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Age Friendly (Older People) Reference Group

Council has convened the first ever Age-Friendly Reference Group to advise from the perspective of older people in Merri-bek.   

Role and responsibilities

The role of the Age-friendly (Older People) Reference Group is to collaboratively advise council of current and emerging needs of older people in the community.

The Age-friendly (Older People) Reference Group is also responsible for:

  • contributing to development, and implementation of relevant Council policies, strategies, and plans. For example, the Living and Ageing Well Framework
  • assisting council to ensure the perspectives and lived experiences of older people are considered in Council services, programs and projects
  • promoting knowledge, visibility, equality and inclusion of older people in the community
  • assisting to identify opportunities for advocacy, projects and partnerships that reflect the needs of older people in the community
  • informing, consulting and collaborating with relevant Advisory Committees on issues relating to older people
  • participating in event planning, consultation processes, and other forms of engagement relating to relevant issues.


Communty members in this group will sit for the remaining term of the current Council. 

  • Boping He
  • Cettina Astorina
  • Dalal Sleiman
  • Julie Burgess
  • Kristine Spark
  • Mila Milne
  • Nicholas Nicholaou
  • Pauline O'Brien
  • Shiela Kumar
  • Sylvie Leber


  • Cr Helen Pavlidis
  • Cr Lambros Tapinos

Council Officer Support

Council officer support is provided by:

  • Living and Ageing Well Officer (Elly Gardner) – Primary contact for Members and Agenda preparation / Minute Taker
  • Elly can be reached at or 0429 611 331