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Local news, council updates, Message from NSW Ageing Minister, profiles, opinion, health, finance, entertainment, community notices and columns, recipes and puzzles.

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Reflecting the new, repecting the old

WELCOME to the first edition of our Seniors, Coffs and Clarence, publication. I trust our fresh design and stories express the vigour and vitality of this region along with the wit, fun and practical intelligence I see as the backbone of our demographic. When I was growing up in the ‘70s, the traditional divide between young and old was pretty much still a thick line drawn in the sand at a certain age. This was when a grandparent was an “old”

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person, people retired at an definite age, dating was for the young and sport was something you watched on Saturday afternoon television. Use of the word “ageist” was rare and someone over 50 was not expected to plan their holiday around

blues/writing/rock festivals. Well, things have changed since then. As Group Editor of the Seniors Newspaper Network, my publication ethos is to respect the old and reflect the new. As an over-55er myself, I’m joining in on lifechanging conversations about changing ageing, creative ageing and our newspaper’s motto, Embracing Ageing. The Coffs and Clarence area has its own particular style in all of these areas and because

our newspaper has a history of taking up challenges and continuing our publication journey into new areas, we have headed into this area to further this conversation with you. In return, through the stories of local journalist Belinda Scott, we seek to reflect local people, local lifestyles, raise contemporary questions and consider solutions, with the aim of making a positive contribution to lives. Check us out online at www.seniorsnews .com.au.

Cinematinee and Screenwave events FILMS have the power to bring together communities when viewed in a cinema, as they were meant to be screened. We believe a cinema doesn’t necessarily need to have four walls! Screenwave Pop-up Cinema provides indoor and outdoor pop-up cinema services, working with councils, business

leaders and the community to provide interesting cinema experiences all over the NSW North Coast. Join us as we celebrate community and cinema, from humble to heights, cult to cutting edge. ■ Cinematinee is a program of world cinema,

art house and independent films that are screened fortnightly on Thursdays at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour. For program information, visit the box office section of www.jettytheatre.com. To book in, the theatre can be reached on 02 6652 8088.

■ Warehouse Cinema is a grassroots initiative to raise funds for real causes around the Coffs Coast by screening regular Pop-up Cinema events at Element Bar. For information on upcoming events, Like Warehouse Cinema Facebook page. Watch great films. Read more on page 23 of this issue.

A park to suit all ages Seniors exercise equipment joins in the junior playground Belinda Scott

PEOPLE of all ages, not just children, should be able to play and enjoy the outdoors while giving their muscles a work out. That was the premise for the “seniors’ playground” project introduced to Coffs Harbour City Council some four years ago by Councillor Rodney Degens. Cr Degens’ proposal is taking shape at the city’s central Brelsford Park with an outdoor exercise station now in place. The park is already a magnet for play thanks to its children’s adventure playground and the skate park which was opened last year. Between the skate park and the car park and grandstand there are now three different pieces of exercise equipment scaled for adults – a walker, a climbing ladder and a circular “dish” style net swing. This means that within

a few steps, someone can enjoy three different types of exercise, using different sets of muscles. Cr Degens, whose work has taken him to Woy Woy to live, was surprised and delighted to find the exercise equipment in place on a recent visit to Coffs Harbour. Cr Degens said he would not be standing for the council again at the September local government elections as this would not be fair to the voters or morally right, so he was happy to see part of the project completed. In order to attend a fortnightly 5pm council meeting he has to travel by train to Sydney and fly to Coffs Harbour, which he said was a time consuming and costly exercise. He said under the council’s plans for the development of Brelsford Park, the placement of the full suite of exercise equipment could not be carried out until the

SENIORS’ PLAYGROUND: Coffs Harbour City councillor Rodney Degens tries out the new walking machine in Brelsford Park. PHOTO: BELINDA SCOTT

grandstand was demolished, due to the space involved. “An elderly friend of mine, John Lee, who died 18 months ago, was really the one behind this idea –

he was the first person that used the term ‘seniors’ playground’,” Cr Degens said. “I didn’t really understand what he was on about until I attended a

local government conference and saw the displays of equipment by the manufacturers. “These are designed to be outside and to last for years and they do not cost

big bickies. “They are not like gym equipment which you need physical strength to operate but are balanced so you get a bit of a workout.”


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The mother of the first quads born in Australia was a star Belinda Scott

BETTY Sara once won a competition for the woman who looked most like the Queen, but the dignified English-born grandmother says she cannot imagine anything worse than actually stepping into the reigning royal’s shoes. “I wouldn’t have her life for anything,” Betty says with a shudder. For most people this would a throwaway remark, but unlike most, Betty Sara has first hand experience of being an international celebrity. The mother of the Sara quads, the first quadruplets to be born alive and survive in Australia, Betty found herself the centre of an international media storm, when her four babies were born in 1950. The main street of Bellingen was jammed with journalists, photographers and newsreel crews and Betty found herself on the front page of newspapers and magazines across the world. She said when told she was having four babies, her first thought was “how everyone is going to look at me”. “I was really quite a reserved and shy person,” Betty said. Doctors conspired to break the news to her gradually, by telling her: “you are definitely going to deliver twins and more than likely triplets”. But she was not surprised there were other rumours in the small town. “I knew I was so big for some reason or other,”

Betty said. “I was huge – I couldn’t see my feet.” Fortunately Betty said her unusually large pregnancy was uneventful, with the babies reaching full term, but she did not expect the birth itself to take three days. In an 80-hour marathon in the 40-bed Bellinger River District Hospital in August 1950, Betty produced four non-identical babies – Alison, Philip, Judith and Mark. She said she sympathised with her older son Geoffrey, whose remark at the age of four on meeting his new siblings was: “can we give some of them back?”. The birth was the beginning of years of “stardom” for Betty, her husband Percy, who was the Bellingen ambulance superintendant and their children. In an effort to limit their public exposure, they signed an exclusive 16-year deal with The Australian Women’s Weekly which Betty said was respected by other news organisations. The money went into a trust for the children. Betty dismisses the work involved in looking after five children under four: “I had lots of help” but she does remember her battles with the wood-burning kitchen stove. Her fame landed Betty a job when the family moved back to Sydney and her children were at school – she went to work for the London Pram Company, a shop selling baby supplies. “I think it was a bit of a

BABY FAME: Betty Sara, pictured with her husband Percy and Roger Climpson, the host of TV program This Your Life, bears a striking resemblance to Queen Elizabeth II. PHOTO: COURTESY BETTY SARA.

publicity stunt, ‘Come in and meet the mother of the quads’.” She remained with the company for a number of

moved to the Coffs Coast and now lives just around the corner from Betty. Recently all her children, who have now

In an 80 hour marathon in the 40-bed Bellinger River District Hospital in August 1950, Betty produced four non-identical babies- Alison, Philip, Judith and Mark. years. Betty said she was glad when their fame subsided. “After a couple of years other things were happening and we were not a priority.” Betty and Percy Sara returned to the Coffs Coast before Percy’s death in 1983. Since then Alison has

reached retirement age themselves and her grandchildren, returned to Sawtell for Betty’s 95th birthday. “We have had our ups and downs like any family, but at the end of the road, everything seemed to work out,” Betty said. But she still shies away from publicity.

Betty Sara dreaded fame and refused to let the spotlight spoil her children. PHOTO: BELINDA SCOTT

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Speaking up with Ita Ita Buttrose continues 40 years of advocacy Gail Forrer

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ITA Buttrose is loud and clear on this point. “If you are lucky, you get to be old,” she said. “My brother was dead at 62, he would have loved to get old.” In 1988, this doyenne of media received an Order of Australia for service in the health care areas particularly in HIV/AIDS education. In 2013 she was named Australian Senior of the Year for work in dementia. The award also gave her a platform to talk about age discrimination. Today her ambition is to make Australia an “Alzheimer-friendly” country, bust out ageing myths and see that mature-age people are treated fairly in the workplace. But she believes change must come from the top. “It’s all about leadership, we need enlightened leaders, management, trailblazers to show the way” she said. “Look at Bob Hawke, John Howard – we need more people like them to speak up.” The 74-year-old television personality and Alzheimers Association advocate said she saw examples of ageism every day, but remembered clearly the first examples. “When I had ITA magazine, we would talk to potential advertisers and say our magazine was geared towards women over 40 and 50-years-old. “At the mention of that

age, their eyes would glaze over. “It wasn’t until the baby boomers reached 50, that people realised this age group was fit, active and contributing.” She said there was definitely age discrimination in the workplace and advised employers to take off their blinkers. “In Sydney, I see signs asking for waiters, baristas, people in the service industry. “If there’s a shortfall in the service industry, why not take on older people.

Kennerley.” She said among other things, local councils needed to ensure adequate street lighting and solid paving. “If brick paving becomes unstuck, it can be a hazard,” she said. She said her personal public speaking appearances held their own safety problems. “To get to many of the stages, there are steps without railings,” she said. Ita said she was at the point where she would ask if railings were there - or if not to have them

It’s all about leadership, we need enlightened leaders, management, trailblazers to show the way. Look at Bob Hawke, John Howard – we need more people like them to speak up.”

— Ita Buttrose

“It’s a myth that older people take more sick leave or have less commitment or can’t adapt. Older people can learn and adapt as well as anyone.” Ita believes that the key to good health is through preventative measures. “Regular exercise, eat properly, participate socially.” Her health advice also extends to fall prevention. She warned of the prevalence of falls and noted a number of celebrities who had recently sustained injuries from falls. “Look at Molly Meldrum and just recently Kerri-Anne’s husband John

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installed. Again exercise, is an important preventative, particularly exercises that enhance your balance. She mostly practises what she preaches: “But I’m not perfect,” she declares. “I have an hour’s walk every day and longer if I can, I work out with light weights a couple of times a week. “But I have a terrible dilemma at the moment,” she confessed. It turned out to be a freezer full of delicious ice-cream samples, she was finding hard to resist. “I love ice-cream,” she laughed. In her role as an

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disease and encouraging government to better their health policies and nursing services. Ita intends to keep fighting for change and she invites you to join the battle. “Kick down that door,” “And say that you demand respect, work and employment.”

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Queen’s birthday & your fair Time for Orara Valley Fair Belinda Scogtt

COUNTRY charms and rural pursuits will be to the fore at the Orara Valley Fair on June 13, the Queen’s Birthday holiday Monday. This long-running traditional country fair has become famous as a one-day escape to the country for residents and their visitors from Grafton to Bellingen during the last 39 years. Based at the Upper Orara Recreation Reserve, 14km west of Coffs Harbour, the Fair is in the heart of farming country, a scenic 15-20 minute drive from the coast. Wood chopping, tractor-drawn hay rides, working farm machines from the Orara Vintage Machinery Museum; blacksmithing with Wombat Forge; whip

Woodchopping is a popular attraction at the annual Orara Valley Fair. PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

cracking with Brian Fahey, wood turning, farm animals, pony and camel rides, miniature jeeps and Steve McEwans Reptile World will be among the attractions at the Fair, which will run from 9.30am to 4pm on Monday June 13. There will be produce and handicraft stalls and this year Karangi RFS will have also have a

Smokehouse display Food, coffee and live entertainment are integral parts of the program with Tallowood Bush Band; bush balladeer Errol Gray and Miss Kim’s Nana Glen Dancers and share the ETC Stage. Entry is $5 adults, $2 school-age children, with plenty of free parking. More information valleyfair.orara.com.au

LAST YEAR: Visitors enjoying the Orara Valley Fair. The 2016 Fair will be held on June 13, the Queen's Birthday public holiday Monday. PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

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SAVVY SENIORS: Clarence Regional Library team leader for collections and reference Marty Williams will conduct free Tech Savvy Seniors sessions at Grafton library. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Join up for tech classes TECHNOLOGY can be a bane or a blessing for people over 50. Breathe a sigh of relief, Clarence Valley seniors, you are are being offered free information sessions at Grafton Library to give you a handle on the latest gadgets. The current program, Tech Savvy Seniors, which is funded by Telstra with support from the local council and State Library, is a series of free two-hour sessions which are being held from 10am–noon

every Wednesday until June 22. Martyn Williams, the library team leader of collections and reference, will hold the Tech Savvy Seniors program at Grafton this month and next will cover introduction to email; sharing photos and other attachments online; introduction to online shopping and banking; and introduction to social media. You don’t need to bring a computer or tablet as the library has computers

and free wi-fi. Places are limited to 10 people per session so people need to book as soon on 6641 0100. . But if you miss out this time, there are informal Tech Time sessions at the Grafton Library on the third Wednesday of each month from 1–3pm, and Martyn pays regular visits to Clarence Valley and Bellingen libraries. For more info on the Clarence Regional Libraries, go to www.crl.nsw.gov.au.

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Report advises career plans for employment longevity

UNTIL they start planning for encore careers, mature-age Australians will continue to experience high long-term unemployment rates, a new report has found. A National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre report entitled Change is inevitable, so plan for it, A survey of career planning among mature age Australians studied the experiences, perceptions and likelihood of career

planning of people aged over 50. The findings show over half those in the workforce had never undertaken any activities to plan for their career. Of those not working during the past five years, 77 per cent said they were unlikely to undertake career planning in the next three years. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said career planning was

Australians are increasingly expected to work past Age Pension age

vital for people of all ages and occupations. “Planning can support people in a variety of situations including those wanting to extend their working life, change careers, return to the workforce after many

years away or transition into retirement,” O’Neill said. “It also allows people to better respond to the work environment’s rapid changes, including technology, globalisation and economic

restructuring. O’Neill said the lack of interest in career planning presented many challenges for individuals and government. “Australians are increasingly expected to work past Age Pension age. Yet, older people are still facing the barriers they did ten years ago. “My advice is that if you’re hoping for career longevity, a bit of forward planning can help.”

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A mother’s love and her son’s betrayal By Sincerely Suzanne

I have a little story, and sadly it is true. My flesh and blood betrayed me, I don't know what to do. He'd ring me with a drama, it would rock me to the core. Then a week would pass me by, and he would ring once more. He borrowed from my pension, and our term account. Promising he'd pay us back, the full, and fair, amount. I was a fool to trust him, but a mother's love is strong. Through your eyes your precious child would never treat you wrong. Our savings have diminished, we are in a private hell We've been cheated out of money, and I've lost a son as well.

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Age Discrimination Commission appointed THIS month Dr Kay Patterson has been named Age Discrimination Commissioner. The appointment will be for five years. Dr Patterson is a psychologist with expertise in gerontology and has had extensive experience advocating for older Australians. She is a commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission. Dr Patterson has had a long and distinguished career as a parliamentarian and an academic.

She served as a Senator for Victoria for 21 years and has held a number of ministerial positions, including as a Cabinet Minister as the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Issues. Dr Patterson is well-placed to advocate for the transformation of community attitudes towards older Australians and continuing our national conversation on

Disability Discrimination Commissioner. Mr McEwin, who is profoundly deaf, will replace Susan Ryan, who has been juggling the role of Disability Discrimination Commissioner along with her duties as Age Discrimination Commissioner, for almost two years. the rights and contributions of older persons to all aspects of our society. Prior to entering the Senate, she managed a small business before

attending the University of Sydney and then Monash University where she was awarded a PhD in Psychology. Kay taught at Sydney and Monash Universities

and held senior academic positions including chairman of the School of Behavioural Sciences at the Lincoln Institute (now at LaTrobe University). Senator George Brandis also announced the appointment of a new Human Rights Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner. Edward Santow will replace Tim Wilson as Human Rights Commissioner. Former CEO of People with Disability Australia and manager of the

Australian Centre for Disability Law, Alistair McEwin, has been appointed as a Disability Discrimination Commissioner. Mr McEwin, who is profoundly deaf, will replace Susan Ryan, who has been juggling the role of Disability Discrimination Commissioner along with her duties as Age Discrimination Commissioner, for almost two years. COTA NSW welcomes the appointment of Dr Kay Patterson.


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IN BRIEF ■ THE first collections in the Clarence Valley’s annual kerbside clean-up will start on May 16 and the service will make its way around the region for the following five weeks. All households that have a weekly waste collection service in the Clarence Valley Council area will be eligible. The service is not available to businesses or residential properties with E-waste (such as televisions, computers and other electronic equipment), green waste, building waste, microwaves and a range of other products would not be collected. More Info: www.clarence.nsw. gov.au/kerbside cleanup to find out when collections would occur in their area and what items would and would not be accepted. ■ CLARENCE Valley community groups with projects that focus on improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people are invited to apply for financial support. Projects that focus on addressing homelessness or youth issues will be given priority. The funding is available under the ClubGRANTS program: https:// clubgrants-yamba -golf-and-country-club .smartygrants. com. au/2016clarence valleygrants For an application guide and online application form, go to: www.clubsnsw. com.au/community/ clubgrants/forapplicants For more information about Clarence Valley Club Grants contact: Yamba Bowling and Recreation Club, CEO, Phil Broughton, on 6646 2305, or email: hil@yambabowling club.com.au For help with applications, contact Clarence Valley Council, Sammy Lovejoy, on 6642 0957 or email sammy.lovejoy@ clarence.nsw .gov.au

Men work for love of it not financial rewards Belinda Scott

CREATING a replica Viking longship, giving new life to an ancient rocking horse and producing rustic furniture are all in a day’s work for Coffs Harbour Community Men’s Shed members. With building work beginning on their new home in Howard St, shed members are looking forward to a new era of challenge and opportunity. And no-one is looking forward more keenly than manager Robert Houston. The energetic retirees’ volunteer work is helping to power the men’s shed into its new premises. “I work about 50 hours a week and don’t get paid a cent but I love it.” Mr Houston said. Robert is saving the community group the cost of a paid co-ordinator, which is rolled into funding the new building. The shed, which caters for men of all ages, is paying commercial rates to lease industrial premises in Marcia St, so the move to its own shed will also free up much of the $3500/month running costs. Mr Houston didn’t plan to become a full-time volunteer, he simply gave up looking for paid work as a senior job seeker. He had applied unsuccessfully for hundreds of jobs and was at a loose end when he wandered into the men’s shed, became a member and got hooked. “I drove past and saw all this lovely woodworking machinery, so I came in. A year later I was running the place.” He jokes that happened because he was the only one who knew how to turn on the computer but it’s obvious he has the right skills set for the job. The Coffs Harbour group has about 80 working members but 300 on the books and a voluntary management

BUSY HANDS: Dave Churchyard and Rob Houston with a 30-year-old garden bench restored for its owner by Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed members. PHOTO: BELINDA SCOTT

committee, headed by president Dave Churchyard. Members work on their own projects and repair jobs which support the shed. Some jobs come with haunting stories, like a miniature Viking ship Rob made for a man whose friend died. He spoke of wanting a Viking send-off so his friends planned a Viking chieftain’s funeral for his ashes. Mr Houston made a 1.5m replica longship, which he tested for seaworthiness in his bath tub. On launch day, those out at sea setting the boat alight spotted fins and feared sharks, only to find the Viking ship being circled by a pod of dolphins. The swell put out the flames and returned the craft to shore, where the longship and its cargo roared into flame atop a beach bonfire.

Viking boat: A replica Viking longship, built by Rob Houston at the men's shed for a special farewell. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED


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Ill health slows Nan City Councillor will not run in next election LOCAL government can be a thankless task. It involves hours and hours of wading through reports and business papers; many more hours on the phone listening to people’s concerns and complaints and even more hours spent in meetings. There is little financial recompense for the time and effort involved. Why would you get involved, especially if you were a busy grandmother of an age at which you would be perfectly justified in putting your feet up? Coffs Harbour City Councillor Nan Cowling, who came into the world just as World War II was losing its grip on the planet, has always been a battler and since 2012 she has been fighting for her constituents and her

community. She said she decided to put her hat in the ring four years ago: “because I couldn’t do any worse than the people already in there - and I still believe that.” Poor health means that she has decided not to contest the next election later this year. She has weathered a heart attack and two strokes this year, which she said had: “taken the value of my words”. The forthright senior councillor said in her opinion three quarters of each council business paper consisted of rubber-stamping and councillors could only introduce new ideas through notices of motion, which was frustrating. “The most satisfying things I have done (in council) have been little things,” Cr Cowling said.

Cr Cowling, a keen local historian with a number of local history books and projects to her credit, has pushed for the recognition of prominent citizens in the naming of parks, reserves and sporting fields. Known to everyone simply as “Nan” she has also used her councillor’s allowance to fund community projects, including the Artside the Box public art project, park seating and special hand cycles for people with disabilities. Supported by her husband Les, Cr Cowling has fought the corner for seniors, especially pensioners. After she retires in September, many residents with a bone to pick with council will miss her cheery “HULL-oo” as she picks up the phone.

‘NAN’ NOT STANDING: Coffs Harbour City Councillor Nan Cowling has campaigned for the community to remember its champions. PHOTO: COFFS COAST ADVOCATE

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IN BRIEF ■ PUBLIC holidays for 2016 approved Part-day public holidays for the Maclean Show, Jacaranda Festival and July Racing Carnival have been approved by the Minister for Industrial Relations, Gladys Berejiklian. The part-day holidays for the police patrol districts of Maclean, Iluka and Yamba for April 13 (Maclean Show Day– noon-5pm) and for the former Grafton City Council area between 1-5pm on July 13 (Ramornie Day), July 14 (Grafton Cup) and November 3 (Jacaranda Thursday). ■ DIVERSITY of rural buildings to feature in exhibition THE Grafton Regional Gallery is seeking images of rural buildings and structures to develop an exhibition it will present at the end of August. A selection of the buildings sent in will be photographed by one of our well known photographers of the Clarence Valley, Adam Hourigan, Debrah Novak and Simon Hughes, for the exhibition. All the buildings submitted will be displayed digitally in the exhibition. Residents are asked to email images and information to gallery@clarence. nsw.gov.auby Friday, July 1, 2016. ■ LIVING Sustainably Awards now open to residents or organisations who contribute significantly to a more sustainable Clarence Valley are invited to apply for the council’s annual Living Sustainably Awards. Nominations are open, with four award categories: individuals; businesses; education; and community groups who enhance environmental, economic and social sustainability. Nominations are due by 4pm Monday, May 23, 2016 and will be judged by Council’s Climate Change Advisory Committee. Further Info: Suzanne Lynch, on 6643 0200 or email suzanne.lynch@ clarence.nsw.gov.au

Message from your NSW state Minister Minister for Ageing John Ajaka updates us THE brightest minds from government, academia, business and the non-government sector have come together to discuss how NSW can seize the opportunities being created by an ageing population at a roundtable held at the Museum of Contemporary Art this month. Minister for Ageing John Ajaka hosted the roundtable as part of consultations to renew the NSW Aging Strategy. More than 20 representatives attended including representatives from the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Aging, Telstra, the NRMA, Westpac, Urban Taskforce and Mission Australia. “The so-called ‘greying’ of the community will mean significant change for our people, our communities and our economy. All too often, pundits focus on the challenges of an aging

NSW Minister for Aging John Ajaka.

population. But this change isn’t one-sided. Change brings with it both challenges and opportunities,” Mr Ajaka said. “The task for people, communities, business and government is how best to manage the

challenges and, most importantly, seize the opportunities being created by an aging population. “This roundtable was focused on how government can better work with the private sector, including

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harnessing their ideas and innovation, to deliver the best outcomes for our seniors.” The NSW Ageing Strategy is a whole-of-government approach to responding to an ageing population that is based on community

input. The Strategy is aimed at ensuring older people can experience all the benefits of living longer, and are able to fully participate in life. The proposed five key priority areas of the Strategy include: ■ Health and wellbeing ■ Working and Retirement ■ Housing choices ■ Getting around ■ Inclusive communities The Strategy is a ‘living’ document, and is now being revised from the ground up based on the feedback from stakeholders and the community. The Strategy led to the creation of highly successful initiatives like Tech Savvy Seniors, the Elder Abuse Helpline and the expansion of the NSW Seniors Card. The second NSW Ageing Strategy will be released later in 2016. For more information on the first NSW Ageing Strategy, visit: www.adhc.nsw.gov.au

Kids need a laptop SAM Cohen is appealing for help to keep hospitalised children entertained. The Coffs Harbour based computer buff is riding to the rescue of bored kids stuck in bed for hours, days and weeks on end with his plan for a laptop computer or more than one which the children can use to play games.

Of course, Sam would not need to come to the rescue so urgently if someone had not removed the laptop the hospital had for just that purpose. " It does not need to be a very new machine,just so long as it is a laptop."" said Sam, who repairs computers. "It can even be dead.”

The machine needs to be a laptop so that the children can carry it around with them as they wait for treatments or are moved from place to place.So if you have a mobile machine you are not using, do not like or can't get operational, call Sam on 02 6651 4435 or email him on samozau@yahoo.com

Sam Cohen, centre, tutoring Mary Voutos and Ron McGeorge at the Coffs harbour Seniors Computer Club. PHOTO: BELINDA SCOTT.

Library’s Law Week can help you in a variety of issues EXPERTS in family law and consumer rights will be at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library in National Law Week (May 16-22) to answer any questions residents may have on these subjects. Legal Aid Family Law Solicitor Jane Corcoran will speak on a range of family law and parenting issues such as mediation, litigation and communication on Monday, May 16, from

2pm to 3.30pm. Fair Trading NSW will be at the Library on Thursday, May 19, from 2pm to 3.30pm to speak about Consumer Rights and Australian Consumer Law including topics such as refunds and your rights when dealing with an online business based overseas. More Info Coffs Harbour Library on 6648 4900.No bookings are required and each session is free.

Legal Aid Family Law Solicitor Jane Corcoran will speak on a range of family law and parenting issues such as mediation and litigation

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THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE WORKING Australians have almost one-tenth of their salary added to their super each year through employer contributions. Yet many people aren’t embracing the benefits of super to grow a retirement nest egg. A recent study by MLC found two out of five Australians don’t think they will be able to fund their own retirement, and expect to rely on government support in their senior years. One in five people are pinning their hopes on a big inheritance to ensure their financial security. At present, 53% of Australia’s retirees rely on

consider speaking with the boss about adding to your super through salary sacrifice. This is where you choose to have part of your before-tax salary paid into super rather than receiving it as cash in hand. If you don’t have much in super, salary sacrifice can fast track your nest egg. If you’re self-employed, making contributions to super can provide a valuable tax deduction. You can claim a tax break for up to $30,000 of contributions for the current financial year, or $35,000 if you were aged 49 or over on 30 June 2015. If your spouse is a low income earner (less than $13,800 annually) or not working, you may be able to claim a $540 tax offset when you make a

Super is lightly taxed when we’re in the work force, and you can withdraw your super tax-free from age 60. That makes super far more tax-friendly than investments held outside super and much more of a sure thing than an inheritance.

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the government as a source of income, and given our ageing population it’s hard to see how this level of support can be sustained. This is why we are continually being urged to build a pot of retirement savings ourselves, and superannuation provides an ideal way. Super is lightly taxed when we’re in the work force, and you can withdraw your super tax-free from age 60. That makes super far more tax-friendly than investments held outside super - and much more of a sure thing than an inheritance. As we head towards the end of the financial year, it’s worth looking at ways to grow your nest egg. In some cases, it could mean more money in your hand today. If you’re a PAYG worker,

contribution of up to $3,000 to his or her super fund. Low to middle income earners can cash in on the government’s co-contribution scheme. If your income for the current financial year will be below $50,454, tipping $1,000 into super from your own pocket could see the government add as much as $500 tax-free to your fund. Check out the co-contribution calculator on the government’s MoneySmart website to know what sort of co-contribution you could be entitled to. Paul Clitheroe is a founding director of financial planning firm ipac, Chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and chief commentator for Money Magazine.


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Making your Will: 8 things to know CEO of New Way Lawyers

CONTINUING on with our eight-part series focusing on things you should know about Wills, we now reach part three. Wills are not only for rich people Many people think that they do not need to make a Will if they don’t own any property or don’t have much money. However, Queensland law requires that all deceased estates must be properly administered, no matter how large or small the estate. Common items that people do not realise form part of their estate include: Sentimental possessions such as jewellery, artwork and photos; and Unpaid wages and leave entitlements. In addition to setting out who receives your assets your Will can also:

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STRUGGLE: Cancer is not only a hard time emotionally and physically, it’s a painful struggle financially as well. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Cancer Council Pro Bono program WE CAN help you if you or someone in your family has cancer, and you need advice. Assistance is free for eligible clients. The Cancer Council Pro Bono Program can help you with legal issues, financial planning, small business accounting and workplace (HR or recruitment) advice.

Some of the things we can help with are: drafting wills; early access to superannuation; mortgage hardship variations; credit and debt issues; managing workplace issues before, during and after treatment. Cancer Council will connect you with a lawyer,

financial planner, accountant or HR/ recruitment professional who will help you. Advice is free for eligible clients. You will need to pass a means test in order to qualify for free assistance. To access this service please call 13 11 20. Can you help us? If you

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Your own money and your own retirement YOUR retirement income needs to see you all the way to the end of your life. The first step in your retirement planning starts here: read tips and find out what government benefits might apply to you.

While there is no official retirement age in Australia, normally you must be at least 55 years old to access your super, and different government benefits apply from different ages. The laws about benefits

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GET involved in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea this year to support a good cause. Coffs Harbour City Chambers, with Mayor Denise Knight, will gather Mid North Coast communities together on Tuesday, May 24, to raise awareness and be a part of the fight against cancer. Now in its 23rd year, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one of Cancer Council’s leading fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia. Each year more than 11,000 Australian’s gather their friends, family or workmates, share a cuppa and tasty treats, and give support to those affected by cancer by raising funds for cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea coordinator Sarah Royall said: “In the Northern NSW Region alone, it is predicted that, in 2016, 2551 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a single year, with 749 deaths expected. “Every Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea helps

us beat cancer. “This collaboration between Cancer Council NSW and Coffs Harbour Council and community represents combined efforts to fight this terrible disease”. “Money raised across the region allows us to support key services such as Cancer Council information centres at Coffs Harbour Hospital, Sunsmart for schools, Transport to Treatment, legal and pro bono Financial services and the Accor Hotels Partnership, which provides a home away from home for local people accessing treatment in Sydney”. This year Cancer Council NSW hopes to raise more than $4.8 million across NSW.

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HEART disease is far too common in Queensland. We all know of or have heard about someone dying from a heart attack and sometimes wonder how this could have happened? “He or she seemed so fit and well and it seemed to come out of the blue..” So what can we do to try and prevent early onset of heart and blood vessel damage? Here is my checklist for reducing the risk: ■ If you smoke, then quit. ■ Get you blood pressure checked. If it is high when measured, then it may be worthwhile investing in an electronic blood pressure monitor so you can see what the readings are like in the “real world”. ■ Get your blood sugar level tested. Impaired glucose tolerance is a precursor for diabetes. A fasting blood test ordered by your doctor is the only way to accurately check your levels. ■ Get your blood lipid or fat levels tested and make sure you know what your “good” and “bad” cholesterol levels are. There are no symptoms for high lipid levels and again this needs to be investigated by a blood test from your doctor. ■ Be physically active and maintain a healthy diet. If we cut through all the input from marketing and various vested interest groups and simplify the advice, we come up with the following: Cut down on refined carbohydrates (sugars), saturated fats, salt and alcohol. Aim to do 3–5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1.5–2.5 hours of vigorous intensity physical activity each week and aim to do some muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week. It is recommended to have these health checks from the age of 45 or from the age of 35 if you are from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. drmichaelgillman.com


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Emerald beach affair The beach position lends even more to annual community fair Trevor Veal

SKYDIVERS will float down from the clouds to land on the sand and colourful kites will soar upwards from the beach as part of the Emerald Beach Fair on May 29. The annual fair in the small coastal community 20km north of Coffs Harbour brings together a disparate range of attractions with a common flavour. “The nicest thing about the Fair is that it is right on the beach,” said fair committee member Brigid Veale. “There will be a sand modelling competition; the skydivers from Coffs City Skydiving will land on the beach and there will be kite flying. “The kids can buy kites beforehand, decorate them and then fly them on the day.” A local professional baker will judge the yummiest cake and the best-decorated cake while the watermelon speed-eating event is a new addition to this year’s

program. The Glam Pram competition and the best-decorated bike competition sponsored by Woolgoolga’s Woodseys Wheels allow mums, dads and kids to show off their two, three and four-wheeled wonders, while the Pooch Parade at 12.30pm is always a popular event with both participants and spectators. Supported by Brontosaurus pet barn and Moonee Veterinary Hospital, the Pooch Parade offers prizes for the best-dressed dog; the cutest dog and the dog and owner who look most alike. Also returning this year will be the photo competition for a photograph of anywhere on the Coffs Coast. This year the competition, which is being supported by Go Pro, is also open to videos and there are two Go Pro Hero+ LCD cameras up for grabs. Entries close on May 20. Photos can be dropped

BE THERE THIS YEAR: Crowds enjoying the 2015 Emerald Beach Fair.

into the Emerald Beach General Store or Fletchers Fotographics in Coffs Harbour. Videos should be posted on the Emerald Beach Fair’s Facebook

site. The Fling the Golden Thong competition has prizes for primary, high school and adult competitors. For those who just like a

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stroll and an outdoor lunch, there are food stalls, a raffle and live entertainment from band Top Shelf and Kulturithmik Cuban Dance Group *The Emerald Beach

Fair will be held from 9am to 3pm on Sunday, May 29 at the Emerald Beach Reserve in Fiddaman Road, Emerald Beach. Entry is free.

Gallery Foundation Art in the Castle Paddock THIS event brings together local artists and craftspeople with art lovers and art buyers, in unique settings around the Clarence Valley. Enjoy high tea on the castle veranda, barbecue lunch on the lawn UNIQUE SETTING: Enjoy High Tea on the castle veranda, BBQ lunch on the lawn overlooking the Clarence. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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overlooking the Clarence or bring along a picnic and just enjoy the art, live music and amazing setting. There will be tours of the Yulgilbar Archives, children’s activities, a lemonade stall, a bar presenting fine wines from Samuel Smith and Co and Coopers Beer & Cider plus a great raffle. Buses will be available for pick up and drop off

from Market Square and Ferry Park on the day. Spaces are limited, please book and pay for your spot so you don’t miss out. Tickets are limited and available at the Grafton Regional Gallery or online at The Gallery Foundation. They cost $20 per person with children free including school children.

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Event Date: June 5 2016 (10am) - June 5 2016 (4pm) Event Type: Art/Craft, Market, Cuisine, Fundraiser Address: Yulgibar Castle, Baryulgil (map) Contact Name: Grafton Regional Gallery Phone: 6642 3177 Website: http://www.thegallery foundation.com.au

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Travelling overseas, local or interstate? You will find all the information you need in Seniors’ colourful travel pages.

River cruising luxury

Wall-to-wall comfort as a kaleidoscope of Europe’s charms glides past your panoramic window Ann Rickard

IF EVER there was a holiday designed specifically for us mature folks, it would have to be river cruising. There are many reasons for this, more about them in a minute, but the top one would surely be: no children on board. We love children, most of us seniors are doting grandparents, but we don’t love the little tykes when they are running amok around the decks and lounges on a ship. River cruising is not designed for children, there are no facilities for them, they’d be bored. River cruising suits those of us who enjoy

the ease of being moved smoothly from one place to another, those who love to unpack just the once, who adore being pampered and wined and dined to the brim. Those who love a no-bingo-orextravagant-theatre policy, those who are more the gather-around-the-piano type. Avalon Waterways’ newest river ship, Imagery II, has just been launched on the Rhine, formally christened by “godmother”, New Zealand personality, Judy Bailey. It now awaits your pleasure. You are going to love this spanking new ship with its Suite Ship policy: two entire decks of roomy suites with marble

bathrooms complete with L’Occitane products, and more space than any other ships cruising Europe’s great rivers. What you are going to love beyond all the many loveable details on board Imagery II, is the wall-to-wall windows in your suite, a whole wall that slides back to transform your suite into one large alfresco balcony and – this is luxury without measure – the bed faces the window. Think about that. You wake up each morning in a comfortable wide bed beneath a floaty white doona to lazily watch a kaleidoscope of Europe’s charms glide past your panoramic window.

If you (or better still, your mate) has padded quietly to the elegant lounge at the aft of the ship, where a gleaming coffee machine will dispense any coffee style of your choice, and he brings it back along with a big home-baked cookie to enjoy in bed, well, you are going to be in holiday heaven aren’t you? And your exciting day hasn’t even started yet. The unprecedented growth in river cruising has astonished everyone in the travel industry, even Avalon Waterways’ management who are frantically building more ships to keep up with demand. Avalon Waterways does not let its ships age.

When they are only just past juvenile stage, they are sold or sent off to ship graveyard. Hence, all Avalon’s long sleek river ships are modern and fresh. None more so than Imagery II. The decor is contemporary and restful with tasteful and luxurious object d’art and contemporary art works at every turn. The lounges and dining room are fitted with up-to-the-minute furniture with exquisite fabrics. On the expansive top open-air deck, the sun lounges beckon, and a small spa sits beside a giant deck chess set. The chef even grows his own herbs in pots up on the deck.

You will never be short of something exciting to do on Imagery II as her itinerary stops at some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, towns and villages. And the ship docks right in the heart of things. You have only to walk off to have Avalon’s private buses with local guides waiting a few steps away to whisk you into the heart of Europe’s excitement, history and culture. Comfort is what most of us prioritise for our travels as we age. Followed by ease of getting from A to B. Imagery II provides the lot. The writer was a guest on board Imagery II.

The magical sleepy town of Seventeen Seventy Taya Sweeney

ONE word comes to mind when thinking about the town of Seventeen Seventy…magic. Some of my greatest childhood memories are times I spent at this glorious sleepy town near Agnes Waters on the east coast of Queensland. This time I visited with adult eyes and the five-hour drive felt much shorter than I remembered. The three-night stay included sleep-ins, snorkelling, lazy

breakfasts, mid-day naps and afternoon fishing. On the second day I discovered it was butterfly season in the region, when 1770’s “butterfly walk” becomes a teaming hive of the gorgeous insects. The walk is a very easy 15-20 minute stroll that starts at the Captain Cook Monument and is best from March-June every year to see the Blue Tiger Butterflies. I was surprised that what was advertised was what actually what we received.

Thousands of the fluttering creatures danced in a swarm, under the shade of a dense canopy of palms. On our last day we visited the 1770 Headland. The sight was breathtaking, a contrast of strikingly blue ocean – crashing against deep orange and red rocky-cliffs. I was taken back to a time when Captain Cook himself first set eyes on this gorgeous land. I know I’ll be visiting this historic town again soon.

SERENITY: Boats gently sway, as the sun sets over Seventeen Seventy. PHOTO: TAYA SWEENEY


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Meet Aussie history

There is plenty to learn about the Tree of Knowledge unrivalled economic pillar of the colony of Queensland. The 200-year-old ghost gum saw protesting sheep shearers mark the foundation of the Australian Labor Party. Striking shearers marched under the Eureka flag to put forward their protests against poor working conditions and low wages. In a 7.30 Report broadcast on ABC TV in 2009 historian Peter Forrest acknowledged the Tree of Knowledge was important, and Barcaldine itself was tremendously important to the history of Australia. Forrest, who was commissioned by Barcaldine Shire council to write the history of the Tree of Knowledge, said all that ever happened around the tree in terms of the strike was the gathering of unionists to prevent non-union men getting off the train at Barcaldine, and there were often scenes of angry confrontation there as that happened. In 1991, the tree was found to be suffering from dieback but it in an act of vandalism it was poisoned with glyphosate in 2006. Two years later the tree was successfully cloned by workers at the former Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Several cuttings propagated from the tree before its death are now growing in Barcaldine, as well as Brisbane and at the National Arboretum Canberra. A new memorial on the site of the remains of the original tree won The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage Architecture and a National

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THERE is one thing Outback Queensland offers apart from its well-known bush hospitality, the country air and big skies of a night … it’s history. Barcaldine Shire mayor Rob Chandler sums it up well when he says “We are Australia’s history .. Australia grew from inside out when it opened up the outback.’’ There are few better places to understand a chapter in Australia's history than at the Tree of Knowledge in this town that was built on sheep. And there is no better way to fit into the laid-back way of life than pronouncing the name of the town correctly ... Bar-call-dun. Not Barkle-deen and certainly not Barkle-dine. In 1891 the ghost gum directly in front of the railway station witnessed a divisive confrontation that threatened to plunge the nation into civil war as striking shearers stopped non-union labourers arriving by train to fill their jobs. The strike was a bitter campaign fuelled by lowering of shearers' conditions by sheep station owners. Now, 125 years later, a dramatic reconstruction of the seven-metre high tree stands outside the station where visitors are welcomed with tourism being an integral part of the Barcaldine Shire's economy. Celebrations for the anniversary will be highlighted on by a town party and street parade on May 1 this year. Yet in 1891 the wool industry was the

BARCALDINE: Tourism is an integral part of the shire’s economy.

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The strike was a bitter campaign fuelled by lowering of shearers' conditions by sheep station owners. The Globe Visitor Information Centre at Barcaldine, formerly the Globe Hotel. PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY

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Beware of dinosaurs Come on a journey through Eromanga’s new museum Phil Hawkes

DINOSAURS have been around in Queensland for a long time. Of course I speak of fossils, not real life (unless speaking of some of my contemporaries) and the area around Winton has become quite famous, worldwide, for its splendid Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. Now there’s a new kid on the block in the form of Cooper, identified as a Titanosaur discovered in 2004 on a property near Eromanga further south. This is the largest dinosaur fossil find so far in Australia, with a humerus 1.5 metres in length and weighing over 100kg, a new species in the world. Since then, George, Zac and Sid have joined Eromanga’s growing dino family. Other large creatures have also been found near Eulo and identified as Megasaurs. Understandably, palaeontologists are very

excited by these new discoveries and the Outback Gondwana Foundation together with the Queensland Museum has just opened a brand new Natural History Museum in Eromanga (ENHM) to display these amazing fossils and run educational programs for tourists, school groups and scientists. It’s a well-curated exhibition managed by Robyn Mackenzie, owner of the property where Cooper was found by her 14-year-old son Sandy. He thought it looked “different” to the usual cattle bones and from there the story led to the Queensland Museum experts, culminating in over 80 digs and the new Eromanga facility. Robyn herself has become quite an expert and a devotee of palaeontology. Eromanga is a very small town more known for its extensive opal mining and more lately, oil drilling producing around 1.5 million barrels a year.

SEE IT: Robyn Mackenzie explains the dinosaur and megafauna bones and cleaning process to the children at the TQ film shoot at the Eromanga Natural History Museum field station on June 28, 2013. PHOTO: ELIZABETH NANKIVELL

But the fossil finds, and the older Living History Museum with its superb memorabilia have put the town firmly on the tourism map. A visit to Eromanga

would not be complete without lunch or dinner at the Royal Hotel where you’re likely to meet such characters as Giggles, an opal miner for many years and a teller of tall tales.

You may even persuade him to take you out to his tenement to do a bit of fossicking. GETTING THERE Brisbane to Quilpie 954km by road, or by Rex

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I’m a first-class type of person SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE ANN RICKARD ann.rickard@apn.com.au

Urunga Probus new Committee members Kevin Upton (Director), Pat Chapman (Publicity Director), Jean Tait (President), Des Puls (Secretary), Margaret Coomber (Tours Director), Selwyn Rowe (Vice-President), Isabel Pettit (Treasurer), Peter Herrmann (Vice-President). PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Woolgoolga VIEW Executive Committee in the midst of planning the festivities.

WELCOME readers to our first edition of the Coffs Coast & Clarence Valley Seniors Newspaper. If your community group would like to place a free notice into our newspaper we ask that you keep your notice short and to the point (100 word) maximum. We do accept photos which should be supplied as a high resolution jpeg attachment. Deadline for the next issue is June 9, 2016. We hope that you enjoy what our newspaper has to offer. Inquiries to Robyn, Nicky or Chris via email: communitynotes@ seniorsnewspaper. com.au

Introducing VIEW Clubs – Coffs Coast and the Clarence Valley

VIEW Clubs of Australia supports the work of The Smith Family, providing sponsorship and opportunities for

disadvantaged Australian children with their education. Our goal is to help keep our students engaged at school for as long as they are capable and/or interested and to improve their opportunities in life. The Smith Family has many success stories with students exceeding the patterns of their family members by ultimately finishing tertiary education. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women and is The Smith Family’s biggest sponsor in their many programs including the Learning for Life program. To see more about who we are, please visit view.org.au Our clubs meet once per month over lunch or dinner and very often listen to a guest speaker. They usually have a social day, also once each month at various venues for lunch or other activities. ■ Bonville–Boambee meets at Sawtell RSL Club

on the 2nd Thursday each month for lunch. Contact Joan on 6658 7116 ■ Coffs City Evening meets at Cex Club, Coffs Harbour on the 2nd Tuesday each month for dinner. Contact Beverley on 6652 8292 ■ Coffs Harbour Day meets at Cex Club, Coffs Harbour on the 2nd Tuesday each month for lunch. Contact Betty on 6651 1784 ■ Korora meets at Cex Club, Coffs Harbour on the 1st Tuesday each month for lunch. Contact Narelle on 6653 5752. ■ Woolgoolga Day meets at Woolgoolga RSL Beach Street, Woolgoolga on the 3rd Thursday each month for lunch. Contact Barbara on 6656 1746 ■ Woolgoolga Evening meets at Woolgoolga Bowling Club, Boundary St, Woolgoolga on the 2nd Wednesday each month for dinner. Contact Yvonne on 6654 2802.

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VIEW CLUBS ■ WOOLGOOLGA DAY ON May 19 the ladies of Woolgoolga Day VIEW Club will be celebrating the club’s 32nd birthday with morning tea and a luncheon at the Woolgoolga RSL Club. This dynamic group of retirees values friendship, laughter and learning and treasure their growing relationship with their 11-year-old Learning For Life child. If you would like to join us on the 19th or just find out more about who we are and what we do, phone Dot 6654 7376.

PROBUS ■ URUNGA

WE are looking forward to an active and interesting year following the election of a new and enthusiastic committee under the CONTINUED ON PAGE 19

I WAS lamenting to a mate recently about flying economy when I travel. We were having a lively chat about our travel dreams, as you do when you reach a certain age, have finished raising a family and are more free to travel. “I love to get away a couple of times a year,” I said to my mate. “I always travel economy, keeps costs down.” “Ah, yes,” said the mate, “but if you travel economy, your kids certainly won’t. They’ll be in business class... spending the inheritance you left them because you sat down the back of the plane.” That got me riled. I’d never thought of it that way. Like most seniors, I want to leave my offspring a decent amount when I go, but hey, yes, why should they get the benefits of my hard work and travel business class on their inheritance while I spent my twilight years squashed down the back with ageing knees and rising temper? So, it’s up the front for

widely and bearing trays with glasses of fruit juice and champagne? All before take-off. The gorgeous pamper bag comes next, a little pouch of heaven: Jurlique moisturiser, refresher, hand lotion, a toothbrush and paste, a sleep mask, mouth wash and socks to put on the bare feet while the shoes rest happily in the shoe locker. “What would you like to drink, Mrs Rickard?” the attendant says, pointing to bottles of top-shelf liquor and premium wines, good champagne. It just keeps on getting better. You change all your preconceptions about inedible airline food once you’ve feasted in business class. Everything is more than edible. Prawns with a crispy bacon and white cabbage salad with beetroot cream; Chilean sea bass with baby kale, saffron fennel mash and gazpacho sauce; braised beef cheek, lamb chop, spinach, roasted pepper and truffle gnocchi. Here’s the thing ... it tastes as good as it sounds. Time now for the true pleasure of business class, that coveted thing that outweighs all the joy of the food, the wine, the movies, the warm nuts, the pamper bag, even the shoe locker ... the flat

You change all your preconceptions about inedible airline food once you’ve feasted in business class.

me from now on. Sorry, kids, your inheritance just took a dip. There is something indecently smug about clutching a business class boarding pass as you sweep to the front of the queue and board before everyone else, before the crush, before the masses come on board to bash you around the shoulders with their heavy hand luggage and rattle about in overhead lockers and squeeze nosily into the small seat next to you. This was my experience on Cathay Pacific recently. I am sure most airline business class sections are gorgeous but let’s focus on Cathay for the moment because I’ve just flown from Australia to Europe and back and I’m feeling rested, sprightly, not the least jet-lagged, and above all, I feel loved. Who wouldn’t enjoy being greeted by gracious flight attendants who come at you smiling

bed. Off you go, press the user-friendly button on the side of your seat and down glides the back while simultaneously up glides the front. In one smooth movement you are laid back, feet up on the ottoman, ready to relax until you touch down in Paris. Another press and you glide until you are flat, on a bed long enough for even the tallest of people. With a soft doona and comfortable people there is nothing more to look forward to other than your pleasant dreams ... until you are softly awakened to find more gracious attendants on hand with yet more sublime offerings. ■ For more information on Cathay Pacific, its business, premium economy and economy class sections and its routes from Australia to destinations all over the world: visit: www.cathay pacific.com.au.


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Experience the third life chapter with joy and wellbeing

Mariana Trapera, psychotherapist. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED Taloumbi Gardens residents Margaret Weaver, Carmel De Cusack and Thelma Speed

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Change gears to enjoy your life SOME of you work, some of you are retired, some of you are transitioning into retirement. So, how busy is your life? If you are busy…busy…busy with too much of your time going on activities that drain your energy, you’re not really enjoying life. Now could be a good time, to sit down and create three lists to help you maintain a more balanced, healthier lifestyle and not fall into the trap of becoming a workaholic or overloading yourself with commitments and draining your energy. If you have been retired for a few years and find that life has become bland, creating the three lists can help to spice up your life and re-charge the batteries. List 1 – Write down the FROM PAGE 18

leadership of president Jean Tait. It is a community organisation which welcomes retired and semi-retired men and women to its membership and it holds true to the motto of Probus which is fun, fellowship and friendship. We are non-sectarian, non-political and not involved in fund-raising. The club meets at the Cex Urunga Golf and Sports Club at 10am on the second Monday of each month. There is always an interesting guest speaker to entertain the members and a monthly outing to points of interest in the district is held. Prospective members and visitors are most welcome to come along to these meetings. In addition to the monthly outings, a tour is being organised to Brisbane from October 24–28 at the all-inclusive cost of $750, visiting the

tasks/activities that are essential in your life. List 2 – Write down the tasks/activities that you feel obligated to do, but in the big picture, these are the things that can drain your energy. After one of my retirement life planning seminars, a man who had been retired for five years said some of the things he thought were so Sunshine Coast, Brisbane City highlights, North Stradbroke Island and the Gold Coast. Non-members of the Probus Club are welcome to join these activities and information can be obtained from president Jean Tait 6655 1148 or tours director Margaret Coomber 0414 976 198.

TALOUMBI GARDENS

WE had a girls’ afternoon on Friday. A clothing company came down from Lismore to sell their clothes and three of our residents modelled. Cliff O’Connor was the only man game to come and he opened the bar and the wine was flowing. It was truly a great afternoon. Approx 35 ladies, residents and family attended. The models were fantastic and the clothes were all reasonably priced. A lot of the residents bought. This company is coming back in November. After the

CHANGING GEARS WITH EVA BENNETT.

important before he retired, hadn’t been that important at all in the big picture and had only wasted precious time he could have spent on more meaningful and enjoyable activities in his life. It is not selfish to say "No" sometimes. Otherwise parade, we ended the evening with all of the male residents joining us and the social club bought in pizzas for everyone for dinner. We are hosting the biggest afternoon tea on Thursday, May 26, at 2pm with a performer playing John Cornell, trading table, raffle and lots of yummy food. It should be a great afternoon we charge a gold coin donation on entry. Our address is 94 Taloumbi Rd, Coffs Harbour. Inquiries 02 6650 0982. This is an annual event, we always strive to raise as much money for cancer research as possible.

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WE bring together some of the finest classical musicians in the country soprano Greta Bradman, pianists Stephean

people take you for granted and your own health can suffer. Set boundaries as a grandparent for minding the grand-kids. List 3 – Write down the things you would love to have more time to do that are not work related. I have found through the many seminars I have presented at over the years, that the people who have developed a work–life balance, getting involved in activities outside of work and meeting new people, transition into retirement more easily. It’s a good idea to review your list every so often and make any adjustments to keep on track. Get back in the driver’s seat, change gears and enjoy the journey of life! Emmerson and Daniel de Borah, celebrated clarinettist and artistic director Paul Dean, violinist Adam Chalabi, cellist Trish O’Brien and many more. Presented by the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium, in collaboration with the Queensland Conservatorium the festival will include seven outstanding concerts over three days. Location Coramba Community Hall, NSW, from June 3–5. Contact by email ccmf2016@gmail.com or go to website www. corambachambermusic festival.com

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COFFS Harbour City Chambers, with Mayor Denise Knight, will gather the Mid North Coast communities together on Tuesday, May 24, to raise awareness and be a part of the fight against cancer.

SENIORS, Boomers, whatever label you identify with … a very warm welcome to this third chapter in your lives.For me this time is one for living “juicy”. It doesn’t have to be a path of decline, but a time for re-imagining our lives with courage, passion and creativity. Some of you may have re-invented your lives, moved interstate, embraced new learning, or be caring for family, or following your dreams. Given we seem to be living longer than generations before us, the spotlight is now on us!As I’ve been sailing through these transition years with relative ease, I feel confident that you can too, with renewed optimism, extra skills and clarity about what’s important to you now. Our third chapter can offer us the space for slowing down, for introspection, and for letting go of any grief or loss. Even “wasting” time is allowed! It can also be a season Now in its 23rd year, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one of Cancer Council’s leading fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia. Each year more than 11,000 Australian’s gather their friends, family or workmates, share a cuppa and tasty treats, and give support to those affected by cancer by raising funds for cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea coordinator Sarah Royall said: “In the Northern NSW region alone, it is predicted that, in 2016, 2551 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a single year, with 749 deaths expected. “Every Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea helps us beat cancer. “This collaboration between Cancer Council NSW and Coffs Harbour Council and community

Despite feeling invisible at times, we “grey-haired adolescents” can still take the stage. With our accumulated years of experience, resilience and wisdom... in search of a purpose. A more meaningful life after work. Or sharing pearls of wisdom with your grandchildren. Despite feeling invisible at times, we “grey-haired adolescents” can still take the stage. With our accumulated years of experience, resilience and wisdom, we can start a revolution. In the months ahead, I plan to share with you the insights I’ve gathered about juicy ageing into my 69th year, including latest heart and brain research, the field of epigenetics and longevity, techniques I’ve found helpful, and insights gained from years of self-inquiry and , spiritual practice. I’ll also be inspiring you to embrace your senior years with zest and optimism. http://thejuicyyears. blogspot.com.au http://www.heartand soulawakenings.com represents combined efforts to fight this terrible disease. “Money raised across the region allows us to support key services such as Cancer Council information centres at Coffs Harbour Hospital, Sunsmart for schools, Transport to Treatment, legal and pro bono financial services and the Accor Hotels Partnership which provides a home away from home for local people accessing treatment in Sydney”. This year Cancer Council NSW hopes to raise more than $4.8 million across NSW. To host your own Biggest Morning Tea, register at www. biggestmorningtea. com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85 to receive your free host kit with everything you need to plan your event including theme ideas, decorating inspiration, fundraising tips, recipes and bunting.


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Cinematinee grows local screen culture

DURING the past year Screenwave, in partnership with the Jetty Memorial Theatre, has grown a local film and screen culture scene for audiences that love the finer things in life: travel, food, love, music and travel. The Cinematinee program exhibits world cinema, arthouse and independent film titles on the big screen at the historic Jetty Memorial Theatre fortnightly on Thursdays with daytime sessions at 10.30am and 1.30pm. “We love seeing people come together in the cinema,” Screenwave artistic director Kate Howat said.. There’s something really special and dear to us about the cinema experience, when the lights go down. “Sharing these wonderful films, that don’t often receive widespread release and distribution, for an appreciative

audience has seen audience flock in numbers to the Jetty Theatre, creating a great social scene for mature audiences around film.” There are three upcoming films in the next month for Cinematinee. Marie’s Story (May 26), a moving French film about a 19th Century nun and her unique friendship with young, deaf French student, is followed by (June 23). This features a powerhouse cast of Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford and a cast of Australian talent delving into the ethics of journalism, followed by Just A Sigh (June 30). This is a romantic comedy that unfolds in real-time against a backdrop of vibrant Paris starring Gabriel Byrne and Emmanuelle Devos. For information and ticket bookings, visit www.jettytheatre.com or phone the Jetty Memorial Theatre box office on

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■ Sydney Writers’ Festival – Live and local After the success of its inaugural Live and Local program in 2015, Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Coffs Harbour in 2016. One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will stream its headline events from Roslyn Packer Theatre, in Walsh Bay, direct to Coffs Harbour on May 20. Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the festival brings the world’s finest authors to Coffs Harbour in real time. As well as hearing new ideas from great thinkers, audiences have an opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions direct to the Sydney stage. Be part of Live & Local,

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streamed live by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally by the Jetty Memorial Theatre. On Friday, May 20: ■ 10am – William Boyd and Julian Barnes: History and Fiction; ■ 11.30am – Jonathan Franzen: My Reading Life; ■ 1.30pm – Let Nature Be Your Teacher; ■ 3pm – Inside the New Yorker; and ■ 4.30pm – Andrew Denton: Better off Dead. On Saturday, May 21: ■ 10am – Why Women Should Rule the World. On Sunday, May 22:

■ 10am – Kerry O’Brien: Living with Keating. Get a festival pass for all seven sessions. ■ Hypnolicious – a comedy hypnosis treat After wowing and amazing packed 2015 crowds, and a sell-out 2016 Fringe World season, comedy hypnotist Matt Hale dishes up a tasty serve of his modern brand of fun, friendly hypno laughs in this special show full of new routines. It’s volunteers-only on stage, so you get to

decide whether to join him for the full experience, or be amazed and laugh yourself silly from the audience. Matt has zero interest in embarrassing anyone and truly wants the volunteers to have as much fun as the audience while amazing themselves with what their imagination is capable of. ■ Time: Friday, June 3, 8pm. ■ Tickets: Adult $40, groups 6+ $35, children (under 16) $30. ■ Duration: 90 minutes. Family friendly.

His attitude is worth copying Ann Rickard

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton’s mean-spirited comments recently that Kevin Rudd should retire and just take up caravanning must have sent shudders through many seniors. While caravanning is marvellous, to suggest that it is all older people should be doing is offensive to all seniors. Kevin Rudd, Australian Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013, is now based in New York and is President of Asia Society Policy Institute. He also has his eye on the top job at the United Nations, replacing Ban Ki-Moon. I don’t think caravanning is on his agenda. Rudd is one senior who just keeps on keeping on. Love him or hate him, you have to admire his capacity to push on when, at age almost 60, and with no financial concerns he could so easily sit back and relax. No matter the number of set backs, turmoil, scandals and even just plain hurdles he has had to deal with in the past, he

has never taken the easy road and given up. Despite a busy schedule that takes him all over the globe, Kevin Rudd still takes as much time as he can to visit the place of his birth and childhood, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He has long had a beach house on the Sunshine Coast and whenever he can, he manages to squeeze in a mini escape with his wife Therese, children and now grandchildren. Continued study and constant learning along with on-going work are vital to his wellbeing. “My attitude to life and work is that no matter whatever I am doing, one day they will take me out in a box, from some desk, somewhere,” he said in a telephone interview with Senior’s Newspapers while he was en route from Washington DC to Ottawa. “In some cultures people are working in their 70s, 80s and even 90s not because they have to, but because it is part of their life. “That is somewhat different to Australia. “My aspiration is to

In some cultures people are working in their 70s, 80s and even 90s not because they have to, but because it is part of their life.

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keep working as long as I am useful.” His work now with the Asia Society Policy Institute ensures his mind is constantly alert, open and engaged. “It’s (the institute) a

think tank, focussing on big policy challenges that face Asia over a decade ahead,” he said. He studied the Chinese language at the Australian National University after he’d finished high school.

“I found studying Mandarin really bloody hard,” he said. “If you are learning a foreign language and want to speak it fluently, the easiest thing is to start when a little kid at school.

But I persevered for the first three months, every day at the Australian National University in Canberra. “By about the three month point, I remember saying ‘this is like going back to Grade 1, sounding out words’. But slowly and surely it all started to come together. It took five years (to become fluent in Mandarin.) “kI speak French a little. I have workable French but my wife is terrified of me speaking it in case I get it wrong.” Whatever your opinions on Kevin Rudd, you have to admire his work attitude and strong sense of purpose...it’s a good act for seniors to emulate.


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