ANZ Retired Officers' Club (VIC)


Eastern Golf Day results from John Inglis

Winner Bill Robinson with 36 points playing off 31 Handicap

Second Denis Grehan with 33 points playing off 22 from

Third, Alan Lauder also 33 playing off 23 on countback.

Nearest the pins on both the 13th and 17th were won by John McPhee.

The weather was perfect as was the company.

Older Aussies and the Internet - article from Bwired

Mar 25, 2013



In an age of changing technology, new social networks, and innovative web design and development, it may be easy to forget that some Internet users are going on to the web with much more simple goals in mind: to contact a friend, to find information, to send an email, to pay a bill. Today, older Australians are on the web but often using it differently than younger users. They have different goals, use different channels and have lower skills and experience levels than the average user.

With these differences in mind, it’s important for some organisations (far from all!) to think about their web strategy and how they may be isolating an important group of consumers – older Internet users (generally, aged 65 years and over).

Most Common Activities for Older Users

For older Aussies, the Internet is most often seen as a source of information and tools rather than a social setting; however, this is changing and older users are getting onto social networks than ever before - social media use by users over 65 years old has more than tripled in the past year as more Australians go online to see family photos, stay in touch and to keep up with younger generations.

Social networking also allows older users to connect with other online communities and fight social isolation. You may not want your mom or granny to see the photos from your night out last weekend, but she wants to connect with you (better master those new privacy settings - until Facebook changes them again).

Currently the most common activities on the web for older generations include:

  • Checking emails and sending emails with attachments
  • Browsing or searching the web
  • Online banking
  • Checking the weather

And according to ‘Older Australians and the Internet: Bridging the Digital Divide’, a study from the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (NSPAC) that surveyed participants over 50 years of age, older users want to get on the web more frequently. The study tells us that over one-third of participants would like to use the internet to Skype, talk to people in other countries and use email. If they couldn’t access the internet, these participants felt they would be missing out on a great deal of information.

For example, accessing information on health-related topics is common activity for many Aussies, but it can have a great impact on older generations and their ability to self-manage their health.

And when learning new web skills like social networking, online banking and e-health, older users feel empowered. With the NBN roll out, we may be seeing more education and awareness for seniors, like information technology classes.

What’s Preventing Online Engagement

Despite a desire to learn about the web and computers in order to access information and keep up with younger generations, there are some obstacles preventing an increase in older web users, including:

  • Lack of knowledge about the web
  • Lack of skills
  • Cost
  • Privacy concerns
  • Limited access to technology and Internet connections

Tackling these issues will require education, awareness and changes on business websites to address these common concerns.

Creating an Online Experience for Older Users

If it’s appropriate for your industry, consider designing a website that caters to older web users. If they are not a primary audience, it may also be helpful to consider some factors that can help less experienced users find the information they need from your website. For example:

  • Email marketing
  • Simple design and navigation
  • Font size and colour contrast for older users
  • Less content on web page
  • Easy-to-find buttons, links and sign-up forms
  • No pop-ups
  • A design that works on multiple devices, especially tablets (a popular device for older users)
  • Be obvious and clear about security on the website, especially secure checkouts

So consider whether your website and web strategy is placing enough emphasis on older users. And also think about helping your older relatives learn a thing or two about the web! It can make a big difference!

Advance notice Rosebud golf day November 29 2013



Due to declining interest over the past few years, the annual Traralgon tournament is being discontinued.

It is being replaced by what is hoped will be an annual event at Rosebud Country Club.

Brief details are as follows:

  • Start time:  8-00am from the first and tenth tees ensuring the full field will have teed off within one hour.
  • Cost: $60 per person covering golf, prizes, barbecue lunch and some wine.
  • Motorised cart hire will be available for $20 per cart.
  • Non-playing partners’ lunch cost is $18

We have witnessed a heavy drop off in the number of ladies competing in recent golf days and would like to see as many lady players as possible (they get a generous start from the red tees).

The Mornington Peninsula is not only one of the finest golfing areas in the country, but is also renowned as a premium wine region with excellent restaurants. Why not take advantage of the opportunity and stay a little longer with your spouse/partner, regardless of whether you are both golfers?

  • On-course accommodation is available at The Fairways Resort motel. Details as follows:
    • Telephone number 5950 2111
    • King Suite           King Size Bed           $155 per room         1 or 2 guests
    • Twin Suite          2 x Single Beds         $165 per room         2 guests
    • Dinner is available seven nights a week in the club’s restaurant.

Being the inaugural event, the organizers (Huck Bourke, Alan Lauder and Barry King) would appreciate an indication of the number of attendees and to that end, it would assist if those intending to play notified Alan Lauder by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mansfield 2013 trip report


A group of 25 members and partners, including six who were experiencing their first Mansfield trip, gathered at Alsburg Lodge for the annual ANZROC social and sporting trip. The weather was ideal for a long dip in the pool before preparing for the evening outdoor BBQ where many stories were swapped over a drink or two.

On the second day a number of the group explored the town and undertook some retail therapy, while 12 members headed off for golf and braved a couple of heavy showers as the weather changed during the morning. Winners of the golf were Mens - Dal Crocker, John Inglis and Ron Adams, Ladies - Lois Vanselow, Cheryl Pearson and Irene Bettonvil.

The trip wound up with a most enjoyable dinner and social evening, with Kevin Mitchell's Trivia questions bringing out the competetive spirit between the three teams. It will be on again next year, so if you are doing nothing towards the end of February why not join in.'