May 2019 Newsletter

Our FREE member events are designed to help prepare your mind, body and garden for the cold months ahead. Make a note of them in your calendar now and don’t forget to register at reception.



Thinking outside the rehabilitation square to regain confidence and balance
Where: Aqualink Box Hill
When: Thursday 23 May from  11:30am – 12:00pm

Physiotherapist Elizabeth Eager, from Bellbird Hydrotherapy will show you how you can relieve pain, improve fitness and muscle strength and increase joint mobility through using hydrotherapy.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hydrotherapy for regaining balance and
confidence after a fall, see our website.


Growing Herbs  

Boring dinners be gone! Learn how to start growing your own herbs easily

Aqualink Nunawading
When: Tuesday 4 June, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Join Angelo from Deep Green Permaculture as he teaches you how to plant a variety of herbs in different sized spaces and how you can use your herb harvest to make not only
your body, but your food sing!  

Active Aging through Gardening

Gardening in a small way for big benefits

Aqualink Box Hill
When: Wednesday 5 June, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Make your garden easier to maintain by gardening small. Richard from Sustainable Gardening Australia will teach you how to choose the right plants and containers to suit y
our lifestyle and space.


Members’ Breakfast

Our ever-popular member breakfast returns this July. Join your AQ buddies – and meet some new ones - for an early morning coffee and catch-up

Aqualink Box Hill and Nunawading
When: Wednesday 24 July, 6:30am – 8:30am (RSVP required by Friday 19 July)


Get to know your fellow member! 

Inspirational Aqualink Member: Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan

How long have you been a member at Aqualink?
I believe its 31 years. I started coming when my son was a swimmer here. I’m now 89 years of age and looking forward to celebrating my 90th birthday next year.

What do you enjoy about being a member at Aqualink?
I love the staff – they are friendly, always obliging, helpful, polite and efficient. The Lifeguards do a great job and I enjoy catching up with them and the other patrons who I have developed lasting friendships with. Some of them I have now known for more than 10 years. The sense of community Aqualink provides is amazing and I have met people from such a wide variety of backgrounds.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would you go?
I haven’t travelled overseas, but have always wanted to go to Paris. I am interested in the historical aspect of it and, of course, the food and wine!

Something people don’t know about you?
There are 3 things I can safely mention:

  • I was a Police Officer for more than 30 years in Queensland and Victoria.
  • I come from a family of 9 children
  • My nickname for many years has been ‘Mad Dog’

Favourite meal?
Definitely reef fish (I used to catch this when I lived in Queensland). Also, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Entrée or dessert, or both?
Always just a main meal. Also, my wife and I go out for dinner 3 times per week.

Football team?
Carlton and Melbourne Storm. I enjoy watching the games on television.



Winter Warming Chunky Veggie Soup

Chunky Veggie Soup. A low calorie and nutritionally dense soup you can have on the table in under 30 minutes.


Serves 4 / 167 Calories per serve / Carbs: 17 / Fat: 8.2 / Protein: 6.1


  • 30g butter
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 1.5 lt chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large carrot, sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthways, then sliced
  • 250g button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
  • Salt, pepper


  • Heat butter and olive oil in a large saucepan
  • Add leek and cook, stirring for 2 minutes until softened
  • Add plain flour and cook, stirring for a further minute
  • Gradually add chicken stock, then water and bring to the boil
  • Add carrot, zucchini, mushrooms and broccoli and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until vegetables have softened
  • Season with salt and pepper