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EveryAGE story-makers Gail Forrer Seniors Group Editor
30 What’s on INDEX 3 Jono Coleman feature 4 Brendan Harris cover story 10EveryAGE Counts 13Money 15Wanderlust 22Community notes 23Wellbeing 25Regional Retirement Update feature 30What’s On 31Puzzles
THIS month we update you on the Benevolent Society’s EveryAGE Counts campaign. For our part in the campaign we bring you a story package created by our Seniors News intern, Channing Courtney-Eman. My challenge for the 22-year-old fashion and marketing student was to come up with a story, pictures and video of the ‘new, mature-aged man’. Channing set out and discovered Brisbane’s Brendan Harris and brought in young photographer Nicholas Sterkenburg to snap the great fashion shots. All in all this assignment was completed by a small group of people from 20 to 60-years-old and certainly EveryAGE counted. The story fits nicely with Movember – while the goal of Australia’s national men’s health month is to raise awareness of men’s cancers, another dimension of good health is feeling the freedom to express yourself and I thought Brendan’s style and outlook demonstrated a strong sense of self and well-being. That’s just what Movember Ambassador, radio and television personality
Jonathan Coleman (who some of you may remember as a reporter on Simon Townsend’s Wonderworld) is espousing as he shares his first hand experience of prostrate cancer and urges men to pursue a healthy lifestyle. We realise that many seniors are investigating various styles of accommodation. To support your research this edition features a Regional Retirement Update feature There’s plenty of good news local stories and personally after reading Tanya Phillip’s article on the “The Loveys’ , I’m planning to see them as soon as possible. Don’t forget you can find our stories online and in digital format at seniorsnews.com.au and you can also visit our informative and fun facebook site www.facebook.com/ seniorsnews.
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Tracey Johnstone JONATHAN (Jono) Coleman jokes that these days his body is less of a temple and more like the ageing Pantheon, since his prostate cancer diagnosis last year. The radio and television luminary, Movember Foundation ambassador and cancer survivor is still full of cheek as he shares his message to Aussie blokes to take time this month to grow a mo, make their health a priority and help raise funds for the global men’s health movement. The chubby, 62-year-old poster-boy is also encouraging women to get behind their men by finding ways to raise funds for prostate health research. With a newly minted mo in place, funnyman Jono is spreading the word for men to have the conversation with their GP. “Don’t be a scaredy cat,” he calls out. “If you are 50, or 45 even, get your PSA checked regularly and if you are worried about something, get your doctor to put his finger up your bottom; it takes 30 seconds to give you a clear mind. “Don’t just sit there and do nothing. Be involved in your own health.” Jono was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June last year. He remembers clearly the Friday afternoon when Professor Phillip Stricker at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital gave him the show-stopping news.
THE passing of Gold Coast organ donation advocate, Leslie Fitz-Gerald, left a poignant reminder of the importance in the selfless act of organ donation. The cystic fibrosis sufferer was a strong public figure to promote the life changing benefits of organ donation, having received a donation of a double lung transplant when he was in his 20s. Like his younger brother, Nathan, Leslie was born with the incurable condition that affects the lungs and digestive system, because the body produces an abnormal amount of thick mucus. The former stockbroker passed away early November, leaving behind wife Kaylee, whom he married at Prince Charles Hospital in February, while his brother, Nathan, died from melanoma in October 2017. According to media reports, a nurse who worked closely with Leslie said he was strongly dedicated to promoting the importance of organ donation right up until his passing. The waiting lists for organ donations are long. Around 1,400 Australians are currently waitlisted for a transplant. A further 11,000 are on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant. In 2017, 1,675 lives were transformed by 510 deceased and 273 living organ donors and their families. Donate Life makes a point of dispelling myths surrounding organ donation on their website.
Jono and Dano on Double J, circa 1980. As the cancer had already spread to his hip bones, he was put through a series of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Wisely Jono had taken note not only of his GP’s advice that from 50 onwards he should get his PSA checked, but also of his family’s health history including his dad’s heart problems. He also went through several full medicals in the UK before getting involved in some of the television shows there. Still, the prostate cancer diagnosis came out of the blue. The cancer growth was caught early, and since May he has been in remission. It’s comforting for Jono that both his son and daughter are much more aware of their personal health. “The positive side to getting your PSA and blood test done, is that it makes the whole family aware, and friends and family are very important,” Jono said. “Since I did the Studio 10 thing, talked about it (cancer) on Alan Jones’
radio show and did a big story with Women’s Weekly, and that got picked up in the UK, now I am involved in Prostate Health UK.” He heads back to the UK this month for a week of live shows to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Russ and Jono shows that were on Virgin Radio. Prostate cancer isn’t a death sentence Jono declares, and he is proving it by sticking to his incredible television work schedule of hosting Studio 10 five days a week, doing live advertorials, his own segments on Mondays and Fridays, plus a volunteer radio show on Northside Radio FM 99.3, and a weekly Russ and Jono podcast for the UK from November 5. “My attitude is don’t feel sorry for yourself; be positive,” says the man with the glass half full. “I have a ruined temple, but my body is still my temple and I take the piss out of myself and laugh my way through it.” To support Movember, go to au.movember.com.
One of them is that seniors are unable to donate organs. While age and medical history will be considered, no one should assume they are too young, old or unhealthy to become a donor. Age is not a barrier - people over 80 have become organ and tissue donors. Organs that can be donated include the heart, lung, intestine, pancreas, and tissues include heart valves, other heart tissue, blood veins, bone, tendons, ligaments, skin and parts of the eye. People with decision-making capacity have the option to record their consent to donation of organs and tissues on the Australian Organ Donation Register. You can fill out your intention to consent to organ donation in less than a minute at the Donate Life website, using your Medicare card. You can also register via the Department of Human Services website, using your existing myGov account, via the Express Plus Medicare app. Organ and tissue donation is only considered when a person has died or death is inevitable. A designated officer must make a decision about the actual removal of organs and tissue. The designated officer must determine whether the deceased had either expressed a wish to donate tissue, or had consented to its removal. At this time, the Australian Organ Donor Register is checked and the family is asked to confirm their loved one’s donation decision. The Human Tissue Act requires that reasonable steps are taken to ascertain the intent or wishes of the deceased, by checking the Australian Organ Donor Register or other evidence.
donate in the presence of two witnesses. The family of the deceased will be asked to provide consent before donation can proceed, even if a person has already recorded their consent to donation on the Australian Organ Donor Register. The Human Tissue Acts provide a priority list of family members who will be approached for consent to deceased donation. If the first person on the priority list is not available, then the designated officer must seek out the next person on the list to provide consent. The National Health and Medical Research Council’s guidelines state that if there is a clear dispute or strong resistance to the removal of tissue among next of kin, removal of organs or tissue will not occur. The family’s objections to donation will prevail even when a potential donor has expressed a wish to donate or has registered their consent. Registering to become a donor is important because it can guide your family to understand that your decision was to be an organ and tissue donor. Registration counts, with 90% of families agreeing to donations proceeding where their loved one is a registered donor. Removal of organs cannot proceed if there is evidence that the deceased had objected to organ donation. Attwood Marshall Lawyers recommend your Will includes clear directions to your loved ones about your consent to donate. However, the nature of organ donation is that it must be carried out as soon as possible after death, but typically a Will is only looked at by loved ones at a much later time. If you have not spoken to your family about your decision, there is a risk that your wishes may not be observed, because your family has not had an opportunity to read your Will before they are required to give consent. A complete an Advance Health Care Directive can also help to instruct clinicians and family members on your wishes to donate. The Advance Health Care Directive is a legal document completed by you with the help of a GP and then witnessed by a solicitor, for a small fee. Attwood Marshall Lawyers strongly recommend you complete Will and Power of Attorney documents at the same time. This ensures your loved ones have clear instructions, conﬁdence and security, in what could be a very emotionally difﬁcult time for them. To discuss organ donation, Advance Health Care Directive, Wills and Power of Attorney documents please contact our Wills and Estates Department Manager, Donna Tolley. She can be reached on 07 5506 8241, email email@example.com, or free call 1800 621 071. Attwood Marshall Lawyers provide seniors with a free, no obligation 30 minute review appointment at their Kingscliff, Robina, Brisbane and Coolangatta head ofﬁces.
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A new style for the Channing Courtney-Eman MENSWEAR has taken on a whole new look this year. Liberated from the stereotypes of the past, mature-aged men are free to explore, design and shape their identity through fashion choices. After previous generations of older men were doomed to a uniform of the ordinary – think navy blue boxers, boardies, singlets, thongs and grey suits – the fresh palette of fashion comes as a bright relief. Fashions have broadened the horizon and today there is appreciation for the male who can dress up – or dress down, according to the day. Brisbane’s Brendan Harris naturally personifies the new older man. He’s a well-travelled businessman with a gregarious personality which makes him the perfect personality to run Cafe on the Goodwill Bridge. In this article, Brendan talks about his upbringing, shares his
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tips on looking great and how to live your best life after 50. Brendan’s fashion passion began while growing up as the middle child of the Harris boys in the hinterland of Queensland’s Mt Tamborine. Brendan
But fashion pulled at the thread of his personality and existence – channelling his passion into creating the pocket square business A Pocket Affair. “My pocket squares are rectangular, you wear them individually of
jokingly blames the middle-child syndrome for his bold dress. “I would get the hand-me-downs, so instead I got a job and bought my own clothes,” he tells Seniors News. He went on to travel the world and studied in
Devon, England, where he obtained his hospitality qualifications. Back in Australia, he spent large parts of his career working in the Brisbane hospitality scene and managing community venues for Gold Coast City Council.
course, or double them up to get a maximum, structural textured effect,” he said. But it’s not just Brendan’s pocket squares that make him stand out in the crowd. Ultimately, his style is determined, show-stopping at times and experimental. “I believe in pushing the limits,” he said. “First impressions are so important, any age, young, old, it doesn’t matter, my motto is it’s just as easy to put on a nice shirt as it is a horrible one.” He proves the point when he matches sheer black tops under suit jackets. Silk, he explains, is his favourite fabric. “Silk comes in so many textures and blends, silk wool is absolutely beautiful and the saturation of colour is always good,” he said. A combination of traditional and edgy jewellery is another integral part of his look. His hero pieces feature the daily wearing of a Louis Vuitton flip coin ring. “I usually wear my
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wedding band, my engagement ring, and my signet ring plus a nice watch,” he said. Meanwhile, his shoe closet is lined with local brands and designers including his favoured RM Williams boots. In terms of eye wear, Brendan regularly rocks a sleek tortoise shell pair of Tom Ford. Alternatively, Chanel glasses, he notes, are always a good fit. But most importantly, he claims, sunglasses should complement your face and not put them under any stress. On the topic of staples for the average man, Brendan declares every man should have a navy-blue suit in their wardrobe coupled with a cotton stretch white shirt. “A good fitting navy blue suit can take you from the day to the evening, looks great against silver hair of course,” he said. “(And keep) a clean white shirt and one spare that you haven’t touched for that special occasion.” Personal care is another aspect of Brendan’s routine. He keeps up
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First impressions are so important, at any age, young old. appearances with two weekly barber visits and his job, positioned in the brunt of the bright Australian sun, prompts him to use skin products that cope with the harsh light. “I use the majority of Aesop products, Kiehl’s day and evening oil, sunscreen is a must,” he said. Another must-do for the
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well-being of the older gentleman is travel. Brendan stresses that be it local or overseas, going on holiday is an essential part of his lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean you can leave the suit at home. Here’s his suitcase for a weekend away to Burleigh Heads. “Tailored shorts, a really nice linen jacket that’s only half-lined, paired with a bright colour,” he muses. “And I’d suggest, at the moment, a really nice cherry red and a nice pair of loafers always with invisible socks.” And it seems men are taking notice of Brendan’s unique and bold style advice. “I have picked up quite a few fellows who want to be styled, it’s a matter of taking them places that I know will fit for them,” he said. Finally, the relaxed fashionista has some simple advice. “Just have fun, fun with your wardrobe and your food.” For story and photo gallery, see the website seniorsnews.com.au.
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Issues that concern us Survey shows the need to ask older people what they think Tanya Phillips THE condition and lack of footpaths is among the key concerns for older NSW residents, according to a survey released by the Council on Ageing (COTA) NSW. COTA NSW CEO Megan Lawson said the survey was conducted with focus groups across the state from Bega to the Queensland border and included sessions at Coffs, Gosford and Tweed. In all 18 focus groups were held involving 300 consumers over the age of 50. Reports of the findings will be released over the next few months in preparation for next year’s NSW State election. Ms Lawson said COTA spoke to people about what mattered to them across the five broad themes of the NSW Ageing Strategy including health, employment, housing, transport and social inclusion.
They form part of COTA’s larger engagement with older people, including a survey of more than 7500 people on housing issues and a recent national survey. She said while issues differed around the state, one that kept popping up across the groups was the lack or the condition of footpaths. Ms Lawson said the simple fact was that if the older people couldn’t get out of their front doors and down to the shops or to see friends or keep appointments then they couldn’t engage and be part of the community. She said lack of housing and rental properties as well as difficulties in finding jobs were also of major concern to those questioned. Ms Lawson said the findings demonstrated the need to ask older people their opinions. “Older people often feel they aren’t being listened to,’’ she said.
WHAT MATTERS? Ask seniors for their opinion and find their real concerns.
“It’s time that somebody pays attention – which is what we’ve done with this Engagement Report. We talked to people all over
New South Wales to ask what they care about and what matters most to them,” she said. The other key areas of concern for older people
across NSW included the need for communication training for medical staff, and the affordability, availability and accessibility of housing.
The Engagement Report can be accessed at https://www.cotansw .com.au/council-on -the-ageing-nsw-news -and-eventsdetails/ engagement-report -2018
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Women who luv to sing Tania Phillips THEY were the toast of the Mullum Festival last year and though they didn’t appear at this year’s event The Lovey’s – a Mullumbimby quartet – are still having a busy end to the year. A four-piece multi-instrumentals band, who write their own material, The Loveys have appeared at some of the country’s top events now will play a pre-Christmas show back here in Brunswick and then the big one – Woodford Fold Festival over New Years. Not bad for four women on the wrong side of 40 from the Mullumbimby-Brunswick area who started out as a ukulele band. Aged from 40-71, The
Loveys are Belinda Eadsforth, Pamela Freeman, Janet Swain and Jenny Parenteau – on stage they are better known as Miss Bee, Pammy, Delphi Coral and Jen Jen - a cabaret act complete with ukuleles, oboes, beautiful four-part harmonies and songs that you won’t hear anywhere else. Jenny, the oldest of the group, is the one responsible for their smoky lead vocals and songs that tackle everything from ageing – It’s Great Being Old and living on your own again – Dinner for One and life in general Have I left it too Late. The songs are about the joys, struggles and ordinary things in life presented in a way that’s sometimes poignant, sometimes irreverent and
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Service is her breath of life
Tania Phillips SHE has trained thousands and thousands of people in first aid – and while Fay Gleave is now 84 and officially retired from a long career in St John Ambulance it doesn’t mean she has actually slowed down. For Fay, retiring in March last year means no more active duty after 30 years of service and more than 10,000 volunteer hours, but it hasn’t stopped her from continuing to teach people the art of first aid, though she now team teaches with paramedic and friend Sally Quinn. “In September 2014 I took on the role of teaching first aid to primary school children,” she said. “Since then I have taught more than 5000 children all over the shire the basics of first aid.” In honour of her work in schools and with the general public, Fay has just been named the 2018 St John Volunteer Trainer of the year, just another honour in a glittering and important career that has spanned
I left school at 15. I wanted to join the army and become a medic
LIFETIME VOLUNTEER: Fay Gleave St John's Ambulance's trainer of the year. 60 years. “I left school at 15. I wanted to join the army and become a medic, but I was too young so two and a half years later I was married and went to live at Uki on a dairy farm, but I never lost my interest in first aid,” she said.
“In 1957 I gained a Home Nursing and First Aid Certificate and joined the VAD’s (the Voluntary Aid Detachment) and did my training at Murwillumbah District hospital but I wanted to be involved with St John Ambulance so in 1958 I
gained another first aid certificate and have upgraded my certificates every three years since then.” Fay taught her first course in 1973 and was appointed a volunteer instructor in January 1974. She has been
teaching ever since. It is a career that has seen her named Tweed Citizen of the Year in 1993 and again in 2016 and achieve just about every honour possible in St John, including being a Regional Superintendent, and being admitted into
the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem and receiving the Century Medal in 2003. Though for Fay it’s not about the awards and rewards – it’s more about the young kids who come up to her before the course to tell her she saved their father’s life or to hear about her students helping and saving others when they needed it. Fay has a lot of those stories – collected over a lifetime of service. She admits it is what keeps her going – that and the memory of her youngest son Jeffery, who was born with cystic fibrosis and packed so much into his short life despite his illness.
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World for Everyage matters Tracey Johnstone CHANGING attitudes to ageing has to happen – that’s a given. But how it happens and when is the challenge being taken up by the social campaign EveryAGE Counts. The anti-ageism campaign, which is the brainchild of the Benevolent Society, but driven by a powerful and diverse coalition of organisations and individuals. A new website, video messaging for social media and a pledge document are the start. “I stand for a world without ageism where all people of all ages are valued and respected and their contributions are acknowledged. I commit to speak out and take action to ensure older people can participate on equal terms with others in all aspects of life.” EveryAGE Counts will be a long-term campaign. Ten or 15 more years from now its supporters hope its real value is seen and felt. In the short-term
MAKING A POINT: EveryAGE Counts advocates Professor Bill Metcalf and Christine Logan with Benevolent Society CEO Jo Toohey (centre) at the launch of the EveryAGE Counts anti-ageism campaign.
Ageism is stereotyping, discrimination and mistreatment based solely on age. — Jo Toohey though there is a lot of work to be done to change the entrenched overt and covert attitudes of all
ages to ageing Australians. “We know that unless we can get to the heart of
these attitudes and beliefs to expose and redress them for their unfair and outdated assumptions, we will have little success in dismantling the barriers and assuring that all Australians, right across life from birth right through to very old age, can have the opportunity
to live their very best of life,” Benevolent Society CEO Jo Toohey said. “Ageism is stereotyping, discrimination and mistreatment based solely on age.” Adapting to the changing world is part of the challenge. More of us are not only
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living longer lives, we are also living healthier ones. We want to stay engaged with and involved in the world around us. Also, the younger generations now are expected to be living just as longer lives. So, what EveryAGE Counts achieves in its battle against ageism now will benefit both the current older Australians and the ageing generations that follow them. Author and social commentator Jane Caro is on the steering committee of the Every Age Counts campaign. Caro says she has a “sharp eye” for inequality, thanks to her decades of active feminism. “I see it very clearly and I draw a lot of parallels between what has worked for feminism and what we should probably be thinking about doing with ageism,” she says. Losing the stereotypes of yesteryear is part of the change process. For more information, you can go to www.everyagecounts. org.au.
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Widowhood forces sole decision-making Tony Kaye ON AVERAGE, taken across our total population base, Australians are generally living longer. Which brings its own challenges in terms of financial security, particularly for those not wanting to rely solely on the government age pension. Our superannuation system gives most Australians the opportunity to build a sizeable retirement nest egg, and couples are obviously able to pool their financial resources over time to reduce longevity risk – the financial term for running out of your own money before death. Fortunately, the age pension is in place as a safety net for those who do run out of money, and as a financial supplement to superannuation
savings as one’s money does begin to decline over time. Lots of research has been done in Australia on the fact that, for various reasons, women often retire with much lower superannuation balances than men. Substantial measures are being taken at a government level to address this issue, but there’s another aspect to financial security that generally receives little airplay. It’s the issue of financial instability and insecurity as a result of the loss of a spouse. It’s already a well-known fact that women generally live longer than men. The World Health Organisation, in its 2018 World Life Expectancy report, calculates that Australian men on average now live to the age of 81, and women to nearly 85. That’s an average four-year life gap in the later stages of life, but the
SOLO: Time to be financially prepared.
reality is that widowhood – a life stage defined by the loss of a spouse– can occur at any time. A new US study by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and US-based ageing population research group Age Wave looks into the impacts of widowhood in detail as women and men, after having to deal with the emotional stress of losing partner, have to come to terms with the situation on a financial level. The Widowhood and Money: Resiliency, Responsibility and
Empowerment study found that widows in particular are often thrust into taking over the financial reins with limited previous experience. ■ Sixty-nine per cent of widows said that the hardest financial challenge in widowhood is becoming the sole decision maker, followed by adjusting to a loss in income (67 per cent) and navigating financial and legal paperwork (66 per cent). ■ Only 14 per cent of widows said that they were making financial
decisions by themselves before their spouse died. Now, 86 per cent reported having to do so alone. ■ At the same time that widows are having to make financial and legal decisions and pay for expenses such as funeral or end of life costs, widows are also receiving assets. ■ Eighty-two per cent of widows reported that they have received some sort of inflow of assets, most commonly Survivor’s Social Security (69 per cent) and life insurance (63 per cent). The median amount that widows received from their spouse’s accounts was US$28,000. According to the study, 60 per cent of men and women who lose their spouses are immediately burdened by financial expenses, including housing costs such as mortgages or rent. The fact that half of those who lose a spouse also face a 50 per cent reduction in income
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compounds the problem. But there was a positive aspect from the study, with more than two-thirds of widows and widowers disclosing that the loss of their spouse had forced them to find courage and financial confidence. “They’re forced to jump into complex financial matters from the start of their journey and adjust to making financial decisions alone,” said Lisa Margeson, head of retirement client experience and communications at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “In fact, 72 per cent say they now consider themselves more financially savvy than other people their age. “If anything, the study is a timely reminder for couples to be actively involved in financial decision making together throughout life.” Tony Kaye is the editor of listed financial services company InvestSMART Group. www.investsmart. com.au.
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A free Christmas concert with a full-scale entertainment Tania Phillips
FORMER Australian Idol Damien Leith will headline the Seniors Christmas Concert extravaganza at Lismore City Hall on Tuesday, December 18. This free event is one of three being put on across the State for NSW’ over 60s with Albury and Nowra also hosting. Member for Lismore Thomas George, who is set to retire from politics in May and will not contest the next State election, said it was the first time in four years that the event had been held in Lismore. “Last time we had Jean Kittson and Rachel Beck – Rachel is from this region and all her relatives came so it turned into something very special,” he said. He said while the full line-up was yet to be announced and he was yet to find out who would be joining Damien Leith on the road, he was expecting the event, to be arranged in Sydney, would be worth waiting for. “Securing the Seniors Christmas Concert is a win for our local seniors who will enjoy the benefits of a full-scale production and fun day out leading up
CHRISTMAS IDOL: Former Australian Idol Damien Leith will headline the Seniors Christmas Concert extravaganza at Lismore City Hall on Tuesday, December 18. to the Christmas season,” George said. “The concert will be a free event, offered exclusively to seniors.” He encouraged residents around the region, aged 60 years and over, to secure their tickets as soon as they could if they hadn’t done it
already. “This is an opportunity for local seniors to come along and enjoy themselves,” he said. “It’s the Government’s way of recognising the commitment seniors give our community. George said he was pleased to have the event
in the region again and believed Lismore was a “great central location” and the city was fortunate to have the NORPA facility at the City Hall so they could host such an event. “It has such a great atmosphere,” he said. Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies said the
Seniors Christmas Concert tours different locations each year, to ensure as many seniors as possible can attend. “These concerts are a great way for seniors to share in the spirit of Christmas,” Mrs Davies said. The 2018 Christmas
Concerts are an initiative under the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2022 and have been held since 2013, replacing the Premier’s Christmas Gala Concert in Sydney. To find out more, go to seniorsfestival. nsw.gov.au/.
Miserable view: former Prime Minister slams proposals for retirement change
FORMER prime minister Paul Keating has blasted a report that supports raising the retirement age as having a “miserable view” of society. The Grattan Institute has recommended that the Australian government scrap plans to raise compulsory super payments from 9.5 per cent to 12 per cent and, instead, increase the retirement age to 70. However, the report, and Grattan Institute chief executive John Daley, came under heavy fire from Mr Keating, whose government introduced compulsory superannuation
contributions, when he appeared on the ABC program 7:30. Mr Keating said Mr Daley’s “miserable view about having two Australias” was out of touch with everyday Australians. “The privileged Australia where the wealthy people can have all sorts of assets but ordinary people are condemned to the pension,” he said. “This is $460 a week. I mean don’t whoop it up on 460 bucks a week. This is the John Daley view of the world. “Daley’s recommending people work till 70, put
Work till 70, eat your house, and then basically find yourself at a certain point in your life where you just don’t have financial assets.”
their house in the assets test where now it isn’t. In other words, you eat your house. “Work till 70, eat your house, and then basically find yourself at a certain point in your life where you just don’t have financial assets.” However, Mr Daley hit back at the form prime minister, claiming on social media that “most Australians die with savings almost as large as when their (sic) retired”. “If Paul Keating actually read our report rather than disparaging anyone who disagrees with him, he would know there’s lots
of evidence that a higher Super Guarantee will lead to lower wages, including the Henry Tax Review, the Fair Work Commission, and leading academics,” he wrote on Twitter. But the report and Mr Daley weren’t the only one in Mr Keating’s crosshairs. He said the current proposal of raising compulsory payments to 12 per cent “barely cut it”. “When I introduced super 32 years ago, people retired at about 65 and they died about 83 or 85,” Mr Keating said.
NO WAY: Former prime minister Paul Keating says current superannuation proposals “barely cut it” for retirees.
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It’s raw and remarkable These special and sustainably focused tours take you to Africa
COOKING with Rwandan villagers, searching for berries and honey with the Ju’hoan tribe, bonding with baby baboons, and wildlife telemetry tracking are some of the experiences featured in next year’s Crooked Compass signature African tours. The boutique tour operator specialises in authentic cultural travel with conservation and sustainability at its core, while keeping comfort in mind with predominately ‘luxury lodge’ accommodation. The 10-night Remarkable Rwanda (female-only) and 11-night Raw Namibia journeys have proven to be life-altering experiences for Crooked Compass travellers, according to company founder Lisa Pagotto. “Our travellers have the opportunity to travel deeper and uncover the side of a destination they didn’t know existed, while supporting communities and projects they visit,” she said. “They naturally become our ambassadors as their experiences are all they can talk about once they return to ‘normal’ life.” Leading entrepreneur and Red Balloon founder Naomi Simson is an advocate for Crooked Compass’s products and ethos. She journeyed with Crooked Compass in 2018 on the Reindeer Tribes of Mongolia tour. “It’s now a few months since I returned from my trip and on so many levels this was a trip of a lifetime,” Ms Simson said. “I’m not sure if it was just the trip or the special friendship of discovery with my other eight fellow travellers. “For all of us it was the first time we had selected an ‘organised’ expedition.”
■ Raw Namibia Ideal for: Anyone with a sense of adventure and a moderate level of fitness; nature lovers; conservationists; animal lovers; aspiring and professional photographers. Accommodation: May include Cheetah Conservation Fund, Nhoma Safari Camp (includes ensuite bathroom with hot water), Old Traders Lodge, N/a’an ku sê (community lodge). The ultimate conservation experience for those captivated by Africa’s most majestic creatures and who are fascinated by Namibia’s nomadic cultures. This journey will leave an indelible impression on all travellers. Cat lovers will rejoice on this tour as they contribute to the preservation efforts for cheetahs and leopards, while being educated and enlightened on their place in the ecosystem. At the Global Leopard Project, you’ll have the opportunity to head out to try to locate one of these magnificent creatures; you may even find yourself downloading data from their GPS collars. Visit the vast, remote Khaudom National Park and witness elephants, giraffes, antelopes, lions and spotted hyenas. In the Erindi Private Game Reserve, travellers can add rhinos and wild dogs to the list – the latter being one of the most endangered species in the world – then spend the afternoon relaxing by a busy waterhole. Participants will have the option of ‘telemetry tracking’ with a qualified guide, where they’ll observe tagged animals on the ultimate game drive. Walk with tamed caracal cats and be captivated when you get up close and personal
NATURAL EXPERIENCES: Try your hand at cooking with Rwandan villagers. with beautiful baby baboons. This is an avid photographer’s dream. Visit Nhoma Safari Camp and participate in captivating daily activities such as traditional games while enjoying the raw landscape and connecting with nature. Your stay in the camp allows the community to generate income, which in turn buys food and supplies not provided by the surrounding environment. Spend time with the Ju’hoan tribe and learn about traditional bush medicines, rope making, and survival techniques that have been handed down through generations. You will also explore the land in search of berries, tubers and honey. Join the San Bushmen to make a fire and listen to their stories about the stars, animals and the universe. Discover plants used for medicinal purposes before joining in traditional dances and singing. Dates: April 1–12, 2019 and September 8–19, 2019. Cost: $A7877 per person twin-share. Go to crooked-compass.com/ tour/raw-namibia. ■ Remarkable Rwanda Ideal for: Women-only with a moderate level of
Spend time with the Ju'hoan tribe and learn about traditional bush medicines and rope making. fitness; animal lovers; those with an interest in other cultures, conservation and women’s rights. Accommodation: May include Hotel Muhabura, WOC Tents (three-star rural community ensuited tents), Heaven Boutique Hotel, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Gisovu Tea Estate, Emeraude Lake Kivu Resort, The Retreat, local homestay. This women-only tour is one of Crooked Compass’s most inspiring and memorable itineraries, not just for its unique wildlife experiences, but because of Rwanda’s remarkable story of resilience and re-building. Driven by strong female leadership, Rwanda has evolved from ruin to being
At the Erindi Private Game Reserve, see African wild Enjoy a local dance troupe performance then – if you're dogs, one of the most endangered species in the world. feeling festive – learn some of the steps.
one of the most progressive countries in East Africa – it has the greatest female representation in national parliament in the world. On the Remarkable Rwanda tour, you’ll be immersed in the daily lives of Rwandans, trying your hand at sisal basket weaving or shopping for ingredients at colourful markets before learning to cook in a local’s home. Choose from village activities such as traditional construction, cow-dung art, banana juice making, and candle dipping and hive making. Learn from the inspiring women at co-ops and social enterprises, observing sustainable farming practices and creating local produce such as organic cheese. Visit the Faith Foundation, which has pioneered a sponsorship initiative for children to pursue education and create their own future. Be challenged and inspired by the Gisozi and Ntarama Genocide memorial sites. Observe a traditional fisherman’s experience in action and visit the Gisovu Tea Estate to learn about planting, picking and production. See the rare and magnificent mountain gorillas, including a
behind-the-scenes interaction with Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Doctors and a 3–5 hour trek. Embark on a boat safari of Lake Ihema and spot the hippos of Akagera, crocodiles and many of the 423 bird species found in the park, followed by a game drive for the chance to see giraffes, water buffalo, waterbuck, baboons and zebras. On top of all this, take a chimpanzee trek to see these playful animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy a local dance troupe performance then – if you’re feeling festive – learn some of the steps yourself in costume. At the end of the stay your host and interested locals of neighbouring communities engage in a traditional get-together party called ‘ubusabane’. ■ Dates: October 8–18, 2019. Cost: $A13,427 per person twin-share. Go to crooked-compass.com/ tour/remarkable-rwanda. For further information, terms and conditions, go to crooked-compass.com. ■ About Crooked Compass Crooked Compass is a boutique tour operator uncovering the world’s best-kept secrets through small-group touring and customised itineraries. Founder Lisa Pagotto created the company to inspire, educate and encourage travellers to understand responsible tourism by providing culturally immersive experiences, supporting local communities and projects. Travellers see the destination through the eyes of a local, uncovering a side they didn’t know existed. ■ Sustainable travel – the Crooked Compass way Being a sustainable traveller means you are aware and focused on making a positive impact when you travel through a local community, the environment you are exploring as well as economically supporting the region where you travel. It’s all about minimising your ecological and cultural footprint. How? Simple things like respecting a local culture and being willing to learn more about it, learning basic words to help you get around and make new friends, purchasing locally made products from bazaars, shops and markets instead of from large supermarkets.
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TOUR HOST: Go See Touring’s Fortunato Isgro.
BE SOFTLY serenaded while immersed in the sights and sounds of a delightful destination as entertainer Fortunato Isgro takes Go See Touring groups on a journey of a lifetime. On each of his hosted journeys Fortunato shares his love of ’50s, ’60s and early ’70s music, covering songs from famous singers such as Dean Martin, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley. “It’s a fun week of mixing with great people, being entertained and enjoying ourselves,” Fortunato said. The easygoing tours are for small groups of up to 30 people. Three hosted eight-day tours are open for next year – to Singapore for the Singapore Showcase tour from March 2-9, to Norfolk Island for the A Little Bit Country tour from July 27 to August 3, and to New Zealand for the Sounds of the South Island tour from November 6-13.
It’s a fun week of mixing with great people, being entertained and enjoying ourselves Early bookings are essential as Fortunato finds a lot of his fans take up the opportunity to travel in his company. “They know they are going to get a week of entertainment, music and myself singing with the guitar at every moment we have available,” he said. “We have sing-alongs and make new friends.” The Tasmania tour on this month has filled quickly with 11 of the tour members from his Norfolk Island trip last year joining
in for this southern tour. During the Singapore tour, there will be a couple of shows for tour guests only. Fortunato will be joined by other Go See Touring group hosts Rodney Vincent and Graeme Hugo. A Little Bit Country on Norfolk Island will offer the same opportunity for Go See Touring guests during the tour to attend exclusive shows where Fortunato will be on stage with Geoff Jones, Graeme Hugo, Wayne Horsburgh, Rodney Vincent, Lindsay Waddington and Lucky Starr. In New Zealand there will be pre-dinner drinks while cruising on the lake and being serenaded by Fortunato with That’s Amore. To hear Fortunato sing, go to https://youtu.be/ Wkm35ek_DmE. For full tour information and costs, go to goseetouring.com or phone (07) 3868 4760.
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The Fitzroy River is now a net-free zone and is full of big, wild barramundi.
HOOKED ON IT: Lake Monduran makes a top fishing location.
Photos: Tourism and Events Queensland
Top tips for fishing on the Bass to Barra Trail Nigel Webster
Start at Maryborough and head north towards Mackay – you’ll be glad you did
I AM fortunate to have a job that enables me to travel and fish throughout Australia and I have found the freshwater fishing options in this country are second to none. My first must-do trip is Bass to Barra Trail, which includes a series of impoundments where it is possible to catch bass and the reputed sports fish, the barramundi. The trail starts to the south at Lake Lenthalls, near Maryborough. This is a camp-only place and comes with restrictions on boat power, but it’s ideal for smaller craft and kayaks. You can camp on the foreshores and it’s full of big bass and barramundi that are pushing the 80cm plus mark. The next dams on the route include Lake Monduran and Awoonga. Monduran, near Bundaberg, is well
equipped with a caravan park or simply stay in Gin Gin. This a big dam and full of very big barramundi. Awoonga, near Gladstone, has accommodation at Gateway Lodge. The barramundi are all in the 50-90cm size and are easy to catch at present. On the way north, if you like your barra fishing, you’d be crazy to bypass Rockhampton. The Fitzroy River is now a net-free zone and is full of big, wild barramundi. There are many guides servicing the river and great places to stay, shop and dine. I stay at the Southside Village Park. Tell Neville that Nige sent you. This is one place where it is possible to catch a metre-sized barramundi in the middle of the town reaches. Heading north, you’ll find Peter Faust, Kinchant
and Teemburra Dams. My favourite is Kinchant at Mackay which is a beautiful, smaller impoundment just loaded with really big barramundi. Mackay is really catering for travellers and there are heaps of accommodation places at all levels. Type of fishing: lure, fly, and bait. Equipment: boats of any size, but four to six metres will cover more water; 4-8kg baitcast and spin outfits; 30lb braid lines and 60-80lb leaders; lures – 95mm vibes, 4-6 inch paddletail softplastics, 4-inch prawn imitation soft plastics, 90-120mm hardbody lures that dive 1-5 metres (suspending preferable). When: September to December, and then March to May. Nigel Webster works for AFN Fishing & Outdoors and presents and produces The Fishing Show on 7Mate.
Fitzroy River has plenty of barramundi in it.
Coffee at peaceful fishing location at Lake Monduran.
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Alternative Asia is focus of Intrepid’s Not Hot List
Be brave and and thoughtful take the road less travelled
INTREPID Travel has put together its annual ‘Not Hot List’, focusing on alternatives to Australia’s favourite Asian destinations to coincide with World Tourism Day. Intrepid Travel co-founder Darrell Wade said the second ‘Not Hot List’ was developed in response to concerns about overtourism, with a focus on less frequently visited destinations to support the adventure travel company’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism. Last year Europe was in the spotlight and, this year, the focus has been closer to home, with beach closures igniting the debate over how tourism can be sensitive to communities and nature. “Recently we’ve seen a number of Asian countries take a proactive approach to combat overtourism,” Mr Wade said. “Australians are increasingly well-travelled and this is about encouraging them to step away from the familiar to approach our neighbours in the most intrepid way possible.” This year Maya Bay, in Thailand, the iconic spot from The Beach, closed for four months. In The Philippines, Boracay was sensationally shut down for six months due to unsustainable
BROADER TRAVEL: Sustainable tourism means trying something new like a Wae Rebo, homestay, Flores.
tourism practises. “Tourism can be a potent force for good, and we believe the broader the travel experience, the better. There are now 3.7 million Australians travelling to Asia each year, and the more tourism dispersal, the better,” Mr Wade said. The Intrepid 2019 Not Hot Travel List: Asia Edition ■ 1. Komodo is the new Ubud Once considered the adventurous alternative to Seminyak, Ubud has flourished in popularity
Samarkand, Registan Square complex, in Uzbekistan.
thanks to its haven of health and healers. The day trip market means a lessened contribution to Ubud’s economy and puts pressure on local infrastructure. Komodo is a viable alternative for travellers who are willing to sail from Bali through the Indonesian archipelago. Komodo is a place where ancient tribes maintain their traditions in deep rainforest valleys. Travellers can snorkel coral reefs, walk across volcanic black sand beaches and watch for the
legendary and fierce Komodo dragons. ■ 2. Bukhara is the new Angkor Wat Central Asia is still as remote as you can be when it comes to Asian countries. The ‘Stans offer a Silk Road experience rich with stories of migration, religion and trade. Uzbekistan’s fifth largest city Bukhara is a UNESCO world heritage site and the entire old city centre and has more than 5000 years of human history. There are over 140 monuments and
historical buildings to explore including Po-i-Kalyan Mosque that, during its 1300 years of history, even survived assault from Genghis Khan. ■ 3. Ladakh is the new Everest While Nepal will always be a must-do for active travellers wanting to challenge themselves, Ladakh is rising in popularity for its hiking and breathtaking scenery of the Indian Himalayas. Break up the hiking with river rafting, visiting remote villages,
monasteries and religious sites. To really appreciate the quiet natural beauty of the Ladakh region, some travellers stay in bustling Delhi before and after their treks. ■ 4. Naoshima is the new Osaka Australians have long been lured to the iconic and future-focused cities of Japan, like Osaka. Intrepid advocates travellers discover the southern islands or ‘lost Japan’. Naoshima Island has been transformed from a sleepy fishing community to a world class art destination with a variety of sleek and stylish museums. Travellers can cycle between galleries, outdoor sculptures and modern architecture. The Southern Islands also house impressive castles and Japan’s oldest hot spring baths – Dogo Onsen. ■ 5. Sumatra is the new Borneo Sumatra is as exotic a destination as Borneo, offering national parks and endemic species. As the world’s sixth largest island, Sumatra made headlines earlier this year with the Mount Sinabung volcano eruption. Despite possible danger, these geothermal activities have created surreal landscapes such as Gunung Leuser National Park, home to one of the richest ecosystems in the world. Sumatra is where travellers have the best chance of spotting wild orangutans in Indonesia.
A baby orangutan in Gunung Leuser National Park, in Sumatra.
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DAZZLING DANCERS: U3A Twin Towns invites you to their annual concert extravaganza on Friday, November 23 at Tweed Heads Civic Centre.
Members of the Probus Club of Coolangatta-Tweed Heads enjoyed a delightful day out.
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Tweed Coast FAMILY History Group is holding a special information session 2-3.30pm on Thursday, November 29 at Tweed Heads Library. The session is open to everyone and will include a brief overview of family history, a discussion about DNA testing and look at some family tree software. We meet every second week to exchange information about researching, organising and recording histories with a particular emphasis on the myriad free resources available. For more information go to tweedcoastu3anet.org.au or email tweedcoastu3a @gmail.com. Twin Towns WE INVITE you to our annual Concert Extravaganza on Friday, November 23 at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett St, Tweed Heads. Come along and bring your friends, lucky seat prizes to be won. Enjoy our talented students presenting line dancing, jazz, tap, ukulele and Singing4Fun. Bookings at Boyd St, Tugun. Tickets just $5 and include morning tea. Phone (07) 5534 7333.
Coolangatta Tweed WE MEET on the third Thursday of the month at the South Tweed Sports Club from 11am for a 11.30am start. There will
be a trading table. All ladies very welcome. For apologies/bookings phone Elaine on (07) 5524 4461.
LISMORE OVER 50S LEARNING CENTRE
WE OFFER a range of art and exercise classes for mature age people. Most classes are held at the Lismore Heights Bowling Club, High St, Lismore Heights. New members always welcome. Inquiries, phone Barbara on (02) 6624 2237, 0401 503 732 or see our Facebook page: Over 50s Learning Centre Lismore.
NEW YEARS EVE SUPER HOP
TWO great Rock ‘n’ Roll bands Dance On and Route 66. Lucky door prizes and raffles. Cafe and bar open New Year’s Eve – Monday, December 31 (NSW time) from 7.45pm to 12.30pm. $20 a person. Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club, Soorley St, Tweed Heads South. For bookings phone (07) 5524 4544.
Banora Point NEW to Tweed area? Retired or semi tetired? Join us at Banora Point Probus. We meet on the fourth Monday of each month at the South Tweed Sports Club at 10am. We are a mixed club, and have interesting speakers, as well as an outing each month. We meet on the fourth Monday of each month at the South Tweed Sports Club at 10am. We are a mixed club, and have interesting speakers, as well as an outing each month. The speaker for November is Dr Sandi Rogers, naturopath and medical herbalist. Phone Annette or Ron on (07) 5523 4016. Coolangatta/Tweed
Heads OUR members had a delightful day out recently. Starting with morning tea by the river at Brunswick Heads, followed by a drive to Ballina on roads we rarely travel in our regular lives. A highlight was a visit to the historic Ballina Manor, pictured here. A delightful lunch at Ballina RSL and a visit to the Thursday tea-tree plantation rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable day. For more information about our club, phone Barbara on (07) 5523 4840 Hastings Point/Tweed Coast WE WILL meet at 10am at Tricare, 87 Tweed Coast Rd, Hastings Point, on Tuesday, November 20. The speaker is Senior Constable Bradley Foster, Crime Prevention Officer, Tweed/Byron and on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, the speaker will be Jan Pilgrim, rescuer/carer with Tweed Valley Wildlife. Inquiries with Jean Watson on (02) 6670 4072.
GRAFTON SENIOR CITIZENS
WE HAVE recently completed a great day trip to Eungai Creek Buffalo, featuring tastings, an interesting talk and organised lunch. Final trip for year is the annual picnic at Brooms Head on November 23. The annual Christmas luncheon will be held at the Racecourse upstairs function room on December 7 and will include entertainment, competitions and organised lunch. Weekly activities will each have their own Christmas break-up party and will be in recess from mid December, for four to six weeks. First trip for 2019 is to the Daniel O’Donnell stage show at Twin Towns on March 3. Tickets have been sold out, but reserves will be noted.
Twin Towns THE monthly meetings of the AOOB Twin Towns branch are held on the first Friday of each month at 2pm in the Secret Garden Room at South Tweed Sports Club. We have a guest speaker as well as fun and friendship, plus bus trips. We also raise money for Tweed Palliative Care, Story Dogs, the Children’s and Women’s Units at The Tweed Hospital and local children’s charities. New members are very welcome. For information phone Twenette on (07) 5523 2939.
TWIN TOWNS AND DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB
OUR next meeting will be on Monday, January 14 which follows our Presentation Lunch in December. Venue will be South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Dr, South Tweed in the downstairs auditorium. Guest speaker for January will be from the Country Women’s Association and another surprise speaker. Our guest speaker in November was Shelly Gilbert with her Beezwax Wraps, an alternative to wrapping and sealing with plastic. An awesome success. The hall opens at 8.30am (NSW) for entry and benching. Cuttings and trading tables will commence selling at 8.45am, so come along and snap up a bargain. Morning tea is available with the general meeting commencing at 10am. Cost: $4 entry fee paid at the door. Raffles, lucky door prizes and much more. Hope to see you there, bring a friend and a coffee mug to help save the planet. For more information
phone Monika Ross on 0412 638 373 or go to twintowns gardenclub.com.
TWEED HOSPITAL AUXILIARY
WE ARE having a Mini Fete on Saturday, November 24 in the Civic Centre, Brett St, Tweed Heads. Doors open 8am and close 2pm. We will have lots of stalls, including craft, pre-loved clothes, Christmas gift lines as well as refreshments and a barbecue. Put the date in your diaries and come along and pick up some bargains. Christmas Raffle tickets will be sold on the day. First prize is $500 cash with three other prizes. The raffle will be drawn on December 14. Recycling plastic bottles – the auxiliary name will be on the donation button at the recycling station in Tweed City from November 26 to February 24. Why not save your recyclable bottles and take them along to “return and earn’’. All money raised will go towards equipment for the hospital.
NOMINATE A LOCAL HERO
BALLINA Shire Australia Day Awards. Heroes may not wear a cape and mask but they often go about their good deeds without too much fanfare. You might come across them daily, or maybe only every so often – but local heroes make an impression through the positive contribution they make locally, nationally or even internationally. Each year Ballina Shire Council recognises our local heroes through the Australia Day Awards. However, there’s a catch for the awards to be a success – and that’s community participation. We are urging you, the community, to nominate
someone who is a local hero in your eyes. Whether they are a friend, family member, associate or community leader – if they are someone you admire or are inspired by, nominate them today. There are six categories for nomination: Young Citizen of the Year (30 years of age or under), Senior Citizen of the Year (60 years of age or over), Local Hero, Sports Award (individual, team or administrator), Arts/Cultural Award and Community Event of the Year. It is easy to nominate, collect a nomination form from Council’s Customer Service Centre at 40 Cherry St in Ballina, download ballina.nsw.gov.au, or contact Tracy Lister, council’s coordinator communications on 1300 864 444. Nominations close Friday December 3. Award nominees and winners will be announced at the official Australia Day ceremony on Saturday, January 26 at the Lennox Community Centre.
NRCG DECEMBER EXHIBITIONS
THE Northern Rivers Community Gallery Ballina launches four exciting new exhibitions this month and welcomes community and visitors to join us in the gallery. The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry St, Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am-4pm and weekends from 9.30am-2.30pm. All exhibitions open Wednesday, November 28 and continue until Sunday, December 23. The official launch event is Thursday, November 29 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact the gallery on (02) 6681 6167 or go to rcgballina.com.au.
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Volunteers dedication honoured
RECOGNITION: Cudgen Headland Surf Club member Jenny Kenny was named Surf Sports Official of The Year at the SLSA National Awards of Excellence held at the Art Gallery of NSW. She is pictured being presented with her award by Advisory Chair of Sport Andrew Buhk. Photos: Andrew Taylor
receive his honor. Described as “one of the most dedicated and committed Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service officials”, Danny Hoyland’s service to Surf Life Saving has spanned more than 25 years, volunteering at branch, state and national levels. “Danny has made a significant contribution to the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and was instrumental in its implementation, developing many aspects of the high-risk rescue technology that is utilised today,” the audience of surf lifesavers and
officials from all over Australia was told on the night. “Danny’s contributions to the development of this technology placed Surf Life Saving services in a very respected position within Australian aviation. Danny has been a member at Coolangatta SLSC for the past 44 years and continues to carry out beach patrols.” The annual awards ceremony honours Surf Lifesavers for their work across all aspects of the organization from sporting competitors to officials and those who have put their lives on the line to rescue others.
The super fresh bags of savings
ONE of the simplest ways we can save money is by reducing our own food wastage. Throwing out just $10 worth of food a week is $520 a year in the garbage. So, how do you take advantage of buying in bulk without the fruit and vegetables going off before they are eaten? Super Fresh Bags are a food storage system that is easy to use, efficient and relatively inexpensive, taking up little space in
Coolangatta's Daniel Hoyland is now a SLSA Australia Life Member.
No Gap Eye Surgery JUST SUPER: Roslyn Roberts keeps her produce fresh. the refrigerator. They are made from food-grade materials designed to keep fruit and vegetables fresh as the day they were bought. In most cases, vegetables can be kept two to four weeks and longer, depending on the type of vegetables. The bags can be kept in any
part of the refrigerator, shelves, door and crisper. They are washable in water and reusable and last for more than two years. The bags come in three sizes and are sold in packs. Delivery via Australia Post. Go to superfreshbags.com.au or (02) 9631 0143.
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TWO long-serving surf lifesavers were honoured with major awards at this year’s Surf Life Saving Australia National Awards of Excellence held at the Art Gallery of NSW late last month. Cudgen Headland’s Jenny Kenny and Coolangatta’s Daniel Hoyland received two of the most prestigious awards of the night. Kenny took out the Surf Sports Official of The Year title while Hoyland (OAM) was made a life member. A hard-working official and Lismore Tafe teacher, who originally became involved in Surf Lifesaving in Tasmania in 1980, was honoured for her work consistently volunteering at club, branch, state and national competitions across all age ranges. “Jenny uses her vast knowledge to mentor and inspire other officials, encouraging them to push themselves and develop their understanding of surf life saving through participation,” a surf lifesaving spokesperson said on the night. “Jenny’s knowledge and experience has extended into planning carnivals and competition programs to ensure a safe and fair competition for all athletes. Jenny has contributed to the development of officials’ training courses and has influenced the implementation of scenario-based learning into modules.” Meanwhile Hoyland from the nearby Coolangatta club also made the trip to Sydney to
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Music taps in to memories BRAND INSIGHTS ‘SILENT discos’ may be all the rage with Gen Y, but a new group of groovers is taking to the headphones in a groundbreaking program that is awakening long lost memories. Feros Care has established silent discos – a form of music therapy – across its Byron Bay, Bangalow and Wommin Bay villages and it has had incredible results, particularly for those with dementia. Feros Care positive living co-ordinator Jennie Hewitt said residents were given a headset, which played popular music from their past, helping to tap into areas of their brain that other therapies could not. “We have residents who have not spoken a full sentence in years, but when the music comes on, they start to sing the words and it brings up memories for them they otherwise cannot seem to access,” she said.
Music is increasingly being used in memory research, especially in the aged care sector. Research suggests the link between music and memory is particularly strong because it has the ability to activate large areas of the brain, including the auditory, motor and emotional regions. The motor areas process the rhythm, the auditory areas the sound, while the limbic regions are associated with the emotions. “With the change in behaviour and sudden enjoyment we see once the music starts, there is definitely something going on there,” said Ms Hewitt. “It doesn’t take much for the residents to be up on their feet and dancing like they did when they were younger. “Even those who can no longer walk sometimes stand up out of their wheelchairs and get into the movement – it’s just amazing.” “Interestingly, the
therapy didn’t end when the music stopped. “The greatest impact we have seen is on the people who are not able to communicate ordinarily. “There were two residents who, after the therapy, were able to talk for the rest of the day. “We also found their general mood is elevated for around two days after the sessions, during which time we have been thrilled to see family come in and have the opportunity to talk to their loved ones for the first time in a long time. “What’s also amazing, is even though they cannot hear or speak to each other, they end up doing things in unison, so you get this group atmosphere and the whole room is dancing.” Ms Hewitt said the ‘silent disco’ sessions were just one part of the ‘grow bold’ culture at Feros Care. “What we are trying to
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MUSIC THERAPY: Research suggests the link between music and memory is particularly strong because it has the ability to activate large areas of the brain. do is find all sorts of avenues for residents to experience something new during this chapter in their lives,” she said.
“Instead of coming to an aged care village and being nursed, we want to offer residents the opportunity to continue to
try things they have never done before.” Go to feroscare.com.au or phone 1300 763 583.
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REGIONAL RETIREMENT LIVING UPDATE
Informed retirement choices give security Jessica Kinnear Is a retirement village right for you? In terms of deciding to move into a retirement community, like with any significant decision, there are pros and cons that are worth taking into account. The decision is likely to be your last independent move so it’s one you want to get right. Pros: The lifestyle features, services provided, activities offered and social interactions has been found to delay the need for aged care. Independent research by Grant Thornton finds that village residents live independently for five years longer than the national average, delaying their entry into the residential aged care system. According to the report, living in a retirement village reduces the number of hospital admissions and improves the social well-being of residents. As retirement villages are purpose built, age appropriate designs such as ramps and railings help reduce accidents. The common problems of social isolation and depression are counteracted by the community support offered by the other village residents.(1) They’re mostly an affordable downsizing proposition with the 2017 PwC/Property Council Retirement Census
SATSIFIED RESIDENTS: Retirement villages offer a great option for people who are keen to be part of a community and access great facilities. RIGHT: Jessica Kinnerar. finding that the average two-bedroom unit is priced at less than 70 per cent of the median house price in the same postcode. External house and garden maintenance and repairs is also usually taken care of which removes the stress which comes with having to maintain the family home as you age. If you like to imagine your later years spent playing tennis or lawn bowls with friends, swimming in a pool close by or having access to a nearby library, gym or craft lessons, you should investigate retirement living. It’s often fun activities like these that
entice people to make the switch. Cons: Living in a retirement living community inherently entails living with others and with this comes rules and regulations about what you can and can’t do. While village management is there to help foster a vibrant village life and encourage resident interaction, their job is also to ensure rules and regulations are maintained. If people haven’t lived in a community before, they may be in for a shock to realise that there are other residents’ interests that need to be
considered, such as restrictions around pet ownership, car parking and the extent to which you can make changes to your home and garden. Retirement villages are typically structured around three types of fees; entry fees, ongoing fees and departure fees. The operators usually make their profit at the ‘departure’ end of the deal, but a narrow understanding of the model can lead to prospective residents and their families feeling overwhelmed and distrustful. Different types of retirement living: There are different
retirement living accommodation options. These include independent living, serviced apartment accommodation or assisted living (where personal services such as cleaning, laundry and meals are provided), rental accommodation (where the resident pays an ongoing rental) and lastly land lease communities otherwise known as manufactured home parks or lifestyle communities (where the resident owns the physical building but leases the land/site upon which the building sits from the community owner).
Resident satisfaction survey results show that village residents are happy and satisfied with their move. The negatives largely stem from residents not properly understanding what they were getting into. When considering what sort of retirement village might best suit, it’s a mix of considerations including location, lifestyle features, services provided or offered and any access to aged care services together with Contractual and financial considerations. It’s imperative to visit different villages, find out what it’s like to actually live there (meet the village manager and the residents’ committee) and get legal and financial advice before you decide. (1. Reference: Grant Thornton: Property Council of Australia: National Overview of the Retirement Village Sector, 2014). Jessica Kinnear is the founder of Compare Villages, Australia’s first website helping Australians to comprehensively compare retirement living accommodation. A former lawyer in the space, Jessica saw the need for a comparison service that allows users to specify the type of property they want, the lifestyle features that appeal to them, and provides transparency and clarity around fees. comparevillages.com.au
Villages prove to hold the power of wellbeing
THE Property Council of Australia’s 2014 report National Overview of the Retirement Village sector noted that the Productivity Commission found that “age-friendly housing and neighbourhoods can have a positive effect on the health and quality of life of older Australians”. It said that retirement villages offer a community within which seniors receive support
in many ways including user pays services from the organisation, informal support from their fellow residents and friends, and organised activities and assistance. The community feel in retirement villages is fostered especially through community activities and events. Villages offer many opportunities for residents to interact – while still maintaining a
personal and private space – through on-site recreational facilities, community meeting centres and social activities. The largest village survey conducted to date by independent researchers, theMcCrindle Baynes Villages Census 2013, found that 95 per cent of respondents participated in activities organised by the village.
WELLBEING: Seniors play cards at a retirement home.
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Gemlife’s unique offer
Discover new lifestyle concept in over 50s living alternatives BRAND INSIGHTS LOOKING for a luxury home in a beautiful location? First-class facilities in a secure, gated community? A focus on lifestyle, wellbeing and health? Welcome to GemLife Lennox Head. Since commencing operations two years ago, GemLife has rapidly gained a reputation for their innovative approach to over 50s living. Their newest development at Lennox Head will start construction soon and has already attracted strong buyer interest. GemLife sales and marketing manager Andrew Coulter attributes the success to the company’s unique offering. “GemLife resorts have four key points of
difference,” Mr Coulter said. “First, we don’t charge entry or exit fees, and home owners retain 100 per cent of capital gain. This provides transparency and certainty for home buyers. “Second, the properties themselves are architecturally designed, spacious and feature top-of-the-range appliances and fittings. These are luxury two and three-bedroom homes. “Third, location is paramount,” Mr Coulter said. “GemLife looks for naturally beautiful surroundings complemented by a thriving local community. “Residents can take advantage of on-site facilities but also have convenient access to local business and shopping precincts. “Finally, the focus is very much on an active
INNOVATIVE APPROACH: GemLife Lennox Head has a focus on lifestyle, wellbeing and health. and social close-knit community. ”GemLife was developed specifically for over 50s wanting to embrace an active lifestyle and social network, and at the same time enjoy a luxury, low-maintenance home. We call it ‘right-sizing’
rather than downsizing. It’s a lifestyle concept that suits a wide range of people, whether retired or still working.” The formula is working well. In addition to Lennox Head, GemLife has resorts in Bribie Island, Maroochydore, Highfields and Woodend with more
developments scheduled. GemLife homes feature spacious two or threebedroom designs, flexible entertaining spaces, top-of-the-range appliances, two-car garages, and provision for boat or caravan storage. Resort facilities encourage an active and
social community with indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, tennis court, bowling green, games room, bowling alley, beauty salon and spa. Contact GemLife Lennox Head for more information or to arrange a site tour. Phone 1800 571 954.
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Relax at a beach location WAKING up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore at the nearby beach was something Vicky and Mark Rayner always knew they wanted wherever they ended up in retirement. “We’ve been coming to the central coast region for the past 30 years, visiting friends and family,” Vicky says. “And I always thought it would be a lovely place to retire to.” The first step in Vicky and Mark’s retirement journey took them to Valhalla by Gateway Lifestyle, in Chain Valley Bay. “We love the lifestyle we found living in a Gateway Lifestyle
community,” Vicky said. “Friends of ours live in a similar style village, so when the time came we knew and liked the financial model, and we like the great facilities and the sense of peace we found.” Making the move from Valhalla to Beachfront came about after they stayed at Beachfront, as it was in the process of being converted to an over 50’s residential community. “When we heard we could live here permanently, it was an easy decision. We love the proximity to Foster and Tuncurry, there’s so much to do in this area, and of course we get to live within metres of the
LIVING AT ITS BEST: Mark and Vicky Rayner enjoy the community living at Beachfront by Gateway Lifestyle and what it has to offer in their retirement journey. beach.” Community manager Chris Wray is overseeing the next stage of the community and settling in new residents. “Our residents can’t believe that they have been able to find such a great and affordable retirement community right on the beach,” Chris said.
“Our final display homes are available now and priced from $292,000.” “Additionally, we have found that a new home at Beachfront has created more financial freedom and opportunity for our residents to relax and enjoy their new lifestyle. “With new community centre plan underway
there will be even more reasons to call Beachfront home.” Beachfront’s location is definitely a key selling point, as is the financial model that living in a land lease community offers. With no entry or exit fees and no stamp duty buying a new home has never been more affordable. Beachfront by Gateway
Lifestyle is located at 21 Red Head Road, Red Head. Inspections can be arranged. Phone Chris on (02) 6559 2630 or attend one of our community open days on November 24, 10am-1pm or celebrate Christmas with our residents on December 15, 10am-1pm.
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Alarm bells are ringing Make time to save your life, act now to find out more Seniors News IT’S time to upgrade your unmonitored medical alarm device to ensure it works seamlessly with the NBN network. NBN has put out a call for anyone with medical alarms that rely on an emergency landline call, when activated, to a designated person whether it’s a family member, friend, neighbour or to 000. With the new phone and internet technology being rolled out across Australia, some medical alarm devices, auto diallers and emergency call buttons may not be compatible with the new system. NBN’s chief customer officer residential Brad Whitcomb said moving to the new network wasn’t automatic – everyone needs to request for migration of their services, including medical alarms. “Even if you are unsure, you
should submit your details to our register and we will advise you on what support is available,” Mr Whitcomb said. It’s critical to remember that the NBN network needs power to work. If there is a power outage, alarms that rely on a landline may not work. In that instance the only alternative is using a mobile network, so acting now to check whether your device is capable of dialling through a mobile network should be a high priority. Where to start Before contacting NBN, you need to check whether you and your device are eligible for the upgrade offer. You must: ■ Own an unmonitored medical alarm or be authorised by its owner to upgrade it to an eligible one. ■ Use an alarm that relies solely on their home phone line. Alarms that can connect to a mobile network are not eligible. ■ Live where you can get
a new fixed line connection over the NBN network. People who live in an NBN fixed wireless or Sky Muster area aren’t eligible. ■ Register your alarm on NBN’s Medical Alarm Register at www.nbnco.com.au /residential/learn/ device-compatibility/ medical-alarms.html or by phoning 1800 227 300. ■ Have purchased your existing alarm on or before August 31, 2018. ■ Not previously received a medical alarm upgrade rebate or subsidy through any other similar NBN-supported program or offer. You will be requested to return your old alarm to the original supplier for disposal once the new device is in place. A new alarm will come with a reply-paid post bag. If you are eligible for the upgrade offer, you could save up to 80 per cent on the participating device supplier’s normal retail price of the device, capped at a maximum discount of $300, when you order a new alarm from a list of participating
UPDATE TIME: Some medical alarm devices may be incompatible with the new NBN system. Photo: paul6winch companies. Currently, the participating companies are CareAlert and The INS Group. Getting connected Once on the Medical Alarm Register, NBN will contact you when your home is ready to be connected to the NBN. You will then receive advice on existing device compatibility and upgrade
options before your landline is switched over to the NBN. “We are providing support for unmonitored medical alarm users to improve their experience when they migrate to the NBN network,” Mr Whitcomb said. “NBN will provide enhanced communications,
education campaigns and access to the Unmonitored Medical Alarm Upgrade Offer available through its participating device suppliers.” For more details on the upgrade offer for unmonitored medical alarm devices, go to nbn.com.au/ alarmupgrade.
Enjoy listening to television together once again
BRAND INSIGHTS A NEW headset released earlier this year is assisting thousands of Australians having difficulty hearing the TV. The wireless headset was designed by two hearing specialists from Australia and focuses on amplifying speech frequencies, to assist with clarity of TV audio and dialogue. Hearing specialist Don Hudson said the headset was developed using extensive hearing assessment data from over 1000 audiograms, otherwise known as hearing test results. “We needed to address several factors in order to deliver a product which helps Australians experiencing difficulty when it comes to hearing
the TV,” Mr Hudson said. “Number one was to address the issue of poor TV audio resulting in poor television audio clarity. “This is especially true for hearing dialogue. Difficulty hearing the TV dialogue is often not due to the television or surround sound speakers themselves, it’s in fact caused by the original audio mixing for the television show or program.” The wireless TV Voice Pro headset weighs just 70 grams, and allows wearers to listen to TV at their own preferred volume, without affecting the audio volume for others in the room. It uses RF transmission to allow wireless use from anywhere in the house, up to 20 metres. The audio design and frequency spectrum was
CHRISTMAS CHEER: TV Voice Pro is currently offering free express courier delivery for all pre-Christmas orders. developed to specifically assist those with hearing loss. “It’s an all in one solution to assist those with any level of hearing loss, from mild to severe,” Don said. “The user can select
from three unique speech clarity settings, allowing them to adjust the clarity to their preferred setting. “A simple volume dial on the headset allows the wearer to listen at their own volume level.” The TV Voice Pro
system is guaranteed to connect in under two minutes to any TV in Australia. It is a rechargeable device and no batteries are required. The purchase price is $349. TV Voice Pro comes with a 30-day money back
guarantee. TV Voice Pro is currently offering free express courier delivery for all pre-Christmas orders. To order phone 1300 300 446 or go to TvVoicePro.com.au.
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THE TWEED FOOD FEST
THE Tweed Food Fest is on Saturday, December 1 from 4-11pm. Go to tweedfoodiefest.com.au for more details or to book your table.
CAROLS BY THE COAST
ENJOY a sing-along on Tuesday, December 11 at Rowan Robinson Park at Kingscliff for the first time. This is Kingscliff Lions Club’s traditional Carols by the Sea celebration but now in beautiful new surroundings. It is held from 6pm-9pm and is an evening of community Christmas celebrations led by MC and conductor Jeff Dart and his choir the Merry Makers and also includes lots of performances by local schools and performers.
KINGSCLIFF TRIATHLON MULTISPORT WEEKEND
HELD from December
1-2 along Marine Pde at Kingscliff, the Kingscliff Triathlon is a fun, family-friendly triathlon for all ages. Phone 1300 282 949.
AT THE MUSEUM
PASTURES of the Blue Crane is finally happening. The Tweed Regional Museum and Friends of Pastures of the Blue Crane are very happy to announce a special one-off showing of the entire series (2.5 hours with intermission) at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Sunday, November 25 at 4pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at trybooking.com or at the Regent Cinema.
SEED LIBRARY EVENT – SUSTAINABLE LIVING
LOOKING for ideas to become more self-sufficient? Join us for a presentation with Roman from SpurTopia. Roman will share his family’s sustainable-living story to provide information, ideas,
inspiration and courage to take the first step. Bookings essential. Kingscliff library – Thursday, November 22 at 10.30am. Phone (02) 6674 1607. Murwillumbah library – Thursday, November 22 at 2pm. Phone (02) 6670 2427.
A TASTE OF THE IRISH IN CASINO
A TASTE of Irish Christmas hits the stage at the Casino RSM on November 29. It features stars directly from London’s West End. Witness the world champions of Irish dance on stage for a magical night of tunes, taps and tradition. For more information go to atasteofirelandshow.com.
RESPECTED MUSICIAN: Ian Moss will perform at Lismore City Hall on November 23.
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HER SOUND HER STORY
UNITY Earth Fields of Healing: A Journey of Awakening is a two-day event from November 24-25. Taking place at the premier location of North Byron Parklands, Fields of Healing aims to bring together an international line-up of artists, activists, musicians, healers and inspirational leaders of many modalities for a unique community experience of deep healing. Go to fieldsofhealing.com.au.
HER Sound Her Story is an intimate conversation unveiling the personal experiences, histories and significant social impacts of women in the Australian music industry. Featuring more than 45 artists spanning six decades, its unique narrative brims with rage, strength, beauty and triumph: a moving and powerful dialogue that extends beyond the music industry. Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth
St, Lismore on November 21. Phone (02) 6622 5005.
RESPECTED as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss will perform at Lismore City Hall on November 23. While primarily recognised as an axeman of tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music
during the early 1970s. Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St. Phone 1300 066 722.
CAROLS IN THE HEART
LISMORE City Council presents Carols in the Heart, a free event on December 9 at Crozier Field. Gates open at 4.30pm. Come and sing along to some of your favourite Christmas Carols. There will fireworks, Santa, and food and drink stalls.
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