Mary Porter AM and her dog Lola.
Mary Porter AM and her dog Lola. Di Johnstone

Caring Mary passionate about pets in aged care

MARY Porter MA has continued her passion for pets and ageing issues, even after moving from Canberra to her retirement home located at Murray's Beach on the shores of Lake Macquarie.

Ms Porter was formerly the member for Ginninderra in the ACT Legislative Assembly, from 2004 until her retirement in December last year.

While still in Canberra, Ms Porter took on the role of patron for the national volunteer lobby group Pets and Positive Ageing.

RELATED STORY: Pets and Positive Ageing: Staying together for longer

Her leadership in driving community conversations has been the basis of Pets and Positive Ageing developing a knowledge base and community support model which the organisation is now promoting to other pet support groups.

"You need a group, maybe half a dozen people, and then gather others around you," she said.

"The core group is important.

"It can take a long time to get there, but keep learning from the process."

The passionate animal lover has left active politics, but her keen interest in pets in aged care hasn't waned and is likely to take her back into political circles, albeit as an agent for change in public policy.

Ms Porter is keeping a watching eye on how attitudes can be changed about allowing domestic pets on public transport and in assigned areas in cafes and restaurants.

(This is the second story in the series, Pets and Ageing.)


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