Support for physical activity costs will benefit social connection for older Tasmanians

We welcome the announcement today that our suggestion to extend the ticket to play scheme to older Tasmanians will be supported by Tasmanian Liberals as part of their election commitments to the community sector.

This is something we have been lobbying for with our friends at Clubs Tasmania and is a recognition that policies to support people to connect to their communities whilst undertaking physical activity that assist in managing their wellbeing proactively should be provided to all ages.

“In a first, we’re going to help older Tasmanians stay active and connected with a new Ticket to Wellbeing, which is based on our highly successful Ticket to Play for younger Tasmanians. This offers older Tasmanians two vouchers of $100 to get active and stay connected” Minister Palmer.

From our Media Release 26 February: “Older Tasmanians regularly tell us that the social connection they receive through exercise classes or sporting groups is just as important to them as the physical health benefits. It would be a natural progression to extend the program to eligible adults, including older people, who would benefit greatly from the financial support,” Brigid Wilkinson, Acting CEO COTA Tasmania.

We look forward to further details about other commitments to COTA’s projects and peak funding.