Art of Ageing: Meet backyard Benny
BENNY is an everyday senior who represents the wonderful diversity of NSW's older residents.
His story reflects an Australia unique to its older generation - a contrast of values, emotions and personality in an ever-changing landscape.
Their stories can also be glimpsed in a 30-image exhibition that will be touring NSW throughout 2018 and 2019.
The story of backyard Benny
Benny was born in Molong hospital and besides a brief stint away has lived there ever since. He lives with his partner of 47 years, Judy, who he started dating at 17. They have two grown boys.
Benny owns a metal recycling business known as Benny's Junkyard. It's something of a local icon. Visitors to Molong are always encouraged to visit his shop with its dark interior maze of vintage treasures and sprawling yards of scrap metal.
He enjoys working for himself. "Nobody tells me what to do," he says. "I enjoy it. Ever since my father passed, I've worked for myself. Before that, I worked for him."
Benny says he's still denying retirement at this stage. "I'm of the opinion that if you don't use it, you lose it," he says. "I can't see myself watching TV all day. Who knows what I'll do then. I've got no super ... but I'm not even looking towards that."
He says that although he goes to the city to 'sample', he prefers Molong. "I think it's the best. The climate is great, the people are friendly, it's not a rat race."