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Gold Coast seniors to enjoy free dog registration

Gold Coast seniors can cross off having to pay a registration fee for their pup every year, with Mayor Tom Tate today announcing free dog registration for pensioners.

Mayor Tate said the annual dog registration fee has been a concern for a number of seniors.

“My annual City Budget survey is underway and I’ve heard from many seniors that their annual dog registration fee is an issue they’d like to have reconsidered from 2018-19,’’ he said.

“Today, I announce an end to dog registration fees for seniors, from the next financial year onwards.

“Our seniors deserve some financial assistance and I’m sure all Councillors will join me in formalising this arrangement during the upcoming 2018-19 budget discussions.’’

It’s understood the initiative will cost the annual City budget around $225,000 with 10,256 dogs registered across the city to owners that hold a pensioner concession card.

A typical dog registration is $29.50 annually per pet* (*Applies to Senior Card Holders and Disability Card holders).

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Shadow Minister For Ageing To Bow Out Of Politics

The Shadow Minister for Ageing, Margaret May called for reform in aged care as she announced that she would not contest the next federal election.

The member for McPherson has decided to bow out of politics to provide support to her husband David, who has challenging health issues.

In a statement, Mrs May thanked opposition leaders, Dr Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull for giving her the opportunity to “fight for senior Australians”.

“I still believe very strongly that it is essential that Australia addresses the aged care crisis and provides world-class aged care for our aged and frail,” she said.

Mrs May’s announcement comes just weeks after she was joined by Malcolm Turnbull to launch an initiative aimed at shaping future ageing policy.

The Coalition will host a series of forums for seniors around the country which will focus on the transition to retirement and security in later life.

“This is a very important and exciting initiative that will provide senior Australians with a real opportunity to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them,” Mrs May said at the launch two weeks ago.

“Tapping into the wisdom, knowledge and experience of senior Australians is the key to ensuring seniors policy best reflects the needs of this important age group.

“Senior Australians have made our great nation what it is today and continue to have a range of ideas on how to best move forward.”

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