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Dear friend



Over the last week, there have been two walks to Biennale with the Hub. Below you can read Elliott Nicholls’ account of the visit to the Biennale last Thursday. This visit was doubly interesting because we also had an opportunity to explore the restored White Bay Powerhouse. (Note to those planning to visit: this venue is not open on Mondays, the vintage bus only runs on weekends). 


On Monday a dozen of us took advantage of the intermittent sunshine and headed off to the Art Gallery of NSW. Always a great venue on a wet day, the 2nd floor down has a Biennale exhibition. Once again I found it a challenging experience, some pieces spoke to me more than others and much of it is fascinating. 

It promises to keep raining next week, so what better way to spend Tuesday afternoon than listening to the Hub’s Monthly speaker? This month you will learn about Nikola Tesla whose name is associated with Electric Vehicles but whose electric inventions have contributed much to world technology.  He was a “tragic eccentric” so we have much to learn from Speaker Don Napper. Tuesday 14 May at 2 pm at the Waverton Uniting Church Hall. Entry is free.


On Wednesday night men can enjoy the cosy atmosphere at Waterview for the Men’s Dinner. If you haven’t registered you need to as there is a number limit. See below for details.


Once the fine weather returns more of us will walk. Hub member Harry Gopalani has alerted us to the Walk with Ease program from the Arthritis Foundation. You can find out more on the website.

I look forward to more Hubbers writing about their Hub experiences - see below.


Happy Hubbing,




Do you like to write?


What is your favourite Hub activity?


We would love more Hubbers to write about Hub activities. Other members of the Hub would be very interested to know about what you do in the Art Class, how much you enjoy your Strength & Balance/Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi class, or what you found out at the coffee morning or drinks at Bar Q… anything organised by the Hub.


We would also love to receive accounts of any activities you participate in locally.  

Send your accounts as a Word document or an email to the Hub, put the topic in the subject line and please keep your accounts to no more than 250 words. We would also like an attached photo. 


What Made You?

'What made me' is the theme for the Seniors Stories competition 2024. If you love to write or have always thought you would like to write down your story for your children, or grandchildren - or just for history, this is a great incentive.


Stories are limited to 1000 words or less (this could be a challenge in itself!) and entry is free. If you are a NSW Seniors Card and Senior Savers Card holder you can enter. You need to complete an entry form and attach your story in a Word document. The competition closes at 5.00 pm on 2nd June.


The top 100 stories will be featured in Senior’s Stories Volume 10 and launched in November 2024 by the NSW Seniors Card, coordinated with the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc.  For full terms and conditions visit the website.


If your story is chosen don’t forget to tell us at the Hub! We would love to be able to let other Hub members know that they can read about ‘What Made You’!  




Biennale / White Bay Power Station

Eight intrepid souls braved the weather and visited the 24th Biennale of Sydney (Ten Thousand Suns) art exhibition at White Bay Power Station last Thursday (02 May). We trained to Town Hall and took the bus to White Bay (441, 442 or 443 – from York St outside the QVB) and, after the obligatory coffees nearby, entered the Power Station that is open from 11:00 am Tue-Sun (closed on Monday).


It was quite enthralling, and not only the artwork. Being able to visit the Heritage-listed Power Station itself which still houses some of the equipment used to run the station from 1917 to 1984 and is a great example of industrial architecture of the 20th century was also very interesting.


The exhibition deserves about 2 hours throughout the expansive open spaces of the power station and is a mix of medias with video, photo, sculpture, painting, fabric/weaving, neon etc. - many by indigenous artists from around the world reflecting local history, imagined scenarios or life experiences of the artists themselves.


The original power station was built to power the expanding Sydney Tram network but ultimately was enlarged for the electrification of the rail network and again as one of the stations that powered Sydney’s expansion along with the Ultimo (now Powerhouse Museum), Pyrmont, Balmain and Bunnerong, The building houses much of the original machinery including coal crushers, pumps and turbines .


Other Biennale locations include the Opera House, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, UNSW Galleries (Paddington) and more – and the Biennale itself runs until 10th June.






Thank you Elliot




Last week we mentioned that Hub member Vera Lee shared the Eco Warrior award. Here is a great Video of the work to which she devotes her time. If you would like to join her group please email us with 'Streets Alive' in the subject. 





Have a lovely day


There is lots to do in the City of Sydney - CHECK THEM OUT ..







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Monday Local Walks
May 13, 2024, 7:30 am to May 13, 2024, 9:30 am

Meet at Waverton at 7.30am. Bring your Opal Card.

Click here.. to see details of this walk and photos from last week.


Monday Out of Area Walk
May 13, 2024, 9:30 am to May 13, 2024, 2:00 pm

Meet at Waverton at 9:30am. Bring your Opal Card and Mask.

A walk may start earlier if it is a long one. This will be advised by email a few days prior. 

These walks are weather dependent and may not occur if the day is forecast to be hot or very wet.


Speakers Program
May 14, 2024, 2:00 pm to May 14, 2024, 3:30 pm

Nikola Tesla: Brilliant Inventor but Tragic Eccentric – 14 May 2024 – Don Napper

The Tesla electric car has recently brought Tesla’s name to public notice. However, it is his many inventions, especially exploiting AC electricity, that have contributed greatly to the world’s technological well-being for over a century and are at present unacknowledged in our lives every day. His personal life was that of a tragic eccentric.

Don will talk about Tesla’s life and inventions.

Emeritus Professor Don Napper was educated at Sydney and Cambridge Universities in molecular chemistry. He retired from Sydney University in 2003 as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences & Technology), where he is now Professor Emeritus.   

Come to our Waverton Hub Speakers’ Presentation:

2pm at the Waverton Hall, 75 Bay Rd, Waverton

Tuesday 14 May 2024.

No need to book – free entry – all invited.



Men's Dinner at Waterview Cafe
May 15, 2024, 6:00 pm to May 15, 2024, 8:30 pm

Men's Dinner 

Our next dinner is on Wednesday 15th May at Waterview Cafe.

97 Bay Rd Waverton at 6.00 for 6.30pm

Bookings are essential via the Hub to assist with catering. The number attending will be strictly limited.

We will have exclusive access and as it is not licensed it will be BYO (corkage at $2pp applies and will be added to your bill)

Please register and come.

This a good chance for men to get together. After dinner any attendee has the opportunity to address the group for a maximum 3 minutes about any topic. 

All men are welcome, including non-members.

Enquiries at Please include Men’s Dinner in the Subject.

Bookings are now open.

Please Book Online by CLICKING 'read more' below and follow the prompts.


Hub Happy Hour
May 15, 2024, 4:30 pm to May 15, 2024, 6:00 pm

Hub Happy Hour every Wednesday from 4.30pm at Cafe Quattro which is right next door to Waverton Station.

Visitors are welcome.



Dates for your diary


Hub Members' Dinner
May 29, 2024, 6:30 pm to May 29, 2024, 10:00 pm

This is a Social event for Hub members and their friends.

Date and time : Wednesday May 29 at 6.30pm

Place:               Kirribilli Club

Book here

Dinner and drinks are at your own expense.

Note that there is parking on site. Cost $12 for members, $24 for non-members. There is limited street parking. Milsons Point Station is a 10 minute walk






Tai Chi / Qui Jong every Mon, Tue & Wed 8am in Brennan Park,  

The Coffee Catchup Tuesday 10am at Botanica 


Hub Happy Hour Wednesday 4.30pm at Bar Quattro


Boules - Thursday 2.30pm on the Platform at the Coal Loader






Farewell Concert for Cassie Doyle - May 11, Saturday 6pm

After the last few months of auditioning for young artist programs in Europe, I'm thrilled to share I'll be at the Salzburger Festspiele this summer in the Young Singers Project and a new member of Opernstudio NRW for the 2024/25 and 2025/26 seasons, in collaboration with Aalto Theater Essen, Oper Dortmund, Oper Wuppertal and Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen.

The program will feature classic diva / divo mezzo arias with Jamie-Lee Xu (piano) and some favourite opera ensembles with Ariana Ricci (soprano), Molly Ryan (soprano) and Wesley Yu (tenor) in the iconic Pitt Street Uniting Church.


Save the date!!! May 11, Saturday 6pm

Cassie Doyle


Repairs are free of charge.


Donations in cash or by credit card are welcomed!

Next Openings: Sunday May 12  (always first and second Sundays)

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Address: 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove.

CLICK HERE .. for details


Woodside Sanctuary – 14 May 2024 – Patricia Veale


Patricia is launching this project to raise awareness and spread the word about the Woodside Sanctuary appeal. The objective is to save this home for 84 profoundly intellectually and physically disabled residents, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The project is endorsed by the Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise (RCNSS) and registered with Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS).


The meeting will be held at Piato Restaurant 123 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point at 7:00 am. Breakfast is served during the talk.

Ken Preshaw
North Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club
internet -
mobile - 0411.109.158



Social Inclusion Community Forum  


Hi All,

North Sydney Council is embarking on an ambitious schedule to produce a range of strategies that will drive planning into the future. I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to be involved if you have an interest in or deliver services in the North Sydney Area. Please see the forum schedule below, and if you work within or volunteer with social and welfare services, with communities like the Aboriginal, multicultural, LGBTQI+, disability access, etc, then please consider attending the  Social Inclusion Community Forum  on Wednesday 15 May, 6:00-7:30pm.

Warm Regards,

Eric Poulos, Community Worker - Social Planner at NS Council


Stanton Library

  • Stanton Library e-News
  • Just a reminder that we operate Lifeline Connect every Tuesday in the Stanton Library from 3:00 -7:00pm. Lifeline Connect is a walk-in service however individuals may book online if preferred. 

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    We are here to support our communities and no concern is too big nor too small.

Coal Loader
  • Arts & Culture e-News | North Sydney Art Prize Edition
  • Green Events e-News
  • North Sydney Art Prize May 11 - June 2 at the Coal Loader
  • Artists talks at the North Sydney Art Prize May 18 and 25
  • Check here for coming activities at the Coal Loader.
  • The Coffee Shop - Silvia @ The Coal Loader is now open 

NS Community Centre Talks

  • Brain Health & Dementia Friday 17 May 10:00 to 11:00am
  • Women's Health Friday 17 May 10:30 to 11:30am

Refugee Week Gathering on Wednesday 26 June,
at the Crows Nest Centre 6.00 to 9.00pm

The LNS Multicultural Network invites you to a celebration in recognition of Refugee Week and the resilience of refugees:

  1. Hear about the work of the Refugee Council of Australia and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
  2. Hear from Shokufeh Kavani on the Iranian Freedom Movement
  3. Hear from Tahera Nassrat on her journey from Afghanistan and the current situation for women
  4. Enjoy the sounds of the Setar and Tombak with Eshan Koochei
  5. Listen to Kaveh Akbari - Performance Poet
  6. Take in information on our Multicultural Communities, Refugees & Asylum Seekers, and
  7. Partake in a delicious supper of savouries and sweets

ALL INFORMATION ON ATTACHED FLYER – open to members of the community and organisations


An Evening with Prof John Maynard

Invitation to hear Emeritus Prof John Maynard speak on his book, Fight for Liberty and Freedom: 100 Years of Aboriginal Activism Prof Maynard is a Worimi man and Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Newcastle. Author of many books and former Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, his research has examined the rise of early Aboriginal political activism. He is credited with unearthing the links between early African-American and Aboriginal politics.  


Tuesday 21 May 5.30-7.00pm

Pat Brunton Room Crows Nest Centre 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest

2 hrs. free parking & direct access via Holtermann St carpark

Accessible by bus, train and bicycle.

Free event.

Register by 20 May via Humanitix 





WHERE:          7 Russell St, Wollstonecraft

WHEN:           20 May 2024

TIME:             10.00 AM – 12.00 PM each Monday

COST:             $150.00 for 10 Lessons

More details 

Crows Nest Uniting Church at 3pm
Followed by Afternoon tea



ASSISTANCE at Airports and elsewhere



Invisible disabilities Australia is part of an international network providing assistance to the many people whose disabilities are not apparent. 


They provide a lanyard with a card requesting assistance, available on their website for $25 p.a.

The idea is that if you find yourself needing priority etc, you pull out your lanyard to signal this. It was started at Gatwick airport, & is used by airport staff & many others. It is available on request, with no need for a doctor's certificate.





This is an interesting link for all Hub members but particularly those enrolled in the Strength & Balance classes.
Stephen ran S&B classes for the Hub when they first started. He now runs online classes.









Warm regards,

The Hub eNews Team  



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