The City of Whyalla is supporting a South Australian university study designed to help our older residents.

Mature people

Here in Whyalla we value our more mature residents.

Those Whyalla people who have lived rich lives in our region, and those moving here to enjoy their retirement, are vital assets in our community and people who should be treasured and learned from.

So the Whyalla City Council is happy to support a research study by the University of South Australia to find out how age friendly our community is.

Is your community easy to walk around? Are you able to access public spaces and buildings? Are there enough priority parking spaces? Do you know your rights regarding health, safety and finances?

We want you to tell us so we can help you.

The South Australian Government has been working with local councils to help local communities become more age friendly.  The recently released Age Friendly SA Strategy outlines its vision for an Age Friendly SA as a great place to spend a lifetime.

Researchers from the University of South Australia want your help to measure how successful we have been in creating age friendly communities and identify areas where we need to improve.

If you can help with this study please go to  and answer a few short questions to tell us how age friendly your community is.

Alternatively for a hardcopy survey drop into the council offices on Darling Terrace or for any questions call: Haemish Middleton UniSA on 8302 0030 or

This study is approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

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  • By 2050, around one quarter of all Australians will be aged 65 years and over, with the proportion of younger Australians declining. In fact, the number of people aged 65 years and over will overtake the number of children aged 0 to 14 years by around 2025.
  • There are twice as many women as men aged 85 years and over, reflecting their longer life expectancy. It is estimated that the number of Australians aged 85 and over will increase from 400,000 in 2010 to 1.8 million by 2050.
  • One in three Australians aged 65 years and over come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Around 840,000 Australians aged 65 years and over were born overseas.
  • Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies in the world. Men today live nearly 80 years and women live 84 years, both up 25 years from a century ago. The physical health of older Australians is also improving and most people (82 per cent) are positive about their quality of life.
  • The majority of older Australians live independently at home. Only one in four people aged 85 years
  • Over the past two decades, the number of centenarians (people aged 100 years and over) increased by 271%, compared with a 31 per cent increase in the general population over the same period.
  • Australia has produced 23 verified super centenarians (aged 110 or older). The oldest Australian was Christina Cock, who died in 2002 aged 114 years.

Information from the Australian Human Rights Commission


Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. (unknown source)

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