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20 Wednesday February 22, 2017
Friday, February 24
The Snowy Mountains Regatta is on from Friday to
Sunday with racing set down across the three days. On
Friday there in an invitational race at 5.30pm before racing
heats up on Saturday and Sunday with three races from
Saturday, February 25
The Annual Resource and Waste Expo at Jindabyne
Memorial Hall starts at 10am, and runs through till 3pm. The
informative day will showcase the three r’s: reduce, reuse,
and recycle. There are onsite tours at Burchalls Recycling
Facility between 1-2.30pm and at the Compost Farm from
2-3.30pm. RSVPs are required, contact Snowy Monaro
Regional Council on 1300 345 345 or email at council@
Thredbo Super Enduro is back for 2017 with action
across the weekend. There is $15,000 in cash and prizes to
Bombala will hold its inaugural Rotary Markets at Railway
Parkland between 8am-2pm. There is expected to be plenty
of interest for the markets and to book a stall or for more
information contact Tanya on 0408 301 813 or Geraldine on
0448 351 962.
At the Cooma Multifunction Centre the always popular
Duntroon Show Band Concert makes a return. People can
enjoy music from the 30s, 40s and 50s with military and
modern music also included. The concert starts at 2pm
and tickets can be purchased at the Cooma Visitors Centre,
Cooma Ex-Services Club, or at the door. All proceeds go to
Sir William Hudson Memorial Centre.
Sunday, February 26
The Cooma Ex-Services Club is hosting a fundraiser for little
Zac with a fashion parade, plus fairies and elves, raffles, dancers
and music. It starts at 2pm, so head along for a parade of
beautiful gowns, Rosie O’Sullivan dancers, and music from Jay
Podger. For more information call Valmai on 6452 1613.
Summer on Monaro – 38 degrees one
Saturday, followed by a frost on Monday
morning and, a week later, snow on them
Variety is the spice of life, is it not?
The Postman saw, with some envy,
stalls at the Cooma markets on Sunday
which were selling locally-grown fruit and
The anti-growth fairy has been very active
in The Postman’s garden this summer.
She has dodged the chillis and tomatoes,
but has been giving the pumpkins a hard
But, it looks like 2017 is going to be
known as the No Pumpkin year on the
Monaro...unless there are some clever
clogs who have managed to beat the
This Saturday, market-goers will have the
chance to see if gardeners in the southern
Monaro have been more adept.
The Bombala Rotary markets have
attracted more than 60 stalls...there must
be a few home grown veggies amongst
Well, around Australia we have the Big
Banana, Big Prawn, Big Ram and now, in
Cooma town, we have the Big Elm.
It appears the elms in Bombala Street are
not only rare, but the biggest on their type
in the world.
Just think how big they’d be now if they
hadn’t been “pruned” (AKA butchered) a
couple of years ago.
Anyway, with a naturally occurring “BIG”
thing might be time for Cooma to develop
the Big Elm Festival? Hopefully this new-
found status will protect the trees.
The same variety growing alongside
Cooma Back Creek seems to have
experienced some cataclysmic event.
No longer green and inviting, the trees
are now dead, unsightly and pose a fire
Pretty sure the blackberries are okay,
Dramatic new dementia figures reveal
multi-billion dollar cost
The number of people with dementia in
Australia has soared to more than 400,000
and almost 139,000 in NSW - with an
estimated cost to the community of more
than $14 billion this year alone, a new report
has found. The research predicts this number
will climb by another $4 billion in just eight
years as the number of people living with the
condition continues to rise dramatically.
The report, The Economic Cost
of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056,
commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia and
has found that if nothing is done to reduce
the incidence of dementia, the cost will
blow out to more than $18 billion by 2025,
in today’s dollars, and more than double
to $36 billion in less than 40 years as the
number of people with dementia soars, from
an estimated 413,000 people in 2017, to
536,000 people by 2025 and a staggering
1.1 million people by 2056.
In NSW, there is an estimated 138,700
people with dementia in 2017, which is
estimated to increase to 175,000 by 2025
and 326,000 by 2056, which is estimated
to cost NSW $4.7 billion in 2017, which is
expected to soar to $5.96 billion in eight
years, by 2025, and to $10.6 billion by 2056.
In the Monaro state electorate there is
estimated to be 1,200 people living with
dementia, which is expected to increase to
an estimated 1,650 people by 2025 and
3,350 by 2056.
Nationally, that translates to an estimated
244 new cases of dementia each day this
year alone, which will grow to an estimated
318 people per day by 2025 and more than
650 per day people by 2056.
However, the report also found that just
a five per cent reduction in the number of
people with dementia over the age of 65
could lead to savings of $5.7 billion from
2016-25, and a staggering $120.4 billion by
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW CEO The Hon.
John Watkins said the figures contained in
the report, by the University of Canberra’s
National Centre for Social and Economic
Modelling (NATSEM), were alarming and a
very big wake-up call and has renewed the
call for a funded National Dementia Strategy
to deal with the issue, along with a greater
focus on risk reduction measures.
“Dementia, which is a National Health
Priority Area, is one of the major chronic
diseases of this century,” Mr Watkins said.
“It is already the second leading cause
of death in Australia and we know that the
impact is far reaching.
“Despite the social and economic impact
we still do not have a fully-funded national
strategy to provide better care and outcomes
for people who are living with dementia now,
nor are we taking risk reduction seriously in
order to try to reduce the numbers of people
living with dementia in the future.
“The time for action is now. If we don’t do
something now, the cost is going to continue
to grow to unsustainable levels.”
In the 2017-18 pre-budget submission
to the Federal Government, Alzheimer’s
Australia has called for a staged approach
to implementing a funded National Dementia
Strategy, with immediate action on funding:
• for a more comprehensive risk reduction
program to raise awareness of brain health
and the links between lifestyle and health
factors and the risk of developing dementia,
cognitive impairment and other chronic
conditions ($3 million);;
• to develop a consumer-based Quality
in Dementia Care program to improve aged
care services, both in residential aged care
and in the community ($1 million);;
• to improve access to quality respite care
to better support people with dementia living
in the community, their families and carers
Dawn and Glyn McKay have welcomed
calls for improvements to dementia care and
Dawn’s husband Glyn was diagnosed with
vascular dementia six years ago, and attends
respite twice a week, which Dawn said was
appropriate and engaging.
“It is so important for people with dementia
to be able to continue to have social
engagement,” Mrs McKay said.
“People living with dementia need quality
community, aged care and respite options.”
Mrs McKay said that in addition to
improvements to quality care, respite and
support options, she would like to see
dementia research given similar priority to
other chronic health conditions.
Deputy Director at the Institute for
Governance and Policy Analysis at the
University of Canberra’s National Centre for
Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM)
Professor Laurie Brown said the significance
of these new, national dementia figures could
not be under-estimated.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100
500 An interpreter service is available (The
National Dementia Helpline is an Australian
Government Initiative) Dementia is a National
Health Priority Area www.fightdementia.org.
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