Minister for Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O'Rourke.
Minister for Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O'Rourke. Bev Lacey

Working towards an age-friendly community

EARLIER this year I had the pleasure of meeting Marjorie Fleming - Townsville's skydiving Nana.

To celebrate her 90th birthday, Marj decided to jump from a plane to raise money for the Townsville Hospital Foundation, where she has volunteered for the last 15 years.

I can only imagine how many lives she has changed for the better through her volunteering - to have the tenacity to make that jump only leaves me in further awe of her.

I met another group of inspirational seniors during a recent trip to Rockhampton. Each week they gather for a cuppa, a chat and a very competitive game of cards. They have made strong friendships and travel across the state together, creating lasting memories.

The wisdom of those who have lived longer than us is invaluable to any community.

For this reason our Government has made a strong commitment to ensuring older Queenslanders are able to lead healthy and productive lives.

We want to create age- friendly communities that allow people, regardless of their age, to stay active and connected.

To achieve this, we are implementing a new seniors strategy - Queensland: an age-friendly community.

While we have started this journey, we know there is much more that can be done.

We need to change the perspectives on ageing and challenge stereotypes to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be involved. So, be noisy in any way you can - that includes writing or ringing my office.

I'm keen to hear your ideas and insights about your experience as a senior. Call 0737197170 or email disabilityandseniors@

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