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Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. a uniquely Western Australian organisation is recognised as the peak body for organisations supporting seniors' involvement in sport and recreation the Council is constantly reviewing its strategies to increase the participation of seniors in sport, recreation and associated physical and mental activity. Within the Council’s resource limitations it has directed initiatives towards the areas of participation encouragement, policy development, community leadership promotion and the over fifties potential for community contribution.

Patron: Her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia.

Seniors Can’t Get Enough of Technology

Eighty Perth seniors were getting Tech Savvy. For the past few years the Seniors Recreation Council of WA (SRCWA) have been quenching a huge thirst for knowledge among Perth seniors to master modern technology. In partnership with Telstra, SRCWA continue to deliver free technology based workshops specifically for seniors. The aim of this workshop was to help break down barriers and close the gap created by the ever increasing digital divide experienced by the older generation, who in most cases have had little or no exposure to current technology.

The session held on Friday 16th January 2018, was fully booked out within four days of being announced. The official opening was by the Hon. Martin Brian Pritchard MLC, Member for North Metropolitan Region who address the seniors on behalf of Hon. Michael (Mick) Philip Murray MLA , Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation.

The session started with an overview of benefits and pitfalls of a connected environment eg Google Home, National Broadband Network status with Q&A, Boyd Brown Telstra Area General Manager WA also presented at the event. Telstra digital ambassadors were on hand to facilitate small break out groups where seniors explored and tried technology and asked relevant questions. Seniors were thrilled to be able to take part in these sessions and there was a real buzz and positive vibe around the room as seniors explore their options and what technology can do for them. Static displays at this event: Community Education Team, Consumer Protection Division, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Camera Electronic – Cameras and advice for seniors Telstra NBN Co. There were lots of prizes at the end of the event courtesy of Telstra, a Google Home Mini, HP Tablet and tickets to the Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) concert.

A big thank you to Telstra and its Digital Ambassadors, NBN Co Consumer Protection WA, Camera Electronic, and all the SRCWA volunteers for their efforts in making this a great event.

Contact the SRCWA Office on 9492 9774 to recieve information about our free events.

Photos from the SRCWA - Telstra event can be viewed here:

Thank You Kate Chetwin

SRCWA held a thank you morning tea for Kate Chetwin on 20th December 2017. Kate was employed by SRCWA with a four year funded contract which was unable to be renewed due to the current economic climate. Kate came to SRCWA as a student in 2013 to work as part of the Have a Go Day team to complete her student practical placement hours prior to graduating with a Bachelor of Business, Major in Event Management & Major in Marketing. Kate has been an integral and dedicated member of this organisation for four years and will be greatly missed. Kate will continue to be a part of the SRCWA family volunteering her time at future events where ever possible.

We wish Kate all the best for her future and know she will be a great asset in any event management or administration role.

SRCWA Christmas Variety Concert 2017

On Wednesday 6th December 2017 SRCWA held the 2017 Christmas Variety Concert at the Morley Community Recreation Centre people were treated to an afternoon of a variety of songs, music and comedy, and once again it was a huge success. While people were coming in they were treated to guitar solo music by Ian Fletcher.

The concert opened with WA’s own favourite Kate Hindle from Collie.

The “Band of Mates” Terry Bennetts , Evan Platschinda ,Ginger Cox thoroughly entertained the audience with some classic songs, instrumentals and Australian ballads. There was a special guest appearance by Elvis(Evan), Buddy Holly(Evan) and Dean Martin (Evan).

Each year we try to introduce a new artist to showcase their talents, and this year was no exception, we were treated to the amazing Johanna Hemara from QLD , Johanna Hemara has her own unique style of entertaining and loves to Yodel.

The audience laughed and sang along with feature artist Justin Standley an all-round polished artist Voted Most Popular Balladeer in Australia in 2016 by the Independent Country Music Awards in Tamworth. His comedic style had everyone in stitches and his amazing vocals had everyone in wonderment.

During the intermission, the crowd was treated to a performance by Sarah Broome, her music had people up and dancing.

Kingsley Day keyboard master was so professional and so entertaining he just loves what he is about and the people love him, he was ably assisted by Phil Rego on drums also highly regarded.

Thank you to Phil Paddon and with Terry Bennetts along with their team of supporters who put an enormous amount of time and effort into this concert together. Thank you to Pat Paddon who made enough Christmas cake to feed everyone and along with her volunteers managed to serve lots of cups of tea and coffee, cake and biscuits in a very short space of time.

Photos from the SRCWA Christmas Varioety Concert can be viewed here

SRCWA Rockingham Christmas Concert

Tuesday 5th December, a packed house was treated to The SRCWA Rockingham Branch Christmas Concert staring WA"s own Eddie Storm and the Voices of Harmony Choir. Gwenda Uren also joined Eddie for a few numbers... SRCWA Head office and Studio Twenty Six Photography put on free Santa photos for those who were lucky enough to get a snap with Santa (thanks to our own State Vice President Phill Paddon AKA Santa)...Congratulations to Valma Sulc SRCWA Rockingham Branch President and her team of dedicated volunteers on a fantastic event.

Photos from the SRCWA Rockingham Christmas Concert can be viewed here

SRCWA State President Hugh Rogers
a finalist in the 2018 Western Australia Senior Australian of the Year Awards

Seniors Recreation Council of WA is proud to announce State President Mr Hugh Rogers is a finalist in the 2018 Western Australian Senior Australian of the Year Awards. 
Over the last 25 years, Hugh Rogers has donated a staggering 20,000 hours of his time to the Seniors Recreation Council of WA. Joining the Council as a volunteer in 1992, Hugh started by running a mixed indoor bowls tournament but was soon to become a volunteering powerhouse who has created a host of innovative programs for senior Australians. The Council’s President since 2001, Hugh's personal vision, creativity and initiative have achieved stunning success. Have a Go Day celebrates social inclusion and brings together more than 15,000 seniors to experience new activities. The LiveLighter Aged Care Games helps older people in care to take part in specially-adapted activities. Under Hugh’s leadership, the council has expanded to encompass 11 branches which support thousands of seniors to interact, learn new skills and stay active. The embodiment of the Council’s philosophy – healthy ageing through activity – Hugh is a positive force for good, helping thousands of people to stay healthy, connected and part of their community.
We wish Hugh and all the other finalists all the best for the upcoming presentations in the near future. 
Click Here to view Australian of the Year Awards

Thank You Lotterywest

Seniors Recreation Council of WA gratefully acknowledges the invaluable support of a major grant from Lotterywest towards Have a Go Day 2017 a LiveLighter Event... which celebrated 25 years in Burswood Park. Lotterywest supports local community organisations and events via income from its Lotterywest sales. Keep the money in WA and support local events and organisations by purchasing Lottery tickets from your official Lotterywestoutlet. 
Pictured:Hon. Mick Murray MLA 
Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation and SRCWA State President Mr Hugh Rogers.

2017 Have a Go Day a LiveLighter Event
25 years and bigger and better than ever

Have a go Day 2017 a LiveLighter Event, was the 25th anniversary of it being held in the beautiful grounds of Burswood Park.  Thousands of enthusiastic seniors took part in a range of activities, viewed static displays and gathered seniors’ specific information. Seniors enjoyed free tea and coffee compliments of Have a Go News at the Hospitality tents around the grounds, they were also entertained throughout the day by dance groups demonstrations and performances. It was a great pleasure for the Council to welcome the Hon. Michael (Mick) Philip Murray MLA Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation to officially open Have a Go Day 2016 a LiveLighter Event.

After the official opening a very proud SRCWA Vice President Phil Paddon “2017 WA Seniors Award Metropolitan Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award Winner” led off the Have a Go Day walk followed by the WA Police Pipe Band and a few hundred walkers made up of Over 50’s Walking Group, Heart Foundation Walkers, COATA Mall Walkers and general public.

This year we were treated to three performances by acclaimed country entertainers Laura Downing and Terry Bennetts. Thank you Laura and Terry for closing out our 25th anniversary in such a fantastic fashion.

Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. thanks the tireless work of its coordinators and volunteers, Sport and Recreation WA Staff, and the heavy lifters from Wooroloo who helped to make the day as some of the public have said “THE BEST HAVE A GO DAY EVER”.

An event like Have a Go Day would not be possible without the support the council receives from its sponsors. Seniors Recreation Council is very appreciative of the magnificent support provided for Have a Go Day, a LiveLighter Event by our wonderful Sponsors, without their continued support this event would not be possible, they are:

Burswood Park Board, Lotterywest, Crown Perth, Have a Go News , Channel 7 Perth, Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, Department of Communities, 882am 6PR, Channel 7 Home In WA, Sterling New Life, Phoenix Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd, , Telstra, West Coast Eagles, Studio Twenty Six Photography, Kings Tours & Travel, Scarboro Toyota & Curtin FM 100.1. and Sizzler.

Make a note in your diary for the 2018 Have a Go Day a LiveLighter Event which will be on Wednesday 14th of November 2018!

Photos from Have a Go Day Photos can be viewed here.

2017 SRCWA Christmas Concert
Tickets Now Available

The extremely popular SRCWA Christmas Variety Concert presented for your enjoyment by:
Phil Paddon and Red Dog Music, has been scheduled for Wednesday 6th December 2017 and people are already asking to purchase tickets.  This year’s show will include;

The ever-popular talented guitarists and country Balladeers the “Band of Mates” Terry Bennetts - Perth, Evan Platschinda - Victoria and Ginger Cox – Broome.  “Keyboard Extraordinaire” Kingsley Day accompanied by local drummer Phil Rego

Johanna Hemara a city girl with a love for country music. As such, her vocal versatility and contemporary country music style is unique.

Justin Standley Most popular balladeer 2016 (ICMA), APRA/TSA New Songwriter Award 2015, Toyota Star Maker Finalist 2014 X Factor Finalist 2012

Kate Hindle a passionate Singer/Songwriter who hails from Western Australia.

Tickets are $30 each available from the SRCWA Office on 9492 9771 (no door sales).

WA Seniors Awards Congratulations
SRCWA Vice President Phil Paddon

 2017 Metropolitan Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Phil Paddon SRCWA Vice President, 2017 WA Seniors Awards Metropolitan Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award Winner  was recognised for his work with SRCWA’s Have a Go Day and many other programs, annual events for the Square Dance Association of WA and SRCWA Country Music Concerts.

Phil has been volunteering for more than 15 years encouraging and supporting older adults to remain active as they age. Phil advocates the SRCWA ethos of “Healthy Ageing Through Activity” encouraging all older adults to keep a positive outlook on life and have lots of fun while being active. The Council is proud to have Phil as a Board Member and as one of its most dedicated volunteers.  Congratulations on an outstanding achievement and the deserved recognition of your years volunteering throughout the community in Western Australia.

SRCWA Annual General Meeting

The SRCWA Annual General Meeting was held on 27th September 2017, State President Mr Hugh Rogers opened the meeting and addressed those in attendance, thanking all the volunteers for their dedication to the organisation and for the hours of work they all do on behalf of SRCWA, Hugh also welcomed representatives from the SRCWA Branches.

A minute silence was observed for long-term dedicated Have a Go day volunteer and past Peel Branch President, Tony Lloyd who sadly passed away, Tony will be sadly missed.

The following SRCWA Board of Management members were re-elected for further two year term; Congratulations to Leigh Davis, State Vice President, Quentin Smythe, Treasurer and Jan McGlinn Branch Presidents Representative.

The SRCWA Annual Report for 2016/17 was presented at the meeting, the reports were well received and congratulations were given to all those who worked so hard during the year.

Glen Morley, Senior Consultant, Senior Sport and Recreation gave some insight on the Machinery of Government changes and impact on Sport and Recreation.

Guest speaker, Richard O'Connell, General Manager – Community & Game Development West Coast Eagles, provided a most informative and enlightening presentation on the proposed new home for West Coast Eagles at Lathlain Oval. The scale and aesthetics of the West Coast Eagles new home project will be a great asset not only to the West Coast Eagles, but the wider community at large.

Thank you to all those who attended the meeting and for your continuing support.

LiveLighter Activity Information Day

On Friday 8th September at the South West Italian Club The LiveLighter Activity Information Day for Bunbury was held. Forty six metro and regional businesses/organisations provided information and activities for participants on the day. A big thankyou goes out to the South West Italian Club who supported the event which was held at their facility. A wide range of activities were available to try out including, Seated Zumba Gold, Thai Chi Carpet Bowles, Croquet Heart Sports activities to name a few. Bunnings ran a pot plant workshop which proved to be very popular, seniors could decorate a pot, plant it with a seedling and then take it home with them. Emergency Wildlife Care Bunbury brought along a few of their young charges who proved very popular. SRCWA thanks and acknowledges all the hard work of:

• The SRCWA Bunbury Branch, Branch President Barbara Fleay and her team of dedicated volunteers in making this event a great success.

• Bunbury Regional Corrective Services staff and trustees for setting up and packing down the event.

• SRCWA Head office volunteers and Staff, especially Phil Paddon State Vice President who was the MC for the day. Southwest Italian Club, City of Bunbury, Red Cross & Bunnings for their valuable support for this event.

• Our thanks and appreciation goes to LiveLighter Healthway, for Sponsoring this event and to Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries & Dept of Communities for their continued support.

Phots from the day can be viewed here

LiveLighter Metro Aged Care Games 2017 Sets New Record Attendance.

Twenty teams from Perth’s Aged Care facilities took part in the Annual Metro LiveLighter Aged Care Games held at the Belmont Oasis on the 3rd August 2017. The 2017 Metro LiveLighter Aged Care Games were officially opened by Hon Mick Murray, Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Volunteering and Sport and Recreation. Minister Mick Murray walked around chatted with people from all the teams and wished them all well. 

Cassie Rowe MLA local member for Belmont, Samantha Helen Rowe MLC member for the East Metropolitan Region also visited the more than 300 very competitive seniors at this event.

Teams from around the metro region competed in a range of games which were organised and facilitated by staff and volunteers from SRCWA. It was amazing to see people well into their 90’s willing to Have a Go at Seated Hockey, Pass Ball, Bean Bag Toss and Skittles. As you will see from some of the images participants had a great day and there were smiles all round.

The team taking out First Place was “Frederick Guest”, Second Place was “Balmoral Royals” and closely followed in Third Place by “Harman Park Community Centre”. The oldest competitor at the games was 104-year-old Nell Bentley from Rosewood. Best presented team was Ritcher Lodge “Ritcher Cowboys” who went to a lot of trouble theming the whole team as Cowboys and Cowgirls. Our thanks go out to the many volunteers helped set up and officiate at these games, a special thank you to participating centres staff who train and support participants.

Thank you to LiveLighter Healthway, Dept of Communities and Dept of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries for Sponsoring the LiveLighter Aged Care Games events

Photos from the Games can be viewed by CLICKING HERE

Thank you Ron Alexander

Ron Alexander

SRCWA would like to say a huge thank you Ron Alexander who was the Director General of the Department of Sport and Recreation from 1999-2017. Ron was instrumental in supporting SRCWA in many of its programs and services to the Seniors of WA and we are very grateful for his input. His contribution to Sport & Recreation industry in Western Australia will be long lasting and the team culture he built in the Department of Sport & Recreation during his time a Director General will continue. Once again on behalf of Seniors Recreation of WA we thank Ron for his friendship and support and wish him well for the future.

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