Seniors in the City

Media Response 13 June 2019

Enquiry from the Southern Gazette regarding offerings for Seniors in the City of South Perth.

Please attribute the following responses to City of South Perth Mayor, Sue Doherty.

What discounts does City of South Perth offer for senior residents?

The City of South Perth offers a 50 per cent discount on dog and cat registrations for those with a pension concession. More information about pet registration, including costs, can be found on the City’s website:

Discounted/low cost or free activities and programs for seniors are facilitated by the City and regular feedback is sought regarding how to best meet these needs within our community. 

At what age does the City classify as a senior resident?

In line with the State Government WA Seniors Card, senior residents are defined accordingly:
Does the City offer any rate discounts for senior residents who own and occupy their own property?

The law in regards to rate discounts for senior residents is not administered by the City.

Feel free to add any other related info as you wish.

The City provides and facilitates a wide range of services aimed at meeting the needs of seniors living in the City. 

New seniors exercise equipment will soon be installed at Neil McDougall Park in Como, specifically for seniors and other community members with mobility challenges. Following installation, the City, in partnership with Curtin University’s Centre for Sport and Recreation Research Unit, plans to undertake a seniors health and wellbeing research project.

The South Perth and Manning Senior Citizen Centres both provide a wide range of social, recreational, and cultural activities; events; and services promoting the health and well being of members of the community aged 55 and over. Regular keep-fit classes, chess, bridge, bingo, yoga, indoor bowls, mah-jong, tai chi, dancing and free iPad classes are some of the activities offered at the Centres. Additional services include hairdressing, podiatry, remedial massage and shopping centre excursions.

Libraries in the City at South Perth and Manning offer a range of events and services for senior residents; details can be found on the library website:

Over the next few months the libraries will run a range of workshops called ‘Click: Learn and Connect, digital literacy training for over 50s’ at Manning and South Perth libraries during July and August. There will be a total of nine workshops at each location.

Topics covered in the workshops include: the basics, getting to know your device, getting started online, and staying safe and online skills. Led by an expert who will use the Be Connected Learning Portal to assist older Australians navigating the online world, bookings are required for the workshops as places are limited.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the workshops before booking a place is invited to attend one of two information sessions, the first on 20 June 2019 at 10am at Collier Park Village, 16 Morrison St, Como; the second on 26 June at Manning Library, 2 Concochie Crescent, Manning.

Other services offered by the City offers for seniors include: 

  • Meals on Wheels – available on a short or long-term basis for any person residing within the City of South Perth boundaries aged 55 years or older, or who has a disability
  • Home Reader Service – delivery of books and other library items to housebound residents, for those temporarily or permanently housebound
  • The Manning Men’s Shed – a place for men in our community to come together and spend their time post-retirement in a social and productive environment. This is open to men of all ages to gather to keep busy, feel included and purposeful. 

The City also supports local groups and associated Club facilities for tennis, bowling, hockey, croquet and bridge to cater for the needs of all residents, including seniors who are actively involved in these.

Media contact

For media enquiries, please contact the City’s Communications Officer.