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News and Views for the Light Electorate | Published by Tony Piccolo MP | Edition 12, July 2009

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SENIORS WIN New Concessions

Tony Piccolo MP with local train user, Mr Bruce Fidge.

SA Senior card holders now receive free public transport during off peak times on all metropolitan trains, buses and trams.

Regular train user Evanston resident Mr Bruce Fidge thinks the new free public scheme is great and will save him at least $12 a week.

Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said in recognition of the growing hardship being felt by pensioners and self-funded retirees the State Government has decided to help card holders by providing free public transport during off-peak periods.

“Free transport will enable me to travel more”, he said.

The free service will be available from 9.01 am to 3 pm week days and all weekends and public holidays.

M r Piccolo said the State Government ack nowledged that the elderly are being hit hard during this time of global economic downturn – especially self-funded retirees whose investments are returning very little as interest rates drop and so much has been wiped off the value of shares and stocks.

Mr Piccolo said all 275 000 holders of a State Seniors Card will be eligible to access the free travel on Adelaide metro system trams, trains and buses.

Mr Piccolo said unfortunately one of the first things that happen to older people with a shortage of money – they stop going out. Continued Page 2 >

Free Public Transport From July 2009 From July 1 this year, all public transpor t during off-peak periods will be free for all holders of a State Seniors Card. This new scheme will apply to all bus, train and tram travel in the metropolitan area. This free public transport will be available from 9:01 am to 3 pm on weekdays, plus all weekend and on public holidays. This Government recognises the growing hardship being felt by pensioners and self-funded

retirees and we want to help where we can. We want ever yone to keep moving. There will be NO CHANGE to your current 50 percent ticket concession for peak-hour travel. To travel free, when catching a bus, all you need do is show your Seniors Card to the driver — who will issue you with a free ticket to validate – and when travelling by train or tram, present your Seniors Card when requested by

TransAdelaide staff. It’s an exciting time for public transport in South Australia. The free public transport builds on the $2 billion commitment in last year’s budget to expand and electrify the State’s public transport system, improve our roads and buy more buses. Wo r k o n r e b u i l d i n g a n d electrifying the Gawler line will begin this year! We want our trains, trams and buses to be more efficient – so

you can to get to where you are going quicker, on more reliable schedules. You can find out more about free public transport by calling Toll Free: 1800 182 160. You can find out more about Seniors Cards by calling Toll Free: 1800 307 758 (hotline). Or to see what you might be eligible for you can also go to www.seniorscard.com.au. Premier Mike Rann.

Premier Mike Rann. LIGHT ELECTORATE OFFICE | 148 Murray Street, Gawler SA 5118 | ph. 8522 2878 | fax. 8523 1392 | light@parliament.sa.gov.au | www.tonypiccolo.org |


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“This leads to isolation and often depression, which brings with it all kinds of associated problems.” “We want older people to keep moving and this scheme offers a good incentive to help them do so.”

Conlon told parliament that he acknowledged the lobbying by the Member for Light to improve benefits and concessions for seniors in his electorate.

per cent ticket concession available to State Seniors Card holders and other concession groups for peak-hour travel will be maintained.

Mr Conlon told Parliament “I know that Tony Piccolo was a great champion for this idea.”

Senior South Australians will be able to receive their free public transport by showing their State Seniors Card.

Transport Minister Patrick Conlon says the initiative makes a lot of sense.

“In fact, I think it is safe to say that it was Tony’s idea to give free public transport to seniors; he was a very strong advocate.” Mr Conlon said

In Parliament last week Mr

Mr Piccolo said the current 50

Mr Piccolo said the new scheme has been welcomed by many people in the community and will help the elderly during the current period of global economic downturn.

Gawler Health Services Safe Says Minister

Member for Light, Tony Piccolo MP.

State Health Minister John Hill has reassured Gawler residents about the future of local health ser vices and in par ticular, accident and emergency services.

Supporting Our Seniors Welcome to this special edition of Enlightened for Seniors. This edition carries a number of stories that will be of particular interest to seniors whether it is about the free public transport scheme for senior card holders that started on July, or services available through the local HACC programs.

Speaking at the Gawler ALP meeting recently Mr Hill said while the Federal Government decision to change the classification of the area had created some challenges his department was working with local doctors to ensure services could be maintained.

Many concessions are available to senior card holders and if you don’t have one or are unsure whether you are eligible, feel free to contact the Enlightened Office and we will assist you with any information you may require. Make sure you read the special concessions table on page two to see what benefits and concessions you may be eligible for.

Mr Hill said the State Government was working on a strategy to ensure services kept up with demand in peri-urban areas like Gawler, Mt Barker and Victor Harbour.

Water and health issues are of great importance to seniors so we bring you up to date with some positive developments in this area. We trust that you find the guide to local support services for seniors helpful and we would encourage you to contact the respective group if you require further information. If you are not sure which group might be able to assist you contact us on 8522 2878 and we will try to point to you in the right direction.

local GPs play in delivering health services to the wider Gawler region and we will continue to support them to the best of our ability” “Places like Gawler require a special model of health care delivery” Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said Minister Hill has written to the Federal Health Minister the Hon Nicola Roxon asking her to support the local doctors five year transition plan. Mr Piccolo said the transition period would allow an opportunity for the SA Department of Health to

continue working with the Gawler medical community to develop what is anticipated to be a different model of care into the future as a result of demographic and population growth changes. M r Piccolo said the State Government is committed to ensuring a sustainable model of medical services for the people of Gawler and the surrounding districts. In the letter to Minister Roxon Mr Hill asks her to favourably consider the transition plan as “ I am confident that this will allow us to achieve better workforce and health outcomes for the Gawler community”.

“These communities are growing and are different to country towns and metropolitan Adelaide and require different approaches to ensure services keep up with demand” he said

If you have any views how we could improve the content of Enlightened for Seniors in our community please let us know. Tony Piccolo MP Editor

“ The state Government will continue to work with local health providers to deliver the best health services possible”

For further information on any article, please contact the light electorate office on 8522 2878 or email light@parliament.sa.gov.au

“ The State Government recognises the important role Tony Piccolo MP with Branch Secretary Raffaele Piccolo, John Hill MP, Branch President Boyd MacRae and Branch Vice President Paul Martin.

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FOCUS ON THE FUTURE New RAH: A Healthy Change The new Royal Adelaide Hospital will be a brand new hospital designed and purpose built for the needs of patients and staff in the 21st century.

down to allow demolition and ongoing construction.

Mr Hill said currently there are patients at the Royal Adelaide in six bed wards sharing ageing toilet and bathroom facilities.

Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said the current RAH is on an ageing site, with ageing electricity mains and back up supply, plumbing, sewerage, water treatment, heating and air conditioning.

“The state of the art new RAH will comprise a majority of single rooms with ensuites.”

Mr Piccolo said a redevelopment would not be able to properly fix the entire ageing infrastructure and build up capacity for the growing needs and demands. “Due to the constrained site of the RAH and the need to maintain an operational hospital, a redevelopment would take 15 years, that is almost twice as long as building a new hospital on a new site.” said Mr Piccolo.

clear – this is all about providing patients with the very best environment for their health care in a central hospital for all South Australians.

Pat Mells OAM.

Local retired builder Mr Pat Mells agrees.

“ The RAH site would be a construction zone for the 15 years it would take to redevelop the site.”

Mr Mells said “logistically it will be cheaper to build a new hospital, as well as knowing you will have it for another 100 years”.

Over the 15 year construction period different parts of the hospital would need to be closed

Heath Minister John Hill said the overwhelming reason (for building a new hospital) is very

“By having single rooms and more in-room services patients will need to move around less and the chance of cross infection is significantly reduced” said Mr Piccolo “Doc tors and other health workers will be able to will deliver better care for patients in the new hospital” Mr Piccolo said the disruption would severely impact on the day to day operation of the hospital and the experience for patients. In addition, a redevelopment of the RAH starting in 2010 would cost at least $2 billion and would

Artists impression of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

not deliver any operational savings until at least 2025. Mr Piccolo said the reason for this is that it will have to be built in stages around a working hospital which means it will take a lot longer and hence will be subject to far greater escalation costs. “The idea of redeveloping the RAH would cause disruptions for patients, doctors and nurses, and basically repairing an old site will never deliver the same design, amenity, engineering and efficiency outcomes as a

new site.” Mr Piccolo said he had been advised that the new RAH will increase:

• the Emergenc y Depar tment capacity by 25% from 62,000 to86,000 • inpatient and day treatment capacity by almost 22% from 63,000 to 85,000 • intensive care beds by 40% from 43 to 60 • number of beds from 680 to 800 • the size of operating theatres from 35m2 to 65m2.

A Clear Vision For Water The Rann State Government recently announced the expansion of the Por t Stanvac desalination plant after receiving a welcomed boost from the Rudd Federal G o v e r n m e n t ’s 2 0 0 9 / 2 0 1 0 Budget. Light MP M r Tony Piccolo welcomed the injec tion of $228 million which will mean a doubling of the plants capacity from 50 billion litres to 100 billion litres. Mr Piccolo said when fully operational the plant will provide up to 150 million litres of water each day or one quarter of Adelaide’s yearly water usage. “The plant is part of the Rann S t a t e G o ve r n m e n t s m u l t i pronged approach to ensuring a secure supply of water to all South Australians.” said Mr Piccolo. The completed $1.8 billion desalination plant will provide

Adelaide with a secure source of water for critical human needs during times of low rainfall and take pressure off the overstretched River Murray System. Mr Piccolo said “this huge investment will complement the Rann Government’s strategy to ensure a secure supply of water to Adelaide and the State and provide economic as well as environmental benefits”. Mr Piccolo added, “together with successful storm water retention schemes and the use of recycled water for irrigation purposes the northern region is helping SA lead the way in this important area”. Mr Piccolo and the Premier, the Hon Mike Rann MP, recently visited Port Stanvac to view the location of the plant and the site of pilot plant that has allowed the Government to investigate the impact on the local marine environment.

“ The Rann Government has ensured that the str ic test procedures and controls are in place before and during construction and after completion of the plant for the protection of the marine environment” “I am very pleased the Government will be sourcing green energy for the plant to ensure that it is carbon neutral” Mr Piccolo said. In May the State and Federal Government’s announced the completion of the extension of the successful Virginia recycled water pipeline to Angle Vale, which provides up to 18 gigalitres of high quality treated water for local irrigators and farmers. Mr Piccolo said currently Adelaide leads the nation in the use of recycled water and will soon raise the national benchmark to 45%, currently 21% of waste water is recycled for use in Adelaide.

A Message From The Minister As South Australians, we are blessed with a beautiful city, a vibrant cultural life and a burgeoning economic future. And, it’s for exactly these reasons that it’s important to care for those in our community who have created these fortunate circumstances.

Hon Jennifer Rankine MP Minister for the Aging

The new Home and Community Care funding agreement between the Commonwealth

and State Governments will ensure an additional 14,000 older South Australians and their carers now receive help at home with their personal and respite care, home modifications, community transport and social support. The HACC Program is a part o f t h e Au s t r a l i a n a n d S A Governments’ vision for a worldclass community care system that delivers affordable and

Tony Piccolo MP with Premier Mike Rann at the Desalination Plant site.

Additionally, $16million has been provided by the Rann State Government to support stormwater retention projects in the City of Salisbury, the City of Playford and the City of Tea Tree Gully which will assist in reaching the Government’s goal of using 20,000 megalitres of stormwater for a variety of purposes, this number represents 10% of Adelaide’s mains water usage.

Another stormwater retention project in the pipeline is the $20 million wetland and underground aquifer storage and scheme as part of the redeveloped Cheltenham Racecourse site.

accessible care for frail older people, younger people with a disability and their carers.

remain in their own homes and communities.

The Town of Gawler and the Barossa Council were given more funding for domestic assistance frail older people living in the local government areas of Barossa and Light and the very important Access2Home Care program was established to help people through the maze of community services. We are constantly reminded that as people age they want to

“All of these projects are intended to secure Adelaide’s water supply and alleviate stress of the already overstretched River Murray System” Mr Piccolo said.

Without Home and Community Care services many people would have to move prematurely into residential care. We are also very aware of the importance of allowing people to remain independent and public transport is very important to seniors in and around the metropolitan area. Hon Jennifer Rankine MP

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FOCUS ON SERVICES

Assistance Available In The Home The Home Assist Community Care (HACC) Programs in Gawler, Playford and Light Regional/Barossa Council areas have a wide range of services that are available to the aged, frail, disabled and their carers. Light MP M r Tony Piccolo said many members of the community are unaware of the services their local HACC provides. “HACC programs supply vital care, assistance, friendship and beneficial services to the community” said Mr Piccolo. “HACC groups offer basic home assistance from window cleaning, hard to reach dusting, rubbish removal and minor maintenance repairs.”

The Playford HACC program at the John McVeity Centre offers meditation, enter tainment, computer courses, fitness classes, Men’s group and a fully equipped gym with an instructor. Mr Piccolo believes that all of these great services help aid the aged, frail and disabled stay independent in their own homes and keep in touch with the community. Other programs and services provided collectively among the HACC’s in the region include:

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Basic Home Maintenance Rubbish Removal Home Security/Safety Rural Outreach Programs Fitness Arts & Crafts Entertainment

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Meals Friendship Groups Dance Classes Outings Dementia Programs Respite Transport Multicultural Programs

and so many more.

For further information on what your local HACC can provide for you, the fee scheme and eligibility requirements contact your respective Council. Town of Gawler – Elderly Centre, 37 Fourteenth Street – 8522 1177 City of Playford – Grenville Centre, Elizabeth Way– 8256 0267 Light Regional & Barossa – 43-51 Tanunda Road Nuriootpa – 8563 8411

Dial A Ride Here To Stay The Gawler Dial-A-Ride service will continue past the expiry date of the current contract in August this year. In response to some local speculation that the current ser vice would cease at the expiry of the current contract, local MP Mr. Tony Piccolo wrote to the Hon Patrick Conlon MP, Minister for Transport on the 31st March seeking an assurance that this important service would continue.

Tony Piccolo MP with Dial-A-Ride driver Peter Knight and regular user June Smith.

Mr. Piccolo said he recently received a response from the Minister’s office assuring him that new tender procedures are in

Tony Piccolo MP with Kerrie, Sarah and Sandy from the Gawler HACC.

place to ensure the continuation of the service beyond August. The letter to Mr. Piccolo states that “in relation to the service contract for Gawler Dial-ARide, I am advised by DTEI that the tendering processes will be completed by the conclusion of the current contract.” Mr. Piccolo said that he had been assured that “if necessary, temporary arrangements will be made to ensure the continuous deliver y of ser vice to the community.” Mr. Piccolo said that the news from the Minister’s Office had been most welcome and will allay any fears in the community that the service was ever under threat.

“Dial A Ride is a valuable service to the people of Gawler and surrounding areas, particularly for elderly and frail people as it offered a door to door service“. Mr. Piccolo said the Dial-A-Ride service was pioneered in Gawler in response to the complex and varied transport needs of the local community. “The Dial-A-Ride service helps those most disadvantaged in our community and has been a great success story”. Mr. Piccolo urged users to contact his office on 85 222878 if they had any concerns about the service.

SENIOR’S COMMUNITY DIRECTORY Meals on Wheels Gawler Branch

Gawler Para Ladies Probus Club Inc.

Ken Edwards-Secretary Ph: (08) 8522 1953 or AH: (08) 8522 3917 Postal: PO Box 766, GAWLER SA 5118

Mary-Ann MaCrae-President Ph: (08) 8522 1007 Postal: PO Box 767, GAWLER SA 5118

Service the frail aged, chronically ill or disabled people for either short or long term. Referral from the appropriate agency necessary.

Group for retired & semi retired women.

Australian Retired Persons Association (SA) Inc. (ARPA) Gawler Regional Group

Gawler Care & Share Group Inc.

June Neale-Co-ordinator Ph: (08) 8522 5596 Postal: PO Box 245, GAWLER SA 5118

Rita Argent-Co-ordinator Ph: (08) 8522 1605. Tues Only (08) 8523 2596 Postal: PO Box 987, GAWLER SA 5118

This club is for retired and semi retired people.

Here to assist in day respite care fro people who are ageing, younger disabled and their carers.

Ladies Probus Club of Gawler Inc.

Munno Para Senior Citizens Club Inc.

Anne Woithe-Secretary Ph: (08) 8522 3389 Postal: PO Box 864, GAWLER SA 5118

This group is for retired and semi retired women.

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Joan Galway-President Ph: (08) 8254 7251 or 0416 940 926 Postal: PO Box 56, SMITHFIELD PLAINS SA 5114

Services include Bingo, raffles, entertainment, outings, exercise classes, guest speakers and BBQ’s.

Smithfield Senior Citizens Club Kathy Forrest-President Ph: (08) 8255 7323 Postal: 182 Peachey Rd, SMITHFIELD PLAINS SA 5114

Services include a trading table at meetings to raise funds, a pool table, bingo, cards and outings.

U3A Gawler Branch Inc. Beryl Burgess-Secretary Ph: (08) 8523 4498 Postal: PO Box 1581, GAWLER SA 5118

Learning and recreation for retired and semi retired persons.

Probus Club of Gawler Para Inc. Barry Matthias-Secretary Ph: (08) 8255 6659 Postal: PO Box 767, GAWLER SA 5118

Group for retired or semi-retired.

South Australian Pensioners Association Inc. Gawler Branch Barbara Charnstorm-President Ph: (08) 8523 1794 Postal: 18 May Court, EVANSTON SA 5116

Group of aged and invalid pensioners meeting for fellowship and activities.

Probus Club of Gawler Inc. Mirek Dulejs-President Ph: (08) 8523 0438 Postal: PO Box 865, GAWLER SA 5118

Group for retired or semi-retired men.

Gawler & District Senior Citizens Club Betty Robinson-President Ph: (08) 8522 2616 Postal: Unit 6/3 Lyndoch Rd Dawes Village, GAWLER EAST SA 5118

Their services include cards, pool, indoor bowls, gentle exercises etc.

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