Posted on 27. Jun, 2011 in News

The Baillieu Government is out of touch with senior Victorians, following its decision to cut funding for strength and fitness training programs, Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing Jenny Mikakos said today.

“Living Longer Living Stronger, a program run by the Council of the Ageing, has improved the health and wellbeing of over 17,000 older Victorians since 2003,” Ms Mikakos said.

“By cutting this program Mr Baillieu is showing his lack of support for senior Victorians demonstrating he doesn’t understand the issues facing older Victorians.

Ms Mikakos said the short-sighted decision to axe Living Longer Living Stronger would mean that many older Victorians would not have access to vital exercise and physical programs that will help prolong their lives.

“Labor funded Living Longer Living Stronger because we recognised the benefit that weights and fitness programs have for older people,” she said.

“Living Longer Living Stronger is a proven, popular and cost-effective program, so it is a mystery why Mr Baillieu is refusing to support it.

“The fact is Mr Baillieu won’t invest in the health and wellbeing of seniors across the state, but he will spend millions of dollars on a barely-used rail crossing in the safe Liberal seat of Brighton.

“The axing of this successful program will affect over 110 fitness clubs, YMCAs, and community health centres across Victoria.

“In the recent State Budget, the Baillieu Government has also failed to provide any new funding for ‘Go for your Life’ initiatives for seniors.

“This is a mean-spirited decision by Mr Baillieu, which will affect seniors right across the state.

“Health Minister David Davis needs to demonstrate how the Government will help senior Victorians live longer and live stronger by immediately reinstating funding for these programs.”

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