Tumby Bay receives Age Friendly grant for program

Tumby Bay District Council will move forward with its project aimed to ensure elderly residents are catered for in the district, thanks to funding from the Office for Ageing Well's Age Friendly SA Grants.

The council will receive $23,600 for its 'Tumby Bay - A Better Place to Live' project, which is an extension of the region-wide Aging Well Strategy.

The council's chief executive officer Trevor Smith said it was great news to hear about the grant which would allow the 12 month program to move to the next stage.

"What the grant enables us to do is get a number of groups together in the district to look at the infrastructure and programs we have in the council area to ensure we're being inclusive in enabling our elderly population to participate in community life," he said.

Mr Smith said the program would look at elements such as whether programs run by council are aged-friendly, if there were issues with elderly residents getting around town and accessibility of buildings.

According to the last census in 2016, the median age in Tumby Bay District Council is 50 years old with people aged 65 or older making up 27.2 per cent of the population.

Mr Smith said behind Victor Harbour Tumby Bay had the second highest aged profile so it was important to ensure everyone could live a full life in the district and participate in everything they were able to do.

"We are in part a retirement town and we need to cater for these people," he said.

Mr Smith said the program was to start in July but might be delayed due to COVID-19.