Mapping liveability in the Indigo Shire: Recommendations for improving walkability and connections with nature for older residents

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Abstract

Population ageing is one of the most important social and policy issues we are facing today. In Australia, the population has been on an ageing trajectory for over the past century. The number of people aged over 65 is projected to nearly double from 3.8 million in 2017 to over 6.4 million in 2042, with those aged over 85 more than doubling to over 1 million (ABS 2018). This increase is projected to be greater in regional areas compared to metropolitan areas.

In northeast Victoria, the number of older people will double inthe next decade. More than one in four people will be over 65 years of age and half of these people will live outside the urban centres of Wangaratta, Benalla, and Wodonga. Adapting now to population ageing is crucial for rural communities to remain thriving places for individuals and families to live, learn, work and play.

This report focuses on aspects of walkability and connections with nature for older residents in the Indigo Shire in northeast Victoria, with case studies using the towns of Chiltern and Rutherglen.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAlbury, NSW
PublisherInstitute of Land Water and Society
Commissioning bodyIndigo Shire Council
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameILWS Report
No.154

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