A place for folks of all ages

5 Apr 2017

CEO Sue Shearer speaking out for seniors in the NT

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 in relation to senior tourists who visit the NT.  A suggestion made was that all hotels and tourism activities should have a rating for accessibility, so our seniors and disabled persons are aware of how they can enjoy their stay and see as much as possible in the NT.

There are some exciting plans and initiatives underway, even with the news of our drop in GST revenue from the Federal Government.  It was interesting during the week that an economist who was interviewed by the ABC on the impact of the fall in revenue stated that seniors don’t really care about the future of the NT because they don’t stay in the NT.  Well – did we have news for him! 

COTA quoted our survey done in 2013 about the growth and projected growth of seniors in the NT.  I think that the economists was harking back to the 70s and 80s and even 90s when Darwin and Alice Springs were mostly public service towns and yes the term of stay was only four years. 

However, times have changed indeed with higher education and better health care for all Territorians and indeed our seniors is now available.  Our baby boomers are now grandparents and enjoy the Territory lifestlyle and being a part of their grandchildren’s life and create the harmony needed for a cohesive family unit. 


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