Council supports Expo with information for older people



Ashburton's older residents will be able to find out more about local services and organisations, including Ashburton District Council, at tomorrow's Positive Ageing Expo.

The Expo, hosted by Age Concern Ashburton, will feature about 60 stalls focusing on everything from health and mobility to sports and recreation. Council's stall will include information about civil defence and two rates schemes of interest to older people.

The expo will be held on Thursday 3 March from 10am to 3pm at the Ashburton Racecourse.

At Council's stall, people will be able to find out what they need to be prepared for an emergency, as well as information about Council's Rates Postponement Scheme and Rates Rebate Scheme.

 Council's Rates Postponement Scheme is for homeowners aged 65 and over. It offers the option of postponing payment of all or a portion of household rates.

The Rates Rebate Scheme provides a subsidy for low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates, up to $610. Ashburton residents may be eligible if they are on a low income; paying rates on the address at which they are living; and if their name is in Council's rating information database. Application forms will be available at the Expo. The closing date for applications for the 2015/16 rates year is 30 June 2016.

Council's Emergency Management Officer Don Geddes and Community Development Advisor Fleur Mulligan will be at the Expo.

Other stallholders include the Fire Service, Work and Income, Driving Miss Daisy, St John, travel agencies and rest homes.

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