Seniors Voice

Seniors voice

COTA NT contributes a weekly column ‘Seniors Voice’ to The Sun. This is a free community newspaper with over 35,000 copies distributed throughout the Northern Territory including Darwin, Palmerston, Litchfield, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and other centres. 

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More retirement living options on way

4 Dec 2018

COTA NT has been lobbying for some time regarding more lifestyle choices for our rural seniors, so we were very pleased to hear about the proposed new retirement village at… (read more)

Seniors urged to confirm details for Concession schemes

19 Nov 2018

Approximately 48% of the total number of members  (aged over 65) of the NT Concession Scheme have now confirmed their details and membership of the scheme with Territory Families. A… (read more)

Help with concessions and aged care

6 Nov 2018

The deadline for confirming your details for the NT Concession and Seniors Recognition Scheme is the end of the year. We have been receiving numerous enquiries from people who want… (read more)

Have your say against discrimination

30 Oct 2018

Just a reminder that COTA NT’s survey is still available on line and hard copies available at COTA’s office.  We have received over 850 responses so far – the survey… (read more)

Tribute to stalwart supporter of seniors

23 Oct 2018

It was with great shock and sadness that the Board of Management, staff and members of COTA NT recently learnt of the sudden and tragic passing of a previous and… (read more)

Paying a high price for the sins of a few

16 Oct 2018

It has been an interesting news week, especially with our members being very vocal about the NT Government’s new Alcohol Reform measures which include an increase in the floor price… (read more)

Promoting cyber safety for senior Territorians

9 Oct 2018

As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NT government is running free Be Cyber Smart presentations to support the community to better protect against cyber security threats. Presentations are… (read more)

Seniors Card application forms launch online

2 Oct 2018

COTA NT has managed the NT Seniors Card program since February 2018 and is working hard to improve the program for Territory seniors.  More than 1200 new memberships have been… (read more)

Community invited to book city space

25 Sep 2018

COTA NT’s headquarters located at Spillett House on Smith Street in Darwin CBD include a large activity room with adjoining kitchen. We aim to keep this space as busy as… (read more)

Have your say in the COTA NT 2018 survey

18 Sep 2018

COTA NT staff and volunteers have been out and about during the last two weeks to assist people fill in the COTA NT 2018 Survey. We have worked hard to… (read more)

Call to NT Government to look after own

11 Sep 2018

COTA NT has had quite a few visits by disgruntled Territorians regarding the Population Strategy and the $15,000 incentive for people in the 55 to 65 age bracket who wish… (read more)

Giving seniors a voice

4 Sep 2018

COTA NT and Office of the Public Guardian’s forum with key speaker, The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner was well attended last week. The theme was “Seniors… (read more)

Territory aged care, packages possible

28 Aug 2018

COTA NT attended the Chief Minister’s unveiling of the new master branding for the Territory and it is impressive. When you think of the colours of the Territory and the… (read more)

Keeping people connected

21 Aug 2018

COTA NT took possession of a new shuttle bus – courtesy of the NT Government’s Community Benefit Fund major grants – last week. We are delighted with this outcome as… (read more)

Rents to rise for Territory housing tenants

14 Aug 2018

There is quite a bit happening again this month, especially with the release of the Northern Territory Government’s Public Housing Calculation Change.  This will affect all seniors who are tenants… (read more)

Find your GEM this August

31 Jul 2018

Seniors Month starts tomorrow and there is something for everybody! The COTA NT Coomalie branch holds their Seniors Picnic on Friday and a busload of Darwinites will be attending. I’m… (read more)

Katherine seniors in need of retirement accommodation

24 Jul 2018

COTA NT recently visited Katherine and spoke to seniors there about COTA NT’s work and the new concession scheme.  It was important for us to meet local seniors and hear… (read more)

Seniors Month 2018 calendar is released

17 Jul 2018

The Seniors Month 2018 calendar is printed and is now available for pick up throughout the NT at numerous locations including libraries, electorate offices, community centres, shopping centres and aged… (read more)

Knowing where to go

10 Jul 2018

COTA volunteers have been working on a project grant-funded by The Continence Foundation of Australia to raise awareness of the National Public Toilet Map. They undertook the very large task… (read more)

COTA’s strategic policies and focus on ageism

3 Jul 2018

Last week COTA NT attended the National Policy Reform (NPC) in Canberra. The NPC brings together all COTAs from around Australia to meet and discuss Federal issues that pertain to… (read more)

Respecting, valuing and protecting seniors

26 Jun 2018

COTA NT, along with Darwin Community Legal Service, hosted an Elder Abuse Awareness Workshop on International Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday the 15th June. There were some thought-provoking videos… (read more)

COTA helps identify gaps in Territory aged care

19 Jun 2018

The Seniors Month August 2018 calendar is off to the printers shortly.  Remember that if you missed the print deadline, you can still add your event to the online Territory… (read more)

Get your calendars ready!

12 Jun 2018

Our Seniors Month Calendar is shaping up nicely, but the time frame is extremely tight.  All organisations who were successful with their grants for Seniors Months should have been contacted… (read more)

Celebrating seniors

5 Jun 2018

Our biggest event of the year – our Seniors Expo last week was an outstanding success, exceeding the numbers of both stall holder numbers and attendees from past expos. It… (read more)

COTA’s voice continues to grow

29 May 2018

Our fourth annual Seniors Expo is on this Friday at the Palmerston Recreation Centre. It has grown in exhibitors and status. Next year’s will be our fifth year of Expo alongside… (read more)

Community conversations and support

22 May 2018

It was a fantastic night at our recent Deckchair fundraiser when the iconic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was screened. We had over 350 people attend and the raffle for the… (read more)

Senior consumers should have choice

15 May 2018

More budgets! The Federal Government released their budget last week and while it was pleasing to see more emphasis on seniors – especially on aged care, we still have a… (read more)

Budget may grow population, but focus needed on long-time Territorians now

8 May 2018

The budget has come and gone. It is interesting to see the comments in relation to the 2018/19 Territory Budget. There were no funding cuts to social services which is… (read more)

Thoughts on government spending and the budget ahead

1 May 2018

We are already into May and the year seems to have gone very quickly so far. We have working hard on contacting local business throughout the Territory in relation to… (read more)

Help needed (and coming) from all quarters

17 Apr 2018

Thankfully the City of Darwin did not implement a suggested Tree Levy on rate payers. Residents are still experiencing financial stress paying to remove trees from private properties and unit… (read more)

Seniors calendars and communication

10 Apr 2018

Applications for Seniors Month grants are in the process of being assessed by the team at Territory families. As soon as the outcomes of these applications are known, we will… (read more)

Clearing up confusion about different cards

3 Apr 2018

We have been inundated with Seniors applying for their NT Seniors Card, which is terrific.  However, there appears to be some confusion over two different cards: the NT Seniors Card… (read more)

Staying safe in the real and digital worlds

27 Mar 2018

It’s been good to see the community rallying together after Cyclone Marcus and we owe a debt of thanks to the emergency crews, volunteers and workers who work tirelessly to… (read more)

Time for registrations and conversations

20 Mar 2018

Seniors EXPO 2018 will be held on Friday 1 June in Palmerston Recreation Centre. We will be closing registrations at the end of the month, so make sure you have… (read more)

COTA NT calls for nursing homes not museums

13 Mar 2018

COTA NT is delighted with Minister McCarthy’s recent announcement of a $69m investment towards public housing repairs and maintenance. It appears that the NT government has listened to COTA NT’s… (read more)

Future’s looking event-brite at COTA NT!

6 Mar 2018

This morning Spillett House will be buzzing with conversation and music including the pick of our highly valuable, vintage vinyl. If you are in Darwin, drop in and meet some… (read more)

Local concern about financial abuse of elderly Territorians

27 Feb 2018

It was interesting watching the four big banks (NAB, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and Westpac) on the news recently. They expressed their concern regarding the financial abuse of older Australians. According… (read more)

More Government commitment needed to ease seniors’ struggles

20 Feb 2018

COTA NT attended the Chief Minister’s function on Monday, where he outlined his Government’s $1.75 billion infrastructure spend to kickstart the NT economy. It would appear there is something for… (read more)

NT businesses urged to join NT Seniors Card scheme

13 Feb 2018

COTA is working on transitioning the Seniors Card scheme and a new Territory business discount directory.  Businesses that are currently registered for the scheme will have received information from Territory… (read more)

Land tax an unfair burden

6 Feb 2018

You may recall that before Christmas, the NT Government released a discussion paper on NT Territory Revenue and how best to raise revenue in the Territory. One of the easiest… (read more)

Where is the follow up for our elderly and most vulnerable?

30 Jan 2018

I read with interest a press release by the Federal Minister for Aged Care, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM regarding an Australian Government-funded Frailty in Community Dwelling Older People – Using… (read more)

Stay safe, stay connected during the holiday season

19 Dec 2017

COTA hosted a Neighbourhood Watch NT presentation which included useful advice for going away: let your neighbours know when you are away – they can report suspicious behaviour complete an Absentee… (read more)

Consumers asked what they need to know before choosing aged care provider

12 Dec 2017

COTA Australia is asking Australians their views about quality of life and quality of services in aged care over the next two months as part of a project to better… (read more)

Territorians with dementia need more support

28 Nov 2017

COTA NT, the peak body for seniors in the Northern Territory, welcomed last week’s commitment by the Opposition Leader, Hon Bill Shorten MP, to improving the quality of life and… (read more)

Time to scrutinise insurance, power tariffs and skilled aged care workers

21 Nov 2017

For those Territorians are paying excessively for insurance, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been directed by the Australian Government to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the supply of… (read more)

NT Concessions scheme remains the best in the country

14 Nov 2017

Well – as they say, the cat is out of the bag with the revamped NT Concessions Scheme, the most generous scheme of its kind in Australia. The NT Government… (read more)

Get help with childcare – Grandparent Advisors on 1800 245 965

7 Nov 2017

It’s not uncommon for seniors to find themselves caring for the younger generation all over again, either as grandparents or as non-parent carers and providing care that goes beyond helping… (read more)

Waiting for review of scheme creates angst

24 Oct 2017

Seniors are still waiting with bated breath for the Gunner Government’s recommendations on the NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme. We would recommend the NT Government release the ‘Have Your… (read more)

NT Seniors are a force to be reckoned with

19 Oct 2017

At the COTA Annual General Meeting last week in front of a good turnout of members, it was time to reflect on the work that the organisation has done over… (read more)

Looking after the best interests of our seniors

17 Oct 2017

It is interesting watching the debate in the Victorian Parliament regarding the Euthanasia Laws and how volatile and emotive it can become. How many of our seniors remember back to… (read more)

Ageing with plans and support in place

10 Oct 2017

COTA NT receives numerous enquiries from Territorians every week – and not just from seniors – on how best to plan for ageing.  Issues such as guardianship, advance personal planning,… (read more)

10,000 Voices speak and COTA continues to lobby on behalf of seniors

3 Oct 2017

Seniors certainly had their say in the recent review regarding the NTPCCS (Northern Territory Pensioner and Carers Concession Scheme).  Over 10,000 seniors voiced their concerns, either via the forums that… (read more)

Planning a safe adventure overseas

26 Sep 2017

Australians are travelling overseas in ever increasing numbers and this certainly seemed true too for many of the senior Territorians who attended our multicultural luncheon recently. We certainly wish everyone… (read more)

Call for NT to look at new housing solutions ‘chototel’ style

19 Sep 2017

With the review for the NT Pensioners Carers Concessions Scheme (NTPCCS) now completed, and with COTA NT’s joint petition, which was given to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for… (read more)

Battling incontinence

12 Sep 2017

As part of our ‘Knowledge for Life’ activities, COTA NT’s major health and well-being presentation this month focuses on a common health concern for over 4.8 million Australians, that of… (read more)

Multicultural celebration for seniors

5 Sep 2017

It was such a wonderful day of colours, great music, wonderful food and big smiles from Nadem Turkia (Damascus Kitchen) representing the Syrian Community in Darwin. The menu was perfect,… (read more)

What’s on after August for NT seniors

29 Aug 2017

A number of seniors reported a touch of event fatigue this week – happily so, we should add – and certainly it’s been a busy time of year with not… (read more)

Seniors month at COTA NT

22 Aug 2017

Spillett House is a hive of activity this August – with a wide range of events and activities on offer for seniors. We will have a new class of iPad… (read more)

COTA urges seniors to sign petition

15 Aug 2017

It was interesting reading in the paper about the costs of child care and how a lot of parents rely heavily on their parents to provide childcare while they work. … (read more)

Seniors Month gets a flying start

1 Aug 2017

With over 200 activities and events organised for Seniors Month this August, the next four weeks promise to offer opportunities for celebration, reflection, learning and adventure. If you are planning… (read more)

Let’s deal in hard facts, not fiction

25 Jul 2017

It was interesting to read in Letters to the Editor in the NT News recently that COTA NT is supposedly saying silent on the slashing of concessions for seniors. Obviously… (read more)

COTA NT extends its regular program for Seniors Month

18 Jul 2017

Traditionally August is a busy month for Senior Territorians with numerous outdoor and indoor festivals, events and activities being held in the wonderful Dry Season. The Northern Territory Government’s Seniors… (read more)

Canvassing ideas on how new pensioner card will work

11 Jul 2017

There’s a lot of talk about the review of the Territory pensioner and concessions card. COTA NT has canvassed quite a few of our members, and it has been interesting… (read more)

Retirement home issues needs work

4 Jul 2017

As some seniors are aware, COTA attended a national policy conference in Canberra last month, which was very interesting. Issues discussed included the low take-up of e-health by seniors. It… (read more)

Action packed August planned for seniors

27 Jun 2017

It has been very exciting to review the events being organised throughout the Northern Territory for seniors for the upcoming Seniors Month in August. We’d like to offer our congratulations… (read more)

Pensioner and concessions scheme rumours causing distress

20 Jun 2017

COTA NT has been contacted by seniors in the Territory community regarding the changes to the pensioner and concessions scheme. Unfortunately there are a lot of rumours and innuendo out… (read more)

Seniors housing needs must be addressed

13 Jun 2017

COTA NT will be attending a Housing Conference in Canberra next week where the issue of seniors housing will be right at the fore.  With Territory Housing having 520 applicants… (read more)

Expo full of terrific activities

6 Jun 2017

  Nearly 1,000 Territory seniors visited COTA NT’s SENIORS EXPO held in the museum grounds on Friday and enjoyed an event full of fun, celebration, information and conversation. EXPO, now… (read more)

Countdown to Seniors EXPO

30 May 2017

Four fun, informative and festive jam-packed hours await seniors at COTA NT’s third SENIORS EXPO on Friday 2 June between 10am and 2pm at the Museum and Art Gallery of… (read more)


Stop NT housing crisis

23 May 2017

As usual with the advent of the dry season, the greater Darwin area is humming. I was fortunate to visit the Batchelor area last week where I was reminder that… (read more)

Territory Seniors Month calendar launched online for first time

16 May 2017

With the support of the Northern Territory government, COTA NT has developed and launched a new community event calendar for seniors on its website. This calendar has been specifically developed… (read more)

Seniors are winners in Manison’s first budget

9 May 2017

Under much fanfare the NT Governments 2017/18 budget was released.  COTA NT also attended a special Expert Review Group, which you will recall was set up to review the Pension… (read more)

Seniors encouraged to join sewing bee to reduce pollution

2 May 2017

COTA NT is encouraging the community to get involved in the local Boomerang Bags initiative set up by the Eco-Warriors at Parap Primary School by hosting the first workshop for… (read more)

Thanking our volunteers of every fashion

25 Apr 2017

At the moment, it is all go in our office for organising Seniors Expo 2017, and for those aspiring models out in the community – we need you. Why not… (read more)

Exciting forums lined up

18 Apr 2017

COTA has some exciting forums lined up next week for Wellness Week.  Starting on Tuesday, we have something for everyone including conversations and presentations on Managing Your Pain and The… (read more)

Online boost for Seniors Month

11 Apr 2017

Grant applications for organisations wishing to apply for funding for Seniors Month in August have now closed.  COTA NT is thrilled to announce that we will be organising, printing and… (read more)

A place for folks of all ages

5 Apr 2017

COTA attended the last of Economic Summits that the NT Government held down at the Convention Centre.  Housing, the revitalisation of the CBD and age friendly activities were discussed, also… (read more)

Lobbying hard for Territory seniors

28 Mar 2017

Our members would have been aware that COTA was on the Expert Review Group and have attended a few meetings late last year and early 2017. This consultative group which… (read more)

Lobbying hard for the Territory

28 Mar 2017

Our members would have been aware that COTA was on the Expert Review Group and have attended a few meetings late last year and early 2017. This consultative group which… (read more)

Seniors hub at Spillett House gets facelift

21 Mar 2017

COTA NT is thrilled to announce they have been successful in their application for a Northern Territory Government Community Immediate Works Grant. These funds enabled COTA NT to commission Nightcliff… (read more)

Free parking and more green spaces for Darwin CBD

7 Mar 2017

It was interesting listening to a local radio station this week who were focusing on the Darwin CBD and asking for suggestions that would make the CBD a more vibrant… (read more)

A proactive approach to seniors’ security is needed

28 Feb 2017

This is a sad week for a few of our seniors who have experienced a home invasion for the first time.  One such lady, who lives in Alice Springs, was… (read more)

Take time to volunteer and be part of our team

21 Feb 2017

This is an exciting time to volunteer with COTA NT and be part of a vibrant, energetic team, all working together to support the extraordinary over 50s in our community…. (read more)

Calls for registrations for Seniors Expo

14 Feb 2017

COTA NT’s third SENIORS EXPO is all set to live up to its award-winning reputation once again with nearly 1,000 seniors expected to attend this year’s event. SENIORS EXPO 2017… (read more)

COTA launch new look website for NT seniors

7 Feb 2017

COTA NT has launched a new-look website for seniors in the Northern Territory. The new website is part of COTA NT’s aim to disseminate age-friendly information to Territory seniors.  The… (read more)

Review of seniors concession scheme is underway

24 Jan 2017

It was a firm pre-election commitment by the Labor Government upon gaining office to review the NT Pensioners and Carers’ Concession Scheme. At that time COTA NT gave a firm… (read more)

Seniors and pension changes

17 Jan 2017

With Australians living longer than ever before, the number of those aged 65 and over is projected to double by 2055.  It is critical that the social security system can… (read more)

COTA NT members celebrate High Tea

13 Dec 2016

Elegance, sophistication, fine china, tea-pots and fascinators were the order of the day at the COTA NT High Tea event staged at the Spillett House senior’s hub last Wednesday. The… (read more)

COTA NT supports national budget strategies

12 Apr 2016

COTA NT is part of the COTA Australia national policy organisation which is the national consumer peak body of a Federation of more than 1,000 seniors’ organisations and members representing… (read more)

NT seniors outraged over cutbacks

29 Mar 2016

COTA NT has been flooded with calls from seniors supporting demands for the Seniors Concessions Scheme to be reinstated to the pre-May 2014 Budget status. These seniors are angry and… (read more)

COTA NT vows to fight cuts to seniors concessions

22 Mar 2016

COTA NT watches with despair as frustrated and angry seniors are forced to write to the newspapers to vent their frustrations with the inequitable and unfair concession scheme which now… (read more)

COTA urges seniors to get help if their health or well-being jeopardized

16 Mar 2016

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of any older adult. Any senior can become a victim of elder abuse… (read more)

Centrelink’s duty of care

9 Mar 2016

The Department of Human Services has a charter to help and support seniors through the provision of programs and various services, benefits and payments which includes providing ‘Duty of Care’…. (read more)

Pals cure loneliness

2 Mar 2016

Feeling lonely is a normal human emotion and is simply a sign of wanting contact with people. It can often happen because of external circumstances, such as loss of a… (read more)

Federal legislation gives control of home care packages and services

17 Feb 2016

Leading seniors advocate Council on the Ageing has welcomed the introduction of federal legislation which will give control of aged home care packages and services to older people for the… (read more)

Older Australians are an under-used resource

11 Feb 2016

We are quick to criticize pre-election debates and policy speeches, to analyze the speech-making and insinuations, yet when it comes to discussions on Australia’s future we’re unthinkingly accepting of the… (read more)

Seniors surf space opens at Spillett House

4 Feb 2016

Through the assistance of an AUSPOST Our Neighbourhood Community Grant, COTA NT opened a ‘Surf Space for Seniors’ at Spillett House. Originally dubbed the ‘Surf Shack’, the name had to… (read more)

Seniors EXPO 2015 is a winner

27 Jan 2016

COTA NT was delighted to receive from the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim the Darwin Community Event of the Year Award for SENIORS EXPO 2015 last week. This… (read more)

Electoral legislation amendment bill welcomed

20 Jan 2016

In December 2015 the Government introduced into Parliament a Bill which seeks to amend the Electoral Act. The changes proposed in the Bill aim to increase voter participation and decrease… (read more)

Ensuring quality aged care for all

14 Dec 2015

This week, COTA NT Board members and staff met with Aged Care Commissioner, Rae Lamb, who from 1 January 2016 will be directly responsible for managing complaints about the care… (read more)

Inquiry urges action in remote communities

25 Nov 2015

Active ageing is defined by the World Health Organisation as, “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality life as people age.  Policy,… (read more)

Preventing elder abuse is everyone’s business

18 Nov 2015

Elder abuse is a violation of human rights and a significant cause of injury, illness, lost productivity, isolation and despair. Elder abuse is any act occurring within a relationship where… (read more)

Health a major concern for ageing population

11 Nov 2015

Healthy life expectancy is defined as expected years of remaining life in ‘good’ or ‘very good’ health. Disability life expectancy is defined as expected years of remaining life free from… (read more)

A new COTA NT team to push policies

4 Nov 2015

Jan Jewell is the new vice-chairwoman for COTA NT At the recent Annual General Meeting of COTA NT all positions for the 2013/2015 term of the Board were declared vacant… (read more)

Moving keeps us in the pink

28 Oct 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In order to help promote women’s health and to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the ladies of COTA’s regular ZUMBA GOLD class held a… (read more)

Attitude to age must change

21 Oct 2015

There is a tendency for people, including politicians and policy makers, to frame the debate on ageing within a dependency storyline which sees older people as a ‘burden and a… (read more)