Active seniors proud of their group’s many achievements

Senior Citizens Centre administrator Leanne Kendrick and GCCOTA committee member Len Woodman are proud of what they have achieved for the seniors in Gladstone.
Senior Citizens Centre administrator Leanne Kendrick and GCCOTA committee member Len Woodman are proud of what they have achieved for the seniors in Gladstone. Mike Richards GLADV031013SENR

A "GROUP of oldies" in Gladstone has taken the wellbeing of seniors into its own hands... and come out on top.

The Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing is the driving force behind the Port Curtis Senior Citizens Centre, Gladstone Heritage Retirement Village and a volunteer bus service.

President Edgar Allen said the hard work was worth it.

"We've had a heck of a lot of work with the government and with the Gladstone Regional Council," Mr Allen said.

"The council have come really good and helped us out at a time we needed it."

The spritely 72-year-old took over the presidential duties about 13 years ago, from Clive Dahl.

"I believe in doing things ourselves and helping out the aged community," he said.

Fellow committee member for 11 years, Len Goodman, and Port Curtis Senior Citizens Centre administrator for 12 years, Leanne Kendrick, said they were proud to be part of the proactive committee.

Len said he was particularly fond of their achievements in 2004, when Labor minister for housing Robert Schwarten said the government had discontinued housing grants.

Senior Citizens Centre administrator Leanne Kendrick and GCCOTA committee member Len Woodman are proud of what they have achieved for the seniors in Gladstone.
Senior Citizens Centre administrator Leanne Kendrick and GCCOTA committee member Len Woodman are proud of what they have achieved for the seniors in Gladstone. Mike Richards GLADV031013SENR

"Basically, he said the only way you can get any more assistance is to do it yourself," Len said.

The committee got approval to build Gladstone Heritage Retirement Village on state government land at no charge.

The government also commended the group's organised bus services.

A volunteer service transports retirement village patrons to facilities in Gladstone and the Rotary Medical Bus takes patients to Rockhampton to visit a specialist, when necessary.

The latter was funded by Santos GLNG for $250,000 and so far 1500 people have benefited from this service.

"It's unique for a committee to do this," Leanne said.

"A lot of people don't think this is possible... there is nothing else like it."

Oldies group

  • The committee formed on April 8, 1975.
  • Its first project was to create a centre where Gladstone and district seniors could meet and have access to various community activities and services. In 1982, the Senior Citizens Centre opened and provides facilities to about 300 patrons each week.
  • A reliable bus service was organised next. It has been replaced a number of times, with the last one supported by a grant from Jupiter's Casino in 2006.
  • The group's ongoing focus since 1995 has been providing available affordable accommodation for the frail and aged.
  • Under the group's management, when the units in the Gladstone Heritage Retirement Village are completed, which will bring the total to 98, it will have $26 million in assets.

GCCOTA invites interest from volunteer helpers

THE Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing consists of committed volunteers.

The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

The executive is:

  • Edgar Allen: president
  • Dorothy Horn: vice president
  • Kay Lee: secretary
  • John Fieldus: treasurer

Committee members are:

  • Lennard Woodman
  • John Lee
  • Desmond Robson
  • Hunter McInnes
  • Craig Butler
  • Pat O'Mara

Leanne Kendrick is the Senior Citizens' Centre administrator, assisted by Karen Harth, Anne Ogoesby and Elina Schmith

If you're interested in joining the committee or helping during functions, call the Senior Citizens' Centre on 4972 4465.



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