Highfields Youth and Elderly

The Draft Highfields Cultural Precinct Master Plan fails to cater for both the elderly and the youth of Highfields.

With the expanding local colleges, numerous youth will require facilities that meet their needs especially when school is finished at the end of the day. A lack of facilities will only need to serious social issues. The current skate park will not cater for these needs.

The only mention of any facilities that might cater for the youth is “a regional review of its aquatic facilities, including for those at Highfields, which has highlighted the need for upgrades to the existing aquatic facilities in Highfields to provide for year round utilisation.” This upgrade would benefit all members of the community but more needs to be done.

Under this plan, one local sporting field will be drastically affected which will in fact reduce the facilities available to the youth in Highfields.

The Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing states “Based on population projections by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there will be 9.6 million people aged 65 and over and 1.9 million people aged 85 and over by 2064…While longer lives are a positive outcome for individuals, at the population level, increased lifespans and older age generally result in increased ill health…However, most older Australians consider themselves to be in good health. This enables people to enjoy a good quality of life for longer and to participate fully in the community. It also reduces the general demand for health and aged care services.” What facilities are being provided for our older residents in this plan, which will enable them to participate in the community?