Woden Seniors Inc

Over 45 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra


Fortnightly News 12/6/2015

A WOW Exhibition

The “Watercolour on Wednesday” Art Group (W O W) that meets at Woden Seniors every Wednesday morning, will hold an exhibition of work in the Gallery at the Hellenic Club, Woden from 28 June until 31 July. All paintings will be for sale and 10% commission on sales will be donated to a local charity.


The Second BIG Book Fair will be held on Friday 7 August from 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday 8 August from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 9 August from 10 am to 4 pm.

We want to encourage as many people as possible to come to the Book Fair and we have already started to publicise it through major media outlets and on Woden Seniors website www.wodenseniors.org.au. In the next few weeks we will be making a concerted effort to get the message out to a wide range of media outlets.

As a member of Woden Seniors you can help to get the message out at a more local level by:

· Asking your friends and family to put the dates of the Second BIG Book Fair on their calendars

· Posting the dates and times of the Second BIG Book Fair on your Facebook page. You can post it as a public event.

· Asking local organisations in which you are involved e.g. Church, schools, Bowling Club, Golf Club etc. to put the details of the Second BIG Book Fair in their newsletters.

Feasibility Study into the Woden/ Weston Community Centre

Just in case you are wondering whatever happened to that feasibility study into a Woden/Weston Creek Community Centre from a couple of years ago. The following is an extract from the Woden Valley Community Council minutes of their meeting of 6 May 2015:

Mr Simon Tenant, Deputy Director – Land Policy and Strategy, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate provided an update on the progress made on the feasibility study into the Woden/Weston Community Centre. Investigations began back in 2012/13. The study recommends the hub be located in Woden Town Centre. Stakeholders include WCS, Lollipop, and WCC. Three sites were examined.

· Section 8 Site 90 opposite the youth centre, costs estimated in order of $25 million.

· The existing site, with costs estimated in order of $22 million but this compromises uses of adjacent sites, and

· As tenant in joint commercial development with costs estimated in order of $15 million.

Each had certain problems / constraints. The study concluded none of the above sites were really suitable so has ruled them out.

The consultants Stewart Architecture is now examining two other possible sites identified in the previous study

· Callam Offices

· Cosmopolitan Building

The consultants are going to focus their study on these alternative sites with the objective to report to the Chief Minister by end of 2015. It would then be up to the Government to consider and appropriate funds for proceeding with recommendations in FY 2016/17. Questions from the floor included: Had consultation been made with Woden Seniors? The response was, no not yet but intend to consult.

I’ll keep you informed of any developments.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Monday 15 June 2015

Elder Abuse often goes unrecognised and unreported but it happens more than many of us may think. In fact, research suggest that up to six per cent of older people in Canberra have experienced some form of physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse or social isolation or neglect.

The 15th of June every year marks the United Nations internationally recognised day – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and involves activities to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults wherever the live throughout the world, and to highlight the need to appropriate action.

Shopping Centre Promotion

10.00am – 3.00pm, Tuesday 16 June 2015

Elder Abuse awareness and information booths will be located at four regional shopping centres within the ACT:

· Kippax Fair;

· Cooleman Court;

· Lanyon Marketplace; and

· Dickson Shopping Centre.

COTA ACT: Challenging Elder Abuse in the ACT Forum

1.30pm – 5.00 pm on Wednesday 17 June 2015

Hughes Community Centre Hall, Wisdom Street, Hughes

The aim of the Challenging Elder Abuse in the ACT Forum is to identify the key issues in relation to elder abuse in the ACT and to discuss better ways of preventing and addressing this very serious problem.

The outcome of the forum will be a set of recommendations for government and the community sector on how to better prevent elder abuse and support victims into the future, in the ACT.

For further information or to RSVP via email jthomson

For further information please visit: http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/wac/ageing/elder_abuse_prevention__and__assistance

myGov Website

myGov is a fast and simple way to access federal Government services online, including Centrelink, Medicare, your eHealth record and the Australian Taxation Office.

If you are finding it difficult to set-up your myGov account, one of our members reports that the helpdesk on 132 307 select option 1 is very helpful and will talk you through the process.

Spiral programs update

Spiral meet at 10am to mid day each Thursday morning for a cuppa and a talk at St James Uniting Church, Curtin.

18 June Tony Turner

Tony is a very experienced actor and director with Canberra Repertory. He has a leading role in which runs from 19 June to 4 July. This is “an outrageous romp which is fast, fun and unforgettable. A touching, funny and entertaining story”.

25 June Robyn Hipkiss

Robyn is another amazing Canberran with an interesting story to tell.

Rather surprised to find herself an author late in life, Robyn tells inspirational stories of men and women from all walks of life hoping that their examples will inspire and encourage others to also overcome their life challenges. She has now published three books which will be available for sale.

2 July Keibilou

Louise Ibbotson returns with her quintet for another morning of musical pleasure playing a variety of instruments including mandolin, concertina, guitar, recorder and ukulele.

9 July Jim Harris

Jim, from ACT Museums and Galleries, will talk about ACT Historic Places – Calthorpes’ House, Lanyon and Mugga-Mugga.

For more information, please contact Gwenyth George on 6286 5004, Sue Murray on 6281 6974 or me (Brett Yeats) on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb.

20th June – Arthritis Folk Dance

You are invited to join Arthritis ACT and members of the Monaro Folk Society for a fun evening of dance and laughter. All dances will have instructions provided, no prior experience necessary, all welcome!

When: Saturday, 20th June 2015

Venue: Merici College O’Donnel Youth Centre

Limestone Ave, Braddon (Off street parking available)

Time: 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Cost: $5 per person under 15 years FREE

28th June – Edelweiss & Bluebells Variety Concert

You are invited to come along and listen to the angelic voices of the Austrian Choir Canberra and their special guests in the surrounds of Canberra’s iconic Albert Hall.

When: Sunday, 28th June 2015

Venue: Albert Hall

Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla ACT

Time: 2.00 pm— 4.00 pm

Featuring Guest Performances from Louise Page & ACT Flute Ensemble

Afternoon tea available

RSVP by phone: Call 6288 4244.

Warrani Chorale

The U3A Warrani Chorale are a group of senior women who enjoy singing in four part harmony a variety of songs from ballads to classical. This year they are presenting a concert in commemoration of the centenary of Anzac plus modern upbeat songs.

When: Wednesday 24 June 2015

Time: 10.30am to 12 noon

Venue: Weston Uniting Church

16 Parkinson Street Weston

A nostalgic morning of songs to commemorate those who fought for their country. Walk down memory lane, then move forward in time with a couple of up-beat numbers.

Admission by gold coin donation. Light refreshments included.

University of the 3rd Age/COTA Forums on Again

Each year the University of the 3rd Age and COTA (ACT) collaborate in organising a popular program of forums for older Canberrans, running from June to October. This year’s forums are on topics as diverse as mature-aged employment, climate change, the Iraq war and enjoyable ageing. Come along and hear from our expert, funny, engaging and thought-provoking speakers. You can find a link to the Program here.


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Safety And Fraud Awareness

Beware of scam emails promising ATO refunds: Alert High Priority

Australians are reminded to be wary of scam emails that use the Australian Government and Australian Taxation Office logos to mislead the email recipient into thinking they are receiving a tax refund.

Clues that identify emails as scams include an incorrect sender address, poor grammar, inappropriate requests, a failure to address the recipient by name and the promise of money.

The ATO states that any message requesting more information before a refund can be released, is a hoax. If you receive a tax related scam message forward it toreportemailfraud and then delete it immediately from your system. For more information please visit Stay Smart Online:http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/your_identity/avoiding_scams_and_hoaxes


Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in the Anne Murray room on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 10.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.