House debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Statements by Members

Queensland Seniors Week

1:40 pm

Photo of Andrew WallaceAndrew Wallace (Fisher, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

You will be excited to know that this week is Queensland Seniors Week, in which we celebrate the huge contribution made by older Australians all over the state. To mark the occasion, I invited the Minister for Aged Care to visit Caloundra last Friday. We took part in the Sunshine Coast's Senior Care and Lifestyle Expo and visited retirement communities and aged-care residences all over Fisher. There are around 40,000 people over the age of 60 in my electorate. Every day they prove that, just because you're getting older, it doesn't mean you can't make a major contribution to our community. In businesses, sporting clubs, community groups, schools and healthcare facilities, we have a wealth of corporate knowledge and experience embodied in our over-60s. As one of the people at the Expo on Friday said, 'Don't ask Google, ask Granny.' I thought that was the take-home from the whole expo. You just can't beat experience. If we want to succeed, we should do everything we can to tap into that experience and ensure that our seniors continue to be given the opportunity to contribute to every facet of our community life. I'm grateful to the minister for visiting Fisher and listening to my constituent's ideas on how we can make that a reality. Congratulations to Gavin Williams, Gayle Hartshorn and the team at Garden Financial Services for putting on the Sunshine Coast expo.