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It's Canberra or bust

IN 2013 they walked 1600km in 33 days from Brisbane to Birdsville, braving sub-zero mornings in Gatton, Oakley and Dalby, and 40-plus degree days beyond Windorah – and raised $120,000.

Grants for NSW Seniors Week Programs

APPLICATIONS for 2015 NSW Seniors Week grants close on September 19.

Seniors living in ‘energy poverty’

VICTORIAN pensioners are entering electricity retailer hardship plans in droves, but the number being refused access to hardship programs has almost doubled.

Australian-first program a life-saver

MINUTES or even seconds can be vital when someone is having a heart attack. Now, thanks to a new Ambulance Tasmania program, a lifesaving piece of equipment could be just around the corner.

Rise of the silver splitters

INITIATIVES focused on relationship support ignore rising divorce rates among older people. Divorce rates among over-60s continue to increase in Australia and across the western world, with 18 per cent of Australians calling it quits after more than 20 years of marriage in 2011 compared with 13 per cent in 1990.

David gets just deserts

DAVID Holleran has achieved his dream of being the first person to run across all 14 deserts in Australia. The 58-year-old finished his 688km ultra-marathon across the Great Victorian Desert – Australia’s largest – in 10 days and four hours.

Rebate cuts: seniors being made ‘scapegoats’

CUTS to the Cost of Living Rebate will mean more pain for Western Australian seniors, many of whom are battling to live on low incomes while the price of utilities and food continue to rise.

Grandmothers unite to free refugee children

MELBOURNE grandmothers are mobilising to capture the hearts and minds of politicians, and the wider community, to free refugee children from detention.

Banks the big winners

BANKS and financial advisors are the winners after the Federal Government struck a last-minute deal with cross-bench senators from the Palmer United Party to pass controversial Future of Financial Advice reforms, which will significantly water down consumer protections.

Going for water ski gold

PARADISE Point’s Maggie Storey is tickled pink to be donning the green and gold to represent Australia in a sport she took up 35 years ago as “something all the family could do together”. Maggie is part of the over-35 water skiing contingent competing at the world championships in Florida in early October.


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