Greetings and thank you for visiting EVERALD@LARGE.
I have a strong commitment to the huge task of implementing the Blueprint for an Ageing Australia and I do this through my role as Chairman of the LONGEVITY INNOVATION HUB.
I come to this challenging task as the result of four decades of serious involvement in issues relating to Ageing.
This has included 35 years as a founding director of National Seniors Australia, with 25 of those years being as Chairman. This was followed by three years as Chairman of the Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing.
The key issues on which the Longevity Innovation Hub is working positively are:
MATURE AGE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING
AGE FRIENDLY HOUSING
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
TECHNOLOGY FOR LIVING
PHILANTHROPY AND VOLUNTEERING
The Ageing of the world’s population will reach its peak by 2050 but I don’t expect to be around by then.
In the meantime, my main aim is to have long term policies in place right now which will prepare Australia to turn AGEING into an ASSET.
Infrastructure is the other major challenge of my life.
My work as a consultant to ATEC RAIL GROUP LTD, of which I was Chairman for 18 years, is my prime interest in this field.
We are working to ensure that Australia has top quality long distance railways to efficiently transport domestic freight and export commodities, preferably owned and managed by private companies such as our own.
I also chair Tenement to Terminal Ltd (3TL) which is building a live cattle export facility at the Port of Gladstone in Queensland. The challenge of designing and implementing the logistics of this operation and establishing export markets in Asia is a fascinating one.
My other passion in infrastructure is WATER, especially the drought proofing of the entire continent. In partnership with my friend John Thompson, we have planned a major project to divert tropical water to the Darling River and we constantly lobby governments to implement it. You can read a description of it in another part of my website.
As an Elder of the Uniting Church in Australia, I am actively involved in the positive role of Christianity in the world.
Two particular activities are:
ACTS, a charity founded by the Aspley Uniting Church to care for people in need. I am its Chairman and our activities are mainly concentrated on broken homes, domestic violence, deprived children and refugees.
NORTH BRISBANE INTERFAITH GROUP, which brings together people of all religious faiths in regular dialogue. We particularly concentrate on improving religious understanding, poverty and illiteracy.
I look forward to a dialogue with you on my articles plus issues you would like to raise with me