Western Australia Minister for Seniors & Volunteering Robyn McSweeney
Significant State Government Investment Into WA Seniors Outlined At Key Policy Briefing
Victor P Taffa
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney will today address representatives from WA’s Council on the Ageing to outline the State Government’s significant achievements in the Seniors portfolio.
Mrs. McSweeney addressed the group about the State Government’s significant commitment in giving seniors a better deal and investing into the future planning of ‘Age-Friendly’ communities.
“With an increasing aged population, this Government is responding in partnership with local Government authorities to develop an age-friendly State and continue to support seniors for the enormous contributions they have made to their local communities.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“We will also be encouraging local governments to better respond to the needs of their senior residents when implementing local planning so there is a emphasis on active ageing.”
The Minister also outlined the State Government’s record in responding to the needs of WA seniors.
“In 2008, we introduced the Cost of Living Rebate and since then we have paid this to over 245,000 WA Seniors Card holders at a cost of over $42 Million.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“We have also listened to the calls for assistance in increasing the safety and security of seniors in their homes and introduced a Safety and Security Rebate worth $200 that was recently expanded to include claims for additional fire and electrical safety devices worth an additional $200.”
“To date 7,000 Applications for the WA Seniors Card Safety and Security Rebate have been approved worth $1.4 Million.”
The Minister also outlined the reciprocal Transport Scheme with other States and Territories allowing WA Seniors Card holders to be able to access Concession Rates on Public Interstate Travel.
“The introduction of the Country Age Pension Fuel Card and its expansion to a larger geographical area has been an absolute bonus for Country Seniors.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“The overwhelming response to the introduction of free public transport between 9 am and 3.30 pm weekdays, all day weekend and public holidays shows this Government is giving its seniors the support they need.” Mrs. McSweeney said.