Six councils are part of 27 organisations that will share in an investment of almost $23 million by the Commonwealth Government aimed at getting millions of older Australians moving more often.
The funds will be invested over the next two years under the Move It Aus Better Ageing Grants with a focus on helping inactive people aged 65 and older to become more physically active and socially connected.
The successful councils included:
- City of Albany
- City of Parramatta Council
- Corporation of the City of Marion
- Corporation of The City of Unley
- Macedon Ranges Shire Council on behalf of the Loddon Mallee Group of Councils
- Wyndham City Council
Australia’s population is living longer and Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie said the Move It Aus Better Ageing program was an important step in helping older Australians to get the most out of their senior years.
“The strong demand for Better Ageing grants shows us that organisations are ready and willing to help older Aussies adopt a healthier lifestyle,” Minister McKenzie said.
“Physical activity for over 65s is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The successful organisations will provide a wide range of opportunities, from simple exercise classes in our remote communities through to modified programs in traditional sports such as golf and netball.”
More information about the grants is available on the Sports Australia website.