Elderly ignored, patronised
I WISH the government of the day, State, Federal or local, would take responsibility for the plight of the elderly in this Shire where I have lived for 36 years.
This poorly- timed, poorly- planned and poorly-executed meeting with the Premier last Friday paid lip service to the elderly in need. Many in attendance still had questions and were disgruntled when they left.
The meeting comprised platitudes and had no substance. No right of reply was offered to those asking questions. They were cut off.
If you don’t want the elderly to come and engage with you, all you have to do is have your meeting at lunchtime and on a day when families are out at work and cannot attend to speak for their elderly parents and grandparents.
Planning it for a day when all the major volunteers in the community – and there are numerous in aged care – are committed to a well- publicised annual Shire of Kalamunda thank- you lunch, also helps to keep your numbers down.
The meeting was designed to keep the State Government out of the firing line. Fortunately, it did not succeed as the venue was packed.
The ongoing delays on Gavour Road ( aged care proposal) were not clarified after a year of waiting. No light on the horizon was offered on Wilkins Road either, and both are the responsibility of State Government.
The Premier admitted he was not up to speed on the Kalamunda aged care crisis.
The State Government obviously sees no need to place aged care high on its political agenda and offered nothing concrete to seniors at Friday's meeting. This was about glib rhetoric. And Kalamunda’s elderly were the collateral damage.
The elderly and infirm are marginalised, patronised, ignored, and left feeling they have no voice.
Governments dismiss them at their peril. IRIS JONES, Lesmurdie.