News tagged with Advocacy

COTA Energy Advocacy Project – Ensuring older Australians have a strong voice

 

The COTA Energy Advocacy Project is a project involving COTA organisations in each of the National Energy Market jurisdictions. It aims to contribute to a better deal for older energy consumers by developing and supporting a knowledgeable group of energy advocates who can represent the views, experiences and needs of older Australians in formal consumer forums. The national project was funded by a grant provided by Energy Consumers Australia. ...

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Government’s response to Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders welcomed

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Seniors’ peak organisation Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s long-awaited response to the Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders.

The Taskforce, which included COTA, made recommendations to address housing and related needs of older Queenslanders.

COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans said that the report recognised that older Queenslanders had to survive in an increasingly complex and competitive housing market. The largest investment that many seniors have made during their working … Read the rest

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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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Housing Survey

 

COTA Queensland is keen to hear about your housing situation.

By taking this short survey you can help us understand the housing needs and issues for Queenslanders as they age.

This information will inform our submissions and reports to the Queensland Government.

Thank you for helping us co-create an age friendly Queensland.

Complete the survey here.

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Submission to the Queensland Government’s review of the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2013

The private rental sector is no longer a tenure of transition for Queenslanders, it has become a mainstream housing tenure.  A third of Queenslanders rent their homes and
this is higher than the national average.  Most renters live in the private rental sector.

The myth that older Australians are well housed is under challenge.  While 82 percent of
over 65s live in home ownership, including those who still have mortgages, a significant 14.5 percent of over 65s are renters.  Half … Read the rest

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COTA Queensland Advocating In Relation To Increasing Electricity & Water Costs

COTA Queensland is represented on the Energy Consumer Reference Group to provide the Minister for Energy and Water Utilities Stephen Robertson with input on issues affecting small customers. The State Government has announced new methodology and tariff structures to be developed by the Queensland Competition Authority to commence on 1 July 2012.

The increasing cost of electricity and water is having a major impact on older people and others on low income and COTA will be advocating that the new … Read the rest

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