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Beware bushfire fundraising scams

 

Queenslanders are being warned to beware of fake appeals claiming to be collecting for victims of the ongoing bushfires. Donating to a registered charity is the best way to ensure your money reaches the people or cause you want to help. If you want to make a donation to a bushfire appeal, you can do a free online check to see if the organisation conducting the appeal is legitimate. Organisations wanting to publicly fundraise in Queensland must be registered with … Read the rest

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Interstate travel concessions

 

Whether you are you travelling or planning an interstate trip getting around on public transport is not only a stress-free way to explore your surrounds, it’s environmentally friendly and can save you a few dollars.

The costs of travelling can add up, but you may be eligible to save money by using your Seniors or Commonwealth Pensioners Concession Card to save on public transport Australia wide.

Below is information the States and Territories offer to interstate travellers and how to … Read the rest

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StepUp for Dementia Research

 

StepUp for Dementia Research is a research participation and engagement service, a “one-stop shop” that connects individuals – both with and without dementia – with researchers conducting studies into dementia prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and cure. COTA Queensland has become a StepUp champion.

If you are interested in finding out more about StepUp or about studies you could be involved in, visit www.stepupfordementiaresearch.org.au.

 

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Thinking of joining a gym for the new year?

 

Queenslanders looking to kickstart a healthier 2020 by taking out a new gym membership are being reminded of their rights under Australian Consumer Law. Acting Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Dr Anthony Lynham has sent out a reminder that the fitness industry is regulated in Queensland, and gyms and other fitness suppliers must meet certain legal requirements. Here are some tips from the Queensland Government:

  • Give some thought to what you want out of a gym membership and do your
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Queensland’s Human Rights Act now in force

 

The Queensland Human Rights Act came into force on January 1st. Commencement of the Act means public entities have a specific obligation to act and make decisions compatible with human rights. An organisation or department is defined as a public entity if it delivers services on behalf of the Queensland Government. The Human Rights Act protects 23 human rights:

    • recognition and equality before the law;
    • right to life;
    • protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment;
    • freedom from forced
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Changes to the ways that Queensland communities are designed

 

New residential developments in Queensland will soon need to include more footpaths and trees, shorter blocks, and nearby parks and open spaces under changes being progressed by the Queensland Government. The revised model code is expected to come into effect in the first half of 2020. The five mandatory neighbourhood design elements being introduced are:

  • An average of one tree every 15 metres on both sides of all streets
  • Footpaths on at least one side of residential streets and both
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Loneliness is an issue all year round

 

In the lead-up to Christmas, there is always a spate of reminders about taking care of each other and ensuring others are not alone over the holidays. Visiting programs, shared Christmas meals, and calls to us all to check in on others are wonderful reminders about the significant problem of loneliness in our society and what we can all do to help. But while loneliness can be most significant for some at Christmas, when we are bombarded with romantic images … Read the rest

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Qld Senior/Pensioner concessions and Opal cards on NSW public transport

Queenslanders who have a Seniors Card (not the Seniors Business Discount Card) are eligible for public transport travel concessions in NSW and can apply for a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card.

The Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal cards are available to NSW Seniors, Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card holders (from all states and territories), and NSW War Widows.

Important information before applying for a Gold Opal card:

  • Make sure you have your Seniors Card number ready
  • Prepare a photocopy or scan of your
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Spotlight on Healthy Futures

 

Health services are one of the key areas of an Age-friendly community, but health and wellbeing are broader outcomes of all the areas of community planning and design that make up an Age-friendly community, including transport, inclusion, and the built environment. That is why health is one of the major priority areas for COTA Queensland.

There has been a great deal happening lately in regard to the health of all of us as we age in Queensland, including the Australian … Read the rest

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Taking a break

 

Accessing respite is important for the carer and the person they are caring for, enabling them both to have a break.  ...

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