Tasman’s population is ageing, which means we have an increasing number of residents aged 65 and over. The number of older residents in Tasman is projected to almost double over the next 20 years.
We’re developing an Age-Friendly Policy which will guide the Council’s planning to explicitly consider the needs of the growing number of older residents. We think many of these initiatives will benefit people of all ages and abilities.
The policy will guide the Council’s planning across a range of work areas where the Council has a role in developing an age-friendly community. It will identify ways we can address the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population. It will update and replace our current Positive Ageing Policy which was completed in 2004. (pdf, 28 KB)
The policy outlines the issues and implications of an ageing population for Tasman, and sets goals and objectives for the Council to improve the wellbeing of the growing number of older residents.
The commitments made in this policy will inform decisions within Activity Management Plans, Long Term Plans, Tasman Resource Management Plan and related projects, policies, strategies, and bylaws.
The policy will be reviewed at least every five years to take into account demographic and technological changes.
The proposed Age-Friendly Policy is open for consultation from 9 November 2018 to 25 January 2019.
Feedback and suggested amendments will be discussed with the Age-Friendly Policy Steering Group in February 2019.
The final Age-Friendly Policy will be adopted in April 2019.
Steps already completed
We’ve written a research report on our demographic trends and the implications of an ageing population: