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IN THIS ISSUE: Victoria’s Lester & Krizanic Crowned Number 1 Bowlers in 2016/17

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Carla Krizanic wins Golden Nugget


t was third time lucky for Victoria's Carla Krizanic when she took out the coveted Golden Nugget Singles title earlier this month, winning the final over fellow member of Team Henselite, Ellen Ryan 25-17 "I'm so thrilled, " said Carla after the victory. "The field is absolutely phenomenal so to be apart of it is humbling to start with but to come away with a win I'm really beyond words. "This was my 3rd Golden Nugget. I've managed to do a little better each time." With such an outstanding field, packed with international representatives, Carla knew that there were no easy games on offer. "Every game was so tough, you can't afford to have a lapse in concentration or its all over and done with before you know."

The final was an organisers dream with Carla, Australia's number one ranked bowler for 2016/17 coming up against the Australian Open Singles and Pairs Champion, Ellen Ryan. "Ellen is in some brilliant form and full of confidence post her epic AO. I played Ellen in my section and managed to get a win. In the final I just kept to my same game plan and executed to the best of my ability on the day." Both the finalists were using their Henselite Dreamline XGs on the pristine greens at Tweed Heads. "I used my Dreamline XGs and they were absolutely perfect," said Carla. "Three of the four female semi-finalists played with XGs so I think that just shows that they are the right bowl. I love that I can use the same bowl here in Victoria and they are still perfectly suited to greens up North." (Photo by David Allen: Carla Krizanic (right) and Ellen Ryan with their Golden Nugget trophies)

Team Henselite wins again at Australian 2017 was yet another successful Australian Open campaign for Team Henselite. South Australia's Nathan Pedersen, already an Australian Open Champion in the Fours (2105, 21016) and the Pairs (2016) added the coveted Singles title to his resume when he beat fellow member of Team Henselite, Nathan Rice in the final, held at Broadbeach Bowls Club in June. Nathan was joined in the winner's circle by Ellen Ryan who claimed her second Australian Open Singles trophy, having first won the title in 2015. But that wasn't all for Ellen, she also won the Pairs with Julie Keegan and was runner-up in the Fours, an overall performance which saw her named as player of the tournament. In the women's fours, Team Henselite's Chloe Stewart, Tiffany Brodie and Amelia Bruggy, repeated their 2016 win in the fours to take out the gold medals for the second consecutive year. With 6 of the open medals on offer won with Dreamline XGs, the Henselite bowl was undoubtably the most succesful bowl of the tournament. Australian Open in Numbers: All four Men's Singles semi-finalists and two of the four Women's Singles semi-finalists at the 2017 Australia Open used Dreamline XG. Five out of the last 6 Australian Open Men's Singles titles have been won with Henselite bowls. Four out of the last 7 Australian Open Women's Singles titles have been won with Henselite bowls.

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Golden day for Australia


he Australian “Gold” team claimed the overall honours at the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations in June, on the back of a three gold medal performance by the women’s players. All five women walked away from the event with a gold medal around their neck, or in Karen Murphy and Lynsey Clarke’s case, two gold medals. The duo recorded their first gold alongside each other in the women’s pairs, where they defeated Scotland 21-5, more than a decade after the pair united together to secure the 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal. Murphy backed up her performance this afternoon in the blueribbon women’s singles, prevailing against New Zealand’s fellow multiple world champion Jo Edwards 21-14. The remainder of the women’s players notched up gold in the women’s fours, with Clarke leading for Bolivia Millerick, Ellen Ryan and Kelsey Cottrell, where they upstaged their Australian Green counterparts by one shot on an extra end, 12-11. The men’s triples and fours teams fell on the final hurdle of their gold medal encounters, losing to Australia Green and the Kiwis respectively. The Australian Gold team finished with 37 points, made up of three gold, two silvers, two bronze and a fourth-place finish; 3 points ahead of Australia Green, who ended up with three gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Australia Green’s gold medals came in the women’s triples, men’s pairs and men’s triples. Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch defeated New Zealand 23-11, while Barrie Lester and Nathan Rice also upstaged the Kiwis, 16-14, and Wayne Ruediger, Corey Wedlock and Aron Sherriff claimed their gold against fellow Australians, 22-12. In a stunning performance, Australia lost only one game to another country on the final day of the seven-nation event, in the men’s fours, where New Zealand toppled the Gold team. The nation also enjoyed success in the para-sport component of the event, which is a qualifying event for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The vision-impaired mixed pairs combination of Lynne Seymour and Jake Fehlberg triumphed against Scotland 22-10, while the bowlers with a disability open triples trio of Tony Bonnell, Ken Hanson and Chris Flavel were victorious against New Zealand 20-13.

The host-nation secured eight gold medals, three silvers and five bronze medals in totality from the 10 disciplines. Bowls Australia acknowledges the assistance and funding provided by Commonwealth Games Australia to Bowls Australia for athletes in the “Gold Coast GOLD” and “NextGEN AUSComGames” programs. The Gold Coast GOLD program was devised by the CGA to maximise podium performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and assist athletes who are expected to be nominated for selection to the 2018 Australian Team. NextGEN AUSComGames was created to provide assistance to junior players who have been identified as potential 2018 or 2022 Commonwealth Games level athletes.

Overall winner’s tally:

1. Australia Gold - 37 points - three gold, two silvers, two bronze and a fourth 2. Australia Green - 34 points - three gold, one silver, three bronze 3. New Zealand - 31 points

Australia “Gold” gold medal results: • Women’s singles: Australia Gold (Karen Murphy) def New Zealand 21-14 • Women’s pairs: Australia Gold (Lynsey Clarke, Karen Murphy) def Scotland (Caroline Brown, Claire Johnstone) 21-5 • Women’s fours: Australia Gold (Lynsey Clarke, Bolivia Millerick, Natasha Ryan, Kelsey Cottrell) def Australia Green 12-11 • Men’s triples: Australia Gold (Ray Pearse, Aaron Teys, Scott Thuborn) lost to Australia Green 11-23 • Men’s fours: Australia Gold (Aaron Teys, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson, Scott Thulborn) lost to New Zealand 9-17

Australia “Green” gold medal results:

• Women’s triples: Australia Green (Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch) def New Zealand (Tayla Bruce, Val Smith, Katelyn Inch) 23-11 • Women’s fours: Australia Green (Chloe Stewart, Kristina Krstic, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch) lost to Australia Gold 11-12 • Men’s pairs: Australia Green (Barrie Lester, Nathan Rice) def New Zealand (Mike Kernaghan, Shannon McIlroy) 16-14 • Men’s triples: Australia Green (Wayne Ruediger, Corey Wedlock, Aron Sherriff) def Australia Gold (Ray Pearse, Aaron Teys, Scott Thulborn) 22-12

Para-sport gold medal results:

• Vision impaired mixed pairs: Australia (Lynne Seymour, Jake Fehlberg) def Scotland 22-10 • Bowlers with a disability open triples: Australia (Tony Bonnell, Ken Hanson, Chris Flavel) def New Zealand 20-13

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Australian Jackaroos and Victorian guns Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC) and Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC) claim the coveted number 1 ranking at the conclusion of the 2016/17 rankings year to claim $3,000 prize purse!


arrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC) and Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC) have claimed the coveted top ranking at the end of the 2016/17 rankings period, capping a golden year in which both players significantly added to their glittering resumes. For their success and consistency, the Victorian guns will be named the Male and Female Bowlers of the Year at Bowls Australia’s upcoming Hall of Fame and Awards Night in October and take home a cool $3,000 prize purse each. For both players, the 2016/17 period featured dominance at state and local level, with Lester taking out the rare Victorian State Singles Champion and Victorian Champion of Champions double in April on his way to a comfortable 75 point year-end buffer over Tasmanian Lee Schraner. Victory was sealed when Lester and pairs partner Josh Thornton defeated Schraner and his partner Geoff Maskell in the semi-finals of the Men’s Pairs at the Australian Open on their way to an elusive Australian Open title, eventually defeating South Australian and Jackaroo pairing Wayne Ruediger (Grange, SA) and Scott Thulborn (Adelaide, SA) in the final. For his part in that winning combination, as well as Lester’s Quarter-Finalist Men’s Fours team, Thornton jumps to 15th and claims the honour of being the highest ranked Para Sport athlete. Victorians featured strongly at the top of the male rankings, with Deer Park veteran Garry Ball finishing 3rd courtesy of an outstanding domestic run, while former Jackaroo Matthew Flapper (Ocean Grove) came in equal fifth with Australian Indoors Champion Jeremy Henry (Warilla, NSW). Nestling in at four is 22 year old South Australian superstar Nathan Pedersen (Modbury, SA), who claimed a fourth Australian Open title in three years on the Gold Coast last week, the coveted Men’s Singles, and the accompanying 120 rankings points.

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Krizanic’s path to the number 1 ranking was more straight forward, with her main challenger, Raymond Terrace’s two-time defending Female Bowler of the Year Natasha Scott, also being her pairs and fours team mate at the Australian Open. As such, the Women’s Singles discipline was crucial for Scott as she needed a strong showing to unseat Krizanic; things looked hopeful for Scott after defeating Krizanic 21-9 in the round of 32, but she was upstaged in the round of 16 by Mareeba’s Sue Brady to effectively secure the title for Krizanic. For Krizanic, the number one ranking tops off a stunning and incredibly consistent year at state and local level, as well as one which saw her crowned a dual World Champion in the Women’s Triples and Fours at the 2016 World Championships.


he biggest mover from the recent Australian Open was Player of the Tournament Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW), who picked up the biggest haul ever seen (250 points) from an event in winning the Women’s Singles and Pairs and a runner-up finish in the Women’s Fours; this dominance of the World’s Biggest Bowls Festival saw Ryan jump from 70th prior to the Australian Open to 3rd! Rounding out the women’s top five were international veterans Kelly McKerihen (Caufield Park Alma & Canada) and Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay, TAS), both of whom enjoyed very consistent years.

Deaf Bowls Australia eaf Bowls Australia is an association of Bowls D Australia and is made up of each state’s deaf bowls association.

The player rankings system is a 12 month rolling system, with all accrued points being valid for 12 months or until the equivalent event is held again the following year. The 2017/18 rankings period has already begun - click here to see upcoming rankings events!

Members of deaf bowls are in 2 categories. The first is someone who is totally deaf. The second category is someone who is hearing impaired as determined by an audiogram. The bowlers hearing loss must be greater than 55 decibels in their best hearing ear to be eligible for the National Team or 45 decibels for State championships.

Top ranked players by state (men):

All deaf and hearing impaired bowlers play pennant bowls for their local club in their particular state.

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ACT: Adam Jeffery (overall ranking – 34th) NSW: Jeremy Henry (overall ranking – =5th) NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 33rd) QLD: Kurt Brown (overall ranking – 9th) SA: Nathan Pedersen (overall ranking – 4th) TAS: Lee Schraner (overall ranking – 2nd) VIC: Barrie Lester (overall ranking – 1st) WA: Clive Adams (overall ranking – 29th) Overseas: Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 8th)

Top ranked players by state (women): • • • • • • • • •

ACT: Sharon Steele (overall ranking – 15th) NSW: Natasha Scott (overall ranking – 2nd) NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 10th) QLD: Chloe Stewart (overall ranking – 6th) SA: Cassandra Harvey (overall ranking – 7th) TAS: Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 5th) VIC: Carla Krizanic (overall ranking – 1st) WA: Helen Morss (overall ranking – 21st) Overseas: Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – 4th)

Overall Player Rankings (Men) • • • • • •

1st Barrie Lester (VIC): 408 2nd Lee Schraner (TAS): 333 3rd Garry Ball (VIC): 291 4th Nathan Pedersen (SA): 253 5th Matthew Flapper (VIC): 246 5th Jeremy Henry (NSW): 246

Members of each state come together every 4 years for the Australian Deaf Bowls Championships. This year’s championships were held at Dudley Park Bowling Club in Mandurah Western Australia. At these championships each state had representatives in singles, pairs, triples and fours (women and men). Also at these championships an Australian men’s and women’s team was pick to represent Australia in the International Lawn Bowls Championships which will be held in Christchurch in 2019. These championships are held every 4 years. Each state has their own championships and they are held at different times of the year. Also members are eligible to play bowls in the Australian Deaf Games which will be held in Albury / Wodonga in January 2018. There is also a championship for the hearing impaired held at the Australian Open each year on the Gold Coast. All members have a great time at both the state and National level. Each state is trying to attract new bowlers to their ranks. Anyone who thinks they may qualify to play should contact either Bowls Australia or their state counterpart for their deaf bowls contacts.

Overall Player Rankings (Women) • • • • •

1st Carla Krizanic (VIC): 394 2nd Natasha Scott (NSW): 340 3rd Ellen Ryan (NSW): 301 4th Kelly McKerihen (Overseas, CAN): 261 5th Rebecca Van Asch (TAS): 245

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WHEN: 15th & 16th of March 2018 WHERE: Moonee Ponds Bowling Club 776 Mt Alexander Rd Moonee ponds phone 03 9370 5090 GREENS: 2 x Tifdwarf couch – both approximately 15 sec TIME: 9:30am start (both days) COST: $75 per bowler DRESS CODE: Bowls shoes, Club or Team uniform GAME: 2 bowl triples, 28 teams maximum. Entry close 1st March INCLUDES: Green fees, Function room, Breakfast, Lunch, sit down roast dinner after first day play with live band entertainment, trophies and prize money. GETTING THERE: 20 min ride from Melbourne Airport by Taxi will cost about $40 and $25 with UBER. ACCOMMODATION: See attached list LOCAL AREA: Moonee Ponds Bowling Club is 19km from Melbourne Airport. Accommodation is close to the club with plenty of shops and restaurants all within walking distance of bowling club and listed accommodation. TRANSPORT: Bowling club is within 5 min- 15 min walking distance from listed accommodation, bus, tram and train. FOOD: Breakfast and lunch on both days provided Dinner at 6.30 after day 1.Tea, coffee also provided. DRINKS: Beer, Wine, Spirits, soft drinks available from bar area at bar prices. RULES: Bowls Australia or decision of tournament committee. Game length of 11 ends, no dead ends, spot jack on tee, 1 end roll up before first game each day, teams must complete 11 ends per game. Scoring will be on games won then ends won then shot margin. CONTACT: Dave Robertson email

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Wednesday 14th 1:00pm - 4:00pm Green available for practice, registration. . 4:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome drinks Thursday 15th

Friday 16th


4 Games of 11 ends Breakfast 08:30 - 09:20 Welcome 09:20 - 09:30 Game 1 09:30 - 10:30 Game 2 10:45 - 11:45 Lunch 11:45 - 13:00 Game 3 13:15 - 14:15 Game 4 14:30 - 15:30 3 Games of 11 ends Breakfast 08:30 - 09:25 Game 5 09:30 - 10:30 Game 6 10:45 - 11:45 Lunch 11:45 - 12:45 Game 7 13:00 – 14:00 Prizes and General Meeting 14:30 - 15:30

he World Airline Bowls tournament has been running for last 20 years, we have played in most countries around the world and for the last 10 year it has mainly been held in the South Pacific with Australia and New Zealand having the most members. The World Airline Bowls Tournament is a 2 day triples tournament is held around March / April each year and a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Originally for airline employee and their families we are now including people and companies that are involved at the airport. If anybody is interested we have a Facebook page called WORLD AIRLINE BOWLS or email us on

How Liz Received Injury Compensation of $200,000

Liz was walking to a corner of a street to wait for her husband to pick her up to go home. The area she was in was a commercial area with no clearly defined footpaths. So, Liz walked on a grassed area alongside the roadway in her effort to get to the corner. Along the way, Liz came across a driveway for a take away food business, and as she walked over a solid plastic cover situated above a water drain next to the driveway, the cover gave way and Liz fell into the drain area. Liz suffered a massive injury to her right ankle, and fortunately for her others realized her situation was likely to be one leading to a compensation claim right away. Her husband took photos of her while still at the accident scene, and also on the following day. Liz’s boss came by the next day and took a video of the area, including what happens when you step on the edge of the plastic cover- it simply falls away at one end by flipping and that there was no way one could perceive this danger before one steps on the cover. One can only imagine what could have happened if a small child had stepped on the drain cover! With all this evidence, Liz went off to one of those large well known law firms and they sort to assist her by commencing legal proceedings. Liz soon became concerned with how the matter was going, as no one from that firm had asked to go and see the accident site, and in fact, there was very little communication from the firm at all. Liz became concerned whether this firm could really win for her, and in a win she had been told she could receive between $70,000 and $80,000. Liz’s matter was issued against those responsible for the water drain and its cover. The defendant took a very hostile attitude to the claim, saying through their lawyer that the claim had absolutely no basis whatsoever. Liz eventually came to Henry Carus + Associates, and spoke with Henry Carus. Henry, with his vast experience in similar claims, could not understand why the matter was not progressing and provided Liz with solid advice and guidance as to what really needed to be addressed for her compensation claim to be successful. Liz thought about her situation for a while, and finally decided it was best to have Henry Carus + Associates take over the matter. Henry immediately visited the site of the accident with Liz and her husband to better understand how the accident happened, and how a claim for liability could be best be submitted to the Defendant. The visit was so helpful, and afterwards, Henry was able to explain in detail to the Defendant’s lawyer the significant merit to Liz’s claim. Henry and his principal lawyer on this matter Eliza, were then invited by the Defendant’s lawyer for a site visit at the accident site and to inspect other nearby drains and their covers. All in attendance could easily see how the claim would succeed on the basis that:

1. The drain and the cover itself had been inappropriately designed from the outset for an area alongside a road where cars can park from time to time; 2. The use of such a drain cover design at a location next to a driveway was a total error in planning as a high level of cars could be expected to run over the drain cover; and 3. The Defendant should have inspected the drain cover from time to time, and if this had been done, they would have easily seen how dangerous it was to any pedestrian. These points all lead to one conclusion - Liz’s accident should never have happened. Henry raised all these points, and the next thing we knew we were being invited to an early conference to discuss Liz’s claim. Liz was ecstatic and the outcome was more than she ever expected. Liz accepted the Defendant’s offer of $200,000. Many may find themselves in a similar position, with an accident that may involve a defective condition on or near a roadway, or maybe on a footpath and need legal advice. You may have even gone so far as to engage another law firm. You are always free to consult Henry Carus + Associates when your accident happens, or even if you are with another firm, to achieve a second opinion. Your first consultation is absolutely free of charge. You have nothing to lose. You may also come to the same conclusion as Liz did - Henry Carus + Associates is the best firm for you. Liz sent an email to us recently that read:

Dear Henry, I have enjoyed watching your television advertisements and hearing you on 3AW. Also seeing your billboards on the freeway. I will do my share with testimonials soon. I am eternally grateful to you. Liz

How the law of negligence will address any specific accident is an interesting and complex process. It starts with a very detailed understanding of how an accident happened, and then an in-depth understanding of the law. Each time we hold someone accountable for an accident, we create the opportunity that the underlying problem will be addressed so others will not be injured. We hope that the Defendant will now undertake careful inspections of these drain covers, so others like Liz will not be injured. So, next time you think an accident was caused in circumstances that you believe could have been safer, let us know. We would love to be a part of the change that is needed. First to get you compensation and second to see the world we live in is a little safer for all of us. Call Henry Carus + Associates TODAY 03 9001 1318.

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he Churches Accommodation is a beautifully renovated century old church which has been transformed into a stylish and spacious self-contained home providing a perfect base for groups and families to enjoy the region, the Heart of Victoria. The Churches' excellence in catering for guests has been recognised at the 2016 Victorian Tourism Awards with a Bronze medal. The charming property’s modern day name, “The Churches”, is testament to its rich religious history dating back to the early 1900s. The renovation has managed to fuse many of its historical features with all the modern, contemporary facilities holiday makers would want. On researching the history of the building, owner and host, Cheryl Hammer, was driven to open up and share it the with the public again. Cheryl has spent the past ten years perfecting what makes a welcoming and relaxing stay at her property introducing contemporary features and fittings, both indoors and out, to offer what guests’ say is the highlight of their visit to Greater Shepparton. Set on a picturesque tree-line property surrounded by orchards, The Churches is a wonderful place to create holiday memories, or enjoy recreational activities and sports. It is very popular with groups who visit to play lawn bowls, tennis, basketball and cycling, as well as families who come to explore the region. The Churches Accommodation is in Orrvale, a five minute drive east of Shepparton, about two hour's drive north of Melbourne. Shepparton is one of Victoria's larger regional centres and is the heart of the Goulburn Valley. The area is known as Victoria's food bowl, and is home to Australia's most famous cannery, SPC and is full of wonderful food and wine, art and culture.


you’re looking for somewhere to relax, enjoy a quiet meal and a friendly place altogether visit Greater Shepparton. There are many great things to do and see across Shepparton and its small towns, from history and heritage, nature, food and events. Here you can learn more about the history of World War II at the Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum, holding priceless artefacts showing what life was like in the internment camps that housed German and Italian internees throughout the area during the war. Or if all things cars tickles your fancy, Shepparton’s Motor Museum is home to over 100 classic, vintage and veteran cars and motorbikes as well as motoring memorabilia. Open seven days a week you can tour the museum at your leisure. While you’re there, don’t miss the Furphy Museum, exploring 150 years of history from the very beginning of the Furphy legend. Being the Food Bowl of Australia, Greater Shepparton is the place to enjoy a good meal. Indulge yourself with locally grown fruit, cheese, wine and more in cosy cafes and eateries. Whether you seek a refined restaurant, scenic winery or a good old pub you’ll find it here. There are also many picturesque walking tracks, offering a chance to get out and stretch your legs. Take in the charming surrounds of the Victoria Park Lake and the river red gum forests along the Goulburn River, or appreciate the native plants at the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, representing the culture, historical and agricultural characteristics of Greater Shepparton. Stop in for a break at the Shepparton Park Bowls Club, an international standard facility or visit the great environment of other combined golf/ bowls clubs in Shepparton, Mooroopna and Tatura. Set amongst the native bushland, enjoy its bistros/refreshments with a view and friendly local community clubs. While you’re in town, don’t miss the Victorian Open Bowls Championships the week of 18-24 November in Greater Shepparton. It’s open to all bowlers from anywhere and requires no pre-qualification, with thousands in prize money up for grabs! To find out more about the many great things on offer in Greater Shepparton call the number below or visit the website. Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre, 33 Nixon Street, Shepparton 3630

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he Churches is an award winning holiday house perfect for you to settle in and enjoy the Heart of Victoria. Five minutes from the centre of Shepparton, this four star three bedroom, two bathroom home away from home offers privacy in a rural location but is close to local shopping, sporting facilities and attractions. The fully self contained venue is a fusing of history and modern comforts and inspires privacy and relaxation with spacious living areas and gorgeous gardens with BBQ. The kitchen and bathrooms have all you need for a weekend, or a week! Beautiful interiors, a unique charming setting and outstanding customer service by your hosts is what sets The Churches apart. The Churches Accommodation 325 Poplar Ave, Orrvale Victoria 3631 Australia M: 0410 561 934

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Gourmet cafes, clothing boutiques and antique shops are sure to captivate every visitor, from the chocolate lover to the wine buff, there really is an assortment of experiences just waiting to be discovered. For details of any upcoming markets, fairs and events, visit www. or call into the Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centre at Minlaton. Come and take a break from your everyday life; enjoy the hospitality of Yorke Peninsula’s friendly locals and indulge in fishing, history, food and the great outdoors. We hope to see you here soon!


ver five years ago owing to the Copper Coast District Council’s dedication, the Wallaroo Bowling Club left its old turf greens in the main street to be housed in a multi-functional facility which includes a two green bowling area, Croquet green and Golf course.

With 5 stunning parks spread across the Peninsula, you're sure to find

the perfect place to 'park' a while Travellers who love to dangle a line, drop anchor, pull on walking boots, catch a wave or dive the depths will love Yorke Peninsula. Beginning just 90 minutes from Adelaide, it’s a diverse region with a myriad of activities to experience.


hether you are into sun, surf, sand or shipwrecks, you will find something for everyone on the Yorke Peninsula, and there really is no better way to explore this area than by basing yourself at one of the beautiful caravan parks throughout the region. With five sensational caravan parks throughout the Yorke Peninsula region, Yorke Peninsula Council Holiday Parks offer the perfect place to ‘park’ a while! The Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park is situated on the foreshore with the beach literally right outside your door making it the perfect spot to relax and enjoy. Overlooking the boat ramp and jetty, the Point Turton Caravan Park, provides visitors with gorgeous shady camp sites, long drive through sites for larger rigs, as well as a choice of cabin accommodation.

This building also provides a state of the art bar, kitchen, dining and bathroom facilities and has afforded us the only fully enclosed bowling premises in Southern Australia possibly Australia. Not only are we able to hold many bowling tournaments in all kinds of weather, but cater for outside groups wanting to hire the facility. Tournaments regularly run are Cosmos during the winter period before Pennants begin. These take place on the last Sunday of every month and entries can be made through the club from anyone wanting to play. Night Owls are run every Wednesday night through the winter, and Summer night Owls on Thursday nights Through the year we host Invitation and Publican days and invite anyone interested to join us. Throughout the winter, we also hold Scroungers on Mondays and Triples on Fridays, we attract Bowlers from all areas, plus travellers who just pop in for a roll, everyone is welcome! We will be hosting, along with Moonta, the State Supa Seniors Championship on 19th to 21st of September, this is our third year holding this event! The prestige event coming up starting on October 15th, will be the Over 60s Championship. Bowlers will be coming from all over Australia to compete at Wallaroo and Moonta. Hopefully we will enjoy having many interested supporters to watch some very proficient bowlers at play.

Nestled in the centre of southern Yorke Peninsula, the boutique Yorketown Caravan Park provides a warm friendly environment, offering a peaceful escape away from the hustle and bustle of the busier tourist sites. For an even quieter location, check out the picturesque cliff top sites at the pristine Black Point Caravan and Camping Ground. At the gateway to the stunning Innes National Park, Marion Bay Caravan Park puts you in the perfect position to appreciate not only some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, but also world renowned surfing beaches and numerous historical locations throughout the area. The many sheltered and secluded bays of the Peninsula provide calm swimming areas perfect for the whole family. Water sports include surfing, diving, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling and more. Fish and crabs are just begging to be caught from the boat, beach or one of our many historic jetties.

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Yorke Peninsula secures Australian Senior Sides Championships The Yorke Peninsula in South Australia secures the hosting rights of the Australian Senior Sides Championships for 2017 with the potential of the Championships remaining on the Yorke Peninsula till 2019

Bowls Australia and three councils on the Yorke Peninsula of South

Australia are pleased to announce a partnership that will see the 2017 Australian Senior Sides Championships being hosted by South Australia. The District Councils of Barunga West, Copper Coast and Yorke Peninsula of South Australia have agreed to host the prestigious Over-60s event which will see bowling clubs from each councils region benefit immensely. The Australian Senior Sides Championships is a prestigious event on the national bowls calendar which involves 192 elite senior bowlers, both male and female, from all eight State and Territories. The 2017 instalment of the event will be referred to as the Yorke Peninsula Australian Senior Sides Championships and be conducted from October 15 to 19. Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple says this partnership is a coup for the Australian Senior Sides Championships and for the bowlers and greater community of the Yorke Peninsula. “To see a prestigious national bowling event heading into a regional area of South Australia is terrific for the sport of bowls, and continues Bowls Australia’s promise to deliver bowls to more people across the country,” said Mr Dalrymple. “South Australia has a proud history of hosting major national bowling events including the Australian Sides Championships, World Championships and the Australia verse South Africa test series hosted in the Yorke Peninsula, at the Moonta Bowling Club, back in 2011. “Whilst the initial contract is a one year term, Bowls Australia is confident the Yorke Peninsula, Barunga West and Copper Coast councils will extend the partnership a further two years, securing South Australia as the host State till 2019.”

The South Australian government continues to show its support of Lawn Bowls by engaging in partnerships like this one, to secure events such as the Australian Senior Sides Championships for economic purposes and for the purpose of putting South Australia on the map as a premier bowling state. Recreational tourism has been recognised by our Yorke Peninsula Council’s as a great opportunity to strengthen and extend our already popular tourism industry says Paul Thomas, Mayor of the District Council of the Copper Coast. “This will be an out of season event, which will provide an additional financial boost to our communities,” said Mayor Thomas. “At the same time, a number of our local Bowling Clubs will play host to some of the nation’s finest bowlers. “This hopefully will enable local bowlers to gain a greater exposure to the game as we share the wonderful facilities and country hospitality that we have on offer.” The 2017 Yorke Peninsula Australian Senior Sides Championships will be hotly contested in South Australia this October with the Queensland women and Victorian men hoping to defend their titles from 2016. Off the back of the recent success of the host State at the Australian Sides Championships held at Lockleys Bowling Club in Adelaide, South Australia will be difficult to beat on their home greens. Bowls Australia wishes to show appreciation to the three councils in the Yorke Peninsula and Bowls South Australia for working in partnership to secure the future of the Australian Senior Sides Championships be held in SA.

The Bowls Show’s second season has returned to SBS in the new time-slot of 3.00pm nationwide.

The hour-long weekly program will again be shown across 20 weeks, up until October 22, due to a four-week hiatus from July 2-23 for SBS’s broadcast of the Tour de France. Jack Heverin will return to the hosting role, in addition to anchoring the commentary of events, alongside the sport’s biggest personalities, like Steve Glasson OAM, Karen Murphy and Kelvin Kerkow OAM, amongst others. Viewers will be treated to content from this year’s World Junior Championships, Australia v England Test Series, Australian Open and Australian Indoor Championships, as well as segments on coaching, development, high performance, club and social bowls and club profiles, in addition to feature interviews with stars of the sport. Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer Neil Dalrymple said that the continuation of The Bowls Show was an enormous opportunity to showcase the sport, but it needs to be supported weekly by the bowls community, as further seasons are contingent on ratings success. “The first season of The Bowls Show surpassed expectations and achieved a total cumulative reach of more than 970,000 unique viewers,” Dalrymple said. “With the new time-slot of 3.00pm, it’s vitally important that the second season receives even stronger viewership from devoted bowlers, while also making inroads to appeal to a broader cross-section of society, such as social bowlers and even people that haven’t participated in bowls before.

“Bowlers have been very vocal in voicing their desire to see the sport broadcast on free-to-air platforms over the years, and the production of The Bowls Show is a considerable investment for the sport, so I strongly encourage all stakeholders of the sport to promote the initiative far and wide and to tune-in to the program weekly to ensure that it remains on free-to-air television.” SBS Director of Sport Ken Shipp said The Bowls Show had established a strong following in its first season and he hopes to see the program continue to grow among the whole Australian community. “SBS is pleased to continue broadcasting The Bowls Show free-to-air for all Australians this year for a second season,” Shipp said. “The sport has a dedicated and passionate following, and we look forward to seeing the audience grow on SBS in 2017.” Tune in Sundays at 3.00pm to 4.00pm on SBS, or if you miss and episode, simply catch-up with replays online via SBS On Demand. The Bowls Show will be produced by Elite Entertainment Productions, in partnership with Bowls Australia and SBS. Bowls Australia will maintain its relationship with Fox Sports as the sport’s official Pay-TV partner, which will continue to televise more than 50 hours of live Bowls Premier League and Australian Open coverage annually, in addition to other events.

Changes set High-Performance Program on new course


owls Australia has unveiled a remodelled HighPerformance Program structure, in a concerted effort to improve the program’s effectiveness and ensure future international success.

A total of 10 gold medals will be up for grabs in the bowls event at GC2018, including two in the Parasport component, which is made up of bowlers with disability open triples and visionimpaired mixed pairs disciplines.

Following an independent review of the HP program, aimed at enhancing the delivery of services and resources to the sport’s elite and ensuring a clear and transparent future pathway system is in place, Bowls Australia has implemented a number of significant changes, including the formalisation of two new squads.

The Australian Jackaroos Squad features 20 players from across the country, with the four players that bolstered the team for last month’s 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations event, Aaron Teys, Nathan Rice, Chloe Stewart and Bolivia Millerick, named to retain their coveted positions for the next 12 months.

In line with one of the review’s key recommendations of reducing the number of athletes supported by the HP Program, to ensure principal focus is on players most likely to represent Australia in the near future whilst still maintaining a vision to longer term success, the Australian Junior Jackaroos Squad has been made obsolete, while the National Training Centre Squad has been consolidated into a new Australian Emerging Jackaroos Squad. The Australian Junior Jackaroos Squad, which was made up of under-18 players, has been discontinued in favour of a new ideology of making those junior players eligible for selection in either of the other two higher calibre squads. Opportunities will still exist for some under-18 players to be selected from the Australian Under-18 Championships to represent the nation in the annual Trans-Tasman Development team. The National Training Centre Squad, which was a state-based development squad overseen by the National Coach, has transitioned into a true second-tier national reserves team, aptly named the Australian Emerging Jackaroos Squad, which will serve as the feeder team for the top-tiered Australian Jackaroos. In preparation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, a new Australian Parasport Squad has also been formed, with 11 players and four vision-impaired directors bestowed with representation.

Bowls Australia’s National Coach Steve Glasson OAM said that the reduction of squad personnel was a difficult decision despite the advised benefits of the restructure, and measures are being put in place to continue nurturing the affected players. “The reduction in squad numbers was a very difficult decision, because from a personal point of view, you want to be able to support and develop as many up-and-coming players as possible, but the recommendations of the report were very clear that this was the best course of action to underpin future success," Glasson said. “It’s important to note that this independent review was a thorough process that took more than 12 months to complete, with the ultimate aim of ensuring Australia remains a dominant performer on the international arena. “Bowls Australia and the State and Territory Associations have scheduled meetings to discuss where to from here for those players unsuccessful at this time, but rest assured that every effort is being made by all parties to ensure there is an underpinning program whereby coaching and services will remain in place for those not included in these squads.” Bowls Australia congratulates the athletes entrusted with representation in the Australian Jackaroos, Australian Parasport and Australian Emerging Jackaroos squads. All three Squads will be reviewed annually.

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Australian Jackaroos Squad:

Karen Murphy (Cabramatta, NSW), Ray Pearse (Cabramatta, NSW), Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW), Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW), Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW), Aaron Teys (Warilla, NSW), Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta, NSW), Aaron Wilson (Cabramatta, NSW), Lynsey Clarke (Club Helensvale, QLD), Kelsey Cottrell (St Johns Park, NSW), Bolivia Millerick (Broadbeach, QLD), Nathan Rice (Club Helensvale, QLD), Chloe Stewart (Broadbeach, QLD), Brett Wilkie (Club Helensvale, QLD), Wayne Ruediger (Grange, SA), Scott Thulborn (Adelaide, SA), Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay, TAS), Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC), Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC), Kristina Krstic (Manning Memorial, WA).

Australian Emerging Jackaroos Squad:

Jonathon Davis (Mount Lewis, NSW), Dawn Hayman (St Johns Park, NSW), Billy Johnson (Cabramatta, NSW), Jesse Noronha (Warilla, NSW), Natalie Noronha (Engadine, NSW), Samantha Noronha (Engadine, NSW), Ben Twist (St Johns Park, NSW), Jamie-Lee Worsnop (St Johns Park, NSW), Jayden Christie (Club Helensvale, QLD), Sean Ingham (Broadbeach, QLD), Jessica Srisamruaybai (Tweed Heads, QLD), Georgia White (Club Helensvale, QLD), Sam White (Paradise Point, QLD), Nathan Pedersen (Modbury, SA), Lachlan Sims (Trevallyn, TAS), Tiffany Brodie (Clayton, VIC), Curtis Hanley (Melbourne, VIC), Dane McKinnon (Altona, VIC)

Australian Parasport Squad:

Josh Barry (Sebastopol, VIC), Tony Bonnell (Club Pine Rivers, QLD), Jake Fehlberg (Burleigh Heads, QLD. Director: Grant Fehlberg), Chris Flavel (Payneham, SA), Eddie Golan (Kardinya, WA), Ken Hanson (City Bowls Club Colac, VIC), Marian Morrison (Aspley Memorial, QLD. Director: Beatrice Kassulke), James Reynolds (Merimbula, NSW), Lynne Seymour (Thuringowa, QLD. Director: Robert Seymour), Ralph Simpson (Sea Lake, VIC. Director: Jennifer Simpson), Josh Thornton (East Shepparton, VIC).

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he Bowls Club was founded in 1956 as the Ormond Park Bowls Club but was later change to Moonee Valley to reflect the City of Moonee Valley in which the club resides. It is a community venture; with members, sponsors, and local government support who have contributed to the development and maintenance of the club greens and facilities. The Bowls club membership is over one hundred people and growing and we are serious about playing competitive lawn bowls. We field five sides In Bowls Victoria Saturday Metropolitan Pennant, participate in the Bowls Victoria Tuesday Pennant competition and play three sides in the Northern Gateway night pennant competition. In the Club, there is a wide variety of backgrounds and life experience mix amicably based on mutual respect. We are a happy, welcoming club. One of our major strengths is family. We have a core of families in the club, who have played cricket and football for Moonee Valley, and now bowl, have attracted other families to the club. Families are attracted to a culture that welcomes diversity, a family atmosphere and safe interaction between young people and adults that promotes the young person’s maturity and growth. We like to think that if it takes a village to raise a child it takes a club to nurture an adolescent. Each year the members Club Championships are held for Men’s and Ladies Singles and Pairs. Generally, they take the form of Sunday knock out rounds with a finals series on Thursday evenings. There is no fee for entry and the events are held early in the bowls pennant season to be completed prior to the Pennant mid-season break in December.

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Jono Davis from Dubbo hits new height by being named in Emerging Jackaroos squad Jono Davis in action at the recent Australian Open. Photo BOWLS


oughly two months ago, 16-year-old Jono Davis underwent open heart surgery.

6 weeks later the 16-year-old Jono Davis was named one of the best 18 male bowlers of any age in Australia. A teenager shrugged off the affects of a procedure many would find terrifying to take part in the Australian Open, score selection in the Emerging Jackaroos squad and this weekend the Dubbo prodigy will take part in the NSW Grade 1 State Pennant finals. No player in Australia has done what Davis has at such a young age.


he sassy lawn bowlers from Chadstone have confirmed that while they’ve got the moves like Beyonce, they won’t be moving for the council any time soon. Terry Foster, Janine Halls and Wyn Hewett shot to international stardom last week when their video adaptation of pop icon Beyonce’s hit song All the Single Ladies attracted more than one million views on social media. The two minute clip, which sees the leading ladies aged from their 60s to 82 shake their hips and sing about their club’s stoush with Stonnington Council over its bid to build a $25 million sport stadium at their home site, was viewed in countries as far away as Kenya.

While the affects of his surgery affected his play during the Australian Open and meant he failed to figure in the open age division, he took out the junior division for an incredible third time and he is one of just two juniors to make the Emerging Jackaroos squad.

Chadstone Bowls Club’s Ms Hewett said there was a serious side to their video, All the Bowling Ladies, and she wanted the council to reconsider its proposal to move the club to make way for a new sport stadium.

The Jackaroos squad consists of 10 men and 10 women and national players to compete at the most elite events, such as the looming Commonwealth Games, are chosen from there.

“The actual video has been viewed over one million times. Lots of the comments online are saying ‘wishing you all the best’,” Mr Maxwell said.

Davis is one of eight male players in the Emerging Jackaroos squad, meaning he is getting closer to achieving his dream of bowling for Australia.

People from as far away as Kenya watched the ladies strut their stuff. Hundreds of thousands of people watched the video posted to Facebook on July 29 and news outlets across the world picked up the story.

“I’ll be okay if I keep going and keep playing well, I should get there,” Davis said. Incredibly calm for someone who has achieved so much in a short space of time, Davis is as equally relaxed when discussing his surgery, despite the brief heart issue giving him and his family a scare at the time. “It did (scare me) a bit and I was crook for a couple of months,” Davis said. Back at full health now and his bowls returning to top form, Davis will be key to his Mt Lewis Bowling Club’s hopes at the Grade 1 State Pennant finals. That was something he managed previously when competing for his hometown Railway Bowling Club. After this, he will compete at the Champion of Champions event at Darwin and the Australian Junior Championships.

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We have won many pennants over the years, but pride of place is reserved for the two Division 1 pennants the club won in the 1990s. At the time, Division 1 was the top division in Melbourne and many of the players who were in those teams, and many others, have gone on to represent Victoria and Australia in major competitions, including the Commonwealth Games. We are extremely proud of our recent achievements, particularly because Flem-Ken, as a relatively small, pokies-free club holds its own against clubs with many more resources. THE CLUB TODAY - Flemington-Kensington Bowling Club is a vibrant and energetic place dedicated to promoting and enjoying the sport of lawn bowls in a relaxed and family-friendly environment. We are also renowned as one of the Inner West’s biggest craft beer venues and regularly hold social events such as ‘Meet the Brewer’ days with some of Melbourne’s best craft beer breweries, among many other events. As well, membership revenue goes towards supporting the growth of your local bowls club. Come and see us at the club about becoming part of the wonderful FlemKen family. • • •

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owls Australia’s national selection panel has confirmed the names of six athletes entrusted with international duties later in the year.

Selectors have stamped the boarding passes of players from both the Australian Jackaroos and Australian Emerging Jackaroos squads for two upcoming non-capped international tournaments, in the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic and New Zealand’s North East Valley Invitational Singles. Reigning World Bowls Championships pairs winner Aaron Wilson and recent Australian Open singles runner-up Nathan Rice have been tasked with heading across the ditch for the North East Valley Invitational Singles, to be staged from October 20 to 23, which is now in its 27th year.

Bowls Australia congratulates the selection players. North East Valley Invitational Singles - October 20 to 23. • Aaron Wilson (Cabramatta, NSW) & Nathan Rice (Club Helensvale, QLD) Hong Kong International Bowls Classic - November 11 to 19. • Bolivia Millerick (Broadbeach, QLD) & Chloe Stewart (Broadbeach, QLD)

A further four players have been handed a ticket to the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic, held from November 11 to 19. The man who toppled Rice for the $13,000 Australian Open singles crown, Nathan Pedersen, will endeavour to claim his third Classic pairs title, but will attempt the feat alongside a new partner this year, in two-time Bowls Premier League winner Ben Twist.

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owls SA are on the move! Bowls SA will be relocating the Administrative Operations from the offices at Lockleys to the Holdfast Bay Bowling Club at 583 Anzac Highway, Glenelg North. The relocation is expected to take place by September 2017. The decision for the sport’s state governing body to shift was made out of a need for onsite facilities so as to operate coaching and umpiring accreditation clinics, as well as space to better showcase the sport to external stakeholders. Bowls SA CEO, Mark Easton said “The move will provide us with less restriction and will present resounding opportunity for the Sport to successfully deliver School programs, junior development, IT, Coaching and Officiating accreditations more frequently and efficiently.” With an open-plan office in close proximity to the airport, our new Holdfast Bay HQ creates a hub for the sport to present best practice to benefit city and country clubs across the state. Heather Cowden-Tonkes, President of Holdfast Bay Bowls & Croquet Club was equally as positive, “Our Club is very pleased to welcome Bowls SA as a sub tenant, a connection that will greatly benefit the game of bowls through Bowls SA’s planned promotion and accreditation activities to occur on our greens.”

City of Holdfast Bay Mayor, Stephen Patterson, welcomed the move. “Bowls SA is one of South Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations, with over 17,000 members in 220 country and metropolitan clubs, so it’s great to welcome them into Holdfast Bay,” he said. “The Holdfast Bay Bowls & Croquet Club is already a vibrant club with great facilities in a convenient, highly visible location, so it will be exciting to see how they can capitalise on those facilities and expand their offerings to their members to invigorate the sport ― activities which will bring visitors and add vibrancy to our community.” All electronic contact information including e-mail address and web address will remain unchanged. In our new premise, we shall continue to provide you with the products, services and training courses. Bowls SA are looking forward to our move and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any members of our staff. For more information about Bowls SA, please visit: bowlssa.

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The Innovator

What is a labour of love?

Barry Hamer

Have you supported the Survey? Over the past 40 years Lawn Bowls membership peaked and declined dramatically.

During that period considerable changes took place for Lawn Bowls and Netball both rated as the most played sports in NSW then seeing Nett Ball charge ahead, and Lawn Bowls falling behind. Ironically, lawn bowls in New South Wales lost that status trending down from 300,000 to around the 20,000 male bowling membership, plus similar trends observed by the female membership falling to around 10,000, depending on how the stats were calculated during 2015/6.

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T o most people, the definition of a labour

of love is when we do work for the sheer love of it, and not because we receive money or praise for it. However, when does this labour of love cease to be a labour of love, and when does it transpire into admiration, respect and overwhelming excitement. This is exactly how I felt when asked to help write a biography on our very own, Barry Hamer. Barry, who is known in the lawn bowls industry as ‘The Innovator’, has been writing a very comprehensive and sometimes controversial column in this magazine for the past 15 years. Barry has, to my delight, expressed enthusiastic i n t e re s t i n my h e l p . I w a s c o m p l e t e l y blindsided, and somewhat overwhelmed, by his request. Having only written one book thus far, I did not feel confident enough in taking on the task, however, thankfully after the initial shock, I was able to commence the very tedious job of researching Barry’s life. My very great advantage being that I have known Barry since 1980, when he was the centre manager of Lemon Grove Shopping Centre in Chatswood, Sydney. “Where do I start?” were my initial thoughts, and how do I do justice to a very high achieving individual, who was born in 1933 in Australia at the end of The Great Depression. Not only did he conquer the corporate world, he also had the privilege of witnessing the most dynamic and exciting period in Australian history. He somehow survived the endless changes with new technologies, and was happy to leave the windup gramophone behind, with the introduction of iPods and iPhones. He also witnessed, with great pride, the introduction of TV in Australia. He watched with great interest the changing cultural values that embraced Australian society, which included same sex marriage and multiculturalism. His greatness has shone through in every facet of his life, even though he was plagued with medical problems throughout many decades, and was able to come through to the other side smiling and full of optimism. Barry was always striving for the sometimes unachievable against all odds. I am very proud and honoured to have been chosen to help Barry with his biography and hope I can do this remarkable man justice.

During the early 70s, Lawn Bowls was defined as an “old mans’ game”, women were called “White Leghorns”, all dressed in all white playing with black or brown bowls observing very strict rules overall. What followed shocked everybody when I tried to lift the profile of Lawn Bowls introducing coloured bowls, uniforms, and rules to excite and motivate our viewers and players competing and watching Lawn Bowls for the first time in Australia and the world Unfortunately, those pilots created a huge marketing opportunely for some plagiarising the coloured bowls, uniforms, and rules that I created and developed to optomise, enhance, and identify the best of the best features of our game live on TV, to boost the image and production of Lawn Bowls now and into the future. There is no point repeating once again how Lawn Bowls in NSW failed to stop the loss of membership clearly set out in the past 16 years, featuring160 articles in my Innovation columns since 2001, including the key submissions presented to RNSWBA earlier on since1973. Unfortunately as time is running out, I am compelled to state for the records once again, how my contributions comprehensively spelt out in my Innovation columns to enhance and develop Lawn Bowls, were copied and cherry-picked by various opportunists while I was producing live presentations on air, the media, and Bowling Clubs of my TV pilots observed since *1975 approved by RNSWBA. Note: Due to rampant greed, and plagerisation following the introduction of the colourisation, of my bowls and uniforms, including the comprehensive formats, inhabited optimisation of such features specified and sought after to enhance the viewing of our game to insure longevity and credibility of Lawn Bowls now and into the future. Note: It must be clearly noted that the formal introduction of my Lawn Bowls TV Pilot Telecasted on Air featuring coloured bowls, uniforms and key rules live, at the City Bowling Club in Sydney, prior to going to air on the ABCs “Sports Night” Program, that night on 26/5/1975, around Australia demonstrated how colourising lawn bowls and associated features will revolutionise lawn bowls. Following the live presentation above the President of RNSWBA, attending at that telecast said to the media, “I don’t really see why the players should wear coloured shirts when white or cream looks very nice”, epoitnised why Lawn Bowls lost media and public interest? Worse still later on, *killing my fully funded World Series Bowls competition at short notice while the players applications were still being processed killed that series above at short notice by Bowls Australia and RNSWBA following my approval, does very little to develop trust must never ever be repeated. Prior that period I was engaged as “Special Project Officer” Volunteer by RNSWBA to develop a Lawn bowls Manual. Due to the fact that I was invited by the Australian Broadcasting Commission full time, I decided to develop the “Innovation Columns” instead. to feature Ideas and Issues regarding Lawn Bowls from 1991 to 2017 as a volunteer. Summery: 1. For the record I submitted my first TV format to the “President Australia Bowls Council” on the 10th May 1973. 2. Since then Lawn Bowls lost its “most played status”, in NSW, perhaps in Australia for a number of reasons, later to be explained why, so dear readers do your very best to support the survey and be positive right now to enhance our game again?. The only tip that comes to mind right now is to repeat my favourite quote, “Drain the pond and get rid of the alligators right now!”

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A tribute to Normie Rowe AM


had the pleasure of interviewing the living legend Normie Rowe this week, and was lucky enough to take a trip down memory lane with him, as we reminisced about his mammoth rise to fame during the 60’s and the events that followed. I was delighted to find he was very down to earth and charismatic, and most obliging with his answers even to some difficult questions that were asked. There was never a moment that he was lost for words, he literally had me giggling hysterically throughout the entire interview. He seems to have conquered the knack of articulate storytelling, resulting in a very entertaining interview. I found his memory of dates and events truly astounding, and enjoyed his wild sense of humour and enormous personality. He really is a true patriot and a national treasure. One cannot help but be star-struck, when we look back at the many highlights and achievements of Normie Rowe’s spectacular career, which incidentally, spans more than five decades, and still travelling at an incredible speed, with no hint of slowing down. My mind immediately wonders back to a very dynamic and exciting time in 1967 when as a young teenager, I, along with the entire teenage population of Australia, watched mesmerised, while Normie Rowe become Australia’s first king of pop.

At the time British bands were dominating the music industry and The Beatles were still saturating the charts, with their catchy whimsical songs that sold millions around the globe. Normie Rowe burst onto the scene in 1965 with his first huge hit called ‘IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO’ followed by ‘I WHO HAVE NOTHING’ and then the double sided number one hit ‘QUE SERA SERA’ and ‘SHAKIN ALL OVER.’ I can still vividly remember removing my Beatles and Rolling Stones posters from my bedroom walls, and lovingly replacing them with Normie Rowe posters, until my room resembled a shrine to Normie. He very quickly became the most popular performer in Australia, and had phenomenal success with his records, accumulating eleven top ten hits between 1965 and 1967. His version of ‘QUE SERA SERA’ became the biggest Rock & Roll hit of 1965 in Australia. All of a sudden, Normie was everywhere. I along with the rest of the population watched all his TV performances and attended all his concerts when he performed in Sydney. He created mass hysteria and absolute bedlam during his live shows, while being worshiped and idolised by the entire nation. Normie left Australia in 1966 to try his luck in the UK. During this time he produced many new recordings including ‘OOH LALA’ and ‘ITS NOT EASY’ and in 1967 Normie had the privilege of supporting such musical heavyweights as The Troggs, Gene Pitney and Sounds Incorporated while touring the UK. • Continue to page 24

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However, his promising career came to an abrupt halt, when in 1968 he was called to do compulsory military service, and then in 1969 sent to Vietnam by the Australian government. The entire population was absolutely horrified, heartbroken and disappointed when this happened. It caused a major uproar in Australia amongst its teenage population. We were all very aware of the conspiracy theories circulating, that The Holt Government, who were suffering character assassination and cutting edge undesirability at the time, had sent Normie to Vietnam ala Elvis Presley style, thus emulating what the Americans had done when they sent Elvis Presley to Germany. It was obvious that the government, who were struggling with political suicide and the antiwar movement, were on the verge of imploding. Thus, needing an icon like Normie Rowe to save face. This event made headlines, and sent shock waves around Australia, and eventually dethroned Normie Rowe, who was the biggest pop star at the time. His fans were left confused and bewildered, as to the ultimate fate of Normie. They were then forced to start following newspaper articles that were filtering in from Vietnam, showing Normie in uniform and performing combat duties. These articles soon became quiet scares, and Normie Rowe eventually became a distant memory for most of us. Unfortunately, going to Vietnam had an extremely negative effect on Normie’s career. His unpredictable fans were then forced to look elsewhere for another idol to worship. This inevitably resulted in a complete change in the dynamics of the music industry in Australia.

Unfortunately, Normie Rowe’s pop career was never successfully resuscitated on his return from Vietnam. Instead, he became a staunch advocate for Vietnam Veterans, and was awarded with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to Vietnam Veterans, the Entertainment Industry and the community. In the years that followed Vietnam Normie suffered tremendous personal loss following the death of his son, and a long battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, plus three failed marriages. While discussing these crucial misfortunes with him, I noticed that Normie’s mood changed to sombre when I mention the loss of his son. He informed me that ‘not a day goes by without thinking of what my son would be like and wondering what he would look like today’. We both then acknowledge that the hurt never goes away, which reduced me to tears as Normie became very emotional. Normie then went on to explain that he was able to overcome many obstacles through sheer determination, optimism and concentrating on his career. After studying acting and drama at The Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, he successfully nurtured an acting career. We all watched in awe while his career flourished, appearing in many TV shows including various variety shows, plus an extended role on TV soapie ‘Sons and Daughters’. This culminated in his critically acclaimed stint in the Sydney production of the musical Le Miserables, playing the central role of Jean Valijean. Today Normie is a master of the club circuit attracting huge audiences of young and old. His energetic performances are filled with raw emotion and songs that everyone can relate too, including many number one hits that literally send Quivers Down Your Back Bone. When I asked him how does he keep himself so fit and youthful? His very quick reply of ‘it’s a state of mind’ certainly strikes a chord with me, reiterating that he is a living legend and a national treasure. He is also the most genuine and down to earth person on the planet, and I was thrilled to hear that he still wants to be on stage performing at age eighty. It was my absolute honour and privilege to interview him.

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Cassandra Harvey leads Team Henselite sweep at SA Champions Week South Australia's Champions Week 2 kicked off at Murray Bridge late last month with the Champion of Champions and State Singles titles up for grabs as well as the State Triples, Mixed Pairs and Champion of Champion Pairs. Once again it was Team Henselite who shared the majority of the spoils, led by Adelaide's Cassandra Harvey who picked up the State Singles and Triples; and the Singles Champion of Champions. "I was in the final of both singles last year," said Cassandra after the event," and lost to Renata Callisto in the Champion of Champions and to Yvonne Kelly in the State Singles." "I went into this year's Champions Week aiming to at least get that far again, and hopefully snag a win in at least 1 of them, hence my State Singles title (which I won first) was so fuelled with emotion. To then go out & win the Champion of Champions the following day was just a dream come true! The feeling is quite surreal & I still have to pinch myself every day to realise it actually happened." "Going into the Champion of Champions final my mental state was very calm as I was still on a high from the State Singles win; I just told myself that if it was meant to be it would be, and just kept on playing the way I had over the past 3 days!" "I have always respected Riina [Bradbrook} as a great player & was just pleased to have the opportunity to play her in the final." But before she'd put down a bowl in either of her Singles campaigns, Cassandra had already held up the State Triples trophy with Breeanna Johnson and Renata Callisto. "We won the triples for the second year in a row together. Bree & Ren have been incredible in accepting me into their team after Renee McPharlin retired in 2015 & it's been an honour to 'step into her shoes' & record some wins on the board." "Of the three titles, the State Singles is definitely the most memorable for me; it was my first ever individual state title & after the heartbreak of missing out last year it meant the world to come out fighting & prove to myself I could do it." "I use Dreamline XG, size 3H. As they are such a great all-round bowl and they worked incredibly well for me. As the Champions Week was played on a synthetic surface a lot of people had trouble with the wide draw, however my bowls played consistently throughout & once I found my groove that was it." There won't be much time to relax and enjoy it however, Cassandra is in the final year of full-time university study (a double degree in Education & Health Science) and working part-time at a Council. "Now that the season is over (for a little while at least) my focus has turned to getting through my last semester of University to graduate in December this year," she said. "Having the opportunity to play in the Australian Champion of Champions later this year will be an incredible experience that I'm really looking forward to also!" Other Team Henselite winners in Champions Week 2 included Nathan Pedersen and Simon Dorr in the Champion of Champion Pairs), Nathan Pedersen and Adam Forbes in the State Triples (with Craig Mills), Renata Callisto (with Luke Day) in the Mixed Pairs and Wayne Ruediger (pictured below) in the Champion of Champion Singles.

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He gave his life that we might not starve

Two of the Belgian Prince survivors who were helped by Sailors' Society

One hundred years ago on 31 July, one of the most heinous war crimes of World War One took place in the Atlantic Ocean. The SS Belgian Prince was travelling from Liverpool to Newport News in America when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat. That night, 38 men drowned; the Captain, Harry Hassan, was taken below deck on the U-boat, never to be seen again. Only three men, who were cared for by maritime charity Sailors’ Society, survived to tell the story. Chief Engineer Thomas Bowman’s account of the night’s events tells of the horror that unfolded. “About 7.50pm on July 31 I was on the after deck of the ship off watch. I was taking a stroll and having a smoke. Suddenly I heard a shout, ‘Here’s a torpedo coming,’ and I looked and saw the wake of what I took to be a torpedo coming towards the ship on the port side. I shouted a warning, but had hardly got the words out of my mouth when the torpedo struck us.” Bowman was thrown on the deck. When he got up, he found his ship was taking on water; they were about 175 miles from Irish soil. Like many of the crew, he took to a lifeboat. As the men clambered on board the lifeboats, the submarine fired at the Belgian Prince disabling its communication equipment. The Germans ordered the lifeboats over, taking Captain Hassan below deck. “The rest of us were ordered on board and lined up on her deck,” said Bowman. The Belgian Prince’s crew was ordered to take their lifebelts and overcoats off and lay them on the submarine’s deck.

Wilhelm Werner, taken circa 1933

“The small boat was left intact, and five German sailors got into her and went towards the ship. When they reached the Belgian Prince, they signaled with a flash lamp to the submarine.” What happened next was the height of brutality. “The submarine moved ahead about two and a half miles, then stopped, and after a moment or two I heard a rushing sound, like water rushing into the sinking tanks of the submarine, and I shouted ‘Look out – she is sinking!’” The submarine descended into the Atlantic, dragging the Belgian Prince’s crew into the cold water. A few of the men had managed to keep their lifejackets from the Germans but the majority stood no chance. Bowman tried to jump into the sea but was carried down with the submarine. “When I came to the surface I could only see about a dozen of the crew left, including one boy who was shouting for help. I swam towards him. He had a lifebelt on, but was about paralysed, and I held him up during the night. He became unconscious, and eventually died while I was holding him up.

“Then the sailors came along searching us, and deliberately kicked the majority of the lifebelts overboard” said Bowman. Under the command of Wilhelm Werner the German crew then destroyed the lifeboats with axes.

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“When day broke I saw the Belgian Prince still afloat. I began to swim towards her, and when I had gone a short distance I saw her blow up.” After the ship sank, Bowman managed to stay afloat long enough to be saved by a British patrol boat. Able seaman George Silessi also survived the night, having swum towards his stricken vessel. He said, “I got on board, and about half an hour afterwards a German submarine came alongside. I got into the water. Two shells were fired at the Belgian Prince, which sank in two or three minutes. “I saw a small boat, which I swam to and got into – the same boat the Germans took away the previous evening – and about half an hour afterwards I was picked up by a British patrol boat.” In his statement, the third survivor, American Willie Snell, the ship’s 2nd cook, said, “I concealed a lifebelt which I had picked up, which the German commander failed to notice when he was kicking the lifebelts overboard.” Snell put his lifejacket on and when the submarine disappeared into the water, swam towards the doomed Belgian Prince. “When the submarine disappeared I swam towards the Belgian Prince. At about 5am I was about one mile off the vessel when she broke in two. Immediately afterwards I saw a submarine come up. I turned and swam away as quickly as I could.” Snell was also rescued by a British patrol boat and taken to Londonderry. The survivors were supported in Londonderry by maritime charity the British and Foreign Sailors’ Society, which had opened a Sailors’ Rest in the city in February 1917.

Now called Sailors’ Society, its chief executive officer, Stuart Rivers, said, “This horrific event is one of the many examples of merchant seafarers paying the ultimate sacrifice to keep supply chains open during times of conflict. “A century on, Sailors’ Society is still supporting the world’s merchant seafarers through crises such as piracy, kidnapping and abandonment.” After the war ended, the Allies demanded Werner’s extradition as a war criminal. The German commander had committed similar atrocities and was accused of murdering the crew of the SS Torrington in alarmingly similar circumstances to the ill-fated Belgian Prince crew. Before reaching trial, Werner fled to Brazil under a false name. He returned to Germany in 1924. Proceedings against him were dropped two years later, enabling him to climb the ranks of the Nazi party where at one point he belonged to Heinrich Himmler’s personal staff. Werner died in May 1945, having never faced justice for his crimes. Captain Harry Hassan was declared legally dead in a court in June 1919. The body of the Belgian Prince’s chief officer, Neil McDougall Morton, washed ashore at Cuan Ferry on 23 September 1917. His mother erected a gravestone at Kilbrandon Old Churchyard, which reads, “He gave his life that we might not starve.”

The names of the lost are remembered at the Tower Hill Memorial Source: to Internet

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is situated at the southern end of Guichen Bay. Lieutenant Governor Robe accompanied Captain Lipson in January 1846 on the “Lapwing” and surveyed the site for a proposed South Eastern port at Robe. In February 1847, Robe was declared as a port, becoming the second major colonial out port by the 1860s, both in terms of value and volume of wool exported.

20km out to sea, this stately shipping marker would have been the first beacon sighted on the tall ship “Lake of Cakes” on 17 January 1857 as it sailed with a

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The Chinese were bound for the Victorian goldfields but were forced to land in the free port of Robe so that the ship’s Captain could avoid the Victorian poll tax of $10 per passenger. 17,000 Chinese came through Robe on the lure of gold and none of them made Robe their home.

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Aussie Road Crew’s maiden voyage was the ‘Mountains To Mulga’ tour of Queensland in May, 2017. Starting in the beautiful country of the McPherson Range and stopping to camp at some wonderfully exquisite campgrounds on the way to the outback. Live music was played every night by Beccy Cole and many other artists. Our first ‘Roadies’ left the tour absolutely raving about their experience. Until now, music holidays have been targeted to those traveling overseas and costs are high. Aussie Road Crew offer our own beautiful country and an abundance of musical talent, food and good times for a fraction of that cost, Aussie Road Crew pride themselves on keeping our experiences affordable. Prices for our tours are around $120 per person per day and include a cooked breakfast every morning, nightly entertainment, a minimum of 5 gourmet group dinners (free alcohol at our welcome dinner) and all camping fees plus many other extras.

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Your Ideas – We can narrow them down or make suggestions but out of dozens of countries and millions of activities and visitor attractions along with the masses of information and image available in magazines, brochures and online we are pretty sure there is no shortage. Top tip: This is mostly down to your imagination but use the experience of a reputable travel agent to bring your ideas together, saving money and avoiding common pitfalls. Your Dates – We can’t help too much with this but get in early and ask for annual leave, or plan well for your long service leave or if you are retired then speak to us about the best time to book, in order to avail yourself of the best deals Top tip: Antarctica earlybirds are out now for 2018/19 and you can save thousands for a reasonable deposit with full payment only due around 90 to 120 days before departure Your Budget – This is the tricky one but the most important to get right! We don’t want to send you all the way to South America or Antarctica and then you skimp and miss all the best bits so we use all our experience to build the perfect itinerary matched to the appropriate methods of travel and accommodation, you won’t miss a thing! Top tip: We work with TravelPay to help budget for your holiday and ensure it is paid off before you leave meaning no unpleasant surprises when you arrive home.

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The National Railway Museum



Take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum, Australia's largest museum with over 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia. Climb into the cabs of giant steam engines, walk through elegant carriages, and enjoy free train rides and interactive and educational displays.

History of the museum In 1963 a group of rail preservationists, alarmed at the scrapping of steam locomotives which had served South Australia for many decades, set about saving, restoring and maintaining many of the historic vehicles in the museum today. The first railway museum was located on Railway Terrace at Mile End, operated on a completely voluntary basis and opened on only two afternoons each month. Prior to 1988 museum members restored many locomotives and carriages, designed and built our steam engine 'Bub', and completely restored narrow gauge steam engine 'Peronne' to operational condition. They also published several railway books. The exposure of the exhibits to the weather was a cause for great concern and an undercover venue was sought. In 1988 the museum was fortunate enough, with the involvement of the History Trust of SA, to obtain a $2m Australian Bicentennial Commemorative Grant to relocate to our current site and to provide covered accommodation for the exhibits. On the 2nd of January 1988 the gates at the Mile End Railway Museum closed for the last time and on the 10th December 1988, after a year of frantic activity, the Port Dock Station Railway Museum Port Adelaide was officially opened by the Premier of South Australia, The Honorable John Bannon. Street National 76PortLipson Adelaide SA 5015 8341 1690 Railway Topen daily 10am to 4.30pm Museum Australia’s largest under-cover railway museum - comprises two large display pavilions, housing more than100 exhibits locomotives, passenger carriages and railcars. Minature train rides every day.

e collect, restore, maintain, interpret and display items of significance to South Australia’s military history. The Army Museum of South Australia (AMOSA) is a branch of the Australian Army History Unit (AAHU) which was established in 1998. It is one of 17 regional and specialist museums forming Army’s history collection, collation, conservation and display network. AMOSA is a partnership between the Department of Defence (Australian Army History Unit) and a ASIC registered volunteer company known as the Army Museum of South Australia Foundation. (AMOSAF). Join us on the first Sunday of each month for the Keswick Barracks Heritage Walk, commencing at 2pm. Conducted by our volunteer guides who will share the history of the Barracks established 100 years ago. The Museum is open to the public Mon. Wed. & Sun. Inquire about the Keswick Barracks Heritage Walk which will take about 1 hour to complete with a Museum guide Army Museum of South Australia Building 76, Keswick Barracks, Anzac Highway Keswick SA 5035 T: (08) 8305 6021 W:

The Eden Killer has been telling Eden’s stories for over 80 years and is Whale Museum home to one of the only orca skeletons in the world, that of Old Tom, Eden’s famous killer whale.

Old Tom was the most boisterous of the killer whales who hunted baleen whales with the Davidson family up to the 1930s. At times Old Tom and the pod numbered up to 36, many of which were known by name to the whalers. The museum has commanding views over the bay, a whale watching platform and bookshop. It also showcases maritime and timber history along with regular travelling exhibitions. A visit here is not complete with some time spent on the vast sun-drenched deck which overlooks Twofold Bay. It’s a great place to watch whales from and if you spot one the staff will sound a loud siren that lets the whole town know there is a whale to be seen from shore. Eden Killer Whale Museum • 184 Imlay St Eden NSW 2551 • T: 02 6496 2094

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Portarlington Beach Motel Affordable Accommodation On The Bellarine Peninsula

Portarlington Beach Motel Portarlington.... Great beaches, taste-tempting food, top-quality wines and excellent accommodation. Portarlington Beach Motel - affordable accommodation a short drive from Geelong and Melbourne. Portarlington has a rich history as the preferred seaside escape for Melburnians. Located on the northern tip of the Bellarine Peninsula you will find a village rich in history with sweeping views across the water to Melbourne's skyline and the You Yang's. Portarlington Beach Motel has 16 neatly presented rooms with personal outdoor settings attached. Excellent foreshore reserves with play equipment for children and picnic and barbecue facilities add to the resort atmosphere - a great choice when searching for accommodation along the Great Ocean Road. Portarlington, Victoria is located across Port Phillip Bay south of Melbourne. There is now a daily ferry service to Melbourne. Stay 2 nights & get 1 extra night free during Sept/Oct. Portarlington Beach Motel 153-155 Newcombe Street Portarlington, Victoria Tel: 03 5259 3801 | | Toll Free: 1800 059 639

Devlin Apartments offers luxury accommodation at an official 4.5 star rating encompassing three distinct 312 MOORABOOL STREET architectural and GEELONG designer styled apartments. The New Yorker, Modernist and Industrial. These three unique designs resonate with the historical values, whilst offering style and comfort of the 21st Century. The splendor of the past is heralded throughout the building by way of superior architecture and interior design features complimented by historical images within the public areas, beautifully transforming the once boisterous school halls into a pictorial testament to its past. For more information and to make a reservation visit our Website Alternatively email: or phone 03 52221560.

Bellarine House accommodates eight people comfortably and can accommodate two extra people on a futon sofa bed. It is located in the quieter part of old Ocean Grove and is central to all the area has to offer. Bellarine House has new, comfortable beds and furniture with modern, energy efficient appliances.

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Recently we (Nikki and Nicola, the Directors of Travelbay) took a trip to China.

Neither one of us had spent more than a few days in China, and only in some of the lesser known and smaller cities. Prior to going we really didn’t know what to expect – we’d heard stories of smoggy cities, bustling crowds, busy traffic…it is a country of nearly 1.4 billion people after all. But lo and behold we had the most pleasant surprise – we loved our time in China and can’t wait to return. We started off in Beijing which we found to be a mixed bag. We visited the famous Tiananmen Square. To be correct, it’s not actually a square at all but a huge rectangle. A lot of history has played out in this place and it was almost as if the air was thick with the past. There was also a feeling of control here – on entering the square there are checkpoints and security to get through and within the square there are more guards. Mao’s mausoleum is in the centre of the “square” and this is a pilgrimage site for many Chinese – not so much for overseas visitors. There are certain times when the mausoleum is open and you can have your turn at walking past the entombed body of the former leader. It wasn’t open when we were there but we were quite happy to keep walking as there was a lot of ground to cover.

Forbidden City, Beijing

The Forbidden City is an Imperial Palace across the road from Tiananmen Square. This formidable palace was home to one emperor with his many wives, concubines, eunuchs and servants. Whilst grand in many ways (more walking) on hearing the history, we were not impressed by the greed, cruelty and opulence of just one person

Waiting in queues to get your herbs weighed takes quite a bit of marking and claiming your space – if you don’t you’ll be pushed in front of as if no one has noticed you are there. If you do claim your space, it is respected. All of this was a great insight into the culture and it is these kinds of experiences that are part of what we love about travelling – connecting with people even when you can’t understand a word the other says. The supermarket had an incredible array of veggies, herbs, tropical fruits and more – even tturtles, Japanese bowls and many other consumables that we had no idea what they were! Beijing is the gateway to the Great Wall and no trip to China would really be compete without a walk on the Great Wall (unless of course it’s your second visit and you’ve already been!). Whilst the wall is very long, there are only various sections that you can visit. The most popular section is the Badaling section as this is close to Beijing. We opted for the Mutianyu (pronounced moo-tee-anh-you) section which is about an hour and a half drive from Beijing and slightly less crowded than the Badaling section. The wall is high up on a ridge line and to get to the Wall you take a cable car (you can walk if you’re crazy enough - even the walk to the cable car was relatively steep, but thankfully short). This was a wonderful experience and we both enjoyed seeing what happens on a typical day at the wall– wedding photos, school trips, ads being filmed as well as all the usual family scuffles and joys, couples walking hand in hand and myriads of people taking selfies. This was another big bucket list tick, and one that was well worth it.

We had huge fun in a local supermarket in Beijing and here is where the holiday started to feel more joyful. We got to do the most ordinary of things – buy groceries in a country that was completely foreign to us. Once we stepped off the tourist path and bucket list tick boxing, we really got to feel that we are all human and essentially all the same only that we have different social etiquettes. When you meet another’s eyes, you are not always met with a smile as is custom in our society – it’s simply not their custom. Great Wall of China

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Next stop was Xian (pronounced Shee-anh) - a lovely, open and fresh city. With only 9 million people, it’s considered rather a small city in China. In the 1970’s, not far from Xian, the Terracotta Warriors were unearthed. These deserve a book of their own, or at least an article, but suffice to say they are incredible. A whole army of life sized men buried with an emperor to protect him in the afterlife – quite a sight. The city wall in Xian is also impressive and gives you a taste of historical China. This wall is complete and forms a circle around the centre of Xian – the top of the wall is very wide and you can ride a bike, relax in a golf buggy or have a stroll. Another impressive part of the city is the Muslim Quarter – a lively area filled with food outlets, markets, little shops and colourful activity – we had a lot of fun there.

With only 9 days in China we covered very little ground and saw a tiny snippet of such a grand and big country. There was much we loved about China and we had the absolute joy and luxury of travelling at our own pace on a private custom tour. It is a country filled with people which means it is very busy. Having our own private driver and English speaking tour guide and being picked up when we were ready made for a relaxing and fun time amongst all the busy-ness and hustle and bustle. It far exceeded our expectations – be it the care we received from our guides or the woman at the checkout in the supermarket; the hotels and the hotel breakfasts as well as the linen in our hotel rooms; the clocklike working of the trains and the infrastructure…China is a wonderful place for a holiday and comes highly recommended from 2 recent China converts Nikki McKee and Nicola Lessing are Co-Directors of, an online travel company which provides great value & lovingly selected holiday deals & packages throughout the world. They both travel regularly and love meeting and connecting with people here and overseas.

Then it was time for Shanghai. We almost felt like we were in a different country compared to Beijing - it feels very modern and international. In fact, 20 years ago the government announced that the city was to become an international city. Many people laughed and thought it was a communist party joke. But, 20 years on, the East side of the river that was once farmland and factories is filled with high rises and modern buildings. The to-do thing in Shanghai at night is to head to The Bund (the riverfront) and enjoy the city lights. When we say city lights, what we really mean is a light show. They say Shanghai is a shopper’s paradise – and if you visit the Yuyuan markets and Nanjing Rd, you’ll know why. The Yu markets, as they are known for short, are in the old part of town and are quite an experience – get ready for crowds and to test your bargaining skills. Nanjing Rd is a 5km shopping street and in the evening has street musicians and brightly lit neon signs, another lively experience. Yuyuan Markets

Not far from Shanghai lies the city of Suzhou (pronounced Soo-joe). It’s a 35 minute train ride and many people commute daily as the cost of living is not as high in Suzhou compared with Shanghai. Here you can find the water village of Tongli – China’s version of Venice where you can relax in a gondola and enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes on the canals. The old town of Suzhou is well worth a visit too for the boutique shops and painting like scenery.

Tongli, Suzhou




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Island of Contrasts


hillip Island has long been a favourite destination for generations of Victorian holidaymakers and day trippers, and it’s easy to see why. Spectacular coastlines, lazy days on sandy beaches and calming woodlands have lured visitors for decades, and of course we can’t forget the wildlife. How many of us don’t have a story to tell about the time we came to see the penguins when we were kids? But there is so much more to Phillip Island than meets the eye, and winter is a great time for a day trip to explore a couple of its more fascinating and engaging attractions without the need to tackle the elements. The National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum is dedicated to the heritage and the legacy of the veterans of the Vietnam era and seeks to remember and relate their experience, and the enduring impact of the war on our society. Visitors to this independent Australian museum are assured of an authentic experience as they embark on a fascinating, rewarding, educational and sometimes very emotional journey through the tumultuous years of the Vietnam conflict. The Sound and Light show provides a focal starting point for visitors, and sets the context for what has been and what is yet to come. It seamlessly combines the wonders of modern technology with a moving historical account and insight into the lives and experiences of those who served our country in a foreign land. Testament to the poignant nature of the Sound and Light show is the ample supply of tissues on hand. The extensive collection of artefacts and objects in the Museum has been collected over the last three decades, having grown from small beginnings of a travelling museum trailer to the expansive galleries which now house an important collection. Ground, Air and Sea Operations during the conflict are all represented with dedicated galleries. Displays range from interpretive panels and interactive touch screens to cases filled with medals, uniforms and even the conscription ballot box that determined so many men’s fates. Aircraft and ground vehicles played an important role in the war, and today play an important role in the visitor experience. A Grumman Tracker and a De Havilland Caribou take pride of place at the museum’s entry, but there is so much more to be seen inside. The iconic Huey helicopter and menacing Cobra helicopter are just two of the several aircraft inside the museum, ably supported by a range of both wheeled and tracked vehicles. A visit to the National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum is a must-do on Phillip Island. It is bound to stir something in all of us. Those who lived through this era will have a chance to remember and reflect on this time of turmoil, while those who came after will have an opportunity to learn about the war and its impact on our lives today.

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From the steamy jungles and battlefields of Vietnam, the next stop is the starkly contrasted icy landscapes of Antarctica. One of Phillip Island’s newest attraction, the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre, invites visitors to immerse themselves in a spectacular multimedia wildlife experience as they embark on a virtual journey to the world’s most extreme continent.

The Journey provides a completely immersive experience in what can only be described as a stunning and breathtaking, state of the art multimedia spectacle. Visitors will find themselves enthralled by the giant screens and stunning soundscape which put them right in the heart of the action, surrounded by creatures of the deep like whales, seals, sharks and more.

The Antarctic Journey will delight visitors and also make history as the world’s first interactive Antarctic experience developed in partnership with WWF-Australia, showcasing the wonders of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, and highlighting the need to work together to protect our natural world.

The interactive wildlife experience is bound to be a highlight of any visit, as visitors will see themselves on a giant screen, standing on an ice floe, patting a penguin or stroking a seal, all thanks to a cutting-edge sensory entertainment experience. This augmented reality technology is world-class and really puts visitors right in the heart of the action, getting up close and personal with spectacular Antarctic wildlife.

The Lab is jam packed with fun-filled hands on activities designed to both entertain and educate. Visitors will be able to ‘feel the freeze’ as they enter the Antarctic Chill Zone and experience the same sort of conditions as an Antarctic researcher. The Sound Lab and Research Station offer a marvellous insight into the sights and sounds of Antarctic wildlife, complete with animal calls, microscopes and fascinating specimens. Many important questions are posed in The Lab, such as: ‘What is more likely to sink – a bowling ball or a marble?’, ‘What is the Cocktail Party Effect?’ and ‘How does my thermal image compare to an Emperor penguin?’ The fascinating array of hands on activities answer all these questions and more, and ensure that the unique wildlife, the ongoing research activities, and the critically important conservation values of this remote continent come alive to make this a truly enjoyable learning adventure.

With the stunning Antarctic landscape as the backdrop, and interactive wildlife experiences to enjoy, visitors will learn about the need for conservation of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, and that by working together we can all play a part in protecting our natural world. So next time you’re planning a daytrip, whether in the summer holiday season or the depths of a Victorian winter, spare a thought for these two incredible, immersive experiences that take you from tropical battlefields to the frozen continent in just one day on this island of contrasts.

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The South Hemisphere’s Only Giant Pandas


delaide Zoo is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s only Giant Pandas. Since arriving in Adelaide in 2009, the Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni have enjoyed somewhat of a celebrity status, with thousands of tourists travelling each year to meet them. Living it up in the lap of luxury in their state-of-the-art exhibit, visitors can get up close to the famous couple and watch as they eat, sleep and play. And eat they do… in fact, the Giant Pandas have an almost insatiable appetite for bamboo, each consuming between 20 and 30 kilograms of bamboo every day. This often increases to 30 to 40 kilograms during winter. Bamboo contains very little nutritional value so the pandas must eat between 40 to 60 pieces every day to meet their energy needs. But they do branch out, with about 1% of their diet comprising other plants and even meat. General Manager of Operations Jeff Lugg said the Giant Pandas eat all the bamboo, stripping and eating the leaves before breaking down the culm. “If you can imagine a culm (stick) of bamboo weighs less than 1 kilogram – that’s a lot of bamboo we need to source to keep Wang Wang and Fu Ni happy and healthy,” Jeff said.

Fu Ni

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“They are quite fussy and only like fresh bamboo. It can only be stored for two or three days, even less in summer.” To ensure they keep the famous pandas well fed, the zoo has a nine hectare bamboo plantation at Bolivar and accepts donations from the general public. “We do accept bamboo from home gardens providing that it is fairly well maintained, water and not in a poor condition. It’s important home gardeners don’t cut and stack the bamboo themselves because we need it fresh so our team will come out and harvest the bamboo when it is needed.” “We’re always looking for public donations of healthy bamboo of the Phyllostachys aurea or Phyllostachys nigra species, and any of the clumping bamboo varieties, in particular Bambusa gracilis and Bambusa textilis, not to be confused with Arundo donax (Provence Reed).” “If you can help, please phone 08 8267 3255 if you are happy for us to come and harvest your bamboo plants or to remove and transplant entire clumps to our bamboo plantation” Photos Credited By - Adrian Mann, Zoos South Australia.

Wang Wang


here’s really only one way to see Adelaide from the River

Torrens and that’s on board the Popeye. We’ve been doing it for generations because the Popeye first started 75 years ago. The “Popeye” boats are privately owned recreational ferries that operate on the lake between Elder Park and the Adelaide Zoo. The first boat was launched on the Torrens Lake by Gordon Watts in 1935. It was a 25-foot (7.6 m) boat, built on the banks of the River Torrens to hold up to 20 passengers and named Popeye 1. Watts purchased a former Glenelg cruise boat in 1948 and placed it in service as Popeye 2. Over the next two years three new jarrah hulled boats were built at Port Adelaide; carrying 40 passengers each they were numbered Popeye 3 through Popeye 5. Trips on the Popeyes from Elder Park to the zoo became a treasured family outing and the boats hosted weddings and other events. In March 1962 Keith Altman, took over the Popeyes and introduced recreational paddle boats to the river.


he Popeyes had a brush with royalty in March 1977 with Popeye 5

ferrying Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip followed by a choir in Popeye 4. Keith Altmann, ‘Popeye’ owner: “We turned one of the Popeyes into the Royal Barge. We took the hood off and put a platform up the back and the Queen and Duke sat back up there. That went off very well.” Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser officially launched three new fiberglass models named Popeyes I, II and III in 1982 as the wooden boats’ replacements. In 2011, Tony and Lidija Shuman purchased the Popeye fleet and have worked tirelessly learning the ropes and hoping to make your experience an enjoyable and memorable event. “Popeye brings a lot of memories back to people; especially the older generation bringing their children because they remember when they were kids their parents and grandparents used to take them up to the zoo on the boat.” The Popeye is up there with the frog cake, the hills hoist and the Glenelg tram – they are all officially a State Heritage Icon.

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OzAsia Festival 21 September – 8 October 17 OzAsia Festival is Australia's premier international arts festival focusing on Asia.


nder Festival Director Joseph Mitchell, the Festival remains proudly young at heart with a vibrant program of contemporary arts from across Asia. The 2017 program includes 6 world premieres and 19 Australian premieres, and brings together over 300 professional artists from Japan, Singapore, China, India, Malaysia, Korea, The Philippines, Hong Kong and Indonesia, alongside more than 400 local community artists. Inside the Adelaide Festival Centre and Her Majesty’s Theatre, you will experience personal and intimate stories by artists who embrace the bold vision of 21st century Asian life: some who aren’t even human! Outside on the Adelaide Convention Centre lawns, enjoy plenty of free international music programming over a drink and a bit to eat at the Lucky Dumpling Market. On Sunday 1st Oct, Elder Park will come alive with the annual Moon Lantern Festival and parade led by the colourful Hong Kong Dragon. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, so come along and discover contemporary Asia in Adelaide this September and October. For more information visit

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Moon Lantern Festival 1 October


ome celebrate the Moon Lantern Festival at Elder Park in the city on Sunday the 1st of October 2017. This free all-age event is part of the OzAsia Festival presented by Adelaide Festival Centre. Australia’s largest lantern parade will feature over 40 different handmade lanterns led by the giant Hong Kong dragon, plus community and roving performances, a trail of 20 exquisite lanterns placed throughout the park for families to explore, and plenty of amenities and food from many of Adelaide’s most iconic food trucks, finishing with a liberal sprinkling of fireworks over the Torrens. There will be lantern installations to spot, workshops and family activities to get involved in, and roving performances to watch. The highlights of the event will begin after sunset with a large lantern parade and spectacular fireworks. A 40-metre long dragon will be leading the parade. And, if and when you feel peckish, food truck cuisine will be available for purchase. Elder Park will be open to the public from 5pm with access being restricted once capacity is reached. So be sure to get there early to avoid disappointment. For maps and performance schedules, do visit the OzAsia Festival website.

Madama Butterfly


ne of Opera Australia’s most loved productions makes its Capitol Theatre premiere, ready to capture your imagination and your heart, whether for the first time or all over again from 24 October - 4 November 2017. Madama Butterfly, one of the world’s most famous love stories, is a heartbreakingly beautiful romantic tragedy about a Japanese Geisha who marries a US sailor, only to be abandoned by him. With a stunning set and costume design inspired by Japan, the combination of wood, water, coloured silks and flames on stage is breathtakingly elegant. Get swept up in Puccini’s rousing music as the opera takes you from love, to wonder, to hope, and at last, despair.



he international blockbuster musical JERSEY BOYS will open its Australian tour in September 2018 at the Capitol Theatre.

The 2010 Sydney season of JERSEY BOYS played for 15 months, making it one of the longest running musicals in Sydney history, attracting audiences both domestically and internationally. JERSEY BOYS tells the true-life story and the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons who were one of the most successful bands in pop music history. The band sold over 175 million records and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for their worldwide hits including Can’t Take My Eyes off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Sherry and Big Girls Don’t Cry, which all feature in the musical.


he Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) joins David Robertson in announcing a one-year extension of his tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra, taking his term to six years ending at the conclusion of 2019. SSO Managing Director Rory Jeffes said Robertson is an inspiring leader who has helped further to enhance the Orchestra’s ensemble since taking up his position at the organisation in 2014. “Robertson is a visionary music-maker who is greatly in demand as guest conductor around the world,” Jeffes said. “As our artistic leader his ambitious projects have highlighted the virtuosity of our ensemble and helped to grow internationally the profile the SSO and indeed of Sydney as a cultural destination.” “A skilled and passionate music communicator, he has cultivated strong relationships with our audience members and also our philanthropic community, of which he is part of through his personal membership of the Maestro’s Circle – a group of passionate donors who support the Orchestra’s vision.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor & Artistic Director David Robertson extends term for a further year

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with David to the end of 2019, and also when he returns for future projects as a guest conductor beyond that.” Robertson said he was excited to join the Orchestra in announcing a one-year extension of his tenure: “This will round out my time leading this great institution to six years, ending at the conclusion of 2019; although given my love of the SSO, it’s very likely you will see me return to the podium as a guest conductor for years to come.”

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rankston Arts Centre presents How Sweet it is on Friday 15 September starring two of Australia's best known performers, Frankie J. Holden and Michelle Pettigrove. This husband and wife team present a show about living and loving. Full of music you will love and plenty of laughs from this accomplished pair. Together Frank and Michelle present a unique and entertaining show, which will delight you with its honesty and humour. They sing (and dance) some of the greatest songs about love, marriage, children and all the facets of being a couple. Their show has special resonance with their own lives and there is sure to be much that you will relate to as well. This is a great opportunity to see two of our best-loved performers ‘up close and personal’.

Frankie J Holden and Michelle Pettirove Show us How Sweet it is Reviews: “A rollicking collection of songs and laughs, charismatic and very watchable!” Melbourne Age “Their comic timing was impeccable, their singing was even better.” Melbourne Herald Sun

How Sweet It Is

The Peter Allen Songbook


Frankston Arts Centre offers regular daytime concerts to those who enjoy professional music and quality theatre experience in one of the best performing arts venues in outer metropolitan Melbourne. To book tickets visit www. or phone Box Office on 03 9784 1060. For your chance to win a double pass to How Sweet it is at Frankston Arts Centre, email au with your name and contact details and let us know what your favourite song of all time is. FRANKIE J. HOLDEN has enjoyed a long career as a singer, actor and television personality, hosting ‘In Melbourne Tonight’ and currently playing Roy Briggs in the highly popular ‘A Place To Call Home’. And of course Frank is now the proud recipient of an OAM! MICHELLE PETTIGROVE is best known for her long-running role in ‘A Country Practice’ and was solo host of children’s show ‘Funhouse’ for eight years. The couple currently host the national travel show ‘What’s Up Downunder’.

From Broadway to Ballroom

Christmas Spectacular



Frankie J. Holden & Michelle Pettigrove

Friday 15 September, 10.30am & 1.30pm

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ith a rich vine and wine history dating back to 1842, the Barossa Valley is one of the most historic wine producing regions in Australia. The region was pivotal in the evolution of Australian wine in the 1970s and 1980s, helping to bring fine Australian wine to a global audience. The diverse range of wines from the region have won over the world's wine lovers, from wine writers and sommeliers to wine geeks and novices. Shiraz is the Barossa’s star performer, but varieties like Grenache, Mourvedre/Mataro, Riesling and Semillon all have a long and distinguished history of producing exceptional wines.

Today, there's a generation of winemakers who are, once again, helping to change the face of wine in the Barossa Valley. Some come from families that have been part of the fabric of the region since the 1800s. Others have been drawn from afar, coming from around the world to explore the rich tapestry of soils and terroirs that make the region world renowned. They are exploring innovative choices of grape varieties and experimenting with grape growing and winemaking styles. Organic and biodynamic farming, earlier picking dates, whole bunch fermentation, extended skin contact, fermentation in amphorae and minimal intervention winemaking are just some of the ways that people are innovating in a traditional wine region like the Barossa Valley.

Beautiful Barossa - Wine Industry of Australia Kapunda Visitor Information Our friendly staff will inspire you to discover the secrets of Kapunda Australia’s first copper mine & home of Sir Sidney Kidman (The Cattle King). Only an hour's drive from Adelaide.

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Baked Haloumi and Pumpkin with Honey and Za'atar INGREDIENTS • • • • • • •

500g Kent pumpkin, skin-removed, cubed 1 teaspoon salt 250g haloumi, sliced thinly 2 tablespoons honey 80g almonds 1 tablespoon Za’atar 1/4 cup fresh mint (optional)

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 200C°. Place pumpkin on a lined baking tray, sprinkle with salt and bake for 45 minutes. 2. Remove from oven and add haloumi pieces and almonds, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with za’atar. Return to oven and bake for further 10 minutes. 3. Once the haloumi has browned, remove from oven, add mint leaves and serve as a side dish, or over crisp leaves as a light salad.

Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Feta Corn and Black INGREDIENTS • 2 large sweet potatoes, washed, skin on • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes • 200g drained canned black beans, rinsed • 200g drained canned sweet corn, rinsed • 100g feta cheese, crumbed • 1 tablespoon hot sauce • 1/4 cup chopped parsley METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Slice sweet potatoes in half lengthways. Place on a lined baking tray and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 45 minutes, until tender. 2. Remove from oven and top with black beans, sweet corn and feta. Return to oven and bake for further 15 minutes. 3. Once the feta has lightly browned, remove from oven. Finish with a splash of your favourite hot sauce and fresh parsley.

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Rebecca Van Asch claims historic title as Tasmania’s first national indoor bowls champion INVERMAY’S Rebecca Van Asch became the first Tasmanian Australian Indoor bowls champion in the 30-year history of the event at Tweed Heads. In a tense battle Van Asch sealed the first set 9-4, before Canadian international representative Kelly McKerihen forged a come-from-behind 7-5 second set win. A tense tie-break ensued after both players won an end each to make sure the coveted title came down to one final end. McKerihen attempted a strong drive with her final bowl that narrowly missed, leaving Van Asch with two shots to clinch the victory. Van Asch said she was very emotional after tasting her first national indoor championship triumph. “That was a really tough game and I was really happy with the way I started and things were going really well, but things got really tight there at the end so it was really nice to come away with a win after going down to the last end of the tie-break,” Van Asch said. Van Asch was understandably proud to be the only Tasmanian to have claimed the silverwear. “A lot of people know that I’m a very patriotic Tasmanian so it’s fantastic to have this title for Tassie,” Van Asch said. “To finally get the victory for Tasmania is fantastic.” In the men’s event, David Ferguson, from Engadine in NSW, achieved the seemingly impossible, disposing of two-time reigning titleholder and three-time event winner Jeremy Henry. Despite dropping the first set 6-11, Ferguson rallied to claim the next 8-6, as well as the opening shot of the tie-break, before putting the game out of contention with a further three shots on the next, eventually walking away with the silverware 4-2. Van Asch, Ferguson and Henry will compete at next year’s World Cup, with Henry in search of a historic sixth title. Final results: Women: Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay) d Kelly McKerihen (Clayton) 9-4, 5-7, 4-2; Men: David Ferguson (Engadine) d Jeremy Henry (Warilla) 6-11, 8-6, 4-2

Tinnitus What is Tinnitus Tinnitus is the medical term for the sensation of hearing sound in your ears when no external sound is present. In most cases, tinnitus is a subjective noise, meaning only the sufferer can hear it. Typically, sufferers describe the sound as ‘ringing in the ears,’ though others describe it as a hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring and even like the sea. Facts about Tinnitus • Tinnitus can occur at any age, and may begin suddenly or progress slowly. • Tinnitus can be constant or intermittent. It can occur in one or both ears. Its volume can vary or be static. • - Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom of a malfunction in the auditory system that affects approximately 20% of the population. • The most common causes of tinnitus are noise exposure, aging, head injury, side effect of medications.

But there is relief According to the Australian Tinnitus Association, there are ways to get tinnitus relief, including counselling and sound therapy. It is recommended that anyone with tinnitus should consult an Audiologist or Ear,Nose and Throat specialist experienced in tinnitus treatment. Sound Therapy Sound Therapy can be effective in treating tinnitus because it may make the tinnitus less noticeable or mask the tinnitus. Hearing aids may be included as a critical component of a sound therapy program. Although most hearing aids can alleviate tinnitus, certain hearing aids have built-in technology specifically for tinnitus relief. There are also many tinnitus relief apps available which can be used stand alone or streamed through a smart phone or iPad to wireless hearing aids.

The effects of Tinnitus are real Because Tinnitus is subjective, it affects people in different ways. For some, it’s a minor annoyance, one they can deal with easily. For others, it can result in more serious issues such as: • Long term sleep disruption • Changes in cognitive ability • An inability to concentrate (eg. Completing tasks or reading) • Stress in relationships • Anxiety and depression • Employment challenges

Tinnitus Management Program At Victorian Hearing we offer a Tinnitus Management Program with our experienced Audiologists. The 2 hour consultation involves: • A full case history including specific tinnitus related questions • A full diagnostic hearing test, including speech discrimination and middle ear function test • Tinnitus matching (pitch and loudness) • Discussion of : your results and treatment option: • tinnitus, hearing loss and hearing aids • tinnitus do’s and don’ts • medication and dietary considerations • suggestions for managing your sleep better • overcoming your fears of tinnitus • managing your perceptions of tinnitus.

Sadly, there is no known cure Currently there is no known cure for tinnitus. No surgery or pill has been shown to get rid of tinnitus in any clinically accepted study.

Further Tinnitus information The Tinnitus Association of Victoria Australian Tinnitus Association Audiology Australia

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Your blood pressure rises with each heartbeat and falls when your heart relaxes between beats. While BP can change from minute to minute with changes in posture, exercise, stress or sleep, it should normally be less than 120/80 mm Hg (less than 120 systolic AND less than 80 diastolic) for an adult age 20 or over.


Arthritis (from Greek arthro- joint + -itis, inflammation, plural: arthritides) is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation in one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection.


People often use the word depression when they’re talking about moments or periods of time where they feel sad or down. When life gets full on and deals you things like stress, disappointments or grief, it’s really common and normal to feel down about it. However, if you continue to feel lower than usual for a really long time, or if you’re not really sure why you’re feeling that way in the first place, there might be something more serious going on.


The official use of the word depression, which is often diagnosed as ‘major depressive disorder’, is used if these feelings persist for longer than two weeks and start to get in the way of your everyday life. Keep in mind that depression is a condition that can only be diagnosed by a health professional. Depression ranges from mild to severe, and while there are many possible causes, it’s hard to know if it happens as the result of life events (such as traumatic events or losing someone close to you), biological factors (like an imbalance in certain chemicals in the brain), both, or something else entirely. Everyone who suffers from depression will experience it differently, but there are some common signs and symptoms.


Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Acute complications can include diabetic ketoacidosis, nonketotic hyperosmolar coma, or death. Serious long-term complications include heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney failure, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes. Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced.


Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. 2


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100 – NOT OUT On Melbourne Cup day 2017 a huge milestone of life will have been reached


rancis (Frank) Walter Birkin was born on 7th November 1917 at a private hospital at Clyde, a western suburb of Sydney just over 12 months before the end of WW1. When interviewing Frank about his life he said, “Why me, I am just another nobody”. My reply was, “no way, you are definitely a “somebody”’. As an only child Frank grew up in the Strathfield/Homebush area and attended Homebush Primary School and then went to Ultimo Technical College where he qualified as an engineer. During his school days he said he wasn’t into sport but did play some “backyard cricket” and dabbled in sailing. He married Connie in May 1943 and they lived in Newtown, Sydney until he retired from his engineering work. Frank and Connie were married for 66 years before Connie passed away in December 2009. As stated above he was employed as an engineer by Austral Bronze until initially retiring in 1960 when he and Connie toured the east coast for 12 months. Back in Sydney he bought an Egg Farm at Peakhurst and also purchased a milk run until he finally retired permanently in 1985 for the second time. With plenty of daylight hours available with the milk run Frank joined Roselands Bowling Club, (south western Sydney) in November 1964 and remained there until moving to the Tweed Heads area where he and Connie joined the Tweed Heads Bowls Club in 1987. During his membership at Roselands he played in the Grade One pennant side until moving to Tweed where he continued representing his new club until about 10 years ago. His bowling achievements are many both at club and district level as can be seen from the following summary. The year 1967 started his bowling rise by winning the Minor Singles (B grade) and then the next year (1968) he backed up to win the Major Singles (Open). Between 1967 and when he left Roselands in 1987 he accomplished the following club championships. Major Singles: 1974 and then runner-up in 1977. Major Pairs: 1980. Major Triples: 1977, 78, 79, 81 and 84. Major Fours: 1969, 1978, 1983. Mixed Fours in 1982, 1985 and 1986 and the Mixed Triples in 1970 and 1979 and in partnership with wife, Connie, won an open Mixed Pairs carnival in 1973, He and partner won the Maroubra Bowling Club Master Mixed Pairs and was also runner-up in this event. In 1979 he was a team member winner of the Greenacre Bowling Club “Gold Medal Night Fours”. He was also a beaten semi-finalist one year in the NSW State Pairs Championship. Frank told me that the year he won the Minor Singles, Connie won the Women’s Minor Singles and the following year they both shared the same result by winning the Major Singles at Roselands. When he moved to Tweed Heads he was in the team from Tweed Heads that won the Kingscliff Bowls Club Mixed Fours and Men’s Fours carnivals in 1988 and was a member of the team that won the Tweed Heads Men’s Club Open Triples championship in 2006. Currently Frank plays bowls socially 3 days a week, Wednesday Pairs, Friday Triples and Saturday Pairs. Frank, nearly 2 years ago was forced to succumb to using a “bowlers arm” and he is revered in the club with his “new Toy”. To keep up with the technology world about 5 years ago Frank took up to using a computer and had lessons so he could communicate with anybody and everybody. Recently Frank was required to have a “driver’s test” and he passed the assessment with flying colours to continue with an unrestricted drivers licence.

Footnote: When recently interviewing Frank I was reminded of my having known him and his wife for about 40 years having also been a member of Roselands and Tweed Heads and I have had the pleasure of playing bowls with AND against him on many occasions over this period. B.F.

May he continue good health and bowling for many years to come.

Interviewed and contributed by Bernie Fletcher, Publicity Officer THMBC. Bowling & Lifestyle Spring 2017 53

Simply Helping is well placed to provide support choices to you.


e are very happy to announce that our web site has had a major facelift. It is now easier to navigate and read, and we invite you to take the time and have a browse. In addition to our web site, we also extend an invitation for you to visit our Facebook page. This is a busy time for Simply Helping with the introduction of client choice with Home Care Packages, and the on-going rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. I am happy to say that clients on these programs are increasingly becoming a larger part of our service base. Don't forget that the Victorian Seniors Festival is coming up in October, and I am proud to say that Simply Helping is a major sponsor. Free and low-cost events and activities will be presented across Victoria, including concerts, dances, theatre shows, celebratory morning teas, tours, a host of indoor and outdoor recreation activities and much more. More and more attend each year because it is informative and fun, so make sure that you enter one or more activities into your Diaries. Simply Helping has been providing flexible personalised services, available from ½ hour services to 24 hours, 7 days a week, throughout Victoria for over 19 years. In keeping with our commitment to quality and professionalism, staff are chosen for their experience, qualifications and personality to represent Simply Helping. Furthermore, all are fully insured, reference and police checked. In addition, Simply Helping has achieved Health and Disability Services Certification having met those Standards.

Our Services: • Companion care • Dementia care • Disability care • Escorts to appointments/outings • Domestic assistance • Shopping • Personal care • Respite care • Referrals for psychological and counselling support • Gardening • Home maintenance • Pet sitting • Dog walking Angela Feery-Richards Founder and Director of Simply Helping For more information visit our web site au or for a general enquiry please contact an office near you: Melbourne Bayside Peninsula 9791 9640 Greater Eastern) 9735 5348 Inner and South Eastern 9792 3093 North East 9438 1595 Regional Central Highlands & Djerriwarrh 9792 3093 Geelong & Barwon 5261 4808 Gippsland South & West 9799 4676 Goulburn Valley 5795 1635 South West 5381 2076 All other areas of Melbourne and regional Victoria 1800 998 866

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Fact: Defibrillators Save Lives True or False


n Australia 33,000 people die each year form Sudden Cardiac Arrest TRUE, According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, that’s more than the number of deaths caused by road accidents, fires, breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer combined. Ambulance response time in metropolitan area is 8 minutes, on target. FALSE, average response time is 19-30 minutes and its even longer in the country. Defibrillators save lives TRUE, having a defibrillator onsite has the potential to save 10,000 -20,000 lives each year.

Defibs R Us is a friendly boutique Australian Business, committed to ensuring that individuals and businesses are empowered to have adequate equipment so that they can handle medical emergercies. Access and early response are critical in saving someone’s life especially when they are experiencing a cardiac arrest (heart attack) Carrying out CPR along with using a defibrillator saves lives. The Defibrillator delivers an electrical shock to a patient, it’s like a reset button moving the heart from the Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) or Ventricular Tachycardia (VT), the electrical shocks stops the rapid chaotic electrical activity the rapid chaotic electrical activity of the heart. In VF, the heart has been described like “a bag full of wriggling worms” The heart rhythm is uncoordinated. With VT, the heart beats too quickly and struggles to pump blood around the heart and into the arteries. A defibrillator can correct this irregularity into a regular rhythm. If you purchase a defibrillator for $1995 you can quote code BOWLINGAU and you can receive a complementary First Aid Fast kit, which comes with a downloaded first aid app, a QR reader valued at $189. Call 1300 GODEFIBS (1300 463 334) or visit us on au 41437-Defibs A4 Poem Landscape_Layout 1 13/08/15 11:46 AM Page 1

YOUR HEART I’ve been with you from the start. Not for a single moment have we been apart. I am the Garden you never left. Your childhood home. Where the tree grows. Playing shadows with the sun. I am the mind you used to go to for guidance and direction. Before you believed in fear and sin. I am your mirror. I am a holy affirmation. I have never judged you. I love you.

I am your meditation seat. The still-point in the dance. The meeting place. The place where angels meet.

I’ve been with you from the start. Not even in your worst aloneness have we been apart.

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acular Disease Foundation Australia is calling for entries into the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2017 and is asking Australians to submit a photograph that shows their appreciation of the gift of vision. This year’s theme is: “See My World - in your own backyard”. The mEYE World Photographic Competition, now in its seventh year, provides an opportunity for enthusiasts and budding photographers to showcase their talent, whilst raising awareness of macular disease, the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Foundation Patron, Ita Buttrose, will again head the judging committee. Ita works tirelessly to promote the cause of macular disease and brings a wealth of experience to her role as judge. Ita is joined by internationally recognised photographer Rex Dupain and one of Australia’s longest serving news photographers, Alan Pryke. Macular Disease Foundation Australia CEO, Julie Heraghty, is encouraging all Australians to be involved and said, “This is an exciting project for the Foundation as our focus is your vision. We want Australians to use photography, a powerful and popular medium, to illustrate their appreciation of the gift of sight and at the same time spread the word to have your eyes tested and macula checked, especially for people over 50. This is a fun and exciting way to help ensure we can all see a future”. Last year’s mEYE World Photographic Competition grand finalist, Tania Savona, captured her winning photo on her iPhone. Tania says of her photo, “My daughter and her friends were competing at a ballet competition and after a full day of dance I found them slumped exhausted on some seats. It was a one in a million shot, but the composition worked really well. I’ll never be able to capture that moment again.”

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mEYE World Photographic Competition runs until 3 October 2017.

I am your singing bowl. Your forgotten song. Your original voice. The sacred Om.

I am your friend. I am your heart.

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housands of Australians fighting late-stage renal and lung cancer will soon get easier access to a new miracle drug. From Tuesday 1 August 2017, the federal government subsidised Opdivo so that patients will pay just $38.80 per treatment, or $6.30 for those with a concession card. Up to now, patients have had to fork out about $5000 a course – adding up to more than $130,000 per year.

“This drug changes lives and save lives,” health minister Greg Hunt said. “For patients and their families it provides the precious gift of a full and healthy life.” It’s one of the biggest listings ever on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, costing the government $1.1 billion. The drug has been credited with saving the life of AFL star Jarryd Roughead among others. It’s a type of immunotherapy that helps make cancer cells more vulnerable to attack by your body’s own immune cells. Unlike conventional treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, it activates white blood cells that help fight disease so they can attack cancer cells in your body. The federal government says it is more effective and safer than current therapies and can improve and extend the life of patients.“The hardest part of this role is to witness families facing the most tragic of medical diagnoses,” Hunt said. “The most uplifting is to see breakthroughs that save lives , transform families and give people real hope – and that’s exactly what Opdivo does.” Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Australia, with about 8000 people dying from the disease each year. Some 3500 new cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed annually, making it the ninth most common cancer in Australia. Peak bodies Lung Health Australia and Kidney Health Australia both welcomed the drug’s listing, saying it could make a significant difference to patients’ lives.

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Cardiology Services Geelong Cardiology Practice The Geelong Cardiology Practice is the leading provider of cardiac services in the Geelong region. We are a private outpatient clinic located within University Hospital Geelong, offering services to Geelong and surrounding regions. Referrals to Geelong Cardiology Practice can be made by a GP or health professional.

Philosophy: Geelong Cardiology Practice is committed to delivering personalised, high quality health care to patients in the hospital setting as well as via their Private Consultation clinic, enabling a continuum of care for patients and their families. Geelong Cardiology Practice has 11 cardiologists providing extensive cardiology services, which are supported by over 70 staff including cardiac technologists, registered nurses, radiographers and administration personnel. *Our Cardiologists also provide services to patients at Geelong Private Hospital and St John of God Hospital Geelong and Epworth Geelong.

We are an established private Dermatology practice with experience in providing expert care in all skin, hair and nail related problems for both adults and children.

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of skin cancers. Our doctors are trained in examining your skin for signs of skin of skin cancers. Australians have a high rate of skin cancer and we are strong advocates of sun periods of highest UV, covering your skin using hats and long sleeved clothing

able to perform a biopsy on the day of your consult and will arrange prompt follow up and management as required.

depend on the type and extent of the malignancy and can include creams, liquid nitrogen, Photodynamic therapy and skin surgery. We expertly manage skin cancer including skin surveillance and skin checks. Sunnybrae House, 297 Anzac Hwy, Plympton, SA 5038 T. 08 8297 4344

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Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Specialists Ballarat OSM’s vision is simple. To provide patients of Ballarat, and surrounding districts, with the highest quality, patient focused, individualised care. Our team specialise in Sports Injuries, Joint Replacement, Arthritis, Knee, Hip, Foot, Ankle, Shoulder and Trauma conditions.

We work together as a team to achieve the best outcomes possible for our patients.

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New custodians of 109 Webster Street

Ballarat Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, ensures ongoing maintenance of one of Ballarat’s historic buildings along with expanded services to the community.

“Our proximity to Ballarat’s hospitals, means that we can provide greater collaboration. We already work closely with them all, particularly St. John of God, and our expanded services will benefit the hospitals and the communities of Ballarat and the region. “We are really looking forward to the move, although it brings with it, significant responsibilities.


“Webster Street is one of our city’s historic precincts and our new premises at 109 Webster Street is one of its icons. As new custodians, we will keep this building and its beautiful gardens upgraded and maintained for future generations to enjoy.

“One thing that having limited space has meant is that we all get on very well, laughed Mr. Luke Spencer, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chairman of Ballarat OSM”.

“We have a stunning streetscape and plan to keep it that way. We have planned for many more off street car parks than required by planning authorities and will keep the number of clinicians in the building at one time to a minimum to ensure that our investment in the community does not impede traffic flow in the community.

fter 40 years operating from cramped premises in Mair Street, Ballarat Orthopedic and Sports Medicine is delighted to announce that we will be moving to our new premises at 109 Webster Street later this year.

“We are known for our friendly atmosphere, it is always a hive of activity. We know our patients well and they drop in with cakes and biscuits!” “Moving to significantly bigger premises means that we can expand our services which is fantastic for Ballarat, but it is very important to us that we keep the friendly atmosphere. If you have to see a doctor or a specialist, it is that much easier when you are relaxed and comfortable.”

New services to commence when we move are currently being discussed. In addition to our orthopaedic services we have added sports medicine and are looking to provide multidisciplinary services at one location that rival those on offer in Melbourne.

Non-Surgical treatment for Joint Pain, Injuries and Arthritis! f you suffer knee pain, arthritis, or any other joint pain you can feel confident knowing that expert help is available, Iwithout the need for medications and surgery. One of Australia’s leading musculoskeletal and regenerative medicine clinics, Joint & Tissue Regeneration Clinics, is helping thousands of people suffering from: joint pain and arthritis; soft tissue injuries; bursitis; tendonitis; muscle, ligament and cartilage conditions. Experts in their field, Joint & Tissue Regeneration Clinics combine the very latest regenerative treatments, stem cell technologies, rehabilitation and biomechanics strategies to assist pain, degeneration and mobility issues, naturally. Their clinically proven system has been successful in treating a range of common, often debilitating, conditions related to the muscles, tissues and joints, helping many to prolong or eliminate the need for surgery, cortisone injections and longterm medications. With knee and hip replacement surgery on the increase Australia wide, Joint & Tissue Regeneration Clinics are providing a successful, natural, cost effective and minimally invasive alternative. With over 50 years of expertise between them, the clinics founder, Dr. Paul Dowie, one of Australia’s leading musculoskeletal podiatrist‘s and lower limb experts, and his colleague, Dr. Mikhail Soutorine, ex-surgeon and regenerative therapies physician, have successfully assisted thousands over 50’s presenting with chronic joint pain, injury, arthritis and mobility concerns. If you suffer any joint pain or degenerative condition make an appointment to see the experts at Joint & Tissue Regeneration Clinics today. They have two clinic locations across Melbourne, in Bayside and Kew East. Call 1300 858 864

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Dr Troski answers some common questions about


1. Should I have my cataract removed early or late

4. What is Laser Cataract Surgery

Back in the days when my father was doing cataract operations (at the Eye and Ear Hospital) the safest approach was to wait until the cataract had become advanced (“was ripe”)

In the last few years there has been a laser that can be used to perform some of the initial steps of the cataract operation. There was a lot of interest from eye surgeons who hoped this would improve the outcomes for patients but unfortunately this has not happened. There has now been time for this procedure to have shown a benefit for patients but there is no evidence that this does produce better results. In fact the largest study on this procedure involving thousands of patients which was organised by the ESCRS (European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons) and included some of the top European surgeons has in fact shown that the chance of a surgical complication was higher and the visual results were worse in patients having the laser cataract procedure.

Modern Cataract Surgery is performed using “Phacoemulsification” In this operation the cataract is liquefied and the more advanced the cataract the more energy is required to liquefy the cataract and the greater the potential for danger to the inside of the eye. For this reason – The earlier the cataract is removed the better.

2. Will I need glasses after cataract surgery? Using the latest intraocular lenses it is usually possible to be able to see well for distance, at least well enough to drive safely, without glasses. 2.1 Astigmatism. Dr Troski was one of the first surgeons in Australia to routinely implant lenses to treat astigmatism (Toric lenses) Up to 60% of patients have Astigmatism which essentially means that their eye is shaped more like an egg than like an orange. Dr Troski was also the first surgeon in the Southern Hemisphere to use the real time computer guidance in the operating theatre to align the intraocular lens exactly in the position of the patient’s astigmatism.

In Australia only a small number of eye surgeons have adopted this technique and patients who have Laser Cataract surgery must pay an additional fee for the initial laser component of the cataract operation as well as paying for the removal of the cataract which is always performed using the phacoemulsification procedure. Dr Troski does not recommend and does not perform Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery.

Cataract Surgeon

By using the latest methods of measuring the shape of the eye and using intra-operative real-time computer guidance of astigmatism correcting (Toric) intra-ocular lenses. Dr Troski is able to get the best possible visual results so that it is usually possible for patients to see well enough to drive without glasses. 2.2 Reading Glasses Some patients prefer to be able to see at both distance and near without glasses. It is often possible to achieve this result for most patients for most visual tasks. Although usually necessary to still wear glasses some of the time.

3. Can I have both eyes operated on the same day? Dr Troski is a member of the ISBCS (International Society Bilateral Cataract Surgery) and has been performing bilateral cataract surgery on selected patients for a number of years. Although most patients prefer to have each cataract operation on separate days. It is possible to have both eyes operated on in the same day in most cases. Dr Troski will be able to tell you whether you are suitable for this approach.

Cataract Surgeon The cataract operation is a highly complex procedure and chossing a cataract specialist ophthalmologist gives the best chance of good vision. Dr Troski is recognised as one of the leading cataract surgeons in Australia. He performs in his Melbourne cataract surgery in a dedicated day surgery, he has the latest diagnostic equipment combined with state of the art computer guidance in the operating theatre so that after surgery patients have the best possible vision without the need for glasses. Level 4, 100 Victoria Parade East Melbourne, Victoria 3002 (03) 9654 3002 Bowling & Lifestyle Spring 2017 61

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awn bowls is one of the most popular forms of physical and social activity in Australia, particularly amongst those over 55. Despite the fact it’s a non-contact sport, injuries and accidents can occur. Red Cross First Aid trainer and 2004/05 Mclaren Vale Champions (Night Owls Team N.A.B.A) Peter Kerrison said that it’s a competitive game and incidents do occur. “There are both young and old players,” Peter said, “and over the years I’ve witnessed many injuries. Thankfully most of the time people only suffer from minor muscular injuries, however, when you consider the age of some players, existing health conditions and the fact we often play in the blazing sun, the potential for accidents is quite high.” Common causes of injuries include being hit by a ball, falls, overexertion or repetitive strain and can result in sprains, strains and fractures. Red Cross encourages people to be prepared, know their limits, stay hydrated and ensure they seek aid from a professional if injured. Peter continued: “There should be a qualified first aid person on hand, but it’s a great idea for everyone to keep their first aid skills up to date just in case. You’re never too old to learn new skills and this one could save a life.” Peter Kerrison has been a Red Cross First Aid trainer for over 9 years and is based in Adelaide. Be prepared and book into an Australian Red Cross First Aid course, or refresher course, today. Book into a Red Cross first aid training course Buy a Red Cross first aid kit Call: 1300 367 428

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Aged Care Sports Day Initiative – Melbourne


egis’ aged care facilities Regis Cranbourne and Regis Frankston in Melbourne have recently started an inter-facility sports day. This popular joint facility initiative started this July as part of Regis’ extensive PIEC&S lifestyle program. The sports activities are hosted alternately at each aged care facility on a weekly basis. Each Tuesday morning, competitive residents and Regis’ supportive staff meet up and play various sports activities, have morning tea and lunch together. Lifestyle Coordinator Renee comments, “This has become a popular activity with many residents participating. Residents and family members are getting very competitive and are really enjoying socialising and the friendly competition.” There’s still a few weeks of games to go with the favourite game being a variation of birdie. Here are some of our favourite photos from this marvellous aged care lifestyle program. Visit to learn more about our varied and popular lifestyle activities and aged care therapies.

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Australia, the land of political correctness and multiculturalism

Catherine Colusso


t really is an enormous privilege to be living in Australia, in this day and age. I can still distinctly remember a time, not so long ago, when things were not so rosy. In the 50’s I immigrated to this glorious country as a baby, with my parents, along with thousands of other Europeans, for a more prosperous life. I can still remember when Australia was predominantly white, and political correctness was not a priority. It was perfectly acceptable at the time to be called derogatory names, simply because we were immigrants. I have very vivid memories of my first day of school. It was literally the most memorial day of my life, for all the wrong reasons. To say that it was the worst day of my life, is an absolute understatement, it was more like a living nightmare. As I recall, my mother, who apparently did not like my more generic look of fair skin, hazel eyes and light brown hair, thought she was doing me a favour by trying to make me look “more Italian”. So there I was, a five year old sitting in a back room of an inner city terrace in Redfern, [Sydney] that had been converted into a very primitive hair salon, along with my mother, both having our hair permed and dyed black. This was done in preparation for the start of school and, of course, to make me look more Italian. Unfortunately, for me that day came around soon enough. I was ready to start school for the very first time. I must admit, I was extremely nervous and completely oblivious to what lay ahead. So there I was, the first day of school, standing at assembly with what seemed at first glance, a bunch of blonde children. They were all slim and good looking and here I was, very different with dyed black, permed hair. I was also quiet overweight, to say the least. With a patch over my right eye, due to a lazy left eye, and with large yellow gold hoop earrings in my pierced ears, that all Italian women seemed to favour at the time.

Apart from resembling a pirate, I felt like I had just landed from another planet, and to make matters worse, I had been living in a very comfortable Italian bubble for the past five years, and therefore didn’t speak a word of English. As I glanced around, I soon realised that I was very different from every single child that was there. Even though I did not speak their language, it did not take me long to establish that all the children were making fun of me, and making derogatory remarks about me. I had to endure this every day, and was hugely affected by it. The teachers soon sensed that there was a problem, and the children were spoken to in a stern manner. Unfortunately this was not taken seriously, because political correctness in the fifties was still very much in the future. This ultimately stopped the bullying and name calling that occurred in the classroom. However, once outside in the playground, the name calling and the bullying started all over again. Not only did I look and sound different to all of them, our dietary requirements were also poles apart, which was very embarrassing for me, but very entertaining for them every lunch time. They all had neat sandwiches made out of white sliced bread, which were all cut into four perfect triangles, with either vegemite or cheese. However, they would all roar with laughter while watching me struggle with half a loaf of Vienna bread stuffed with either salami, or eggplant, or both. This lunchtime ritual made them almost wet their pants, while they laughed hysterically, which resulted in me either not eating, or simply throwing my lunch away. Fortunately I was a very quick learner and by the end of my first year of school, I was speaking English fluently, and by the time I started my second year of school, my appearance had changed dramatically to a more acceptable generic look. My hair was now back to its natural colour of light brown and straight. The gold hoop earrings had also disappeared and the persistent weight problem was slowly being controlled. As for the patch over my right eye, I made an executive decision, at age five, that a lazy eye did not warrant wearing a patch, and I simply refused to wear it. My mother, in her plight to make me look “more Italian”, was reminded by me, that we were now living in Australia and was never allowed to dye or perm my hair again. Reminiscing about the experiences that all immigrants had to endure, in the early days, certainly has contributed to the person that I am today. My appreciation of being lucky enough to live in Australia, now the land of political correctness and multiculturalism, is of mammoth proportions, and I would not have it any other way.

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The Harefield Flag


ntold Story Anzac Day on 25th April, is remembered every year in the English village of Harefield.

Of some 50,000 patients treated at Harefield, 112 did not recover. These men, and one female nurse, were buried in the parish churchyard. Francis Newdegate, a local MP whose family had long connections in the village and who was later knighted and appointed Governor of Tasmania, offered a plot of land next to the churchyard to extend the cemetery. He also covered the funeral expenses for all the burials. Their coffins were carried through the village before they were laid to rest. It was during the first procession that the headteacher of Harefield Junior School, a Mr Jeffrey, noticed the coffins had nothing to cover them – unusual for a soldier’s funeral procession. He grabbed a Union Jack Flag from the classroom wall and rushed out to drape it over the passing coffin. From then on, the school’s flag was used to cover every coffin as it was carried through the village. Turnout for the funerals was always huge, with most of the village lining the streets to pay their respects.

Three months after the outbreak of the First World War, Mr and Mrs Charles Billyard-Leake, a wealthy Australian couple living in Britain, offered the use of Harefield Park and its extensive grounds to the Minister of Defence in Melbourne. It was to be a convalescent home for wounded soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force.

After the war Mr Jeffrey presented the Union Jack Flag to Lieutenant Colonel Yeatman, the last officer commanding the hospital, with a request that he give it to an Australian school willing to send its own Union Jack Flag in exchange. The officer chose Adelaide High School, which had been sending relief packages to Harefield, and the school’s patriotic fund arranged for the return gift.

Ethel Grey from Melbourne set up the hospital with 80 beds. Harefield was staffed by members of the Australian Army Medical Corps together with a strong contingent of volunteers from Mrs Billyard-Leake’s circle who organised the canteen, ran entertainment for recovering patients and offered the use of their cars for trips. It had two purposes: a rest home for officers and other ranks, and a depot for soldiers who were invalided and due to be sent back to Australia. The first casualties arrived from Gallipoli in June 1914. Within three weeks over 300 casualties had arrived. At first tented accommodation was erected, but the ferocity of the war required fully equipped accommodation and Nissan nuts were erected to cope with the 1000’s of patients. By November 1916 the hospital was functioning as a general hospital with an operating theatre, an X-ray department and specialists in eye, ear, nose and throat conditions. By now there were 1,000 beds and the hospital occupied nearly 50 buildings around the estate, including ward huts, garages, recreation rooms and a mortuary.

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Over the years the condition of the flag had deteriorated. With the assistance of the Anzac Day Commemoration Fund the Adelaide High School was able to have the flag restored. Today Harefield is considered one of the world’s leading heart and lung transplant centres. Its patient services unit is known as the Anzac Centre. Hundreds of patients are treated each year for heart blockages and heart attacks.

Whilst the original manor house has fallen into disrepair and the huts built for the Anzacs are long gone the Australian soldiers nursed at Harefield are not forgotten. Every year since 1921 the local school and the Cubs, Scouts and Girl Guides lead a parade through the village to the graves of the Australian soldiers where they lay flowers on every grave in the cemetery. Source Internet

This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance. Very fascinating. 21 steps: It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. 21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1 . His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle. He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder. Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier What are the physical traits of the guard limited to? For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30. They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin. The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror. The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery .. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe Louis {the boxer} Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty. In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm.. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment.. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin,marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment; it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930. We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve. Source Internet

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Coffee lovers


offee lovers have been given another reason to have another cup with two new international research studies finding the world’s most popular beverage may well prolong life.

But the latest research bodes better for men than women with one study of more than half a million people across 10 European countries finding men who consumed at least three cups a day were 18 per cent less likely to die from any cause than non-coffee drinkers. Women, on the other hand, drinking the same amount benefited less but still experienced an 8 per cent reduction in mortality. US scientists turned up the same result from their study of 185,855 people from different ethnic backgrounds. They found irrespective of ethnicity people who drank two to three cups of coffee daily had an 18 per cent reduced risk of death. Both of the studies, both published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, showed no advantage from drinking either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. Experts believe the antioxidant plant compounds in coffee rather than caffeine are responsible for the life-extending effect. Previous research has suggested that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, and some cancers. Dr Marc Gunter, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, who led the European study said: “We found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases, and digestive diseases. “Importantly, these results were similar across all of the 10 European countries, with variable coffee drinking habits and customs. Our study also offers important insights into the possible mechanisms for the beneficial health effects of coffee.”











he Melbourne Bowling Club is situated on a large corner block behind Chapel Street, Windsor; dwellings and commercial properties surround the whole. The Clubhouse includes the original double storey brick building in Georgian style with a long single storey building added to the side in the 1923. The whole building is painted deep gold. The original building had upper and lower verandas with ornate iron-lace work, which were later removed during renovations. A neighbouring house was incorporated into the extension to provide a gaming room which was entered directly from Union Street. The original building house offices and the billiard tables while the extension contains all the honour boards and a trophy cabinet. This cabinet contains the minute books dating from the formation of the club and other trophies and gifts from visiting clubs. The extension, is a long room with the bar on one side and large windows on the other side which look onto the two greens, has a typical 1970s decor. The two paintings by T.S. Gill of the club in 1867 hang in this room above the trophy cabinet. The Club is conscious of its standing as the oldest in Australia and work continues to be done to restore and renovate the Honour Boards and various pieces of furniture. The 2 main greens comprise 7 rinks each and are separated by a concrete walkway with covered seating at each end of the rinks. There are two smaller greens to the side. The grounds include an attractive garden.

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Gunter’s team examined data from 521,330 participants in the study. The investigation spanned 10 European countries including the UK, France, Denmark and Italy. The Danes drank the most coffee by volume – 900 millilitres per person per day – and the Italians the least. After 16 years almost 42,000 people taking part in the study had died from a range of causes including cancer, circulatory disease, heart failure and stroke. Compared with non-coffee drinkers, men in the top 25 per cent of consumers were 12 per cent less likely to die. Women in the same category had a 7 per cent lower chance of death. In terms of numbers of cups of coffee consumed, men and women who drank three or more cups had an 18 per cent and 7 per cent reduced risk of death respectively. The US study looked at death rates over 16 years and focused on ethnicity because lifestyle habits and disease risk varies greatly among people from different races and cultures. People who drank one cup of coffee daily were 12 per cent less likely to die than those who drank no coffee, the results showed. Drinking two to three cups of coffee reduced the chances of death by 18 per cent. Lead author Dr Veronica Setiawan, from the University of Southern California, said: “We cannot say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association. If you like to drink coffee, drink up! If you’re not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start.” “Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention.”

• 1864 11 March This day the Melbourne Bowling Club was founded by John Campbell, obtaining a lease of land at “Chapel Street (sic) from Mr Sayce, for a period of ten years of the annual rental of Twenty Pounds, payable half yearly on 11 September and 11 March each year. (First entry in the records in the handwriting of John Campbell). Thus making Melbourne the oldest bowling club in Australia 27 October Greens opened. A bar was established occupied by John Campbell. Quoits were available for those not playing bowls, whilst one portion of the green was occupied by lady visitors pursuing the game of croquet. • 1865 182 gentlemen enrolled. With a projected deficit for season 1865-66 of three hundred pounds the entrance fee was increased to two guineas and the annual subscription also to two guineas. Because of this increase a breakaway group formed the Prahran Bowling Club. 16th September 1865. The green was opened. The entrance fee being 10p 6d and the annual subscription 10p 6d. It became known as the Tradesmen’s Club but closed in 1871. Melbourne Bowling Club player, Major B.J. Wardill, in England to watch the Australian Cricket team under the captaincy of Joe Darling, met with him and English bowler Mr S.E. Yelland. As a result of the meeting, Major Wardill arranged for the Victorian and NSW Association Presidents, also travelling to England, to meet with Mr Yelland, resulting in the formation of the Imperial Bowling Association, becoming the International Bowling Board, now World Bowls Ltd, the governing body for bowls world-wide. • 1923 15 September The foundation stone is laid for the new extensions to the Clubrooms • 1950s A successful period for Melbourne Bowling club when it won many championships. Acquired surrounding properties with the view to future extensions…………….

Nicholas Winton and the Rescue of Children from Czechoslovakia, 1938–1939


icholas Winton organized a rescue operation that brought approximately 669 children, mostly Jewish, from Czechoslovakia to safety in Great Britain before the outbreak of World War II. In December 1938, Martin Blake, a friend and an instructional master at the Westminster School in London, asked Winton to forego his planned ski vacation and visit him in Czechoslovakia, where he had traveled in his capacity as an associate of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia. This committee had been established in October 1938 to provide assistance for refugees created by the German annexation of the Sudeten regions under the terms of the Munich Pact. Convinced that a European war was imminent, Winton decided to go. In Prague, Blake introduced Winton to his colleague, Doreen Wariner, and arranged for him to visit refugee camps filled to capacity with Jews and political opponents from the Sudetenland.

Nicholas Winton holds a boy who was being flown from Prague to London in January 1939. — Yad Vashem Photo Archives

Nicholas Winton organized a rescue operation that brought approximately 669 children, mostly Jewish, from Czechoslovakia to safety in Great Britain before the outbreak of World War II. Nicholas Winton was born Nicholas Wertheimer on May 19, 1909, in West Hampstead, England, and baptized as a member of the Anglican Church by decision of his parents who were of German Jewish ancestry. He was a stockbroker by profession.

After Munich, Winton had been certain that the Germans would occupy the rest of Bohemia and Moravia before long. He had been alarmed further by the violence against the Jewish community in Germany and Austria during the Kristallnacht riots in November 1938. When he heard of subsequent efforts of Jewish agencies in Britain to rescue German and Austrian Jewish children on the so-called Kinder transport, an effort that eventually brought about 10,000 unaccompanied children to safety in Great Britain, Winton summoned a small group of people to organize a similar rescue operation for children imperiled by the impending German dismemberment of Czechoslovakia in March 1939.

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inton immediately established a Children's Section and, using the name of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia, initially without authorization, began taking applications from parents at his hotel in Prague. As his operation expanded, he opened an office in central Prague. Soon, thousands of parents lined up outside of Winton's Children Section's office seeking a safe haven for their children. Winton returned to London to organize the rescue operation on that end. He raised money to fund the transports of the children and the 50 pound per child guarantee demanded by the British government to fund the children's eventual departure from Britain. He also had to find British families willing to care for the refugee children. By day, Winton worked at his regular job on the Stock Exchange, and then devoted late afternoons and evenings to his rescue efforts. He made a great effort to raise money and find foster homes to bring as many children as possible to safety. The first transport of children organized by Winton left Prague by plane for London on March 14, 1939, the day before the Germans occupied the Czech lands. After the Germans established a Protectorate in the Czech provinces of Bohemia and Moravia, Winton organized seven further transports that departed by rail out of Prague and across Germany to the Atlantic Coast, then by ship across the English Channel to Britain. At the train station in London, British foster parents waited to collect the children. The last trainload of children left Prague on August 2, 1939. Rescue activities ceased when Germany invaded Poland and Britain declared war in Germany in early September 1939.

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The total number of children rescued through Winton's efforts is not yet certain. According to a scrapbook he kept, 664 children came to Great Britain on transports that he organized. In the research compiled for the documentary “The Power of Good: Nicholas Winton,� aired on Czech television in 2002, researchers identified five additional persons who entered Britain on a Winton-financed transport, bringing the official number to 669 children. The available information indicates that some children who were rescued have not yet been identified. After the war, Nicholas Winton's rescue efforts remained virtually unknown. It was not until 1988, when his wife Grete found a scrapbook from 1939 with all the children's photos and a complete list of names of those rescued that Winton's rescue efforts became known. Winton since received a letter of thanks from the late Ezer Weizman, former president of the State of Israel, and was made an honorary citizen of Prague in the independent Czech Republic. In 2002, Winton received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to humanity.


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INGREDIENTS • • • • • • •

1 teaspoon butter 1 onion, chopped 2 cups cooked chopped chicken 125g can creamed corn 1 quantity Snappy White Sauce 1/2 cup grated Cheddar Cheese 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

METHOD 1. 2. 3.

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1Melt butter in a frying pan and cook onion until tender. Combine with chicken and corn and spoon into a 4-cup capacity ovenproof dish or individual dishes. Stir parsley and half the cheese through white sauce and pour over chicken mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 180°C for 40 minutes or until golden.

Baked Ric otta Omele tte

400g wedge ricotta 8 eggs. lightly beaten 40g butter 100g mixed mushrooms, sliced if larger in size 4 spring onions, finely chopped 30g baby spinach leaves or rocket 1 punnet (250g) trussed cherry tomatoes

METHOD 1. 2.


Whisk together ricotta and eggs until combined. Season to taste. Set aside. Heat butter in a ovenproof 26cm frying pan over medium heat and sauté mushrooms for 2-5 minutes or until just tender. Add spring onions and spinach and cook for a further 1 minute or until spinach has wilted. Arrange tomatoes over spinach mixture and pour over ricotta eggs mixture. Transfer frying pan to the oven and bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes or until just set and golden brown on top. Serve immediately.

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