'Out to Lunch' is a very Noosa social habit and the Shire's senior set is taking advantage of a Council initiative to promote interaction, attending a series of subsidised lunch parties staged at Conxions Café in Noosaville.
One of the men who came to lunch for the inaugural event was Mayor Bob Abbot, who said today the programme follows the recommendations of the soon to be released Social Plan 2006-2016. "We have to encourage our older generation to get out of the house and socialise," he said. "To that end, Council is subsidising the series, keeping the cost down to $8 per person."
Community Development Project Officer Wendy Guthrie said the debut attracted 40 guests, who were entertained by comic poet Leon Tripp and serenaded by singer/guitarist Geoff Parnell. "The two-course lunches are planned on a monthly basis, the next to be held at Conxions on June 19th, followed by July 17th and August 21st.
"Bookings are essential, via Michael Shaw on 5449 5100 and free transport is available to anyone who needs it," she said. "We use Council's Respite Centre bus, which caters for any mobility problems.
"Council's Social Plan research identified a real need for seniors to establish and continue social connections. Although many of our seniors are very self sufficient members of Noosa society, some do need special support and encouragement to interact in the community. They may be restricted by lack of transport, decreased mobility, having friends and relatives move away or perhaps being new to the area themselves. Seniors Lunches will provide a means for them to get out and about to meet in a safe and friendly environment.
"If you would like to come along or know a friend, relative or neighbour who might just need a little coaxing to get out of the house and enjoy an outing, please reserve a place."
Graphic to the right: Leon Tripp entertaining the senior lunch set