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Hi Tech Seniors have their say with
Council On The Ageing's
New Policy Bulletin Board

Ever wanted to tell policy makers just how their policies are impacting on the lives of ordinary seniors? Ever felt that your voice was lost in the wilderness? Well now, thanks to the Council on the Ageing (WA) Inc., Seniors can have a direct line to COTA's Policy machine via an electronic bulletin board which is accessible from any computer linked to the Internet anywhere in the world.

Mr Ken Marston, COTA(WA)'s policy officer, said "The New Web based Policy Bulletin Board is proving to be very popular. If you haven't visited it yet have a look at our home page and have your say."

In launching the site at the Council's offices today the Minister for Seniors, the Hon. June van de Klashorst MLA, said that she was proud to see that once again Western Australia was leading the way. The site is a first for the State Seniors and a first for the COTA Federation.

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The Minister for Seniors, The Hon. June van de Klashorst MLA, launching COTA's Web Policy Board (as designed by with members of COTA and

Mr Barker, Executive Director of COTA(WA), explained that soliciting feedback from Seniors was essential if COTA(WA) was to fulfil its vision of protecting and promoting the well being of all older Australians.

"Getting feedback has traditionally involved working with other organisations, standing committees, focus groups and written communications. Whilst we will maintain these processes, the bulletin board will cut the cost of soliciting feedback from individual Seniors from over $1 to less than 1c.

If this feedback mechanism proves successful it will be adopted by other State and Territory COTAs, COTA's Organisational members and perhaps even Nationally." He said.

Mr Marston explained that "The site is designed to solicit feedback from Seniors on a range of issues and provides a real thermometer of public opinion. The Site can be monitored not only by us to help guide our input into policy work but also by the government and government officials that develop the policy that has the potential to impact on Seniors."

The site has been developed by a Perth based Internet company established just over a year ago by graduates from UWA.

Founding partner of Nick Streuli said "Working with COTA to develop this site has added greatly to our understanding of the importance of Seniors market. The opportunity to export this technology to other states and territories and COTA's organisational members will ensure Seniors throughout Australia are heard."

Click here to view COTA bulletin board.

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