Cyber security and age-friendly local government on agenda in Joondalup for WA Seniors Week

Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton chats to Iluka resident Lindsay Breach.
Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton chats to Iluka resident Lindsay Breach.

MORE than 100 northern suburbs seniors attended a cyber security forum on Monday as part of WA Seniors Week celebrations from November 11 to 17.

Co-hosted by Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard, the forum was facilitated by the Council of the Ageing WA and featured guest speaker David Cook from ECU’s Security Research Institute.

Dr Cook, who is an expert in elderly online deception, gave tips on how to avoid becoming the target of cybercrime, such as avoiding online banking when on unsecured public networks and the importance of regularly changing account passwords.

Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton, Council of the Ageing WA project officer Marlene Robins, ECU Security Research Institute’s David Cook and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard.

“Seniors are engaging in the cyber world at a rapidly increasing rate and it’s important that they are aware of the threats and challenges that they may face online,” Ms Hamilton said.

“It was clear from the number of local residents that attended this event and the comments after the presentation, that they felt it was a very useful and informative session.”

Ms Hamilton and Mr Folkard will be hosting a similar event next year. Register your interest by contacting their offices.


2018 WA Seniors Awards finalist

The City of Joondalup is a finalist in the 2018 WA Seniors Awards in the Age Friendly Local Government category.

It has been nominated for its commitment to age-friendly initiatives, including its Community Transport Program, the Platinum 50+ adventure program, Duncraig Seniors Centre, Books on Wheels and the Get on Board program which encourages and helps seniors to use public transport.

Winners will be announced on Saturday.