Se­niors on back foot over trans­port

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Laura Pond

PUB­LIC trans­port, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and health were the main is­sues raised by north­ern suburbs se­niors at a La­bor-run fo­rum last week.

State MLAs Emily Hamil­ton (Joon­dalup), Mark Folkard (Burns Beach) and Sabine Win­ton (Wan­neroo) hosted Se­niors and Age­ing Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray at the Currambine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre event.

Mr Mur­ray told the more than 80 who at­tended that life did not stop once peo­ple reached 65 years of age and en­cour­aged them to stay ac­tive.

“It’s im­por­tant as we age we go out in style,” he said.

“Gov­ern­ments have to fa­cil­i­tate what you want in your fu­ture. We are liv­ing a lot longer gen­er­ally.

“It is very im­por­tant we un­der­stand the chang­ing world.”

He said reach­ing a cer­tain age should not keep peo­ple from ac­tiv­i­ties and though it was his first time in the Currambine area, de­scribed it as a great place they could make bet­ter. State Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray ad­dresses se­niors. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473259

Clark­son res­i­dent John asked about form­ing com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions as he per­ceived a lack of groups in the area, which Mr Folkard agreed and said over the next six months he would in­ves­ti­gate what or­gan­i­sa­tions were avail­able lo­cally and if needed, set some up.

Mr Mur­ray also sug­gested De­part­ment of Sport and Recre­ation club de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers could help.

Bar­bara, of Clark­son, raised con­cerns about the lack of bus ser­vices in her sub­urb.

“It’s very, very dif­fi­cult for se­niors to get out and about,” she said.

Kin­ross res­i­dent Beryl had sim­i­lar con­cerns af­ter the bus route 471 changed last year, which meant she and nearby res­i­dents had to walk 2km and travel across traf­fic to ac­cess the ser­vice.

Mr Folkard said af­ter­wards the feed­back on pub­lic trans­port was con­cern­ing.

He and his staff would con­duct a re­view of ser­vices to iden­tify where ser­vices were de­fi­cient.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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