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Age-friendly Garden City Shopping Centre

Age-friendly Garden City Shopping Centre


The City of Melville values and embraces creativity and innovation. An example of a recent innovative project is Age-Friendly Garden City Shopping Centre, developed in partnership with the City of Melville. The City has been working with one of the biggest shopping centres, Garden City who are set to almost double in size in the next 5 years. The goal of the project is to ensure that Garden City becomes more Age-Friendly and accessible for older people in the future. The Project Aims to:- Encourage local businesses to implement Age-friendly accessible initiatives to support the older population and people with disabilities. – Raises awareness among business community requirements and benefits of becoming more Age-Friendly and accessible – Raises general awareness with the community around Age-friendly and accessible needs – Supports Garden City and develops and ongoing relationship with the City of Melville- Support businesses to have access to free basic training and support around Dementia and Accessibility The City has been engaging with people who use the centre, cares and organisations that use the centre and have asked what they think will make the centre more Age-Friendly and accessible for their needs. The next stage of this project is to talk to business owners and provide them with feedback from the community and hold workshops to obtain their ideas and encourage initiatives. The City has also partnered with Alzheimer’s WA and provided training for Garden City customer service staff, security staff and cleaning staff.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Sector(s): Social protection

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Accessibility

Contact details

Name: Lazzari, Deena

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Local authorities

Older people’s involvement: Older people were consulted during the planning process

Details on older people’s involvement: To make suggestions and about what they feel would make Garden City more Age-Friendly and accessible.

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: No

Expansion plans:
Yes – we are using Garden City as a Pilot and then we would like to expand to other local businessess in Melville.