President’s Report

PresidentHi everyone,

Welcome to 2019. I suspect it’s going to be a very eventful and maybe tough year.

What a great Christmas party we had. Over 120 members came along for a morning of games, wining, dining and entertainment. View the photos from the party on the Social page.

Neil Kirby from our sponsor, Travel Masters, started the ball rolling with some very entertaining stories about his travel experiences including disasters, mishaps and funny events.

This was followed by Cedar Creek Wines who spoiled us with a wine tasting together with an explanation about what to look for in a good wine plus a few funny jokes. After the event we asked them for their invoice for the cost of the wines. They responded by saying that they thoroughly enjoyed their time with us and they would not be sending an invoice. We are most appreciative of their generosity.

Our Social Coordinator, Kay Fomiatti, has suggested that we organise trip up to the winery in Mt Tamborine in a few months.

Christmas Hamper

You will recall that we asked members to donate Christmas goodies to a Christmas Hamper that we could then distribute to other Gold Coast Seniors who were doing it tough.

Due to the generosity of a few of our members we were able to send 15 bags of goodies including Christmas puddings, shortbread biscuits, bon-bons, jars of olives and chocolates etc to Red Cross who distributed them to seniors in need.

Several people who received our gift hampers emailed their thanks and we received the following email from Linda Walk of Australian Red Cross:

“We wish to express our sincere thanks for your kind donation of Christmas hampers. 

Fifteen of our most vulnerable and socially isolated clients were extremely grateful to receive their hampers at this time.”


My thanks also go to those members who contributed.


Advocacy Activity

I’ll leave it to Charles to report the full detail of our Advocacy activities but suffice it to say we’re really ramping up our campaign against Labor’s proposal to cancel the refund of excess imputation credits.  You can see all the information on the Advocacy page.

Our Protest Meeting on 13th January saw over 170 people attend (100 members, 70 guests) of which 13 joined our association on the day. We received very broad TV coverage across the state and I even received a congratulatory phone call from Townsville.

At the time of writing we are preparing to attend the Inquiry hearing on the Gold Coast on 31st January with a number of members planning to come along.

This has involved a huge effort and commitment from our Advocacy Committee and I ask all members to continue to support Charles Dickson (chair), Jim Fountain, David Price and Krys Paszkiewicz in their work on our behalf.

Well, that’s all from me for this month. With an election coming up and Labor’s attack on retirees income, I think it’s going to be a busy year. I wish everyone all the best for 2019.

Cheers for now.

Rob Grover