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What exactly are Human Rights? 

All people – no matter their age, sex, colour, religion or where they live – have the same basic needs to live a healthy life.  ...

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What do Aussies really want in a home?

 

Housing goals should be included in strategic land use policy and planning frameworks at all levels of government. Housing provision should be integrated with identified employment, transport, education, recreation, and environmental priorities. ...

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What do Aussies really want in a home – Part 2

The objective of the strategy is for every Queenslander to have safe, secure, and affordable homes that meet their needs and enables participation in social and economic life. ...

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We all have the right to live independent lives

We all have the right to live independent lives, to live in the community of their choice, have a home of their own, and to be able to come and go as they please. This includes people with disability, right?  ...

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Creating Age-friendly Communities – Monday 21 August 2017

COTA Queensland’s Annual Policy Forum, timed to coincide with the official opening of Seniors Week 2017, will focus on Creating Age-friendly Communities.

Keynote speaker is John Byrne, Change Agent and Specialist Adviser in Urban Design, Planning, Policy and Housing.

John will be joined by Dr Kathleen Brasher an inaugural member, World Health Organization Global Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Strategic Advisory Group, who was an invited expert on the Tasmanian Government’s Age Friendly Communities Project and is currently Principal Project Leader, … Read the rest

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Turning 60

COTA Queensland will celebrate the 60th anniversary of our formation on Monday 21 August 2017.

In preparation for the event I came across a Huffpost  – 6 Things you should do differently after turning 60. One of the things that resonated with me was that the author welcomed the milestone rather than dreading it. She embraced turning 60 and instead of slowing down she is finding new ways to jolt her body, mind and spirit into action so that … Read the rest

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Increased Protection for Retirement Village Residents Welcomed

Media Release

Seniors’ peak organisation COTA Queensland has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement to strengthen consumer protection for seniors living in retirement villages.

COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans said older Queenslanders required simple standard contracts that clearly set out fees, dispute resolution processes and exit fees to enable them to make well-informed decisions prior to entering retirement village living.

“Currently many people become Retirement Village residents without fully understanding that they don’t have the same controls they would … Read the rest

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Superannuation Changes 2017

Superannuation in Australia is changing as of 1 July 2017.  These changes flow from the 2016 Federal Budget and it is important that individuals understand if they are affected by them.

To assist you in determining if you will be affected, the Australian Tax Office has prepared a package of information.  All this information can be found at www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/Super-changes/

Once you have established if you will be affected the next step is to get the right information and advice.

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U3A Brisbane Winter School 2017

This year the event will run from Monday 3rd July to Saturday 8th July with over 50 speakers presenting on just about every subject you can imagine with the highlight of the week being the keynote address which is to be held at the State library of Queensland Auditorium at 2pm, Monday 3rd July. This year’s keynote address will be by the eminent Queensland palaeontologist, Dr Steven Salisbury and the subject will be about the dinosaurs of the Kimberley region … Read the rest

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WE ARE QLD – A Social Project

The WE ARE QLD social project celebrates the diversity of Queensland communities in the lead-up to Queensland Day celebrations on 6 June.

WE ARE QLD shines a light on everyday Queenslanders, and their place in our great state.

This Queensland Day, take a moment to think about what makes you a special part of this great state and share your Queensland story.

Share your WE ARE QLD message and win!

Every Queenslander who shares their WE ARE QLD message using … Read the rest

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