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Feb - Mar 2015 ISSUE VOL 6 No 2

Distributed FREE from Kingscliff - Gold Coast Brisbane - Sunshine Coast

Your Local Bowling & Lifestyle Magazine Brett Wilkie, one of four bowlers set to represent Queensland across the ditch 2


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From the Editor Hi, I'm Jo, the new owner/editor of Bowls Plus Queensland magazine! For those who didn’t know, the magazine changed hands late last year and I'm really excited to become part of your community. Thanks to everyone who has supported the magazine so far. I've been delighted by the outpourings of support and suggestions for improvement from readers and contributors! A little about me: I'm originally from South Africa and after spending a few years in New Zealand, I've called Australia home for the last eight years. With two grown boys and golden retriever at home, life is certainly interesting at the moment! Rest assured your magazine is in good hands; I've got over 20 years of publishing experience, and have a dedicated team of writers, graphic artists, distributors and marketers behind me. I'm certain our team will continue to publish a good, community magazine. As this is my first edition in the driver's seat, there are no major changes in this issue but you will notice changes down the track that will assist what was always a good magazine to become an even better. I have great pleasure in announcing that Keith Donaldson will be returning to deliver the magazine to bowls clubs in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Greg Kelly has joined us and will deliver the magazine to clubs on the Gold Coast. As I look forward to the many exciting events happening this year, I'm delighted to share with you our cover story that shares how four Queensland bowlers have been chosen to play against the Kiwis in December. I'd love to know more about you so please keep submitting your stories and photos about local bowls events, bowling stories and achievements. Bowls Plus Queensland supports the local bowling community and we’d love to share your stories. I'd like to give a big thanks to the contributors and advertisers without whom this magazine would not be able to exist. Please do show your support for our advertisers. Remember to like us on Facebook at BowlsPlusQueenslandMagazine for stories, events and the odd bowling joke. I’ve quickly discovered the bowling community has a fabulous sense-ofhumour! Finally, please update your contact details for the magazine as these have changed (see new contact details below). Until next time,


IN THIS ISSUE Musgrave Hills Bowls Club


Renovations at Broadbeach Bowls Club


Tugun Bowls Club's Fun Day on the Green


Open Premier Singles at Tweed Heads


What's the Fuss about Probiotics?


Queenslanders Picked to Play Against NZ Blackjacks


How to Prevent Bowling Injuries


WW2 - Friendly Fire in New Guinea


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Aero Bowls - Can it really be true? From L to R: Kelvin Kerkow OAM multiple World Champion, Ellen Falkner Aero UK CEO; 3x Commonwealth Gold and multiple World Champion, and Willie Wood MBE Multiple Commonwealth Golds and Multiple World Champion

CEO and founder, Walter Jacobs, had to endure tremendous and quite unnecessary opposition from the other three manufacturers who were lobbying World Bowls to not give Aero a licence, with the most vocal being Taylor in Scotland. World Bowls, to their credit, did not flinch at the numerous legal threats being thrown at them and Aero were granted a licence and were indeed complimented on their State of the Art factory in Sydney that cost around $4 million to get up and running. Research and Development (R & D) were the keys to the success. This R &D continues today by refining manufacturing techniques, introducing new grips such as the registered design Z Scoop grip that is changing the face of bowls. “We use our players for R & D, mainly Kelvin Kerkow and Ellen Falkner, both have the knack of knowing whether we are on the right track or not,” Walter said. “Kelvin is invaluable and we talk continuously about the bowls and getting them perfect. He is involved in all development and test work. Nothing has been made without their approval”.

much needed Australian jobs. They now export to almost every bowling country. “We are true Australians, everyone of us, and are proud to be able to say we have changed the face of bowls worldwide with our innovations and patents,” Walter added. The UK is now a major market under Ellen Falkner, herself a 3 x Commonwealth Gold winner and 3 x World Champion. She has a great sales team including the well known Alex Marshall working with her. By the end of 2016, Aero say they will dominate the UK as the leading brand. Today, Aero are seen on every green as more bowlers realize the advantages of the bowl, especially in the wind where they react very favourably (as proven in the Asia Pacifics in New Zealand recently). The combination of very fast greens and huge winds seemed to suit Aero as both Karen and Aron will vouch for. “I had the confidence to play either hand and I can tell you the bowl worked,” Aron Sherriff said. Karen never lost a game using her Z Scoop Aero Optimas. Aero now own 5 retail stores including the largest bowls shop in the world at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast. For more info please call 1300 13 25 75.

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Four years ago, Aero commenced manufacture of bowls in Sydney. Their stated aim was to make every set of every model the same, something never before achieved by any bowls manufacturer and something that was the bane of every serious bowler.


Fast forward the Aero story to 2016. With 40,000 sets sold, over 25 colours, a full range of half sizes, and four different grips, Aero has become Australia’s most successful and highest selling bowl. With more of the world’s best bowlers migrating to using Aero, and even more importantly more everyday bowlers acquiring a set, these bowlers are easily seeing the difference between Aero and other brands. The consistent midline trajectory, choice of models for varying greens, half sizes and the Z Scoop grip appear to be the winning recipe. Above all, the confidence of having a perfect set every time from their robotic equipment, the same used to make parts for artificial hearts, makes Aero a sound choice. Aero are made and designed in Australia and provide valuable and

Or Brett Wilkie and Kelvin Kerkow of Aero with Alicia Molik Tennis Legend at the APL Pine Rivers


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AERO: AN AUSTRALIAN SUCCESS STORY Karen Murphy Asia Pacific Singles and Pairs Optima, Z Scoop

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Since changing to Aero, I’ve had some fantastic results. People often ask why I changed. I was intrigued when they first came onto the market. The initial thing that drew me to the bowls was the way they felt in my hand. The scoop grip is awesome. The bowl sits in my hand perfectly, meaning a smooth release every time. I also found that the line of an AeroBowl is a much more consistent, predictable line and weight is easier to play too as they hold the line longer on the drive shot”.

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Ron was born on 29/12/1925 at Port Pirie, South Australia and is the youngest and last survivor of 11 siblings. He was a hard worker on the farm, drove trucks, worked in orchards and was a handy landscaper. He played indoor bowls at Pomona, Noosa and Yandina and joined the Nambour Heights Bowls Club 12 years ago. He was encouraged and coached by his partner, Dorothy. Ron bowls with a bowling arm and plays with “Gilly’s” old bowls. He enjoys being competitive when playing social bowls, plays in the Gordon Green Singles and also plays in the Over 60s. Well done and congratulations on turning 90, Ron! May we see you on the green for years to come. Congratulations Ron! A belated Happy 90th Birthday from the Bowls Plus Queensland team.

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Gold Coast Arts Centre General Manager, Destry Puia and Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate with the theatre’s new Closed Caption equipment.

Closed Caption Technology for Gold Coast cinema fans New technology for visually and hearing impaired Gold Coast movie patrons has been installed at the Arts Centre Cinema. Closed Captions are now available for people to read what they can’t hear and thereby enjoy the latest movies. Captions are delivered via a personal device, with a privacy screen, so only you can see the captions. With thousands of residents impacted by poor eyesight and hearing, the technology is already proving a winner for cinemagoers. The Arts Centre Gold Coast has the following three types of equipment available to assist guests upon request: • Closed Caption Headset Receiver - to assist hearing impaired guests • Closed Caption Receiver

- Gooseneck held caption box that receives captions via infrared energy (rests in the chair cup holder). • Listening assistive headset – to assist visually impaired guests City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said that he congratulated the Arts Centre for investing in this equipment, and knew it would greatly enhance the cinema experience for many residents. “This is our City’s Accessible and Inclusive Action Plan at work. As Mayor, I am determined to ensure our community’s most vulnerable residents have equitable access to the services and facilities our City offers”. Available sessions are listed on The Arts Centre website with CC inserted beside. These products are compatible with films that have been encrypted with this technology. This new technology at the Arts Cinema is subject to availability. Be sure to check session times or ask one of the friendly Box Office staff for information on enabled access sessions.

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Broadbeach Bulls Renovating

Premier League Starts with a Bang The 2016 Queensland Premier League kicked off with a double header on January 9th and 10th. The Bulls, who are riding high after their recent double at the State Pennant, travelled to Belmont Blaze for their first game in the best competition in Queensland.

Broadbeach will see renovations and upgrades to the club as

we welcome the bowls world to the Gold Coast for the next five years and beyond. The perfect location of the club in the heart of the Gold Coast is only metres away from the sandy beaches. The Commonwealth Games is just 27 months away and the club is getting ready to host the sport’s biggest events. New ditches have been installed on the four world-class surfaces. New lights make all four greens playable at night. A new outdoor terrace will be the perfect spot to watch the games best

in action. The new restaurant area has bigger and better bar facilities, as well as a sports bar and new gaming room. The club’s first big event to show off the new facilities will be the 2016 World Junior Championships on April 9-15. The State Championships are on the Gold Coast in May, with the crown jewel of the Bowls Australia calendar, the Australian Open being held in June. Broadbeach encourages everyone to come down and have a look at our new facilities from April 3, as Queensland hosts the Tattersalls Australia Tournament.

The Bulls were too strong with Ryan Burnett’s rink of Jamie Smith, Michael Turner and Phil Brandon leading the way with a 26 shot victory. Kevin Anderson and Ryan Bester also got two important rink wins. The A Division saw a tough battle that came down to the last end. Both teams split two rinks each, but the Bulls got a positive four shot victory on the masterboard. The second game saw the Bulls host the Capalaba Comets. Once again Burnett’s rink was on fire and set the tone for the day with a big twenty shot victory. Again, all three rinks were secured to the top side. The Comets, however, were too strong for the A Division and got a handy victory winning 3 rinks to 1.


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Aero are available in over 25 superb colours and both models are made in all sizes and half sizes to suit every hand.

• Mid-line trajectory approximately 15cm to 30cm more grass than a TurboPro

• Around 15 to 30cm wider than a Dynamic but by no means a wide bowl, the line is just outside of the mid-line Dynamic

• Recommendedforgoodqualitygreens(artificialorgrass) 14 seconds or more

• Suitableforallgreensurfaces,grassorartificialfasterthan 12 seconds

• Verystableinthewindandexceptionalholdontheupshot


• Accurate drawshot ability…will go around or under any bowl and most importantly the Dynamic will hold its line consistently to the jack

• Accurate on the draw shot and a tad more forgiving than the Dynamic,theOptimawillbendaroundanybowlandwillalsohold its line consistently to the jack

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“the friendly club” Tugun Bowls and Community Club is the hub of activities in Tugun village. It really is a club for the community of Tugun, a village at the southern end of the Gold Coast.


L J Hooker once again held the at Tugun. On Sunday 20th December, it was a big family Christmas party with face painting, Santa, barefoot bowls, Animal Nursery, jumping castle and a sausage sizzle.


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Last month’s column on introducing lawn bowls coaching sessions for school children presents a number of critical and logistical issues that should be addressed before we even start planning.

Why not take the club to the students?

After many years of experience coaching school students in lawn bowls, tennis, squash, and netball, I know that it’s simply too much to expect bowling clubs to cope with too many students at one time. Occupying a whole green requiring up to 7 coaches spread over the allocated rinks at one time to accommodate and control around 50 teenage students is a big ask! The admin tasks of transferring students from school to the bowling club, coordinating rinks, teams, size of bowls, and water and bathroom stops has not been a very satisfactory part of coaching school students. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is a better way to conduct coaching sessions for school students. It’s not easy, but it can produce effective outcomes when conducted in a professional manner. Instead of bringing students to the club, the club goes to the students! When bowling club committees have decided to conduct coaching sessions at a local school, the format for such a program must be carefully put together. In order to plan and develop such a program, the following successful format may well be helpful prior to action. The format requires three or four sessions in a selected classroom to explain what will happen on the green, basic rules and protocol, the various parts of the green, and finally that a relevant examination at the end of the program will take place.

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hit by wayward deliveries, tripping in the ditches, and texting when they should be focusing on the coaching.

The simple fact is that the average bowling club membership today is not really geared up to conduct coaching programs for large numbers of school students for a number of reasons, including the ages of its club members, and its ability to maintain a dwindling membership.

Note: Conducting a personal meeting at the school and connecting with the headmaster is an essential part of the above format. Delivery in a professional manner is a winwin for the school, the local bowling club’s membership and local community. Well, “hold the phone!” some may say, “we’ve got coaching facilities with coaches already at bowling clubs to coach teenagers right now, so why go to the schools?”

The teacher assists with forming the recommended coaching class size of up to 12 students in the classroom and on the green. Limiting the squad to 12 members allows the coach and teacher to better manage any practical issues in the classroom, rather than just inviting large numbers of students to enter the local bowling club green without any prior understanding of the sport. This procedure reduces the time spent trying to explain various features of the game while enthusiastic students on the green are itching to deliver their bowls. One of the most important things to tell students prior to delivering bowls is the danger of being

Furthermore, dare I say professionalism and the introduction of mega size bowling clubs have taken over our game, while any young person showing talent in the suburban bowling clubs are whisked away to such clubs and became “quasi” professionals, leaving our local clubs with what’s left. So, as predicted in my innovation columns during the past 20 years regarding the professionalism of lawn bowls, “Tut/ Tut”. The chickens have finally come home to roost! Well dear readers, what are you prepared to do? THE INNOVATOR BARRY HAMER


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Australians chosen to officiate World Bowls Champs Nine of the best umpires from across the country have been chosen to represent Australia later this year at the World Bowls Championships in Christchurch.

Bob Carlson, Pam Hockings, Sarah Hope, Di Milner, Doug McConnachie, John Roberts, Daryl Rowley, Laureen Smith and Mark Schafer make up the nine representatives selected as International Technical Officials by Bowls Australia and confirmed by World Bowls for the sport’s marquee event across the ditch, which will be staged from November 29 to December 11.

In addition to the nine Australians, former National Officiating Director Mark Cowan will also attend as a representative of the World Bowls Laws Committee. The World Bowls Championships will be played at Burnside Bowling Club, which will be utilised as the tournament’s headquarters and host of sectional play and finals, in addition to Bowls Papanui and Fendalton Bowling Club, both of which will stage sectional play.

Australia will have the most umpires of any country at more information on the 2016 the upcoming World Bowls For World Bowls Championships, visit Championships in New Zealand.

The contingent, who earned their stripes through stellar performances at national events such as the Australian Open, Australian Premier League, Australian Sides Championships and Australian Indoor Championships, will be part of 33 umpires utilised at the event from across the globe, with a further nine from New Zealand, eight from Scotland, three from England, and one each from Canada, Hong Kong China and South Africa.

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To learn more about Bowls Australia’s National Officiating Structure and how to advance to an International Technical Official, visit Bowls Australia congratulate the Australians selected to officiate at the prestigious event in New Zealand later this year.


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Tweed Heads Bowls Club Tweed Open Premier Singles "TOPS" Want to test your bowling skills with the top brigade of Australian and International bowlers? Check the Tweed Heads Bowls Club website for an entry form to enter this revamped event scheduled for Sunday June 5 to Wednesday 8, 2016. Note that the Australian Open will commence on Saturday June 11, 2016 following this event. Limited to 84 bowlers on days 1 and 2 [total of 168 players] on arrival you will participate in a blind draw and you are guaranteed at least 2 games of singles for your entry fee of $40.00 per player. The new revised conditions of play consist of 28 sections play on days 1 and 2 plus post sectional play then on days 3 and 4 revert to a knockout competition with the final on the 4th day. The best performed Male and Female player will receive a wildcard entry into the 30th running of the club’s ‘jewel in the crown’ event, the “GOLDEN NUGGET INVITATIONAL PRESTIGE SINGLES” scheduled for Monday August 8, 2016. For more details visit:

2016 INTER CLUB EVENTS The start of 2016 has the club heavily involved with bowls competitions with the Mens and Ladies contesting the Bowls Super Challenge, the Tweed Valley Shield [Men] and the Cross Border Shield [Ladies] the Summer Nines [Men] and the men’s over-60s Midweek Pennants. All of these events will be played during the first 3 months of 2016.

CLUB CARNIVALS FOR 2016 Men’s Club: March Half Day Open Pairs Monday March 21 – 2 games total prize money $1,000.00 Men’s Classic Pairs Monday May 23 – 3 games total prize money $2000 Winter Mixed Pairs Monday July 18 – 3 games total prize money $2000 Farewell Mixed Pairs Monday August 15 - 3 games total prize money $2000 October Half Day Open Pairs Monday October 31 – 2 games total prize money $1,000.00 All the carnivals held generally have a maximum of 40 teams with a blind draw on arrival. Entry Fee is $25.00 per player. For more information and conditions contact Men’s club website. Entries can be emailed to the club at; or phone: 07 5506 8157 or post to Games Director, Tweed Heads Men’s Bowls Club, PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485.

Ladies Club: Ladies Autumn Fours Monday March 7 Ladies May Triples Monday May 2 Ladies Spring Medley 6 a Side Monday September 5 Ladies Classic Pairs Monday October 10 Ladies Inter Club Indoor Challenge Monday November 7 Ladies Major/Minor Pairs Monday November 28 For more information and conditions of play contact Tweed Heads Ladies Bowls Club Games Director, Judy Pearce, c/- PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485, email to paul.girdler@ or phone 07 5506 8157.


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MAJOR EVENTS 2016. Tweed Open Premier Singles [previously known as the Prestige Open Mixed Singles] Sunday June 5 to Wednesday June 8 – check website for entry form and conditions. Tweed Heads Junior Golden Nugget [Indoor event] Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31. Tweed Heads 30th Golden Nugget Invitational Singles Monday August 8 to Thursday August 11 Australian Indoor Singles Championships [Indoor event] Monday August 22 to Thursday August 25 Note: All events and dates are subject to change so please check the club website at; for latest information.

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Probiotics are a hot topic at the moment. By Kirsten Braun, Article Supplied by Women's Health Queensland Wide

We explain what they are and why they are good for you. What are probiotics? Our digestive system contains both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, which ideally are in balance. However, a range of factors can upset this balance, including medications like antibiotics and steroids, stress, poor diet and different diseases. Probiotics are essentially live microorganisms, or the ‘good bacteria’ that occur naturally in our digestive system. Most probiotics are bacteria but there is also a yeast variety as well. Probiotics come in a range of foods –see ‘How can you include probiotics in your diet’ section.

bacterial vaginosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, mastitis and allergies. There is also a growing body of research that suggests there is a connection between the health of our digestive system and our mental health.

Are probiotics for everyone? People who have a compromised immune system (AIDS, chemotherapy patients) should discuss with their doctor as to whether probiotics are suitable.

What are prebiotics?

How can you include probiotics in your diet?

Prebiotics are found in non-digestible food fibres and they move through the digestive system feeding the ‘good bacteria’ (probiotics). Prebiotics can be found in chicory, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, leeks, onions, asparagus, beans, bananas, and wholegrains like wheat, rye, barley and oats.

Probiotics are of course not new, having existed in diets all over the world for thousands of years. There is a long list of foods that contain probiotics, although some of these products may not be readily available in all regions of Australia. For those living in areas with less variety of food shopping, learning to make some foods at home might be an option. People who want to take probiotics to help with a particular health condition, such as IBS, can discuss it with their doctor

What are the known health benefits of probiotics? Like many food fads, the health claims for probiotics are extensive but not all of them can be substantiated with scientific evidence. What we do know is that probiotics are good for: •Reducing diarrhoea from antibiotics - Taking a course of antibiotics can often upset the balance of good and bad bacteria leading to diarrhoea. Taking probiotics in conjunction with antibiotics can reduce the risk of diarrhoea occurring. •Treating diarrhoea from infection - Probiotics can reduce the length of time that people are sick for. •Relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - People with IBS experience a range of symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea. Numerous studies have found that probiotics can reduce the symptoms of IBS, particularly abdominal pain.

What else might probiotics be useful for? It appears that the benefits of probiotics are not just limited to our digestive system. It appears that probiotics can also play an important role in boosting our immune system. While more studies are needed, probiotics may be helpful for a wide range of conditions including thrush, urinary tract infections, 20 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND FEBRUARY - MARCH 2016

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as there are particular strains of bacteria that are more effective for different conditions.

Yoghurt Probably the easiest way to incorporate probiotics into your diet is yoghurt. Yoghurt contains different strains of live bacteria including lactobacilli and bifidobacterium. Look for yoghurts that are specifically labelled ‘probiotic’. In Australia, yoghurts that claim to be probiotic must have a minimum of one million live bacteria per gram.

Sauerkraut Popular in Germany and Eastern European countries, sauerkraut is becoming increasingly popular in Australia as a probiotic. It is made from layering cabbage with salt and leaving it to naturally ferment. Like yoghurt, the active bacteria is lactobacilli. The sauerkraut available at the supermarket is heat-treated and so does not contain any live bacteria. Sauerkraut with probiotics is available from some health food stores, delis and farmers markets. As the process is relatively simple, it can also be made at home (see the recipe on

Kimchi A traditional Korean dish, kimchi is made from fermented vegetables, predominantly cabbage, but also sometimes radish and cucumber. It is mixed with chilli, garlic, ginger, fish sauce or other flavourings and has a sweet and sour taste. Like sauerkraut, it is available from health food stores, Asian grocers and farmers markets but can also be made at home. There are many recipes available online.

Yoghurt drinks There are several drinks of this type with the best known being Yakult. In Australia, fermented milk beverages that claim to be probiotic must have a minimum of one million live bacteria per gram.

Kefir Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir ‘grains’, a starter mix of bacteria and yeasts. It has the consistency of runny yoghurt and can be bought in health food shops. Like yoghurt, there are also kits available for those who would like to make their own.

Be careful of the sodium (salt) content Salt is used in many probiotic rich foods to aid in the fermentation process, which can mean they have a high sodium content. People who need to watch their salt intake need to be careful which probiotic foods they choose. Tempeh Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and is traditionally Indonesian. It is sold in blocks or slices and can be used in a similar way to firm tofu. Tempeh is often thought of as being healthier to some other soybased products as it undergoes less processing. It is also a good non-dairy source of calcium. Tempeh is available in the refrigerated section of some supermarkets and Asian grocers.

Probiotic supplements There are a wide range of probiotic supplements available in pills, powders or even liquid shots. Supplements promise to provide many more live bacteria than what a food can provide. Some supplements have to be stored in the fridge but others are shelf stable. Different conditions such as heat, light and moisture can reduce the numbers of bacteria present in a supplement. Article supplied by Women’s Health Queensland Wide, a not for profit, health promotion, information and education service for women and health professionals throughout Queensland. Contact the Health Information Line for a free information and referral service for women on (07) 3216 0376, or visit

Miso Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans and other grains and comes in different varieties. The pastes that have been fermented longer are generally a richer source of probiotics. These pastes tend to be darker in colour and more concentrated in flavour. The miso you can buy on the supermarket shelf has been pasteurised and so won’t contain any probiotics as the heating in this process kills the live bacteria. Unpasteurised miso can be bought in health food shops and Asian grocers. When cooking with miso it should be added just at the end as high temperatures kill the bacteria.


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FOUR QUEENSLANDERS PICKED FOR NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONALS Bowls Australia’s national selection panel have named a 14-player Australian Jackeroos team to compete at the sport’s next two international events in New Zealand, the annual Trans Tasman and 6-Nation Invitational, including Queenslanders Lynsey Clark, Mark Casey, Nathan Rice and Brett Wilkie.

Similarly, Australian Captain Lynsey Clarke is set to return to international duties following the birth of her first child, and will be joined by Tasmania’s only world bowls champion, Rebecca Van Asch, who earns her first cap since late 2013.

Seven men and as many women will compete in the international test against the New Zealand Blackjacks from March 1 to 3, in preparation for a herculean hit-out with the Kiwis, Scotland, Wales, South Africa and Malaysia from March 6 to 11, with two players from each gender able to be rotated in throughout the events.

In addition to the Australian Jackaroos team chosen to represent the nation at the Trans Tasman, a restricted age Development team comprising of two under-18s, two under-25s and an unconstrained age player which will be named to compete in the coming weeks, following a Jr. Jackaroos team camp at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast next week.

The contingent features all 10 combatants who competed across the ditch at the Asia Pacific Championships late last year, as well as the addition of some old hands to bolster the ranks. The Jackaroos procured four gold, two silver and two bronze medals from the eight disciplines contested at the 19-nation Asia Pacific Championships that wrapped up on December 6, so it’s somewhat unsurprising that the selectors have placed their faith in the same team at the upcoming Trans Tasman test series and 6-Nation Invitational. Mark Casey, Ray Pearse, Nathan Rice, Wayne Ruediger and Aron Sherriff have resolidified their position on the international arena in the men’s outfit, while Kelsey Cottrell, Karen Murphy, Anne Johns, Carla Krizanic (nee Odgers) and Natasha Scott remain entrenched in the women’s team. Among the new inclusions is Victoria’s Barrie Lester, who will return to representative duties after last donning the green and gold uniform in 2013, which at that time was the catalyst for breaking a five-year hiatus, in addition to Jackaroos Vice-Captain Brett Wilkie, who has been afforded another opportunity to add to his 166 international appearances.

Since the inaugural Trans Tasman in 1979, Australia has held sway against New Zealand in the senior event, claiming the men’s title on 22 of the 37 occasions, while its women have captured 12 of 19, including a draw. This year’s Trans Tasman will be staged at Burnside Bowling Club from March 1 to 3, while the 6-Nation Invitational will be held at across Bowls Papanui, Burnside and Fendalton Bowling Clubs from March 6 to 11. Australian women: Lynsey Clarke (32, Club Helensvale, QLD) Kelsey Cottrell (25, St Johns Park, NSW) Anne Johns (35, St Johns Park, NSW) Carla Krizanic (nee Odgers) (25, Sunbury, VIC) Karen Murphy (41, Cabramatta, NSW) Natasha Scott (25, Raymond Terrace, NSW) Rebecca Van Asch (27, Invermay, TAS) Australian men: Mark Casey (33, Club Helensvale, QLD) Barrie Lester (33, Mulgrave Country Club, VIC) Ray Pearse (31, Cabramatta, NSW) Nathan Rice (36, Club Helensvale, QLD) Wayne Ruediger (39, Grange, SA) Aron Sherriff (30, Ettalong Memorial, NSW) Brett Wilkie (41, Club Helensvale, QLD)


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Entries for the $250,000 Australian Open are open.


Entry into the world’s biggest and most lucrative open bowls event, the 2016 Australian Open, are open until April 3. Offering $250,000 prize money, the Australian Open returns to the Gold Coast region for a second year, with participant numbers expected to swell following the success of the tournament’s move to Australia’s premier holiday destination in June this year. Up to three additional venues will contribute to the staging of bowls’ flagship event over and above the 12 that hosted the event earlier this year, giving participants more opportunity to experience all the Gold Coast has to offer. An additional day of competition is also required to cater for the growth in participants and to accommodate two new disciplines, which will appeal to the more traditional bowler, with the event now running from June 11–24, 2016. Players from across the country and globe will compete in 20 disciplines on offer in 2016, with the addition of the men’s over60s pairs and women’s over-60s pairs disciplines set to widen the appeal of the marquee event to even more participants. Returning for 2016 are the six open events; including men’s and women’s singles, pairs and fours, two junior disciplines; incorporating under-18 boys’ and girls’ singles, and ten bowlerswith-a-disability disciplines; ranging from hearing, physical, intellectual, multi-disability and vision impaired categories. It’s anticipated that even more players will try to strike it rich at the quarter of million dollar festival of bowls following the success of a number of up-and-coming combatants last year, including 21 year-old Aaron Teys and 18 year-old Ellen Ryan, who secured the $16,000 men’s and women’s singles titles respectively. Bowls Australia Chief Executive Neil Dalrymple said the organisation is forecasting a sizeable increase in entries, given the appeal to a wider demographic with the increase of disciplines and positive response of the event’s move to the Gold Coast this year. “After the success of the first year on the Gold Coast, which saw more than 2,100 entries, we’re expecting even more players to participate next year, so much so that we will need to utilise three additional venues and an extra day of competition. “We are also re-structuring the prize money distribution so that it rewards a greater number of bowlers, making it more enticing for players to compete and get a return on their entry fee.

“There will still be a big incentive to win a discipline, or make the final, but we will ensure that the total prize pool allocation of $250,000, which was grown from $225,000 in 2015, will be distributed further down the line in disciplines that have a large amount of entries, like the men’s singles.” Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, said the Australian Open was a feature on Queensland’s world-class events calendar and was a visitor drawcard for the State in 2015. “Events like the Australian Open play an important role in driving visitation and supporting local jobs,” Ms Jones said. “In its inaugural year on the Gold Coast the Australian Open delivered a $6 million boost to the local economy, attracting a crowd of more than 3,000 and generating close to 30,000 visitor nights.” The richest open event on the sport’s calendar, the Australian Open will break a momentous milestone next year, surpassing the $1,500,000 mark in prize money distributed over the event’s 12year lifespan, with the $250,000 up for grabs in 2016 set to bring the total amount given away to $1,634,000. The Australian Open, which is supported by Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, will be staged across the Gold Coast until at least 2019. The Australian Open entries are open on the event website at until 11.59pm on April 3, 2016. Australian Open fast facts: • $1,384,000 in prize money given away over the event’s 11 years to date; • 2005-2014 staged in Victoria; • 2015 inaugural year on the Gold Coast; • 3,892 matches played at the event in 2015; • A completely open-to-enter event with no qualifying; • Up to 15 hosts clubs spread from Coolangatta to Beenleigh; • 14 days of competition from June 11-24, 2016; • 20 disciplines with a total prize pool of $248,500; • $1,500 player of the event prize determined by national ranking points; • 2015 men’s singles winner: Aaron Teys (21); • 2015 women’s singles winner: Ellen Ryan (18). BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND FEBRUARY - MARCH 2016 23

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performance staff and the Australian Jackaroos for their successful campaign at the 2015 Asia Pacific Championships in Christchurch. 2015 Asia Pacific Championships final results: Women’s singles: Karen Murphy (Australia) bt Carmen Anderson (Norfolk Island) 21-14

ASIA PACIFIC CHAMPIONS The Australian Jackaroos brought home a swag of gold, silver and bronze medals to Australian shores from the Asia Pacific Championships late last year, as the event's most dominant nation. The Australian Jackaroos wrapped up their Asia Pacific Championships campaign in New Zealand after 12 days of competition last December, finishing with four gold, two silver and two bronze. The women’s fours contingent of Carla Odgers, Kelsey Cottrell, Anne Johns and Natasha Scott kick started the gold medal race with a clinical display in the event’s first of eight ultimate deciders on day 10, powering past the USA’s Candace DeFazio, Anne Nunes, Janice Bell and Myra Wood 28-7, with two ends to spare. Not to be outdone, Karen Murphy added another gold to the nation’s tally with a 21-14 victory over her Cabramatta teammate and Norfolk Island representative Carmen Anderson in the women’s singles.

Women’s pairs: Australia (Kelsey Cottrell, Karen Murphy) bt Malaysia (Emma Saroji, Siti Zalina Ahmad) 16-11. Women’s triples: Philippines (Hazel Jaconoy, Ronalyn Greenlees, Rosita Bradborn) bt Australia (Carla Odgers, Anne Johns, Natasha Scott) 17-16. Women’s fours: Australia (Carla Odgers, Kelsey Cottrell, Anne Johns, Natasha Scott) bt USA (Candy DeFazio, Anne Nunes, Janice Bell, Myra Wood) 28-7. Men’s singles: Aron Sherriff (Australia) bt Mike Kernaghan (New Zealand) 21-12. Men’s pairs: Canada (Steve Santana, Ryan Bester) bt Malaysia (Hizlee Rais, Fairul Muin) 18-12. Men’s triples: New Zealand (Mike Nagy, Andrew Kelly, Paul Girdler) bt Japan (Hank Sato, Ken Emura, Kenta Hasebe) 24-16. Men’s fours: New Zealand (Mike Nagy, Andrew Kelly, Shannon McIlroy, Paul Girdler) bt Australia (Wayne Ruediger, Ray Pearse, Nathan Rice, Mark Casey) 16-14.

On day 11, Ettalong Memorial’s triple international bowler of the year Aron Sherriff made it an Aussie double when he secured the blueribbon men’s singles medallion, with a 21-12 victory over recently recalled New Zealand international Mike Kernaghan. Earlier in the day, Carla Odgers, Anne Johns and Natasha Scott were upstaged on the final hurdle, in a blockbuster, edge-of-your-seat thriller to the Philippines’ Hazel Jaconoy, Ronalyn Greenlees and Rosita Bradborn by a single shot, 16-17. International veterans Kelsey Cottrell and Karen Murphy claimed their second medallion of the golden variety from the tournament, with a 16-11 victory over Malaysia’s renowned combatants Emma Saroji and Siti Zalina Ahmad on the final day, with the result the catalyst for the green and gold nation winning the women’s overall trophy. Australia’s men’s fours team of Wayne Ruediger, Ray Pearse, Nathan Rice and Mark Casey were relegated to silver in the last of the nation’s six finals matches fell short of New Zealand’s 16 shots by 2, which ultimately saw the Blackjacks secure the men’s overall trophy ahead of the Jackaroos. The Australian Jackaroos finished with four gold, two silver and two bronze medals from the eight disciplines on offer at the 19-nation World Bowls Championships qualifier event, a better outcome than the two gold, five silver and one bronze produced at their previous effort in 2011. The result holds the Jackaroos and the Bowls Australia high performance team in good stead 12 months out from the World Bowls Championships, particularly if their last attempt is anything to go by, where Australia captured five gold and two silver medals in 2012. Australia’s women were undoubtedly the event’s highest achievers, with their three gold coming from Murphy in the singles, Cottrell and Murphy in the pairs, Carla Odgers, Cottrell, Anne Johns and Natasha Scott in the fours, while Odgers, Johns and Scott also took silver in the triples. Aron Sherriff was the only male to conclude the event with a highly sought-after golden coloured medal around his neck, with Ruediger, Pearse, Rice and Casey downgraded to silver in the fours, while Pearse and Rice took a bronze from the pairs, as did Ruediger, Casey and Sherriff from the triples discipline. Bowls Australia congratulate National Coach Steve Glasson, the high

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a good game technique. Poor balance and delivery, or incorrect grip of the bowl, can lead to injury. Selecting the correct size bowl will assist in improving technique. Use suitable /modified equipment Use non-slip bowling mats to allow traction between your shoe and mat. A bowlers-arm can be used to alleviate hip/ knee difficulties.

Be Prepared and Avoid Bowls Injuries Despite lawn bowls being a non-contact sport, injuries can still occur. The most common causes of injuries are falls, overexertion, repetitive bowling movements and being struck by a bowl. The most common types of injuries are fractures, sprains and strains to the hip, thigh, knee and lower leg. How to avoid injuries Be prepared Warm up and stretch before you play to improve your range of motion, support elasticity of tendons and ligaments and prevent straining your muscles. Ensure that you are fit enough for competitions, by walking or doing gentle exercise and stretches.

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and heart complications. Get your balance right. Try doing some simple balance training and exercises to strengthen your lower body, back and neck. Tai Chi is good for improving balance, and can help prevent falls. Perfect your technique

Consider using a bowls trolley bag to avoid lifting heavy bowls bags. Using a bowls’ lifter to lift bowls for delivery ensures players are not continually bending down. Extreme conditions Drink water before, during and after play. Be sunsmart and wear protective clothing and sunscreen. Do not play bowls in extreme weather conditions. Check your association’s extreme weather policy.

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WORLD WAR 2 – LIVING THROUGH FRIENDLY FIRE IN NEW GUINEA NAME: Henry Booth DATE: 1943 - 1944 UNIT: 100 Squadron RAAF LOCATION: Milne Bay, New Guinea Being shot at by planes and having bombs dropped near you was a fairly common occurrence in New Guinea during World War II, as Tony Booth would be the first to tell you. But when the bullets and the bombs came from Australian aircraft, it was a bit hard to take. Tony Booth was an aircraft mechanic, a job that had its dangerous moments, especially when guns were fired accidentally while the planes were being serviced or the bombs were dropped as they were being mounted under the wings of the Beaufort planes. Tony was at Milne Bay in New Guinea with 100 Squadron RAAF, when he got his 'own' plane to look after. "A plane would be allocated generally to two men, a mechanic and a rigger, but quite often only to a mechanic," Tony wrote in his book The Dry Gullies I have Crossed. "It was then your responsibility to see it was in 100% order at all times and the aim of the serviceability was to ensure that as many as possible would be available in the shortest possible time.

Squadron armourers with defused and unexploded Japanese bomb.

edge of a mainplane (wing). "All of a sudden two machine guns (one in each wing) let go a burst of fire. I froze for a few seconds and so did Neil as he was closer to the gun than I was. It appears that a rigger was up in the cockpit and pressed the firing button on the pilot's joy stick and it was not on 'safe', or so the man said." Tony had another 'thrilling' few minutes one day at Milne Bay. Tony was working on his plane and in the dispersal bay opposite was a new armourer being shown over a plane and getting some practice. "The next moment I heard 'Clatter! Clatter!' and looked out of the corner of my eye to see the last of the bombs hitting the metal stripping across the road," he recalled. "I instinctively 'hugged the ground', as we used to term a quick fall to the ground in an emergency. I did not have time to feel how my heart pounded. I just listened and, of course, nothing happened."

"First thing every morning we would do our daily inspection, which was a very thorough visual inspection The armourer had apparently told the new armourer to see nothing was broken or displaced. We would Tony Booth never to press the jettison button but as he did so, he then 'pull the motor through' which involved turning in summer uniform 19 45 had mechanically pressed the button and the bombs the airscrews (propellers) over a few times, drain the had fallen out of their mountings. They had not exploded petrol tanks via the drain cocks under each tank, letting the petrol because, even though they were fused, they had fallen on their side run into your hand to see if any water that had got in by overnight and had not landed on their point to activate the detonator. condensation, had got into the petrol. "We did 40-hourly and 80-hourly inspections on the aircraft and if an inspection was due on an aircraft it would be taken to an inspection bay which had a camouflage net stretched over it. This was our workshop in the open." It was during one of these inspections that Tony had a scare. "I was working on an engine on an 80-hourly inspection and just beside me was Neil Phelan, taking an oil cooler out of the leading

"I know I knew this at the time but you never take risks and in the few feet the bombs had to fall, they were kept safe and fell onto their sides," Tony wrote. "Some time later I was in the vicinity when another wing bomb fell to the ground accidentally and it remained intact also." During the wet season it was not unusual for planes to get bogged. "A couple of times we got hauled out of bed at sunrise to get a plane out of a bog," Tony said. "It was too wet to get a tractor in so what we would do was to get as many 'bodies' as possible to get a purchase on the plane and to push.



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"The pilot would start up and 'gun' the engines and we would push. We had the slip-stream to push against as well as an unsure footing underneath and a bit of flying soft mud, but we would get them out onto firmer ground."


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Cairn marks the western most point of the Japanese advance at Milne Bay 1942.

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loud crash, followed by a burst of ack-ack fire. "We could not make it out at this time in the morning but at breakfast we found out all about it," he said. "Our planes had gone out on a 'bash' and a Japanese aircraft followed the last one in to avoid being detected by radar. It let some bombs drop and had got one aircraft in its dispersal bay just as it taxied in and the anti-aircraft fire was more or less a token shot in the dark." Tony said the ground staff duty crew had been lucky that night as it was part of their duty to be at the dispersal bay to check the crew and plane on parking but their truck had broken down and they were delayed getting there. Beaufighter on airstrip in New Guinea

When they did arrive, they found the pilot sitting in front of the plane in a dazed condition, one of the crew was lying near the aircraft with shrapnel in his leg and another was taking 'a nervous leak'. The observer was found to be dead when they opened the underneath hatch to look for him.

past it would not let it turn and would thus stop any further damage to an engine," he said. "I nearly collapsed when I saw it and the WAG [Wireless/Air Gunner] in the crew saw my apprehension when I thought 'What has gone wrong in the inspection?' It was something every mechanic dreaded, on his plane at any rate."

"I had a particular interest in this plane as it was 'mine' and it presented quite a desolate sight next morning," Tony said. "The bomb was a 'daisy-cutter' that landed alongside the plane, puncturing all the tyres, rupturing the oil tank, and even though there was oil everywhere, there was no fire and the self-sealing petrol tanks did their job to perfection."

Tony was given a big 'thumbs up' so then knew all was in order but he became concerned again when the pilot banked sharply, flew over the airstrip and 'shot it up' then came in and landed, all on one engine.

On another occasion, Tony had completed an aircraft inspection and went on the inspection flight with the crew. "We took off and after a while I looked out the side and saw the starboard airscrew was in the fully feathered position," Tony recalled. "This was normally done only in case of emergency. It made the airscrew parallel to the plane and the air going

"When we landed and parked in our bay the pilot said there was nothing wrong with the plane," Tony said. He was to learn later that the pilot had been showing off how efficient a Beaufort was even on one engine. After another pilot had pulled a similar y Bo Ton stunt, the commanding officer called a halt to the business because of the danger to crews and ground staff. . ass

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Tony had another 'narrow escape' when bullets from a Kittyhawk of 75 Squadron came flying through the air. The plane was having its guns synchronised so the bullets crossed at a certain distance in front of the plane when the electric firing mechanism jammed. And did not stop until both magazines were empty. "We were pleased to hear the silence again but it was a bit frightening to see tracer bullets as momentarily you see them at a distance before you hear the guns," he said. "I did not think it was a the best place to be with bullets flying past at only chest height and once more sought refuge on the ground till the firing finished." After some home leave Tony did another course to become an engine fitter and this brought a rise in pay. He was posted to Rathmines working on Catalinas and then on to DC3s taking supplies up to New Guinea. "This part of my service was a breeze, especially after my previous time 'up there' of nearly 15 months," he said.

The material for this article was supplied by Henry Elton 'Tony' Booth of Queensland 08/01/2002

Tony Booth (right) with mate and Beaufort, Goodenough Island, 1944.

From: Australians at War Reprinted with permission from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs


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Health News with Dr Andrew Letchford – Orthopaedic Surgeon As we age, parts of our body often start causing issues that require further investigation. Hips and knees are often high up on the list of problems people face with their health. Dr Letchford, one of the South East Queensland’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, spoke with Bowls Plus and answered some commonly asked questions. Q: When is the right time to see a specialist about my hips and knees? A: The main indication as to when you should see a specialist is when your everyday life and activities are impacted by your general mobility. Another clear indication is when your pain levels are no longer being managed by general nonprescription medication such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatories. Q: Typically, hip and knee problems are associated with older people. Is this your experience? A: It is correct that joint degeneration both of hip and knees is a problem that comes with old age, but I am also seeing quite a few younger patients due to greater general focus on exercise to improve health. Q: What are the most common conditions you see in patients? A: The most common complaints that I see on a daily basis are hip and knee arthritic pain and knee injuries. I also deal with a large number of trauma cases from private emergency departments, with Neck of Femur (NOFs) and sport fractures being the most common. Q: What are some of the advancements made in recent years in hip, knee and joint surgery? A: Surgery is quite an exciting field to work in. It is at the cutting edge of modern medicine, and orthopaedics crosses over into fields of engineering, design, robotics and materials. I fully expect that I will soon be using robotic surgery

on the Gold Coast. This will allow us unparalleled precision in arthroplasty (joint replacement) surgery. We will be able to individually size, place and align the prosthetic componentry based on the patient’s own CT scan with micro adjustments of 0.2 of a millimetre. Q: Hip and knee conditions often go untreated, with patients suffering in silence. When pain is no longer manageable using non-prescription drugs, what would you recommend? A: Patients will frequently avoid dealing with some of the joint issues fearing this will inevitably require surgery. However, there are some nonsurgical options that a good general practitioner can provide advice on, such as physical therapy, water therapies, yoga and Pilates. These may aid discomfort, as not all concerns result in surgery. Q: After surgery, what are the usual recovery times for patients? A: In simple procedures such as keyhole arthroscopy, patients are admitted for day surgery. It takes two weeks for the wounds to heal, and depending on your circumstances, return to work or performing general activities anywhere from 14 days to 6 weeks is usual. More involved procedures, such as hip or knee replacements require a bigger commitment. Patients can expect to go home five to seven days after surgery, once they have satisfied physiotherapy requirements. Again, it takes two weeks for the wound to heal. By six to twelve weeks, most patients are returning to driving their vehicles and their normal daily routines. Physiotherapy and set exercises aid in patient recovery and are part of the after surgery treatment plan. Q: What advice would you most offer to patients? A: Keep fit! Find something that suits your lifestyle, you enjoy and be consistent with it. Should you ultimately be forced to decide on surgery, then the

best thing you can do for yourself, your surgeon, anaesthetist and rehab team is to be in the best physical shape you can. Q: Are there particular sports or exercises that a person should avoid if they have knee, hip or joint pain? A: I don’t like to limit people and it really depends on the individual. A recent study found no evidence that running was correlated with knee arthritis. Nevertheless, I personally feel that my knees don’t like running anymore, but cycling and swimming are fine. Consequently, my exercise regime involves swimming almost every day and doing low-impact forms of exercise. Walking and cycling are my other forms of regular exercise. The best advice is to listen to your body and when you experience pain, cease the exercise and reassess what you are doing. Dr Letchford firmly believes in providing an holistic approach to his patients. Surgery can often be an uncertain and traumatic experience irrespective of age, and Dr Letchford and his staff strive to ensure that all questions and queries are answered promptly and succinctly to ensure minimum stress to the patient and their family. Dr Letchford specialises in arthroplasty (joint replacement), knee reconstructions, sporting injuries, and acute orthopaedic trauma. He implements modern, result-focused treatments and is a strong advocate of providing a private call trauma service for patients and GPs. Dr Letchford currently operates out of Allamanda Private Hospital and Pindara Private Hospital. He consults at his Southport rooms and monthly from the Beaudesert Family Practice, Beaudesert Fair, (Coles) William Street, Beaudesert. For more information, please visit www.dr-andrew-letchford. or call (07) 5527 1818.


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Everything you need to know about Uber and

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‘Ride sharing’, ‘designated drivers’ and ’dry drivers’ are all terms that have been coming up A LOT in 2015. With the introduction of Uber, our personal transport options have been expanded and it can all get a little confusing! So today, and without delving into the legality of ridesharing in QLD, we thought we’d accept that it’s here to stay and try and respond to your most frequently asked questions … What’s the difference between Uber and Zero Drivers? Zero Drivers: We drive YOUR vehicle – with or without you in it! Uber: They use their own private vehicle to give you a lift. How does it work? Zero Drivers: You can call or email to book as far ahead as you like or if you don’t know what time you want to travel, we suggest you allow for an average of between 20 – 40 minutes turnaround for a pickup … and yes the Zero Drivers web app is in the pipeline too! We send a driving team – consisting of two people – the Zero Driver will drive your vehicle and his or her ‘co-driver’ will follow and pick them up at the final destination. Uber: The first or closet driver to pick up your booking alert responds to you direct and comes in their private car to pick you up …. But you can’t book ahead you have to wait ‘til you’re pretty much ready to go!

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When can I use it? Zero Drivers: Any time you’d rather drive in the comfort of your own car e.g. you might need suitable seatbelt restraints for children or want to be certain of your pickup time. Any time you’ve gone out in your own car and been tempted to have an extra drink – and don’t want to leave your car behind (let alone have to go back another time to pick it up!) Zero Drivers is great for people who like to plan ahead and a great back up for when you ‘get stuck’ with your own car. Many of our customers use us to drive their car home – and get Uber for themselves later! Uber: Just like taxis – perfect for spontaneous local trips and unexpected situations and especially those late night outings! How do I pay? Zero Drivers: You can still pay in cash! We also offer corporate accounts for regular and repeat customers. The new ‘app’ will facilitate secure payment using your registered card and until it is launched in the New Year we will continue to manually process credit card payments including MasterCard, Visa and American Express (with nominal service charges added) Uber: No cash payments accepted - your Uber account is directly connected to your debit or credit card and the money is taken out automatically.

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p look inside a kerosene tin hut p go see a smiley movie wit chips rafferty p view the rings of saturn p learn how to understand the night sky p see the craters on the moon p check out the miniature pioneer village p see brolgas in a paddock p hold a shooting star in your hand p p wonder if rainmaking guns work discover a top secret wwii usa air base


Visiting Queensland Outback is the place to listen to yarns and find out about the heritage and history of the area. You can learn history through books, signs and monuments but there is nothing better than to listen to one of the locals tell you all they know about their town.

is transformed as you follow the guide through the remains of the WW2 USA Army Base. It’s a fascinating story preserving our history and heritage in the age old oral tradition.


Local stories are best told by local people. The Story Tellers of Charleville have all the background information, personal and family memories and what is commonly known as ‘the goss’. Join the Charleville story tellers on one of their tours through Charleville.

most amazing stories to be told. From a few survivors in the wild, the captive breeding programme in Charleville is helping the bilby survive for future generations to enjoy.


CHECK OUT CHARLEVILLE: Fire, flood and River systems. The story of the stars is told every day and night at Charleville’s Cosmos Centre and Observatory. The guides at the Centre bring to life, through storytelling, pieces of ‘rock’ that were once shooting stars, the new dwarf planet family (so you don’t have to feel sorry for Pluto) and the never ending story of star birth and death is told in the Observatory at night.

Who would have thought that 3500 USA Servicemen descended on Charleville in 1942. It’s a story that grows with the telling. Join your storyteller on a trip around the airport, buildings and concrete remnants come alive as the story of Charleville at war unfolds. The Mulga Forest


There is no greater story than the modern day fight to save one of Australia’s most endangered species. Join the local guides who tell the story of saving this delightful marsupial. Not big enough to fight the feral cats and foxes, saving the Bilby is one of the

Join this fascinating tour of Charleville that tells the natural and man made history of Charleville. Our heritage comes together as you are driven through the streets of Charleville. Find out about the river systems that feed the mighty Warrego River that flows through our town. History and Heritage, natural and man made, does not have to be lost to a few lines and dates, but comes alive through the dedication and enthusiasm and downright interesting stories of the Charleville Storytellers. So take the time to enjoy yourself with the locals and get involved with the local stories.


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HARMONY™ No More Waste products are made up of 100% edible seeds that have already been de-hulled. This means that the outer husks the birds normally discard before they eat the seed inside, will no longer be left as a mess on your deck or garden. If seeds do happen to fall and they aren’t scooped up by a ground feeding bird, they won’t be able to germinate and grow in your garden — so your birds and garden will thank you!




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Bowls Plus Queensland Magazine Feb/Mar 2016  

Lawn Bowling and Lifestyle Magazine for Queensland's bowlers.

Bowls Plus Queensland Magazine Feb/Mar 2016  

Lawn Bowling and Lifestyle Magazine for Queensland's bowlers.