National Seniors celebrates turning 40 across Australia

NATIONAL Seniors Australia is 40 years old this year. Birthday celebrations are being held across Australia.

The Toowoomba and Garden City NSA branches are joining forces to host a special 40th Birthday Luncheon on Friday, 23 September at the USQ Refectory commencing at 11am.

Seniors from throughout the South West Queensland region are invited to join in the celebration.

National Seniors Australia had its beginnings in an organisation called Later Years which was founded in Queensland on 1 July, 1976.

In 1992, Later Years amalgamated with similar organisations in other states to become National Seniors.

National Seniors now has over 200,000 members throughout Australia and has become the leading independent voice for over 50s in this country, as well as providing a diverse range of benefits to its members.

Over the years National Seniors has made submissions to state and Commonwealth governments on issues including the cost of living, the level of pensions, seniors concessions, mature age employment, retirement income, health and aged care and consumer protection for seniors.

The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre conducts research into all aspects of productive ageing to improve the quality of life of people aged 50 and over.

National Seniors has also established insurance and travel agencies to provide members with special products designed for seniors at highly competitive rates.

At the local level, National Seniors branches provide opportunities for over 50s to get involved in discussing community issues, participate in social events, hear informative guest speakers and meet like-minded seniors.

Guest speaker at the Toowoomba luncheon, Everald Compton AM, was one of the original founders of Later Years. He served on the Board of Later Years and National Seniors for 35 years and was Chairman for 25 years.

Everald is also an enthusiastic advocate for the Australian Inland Railway and the author of The Man on the $20 Notes, a biography of inland Australian pioneer, Rev John Flynn.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Timeless Quartet.

There will be raffles and lucky door prizes.

The cost is $35.

Free bus transport is being provided from Warwick, Gatton, Chinchilla and Dalby.

For details or bookings call Hazel on 46354519 or Neville on 46332407.

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