March 18 - 24, 2018: Issue 352

For you this week;

Front Page Issue 352: Legends!

Sonja Elwood Nominated To Be A Women In STEM Calendar Girl: What Does A Lady Scientist Look Like?

Plans Unveiled For Mona Vale Hospital’s New Palliative Care Unit: Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes has announced plans for Mona Vale Hospital’s dedicated inpatient palliative care unit

Snake Babies by Lynleigh Grieg

Jayden Walsh’s Northern Beaches Big Year - courtesy Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

Pictures: PITTWATER VISIONS - Visual Video Celebration Compilation In  Compass Points Destinations: Autumn 2018 In January Pittwater Online ran a small celebration of people enjoying the Australia Day long weekend on the Pittwater estuary. Since then a few other on estuary places have been forwarded with requests to showcase that blue and green heart of Pittwater and highlight all the compass points. Some of these are new celebrations while others stem from a few years ago.

Aquatics: Pittwater's Jimmy Spithill Joins Luna Rossa Challenge For 2021 America's Cup In NZ - Read James’ first interview since the news broke

Mega Month Of Artist Exhibitions Opening In April 2017 At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Set To Celebrate Earth And Water Delights: Frank Hurley: Photographer & Gardener + Shoufay Derz' s In Memory of Water + Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man - Opening Night dates + Curators and Artists in Conversation (NB: A Day with Gerry Wedd: Free but Bookings essential)

Berejiklian Government Allows Open Slather On Wildlife by Sue Arnold 

Expressions Of Interest Sought For Para Sailing Athletes By David Sygall, Australian Sailing Team; Australian Sailing is taking a leading role in the push for sailing to be reinstated in the Paralympic program with David Staley, vice-chair of the Para World Sailing Committee, appointed to oversee a $150,000 fund allocated to maintain momentum until the International Paralympic Committee announces the slate for the 2024 Games next year

DIY Ideas Autumn Plantings for Winter Harvests + 2018 Paintback Collection Event: Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale Saturday, April 7 at 8 AM - 4 PM 

Park Bench Philosopher INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION: James Cameron – Challenging the Deep opens 29 May 2017

Open Day: Couta Boat Club Pittwater And Avalon Sailing Club 

Saturday March 24th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The ASC and Couta Boat Association NSW, Pittwater chapter, are hosting an Open day for families to visit and see all the things the club does. 

You can enjoy a ride on one of these historic couta boats, one of the best sailing boats going, on Pittwater, easily the best estuary on mainland Australia! 

Come and get the feel for what classic boats are about and how to be part of one of the best family friendly sailing clubs in Pittwater.
safety equipment provided.

For more information contact Larry, not Clint, Eastwood: 
0417 244 406

Avalon Sailing Club
28B Hudson Parade, 

Seniors' Day at Royal Easter Show 2018

Seniors' Day, Wednesday 28 March, offers amazing value and tailor-made entertainment. Bring the grand kids and share with them everything you love about the Show.  Seniors pay just $15 (+ $2.60 handling fee). Take a seat in the Amphitheatre on Senior's Day and enjoy the great entertainment provided. After this come up to the Seniors Hub for a free cup of tea or coffee and have a chat with our friendly exhibitors. 

Seniors ride FREE with a paying child on selected rides in the Kids' Carnival and Coca-Cola Carnival. Offer excludes Sling Shot, Kyle and Jackie O's Haunted House and Mayhem Manor. Valid with presentation of the NSW Seniors Card.

Seniors save 50% on Seniors' Day.
ShowLink tickets come with a ride to the Show. To plan your ride visit or scan information listed in column beside this. All prices listed include GST where applicable.

All Ticket deals available at:

Getting To The Sydney Royal Easter Show From Mona Vale

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will run each day during the 12-day Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Services start running between 07:00 and 07:30, depending on the route, each day. Services run every 15 to 25 minutes and more frequently during peak times and begin arriving at the precinct from around 08:45 each morning until 17:30 in the evening.

Return services start running from Olympic Park at around 12:45, with the last bus on each route leaving the precinct at 23:00 each night of the Show.
Note: scheduled wheelchair accessible buses will travel on each route. Find the closest stop to you using the Major Event Bus interactive map. 

Route To / from SOP (Forest Coach Lines)
1A Warriewood via Dee Why
1B Warriewood via Mona Vale

You can also view:

Travel to the Royal Easter Show
All pre-purchased ShowLink tickets include return public transport for your trip to the Royal Easter Show on any one day.
You can pre-purchase your ShowLink ticket on the Sydney Royal Easter Show website. ShowLink tickets are not sold at train stations, ferry wharves or on buses.

Travel public transport with ShowLink tickets
Present your ShowLink ticket for travel on:
  • Train services (bounded by Bomaderry (Nowra), Goulburn, Bathurst and Dungog stations)
  • Sydney Olympic Park major event buses
  • Regular bus services
  • Sydney Ferries services
  • Light rail services.
Keep your ShowLink ticket for your return trip home as you will need to present your ShowLink ticket or have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.

ShowLink tickets are not available for purchase on-board transport services or at train stations. ShowLink tickets are only available at selected Woolworths outlets or online via Ticketmaster. Alternatively, you can purchase your ShowLink ticket at the Sydney Showground ticket booths located at the entry gates to the Show, however we strongly encourage you to pre-purchase your ticket where possible as there will be queues.
Remember to keep your ShowLink ticket safe for your return trip home as you will need to present your ShowLink ticket or have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.

Single day, two-day or Twilight (after 4pm entry) ShowLink tickets are available. For more information on all the available ticketing options, seeTicket types. For more information on the terms and conditions that apply to ShowLink tickets on public transport, visit Please note there are no exchanges, refunds or cancellations on purchased ShowLink tickets.

Early Bird ShowLink: Available online until 22 March 2018

Trust Our Women: Women Artists In The S.H. Ervin Gallery: Sat 31 March 2018 Until Sun 6 May 2018

In 2018 the Gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary and is presenting an exhibition of works by women artists from its collection to mark this important milestone.

The works featured include a marvellous collection of modernist women printmakers such as Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Ethleen Palmer, Vera Blackburn, Gladys Gibbons, Ailsa Lee Brown, Jessie Mackintosh, Eileen Mayo, Adelaide Perry & Ethel Spowers. These will be exhibited alongside paintings by artists such as Ethel Carrick Fox, Clarice Beckett, Jessie Scarvell, Portia Geach and  others.

image: Ailsa Craig ‘Pittwater’ 1937  woodcut, printed in black ink from one block

S.H. Ervin Gallery
Watson Road, Observatory Hill The Rocks (enter via Argyle Street)

Avalon Computer Pals (Avpals) Term 1 2018

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 

Download Term 1 2018 Newport Programs HERE

The Chieftain Challenge 2018

Hosted by Warriewood SLSC
Saturday, April 28 at 2 PM - 5 PM
Warriewood SLSC
Narrabeen Park Parade, Warriewood

The Chieftain’s Challenge is a highly achievable run-swim-run from Mona Vale to Warriewood on Sydney’s northern beaches.

A rare run-swim-run event, this growing category is becoming popular with the introduction of events like the 3 Points Challenge (North Curl Curl), Bondi Splash n Dash and Swimrun.

The course, which can be completed solo, or as a team, consists of four ocean swims broken up by three runs. The total course distance is approx 3.4km, that includes 1.9km of ocean swimming and 1.5km of running.
All run legs are on the sand, so no shoes are required.

Transport will be provided for gear from Mona Vale to Warriewood.
After the swim the surf club will be hosting a BBQ with the bar open and band playing in the club house for all participants.

Keep up to date with entry fees and when registration opens HERE

Northern Beaches Jive is a social dance group. Our Modern Jive classes are held every Wednesday at 7.30pm at Narrabeen RSL.

Modern Jive is an easy partner dance with an emphasis on having fun and is great for all ages. Our experienced teachers always make the lesson interesting and fun. 

You can come along to class any time as we cater for new beginners every week. You don't have to sign up for a course - just come along when it suits you. First timers are only $10 for the first two weeks in total!!  You can even just come and watch for free to see if you think you'll like it.

There’s no need to bring a partner as we rotate you around to different partners during the class.

We start with a beginner class at 7:30pm for 45 minutes, followed by social dancing. At 9pm we have an Intermediate /advanced class for 45 minutes, and a concurrent 'refresher' class for the beginners, then social dancing until 10:30pm.  That’s right beginners get 2 classes every night.

Casual entry is $15 per night.  Students and seniors are only $12 per night.  We also have discounted prices, for all groups, if you buy a 5 class pass.  Great value for learning and dancing up to 3 hours per night.

If you're keen and would like to go to a class more than once a week, or go to a dance party in the weekend then check out where you'll find more classes and weekly dance parties.

Click here ( to sign up for our weekly newsletter which will tell you who is teaching each week and any other venue news such as special events.

If you have any questions - email us at:

Pittwater Artists Trail 2018

Now’s the time to apply to join the Pittwater Artists Trail for 2018/19. If you’re an artist living on the Northern Beaches and have a studio in the Pittwater area get in touch. Details on our website:

The Pittwater Artists Trail is an alliance of artists who collectively open their studios to the public on two weekends each year creating a Trail for art lovers. 

Visitors can engage with the artists, see how they work and what inspires them, buy beautiful, original artworks or perhaps enrol in one of the courses offered by a number of artists on the Trail.

Next open weekend is March 10 and 11, 2018. 
All studios are open from 10am - 5pm.

Retirement Village Inquiry 

Kathryn Greiner has finished her round of consultations, and her report is due to Minister Matt Kean on 15 December.

Visit the NSW Dept. Of Fair Trading webpage for all matter relating to this Inquiry.

If you have an enquiry or complaint  about a retirement village, you may lodge a complaint or contact Fair Trading on 13 32 20.


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 

Profile: Avalon Soccer Club
Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of over a thousand players aged from 5 to 70 who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of dedicated volunteers. 

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.

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.

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


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.

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



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

The Senior Newspaper Online 


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RSPCA's Community Aged Care Program

RSPCA NSW understands that to an elderly owner, a pet can mean everything. Our Aged Care program aims to keep pets and their elderly owners happy, healthy and together in their own homes for as long as possible. To do this, we assist elderly pet owners over the age of 65, Indigenous pet owners over the age of 50 and palliative care patients of any age.
  • services our Aged Care program offers include: temporary foster accommodation and/or emergency pet boarding if the owner requires medical treatment, respite or other assistance
  • assistance with veterinary treatment
  • home visits to assist the elderly with basic pet care
  • assistance with pet grooming
  • assistance with transport to and from the local veterinarian
  • a volunteer network to assist with dog walking and short periods of in-home care if the owner requires medical treatment, respite or other assistance
Please note that due to high demand for this program, we ask that pet owners first ask family and friends whether they are able to assist with their pet’s care.

This community program was previously known as Pets of Older Persons (POOPs).

For more information please contact the RSPCA Community Programs helpline (02) 9782 4408.

The helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. During weekends and public holidays contact the RSPCA Contact Centre on (02) 9770 7555
Aged Care Program FAQs

Taking action: Strengthening aged care homes quality compliance

March 17, 2018: The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Aged Care
From today, unannounced quality and safety audits will come into force across all Australian residential aged care homes, as the Turnbull Government builds on its aged care reforms.
The Aged Care Minister, Ken Wyatt AM, said enactment of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Legislation Amendment (Unannounced Reaccreditation Audits) Principles 2018 means homes will no longer be given notice of the date of their re-accreditation audit.

“Our commitment to safe, high-quality care is non-negotiable and I am sure is shared by all Australians,” said Minister Wyatt.

“These changes will strengthen the oversight of aged care services to provide greater assurance that standards of care are consistently maintained, not just at re-accreditation times”.

“While the vast majority of Aged Care homes provide excellent service all year, this reform is designed to give residents and their families’ greater confidence in care delivery.”

Minister Wyatt signalled the Government’s intention to introduce unannounced re-accreditation audits by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency when he released the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes last October. This enhancement to the audit system was a key recommendation.

“The introduction of unannounced accreditation audits builds on existing unannounced compliance monitoring by the Quality Agency,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Since October, the Agency has conducted over 1,500 unannounced assessment visits on homes, targeting specific quality standard requirements. 

“The Quality Agency has also increased its focus on broader areas of risk, conducting unannounced review audits of all 44 required quality outcomes at 22 homes. Since July 2017, five homes have had their accreditation revoked.”

To maintain their approval to receive Commonwealth funding, aged care homes must comply with four standards comprising 44 required outcomes, ranging from clinical care, nutrition and hygiene to dignity, privacy and security.

The new reforms to re-accreditation audits also include:
Improved avenues for resident and family feedback
Tighter profiling of homes to identify potential care and safety risks
Self- assessment of performance prior to the audit
“Every senior Australian deserves to be treated with dignity and to receive the best care and I am committed to working with providers and everyone involved in this vital sector to ensure Australia continues to provide world-class aged care,” Minister Wyatt said.

The audit reform amendments relate to functions established under the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Act 2013. 

More information on unannounced re-accreditation audits can be found on the Department of Health website at

Information can also be found at the Quality Agency website

The Quality Agency publishes accreditation and compliance decisions and resident feedback results on its website

The report on the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes can be found at

NSW Government strategy drives healthy and creative ageing

14 March, 2018: Media release - The Hon. Tanya Davies MP
Minister for Mental Health
Minister for Women
Minister for Ageing

More innovative and evidence based projects that will be implemented to improve the lives of older people in NSW, have today been released as part of the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020 Year Two Action Plan.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies launched the Year Two Action Plan along with the Year One Progress Report, which outlines achievements so far of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy.

“Since introducing the Strategy in 2016, we have made real progress towards our vision to offer more opportunities for older people to participate in our communities,” Mrs Davies said.

“The NSW Government has built strong partnerships with businesses and organisations that foster inclusion and support older people to lead happy, healthy lives, and the Year Two Action Plan will help us to continue this work.”

Mrs Davies released the reports at the official opening of the 2018 Art of Ageing exhibition, held today at NSW Parliament, before the photography exhibition tours the state.

Art of Ageing is one of 55 projects in the Year Two Action Plan and aims to combat negative perceptions of ageing and older people.

“Misconceptions about the lives of older people are prevalent in our community but the experience of ageing is unique. Many older people are artists, athletes, business owners, farmers and volunteers, and this Exhibition challenges people’s perceptions,” Mrs Davies

Targets under the Year Two Action Plan include an expansion of the modified sports program Getting Active, developing strategies to recruit older workers in the NSW public service.

The Year One Progress Report outlined achievements from targeted programs such as 4,600 seniors completing the Stepping On program to reduce their risk of falls and around 20,000 seniors improved their technology skills through the Tech Savvy Seniors program.

The Year One Progress Report and Year Two Action Plan can be viewed online here

The 2018 Art of Ageing exhibition artworks, stories and photographer biographies can be viewed online here.

Beating The Flu Bug: "It's In Your Hands"

13 March 2018: NSW Health
​A $1.75 million campaign to tackle the flu season will urge people to get their jab early and clean their hands regularly to avoid a repeat of last year’s influenza epidemic.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the 2018 flu campaign focuses on four simple measures to beat the bug, which affected more than 128,000 people in NSW last year.
“The Don’t Spread Flu – It’s In Your Hands campaign has some straightforward messages on how to limit the spread of influenza and help save lives,” Mr Hazzard said.
“More than 650 people died in NSW from influenza last year. It should be a wake-up call to the community to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.
“Like our campaign says it’s in your hands, so get your flu shot early, cough into your elbow not your hands, wash your hands regularly and stay at home if you are sick.”
The NSW Government will spend a record $22.75 million on immunisation programs in 2017-18, including $3.5 million for free flu shots to children up to five years of age.
As part of the 2018 campaign, UV light “germ detectors” will be set up at some transport hubs and shopping centres so people can test their hand cleanliness.
NSW Health’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said frequent hand washing is one of the first lines of defence against another flu epidemic, together with early vaccination.
“The World Health Organisation advises this year’s flu vaccine will be a better match to the four circulating strains and offer higher protection than last year,” Dr Chant said.
“We urge people to get their flu jab when the vaccine is available in April to ensure they are protected ahead of time, as the vaccine takes two weeks to be fully effective.”
Flu shots are free for pregnant women, children up to five years of age and people over 65 years of age, Aboriginal people and those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart problems.
How you can help fight the spread of flu:
  • get your flu shot
  • cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • clean your hands
  • stay home when sick.
View the NSW 2018 Influenza and Immunisation Campaign for more information.

Seniors Card Short Story Competition

The Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Seniors Card and FAW announce the launch of a joint project to be held between
1st Feb—1st June 2018.

The project consists of a short story writing competition which is open to Senior cardholders and anyone 60+ who would like to join (through the website which is FREE).

The prize is publication in the 2018 anthology, SENIORS’ STORIES, Volume 4 which will be awarded to the Top 100 stories.

Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies MP, said of the 2017 Vol 3 publication it is “… a great way to showcase the writing talent of seniors and provide an insight into their lives and the experiences of older Australians throughout NSW.”

We invite seniors to write a short story and interested FAW members to enter as soon as your story is ready. We also want new writers ‘to have a go’ by coaxing others in our communities to share their stories. With help from our branch members this could be amazing to motivate and inspire new writers by promoting the idea in your areas and inviting the community to participate.

Colleen Parker, Project Manager

How to apply
Applications must be submitted online through this system by midnight on the closing date 1st June 2018.

The short story theme is: Positive Ageing.

Please read the TERMS and CONDITIONS BEFORE commencing your application, which when submitted will send the details that you have entered into the form, along with your entry document in the form of a Word attachment, to the competition manager’s email address

Avalon Beach Authors' New Book - Spinning Tops & Gumdrops: A Portrait Of Colonial Childhood

Author:   Edwin Barnard 
Edition:   1st Edition - Pages:   192 - Price $44.99
Publication Date:   01 March 2018

'Spinning Tops and Gumdrops' takes us back to childhood in colonial Australia. The delight of children at play is universal, but the pleasure these children experience as depicted through the book's photographs is through their 'imagination, skill and daring' rather than through possessions. Children play quoits and jacks, hide and seek, cricket with a kerosene tin for a wicket, dress ups and charades. They climb trees, run races, and build rafts to sail on the local waterhole. The photographs show children happily absorbed in the play of their own making. 

Being a child in colonial Australia was also tough. It was a time when school yard disagreements were sorted out with fists and 'the loss of a little claret'. A time when children could view public hangings and premature death was frequent, especially taking the very young and vulnerable though dysentery, whooping cough or diphtheria. 

The lasting impression left by the contemporary accounts, photographs, etchings and paintings of colonial children in 'Spinning Tops and Gumdrops' is their possession of qualities of resilience, self-sufficiency and acceptance of their lot. Perhaps it was through lack of choice, or of knowing no other. Nevertheless, these were qualities that put them in good stead for the challenges many faced in their adulthood. Interestingly, these are qualities on which contemporary society still places a high value, but which today seem a little more elusive.

Edwin Barnard's 45-year career in book publishing, both in Australia and the UK, has seen him working on a diverse range of subjects, from computers and gardening to atlases and encyclopaedias. History and archeology have been strong interests since childhood, and work on two projects in particular—Australia's Yesterdays, with journalist and author Cyril Pearl, and Antarctica, a history of the frozen continent (during which he actually got to meet one of Ernest Shackleton's men)—revealed unexpected riches yet to be explored. Now employed as a freelance researcher, author and designer, Edwin is happily indulging his current obsession with the everyday lives of so-called 'ordinary' Australians during the nineteenth century. 

NLA Publications:
Capturing Time: Panoramas of Old Australia
Exiled: The Port Arthur Convict Photographs
Emporium: Selling the Dream in Colonial Australia

Premier's Gala Concerts

Hosted by NSW Seniors Festival
2 Dates · Apr 5 - Apr 6
11.15 am and 2.45 pm on each day
At: International Convention Centre Sydney - ICC Sydney
14 Darling Drive, Sydney

Get ready to have the time of your life at this year's Premier's Gala Concerts with Dream Lover musical's David Campbell, our favourite Australian Idol judge Marcia Hines, country music singer Darren Coggan and X-Factor Australia's Jess & Matt.

The annual Premier's Gala Concerts are a highlight of the NSW Seniors Festival. It's one of the ways the NSW Government is saying thank you to seniors for the wonderful contributions they make to their families and communities. 

Tickets are free and go on sale on Monday 19 February. Bookings are essential - call Ticketek on 1300 130 613 or visit 

While you're there, don't forget to pop next door to visit the NSW Seniors Festival Expo. With over 50 exhibitors, plenty of giveaways and fabulous live entertainment, the Expo is not to be missed! For more information, visit

Australian Government Dept. of Health: Hearing Devices for Seniors

After reading a 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.

Profile Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)
1842 Pittwater Rd, Bayview

BYRA has a passion for sharing the great waters of Pittwater and a love of sailing with everyone aged 8 to 80 or over!

2018 Seniors Card Directory Available Now

NSW Seniors: NSW Government
NSW Seniors Card is pleased to provide members with the 2018 Seniors Card Directory, your guide to the best discounts and special offers from thousands of participating businesses around the state.

Each year five directories are released, one for each region in NSW. The regions are: Sydney & Surrounds, Central Coast & Hunter, Northern NSW, Southern NSW and Western NSW.

To download your copy please click the links below:

Sydney & Surrounds PDF, 19579.78 KB

Central Coast & Hunter PDF, 9062.09 KB

Northern NSW PDF, 8590.32 KB

Southern NSW PDF, 8837.31 KB

Western NSW PDF, 8434.52 KB

If you are unsure about what directory region you are in you can view our regional map here.

Copies of the directory are also available for pickup from Australia Post Outlets, MP Offices as well as participating Local Councils and Libraries.

Want to find even more discounts? Use our online business directory to search for the best discounts near you.

 Keep your Wits About You

A regular contributor suggests we all look at Lumosity to see if will suit keeping active mentally. Their website states: "improve Brain Health and performance. Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity exercises improve core cognitive functions. Researchers have measured significant improvements in working memory and attention after Lumosity training. Dozens of research collaborations help improve the Lumosity training program and its effectiveness." You can visit their website to decide for yourself  at:


Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:

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.

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.

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

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