August 20 - 26, 2017: Issue 326

For you this week:

Profile: Roland Luke

Roland Luke, winner of the NSW Premier's award in 2011 for Community Service, is really really great at looking out for and doing for others, and is known for getting on with it. There is so much this gentleman has done for our community and continues to do, and he keeps it so quiet, that many don't realise this humble man is that bloke behind a lot of great things that have happened here - not that he's scared to tell you off if he thinks you're acting up!

He's a straight talker who clearly believes actions speak louder than words, generous with his time and knowledge but still, is just getting on with it.
For all those who think they know this gentle giant, and have requested this small insight, a slightly deeper look 

Front Page Issue 326

On-Demand Public Transport Trial In Pittwater

Funds For Pittwater Foreshore And Pedestrian Improvements: Palm Beach (South) Landscape Masterplan, Careel Bay Foreshore Masterplan (Stage 2) and extension of the Hudson Parade Footpath Project between Clareville Beach and Taylors Point

Pictures: Mermaids Of Palm Beach Pictures From The 2017 Variety The Children's Charity B To B - Report and Photos by Viktorija McDonell

Vietnam Veterans Day (Northern) 2017 Commemorative Service

NSW To Stage The First-Ever Couta Boat Nationals Outside Victoria by Lisa Ratcliff

Waratah And Flint & Steel Track Problems Quickly Addressed by NPWS

Melinda Schneider Joins Northern Beaches Orchestra For Rotary 2017 Spring Concert: Wednesday, September 20th

Step Two For Kialoa II by Lisa Ratcliff & Marina Johnson

Reflections by George Repin: AUTUMN IN NEW ENGLAND USA

Whale Beach SLSC AGM 2017 - held August 13th, 2017

Aquatics: Freemantle To Pittwater And On To Paradise With Stealth by Lisa Ratcliff

Pittwater Greens Candidate Urges Rethink On Ingleside Plans, Calls for Council to Sign Climate Action Pledge - from Northern Beaches Greens

Local Government Election 2017 Candidates pages: Issue 326

Friends Of Pittwater- Local Government Election 2017: Peter Bosley, Jenny Stone and John Lettoof

Group B Independent Team Narrabeen Ward -Local Government Election 2017: Vincent De Luca OAM, Tammy Cook and Tony Biasi

Independents For Pittwater- Local Government Election 2017: Selena Griffith, Dr Suzanne Daly, Peter Middleton, Marcia Rackham and Lorrie Morgan

Your Northern Beaches Independent Team - Local Government Election 2017: Ian White, Katinga Schroeder and Bill Gye OAM 

Local Government Election 2017 CandidatesDisclaimer: The content of Editorials in this Publication have been provided by a number of independent sources. Any opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Pittwater Online News, and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information, or any factual errors contained within items published. Readers should make their own enquiries directly to any organisation prior to making any plans or taking any action. 

Help speed up the NBN

August 17, 2017: National Seniors
If your NBN connection is slow, frequently drops out or is just plain unusable, you are not alone.

These are the most common complaints people had about services delivered over the NBN (National Broadband Network) in the 2016 financial year.

But consumer advocacy group CHOICE – in partnership with National Seniors Australia – wants to help Australian households get the internet service and speeds they are paying for.

You can help by taking part in a broadband performance monitoring project to discover the real-world internet speeds of different internet service providers.

CHOICE is doing this in partnership with Enex TestLab, who will send out broadband smart metering devices and collect the results.

CHOICE will then publish its findings back to you so you can make informed decisions when it comes to choosing the right provider.

How does it work?
1. Register your interest in the program.
2. CHOICE will contact you if you're eligible to be part of the program.
3. Then, Enex will send you a small broadband smart metering device to plug in at home.

Go to to find out more and register for the project.

About CHOICE and Enex
Enex TestLab was founded and is headquartered in Australia and has a 28-year history and a university heritage. Enex is ISO 9001 quality certified and has an ISO 17025 accredited test facility. Enex's charter aligns with CHOICE in that both are completely independent and focused on consumers as the beneficiary of goods and services.

Applications open for 2018 NSW Seniors Festival grants

August 4th, 2017: NSW Government
Do you know a local organisation that would like to celebrate the NSW Seniors Festival’s 60th year by holding an event?

Applications to the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program are now open

For the first time, NSW Seniors Festival grants ranging from $5,001 to $10,000 for local government organisations to host large-scale community events are available.
Funding categories:
  • Category 1: Up to $1000 for small-scale local community events and activities targeted at community organisations and schools
  • Category 2: $1001 – $5,000 for larger local community events targeted at larger community organisations
  • Category 3: $5001 - $10,000 for large scale community events targeted at local councils in partnership with organisations and groups.
Local organisations and community groups can also apply for up to $1,000 to deliver local events or activities, and larger community organisations can apply for grants ranging from $1,001 to $5,000 for local community events.

The Grants Program provides $200,000 in seed funding to organisations and councils to run local festival events and activities that provide opportunities for people over 60 to remain active, healthy, engaged and contributing to their local communities.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the festival was a brilliant way to connect with and appreciate older people in our communities.

“I encourage organisations to apply for a grant and hold events and activities in April that inspire seniors, regardless of their age or ability,” Mrs Davies said.

Past events have focused on creativity, recreation, technology, and health, while also benefiting the culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Applications close at 11.59pm on Friday 8 September 2017.

In 2018 we will celebrate the Festival from Wednesday 4 April to Sunday 15 April.

Visit the NSW Seniors Festival website for more information on Key dates, Program objectives and funding criteria.

ASCCA - Creative Writing Competition

Just a reminder to our Senior Readers that the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association Creative Writing Competition entries close September 3rd.

Our Editor has been asked to judge the entries this year and says there have been some GREAT submissions so far.

This on staff Wordsmith will also be attending the ASCCA Annual General Meeting that will commence at 3.30 pm, at Rydges World Square in the city on 8 November to present the winners with their certificates.

Creative Writing has three topics for your stories of no more than 1,000 words and three topics for your poems of 300 words or less. You could write only one poem and one story for each topic - a total of six entries.

The three topics for Story Writing
1. Open
2. A Snap Decision
3. A Neighbour

The three topics for Poetry
1. Open
2. A Tree (Trees)
3. My Place

Entry forms here - also embedded below for you - simply click on and 'save as' on your own computer

ASCCA is the national peak body for seniors and technology
Our mission is to assist clubs to educate seniors in using computer technology to enrich their lives and make them more self-reliant.

We bridge the generation gap and assist seniors to benefit the community through their collective experience and knowledge.

The 19th ASCCA Computer Conference 2017 will be held on
Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November 2017 at Rydges World Square Hotel, Pitt St, Sydney.  

Be sure to put it in your diary. We already have some fantastic speakers booked. More details as we get closer to the event.

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Nominations Open For NSW Carers Awards

31 Jul 2017: NSW Dept. of Family & Community Services
Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams is encouraging people across NSW to nominate an exceptional carer or employer for a NSW Carers Award.

The NSW Carers Awards aim to recognise and raise awareness of the valuable contribution unpaid carers make to the people they care for and the wider community.

“There are more than 900,000 carers in NSW, who provide unconditional support for those in their care on a daily basis,” Mr Williams said.

“I would urge anyone who knows a carer or who has witnessed best practice by an organisation in supporting carers to put forward a nomination so this tremendous work can be recognised.”

The 2017 NSW Carers Awards will coincide with Carers Week, which runs from 15 - 21 October 2017.

“This is a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions of carers across NSW,” Mr Williams said.

Up to 10 awards will be presented during the award ceremony, including the 2017 NSW Carer of the Year.

To nominate a carer go to
Entries close on 31 August 2017.

Examples of Individual carers include:
Family carers
Young carers
Senior carers

Examples of organisations include:
Carer support groups and organisations
Carer friendly employers
Carer friendly education providers

AvPals terms 3 and 4 2017

The Avalon Computer Pals group Term 3 an Term 4 courses at Newport may be downloaded here and read below.

Avalon Computer Pals for Seniors has a program of computer courses for seniors over 55 held at the Newport Community Centre.
Address: Address:  11-13 The Boulevarde, Newport 2106

There are courses for a range of subjects to assist beginners or those who need to keep up with the new technologies. These include popular topics such as:
Beginners introduction to computers, Windows 10, Skype, iPads, Social media – Facebook and Twitter, Apple MAC, Digital Photography (extended 5 week course), Android Tablets, Smart phones, Genealogy, Scanning and printing.

AVPALS is totally managed by volunteers. Our only costs are for rent, utilities and internet access. We put a little aside to buy new equipment. For this reason we only charge a nominal amount, typically $30 for a ten week one-to-one training term at Avalon and $15 a session at Newport. Most Newport sessions have around 5 participants.

Photography Competition Open - Prize Worth $600

Wednesday 19 July 2017
The Australian Human Rights Commission is once again running its photography competition, with a $600 prize up for grabs for the most outstanding image!

For almost a decade, the Commission has been holding photo competitions every couple of years. Our last competition attracted a record 450 entries.

Photography is a powerful medium with a long history in the promotion and advancement of human rights around the world. Photos foster empathy for the suffering and experience of others, community engagement and positive social change. No one can forget the impact of photos such as Nick Ut’s famous photo The Terror of War of child Kim Phuc after a napalm attack during the Vietnam War.

The theme for the 2017 competition is Home, inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home..."

The shortlisted and winning photos to be displayed at the 2017 Human Rights Awards on 8 December in Sydney.

So, what are you waiting for?

About the competition
  • Enter at
  • There will be two categories for entries: Under 18 and 18 & over.
  • Overall winners will receive their prizes at the 2017 Human Rights Awards on December 8 in Sydney. A selection of photos from the Competition will also be on display.
  • Main prizes worth $600.
  • The competition will close on 30 September 2017.
If you have a query about the competition, please email

Seniors Power Discount

NSW Seniors Card holders can save up to 25 per cent on their gas and electricity bills under a new deal the state government has reached with AGL.

If card holders switch to AGL before 31 August, they will get 25 per cent off electricity and 19 per cent off gas usage charges for 24 months.

For further details, visit the website here or call 1300 001 504.


Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:

Country Pensioner Excursion ticket: NSW Public Transport

Parents missing out on REAL face time? If they have a Pension Card, sign them up & they could get unlimited $2.50 Country Pensioner Excursion tickets*.
Call 13 22 32 to sign up.

Country Pensioner Excursion ticket (CPE)
A Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) ticket is an affordable ticket for eligible pensioners and seniors to travel by train in regional NSW and the ACT.

For $2.50 you can book an economy class seat on a NSW TrainLink 

Regional train service. You will need to book 7 days or less in advance

ASCCA Notice Board 

8 & 9 November, 2017 - The 19th Australian Computer Conference for Seniors will take place at the Rydges World Square Hotel, Sydney - with the ASCCA AGM to take place at 3.30 pm at the conclusion of the first day of the Conference

Have you put the Dates in your Diary yet? Nan has already invited some exciting new speakers and some of your old favourites have already put the dates aside for ASCCA.

Please help by letting ASCCA know if you have news of an event that will be of interest or benefit to our ASCCA Members from other States in Australia, please share the details with us at ASCCA. We are
interested in news about ASCCA Clubs throughout Australia.

Visit Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association:

Senior Movers is a wonderful resource for the Pittwater senior community who are thinking about downsizing from their property.  Senior Movers want you to stop worrying about downsizing from the family home and let us take care of you.  Senior movers gives you peace of mind during stressful times of downsizing and moving to a smaller home.  No retirement living plan is too large or too small.  We are glad to help whether it is a move to a loved one’s home, assisted living or to a seniors apartment. We want you to we help you gracefully downsize with our experience and care.

Also see Belinda Grundy's Profile and other great Business;

Heartmoves is a low-moderate intensity exercise program. Regular participation in Heartmoves will help to: Better manage weight, blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol; Improve fitness, balance, co-ordination and flexibility; Enhance your quality of life and meet other people. Ingrid Davey is a qualified Older Adult Instructor and accredited Heartmoves Leader who will guide you through an exercise program that is fun, safe and modified to suit you. Tuesday 9.30am and Thursday 10.30am at Nelson Heather Centre, 4 Jackson Road Warriewood.  The cost per class is $10.00 casual now and $17.00 for two classes. Phone Ingrid to secure your spot on 0405 457 063.

Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid

Do you know someone we could help?
We're a local not-for-profit that help over 2,000 elderly members of the Northern Beaches community live happy, healthy and independent lives in their own homes.

If you know someone that could use our help, please let us know!
Call us on 02 9913 3244 or visit our website at

Avalon Computer Pals (Avpals) 

VPALS is a volunteer organisation dedicated to helping seniors improve their computer skills. Started in 2000 it now has 20+ trainers and many hundreds of students. At a really low cost (about $30 a school term) they can provide one-to-one training on most matters connected with computing and related technologies like mobile phones and digital cameras. From the smallest problem (how to hold the mouse!) to much more serious matters, there is a trainer who can help.

The training rooms are under the Catholic Church in Avalon and training is conducted Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. For more information visit AVPALS web site or phone 02 8064 3574

Keep up to date on our Facebook page 


EasyLink (formerly Easy Transport Manly Warringah Pittwater) - medical appointments,  shopping trips, mystery tours and Saturday Lunch - this great non-profit organisation offers great ideas and solutions 

Community Connect

Need help on where to go to find the community information and assistance you need?

At Community Connect Northern Beaches, our professional staff and trained volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and we will be only too pleased to help you find the service you want. We provide information and support, as well as advocacy and referral to other non profit community services and government agencies.

If we can’t help you we will get you someone who can. If you are newly arrived or do not have an English speaking background we can offer individual advice and support. Or Why not come to Specialist Community Support Workshops: Family Law, Power of Attorney plus Wills and Executors; Domestic Violence Support and Prevention; Positive Community Integration ; Crime Prevention; Or  Our Free English Classes. 

We also provide information on: Family Services: Child Care, Personal Support & Counselling; Health (Including Mental Health) ;  Material and Practical Assistance ; Advocacy to access state and federal MP assistance; Accommodation and Tenancy (help with form filling); Legal and Financial Matters ; Consumer Affairs ; Multicultural Issues; Conservation and the Environment ; Employment and Education; Accessing Community Facilities  -You are welcome to call in for: Brochures, booklets and fact sheets on a range of topics; Service Directories e.g. Council Guides and Migrant Directories; Publications e.g. The Senior newspaper and Nova.

Access to our community information data base, internet, email, fax and photocopying.(Please note there is a small charge for photocopying and use of the fax to cover the cost of paper, toner and fax call).  We also offer: A Legal Referral Program - Monday 1pm to 2pm at our 30 Fisher Road, Dee Why office.  Taxation Assistance for low income earners and pensioners from July to October. 

What does it cost?: Our services are free, however we are always grateful for a small donation where possible. The program is supported by NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS). CONTACT US: Phone: 02 99317777.

Media Releases concerning Seniors this week from National Seniors Australia

With around a quarter of a million members, National Seniors is Australia’s largest consumer organisation for the over 50s and fourth largest group of its kind in the world.

Disclaimer: These articles are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Pittwater Online News or its staff.

Home care system needs more work to prevent failure

August 17, 2017: National Seniors
The Federal Government’s consumer-directed home care program has a risk of failing, despite almost universal support for it among older people.

National Seniors’ Research Director Professor John McCallum said 98 per cent of its members believed choice of home care services was important, regardless of their age, with those living on the Age Pension most likely to say it was ‘extremely important’.

And despite reports of ‘endless horror stories’ about the My Aged Care website, more than half said they were satisfied with it, although this might have been with assistance from family and friends.

John said a recent National Seniors’ survey of 4,267 members had revealed some problems with the new system, including lack of choice, high administration fees and insufficient care packages.

The survey also revealed 20 per cent of respondents had no confidence of being able to choose a provider to suit their needs and another 35 per cent were unsure.

Confidence was particularly low among residents of regional communities, where the number of providers was low or non-existent, he said.

Despite this, support for the concept of consumer-directed home care was high, with consumers wanting choice and flexibility in aged care.

Until February this year, Australian home care services were in packages awarded to service providers.

Now older consumers are assessed for funding, which they can use to ‘purchase’ services from providers of their choice.

The system is designed to allow older people to age in their own homes and communities, rather than moving to nursing homes.

“This is like shifting from a ‘command’ to a ‘market’ economy,” he said.

“But what we found was that people don’t know what to buy or how to buy it, and the system can’t respond without change and further development.

“The experience here in Australia is what’s happened elsewhere in the world during the start-up phase of consumer-directed systems. People, particularly those who are most vulnerable, just aren’t used to having choice, and we must ensure that we don’t allow the system to fail at the starting gate.

“With such overwhelming support for choice, we need to reform consumer-directed care to make it work and ensure we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

Prof McCallum said National Seniors was eager to work with the Federal Government to ensure the success of consumer-directed home care.

“Consumer-directed care is something our members want,” he said.

“But consumers need help in making the right choices, more advocates to work with them if they are unsure what to do, and improved digital literacy skills to make the My Aged Care website more accessible.”

National Seniors’ new research report Consumer Directed Care in Australia: Early stage analysis and future directions is available here.

New Study Provides Insight into Residential Care Costs

15 August 2017: Media Release - The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Aged Care
Minister for Indigenous Health
The Australian Government has announced the start of a landmark investigation of the comparative costs of providing residential aged care to older Australians with varying needs.

The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, said the Residential Aged Care Resource Utilisation and Classification (RUC) study would help guide long-term reform in residential aged care funding.

“This is the first time relative costs have been systematically studied since the 1990s,” the Minister said.

“The Government wants to work with the sector to ensure the way we fund residential aged care is fair, stable, encourages innovation and is easy to apply and understand.

“Australians need an aged care system that is adaptable and can meet future challenges.

“Understanding how resident characteristics drive care costs, what costs are common for all residents and what impact the location and size facilities has on costs, will help us better design the funding system.”

The Federal Budget has allocated $18.6 billion to aged care in 2017-18, including $12.5 billion for residential care.

Minister Wyatt said the study would be conducted by the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong and build on the report Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification System and Funding Models, completed earlier this year.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to open and transparent engagement and will rely heavily on the aged care sector for help,” the Minister said.

“I am pleased to have received such a positive response when we invited participation in the study.”

The study is expected to be completed within 12 months.

NSW Grandparent of the Year Award nominations open

03 August 2017
Do you know a grandparent or an older person who deserves an award for everything they do for their family and community?

Nominate them for the 2017 Grandparent of the Year Award today.

Grandparents and older people give so much to our communities, from looking after grandchildren, to sharing their skills, knowledge and wisdom, as well as volunteering their time.

If you know a grandparent or an older person who deserves an award for everything they do for their family and community, then this is your chance to nominate them.

The 2017 NSW Grandparent of the Year Award recipients will be announced at an award ceremony at NSW Parliament House in October.

All nominations must be submitted online via the 2017 NSW Grandparent of the Year nomination form on the SmartyGrants portal.

In the nomination form you will be asked to provide contact details and information about why you are nominating the nominee.

Nominations close on 2 October 2017, 5.00pm

Please note that award finalists will be required to complete a police check.

For more information, visit the NSW Grandparents Day website or email

CCNB Is On The Move!!

Please be advised that after nearly 12 years in Mona Vale, CCNB Limited will be relocating to Frenchs Forest on 14 August 2017.
Our phone numbers and email will all remain the same.
Street address:     Pharmaxis building, 20 Rodborough Road, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
Mailing address: PO Box 195, Frenchs Forest NSW 1640
Phone:                   02 9998 2900
Freecall:                1300 002 262
Fax:                       02 9979 7611

NFSA Calls On Music And History Buffs To Have Their Say!

August 3rd, 2017
To celebrate 10 years of Sounds of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) is calling upon music lovers and history buffs to suggest this year’s additions for the prestigious honour list.

Since launching in 2007, more than 100 sounds have been added to the Sounds of Australia registry.  Each recording has been chosen for its relevance to our national identity, from definitive rock ballad’s like Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh to iconic jingles like the 1938 Aeroplane Jelly Song.

Now, it’s time for Australians to have their say on what’s missing. Is there a power ballad so awesome it needs to be preserved for eternity? A famous speech or radio program that’s been overlooked? With nominations for 2017 open until midnight on Sunday 13 August, this is your chance to do right by your favourite classics.

Members of the public are invited to nominate up to three sounds for consideration. They can be popular songs, jingles, famous speeches, radio broadcasts or any other sound recordings. The only criteria for eligibility is that the recordings are Australian and more than 10 years old. The current list, which can be viewed here, even includes records of extinct Indigenous languages.

Fans of particular singers, bands or shows are encouraged to share their top picks and gather support on social media using the hashtag #SoundsOfAustralia.

For anyone with a fondness for music released as recently as 2007, this means that songs such as Silverchair’s ‘Straight Lines’ and Thirsty Merc’s ‘20 Good Reasons’ are now eligible for nomination.

The public nominations will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts, who will then make a final selection of ten sounds to be added to the Sounds of Australia.

Sounds that are selected will be preserved by the NFSA for years to come, giving future generations the chance to discover and enjoy the recordings.

Nominations can be submitted on the NFSA website or on social media. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your favourite iconic sound recognised and celebrated.

19th Australian Computer Conference for Seniors

Sydney: Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November 2017
One of the great strengths and delights of the last 18 ASCCA
Conferences has been the sense of excitement and cooperation between our volunteer speakers. They are always eager and generous as they search out the latest details and pass on their knowledge with fun and an
understanding of our needs and interests. In other circumstances, perhaps many of these presenters might be considered as “friendly rivals”.

Whether our speakers are technology experts from rival companies, research scientists, librarians or archivists, medical experts, family history experts, politicians of different “brands” or public servants appointed to
implement new policies of interest to seniors, there is always an atmosphere of respect and an overarching wish to inform and entertain
for the benefit of all our senior Australians.

Don’t be tempted to look at the list of speakers for the 19th Conference and think; “I have heard him/her before.” In the world of computer technologies
nothing stands still; so make the effort to come along and enjoy hearing about all the changes and new opportunities as well as some timely
warnings and suggestions.

The aim of everyone who works to bring you the ASCCA Conferences, is to give you the tools to understand and choose those things which will enrich
your life and strengthen the bonds between the different generations. It is unfortunate if a lack of understanding causes disruption and frustration in
our lives, when we could be equipped to accept or reject new experiences, proposals or inventions on their true merit and with confidence either way.

We will have the Hon Tanya Davies, NSW Minister for Ageing, who has shown great interest in the work of ASCCA as our opening speaker.
During the course of the two day Conference Peter Blasina, Charlie Brown and Alex Zaharov-Reutt will each enthral everyone in the room and engage our attention, with their own unique and entertaining style. Where else could this amazing opportunity be available?

This year there is a really compelling reason for users of Apple devices to make a decision to attend. On Day 1 there will be a one and a half hour workshop on iPhone and iPad Personalisation. This is not to be missed if Apple is in your sphere of interest.

Everyone looks forward to hearing from our Microsoft speaker each year - so many interesting things to discover with expert help at hand! We will also have Shane Treeves whose enthusiasm and ability to share the wonders of everything “Google” always carry his listeners off into cyber adventures with new possibilities.

Dr Monica Trujillo who is the Executive General Manager of Australian Digital Health, will discuss “eHealth and what this means for you”. It could save your life, but of course you will want to know about privacy and the keeping of ongoing accurate records. Will you or a carer have a password?
We will have Dr. Mandy Viser and her colleagues sharing their work on the development of new computer programs specially for seniors and some findings on hearing, cognition, and recognising emotions across the lifespan.

There is so much in store for you to enjoy; so keep up to date on the ASCCA Website and in our Newsletters and plan to attend.

Find out more at our website:-

Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

Submissions are invited on the subject of the ‘Spirit of the Land’, the 3rd in a series of the popular Manly Art Gallery & Museum poetry readings. Twenty poems will be chosen by event curator Les Wicks for live-reading by the authors who will each receive $50.

The Gallery will be hosting an exhibition on the theme LAND (3 November – 3 December)  with selected works by artists who have drawn inspiration from the theme ‘LAND’… as a noun, a verb, a place, an idea, a possibility, a presence, a contested space. Landscape, headland, wasteland, landfill, landmine, landform, landed, etc. The exhibition supports and connects this region’s contemporary artists with the gallery, providing a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and to challenge their art practice through their diverse responses.

Selected poems will have explored this theme. Please advise in which suburb you live.

Submissions to be emailed to  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017.

The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

Manly Art Gallery & Museum & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
At the reading, there will also be an open mic section.
Cost: gold coin donation (refreshments served)

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

Calling all ladies who have ever been on any boat. Do you have a story to tell about a boating experience - funny? Serious? Motivational? Whatever? If you have would you like to have it published in book form as part of an anthology. There is no cost involved.
If you answered yes then Frances Black and Margi Law’s project is for you. They are both published authors.

Each year or so they choose a theme that they would like to write about themselves. They then assemble a group of like-minded contributors. Each person writes their own story. Frances and Margi edit and produce a published book available on Amazon. The price will be set as low as Amazon will permit.

If you want to buy a copy then you purchase one on Amazon. 

The motivation is the pleasure of writing and providing a legacy for family and community of the contributors. If you are interested in learning more please email

Australian Government Dept. of Health: Hearing Devices for Seniors

After reading a recent Media Release by National Seniors this week (runs below) we felt it is timely to remind our more mature Readers that under the Australian Government's Hearing Services Program (the program), you will be offered the option of being fitted with a hearing device if a hearing assessment identifies you have a hearing loss and a hearing device may assist you. 

You will be given a recommendation for a fully subsidised hearing device, and may also be offered the option of purchasing a partially subsidised hearing device. These devices have been approved by the Office of Hearing Services.

You can find out more about this program on the Australian Government's Department of Health webpage on the program here

NLA Ebooks - Free To Download

The National Library of Australia provides access to thousands of ebooks through its website, catalogue and eResources service. These include our own publications and digitised historical books from our collections as well as subscriptions to collections such as Chinese eResources, Early English Books Online and Ebsco ebooks.

What are ebooks?
Ebooks are books published in an electronic format. They can be read by using a personal computer or an ebook reader.

This guide will help you find and view different types of ebooks in the National Library collections.
Peruse the NLA's online ebooks, ready to download - HERE

 Australian Ageing Agenda

Australian Ageing Agenda (AAA) is an independent and authoritative bi-monthly publication for people who work in or around the aged care and retirement sectors in Australia. It provides a broad range of news, education and opinion with an emphasis on knowledge sharing and research translation.

Each issue also contains regular updates on relevant business and financial issues along with a selection of well researched features on crucial systems and operations, clinical care, technology, built environment and other issues relevant to the ‘ageing sector’. AAA leads the way with the industry’s most comprehensive conference details and remains Australia’s number one source of news and information about ageing issues and aged care.

Have a look at their comprehensive website HERE

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner 

Any person can make a complaint to the Commissioner, including care recipients, family members, friends, staff, volunteers, or professionals.

Complaints may relate to any aspect of services including care, choice of activities, discrimination, catering, communication or the physical environment. The 1800 550 552 helpline is staffed 9am to 5pm (AEDST) Monday to Friday.

Out of hours callers can leave a message, or contact the Commissioner at anytime through the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner website.


In 2014-15, there were 10,924 contacts to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme. 3,725 were assessed as a complaint, 3,812 ‘other’ contacts includes non-compulsory notifications, own motion investigations and compliance referrals. There were also 3,387 out of scope contacts which were not related to an approved provider or an approved provider’s responsibilities under the Aged Care Act.


Northern Beaches Concert Band is looking for flute, clarinet, saxophone, tuba and trombone adult players.  We cater for players from beginner to advanced and have a varied and exciting repertoire.  

Come and join us during school term time at 7.30pm, Pittwater High School, Mona Street, Mona Vale. 
Details 9970 7131 or 0414 560 263.

Seniors Toy Repair Group needs your help

Volunteers are sought to help out on Wednesday mornings (7.30am to midday) at the group's workshed in Ingleside. Volunteers need their own transport and be willing to sort and clean toys that are picked up at different collection points on the Northern Beaches. 

Prospective volunteers can email Mary Kitchen to arrange a visit to the workshed. To arrange a donation pickup please call Terry Cook on 0410 597 327 or email himFind out more about this great community group HERE



The Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is the peak organisation for people over 50 in our state. We’re an independent, non-partisan, consumer-based non-government organisation. We work with politicians, policy makers, and service providers as well as media representatives to make sure your views are heard and your needs are met. COTA NSW works to empower and engage people over 50. For decades, we’ve shaped the policies and programs that change lives.

Since our beginning in 1956, COTA NSW has introduced policies and programs that make a real difference to peoples’ lives. We have proud record, having created: ■Meals on Wheels, ■Retirement Village Residents Association, ■Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, ■Seniors Clubs, ■Seniors Information Service, ■OM:NI – Older Men: New Ideas, ■Grandfriends, ■Grandparents, Relatives and Kinship Care Alliance, ■Medication Management for Older People, and the ■Mature Employment Line

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