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LEANING INTO 2019 Gail Forrer Seniors Group Editor WELCOME and happy new year readers. IT’S great to be able to start 2019 with a host of positive stories including a feature on next month’s annual NSW Seniors Festival. In this jam-packed edition we commence with a two-page feature on our Senior Australians of the Year. The recognition that comes with this honour allows us to look at the best of who we are. In the daily run of 24/7 news – which I follow through newspapers, current affair shows and online updates – I am often saddened when I read the worst of human nature. But when it comes to reading about the work carried out by the people named as Senior Australians of the Year, I am uplifted by their humanity. It shows that far beyond the concept of age, generosity of mind and spirit are key among the qualities that define us as human beings. Included with these outstanding personalities

are local stories highlighting community stars. Our pages feature a great group of characters who have defied any and all age stereotypes. We also report on the older Australian Beauty Pageant winner, Beauty Queen of the Year and Ms World 2018, 60-year-old Robbie Canner, who believes that people “age themselves out of life” by developing negative connotations toward ageing. She is determined to “start a conversation” about positive ageing. I’m with Robbie – if we can keep a place inside of ourselves filled with hope, self-confidence and self-esteem , then there’s a good chance of a happy 2019.

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It’s time to say farewell

After a busy political life, it’s now family time

Tania Phillips Journalist THEY say you don’t know how people feel about you until retire and for member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser, who steps down from State Parliament at the election in March, it has been an eye-opening experience. “I had a 20 minute break today and went for a sandwich – three people – two of whom I didn’t know thanked me for service and wished me well,” he said. “That is pretty much happening every day at the moment, it is very humbling.” March 23 will mark the end of “a challenging and rewarding” period in the 66-year-old’s life – a time

that started on November 3,1990. He said he had plans for life after 28 years in State politics and would still be looking to help the people of the Coffs Harbour Region but he was not in a position to talk about that yet. “We have a small farm and I have to catch up on a lot of jobs there,” he laughed. “I have a daughter in Paris and so Kerrie and I will go there and a daughter and two grandchildren in Melbourne and another in Sydney. It is time for a bit of family time – there is a lot I missed out on.” However despite the sacrifices and being away from home a lot he has mostly enjoyed the experience with highlights including being privileged enough to meet the Queen, Prince Phillip and Prince Charles and making friends on all sides of politics.

“It’s been challenging and rewarding,” Mr Fraser said. “While many jobs are all about the same thing

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March 23 will mark the end of “a challenging and rewarding” period every day, in politics you are dealing with something different all the time.” And so what is the first thing he is going to do on March 24? “Congratulate the new member for Coffs Harbour whoever that may be,” he laughed (though obviously he has a favourite).

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Tourism bets on bananas Tania Phillips QUIRKY post cards, an early metal esky and banana packing cases and stencils – these are just some of the things on display at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum as party of their current display – Bananas to Beautizone. Curator Joanna Besley said the summer holiday exhibition explored how the experience of summer changed in in the Coffs Coast region. Jo said in the first half of the 20th Century, summer was a time of hard work for many residents of the Coffs Coast. Tropical fruit was one of the mainstays of the local economy and it ripened in the summer months.

Growers, labourers and carriers laboured in the heat to get crops picked, packed and transported by rail to capital city markets. “However in the 1950s and 60s there was a shift from horticulture and the picking of tropical fruit to tourism,” she said. After the World War II however, the business community recognised the potential of tourism as a major industry for the region. The late 1950s and early 60s were a boom period. “A Mid North Coast Tourist Authority formed in 1956 and the area was christened the Pacific Beautizone, the catchy title chosen as the winner from over 1400 entries in a competition to name the area from Grafton to the Nambucca,” Jo said.

CHANGING TIMES: Some of the historical images on display. The two industries were sometimes in conflict. Promoters of Beautizone, for example, were not in favour of the Big Banana and the idea of agri-tourism: They wanted to promote sun, surf, relaxation and the natural assets of the area.

To them, a giant artificial banana was not a thing of beauty – it was something that “might be seen in Hawaii or Queensland”, they complained. Jo said it was American John Landy, who had bought a farm in the area and had seen the rise of

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road-side attractions in his country, who convinced local banana farmers to back the giant fruit. The Big Banana opened in time for Christmas 1964 and was an immediate success. In its first week of operation there were 2000 visitors

each day. Jo said the The Mid-North Coast Tourist Authority and the concept of the Beautizone went with it – though there are still some businesses from Grafton south who still used it. Bananas to Beautizone will be on display until March 16.

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THEY came from all over town to celebrate 25 years of the Coffs Harbour Leagues Licensed Club just before from Christmas. “We didn’t get a lot from out of town but it’s a busy time of year,” secretary-manager Jody Dahl said. “We always have an old boys’ day through the year – usually in July – when everyone can catch up.” Jody said the birthday celebrated all the hard work, raffles and working bees it took for the Coffs Football Club, which had been going for more than 25 years at the time, to finally have an official home ground and clubhouse. It was also a chance to celebrate a successful

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season on the field with the Comets winning the Group Two A-grade title and making the finals in two of the three other grades. One of the main guests of honour at the party on Friday, December 14, was patron Maisie Miller, 92. Although never having relatives play for the club, the diminutive Maisie is one of the club’s staunchest supporters, Jody said. “She comes to

watch rain, hail or shine and supports the footy team,” she said. “In the old days she used to sit there and crochet blanket squares and make pillows in club colours to raffle. “ She worked in the canteen before that. “Everybody loves her.” Maisie was centre stage at the event in a crowd that included senior league president Steve Gooley, number one ticket holder and former secretary/manager Roy Dunn and Group Two and leagues club head Warren Gilkinson. MEMBERS: Number one and life member Roy Dunn and Coffs Harbour Leagues Licensed Club chairman and Group 2 president Warren Gilkinson.

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AT 91 John Mills is one of the legends of surf life saving in the Coffs region. So it’s not really surprising that he was one of four people recognised for their devotion to surf life saving. A ceremony just before Christmas recognised John and other Coffs Harbour residents Wayne Scott, John Wake, and Robert Hutchinson who have, between them, dedicated more than 160 years of service to the surf life saving movement – an extraordinary achievement. They were awarded in a ceremony conducted by State Member for Coffs Andrew Fraser, receiving a signed Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program certificate and a lapel pin, recognising their years of long service. His wife and one of their two daughters and

her husband attended the event with him. “It was great to have them – unfortunately it was short notice and our other daughter couldn’t be there,” he said. “I have been involved in surf life saving all my life,” he said. John was a member of Coffs Harbour and Freshwater surf clubs during his long career with surf life saving and is a life member of both clubs. “Our family has always loved the water – my dad was a fisherman and he use to fish the local creeks,” he said. The love of the sea and water permeates through John’s whole family. “We have had five generations involved in surf life saving.” His uncles, his mother’s brothers, joined first and then his older brothers, then John and his sister – all of them were at the top of their game with nearly all taking Australian titles. John was a NSW and Australian title holder.

AWARDED: Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser (centre) flanked by Wayne Scott, John Wake, Robert Hutchinson and John Mills at a presentation for surf life saving volunteers in the Coffs region. Photo: Contributed His grandson, Kurt Hansen, won the Australian title in the belt race and is well-known as a surf commentator. His granddaughter, Brooke Hansen, was an Olympic swimmer. “Brooke has a son who is swimming pretty well at the moment,” a proud John said. Mr Fraser said it was

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Time for your life check-up

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Elizabeth arrived in Australia by ship at about six years old

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Alison Houston RETIRED textile artist Elizabeth Long believes it’s important to pass on our stories and skills to the next generation. The Kincumber resident said she had always tried to share the craft and cooking skills she had learned with her children and grandchildren, but she is worried that in today’s screen-based society, it’s not happening enough. Turning the TV off when the family comes over, she said, was a great start, allowing all ages to sit around the table and talk to each other, play cards and board games or do “together things” like making pizza, baking or craft. Instead of instantly “googling” how to do something, she encourages people to

turn to each other for answers. Dutch-born, Elizabeth arrived in Australia by ship at about six years old with her parents in 1947. It wasn’t an easy start to life, with her mum a German-born Jew who had taken Dutch citizenship in 1935 and married Elizabeth’s Dutch Catholic father, having been forced to hide indoors with Elizabeth and her sister for most of their early years to escape the Nazis. Her father had been conscripted into the Dutch army. Her grandmother was one of the estimated 1.1 million people killed at Auschwitz but, thankfully, much of the rest of the family had already made it out of the country. Elizabeth is unsure exactly how or why because it’s a time her

parents never spoke about, and she is still trying to piece the history together with cousins. The Sydney suburb of Bronte where they moved was filled with European war refugees, and Elizabeth said the local children taunted them as “refos” or “yids”. But she loved her new country and was brought up as an Aussie, fondly remembering building billy carts, collecting old newspapers for pennies from the green grocer to wrap his produce in, and lots of outdoor activities, including camping, swimming, and bushwalking. Her mum had actually been an Olympic-standard kayaker, but was robbed of the opportunity to compete in Hitler’s Germany. Working with her

hands was in Elizabeth’s blood, with her mum trained in millinery and dressmaking and her father an upholsterer. Elizabeth recalls her mum creating toys from her father’s old suits and reworking and redesigning second-hand clothes so they were like new. Little wonder Elizabeth trained in dressmaking and textiles, making (among others) her own wedding gown as well as both her daughters’, before turning to patchwork quilting in retirement. She said she always had “a stash of fabrics”, old cards and pictures, and her three kids and nine grandchildren loved making cards, toys and dress-ups, as well as cooking with her.

In 2001 she was one of just 5000 Australians selected to take part in an outdoor installation called People Scape, stretching from Old to New Parliament House in Canberra, to commemorate Federation. Elizabeth chose Dutch-born textile artist Annemieke Mein as her Australian hero in a decision which perhaps best sums up her love of the country and its melting pot of cultures. “That’s what makes Australia such a great place, as the song says, ‘we are one but we are many’, Elizabeth said.

Now 77, Elizabeth has taught textiles at schools and community clubs and groups, and is still happy to share her skills with others. To contact her, phone 02 4369 6791.

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CRAFTY GROUP: The next Yarn and Yak will be held at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library from 10am-noon on Tuesday, February 5. Coffs Harbour Library welcomes all knitters and crocheters to come together and share their love for their craft. No need to book – just come along with your needles and hooks and connect with like-minded people. Inquiries: phone the library on 02 6648 4900 or email us anytime at coffs.library @chcc.nsw.gov.au

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Shadow will be held on February 15 at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Theatre from 7.30pm-10pm. The tribute concert will feature all the classic hits including Do You Want To Dance, Singing The Blues, Move It, Lucky Lips, Summer Holiday, Bachelor Boy, The Young Ones, Living Doll and Congratulations. Contact the theatre for more information.

GERRY Wedd enjoys a national reputation for his hand-built ceramics that brim with a dry wit, swinging from the humorous to darkly disturbing. From his beginnings at the kitchen table to his work with the iconoclastic surfwear company Mambo, Wedd draws his craft from personal interests and experiences – surfing foremost among these. His ceramic pieces, both functional and sculptural, are vessels for storytelling about history, politics, music and popular culture. See his work at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from 10am-4pm from March 8 through to May 4.

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NEWCASTLE Permanent’s Cinema Under the Stars is Australia’s largest free outdoor cinema program and is returning to Grafton. The event kicks off at 5.30pm, February 1 with a fantastic line-up of family-friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie Paddington Two screens

at sundown. So pack your picnic, gather your tribe and join them for a free evening under the stars.

WHEELCHAIR TENNIS TOURNAMENT

GRAFTON will host a two-day round robin Wheelchair Tennis Tournament from February 23 at Prince St. The tournament will be a two-day Round Robin Competition for all ages and wheelchair players. The organisers invite the public to come and support the Wheelchair Tournament. The tournament will be a free to watch event that supports tennis for all abilities and inspires the next generation.

ILUKA ROWING REGATTA

IT IS the Iluka Rowing Regatta, but they hold it in Grafton, because there is no better place to row than in front of Memorial Park – the river is wide, it’s easy access and there are great facilities. The event will be held from 8am-4pm on March 3.

DEAD FLOWERS SOCIETY

DEAD Flowers Society is a regular, sociable and inspiring drawing session hosted by Big Fig Arts with the next event on

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February 13 from 6pm-7pm. The relaxed drawing class focuses on a changing arrangement of resourceful and found subjects, dead flowers and interesting bits and pieces. Sessions are suitable for all skill levels, including absolute beginners, and you can choose to self direct or be guided. Dead Flowers Society is held at The Bellingen Brewery & Co, up Church Street Lane, Bellingen, every Wednesday evening 6-7pm. $10 covers all materials, no booking required. Come along, order a glass of organic wine from the bar and enjoy.

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EACH STATE’S SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Our top Seniors WE ARE proud to introduce you to eight senior Australians who are outstanding contributors to our community and to its wellbeing in a wide variety

Sally Wise, the Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year.

of ways. Each of these people are winners of their state Senior Australian of the Year award and are in the running for the ultimate national accolade, Senior

Australian of the Year in 2019, to be announced on January 26. They have shared with Seniors News how they will use their raised profile in 2019.

Photo: Alastair Bett

TAS - Sally Wise, 67 SALLY is a kitchen guru, author and media presenter who is dedicated to equipping people with the knowledge to prepare nourishing food with accessible ingredients. In 2006 she received a request from a radio presenter to discuss jams and preserves. It led to Sally’s book A Year in a Bottle which sold thousands of copies. It was the first of 15 popular cookbooks. Sally launched a program at Risdon prison to teach soon-to-be

released inmates cooking skills. She also speaks to community groups to promote better nutrition using accessible ingredients. In addition, Sally helps new businesses in the food sector to optimise their recipes and techniques. “This past year has cemented my pathway and passion for the year to come, through chance encounters in cooking programs I have conducted. It has made me realise that there are silent, uncomplaining,

James Dale, the Queensland Senior of the Year.

often unnoticed groups within the community that would truly benefit from ‘companionable’ cookery – where the cooking and recipes are, as a natural part of the process, a catalyst to communication, between generations, cultures, at all levels of society. “My goal is to seek out such groups and place increased focus on the positive social, as well as inherent nutritional, benefits from preparing never-fail, delicious dishes made from readily accessible ingredients.”

Photo: Louise Bagger

SA - Reginald Dodd, 78 THE Arabunna elder used a Roget’s Thesaurus to interpret complex legislation and made his first Native Title claim in 1998. At Reg’s initiative the Arabunna Marree People was created with lawyers across Australia providing pro-bono assistance.

With a LAMP lawyer, Reg also co-designed and co-taught a law course at RMIT on country. “I will take this opportunity to create a dialogue with the government that will deliver and provide quality essential service to remote towns and

communities. My plan is to consult with the public through meetings and talks. I will continue the cross-cultural tours that have been a great success over the last 20 years or so. I will also continue the work with LAMP on heritage and cultural issues.”

Photo: Renae Droop, Richard Walker

QLD - Professor James Dale AO, 68 THE scientist, researcher and humanitarian has led significant research programs in agricultural biotechnology. His work includes seeking a solution to Vitamin A deficiency which can lead to death or blindness with children in developing countries particularly susceptible, and genetically modifying bananas, the staple diet in many poor countries.

Reginald Dodd, the South Australian Senior of the Year.

“Within the next 30 years our climate will degenerate and the world population will grow to more than nine billion. Together these will have a major impact on food and nutrition security. “Most of the population increase will be in the tropics and sub-tropics. Australia is one of the very few developed countries with tropical regions and tropical

agriculture. “I will use this award to stress that Australia has an opportunity or maybe a responsibility to be a major contributor to the development of the next versions of our tropical crops to alleviate this impending food and nutritional insecurity. Importantly, to do this we will need to mobilise all the technologies we have available.”

Dr Sue Packer, the ACT Senior Australian of the Year.

Photo: Contributed

ACT - Dr Sue Packer AM, 76 PAEDIATRICIAN and child advocate Dr Packer fights for the rights of children in the healthcare system and wider community. “My intention is to use my profile to encourage all Australians to think seriously about the experiences and challenges for all children

growing up in Australia in the 21st century. There is much we could all do to improve their lives and opportunities as they grow up, particularly considering the comparative wealth of Australia. “When we think about our children and their

vulnerabilities and the options we have to improve their lives, many of the possible measures would also be of benefit to vulnerable groups of adults, in particular the elderly and those with disabilities, to enable them to live fuller and more satisfying lives”.


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EACH STATE’S SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Heather Lee, the NSW Senior Australian of the Year.

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Alison Harcourt, the Victorian Senior Australian of the Year.

NSW - Heather Lee OAM, 92

VIC - Alison Harcourt, 89

SHE is an unstoppable Australian. Heather started walking regularly late in life – signing up for a series of fun runs in her late 70s – and discovering she was actually quite quick. In 2011, at her physiotherapist’s suggestion, Heather competed in the Australian Masters Games, just before her 85th birthday – winning four gold medals. In 2012 Heather set a new Australian record for

ALISON is now best known for developing integer linear programming, the basis of efficient computer processing. “I’ve always loved numbers, so one of my aims is to try to convey that love to others. “This feeling is one which I believe anyone can absorb, but I’m aware that many people acquired a fear of numbers when they were

5km race walking for her age group. Later that year, at the Australian Masters Track and Field Championships, she broke three Australian records; the 10km (84m 06.00s), the 1500m (11m 36.90s) and her own 5km (41m 25.40s). Currently, Heather holds eight Australian and five world records. Heather has been a member of the local Hawkesbury Cancer Support Group for many years and was the 2018

Cancer Council March Charge Ambassador. Remarkably, she is one of the few who walks the full 24 hours of the Hawkesbury Relay for Life “I am the message,” Heather said. “Independence is vital. Make wellness your goal with diet, lifestyle and exercise to nurture your body, mind and spirit. “I never define myself by age and never define anyone else by age, because getting old is an achievement.”

young which they have not been able to shake off. “We should recognise that we are using numbers all the time, to measure temperature or the ingredients to make a cake, to knit a jumper or to check at what date in spring we should plant tomato seedlings. “Specifically, from the experience of using numbers and listening to how others use them, we can expand our

Ian Frank Mallard, the WA Senior Australian of the Year. Charlie King, the Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year.

NT - Charlie King OAM, 67 THE veteran sports broadcaster and human rights campaigner in 2008 became the first Indigenous Australian to commentate at an Olympics. Charlie initiated the zero-tolerance campaign ‘NO MORE’ which has links with more than five sporting codes and nearly 100 individual sports teams.

“My vision is to contribute to an Australian community where all of its members feel safe,” he said. “The elimination of violence requires a monumental shift in the way that Australian’s view domestic violence. “I think that it is vitally important to connect with diverse groups of people, including seniors from

across Australia to harness their knowledge and to develop constructive actions that can lead to change. “This provides an opportunity to recognise the contribution that senior Australians and all Australians can make in influencing a change in the attitudes and beliefs that lead to domestic and family violence.”

Photo: Gavin Blue

appreciation of the wide world of mathematics. “More generally, we should ask older people about their life journey. We should also consider, rather than dismiss, creative people who want to challenge old ways. We should respect the enthusiasm of youth and the wisdom of immigrants. “Put simply, we should be open to other people’s ideas.”

Photo: MCB Photographics

WA - Frank Mallard, 73 THE Yamatji elder, ex-serviceman and volunteer is an ambassador and advocate for the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women. He served in the Army and Army Reserves.. Despite PTSD and Parkinson’s, Frank is a dedicated veterans’ issues volunteer and chair of Voice of the Voiceless Ministry. “I would like to go back

to the old ways in Australia where we had the welfare of our families uppermost in our minds. To the days when the older members of family were cared for by the family and not sent off to an aged care facility. “I know that that cannot happen, so I would use my position to indulge my passion of caring for the less fortunate in our society, to make the community aware of the mental health problems

faced by our military and the youth, and to bring comfort to the homeless and marginalised in our cities, by providing free health care, meals and shelter, to those who can’t afford it. “We are acclaimed as the ‘lucky country’, but we have many people who would not think that. Some of them have served their country, but their country has forgotten them. Lest we forget.”


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2019 NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL

Festival is just for you

Gail Forrer Group Editor WELCOME to our special feature celebrating the annual NSW Seniors Festival. Themed ‘Love your Life’, the festival – held from February 13-24 – has attracted government funding for 120 organisations to host events and activities in Sydney and regional areas during the festival. If you have felt like extending your circle of friends, trying out a new activity, or just wanting to add a little zest to your life, then this really is your opportunity to make it happen. Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies encourages seniors to make the most of the festival and to get involved in as many local events across New South Wales as possible. “The NSW Government wants to celebrate seniors and create exciting opportunities for older people to get out in the community, kick up their heels and meet others while sharing new experiences,” Mrs Davies said. The Premier’s Gala Concerts and Seniors Expo will be held during the festival at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Dates and tickets will be announced soon. Locally, you will find plenty to do in our Calendar of Events.

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Offering flexible in-home care and support services. your feet after illness or injury. Care services also help support older people living at home to stay connected to family, friends, interests and the community, which is important in reducing feelings of loneliness. This could be through

transport to attend events, trips and holidays, or a care worker accompanying an older person to a special family event. Home care packages provide governmentsubsidised care to support older people to continue living safely and

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2019 NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL

Your calendar of events MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

■ Social Seniors and Friends Program 9am-2pm Social Seniors is a social activities program that gives older people the opportunity to socialise and take part in a centre-based activities program. The program also provides support for carers by providing time out. Philosophy of service is to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills or redevelop some old ones. Venue: Port Macquarie Program, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 500 Ocean Dr, Port Macquarie. Contact: Phone 0400 088 761.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

■ Social Seniors and Friends Program 9am-2pm Social Seniors is a social activities program that gives older people the opportunity to socialise and take part in a centre based activities program. The program also provides support for carers by providing time out’ Philosophy of service is to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills or redevelop some old ones. Venue: Camden Haven Community Health, cnr Laurie and Norman Sts, Laurieton. Contact: Phone 02 6559 9003 or 0400 088 761. ■ Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel 10am-4pm The Tasma Cinema opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle St and High St, as Harbour Dr was then known. With an imposing Art Deco facade, it was the grandest building in “Top Town’’ and became known as the “theatre beautiful’’. Find out more about the history of The Tasma Theatre at the Our Stories: Coffs Coast

Heritage blog, then head down to the museum where you can see the original projector from the Tasma Theatre and get a front row viewing of Jack Gerard The Picture Show Man from the Tasma’s original seats. Venue: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour. Cost: Free entry. Contact: Phone 02 6648 4847 or go to coffsharbour.nsw. gov.au/museum.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

■ Social Seniors and Friends Program 9am-2pm Social Seniors is a social activities program that provides older people the opportunity to socialise and take part in a centre-based activities program. The program also provides support for carers by providing time out. Philosophy of service is to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills or redevelop some old ones. Venue: Port Macquarie Program, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 500 Ocean Dr, Port Macquarie. Contact: Phone 0400 088 761. ■ Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel 10am-4pm The Tasma Cinema opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle St and High St, as Harbour Drive was then known. With an imposing Art Deco facade, it was the grandest building in “Top Town’’ and became known as the “theatre beautiful’’. Find out more about the history of The Tasma Theatre at the Our Stories: Coffs Coast Heritage blog, then head down to the Museum where you can see the original projector from the Tasma Theatre and get a front row viewing of Jack Gerard The Picture Show Man from the Tasma’s original seats.

CELEBRATE LIFE: NSW Seniors Festival activities and events will be incorporating the theme Love your life. Venue: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour. Cost: Free entry. Contact: Phone 02 6648 4847 or go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/ museum. ■ Young at Heart film festival The Apia Young at Heart is back for its 14th edition and is the only nationwide film festival in Australia with a film program especially dedicated to an audience of film lovers 60 and up. Venue: Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona & Palace Central, Sydney. Contact: Register via youngatheart.net.au/ or facebook.com/ youngatheartff/. ■ Dave Carroll Artist Talk 10.30am-12.30pm The Grafton Regional Gallery presents a talk by local artist Dave Carroll. Come and see his latest exhibition, Colour my World. Dave will talk about memories of growing up in Britain, emigrating to Australia and life experiences which are catalysts for his image

making. A recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease has provided a challenge and a new focus for his creativity as Dave uses vivid colours as a rebellious statement to rail against what could easily be a depressive disease. Now in its second year, his monthly artists journal, “Damn Parkinson’s”, is an insightful and highly creative commentary on living with the disease. This event is free however Venue: Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy St, Grafton. Cost: Free but bookings required via links. Contact: Grafton Regional Gallery Facebook or go to eventbrite.com.au/e /dave-carroll-artisttalk-tickets54384691075 or phone the gallery on 02 6642 3177 during business hours.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14

■ NSW Seniors Festival Expo From 9am

The NSW Seniors Festival Expo is an annual free and fun event, featuring over 50 exhibitors, live stage entertainment and plenty of games and giveaways. In 2019, the NSW Seniors Festival Expo will be held on Thursday and Friday February 14 and 15. Venue: Hall 4, Exhibition Centre at the International Convention Centre , Sydney. Cost: Free ■ Social Seniors and Friends Program 9am-2pm Social Seniors is a social activities program that provides older people the opportunity to socialise and take part in a centre-based activities program. The program also provides support for carers by providing time out. Philosophy of service is to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills or redevelop some old ones. Venue: Camden Haven Community Health, cnr Laurie and Norman Sts, Laurieton. Contact: Phone 02 6559 9003 or

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 ■ NSW Seniors Festival Expo

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2019 NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL From 9am The NSW Seniors Festival Expo is an annual free and fun event, featuring over 50 exhibitors, live stage entertainment and plenty of games and giveaways. In 2019, the NSW Seniors Festival Expo will be held on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 February. Venue: Hall 4, Exhibition Centre at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Cost: Free ■ Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel 10am-4pm The Tasma Cinema opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle St and High Str as Harbour Dr was then known. With an imposing Art Deco facade, it was the grandest building in “Top Town’’ and became known as the “theatre beautiful’’. Find out more about the history of The Tasma Theatre at the Our Stories: Coffs Coast Heritage blog, then head down to the museum where you can see the original projector from the Tasma Theatre and get a front row viewing of Jack Gerard The Picture Show Man from the Tasma’s original seats. Venue: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour. Cost: Free entry. Contact: Phone 02 6648 4847 or go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/ museum.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

■ Cliff Richard and The Shadows – 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert 7.30pm Urban Rush Entertainment presents Cliff Richard and The Shadows 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert. It is a show that delivers a captivating live concert recreating the unforgettable sound of Cliff Richard and The Shadows. The group dominated British popular music in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the years before the Beatles. This tribute show is not to be missed.

Cost: Free entry. Contact: Phone 02 6648 4847 or go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/ museum.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

HAPPINESS IS KEY: Love what you do and celebrate life as a senior with your family and friends. Venue: Jetty Memorial Theatre, 337 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour Cost: All tix: $58. Contact: Box Office Phone (02) 6652 8088. ■ Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel 10am-4pm The Tasma Cinema opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle St and High Str as Harbour Dr was then known. With an imposing Art Deco facade, it was the grandest building in “Top Town” and became known as the “theatre beautiful’’. Find out more about the history of The Tasma Theatre at the Our Stories: Coffs Coast Heritage blog, then head down to the museum where you can see the original projector from the Tasma Theatre and get a front row viewing of Jack Gerard The Picture Show Man from the Tasma’s original seats. Venue: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215 Harbour Dri Coffs Harbour. Cost: Free entry. Contact: Phone 02 6648 4847 or go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/

museum.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

■ Come Out and Play Croquet 8am We are planning to return to the lawn with a social gathering – free sausage sizzle on completion of play. So come along and join in the celebrations. Venue: Iluka Croquet Club Contact: Phone Bob on 0407 622 172 or Graeme on 0404 837 544.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

■ Port Macquarie Sensational Seniors Expo 9am-2pm Visit over 80 healthy, wealthy, wise and travel stalls all under one roof at Panthers, Port Macquarie Venue: Panthers, Port Macquarie (Settlement City), Bay St, Port Macquarie. Cost: Free Contact: Julie –Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Phone 02 6581 8111. Bookings not required.

■ Social Seniors and Friends Program 9am-2pm Social Seniors is a social activities program that gives older people the opportunity to socialise and take part in a centre-based activities program. The program also provides support for carers by providing time out. Philosophy of service is to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills or redevelop some old ones. Venue: Port Macquarie Program, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 500 Ocean Dr, Port Macquarie. Contact: Phone 0400 088 761.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

■ Social Seniors and Friends Program 9am-2pm Social Seniors is a social activities program that gives older people the opportunity to socialise and take part in a centre-based activities program. The program also provides support for carers by providing time out. Philosophy of service

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is to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills or redevelop some old ones. Venue: Camden Haven Community Health, Cnr Laurie and Norman Sts, Laurieton. Contact: Phone 02 6559 9003 or 0400 088 761. ■ Tasma Theatre 10am-4pm The Tasma Cinema opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle St and High St, as Harbour Dr was then known. With an imposing Art Deco facade, it was the grandest building in “Top Town” and became known as the “theatre beautiful’’. Find out more about the history of The Tasma Theatre at the Our Stories: Coffs Coast Heritage blog, then head down to the museum where you can see the original projector from the Tasma Theatre and get a front row viewing of Jack Gerard The Picture Show Man from the Tasma’s original seats. Venue: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour.

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■ Social Seniors and Friends Program 9am-2pm Social Seniors is a social activities program that gives older people the opportunity to socialise and take part in a centre-based activities program. The program also provides support for carers by providing time out. Philosophy of service is to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills or redevelop some old ones. Venue: Port Macquarie Program, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 500 Ocean Dr, Port Macquarie. Contact: Phone 0400 088 761. ■ Coffs Harbour U3A 2pm-4pm Coffs Harbour U3A charges into the Seniors Festival with their thought-provoking and stimulating panel discussion Dangerous ideas for seniors. Now in its third year this event has proven a success with both U3A members and non-members attending. We promise this year will be no exception with four speakers from the U3A membership giving their opinions on topical conundrums that arise daily in our modern society. Subjects are chosen in advance and researched by the presenters who inject their own flavour both serious and colourful. Discussion from the floor is invited at the end of proceedings. Members and non members welcome Venue: Rooms A and B in the Cavanbah Centre (near Coles). Cost: Free entry and a simple afternoon tea is provided. Contact: Go to coffs.u3anet.org.au.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

■ Social Seniors and Friends Program 9am-2pm

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2019 NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL Social Seniors is a social activities program that gives older people the opportunity to socialise and take part in a centre-based activities program. The program also provides support for carers by providing time out. Philosophy of service is to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills or redevelop some old ones. Venue: Camden Haven Community Health, cnr Laurie and Norman Streets, Laurieton. Contact: Phone 02 6559 9003 or 0400 088 761. ■ Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel 10am-4pm The Tasma Cinema opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle St and High St, as Harbour Dr was then known. With an imposing Art Deco facade, it was the grandest building in Top Town and became known as the “theatre beautiful’’. Find out more about the history of The Tasma Theatre at the Our Stories: Coffs Coast Heritage blog, then head down to the museum where you can see the original projector from the Tasma Theatre and get a front row viewing of Jack Gerard The Picture Show Man from the Tasma’s original seats. Venue: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour. Cost: Free entry. Contact: Phone 02 6648 4847 or go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au /museum. ■ Memory Mining 10am-12.30pm Everybody has a story to tell. At the Yamba and Grafton libraries seniors are invited to join local, published author Zachery Jane for a writing workshop. Join us for Memory Mining and learn how to put your life on the page, transforming memory to memoir. This workshop will teach new and emerging writers how to dig into their life story to discover storytelling gold. Seniors will be shown strategies to start their tale, and how to stay focused to the end. The

ACTIVE AGEING: The NSW Seniors Festival covers events and activities including legal issues, health and wellness, drama, dancing, sports, cooking and films. session includes advice on ways to help new writers carry the excitement of creativity home with you. Venue: Yamba library, 45 Wooli St, Yamba. Cost: Free but bookings are required as places are limited. Contact: Phone the library during office hours: Yamba Library: 02 6646 2811.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

■ Memory Mining 10am-12.30pm Everybody has a story to tell. At the Yamba and Grafton libraries seniors are invited to join local, published author Zachery Jane for a writing workshop. Join us for Memory Mining and learn how to put your life on the page, transforming memory to memoir. This workshop will teach new and emerging writers how to dig into their life story to discover storytelling gold. Seniors will be shown strategies to start

their tale, and how to stay focussed to the end. The session includes advice on ways to help new writers carry the excitement of creativity home with you. Venue: Grafton library, 126-144 Pound St, Grafton. Cost: Free but bookings are required as places are limited. Contact: Phone the library during office hours: Grafton Library: 02 6641 0100. Troy Cassar-Daley 7.30pm Celebrating an amazing career – solo acoustic with special guest Jem Cassar-Daley. Throughout his 30 years of making music, Troy has been awarded numerous accolades including 36 Golden Guitars, four ARIAs plus a staggering 31 Number 1 chart singles, all of which are collected on his new compilation album Greatest Hits. Venue: C.ex Coffs, 2-6 Vernon St, Coffs Harbour.

Cost: VIP $75; Presale $40 A; $20 C; Door $45 A; $20 C. Contact: Phone 02 6652 3888. ■ Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel 10am-4pm The Tasma Cinema opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle St and High St, as Harbour Dr was then known. With an imposing Art Deco facade, it was the grandest building in “Top Town’’ and became known as the “theatre beautiful’’. Find out more about the history of The Tasma Theatre at the Our Stories: Coffs Coast Heritage blog, then head down to the museum where you can see the original projector from the Tasma Theatre and get a front row viewing of Jack Gerard The Picture Show Man from the Tasma’s original seats. Venue: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour. Cost: Free entry. Contact: Phone

02 6648 4847 or go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/ museum.

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■ Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel 10am-4pm The Tasma Cinema opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle St and High St, as Harbour Dr was then known. With an imposing Art Deco facade, it was the grandest building in “Top Town” and became known as the “theatre beautiful’’. Find out more about the history of The Tasma Theatre at the Our Stories: Coffs Coast Heritage blog, then head down to the museum where you can see the original projector from the Tasma Theatre and get a front row viewing of Jack Gerard The Picture Show Man from the Tasma’s original seats. Venue: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour. Cost: Free entry.

My daily reminder and a good gossip Care Calls

Our scheduled calls provide a friendly and helpful reminder for things that are easy to forget. Like taking medicine or locking the doors at night. And if something seems amiss, we can act quickly to help. It’s a good call for the overall health and wellbeing of your loved one.

Contact: Phone 02 6648 4847 or go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/ museum.

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■ Australian Army Band 10.30am The Australian Army Band Newcastle and the Royal Australian Artillery Band Brisbane variety performance will showcase the talent and professionalism of the Australian Army’s soldier musicians. The musicians, including a Pipes and Drums section, will combine on stage at C.ex Coffs, supported by Coffs Regional Brass Band. All funds raised go to Sgt Matthew Locke Charity Event. Venue: C.ex Coffs, 2-6 Vernon St, Coffs Harbour. Cost: $10 Contact: Phone 02 6652 3888. DISCLAIMER: Dates and times are printed as given to us. No responsibility is taken for inaccuracies.

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More high-level home care packages STARTING in early January, the Federal Government is rolling out a further 10,000 high-level home care packages. The 5000 Level Three and 5000 Level Four packages will be allocated by June 30, 2019. The additional packages will provide funding for up to $50,000 of care services per person per year including nursing, home assistance, nutrition and meal preparation and transport support. The Government is working to help 70,000 older Australians have more money in their pockets. It is reducing the maximum contribution a person is asked to make through the basic daily fee by up to $400 per year for Level One packages, $200 a year for Level Two packages and $100 a year for Level Three packages.

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Love your life and concerts

Live local music for you to love

CAN’T make it to the Premier’s Gala Concerts? There are lots of other concert events taking place around the state as part of NSW Seniors Festival. Here’s our pick of live music and entertainment.

VALENTINE’S CONCERT

SING and dance along to the smooth sounds of Tony Mazell and COA Sydney in Woollahra. Wednesday, February 13 from 12.45pm-1.45pm COA Activity Centre, Krygier Centre 25 Rowe St, Woollahra.

JAM’N’SONGS

CELEBRATE WITH A CONCERT: There are lots of concert events taking place around the state as part of NSW Seniors Festival.

ENJOY live music, an interactive concert and afternoon tea at the Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre. Thursday, February 14 from 1pm-3pm. Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood

Centre, 12A Elizabeth Street , Pottsville Beach.

CANZONISSIMA FEST - ITALIAN MUSIC OLD & NEW

FIVE different performers will be sharing songs old and new at this

Italian-themed concert and luncheon in Carnes Hills. Tuesday, February 20 from 10.30am-4pm Carnes Hill Community and Recreation Precinct, 600 Kurrajong Road, Carnes Hill.

SINGING FOR FUN AND HEALTH

HEAR some old and new favourite sing-along numbers at this concert presented by LaVoce Community Choir in Lane Cove. Tuesday, February 19 from 6.30pm-7.30pm -

Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove.

MUSIC WITH BOBBY JAMES

GRAB a bite to eat and enjoy a performance by the great Bobby James at

the Corowa RSL Club. Wednesday, February 13 from 11am-3pm - Corowa RSL Club, 30 Betterment Parade, Corowa. Love Your Life! There’s so much to love about life at any age and there’s so much to love about NSW Seniors Festival. For the first time, Valentine’s Day falls within the festival dates. Love Your Life is a playful spin off the celebration of romantic love. We hope you’ll find new ways to love your life during the Festival. There are hundreds of free and heavily discounted events taking place across the state. We hope to encourage you to love technology, love creativity, love being active and lots more! These and many more events can be found in our Calendar of Events or go to seniorsfestival .nsw.gov.au. Can’t see an event near you? Contact your local council to ask what’s on.

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Checklist for your estate

WE ALL know that having a will can ensure that your wishes are carried out however there are some important considerations. NSW Trustee and Guardian has compiled a checklist of five things to ask yourself about your will: 1. Is your will up to date? As circumstances in your life change, you should seek advice about reviewing your will. Some of these situations include retirement, acquiring or selling assets, changes in relationships or welcoming a new family member. 2. Can your will be found? Your executors and beneficiaries need to know where to find your Will. If a will can’t be found, your wishes may not be fulfilled. NSW Trustee and Guardian recommends that at least two people, such a family

members or major beneficiaries know where your will is stored. NSW Trustee and Guardian offers secure storage of your will through their Will Safe service. 3. Are you aware of what property may not be covered by your will? You may have an interest in assets you can’t give away in your will because of how they are owned, such as a house you own equally with your spouse under a joint tenancy. You should consider this when making your will. 4. Have you thought about your digital assets? Your digital assets can include online accounts, memberships and files stored on a computer or in the ‘cloud’. These may be of sentimental value (like your photo collection or

social media account) or financial value (like an iTunes, eBay or Opal account). Knowing what to do with each of your digital assets can be tricky but like any asset, you need to think about how they will be dealt to ensure your wishes are fulfilled. 5. Have you considered other planning ahead documents? While most people know what a will is there is still confusion around a power of attorney and enduring guardianship appointments. Both are important documents to have in place.

For further information or if you would like to learn more about making your will, power of attorney and enduring guardianship appointment, contact our Lismore branch on 1300 721 872 or go to tag.nsw.gov.au.

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BIG BANANA: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum - Darby Mackay (left) cutting bananas at his Korora Plantation, with helper, Alf Peterson, shouldering the load.

Festival fun at museum WHETHER it’s to get some free legal advice, or enjoy a free morning out with friends, Coffs Harbour City Council’s libraries and museum have got you covered for this Seniors Festival. At 10am on Tuesday, February 19 join us at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library (corner of Coff and Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour) for a free morning tea and film screening of the play Piano Forte which explores elder abuse, followed by a discussion and a chance to ask legal questions of a panel of experts. On February 20-21 at 10am, join us at the Coffs

Harbour Regional Museum, 215 Harbour Drive for free morning tea with a guided tour of two exhibitions exploring key parts of our community’s identity. Sit back in original Tasma Theatre seats as you watch the history of cinema in Coffs Harbour unfold on the ‘big’ screen in the exhibition The Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel. Remember to bring your Jaffas and Fantales. You’ll also experience how summer — cue Daryl Braithwaite’s ‘One Summer’ — in Coffs Harbour has changed from when the area was an agricultural economy driven by the banana

industry, to a tourist town promoted as the ‘Pacific Beautizone’ from the late ‘50s. The Bananas to Beautizone: Coffs’ Changing Summers exhibition features local inventions, such as those used in the banana industry and a groovy sunhat with in-built sunglasses, alongside early examples of tourist souvenirs and a wooden banana box stencils with growers’ names and locations. To find out more or to book , phone (02) 6648 4900 or go to seniors_museum_tours. eventbrite.com.au.

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Piano forte: LegaL issues for oLder PeoPLe Join our panel of lawyers and seniors rights experts as they explore issues that older people and their families experience when planning for the future.

When: Wed 20 Feb and Thu 21 Feb, 10am to midday Where: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum (215 Harbour Drive)

guided tours With Morning tea Experience all the Museum has to offer, including the exhibitions The Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel and Bananas to Beautizone: Coffs’ Changing Summers

For more information or to book your place at one or more of these events, you can: phone (02) 6648 4900 • email coffs.library@chcc.nsw.gov.au or book online at: Piano forte: Legal Issues for Older People: https://legal_issues_for_older_people.eventbrite.com.au Museum guided tours and morning tea: https://seniors_museum_tours.eventbrite.com.au/

Information about what’s on can be found at: Clarence Valley Libraries, Clarence Valley Council, Treelands Drive Community Centre, Yamba. Grafton Regional Gallery or online at www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/seniorsfestival

get in touch: Email coffs.library@chcc.nsw.gov.au or museum@chcc.nsw.gov.au Web Coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au follow us: Facebook @coffsharbourlibraries @coffsharbourregionalmuseum Twitter @coffslibraries

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Garden concerts a Coffs tradition Welcome to great day COFFS Harbour City Orchestra has been pairing with the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens in Coffs Harbour to entertain the crowds and hundreds of people love it. “When people stop you in the street and ask when the next Gardens concert is, you know you’re on to something locals love,” orchestra president Brian Holden said. And it’s easy to see why. In a 2018 survey of 100 botanic gardens conducted by Australian Geographic Magazine, the Botanic Gardens in Coffs

Harbour was in the top 10…in fact taking out second place. Apart from the many walks and variety of plants, there is a music shell with lawns and a café, making it a perfect venue for outdoor concerts. “People can take a wander through the gardens, bring a picnic or buy a snack or an ice cream and relax on the lawns under the shady trees to listen to the music. There’s space for the littlies to run around or dance and it’s a great venue for the whole family,” Mr Holden said.

MAKING MUSIC: Coffs Harbour City Orchestra is entertaining again as part of the NSW Seniors Festival. Coffs Harbour City Orchestra is one of the few full-time orchestras on the coast between Sydney and Brisbane and has been operating for more than 35 years. “All the musicians are volunteers and aged from teenagers to 80-year-olds, people who love making music, many of them seniors. The orchestra

entertains with a mixture of popular classics, Broadway musicals, film music, even jazz and something for the children.’’ In recent years the orchestra has been joined by Bellingen Big Band to complete a couple of hours of varied musical entertainment under the trees.

The Bellingen Big Band, under the musical directorship of Chris Frater, also has a long-standing reputation as the best in the business and has been performing locally for more than 20 years. So for those fans of listening to a full orchestra or big band while enjoying afternoon

tea on the lawns, it’s on again as part of the NSW Seniors Festival, starting at 2.30pm on Sunday, February 24 at the Regional Botanic Gardens in Coffs Harbour. Entry is free, though donations are welcome if you enjoy the music. For more information, go to coffsorchestra.org.au.

Panel ready for open discussion conundrums that arise daily in our modern society. Subjects are chosen in advance and researched by the presenters who inject their own flavour both serious and colourful. Discussion from the floor is invited at the end of proceedings. The function will be held on Wednesday, February 20 from 2-4pm in rooms A and B in the Cavanbah Centre (near Coles) .

Entry is free and a simple afternoon tea is provided. Members and non-members welcome. For more information, go to Coffs U3A online coffs.u3anet.org.au. TOPICAL: Speakers from the U3A membership will give their opinions on daily conundrums.

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Do you want to know how to store your fruit and vegetables in your fridge, so that they stay fresh for more than two weeks?

We welcome your community notes and pictures in our paper. If you would like to submit a photo ensure it is at least 180dpi or 500kb to 1mb in size and of faces, in a nice bright setting. Email editor@seniorsnewspaper.com.au.

ILUKA CROQUET CLUB

OUR Christmas lunch and presentation day was on Friday, December 14

with close to 20 members attending – all were treated to complimentary lunch and drinks – plus lucky door prizes. Everyone ended up with a lucky (or not) door prize and a free ticket in our major end-of-season draw. Raffle vouchers included 1 x $50 from Marracas Boatshed, 2 x $25 from Thrifty Link Hardware and 2 x $25 from IGA. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to those who helped set up for the occasion, special thanks to Bernice. We look forward to an exciting year ahead. Croquet for Beginners on Sunday, February 10 from 9am. We are looking to get a Beginners Day up and running in February. Phone Bob on 0407 622 172 or Graeme on 0404 837 544.

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KEITH LOGUE & SONS Probus Club members recently visited the Oz-group blueberry processing and packaging complex. supporting a child’s education is the best way to help break the cycle of disadvantage, then VIEW Club is for you. The impact of this will have a lasting effect on those we help and for generations to come. So, come along

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WONDER WOMAN: Joan McCarthy celebrated her 80th birthday at a huge party which she attended as Wonder Woman’s great-grandmother, reflecting her ongoing zest for life.

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AGEING is a question of attitude, according to octogenarian Joan McCarthy. And Joan’s attitude is that she may be getting “older”, but that doesn’t mean she has to “be old”. Joan contacted Central Coast Seniors asking why older people, particularly over-70s, had virtually disappeared from life as far as large sections of the media were concerned. Joan, and longtime friend Maureen Smith, have been laying bare myths about older women since their 60s, surveying 200 women to pen their first book, Sixty, Strong and Sexy, followed by Glimpses into the Lives of Positively Ageing Women, when they were in their 70s. Joan believes we need to accept our ageing bodies as something beautiful, rather than seeing wrinkles as ugly and a sign of having passed our use by date. “Why does society tell us we have to get rid of our wrinkles, have plastic surgery or botox or we aren’t appealing; aren’t worth it?” she asked. “I don’t feel like the wrinkled face I see in the mirror, but it’s about learning to love that face – that those wrinkles are there because of all the

wonderful experiences I have had.” And having dressed as Wonder Woman’s great-grandmother for her 80th birthday, complete with customised armour, Joan has proven her point by working as a life artist model – that’s right, the ones who pose nude. “I’ve never had so many amazing compliments in my life,” Joan said. It’s not that Joan has miraculously escaped all the side-effects of ageing or self-doubts. On the contrary, she felt turning 80 was a real turning point, just as 25 and 50 had been, to work out “where I was meant to be going in this new era of my life”. After a retreat in Maui she has a new mantra: “if it’s not fun, don’t do it, and if you must do it, make it fun! “I want to be vibrant right up to the end and go out saying... what a ride!” Joan said. For her, that means eating well – she is vegetarian, and this year gave up dairy (but not ice cream, which she loves) – moving and being active through simply walking or doing yoga or other exercise, and always questioning and learning. For her full story, go to seniorsnews.com.au. Books are available at marjobooks.com.au.

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Top tips for solid eyesight Tracey Johnstone GOOD eye health starts with precaution before a sight problem or refractive error is revealed which can significantly impact on your quality of life. This means getting your eye health tested by your local optometrist every 12 months from the time you hit 60. From the age of 65 you are eligible for a full Medicare rebate for the cost of an annual test. Many eye conditions associated with ageing aren’t immediately obvious to the person. They can sneak up without causing early pain or symptoms and become obvious once damage to the eye has occurred. When up to 90 per cent of blindness in Australia is avoidable or treatable if detected early, it’s a strong argument for staying on top of your eye health. As we age we are prone to presbyopia, or old eye. This is where the clear lens inside the eye becomes less flexible and less able to change its shape. Optometry Australia’s chief clinical officer Luke Arundel says this can cause difficulties with focusing up close such as when you are reading small print. “It’s very common for people 40 or 45 onwards,” Mr Arundel said. When we find ourselves squinting to help see just a little bit more clearly, we

aren’t causing any damage to our eyes, but the muscles around the eyes will tire and tension headaches can follow. And when your arms aren’t long enough to hold a book or newspaper far enough away to read the print, it’s probably time to do something about what is a refractive error in your eyes. Where to start Each time you meet with your optometrist, you need to tell them what regular medications you are taking and what visual tasks you are doing. “When we prescribe glasses, particularly glasses for close work, the distance that you want to hold your reading material at is very important to us,” Mr Arundel said. “If you are playing bridge and want to look at cards that on a table that is 70cm away, you may need a different prescription from if you want to lie in bed and hold a book 30cm away.” You need to also detail your hobbies, crafts, what type of computer screen you use – a PC or iPad, for example – your sports and recreation activities, and whether you want to wear glasses or contact lenses. With this knowledge the optometrist can tailor your visual solution. The next step is to discuss what type of glasses you want – bifocals which have the top half for distance and a small bottom segment for reading, multifocal or varied focal lens which

EYE HEALTH: When your arms aren’t long enough to read the print, it’s probably time to get your eyes checked by an optometrist. Photo: gpointstudio has the distance at the top with an intermediate zone which might be for computers and a reading zone at the bottom, or separate glasses for reading and distance. “With multifocals, the way that the lenses are designed, there is often a little bit of distortion in the periphery,” Mr Arundel said. “Not everyone gets used to multifocals or bifocals; possibly as low as one in 30 might. “Typically, it’s something that would be covered by an adaption warranty.

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When your arms aren’t long enough to hold a book or newspaper far enough away to read the print, it’s probably time to do something... “So, if a patient doesn’t get used to them, often it will be changed at no charge for changing to one pair for distance and one for reading.” Glare protection Other options to consider to help protect

your eyes from UV is including transitions or wearing fit-overs as an alternative to buying a separate pair of prescription sunglasses. Pharmacy glasses This option is often suitable to people who

have perfect distance vision, but there are few people who find these magnifier glasses accurately suit their reading distance requirements. “The way they are made is that the optical centre of the lens is randomly selected,” Mr Arundel said. These glasses can be a good emergency option, but Mr Arundel says using these glasses shouldn’t stop you have having your eyes tested every year to ensure there are no significant vision problems arising.

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Be fearless, embrace your age ‘‘

It’s life, not looks, that matter, say feisty pair GOLD Coaster Suzi Dent, the 2018 Role Model of the Year, wants to help other women “celebrate and embrace being over 50”. The 56-year-old tomboy has undergone a transformation over the past two years, including winning the Australian title of Mrs Earth Health 2017 (and finishing third in the world), and wants to share the positivity she has learned. “I am hoping to inspire women to stop paying attention to their age number, and be fearless about making changes in their lives, and to celebrate their life experiences and knowledge,” Suzi said. It’s a sentiment embraced by her fellow Australian beauty pageant winner, Beauty Queen of the Year and Ms World 2018, 60-year-old Robbie Canner, from Sydney, who beat entrants as young as 26, from 22 countries, to the global title in June. Robbie, a sports therapist, believes that people “age themselves out of life” by developing negative connotations toward ageing, and is determined to “start a conversation” about positive ageing.

People “age themselves out of life” by developing negative connotations

It’s not all about looks for either woman, but about health, self-confidence, self-esteem, a purpose and zest for life. Robbie became involved in the Tour de Cure after her son, Scott, died of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She set up the Scott Canner Young Investigator Grant to help fund cancer research by young Australian academics, with more than $750,000 in grants awarded. Suzi has been involved in Soles4Souls and more recently Friends with Dignity, who support victims of domestic violence. Despite the seemingly glamorous world in which she worked as a TV and advertising hair and make-up artist, Suzi said her go-to clothes had

always been practical, casual and baggy. She said she felt safer and more comfortable dressed down, avoiding both unwanted advances from men and comments from women. However, when her soul-mate husband, Don, suffered depression, Suzi knew she had to do something to get herself and her family out of the groundhog day which their life had become. When she was asked to pose for a photo shoot she decided to give it a go – even though it did mean overcoming her “frock fear” and practising wearing high heels in front of the mirror. “My husband had only ever seen me in a dress twice before that, and one of them was my wedding dress,” Suzi marvelled. That single job drew the attention of the Mrs Earth Pageant director, who thought Suzi would be a good fit for the competition, and the rest is history. Suzi has since been interviewed by national media, become a motivational speaker and mentor, and next year heads to India for the Women’s Economic Forum.

QUEENS OF POSITIVITY: Gold Coaster and Role Model of the Year Suzi Dent and Beauty Queen of the Year and Ms World Robbie Canner. Photo: David Fuentes “And it’s all because I said ‘yes’ to the opportunity life dropped in my lap,” Suzi said. “By stepping out of my comfort zone I’ve found my true, authentic self which had been hidden away … and that’s a wonderful thing to find in your 50s. “Now I want to help other women step out too and achieve their dreams.” Suzi believes women, particularly older women, too easily accept the negative attitudes of others in their lives and the subliminal messages of advertising that they are not good enough.

She pointed to the absence of older women in advertising. Women in their 30s and 40s promote anti-wrinkle creams. “We have an obsession with airbrushed images – so we are convinced we have to look like this image of perfection … it’s sending the women’s movement backwards,” said Suzi, who is “a very healthy size 16”. “We need to embrace everyone for who they are, not what they look like. “I want to see my age represented in the advertising on the walls of shops, and an acceptance that women come in all

shapes, sizes and ages.” She also wants to empower women to speak out about improper behaviour by men, and to promote a more open conversation about the wider effects on people’s partners and families of depression (which her husband has thankfully overcome along her journey). Suzi has definitely set her goals high but, talking to her, you get the feeling that changing her own life was just the start for this passionate and positive woman. Find out more at www.suzident.com or call 0412 607 691.


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John ready to race a jumbo jet Runner challenges Seniors to defy their age

Alison Houston WHAT would you do to convince the world that you can still be extraordinary and achieve amazing things when you are over 70? John Wall is 72 and has decided the answer is … to race a jumbo jet. All he needs is fellow limit-tester Richard Branson’s Virgin, or the folks from Qantas, to get on board and supply a plane and runway. It may seem an extreme proposal, but the Bateau Bay man is known for pushing the boundaries. The fastest man for his age at 62 in 2009, John won the 100m (sub-12 seconds) and 200m sprints at the Masters World Championships, and in the same year ran against a jet fighter. Nine years later, and having overcome a brain tumour in the interim, he’s still running and says he’s tired of chronological numbers being placed on people to define their abilities. “I believe anyone who wants to do something extraordinary can, but they have to really want

it,” John said. “I want to do something big to let people know we all have the capacity to push ourselves to go beyond where we are right now.’’ John said the realisation that he was not going to lie down to the notion of getting old came to him when he looked in the mirror at age 50 and said, “My God, what’s happened, I was 19 when I woke up yesterday!” And the majority of over-50s, 60s and beyond, he said, felt the same – even if not everyone’s goal is to set world records. However, John does recognise that even his finely tuned body takes longer these days to recover than it once did. At September’s World Championships in Spain, he came away with finals places but no medals, having only allowed himself four days post-flight before his first event. He put that result in context by taking triple gold at November’s Pan Pacific Masters on the Gold Coast, winning the 60m, 100m and 200m events for his age.

“It’s a case of understanding what we and our bodies are capable of,” he said. “I want to represent this demographic who are going through what I go through every day – maybe feeling a bit down sometimes, or stiff or ill – and say, you can overcome it, you can rise above and still make a valuable contribution to your community, to this country in a big or small way.” John trains “religiously” six days a week, including gym, track and physio work – again, not something he expects everyone to do. What we do all need, however, he said, is to decide what we want from our “Senior” selves and how actively we want to participate in life. The dedication needed to achieve his goals is worth it, John said, both to challenge himself and to show the world “if I can do this … you may be a Senior or a pensioner, but you can do incredible things too”. That’s why, although regaining the 200m world record for age for Australia remains John’s number one goal, he also

EXTRAORDINARY: John Wall at 72 has put the challenge to Richard Branson or Qantas management to supply a jumbo for him to race. Photo: Contributed wants to take on a jumbo jet next year. “The media coverage would be sensational – the image of this small, little old man against this massive jumbo – and it would be a real

opportunity to say to Seniors, give it a go, be as healthy as you can and don’t surrender to your age.” John hopes the Federal Government and businesses like Red Bull

and Nike will also get behind the challenge and sponsor it, with funds raised to go to charity. Info: email John at jonathon_sky@hotmail. com.

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Gifting can impact age pensions

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PENSION ADVICE: Check the background on aged pension limitations before gifting your money to family members. Photo: Andrey Shevchuk

Downsizing Incentives for Seniors

What is it about? From 1 July 2018, individuals aged 65 and over will be able to make a personal contribution of up to $300,000 using proceeds from the sale of a family home, which has been owned for at least 10 years, into superannuation.

Current Rules Currently, voluntary contribution rules for people aged 65 and older are quite restrictive. For 65 - 74 year olds a 40 hour work test must be met and no contributions are allowed for those over age 75 regardless of work arrangements. Under rules proposed for the new downsizing measures, these contribution restrictions have been lifted. It means a couple can contribute up to $600,000. Centrelink Assessment Age pensioners should exercise caution before

considering this strategy. The full value of a family home is exempt from both the Income and Assets test for Centrelink purposes. However, any remaining sale proceeds (after a new home is purchased) will be assessable. Therefore, a sale of the existing family home could actually result in the individual, or couple, losing some or all of their age pension benefits. If you would like to consider whether downsizing is right for you, call the team at Morgans on 02 6651 5700 to arrange on obligation free meeting.

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As part of its “housing affordability” theme, the Federal Government is incentivising older Australians to downsize their family home by allowing them to invest the proceeds into superannuation.

I WAS recently asked by a couple who assisted their son and his partner with their mortgage costs by giving them $120,000 towards the deposit, what impact that could have on their age pension entitlement. In applying for the age pension, Centrelink applies an assets and income test to determine your entitlement to a pension benefit. Broadly speaking, whichever test delivers the lower pension benefit is the test that will apply. There are limits as to how much an age pension applicant can gift in order to reduce the amount of assets they own to increase their pension entitlement. You are entitled to gift up to $10,000 a year or $30,000 over a five-year period. The same limits apply as a single person or as a couple. If you exceed these limits the amount in excess of the limit is considered a deprived asset and the excess amount counts as an asset for five years from the time you made the gift. Even though you are applying for the age pension now, as you gifted your son the $120,000 three years ago, $110,000 which exceeds the limit will count as a deprived asset and therefore count for assets test purposes and be deemed under the income test. However, in 2020, once the five years has expired from the date of gifting, it will no longer be counted. Under the assets test, your assessable assets, which exclude the family home for example, are counted at current market value. Your age pension reduces by $3 ar fortnight for each $1000 that the assessed value of your assets exceeds the threshold.

The current cut-off point for receiving a part age pension for a couple who own their home is assessable assets less than $848,000 ($564,000 for a single). For a non-home owner couple, the threshold will be $1,055,000 ($771,000 for a single). If the $110,000 that is still being assessed (as a result of the $120,000 gift to your son) will exclude you from receiving

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If Centrelink tells you that you have lost your age pension due to exceeding the assets test, but do qualify for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, what would be your benefits? the age pension, there are a range of options available to reduce your assessed assets. You could: ■ Consider renovating or upgrading the family home as the family home is assets test exempt. ■ Spend money on a holiday. ■ Purchase a funeral bond up to $12,500 per person or pre-pay your funeral and cemetery plot. Alternatively, you could wait for the five years from the date of gifting to expire and then re-apply for the age pension then. If Centrelink tells you that you have lost your

age pension due to exceeding the assets test, but do qualify for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, what would be your benefits? The CSHC is a concession card that is available to individuals who are an Australian resident, of pension age or who do not qualify for the age pension due to their level of income or assets. The benefits of the CSHC include discounted prescriptions for medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Once the PBS safety net has been reached you will receive PBS prescriptions without charge for the remainder of the calendar year. You are entitled to access to bulk-billed doctor visits if these are provided by your doctor. Additionally, access to a larger refund for medical costs when you exceed the Medicare safety net. Unlike the age pension, the CSHC is not subject to the asset test. However, it is subject to an income test threshold. The threshold limit is adjusted taxable income (plus deeming from account- based pensions) of $87,884 a year as a couple or $54,929 a year as a single. To apply, contact the Department of Human Services and request an application for the CSHC. If you have previously been issued a Centrelink Customer Access Number, this number remains current. Applications can be made online at www.human services.gov.au This story first appeared on www.wealth partners.net.au. Any general advice in this story doesn’t take account of personal objectives, financial situation and needs.


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SILO SOLO: Matt Adnate, a former Melbourne graffiti artist turned painter, has finished painting his biggest commission ever, four 30m high silos in the Victorian Wimmera wheat town of Sheep Hills. Photos: David Geraghty

Lascelles silo art.

GIANT works of art now dot the 200km landscape across Victoria’s Wimmera Mallee region. Towering high above the paddocks and towns along the Henty Highway, the Silo Art Trail celebrates the deep history of the region through murals painted on wheat silos by renowned Australian and international street artists. The trail takes in six of Victoria’s smallest towns – Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Brim, Rosebery, Lascelles and Patchewollock. The trip between each town and artwork will take about 25 minutes, but that’s no reason not to make the visit to the

Known internationally for her art with exhibitions and streetart walls in Asia and Italy, Sobrane has just completed a massive project in Victoria’s north.

Travel Victoria’s highway gallery region last a day or more with some of the towns offering accommodation, food and side attractions. Book in advance if you want to stay over, is the advice of the experts; it’s not likely there will be a room available if you turn up unannounced. Begin your journey at Rupanyup. Look up at the monochrome mural created by Russian artist Julia Volchkova on the huge metal grain storage bins – a work that was inspired by the local Rupanyup Panthers Football and Netball Club. Stop off at Sheep Hills and see the huge mural by Adnate, an internationally renowned artist, famous

for his work with Aboriginal communities across Australia. Completed in December 2016 and spread across all six silos, the work consists of four indigenous faces watching over the tiny community of Sheep Hills; with a starry background that has a symbolic significance to the local people. Brim hosts Guido van Helten’s famous Farmer Quartet. Located on the Henty Highway and stretching out across all four of the Brim silos, this massive mural was painted in 2015 as a tribute to the drought-stricken farming community. The tiny town of

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Lascelles hosts artwork by celebrated Melbourne artist Tyrone (Rone) Wright. Rone turns his intimate portraiture to giant grain silos, depicting local wheat farmers Geoff and Merrilyn Horman looking out over the rural landscape. Finish the journey along Victoria’s Silo Art Trail at Patchewollock; population 250. Marvel at the work of Brisbane-based street artist Fintan Magee, sometimes referred to as Australia’s Banksy. For more information on the trail, go to siloarttrail.com/home.

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SUPERB FISHING: Top end great fishing with plenty of catch choices.

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Catch the tips for top end Nige Webster A TRAVEL diary of mine would not be complete without a trip to the Northern Territory. I just love heading to Darwin because there is so much to see, do and catch! There are so many options in the Territory that I cannot do them all justice here but I will detail a few on the top of the list. There is fabulous fishing off Dundee Beach which is a couple of hours south-west of Darwin. Many guides work from here and you can stay right at the ramp where you’ll also find cabin-style accommodation and a pub with great counter meals. The fishing off Dundee is diverse. You can catch everything from sailfish to coral trout – you’ll find plenty of mackerel, tuna,

reef fishes and barramundi. The winter months are typically the best to fish here, but any time the weather fines up, you will catch fish at Dundee. Packing is hard as you can catch everything here. Lures and bait will work so take a mix of outfits from barra size (4 to 10kg) to medium weight (8 to 20kg) and the heavy outfits (20 to 40kg). Boats in the 5m-plus category are advisable in open waters and can be launched from the ramp at Dundee Beach. Darwin Harbour provides some great fishing for anglers not wanting to travel too far from the city. There are several ramps and also plenty of guided options. You can catch mud crabs and barramundi within a stone’s throw of the CBD; it is a diverse fishery. The wrecks and small patches of reef within the

harbour are good spots to catch reef fish such as black jewfish and golden snapper. Outfits prescribed for Dundee Beach will also get the job done in Darwin Harbour. Great lures for harbour and inshore fishing include 90 to 120mm bibbed hardbody lures that dive from 1 to 3 metres, 3 to 4 inch prawn imitation soft plastics, 3 to 5 inch paddletail soft plastics and 95mm vibe style plastic lures. The other great option when travelling to the Territory during the dry season is to visit the billabong fishery. These waterholes that have been left following wet season are often full of species such as barramundi and saratoga. They make for some breath-taking scenery while experiencing world class fishing. The easiest to reach and most well-known

Fishing for barramundi at the Top End. waterhole is Corroboree Billabong. It can be found an easy drive to the east of Darwin around the Mary River system. There is a small section of graded dirt and a solid boat ramp which makes it easy to visit and fish. The bird and croc life is

abundant and there are fish everywhere. The same tackle and lures as prescribed for Darwin Harbour will get the job done. The closest accommodation available is in the form of the Corroboree Park Tavern or

alternatively you can stay on one of the resident houseboats. Nige Webster works for AFN Fishing & Outdoors and presents and produces The Fishing Show on Channel 7Mate.

Design a holiday project CRUISERS wanting to find a deeper experience from their high seas adventure can join two Crystal voyages in 2019, both of which offer the chance to participate in valuable community projects. Selected Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Esprit itineraries will offer guests access to the Crystal’s You Care, We Care program. The guests contribute their time and care to a project, with no financial obligations requested or required. Each project is selected and vetted by Crystal. The selection criteria involve identifying projects which participants can

make an immediate impact on. The organisations determine their greatest needs and the Crystal team works closely with them on how they would like Crystal to be involved. In 2019 guests can take part in these following voluntourism excursions: ❚ Helping at the San Francisco Food Bank, Clatsop Community Action Food Bank in Astoria, Oregon and Mustard Seed Food Bank in Victoria, British Columbia ❚ Playing games, reading, dancing and participating in an array of other activities with the elderly and children at the

Granitos de Paz Foundation in Cartagena, Colombia ❚ Helping to feed the elderly at Mercy Kitchen in Belize ❚ Helping with cleaning and caring for the animals at the Samui Animal Shelter in Koh Samui, Thailand. ❚ Getting an up-close look at the wildlife at Territory Wildlife Park and joining the conservation team in maintaining the park’s botanical gardens in Darwin, Australia ❚ Participating in tree planting conservation efforts to shelter the yellow-eyed penguins of Dunedin, New Zealand ❚ Helping with

TRY VOLUNTOURISM: The Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony cruise liners. gardening and other household duties at Domus Christi Home for the Elderly in Dubrovnik, Croatia ❚ Helping with meal preparation or recreational activities at Smile of a Child in Cornith, Greece ❚ Helping prepare food and create ceramic artwork with the disabled at the Pio Monte della Misericordia in Sorrento, Italy

❚ Learning about the conservation of marine life and participating in the theoretical rescue of a dolphin at the Rehabilitation Center of Prat de Llobregat in Barcelona, Spain ❚ Helping with the work at the Gallinas & Focas home for the mentally challenged, tending gardens and groves in Palma de Mallorca, Spain ❚ Helping with groundskeeping at the

historic Mount Stewart House & Gardens in Belfast, UK ❚ Planting trees at the Heidmork Natural Reserve in Reykjavik, Iceland ❚ Visiting the Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in St. Peter Port, UK These voluntourism adventures should be reserved at the time of booking your cruise. For more details, go to www.crystalcruises.com.


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Queenstown city and Lake Wakatipu is surrounded by dramatic mountains.

Photo: New Zealand Tourism

Adventure in Queenstown

THINGS TO things to do in New Zealand’s Queenstown without a bungy jump in sight. I like adventure, but I like comfort too. In Queenstown I found plenty of both. Here are my some thrills of the gentler kind in Queenstown.

CHECK INTO A GOOD HOTEL

QUEENSTOWN offers myriad accommodation options from backpackers to high-end luxury resorts. We chose The Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, right on Lake Wakatipu with a backdrop of the Remarkables Mountains. Spacious villas with private balconies give a sense of privilege. Your own in-villa fireplace is a bonus. The signature restaurant, Wakatipu Grill, with its inside and outside fire-pits overlooking the lake is very welcoming, and the resort’s Stack’s Pub serves reassuring comfort food.

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WITHOUT actually jumping, leaping or being thrown around rapids in a high-speed jet-boat, take a Skyline Gondola (right in the heart of town) to the top of Bob’s Peak where the panoramic views of the lake, the town and the mountains make you feel you actually have done some heady adventure stuff. Enjoy a drink or snack at the Skyline Café, watch other more adventurous types zip down the mountain on a luge (a

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kind of billy cart contraption). Get on one if you can; it’s not hard.

CRUISE LAKE WAKATIPU

Try the Million Dollar Cruise because it cost just $NZ39 and cruised the lake for an hour a half, and had an open honesty bar. Indoor and outdoor seating, a captain and commentator who couldn’t have been more informative, helpful or friendly, knew every intimate part of the lake, pointed out wild birds and fish species in the transparent water and took us up-close to some of the multi-million-dollar water-front homes

WINE, WINE AND A BIT OF CHEESE Queenstown sits in the Central Otago region which is known for its quality wines, especially pinot noir. Dozens of tour operators will take you to some of the top wineries in comfort and style and allow you to sip, sniff and swirl to your limit. We took ourselves to Amisfield, a stylish, chic and popular winery with luxury dining. It was difficult to get a reservation for lunch, but a cheese plate and a glass each of pinot noir in the garden was just as

good as a long lunch. Be prepared to pay. New Zealand isn’t cheap. That cheese board and the two glass of wine... $NZ100.

SHOPPING

There is high quality everywhere, especially New Zealand brands from fashion to outdoor and footwear. The town is compact and easy to stroll. It’s simple to find yourself in a cross-alleyway where more stylish shops and art galleries beckon. Surprises at every corner, and always with that majestic mountain range watching over you.

FINE DINING

Perhaps as well-known for its culinary prowess as it is for its adventure, Queenstown offers every cuisine from around the globe. We loved Flame Bar & Grill, upstairs in Beach Street with garden and lake views and giant flame-grilled steaks and succulent ribs. If you are of a patient nature – the hottest place in town is Fergburger in Shotover Street. The attraction eluded us, but not so the hundreds of others prepared to queue and wait an average of 45 minutes just to get in the door for a hamburger. With names like Morning Glory and The Dawn Horn and Holier Than Thou, the burgers do sound exotic, but from what we saw watching devotees devour the giant burgers on the footpath, they were just hamburgers.

Another place to try is the Botswana Butchery. It has superb food and wine, all in a decor that wraps its arms around you. Choose to be one, the other, or both. Queenstown offers a surprising number of holiday choices, all within a dramatic landscape of mountains, a pristine lake and fabulously crisp clean air.

SHOTOVER JET

GO ON, jet thrilled on a jet boat on the Shotover River. The jump on point is close to town. You’ll come back still feeling flush from the adventure. The boat takes you on a ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, with a few exhilarating full 360 spins thrown in. The Shotover Jet combines both of adventure and thrills in an exhilarating and unforgettable way.

FARM VISIT

JOIN the iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw for an entirely relaxing voyage across Lake Wakatipu to Walker Peak High Country Farm. The hand-fired steamship, which dates back to 1912, sets sail several times a day. You can do a round trip, or get off at the farm for morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea. While at the farm visitors meet some of the local animals, watch the sheep being shorn, help encourage the local sheep dogs to herd up their charges and enjoy fresh food in the Promenade Café or the restaurant. The more active can go

horse trekking, adventure on electric farm bikes or to try independent cycling.

WALKING & HIKING

THE area offers a huge choice in walking tracks and trails that explore different parts of the region, including Ben Lomond, Queenstown Hill, Glenorchy, Arrowtown and Lake Hayes. Some trails are little more than a stroll, others are wide but challenging uphill hikes towards far-off peaks, and others still are narrow trails that cut into gullies and offer a different kind of excitement. If you don’t have your own gear there are hiking equipment hire outlets and shops for picking up new gear. Queenstown's track transport operators will drop you off and pick you up at your preferred location, letting you enjoy your walking or hiking adventure without worrying about the safety of your parked vehicle, or the possibility of being stranded at the end of the track. There are climbing tracks and lowland walking trails to enjoy. Details on where to go and how long each trail or walk should take are readily available.

WINTER WONDERLAND

QUEENSTOWN is in the heart of the Southern Alps and boasts mountains for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. There are four ski areas open during the long winter season. The closest is just 20

minutes drive from the town centre. Ski passes range from single day, single ski area passes to season passes allowing unlimited access to multiple Queenstown ski areas. Snowboard and ski gear can be hired downtown, on-mountain or it can even be delivered to your accommodation. Most Queenstown ski rental shops are open until 9pm during the ski season. Queenstown also offers ice skating, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

HISTORIC ARROWTOWN

THE Arrowtown Chinese Settlement was home to thousands of prospectors who came to the region in search of gold in the middle of the 19th Century. There are now about 70 historic buildings and features left from the gold rush era. In among these buildings are half-day’s worth of craft, art, good food and pleasant walks. Down by the river where the Chinese gold-miners were forced to live are their huts which have been restored and offering visitors the chance to step back into that ‘golden’ era and see up-close their modest living conditions, and learn stories of their occupants.

OTHER IDEAS

There’s golf, tennis, wineries, fishing, health spas and much, more to do and see. For more Queenstown visitor ideas, go to queenstownnz.co.nz.


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Dalton delivers again THE enthralling story of the epic journey of the First Fleet, from one of Australia’s greatest writers.

– willingly or unwillingly. Drawing from historical sources of the time, Trent Dalton paints a vivid picture of the people who

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Trent Dalton paints a vivid picture of the people who embarked on this epic journey. Originally published as a Kennedy Award-winning multi-part serial in The Australian earlier this year, By Sea & Stars tells the story of the voyage that led to the founding of our nation, as told from the point of view of the people who took part in it

embarked on this epic journey. From terrified 12-year-old convict and former chimneysweep John Hudson and conscientious Lieutenant Ralph Clark to brave and determined CaptainGeneral Arthur Phillip, the

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scene has arrived’ – Nikki Gemmell. About the Author Trent Dalton is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He’s a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year. His debut novel is the critically acclaimed and bestselling Boy Swallows Universe, which was published in mid-2018. By Sea & Stars by Trent Dalton available now. Hardback. RRP: $24.99.

Details never released A white-knuckle ride of Nine Perfect Strangers about the Thai cave and a strange resort non-stop suspense

THE upcoming publication of The Cave will reveal previously unknown aspects of the Thai cave rescue, based on exclusive interviews with several of the rescued boys and their families, as well as with British diver John Volanthen. Author Liam Cochrane has gained unrivalled access to some of the key players in the dramatic rescue, with help from a team of Thai researchers. “Getting to hear about the boys’ experiences inside the cave and get their story in their own words has really made this book something special,” Cochrane said. “Many aspects of the rescue were unclear until I spent seven hours interviewing John Volanthen, one of the true heroes of the operation.” The ABC’s South-East Asia correspondent was on the scene during the

search and rescue mission, but most of the material for the book has been drawn from fresh research with more than 25 key sources involved. The Cave will reveal aspects of the operation that have never been publicly disclosed. The Cave by Liam Cochrane. Published by Harper Collins.

MICHAEL McGuire’s debut novel Flight Risk is a gripping thriller full of pure adrenalin, explosive action and terrifying revelations that will keep even the most jaded reader glued to the pages and utterly engrossed. The Australian author’s tale is original, the read a white-knuckle ride of non-stop suspense - a high-octane thriller full of pure adrenalin, explosive action and jaw-dropping revelations. The story introduces disgraced former pilot Ted Roberts. He works for a top-secret government organisation set up to investigate terror-related incidents. Sent to Jakarta to find out as much as he can about the pilot of a vanished Garuda flight, Ted discovers a flight simulator in the pilot’s apartment. When the investigation

turns sour, Ted escapes to New York as further disaster strikes. Another plane disappears from the sky. Then another. Three planes and hundreds of passengers and crew vanish, without a trace. Panic is widespread and the world is teetering on the brink. Still no one claims responsibility. Published by Allen and Unwin RRP$29.99.

LIANE Moriarty has produced another superb tale in her novel Nine Perfect Strangers. I picked up a copy of Liane’s latest novel at the airport the other day. I took hold of it in trepidation that it would now be as good as her other seven international bestsellers, several of which I have read. Luckily, my choice proved a good one. Liane has again created an engaging tale. It’s setting is familiar, it’s characters easy to get attached to. The subject well, who hasn’t dreamt of going to a health retreat to get some rest and maybe lose just a little bit of weight? Though, I’m not no sure this retreat would stay on your bucket list once you read what it has to offer. Tranquillum House is a place for health and

wellness experiences, so the brochure says. It also promises total transformation. We meet at the retreat nine city residents. Each character has a deep story. — Tracey Johnstone Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. Pan Macmillan, RRP$32.99 and ebook for $14.99

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