The August meeting of Batemans Bay Garden Club was again well attended by 50 plus members who enjoyed another tasty afternoon tea and chat after completing the formalities of the meeting.
The table exhibits were extensive this month with some really creative floral art displays. The ladies of the floral art group meet on the last Tuesday of each month, in the Mens Shed, under the tutelage of Nicholie, with any interested ladies invited to contact the club for information.
Members are travelling to Nelligen on Friday, September 8, for a relaxing BBQ/picnic beside the river.
On the next scheduled outing, 54 members are eagerly anticipating a coach trip to the Tulip Farm on September 21, which includes lunch and a guided tour of the garden.
Senior Constable David Bates, Crime Prevention Officer from the Local Area Command, was our very interesting guest speaker last month.
Snr Const Bates is involved in security assessment, community liaison and media alerts.
He discussed relevant areas of senior interest/concerns and advised members how to adapt to living as an “older” member of society.
He touched on topics such as driving as a senior and licensing restrictions/requirements for 75-year-olds (doctor’s certificate) to 85-year-olds (medical & practical tests or restricted licence arrangements).
He pointed out that public transport, taxis or community transport may offer a safer and cheaper alternative to owning and maintaining a vehicle.
In case of an accident, he explained that police only became involved if someone was injured, fails to stop/exchange details or is affected by drugs or alcohol.
Members were also warned to be cautious when crossing roads. The use of marked crossings and vigilance concerning oncoming vehicles was stressed.
He also advised seniors to travel in groups or with friends and to avoid poorly lit or secluded areas.
Snr Const Bates suggested carrying small amounts of money, personal identification and to notify family/friends of intended travel plans.
He explained that the population of Eurobodalla Shire is (approx) 34,000 and 35 per cent are 65 or older.
He also advised seniors to travel in groups or with friends and to avoid poorly lit areas.
Household security and neighbourhood vigilance was also covered, along with internet crime.
The Australian Government has a Stay Smart Online site to keep people aware of scams and rorts.
There is also a free app for mobile phones called Emergency Plus which enables you to contact police by touching one key and also locates your phone.
The next meeting will be on September 28 at 2pm in the Anglican Church Hall.
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