Wednesday 20 March, 2019
Mr GEPP: On a further matter, I also had the pleasure recently to attend the launch of the I Wish I’d Asked story van at Lemnos in Shepparton. I Wish I’d Asked is a Pick My Project and, at its core, is designed to tackle the issue of loneliness amongst senior Victorians. It connects kids from schools around the Shepparton area with seniors in the Shepparton district. It is unique in terms of the work that it does. There is no other pilot like this in the nation. We are all working hard to make it as successful as we can so that this can be rolled out right across the state of Victoria, but also importantly right across the entire nation, so that the issue of the 75 per cent of seniors in this state who identify as being lonely at some point after retirement can be tackled.