The City of Port Phillip established its Older Persons Consultative Committee (OPCC) in 2000. Appointed by the Council to be its main consultative body, the group reports on issues that affect the health and wellbeing of older residents in the City of Port Phillip.
The OPCC is a representative group of older Port Phillip residents, aged 55 years and over, who are passionate about the role of older people in the community and able to advocate on their behalf, keen to share skills and experience for the common good of older people and confident that we can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of older people.
Older people's sense of wellbeing is shaped by their neighbourhoods, networks and the availability of as broad a range of lifestyle options as possible.
- Advice and Advocacy
To represent the interests of older residents to CoPP on council plans, strategies and services.
- Communication and Information
To listen to and communicate with older Port Phillip residents.
To ensure transparent, sustainable processes for the Committee.
To ensure that the OPCC represents the diversity of the older community.
- Networking or Partnerships
To continue and further develop information exchange for networking and partnerships.
- Sustainability: Climate Change
To consider the implications or impact of climate changes for the ageing population of CoPP.
- Physical Environment
To continue to promote the concept of Age-Friendly Cities.
The OPCC endorses the United Nations' Principles For Older Persons, including independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity.
Since its inauguration in February 2000, the OPCC has:
- formed a collaborative working relationship with Council and Staff
- advised and informed Council on issues concerning older persons
- established links with other advisory groups to Council, Council on the Ageing (COTA) and other relevant local organisations
- advocated for the development of the Linking Neighbours program and Seniors register
- submitted proposals to Council regarding:
- participation of older residents in community events
- practical ways of promoting a more cohesive community and sense of belonging for older residents
- advocate for safer streets for older persons.
- supported the City of Port Phillip Age-Friendly Cities Project
- participated in City of Port Phillip Reviews on various service deliveries
- participated and advised on Council Plans
- members of the OPCC sit on Council and Community working parties for sustainability and key development projects
- initiated and facilitated forums and events including the City of Port Phillip Seniors’ Festival and OPCC Annual Forum
- initiated and now participate in Statewide forums for Older Person’s reference committees.
We want to hear from you
Are you an older person living in Port Phillip?
OPCC members encompass a wide range of backgrounds and views, the OPCC is accessible and engaged.
Do you have concerns or great ideas that would improve the lives of this city's older population?
Every year the OPCC run a forum on a topic that is important to you.
Let us know, please send to:
Contact: Laura Cattapan, Coordinator Grants and Community Building
Phone: 03 9209 6777
Address: The City of Port Phillip, Private Bag 3, Post Office St Kilda VIC 3182
Committee Terms of Reference
Together with all other advisory and consultative groups to the City of Port Phillip, the Older Persons Consultative Committee (OPCC) was reviewed in 2017. The review recommended the continuation of the OPCC and new terms of reference were developed and adopted. Endorsed by Council May 2017. The Committee meets monthly usually on the first Monday of the month, committee members only.
View the terms of reference at Advisory Committees.