Slice of Life, Mary Street, Gympie. From left, Jackie Janke-Walker from Gunalda has just bought her raffle ticket from Volunteer Worker Sue Turner with Joan Sloane buying her ticket. Photo: Greg Miller / Gympie Times
Slice of Life, Mary Street, Gympie. From left, Jackie Janke-Walker from Gunalda has just bought her raffle ticket from Volunteer Worker Sue Turner with Joan Sloane buying her ticket. Photo: Greg Miller / Gympie Times

'Good news' start to 2015 but families will still struggle

GUNALDA resident Jacki Janke-Walker was enjoying a break in Mary St yesterday when she caught up with charity worker Sue Turner, who was selling raffle tickets for Little Haven Palliative Care. She also caught up with a friend, Southside's Joan Sloane.

"My husband belongs to a men's group at Blue Care and he's gone to meet with them," Ms Janke-Walker said. "So I'm having some 'me time' and some retail therapy."

Asked about the "good news" for families - lower interest rates, cheaper petrol and the probability of federally subsidised child care - she said nothing would take the struggle out of being a parent - and that had been the case in her day as now.

"Gone are the days of 19% interest," she said.

"I feel sorry for young families. Free education just cost my daughter $500 to put her kids in high school. It's still difficult.

"Young people earning $1000 a week are no better off than we were on $49 a week in the early 1960s."

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