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Local Government and Ageing in different environments. Presentation to International Federation on Ageing Conference Prague May 2012 Margaret Kay Senior Policy Officer, Ageing and Disability Dr Peter Phibbs, Dr Elizabeth O’Brien University of Western Sydney. Outline.

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Local government and ageing in different environments

Local Government and Ageing in different environments

Presentation to International Federation on Ageing Conference

Prague May 2012

Margaret Kay

Senior Policy Officer, Ageing and Disability

Dr Peter Phibbs, Dr Elizabeth O’Brien University of Western Sydney


Outline
Outline

Climate and Local Government

  • Local Government and Ageing project

  • Older people on the move

  • Effects of extreme climates on older people & Council responses:

    • Sea level rises

    • Flash flood

    • Bush fire

    • Heat wave

    • Drought



Local government and ageing project
Local Government and Ageing Project

  • Funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, NSW Government 2010

  • Partner with Local Government and Shires Associations NSW

  • 11 rural councils

  • 9 metropolitan councils


What nsw councils do
What NSW councils do

NSW:

  • 152 councils

  • Ranging in size from

    5 km2 to 53,000 km2

  • Populations from

    1,400 to 284,000

    Council is:

    • Service provider

    • Planner, regulator

    • Manager of built and natural environment

    • Community advocate


Project aims
Project aims

  • social and economic contribution of older people

  • identify the magnitude of costs for Local Government of an ageing population

  • financial impact

  • range of council services affected

  • potential impacts on council’s revenue raising capacity


Findings
Findings

Value of older people as community members

Councils are expected to provide:

  • Community transport

  • Footpaths, paths for mobility scooters

  • Bus shelters (weather protection)

  • Services nearby

  • Facilities for visiting populations


Climate councils and ageing
Climate, councils and ageing

  • Good climate =

    • Older people as travellers

    • Grey nomads need infrastructure

    • Retirement lifestyles - sea/tree change

  • Extreme climate =

    • Older People’s care in extremes

    • Engineering solutions compete with age friendliness



Climate for lifestyle and tourism nsw north coast
Climate for lifestyle andtourism – NSW north coast




Sea and tree change
Sea and tree change

LIFESTYLE CHOICES

  • Sea change =

    move to coast

  • Tree change =

    move to countryside


Pressures on councils
Pressures on councils

  • Population ages

  • Pressures on council services:

    • garbage collection

    • community transport

    • community care

    • cemeteries



My country
My Country responses

..I love a sunburnt country,A land of sweeping plains,Of ragged mountain ranges,Of droughts and flooding rains.I love her far horizons,I love her jewel-sea,Her beauty and her terror -The wide brown land for me!Dorothea Mackellar(1885 - 1968)


Challenge for councils
Challenge for councils responses

In NSW, councils deal with a range of events:

  • Sea level rises

  • Flash flood

  • Bush fire

  • Heat wave

  • Drought


Council responses
Council responses responses

  • Planning and building controls

  • Engineering and road works

  • Council facilities

  • Health support

  • Social support


Sea level rises responses


Rising sea level
Rising sea level responses

  • 85% Australians live near coast



Coastal erosion
Coastal erosion $18.7 billion


Council response coastal management policy
Council response – coastal management policy $18.7 billion

  • Sea walls, groynes, sand pumping

  • Planned retreat policies

  • Planning certificate notifications

  • Coastal management fee

  • Council may be liable for future damages


Sea level rise issues for older people
Sea level rise issues for older people $18.7 billion

  • Right to protect individual property

  • Housing Security

  • Fees?

  • Insurance premiums

  • Modifications?

  • Caravan park dwellers


Flash flood $18.7 billion


Flash flood broken hill
Flash flood Broken Hill $18.7 billion

  • 10 mm in 2 hours

  • Winds 70 km/hr

  • Hail

  • Lightning

  • Power cuts in 6,000

    homes




High kerbs
High kerbs $18.7 billion


Flood issues for older people
Flood issues for older people $18.7 billion

  • Health

    • Mosquitoes

    • Water quality

    • Sewerage overflow

    • Mould – asthma

  • Pedestrian access difficult with high kerbs

  • Isolation

    • food services

    • care


Services meals on wheels

Canterbury, NSW Meals On Wheels $18.7 billion

Services- meals on wheels

  • Oats afloat?

  • Toast in a boat

  • Tea at sea?


Bushfire $18.7 billion


Bushfire
Bushfire $18.7 billion

  • Increase in very high fire danger days

  • 2002, 100+

    homes destroyed

    (Joint Select Committee on Bushfires 2002)


Dean Street in Long Gully, west of $18.7 billionBendigo Wikipedia

Ku-ring-gai Council


Council response safer places

Ku-ring-gai Council $18.7 billion

Rural Fire Service NSW

Council response – safer places


Bushfire issues for older people
Bushfire issues for older people $18.7 billion

  • Residential aged care – edges of towns

  • Isolation

  • Dangerous behaviours – gutters

  • Breathing difficulties


Heat wave $18.7 billion


Council responses plans
Council responses - plans $18.7 billion

  • Warnings

  • Local government heatwave plan

  • Information on health risks and prevention

  • Safe public places that are air conditioned such as libraries, movie theatres, council buildings


Heat wave issues for older people
Heat wave issues for older people $18.7 billion

  • Power failure

  • Heat stroke

  • Affect on medications and life equipment

  • Dehydration – toilet stops

  • Living alone or homeless

  • Death


Lake Macquarie Council, NSW $18.7 billion

Health Victoria


Stay cool

www.popbitch $18.7 billion .com

Stay cool


Drought $18.7 billion


Drought

CSIRO BOM 2008 Drought Exceptional circumstances $18.7 billion

Drought

  • 1997 – 2009

  • 2003 worst

  • on record


Council response water
Council response - water $18.7 billion

  • Trucking in water in

    some rural areas

  • Water saving rules

  • Emergency pipeline

  • Social supports for

    isolated farmers

    - outreach


Drought issues for older people
Drought issues for older people $18.7 billion

  • Rural population is ageing at a faster rate

  • Exhaustion

  • Selling farms processes complicated

  • Hospitalisations due to stress

  • Social isolation of aged farmers

  • Water restrictions

  • Water quality


Council and climate for older people
Council and climate $18.7 billionfor older people

  • Respond to locals and tourists

  • Infrastructure

  • Information

  • Support and capacity building in climatic extremes

    Report:

    http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0005/250826/20_OBrien_and_Phibbs_2011_Local_Govt_Ageing.pdf


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