The Dapto Team
The afternoon before the conference the Dapto delegates and observers took the train to Sydney to book in at our accommodation. Afterwards we assembled at the nearby Great Southern Hotel for light refreshments and, for some, an evening meal.
During the evening we were joined by the members of the ABC Classic FM staff from all over the state in town for fun and frolics (one of whom kindly took this photo).
The CPSA Conference
On the following morning our delegates arrived at the conference venue bright eyed and bushy tailed to sign in at 8.30am.
Early on the first day they were very proud to witness a member of Dapto Seniors being presented with a well deserved Association Life Membership. The presentation was made by Dr Michael Wynne, a guest speaker.
The conference takes place over two days and frankly is shambolic, it was very hard to hear or understand the Chairperson (our table was near the back as usual) and the proceedings certainly made our club meetings look very slick and well managed. However we muddled through and it has to be said the provided food was fine.
Our President once again gave his Bush Telegraph report about the activities at Dapto Branch of the CPSA including information about our craft group making laundry bags for the Defence Force (Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags), he also mentioned our many weekly activities, this web site, our history and our brochure. He also gave a report on the activities of the South Coast Area Council.
The Guest Speakers
This year all the guest speakers were very good though, at times, it was hard to hear what they were saying or see the slides on the screen. Head Office is going to send out copies of the slides in the near future.
“Is Aged Care a failed system and what can we do about it?”
Presented by Dr Michael Wynne from Aged Care Crisis
“Why are energy prices so high?”
Presented by Thea Bray; Project Officer for Energy and Water within the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
“Financial rights and vulnerabilities”
Presented by Diana Bernard from Seniors Rights Service
At our next branch meeting on 15th November our President will make a full report about the conference and the ‘goings on’.