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Volunteers’ News – October 2023

Firstly, on behalf of all our wonderful volunteers I’d like to acknowledge our managing editor Marjorie Lewis-Jones, who has inspired us all to deeper commitments in community. Marjorie has brought passion for creativity and justice, support for resident action groups, social enterprise and the arts. Sadly, this is Marjorie’s final issue as managing editor. I wish her every success as she pursues her passion for writing. From all of us, thank you!

You will know it’s spring as the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk will come alive with the 25th Annual Sculpture by the Sea, October 20 to November 6. It’s that time once again for Sydney to revel in the world’s largest outdoor sculpture gallery. It’s best to get there by public transport, and you can find all the details, including maps, by downloading the app. Don’t forget hat and water, as it can get very hot and crowded:

Managing Your Arthritis – Friday October 13, 10-11am at the Cliff Noble Centre, Alexandria
Arthritis can affect anyone, not just the elderly, so this talk will give information on how to manage arthritis and its associated pain. This is a free event but booking is recommended. Phone 02 9266 9116.

Carers Day Out – October 17, 10am-2pm
A special day for Carers organised by Carers NSW at Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street as part of National Carers Week (October 15-21, 2023). Carers are such a valuable part of our communities, so this is a chance for them to have a special day. There will be live music, information stalls and lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

The Voice Referendum – Saturday October 14, 8am-6pm
If you are unable to get to a polling booth and have not already applied for a postal ballot, postal voting applications will close at 6pm on Wednesday October 11. Go to

Early voting will start from October 3 at various venues, although fewer than for general elections. will allow you to find the closest to you.

If you haven’t received a copy of the official referendum booklet, the Ballot Paper will read:

A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve this proposed alteration?

I’ve just recovered from a bout of Covid (my first), probably caused by me not being careful and wearing a mask in crowded places. Please take care. Covid hasn’t gone away, it’s still out there.

Until next time,
Pat Clarke

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