Media outlets today reported that a demographic milestone has now been passed, with a number of communities in NSW having more residents aged over-65 than those aged under-15.
The Sydney Morning Herald looked at analysis undertaken by the state’s Department of Planning and Environment, which shows that many communities on the state's Central Coast, north coast, Illawarra-Shoalhaven, south-east and Tablelands now reflect this demographic trend.
The article goes on to state that the Department is proposing a number of responses to this trend, including the development of ‘Priority Precincts’ and land releases close to services with a wider range of housing options and green spaces. However Ian Day, CEO of COTA NSW, noted that the most urgent response to demographic ageing is the one most seldom seen, saying “we need a genuinely whole-of-government response to take place in relation to the changing composition of our population.”
He also noted that it would be important that any planned ‘Priority Precincts’ not end up as age-segregated estates for older people.
“The majority of older people state they want to live in age-mixed communities when surveyed. What we really need to see are truly liveable communities, where health, public transport and social needs are provided in a way that all citizens can participate. We’ll only achieve them when government agencies start working together and we see the actions of government agencies brought into alignment.”
To read the full article go to: www.smh.com.au/nsw/grey-nsw-where-the-over65s-outnumber-the-under15s-20150930-gjy5on.html
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