‘Su­per Boomers’ a boost for re­gions

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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