The Opposition has thanked West Australian seniors for their contribution to their local communities during WA Seniors Week 2022.
From 6 – 13 November 2022, events and activities are held across Western Australia to acknowledge seniors and show appreciation for their valued contribution to the community.
Opposition Leader Mia Davies said seniors played an important role in society.
“Our senior citizens are central to the economic and social fabric of our communities, in our families, as volunteers and employees,” Ms Davies said.
“This week is about celebrating their role and encouraging people to engage and participate in community events being hosted across the State.”
Ms Davies said it was also a time for policy makers to turn their minds to how seniors are supported to stay healthy, active, and connected in their communities.
“There is always more that could be done to support West Australian seniors, especially with a $6 billion surplus in the State’s coffers,” Ms Davies said.
“In regional areas, increasing the value of the Country Age Pension Fuel Card and boosting the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) would help our older regional residents as cost-of-living, particularly fuel, continues to rise.
“The Government should also be supporting increasing aged care services and accommodation to provide opportunity for older residents to remain close to home with family and friends.”
Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing Donna Faragher said Seniors Week provided an opportunity to celebrate the significant and important contributions older people make across the West Australian community.
“Across WA, there have been plenty of events and activities underway to celebrate our seniors including the Week’s flagship event, Have A Go Day 2022,” Mrs Faragher said.
“Hosted by the Seniors Recreation Council of WA, Have a Go Day is all about getting out, having fun and promoting the importance of healthy ageing.
“Today’s event was made even more special with the Day celebrating its 30th anniversary at Burswood Park.”
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