City of Unley Active Ageing Strategy

Design Features
Project Type
Local Government Initiative
South Australia

Active ageing aims to extend the healthy ageing and quality of life for people. It seeks to do this by enabling continuing participation in social, economic, cultural and spiritual affairs and the labour force, as well as being physically active. The City of Unley has created an Active Ageing Strategy that guides Council's approach toward ageing and actions to become an Age-friendly City. Based on the World Health Organisation’s Age-Friendly Cities Guidelines, this strategy will ensure that the changing needs of the local community are met.

A commitment to age-friendly principles 

The City of Unley’s Active Ageing Strategy purpose is to guide Council’s approach in all of its activities to promote active ageing by becoming an Age-friendly City and to ensure that it meets the changing needs of the population throughout their life time. The strategy also aims to promote health and wellbeing, participation, respect and dignity, as well as provide a sense of belonging through community connections.

Suitable seating enables resting points and social interaction

The City of Unley brings a holistic approach to active ageing that encompasses outdoor spaces and buildings, social participation and transportation. A key focus of these elements is on increasing walkability through the provision of improved footpaths and walkways. To deliver this, the City has undertaken a footpath audit and condition rating which will inform the installation of wombat crossings (raised pedestrian crossings) and pedestrian refuges in high traffic areas, as well as the trialling of walking trails in the public open spaces of Charles Walk and Glen Osmond Creek.

In terms of future walkability objectives, the City's strategy identifies the following goals for the locality:

Pedestrian access and safety is improved through an ongoing citywide footpath upgrade program. program with a focus on age-friendly pathways, specifically focused on main streets, near schools and aged care facilities and highly pedestrianised pathways.

  • Road crossings made more accessible with more pedestrian crossings and the use of pedestrian countdown timers.
  • Continue to implement the Living Streets Program with an objective to enhance streetscaping, access and usability. 
  • Encourage walking through an increased number and quality of walking paths and trails.
A shaded and pleasant streetscape can encourage walking

The City of Unley has been committed to ensuring walkability and age-friendly principles are embedded in the upgrade of popular main street precincts, Goodwood Road and King William Road in the last five years. These initiatives include introducing new signalised pedestrian or wombat crossings, DDA compliant pram ramps, increased shade tree planting, improved night-time lighting and providing ample seating to allow for rest-stops in social settings, which will make the City of Unley a highly walkable place for older people

Project Team 

  • The City of Unley, (City Design team, Active Ageing team)

Project Cost