COTA ACT E-NEWS (January 2019)

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January 2019


WIN! A double pass to Cold Pursuit


COTA ACT has partnered with StudioCanal give our members the opportunity to win one of 10 double passes to see Cold Pursuit starring Liam Neeson. 

To enter the competition please provide your name, phone number and postal address via return email. The winners will be drawn on the 31st of January.

Welcome to Kehoe, it’s -10 degrees and counting at this glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren’t used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplow driver, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord. Fueled by rage and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time, but his understanding of murder comes mainly from what he read in a crime novel. As the bodies pile up, his actions ignite a turf war between Viking and his long-standing rival White Bull (Tom Jackson), a soulful Native-American mafia boss, that will quickly escalate and turn the small town’s bright white slopes blood-red. In-Cinemas February 7

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Positive Ageing Awards - nominations are open!


Do you know someone who goes above and beyond in the community? Why not nominate them for a Positive Ageing Award?

There are a number of award categories that recognise the contribution of older people in the community and the individuals and groups that work with older people.

Best of all - it is quick and easy to nominate (and finalists get a free ticket to the Positive Ageing Awards ceremony during Seniors Week in March 2019). 

For more information, or to nominate, visit our website:







ACT Seniors Week is quickly approaching!

If you are part of an organisation that wants to be involved during Seniors Week why not host an event to help older people in the Canberra community love later life!

Events can be sent to COTA ACT – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – for inclusion in the official program which is promoted extensively in TV, radio, print and online advertising. Send your event details through by 20 Feb for inclusion.

Don’t miss these featured events:

ACT Chief Minister’s Concert – Tues 19 March, 11am and 1pm.

Join the Band of the Royal Military College for a big show at the historic Albert Hall.

Bookings required via or to COTA ACT on 6282 3777.

ACT Seniors Week Expo – Thurs 21 March, 10am to 3pm

One big day! Join more than 4,000 older people and 120 exhibitors and find out what Canberra has to offer for our older residents. Community and government services, travel, health and leisure, special interest groups, aged care and retirement, financial advice and more!

Limited exhibition spaces are still available for organisations and businesses who wish to exhibit. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit for more information.



Stay safe during heatwaves


The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts severe heatwave conditions for the ACT and surrounding regions over the summer period. 

The ACT Ambulance Service urge Canberrans to be ready for the high temperatures by knowing how to avoid heat-related stress with these simple steps: 

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Plan your day around the heat and try to avoid being outdoors between 11am and 3pm
  • Check on others especially the elderly, young children and babies, pregnant women and those with medical conditions
  • Do not leave pets or children unattended in hot cars and;
  • Stay indoors and make use of fans and air conditioners. 

Signs for heat stress can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, weakness, headaches, and if sweating stops. Call Emergency Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance if you or someone else is showing signs of heat stress.

ACT Rural Fire Service remind the ACT community that it is important to give yourself and your property the best chance of survival during a bushfire threat by making a Bushfire Survival Plan.

For more information on summer safety and preventing heat-related illness, visit: and

For information about bushfire prone areas and preparing for emergencies visit;

For all enquiries call the ESA 24 hour media line on 6207 8564.



ACT Legislative Assembly electoral boundaries redistribution: public submissions to be invited from 5 February


ACT residents will soon be invited to suggest how Legislative Assembly electoral boundaries for the 2020 ACT election might look.

The ACT Legislative Assembly consists of 25 Members elected in five electorates, with five Members representing each of the electorates of Brindabella, Ginninderra, Kurrajong, Murrumbidgee and Yerrabi.

“The ACT Redistribution Committee has decided to publish an official notice on 5 February 2019 inviting suggestions for boundaries and names for the ACT’s electorates.  A copy of the public notice will appear in the Canberra Times,” 

Any interested persons or organisations will have until 4 March 2019 to make suggestions to the Redistribution Committee.  Those suggestions will then be made available for public comment from 5 March 2019 until 18 March 2019.

One key requirement for the redistribution will be ensuring that electoral enrolments in each electorate will be within +/- 5% of the quota at the time of the next election.  The quota for each electorate is 1/5 of the ACT total enrolment.



Australians are living longer. That means there’s a lot more life to enjoy. How prepared are you? 


 Have you seen the new Life Check online questionnaire and resources to assess how you are tracking in terms of:

  • maintaining physical and mental health as we get older
  • having enough money to live the life we want when we stop working
  • having the skills to be able to work as long as we need or want to
  • staying socially connected to avoid loneliness and isolation

To do the Life Check or find more information go to the website at


Bust the Myths of asthma, heart disease and cancer – free session!


Join Asthma Australia, Heart Foundation and Cancer Council ACT for three informative and interactive presentations on busting the myths surrounding the three most prevalent diseases in Australia.

Information will also be provided on the latest programs, resources and support for consumers (including information on translated resources), followed by a question and answer discussion with health professionals from Capital Chemist Garran and Hughes Family Practice, and exercise advice from exercise physiologists from YMCA Canberra's Health & Wellness Centre in Chifley.

Date: Wednesday 27 February 2019

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Where: Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom Street, Hughes

Cost: FREE

Bookings essential: or by phone on 6282 4126

Light refreshments and a complimentary gift bag will be provided.


Assistance & Information at the End of Life 



Palliative Care ACT, with the support of the ACT Government, has developed an easy to use database for anyone who needs information on palliative care services in the ACT and surrounding areas. 

It is known as Directory of Assistance and Information Services for You at End of Life (DAISY). Click here to access DAISY.

Equipment to assist you to remain independent in your home

Technology for Ageing and Disability (TADACT) has a range of second-hand equipment to assist people to remain independent in their homes. We currently have a wide range of mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, commodes, rotating shower stools and walking frames.

Don't know what you need? Our OT can provide you with a comprehensive assessment.

If you are a client of the NDIS or My Aged Care, we may be able to offer subsidised support.

For further information or to enquire about a specific piece of equipment, please call 6287 4290 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

My Health Record

A My Health Record will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019.

My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information.

When you have a My Health Record, your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere, at any time – even if you move or travel interstate. You can access your health information from any computer or device that’s connected to the internet.

We encourage all of our members to visit the My Health Record website to find out more information:

Social Inclusion through Woodcraft

The ACT Woodcraft Guild is an incorporated membership based organisation with a number of objectives, including to promote, foster and encourage an appreciation of, and interest in, woodcraft within the general community. The Guild has extensive and fully equipped workshop facilities in Kambah. 

As part of its objectives, the Guild can now offer a number of free memberships (normally $110) to seniors who are experiencing social isolation or are at risk of social isolation.

If you know anyone over the age of 60, living alone or new to the ACT, who has an interest in woodcraft, can arrange travel to Kambah and who would benefit from a free membership, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Read more about the Guild:

Update to Transport Canberra fares

On 5 January 2019, MyWay fares for public transport in the ACT increased. The concession single cash fare increased by 4.2%, from $2.40 to $2.50. 

The ACT Government is making numerous investments and major improvements to Canberra’s public transport network, including the integrated public transport network, new buses, a new depot at Woden and new ticket vending machines.

MyWay is the cheapest way to travel on Transport Canberra buses. This ticketing system will automatically calculate the cheapest possible fare per passenger, based on any eligible concession and daily or monthly fare caps.

For information on MyWay and cash fares see the Transport Canberra website.


Music at Midday


Canberra Theatre Centre in association with the Royal Military College looks forward to seeing you at Music at Midday.

Tuesday 12 FEB 2019

11am and 12:30pm

Entry by gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the Parkinson’s ACT



Light Rail update


As construction of the light rail system is nearing completion, pre-operational testing of the system will soon commence along Northbourne Avenue and Federal Highway.  All elements of the light rail infrastructure are being tested including the light rail vehicles, the track, signaling and passenger information systems. 

The testing of light rail vehicles along Northbourne Avenue and Federal Highway is an exciting milestone which will give many more people the opportunity to see and experience light rail vehicles (LRVs) travelling along the light rail track.  At the same time, it is important for everyone in the community to be mindful of how to stay safe around light rail. Please follow these simple safety tips:

  • Cross the tracks only at intersections and designated crossings, and look both ways before you cross the tracks. 
  • Stay alert when walking and cycling around the light rail corridor – light rail vehicles are quiet and take longer to stop than other vehicles.
  • When driving near the light rail, do not queue across intersections. Wait for the path ahead to be clear before you drive across the tracks. 
  • Traffic light patterns at intersections are changing as the light rail integrates with the road network. Please stay alert and pay close attention to traffic light signals. Do not run red lights. Please be patient and wait for the green light.
  • What to expect during testing
  • Testing of LRVs along Northbourne Avenue and Federal Highway will mostly take place between the hours of 5:00am and 9:00pm. Some limited LRV testing may take place between the hours of 9.00pm and 5.00am.
  • A minimum of two LRVs will be on the tracks each day. 
  • “T Lights” will regulate LRV movements at intersections. LRVs must wait until they have a ‘go’ T-light signal before proceeding through intersections.
Have your say: Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Strategy

The ACT Government is seeking your views on the draft Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Strategy (the Strategy). The Strategy outlines the ACT Government’s vision for an integrated transport network that provides genuine alternatives to the car. This means that people will have more ways to travel to work, school or the shops. The consultation process will particularly focus on:

  • active travel
  • future transport
  • safety
  • accessibility.

The Strategy looks at the drivers for change and identifies the principles, policies, infrastructure, programs and services needed to meet customers’ needs and expectations, now and in the future.  Importantly, the Strategy outlines a wide range of possible actions to achieve the Government’s vision of an integrated network.

To have your say on the Strategy you can:

  • Complete a quick survey of your transport priorities and suggestions on the ACT Government Your Say website at
  • Participate in a workshop seeking your views on the Strategy to be conducted by the ACT Government (details are not currently available)
  • Email your comments on the Strategy to COTA ACT at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 18 February 2019 to inform the COTA ACT response to the ACT Government.

You can find more information and obtain a copy of the Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Strategy at the ACT Government Your Say website at The community consultation process closes on 8 March 2019.


Have your say: Aged Care Diversity Framework - Homelessness Action Plan


The Diversity Sub-group of the Aged Care Sector Committee has started work on an action plan under the Aged Care Diversity Framework to help the aged care sector support older people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness (the Homelessness Action Plan).

Invitation to participate

We want to hear from older people who have tried to get, or received, aged care services while living:

  • in rented, temporary, unsuitable, unsafe or overcrowded accommodation
  • living with friends or family because no other option is available, or
  • living in a car or on the streets.

Older people, their friends, families and carers are invited to complete the online Consumer Survey.

Both surveys close on 8 February 2019.

More information

If you have any questions contact the Project Manager Dr Sandra South on
0427 662 687 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..