GOLFING PROWESS: Ernie Nankivell 89, regularly shoots his age on the golf course.
GOLFING PROWESS: Ernie Nankivell 89, regularly shoots his age on the golf course.

COMMUNITY NOTICES: What's on around Wide Bay

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The deadline for the March issue is March 8. Email Nicky or Chris at communitynotes@seniorsnewspaper.com.au

FRASER COAST VIEW CLUB

WE MEET on the first Thursday of each month at The Clubhouse, Tooth St, Pialba from 11am for an 11.30 start. Our meeting for March will be themed International Women's Day. Colours for the day are purple, white and teal. If you would like to come along and join us and our guest speaker, call Gillian on 4129 4977 or email on gillianry@bigpond.com.

CARLYLE GARDENS

SHOOTING a score lower than your age is every golfer's dream, but for Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village resident, Ernie Nankivell, 89, it's just another day on the course.

Village manager Phill Sellwood said age might be on Ernie's side, but beating his age 25 times in the past year and nearly 40 times during his lifetime was an enviable feat.

Ernie and many of the other residents can often be found playing a round at the picturesque Bargara Golf Club that is just a few minutes from the village. Last year, Ernie fired an amazing 79, his lowest recorded score, to beat his age by 10 shots!

"I love golf and bought my first set of clubs when I was 40, but wish I had started playing a lot earlier," Ernie said.

Ernie has certainly made up for lost time by nailing two holes-in-one at two different golf clubs, Bargara and Yeppoon.

Fellow resident and golf enthusiast Alan Almond said shooting your age was one of the finest achievements in golf.

"It's extraordinary! I wonder if anyone else in Australia has managed to shoot their age 25 times in just one year?" Alan said.

Phill Sellwood was pleased that Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village and RetireAustralia would continue its annual support for Bargara Golf Club's veterans and their championship events.

NSAA BUNDABERG

THE Bundaberg National Serviceman's Association (QLD) Inc will conduct a coach trip on Thursday, April 27. The trip will depart Bundaberg Tours Office, Verdant Sliding Rd at 7.45am returning about 4.30pm. The journey will be Northbound to Calliope and then down to Boyne Valley Rd on to Many Peaks for lunch. Meals will be available at the hotel for $12 a head. We hope to see Awonga dam on this trip as well as Boynedale, Ubobo and Nagoorin. Cost is $20 a head. Morning tea in included. Call Brian Tost on 41513485 to enquire and book a place ASAP.

THE HERVEY BAY JAZZ CLUB

WE INVITE you to join other jazz lovers on the last Friday of each month at the HB RSL, Pialba.

The members are friendly and the music is cool and performed by some of Queensland's best and brightest jazz groups.

In February we have the David Bentley Quartet, a top-notch group playing swinging jazz; in March we have Sue Bond and her band, no doubt playing from her latest CD Come Back To Me and for April we have the fabulous Kitty Kats helping the club celebrate our birthday with a bright, new and special cabaret performance by these gifted three!

Why not join us? Annual membership is $15 and for monthly gigs it's $20 members or $25 for non-members (always welcome). There's a monthly newsletter Jazz Notes to keep you up to date. Help keep live jazz alive in Hervey Bay! For details email herveybay jazz@gmail.com.

FREE LEGAL SUPPORT SERVICE FOR SENIORS

THE Seniors Legal and Support Service is a community service providing free legal advice and support for seniors 60 years and over, who are experiencing or at risk of elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation.

The service can provide information, advice and support including:

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  • Short term counselling / advocacy;
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  • Information on your legal rights;
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  • Advice on Enduring Power of Attorney documents;
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  • Referrals to other support, legal and consumer services; and
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  • Community education.

For further information phone the service on 41246863 or call into their office situated at Shop 6, 16 Torquay Rd, Hervey Bay (opp RSL) - Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm.

CENT SALE

AVONDALE Tigers Rugby League is holding a Cent Sale on Saturday, February 18 at the East Sports Club, Eastgate St, East Bundaberg. Starting at 1.30pm. Please direct enquiries to 41513133.

MIXED PROBUS CLUB OF

HERVEY BAY

WE MEET on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Masonic Hall, Watson St at 9am. New members are very welcome. Come along and enjoy morning tea with friendly folk and listen to an interesting speaker - you may also like to join us for lunch at a local restaurant. Names will be taken at the meeting. The next meeting is on February 23. You can attend for three meetings until you decide whether to join as a member.

We are not a fundraising club - our goal is to make friends and have fun.

 

HELPING OTHERS: Bundy Spinners and Weavers are looking for help to make these stars as part of a worldwide project to end violence, to be displayed at the Commonwealth Games 2018.
HELPING OTHERS: Bundy Spinners and Weavers are looking for help to make these stars as part of a worldwide project to end violence, to be displayed at the Commonwealth Games 2018.

BUNDABERG SPINNERS AND WEAVERS

WE NEED some help making our pledge of 10,000 stars. Any age can help make the stars, basic paper-folding skills needed. We will be at The Plunge Café every Friday from 12-2pm if anyone would like to come along and make some stars. We are weaving stars from paper and ribbon as part of a worldwide project to end violence, to be displayed at the Commonwealth Games 2018. If there are any craft groups interested in helping please contact Cheryl 0412779505. Check out the website Onemillionstars.net for more info and instruction video. I also have printed instructions available. The stars will be displayed at The Vault at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery from March 23 to May 7 and then sent to Brisbane to go into the One Million Stars display for the Commonwealth Games 2018.

COPING WITH HEAT

WITH temperatures reaching up to 37 degrees in the region, Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien is urging people to look out for elderly friends and neighbours.

"Often people don't like to bother their neighbours and friends, and shut themselves up at home when it gets very hot," Mr O'Brien said.

"But extreme heat such as the temperatures we are experiencing can be dangerous for older people, particularly those with health conditions."

He asked people across the Wide Bay to call or visit anyone they suspected might need help, even if it was just to remind them to stay hydrated.

"It could be as simple as helping them draw the blinds against the heat, doing their shopping so they don't have to exert themselves, or inviting them over for a cool drink in air-conditioning," Mr O'Brien said.

The following advice could help keep you cool:

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  • Drink water regularly, even if you don't feel very thirsty.
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  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and fizzy drinks as they make dehydration worse.
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  • Take cool showers or splash yourself with cold water several times a day.
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  • Ensure your home has adequate circulation by leaving a secured window or door open.
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  • Try to eat more salads and fruits as they contain lots of water.
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  • Be alert to the symptoms of heat stress, including muscle cramps, exhaustion, nausea, dizziness and clammy skin.

Call your doctor if you are concerned.

DVA GRANTS

MEMBER for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien was calling on local community groups to apply for grants towards projects that aid veterans or honour the Wide Bay's military history.

Mr O'Brien said funding was available through a range of grant programs, as part of the Australian Government's efforts to support our past and present servicemen and women.

"It is important that, as a community, we continue to honour the service and sacrifice of the people who serve in defence of our country, so I encourage all community groups in the Wide Bay explore the grants on offer," Mr O'Brien said.

Mr O'Brien said any group could apply for grant funding towards activities that assist the health and quality of life of veterans or commemorative projects that honour our military past.

There is also funding available for ex-service organisations (ESO's) to improve their capacity and to assist in supporting compensation and welfare assistance to veterans and their dependents, and a new grants program has been established to aid younger veterans

The new grants program - Supporting Younger Veterans - was to assist projects that engage and actively involve our younger veterans, particularly with their transition to civilian life.

In 2017, DVA will run funding rounds in the grant programs described below:

The Saluting Their Service (STS) commemorations program provides funding to eligible organisations for projects that contribute to Australia's understanding of its wartime heritage and honour the service and sacrifice of its servicemen and women.

Two categories of grants are available under the STS Program:

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  • Community Commemorative Grants (CCG) - up to $4000 in funding is available for projects that assist people at a community level and enable small communities to build memorials and preserve wartime memorabilia that are locally significant.

This is a rolling grants program.

Applications are accepted at any time and are processed three to four times a year.

Successful grant applicants receive funding shortly after approval.

  • Major Commemorative Grants (MCG) - funding in excess of $4000 is available for significant projects at a national or state/territory level.

This program has two funding rounds.

The first round opens July 1 and the second round opens January 4. Successful grant applicants receive funding shortly after approval.

  • The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) Program aims to improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community. This program provides funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

The V&CG is a rolling grants program. Applications are accepted at any time and are processed three to four times a year.

Successful grant applicants receive funding shortly after approval.

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  • The Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Program supports ESOs to provide compensation and welfare assistance to the veteran and Defence communities.

It also links closely to the Advocacy Training and Development Program, which provides practitioners with the essential skills for claims, advocacy and welfare work.

BEST is an annual grants program, which opens February 1 and closes March 31 each year. Successful grant applicants receive funding between July and September in the same year.

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  • The Grants-In-Aid Program (available to only national ESOs) provides administrative support in recognition of the work national ESOs do to support the veteran community.

The program helps to fund representational activities aimed at improving connectedness between the head office of a national organisation and its state and local branches.

These activities contribute toward an organisation's governance and responsiveness to national issues.

They play an important role in ensuring the issues faced by local veterans, regardless of when or where they served, are shared and understood by ESOs and the Australian Government.

GIA is an annual funding program that is open from February 1 to March 31 each year.

Successful grant applicants receive funding between July and September in the same year.

The Supporting Younger Veterans program will commence in the first quarter of the 2017-18 financial year.

More details will be available in the second quarter of 2017.

For details on this program or any of the others, visit dva.gov.au/ consultation-and-grants/ grants, which contains information on each of DVA's grant programs and how to apply.

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

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  • Tin Can Bay

You can help us to help clean up, fix up and conserve the environment from Norman Point Park to Crab Creek, Tin Can Bay. We will meet at the Playground area opposite the Tin Can Bay Library on Sunday, March 5 from 8am-12pm. For details contact site co-ordinator Jim George by email: tcbfishingclub@bigpond. com

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  • Cooloola Cove

Join us to help clean up, fix up and conserve the environment at Centenary of Federation Park, Mauretainia Avenue, Cooloola Cove on March 5 from 8-11am.

Contact Site Coordinator Joan Creswell by email ccrnf103@ bigpond.com for further details.

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  • Inskip point

Join us to help clean up, fix up and conserve the environment at M.V. Natone Clean up Australia Site on beach front.

This Clean Up is a recurring one which takes place yearly.

Next Clean Up March 4 from 8am-3pm.

Contact site co-ordinator Peter White by emailing him at peterwhite1966@gmail. com for further details.

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  • Amamoor

Join us to help clean up, fix up and conserve the environment. Meeting Point is Amamoor Hall.

This Clean Up is a recurring one which takes place yearly.

Next Clean Up is March 5.

Start time 8-10am. Site co-ordinator Elli Webb, contact by email elli.webb@gympie.qld.gov. au for further details.

For information in your area go to www.cleanup australiaday.org.au.

FREE SEMINAR POWER OF ATTORNEY

THE Seniors Legal and Support Service will conduct free public information seminars on Enduring Powers of Attorney in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document which gives someone the legal power to act on your behalf in relation to personal, health and financial matters.

It is a powerful document and if care is not taken in choosing an Attorney and inserting appropriate limitations in the document, people can find themselves with no home and no money due to the actions of a loved one.

Equally, it can be a very useful document to enable someone to make decisions and give instructions to banks and health providers when an individual is not able to do so due to illness or incapacity.

We often find when someone's health is failing one of the first thing service providers will ask for is whether the person has an Enduring Power of Attorney.

When to make an Enduring Power of Attorney, what to put in it, how does it work and what can my Attorney do are all questions that the Seniors Legal and Support Service deal with practically every day.

To help people understand why they might need an EPA and to explain its use and operation, the Seniors Legal and Support Service will be conducting free public information seminars between 10 and 11am on Wednesday, March 8 at the Hervey Bay Library and Monday, March 27 at the Maryborough Library.

Places are limited.

Anyone interested in attending should phone Diane on 4124 6863 or email admin.slass@bigpond.com to register.


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