Council on the Ageing (COTA) WA Media Release
27 January 2017
Older Voters are the sleeping giant in the WA State Election
One in three voters at the State Election will be over the age of 60. This means older West Australians are an increasingly powerful voice politically and are likely to decide the outcome of the election.
“We know that older voters feel that they have been forgotten. Council on the Ageing (COTA) WA is asking all parties to commit to measures that respond to the critical issues facing older Western Australians” COTA WA CEO Mark Teale said.
COTA WA is the leading voice for older voters in Western Australia and represents the interests of almost half a million people in the state.
COTA WA has consulted extensively with its members and seniors accessing its programs to find out what is important to them and what needs to be done to make sure Western Australia is ready for the challenges and opportunities an ageing population presents.
“We found that a major concern of older people is that seniors’ issues are not being addressed adequately by governments.” said Mr Teale.
“The top five election issues for older Western Australians are: having a voice that is heard; the need for safe, age friendly communities; affordable and right sized housing; cost of living; and access to quality health services”
Almost 80% of people are worried about the increasing cost of living including the cost of utilities. Personal safety, policing and crime are also big concerns.
Another key issue is the barrier to appropriate housing, with many citing State Government Stamp Duty as a major factor which reduces their ability to secure the right kind of home.
Over half of the people surveyed are worried about health services in WA including mental health and want significant improvements to hospitals and an expansion of community nursing to better meet the needs of older Western Australians.
To give older voters the opportunity to speak directly to political parties COTA WA is hosting an Election Q and A Forum on Tuesday February 7th at 45 Plaistowe Mews, West Perth. To register for this important event go to www.cotawa.org.au.
Media contact: Mark Teale, CEO COTA WA mob 0405 097 916
COTA WA is the peak policy development, advocacy and representation organisation for older people in Western Australia. It provides a voice for seniors, advocating on their behalf to influence local state and federal governments, business and the community.
COTA WA represents the interests of almost half a million Western Australian, being those people over the age of 60 years.
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