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Vol 16 No. 1 Feb 2011

  In this Issue:  

QLD State Emergency Service
Cyclone Warning Tips

Top five things you can do to protect your home this storm season:

  • get your roof checked for any damage or corrosion, and also check for loose tiles or aerials;
  • clear leaves and other debris from gutters, downpipes and drains so water can get away from your home as quickly as possible;
  • get shade sails and awnings professionally fitted to prevent them tearing off and remember to secure loose items around the yard, such as toys, outdoor furniture and building materials;
  • ask the council or energy company to check trees that may pose a threat to your property or powerlines;
  • check you have adequate home building and contents insurance and update as necessary.

As extreme weather approaches, be ready!

  • Remove loose objects that might get broken or cause damage if blown around
  • Tie down (or fill with water) large, relatively light things like garbage bins and boats
  • Shelter and secure your pets
  • Shelter vehicles or cover them with a tarpaulin or blankets - make sure you have a full tank of fuel in case you need and are able to evacuate
  • If floods are likely, move outdoor equipment, cardboard boxes, garbage, chemicals and poisons to somewhere up high
  • Fill your sinks and bath with fresh drinking water


Up, Up and Away

"I've never flown before," said the nervous old lady to the pilot. "You will bring me down safely, won't you?"
"All I can say ma'am," said the pilot, "is that I've never left anyone up there yet!"


Taylor Street Community Legal Service

The Taylor Street Community Legal Service is a non-profit community service which provides free non discriminatory legal advice to socio-economically disadvantaged people on the Fraser Coast.

Advice is free and all consultations are private and confidential. However due to limited resources and time, there is a maximum of 20 minutes for each consultation.

Maryborough Phone:41 21 21 41 M'bro Neighbourhood Centre
Tiaro Phone: 41 29 24 53 Tiaro Library

This Service is available:

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 5 P.M. Onwards
Venue: Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre, 25 Ellena Street.

All free legal advice sessions are by appointment only!

office worker

Are you eligible for a Queensland "Companion Card"?

The Companion Card is designed for people who have a lifelong need for attendant care support in order to attend activities and venues in their community. It promotes fair ticketing and removes a major barrier to participation the expense of purchasing an additional ticket for their companion.

Card holders present their card when purchasing tickets at participating business venues and activities, pay for their ticket and are issued with a second ticket for their companion at no charge. Business venues and activities affiliated with the program absorb the costs associated with the companion ticket. The companion ticket is exempt from all booking fees. The Companion Card program is not a discount scheme, concession or benefit. However the card can be used in conjunction with any recognised concession cards held by the cardholder.

To be eligible for a Companion Card you must demonstrate that you:

  • are a lawful Australian resident living in Queensland,
  • have a disability, and because of the impact of the disability, you are unable to participate at most community venues or activities without attendant care support, and
  • need, or are likely to need, lifelong attendant care support.

For more information Phone: Ann-Maree 41 23 15 54 or 13 13 04
or visit http://www.companioncard.gov.au.


The Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing Inc
Keeping Up with Local News!

The "Oracle" (Talking Newspaper) for print impaired persons.
News from the Fraser Coast Chronicle is recorded onto CD's by volunteers and posted to clients every Wednesday, courtesy of Australia Post free of cost.

If you require any information about this service or know of someone who would benefit contact Ann-Maree (Project Coordinator) on Phone: 41 23 15 54.


J o k e

A motorist was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap that measured his speed using radar and photographed his car. He later received in the mail a ticket for $40 and a photo of his car.

Instead of payment, he sent the police department a photograph of $40. Several days later, he received a letter from the police that contained another picture, this time of handcuffs. He immediately mailed in his $40.

racing car

Why is Physical Activity Important for all Seniors?

It makes you look and feel better:

  • Gives you more energy
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Helps you to relax
  • Is fun
  • Tones your body
  • Helps you to meet people and make friends

exercise class

Family Support Programme - Centacare Fraser Coast

The Family Mental Health team consists of three Counsellors and a Support worker who can assist the children, parents, spouses, siblings or carers of an individual who has a mental illness such as anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, etc. The team provides the support and information needed to effect positive changes in family functioning though counselling, family therapy and participation in support groups. Clients can be seen in their home or at an agreed location within their community.

If you wish to make an appointment with one of our Counsellors or with our Support worker, you can contact us:

The counselling and support is free of charge!

  • Hervey Bay office on Phone: 41 94 01 72
  • Maryborough on Phone: 41 21 64 10


The Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing Inc.
Seniors Citizens Centre
2011 - Daily Hall "Active Ageing" Activities

333 Alice Street, Maryborough

MondayU3A 8.30am Exercise & Marching
    8.45am Auction Bridge (Learners welcome)
    10.00am Relaxation/Wellbeing
    10.00am Keyboard Kapers
  SCC 1.30pm Indoor Bowls
TuesdayU3A 8.30am Tai Chi / Exercise
   10.00am Relaxation/Wellbeing
  SCC 1.30pm 3rd Tuesday Concert $3
  M'bro 7.30pm Maryborough/Granville Indoor Bowls
Wednesday U3A Tai Chi for Arthritis Accredited Tutor (under Dr Paul Lam Programme)
    9.00am Tai Chi - Advanced
    10.00am Tai Chi - Beginners
    1.00pm Mah Jong
Thursday SCC 9.30am Indoor Bowls
  U3A 1.00pm Canasta/Samba/Boliva
  SCC 7.30pm Indoor Bowls
Friday U3A 8.30am Cards 500 and Pool in the Games
    9.30am Sing-a-long
    10.30am Australian History
  SCC 1.30pm Cards 500 and Pool in the Games

For Further Information Contact:-

MaDCOTA Project Coordinator Phone: Ann-Maree 41 23 15 54
MaDCOTA Hall Booking Officer Phone: Colleen 41 21 01 70
U3A Maryborough Inc Phone: Ann 41 22 16 00
(SCC) The M'bro District
Senior Citizens Club Inc.
Phone: Barbara 41 22 25 70
(M'bro) Maryborough / Granville
Indoor Bowls
Phone: Colleen 41 21 01 70


man exercising

card player

pool balls

Coming Events and Date Claimers


Maryborough & District Senior Citizens Club Monthly Concert

Venue: Senior Citizens' Centre,
333 Alice Street, Maryborough
Date: Tuesday 15 February 2011
Cost: $3 - Afternoon tea supplied
Concert: 1.30 pm Lucky Door Prize/Raffle


Thought of the Month

I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!

puzzled man
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