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2017 State Election Priorities

Making Queensland Age-Friendly

2017 COTA Queensland State Election Priorities

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is the peak body for Queensland seniors, advancing the rights, needs and futures of older Queenslanders since 1957.

COTA Queensland aims to help create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to appropriate support, services and care. These principles are consistent with the World Health Organisation (WHO) age-friendly communities approach.

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Queenslanders urged to have their say on mixed-use and resort developments

The Queensland Government is encouraging  people to have their say on body corporate issues for mixed-use and resort developments, following the release of an issues paper prepared by Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the issues paper seeks feedback on options to modernise the Building Units and Group Titles Act 1980 (BUGT Act).

The BUGT Act applies to owners and bodies corporate in a number of mixed-use and resort developments.

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Government’s response to Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders welcomed

Media Release

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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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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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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COTA Australia 2017 National Policy ForumJune 22 -

AAA HOUSING FOR OLDER AUSTRALIANS – MAKING IT AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE AND APPROPRIATE

When: Thursday 22 June 2017
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Where: National Press Club, Canberra

Housing security is a basic human need and human right.

At this year’s COTA National Policy Forum we place the spotlight on what housing means in later life and explore current policy issues and future trends around housing for older Australians.

The Forum will bring together an exciting line-up of policy makers, academics, consumers, … Read the rest

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Logan Research Informs Seniors’ Housing Needs

On the 11th of May, ground breaking research into seniors living in public housing in the Logan area was released.  The Logan Research Project was undertaken by Brisbane Housing Company in partnership with Churches of Christ Queensland, and researchers from the University of Queensland.

The survey included more than 150 Logan seniors aged over 55 who live in government housing.  One of the learnings from the research project included that while most tenants were satisfied with their home, some had … Read the rest

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