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COTA Victoria seeks new external advocates

COTA Victoria is seeking new representatives for a number of external committees to forward the views of COTA and older people to various consumer user and government advisory bodies.

As the peak body that represents and advocates on behalf of older people across the state, older people sees the participation of older people vital to providing authentic feedback to the relevant organisations.

The groups include: VCOSS Emergency Management Advisory Group, the Transport Victoria (PTV) Accessibility Strategic Reference Group, and a number of different utility and energy consumer advisory groups.

COTA Victoria CEO Ronda Held said representatives on external committees are a vital part of the organisation’s strategy to achieve social change to advance the well-being of older people.

“Increasing the number of competent and well informed representatives increases the extent of COTA’s reach into society,” Ms Held said.

“Representation on the committees and advisory groups gives the opportunity to have a greater variety of older persons as representatives, building stronger relationships between COTA and other organisations and, most importantly, it gives the volunteer representative the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to our communities.”

COTA Victoria will host a lunch for current and potential committee and advisory group representatives on Wednesday March 21 from 11am to 1pm in its new offices, Level 4/533 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

“We know our COTA representatives provide positive examples of having older people in positions of advocacy, to show how older people contribute to better our society, dispelling negative stereotypes,” Ms Held said.

“If being a representative for COTA Victoria is something that would interest you come along and hear from other representatives about what you can expect and the work they do.”

For more information or to register your interest phone Victoria Wells on 9655 2401 or email her vwells@cotavic.org.au

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2 Responses to COTA Victoria seeks new external advocates

  1. Mick DeeProse says:

    I have been a lone advocate in opposition and resistance of the now entrenched Smart Meters for the reading of usage of electricity and charge out thereof; which gives you no way to verify the submitted electricity bill. I have access to all the my account readings provided by my retailer via the power distributor. I rigidly check the correctness of my submitted electricity account and regularly find errors and dispute with the Supplier.
    I think we are all aware that the water meters will be going to remote off site reading, so I would like to be a strong advocate against this conversion at an early stage in its impending changeover, and who knows if COTA objects then perhaps all the seniors in Victoria might just not have to be subjected to another forced changeover which gives the consumer no realistic way to check their account.
    I feel my experience gained from dealing with Electrical Retailers and Distributors could be utilised in opposing the smart water meter.

  2. Hi Mick,
    Thank you for answering to our call-out. One of our staff members will be in contact with you soon.
    Cheers,
    COTA Team