Politicians would do well to woo the elderly in Flynn
GLADSTONE'S older generations are a proactive bunch - and now they may be deciding who wins in Flynn.
The 70-plus age group is the biggest group of enrolled voters for the 2013 election.
The Australian Electoral Commission released figures this week showing there are 95,230 enrolled voters in the electorate, and 10,256 of those are 70 years and older.
In 2010 it was the 45 to 49-year-olds who made up the largest age group of voters in Flynn, but those who moved into the next age group are now the second largest group with 10,123 enrolled voters in the 50 to 54-year category for 2013.
But the region's elders are not all rapt with their newfound power - Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing president Edgar Allen said it was the "most boring" election he'd ever seen.
And at the sprightly age of 72, he's seen a few.
He thought the enrolment figures were surprising, considering he's been told that older people were moving out of town.
"I've never been a negative man but I believe in results and solutions and I don't see any from either side," he said.
Mr Allen said the non-profit GCCOA looked after their seniors - they own and operate the Senior Citizens Centre and Heritage Retirement Village, which is undergoing an expansion.
"I've always believed people can do the job for themselves," he said.
Another member of the group said it was unusual to have so many candidates in Flynn but enjoyed watching the politicians interact, while a third member said elections were no longer interesting.
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Candidates for Flynn
- Ken O'Dowd, Liberal National Party
- Chris Trevor, Australian Labor Party
- Steve Ensby, Palmer United Party
- Duncan Scott, Independent
- Richard Love, Katter's Australian Party
- Serena Thompson, Australian Greens
- Renae Moldre, Family First Party
- Kinglsey Dickins, Rise Up Australia Party
- Craig Tomsett, Independent