Seniors in Murray
The Shire of Murray is experiencing rapid growth as one of the fastest growing local government’s in Australia. Given it’s close proximity to Perth and Mandurah whilst maintaining the community’s rural character and charm, Murray has become a popular location to live and retire.
The local senior population continues to increase, with around a quarter of our residents aged 60 years and over. With this expanding senior population, the Shire of Murray is keen to ensure that an age-friendly community is created – one which has appropriate housing, transport and physical infrastructure as well as social and civic supports enabling seniors to maintain participation in community life.
As our population ages, there is a growing imperative for commitment and action from all sectors of the community, to achieve the vision that ‘all West Australians age well in communities where they matter, belong and contribute’.
Ageing well requires planning. We aspire for all older Western Australians to age with dignity, maintain their independence, play active and valued roles and have their rights respected and upheld.
Research tells us that it benefits both seniors and their communities to have opportunities to stay connected, to have a say in the services that affect them, and to remain mentally and physically active. When seniors benefit, the whole community benefits.
The Age Friendly Communities Working Group was first established in 2015 to engage with local members and service providers with the Shire of Murray to develop the Age Friendly Communities Plan. This strategic document was officially adopted by Council in 2016 and implementation of the key actions identified are high priority for the Working Group. Whilst the Age Friendly Communities Plan is the key focus of the group, members are encouraged to raise and discuss a range of issues and opportunities that will assist our communities to age well.
The purpose of the Age Friendly Working Group (AFWG) is to provide a forum and opportunity for community members and local stakeholders to be able to provide recommendations and feedback with regard to the development, implementation and ongoing monitoring and review of the Shire of Murray Age Friendly Communities Plan. It will also remain a forum to consider a range of issues and provide a forum to discuss opportunities that will aid older people to age well in the Shire.
Long term Aim:
To seek membership to the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age Friendly Cities.
Local seniors and organisations working with older people in the community have much to offer the local community. For the Shire to benefit from the experience, skills and knowledge of our older people, strong relationships need to be established to ensure that information can be shared.
Membership will be by way of Expressions of Interest lodged through the relevant Shire on the appropriate form. Membership will be open to local community members, local stakeholders, service providers and representatives of government agencies who provide relevant services to the area. Representation that reflects the Shire’s diverse demographic will be encouraged.
Term of Appointment:
Terms will generally be for two years, however after the first year, a call will be made for resignations and new members, to ensure that membership doesn’t remain stagnant, and that following the first two year period that the group does not change substantially.
Members are welcome to submit their resignation at any time.
Once each year the Shire will advertise and seek nominations to the working group. Recommendations to appoint people as replacements to the working group will be accepted and considered by the Chief Executive Officer.
Peel Community Care
Home and Community Care provider supporting people with dementia, frail and aged and younger people with disability. They provide some great opportunities for socialisation.
Address: Pinjarra Multipurpose Facility, Lovegrove Street, Pinjarra
Phone: (08) 9531 2076
Home Care Packages, regular landscaping and social events.
Based in Waroona, commuting from Bunbury, Mandurah and Perth
Address: 15 Eastcott Street, Waroona
Phone: (08) 9733 1355
Personal Helpers and Mentor Program – work with aged or frail to ensure they remain independent at home for longer.
Mandurah details but also based in Rockingham.
Address: 6 Cumberland Street, Greenfields
Phone: (08) 9582 6333
Home care services to support you to stay healthy, safe and independent in your own home.
Address: 72 Lakes Road, Greenfields
Phone: (08) 9242 0242
People who Care – Helping people in need.
Offer a wide range of supportive services to the elderly, frail and disabled in the community to allow them to live more independently and maintain a connection to the community. This organisation relies on volunteer support.
Address: 423 Pinjarra Road, Coodanup
Phone: (08) 9535 3433
The Murray Library is free to join and offers a range of activities and workshops for members. Activities of interest may include Scrabble Group, Colouring for Adults, Café Day, Book Review Group, Broadband for Seniors and other Seniors workshops.
Address: Cnr Pinjarra Road & Forrest Street, Pinjarra
Phone: (08) 9531 7712
Murray Aquatic & Leisure Centre
The Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre offers a Seniors Fitness program aimed at improving health and quality of life.
The program includes;
- Living Longer Living Stronger
- Seniors Move
- Seniors Gym
- Aqua Fit
Address: 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra
Phone: (08) 9531 2000
Edenvale Homestead Heritage Complex
The Edenvale Homestead Heritage Complex is home to a number of Volunteer organisations including;
- Edenvale Tea Rooms
- Roger May Museum
- Murray Arts & Crafts Society
- Murray Districts Historical Society
- Friends of Edenvale
- Heritage Rose Gardens
- Patchwork & Quilters Club
The collective group hold workshops and events throughout the year and welcome new community members looking to join or be involved.
Address: Cnr George & Henry Streets, Pinjarra
Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc.
The Seniors Recreation Council supports the establishment of new groups wishing to provide active recreation for the over fifties and provide advice to the community where required. The Council is a non-government organization relying on the efforts of volunteers.
Since its inception the Council has continued to develop and implement a number of innovative programs to foster the participation of people over fifty in sport and physical and mental activity through a range of initiatives.
These Initiatives such as the Have A Go Days, Country Forums and Seminars, LiveLighter Aged Care Games, Add Life to Your Years Directory, Branch Network, New Club Development, Volunteer Education, LiveLighter Seniors Activity / Information Days, Exergaming and Tech Savvy Seniors have made a difference to the lives, lifestyle and well-being of persons over fifty in WA.
Contact: Jan McGlinn
Address: PO Box 1087, Mandurah
Phone: (08) 9535 4749
Yunderup Sport & Recreation Club
The Yunderup Sport & Recreation Club is made up of a number of sporting and social divisions whose activities are centered in and around the main clubhouse including Lawn Bowls and Tennis. Additional social activities include;
- Exercise Classes
- Line Dancing
- Dragon Boat Paddling
Address: Cnr Delta Drive & South Yunderup Road, South Yunderup
Phone: (08) 9537 6587
Pinjarra Bowling & Recreation Club
The Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club Inc. promotes and encourages the sport of lawn bowls, carpet bowls, and other sporting and recreational activities as the club determines.
Address: Lot 3001 Dixon Avenue, Pinjarra
Phone: (08) 9531 1840
Shire of Murray Seniors Week
The Shire of Murray hosts a Seniors Week event or activity which generally falls on the second Tuesday of November. Seniors week will be advertised on the Shire of Murray website, on the Shire Presidents radio segment, Shire of Murray and Murray Community Events FaceBook pages and via the MurrE-news electronic Newsletter.
My Aged Care is the start point to access Australian Government funded services.
The Australian Government’s My Aged Care phone line and website can help you to access services and find information in one spot for yourself, a family member, friend or someone you’re caring for.
Phone: 1800 200 422