‘Super Boomers’ a boost for regions
THANKS to “super Boomers” like Monto retiree Bob Kerr, the Wide Bay Burnett region has been identified as a shining example for how the rest of Australia should adjust to an aging population.
A new report by the Regional Australia Institute has analysed the impacts of aging Australians who are staying in their towns so they can contribute to society. Far from enjoying a quiet retirement, Baby Boomers are often working as everything from business leaders to mentors for younger residents, and they make up 39% of the country’s regional workforce.
Monto’s Bob Kerr helps with Meals on Wheels, gives residents free haircuts at Ridgehaven every week, plays bowls and is also the patron of Monto State High School.
He said there was no way the community ties created through a lifetime could ever be broken.
“I don’t know how on earth I ever worked, I’m always just so busy,” he said with a laugh.
“By engaging kids at the high school you can make them feel important and proud of their town, this is important for the future of the area.”
In 27 years as Monto State High School patron, Mr Kerr said he had only ever missed two speech nights.
“We are in favour of everything that supports the town; encouraging young leaders is a very good way to do that,” he said.
TOP BOWLS: Bob Kerr is at home on the green.