Community & Business

4 November, 2022

Seniors plea for place to meet

A GROUP of senior women have been left with “no place” for their weekly meet up as vocal group member Norm Carey calls upon the Mareeba community for help.

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For 10 years, the group would spend their Tuesday mornings at the Mareeba PCYC until Covid hit, forcing the organisation to temporarily disband.

Since the beginning, Mr Carey, who is non-binary, has been a part of the women’s group and has been vocal about getting seniors together to socialise, getting their bodies and minds moving and was devasted when he learned they could no longer host the group.

Since restrictions have eased, the group has struggled to find somewhere to host their Tuesday morning meet up again.

Their main struggle currently is finding a place that does not require them to get public liability insurance and has accessibility for the women who cannot travel long distances.

“We play games like bingo and trivia and games where you have a hook over there and you have to throw a hair tie on it to win a game,” Mr Carey said.

“In my personal opinion, I think it is these games that they want the public liability insurance for, I think the games are the most important part of the group.”

Mr Carey put out a call on the Mareeba Community Noticeboard Facebook page and received responses from almost 200 locals offering a place for the group to go and have their Tuesday morning meet up.

Although the group are looking into many op-tions, they are open to any other ideas of where their senior’s group can go that is easy to access and affordable.

“It (the group) was the highlight of my week, and it was a highlight to the ladies,” Mr Carey said.

“We would all get excited when we would find out what we are doing next week, whether it be bingo or trivia.

“I miss them all very dearly.”

If anyone in the community knows of a venue for this senior women’s group, please comment on Courtney Mareeba’s post on the Mareeba Community Noticeboard Facebook page.


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