Vol 3 No 4 June - July 2013
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Welcome to another edition of BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND Magazine. Our team here is overwhelmed again by all the mail and and news, jokes, results being sent in. A special thankyou to Qpac for their tickets last issue for the Hot Shoe Shuffle. All attending had a wonderful time. This issue we have a great giveaway from Uniden Phones... and first 5 callers will win! With a special thank you to Bowls Australia for their submissions, Les Taylor from Banora Point for his great historical story on the DC 3. Keep sending in your news and stories. Everyone has a story to tell and we want to hear your news snippets, what’s happening at your local clubs, news and results, photographs - in fact any relevant news or story you would like to share. Please email this to us and we promise we will consider all submissions. To all our bowling clubs keep sending in your news and up and coming events. - Publishers Desk
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IN THIS ISSUE
See page 2
Aero Reigns Supreme
Bulls in Seventh Heaven
Bowls Plus Queensland
Great Barrier Reef Masters Promises Top Lawn Bowls Action
Flying Doctor Changing Lives in Far North Queensland
Lawn Bowls Bounty on Norfolk Island
Blues Clinch Super 6 Honours
Blues Snare Sides Trifecta
National Hall of Fame and Awards Night Winners
DC-3 - Grounded by EU Health and Safety
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AERO REIGNS SUPREME
Aero Bowls, which are made in Sydney, are the most accurately manufactured bowls ever. Looking at what they have won recently, Aero are certainly showing their paces throughout Australia!
At Warilla a few weeks ago Jeremy Henry, using Aero, won the World Cup. Twenty nations took part and Jeremy Henry played 16 games and was unbeaten - a remarkable feat during the sectional play part of the competition. Jeremy is now ranked No1 in the world. In May the Sunshine Coast hosted the Queensland State Championships. Being held at this great location made for a huge number of entrants. It was easily the strongest field for years competing for the coveted singles title. Brett Wilkie, one of the standouts in the Australian squad, took out the title with his set of Aero Optima. “Yes I played well,” he said. “ However having four bowls perfectly matched was the key, as it was all too obvious that, head after head, I could get the bowls to do the same thing while drawing.”
In the singles the ACT’s Andrew Howie, playing with Aero Dynamics, won convincingly with what National selector Kelvin Kerkow described as “An outstanding display of accurate bowling.” The Pairs were taken out by Aero players Michael Simms and Robert McMullen from Tasmania. Both used Aero Optimas. Michael is 15 and is a future Australian player for sure. In the Triples Aero again featured winning the title with Ray Pearse using Optima. He was the standout player according to the keen eye of Steve Glasson.
Also in May, Bendigo in Victoria hosted the Super 6’s and the Five a Side National Competitions. The Super 6’s are the 6 best players from each state competing for singles, pairs and triples. A very difficult competition to win!
AUSTRALIAN OPEN Jonno Davis from Dubbo is 12 years old and on his birthday he was crowned the U18 Australian Open champion. No mean feat at 12!
Aero are heavily involved in supporting junior bowlers and under the guidance of Kelvin Kerkow and Brett Wilkie more and more young bowlers become sponsored players and receive support and gear. 6 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND JUNE/JULY 2013
Aero recently doubled production, facilitating a reduction in unit costs as the unique manufacturing process is virtually robotic. The increased output is also helping to satisfy a rapidly expanding worldwide market. Even though Aero are the most recently established manufacturer, they are already the number one selling bowl in Australia. The fact that Aero is a completely different bowl, with a visibly unique line, and that every model is identical, has obviously hit a chord with bowlers.
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All in all its been a remarkable period for Aero, however as CEO Walter Jacobs says, “The bowls are incredibly accurate, with every set of that model the same. The guaranteed consistency of Aero bowls is a huge advantage for players, especially when opposed by other brands that may be all over the shop, something we have all seen.” Aero is a major sponsor of some of our game’s biggest events, including the QLD Premier League and Premier 7’s, Park Beach Singles, Ballina Pairs and Singles, Adelaide Masters, Victorian Masters, to name but a few.
Jonno is being groomed to become one of Australia’s brightest stars. He excels at bowls and school and carries himself far beyond his age. It’s known Aero bowls are particularly excited to be sponsoring this prodigious young talent. Jonno uses Dynamic size 3 and both Kelvin Kerkow and Brett Wilkie will be passing advice on to him and, indeed, playing with him.
Through Bowls Plus, Aero invites all readers to visit their 300 sq mtr factory outlet at Kelvin Kerkows Aero Bowlsworld, where over 150 sets are displayed and demo bowls are available together with clothing and shoes at very competitive prices.
Bulls in Seventh Heaven The Broadbeach Bulls had an extraordinary final series in the Premier League 7’s playoffs held at Pine Rivers Bowls Club.
In the club’s first year in the competition, the Bulls entered four sides with three of the sides making the finals. Our strong over 60’s side proved in the finals why they were favourites heading into the final weekend. After only losing one rink all year, the team accounted for South Tweed on all three rinks setting up a final against neighbours Benowa.
on the last end he sneaked a shot to even up the pairs rubber. An extra end had to be played and Peter who is always calm under pressure drew the shot with his first skip bowl. The opposing skip could not remove it and they were off to the final. This time the Bulls started off great on all three rinks and never relinquished the lead to win division 5.
In the singles Rex Simmonds and Gary Thomas had a brilliant game with both playing magic bowls. Rex however pulled out some magnificent draw shots and got on top of Gary.
Our Division 3 team made the grand final as well but were not strong enough against a strong Brisbane team. The Bulls look forward to next year Premier League and 7’s series’s.
Our fours team held strong and evened up the rubber 1-1. The pairs was last off the green and the experience of Keith Godbold and Geoff Lanham proved to strong as they got on top at the end to cap off an undefeated year.
Australian Bowler of the year Mark Casey, is not just doing great things on the green but also off it. Mark has helped set up a great relationship between the Broadbeach club and Australia After School Programs. The club is initiating bowls to youngsters hoping to get more people involved in the game not only at our club but throughout the Gold Coast region.
Our Division 5 team played their hearts out all final series. It was a grim look half way through the semi finals with all rinks down. Ian Miller our silent assassin singles player started the unbelievable comeback winning 31-30. The fours went down and the hopes were on the shoulders of Don Hume and Peter Lumb. With Peter’s last bowl
It will be another busy year at the Bullpen as well. The club will be hosting the Australian Uni Games later this year. While next year the club will be hosting the district sides and the Queensland Juniors.
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Colour TV bowls? Well strike me pink! At 8:30 pm on 27 May 1975 the ABC Sports Night Programme featured for the first time in Australia how coloured bowls, matching uniforms and key rules featuring the proposed “World Series Bowls” formats, prompted one cheeky Melbourne journalist to write on the following morning; “Colour TV bowls?, Well strike me pink” Following the above pilot large numbers of coloured bowls were manufactured and entered the Lawn Bowls market?
• Create speculation and debate during a session? • Embrace proven state of art presentation technologies?
When coloured uniforms were finally approved, identification issues increased especially when the colours of the players’ uniforms were not matched up with the colour of their bowls as demonstrated in the TV pilot.
In a nutshell it’s all of the above; however the inescapable fact is that unless spectators can clearly identify the players and the teams they belong to, have a clear view of game in progress on or off air, and understand the elements of the game they view, loyalty and stimulation may suffer.
Later on the combination of the above presentation issues, the scoring, and rules may have contributed to the demise of the ABC’s TV Bowls Series. While all of the above innovations were taking place, readers may well remember how the late Kerry Packer’s, colourising and rules to launch World Series Cricket in such spectacular fashion, changed the image and popularity of cricket forever. Similarly our administrators supported by key lawn bowlers may enable the further development of the World Series Bowls submissions featuring colour and innovative rules submitted on the 29th of October 1985. Aspiring innovators creating sporting formats for TV must critically examine the following; by asking does it:• Create excitement and fear? • Have easy to follow rules? • Have the capacity to attract large audiences? • Create audience participation? • Flow well without repeated interruptions? • Have sponsorship appeal? • Generate a must not miss part of the game in progress? • Create knuckle biting moments? • Create humour and fun during a session?
The revised version of “World Series Bowls©” , fully sponsored by “Powerplay International”, now named *“Super Bowl©” , successfully trialled during 2005/06 on the Landings bowling green, is still in the process of addressing the above questions to further enhance the next series. Note:*“Super Bowl©” is a series specifically designed for television, derived from the original format presented in 1974 called “Match Bowls” created at a time when bowlers’ uniforms were all white, their bowls were black or mahogany, and players wore neckties during matches, prior to the development of World Series Bowls at the city Bowling Club in 1975.
Discussion topic for this month? Using existing bowls owned by the players arriving on match day, how would you allocate the opposing players bowls to enable spectators to clearly identify their team or sides bowls during a match in progress?
It will require something to be done with manufactured bowls rather than attaching coloured stickers. (The answer (next issue)
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TWEED HEADS MEN’S BOWLS CLUB CARNIVALS:
Tweed Heads started the year with an Open Pairs carnival played on Monday March 18 with a capacity field of 40 teams playing 3 games of bowls.
Overall Winners: Charlie Laws and Dave Gardiner 6 + 45; Runners-up: Lindsay Ponting and Shannon Gittoes 6 + 41: 3rd place: Bill Davies and Jon Royan 6 + 37: 4th place: Ray Hickman and Geoff Hawkins 6 + 32 10 section winners: Mike Alder, John Griffiths; Jason Neville, Max Jaffray; Ian Hughes, Nick Separovich; Hec Beswick, Ray Glasser; Gary Hewitt, Eddie Vuik; David Dodge, Mark Howarde; Greg Ash, Laurie Sylvester; Frank McPhillips, Stan Williams; Roger Henson, Neville Jenkins; Gary Maloney, Barry Poole. Mystery Prize went to Fred Brown and George Mynott.
The Classic Pairs was the 2nd carnival of the year played on Monday April 8 and again a capacity field of 40 teams entered.
Overall Winners: Clinton Bailey and Scott DeJong from Broadbeach with 6 + 53; Runners-up: Nigel Smith and Neville Jenkins from South Tweed on 6 + 36; 3rd place: Ray Hickman and Brendon Hoey also from South Tweed on 6 + 27 and 4th place: John Griffiths and Ron Parker from Tweed Heads with 6 + 25. The 10 section winners were: Bill Davies/ John Royan; Rob Henshaw/Sam Ramsay; Hec Beswick/Ray Glasser; Peter Newman/Col Fishlock; Wayne Heydt/Paul Girdler; Kevin Stanley/Martin Hawsley; Dennis Lusby/Ian Wildman; Oscar Cunningham/Norm Bradbrook; Lindsay Ponting/Shannon Gittoes and Andy Braithwaite/Trevor Garrish with the Mystery Prize going to Ian Hughes and John Bailey.
TWEED VALLEY SHIELD TURNS 21
This is a competition run during the first three months (10 weeks of home and away games) of the year between clubs situated in the lower Gold Coast and Tweed area and has now completed 21 years of competition. This event is believed to be the brainchild of Charlie Fetterplace who was from the Cabarita Beach Bowling Club back in 1992 it was simply based on a pennant format between 6 clubs in the Tweed area and played during the week. The games are scheduled for play on Monday afternoons. Those initial clubs when competition started in January 1993 were Cabarita Beach, Pottsville, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, South Tweed and Tweed Heads. Until about 5 years ago these teams remained the contestants until Cabarita Beach and Murwillumbah were unable to field teams and Coolangatta was invited to replace Cabarita Beach so in 2009 only 5 clubs contested the event. In 2010, Tugun replaced Murwillumbah returning the competition back to 6 clubs. Unfortunately, in June 2012, Murwillumbah closed it’s doors. Tugun therefore became the latest club to participate in the shield and since that time up to and including 2013, the 6 clubs participating are, Tweed Heads, Coolangatta, Tugun, South Tweed, Kingscliff and Pottsville.
Two clubs, Pottsville and Kingscliff are affiliated with NSW Bowling Association and the other four clubs are under Bowls Queensland banner. The series is played in 2 divisions. ‘A’ division is for players graded via club pennant selection up to grade 3 and ‘B’ division for players graded 4 and beyond. There are 2 rinks of four players and the points system has 1 point per rink win and 3 points for the aggregate and is hosted by each club as home and away games over 10 rounds.All teams compete at the one venue each week so 2 greens are used – 6 rinks per green. Speaking mostly for Tweed Heads who has competed in this competition since it’s inception in 1993 has won the ‘A’ division shield on several occasions and the ‘B’ division has won the shield on 8 occasions. By winning this event in 2013 shows Tweed Heads ‘B’ division side as having won the shield for the third year in a row which is a record in itself.
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Coming events for all bowlers to participate are:Winter Carnival Consolation Fours - Friday July 12, entries open June 17 close July 8 Winter Mixed Pairs - Monday August 12, entries open July 12 close August 7 Spring Mixed Pairs - Monday September 9, entries open August 12 close September 4. All registered bowlers are welcome to enter into any or all of these carnivals. For more information contact Games Director (Russell Luland) 07-5536 3800 (after hours 07-5523 1228), email to: email@example.com or post to PO Box 167, Tweed Heads NSW 2485.
TWEED HEADS LADIES MAJOR CARNIVALS FOR 2013. The Ladies club has the remaining carnival dates for 2013. Spring Medley - Monday September 2. Classic Pairs - Monday October 14. Indoor Interclub Fours Challenge - Monday November 4. For more information (opening and closing dates) pertaining to these events contact Games Director (Judy Pearce) 07-5536 3800 (after hours: 07-5523 2286/Mob. 0402 185 925), email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post to PO Box 167, Tweed Heads NSW 2485. All registered bowlers are welcome to enter into any or all of these events where applicable. Keep in mind the Open Mixed Prestige Singles where the best performed male and female receive wild card entries into the Golden Nugget from June 30th to July 3rd. Note that entries close Friday June 14, 2013. The Australian Indoor Championship follows on Monday July 29 to Thursday August 1 then the Junior Golden Nugget on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday August 3 and 4. Note that both of these events are played on the Indoor Complex and then the Golden Nugget Singles from Tuesday August 6th to Friday August 9th, 2013 on the outdoor greens. Note that spectator entry is free to all of these events with grandstand facilities situated around both outdoor greens.
Bowls, the Game for ALL Ages – the sport that caters for Youngúns and Oldies from 8 to 80 for male or female, for singles, married couples and for better or worse!
his bowls (2 only) challenged by an opponent and subsequently one of his 4 bowls failed the table test and was disqualified. To this day no one knows which bowl failed the test, one his 2 bowls used in the tournament or one the 2 bowls he had in the boot of his car!
Bowls were failed on a greens test after the match in one case and the whole episode of doctored bowls and the laughable bowls challenges and the lack of leadership was a major detriment to the sport. Of course the ludicrous “Giving away the Mat rule” in recent years was another example of the sport going down the path of no return.
For Better or Worse!
Bowlers can play 7 days a week, at any club in Australia and overseas, with minimal costs, make new friends and play social/ competitive bowls in a secure friendly atmosphere against opponents aged from 8 to 80 – so why are the membership numbers dwindling, clubs closing down and tournaments cancelled through lack of entries?
Bowls, the Game for ALL Ages was once the catch cry of the “Royal” in NSW but changed the brand to Bowls Alive but is bowls alive or dying... dying a slow death as we that grow old know what it was like in the good old days. Never thought I would ever say those words “as we that grow old” and “like it was in the good old days” even “for better or worse” but things change over the years, decades in fact, and there is no stopping progress and for better or worse, or great sport of lawn bowls is not keeping up with world we live in today. We need a new game plan but first we need to find out the conditions that changed our sport over the last 30 years for better or worse! First of all let me say that many clubs that folded and closed the doors, merged or amalgamated over the years were a sign of the times and changing world we live in, one suburb in Melbourne had 11 bowling clubs in 6 kilometre radius and of course many had to go. Also bad management, lack of new ideas and an aging population hasn’t helped in many rural areas. Having said all that many clubs are thriving with pro active club managers and progressive thinking but overall bowling membership is down all over the nation which is disconcerting to all the “old bowlers” - me included. The Barefoot Bowls phenomenon is exciting and may yet proved to be the saving grace for many clubs, it already is with some clubs taking up to $6000 a week with Barefoot bowls promotions ( $300,000) over the year keeps the clubs doors open but are we getting new bowling members? I leave the door ajar on that one as I really feel the time will come when barefoot bowlers will make their presence felt in competitive tournaments across the country. Looking back as we do to find the answers, the introduction of the narrow line bowls back in the late eighties and early nineties really made the competitive tournaments one sided with the new bowls having the competitive edge shall we say... no more. I can remember way back when bowls challenges (not Super Challenge) were the flavour of the month – a top Victorian bowler playing in a $12,000 Fours tournament had
All this plus more over the years has disenchanted many of the older bowlers from playing competitive bowls against the passionate - win at all cost Youngúns and GEN Y bowlers who have displayed great skills on the green. Of course the lack of State representation squads for the GEN X is another factor in this general disenchanted within our sport. Only after years of persistence from older bowlers and scribes we now a State Over 60’s representative Tests Series but the GEN X has left out in the cold! I have always stated the retired cricketers/golfers e.g. Mark Waugh, Shane Warne would have no hope of representing their State or Australia until at least they reach 60 plus. National Selector Kelvin Kerkow recently turned 44, imagine if he started bowls now, what hope or incentive is their for this talented sportsperson to play bowls for the Sate or Australia for that matter Getting back to the Game for ALL Ages – competitive bowlers are competitive in Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours but realistically have a far better chance against their own age group be it in the Boomers, or the GEN Y and GEN X or even the Youngúns. Major Carnivals are now seeing the light with Age restrictions on entries and in June on the Gold Coast a $12,000 5 a side Tournament for Over 60’s only - a top side entry could be Robbie Dobbins, Ray Glasser, Hec Beswick and Brendon Hoey. Premier League Queensland has an Over 60’s division with finals at Pine Rivers today 94 years old Reg Hill is representing South Tweed in the Semi Final and hopefully the Grand Final The Game is for ALL Ages and at times should be segregated to allow for bowlers of all ages to compete and play in competitive tournaments and leagues and still be competitive! that is for the Better! Better the sport and better for the older mature bowler. The Junior Golden Nugget is the showcase tournament for the Under 18 bowlers, as will the Silver Nugget for the Under 25’s bowlers. Having said all that I remain an optimist and realise that all sports are suffering with memberships etc ... what we really need is for bowls to get back on TV – if not the ABC then SBS and a 13 week series of a competitive format – made for TV... to attract the masses. Perhaps more on that subject in the next edition of Bowls Plus...
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Great Barrier Reef Masters Games Promises Top Lawn Bowls Action Lawn bowls is shaping as one of the most popular of the 19 sports on offer at the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. The Games will be held from 8 – 11 August 2013 at one of Australia’s favourite holiday and vacation destinations in Cairns, North Queensland. According to Event General Manager Cameron Hart, a healthy number of bowlers have already entered the competition which will be hosted by the Marlin Coast Bowls Club at Trinity Beach.
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“Lawn bowls at Masters Games in Australia and New Zealand is always really strongly supported and we can’t see why the competition wouldn’t be in Cairns,” Mr Hart said. “Queensland has an outstanding reputation for winter bowls tournaments and there is still plenty of time for our friends in the southern states to join in the fun.” “The Marlin Coast Bowls Club is an excellent facility and the welcome mat will be well and truly laid out in August. “It’s a really progressive club and their website www.marlincoastbowls.com and Facebook page are well worth a visit,” Mr Hart said. Entries for the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games opened mid-February and more than 2,000 masters-aged men and women from Australia, Oceania and South East Asia are expected to converge on stunning Tropical North Queensland to take part in the history-making event. Presented by the team behind the Gold Coast’s biennial Pan Pacific Masters Games, this exciting new event will be a celebration of master’s sport with both fierce and friendly competition.
8-11 August 2013 ENTER NOW! Athletics - Track & Field • Athletics - Road & Trail • Baseball Basketball • Beach Volleyball • Cricket • Dragon Boating Football (Soccer) • Futsal • Golf • Hockey • Lawn Bowls • Netball Rugby Union 10s • Softball • Squash • Swimming • Tennis • Touch
There are no qualifying standards to enter except for a minimum age requirement for each sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age. “Cairns offers competitors the perfect combination of stunning diverse natural beauty and extensive sporting infrastructure such as award-winning venues, comprehensive facilities and professional support services,” Mr Hart said. “The city is located near two World Heritage areas, the iconic Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s Wet Tropics Rainforests, providing participants the unique opportunity to incorporate adventure and discovery during their sporting holiday,” he said. For more event information visit www.mastersgames.com.au For travel and accommodation information visit www.cairns-greatbarrierreef.org.au
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Changing lives in Far North Queensland
provide health education and primary health care. It is aimed at station owners, manager, workers, families and neighbours. The RFDS Wellbeing Centres in four Cape York Peninsula communities provide counselling and social and emotional wellbeing programs. A key focus of the Wellbeing program is to develop the skills of local staff and to provide the community as a whole with greater awareness of wellbeing issues. As a not-for-profit organisation, the RFDS relies on the generosity of the public to purchase aircraft and vital medical equipment. To find out more about the Flying Doctor or to donate now, simply go to www.flyingdoctor.org.au or call 1800 444 788.
Cairns is well-known for its natural beauty, balmy weather and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north. This beautiful city is also home to the largest Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) base in Australia. The RFDS was established by the Reverend John Flynn in 1928 to look after the health and wellbeing of people in isolated areas. 85 years later, it is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. With more than 100 doctors, nurses and pilots, and five aircraft, Cairns Base looks after an area of more than 275,000 square kilometres stretching from the Torres Strait across to the Gulf of Carpentaria and south as far as Townsville. RFDS Regional Manager Far North Queensland Angela Jarkiewicz says the organisation provides comprehensive health care for all those who live, work and travel in the regions around Cairns and throughout the North. “When they think of the Flying Doctor, many people automatically think of emergency aeromedical evacuations,” Ms Jarkiewicz says. “But the fact is, these days the RFDS does so much more. For example, Cairns Base transports around 1,000 patients every year, but in addition, we look after almost 30,000 patients through our primary health care clinics. Our Medical Officers take more than 8,000 remote consultation calls”.
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“Communities looked after by the Flying Doctor have some of the highest immunisation rates in the country, and we do more than 2,000 immunisations every year in the Far North.” Ms Jarkiewicz said the RFDS primary health care program involved taking health care services such as general practice clinics, ante- and postnatal clinics, and mental health services into regional and isolated communities. Two innovative programs include the Flying Doctor Field Days, and the Wellbeing Centres. Under the popular Field Day program doctors, nurses and other health care workers visit rural properties where they
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Latest News and Results...from Club Mermaid 11/05/13 - 2013 Mixed Novice Singles Final Heather Hayward defeated Max Brook 25-16. 11/05/13 - 2013 Club Open Championship Singles (Semi-Finals) Dick English defeated Max Shelley (Defending Champion) 25-14; Kevin Ross-Johnson defeated Bernie Atkins 25-21. 10/05/13 - 2013 Ladies Club Open Championship Singles Final In the Blue-Ribbon event of the Ladies 2013 Championship calendar, Irene Byron defeated Margaret Panousis 25-15. Congratulations to Irene Byron, 2013 Ladies Singles Champion Margaret opened the scoring with a double on the first end. However, it was Irene who had brought her “top” game along and she proceeded to score at will over the next 7 ends with 1, 1, 3, 1, 2, 2, 3 to streak away to a 13-2 lead. A single to Margaret stopped the run momentarily before Irene continued with 3 more singles to lead 16-3. Doubles were shared over the next 2 ends, before Margaret finally strung together two consecutive ends with a double and a single. Irene replied with a single on the next end to hold a commanding 19-8 lead. In a change of fortunes, Margaret then took control for a few ends scoring two triples and a single to get within 4 shots at 15-19. But it was going to be Irene’s day, as she took back control and closed out the game 25-15 with a double, a triple and a single. Congratulations to Irene for winning the title, and well done to Margaret for reaching the Final for the 2nd consecutive year.
07/05/13 - Club Open Championship Pairs 2013 Final Max Shelley & Ted Stapleton defeated Dick English & Bob Ryan 21-16. Max and Ted opened the scoring with singles on the first 3 ends before Dick & Bob opened their account with a single on the 4th end. A double to Max & Ted saw the scoreline 5-1 after 5 ends. Dick & Bob scored consecutive fours to jump to a 9-5 lead. Max & Ted fought back with doubled on the next 2 ends to level the scores at 9-9 after 9 of the scheduled 21 ends. Singles were traded over the next 2 ends. A single to Dick & Bob saw them nudge ahead, but Max & Ted took back the lead with a triple & single to lead 14-11. A single to Dick & Bob was countered by a double and a single by Max & Ted to extend their lead to 17-12 with just 4 ends to play. Dick & Bob scored a double to get within 3 shots, but Max & Ted covered with a double of their own to lead 19-14 with 2 to go and still the game was in the balance. Another double to Dick & Bob left them 3 behind heading into the last end and needing a triple to tie the game or more to win. Max & Ted had their own agenda for the game and scored a double to close out the game 21-16. Congratulations to Max & Ted on their win, and well done to Dick & Bob for reaching the Final. 05/05/13 - 2013 GCTDBA Champion of Club Champion Fours (Semi-Final & Final)
Iacuone, Vic Shannon & Toby Wight once again travelled to Paradise Point for the Champion of Club Champions Fours where they played the team from Burleigh for a place in the Final. The elation of the Burleigh team beating Helensvale the day before was short-lived as Alex and his team scored a good 23-10 win to book a place in the Final. In the other semi-final, Broadbeach defeated Beenleigh by 21-13 to set up a mouth-watering Final. The Broadbeach team of Dave Gardiner, Gary Thomas, Keith Godbold and John Partridge went into the final as hot favourites, but the boys from Mermaid crashed their party with a comprehensive 27-14 victory. Congratulations to Alex, Mario, Vic and Toby... great effort guys!! 04/05/13 - “Colin Bone Trophy” Club Selected Triples
The semi-final and final are at Paradise Point tomorrow (Sunday 5th May) at 9:00am where the Mermaid team takes on the team from Burleigh (who took out Helensvale in Round 2) to earn a place in final. 03/05/13 - Club Open Championship Triples 2013 Round 2 game: Graeme Perry, Paul Russell and Joe Basile def. Bill Morris, Alan Pritchard and Max Brook 30-29;
A good field took part in the 4th Annual “Colin Bone Trophy” triples. The weather was nice and the games were played in a friendly, but competitive spirit. The theme for the day was - “A day to remember our departed friends”
The Mermaid Beach team of Alex Hyde (s), Mario
and Riccardo Gentile. 3rd Place - Ron Brunsdon (s), Wendy Cilento andMick Landon 04/05/13 - 2013 GCTDBA Champion of Club Champion Fours The team of Alex Hyde (s), Mario Iacuone, Vic Shannon & Toby Wight represented Mermaid Beach in this year’s Champion of Club Champions event at Paradise Point. They had a bye in the first round and in the second round they played the team from Benowa. Alex’s team combined well to win 24-11 which earned them a place in the semi-finals.
The event was co-sponsored by the BONE FAMILY and “BAYAUDIO”. Results of the day were: 1st Place - Graham Atkinson (s), Frank Matthews and Russ Booker +29 diff. 2nd Place - Margaret Panousis (s), Alan Pritchard
03/05/13 - 2013 Ladies Club Open Championship Singles (Semi-Finals) Margaret Panousis def. Rhonda Green 25-22; Irene Byron def. Margaret Sproule 25-16. 02/05/13 - 2013 Club Open Championship Pairs (Semi-Final) Dick English & Bob Ryan def. John Donlan and Bernie Atkins 20-15. 01/05/13 - 2013 Club “B” Grade Singles Final Toby Wight defeated Alan Pritchard 25-12.
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NORFOLK ISLAND Bowlers can take their pick from three main events on the Norfolk Island bowling calendar: 18 - 22 August 2013: TAB Triples
Travel as a (mens or ladies) team or come to join a triples team on the island. A minimum of 5 qualifying games over 15 ends for all players.
24 – 27 February 2014: South Pacific Pairs
Norfolk Island is a long-time favourite for lawn bowlers. After a successful Bounty Bowls fours tournament last month the Norfolk Island Bowling Club is changing to third gear for the TAB Triples 18-22 August. The Norfolk Bowling club has many feathers in their cap, this club is well accustomed to hosting visitors from Australia and New Zealand year round either to compete in tournaments or for a friendly social roll up. Norfolk Island is unique because the bowling events attract so visitors from Australia and New Zealand. Competitors literally meet in the middle on Norfolk Island greens and events become a true Trans-Tasman comp with Aussies, Kiwi and Norfolk Island bowlers competing for the titles. Best of all the tournaments have become a great reason for partners, family and friends to tag along for a Norfolk Island holiday, the club invites all to attend the welcome, presentation and social functions during the week. Norfolk Island is a very social and friendly affair and tourist accommodation is conveniently located (some next door) to the bowling club, so driving after play is optional. The Norfolk Island Bowling Club invites bowlers to join them for a tournament or if bowlers prefer to come another time of year, the local club member hospitality and friendship like their sub-tropical climate, remains a year-round constant.
Open pairs competition; teams can be men, women or mixed. Excellent cash prizes up for grabs, $1500 first prize and $1000 second prize.
05 – 10 May 2014: Bounty Bowls tournament
Norfolk’s signature longstanding event, next year will be the 53rd Bounty Bowls tournament; an open fours competition where teams can be men, women or mixed. Good news is a second week of bowls will be held for those visitors who can extend for a longer stay. A separate mixed fours comp will run 12-17 May. Take advantage of the super special packages on offer with local travel specialist The Travel Centre, Norfolk Island. Special travel packages have just been released with prices starting from $849 per person ex Brisbane or $899 per person twin share ex Sydney for a seven night stay. Prices includes return ‘seat and bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island, pre-paid airline taxes, meet & greet at the Norfolk airport, 7 night’s twin share accommodation, 7 days car hire (car hire surcharge $20 per day and petrol extra), discount shopping card, complimentary mini- golf and complimentary ‘A Walk in the Wild’. Prices are current today and subject to change without notice. Conditions apply. For those interested in travelling with friends from your local bowling club ask The Travel Centre about a special club promotion where some accommodation properties provide 1 in 10 bowlers stay free. For larger groups this can be teamed with 1 in 21 bowlers fly free. Conditions apply. For more information contact The Travel Centre, Norfolk Island on toll free phone 1800 1400 66 email email@example.com or fax 0011 6723 23205 www.travelcentre.nf
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Blues clinch Super 6 honours The NSW Blues put the finishing touches on a scintillating Super 6 campaign in Bendigo in late April, claiming three of the six gold medals on offer and igniting their quest glory at the Australian Sides Championships, which was staged the following week.
Tasmania and Queensland’s perseverance was rewarded, with the Tigers’ 16 year-old Michael Sims and Robert McMullen taking out the men’s pairs discipline, while Queensland’s Australia A squad member Kristy Thatcher and Jackaroos captain Lynsey Armitage securing the women’s equivalent by the slimmest of margins against NSW, 14-13.
St Johns Park star Kelsey Cottrell commenced the Blues’ golden campaign, clinching the blue-ribbon Super-6 singles title in a shoot-out with her Jackaroos World Championships gold medal teammate Rebecca Quail, 21-19. “I’ve played Bec a few times and it’s been a similar situation, I’ve got out to a bit of a lead, but she is a gritty player, she always come back so I was ready for it,” Cottrell said after claiming the silverware.
The Super-6 event provided the states with the perfect warm-up for the Australian Sides Championships, which featured the top-12 men and women from each and every state and territory across the nation over four action packed days at the Bendigo Bowls Club in Victoria.
“I dropped a lot of ones so I wasn’t overly concerned, but then a big 4 shots came along and I started to get a little bit worried. We know so much about each other, we don’t necessarily have any game tactics against each other, we just play to our strengths.”
“Bec is a pretty good all-round player, so I know that I have to be at my best when facing her, and luckily today I got out to a good start and managed to hold on. The greens here at Bendigo are fantastic, there are four greens here and they are all running really well and the City itself is great, it’s a really nice place to come to.” Replicating Cottrell’s success on the green were the women’s triples team of former Scottish international Kay Moran, former Australian Indoor Championships winner Katrina Wright and Jackaroos member Natasha Van Eldik, who secured the gold medal over Queensland’s Natasha Jones, Pamela Rowe and Louise Witton 23-14. The state’s third gold came courtesy of the undefeated men’s triples line-up of Ray Pearce, Ben Twist and Australian squad member Shane Garvey, who toppled host state Victoria 15-11.
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Claiming the coveted men’s singles silverware was the ACT’s Andrew Howie, who only a month previously donned the green and gold for the first time in the Trans Tasman development team. Howie came out blazing in the decider, downing former Australian representative Anthony Kiepe 21-12 to secure his states only golden medallion. “I’m stoked to have even made the final, and over the moon to have got up,” Howie said after his victory. I had a very tight day yesterday, I lost to Mark Casey in the afternoon 21-20, but on aggregate I was fortunate enough to get through to the final.” “Pretty much whoever nailed the jack with their first bowl were winning the ends and I was sort of off a little bit but I picked up my game and eventually did start drawing them close and gradually built the head.”
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Set for the Future Seminar and intergenerational exhibition match
Assisting you and your club save money and help the environment by working towards a clean energy future Bowls Australia has partnered with the Australian Government to deliver a club-focussed clean energy awareness program: Set for the Future Itâ€™s a program that offers clubs and members direct access to topical and. relevant information about how you can get involved as Australia moves towards a clean energy future. Three Australian Jackaroos team members have been appointed Set for the Future ambassadors and will play and participate in a fun and unique intergenerational match with club members and members of the community following the seminar.
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New South Wales capped off a stellar Australian Sides Championships at Bendigo Bowls Club in Victoria in early May, finishing the time-honoured tournament in pole position of both genders and claiming the overall honours.
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The men’s contingent put the finishing touches on a remarkable Alley Shield campaign, concluding the competition with an unblemished record after reaching an unattainable lead with a round to spare. Unfazed by having already sewn up proceedings a day early, the Blues outfit seized the chance to claim their 18th title with a slender one shot victory over ACT in the final round, 54-53, despite dropping two of the three rinks on offer. While reigning International Bowler of the Year Aron Sherriff had his colours lowed by Robert Chesher and Australian Jackaroo Shane Garvey dropped his match to Damon Jeffery, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mark Casey’s win over Andrew Howie proved the catalyst for the perfect series. NSW may have finished the tournament on a high, but it was current Scottish world champion Graeme Archer who took the rink of the series honours for Victoria ahead of former-Maroonturned-Blue Casey. For the sixth time in eight years, Victoria departed the Alley Shield contest with a silver medal after edging out Western Australia 53-51 to earn their fifth victory and finish in second position. In the women’s competition, NSW is basking in its seventh Mark Morris Trophy win after toppling
ACT 85-45 to finish ahead of host state Victoria by one and a half rinks.
to the ultimate prize, with two wins across both disciplines separating the two states.
With the three states log-jammed at the top of the ladder entering the deciding round, little could separate the three states going into the last round, with a dominant finish to proceedings giving the Blues their second back-to-back victory since the women’s inception in 1979. Unsurprisingly, Australian Jackaroo Kelsey Cottrell clinched the best-performed skip accolade on a count back, ahead of her state and national teammates Natasha Van Eldik and Karen Murphy.
Alley Shield final results: 1. NSW (7 wins, 12.5 rinks), 2. Victoria (5, 15), 3. Queensland (5, 12), 4. South Australia (4, 11.5), 5. Western Australia (2, 11), 6. Tasmania (2, 9), 7. Northern Territory (2, 8), 8. ACT (1, 5)
As a result of the Alley Shield and Marj Morris wins, the Blues also secured a unique three peat of the Overall State Champions Trophy, the first state since 2009 to attain all three sets of Sides silverware in the one year.
Marj Morris Trophy final results: 1. NSW (6 wins, 17.5 rinks), 2. Victoria (6, 14), 3. ACT (5, 13), 4. Queensland (4, 8.5), 5. Tasmania (3, 7), 6. Western Australia (2, 12), 7. South Australia (2, 10), 8. Northern Territory (0, 2) Overall Australian Sides Championships results: 1. NSW (26 points), 2. Victoria (22), 3. Queensland (18), 4. South Australia (12), 5. ACT (12), 6. Tasmania (10), 7. Western Australia (8) 8. Northern Territory (4)
The Big V was relegated to second position on the overall rankings, again finishing agonisingly close
Australian Jackaroos to present clean energy future seminars at local bowls clubs As part of an exciting new initiative promoting a clean energy future, in the coming weeks and months Bowls Australia will be delivering important information seminars and intergenerational exhibition matches at bowls clubs around the nation, providing the community with practical and realistic ways to save money at both their clubs and at home. The seminar, which is part of the wider Set for the Future national initiative involving a total of 48 seminars at 29 regional and 19 metropolitan clubs over the next 12 months, will be delivered by Australian Jackaroos squad members Kelsey Cottrell, Dylan Fisher and Rebecca Quail, in addition to one of Bowls Australia’s 16 Community Development Officers from that region. Cottrel, Fisher and Quail, who are committed participants of adopting sustainable energy efficient practices, will present the free seminars, in addition to taking part in unique and fun intergenerational matches, allowing attendees to square off against one of the sport’s premier players and interact on the topic in a social setting on the green.
Set for the Future, a collaboration between Bowls Australia and the Australian Government, was launched by the Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon. Kate Lundy during the 2013 Australian Open in Melbourne in February, and is designed to heighten awareness throughout the bowls communities of Australia of the importance of being more energy efficient and educating bowls clubs and individuals about making more informed decisions to reduce their impact on the environment and ultimately save money. The purpose of the program’s seminars is to connect clubs and members with clean energy stories and experiences, such as local businesses that are taking action toward a clean energy future, and using those as examples of practical changes that can be made within clubs and at home and to deliver a unique bowls experience to reinforce longer term values related to working toward a prosperous future for Australia by bringing together younger and older players for the intergenerational matches. World Champion Kelsey Cottrell, from St John’s Park Bowling Club in New South Wales, and Rebecca Quail, from the Invermay Bowling Club in Tasmania, and Australian Open titleholder Dylan Fisher, from Melbourne Bowling Club in Victoria, are all ambassadors of the Set For The Future
program, with each member visiting selected clubs in various key regions to facilitate the seminars and take an active role by playing in the intergenerational matches with the local community, in conjunction with Bowls Australia’s Community Development Officers. Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer Neil Dalrymple said the program is a wonderful opportunity to further engage with clubs and provide information that will benefit them in the long term. “We are thrilled to be a able to present these information seminars and assist clubs and members benefit from being more energy efficient and conscious to reduce carbon pollution and save money,” Dalrymple said. “The program also allows members of the clubs and regions that host the seminars and intergenerational matches to play with and against some of the sport’s preeminent players in Kelsey, Rebecca and Dylan, who have been chosen as ambassadors for the program because of their active involvement and awareness about sustainable energy practices.” To learn more about the initiative and to attend the free seminars, visit bowlsaustralia.com.au. BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND JUNE/JULY 2013 17
National Hall of Fame & Awards Night winners Bowls Australia crowned the year’s finest athletes and administrators in front of a capacity crowd at the historic Bendigo Town Hall at the 2013 Sandhurst Trustees Hall of Fame and Awards Night, hosted by former Olympic cyclist Scott McGrory.
Widely touted as one of the nation’s most promising young players, Broadbeach’s Sean Ingham was awarded the Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year title.
NSW were well represented in the highly coveted athlete categories, capturing all three senior gongs, with Ettalong Memorial’s Aron Sherriff collecting the night’s major accolade, securing a back-to-back International Bowler of the Year award after a stunning 12 months that included guiding the men’s fours to a gold medal at the 27-nation World Championships last December.
Commencing the year with a compelling performance at the 2012 Junior Trans Tasman, during which he went through undefeated in the singles and pairs, followed by a dominant run on the national front clinching the gold medal in the boys’ pairs at the 2012 Australian Under-18 Championships and a bronze medal in the fours, while a top of the dais finish at the Junior Golden Nugget ranks highly among his long list of achievements.
Sherriff, 27, also played an instrumental role in Australia’s success on the world stage at the six-nation SA International Series in May, where he clinched a silver medal in the pairs, and the green and gold’s dominance over traditional rival New Zealand at the Trans Tasman test series in September. Sherriff’s state and national teammate, Mark Casey took out the Male Bowler of the Year, adding to the inaugural award, alongside the International Bowler of the Year trophy, that he secured in 2011.
In the final athlete award of the night, fellow bright young bowls prospect, Renee McPharlin, secured the Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year gong after a runner-up finish in the category at last year’s Awards Night.
During an unforgettable year on the national circuit, Casey, 30, became just the second player to capture the nation’s most coveted double in the same year after prevailing in a thriller at the Australian Indoor Championship in August, having already clinched the Australian Open singles title in February. Alongside two of the biggest singles trophies the nation has to offer, Casey was also pivotal in Queensland’s victory at the Australian Sides Championships, helping the Maroons secure the Alley Shield. Cabramatta’s queen of the greens, Karen Murphy, earned her first Female Bowler of the Year award after excelling on both the national and international stage during a stunning 12 months. On the national front, Karen secured her fifth Australian Indoor Championships crown, before going on to snare both National Champion of Champions trophies later in the year at Queanbeyan, securing the singles and pairs. A top of the dais finish at the SA International Series in the women’s triples, in addition to the PBA Ladies World Matchplay Singles crown at Potters in England, and two gold medals from the 2012 World Championships, including the highly-prized blue-ribbon singles, are among Murphy’s international highlights from 2012. 18 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND JUNE/JULY 2013
A second-place finish in the girls’ singles to fellow finalist Natasha Jones at the 2012 Australian Under-18 Championships, and a fourth place finish in the girls’ pairs, rounded out an impressive year on the national circuit for the Balaklava junior, which also included international representation at the Trans Tasman.
In the non-playing awards on offer, 730’s Michael Sexton from ABC Adelaide took home the Story of the Year award for his six-minute exposé on the generational change that has swept the sport of lawn bowls leading into the World Championships in Adelaide. South Australia’s Beth Young was recognised as the Volunteer of the Year, NSW’s Pam Hockings received the Official of the Year and Bowls Australia’s Community Development Officer Gary Dillon was the inaugural CDO of the Year. Congratulation to the nominees, finalists and winners of the national 2013 Hall of Fame and Awards Night.
By arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd By Gerald Moon Directed by Nathan Schulz for Gold Coast Little Theatre June 29 – July 20, 2013
Project Rameau, featuring Sydney Dance Company’s Thomas Bradley and Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Madeleine Boud - image by Justin Ridler.
EXHILARATING COLLABORATION SET TO THRILL BRISBANE
Sydney Dance Company and Australian Chamber Orchestra unite for a limited season of Project Rameau Four shows only, QPAC 11 to 13 July 2013 Two of Australia’s leading contemporary performing arts companies come together on stage in an exquisite production inspired by the powerful French Baroque dance music of esteemed 18thcentury composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. Directed by Sydney Dance Company’s Rafael Bonachela and Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Richard Tognetti, Project Rameau burst onto the stage in a sell-out season in Sydney last October. Bonachela’s dynamic choreography and innate musicality blended perfectly with the Australia Chamber Orchestra’s virtuosic and energetic performance style in a production adored by audiences and lauded by critics.
Think of “Sleuth” crossed with “Deathtrap” and you’ll have the idea of the wild and crazy unpredictable hijinks in this play. ‘Corpse’ originally premiered at the American Stage Festival Theatre, Milford, New Hampshire, USA in 1983. Critics were lavish in their praise of the play both in terms of comedy and suspense. ‘Corpse’ as been presented all over the world from Sweden and Denmark to Japan, South Africa and a 6 month tour of Australia culminating in a smash-hit opening in Sydney followed by a 10 month season. ‘Corpse’ is set in London in 1936 and tells the story of twin brothers, one of whom plots to murder the other in the most unusual circumstances. The Lead role has been played by the author himself (Gerald Moon) after taking over from former ‘Dr Who’ actor Colin Baker. Characters: Rupert Farrant - a rich city dealer and much resented by his twin brother –Evelyn - an unsuccessful actor – reduced to dressing in drag. Enter the dodgy Major – to help organise a murder; and also the Landlady and an inquisitive Police Constable. Reviews: The New York Post – “Brilliant Comedy Thriller – vastly entertaining – You may die laughing” The London Daily Mail – “There is always a warm welcome for superlative hokum and here it is by the bucketful! A wild high camp comedy/thriller - a play where anything can happen and most of it does!!” ‘Corpse’ is wheels within wheels, executed with quartz accuracy. The sparkling ingenious plot twists and turns like a bent but plucky corkscrew.
The Sydney Morning Herald described Project Rameau as “bristling with life and irresistible” while The Australian said the work “looks superb … [and] sounds divine”. Limelight Magazine declared: “If only we could get these two intrepid ensembles together for an annual collaboration”. The Daily Telegraph agreed: “If marriages are made in heaven, then the union of Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for Project Rameau has proved a divine one.” Now it is Brisbane’s turn to experience Bonachela’s stunning choreography, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), performed by Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary dancers from Sydney Dance Company, alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra, “the finest string ensemble on the planet” (The Telegraph, UK), led by guest violinist and Brisbane native Dale Barltrop. Jean-Philippe Rameau, one of the greatest figures in French musical history, had a flair for rhythm and melody, exceptional feeling for choreography and almost limitless inventiveness, making him a favourite of the French court and leading to frequent premieres of his works at Versailles. The Australian Chamber Orchestra, renowned for Baroque performances typified by stunning rhythmic force, will be led by dynamic violinist Dale Barltrop. Barltrop has performed many times with the ACO, most recently as leader of ACO2 at the Vasse Felix Music Festival in Western Australia. The performance will also feature brilliant Brisbane-born dancer Todd Sutherland, who trained and performed with the Queensland Ballet. Book at www.qpac.com.au phone 136 246 or www.aco.com.au phone 1800 444 444. Project Rameau has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. www.sydneydancecompany.com www.aco.com.au BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND JUNE/JULY 2013 19
The Whitlams WITH SYMPHONIE DES FEMMES BRISBANE EXCLUSIVE COLLABORATION One of Australia’s favourite bands, The Whitlams are returning to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) for one night only on Friday 21 June 2013. Performing classics from each of their studio albums, Tim, Jak, Warwick and Terepai will give their hits the full orchestral treatment in QPAC’s Concert Hall with the accompaniment of Australia’s only all-female symphony orchestra Symphonie des Femmes as a Brisbane exclusive within their 2013 concert tour. The concept of performing with an all female orchestra was conceived by The Whitlams front man Tim Freedman to add a touch of glamour to a luxurious corporate function, and the event was such a success that the orchestra joined the band for two more concerts in Sydney’s State Theatre later that year. QPAC’s Concert Hall performance will be Brisbane’s first time to experience the Whitlams with Symphonie des Femmes and promises a concert that is not to be missed, featuring favourite classics including No Aphrodisiac, Thank You, Blow up the Pokies and Fondness Makes the Heart Grow Absent and a few surprises along the way. Following their popular Eternal Nightcap with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra concerts at QPAC in 2011, don’t miss the boys’ return performance. To find out more about The Whitlams go to http://www.thewhitlams.com/NEWS/ Queensland Performing Arts Centre Presents:
The Whitlams with Symphonie des Femmes When: Friday 21 June 2013 Where: Concert Hall, QPAC, Cultural Centre, South Bank, Brisbane Tickets*: $79 to $89 Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 246 *Ticket price includes GST and Booking Fee. Please note transaction fees may apply.
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‘It groaned, it protested, it rattled, it ran hot, it ran cold, it ran rough, it staggered along on hot days and scared you half to death. ‘Its wings flexed and twisted in a horrifying manner, it sank back to earth with a great sigh of relief. But it flew and it flew and it flew.’ This is the memorable description by Captain Len Morgan, a former pilot with Braniff Airways, of the unique challenge of flying a Douglas DC-3. It’s carried more passengers than any plane in history, but - Now the DC-3 has been grounded by EU health and safety rules. The DC-3 served in World War II , Korea and Vietnam, and was a favourite among pilots! For more than 70 years, the aircraft known through a variety of nicknames - the Doug, the Dizzy, Old Methuselah, the Gooney Bird, the Grand Old Lady - but which to most of us is simply the Dakota - has been the workhorse of the skies. With its distinctive nose-up profile when on the ground and extraordinary capabilities in the air, it transformed passenger travel, and served in just about every military conflict from World War II onwards. Now the Douglas DC-3 - the most successful plane ever made, which first took to the skies just over 30 years after the Wright Brothers’ historic first flight - is to carry passengers in Britain for the last time. Romeo Alpha and Papa Yankee, the last two passenger-carrying Dakotas in the UK , are being forced into retirement because of - yes, you’ve guessed it - health & safety rules. Their owner, Coventry-based Air Atlantique, has reluctantly decided it would be too expensive to fit the required emergencescape slides and
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Now the DC 3 has been grounded by EU health and safety rules weather-radar systems required by new European rules for their 65-year-old planes, which served with the RAF during the war.
described the Dakota as a ‘collection of parts flying in loose formation’, and most reckon they can land it pretty well on a postage stamp.
Mike Collett, the company’s chairman, says: “We’re very saddened.” The end of the passenger-carrying British Dakotas is a sad chapter in the story of the most remarkable aircraft ever built, surpassing all others in length of service, dependability and achievement. It has been a luxury airliner, transport plane, bomber, fighter and flying hospital, and introduced millions of people to the concept of air travel. It has flown more miles, broken more records, carried more passengers and cargo, accumulated more flying time and performed more ‘impossible’ feats than any other plane in history, even in these days of super-jumbos that can circle the world non-stop.
Captain Len Morgan says: ‘The Dakota could lift virtually any load strapped to its back and carry it anywhere and in any weather safely.’ It is the very human scale of the plane that has so endeared it to successive generations. With no pressurization in the cabin, it flies low and slow. And unlike modern jets, it’s still possible to see the world go by from the cabin of a Dakota. (The name, incidentally, is an acronym for Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft.)
As a former Pan Am stewardess puts it: “From the windows, you seldom look upon a flat, hazy, distant surface to the world. “Instead, you see the features of the earth - curves of mountains, colours of lakes, cars moving on roads, ocean Indeed, at one point, 90 percent of the world’s waves crashing on shores, and cloud formaair traffic was operated by DC-3s. tions as a sea of popcorn and powder puffs.’ But it is for heroic feats in military service that the More than 10,500 DC-3s have been built since legendary plane is most distinguished. the prototype was rolled out to astonished onlookers at Douglas’s Santa Monica factory in It played a major role in the invasion of Sicily, the 1935. With its eagle beak, large square windows D-Day landings, the Berlin Airlift, and the Korean and sleek metal fuselage, it was luxurious and Vietnam wars, performing astonishing feats beyond belief, in contrast to the wood-and-can- along the way. vas bone shakers of the day, where passengers had to huddle under blankets against the cold. When General Eisenhower was asked what he believed were the foundation stones for Even in the 1930s, the early Dakotas had many of America’s success in World War II, he named the the comforts we take for granted today, like bulldozer, the jeep, the half-ton truck, and the on-board loos and a galley that could prepare Dakota. When the Burma Road was captured by hot food. Early menus included wild-rice the Japanese, and the only way to send supplies pancakes with blueberry syrup, served on bone into China was over the mountains at 19,000 ft, china with silver service. For the first time, the Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek said: ‘Give passengers were able to stand up and walk me 50 DC-3s, and the Japs can have the Burma around while the plane was airborne. But the de- Road .’ sign had one vital feature, ordered by pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh, who was a director of In 1945, a Dakota broke the world record for a TWA, which placed the first order for the plane. flight with an engine out of action, travelling for The DC-3 should always, Lindbergh directed, be 1,100 miles from Pearl Harbor to San Diego, with able to fly on one engine. just one- propeller working. Another in RNZAF service lost a wing after colliding mid-air with a Pilots have always loved it, not just because of its Lockheed bomber. Defying all the rules of rugged reliability but because, with no comput- aerodynamics, and with only a stub remaining, ers on board, it is the epitome of ‘flying by the the plane landed, literally, on a wing and a prayer seat- of- the- pants’. One aviator memorably at Whenuapai Airbase. Once, a Dakota pilot
carrying paratroops across the Channel to France heard an enormous bang. He went aft to find that half the plane had been blown away, including part of the rudder. With engines still turning, he managed to skim the wave-tops before finally making it to safety. Another wartime Dakota was rammed by a Japanese fighter that fell to earth, while the American crew returned home in their severely damaged - but still airborne - plane, and were given the distinction of ‘downing an enemy aircraft’. Another DC-3 was peppered with 3,000 bullets in the wings and fuselage by Japanese fighters. It made it back to base, was repaired with canvas patches and glue, and then sent back into the air. During the evacuation of Saigon in 1975, a Dakota crew managed to cram aboard 98 Vietnamese orphans, although the plane was supposed to carry no more than 30 passengers. In addition to its rugged military service, it was the DC-3 which transformed commercial passenger flying in the post-war years. Easily converted to a passenger plane, it introduced the idea of affordable air travel to a world which had previously seen it as exclusively for the rich. Flights across America could be completed in about 15 hours (with three stops for refuelling), compared with the previous reliance on short hops in commuter aircraft during the day and train travel overnight. It made the world a smaller place, gave people the opportunity for the first time to see previously inaccessible destinations, and became a romantic symbol of travel. The DC-3’s record has not always been perfect. After the war, military-surplus Dakotas were cheap, often poorly maintained, and pushed to the limit by their owners. Accidents were frequent. One of the most tragic happened in 1962, when Zulu Bravo, a Channel Airways flight from Jersey, slammed into a hillside on the Isle of Wight in thick fog. All three crew and nine of the 14 passengers died, but the accident changed the course of aviation history. The local radar, incredibly, had been switched off because it was a Sunday. The national air safety rules were changed to ensure it never happened again. ‘The DC-3 was, and is, unique,’ wrote the novelist and aviation writer Ernest Gann, ‘since no other flying machine has cruised every sky known to mankind, been so admired, cherished,
glamorized, known the touch of so many pilots and sparked so many tributes. “It was without question the most successful aircraft ever built, and even in this jet-age, it seems likely that the surviving DC-3s may fly about their business forever.” This may be no exaggeration. Next month, Romeo Alpha and Papa Yankee begin a farewell tour of Britain ‘s airports before carrying their final passengers at the International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 16 But after their retirement, there will still be Dakotas flying in the farthest corners of the world, kept going with love, dedication and sheer ingenuity. Nearly three-quarters of a century after they first entered service, it’s still possible to get a Dakota ride somewhere in the world. I recently took a DC-3 into the heart of the Venezuelan jungle - to the “Lost World” made famous in the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is one of the most remote regions on the planet - where the venerable old planes have long been used because they can be manoeuvred like birds in the wild terrain. It’s a scary experience being strapped into a torn canvas chair, raked back at an alarming angle (walking along the aisle of a stationary Dakota is like climbing a steep hill) as you wait for take-off. The engines spew smoke and oil as they shudder into life with what DC-3 fans describe as ‘music’, but to me sounded like the hammering of a thousand pneumatic-drills. But soon you are skimming the legendary flat-topped mountains protruding from the jungle below, purring over wild rivers and the Angel Falls , the world’s highest rapids. Suddenly the ancient plane drops like a stone to a tiny landing strip just visible in the trees. The pilot dodges bits of dismantled DC-3 engines scattered on the ground and avoids a stray dog as he touches down with scarcely a bump. How did he do it without air traffic control and the minimum of navigational aids? ‘’C’est facile - it’s easy,” he shrugged. Today, many DC-3s live-on throughout the world as crop-sprayers, surveillance patrols, air freighters in forgotten African states, and even luxury executive transports. One, owned by a Houston lumber company, had mink-covered door- knobs, while another belonging to a Texas rancher had sofas and reclining chairs upholstered with the skins of unborn calves. In Jaipur, India, a Dakota is
licensed for flying wedding ceremonies. Even when they have ended their aerial lives, old Dakotas have become mobile homes, hamburger stands and hen houses. One even serves as a football team changing room. Clark Gable’s private DC-3, which once ferried chums such as John and Bobby Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan, is in a theme park in San Marino. But don’t assume it won’t run again. Some of the oldest hulks have been put back in the skies. The ancient piston-engines are replaced by modern turboprops, and many a pilot of a modern jet has been astonished to find a Dakota alongside him on the climb away from the runway. So what is the enduring secret of the DC-3? David Egerton, professor of the history of science and technology at Imperial College, London , says we should rid our minds of the idea that the most recent inventions are always the best. ‘The very fact that the DC-3 is still around and performing a useful role in the world is a powerful reminder that the latest and most expensive technology is not always the one that changes history,’ he says. It’s long been an aviation axiom that ‘the only replacement for the DC-3 is another DC-3’. So it’s fortunate that at least one seems likely to be around for a very long time to come. In 1946, a DC-3 on a flight from Vienna to Pisa crashed into the top of the Rosenlaui Glacier in the Swiss Alps. The aircraft was not damaged and all the passengers were rescued, but it quickly began to disappear as a blinding snowstorm raged. Swiss engineers have calculated that it will take 600 years for it to slide- down inside the glacier and emerge at the bottom. The most asinine ruling ever dreamed up by a nightmare bureaucracy!!! I especially appreciate the part requiring “escape slides”. On it’s belly, you can step down from the aircraft floor to the ground. And the article left out the tale of the “DC-2-and-a-Half”. After being shot-up by Japanese fighters, the damaged wing of a DC-3 was replaced with one from a DC-2. It was then loaded up with refugees, and flown to safety. A special thank you to Les Taylor for sending in this wonderful piece of history. BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND JUNE/JULY 2013 23
National Budgerigar Show comes to Toowoomba The 39th A.N.B.C. Australian National Budgerigar Show comes to South East Queensland once every seven years. Hosted by the South Queensland Budgerigar Breeders Association Incorporated this National Budgerigar Show comes to Toowoomba in 2013 from the 14th June 2013 to the 20th June 2013. Planning for this event started some 4 years ago. The Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council Mr Paul Antonio will open the 39th Australian National Budgerigar Championships on Friday night the 14th of June at the City Golf Club, function starts at 7pm. The Meet and Greet function on Friday night starting at 7pm boasts 27 displays including
the Jondaryan Woolshed, Queensland Wildlife Artists Society, Darling Downs Zoo, Toowoomba Tourism and Information and ABK Magazine to mention a few.
Over 400 Budgerigar fanciers and judges from all over Australian and the world are attending the Australian Championship Show, over 25 from New Zealand and Europe
Special thanks go to our major sponsors of the event “Golden Cob”, “Toowoomba Regional Council” and Elenbee Bird Supplies.
The A.N.B.C. Show to be held at The Empire Theatre on the 15thand 16th of June 2013.
Major raffle for the weekend of the show is one tonne of Golden Cob seed generously donated by Golden Cob, 1st prize 500kg, 2nd prize 300kg and third prize 200kg Special guests of the show are highly acclaimed Avian Veterinarian Dr Michael Cannon and Dr Rob Marshall and World Budgerigar Organization Chairman Mr Gerd Bleicher from Germany.
Formal dinner functions to be held at the City Golf Club from the 14th to the 16th of June 2013. International Budgerigar fanciers from Germany, England and New Zealand are coming to enjoy a week of celebrations at the show, a large number from New Zealand. There will be 27 classes of Budgerigars Judged at the Empire Theatre, the best 2 budgerigars from each state in competition, first place wins a logie and the 13 placing receive a National Rosette. Mega Budgerigar auction of quality exhibition budgerigars on Sunday starting at 1pm. ours start on the 17th of June some include the Jondaryan Woolshed, Rudds Pub and the Darling Downs Zoo, Bankslea Aviaries, Cobb and Co Museum, Meringandan Pub, Japanese Gardens, Chocolate Cottage and Cuckoo Clock Centre, Henry George Aviary Visit and Dicavalli horse stud, Picnic Point and Balloons Above ballooning Toowoomba. Book now and enjoy the fun and friendship at the Australian National Budgerigar Show, bring the whole family. Contact Bill Sedgewick ph 07 3396 8732 m 0413 960 396 For further information on the event contact Dail Cameron 0406 800 578, Bill Sedgewick 0413 960 396 or Wayne Robinson on 0407 037 522. A great event for Toowoomba a show ‘not to be missed”, come and enjoy the fun. Stalls and displays on all weekend of the show, come and chat birds with the most experienced fanciers Australia has to offer. Australian Art, bird supplies and cages all on display. Free Budgerigar lecture on Tuesday Night starting at 7pm at the City Golf Club Balloons Above special event prices on Ballooning above picturesque Toowoomba Raffles, lucky door prizes, entertainment and colouring in competition winners announced. Website updates available on www.sqbba.com
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Michael was 19 and had a well-paid job in the mining sector. He had a mortgage and was also paying off a car. Michael had an accident at work that left him in a coma for almost four months. Luckily he regained consciousness and capacity to manage his affairs. During the time Michael was incapacitated it was very difficult for his family to pay his bills, make mortgage payments and manage his finances because the bank would not let his parents access his accounts without a valid Enduring Power of Attorney or QCAT order. Even though he was young, if Michael had an Enduring Power of Attorney, which appointed his parents they would have been able to manage his financial affairs on his behalf while he was incapacitated.
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Attorney as her son was living overseas. Joan later became incapable of decision-making. Unknown to Joan, her eldest daughter was syphoning off money for years to pay for her children’s school fees. If Joan had included an accountability clause, her son overseas would have had authority to be informed of the state of the financial affairs. If Joan’s son did not receive an accounting in accordance with the accountability clause, he would have been able to raise this matter with QCAT.
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2013 Budget Reflections: So, the 2013 budget is out, the media hype has settled and depending on the results of the next election, it is debatable as to whether any of the measures relating to superannuation will see the light of day in Parliament. But let’s look at some of the proposed changes, as you never know whether the next elected government will run with them or not. Pension Income over $100,000 to be taxed at 15%. It is proposed to be introduced from 1 July 2014 and it is not clear whether the $100,000 in earnings will be fund based or member based, so we can’t even begin to plan strategies to minimize the effect of this measure. The good news to keep in mind is that there is no talk of any tax on pension or lump sum payments coming out of super if you are over 60 years of age. Deductible Contributions Cap to increase to $35,000 pa, from the 1 July 2013, for those who are over 60 years of age. From the 1 July 2014, the age limit to this measure will come down to those over 50 years. This measure was introduced to Parliament on 15 May 2013, but at the time of writing this article, had not been passed as legislation. If you are under 50 years of age, you are still restricted to a $25,000pa. concessional cap which is to indexed each year (remember when the cap used to be $100,000 for every one?). Of interest is that the non-concessional cap of $150,000 pa. introduced in the 2008 financial year is also an ‘indexed’ cap, but hasn’t changed since 2008. Speaking of caps, exceed either of the caps and you could be in for a nasty 46.5% or 93% excess contributions tax. This budget has proposed to reduce this penalty tax to the individual’s marginal tax rate. Again however, the proposal will not be introduced until after the next election, so we still need to wait and see…. We can also point out that another onerous measure announced in the 2012 budget, was the proposal that those with incomes over $300,000 would pay an extra 15% tax on the amount in excess of $300,000. While introduced as a Bill in February 2013 and draft regulations released in May 2013, it has not seen the light of debate or consideration since.
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HISTORY LIVES ON IN AN EVERCHANGING CHINA
By MIKE SMITH
Change has been swift in China. Thirteen years into the 21st Century, and the People’s Republic has opened it arms to modernisation, to such a degree that it’s hard to imagine that only a few years ago locals in Beijing and Shanghai swamped the streets on pushbikes. As one Shanghai guide joked, “If you stand still long enough someone will build an office or hotel around you.” Commercialism has arrived in a bigger fashion than at first expected from a communist country once cloaked in mystery, and pedal power has been swiftly replaced by gleaming BMWs and Mercedes on flyovers which took little time to construct. However, while contemporary change has been prominent, elements of the old China remain intact for us to marvel. In capital Beijing you can still walk through the Forbidden City, stroll along the open corridors of the lake-dominated Summer Palace, take a late afternoon walk around the Temple of Heaven or join a day trip to a restored section of the Great Wall. And if you want to see how life has been for centuries, the small back alley neighbourhoods – known as hutongs – can be visited on a cyclo tour. China’s magnetism on group tours - as organised by leading China specialist Helen Wong’s Tours – is the country’s rich history, traditions and culture. Beijing is the gateway to a journey which promises memorable eye-catching moments. Book a Helen Wong’s Tours 12-day China Discovery itinerary – Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, priced from $3990 per person, twin share from Australia – and you will sample an itinerary which offers such appealing “Helen’s Choice” inclusions as a home-cooked meal with a Chinese family and a Tang Dynasty Theatre dinner show in Xian. The highlight of a Xian visit is the archaeological find of the 20th Century – the Terracotta Army of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang, thousands of the life-sized figures of warriors and horses unearthed from underground vaults. Like Beijing, Shanghai has undergone swift change without neglecting its historic past. The gracious architectural waterfront known as The Bund showcases the city’s trading importance from bygone days. In contrast on the opposite side of the Huangpu River are the modern sky-scraping buildings of Pudong. Old Chinatown and the Yu Garden share the same city as the modern Jin Mao Tower (great for a bird’s eye view of the city) and the Maglev, the world’s fastest train linking Shanghai with the international airport at Pudong. And a day’s outing from Shanghai can be spent walking the cobblestone streets past well- preserved Ming and Qing buildings in an historic water town such as Zhujiajiao – a far cry from the bustling Chinese cities. Helen Wong’s Tours, phone 1300 788328, www.helenwongstours.com
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Saturday 21st September TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS Travel by steam to this great known floral event.
Sunday 22nd September TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS Travel by steam to this great known floral event.
Wednesday 25th September SILVER BULLET EXPRESS
Rail Motor to Spring Bluff Gardens and Toowoomba
Monday 7th – Friday 11th October THE THALLON SOUTH WEST EXPRESS 5 day diesel hauled tour to Goondiwindi and Thallon
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The excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Like the sound of the above? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is in its 56th year of operating rail tours. Over 960 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. Forget about the cooler weather, spring is not far off – that means the flowers are about to bloom in Toowoomba so join us for our most popular tour for the year – by steam train of course to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. There is a choice of 3 great day tours to choose from with the steam train excursions on both Saturday and Sunday for the Carnival and also a midi week tour by Silver Bullet Rail Motor just for those who are unable to make one of the week end trips. Looking for a great train adventure? The join us in the first week of October aboard the Thallon South West Express. This diesel hauled tour takes you in heritage wooden carriages to South West Queensland with overnight stops at Warwick and Goondiwindi enroute to Thallon – the terminus of the south west line. Enjoy great country scenery as the train passes through the southern and downs and south west region grain and cotton fields. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times. Ray Edser (Tour Manager) SP
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When planning your itinerary, live your dream, don’t forget to add an Aspen Park experience in amongst it all! Aspen Parks are easy to get to, in locations everyone dreams of staying. Now is your opportunity to stay in a Holiday Park where you feel welcomed, somewhere you feel at home instead of a nomad and somewhere you can meet many people doing the same journey you are. Aspen Parks all pride themselves in the quality of what is offered, taking into consideration all your needs, from all of your feed- back. We do take notice of ideas you offer, we do action the items you list and we do value feed- back of all kinds, to enable us to keep improving the Holiday Parks so you are able to completely enjoy your stay. Amongst our Holiday Parks we have a selection of destinations for you to choose from, handy to many a Bowling Clubs, from Queensland, Whitsundays to New South Wales, Tuncurry Forster, through to Echuca Moama, Melbourne, Geelong and Mildura, Victoria and the beautiful Lake Hume, Albury Wodonga. Venture into the foot of the outback your journey can only be improved with a stop at Port Augusta for that well deserved break. When hitting the West you have a vast selection of Parks to choose from Swan Valley, Coogee and Munster (Freemantle) all in close proximity to Perth itself, as well as the many activities surrounding the CBD short drive destinations. When venturing a little further if you have set your heart on visiting Port Hedland, Exmouth, Karratha, surprise!, we have a variety of fabulous Parks at your disposal all in the right positions, the right locations, with the best facilities. To add to your experience, we would like to offer you a special 10% discount card of which there are no membership fees, just a benefit for you when you choose to stay at an Aspen Park. Please enquire on our website and quote this advertisement to receive this offer. Some of our Parks are affiliated with Big 4 and Top Tourist purely for the purpose of being able to offer you a pristine Park and guarantee that the standards are consistent throughout for your comfort. We have spent time and efforts asking the Bowling groups of people we already have stay, what they really need to make their stay enjoyable. It is with pride that we are able to offer you Parks we are proud of for not only our facilities but also for our warm hospitality with a willingness to ensure you have all you need whilst staying at an Aspen Park. We look forward to welcoming you to our Parks so please take the time to look up our website where you will be able to not only review all destinations and facilities we offer but you will also be able to book directly with us with ease. BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND JUNE/JULY 2013 33
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Noosa is located approximately 160 km’s north of Brisbane on the southern shores of Laguna Bay on the northern end of Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. The region forms part of a close knit community and has established itself as one of Australia’s premium destinations for a relaxed, carefree life style which makes it a very popular yet affordable choice for retirement living. Noosa enjoys a sub-tropical climate with warm summers and mild temperate winters which means that outdoor activities can be enjoyed all year round. Here is a great selection of recreational amenities including scenic picnic areas, whale and dolphin watching and wine tasting. For the more adventurous there is fishing, boating, bushwalking, swimming, tennis, golf, lawn bowls and much more. Noosa is also famous for its great shopping and fine dining with three shopping areas within close proximity to Laguna Estate. These offer an excellent variety of trendy cafes, boutique shops and services such as three medical centres, a private hospital, a taxi service and a town bus service. Noosa Heads has a permanent population of approximately 10,000 people which form part of a close knit community. The entire Noosa region has a population of approximately 35,000 people and has good services and amenities with three medical centres and private hospital nearby which is important when considering a place for retirement. Specialist medical care is only one hour and a half drive to Brisbane or one hour and a half flight to Sydney. There are three key shopping areas within close proximity offering an excellent variety of shops as well as an RSL Club, yacht club, marina, cinema, library, two bowling clubs, four golf courses, a taxi service and a town bus service. Being able to easily stay in contact with friends and family is also another important consideration when choosing a place for etirement. This is made easy by its location; from Noosa it is only a 30 minute drive south to the airport at Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast Airport) which receives direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne. There are also coaches and trains which connect with nearby towns where a regular bus service will
pick up passengers and take them to and from Noosa. What sets Noosa apart from other locations is the unsurpassed natural beauty of its coastline and surrounding areas along with a tasteful mix of low level building, stylish resort accommodation, housing and retirement living combining with trendy cafes, boutique shops, alfresco dining and numerous available activities. For your leisure there is an RSL Club, yacht club, marina, cinema, library, tennis courts, two bowling clubs and four golf courses. What sets Noosa apart from other locations is the unsurpassed natural beauty of its coastline. There are many beautiful unspoiled beaches around Noosa. These pristine powdery white sandy beaches and warm crystal clear waters are simply spectacular. The Noosa National Park is home to the koala and several species of wildlife and flora. Turtles and dolphins can be seen regularly and from June to November humpback whales can also be spotted. Wild flowers are in bloom during the winter and spring months and there is an abundance of native birdlife. There are also lush rainforests, natural bush land, mangroves, interesting rock formations and waterfalls. With idyllic waterways, mountain ranges and sand dunes, Noosa has so much to offer and is ideally suited to the over 55’s as the ultimate retirement destination.
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The serene, stress-free lifestyle you’re looking for... Fraser Shores Retirement Villages in Hervey Bay together with Sugarland Gardens in Bundaberg, are family owned and operated, celebrating over 25 years of caring and the making of luxury retirement lifestyles for the over 55’s in our very own community.
practicality, along with the quality and finish demanded by discerning buyers. All homes have their own individual character and are perfectly integrated into the beautifully landscaped environment giving you a luxury lifestyle.
Fraser Shores Retirement Villages in beautiful Hervey Bay offer the serene and stress free lifestyle you are looking for. A perfect combination of independent living with resort style facilities. Exceptional floor plans unique to the Torrisi group. Award winning builders who specialise in design and construction of your own dream home for Retirement Village living.
All homes come with a 24hr emergency Medi-Alert call systems for that extra peace of mind.
Whether you are seeking an active lifestyle or a quiet retreat, Fraser Shores Retirement Villages are the ideal choice for you. These five star facilities feature full size bowling green, swimming pools and spas, as well as numerous group activities such as line dancing, Tai Chi, aerobics and aqua aerobic classes. If you prefer peace and tranquillity, explore our lush award winning gardens, fill your own yard with flowers and vegies, or do as little as you like and let our qualified gardeners do it for you. Homes at our villages have been designed to provide a high standard of privacy and
Fraser Shores Retirement Villages are second to none when it comes to position. They are next to shopping centres as well as Health, Medical, Pharmacies, and Hospital facilities. Not only is Hervey Bay the whale watching capital of Australia (up to 8000 whales visit the bay annually) we have the most ideal climate with calm, family friendly waters ideal for boating and fishing, and golden beaches, along with connections to Fraser Island. Come and enjoy all the activities the Bay has to offer, while living the lifestyle in Fraser Shores Retirement Villages. Sugarland Gardens Retirement Village has the most affordable retirement homes available. A friendly, fun-filled village in Bundaberg and a beautiful subtropical part of Queensland. We have uniquely designed homes to satisfy your retirement plans and lifestyle, or you have the flexibility of
modifying these designs to suit your individual requirement in a new build. Our designs are exclusive to our villages. We take the stress out of choosing the design and construction of your dream home. For this unique service don’t hesitate to contact the Retirement Village Master Building Specialists. Once you have chosen how you wish to live in your new home the design, planning and pricing is completed immediately. We give you assistance which is very unique to the Retirement Village Living. We also have available a variety of pre-loved homes to suit a range of budgets and lifestyle choices. In most circumstances your pre-loved home can be re-furbished to your selected colour scheme and décor. Enjoy all the activity programmes. Synonymous with the Torrisi group vision, our retirement villages are positioned second to none. A perfect location and convent to all your needs. This time of your life should be the sweetest time of all. Come taste what Sugarland Gardens Retirement Village has to offer.
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Tourists volunteer time and passion for Daintree science effort Sugar Glider
At the Far North Queensland Rainforest Supersite in the Daintree local scientists and Conservation Volunteers Australia are mixing volunteering and science to achieve important research outcomes. The Director of the Australian Supersite Network, Associate Professor Mike Liddell, said he and his team realised that, if they were going to have a decades-long research presence in the Daintree, they needed to re-think the labour needed to do the research, and how it is managed. The solution seemed to lie with volunteers.
than 0.2% of Australia’s landmass, yet support more than 10% of its flora, 36% of its mammals and 48% of its birds. Unique animals found in the Daintree region include the critically endangered Southern Cassowary, Musky Rat-kangaroos, Ulysses Butterflies and Sugar Gliders. The Rainforest reveals the eight major stages of the evolution of land plants and in particular the origin, evolution and dispersal of the flowering plants (Angiosperms). Of the 19 most primitive plant families worldwide, 12 are found in the Daintree; a similar number of primitive families to that found in all the rainforest of South America. The last remnants of the rainforests which formerly covered most of the continent, these globally significant World Heritage communities are also a repository for many ancestral lineages of the iconic species of Australia today, including the kangaroos and the eucalypts. This Project focuses on supporting research within the Australian Supersite Network (ASN), a part of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, an Australian initiative to collect, store, manage and share scientific data about Australian ecosystems. Across seven sites in Australia, the ASN seeks to understand how key ecosystems will respond to future environmental change by setting up a nationally consistent network of ecosystem observatories collecting detailed data on flora, fauna and biophysical processes. At the Daintree supersite volunteers are primarily involved in vegetation studies.
This research plays a vital role in helping us understand the Daintree World Heritage lowland rainforest. Importantly it also, as part of the greater Super Site network across Australia, links to wider Australian and global work in this field.
Rich, a volunteer from the UK, said ‘the chance to work with botanists was brilliant, and I’ll be recommending the trip to friends’. Summarising the highlight for most volunteers, he said that ‘the crane experience which takes you to the top of the Daintree Rainforest canopy was pretty special’.
The Daintree rainforests are of international conservation importance and considered one of the most significant regional ecosystems in the world. These rainforests of Far North Queensland (FNQ) occupy less
If you would like to learn more about this program visit http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au/get-involved/holidays/ daintreediscoveryrainforest or free call 1800 032 501
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photo. A volunteer make-up artist and the village’s on-site hairdresser styled each participant. Several staff also came in on their day off to lend assistance. Marion said she was immediately captivated by the concept when she read about it online. She described the photo shoot as ‘incredibly fun’. “It was wonderful how the staff encouraged the residents to select their own theme for the photo, which allowed many of them to re-live aspects of their previous lives,’’ Marion said. “One lady was a champion tennis player in her younger days and when she came out dressed in tennis whites and with a racquet in her hand, she had this amazing spark in her eyes. As a portrait photographer you want to tell people’s stories through your photographs and together we were definitely able to achieve that.’’
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Magical moments at glamour photo shoot RESIDENTS of a retirement village at Buderim on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast were given the Hollywood treatment during a recent glamour photography session organised by staff. Experienced Sunshine Coast photographer Marion Jonkers, who specialises in wedding and vintage portrait photography, volunteered her time for the half-day shoot which was organised by Immanuel Gardens
Retirement Village’s Care Coordinator Selina Bennett. Registered Nurse Deb Ryan was the first to come up with the idea of taking professional photos of the residents. Selina said she decided to take that idea a step further and began investigating the logistics of a ‘vintage’ photo shoot. “I put a post on a Sunshine Coast community Facebook page titled ‘Can you Help’ and asked people if they had any costumes, cars, props or
photography skills that could be utilised in a vintage photo shoot at a retirement village,’’ Selina said. “The response was incredible. I put the post up on a Thursday night and by the next night I had more than 200 replies.’’ One of those to respond was photographer Marion, who photographed 38 Immanuel Gardens hostel residents over a five-hour period. Each resident volunteered to take part and had a hand in selecting the backdrop and props for their
Resident Marie Davis, 92, (pictured) an accomplished artist, posed with a brush in her hand and a beret on her head in front a painting she is currently completing of the Hong Kong harbour front. She said the experience was ‘terrific’. “We had a lot of fun and couldn’t believe the result,’’ Marie said. “Some people were transformed to the point where you almost didn’t recognise them.’’ Immanuel Gardens Retirement Village, operated by Lutheran Community Care, offers expansive views overlooking Mooloolaba and the ocean beyond and is just minutes away from Sunshine Coast attractions. The property features Independent Living Units, a nursing home and a hostel, enabling residents to remain in a familiar environment should their care needs change.
Aged care residents share their life stories with students RESIDENTS at Zion Lutheran Home at Nundah in Brisbane’s inner north, will star in their own This is your life-style documentary thanks to an innovative collaboration with a prestigious Brisbane private school.
and national significance, so it is an incredible experience for the girls to be exposed to that sort of history.’’ During the students’ most recent visit to Zion one pupil, who was celebrating her 12th birthday, brought along cupcakes her mother had made to mark the occasion with the residents. Resident Lyn Currie, an accomplished pianist, responded by playing the Happy Birthday song on a digital keyboard app.
Eighteen Clayfield College year seven students have been paired with nine Zion aged care residents for the digital story telling project, which forms an official part of the school’s curriculum. In return for sharing their life stories, the residents are being tutored by the students in how to use iPad technology during their regular face-to-face meetings. The resulting multi-media stories will feature a combination of video interviews with the residents, photographs from their lives and voice-over commentary supplied by the students, who are editing the movies using Adobe software. Clayfield College Information Communication and Technology teacher Gabi Black said while it was the third year the College had included digital storytelling in their curriculum, it was the first
time students had ventured outside their own networks to source interview subjects. “It’s been exceptionally successful and such a mutually beneficial experience for everyone involved,’’ Gabi said. “Not only are the girls learning about appropriate ways to interact with the broader community, but the residents are also able to learn things from the girls in terms of digital technology.’’
Zion’s Lifestyle Coordinator Neal Price said the benefits of the collaboration were powerful and multi-dimensional. “It’s breaking down some of the barriers between residential care and the community, but importantly it’s also allowing residents to pass on their rich experience to the next generation,’’ Neal said. “Many of these residents have truly remarkable life stories, some with state
Zion General Manager Maria Mulheran said the positive effects of the girls’ visits could be felt long after they left. “It is simply a lovely, lovely project,’’ Maria said. “There is a real buzz when the students are here.’’ Zion has purchased several iPads for residents to use. Apps have been downloaded on the devices to allow the residents and students to communicate and share information between visits. Zion Lutheran Home celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. The service is home to 100 residents.
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