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Vulnerable seniors speak out about Budget cuts

Sharing their budget concerns as aged pensioners are Alan Feeney and Margaret Hicks.
Sharing their budget concerns as aged pensioners are Alan Feeney and Margaret Hicks. Valerie Horton

SOME Pensioners are living in fear after the announcement of cuts to concessions in the State Budget.

Maryborough couple Alan Feeney, 75, and Margaret Hicks, 68, are among those worried about what the proposed concession cuts will mean for their quality of life.

Both rely on the pension and live week to week.

Changes to pensioner concessions could hit electricity discounts, registration and other expenses.

Mr Feeney is fighting a life-threatening battle with cancer and is worried he won't be able to afford many of life's essentials if the concession cuts hit him.

And Mrs Hicks said she wasn't sure how she would continue to manage if something happened to Alan.

"I honestly don't know how I'd manage on a single pension," she said.

"We're managing, but if everything gets cut then we may start to find it very difficult."

Maryborough MP Anne Maddern said pensioners shouldn't worry about the 15% cut.

"At this point in time we don't know which ones are going to be affected," she said.

But Ms Maddern said the State Government had increased spending on the concessions by about 10%.

She said the Federal Government had reduced their input, which caused the cuts.

"I would say to the pensioners, look just don't panic too much, it's not going to be slash and burn over all of those concession," she said.

Funding

Maryborough

$2 million allocated for the Gympie and Woongool Rd upgrade.

$3 million towards the Tinana and Bruce Hwy interchange

$1 million to non-government organisations to deliver specialist homelessness services

$770,000 for supported accommodation

Funding allocated to the upgrade the Beaver Rock boat ramp to two lanes

Hervey Bay

Local health spending has increased to $458 million in 2014-15

$7.4 million allocated for a new regional cancer and Dental Care Centre

$1.4 million for Hervey Bay schools to boost literacy and numeracy outcomes

FCO will get a $300,000 injection to promote tourism in Hervey Bay

Topics:  hervey bay, maryborough, pensioners, seniors, state budget




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