DEVELOPMENT Emotions run high at public housing planning discussions

By Mark Sawa, Canberra Chronicl Seven more sites have been identified as part of a broad public housing strategy stretching across several parts of the ACT. Representatives from the Community Services Directorate and the Economic Development Directorate gave presentations on the Draft Omnibus Territory Plan Variation to both the Belconnen Community Council and the North Canberra Community Council last week. The variation groups 17 individual sites together across Canberra’s north and south.

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Live Longer, Drive Safer

Do you have any concerns about driving as you get older? Renewing your licence? Maintaining your driving skills? Coping with disabilities? Come to a seminar (southside or northside) for senior drivers to pick up useful information, ask questions and discuss the issues.

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Feedback Document: Launch of Northside Community Service Report on Social Inclusion amongst Older People

On May 10 2010 Northside Community Service (NCS) launched the report Breaking Down the Wall: Barriers to Social Inclusion amongst Older Australians in Canberra. A copy of the ideas raised during the group discussions is attached below for your information and, should you choose, action. NCS will be using ideas raised as part of its future planning and program design and will look to collaborate with others where mutual benefit is to be gained.  You may also see opportunities based on these ideas and we would be happy to discuss ways in which NCS could assist if you felt we

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Invitation – Launch of Northside Community Service Report on Social Inclusion amongst Older People (10 May 2010)

Northside Community Service (NCS) will launch the report Breaking Down the Wall: Barriers to Social Inclusion amongst Older Australians in Canberra on Monday, 10 May 2010. Over the past 12 months, NCS has undertaken research aimed at creating a basis of awareness about various issues affecting social and community participation of older people living in Inner North Canberra. The result of this study is a report that examines the nature of social inclusion among people over 60 years, highlights the key barriers to social inclusion and explores gaps in services. In addition to the presentation of the findings, this launch

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Seniors Week 21-28 March 2010

ACT Seniors Week will run from Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 March 2010. There’s an action-packed program throughout the week featuring indoor and outdoor activities, as well as a range of information sessions specifically aimed at older people. The week-long program is designed to celebrate older Canberrans, demonstrate their contribution to the local community, and also give those who are willing the chance to try something new. For more information and to view the program visit the COTA website COTA Website: http://www.cota-act.org.au/

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Free travel on ACTION buses for seniors (22-26 March 2010)

ACTION is providing free Off-Peak travel for holders of an ACT Seniors Card during Senior’s Week from Monday 22 March to Friday 26 March 2010. Off-Peak is any time (weekday) between 9.00am and 4.30pm and again after 6.00pm. Canberrans 75 years or older are also entitled to free travel on ACTION buses at any time using an ACTION Gold Card. To receive your free Gold Card visit a Canberra Connect Shopfront or the Drivers Licence Service in the Civic Library. Application forms are also available online at www.action.act.gov.au

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Grand Party in the Park (21 March 2010)

The Grand Party in the Park is a free event for grandparents, grandchildren, friends and family and will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, stalls and tasty food – a fun day out for all ages! Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm Venue: Glebe Park, City Date: Sunday 21 March

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Free Workshop: Enhancing Resident' s lives through Music Therapy (18 March 2010)

Anglicare is sponsoring a free workshop on Thursday 18 March 2010 about music therapy in aged care by Music Educator and Therapist, Jim Latta (B.Mus.mimt). Venue: Anglicare Nursing Home – 23 Burkitt Street, Page ACT 2615 When: Thursday, 18 March 2010 Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm For enquiries or bookings please phone (02) 6123 9000 or email: attal@iprimus.com.au The event flyer has been reproduced below:

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Multicultural aged care seminars (February-March 2010)

ACT Health invites you to a series of free seminars on issues affecting older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Seminars on different topics are held regularly and are in English. All interested members of the community are welcome to attend. The Community Partners Programs Officer can arrange for many topics to be presented to any CALD group with an appropriate interpreter if desired.

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COTA: Invitation to organise events for Seniors Week (21-28 March 2010)

Have you organised an activity for Seniors Week 2010: March 21 – March 28? Seniors Week will offer literally hundreds of events for the participation of older Canberrans. Many centre on health and wellbeing, others on services to assist people with real-life issues, such as exploring accommodation options in retirement or understanding ones pension. Why not book one of COTA’s free information sessions for your club or social group as your activity?

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