23 April 2018

The Fix Pension Poverty team had a great time visiting the Central Queensland Rotary conference over the weekend. 

We've visited a number of the Rotary groups in the district over the last six months, including Hervey Bay City and Maryborough Sunrise. We were very happy to be invited to hold a stall at the District Conference and meet more local members from communities across Central Queensland.

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We've visited a number of the Rotary groups in the district over the last six months, including Hervey Bay City and Maryborough Sunrise. We were very happy to be invited to hold a stall at the District Conference and meet more local members from communities across Central Queensland.

Central Queensland is one of the three target regions for the Fix Pension Poverty campaign. As you know, the area has an older (and ageing) population. Not only this, but many areas are doing it tough. For example, the well-being of older residents in Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Maryborough rates in the lowest 20% compared to other parts of Australia. Older residents of Hervey Bay and Yeppoon are faring better, but still rank in the lowest 40% of the country for well-being.

Central Queenslanders deserve better, and in a rich country like Australia we should be doing more to ensure that people shouldn't be resorting to mashing food to avoid the dentist, or turning their hot water systems off to save money (these are just two experiences people told us about in the Adequacy of the Age Pension report).

If you're a member of Rotary, or any other service club or community group, and supportive of the Fix Pension Poverty campaign we'd love for you to get in touch! Service clubs and community groups are the bedrock of civil society in Australia, generally non-partisan but engaged with the issues faced by their community. These are the foundations of the Fix Pension Poverty campaign. If possible, we'd love to come and speak with your members. You can send us an email at FixPensionPoverty@benevolent.org.au