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Born before 1981? Chance to tell government what matters most to you

What matters to you?

That’s the question being asked of all Dubbo residents who will be over the age of 50 by the time 2030 rolls around.

The Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW is coming to town to hear about the issues that matter most to this cohort of people, in our own Dubbo community.

COTA is keen to find out the most critically pressing issues of concern so that “the voices of older people are valued and heard, and their concerns are represented to the government and decision makers”, according to the organisation’s CEO Meagan Lawson.

“The Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW is the peak organisation for people over 50 in our state.

“We’re an independent, consumer-based, non-government organisation and work with politicians, policy makers and service providers – as well as the media – to make sure the views of older people are heard and acted on.

“In the lead up to the next State election, COTA is holding a series of focus groups around NSW to talk to older people about what matters to them, and we’ll be in Dubbo at the Western Plains Cultural Centre on Monday, July 23,” she said.

COTA’s policy team is inviting anyone born prior to 1981 to join in an informal discussion about a range of issues affecting older people in the community including:

Health and well-being;

Working life;

Retirement Inclusive communities;

Housing choices and affordability;

Getting around in your community

The forum will be held at Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC) on Monday, July 23, from 11am to 1pm.

Anyone interested in going along is asked to RSVP by July 16 by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 9286 3860 or 1800 449 102.