Warwick homeowners Marg Wilkie and Mick McEniery say rates, power and heating costs are a burden to struggling seniors.
Warwick homeowners Marg Wilkie and Mick McEniery say rates, power and heating costs are a burden to struggling seniors. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Costs reach break point

SOME seniors are scrimping and saving just to be able to cover necessities and are asking for the region's next council to make time to hear their concerns.

Warwick seniors Mick McEniery and Marg Wilkie said just four of the current councillors had shown an interest in Warwick's senior community.

But they hoped change was on the way.

"I would like to see the new councillors get out more and begin talking to folk," Mrs Wilkie said.

Mr McEniery agreed, saying regular meetings would allow all community members to vent their gripes and concerns.

'We need regular council forums, perhaps every three or four months, so we are able to put things forward and discuss issues with the councillors," Mr McEniery said.

He added that many pensioners were barely surviving from pension to pension, with rates, electricity and heating overwhelming many seniors.

Mrs Wilkie said while the livelihood of seniors was a major concern, she hoped opening communication could achieve desirable situations for all groups in the community.

"I would hate to see it made easier for seniors but harder for young families because they are doing it just as tough," she said.

Despite their concerns, Mr McEniery and Mrs Wilkie said they understood the job of a councillor was not an easy one.

"We do appreciate what this council had done and we do realise there have been hard times for them with the floods," she said.

Mrs Wilkie added that she was strongly against CSG mining, as she feared it would push up the cost of living for pensioners who were already doing it tough.



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