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Welcome to our Autumn edition of Get Moving Greater Bendigo.

We hope you enjoy our first newsletter for 2021 and find some useful information to support you to stay active, healthy and connected over our lovely autumn period.

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If you know of other activities in the community for older adults please email so we can include them in our next newsletter.
Get out and about in our lovely region with free public transport
Free public transport for Seniors Card and Carer Card holders from 21 - 28 March 2021. This free public transport week is happening in March 2021, after the October Seniors Festival free travel was pushed back from 2020 due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and public health guidelines.

Victorian Senior Card holders and Carer Card holders will be able to jump on public transport for free to visit attractions across Melbourne as well as regional and rural locations for a variety of exciting activities and attractions. Includes Melbourne trains, buses, trams, and regional V/Line trains and buses. Cardholders will need to carry their myki and Seniors card or Carer card and touch on and off as usual.

For more information and to book a reserved service contact  PTV Call Centre – 1800 800 007 or online at
Some regional events during the week of free public transport

Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary
Bendigo Art Gallery present Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary, a retrospective exhibition on the iconic British fashion designer Dame Mary Quant. 

The exhibition explores the years between 1955 and 1975, when Mary Quant revolutionised the high street, harnessing the youthful spirit of the sixties and new mass production techniques to create a new look for women. Drawing on the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, Dame Mary Quant’s Archive and private collections, the exhibition brings together over 110 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches, photographs and even Quant’s own line of fashion dolls, known as Daisy dolls, a rival to Barbie.

Quant personified the energy and fun of swinging London and was a powerful role model for the working woman. Challenging conventions, she popularised the miniskirt, colourful tights and tailored trousers – encouraging a new age of feminism. 

More information and tickets are available on the Bendigo region website

Enjoy free public transport (from 21-28th March) to Castlemaine to enjoy the Castlemaine State Festival. The Festival began in 1976 and has now grown to become Australia’s longest running flagship regional arts festival.

The Festival presents a thrilling program of events encompassing performance, music, literature, visual arts and film and is known as major contributor in connecting people and developing social wealth within the regional community.

To see the full festival program and to get tickets go to the festival website

To find out about more activities, attractions and events you can enjoy around the Bendigo, Heathcote, Castlemaine and Maldon regions head to the Bendigo Region website
FREE online Get Moving Chair-based exercise classes for Older Adults are back.
Get Moving Online Zoom Exercise class
Weekly at 1pm on Thursday's 

About the class

Join Claire form Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre for live Get Moving weekly exercise session for Older Adults.
Claire will take you through a 45 min low impact strength and movement session to keep your body moving, using simple routines, stretches to improve strength and bone health.
Our class is designed especially for older adults of all abilities.
All exercises can be done seated or standing.

  • You will need an internet-connected device to participate.
  • You can join the class from a computer, laptop, IPad, Tablet, IPhone or Android phone.
  • You can chose to have your microphone and video on or off during the class.
  • Before the session make sure you have a clear space to exercise safely, a chair and a water bottle.
For more information or to register email Michelle McAuley at

IMPORTANT: These sessions will be run using Zoom. You will need an internet-connected device to participate. An event link will be emailed to you closer to the session.    
Get Moving with Bike Bendigo over 65 and Community Rides

Bike Bendigo is running weekly supported social rides for over 65s on a Tuesday morning from 23 March to 1 June (except for Easter Tuesday), funded by the City of Greater Bendigo. Rides will start and finish from Lake Weeroona. 

The rides aim to help over 65s get active again. You don't need to be fit or a confident rider: the ride session will include guidance and support if you need to brush up on your riding skills. 

It's all about having fun, getting social and having a go, then relaxing together over a cuppa. 
They're free, but bookings are essential

Register now
Or contact us to for more information or to book (include your name, contact number and which weeks you would like to attend).

The next Bike Bendigo Community Ride is April 11. Please register through the link below and like Bike Bendigo Facebook page to stay up to date with event.  details

It is wonderful see face to face activities happening throughout Bendigo again. To find an activity or join and connect with local events, clubs, groups and organisations visit the new community website CONNECT Greater Bendigo.

Browse the CONNECT website site here: 
If you are a member of a community group or organisation CONNECT Greater Bendigo would love for you to register on the website.
Goldfields Libraries is currently working to develop a plan for library services across our region for the next ten years and beyond. We want to hear community opinions to ensure we deliver a service that meets your needs and interests and makes our community proud.

If you're part of our senior community and would like to get involved in shaping our library services moving forward, please come along to our special interest group meeting on Monday 29 March, 12:30-1:30pm at the Bendigo Library. Bookings are required. 

You can also have your say by completing our survey - either online or on paper at your local library.
More details and bookings here:

Introduction to family history online - Thursday 25 March, 2-3pm, Castlemaine Library

Discover how to research your family history online, with tips and tricks on getting the most out of the internet, step-by-step guides on beginning your family tree and more. Bring your own device, or we can bring one or you
Introduction to MyGov - Monday 29 March, 2-3pm, Bendigo Library

Find out how MyGov can make managing your online government services easy and convenient. We’ll guide you step by step how to set up and use your MyGov account safely, claim medical expenses and control who sees your My Health Record information.

To register for Be Connected events go to the eventbrite website: 

Bendigo Carers - final event for the series
The last 12-months have been tough, so to help us all relax and unwind, we’re bringing one of Australia’s best-known comedians to your loungeroom! 

Comedian Dave O'Neil

Join in on Tuesday 23 March from 7-8pm for some light-hearted fun with comedian of 30 years Dave O'Neil. Dave has featured on TV shows such as The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention, Hughsey, We Have a Problem, and Spicks & Specks. He is also the author of several books. His latest, The Summer of ‘82, is almost a best seller!

To book your zoom ticket click on the event brite link below. Bookings are required.
Support For COVIDSafe Multicultural Festivals And Events
The Labor Government is providing more support to help multicultural and multifaith communities to celebrate, share and preserve their culture and traditions through hosting COVIDsafe events - both face to face and digital. 

Grants of up to $50,000 through the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program will support events held between 1 July and 31 December 2021. Applications open now, closing at 3:00pm on Wednesday 21 April 2021.

The Program recognises the important role community connection and celebration play in all communities, and enables Victorians to celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism that makes us strong. 
For more information and to apply visit

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