MOST people would be surprised to know just how big a problem hearing loss is becoming in Australia, with one in six residents having difficulty hearing clearly at social events, taking part in discussions at work, holding conversations with family and friends and even watching television.
ONE of Bankstown's golden girls and our favourite celebrity cook, Maggie Beer, 72 grew up in Lakemba as Margaret Anne Ackermann, attending Bankstown East Primary School and Wiley Park Girls High School before blazing a trail as a food author, restaurateur and food manufacturer.
PROVING that you're never too old to work toward a dream and have it come true, Bankstown's newest published author is 86-year-old Beverley Packer of East Hills.
SNAPPING this pic of 'Mina' during her recent trip to Sumatra to check the work of The Orangutan Project (TOP) there, Panania volunteer Gail Browning reports that 93,900 acres of rain forest land has been secured in The Bukit Tigapulah ecosystem, thanks to Australian fundraising efforts.
A CAMPAIGN is now underway to encourage older Australians, their families and carers to find out about their aged care options before a crisis event triggers that need.
DENNIS and Judy Cleaver are pictured taking advantage of the free computer and tablet training course at the Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre.
IF you're looking for an enjoyable, easy way to stay active over winter, why not head to Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre which is offering free entry to pensioners every Tuesday, 8am-3pm.
THERE'S so much to see and do at Bankstown Sports Club with daily activities, free entertainment, special member promotions and a new winter bistro menu to enjoy.
STEVE looked exhausted when he came into The Hearing Clinic - Bankstown last week.
SHOWING their community spirit, residents and staff of Advantaged Care at Georges Manor have once again hosted Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, raising much needed funds for the Cancer Council NSW.