ON THE LOOKOUT: Jim Simpson of Nobby Beach
ON THE LOOKOUT: Jim Simpson of Nobby Beach

Jim, 88, is taking up arms for Coast retirees



HE may be 88 years old, but old age has not hindered Jim Simpson's zest for taking up a fight. But rather than wielding his fists, the Nobby Beach resident is at the forefront of campaigning for seniors' needs by heightening aware- ness and compiling research for an array of authorities. As a Retirees Australia on the Gold Coast volunteer, Mr Simpson regularly writes for three seniors newsletters and operates the Retirees Aust- ralia on the Gold Coast web- site, www.retireesau.org The website is a free com- munity service providing sen- iors with news and informa- tion. Mr Simpson also serves on five committees designed to protect and advance the inter- ests of seniors. "I do a lot of research and it has been used by organis- ations including Centrelink, the police and government departments to bring about change," Mr Simpson said. He said Retirees Australia had been busy rallying for an array of causes, including ini- tiating improvements in Gold Coast hospital and health ser- vices and supporting Carelink and Centrelink services to the aged. Mr Simpson said the group's latest battle, to con- vince Health Minister Gordon Nuttall to plan to convert the Robina Hospital to a second- ary general hospital to help seriously offset the huge de- mand on the Gold Coast Hos- pital, had been won. Mr Simpson said Retirees Australia was currently seek-

ing retirees who were pre- pared to become volunteer consultants.

o?For further information or

to become a volunteer, email jimsim@retireesau.org, visit the website or write a letter to PO Box 159, Nobby Beach, Qld 4218.



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