July 8 - 21, 2018: Issue 367

Features this Issue:

Front Page Issue 367 

Newport's 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths Complete the Loop Update: Petition now running to gauge community support, video to show area, proposal has been forwarded to all councillors

GKSS Match Cup Sweden Women's Trophy: Great First Hitout In M32’S For Pittwater's Fusion Racing

24 Hour Row For One Eighty and Gotcha4Life: happening at Av. Surf Club on 18/08/2018 - Local businesses who want to support or sponsor this great initiative can contact Melissa Wellings on mel_wellings@hotmail.com 

Mona Vale Hospital Fight Continues At July Forum - from Protect Pittwater Association

NAIDOC Week 2018 - Local Celebrations And Some From Further Afield: ASGMWP Monday July 9th at Mona Vale hosts 'Aboriginal Rock Engravings', Guest speaker Ian Jacobs

Aquatics: 2018 NSW Sharkskin IRB State Championship: Avalon Beach and Newport SLSC's among Medal winners

Park Bench Philosophers: The Quiet Revolution – Or Making Waves? by Roger Sayers, Life Member at Avalon Beach SLSC - in celebration of the gold medals won at 2018 IRB NSW States by club members, a reprise of Mr. Sayers insight into the father of the IRB

Club Marine 2019 Pittwater To Paradise Regatta Checklist: The quieter winter months are a great time to run a checklist over boat and crew preparation for another season of bluewater racing out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, on the shores of Pittwater and get your boat up to speed for the 2019 P2P by Lisa Ratcliff

Pictures: A Body of Work - Photographs by Adrian Boddy - A major new exhibition will open July 18th featuring one of Pittwater's best photographers. This collection of photographs charting a life's journey as seen through a lens. 10 screens scrolling over 300 images of landscapes, fauna and portraits fill the space with haunting beauty; Wednesday 18 July 2018 - Sunday 2 December 2018 This Issue Adrian shares a collection of short essays, written to compliment the final curatorial selection

Gallivanting Around The Galapagos Islands by Robyn McWilliam

DIY Ideas Woodworking Projects for Beginners: School Holidays Fun for Winter 2018 - Simple Storage Box + Wood Tool Box one for big boys and girls and one for littlies!

Profile: Adrian Boddy. Photographer and  architectural academic Adrian Boddy has a major exhibition opening at the Justin Art House Museum in Victoria on July 18th. It will run until December 2nd. This Issue Adrian shares a collection of short essays and photos, written to compliment the final curatorial selection for 'A Body of Work - Photographs by Adrian Boddy' as Issue 367's Pictorial.

Mr. Boddy is more than a photographer of wonderful environments and all in them though. Prior to 'retirement' he was a director at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building UTS, and an architectural photographer. His Master’s thesis was Max Dupain and the photography of Australian Architecture (QUT, 1996). This week, for those who missed it and need further inspiration to pop into the Justin Art House Museum if in Victoria prior to the end of the year, a few insights into the man himself.

Tax on so-called 'super rich' could prove costly

July 5th, 2018: National Seniors
By Chief Advocate Ian Henschke
In March the Labor Party announced a radical new policy. If elected it would close a “tax loophole” exploited by the rich.

It would reap $59 billion over 10 years by disallowing tax credits from Australian shares to be paid to people who had no income. Labor leader Bill Shorten said: “A small number of people will no longer receive a cash refund.”

But the “small number” was a large number. It included hundreds of thousands of pensioners, part pensioners, war widows, people on Centrelink payments and self-funded retirees. The Australian Stock Exchange says 58 per cent of retirees own shares and Australia has more than three and half million people over 65.

These people never saw the imputation credits they were being paid as a “tax loophole”. Quite the opposite. Many saw themselves as investing in the future of the nation and getting a benefit in their retirement. They’d been encouraged to take up shares in initial public offerings like CSL, Telstra, Qantas and the Commonwealth Bank. It was also income they had relied on for almost 20 years.

So, would it be fair to change the policy? We did a poll of National Seniors members and found nearly 90 per cent thought the removal of tax credits for retirees was unfair.

It was apparent the proposal to end the payment of tax credits had unintended consequences. Bill Shorten realised this after an extraordinary outcry. He announced he would modify his policy. National Seniors fought for and helped win that change for more than 300,000 pensioners who would have lost $3.3 billion over 10 years.

Labor said if elected it would exempt all full and part age pensioners from its policy. It was called the “Pensioner Guarantee”. We’re glad it listened to the concerns we voiced but we think more needs to be done. The follow-up poll we did after the “Pensioner Guarantee” was announced revealed two out of three members still thought the policy was unfair.

The “Guarantee” protects only a fraction of those affected.  What about the rest who are self-funded retirees? The purpose of the policy, according to the ALP, is to stop the rich rorting the system. But what if you’re not rich, not rorting and not a pensioner?

The policy means a 30 per cent drop in income from shares - this is why the Coalition are calling it a Retirement Tax or tax on retirees.

One member, Joe, says he’d worked and paid taxes for 49 years and isn’t ‘rich’. He summed up the feelings of many self-funded retirees, saying: “My generation was encouraged to plough more into superannuation and, if possible, invest in shares in Australian companies so we could be self-sufficient.”

Joe, like hundreds of thousands of others, made his investment decisions based on a policy that’s been in place since July 2000.

Another member wrote: “By any measure the Labor policy is unbalanced and unfair. It should be either amended to focus on the truly wealthy, or (the policy should be) abandoned.”

Australians want a reasonable level of certainty in financial planning and superannuation. What happened in March shows you can’t afford to ignore people’s concerns and it’s possible to adjust a policy to make it fairer.

At the time, National Seniors said we hoped this would lead to a proper debate about how we can have a fair and sustainable retirement system in a rapidly ageing Australia. Former Minister and Labor power broker Graham Richardson wrote: “Self-funded retirees have never really organised themselves into a powerful lobby group and that makes it much easier for governments to send out a raiding party.”

This was a call to arms. Half a dozen organisations decided to band together to form the Alliance for a Fairer Retirement System. That has since grown to 10, including the Association of Independent Retirees. The Self-Managed Super Fund Association and National Seniors were founding members.

The Alliance chair is highly respected superannuation expert Professor Deborah Ralston and its website was formally launched last Friday by personal finance guru and author Noel Whittaker AM. Mr Whittaker gave a powerful example of how a couple who had saved $1m in shares would be worse off than a pensioner couple who had saved $300,000 in shares. He said the policy was “ridiculous”.

Earlier last week the Alliance took its case to Canberra. It met with politicians from both the government and opposition, also with officials from treasury and social security. National Seniors was part of an Alliance delegation that met with Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and his advisors.

It pointed out the new policy results in pensioners (who keep their credits) being better off than self-funded retirees who lose theirs. The Shadow Treasurer insisted the policy would not change between now and the next federal election. He also said he was open to an honest debate in good faith. 

The Alliance stressed the whole retirement system needs to be fair, adequate, sustainable and have certainty. One in every two voters is now over 50. As Sir Humphrey says in Yes Minister, it would be a “very brave” move to ignore them.

It will be interesting to see what happens on by-election Super Saturday.

Pittwater Mens Probus Club: July speaker

Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 11am
Jim Boyce “Historic Buildings”
In 1963, Jim Boyce was selected to play with the Wallabies touring side to South Africa. On this tour, he and the other players were shocked by their exposure to the injustices of the apartheid regime.

Later, Jim became Marketing Manager for Tooth & Co Hotels and achieved an accomplished career in marketing and social research. Jim is an immediate Past President of the Manly Warringah Pittwater Historical Society.

Jim will speak on the "History of Commercial Buildings of the Northern Beaches Area".

Five Minute Speaker
Roman Zwolenski “Vietnam War Ballot”
Club Member Roman Zwolenski will talk about being in the military ballot to go to Vietnam as part of Australia’s support of the war effort at the time. Roman will share his expectation of being sent which, however, did not eventuate. Years later, Roman visited Vietnam and will reflect on the aftermath of the war.

Probus Monthly Meeting
10am 2nd Tuesday every Month
Venue: Mona Vale Golf Club
Guests welcome  at 10.30am

Pittwater Mens Probus
Our Probus club is an association for active members of the community, and for those no longer working full time, to join together in clubs for a new lease of life.

Its basic purpose is to advance intellectual and cultural interests amongst adult persons; to provide regular opportunities to progress healthy minds and active bodies through social interaction and activities, expand interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.
Our club membership is for men only, however partners are welcome at our social events and activities including our monthly guest presentation following each meeting.

Find out more at: probus.pittwater.org.au

People Plus Technology a Promising Home Care Combination

July 6, 2018: The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Aged Care
An Australian-first home-based treatment trial that includes holographic virtual doctors, promises to reduce hospitalisation and help older people remain living independently for longer.

Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, today launched Silver Chain’s Integrum Aged Care+ trial, designed to support senior Australians with complex care needs and chronic health conditions to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

“This trial aims to overcome the challenges of fragmented care and poorer patient experiences, which can happen when a person is transferred between hospitals, specialists and aged care providers,” Minister Wyatt said.

“It’s hoped that through Integrum, older Australians will have more control over their care, through a wraparound network that delivers both health and social support.

“It will include the Australian-first application of the Enhanced Medical Mixed Reality interface, allowing healthcare professionals to link with doctors and data through holograms and video conferencing, while they are visiting clients’ homes.”

The Turnbull Government—through innovation funding from the Perth North and Perth South Primary Health Networks (PHNs)—has invested $948,400 in the trial. 

It will be operated by Silver Chain, the largest provider of in-home health and aged care in Western Australia. The organisation will be responsible for ongoing funding of the pilot. 

Minister Wyatt said clients would have access to a dedicated care team including an Integrum doctor, case manager, support workers and allied health clinicians to ensure their needs were identified and supported throughout their journey.

“The Silver Chain Integrum team will communicate with the client’s regular GP, if they have one, to complement the care they provide as part of a shared care model,” Minister Wyatt said.

“This care team will oversee and manage processes like care planning, co-ordination of health and aged care services, referrals and escalation of care, if needed.”

Minister Wyatt said a limited pre-trial had returned positive feedback from those involved, and laid the groundwork for the next stage of the program.

“The second phase of the trial will see the program offered to up to 300 people with multiple chronic conditions who have been hospitalised between one and five times in the previous year,” Minister Wyatt said.

“As part of the trial, the project team will be testing whether this integrated care approach helps senior Australians to better manage their conditions at home and reduce hospitalisations and emergency department visits.”

The Perth North and Perth South PHNs — operated by the WA Primary Health Alliance — and Silver Chain have co-designed the care model being used in the trial.

“This project is an outstanding example of how PHNs collaborate with communities to improve people’s health, through innovative and tailored care,” Minister Wyatt said.

More details on the Integrum program are available on the Silver Chain website. 

The Caterpillar Lab: A Great Reminder That Its Summer In The Northern Hemisphere

In Marlborough, a town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States, there's a great organisation called The Caterpillar Lab.
The Caterpillar Lab is passionate about showcasing the amazing diversity of northeastern caterpillars through educational programs, the arts, and sciences.

Mission Statement: The Caterpillar Lab fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built.

You can visit their website to find out heaps of stuff and download resources too - even from here in Australia: www.thecaterpillarlab.org

They also regularly post fantastic information on their Facebook page, like the video below: www.facebook.com/TheCaterpillarLab

Who knew this before this organisation found it out for us?
A great reminder about why the Internet was created for free and how you can choose to find some brilliant insights into the Whole Wide World around us - around us here and around us outside of Oz.
This is why it ( the World Wide Web*)was shared in the first place - to share and grow Knowledge.

*The World Wide Web (abbreviated WWW or the Web) is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989.

The Caterpillar Lab is a great reminder, during these cold weeks, that Spring will soon be here again with our own caterpillars and then - butterflies!

Ants interacting with a silvery blue butterfly caterpillar at The Caterpillar Lab!
One of the highlights of every summertime caterpillar lab show is watching these ant-caterpillar interactions play out under our digital microscopes. Last year we joined our audiences in awe as we observed inflating tentacular organs for the first time. Even our old-time caterpillar lab experts can still be surprised and delighted by these strange and complex little creatures.

The 2018 NSW Grandparents Day Photography Competition is now open!

June 15, 2018: NSW Government
We’re calling on grandparents and grandchildren of all ages to get involved in the NSW Grandparents Day Photography Competition. Now in its third year, the competition celebrates older people and their contributions, while encouraging connections between generations. It’s open to all residents of NSW, young and old. We have two categories:

Open: open to all community members (NSW residents)
School: specifically for school-aged entrants in NSW, from Kindergarten to Year 12
Our judging panel will review all the entries and select one winner from each category who will be awarded a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet – the perfect tool to help you get creative and stay connected.

What’s your creative take on ‘Intergenerational’?
The theme for this year’s competition is ‘intergenerational’. All entries need to bring this theme to life in some way. This could be through the focus of your image, it could be the way you play with ‘older’ and ‘younger’ in the colour scheme, it could be the subject matter or part of your caption – feel free to get creative! We’d love to see what the older people in your life and community mean to you, whether it’s a portrait of your superstar grandparent or an abstract image depicting your stereotype-defying neighbour.

Enter today
To enter, simply submit your hi-res image along with a caption (up to 50 words) to our competition inbox: GPDphotocomp@oprAgency.com.au.

Entries close 5.00pm AEST on Friday 14 September 2018. For full entry details, check out the terms and conditions here.

Get social with us
Keep up to date with competition news and tips by following us on Instagram!

Do I have to be a great photographer to enter?
All residents of NSW are encouraged to enter the competition, no matter whether you’re a beginner, an enthusiast or a professional. While artistic merit, composition and technical excellence form part of our judging criteria, entries will also be judged on their originality, their overall impact and their subject matter relevance – how they bring the ‘Intergenerational’ theme to life and celebrate the contribution of older people.

Do I need to be a grandparent to enter? Or does my photo need to be of my grandparent?
The competition is open to NSW residents of all ages, provided the entries bring the ‘Intergenerational’ theme to life. Entrants under the age of 18 need permission from their parent or guardian to enter. Check out the full terms and conditions here.

Avalon Computer Pals (Avpals) Term 2 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 www.avpals.com or phone 02 8064 3574

Keep up to date on our Facebook page

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 www.ceroc.com.au where you'll find more classes and weekly dance parties.

Click here (http://eepurl.com/ciGHH1) 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: info@northernbeachesjive.com.au

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. www.heartfoundation.org.au

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.

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


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.


Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:

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

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. 

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.

 COTA – NSW - cotansw.com.au


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

One size does not fit all in retirement risk

July 5th, 2018: National Seniors
National Seniors is concerned a proposed ‘one size fits all’ approach towards helping retirees better manage their financial risks in retirement may not suit everyone.

National Seniors last year made a submission to the federal Treasury, commenting on the initial proposal to develop regulation for new Comprehensive Income Products for Retirement (CIPRs). It is proposed super funds offer these products to help retirees better manage risks such as outliving their super.

Treasury subsequently developed a Retirement Income Covenant proposing key principles to guide super fund trustees when offering new retirement income products.

While generally supportive of the concept, National Seniors raised several key concerns in response to the Treasury position paper.

National Seniors is concerned people with limited superannuation or financial literacy could be disadvantaged because under the Treasury proposal, trustees would be required to offer a fund member a “flagship” CIPR as a starting point.

“While fund members will have to opt-in and give consent before adopting a flagship CIPR, this proposed ‘soft default’ approach may imply that it’s in the best interests of members when this may not be the case,” National Seniors’ submission said.

Strong protections for consumers, including adequate information, monitoring and oversight of guidance and advice tools, were also needed.

“We are supportive of policies to ease transition into retirement, helping retirees better manage risks and improve income adequacy,” the submission said.

“There is considerable merit in increasing the availability and take-up of products that manage longevity risk and improve income objectives for (super) fund members.”

Actuaries Rice Warner suggested in an earlier submission that members with balances of less than $250,000 would not benefit from CIPRs.

National Seniors’ own research has shown positive consumer sentiment towards improving investment options to manage longevity risk.

According to a recent National Seniors’ survey of more than 5,000 members, over half supported the inclusion of an insurance option for longevity and would consider paying 10 per cent of savings to receive income for life.

National Seniors’ submission also said members of super funds with low balances should not be forced to pay for costly financial advice to consider alternative products better suited to their needs.

“Members should be provided with adequate guidance from fund trustees to enable them to make informed choices. Monitoring and oversight of guidance and advice tools is also required to ensure adequate consumer protection,” the submission said.

National Seniors also called for corporate watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), to have adequate resources and powers to ensure members received appropriate guidance outside the financial advice framework.

To read a copy of the submission, click here.

To read the Treasury covenant position paper, click here.

NSW carers awards nominations now open

Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams is encouraging people across NSW to nominate carers or organisations supporting carers for this year’s NSW Carers Awards.

“The NSW Carers Awards recognises the remarkable contribution of unpaid carers, organisations, employers and carer groups from across the State,” Mr Williams said.

“There are close to one million carers across NSW who provide ongoing unpaid support to people who need it because of their disability, chronic illness, mental illness or frail age.

“We know how important it is for carers to feel the broader community understands their experience and values their contribution,” he said.

“I encourage anyone who knows an exceptional carer or organisation supporting carers to nominate them for this year’s awards.”

This year the awards will be presented during Carers Week at the Carers NSW Biennial Carers Conference dinner.

Up to 10 awards will be presented during the ceremony, including the 2018 NSW Carer of the Year.

Nominations close on Friday 10 August 2018.

For information about the Awards and how to nominate, please go to www.careforacarer.nsw.gov.au

AvPals Term 3 Courses 2018

Newport Courses
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.

Download the Term 3 timetable HERE or view below

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.

Personal tuition at Avalon
Our friendly tutors make computers a pleasure. To enrol in one of these one to one courses you need to attend our enrolment day, held just before the beginning of each school term. See the calendar at the bottom of this page for the sign on dates.

We can help with all of these and more! Want to use your computer or tablet to:
  • send emails
  • buy and sell on eBay
  • manage digital photographs
  • produce spreadsheets
  • write letters
  • book tickets and holidays
  • keep in touch with friends and family
  • bank online
Our friendly tutors make computing a pleasure!

Find out more at:  www.avpals.com

Awards program challenges negative stereotypes towards older people

July 6th, 2018: NSW Seniors card
Awards program challenges negative stereotypes towards older people

There is more to ageing than becoming old and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing Media Awards program aims to improve public perceptions of older people.

You can be involved! If you seen or heard something on TV, radio, print or the internet that you thought challenged negative stereotypes towards older people and had a positive focus, we ask you to nominate the creator from any of these categories:
  • News
  • Current Affairs
  • Lifestyle and health
  • Advertising
  • Images
It’s simple to nominate – visit the website to see full details and follow links to nominate.

Entries close at 4pm, 31st August 2018
Just by nominating, you could win 2 x tickets to attend the exclusive MACA Media Awards on the 15th of October 2018 in Sydney!

2018 NSW Grandparent of the Year Awards

June 15, 2018: NSW Government
Nominations are now open for the 2018 NSW Grandparent of the Year Award!

Celebrate the role grandparents and older people play in our families and communities and nominate today. 

The 2018 NSW Grandparent of the Year Award recipients will be announced at an award ceremony at NSW Parliament House in October, ahead of NSW Grandparents Day.

How do I submit a nomination?
All nominations must be submitted online via the 2018 NSW Grandparent of the Year nomination form on the SmartyGrants portal.

You’ll be asked to provide contact details and information about why your nominee should be recognised as the NSW Grandparent of the Year.

Nominations will be judged on contributions made to families and communities, and to intergenerational connections within the community. Please note that award finalists will be required to complete a police check.

Nominations close Friday 7 September 2018.

For more information, email grandparentsday@facs.nsw.gov.au.

Find out more about the NSW Grandparent of the Year Award on the NSW Grandparents Day website.

Zonta Birthing Kit Packing Day 2018

Saturday 18 August 2018
Would you like to assist?
The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc and Barrenjoey High School are organising a day to pack Birthing Kits for women in developing countries. Members of the local community are invited to help.  We plan to pack 2000 kits.

With an estimated 385,000 women dying annually in childbirth, many from infections acquired during childbirth, there is a great need for these birthing kits.  Most women need assistance due to isolation, cultural choice or poor transport and have little or no assistance during childbirth. Many mothers and babies die from preventable infections. By providing a clean birthing kit, and training in how to use it, these mothers will have the resources to reduce infection.

Birthing Kits are assembled under the auspices of the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)  - a not-for-profit non-government organisation (NGO) that provides birthing kits and education in clean birthing practices. BKFA originated from the Zonta Clubs of Adelaide Hills and has grown to be supported by Zonta Clubs across Australia. 

Well over 100,000 kits are assembled and distributed each year.  Each birthing kit is made up of six simple items assembled into a small plastic bag.

A donation of just $3 buys the materials for one kit and the training program for its delivery.  You can help us by making a donation on the day.  For full details of the Birthing Kit Program see the BKFA website at https://www.bkfa.org.au/.  

The Packing Day at Barrenjoey High School will run from 1pm to approximately 4pm.  
Please contact Margaret White on 0416 182 393 or email marg.white@me.com  if you are able to assist or you would like more information.

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

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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
Website: www.byra.org.au

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.


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 

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 http://mwpcommunityaid.com.au/

The Senior Newspaper Online 


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 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: www.lumosity.com/app/v4/personalization

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

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.

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.  www.seniormovers.com.au

Also see Belinda Grundy's Profile and other great Business; www.bgpropertystyling.com.au

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.