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Vol 14 No. 7 August 2009

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Seniors Legal and Support Service
Fraser Coast

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 experiencing abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation. The service is funded by the Department of Communities and five centres have been established around Queensland. They are located in Brisbane, Cairns, Toowoomba, Townsville and the Fraser Coast.

The service delivers a multidisciplinary approach to the issue of abuse by teaming a social worker and a solicitor together.

This model is proving to be a very effective way of supporting the clients who are often very vulnerable at this time.

The service can provide information, advice and support including:

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

The Fraser Coast service is managed by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre. For further information, please telephone the Seniors Legal and Support Service on 4124 68 63.



The firefighter answered the phone to hear Paddy in a panic.

"Quick, there's a fire! There's a fire!"
"Where is it?"
"At my place of course."
"I mean what's the location?"
"It's in the kitchen."
"But how do we get there?"
"Crikey. Haven't you got a fire engine?"


Seniors and Pensioners
Electricity Subsidy

A 15% increase to the state electricity subsidy was effective as 1 July 2009. This means an extra $25 for eligible Queensland Seniors and Pensioners.

"Seniors who are eligible for the electricity rebate but haven't accessed it before it before need to apply for it through their energy supplier. You can apply either in writing or over the phone for the deduction being made through the electricity bill.

To qualify, applicants must be the registered customer of an electricity retailer at the home address for which the rebate is claimed.

The Electricity Life Support Concession has increased to help meet additional cost faced by pensioners requiring life support devices.

To find out more about the Queensland Governments range of concessions and savings for seniors call 131 304 during business hours. or visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/community/concessions



We are seeking volunteers for "Oracle" (Talking Newspaper) for print impaired person.

If you can spare any of your valuable time please
Telephone Donna 41 23 15 54 for further information.

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Happy Senior's Week

The experience and wisdom older Queenslanders bring to our families, community and ultimately our state is timeless.

Seniors Week is the time to celebrate the enduring benefits of positive attitudes to life.

Please click here to view the
Programme of Events for Seniors Week 2009
(opens in a new window)


Healthy Eating
Gluten Free Carrot Cake Recipe


  • 3/4 cup canola or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 11/2 cups grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 11/2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1 cup gluten free self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Place oil, sugar and vanilla into a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer.
  2. Add eggs and continue to beat until light and creamy.
  3. Stir through carrot, sultanas and walnuts.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon into mixture and mix well.
  5. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased and lined 21cm ring tin. 5. Bake moderate oven ( 180°C) for 50 - 55 minutes.
  6. Stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons fat reduced cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons margarine, mono or poly-unsaturated
  • 3/4 cup pure icing sugar (gluten free)


  1. Beat cream cheese, margarine and extra vanilla together in a bowl.
  2. Add icing sugar and mix well, spread icing over cake.

If gluten free self raising flour is unavailable the following can be substituted: 1/2 cup soy flour, 1/4 cup of potato flour and 1/4 cup rice flour is the equivalent to 1 cup of gluten free self-raising flour.


Come & Try "Indoor Bowls"
Everyone Welcome!!

Senior Citizen Centre, Alice Street, Maryborough
Sunday 23 August 2009
1.00pm 4.30pm
Flat soled shoes or socks
All provided
Maryborough Indoor Bowls Club

Refreshments Tea and Biscuit supplied.

Enquires: Phone: 41 21 01 70 or 41 23 14 98


ESA Cancer Luncheon

Proceeds in aid of Cancer Research and local charities.

Wednesday 26th August 2009

Granville Sports Club (Steindl St)

Doors Open 11am for 11.30am

Cost per person: $25


Miller's Fashions Parade

Two Course Lunch

Mini tombola, raffle and entertainment
$30 lucky door courtesy of Ann's Lingerie

Prepaid tickets available at :
Ann's Lingerie, 399 Kent Street Prior 19 August 09.

More Information Phone: Narelle: 41 22 22 34 Christine: 41 21 10 87


St Johns Ambulance Qld

Silver Cord Service

The St Johns Ambulance Qld Silver Cord Service is a reassurance service that provides security and friendships calls to clients on a regular basis, through use of volunteer callers enabling many people in the community to remain at home safely.

The Silver Cord Service helps bridge a communication gap, and can also add a strong sense of security for people who have little or no contact with the outside world. Further information: Phone: 41 51 04 19

Transport Access Project (TAP)

Transport is essential for people to access services, without appropriate transport, quality of life can be greatly reduced.

Transport is available to assist people have difficulty accessing public or other forms of transport primarily the frail aged and people with a disability, as well as carers.

Further information on transport to, Doctors, Pay Bills, Shops, Hospital etc. Phone: 41 21 48 77

Any person interested in becoming a volunteer Phone: 41 51 04 19.

St Johns AMbulance

Maryborough & District
Senior Citizens Concert

Senior Citizens' Centre, 333 Alice Street, Maryborough
Tuesday 19 August, 2009
1.30 pm

Afternoon tea supplied

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