TASTY TREATS: Hervey Bay VIEW ladies ready to enjoy some Christmas goodies at our last social for the year.
TASTY TREATS: Hervey Bay VIEW ladies ready to enjoy some Christmas goodies at our last social for the year.

Community notices: Wide Bay & Burnett

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HELLO readers, would you like to promote your club or group and let your community know what's going on with your members for free. You can also submit a photo but please ensure the quality is at least 180dpi and of peoples faces and nice and bright. Club Notices deadline for the next issue is January 12.

Send your notices and enquiries to Nicky or Chris via email communitynotes@seniorsnewspaper.com.au. We look forward to hearing from you.

U3A

WE AIM to provide programs of learning for mature people who are in complete or partial retirement, in the third age of their lives, under a broad philosophy of 'life-long learning'. Courses offered by Hervey Bay U3A are many and varied and a full list is available on our website, www.u3aherveybay.org. In 2017 courses on offer include creative writing, the Victorian age, scrabble club, play reading and more.

Classes are usually two hours long and the emphasis is on friendly, fun learning. Most tutors are drawn from the membership and give their time and energy to share their knowledge and skills with the members. So if anyone wishes to volunteer as a tutor and pass on their knowledge then contact the course co-ordinator. We always welcomes new members. Sign-on day is Tuesday, February 7 from 10am-12pm at Hervey Bay RSL. Come along and have a chat to members and tutors and see if there is something which interests you. For details call 0431 366 264 or email HerveyBayU3A@yahoo.com.au.

HERVEY BAY

VIEW CLUB

THE Hervey Bay View Club (Voice, Interest, Education of Woman) meetings and luncheon are always the second Monday of each month at the Club House, Tooth St, Pialba from 10.30am and usually include a guest speaker. Monthly socials are on the forth Monday at various venues from 9.30am.

As we wind down after a very successful year for our club our last social was a Christmas themed morning filled with the usual fun and games with Christmas quizzes. Our final meeting and luncheon will have a secret Santa and we will be entertained by Sound Waves, a local A'Cappella ensemble group. Merry Christmas to one and all. Details call Barbara on 41289110 or email herveybay.viewclub95@gmail.com.

FREE 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 - short term counselling/advocacy, information on your legal rights, advice on Enduring Power of Attorney documents, referrals to other support, legal and consumer services and community education. Details call 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.

LET'S GO CAMPING

DO YOU have a caravan or tent sitting around? Would you like to get away for a week or so. Then give me a call. We are a new group looking for new people and new faces. All you have to do is call 0427233663 and you are on your way.

HAPPY SCRAPPERS CRAFT GROUP

OUR monthly get-together is on the first Saturday of the month at the Pensioners Hall, Adelaide Street, Maryborough from 9am-5pm. Cost is $10pp. Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO lunch, tools/papers, etc. Beginners welcome. Instructors in attendance to assist with your project/s if required. So come along to enjoy scrapbooking and friendship. Call Margaret on 0417224723 for details for 2017.

MARYBOROUGH HERITAGE COMBINED CRAFTS INC

OUR members will hold their annual "Christmas Shop" at the Maryborough Central Plaza, corner Alice and Bazaar Sts, Maryborough until December 23. Six members of this group are aged over 80 years and continue to contribute to the group by making their unique creations and doing the required rosters during the shop.

Crafts for sale will include many traditional creations including crochet, sewing, baby knitting, dressed dolls and teddies, embroidery, plants, sweets and preserves and wooden toys, through to more modern crafts such as garden art, bohemian jewellery, handmade soaps and candles.

Following the Christmas Shop, members select a local community group and make a substantial donation towards helping that group support their members or clients in various ways. Take a look at what will be on offer on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/maryboroughheritagecrafts.

MARYBOROUGH BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH

WOULD you like to celebrate Christmas as it should be then we invite you to join us at the Recreation and Community Centre, Ariadne Street on Sunday December 25 at 9.30am. Details call 41215727.

NO NEED TO BE ALONE AT CHRISTIMAS?

DO YOU know someone or are someone who might be alone this Christmas? You can join the good Samaritans who are putting on a Christmas feast with all the trimmings - somewhere in your community. Maryborough's Door of Hope parishioners and volunteers have been holding dinners for 23 years and this year will be having a luncheon on Christmas Eve. Pastor Dave Woodward said no one has to be alone this Christmas.

"Christmas can be one of the loneliest times of the year for people who do not have family nearby," Pastor Dave said.

"We're asking members of the community to be aware of friends or neighbours who might be living alone and to let them know about the Christmas dinner." Christmas dinner will be held on Saturday, December 24 from 5.30pm at the Door Of Hope, 569 Kent St, Maryborough. The dinner is free but bookings were essential for catering, so drop by the Church office between 9am-12pm on weekdays or call 41216822. Transportation is available if needed.

The members of Gayndah Lions Club and some very good community citizens of Gayndah have joined together to host a Christmas luncheon. Organisers said it was an opportunity for any family or individual in the community who were unable to celebrate Christmas with family and friends or were unable to celebrate in a special way. The Christmas luncheon will be held at the Gayndah Town Hall, 32-34 Capper St on Tuesday, December 20 from 12pm. Call Gaye Tyler on 41611306 or 0428416113 or John Zahl on 0458625005.

 

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR CENTRELINK, MEDICARE AND CHILD SUPPORT

THERE will be some changes to payments and services over the Christmas and New Year holiday period for Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support customers. All service centres and most phone lines providing Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services will be closed from December 26-28 and on Monday, January 2. Department of Human Services general manager Hank Jongen said self service options would continue to be available during the holiday period.

"The department's Express Plus mobile apps, phone self service lines and online accounts through myGov, are the easiest way to do your business with us over the Christmas and New Year break," Mr Jongen said.

"You will be able to check your reporting dates, update your details and report your earnings quickly and easily with these options.

"You can also lodge some Medicare claims this way."

Mr Jongen said automatic payments would not be delayed by the holidays, but some people might receive their payments earlier than usual.

"It's important to remember that an early payment is not an extra payment - it's just your normal payment paid early. You may need to budget carefully so this payment lasts until your next payment is due," Mr Jongen said.

"If you are due to report on a holiday closure date, you may need to report early. Your payment will be made after you have reported.

"You can check your reporting date on your reporting statement, which is displayed on your myGov and Centrelink online account or phone self service. We would have also sent you a reminder.

"While your reporting date may be different, the assessment period remains the same. You still need to report estimates of earnings and other changes for your normal 14-day assessment period.

"There are no changes to child support arrangements, however payments made after 22 December may be delayed by public holidays.

"People can continue to lodge Medicare claims at their doctor's office or using self service. Critical services for Medicare providers such as organ donor and PBS authorities will remain available over the Christmas/New Year period."

People can transfer funds to their BasicsCard throughout the holiday period by using self service or call 1800132594 between 8am-5pm. BasicsCard balances can be checked at any time call 1800057111.

Details about holiday period reporting and payment dates at humanservices.gov.au/holidays.


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