Council of Ageing want local input

South Australia's peak advocacy body for over 50s, Council of the Ageing SA, will visit Eyre Peninsula in September as part of a statewide road trip to hear from older people in regional areas.

The organisation is conducting "listening posts" in Port Lincoln, Kimba and Wudinna to hear first-hand the unique challenges facing residents more than 50-years-old.

The listening posts will "pop-up" in public areas and provide opportunities for older people to talk about what matters to them, what works for them and what does not.

Listening posts will be held in Port Lincoln Library on Monday, September 9 from 9am to noon, and Wudinna and Kimba on Tuesday, September 10.

COTA SA chief executive Jane Mussared said the organisation received lots of letters, emails and phone calls but the listening posts were a chance to talk face-to-face.

COTA SA will use the feedback and information from the listening posts to better advocate for and represent older South Australians in regional areas when running its own programs and lobbying government.

"Older people living in regional South Australia often tell us they love their communities and the long-term friendships and opportunities offered by them," Ms Mussared said.

"However, they also worry about becoming isolated if they give up driving or are frustrated by lack of online access.

"We would love to hear the whole picture, the ups and the downs of growing older in country SA, and the ideas people have for solutions."

Ms Mussared said COTA SA had worked hard to increase government priority for improved transport options and digital access.

"We are keen to hear more about those experiences but also about the other things that either work or don't work," she said.

Over 50s who want to attend a listening post can find out about times and venues by contacting COTA SA at or 8232 0422 or the COTA website.