Information for seniors including Home and Community Care, Seniors Festival, Recharge Scheme and more.

The East Gippsland Aged Friendly Strategy assists Council to implement an age-friendly approach to population ageing, as developed and encouraged by the World Health Organisation(WHO), Age-friendly Cities and Communities and the Victorian State Government, Age Friendly Victoria.

For more information email or phone 5153 9500

Our Libraries run several activities that promote learning and development activities through social activities and educational seminars. For more information please visit theLibraries page.  

Vulnerable Persons Register

Do you know or can you identify a vulnerable person within your community? Is this person in a position to care for themselves in an emergency?

View the vulnerable persons register.

Home and Community Care

Home and Community Care provides basic personal support and home maintenance to help people to live independently. It is supported by financial assistance from the Australian and Victorian governments.

Services includes vacuuming, mopping, cleaning the bathroom and toilet, and washing. Personal Care is help with showering, toileting, grooming and dressing and respite care staff care for a person whose family or carer needs a short break.

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Home and community care services

Council supports these providers to deliver home and community care services.

You can also speak to these organisations if you are interested in volunteering.

West and South District

Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance area including all areas around Paynesville, Eagle Point, Newlands Arm, Bengworden, Lindenow and surrounds, Bruthen, Buchan and Nowa Nowa.

Website: Gippsland Lakes Complete Health

Telephone: (03) 5155 8300

East District

Orbost to Cann River and surrounds: East of Nowa Nowa to Orbost as well as Tubbut, Bonang, Bendoc areas.

Website: Orbost Regional Health

Telephone: (03) 5154 6666

Mallacoota/Genoa District

Website: Mallacoota District Health and Support Service

Telephone: (03) 5158 0243

Omeo and District

Website: Omeo and District Health

Telephone: (03) 5159 0100

My Aged Care        

Monday to Friday 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

Telephone: 1800 200 422

My Aged Care is a Federal Government service that assist older residents over the age of 65 or their carers to link with help and home care support. Upon making contact, an assessment is made on how best to support the older resident and their carer.  Assessments are free of charge and help determine a person’s individual care and support needs and their eligibility to support services.

Meals on Wheels

Hot meals are delivered Monday to Friday by volunteers to elderly or disabled residents of Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and surrounding towns by Gippsland Lakes Complete Health.

This service allows people to remain with dignity and independence in their own homes. Frozen meals can be arranged for weekends and public holidays where necessary. Short-term assistance is also available.

Seniors Events and Activities

FREE Seniors Concert - Friday 18 March 2022



SOS is a high-energy ABBA show. Performing the greatest hits from the Swedish super-group mixed with a selection of the hottest disco tracks from the 70s, SOS creates a show that takes audiences on a wild ride back to the party decade where ABBA ruled the dance floor!

Armed with fantastic costumes, incredible vocal talents, animated ABBA dance moves and crazy Swedish accents, SOS create a show that is both exciting to watch and even more exciting to be part of.

For years, the members of SOS have been leading a double life. By day, mild-mannered musicians, by night, crazy ABBA fans.

With a healthy love of all things Swedish and an obsession with 70s disco music, they banded together to obsessively recreate the sound, music and look of the Swedish pop sensation ABBA. Walking out on stage, they leave behind their every-day lives and transform into the rock superstars - Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida.


Friday 18 March
Bairnsdale Sporting and Convention Centre
Bookings essential - 5153 9500

Recharge scheme - electric mobility devices

East Gippsland’s RECHARGE Scheme™ lets you recharge your electric scooter and wheelchair while you away from home. This helps you plan your trip and you can feel more confident getting to and from your destination, knowing support is available.

East Gippsland recharge sites

  • Library: 22 Service Street
  • Corporate Centre: 273 Main Street
  • BARC and Forge Theatre: both are at 80 McKean Street

Lakes Entrance
  • Aquadome: 43 Palmers Road
  • Service Centre: 18 Mechanics Street
  • Visitor Information Centre: 2 Marine Parade

  • Service Centre: 179 Day Avenue

  • Service Centre: 1 Ruskin Street

  • Service Centre: 70 Maurice Avenue

  • Service Centre: 55 Esplanade

Recharge Scheme - Battery and charging information

How long does it take to recharge a battery?

Recharge times can vary, depending on the state of batteries before the charging process, the size of batteries and the size or voltage of the charger. Newer batteries will take longer to charge as they have more capacity. Older batteries you will find, over time, may harden in places (sulfate), which lessens the capacity and therefore will not hold their charge for as long.

Mobility devices must be recharged after every use. Use the following rule of thumb: for every hour’s use, the mobility vehicle should be on charge for double the time.

Do all mobility devices have an on-board battery charger?

Mobility devices are available with either an on-board charger or off-board charger. If you have an off-board charger, you need to bring it with you if you want to utilise the RECHARGE Scheme™ service. Do not borrow a battery charger if its not the same model as yours. Using a charger that isn’t compatible may do serious damage to a mobility device. If I were to charge my battery at a RECHARGE Point™ location for an hour, what distance would I be able to travel?

To work out what distance you can travel if you use a RECHARGE Point™ location for an hour, ask yourself these questions:

At what level were my batteries when I started out for the day? (e.g. full (green), medium (yellow) or low (red)).

If it was at near full capacity when you left your destination you should still have between 20-30km of available travel power. If your battery was at a medium level you can expect to be able to travel between 10-15km. If your battery level was near low, you should not attempt to travel more than 10km without recharging first.

Keep in mind that the lower power you battery has, the longer it will take to charge to an optimum level to ensure your journey can be completed safely.

After having my mobility device on charge for an hour, has my battery gauge reached midway?

As long as your battery gauge indicates there is half battery capacity and you are within 10-15km distance from your destination you will safely finish your journey. It is difficult to ascertain what distance can be travelled exactly, as there are many factors. The condition of the batteries, size and the load on the mobility device, as well as the terrain you are travelling on are some examples of what you will need to consider.

  • Always put your mobility device on charge the night before use to ensure that your batteries are full before setting out for the day.
  • What distance can I travel with one full battery charge?
  • Approximately 20-30 kilometres.
What range can I get per battery charge?

Here is a guide to work out the range per battery charge on newer batteries for your mobility device. Please note that if batteries are older or worn the range will vary and will need to be adjusted accordingly.

  • Battery size (12v) Range
  • 12-18amp hour (ah) 10-16km
  • 21 ah Up to 20km
  • 30-35ah 20-30km
  • 40-55ah Up to 40km
  • 70+ah Up to 50km
Can a battery be topped up if it is already charged to three quarters of its capacity?

Yes, you can top up the charge at any time, as long as the current level is below its full capacity. An added safety feature of the new batteries is that many are designed so that you cannot overcharge your batteries. These chargers will switch off when the battery has reached full capacity and then go on trickle charge to top up when needed. This minimises the potential for damage experienced by some owners of older style or reconditioned electric scooters (over five years of age) which may not incorporate an automatically cut-off feature for fully-charged batteries.

What is the life span of a battery?

The life span can vary depending on usage, battery type, age, care and maintenance etc. It is very important to ensure you recharge your battery frequently. Allowing your battery to completely discharge may cause damage to the battery and/or the mobility device’s electrical programmer. Charge your battery every 2 weeks at minimum, even if you are not using your mobility device. This is most important during the winter months, when you may not be using your mobility device as much.

Senior Citizens’ Clubs

East Gippsland six Senior Citizens’ Clubs offer a variety of social, physical, leisure, recreational and intellectual activities to their members over 55 years of age.

The following towns have senior citizens clubs:  


Bairnsdale Senior Citizens Centre                                

52Anderson Street, West Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875

Phone: 0435 586 005     


Bruthen & District Senior Citizen Club                        

No venue

Phone: 0407 507 849


High Country Seniors Citizens Group                          

34 Gibbo Street, Benambra Vic 3900  

Phone: 03 5159 9208                    


Lakes Entrance Senior Citizens Club                              

47 Coates Road, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909  

Phone: 03 5155 2482       


Mallacoota District Senior Citizens Club                      

No Venue

Phone: 0408 580 219


Orbost Senior Citizens                                                

Nicholson Street, Orbost Vic 3888

Phone: 03 5154 1520

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022