Se­niors air con­cerns

PUB­LIC TRANS­PORT AND HEALTH MA­JOR IS­SUES

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion - Laura Pond

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

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 at­ten­dees that life did not stop once peo­ple reached 65 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.

Clark­son res­i­dent John asked about form­ing com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions as he per­ceived a lack of groups in the area.

Mr Folkard agreed and said that 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.

“It is my view that we should be af­ford­ing our se­niors with mo­bil­ity and in­de­pen­dence,” he said.

“So, for that rea­son, I will be fol­low­ing up with those who spoke at the fo­rum and (Trans­port) Min­is­ter (Rita) Saf­fi­oti to seek a greater un­der­stand­ing about the is­sue, and what we can do about it mov­ing for­ward.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Se­niors and Age­ing Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray ad­dresses se­niors at the fo­rum. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au

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