QLD Budget could've been 'more bold' for seniors
GOOD but could have done better.
That was the report card handed down by an industry watchdog for the Queensland Government's budget outlay for the unique challenges of ageing in the state.
The Palaszczuk Government announced a record $12 million in funding for "service to seniors" in its 2017 Budget.
But despite realizing the pressures of the current economic climate, Council on The Ageing Queensland chief executive Mark Tucker-Evans admitted he had hoped for a more daring approach from the government.
"We are generally pleased with the budget," Tucker-Evans told Seniors News. "Pleased in its continuation of concessions for seniors … though there's not a huge increase.
"(However) we would have liked to seen a more bold response to the challenges in Queensland."
Mr Tucker-Evans said the government's approach to the creation of age friendly communities was the perfect example of its narrow focus.
The World Health Organization highlights eight domains that communities must respond to address the needs of seniors.
But instead of looking at the eight as an integrated entity, Mr Tucker-Evans said the government was focusing on just a few at a time.
"The budget is still very much siloed rather than looking at an integrated response to community issues," he said.
"Really it's about not taking three (domains) this year, three next year and two a year after," he said.
"It's about how do we develop place-based solutions.
"It's great to have housing and we commend the funds they have allocated to in the housing strategy.
"But it's not just providing the house, it's about how we connect people to all community services."