The City of Boroondara has been recognised again for its status as an age-friendly city, receiving the National Innovation and Excellence award at the Australian Government’s Better Practice Awards last night.

Presented by the Australian Government’s Aged Care Quality Agency, the award acknowledged the success of Council’s ‘Creating an Age-Friendly Boroondara’ strategy, a five-year plan to deliver tailored programs and services to older adults.

Cr Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara, credited Boroondara’s proud culture of innovation when he accepted award on behalf of the Council.

"The National Excellence and Innovation award affirms our commitment to delivering outstanding outcomes for our senior community."

"Seniors are an important part of our City’s social fabric. Over 35,000 people above the age of 60 call Boroondara home, accounting for more than 20 per cent of our total population."

"Our ‘Creating an Age-Friendly Boroondara’ strategy delivers what our older community has told to us is most important to them." Cr Parke said.

The ‘Creating an Age-Friendly Boroondara’ strategy has allowed Council to implement a variety of programs, services and activities, tailored to meet the diverse needs of the community.

One of these programs, the Casserole Club, has assisted over 50 socially isolated seniors in the community through access to regular homemade meals and social visits from local volunteer cooks.

This is the second time Boroondara has received national recognition for the City’s age-friendly status. In 2012, Boroondara was one of only six Australian cities to be declared as an Age-Friendly City by the World Health Organisation.

The City of Boroondara’s full suite of programs, services and activities for older adults can be accessed on Council’s website.