Coast groups get funding to help seniors

ABOUT $2 million in funding has been split between five Fraser Coast groups to help provide services to help prevent elder abuse and social isolation of seniors.

The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre was the biggest winner receiving more than $1.2 million to help continue to provide seniors legal service aimed at preventing elder abuse.

Hervey Bay Sixty and Better Healthy Ageing Program president Mark Westbrook said the more than $256,000 in funding was vital for the group to continue to provide services.

"Because the population is ageing, organisations like Sixty and Better are becoming more important," he said.

The funding will mean the not-for-profit group will be able to continue to run fitness classes as well as social events, mental health awareness and bus trips.

Older Men Unlimited received more than $232,000 and Fraser Coast Regional Council received more than $259,000 to help continue to provide services to prevent social isolation in seniors.

The Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing have also received more than $200,000.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders welcomed the funding.

"Organisations like this provide essential support, enabling older people to access information and advice, and get out in the community to form ongoing friendships and support networks," Mr Saunders said.

The funding provided was part of an $18.6 million boost to 47 organisations across the state which focus on the wellbeing on seniors.

Seniors Minister Coralee O'Rourke said the funding would be spread out over three years.

"Sadly, older Queenslanders can be vulnerable to social isolation and elder abuse, which is why we're doing everything we can to protect our seniors," she said.

"These services provide essential support, enabling older people to access information and advice, and get out in the community to form ongoing friendships and support networks."

Ms O'Rourke said the State Government was also conducting a survey in order to become a more age-friendly community.