Meeting Friday 11th February 2022


First meeting for 2022

Federation House, 23/33 Mary St Surry Hills. 

Covid safety measures in place.

The committee will meet at 11.00am which will be followed by a Lunch (catered) and social time at about noon. 

All welcome, members and their guests. 

The lunch will be followed by a Guest Speaker then General Meeting. Meetings are expected to finish on or before 3.30pm.

NOTE, this will be our first Hybrid LIVE/ZOOM meeting, starting with the Guest Speaker at 1.00pm and  conclude about 15 minutes after the close of the general meeting. REGISTRATION for the Zoom meeting is mandatory. Please apply to the RTA Zoom Coordinator by email to before 11.00am  on the morning of the meeting

The Guest Speaker will be Matthew Hingerty. 
Matthew is a senior executive for Star Scientific, a hydrogen research and development company dedicated to creating safe, reliable, affordable energy with zero emissions. He is also responsible for strategic planning and business development, driving support for green hydrogen across business and government and is a passionate advocate for the hydrogen economy and believes the pioneering work of Star Scientific has the potential to spark an industrial renaissance in Australia and globally.
The Star Scientific Research Facility is at Berkeley Vale on the NSW Central Coast.
Matt is a passionate advocate for the hydrogen economy and believes the pioneering work of Star Scientific and the HERO® catalyst has the potential to spark an industrial renaissance in Australia and globally. 
Matt recently attended the Glasgow Climate Change Summit, COP26. Matt has experience about middle-income nations like India, South Africa and the Philippines and their demands for green energy investments to build their economies. 
Star Scientific has recently signed an MOU with the government of the Philippines to develop hydrogen technology to potentially replace high emitting diesel generators across the Philippine archipelago. 

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The guest speaker in March will be Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM,OAM, (Ret’d), Dip. VET,  who will talk about "Danger Was My Business". Gary performed 1500 rescues of which 1,000 were motor vehicle collision rescues, 200 vertical rescues from heights, depths and 200 suicide crisis negotiation retrievals of people threatening to take their own lives by jumping from a height. 

He also attended searches, armed offender situations, improvised explosive device (IED) situations, terrorism risk assessing, industrial rescues, domestic rescues duties as rescue and observation crew on the NSW Police Helicopter. Gary will talk about the amazing police work he did over 34 years in the NSW Police Force. He will enthrall you with the amazing miracles he saw come out of critical incidents leaving the audience with good ending stories. He was involved in the Granville disaster, Anita Coby murder – you name it and Gary was involved. 

Request for tutors at WEA

The new Education Manager with WEA Sydney has written to us. 

"I am aware that the Retired Teachers’ Association is one of our affiliate organisations and having a look at your website page, I was impressed that you have 6000 members. I am a retired secondary teacher, recent tertiary teacher and I still teach with the WEA so I am very interested in reaching out to your organisation in more ways than simply listing your Association as an affiliate."

Is this something your organisation might like to explore with ours? 

For instance, I am looking for new tutors and I am of the firm belief that professional teachers are better “teachers” than professional academics. 

Perhaps we could promote each other’s events and talks to the mutual benefit of us both. I would like to make contact with someone from the Retired Teachers’ Association if that is possible.

Kind regards

Christine Gietz

Education Manager

Workers’ Educational Association Sydney

Social Events Planned for 2022

TUESDAY 22 FEB Manly Skiff Club – 12.00pm lunch – 15 people booked 

THURSDAY 24 MAR May Gibbs Nutcote – on request Request email is for 11am Thursday 24 March 2022 for 12 people and lunch included at a cost of $12.50 per person 

FRIDAY 29 APR NSW Government House – 10.30am tour – 12 people booked 

THURSDAY 26 MAY Sydney Cricket Ground – 10.00am tour - $25 pp – 15 people booked 

TUESDAY 21 JUN Old Government House – 10.30am tour - $10 pp – 12 people booked 

TUESDAY 19 JUL Maitland Gaol – 10.30am tour (ends 12.00pm) lunch next door in Bread and Water Cafe - $21pp – 15 people booked 

TUESDAY 23 AUG Queen Victoria Building – 10.00am 1 hr tour – $25pp 12 people booked 

SATURDAY 24 SEP Penrith Museum of Printing – 10am Saturday 24 September 2022 for 15 people booked 



RTA Supports Teachers Strike


A number of retired teachers marched under a RTA banner at the teachers strike on 7th December.

They were warmly welcomed.

The teachers are seeking better pay and conditions. Research by the Teachers Federation and the Education Department's own research suggest that public schools are short of permanent teachers in the 1000s and it is getting worse.

Newly trained teachers leave after a short time in the classroom, regularly citing poor pay and overwork as the reason.

Seeking a retired primary school teacher to tutor son

Sheila  lives in Emu Plains and is seeking a retired primary school teacher to tutor her son Year 5 and help him prepare for NAPLAN. 

Ideally, she is are looking for a teacher who lives in the Lower blue mountains or Penrith region. 

Please contact her via email on or 0490 860 594. 

Kind regards


Request for help

This is Gail, I’m the Tours Coordinator at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

I am hoping that you may be able to assist by connecting me with some of your members who may be able to help us and would be interested in putting together curriculum based tours.  We currently have a Business Studies Tour, which has proven extremely popular with schools, and has been developed for year 11 and 12 students.

Our current Business Studies Tour consists of a 40 minute presentation on the curriculum topic and is then followed by a tour of the precinct.  Support material is also included that provides a pre tour handout for both teachers and students.

We would be interested to develop the curriculum tours further in the following subjects:

  • Communications and Marketing
  • Technology
  • Environmental Studies

With kind regards,


Gail Dwyer‑Gerrard, Tour Coordinator

P 02 9380 0377,

Gate A, Sydney Cricket Ground, Driver Ave MOORE PARK 2021

GPO Box 150, Sydney NSW 2001

Christmas Social Function


St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie Street Sydney, musical performance by students from the Conservatorium High School.

Now Tuesday 14th December at 1.00pm, ONE WEEK LATER than previously announced due to industrial action by teachers on the 7th.

All members and their friends were invited to attend. The students appreciate an audience and the audience is well rewarded by a wonderful performance.

November Social



The River Mailboat Company, what to do on a Sunday when there's no mail? Cruise in the opposite direction! Cruise the spectacular river as you sit back and see the grand old Hawkesbury at its lazy best. Learn some of the history and heritage of the area and its beautiful islands: Lion, Dangar, Spectacle, Long, Peat, and Milson Islands. This cruise is designed to showcase the opposite end of the river to The Riverboat Postman. The views to the ocean behind Lion Island make for some spectacular photos, as will the close-up (tide dependent) view of some ancient Aboriginal rock carvings at Eagle Rock near Broken Bay.

Thanks Max