Hills Older Men’s Network Launch

Network Launch
Supt Jason Joyce, Gary Massie MC, Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne and Lexi and Ron Parnell.

International Men’s Day on Thursday seemed an appropriate time to the Hills Older Men’s Network Lauch.

It was a full house at Castle Hill Community Centre when Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club held an International Men’s Day breakfast to launch Hills OMNI but also hear from speakers Jay Bacik from the Positive Vibes Foundation and Barry Costello from The Fathering Project about the need for men to connect and talk.

Ron Parnell, who is leading the push to have an Older Men’s Network in the Hills, established an OMN in Hornsby 20 years ago which is still running. There is another group in Epping.

OMNI is an organisation for men over the age of 55 who are no longer in full time employment.

Ron said the Network provides a safe “men only” sharing environment, to build self-esteem and talk in a non-judgemental environment. The aim is to set up a Hills Older Men’s Network in Castle Hill to meet fortnightly.

The International Men’s Day breakfast was attended by a range of service organisations and volunteers in the Hills including The Hills SES, St John Ambulance, Rotarians, Lions, Castle Hill RSL sub-branch members and special guests Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne and Hills Police Commander Supt Jason Joyce.

If you would like to get involved in the setting up of The Hills Older Men’s Network email Ron Parnell at

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