Building a brighter age-friendly community
Nothing keeps us going like having a sense of purpose and belonging in our communities.
As we get older our social lives can become more active than ever before as our interests develop and we have more time to do the things we really enjoy.
A few months ago, in this same column, I asked you to get in touch with your thoughts about how we can make our communities more age-friendly.
I'm grateful to the many of you who got in touch with my office, it was great to receive your experiences and I'm grateful for those of you who shared your wisdom.
In many cases there were specific barriers holding you back from your communities, such as transport and the cost of living.
Because of your feedback, our Government is rolling out the Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program, which will fund some of the most creative, age-friendly solutions to these barriers, ultimately making our communities a better place for everyone.
Over the next three years, our Government will commit $1 million per annum to the grants program, which is the first of its kind in the state.
This first round of grants will focus on age-friendly solutions to transport, housing and outdoor spaces.
This is Queensland's time to shine and to lead the way in new thinking.
Successful applicants will need to be passionate and curious about ways they can make long-term changes, and it is my hope that these grants mean that people will be brave and put their bold ideas forward
With all of this opportunity for innovation, our Government is hoping to breathe a new lease of life into aging.
But we still need your help.
Please continue to share your ideas and insights about your experience, so together we can create more age-friendly communities.
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