local government and ageing in different environments
Download
Skip this Video
Download Presentation
Local Government and Ageing in different environments

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 48

Local Government and Ageing in different environments - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 121 Views
  • Uploaded on

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.

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about ' Local Government and Ageing in different environments' - arawn


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
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
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

..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

In NSW, councils deal with a range of events:

  • Sea level rises
  • Flash flood
  • Bush fire
  • Heat wave
  • Drought
council responses
Council responses
  • Planning and building controls
  • Engineering and road works
  • Council facilities
  • Health support
  • Social support
rising sea level
Rising sea level
  • 85% Australians live near coast
slide23

60,000 homes in NSW affected by 1.1 m sea level rise = $18.7 billion

  • (Climate Commission 2011)
council response coastal management policy
Council response – coastal management policy
  • 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
  • Right to protect individual property
  • Housing Security
  • Fees?
  • Insurance premiums
  • Modifications?
  • Caravan park dwellers
flash flood broken hill
Flash flood Broken Hill
  • 10 mm in 2 hours
  • Winds 70 km/hr
  • Hail
  • Lightning
  • Power cuts in 6,000

homes

flood issues for older people
Flood issues for older people
  • 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

Services- meals on wheels
  • Oats afloat?
  • Toast in a boat
  • Tea at sea?
bushfire
Bushfire
  • Increase in very high fire danger days
  • 2002, 100+

homes destroyed

(Joint Select Committee on Bushfires 2002)

bushfire issues for older people
Bushfire issues for older people
  • Residential aged care – edges of towns
  • Isolation
  • Dangerous behaviours – gutters
  • Breathing difficulties
council responses plans
Council responses - plans
  • 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
  • Power failure
  • Heat stroke
  • Affect on medications and life equipment
  • Dehydration – toilet stops
  • Living alone or homeless
  • Death
council response water
Council response - water
  • 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
  • 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 for 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

ad