Tasmania has an ageing population. I am a Pilates Instructor and have seen first-hand the benefits to older people from a regular, supervised exercise program.
I am convinced that if we take a proactive and preventative approach to ageing, instead of waiting till people are unwell to do something for them, we will both save money and make the later years more enjoyable.
These people have a lot to offer, especially in a state that runs heavily on volunteers. Older people are an untapped asset and not a drain on society as they are so often portrayed by media.
I have been on the forefront of the fight against a pulp mill in the Tamar Valley for a number of years as a Committee member of Pulp the Mill and a founding member of Friends of the Tamar Valley, because I believe that the damage to the health and well-being of the people of the valley will far outweigh any financial benefits.
There are many other opportunities for Tasmania in areas of food and wine, tourism, IT, health services and education that will employ more people in a wider range of occupations. Tasmania is a great place to live and work, we just need to see beyond the current chop it down, dig it up, ship it out mentality.