Just Retired and Inspired by those who Precede me

Just Retired and Inspired by those who Precede me is my take on this morning. Just retired I am grateful that I am part of a Council that supports older people.

 

Regular readers of this blog website know I have recently retired.

With the development of an Active Ageing Strategy in 2014, we (the City of Unley) has been leading the charge in celebrating ageing and implementing initiatives that support people as they get older.

The latest initiative in Partnership with Resthaven, Unley Legends, is an absolute winner. It was launched at another Unley Legend, the Capri Theatre today.

Unley Legends is a video series celebrating ageing.

The series of short videos showcases seven inspiring legends of the Unley community who are still young at heart, including 99-year-old Millswood resident Harold Sammells who still travels overseas. He could not attend because he is cruising in Canada.

I was inspired too with the Legends in the west. Two contributors of and one participant at the Clarence Park Community Centre out here in the west of the City were featured among the seven. They include:

  1. 72 year old Peter Moors who contributes to the centres TOYS program.
  2. 73 year old Evaristo Barrera who conducts Yoga lessons at the Centre
  3. 90 year old June Harris who participates in line dancing at the centre

These guys have provided me and you if you care to hear what they have to say some great mentorship. I heard all of them tell me that it is important to stay active. Physically,mentally, socially and spiritually. The other message is take your eyes off yourself and do for others.

So yes! I am just Retired and Inspired by those who Precede me. How could you not be.

Check out for yourself what the Unley Legends video series, visit unley.sa.gov.au.

Council: More than roads, rates & rubbish. Provider also of Community Grant Funding.

Are you aware that Council assists Community groups to provide the services they do? Community Grant Funding is one of many services most ratepayers do not know is provided by Council. 

Council provides Community Grant Funding to improve the quality of life of our residents. It is made available to community based groups and organisations or to individuals on behalf of such a group.

Community Grant Funding is an opportunity for Council to support programs that can be run more economically by others. An opportunity also to fund projects not being provided by Council.

$ 73,150.00 is set aside in our current budget for Community Grant Funding. As part of this funding up to $4,000 per project is available for programs in the following categories:

recreation;

art and culture;

community;

community health and wellbeing; and

environment.

There are two ways for an applicant to be eligible for funding. They must be either located within or providing services to the residents of the City of Unley.

The receipt of funding for many groups is the maker or breaker of whether or not their project proceeds. Consequently this is a popular program to those that know of it.

Two opportunities are available each year for grant funding. A current round of applications is being assessed right now by a committee (including myself). We will recommend to Council who we believe warrant Community Grant Funding and how much is appropriate for each. Council will determine who ultimately qualifies at it’s May Council meeting.

Like Community Grant Funding for Your project?

Do you have a project in mind that you would appreciate the assistance of Community Grant Funding in the future? If you do, I suggest you contact our administration for advice on how to apply for it. Contact either Matthew Ives on 8372 5134 or Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108.

 

Tell us if we have our Active Ageing Strategy correct

Council has just started our 2nd round of community engagement for the Active Ageing Strategy which will run until close of business, Monday 31 August 2015.

 

Active Ageing

 

The purpose of this round of community engagement is to seek your feedback on the draft Active Ageing Strategy which was put together after the 1st round of consultation.

This feedback will ensure that we’ve captured the key priorities and actions to meet the need of our community as they age, both now and into the future.  Comments received will be considered in refining and finalising the Strategy which is to be presented to Council in October 2015.

You can find out more and have your say in the following ways:

  • Hard Copy:  An extensive mail out is being distributed which will include a cover letter, feedback form and fact sheet.  Alternatively you may if you wish collect and return the forms as well as seek out further information in person (as below).
  • In Person:  You can visit one of our Libraries, Community Centres and Customer Centre to collect and return your feedback form, read a fact sheet or read/obtain a copy of the Strategy
  • By Phone:  To request a copy of the Strategy or a feedback form

Are you interested in Active Ageing?

The City of Unley is proud to be recognised by the World Health Organisation as an Age Friendly City and Community. We are actively working to enhance our commitment to this through a new Active Ageing Strategy to ensure our City is accessible to everyone, promotes health and well being and provides opportunities for connection, inclusion and contribution.

 

To support this commitment, a new Active Ageing Strategy has been developed in partnership with the University of SA. Integral to this Strategy is our principles that ageing is both a celebration and is intergenerational: everybody is ageing and cities designed for older people are great cities for people of all ages and abilities.

The draft Strategy was presented last night to Council for in principle endorsement to proceed to further community consultation. Feedback from the community will inform the finalisation of the Strategy which is intended to be presented to Council in September 2015.

This new Active Ageing Strategy is focused on creating an Age Friendly City by supporting and encouraging Positive and Active Ageing, where the City is accessible to everyone, promotes health and well being, provides opportunities for connection and inclusion including a high sense of belonging, meaning and contribution.

Something I picked up on some time ago that I try to remember and reinforce every day is that I am yes getting older, but not getting old. This is something I have adopted to help keep a positive mindset. When you recognise that from the day you are born you are getting older it helps you keep positive and accept the journey you are on.

This new strategy, which very much follows the paradigm of”thinker in residence” Dr Alexandre Kalache. Through his residency and subsequent report The Longevity Revolution, Dr Kalache reiterates the concepts of Life Course, acknowledging ageing is intergenerational, rather than a specific trait of the elderly, and highlights the importance of promoting independence and supporting people to remain above the disability threshold.

You will shortly be able to contribute to this report and how Council may contribute to helping you continue on your life journey.

Pride & Joy makes Australia Day always a great day in Unley

Once again we celebrated Australia Day in Unley with a Citizenship Ceremony and the presentation of our local Australia Day Awards. This as followed by a family fun day in Oxford Street.

 

This year Unley welcomed 60 new citizens during the citizenship ceremony. Kids and adults from 24 different nations once again highlight the multi cultural and multi ethnicity of the City of Unley.

People who have chosen for many and varied reasons to call Australia home and more particularly the City of Unley lined up today with smiles and excitement that simply makes one feel good to be present. Who knows what their history but for all to see is a pride and joy unparalleled.

And of course the chance to honour those who have volunteered their time for the benefit of their community is also special.

For Clarence Park Ward we had two nominees for citizen of the year, both involved in local scouting.

Dirk Sluiter has been involved in one form or another with the Millswood/Clarence Park Neighbourhood Watch, stepping down only recently as Area Co-Coordinator to give someone else a chance, only to wind up being assistant coordinator and editor of their newsletter. Before that Dirk was a scout master for the Black Forest Scout Group for I think 20 plus years.

Stephen Saunders has been involved on the other hand with the 3rd Goodwood Scout & Guide Group including being their hall caretaker for over 25 years. Since retiring he has been collecting for their Scout Drive, and h will be around at my place tomorrow to clean up my used bottle and can collection. Steve also drives the Unley Council Community Bus including on weekends for church groups.

Community Event of the Year rightfully went to the 2013 French Christmas markets put on by Alliance Francaise d’Adelaide.

The festivities afterwards were a treat. For pictures of the fun being had by one and all go to my Facebook  at page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Councillor-Don-Palmer-Clarence-Park-Ward-City-of-Unley/624962157624887

 

 

 

The University of South Australia and the City of Unley have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue innovative new research and programs, information exchange, and key projects of benefit to the council, community and local businesses.

The partnership will focus on research and community engagement, following today’s MOU signing by UniSA Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law) Professor Marie Wilson and City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne.
Included in the MOU are:

  • Post graduate and graduate student placements which link into joint research projects between UniSA and the City of Unley.
  • Research projects including positioning the City of Unley as an Age-Friendly City.
  • An internship program for undergraduate students focusing on aligning with age friendly research and health and wellbeing.
  • Joint exhibitions and events held in Unley to showcase students’ work in areas including art, architecture and design.
  • Competitions for interior design students to come up with innovative ideas to benefit the Unley community.
The MOU signing extends the existing working relationship between the council and UniSA.
Mayor Clyne says a key component of the City of Unley working with UniSA is to further evolve what is already the State’s leading Age Friendly City Strategy. This partnership with UniSA enhances the City of Unley’s capacity to offer an unequalled community spirit across every stage of life.
“The Age Friendly City Strategy supports positive and active ageing in the city and enables residents to ‘age in place’. This will become the exemplar strategy that other Councils can subsequently template, thus ultimately benefiting the entire state.
“Age friendly cities and communities are places where people of all ages can live healthy and independent lives for as long as possible, and remain in a secure and supportive environment that enables residents to participate in the community as they grow older,” Mayor Clyne says.
“The Age Friendly City initiative was launched by the World Health Organisation in 2005 and the City of Unley became the first SA council to join the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities in 2012.”
“The community consultation period for this new strategy has just closed, and we’re looking forward to progressing it using the research collected by the University’s Centre for Work + Life to benefit people who live in, work in and visit the City of Unley.”
UniSA’s Marie Wilson says the MOU signing means the Age Friendly Strategy can now be expanded to include student placements which underpin the strategy’s diverse aspects, including transport, housing, social inclusion and communication.
“Formalising this partnership will really start to bring our research and teaching together to benefit not only our students and university community, but also deliver a wide range of benefits for residents in the City of Unley,” Prof Wilson says.
“The MOU builds opportunities for our students and staff to practically engage with the community and local businesses to deliver expertise, build a track record and undertake research that has impact.
“Our partnership activities will deliver value to both organisations and to the Unley community.”

Following recent endorsement by the City of Mitcham, we have now finalised our shared ‘Living Well’ Regional Health and Wellbeing Plan.  This Plan was endorsed by our Council at the meeting of 11th August.

Now this is confirmed, the final Living Well Plan is available on our website here.
We are now in the process of reporting back to the Chief Public Health Officer, Dr Stephen Christley, and forming the regional project team who will develop a implementation plan, agree on measures and set up formal partnerships as agreed.
Thank you all for your input into the development of our Living Well Plan. 

UniSA and City of Unley form leading edge partnership

The University of South Australia and the City of Unley have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue innovative new research and programs, information exchange, and key projects of benefit to the council, community and local businesses.

The partnership will focus on research and community engagement, following today’s MOU signing by UniSA Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law) Professor Marie Wilson and City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne.
Included in the MOU are:

  • Post graduate and graduate student placements which link into joint research projects between UniSA and the City of Unley.
  • Research projects including positioning the City of Unley as an Age-Friendly City.
  • An internship program for undergraduate students focusing on aligning with age friendly research and health and wellbeing.
  • Joint exhibitions and events held in Unley to showcase students’ work in areas including art, architecture and design.
  • Competitions for interior design students to come up with innovative ideas to benefit the Unley community.
The MOU signing extends the existing working relationship between the council and UniSA.
Mayor Clyne says a key component of the City of Unley working with UniSA is to further evolve what is already the State’s leading Age Friendly City Strategy. This partnership with UniSA enhances the City of Unley’s capacity to offer an unequalled community spirit across every stage of life.
“The Age Friendly City Strategy supports positive and active ageing in the city and enables residents to ‘age in place’. This will become the exemplar strategy that other Councils can subsequently template, thus ultimately benefiting the entire state.
“Age friendly cities and communities are places where people of all ages can live healthy and independent lives for as long as possible, and remain in a secure and supportive environment that enables residents to participate in the community as they grow older,” Mayor Clyne says.
“The Age Friendly City initiative was launched by the World Health Organisation in 2005 and the City of Unley became the first SA council to join the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities in 2012.”
“The community consultation period for this new strategy has just closed, and we’re looking forward to progressing it using the research collected by the University’s Centre for Work + Life to benefit people who live in, work in and visit the City of Unley.”
UniSA’s Marie Wilson says the MOU signing means the Age Friendly Strategy can now be expanded to include student placements which underpin the strategy’s diverse aspects, including transport, housing, social inclusion and communication.
“Formalising this partnership will really start to bring our research and teaching together to benefit not only our students and university community, but also deliver a wide range of benefits for residents in the City of Unley,” Prof Wilson says.
“The MOU builds opportunities for our students and staff to practically engage with the community and local businesses to deliver expertise, build a track record and undertake research that has impact.
“Our partnership activities will deliver value to both organisations and to the Unley community.”

Another 40 People in Unley call Australia Home

Another 40 people attended the Civic Centre this evening to become Australian Citizens.

As usual we saw people who originated from countries around the world including the Czech Republic, Mexico and Sudan.

Participants were welcomed by the Mayor and by the State Parliament local member David Pisoni. They had their photos taken of the mayor handing them their citizenship certificates.

What is really great is that these people are choosing not only to call Australia home but to buy into the country by becoming a citizen of Australia.

One lady (I believe to be over 80 years of age) had been here for over thirty years and had kept promising to become an Australian Citizen. She finally did it and she was like a little girl, on a high that was magnetic.

A Big few days of celebrations before getting down to the nitty gritty.

2014 has opened with festivities but now it is time to get back to business. The Gourmet Gala on Thursday night, the BUPA challenge and then the stage 4 race start on Friday morning, followed by the Ignite Unley celebrations at the Memorial Gardens on Saturday night and culminating in the Citizenship Ceremony, the Australia Day Awards in the Village Green have kick started the year.

This was  great start to the year for the citizens of the City of Unley. 58 of our residents received their citizenship this morning in what I always look in awe on. Moving to another country is one thing but to adopt that country as their own is something special.
And I am so proud that it is my Country of birth that so many from around the world want to become part of.
But what this has all done is herald the start of the year. It is back to business on Tuesday night when Council meets for the first time this year.
Mind you I did attend a DAP meeting last week so ………