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Wednesday
Nov162011

Positive Ageing Strategy

I may have jumped the gun on this one  - it arrived in council today, and you will be relieved to know that it has no financial implications at this stage, though it does have a plethora of platitudes and 'feel-good' statements that have clearly impressed Grey Power and Aged Concern people who were in numbers at the Public Forum, and who spoke glowingly of Cr. Hoadley's input.

This is it :

I have looked through the beautifully illustrated draft document, and would have to say that it is to the credit of both Cr Hoadley and others that it has reached this stage so early in their term. It is certainly more than either of the previous two Councils managed, though to be fair, staff were not ready to deal with it until this year. The Mayor's barbed comments about the inaction of past councils were self-serving to say the least.  Katherine Palmer's influence is obvious - she has clearly had excellent back up in the ten-year plan area that has enabled her to deal with this matter expeditiously.

The devil will be in the detail later of course, and we will need to continue to watch any move towards expanding the Council's housing role for which Cr Hoadley initially indicated considerable support. I suspect that she has tested the waters and found no backing for undertaking this central government function to any greater degree than we are already involved, and we can thank our lucky stars for that. 

The following statement is one to hang on to:

The Council is not, and should not be, placed to deliver the same services as central government. However, the Council recognises its role in advocating to various agencies to support positive ageing in the Thames-Coromandel District. (Page 10)

This is one to watch under 'opportunities' - 

Update the district housing affordability assessment (once the next Census is completed) including a focus on older people’s ability to rent and purchase housing. (Page 25)
  

One factoid that needs further investigation is: 

Thames, however, has the largest of older people in their community board area (2,157) and Tairua-Pauanui the lowest (381). (Page 12)

I did not think that was particularly noticeable, but presume Council staff have been out measuring people in order to arrive at this astounding observation.

This document is quite pretty, and worth taking a look at in order to see just how far we have come in producing this stuff. I don't know that it will make a whit of difference in the short term, but everyone seems happier having it down in black and white (and in colour!), so I suppose it serves a useful purpose in that regard. 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (1)

The Council used to have 41 units in Thames as housing for the aged of meagre means. In mayor Alistair Thompson's time an intention to sell them of into private hands was floated. A small group of volunteers formed a Trust after a public meeting to keep the units in publicly accountable hands. Thus the Thames Pensioner Housing Trust was formed and has used thousands of hours of unpaid voluntary work to maintain and expand the now 42 units. Council used to have a Housing for the Aged activity account from which they made grants to help with the increasing rate burden encountered by the unit numbers BUT it seems to have gone in the latest attempts to rein in expenditure. I wonder what the Strategy says about affordable housing for superannuitants?

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter H. Wood

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