International interest in our ageing programs
Published on 15 August 2022
The City of Unley was recently contacted by the South Korean ambassador to Australia, Vice Consul Hyojin Im, who is based in Sydney. The Vice Consul had become aware of Unley's age-friendly status and the range of programs, services and activities we offer to our senior residents. She expressed her wish to visit us to interview CEO Peter Tsokas about our council's vision for supporting our older citizens, and the strategies we have put in place thus far.
Vice Consul Im also wanted to talk to a participant in the StartUp@AnyAge program, which we offered in conjunction with UniSA to support and nurture business entrepreneurship for older people.
The Vice Consul, accompanied by video producer Sejun Hwang, spoke to Unley resident Paramita Roy about the program, then came to the Civic Centre to meet with and interview the CEO. The conversation was recorded for a production to be shown to local government bodies in South Korea, whose issues with an ageing population are similar to ours in Australia.
Both parties were delighted with establishment of an opportunity for open communication, one in which our nations can learn from each other and share knowledge about the range of issues impacting older generations.