Boroondara has become one of the first Victorian councils to join the World Health Organization's (WHO) Age-friendly Cities Program, reinforcing the City's reputation as a leader in the aged services field.


The program is an international effort to help cities prepare for a rapidly ageing population and increasing urbanisation.


It sets out a framework for what an age-friendly city would look like, focusing on environmental, social and economic factors that influence the health and wellbeing of older adults.


Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Heinz Kreutz said that considering such factors in Boroondara is particularly important as almost 20 per cent of the city's population is over the age of 60.


"I am hopeful that the recommended World Health Organization's framework will permeate Council's thinking on the wide range of issues that concern us." Cr Kreutz said.


"For example, when a planner assesses the suitability of a new development, they may start to think of its affect on older residents, as well as environmental implications."

Some features of an age-friendly city include sufficient and affordable housing available in areas that are safe and close to services, conveniently-located and well-marked public transport, and the involvement of older residents in city events and consultations. 

Being part of the WHO global network of age-friendly cities means Boroondara will be able to link up with like-minded cities around the world to exchange information to improve the lives of older residents.


More information about the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities is here.