Age-old is­sue not go­ing away

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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

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