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How you had YourSay:

Community consultation on age friendly active travel upgrades in Page and Hughes took place over a six week period from 7 December 2017 to 11 January 2018. Residents and business owners of Page and Hughes received a survey in their letterbox in early December. The survey was also available online for Canberrans to have their say.

A public workshop was held in Hughes on Friday 15 December 2017 at the Hughes Community Centre and in Page on Monday 18 December 2017 at the Ridgecrest Village. Information and consultation stalls were held at the Hughes shops on Wednesday 10 January 2018 and in Page on Thursday 11 January 2018.

The survey asked residents and frequent visitors to provide a response to questions on their:

  • Age group and how frequently they are active
  • Regular destinations they walk/cycle to and from
  • Issues that impede active travel by seniors
  • Specific localised issues that impede active travel and ways that these issues could be addressed and improved
  • Other ideas for making a suburb age friendly

You can read the full Consultation Report here.

What we looked at:

The ACT Government is looking for ideas on how we can work together to make our city a place that welcomes and supports people of all ages, including our seniors.

An age friendly city encourages people of all ages to take part in community activities. It helps ensure everyone is treated with respect, regardless of their age, and supports people in finding and connecting to the services and assistance they need.

Page and Hughes was selected as the fifth and sixth ACT suburbs in the Age Friendly Suburbs program and will receive upgrades to the path network to make them more accessible and connected suburbs.

Feedback from the consultation in each suburb was consolidated and ranked in priority based on the:

  • Number of respondents that raised the same issue
  • Likely use and popularity of the facility
  • Connectivity to adjoining destinations
  • Continuity and connectivity of path routes
  • Road classification and type
  • Path hierarchy and location
  • Available project budget

How we used your views:

The community’s feedback from the project consultation was used to determine the priority upgrades in each suburb. Residents and businesses in each suburb were asked to provide their views on the issues that, if addressed, they believe would be of most benefit to seniors in their suburb to safely and actively move around their suburb.

The improvements that will be designed and built in Hughes are:

  • A new refuge island on Groom Street, south of the intersection with Carruthers Street
  • An opening in the traffic island and kerb ramps on Carruthers Street east of the intersection with Groom Street
  • A completed path connection from the refuge island on Groom Street, to the refuge island on Carruthers Street
  • A new refuge island and speed hump on Kent Street north of the intersection with Birdwood Street and the replacement of the old, concrete bus shelter with a new glass shelter
  • Remediation of sections of path in the green belt open space that runs behind Hughes Primary School.

The improvements that will be designed and built in Page are:

  • A new path along Birrell Street between Burkitt Street and Knaggs Crescent
  • A new path along Knaggs Crescent between Burkitt Street and Dallachy Street
  • A new path connecting Thozet Place and Bynoe Place through the open space.

Construction is scheduled to commence at both locations in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed mid-year. For more information about the Age Friendly Program and more projects in the ACT, visit www.tccs.act.gov.au

Background

The Age Friendly Suburbs program has been running since 2015. Two suburbs have been identified each year based on an assessment of age demographics and in consultation with the Council of the Aging ACT (COTA ACT). The suburbs that have been completed to date included Ainslie, Weston, Monash and Kaleen.

The suburbs of Page and Hughes have been identified as the next priority suburbs to receive age friendly improvements in 2017 – 2018. The aim of the program is to support active travel within the suburb through path infrastructure improvements and particularly in locations frequented by seniors in order to encourage use of the path network.

In previous years, the Age Friendly Suburbs program has been implemented in Ainslie, Monash, Kaleen and Weston. One of the most consistently raised issues in previous year surveys were the obstacles caused by overhanging hedges and garden beds creating footpaths that were narrow and difficult to use.

Hughes

According to 2016 ABS census data, of the 2,990 residents who lived in Hughes, 27% were aged 60 years and over. Early investigation of Hughes has indicated that some of the key issues with the existing path network include missing connections, localised cracked and uneven paving, the grade of pram ramps, traffic management such as mid road pedestrian islands and opportunities to provide seating as rest points.

Your feedback on the survey has helped us to identify the priority improvements for senior residents in your suburb.

Page

According to 2016 ABC census data, of the 3,025 residents who lived in Page, 30.3% were aged 60 years and over. Early investigation of Page has indicated that some of the key issues with the existing path network include missing connections, localised cracked and uneven paving, the grade of pram ramps, the width of existing mid road pedestrian islands and opportunities to provide seating as rest points.

Your feedback on the survey has helped us to identify the priority improvements for senior residents in your suburb.