2015-05-02 21_11_06-Questacon Transport Assistance Programme - Microsoft Word - __RemoteQuestacon recently opened a subsidised transport programme to support eligible disadvantaged groups to visit our Centre in Parkes, Canberra through our equity of access initiative.

The Questacon Transport Assistance Programme provides opportunity for disadvantaged groups to develop their interest in science and technology by visiting Questacon. We encourage groups to enjoy other national attractions on the day of their visit, noting any associated costs are not covered by the programme.

The QTAP covers the cost of coach hire or petrol for group travel to visit the Centre and is available each Financial Year until funds are exhausted. Openings are now available for groups to book for the period up to 30 June 2016. Questacon will reimburse the travel cost for an eligible group upon receipt of their travel invoice following their visit to the Centre. Eligible groups will also be entitled to reduced admission price at $7.50 per participant.
To be eligible, groups must be associated with a not-for-profit organisation and reside in proximity to Canberra suitable for day travel to Questacon. Groups may include members from diverse backgrounds that include:
•    Immigrants or refugees
•    Vulnerable or disadvantaged persons
•    Mental or physical disability
•    Aged care
•    Other disadvantaged groups deemed eligible by Questacon.

For more information please contact the QTAP Coordinator, Luke Hartley, on 02 6270 2893 or at group.bookings@questacon.edu.au.

Judi Hubner
Manager, Client and Workforce Strategy
T: 02 6270 2909
E: judi.hubner@questacon.edu.au
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
A Division of the Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science
King Edward Terrace Canberra
PO Box 5322 Kingston ACT 2604 Australia


Seniors Week Expo in Kiama

For Seniors Week 2014, on Monday 17th of March, the Kiama Bowling and Recreation Club are planning to host a seniors information event.

The Club will be  opening its auditorium to local community organisations who wish to advertise themselves by way of a small stall (table). With the RTA and Kiama Council already in attendance to host a scooter safety awareness class in the Clubs car park, the event should attract a good audience from older people in the community.

The auditorium is sheltered from the weather and provides a comfortable setting to showcase organisations services.

There will be no cost to participating organisations and the Club will provide tea and coffee facilities, as well as its usual facilities.

If you interested in having a stall at the Kiama Bowling Clubs Seniors Week indoor marketplace and information event, or have questions regarding the concept contact:

Ben Cuthbert | Secretary/Manager

E | benc@kiamabowling.com.au

P | 4232 1176

Active Ageing Forum

You are invited to attend the Active Ageing Forum hosted by Kiama Council

Date | Tuesday 3th December

Time |1.30pm to 4pm

Venue | Kiama Anglican Church Hall, eastern end, Terralong Street, Kiama (Parking is available on site)

Afternoon tea will be provided

During the afternoon we will be discussing:

  • the characteristics  of an Age Friendly Community
  • what Kiama Council and other organisation are already doing to improve Age Friendliness
  • ideas on how we could be working together for a more Age Friendly community

Even if you are unable to attend we’d still love to hear your ideas – so if you have any, please email us.

Please register your interest to participate by email | sandrar@kiama.nsw.gov.au or ph | 4232 0434

If you have any further questions or queries please don’t hesitate to call us.

Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP)

Deborah Petkovic has joined the RDA Illawarra team as the Project Manager for the Energy Efficiency in the 3rd Age (EE3A) project. Deborah’s experience includes sustainability and local government in the Illawarra region.

The EE3A project will focus on research and reducing energy consumption amongst low income older people whilst maintaining quality of life.  The EE3A project is an Australian Government initiative, funded by the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) through the Department of Indusrty that has provided RDAI with a $2.3M grant to lead a consortium of regional stakeholders to fulfil the goals of the project. Click here to read more.

For more information on the LIEEP program, Deborah can be contacted on 4227 4500 or deborah@rdaillwarra.com.au

Age Friendly Project Survey

Kiama Council is looking to improve the Age Friendliness of the local community. This is important because our population is changing and by 2025, 27% of the community will be over 65 years.

Council is reviewing its services, facilities and the way it operates, to recognise good Age Friendly practice now, and to plan for this changing future.

Residents are assisting by completing a survey and by doing main street reviews with the Age Friendly Project staff.

If you are between 50 and 64 years of age, Council wants to know what issues you think will be important to you when you are older.

Please complete the survey by clicking on this link Kiama Council Survey

Thank you for taking the time to assist with this important project.

If you would like to know more about the Age Friendly Kiama Project or about this survey, please contact Sandra Ruecroft, Kiama Council Age Friendly Project, sandrar@kiama.nsw.gov.au or 4232 0434.

Motorised Scooter Safety Workshop

A presentation by Kiama Council’s Road Safety Officer and the Local Health District’ s- Health Education Officer regarding safe use of motorised scooters will be held:

Date | Monday 23 September 2013

Time | 1.30pm

Venue | The Village Centre, Blue Haven-200 Terralong St, Kiama.

Learn about:

  • What are motorised wheelchairs?
  • Who may use them?
  • Must they be registered in NSW?
  • Do users need a licence?
  • Is a user a pedestrian or a driver?

Light Refreshments will be provided

For more information on this RMS funded Road Safety Project please contact

Janelle Burns | Road Safety Officer | Kiama Municipal Council

P | 4232 0568

M | 0419 212 571

E | janelleb@kiama.nsw.gov.au