Toowoomba: the nation's pensioner haven
THERE are more pensioners living in Toowoomba than any other place in Australia, according to latest figures from the Australian Taxation Office.
In a single year, nearly $40 million in pension payments were made for the 4350 postcode.
The city also ranked second behind Bundaberg in the nation for welfare payments with nearly $23 million in allowances paid.
Tax figures reveal there are at least 4000 people receiving pensions in the post code area.
Toowoomba pensioner Fay Perkins said she had been receiving the payment since she turned 65.
"You've got to be careful," Mrs Perkins, 80, said.
"You can't go out and buy big flash cars and that."
She volunteers at the Newtown Rose Garden as well as the Toowoomba Senior Citizens Club.
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Living in Toowoomba has been good for her.
"I find it great.
"Here, you are close and handy to things.
"People are friendlier, I think."
Fellow pensioner Bruce Hoppe, 68, said he had lived in the Toowoomba region since he was a teenager.
He wasn't surprised that the figures, from the 2011/2012 financial year, showed Toowoomba had a large number of pensioners.
"We are all getting older," Mr Hoppe said.
He fills his calendar with social events at the senior citizens club as well as at Tomnet at Oakey.
"I wouldn't live anywhere else, but Toowoomba now.
"I'm retired here and I just don't want to move from here."
Toowoomba Senior Citizens Club vice president Jack Hetherton said Toowoomba offered a good range of activities for senior citizens.
His club, which has nearly 500 members, holds events every weekday.
"We try to conduct the price structure for us and for them.
"It is really set out to get people out of their house and give them other interests in life."