RAI: 'Super boomers' key to thriving regional areas
REGIONAL areas on the east coast of Australia, from the New South Wales north coast to the Wide Bay Burnett regions, could be the key to adjusting to the nation's ageing population.
The areas, including Wide Bay, the Sunshine Coast and NSW towns including Coffs Harbour, were identified in a new report from the Regional Australia Institute.
It has analysed the regional impact of ageing Australia who remain in their towns to contribute to society, by being everything from business leaders to mentoring younger residents.
RAI chief executive Su McCluskey said what she called "super boomers" were fundamental to thriving regional areas, and driving economic growth by capitalising on an aging workforce.
"Super boomers have the potential not just to stay engaged for longer but to be the leaders of change and revitalisation efforts within communities," she said.
These older residents, who make up 39% of Australia's regional workforce, have been called on to help regional areas adjust.
Far from a quiet retirement, Ms McCluskey said the "next generation of older Australians" needed to "embrace their future opportunities".
"It's time to focus on the benefits that flow when older Australians make the positive choice to 'go regional', embrace their inner Super Boomer and become a keystone to prosperous regions," she said.