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.
COTA Queensland celebrated our 60th … Read the rest
posted on 13th Nov 2017
Queensland’s personalised transport industry has now been deregulated, with 82 governing regulations removed. COTA, along with other organisations are concerned about the future availability of personalised transport options.
We encourage you to complete this survey which will inform COTA’s assessment of the changed landscape and advocacy needed to ensure security and certainty for sufficient numbers of accessible vehicles, including Maxi Taxis, across Queensland to meet older people’s needs.
Take the survey.
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posted on 4th Sep 2017
Brisbane based disability support service Carers Link, in partnership with Disability Support Queensland, has launched Access 4000, the nation’s only smartphone app to provide information on some Brisbane venues and infrastructure with disability access features like wheelchair/pram ramps, disabled toilets and disabled parking. ...
posted on 12th Jul 2017
For people with disability, transport is changing through the National Disability Insurance Scheme. These changes are a contentious issue, with many participants of the NDIS outrages at these changes, ultimately having a negative impact on their lives – not what any of us were expecting from the NDIS. ...
posted on 15th Mar 2017
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has now commenced the trial of the new PIN Pad devices (part of the Ticket Vending machines), at the agreed sites of:
- King George Square Busway
- Roma St
- Broadbeach South.
The manager of the project, David Atley, is very keen to receive feedback from you about these new installations. All specific issues or comments can be sent directly to David Atley by 30 January 2017 via email to email@example.com
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posted on 7th Dec 2016
TransLink is planning service changes to the bus network on the Sunshine Coast to support the planned opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. In addition, changes will take place on the bus network in the Nambour region, designed to improve services and make the network easier to use.
A four-week public consultation program on the proposed changes commenced on Monday, 18 July 2016.
Information sessions will be held in Nambour, Maroochydore, Sippy Downs, Buderim, Caloundra and Kawana, where customers … Read the rest
posted on 4th Aug 2016
7 June 2016
Seniors 1,2 and Free
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, the seniors peak, has called on the Palaszczuk Government to retain the ‘One, two, free for seniors and pensioners’ to enable seniors who use their go card to travel free for the rest of the day after two journeys.
“Retaining this travel benefit would be welcomed particularly by pensioners,” said Mark Tucker-Evans, Chief Executive COTA Queensland.
“Seniors are among the most reliant on public transport … Read the rest
posted on 7th Jun 2016
The Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Accessibility Reference Group met on 26 February, raising questions regarding a survey in relation to the Disability Parking Permit Scheme.
The survey sought views about the use of disability parking spaces by wheelchair accessible taxis for picking up or setting down passengers with a disability, and the types of vehicles able to be issued with a Disability Parking Permit.
The taxi industry lobbied TMR about allowing drivers of wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs) access to … Read the rest
posted on 1st Apr 2016
NSW Gold Opal public transport card for is now available seniors living in other states.
The card allows them unlimited travel on any public transport network for $2.50 a day.
You need to attach a photocopy or scan of your Seniors Card (front and back) with the application.
Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal cards for interstate seniors are valid for 60 days from the date of issue.
You should only submit this application two weeks before you need to travel as your … Read the rest
posted on 22nd Jan 2016
Source: Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad
A taskforce of public transport experts has been appointed by the Palaszczuk Government to conduct a comprehensive review of TransLink’s fare structure in South East Queensland.
The Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said the announcement delivers on Labor’s commitment to review the public transport fare system to improve affordability and boost patronage.
“The Fare Review will form the basis of a new fare strategy in South East Queensland … Read the rest
posted on 8th Sep 2015