Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
The City of Unley is an inner urban community located on the southern fringe of the City of Adelaide in South Australia. Unley is known for it’s leafy green streets, cosmopolitan lifestyle and a strong and flourishing community spirit.
In 2011/12, we played an active role in the South Australian Thinker In Residence program, featuring Dr Alexandre Kalache. The City of Unley is considered to be a leader in the local government sector for its ongoing commitment to creating a thriving, vibrant and livable city that provides a high quality of life for all generations as they age.
Based on the latest census data, 22% of the City of Unley population is currently aged 60 and above. This trend is likely to increase, with the South Australian population ageing faster that other mainland states and by 2031, there will be more than 440,000 people in South Australia aged over 65, making up more than 1 in 5 of South Australia’s total population. Additionally, based on the City of Unley profile, over 30% of our residents reside in lone person households.
In 2012 the City for Unley was formally recognized as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC).
Over the last year, we have undertaken a significant research project to explore leading practice models of Age Friendly cities and understand how this applies to our local community, both now and over the next 10 years. This included extensive community engagement and participation and has led to the development of the City for Unley Age Friendly Strategy.