Our Guest Speakers

3rd November – Faye Yarroll – Cochlear Implant Awareness Network

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6th October – Aubtin Namdar – Blue Mountains Musical Society

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1st September – Gail Searle – Cancer Wellness

Gail will speak on all programs and services Cancer wellness has to offer Gail is married with two girls and four grandchildren. She worked for the police department prior to having her children then worked at Franklins until the company folded and she started with Cancer Wellness Support. Gail has been managing the Penrith Op-ShopRead More ...click heading for more

4th August 2023 – UBM Probus Members Tell All

Five of our Members will each give a short talk on varied subjects      ...click heading for more

7th July 2023 – Tony Milne & Shelagh Simpson NSW Health- Aged Care Asssessment Team

Tony Milne is an ACAT Team Leader and Occupational Therapist and Shelagh Simpson is Social Worker Tony and Shelagh will talk on, and guide us through, ACAT – MY Aged Care-Registration-Assessment-Home Care packages etc There will be printed material available to take home and reflect upon ...click heading for more

26th May 2023 – Chris D’Arcy – Search Dogs Sydney

  Search Dogs Sydney Inc are a specialist team with specially trained canines to find “live” and “deceased” humans. Whether that be lost in the bush, natural or man made disasters, single or mass casualty events, our qualified Search Technicians and their canines will be available 24/7 Chris will be bringing his dog ‘Boof’   ...click heading for more

5th May 2023 – Professor Richard Buckland – All things Cyber

Richard is Professor in CyberCrime Cyberwar and Cyberterror at the School of Computer Science and Engineering UNSW, Visiting Professor in Educational Design at the National University of Malaysia UKM, and Grand Challenge Visiting Professor in CyberSecurity at Taylors University. He was Director of Professional Education and Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian ComputerRead More ...click heading for more

April 2023 – Western Sydney Airport Community Engagement Team (Held 31st March due to Easter)

  The Western Sydney International Airport community engagement team will visit to provide a project update focusing on the construction of Sydney’s new airport, the job opportunities the project is bringing, and the economic benefit the airport will have on the region.   ...click heading for more

March 2023 – Annette Blake – Innkeeper

  Annette has always had a passion for travel and exploring new ideas. During her time living in London, she wondered how she could make money from travel. In the end, the higher wages of ‘normal’ jobs won and that paid for her passion for several years abroad, and continued when she returned to Australia.Read More ...click heading for more

February 2023 – Des Barrett – Sydney Observatory: A Very Short Introduction.

Between 1972 and 1975, Des studied science and the history and philosophy of science at the University of NSW. His postgraduate work, in the history and philosophy of science, was undertaken at Sydney University and the University of NSW. In 1982, he joined the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum), Sydney, where heRead More ...click heading for more

December 2022 – Jennifer Boyall – Principal of Katoomba High School

  Mrs Jennifer Boyall Jennifer has been the Principal of Katoomba High School for past thirteen years   ...click heading for more

November 2022 – Yuri Bolton – Ghost Town of Newnes: Past and Present

Yuri will talk about the latest book he co-authored (as part of the Bushexplorers). The book, Ghost Town of Newnes: Past and Present, is about the social history of this fascinating place.   Yuri Bolotin is a wilderness explorer, author and environmentalist with over 30 years of experience in the Australian Bush. He regularly leads andRead More ...click heading for more

October 2022 – Rev Dr Tom Plaizier -“The Place of Laughter in Tough Times”

Tom was born in Holland and migrated to Australia when 16 years old. He worked in metallurgy until he joined the Methodist Ministry (later Uniting Church) in 1960. He and his wife Bev worked for 4 years as fraternal workers in Fiji with the Indian population. He has a variety of interests including 6 languages,Read More ...click heading for more

September 2022 – Paul Eastment – Fun with Trivia

Paul Eastment Blue Mountains Trivia Master and entertainer will entertain with the history of Trivia in Australia and will stretch the brains of all in attendance with a round or two of Trivia with prizes.The Trivia rounds will see Paul burst into song.It will be a morning filled with fun and laughter.   ...click heading for more

August 2022 – Jodie Rollason & Gailene Keen – Mountain Youth Services

Jodie and Gailene will speak about current issues around teen Mental health and the significance for the youth of the mountains and how MYST is addressing these issues for young people in the community Gailene Keen – Mountain Youth Services Team – 30 yrs experience in Fundraising and Marketing for not for profit sector.Helped establishRead More ...click heading for more

July 2022 – Peter Carroll – African Safari – Excitement on Steroids !

A quick tour of African habitat and wildlife (even some humans) as seen through the camera lens, with anecdotes of the excitement of going on safari in this fascinating land . ...click heading for more

June 2022 – Marie Palmer – Cockatoo Island: Heart of the Harbour

Marie retired in 2003 after a career in corporate administration. Travel around Australia, Europe, South America and Antarctica followed. Then Marie looked for volunteer work that would utilise her skills and provide plenty of people contact. Volunteering for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Marie visits groups to talk about the Harbour Trust sites, helps toRead More ...click heading for more

May 2022 – Paul Brinkman – The Cultural Scene in the Mountains

Paul Brinkman. B. Ed. Art/Design, Grad. Dip Mgt., MMgt (Arts and Cultural) Manager – Arts & Cultural Services – Blue Mountains City Council Currently based in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Paul is the Manager of Arts & Cultural Services for Blue Mountains City Council. This diverse position includes the roles of Director ofRead More ...click heading for more

April 2022 – Sue Carney – Beekeeping in the Blue Mountains

Delve into the fascinating world of honey bees. Whether you want to look after a hive in your own backyard, or simply encourage neighbourhood pollinators, Sue Carney explains how to get started – and why bees have been hailed as the most important creatures on Earth. Sue keeps honey bees in Wentworth Falls, where she’sRead More ...click heading for more

March 2022 – Sue Collins – Early History of Katoomba and Leura’ 

(Note: Due to Katoomba RSL commitments the March meeting will be held on 25th February) Sue is a Leura local who has a passion for social history. Who are the people that came before us? What was their life like? What is their legacy? Sue operates a small tour business called Mountains Tales, telling storiesRead More ...click heading for more

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