Ashburton Seniors Centre will be completely redeveloped to enhance and support people’s lifestyles for people aged over 55. The new building will create spaces which will be easily accessible to deliver the many activities and services the community needs.
The existing Ashburton Seniors Centre building is more than 50 years old and is no longer able to meet the growing and changing needs of seniors in the community, or deliver all of the activities and services that are required.
The current building’s layout does not allow for flexible activity spaces and the lower level is unsuitable for any seniors’ activities. The facility has undergone minimal change since it was built in the 1960s.
The new centre will include the following key features:
- age-friendly design
- fit-for-purpose community spaces to be used for a wide range of activities and services supporting seniors to live healthy, active lives
- a fully accessible building including an underground car park with lift and stair access to the existing outdoor car park
- a new courtyard providing natural light and a comfortable and safe breakout space to sit
- a modern kitchen and dining area to support seniors’ activities
- a purpose-built distribution kitchen for the Meals on Wheels service.
The new Ashburton Seniors Centre will have significant health and wellbeing benefits for active and enjoyable ageing in Boroondara. More than 350 people enjoy activities at the centre every week, including seniors’ exercise classes, movie afternoons, board game sessions and a coffee club.
The new age-friendly centre will be a contemporary and accessible facility that will provide opportunities for senior residents to form social connections and participate in life-long learning, both of which can have tremendously positive effects on an individual’s overall health and wellbeing.
In October 2018, the over 55s section of Council’s website ‘Add life to your years’ was launched. The aim of the website is to ensure our over 55s community
have current information on the many services and activities that are coordinated through facilities such as Ashburton Seniors Centre.
You can now search over 600 listings at www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/add-life. The City of Boroondara is a recognised leader in its ongoing commitment to support our ageing population to remain healthy, engaged and connected to their community. Council’s commitment to creating an age-friendly Boroondara will continue to be a priority demonstrated through the delivery of the Ashburton Seniors Centre.
The total cost of this initiative is $7.7 million.