Nats meet young and old

Ivy Penny, Nicola Davison, Mia Davies, Paul Brown, Brendon Grylls, James West and children from the Urban Youth Crew in Northam last week.
Ivy Penny, Nicola Davison, Mia Davies, Paul Brown, Brendon Grylls, James West and children from the Urban Youth Crew in Northam last week.

At an afternoon tea, Ms Davies and Mr Grylls spoke about the increase to the Country Aged Pension Fuel Card and improvements to health and aged care services. They also responded to questions about a more frequent train service between Northam and Perth, and access to specialist medical services.

‘Funded by Royalties for Regions, the Country Aged Pension Fuel Card entitles eligible people to $500 a year towards fuel and taxi fares,’ Ms Davies said.

‘We recognise that costs have increased since 2008, so we’ve committed to increasing the fuel card allowance in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Labor candidate for Central Wheatbelt John Watters said if Labor was elected, it would make life easier for seniors.

He said Labor had committed to providing free photo ID cards for seniors who do not hold a driver’s licence and ensuring all seniors and pensioners living in retirement villages and caravan parks received their Cost of Living Assistance payment.

Labor would also expand the Patients Assistance Travel Scheme and boost PCYC and mental health programs.

Ms Davies said the Nationals had already committed $565 million to create the Southern Inland Health Initiative and was one year into a five-year program aimed at increasing doctor numbers, primary health care workers and upgrading and improving aged care services.

Mr Grylls and Ms Davies also visited the Northam PCYC to talk about initiatives that could improve young people’s lives in the community.