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Social Services discussed in WA for Seniors

More than 250 seniors from across Rockingham attended a forum and afternoon tea hosted by Brand MHR Madeleine King at the Gary Holland Community Centre last Tuesday.

Also in attendance at the seniors’ forum was Shadow Human Services Minister Linda Burney and representatives from Centrelink.

Ms Burney spoke about how long waiting times were a cause of frustration for many pensioners and said the agency was understaffed and under-resourced because of government cuts.

Ms King said she was happy to host the event, which included a presentation about ways seniors could engage with Centrelink.

“There was a fantastic turnout... and I am very happy so many seniors could come along to this forum,” she said. “People had an opportunity to raise issues that are of concern to them as well as hear directly from Ms Burney and Centrelink.”

 

source: West Australian

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Western Australia calls out for WA Seniors Awards nominees

SeniorsAwardsNominationsWA Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson has praised the outstanding contribution of seniors while calling for nominations for the 2014 WA Seniors Awards.

Speaking on the bowling green at a housing community for older people in Bentley, Mr Simpson said seniors were often the unsung heroes of local communities.

“We all know a remarkable senior - let’s nominate him or her for these awards,” Mr Simpson said.

“Whatever they contribute to, many seniors are volunteers who work tirelessly and expect little in return. This is our opportunity to recognise them.”

The Minister also encouraged local governments and community groups to get involved in WA Seniors Week (which runs from 9 to 15 November) by applying for a Seniors Week Community Grant of up to $1,000 (or $3,000 for larger events) via www.cotawa.org.au by 15 August 2014.

Over the past three decades, the Seniors Awards have acknowledged the contributions of Western Australia’s seniors in a diverse range of areas from women’s health to sport to working with migrants and youth. Finalists will be announced in October, with the awards ceremony on 8 November 8 2014.

The categories in this year’s awards are:

  • Juniper 2014 WA Seniors Champion Award - An overall winner aged over 60

  • Bendigo Bank Community Senior Award - For outstanding voluntary or unpaid work by a senior serving the community

  • Intergenerational Senior Award - For outstanding work with young people under 25

  • Age Friendly Communities Local Government Award - For a local government’s commitment to planning or services that support Age Friendly Communities

  • Age Friendly Organisation Award - For a community organisation with innovative planning or service response to the identified needs of seniors

  • Seniors Advocate Award - Outstanding commitment by a person to improving the quality of life of seniors or retirees and advocating on their behalf

  • Deborah Kirwan Media Awards - Recognise WA journalists and press photographers in broadcast, photography and print for a positive portrayal of seniors and ageing.

    Find nomination forms at http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/waseniorsawards2014 orhttp://www.cotawa.org.au
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