Labor pledges $140,000 to seniors organisation


Opposition spokeswoman for Seniors and Ageing Margaret Quirk (second from left) and Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley (right) with seniors Val Timewell and Bob Howe.
Opposition spokeswoman for Seniors and Ageing Margaret Quirk (second from left) and Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley (right) with seniors Val Timewell and Bob Howe.

WA Labor has pledged $140,000 of funding to five local seniors organisations if elected on March 11.

Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley was joined by Opposition spokeswoman for seniors and ageing Margaret Quirk at the Stock Road Seniors Citizens Club for the announcement on Monday.

To be delivered during a first term Labor government, the funding would be split between the Senior Citizens Club, Melville Cares ($55,000 each), Community First Meals on Wheels, Bicton-Palmyra RSL and Bicton Men’s Shed ($10,000 each).

Mrs O’Malley said seniors were a vital contributor to any community.

“Seniors have shaped our community and helped build everything we take for granted today,” she said.

Ms Quirk said Labor believed seniors should be allowed to age well and keep active in their own communities.

“We’re getting close to 20 per cent of the population being 65 or over, so keeping the elderly involved in their local communities is more important than ever,” she said.

Bicton-Palmyra RSL president Kevin Hastie said the group would use the money to repair a sagging ceiling in their bar area.