Advisory group to address needs of Burdekin seniors

The Burdekin’s seniors will have greater representation in Council and the community with the formation of the Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group (BSAG).

Burdekin Shire Councillor and BSAG chairman Ted Bawden lead the first meeting of the group aimed at raising the profile of our senior community members.

“I tried to get people from across the shire to be a part of this group and wanted people with some standing or who were involved in the community,” he said.

“I think we have certainly achieved that and have a quality group of people who can workshop any issues that our seniors may have.

“The Burdekin’s seniors have not been priority with councils in the past, but with the formation of this group that is changing.

“The group members are out there among the seniors community and they will be able to bring their voice to these meetings and from there to Council.

“I look forward to seeing what this group can do for our community as whole.”

Joining Cr Bawden yesterday were Eleanor Betteridge, Ennio Gazziola, John Kohn, John Rowan, Joyce Henaway, Lesley Hawkins, Robert Lesca, June Bosel, Marjorie Fulton and Don Fulton.

Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the formation of the group was a progressive move for the Burdekin community.

“We have an ageing population and as a community we need to ensure we are addressing the needs of our older citizens,” he said.

“Residents wanting to bring an issue to the attention of the group are more than welcome to speak with its members, Cr Bawden or the Community Development section at Council.”

Mr Vaccaro said BSAG members would be required to bring issues or opportunities from the community to the group and to report the outcomes back to the community and represent the community’s interests, not individual interests.

BSAG members this morning adopted the following principles:

  • Promote positive community attitudes towards and acceptance of older people and their right to independence, self-determination, dignity and choice.
  • Value the skills, resources and diversity of older people and provide older people with an opportunity to grow to their fullest capacity and make a lifelong contribution to the community.
  • Provide access to appropriate information, employment, training, learning, cultural, recreational, safety, security and care services that are appropriate to the diverse needs of older people.
  • Encourage partnerships within the community that enable people to age positively and within a supported environment.

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