Jim, 88, is taking up arms for Coast retirees

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

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, 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, visit the website or write a letter to PO Box 159, Nobby Beach, Qld 4218.

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