Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tis the Season to Spend; Economic Security Strategy Funds Go into Accounts Soon

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tis the Season to Spend; Economic Security Strategy Funds Go into Accounts Soon

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Byline: Belinda Sleeman belinda.sleeman@capnews.com.au

AFTER writing her car off about a month ago, an extra $1400 couldn't come at a better time for Rockhampton's Norma Brinston.

That's what the 76-year-old will receive during the next two weeks as part of the Federal Government's Economic Security Strategy.

Eligible families and pensioners started receiving their share of the government's $10.4 billion economic stimulus package yesterday, in a move by the government to ward off an economic downturn.

Celebrating with friends at the Pensioners' League at Schotia Place yesterday, Ms Brinston said the bonus would mean a lot to local pensioners.

"It will be a great thing, and will mean a lot for everyone, especially me," she said.

"I was in an accident and wrote my car off a month ago, so the money will help me get back into it, and go towards a new car. I've been doing it pretty tough. "It will be a godsend for a lot of people."

She said she would also spend some of her money on Christmas presents for her 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

"I think it's important for people to save the money if they can," she said. "Every week things like groceries are going up, and buying food is not a waste, but you shouldn't just go out and blow it all at once."

Ms Brinston said the majority of her friends wouldn't waste the money.

"We're all pretty conservative. We play the pokies or have a game of bingo every now and then, but not too much," she said.

Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore met with local pensioners yesterday to celebrate the news.

"With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, this will be a welcome bonus," she said.

"Making ends meet is more and more of a struggle for thousands of age pensioners, seniors, carers, people with disability and veterans in Central Queensland. …

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