There’s now an Exercise Physiologist at Beauty Point Retirement Resort

Exercise Physiology

Beauty Point Retirement Resort now has an accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) called Veronica Mina who’ll be seeing clients every Thursday at the resort. Exercise physiology is beneficial for all types of physical ailments and it’s recently been added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Because exercise physiology is now on the MBS, this means your visits to Veronica will be covered by Medicare. However, there are some conditions which apply so to find out more about this, refer to our detailed information at the end of this story.

You may not have heard about exercise physiologists much before. The fact is, exercise physiologists are experts in prescribing the right exercise to help you prevent and manage your chronic disease, helping you recover faster from surgery or an injury and at the same time helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Veronica will be doing her individual sessions in the gym and she may use the pool as well for hydrotherapy.

What makes an Exercise Physiologist different?
If you’re wondering what makes an Accredited Exercise Physiologist different to other exercise professionals, here’s a list of facts to help you out:
•    Exercise Physiologists are university qualified.
•    They’re eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers.
•    They can treat and work with all people. From those who want to improve their health and well being to those with, or at risk of developing, a chronic illness.
•    Over the past 10 years, the rate of GP referrals to exercise physiologists for exercise programs has quadrupled in Australia.
•    Just over half of the referrals for patients were made under a chronic disease management Medicare item number.

What can Veronica do for you?
Veronica recently visited the Beauty Point Retirement Resort and talked to a room full of interested residents. Her main message was: “Exercise is the best, cheapest, most accessible medicine available.”

She added many people can be living with a chronic condition or injury and they don’t know how to manage it: “You could have a chronic condition such as Diabetes, hypertension or arthritis, but you don’t know there are simple exercises you can do to help you manage it.”

Veronica continued, saying: “An accredited Exercise Physiologist can prescribe you the right exercise to help you recover faster from surgery or an injury.”

By doing exercise physiology sessions with Veronica, she said it’s possible to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness.

Veronica added that exercise physiologists use evidence based research in all their prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability exercise prescriptions.

Here’s a list of the health conditions an accredited exercise physiologist can help you treat and/or manage:
•    Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
•    Cardiovascular disease
•    Obesity
•    Different forms of cancer
•    Depression and mental health conditions
•    Arthritis and osteoporosis
•    Chronic respiratory disease and asthma
•    Musculoskeletal injuries
•    Neuromuscular disease
•    And many more

More about Veronica:
Veronica is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and an accredited member with Exercise Science and Sport Science Australia Organisation (ESSA).
She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science) and Honours in Neurophysiology of ACL injury to prevent knee reconstruction from the Western University of Sydney.

Veronica also holds her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology from Charles Sturt University and she’s currently completing her PhD in Knee Osteoarthritis.
She currently works as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Mega Therapy, a private clinical practice in Sylvania. She has also worked at Waratah Private Hospital in Hurstville.

The benefits of Exercise Physiology include:
•    Reduce joint pain and stiffness
•    Improve flexibility
•    Improve joint and muscular strength
•    Increase and maintain bone density
•    Improve balance
•    Decrease Depression & Fatigue
•    Increase Self-Confidence

What are the costs when you see Veronica?
•    One on One session with clients in the gym for $80 for one hour
•    Group Session in the gym for one hour covered by health fund (No gap)
•    Group Session in the hydrotherapy pool for one hour for covered by health fund (No gap)

To be able to take part in a Group Session, you will need to see Veronica for an initial personal consultation so she can see what you need to work on and what type of exercise will be beneficial to you.

During your initial personal consultation, Veronica will ask you questions about your current health and history; carry out a comprehensive assessment; develop your individualised exercise plan; set goals and a plan of action; and then give you an exercise prescription program.

What’s covered under your Medicare & Private Health Cover?
For one-on-one sessions for one hour, the price is $80 and you may be entitled to rebate from your private heath fund. Under Medicare, you’ll be covered if you have a doctors’ referral but there is a gap of $45. Additionally, the doctors’ referral only covers you for five sessions per year with either an Exercise Physiologist, a Physiotherapist or a Podiatrist.

If you have a half hour one-on-one session with Veronica, this is all covered by Medicare but the same limitation of five visits per doctors’ referral remains.
For Group Sessions, the full amount can be claimed under Medicare if you have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Group Sessions can be claimed under your private health fund and there’s no gap.

A chance to see wild bears in action

Wild bear

It’s not every day you get the chance to see wild bears in action – caught on camera as they catch wild salmon in their mouths at Brooks Falls in the Gulf of Alaska.

But that’s what Kevin Dennes enabled a packed room of residents at the Beauty Point Retirement Resort to do recently when he showed them a series of amazing photos he’d taken when he was at Brooks Falls in 2007.

Kevin has been a professional photographer since he was 18 and during that time, the bulk of his work was in the medical and scientific field of photography. But his own personal interest was always in taking photos of wildlife. As he said: “My own particular interest was taking photos in Africa and in the Antarctic and the Arctic – and of course the bears in Alaska.”

You may recognise these photos
At his presentation, Kevin told the audience they’d probably recognise these photos because they’re all shot in the same place that John West© used to shoot those salmon ads for so many years.

“This is the best place in the world you can get up close enough to actually get a good photo of the salmon jumping through the air. They’re trying to get over the falls as they swim upstream to the very place where they spawn, and of course, the bears will always be there waiting for them at the top of the falls.”

Kevin says getting a photo of the bear just as they grab the salmon in their jaws is a matter of timing as the photo has to be taken at the right “split second,” – usually at about ½,000th of a second!

After 2800 photos – the perfect one!
“You have to take the chance and take photos as fast as you can. I took about 2800 photographs to get the one photograph I was after,” he adds, showing us an amazing photo of a bear catching a salmon in its mouth, perfectly at the right moment.

When asked where the market is for this type of photograph. Kevin says an American wholesale travel bureau, selling travel in Alaska. He added: “It was used for several brochure covers and therefore it had to be of high quality.”

Getting to the right vantage point
Many of the places Kevin has taken photos in have not been easy to get to and Brooks Falls in the Gulf of Alaska is no exception. As he said: “You have to fly from Lake Hood in Anchorage by sea plane and then you have to fly for about four hours and land on the Brook’s Lake. Then you walk through the bush, along the Brook’s River for about two kilometres to the Brooks Falls.”

“The bush land is all bear country and one has to be very much on alert at all times.  As an aside, there are more seaplanes at Lake Hood than in the whole of the South Pacific! And there are more licensed aircraft pilots, per head of population living in Anchorage than any other city in the world!”

Once Kevin reached the right vantage point at Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park, he had to work fast because he knew his time would be limited: “We flew from Lake Hood very early. We knew we had to fly back by seaplane and the seaplanes have to land before dark at approximately 9pm – so we knew we only had so much time at the falls,” he said.

“I was there at the peak of the salmon run. This is the only place you can get a shot like this. The bears are gorging themselves so they can build up their fat stores for hibernation. They eat the heads, the roe and the skin of the salmon – but they don’t eat the flesh,” he explained. “That is left for the seagulls!”

Fourth time lucky for Beauty Point residents
This is the fourth time Kevin has shown some of his amazing photos at Beauty Point Retirement Resort. Previously he treated residents to a series of photos he’d taken on a tour of East Africa and later he showed some of his best photos from a tour of the Antarctic and at another, of the Arctic.

“I’ve done a tremendous amount of travel – most of it paid by someone else,” he said. “I’ve travelled on the seven continents and it’s been a wonderful experience for me.”

At one time, Kevin worked for the Etosha Lion Research  Centre in Namibia. This was a National Geographic research project. So most of the photography he did for them was used for research material to be used in scientific papers etc.








It was ‘Game On’ for Shuffleboard!

It was an exciting day when five teams came to play at the recent inter-village Shuffleboard Tournament at Beauty Point Retirement Resort. After an enjoyable lunch at the Beauty Point Resort’s restaurant, the five teams began what was a tightly-contested competition, umpired by Steve Mortimer.

The teams included:

•    The team from Mary Andrews Village in South Hurstville
•    The team from the BlueGum Lifestyle Resort in Thirlmere
•    The team from Southhaven Aged Care in Padstow Heights
•    The Frank Vickery Victors from Frank Vickery Village in Sylvania
•    The Boomers from Beauty Point Retirement Resort in Padstow Heights

The room was packed for the recent Shuffleboard Tournament at Beauty Point Retirement Resort.

Well-known for his fair umpiring, Steve opened the tournament and joked: “I’m open to bribes!”

Of course, he umpired in his usual fair and precise manner. Because of the large number of teams for this tournament, Steve asked each team to split in half and the first half of each team played the first round and the second half of each team played the second round.

The competition started after lunch and went on for some time in the competition room. In the end, the Boomers from Beauty Point won the overall competition but it was highly competitive tournament and all the teams played extremely well.

Next tournament will be in early 2019 at BlueGum Lifestyle Resort
The next inter village Shuffleboard Tournament will be held at the BlueGum Lifestyle Resort in Thirlmere. The Boomers’ captain, Alessandra Copeta, said: “We’re looking forward to the competition next year at Blue Gum Retirement Resort. We’ll have to travel to get there so we’re very excited.”

Keeping the passion for Shuffleboard alive
The Shuffleboard Inter-Village Tournament started years ago when Steve Mortimer thought it would be a good idea to set up a tournament within the retirement village community.

“My main focus is to hold the tournaments at lifestyle villages,” said Steve. “It’s just a great game and the good thing about it is, even if you’re a good player, you’re not going to win all the time. It keeps it exciting because theoretically, the last puck can still win the game and that keeps it exciting.”

Steve added: “It’s perfect for retirement villages because you can play from a Zimmer frame or even a wheel chair. It doesn’t matter because it’s the skill you have that wins the game.”

Every game was tightly contested.

Government change helps you downsize when you sell your family home

New government legislation which came in earlier this year has made it much more enticing to downsize by selling your family home because you are now able to contribute up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling your home to your superannuation fund.

Prior to this new legislation, a range of restrictions and caps meant you couldn’t contribute such a large sum. With this change, many Australians will stand to benefit by selling their home and moving to a retirement village with far more equity at their disposal, via their topped-up super fund.

By selling the family home, you’ve freed up the equity which has built up in your home and placed the money both in your pocket – and in your super, ultimately placing you in a far better position to pay for a new residence in a retirement village.

There are some restrictions

But there are some restrictions on this new legislation. For example, the home sold must have been owned by the person selling it for the past ten or more years and have been the place of principal residence for that person. Both members of a couple can contribute to their super fund under this policy from the proceeds of the sale.

Making a payment to your super in this way is often referred to as a downsizer contribution and is not a non-concessional contribution and will not count towards your contributions caps. The downsizer contribution can still be made if a person has a total super balance greater than $1.6 million.

Does this affect your pension?

If you contribute the money from the sale of your home to your super in this way, it will count towards the Age Pension assets test. Any change to your superannuation balance as a result of this measure will count towards the Age Pension assets test.

Here are a few extra pointers about your downsizer contribution:

  • It won’t affect your total super balance until your total super balance is re-calculated to include all your contributions on 30 June 2019 at the end of the financial year.
  • The downsizer contribution will count towards your transfer balance cap, currently set at $1.6 million. This cap applies when you move your super savings into retirement phase.
  • You can only make downsizing contributions for the sale of one home. You can’t access it again for the sale of a second home.
  • Downsizer contributions are not tax deductible and will be taken into account for determining eligibility for the age pension.
  • If you sell your home and make a downsizer contribution, there’s no requirement for you to purchase another home.

Eligibility for the downsizer measure

To be eligible to make a downsizer contribution to super, you need to be able to answer yes to all of the following points:

  • You’re 65 years old or older at the time you make a downsizer contribution – there’s no maximum age limit.
  • The amount you’re contributing is from the proceeds of selling your home where the contract of sale was exchanged on or after 1 July 2018.
  • Your home was owned by you or your spouse for 10 years or more prior to the sale.
  • Your home is in Australia and is not a caravan, houseboat or other mobile home.
  • The proceeds (capital gain or loss) from the sale of the home are either exempt or partially exempt from capital gains tax (CGT) under the main residence exemption, or would be entitled to such an exemption if the home was a CGT rather than a pre-CGT (acquired before 20 September 1985) asset.
  • You have provided your super fund with the downsizer contribution form either before or at the time of making your downsizer contribution.
  • You make your downsizer contribution within 90 days of receiving the proceeds of sale, which is usually the date of settlement.
  • You haven’t previously made a downsizer contribution to your super from the sale of another home.

Will contributions made under this measure be exempt from the $1.6 million transfer balance cap?

No. Only people who have remaining transfer balance cap space will be able to convert their contributions into a pension phase account where earnings are tax-free.

Will the $1.6 million balance threshold for making non-concessional contributions also apply to the special downsizing cap?

No. Restrictions on non-concessional contributions for people with balances above $1.6 million will not apply to contributions made under this new special downsizing cap.

Making multiple contributions

You can make multiple downsizer contributions from the proceeds of a single sale. But the total of all your contributions must not exceed $300,000 or the total proceeds of the sale less any other downsizer contributions that have been made by your spouse.

There are penalties which may be applied if the government identifies any downsizer contributions made by someone who wasn’t eligible to make such a contribution.

Timing is critical

You must make your downsizer contribution within 90 days of receiving the proceeds of sale – usually at the date of settlement. If you need an extension if time, you can ask for an extension and this may be granted if there are factors outside of your control.

For more information on this special downsizing contribution to your superannuation, you can contact the ATO’s call centre on 13 28 61 from Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm (AEDT) except for National Public Holidays. A limited extended service for enquiries will operate 10am – 2pm Saturday.

For some simple examples of how it all works, go to the ATO’s site here and scroll down to read the examples. You can also type in any of your questions to the ATO’s Virtual Assistant.

Why a blue light filter is so important for your glasses

Did you know it’s good to have a blue light filter on your glasses? It’s because we’re all exposed to so much blue light now from our wide-screen TVs, our mobile phones and our computers so we need to filter this light out. Without a filter, this light goes straight through to our retina and can cause irreversible damage.

This was one of the key messages from Nada Chami and Georgia Papadopoulos at a recent talk they gave to residents at Beauty Point Retirement Resort recently. Both Nada and Georgia are qualified optometrists and they visit the resort fortnightly on Wednesdays.

Nada reminded us to take the time to look after our eyes: “Your eyes are the window to your soul – and they are also the most sensitive part of your body,” she said. “The blue light from your phone and your laptop goes straight through to the back of your eye and eventually, it can cause macular degeneration.”

“A normal lens lets the blue light go through but if you have a filter fitted on your glasses, it won’t be able to get through to the eye,” Nada explained.

“We don’t know exactly what’s going to happen but with people looking at their phones and computers so much more these days, we do believe there’s going to be a problem in 10 or 20 years’ time,” she said.

Georgia added the blue filter “… can be placed on a new pair of glasses at a cost of only $30 to $40.”

UV filters are just as important

With our Australian sunlight, Georgia emphasised it’s just as important to wear high quality, polarised sunglasses whenever you’re outdoors because the UV light causes the same type of damage as the blue light.

As Georgia explained, UV light is very similar to blue light: “Because we have no filter or protection for UV light, the UV rays go straight through to the retina.”

“When this happens, it can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygium. So, it’s extremely important, especially here in Australia where the sunlight is particularly bright, that we all wear sunglasses whenever we’re outside – even in overcast weather,” she said.

So don’t put off that yearly eye test

Nada and Georgia both stressed the importance of making sure you have your annual eye test. As Nada said: “It’s important to have an eye test every year and check for cataracts and glaucoma. We all need to do this.”

Because Nada and Georgia now come to the Beauty Point Retirement Resort, this is so much easier to do. Residents of the resort can have all of their important eye tests done right here with Nada and Georgia.

All you need to do is call Shani or Mary at the front desk of the Beauty Point Retirement Resort and they’ll book you in. Nada and Georgia are here at the resort on a fortnightly basis on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 2pm. They can also do home visits if requested.

Bulk billing means no cost to you

If you come in for an eye examination with Nada and Georgia, it will be bulk billed by Medicare so there’ll be no cost for your appointments.

If you’d like to order glasses, they can offer you a wide choice of frames and lenses from the cheapest to the most expensive. As Nada said: “Life’s too short for boring glasses!”

Any glasses you buy are all claimable on your health fund if you have one. There’s no delay on this refund because it’s claimed immediately.

As well, Nada and Georgia can give you pamphlets with information about nutrition and supplements so you can keep your eyes in optimal health. They’ll also give you an Amsler Grid Eye Exam card so you can keep checking your eyes yourself in between visits.

To make an appointment with Nada and Georgia, call Shani or Mary at the front desk of the Beauty Point Retirement Resort on (02) 8708 4700 and book in a time.


Free, independent advice for your retirement

The Financial Information Service (FIS) is a great government service which was set up as the ‘Financial Information Service for Pensioners’ 29 years ago. It’s been helping older Australians make better decisions about their finances for all of those years, giving them free, independent and confidential advice about retirement, aged care and any taxation implications.

Because the FIS was so popular, in 1991, the Department of Human Services expanded it so now people of all ages and all walks of life are able to increase their financial knowledge by accessing the FIS, regardless of their age or income.

Anyone can access this free service
To access the FIS you simply call up the Department of Human Services on its FIS booking phone line – 132 300 – and ask to speak to an FIS Officer. They will be able to give you advice over the phone or if they are busy, they’ll be able to schedule a call back at a later time.

If you’d rather talk with someone face-to-face you can make an appointment to see an FIS Officer and talk with them, asking your questions about your finances. You can also check out what FIS seminars are being held near you and attend one of these. FIS seminar topics include ‘Understanding your pension and your options’ and they also cover what government payments and services you’re eligible for if your financial situation changes.

The FIS informs people about matters such as:
•    Investing principles
•    Superannuation
•    Retirement planning
•    Aged care costs and taxation implications

Once you have access to all of this information, you’ll be better able to:
•    Understand your own financial affairs and options
•    Understand financial planners and how to use their advice
•    Save and plan for the future through investing
•    Plan for your retirement and increase your overall retirement income
•    Understand what are the costs involved when you move into aged care

It’s important to keep in mind that FIS Officers are not financial planners or counsellors and so they won’t sell you financial advice nor will they tell you how to invest your money. But they will teach you how to understand financial advisors and how to use their advice for your circumstances.

A free, impartial service
As Financial Information Service officer, Justin Bott explains: “The Financial Information Service is a free, impartial service to help people understand their financial situation and helps them make educated decisions about their finances.”

“We listen to what seniors want to hear about and answer their questions on these accounts and in podcasts,” he adds.

As well he adds: “The Seniors Update Facebook and Twitter accounts are a great way for us to stay in touch with seniors.”

To find out more about the FIS
To find out when an FIS seminar is being held in your local area, just head to the Department of Human Services’ website and you’ll find all the information you need here.

The website will show all the upcoming FIS seminars by state  so take a look here.

Bookings are essential and people can book by emailing the department at or calling the FIS seminar booking phone line on 136 357.

You can also phone 132 300 and ask to speak to a Financial Information Service Officer.

Why chiropractic care helps you – the older patient

Many people use chiropractic care to ease their aches and pains and it usually helps them become more mobile and flexible. Now you can try out chiropractic care right here at Beauty Point Retirement Resort because Dr Dylan Harvey – who holds a Bachelor of Chiropractic & Health Sciences and a Masters of Chiropractic – visits the resort every two weeks to see clients.

Dr Harvey has worked with many people to improve their movement, posture and strength. He also focuses on stability training and falls prevention. He’s been a practicing chiropractor for four years since graduating from Macquarie University after completing three years of a Bachelor degree in Chiropractic & Health Sciences, followed by a further two years study for his Masters’ degree.

Who benefits from chiropractic care?
Recently, Dr Harvey gave a talk to interested residents at the resort and he started out by saying: “You may well ask – who benefits from chiropractic care? And the answer is ‘anyone.’”

Dr Dylan Harvey is a chiropractor who visits Beauty Point Retirement Resort every second Monday. To book in, just call the front desk and you can get an appointment to see him.

“We have babies and it goes all the way up to patients in their 90s,” he added. “I have a real passion for helping others with their health. We’re analysing the body as a whole – we’re looking for dysfunction anywhere because we want to balance that,” he said.

Dr Harvey added that chiropractic care is the third largest profession in Australia within the health care system: “It might shock you to learn this, but it’s not just about the spine.”

“We want to look at the body as a whole. As chiropractors, we try and find the underlying cause for symptoms. We are trained to find out where a problem starts. It’s not just pain we’re treating – we’re treating the whole system. The pharmaceutical industry is a trillion dollar industry but people are looking for alternatives to this way of treating their health now,” he said.

Exercise and keeping mobile are so important
“We use spinal manipulative therapy and this works very well with the older population. But there are other factors which are very important. Exercise is so important – if you’re keeping active and walking around and you combine this with some carefully regulated exercise, we tend to see very good results,” he said.

Falls prevention is critical
“Falls prevention is critical as we age. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury for people over the age of 65,” he added, saying there are many risk factors associated with falls so it’s vitally important to help older patients prevent falls as much as possible.

Motion is the lotion
Dr Harvey emphasised that arthritis can be a big factor as you age: “There’s over 100 different types of arthritis so this is something that affects many people.” He said people often become inflexible as they age but they don’t realise flexibility refers to the length of the muscle – so it is possible to change. “Muscles are controlled by our nervous system and to make them more flexible, ‘motion is the lotion,’” he added.

So basically, Dr Harvey’s message was, if you want to keep flexible, you need to keep mobile and moving as much as possible or your muscles will tend to become more and more inflexible.

But he did add that when he sees patients, the care he gives is specific to each person: “Two people with exactly the same presentation of pain can require completely different courses of treatment. Examination is the key – we need to know where the problem is coming from,” he added.

Relief from pain
As far as treatment goes, Dr Harvey said the first step is to get the patient out of any pain they’re experiencing. “Once we’re treating you and you find you’re experiencing less pain, you’ll find you also have better balance and better body control.”

“If someone has an aversion to having their spine cracked, then it probably won’t help them. So we want it to be a two-way street and we won’t do anything you don’t want us to do,” he said.

“We have to be across all of the underlying conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. We look at how long your condition has been going on and what we can do to get you on the road to recovery,” he added.

Dietary changes can help
To achieve full relief from pain and discomfort, Dr Harvey said some dietary changes may need to be made: “You may need to limit your wine or cheese but you may not want to do this. We can look at all of these lifestyle factors and goals and look at how to plan your day so it all works best for you. We have to zero in on all of these and find a plan you’ll be happy with,” he added.

20% off your initial consultation
If you’d like to try a chiropractic session with Dr Harvey, he’s offered to take 20% off each new patient’s initial consultation. “I’d love to see you. I’ll be here at Beauty Point Retirement Resort a couple of Mondays a month,” he said.

To make an appointment with Dr Dylan Harvey, call Shani or Mary at the front desk of the Beauty Point Retirement Resort on (02) 8708 4700 and they’ll book an appointment for you.

Mark Barron returns as head chef at the Beauty Point Restaurant

The Beauty Point Retirement Resort is happy to announce that Mark Barron has returned as the head chef for the Beauty Point Bar & Grill Family Restaurant.

Mark’s already back cooking the hearty home cooked meals everyone loves. He used to work at the resort five years ago and says he’s glad to be back.

“I missed working here after getting to know many of the residents and staff,” he said. “I tend to know what they like. They want their hearty home cooked meals like corned beef and cabbage – and other meals like that.”

Mark started out as an apprentice chef for Ansett and worked for them for 15 years. He then worked as a chef at the Mercantile Hotel in the Rocks for 12 years until around 2011, he came to work at Beauty Point Bar & Grill Family Restaurant. After being here for some time he moved on to work as a private caterer.

But now he’s back at Beauty Point seven days a week, which means he’s very busy but his wife, Lorraine, is helping him as well as his assistant so the work load doesn’t get too much.

Beauty Point Bar & Grill Family Restaurant reviews

The Beauty Point Bar & Grill Family Restaurant has lots of customers from the resort but people also come from the local area. We spoke to two Beauty Point Resort residents and asked them why they enjoy going to the restaurant and here’s what they had to say.

Maree Jones and her husband, John, have been residents of the Beauty Point resort for six and a half years now. They enjoy dining at the restaurant a great deal. As Maree said: “We’re very happy to see Mark back. We do enjoy going to the restaurant immensely. We sometimes go three or four times a week, particularly if family or friends are visiting. Everyone enjoys the lovely dining room and that beautiful view – it all adds to the pleasure.”

“We have a roast dinner on Sunday and it’s very enjoyable. It’s such reasonable pricing because you get a bread roll along with your meal, a glass of wine, plus a dessert and coffee – and it’s all for $18!” she added.

“We love the desserts like bread and butter pudding and apple strudel. It’s all particularly enjoyable in the winter months,” Maree said.

Judy Parkins has been living at the Beauty Point resort for over a year now and she said: “The restaurant provides a wonderful service and the servings are generous. There’s a Sunday roast and for what you get, it’s a very reasonable price!”

“As well as the food being well cooked, the presentation’s wonderful. The winter menu is full of great meals like Irish stew, corned beef cabbage and mash and Chicken Parmigiana. If sometimes you don’t feel like going to the restaurant, they’ll deliver it for you,” Judy added.

Judy said recently, she asked Mark if he could do a high tea for her as she wanted to have a few people over to celebrate her retirement. Mark said yes and Judy says he and his staff really went out of their way. The end result was, according to Judy, “Magnificent!”

“Mark had all these beautiful cups and plates and tiers of scones, plus these amazing individual desserts. The service was wonderful and we had the choice of about 15 different types of teas. In the end, we had over 50 people there and it worked really well. I think Mark can really cater for any occasion,” she added.

The Beauty Point Bar & Grill Family Restaurant is open for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm and for dinner from 5.30pm to 8.00pm. Call on 02 8708 4713 for bookings or just drop in.




Beauty Point resident carries Commonwealth Games baton

Maureen Shepherd, a resident of Beauty Point Retirement Resort for the past seven years and a champion rifle shooter, was a baton bearer for the Commonwealth Games opening earlier this year.

When asked what it felt like to run with the Commonwealth Games baton, Maureen says: “It was great. I was pretty nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. Some people from the resort came to watch and all my family came which was fantastic.”

“It was quite an honour,” Maureen adds. “You have to go through a long selection process as well as security process, so I was very lucky to do it.”

Maureen Shepherd was a baton bearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay on 4th February 2018 at Sydney Olympic Park.

Shooting as a sport runs in the family

Maureen says she’s always loved rifle shooting as her father was a champion shooter: “I grew up more or less on a rifle range,” she laughs. “My daughter’s in the Brisbane team now and my grandson started the day he turned 12 so it definitely runs in the family!”

Maureen joined the NSW Ladies State Rifle Team which was established in 1967.  “We shoot 7.62 rifles. Women weren’t allowed to be full members at first but now we are.”

Even though she’s now older in years, Maureen says she still shoots for the women’s team if they’re short: “I still compete on Saturdays. I’m often the reserve.”

She’s also been working as the coach for the Brisbane Women’s team as their State Championships are coming up soon. Previously, she coached a NSW team against a Scottish team, and she adds: “The NSW team won!”

It’s a lifelong passion

Maureen admits she’s given up a lot of other things so she could achieve excellence in her passion for shooting. “It’s been my work and my passion all at the same time. I’ve travelled all over Australia with it,” she adds.

She emphasises there are very strict regulations concerning the sport to keep it safe for everyone concerned: “…it’s one of the best sports you can be involved in – and it’s one of the safest!”

“I’ve met the best people from all walks of life. It’s just a great sport,” she says.

Beauty Point Boomers win the April Shuffleboard Tournament!

At the recent inter-village Shuffleboard Tournament, held at Beauty Point Retirement Resort, the Beauty Point Boomers were the overall winners!

It was a tightly-contested Tournament and while the Frank Vickery Victors from Frank Vickery Village and the Mary Andrews Village team played extremely well, in the end it was the Beauty Point Boomers who won the Tournament.

The trophy for the inter-village Shuffleboard Tournament.

As the Boomers’ captain, Alessandra Copeta, said: “We were very happy about it. There were quite a few people watching – people from Beauty Point and some people from the other villages – so we all had fun.”

“Of course, we love the game, so that makes it even easier,” she added. “We play twice a week here at the resort so we keep up-to-speed.”

The last puck can win so it stays exciting

The Shuffleboard Inter-Village Tournament started years ago when Steve Mortimer, who used to play rugby for the Bulldogs, thought it would be a good idea to set up a tournament within the retirement village community.

“My main focus is to hold the tournament at lifestyle villages. It’s just a great game and the good thing about it is, even if you’re a good player, you’re not going to win all the time,” he said. “It keeps it exciting because theoretically, the last puck can still win the game and that keeps it exciting.”

Steve added: “It’s perfect for retirement villages because you can play from a Zimmer frame or even a wheel chair. It doesn’t matter because it’s the skill you have that wins the game.”