- Survey opens - 2 June 2021
- Survey closes - 6 June 2021
- CEO submits letter to Council - 8 June 2021
- City of Darwin closing date for submissions - 9 June 2021
- Council scheduled to adopt the final 2021/22 Municipal Plan - 29 June 2021
City of Darwin released its Draft 2021/22 Municipal Plan that includeda record breaking $91.5 million capital works budget.
We heard from a number of stakeholders, whose views were presented to COTA NT CEO Sue Shearer, who in turn forwarded a report to City of Darwin.
We have heard from them in regard too:
Provision of senior-specific exercise equipment (for physical and mental health)
The final report is available on request.
In 2014, COTA NT was part-funded and supported by the City of Darwin to investigate how seniors living in the municipality felt about the 'age-friendliness' of the city. An Age Friendly City Training Program was produced and findings from Community Focus groups reported (as below).
Our open survey focusses on the issues of concern raised back in 2014. You are of course free, and encouraged to, respond directly to council about the new Municipal Plan.
When asked what they like about living in the NT, participants highlighted the climate, the lifestyle including the many Seniors’ events, and in general the services and discounts for Seniors in the NT are better than those in the other areas of Australia.
Participants raised many issues of concern to them. The key areas included efficient and accessible transport, affordable and suitable housing, and safety.
The length of time on the waiting list for aged care housing and public housing is an issue of concern for the focus group participants, mentioning the average waiting time being eight years. This indicates that there is a lack of available aged care accommodation options for older community members.
It was mentioned that people with medical issues received first preference and there was a perception of discrimination when it came to the waiting list selection.