Rhonda Parker

Rhonda Parker


    Perth delegation takes bid to Montreal for Sixth Global Conference on Ageing in 2002

    3/09/1999 2:03 PM

      Seniors Minister Rhonda Parker has left for Montreal to lead an Australian delegation bidding for a major international conference, the Sixth Global Conference on Ageing in 2002, organised by the International Federation on Ageing.

      The Minister will make the bid for the 2002 conference at the fourth Global Conference on Ageing in Montreal that starts on the weekend to mark this International Year of Older Persons.

      The Australian delegation for the bid includes:
      • Mrs Dianne Moran, IFA Board Member, executive director of the Office of Seniors’ Interests;
      • Mr Denys Correl, IFA vice president Oceania, national executive director of the Council on the Ageing;
      • Mrs Sheila Rimmer, national president, Council on the Ageing;
      • Mrs Delys Sargeant, chair, National Co-ordinating Committee, Australian Coalition ’99;
      • Mrs Bettine Heathcote, State president, Council of the Ageing, WA;
      • Mr John Morriss, director, Special Projects, Office of Seniors’ Interests; and -
      • Hon Cheryl Davenport, MLC, Opposition spokesperson for seniors.

      “The Perth Convention Bureau estimates that if the bid is successful, the conference, which in Montreal will be attended by more than 1,500 people from 50 countries, would have an immediate economic impact of $2.1 million for Western Australia,” Mrs Parker said.

      “It would also help develop export potential for Western Australian aged care products, services and programs, policy advice and research and promote the Positive Ageing Centre which will be established during Seniors’ Week 1999.”

      The Minister will also deliver a paper at the conference in Montreal as well as attend a forum meeting of the 32 Ministers for Seniors from 20 countries.

      Mrs Parker will stop over in New York on her return to Perth to attend the closing session of Learning Never Ends Education in the 50+ Years Conference at the United Nations.

      Paul Omodei, MLA, Minister for Local Government; Disability Services, will be the acting Minister.

      Media contact: Owen Cole 9481 7810