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Queensland Government media release

A local Gold Coast organisation has received almost $65,000 in Queensland Government funding to develop an individualised transport support service to help older Queenslanders safely use public transport.

Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke today visited Village Community Services at Oxenford to announce their We’ll Get You There (WGYT) project, which is one of 12 across the state to receive funding under the first round of the Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program.

“Earlier this year, I put the call out for community projects that provide local solutions to the needs of older people within their community,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“Village Community Services Inc.’s WGYT project is exactly the type of innovative age-friendly project that we hoped to receive.

“The WGYT project will develop personalised maps, information and support to meet the individual transport needs of older Queenslanders, including those with dementia.

“This is a new approach in Queensland that will support seniors to access appropriate transport solutions.

“I am delighted Village Community Services can contribute to building an age-friendly Queensland through our community grants program.”

Village Community Services Community Development Officer Jennifer Schofield said they were delighted to receive funding that will make a real difference in the lives of local Queenslanders.

“We recognised that there was a need for simplified transport solutions for seniors,” she said.

“What this projects means for local seniors is they will have the self-confidence and peace of mind to catch public transport, knowing they have the support to do so.

“We have a range of volunteers who will be in place to help deliver the project.”

Mrs O’Rourke said eleven other community organisations across Queensland received funding up to $100,000 under the grants program to deliver projects that address some of the barriers Queenslanders face as they get older.

“There’s no doubt that seniors play a vital role in our community,” she said.

“That’s why I am so excited that innovative projects are being delivered all across the state to support older Queenslanders to remain actively engaged in their local community.

“Just some of the exciting projects include, a shared housing project for seniors on the Sunshine Coast, a seniors fitness trail on Magnetic Island, a project to map shady areas in south east Queensland, and a project to explore and design suitable housing option for seniors in Roma and Mitchell.

“This is an exciting time for Queensland and I look forward to seeing these creative solutions that support older Queenslanders to live the life they choose."

The Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program is a key initiative from the Queensland: an age-friendly community Action Plan which was launched in June last year.

The grants program will provide $1 million per annum for three years from 2017-18 to seed fund community projects that involve partnerships with local government and other organisations to co-develop, implement and promote innovative age-friendly projects.

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