National Seniors Australia, operating in Albury since 1999, celebrates 40 years nationally

MILESTONE: Wilma Bowdery, Helen Black, Ruth Jack and Gwen Cullen celebrate the 40th birthday of National Seniors Australia, which has been providing support to over 50s on the Border since 1999. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

MILESTONE: Wilma Bowdery, Helen Black, Ruth Jack and Gwen Cullen celebrate the 40th birthday of National Seniors Australia, which has been providing support to over 50s on the Border since 1999. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

Since 1999, National Seniors Australia Albury have been a shoulder to lean on – and members who have been there from the start marked an organisation milestone on Wednesday.

Among the crowd celebrating NSA’s national 40th birthday at the Albury Botanic Gardens was branch president Helen Black.

“Seniors Australia’s chief executive does a lot of lobbying in Parliament around looking after the welfare of older people,” she said.

“Michael O'Neill was plugging hard for pensions and to stop government cuts.

“It’s a bit of a friendship group too and we have a meeting once a month.”

Secretary Gwen Cullen said Wednesday’s event was also about raising awareness of the service within the community.

“The advantage of our support group is we have someone representing us in Parliament,” she said.

“It’s very progressive and Australia-wide, so we’re trying to get it out there that people do get benefit from it.”

NSA meets at the Albury Club from 10am to midday on every second Wednesday of the month.

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