Branch Out - Winter 2019

  • Winter 2019
  • Branch Out

Queensland Seniors Week Events

Experience a unique Queensland Seniors Week event at a Heritage-listed property and get up close with some cuddly friends at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast 

On 21 August, members and friends are invited to treat themselves to a private morning team with a special wildlife visitor and wildlife officers. Guest can get up close and personal with the animals and their keepers. 

Wolston Farmhouse, Wacol 

On 22 August, members and friends are invited to enjoy a Devonshire tea on the verandah overlooking the six-acre property, followed by a guided tour of the farmhouse, built in 1852. 

These events strengthen National Seniors partnership with National Trust Queensland and provide a wonderful excuse to celebrate the privilege that is growing older, during Seniors Week. See Member Deals on page 60 for a special National Trust membership offer. 

For more information or to purchase your ticket, visit

Bridging the digital divide

National Seniors is committed to bridging the digital divide between younger and older Australians through a continuation of the “Be Connected” program. The focus over the next 12 months will be on a digital mentor project where members will be trained as volunteer mentors to assist National Seniors branches deliver digital training.

“Be Connected” is a project aimed at helping older Australians increase digital skills and confidence. National Seniors is a network partner and has been working with the Good Things Foundation over the past 12 months to deliver this program. 

Fifteen branches of National Seniors have been delivering Be Connected programs, teaching digital skills to older Australians using the free online learning platform. After the success of the first 12 months some branches, including Port Macquarie, Capricornia and New Farm, are continuing their program. Members interested in participating in these programs should contact the branches directly regarding information on training session dates, times and venues. 

Be Connected sessions are free to attend for both members and non-members. 

In addition to the digital skills training, a suite of events were held in various locations in partnership with the Office of eSafety, providing information on staying safe online.

For further information on BeConnected, or to register your interest in becoming a digital mentor, visit or phone 07 3233 9141 and speak to Kristie.

Rights in retirement living

National Seniors has recently completed a series of community education sessions helping older people understand their rights regarding retirement village and manufactured home parks. This project was funded by the Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works, Amendments have been made to the Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002, Retirement Villages Act 1999 and the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 in Queensland to provide better consumer protections for residents and homeowners, and more changes are on the way.

For updates and further information on these legislative changes visit or by telephone to Queensland Retirement Village and Park Advice Service on 07 3214 6333.