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Ms. Christine Young - International Federation on Ageing. Perth, , AU

Ms. Christine Young Ms. Christine Young

Director of Community Development | City of Melville


Christine is the Director Community Development at the City of Melville.





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Christine Young - Embedding 'Age-friendly', Aust. Age-friendly Cities and Communities Conference




Christine has over 30 years’ experience working in the community development field both in local government and non-government community organisations. Christine is currently the Director Community Development at the City of Melville.

Christine is passionate about best practice and, under her leadership, Melville has been recognised for their innovative practices that includes membership to the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities, one of the first in Australia to gain membership. Melville is recognised as an Australian leader for their age-friendly strategic planning and initiatives and is currently implementing their third Age-Friendly Melville—Directions from Seniors Plan. Christine’s leadership has also seen Melville leading community and neighbourhood planning practice; innovative responses to community health issues, community safety and community engagement.

Christine has led the partnership between the Western Australian State Government and Local Government regarding a coordinated approach to age-friendly communities. She is currently Chair of the Local Government Manager's (LGMA) WA Association Network Age Friendly Communities. The Network convenes several times a year to host Forums and workshops on matters of interest to those using an Age Friendly Communities approach. Local government in Western Australia is well represented at these Forums.

She also represents the LGMA Network on a Western Australian State Government Age Friendly Inter Agency group that includes representation from various State Government Agencies, and convened by the Department Local Government and Communities. This group meets regularly to attempt a more cross government approach to age friendly communities in Western Australia.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Age-friendly Environments

Urban Planning

Education and Training

Active Ageing

Built Environment

Public Policy

Accomplishments (3)

Australian Institute Company Directors (professional)


Diploma - Company Directors Course

The Australian Institute of Arbritration and Mediation (professional)


The Practitioner's Certificate in Mediation

Local Government Manager's Association Western Australia (professional)


2015 Meritorious Award - for services to local government (Age Friendly Communities)

Education (1)

Charles Sturt University: B.A., Community/Life Management 1981

Affiliations (4)

  • Local Government Manager's Association Western Australia Member
  • International Federation on Ageing
  • Board Member Care Options Inc (not for profit aged support services organisation) Rockingham Western Australia
  • Australian Institute Company Directors Graduate member

Languages (1)

  • English

Event Appearances (5)

Presenter on Age Friendly Communities approach (concurrent sessions)

IFA Conference  Melbourne Australia; Prague Czech Republic; Hydrabad India; Brisbane Australia

Local Government Manager's Association WA State Conferences - Age Friendly Communities approach

State Conference's 2010; 2012  Perth Western Australia

Local Government Manager's Association Community Development Conference - Age Friendly Communities

National Conference 2014  Perth, Western Australia

Key note speaker on Western Australian Age Friendly Communities experience

2nd APEC Conference on Age Friendly Cities and Age Friendly Economy  Taipei City; Taiwan


Speaker - Elder Abuse and Age Friendly Communities

Australian National Elder Abuse Conference  Perth Western Australia