THE latest Focus on Narooma group was presented with some startling facts about the Eurobodalla’s aging population, such as the shire’s median age being 47 years compared to 37 for NSW.
And that between 1996 and 2006, the number of children aged 0-12 decreased by 7 per cent while people aged over 80 increased by 54 per cent.
The group agreed that it was important for the region to attract not only new young professionals to the area for diversified economy but recognised that attracting sea changers and new retirees to the area would offer considerable community benefits.
Ideas put forward included an accessible, coordinated roster for visiting medical specialists to reduce the need for local seniors to make the long trek to Canberra for short appointments.
Another idea was a central information register to present all the wonderful active lifestyle opportunities available to seniors in our region.
It was agreed overwhelmingly that Narooma has a so much to offer people in retirement, including a world-class golf course, spectacular unspoilt natural beauty, a myriad of recreational activities, clubs and importantly highly affordable housing.
“You can sell your suburban house in the city and purchase a lovely waterfront house in Narooma with plenty left over for a great lifestyle,” group member Helena Bettini said.
This week the group will be discussing a campaign called “Renew Australia” and hearing more about a current Master Degree study on the economic impacts of the River Cottage from Sarah Cooper of Eurobodalla Shire Council.
“Focus on Narooma” is an initiative of the Narooma Chamber of Commerce with assistance from Eurobodalla Adult Education.