The South Eastern Times : June 18th 2015
NEWS 11 Video callers take advantage of NBN NATIONAL Broadband Network (NBN) research has revealed more than 30pc of grandparents use video calling applications to keep in-touch with their grandchildren. Research commissioned by the company building Australia’s broadband network has identified a new wave of GranTechies - grandparents who embrace fast broadband and smart devices to form deeper connections with their family and loved ones. The majority of grandparents surveyed use the internet to connect with their children, grandchildren and other family members. Grandparents are increasingly using FaceTime or Skype to stay in-touch with their grandchildren, while more than half are using Facebook and email to connect with their children. More than two thirds of grandparents who use the internet to communicate with their family do so on a weekly basis. Smartphone users aged 55 and over are the fastest growing segment in Australia, increasing by 28pc in the past 12 months. Tablet users aged 65 and over are the second fastest growing demographic and have increased by 46pc. More than half of grandparents agree using the internet made them feel more connected, helping them overcome feelings of loneliness and social isolation. ADVERTISEMENT A gift for living TRANSFORMED: Peter Feast transformed the family farm to remain productive through agroforestry, from a bare and windy place to presently having 40pc tree cover and diverse income sources. Land vegetation benefits in focus LANDHOLDERS and community members interested in growing and managing vegetation for shelter, profit or conservation are encouraged to attend a free information day and on-farm walk this weekend. The day introduces the concept of agroforestry, highlighting the benefits trees and vegetation offer, including a focus on tree products, such as sawlogs, bush foods, honey, seed, firewood, shiitake mushrooms and truffles, which can diversify income and increase farm productivity. The first Master TreeGrower Program to take place in the South East will also be launched on the day. Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced growers who have a plantation on their property, but do not know what to do with it, the course will run through July and August, shifting through the region, driven by participant interest. Topics include property planning and revegetation design, growing trees to produce products and services, thinning and pruning, bush foods, maximising productivity through shade and shelter, trees and biodiversity, measuring trees and products, choosing species and accessing markets. A peer group mentoring program to strengthen community networks and retain knowledge in productive and diverse farming systems will follow the Master TreeGrowers Program. The course and information day will be held at the Allendale East Hall on Sunday from 10am to 3pm. The session will be followed by an on-farm walk at Peter Feast’s property For more information contact Becky McCann on 0409 842 471. OVER 50 YEARS IN MILLICENT, AND STILL GOING STRONG. Millicent has changed over the years – but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed and that’s our commitment to customer service. And when it comes to helping locals with their financial needs, there’s no substitute to being, well, local. Call in today and say hello to Branch Manager Hazel Rigby and her friendly team. Stay Connected: commbank.com.au Visit: 56 George Street Call: 8733 2233 Commonwealth Bank Millicent, circa 1960 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au The South Eastern Times, Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 11 If you’re aged 50-74 you’ll be sent a free bowel cancer screening kit. The kit is simple to use and can detect bowel cancer before any symptoms appear. Around 80 Australians die of bowel cancer every week, but if detected early, up to 90% of cases can be successfully treated. So be sure to complete and return your kit. It’s a gift that could save your life. If you’re over 74 talk to your GP. By 2020 people aged 50-74 will receive a kit every two years.
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