Seniors appointed to new NT advisory council

Eight seniors have been selected from across the Northern Territory for the new Minister’s Advisory Council for Senior Territorians (MACST).


Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield said the Council will be a voice for seniors, providing advice to government on social and economic issues from a senior’s perspective and issues relevant to senior Territorians.


“Seniors contribute to our economic growth and it’s critical for the future of the Northern Territory that we keep our seniors here,” Ms Wakefield said.


“The eight selected community members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Council, with the skills and capacity to provide strategic advice to addressing senior’s issues across the Territory.


“They will also look at ideas to increase participation of older Territorians in community activities and highlight the positive aspects of ageing – because let’s face it, we’re all getting older.


“This appointment of the Council also helps deliver on our Government’s promise to have 50:50 representation of women on councils and boards by 2020.”


The Council also has representatives from key seniors groups including National Seniors Australia, Council on the Ageing NT and the Association of Independent Retirees.


The eight community members are:

  • Ms Morag McGrath - Alice Springs

  • Ms Lilia Cercarelli - Palmerston

  • Ms Lindy Coats - Darwin

  • Ms Delma Harlan - Katherine

  • Mr Gary Manison - Darwin

  • Mr Geoffry Boynton - Palmerston

  • Mr Peter May - Darwin

  • Mr Pirrawayingi Puruntatameri - Tiwi Islands.

Ms Wakefield said the Council will be consulted on improvements to the Pensioner Concession Scheme announced as part of the NT Budget 2017.


“We are improving the Pensioner Concession Scheme to ensure it is a fairer and more equitable scheme that – unlike the old scheme – is not open to exploitation,” Ms Wakefield said.


“Through consultation we want to deliver a scheme that best meets the needs of senior Territorians with less red tape and is easier to use.


“Our government is investing for our future and it is critical for the future of the Northern Territory that we keep our seniors here [in the NT].”


19 May 2017.