EDITORIAL: Ask the right questions before you vote

AS COUNCIL election time approaches, there are a few questions we could think about.

Does your community satisfy your requirements for transport, communication, health and welfare? These were some of the issues the Sunshine Coast Regional Council looked at to create the Positive Ageing Strategy 2011-16.

The document, produced prior to Noosa's de-amalgamation and under the mayoral leadership of current Noosa Shire Councillor Bob Abbot, was based on extensive personal surveys and Queensland Government statistics from the Planning and Information Forecasting Unit 2008.

This information, along with findings from a community and service provider surveys and a Positive Ageing Conference, lead to the identification of various initiatives council and its partners have worked to achieve.

They are:

Equitable access for all: Ensuring all older people have equitable access to services, community infrastructure and programs that enhance quality of life.

Dignity and respect: Ensuring older people's rights are upheld, continue to live with dignity and their valuable place in the community is acknowledged and respected by all.

Diversity: Recognising the diversity in this demographic including age, ability, gender, sexuality, cultural and linguistic background, and geographic location.

Safety: Supporting initiatives that help older people feel physically and emotionally safe in their homes and community.

Participation and connectedness: Enhancing opportunities to remain socially connected through participation in community life and decision-making processes.

Opportunity for all to an independent lifestyle: Facilitating opportunities for older people to live a lifestyle of choice.

Collaborative partnerships: Engaging and partnering with all levels of government, non-government, business and the community in working towards shared outcomes.

Think about it - is there room for improvement?

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