Seniors get a chance to be heard

THEY are rarely heard as one often flying below the radar, despite their status as the biggest demographic on the Tweed.

But later this month the Tweed's numerous senior citizens groups will finally unite to speak up at a summit aimed at uncovering the issues that affect them the most.

Fed up with a lack of support for aged people in the area, Federal MP Justine Elliot wants all elderly people to join together and be heard in the Federal arena.

"One quarter of the population is over 65 in the Richmond electorate and statistics say that Australia in 40 years will be the same," she said.

"We need to get it right here because we are a microcosm of Australia's future."

With this in mind, Ms Elliot has organised a summit for April 28 where seniors can have a say on what matters to them.

She said it was an attempt to bring together the diverse groups representing local seniors to finally get an overall view of the demographic's challenges.

"Each group on the Tweed is very diverse and the people they represent are very different," she said.

"This brings them all together. I will be taking the findings to the Federal Parliament to present an analysis of needs in this important area.

"We desperately need Federal funding. We are at crisis point here."

She said the reaction to the summit had already been overwhelming, forcing them to move it to a bigger location.

Local senior Don Morgan said the summit would finally give seniors a place to be heard.

"I will be there having my say because it is a good idea to get everyone together," he said.

"Too often nobody wants to be in anything, but this is a good idea."

The seniors summit will be held April 28 from 9.30am at the Banora Point Salvation Army Community Centre, Woodlands Drive.

Call Ms Elliot's office on 5523 4371 to attend.

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