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Giving a greater voice to older Tasmanians

Thu 17 May 2012

Cassy O'Connor

Minister for Community Development

The peak agency for older Tasmanians has received a significant funding boost in the 2012-13 State Budget, the Minister for Community Development, Cassy O'Connor announced today.
Ms O'Connor said the Budget included an additional $125,000 a year over the next four years for the Council of the Ageing Tasmania, bringing total State Government funding to COTA to $216,500 a year.
"Our ageing population poses both significant challenges and opportunities for Government and the broader community," Ms O'Connor said.

"We need to be sure our policies and services reflect and respond to the needs of older Tasmanians as the demographics shift.

"COTA Tasmania already does a tremendous job supporting and advocating for older Tasmanians.

"This funding will further enhance its role, by helping the Council develop a knowledge hub - that will give COTA a greater voice in informing State Government policy development.
"It will also enable COTA to commission further research to give a better understanding of the challenges that face older Tasmanians and opportunities available to them.
"This will also support COTA in developing innovative, evidence-based programs to benefit the health, wellbeing and quality of life of older Tasmanians."

Giving a greater voice to older Tasmanians