Age-old issue not going away
median household income.
Department of Human Services data reveals 66% of Western Downs residents over the age of 65 receive an age pension, compared to 63.3% in Brisbane.
By 2036, the Western Downs is projected to be home to 1443 people over the age of 85.
Council on the Ageing Queensland chief executive officer Mark Tucker-Evans said more effort was needed to include seniors in the community.
With rail services statewide now a shadow of their past because of a lack of federal funding, Mr Tucker-Evans said all tiers of government must co-operate to improve public transport. “Taxis are often unavailable for people in remote areas, or too expensive for someone on a pension to afford,” he said. “That becomes a critical point for people becoming socially isolated. “Often, the only solution is for them to abandon their properties, and they very rarely get anywhere near a return on their investment.” Mr Tucker-Evans would not support ride-sharing business Uber – despite many seniors using the app to supplement their pensions – as long as it remained illegal in Queensland. “But we need to be creative in terms of transport and embrace changing technologies to