place for our senior citizens.

“The Hurunui District has an ageing population which is larger than the national average.” 

“An assessment of the current and future needs of our older people will inform the council and be useful for other organisations working in the Hurunui, and ultimately, provide the basis to work together for better outcomes for our older people.”

It is envisaged that once formulated, the report will be presented to the council with recommended actions and for those actions to be included in planning processes for future age-friendly initiatives.

Councillor Michael Ward says he hopes the funding will help produce a document that forms the basis of a well-rounded approach by the council to improving the lives of older people in the Hurunui.

“Approximately 25 percent of the district’s current population is 60 years and older, and this population group will only continue to grow.”

“It is important that the council supports the community to prepare for an ageing population and I look forward to seeing the projects initiated as a result of the report.

The council is extremely grateful to the Government for selecting its application to be included in the May funding round.  It is pleasing to see investment in encouraging age-friendly communities.