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SENIORS NEWS State Library staff member celebrates 50 year anniversary ASSISTANT conservator Sidney Furber (pictured) has celebrated his 50th anniversary working at State Library of Queensland. Carina Heights resident ‘Sid’ Furber commenced working at State Library in 1961 and was the first apprentice hand

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State Library to preserving Queensland history, playing an important conservation role in exhibitions and facilitating children’s workshops in constructing their own books. “The career of this dedicated family man is a perfect example of how far the State Library has come.” Along the way, Sid has grasped the opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge in his role and has become wellknown and respected in Australia as an expert tradesman hand bookbinder. “With Sid at State Library, the preservation and conservation of Queensland’s memories continues to be in the best hands, and he has been passing on and

sharing his craft through mentoring other State Library staff members,” Ms Brodie said. Sid has seen three State Libraries in his time, including the William Street building in Brisbane’s CBD, the previous South Bank building prior to the Millennium Library Project and the new look, refurbished current State Library, which opened in 2006. Sid celebrated his special day with a morning tea, surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and fellow staff members, as he spoke about how much he loved the library. “As things have changed over the years, what remains constant is memories and family,” Sid said.

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THE Nominal Roll was first created in 1999 as a fund raiser for the 50th year of national service Reunion in 2001. At a cost of $5.00, eligible members submitted their names and details for their names to be entered on to the roll. This was a great success. In 2002 the then President, Mr. Colin Bell, asked me what I wanted to do with the Roll as it stood. As it appeared to be very popular with the majority of the Members, I suggested we continue it as a roll for all Australian National Servicemen.Somewhere in 2005 I changed the format of the Roll so that there was more information about all personal records, service details and medals. This change enabled me to design a ‘Certificate of Service” printed on good quality gloss paper suitable for framing. The Certificate proved to be very popular with Members and to date I have printed and posted in excess of 2000 to Members all over Australia. If you are aware of any relatives of deceased ‘Nashos’ who would like to forward the details of their service records to me I will enter their names on the Roll free of charge. This is a service I have undertaken for the past six years. Any National servicemen still living, who are not already on the Roll, will need to download an ‘Application Form’ from, complete and forward it to me, I will place their names on the Roll at a cost of $5.00. Go to and open the Home Page. If you type in a name or service number Health & Beauty (eg Garlin or 4382NS) Contours Ladies Gym 3397 5385 and click ‘search’ it will Guardian Pharmacy 3397 5155 bring up the service Vitality Health Food Stores 3397 9762 records for Garlin. If you Kon Penklis Optometrist 3394 4240 click on the name Garlin Nails World 3397 2808 again it will then display Wallace Hairdressers 3394 4197 Fashion & Crafts the complete history of Bee B Children’s Wear 3397 7884 my service. Carojan’s Boutiquae 3847 2747 On the same page, under Melo Blue 3397 5590 the name, there are three Objects D Jeweller 3394 4482 more contacts you are Just for You 3394 3400 able to view. Network 2 3397 7478 Lifeline 3394 2278 The first is ‘email the Women’s Creative Centre 3397 7758 editor’; the second if you ‘click here’ will display the application Plenty of FREE form; the third line, if you click on the red Undercover ‘here’ will display the Parking ‘Certificate of Service. by Alex Garlin

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Chinese element theory, water produces wood, which signifies growth and is the natural element of the dragon. Associated with thunder, lightning and arousal, the Water Dragon personifies creativity at its best. Water Dragons occur every 60 years, so we have had Yang Water Dragons in 1952, 1892, 1832, etc. In 2012 the Yang Water Dragon Year started on January 23 and ends on February 9, 2013. The incoming year of

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the dragon will be “full of energy” and the spirit of the dragon will make everything seem “larger than life”, say Chinese astrologists. The year, they warn cryptically, will be an over-ambitious and daring one but also bring good fortune and happiness. Successes and failures will be magnified. Disasters and fortunes will occur on a larger magnitude with many surprises and violent acts of nature. Dragon years are traditionally filled with pageantry, festivals and elaborate celebrations. These years hold potential extravagance, grandiose ambitions and futuristic enterprises which soar to the forefront with drama. The essence of Dragon years is ‘ unpredictability’, and the average Dragon year can be exhausting, bringing both spectacular victories and some memorable defeats. For Chinese New Year celebrations, it is customary for Chinese families to have living blooms in the house, which symbolise rebirth and new growth. The Chinese believe that without flowers, there

would be no formation of any fruits, which, in turn, would negatively impact a family’s fortune. Therefore, it’s

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and Dulcie being a hockey player of some note. Their children Steve, Tracey, Donna and Sandra (along with their parents) also had motor racing interests for some years, with plenty of trophies to show for their efforts. After serving 12 years in the R.A.A.F. the pair went into a service station which kept them busy for some years. There was a “fork in the road” in 1992, when Dulcie became ill with cancer, but with good treatment, good loving and a positive attitude, has seen them at their 60th anniversary at Pacific Palms, where they have now lived since October 2003, supposedly to “retire”. They settled into village life, got involved in committees, fund-raising and other activities.”I guess we never really retire”, said Royce. Good luck to Royce and Dulcie, may your future be bright and your friends and fellow neighbours at Pacific Palms wish you both many more anniversaries to come.

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Whatever happened to …Deanna Durbin DEANNA Durbin celebrated her ninetieth birthday last December. Deanna is fondly

remembered for the films and recordings that featured her beautiful soprano voice. Edna Mae Durbin was born in Canada in 1921. When Edna was only one year old the family moved to California. Her older sister Edith recognised Edna’s singing gift and helped her to take singing lessons. In 1935 Edna was signed by MGM studios and changed her name to Deanna Durbin. Deanna appeared in a ten minute short film titled Every Sunday where she sang with another young hopeful named Judy Garland. For the first time we heard

Deanna’s operatic voice onscreen and their duet at the end of the film is sensational. (It is on UTube) In 1936 Deanna signed a contract with Universal Studios. Her first film Three Smart Girls was a box office smash and it got the studio out of financial difficulties. It was not a leading role but Deanna was a “Standout”and she received a Juvenile Academy Award. Deanna worked with Ray Milland and Nan Grey (the wife of Frankie Laine) in Three Smart Girls. Whilst making films Deanna was also

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appearing on the Eddie Cantor Radio Show and teamed up with the young singer Bobby Breen. She was considered for the singing voice of Snow White in the animated film but Walt Disney decided that her voice was “too mature.” Her films included One Hundred Men and a Girl, That Certain Age, Three Smart Girls Grow Up and Christmas Holiday. By the time Deanna was twenty one she was the highest paid film star in the world. Deanna received her first screen kiss from Robert Stack in the film First Love. Generally her leading men such as Charles Laughton, Joseph Cotton and Vincent Price were much older. Deanna Durbin represented the teenage daughter that millions of mothers and fathers wished they had. Her recordings were in demand and most of her released songs came from her films. Some of her popular recordings included The Turntable Song, Always, The Last Rose of Summer, My Own and Someone to Care for Me. In 1942 Deanna went on a tour of Army Camps to entertain the troops. Her only technicolour film was Can’t Help Singing was released in 1944. She was never happy with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood

and after making twenty one films Deanna retired from acting. She was offered stage roles in Broadway shows such as Kiss Me Kate and My Fair Lady, but turned them down. In 1950 Deanna married her third husband Charles David in Paris. Charles had directed her in the film Lady on a Train. Sadly he passed away in 1999. Deanna had two children - Jessica born in 1946 and Peter born in 1951. These days Deanna Durbin lives in retirement on a farm just outside of Paris. There is a Deanna Durbin Society which operates from the UK. Hope you can tune into Walter Williams and I on 4BC for our weekly segments The Time Tunnel Thursday at 10.00 pm and Memories Are Made of This - Mondays at 10.00 pm.

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Logan senior shows Love and Care through charity work

73-YEAR-OLD Sally Spurgin is a resident at Tall Trees Rochedale has sewn, knitted and weaved over 500 items for children in need, and became involved with Project Love and Care charity in December 2008—just one month after she moved permanently to Australia from the UK. Project Love and Care was started in 2005, and aims to provide children and teenagers in foster care with some of the basic necessities in life, such as clothes, toiletries, stationary and toys. While some of the products such as toiletries and underwear need to be purchased new, other

items such as clothes and toys can be donated second hand or made from scratch. All donated items are sent to the Department of Communities or to the police to be distributed to children up to the age of 17. In her time volunteering with the charity, Mrs Spurgin has made knitted animals, fabric dolls, shirts, shorts, dresses and pajamas. “It’s a great opportunity to assist those less fortunate, and will in many cases help to ensure that young people in difficult situations are getting the best start to life possible.” Mrs Spurgin said. Mrs Spurgin is a resident

at supported living neighbourhood Tall Trees Rochedale. The village’s lifestyle coordinator Michelle Pashen says that Mrs Spurgin’s commitment to helping the charity serves as an inspiration to the community. “Sally is very dedicated to Project Love and Care, and the fact that she joined this charity so soon after moving to Australia is a true testament to her character,” Mrs Pashen says. “She has dedicated so much time to making many fantastic items for children in need—some of these toys she makes would fetch top dollar from a retail store. “Being able to spread the word about the charity is very important to her, and particularly so at this time of year. It’d be fantastic if more were able to follow her lead and donate to this or any other worthwhile charity over the festive season.” In addition to Mrs Spurgin, contributions to the charity have also been made by Tall Trees residents Vi Hasseltine, Jacquie Morland, Thelma Heather, Dorothy Swile, Jill Hutchinson and Barbara Organ. Are you interested in supporting Project Love and Care? If so, you can get in touch with the charity’s director Ann George by calling (07) 3372 8493, or by sending an e-mail to georgefamily_23@hotmail. com

You can still win a copy of “Dust, Dags, Drongos & Flies”! OOPS! The gremlins wormed their way into our system in our December edition of the newspaper, and we published incorrect details of entry dates. You can still win a copy of Laurie Dicker’s book either for yourself or as a gift for family or friends by entering our giveaway competition. To enter, write your name and a daytime contact telephone number on the back of an envelope and mail it to ‘Dust,

Dags, Drongos & Flies’, Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin, Qld 4565 to arrive by 13 February, 2012. All entries already received will be included in the draw. The first entry out of the barrel will win! Good luck. More information about Laurie Dicker and his publications is at

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RECENTLY the Brisbane North District RSL funded a new iPad for the intellectually handicapped son of two active members of the Banyo RSL Citizens’ Auxiliary. Marie and Ron Doolan who work tirelessly as volunteers for the RSL selling poppies, badges and memorabilia at the local Anzac Day and Remembrance Day stalls have a 47 year old son Gary who due to a complicated birth, suffered severe brain damage and lives in supported accommodation at Oxley. Whilst both Marie and Ron support the community and help others, they have never asked for or

expected help from others or the community themselves. Recently Marie saw an article in the newspaper about two young people associated with the Dutton Park Special School who could not communicate and used a program called Proloquo2go to do so. She considered that this may be suitable for her son Gary. A trial was conducted in conjunction with staff from the Mt Gravatt office of Disability Services Queensland and it was considered suitable for Gary. When the Banyo RSL Citizens’ Auxiliary became aware of this technology being available, an ap-

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proach was made for funding from the Brisbane North District RSL. Funding was approved for an iPad 2 and the Proloquo2go program. The presentation to Gary was made by Ron Virgen OAM, President of the Banyo RSL sub branch and Maureen Sargent, President of the Banyo RSL Citizens’ Auxiliary at a special morning tea at Banyo recently attended by family and support workers. Proloquo2go is suitable for use with Apple iPhones, iPod touch and iPads. It is a fully featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It can help people with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, stroke, aphasia, apraxia and the like. The program operates in typing mode or pre-programmed phrases that convert these from text to speech so the users can communicate with others or their support staff. It is a simple matter to use the

touch screen. In the case of the iPad with a large screen, it is possible to have grids of 64 items displayed at once. Gary currently lives in supported accommodation at Oxley with two others but he visits his home at Banyo throughout the

year to spend time with his family including at Easter and Christmas. Garry’s parents Marie and Ron have expressed thanks to the Brisbane North District and Banyo RSL Citizens’ Auxiliary for the support and funding for this project.


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A PROGRAM being run by council and various health providers to keep Ipswich seniors healthy and active will get underway in March. Youth and Seniors Committee Chairperson Councillor Sheila Ireland said council would again implement the Ageing Stronger, Active Longer program across the city. We want to encourage healthy active ageing by providing the opportunity for seniors’ to learn about and experience a variety of physical activities,” Cr Ireland said. “The overall aim of the Ageing Stronger, Active Longer program is to encourage seniors to adopt an active lifestyle to reduce the onset of illness and disease and to promote and link participants with community driven exercise groups. “The program fosters social interaction, community and civic activities and allows residents to participate, celebrate and interact with each other at a variety of venues, places and events. “The Ageing Stronger, Active Longer program endeavours to provide seniors with the tools to maintain optimum health so ultimately they can continue to be active members of our community.” Funding for the program is being allocated to the following groups: Gailes Community House will run a 10 week program from April 2012 to engage with seniors in their local community to promote good mental health and wellbeing. The program will include board games, craft sessions and low cost cooking demonstrations highlighting the benefits of healthy heart and high fibre recipes with specific emphasis on cooking for one. Low impact practical exercise programs, such as tai chi and yoga suitable for older people with mobility issues will also be trialled. Kambu Medical Services will host a one day ‘try as you go’ program in June 2012 featuring hands-on, interactive activities including an array of healthy menu options and health professionals providing information and advice on healthy eating and nutrition, exercise, body care and hygiene. The aim of the day will be to present health advice for the elderly and provide social and emotional well-being and support. National Seniors are working in partnership with Progressive Seniors

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(Camira/Springfield area) to run a six week program from 2012 on all aspects of healthy ageing including mental and emotional health information as well as advice on taking care of your body and coping with change. Personal trainers will educate seniors on participating in appropriate physical activities such as line dancing and lawn bowls and create individually tailored fitness programs they can sustain. Practical demonstrations and advice on preparing healthy meals will form part of the program. Council’s Community Development Branch in partnership with Home Assist and Queensland Health will deliver an eight week program from March 1 focused on falls prevention. Interactive, motivational and fun sessions will address topics such as the benefits of exercise, adopting a nutritious diet and maintaining good mental health. Topics such as diabetes, heart care, maturity blues, as well as cooking demonstrations will also be covered. Participants will have the opportunity to try a variety of physical activities each week such as aqua aerobics, croquet, yoga and Zumba. Cr Ireland said Ipswich City Council was working to promote healthy active ageing by providing the opportunity for seniors to learn about, experience a variety of physical activities and adopt a nutritious diet. “This program is a partnership between council and a diverse range of community and health service providers. “Further development of the program has provided networking opportunities leading to partnerships with both government and non-government agencies and groups such as Ipswich 60 and Better, the Heart Foundation, and Ipswich Multicultural Projects to deliver the program more broadly across the Ipswich region. “Queensland Health will provide a physiotherapist, registered nurse, pharmacist, optometrist, occupational therapist, dietician, social worker and podiatrist to give advice to participants throughout the program.” Cr Ireland said the program had been implemented annually for the past three years and had consistently attracted a great deal of interest and support from the local community. “We look forward to continuing to run this program in the community throughout 2012 and hope the community will continue to embrace it.” For more details about the Ageing Stronger, Active Longer program, contact council’s Community Development Branch on 3810 6655.

Congratulations to the winner of Spike Milligan cartoon ONE lucky reader has just won a copy of artist Tony Kentuck’s tribute cartoon to his childhood favourite comic team, ‘The Goons’. Award-winning cartoonist has spent the last several years working on this magnificent cartoon tribute to Spike Milligan’s genius. Congratulations go to Beryle Manz of Walloon. Well done! If you missed out but would like to obtain a copy, The Battle of Waterloo: A Tribute to Spike Milligan and The Goons by Tony Kentuck is available online through the ABC Shop:

SENIORS NEWS ‘The Doyles’ People’s Choice Award winner MUDGEERABA’s 8th annual national d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards and Exhibition, known colloquially as The Doyles, drew record crowds over 10 days in December, with organisers anticipating the trend to continue in coming years. Visitors journeyed through a purposely arranged maze-like gallery within the Mudgeeraba Foundation Centre on School Street to view 330

pieces of original art submitted by close to 200 artists. The set-up ensured something of interest around every corner. Geoff Hale from Aspley, Qld won the major $6000 prize for his pastel landscape, Sunset from Currumbin Rock. The Landscape category features prominently because late Queensland artist d’Arcy Doyle, whom the Art Awards honour, painted mainly

Body Corporate Industry Expos 2012

THERE are some 340,000 residential units in Queensland. If you own one or more of these units, or are part of the body corporate industry, you are most welcome to go along to a free Body Corporate Industry Expo being held in Brisbane and Gold Coast in February. Please just book ahead for catering purposes. Now in their fourth year, the Brisbane Expo venue is to be Kedron Wavell RSL Community Centre on Tuesday 21 February, with the Gold Coast Expo location Southport Sharks Function Centre on Wednesday 22 February. Both Expos run from 10am to 3pm and are free to unit owners and those in the body corporate industry thanks to generous industry and government sponsors. The Expos encourage everyone to learn from one another. Why not go along and ask questions; if you have solutions, why not take this opportunity to help? Expo organiser Garry Maynard says, “Many unit complexes are ageing and have high maintenance needs. Often owners are not experienced at maintaining large buildings and funds are often wasted on maintenance that is not done properly. There are numerous pitfalls for committees. The Body Corporate Industry Expos

have been established to put owners in contact with good quality advice from experienced tradespeople and suppliers. The Expos are also designed to inform committees and owners what government regulations require us to do.� Christine Byrne, Sydney-based founder of Green Strata (, an evolving independent source of information for owners in strata, will be guest speaker at the Expos. She and other experts will speak about technological and ecologically-sensible developments that are possible and realistic for residential complexes. To book your spot, please email: Expo organisers are Garry Maynard on (07) 3300-5858 or email: and Mary McLean on (07) 3359-7499 or email: Both Garry and Mary are experienced unit owners; long-term committee members in their own complexes, and honorary life members of the Unit Owners Assn of Qld (UOAQ), with good contacts in industry and government departments. Garry also is the publisher of the New Layperson’s Guide to Body Corporate Laws in Qld.

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SENIORS NEWS Looking up for history

Women’s Creative Centre THE Women’s Creative Centre at the Greenslopes Shopping Mall, 700 Logan Rd. Greenslopes Brisbane has recommenced their craft classes for 2012. This is a great opportunity to learn many different embroidery skills (ribbon, candle wicking, bullion stitches and beginners and advanced embroidery). There are also classes in knitting, crochet and tatting, smocking

and card making. Thursday class is Folk Art and Decorative Painting. Cost per class is $4.50. We have a new class for 2012 and it is Scrap booking to be held on the last Saturday of each month. Cost for this class is $6.50 and the hours are 10.00am to 2.00pm. Booking is essential: Phone Rita 3847 8586 or Margaret 3345 7154 or email

Enoggera and Districts Historical Society OUR season opened on 2 February with our already having received requests for guest speaking engagements, an appearance at a local fete and several requests for pioneer information. The interest in local history is indeed alive and well! From now till December our show room and research facility at Enoggera Memorial Hall will open every Thursday from 9.30 until 1pm and on the first Saturday afternoon of each month between 1-4pm. To reach our

location at the corner of Trundle and Wardell Streets, (Refidex 139A10) drivers can approach by way of Glenalva Terrace or Pratt Street but due to ongoing parking problems in Trundle Street we recommend the use of public transport; by rail to Enoggera on the Ferny Grove line and bus routes 598, 599, 361, 390. Wheelchair access is available, use Trundle Street entrance. Visitors and new members are always welcome and a guest speaker is readily available to talk

on Enoggera and districts local history or the study of local history as a pursuit. Copies of our three publications Enoggera Heritage Walk, From Kedron Brook to Taylor Range and Mitchy Picture Show are available on request. All enquiries to Dave Livett 3366 3191 or

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THE Sandgate & District Historical Society & Museum recently had an extensive display of the Sandgate Town Hall history at the celebration to mark the re-opening of the Town Hall. This display generated a huge amount of interest in Sandgate history. Lots of visitors and many locals and former residents came to look over the newly renovated Town Hall on the Open Day on Saturday 10th December. Our “memory Board” was filled with delightful, personal, memories. Some of the reminiscences include music and theatre groups, fancy dress balls, marriages, dances and dancing lessons, the announcement that Australia was at war, the old dental clinic on the verandah, and school classes. These are part of the history of the hall and the Historical Society plans to have these memories published in a booklet in time for the centenary celebrations for the Town Hall later in the year. Brisbane historian, David Gibson, encourages people to “understand the landscape of a sculpture or building – look up!” Looking up around Sandgate one finds the

beautiful Post Office which was opened May 1887, the Baptist Church also built in 1887, and the Sandgate Railway Station that opened 1882, and moved to its present position in 1911. Including in the renovations an added feature is the installation of automatic exterior lighting on

the Town Hall Clock Tower. Looking up at the tower at night you will see the lighting changing colour showering the tower in a myriad of colour. Why not take a “look up” around Sandgate? Why not visit the Sandgate and District Historical Museum and “look up” at some history

in the Museum? The Museum is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am till 3pm. Tours, school visit, and group visits can be arranged outside these times. For enquiries and bookings please phone 3869 2283 or email sandgatemusm@bigpond. com.

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SENIORS NEWS Browns Plains National Seniors Assoc.

(L-R) Charline Myrdycz, Joyce StClair, Dianne Harney, Wendy Armstrong at Southern Cross room at Greenbank R.S.L.

A GREAT time was held by all our members on our last Coach Trip and Christmas break-up for 2011. We enjoyed a delicious morning tea at Southport Broadwater with raffles and games before boarding the boat at Surfers Paradise for a Blue Water Cruise. A lovely BBQ lunch with Christmas treats and champagne made it a memorable day. Our Christmas Party in early December was a lot of fun and laughter in the Southern Cross Room at Greenbank R.S.L. The decor and lunch presentation was A1 and we had a visit from Santa delivering gifts to all, plus over 50 raffle prizes and entertainment.

After our long break, our Committee is rearing to go with a lot of preparation for our meetings, entertainment, guest speakers and enjoyable coach trips. Our first coach trip will be on the 4th Tuesday, 28 February, to Caloundra R.S.L. On arrival, we will have morning tea and later a 2course lunch and entertainment, all for the cost of $32.00. The group of ladies who compiled our

Browns Plains Recipe Book are thrilled at the response in sales (at $5 each). So far, they have made generous donations to Angel Flight and The Royal Flying Doctor Service. Come and join our happy group at Greenbank R.S.L. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month commencing at 10am. Contact the Publicity Officer (Bev Lord) on 3809 0697 or 0448 883 501 for further information.

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A YEAR beginning! Firstly to all our Members the best wishes go forth for a comfortable year that you have the energy to rise to any challenges that may occur. Our prayer is for more peace and less aggression throughout the community, the country and the world. The Gap/ Ashgrove Branch will need to seriously consider executive positions that will need to be filled in the next twelve months. Recently we have lost a Zone Delegate and the Activities Officer. On an up-beat note it was our pleasure to make a small to Doris Cartmill and Gary Peacock both valuable Members of the Branch who married in December. Doris was our Activities Officer, she has resigned that position as she and Gary will be living in Toowoomba with brief periods spent in Brisbane. They anticipate attending some Branch Meetings. The first activity for February will be a social outing to lunch and a chat time at Sizzlers at Brookside on Friday at 3rd. meet at 11.30. The Guest Speaker for our Monthly Meeting on the third Tuesday 21 st of February will be Edwina Engwirda and Gaberiell Quinlan who are championing assistance and specialised nursing facilities for handicapped and disabled children. Humming Bird House is the subject of their talk. Please consider the day tour on Friday 9th March— to Redland Bay, a visit to Orminston House, lunch at the Redland Bay Sports Club and a visit to the Roma Street Parklands. There is sightseeing there via the special ‘train’ with commentary as you travel. Let’s think about our Branch—have you got friends, a neighbour who would like to join us in socialising and just getting out and about? Encourage them! Bring them along—they will be made most welcome. Ring Secretary Jean on 3354 2466 if you have any questions on the above.

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SENIORS NEWS Are you getting the most out of your Queensland Seniors Card? IF you are a permanent Queensland resident, aged 65 years or older and not working full-time, or if you are aged 60 – 64 years, not working fulltime and hold a Commonwealth concession card from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you should have a Queensland Seniors Card. The Queensland Seniors Card gives you access to

government concessions and business discounts. Some of the concessions, rebates and subsidies below do not happen automatically, you may have to apply for them. Exempt from paying half your boat registration fee. Electricity Rebate. 50% concession on urban bus travel throughout Queensland. Bus services in SouthEast Qld provided by

Translink also provide concessions. 50% concession on suburban rail services. 50% concession on the normal adult fare on Traveltrain long distance services. 20% off standard adult everyday fare on bookings made on Gold Service and Red Service on Great Southern Rail train journeys. Free dental treatment, including the provision of dentures, at public dental clinics and hospitals. Electricity Life Support Concession for seriously ill people who use home-

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widower card; Health Care Card; Pensioner Concession Card; Repatriation Health Card-for specific conditions (white card); Seniors Business Discount card and Carer business Discount card. Contact The Department of Communities to check if you are eligible for any of these concession cards, and to check what subsidies you are entitled to and how to access them. Phone 137468 or visit website: www.communityservices.qld.

SENIORS NEWS Pine Rivers VIEW Club PINE Rivers VIEW members volunteered for a day Christmas wrapping at Stafford City Shopping Centre for a small donation. Money raised assisted The Smith Family and “Learning for Life” program. Our next monthly luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th February at Murrumba Downs Tavern, Murrumba Downs. Our guest speaker will be Jane Sayer from Cartmill Community Centre Burpengary Riding for Disabled. Ladies come and meet new friends. Visitors most welcome. For more details and bookings for lunch - Phone Joy 32855939.

L-R Joy, Rowena and Taya, Trish, Mary and Margaret getting into the spirit of Christmas wrapping

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CABOOLTURE VIEW Club (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) wishes to invite any interested ladies to join them for their next monthly luncheon to be held on Thursday 16 February at 10.30 am for a 11.15 am start at the Caboolture RSL Club Haskins Street. Our luncheon consists of a two course meal plus we have lucky door and raffle prizes. We have a trading table which members contribute to and you can always find a bargain or two each month. Our guest speaker will be Sara-Jane Dean, Community Relations Officer from the Qld Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). Our next social day will celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8 March with an international theme lunch commencing at 11 am at a members house.

Caboolture VIEW Club is a valued member of The Smith Family supporting their Learning for Life programs for disadvantaged children and sponsoring a secondary and primary school student to enable them to create better futures for themselves. We also have monthly social days where we do interesting and fun things, interact with our Sister club or visit other clubs for Birthday or Zone celebrations. If you have been thinking of joining a club, new to the Caboolture district or just want to meet new friends, then we would like to invite you to join us as a visitor to our next luncheon or social day so you can decide if VIEW is for you. Please phone Esther on 3888 2558 who will be only too happy to give you more information on our club.

Brendale Evening VIEW Club LADIES, you are warmly invited to help us celebrate our 13th Birthday on Tuesday, 21st February at our dinner meeting, 6.30pm for 7pm start, at the Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Road, Carseldine. The theme will be “Witches and Wizards”. The room will be decorated appropriately, and to add to the fun of the night, a magician, “the Amazing Danton” will entertain us with his magical show. There will be loads of fun and raffle prizes, and the success of the evening will benefit The Smith Family’s Learning for Life student program. We’d love to have your

company. For further details please phone Jill on 32635068 by 12th February. If you are interested in joining our club, we meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm at the Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Road, Carseldine. We enjoy a two course meal, a guest speaker, raffles and lucky door prize. We are a valued part of The Smith Family, raising much needed funds for disadvantaged Australian children to help them with their education. For more details on visiting us or joining our club, please phone Lyall on 38630737.

Moreton Bay VIEW Club DID you make a New Year’s Resolution to make new Friends? If so, come along to a meeting of the Moreton Bay VIEW Club. VIEW (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) is a valued part of The Smith Family. We have a number of special social and fundraising activities throughout the year which are geared to supporting our “Learning for Life” students through The Smith Family. We meet on the second Thursday of the month at The Redlands Sporting Club, Anson Rd. Wellington Point. Our next meeting will be on Thursday 9th February at 11am for 11:30am start. Cost is $25. This meeting will be our AGM and a changeover of the Committee. Our Guest Speaker will be a representative from The Smith Family. Please phone Joan on 3207 4079 or Pam on 3206 9787 by 6pm Sunday prior to the luncheon for catering purposes. Visitors are most welcome.

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IT is the New Year and you may be interested in making new friends and/or helping disadvantaged children. You would be very welcome at the Centenary Evening VIEW Club. Monday, February 13, will be our first dinner meeting of the year and women of all ages are invited to come along. We meet at the Mount Ommaney Hotel/Apartments at 6:30pm for 7:00pm.

Cost of the dinner is $32. This meeting will be our AGM so there will be no guest speaker. However, other entertainment is promised. Guests are encouraged to wear red because there is a Valentine’s Day theme to the evening. For further information, or if you are a member who is unable to attend, please phone Helen on 32794416 or 0402477888 or Sue on 33760710.

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PROBUS Club of day of each month, 9-15 tre, Portwood St Redcliffe. phone Rosemary on 0459 Redcliffe Inc., tour group for 9-45 start, at the Visitors are welcome. For 332 219 or write to PO box were all smiles at Suncorp Redcliffe Red Cross Cen- further information please 342 Redcliffe 4020. Stadium, were we stood around the Bronze Statue of the great “King Wally” We then toured the StaGet connected dium, with lots of walking and large hidden rooms at your local library and dinning halls. Afterwith Telstra Connected wards we headed to Broncos League Club, where Seniors™ mobile phone we all enjoyed a Buffet lunch. A great day, great training workshops. lunch and a very enjoyable time with fellow Probians. Learn how to use your Redcliffe City Mixed mobile phone to do more Probus Club for Friendthan just make and receive calls. ship, Fellowship and Fun meets on the first TuesWorkshops for Seniors will run throughout

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THIS year the Chermside Probus Club will celebrate its 20th Anniversary and President Lyn Ellwood said the excitement was rising as the Club prepares to hold a special luncheon at the Geebung/Zillmere RSL on Thursday the 19th April. President Lyn said there will be a guest speaker and other entertainment and all the extras that go with such an important milestone. She went on to say that she expects a near 100% attendance which will include 25 foundation members and three Life members. She said it is fitting that when the luncheon is held, Ailsa Martin one of the Club’s Life members will be President. One of the main reasons for the popularity of Probus Clubs is that they provide members with regular opportunities through social interaction and activities, to expand interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends. Our Club which draws its members mainly from the north and north eastern suburbs of Brisbane organizes monthly day trips and also has a wide variety of other interest including movie/theatre outings and monthly dining and each month a guest speaker is organized to address the members on various topics. If you would like to learn more about Probus or be a guest at one of our meetings, please phone Joan 3265 4041 or Ralph 3263 7378, you will be most welcome.

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SENIORS NEWS Farewell to Kelvin Grove Newmarket Senior Citizens Congratulations Liz Jordan – our latest Centenarian! WE wish to advise all readers that it is regret that we have had to wind up our club, because of lack of leadership. Our last club meeting was held on 8th December 2011 and we had a Christmas Concert by “Romeo & Juliet” which was enjoyed by all. We also celebrated by having a luncheon together and drawing our Christmas raffle. We had a special cake that all enjoyed, and had a photo taken to remember the day.

THE members of the Ipswich Senior Citizens Club would like to congratulate Elizabeth (Liz) Jordan who is a long time member of their Club, for reaching the grand age of 100 on 15 January, 2012. Liz received a Creative Crafts Excellence Award at the 2012 Ipswich Show for her creative pursuits. She is a keen gardener and also known for her baking. She is also a keen sports lady, into tennis, bowls, and bocce as a fierce competitor. Her relative, friends and members of the club wish her a very happy 100th birthday!

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ANNERLEY/Moorooka Senior Citizens Club finished the year of 2011 enjoying a day of fellowship and a wonderful Christmas Lunch at the Salisbury Bowls Club. Entertainment by the musical duo Des and Brian kept everyone’s toes either tapping or dancing. We had an abundance of raffle prizes and the winners were really grinners. The ladies in the photograph are Doris Bebb (our delightful 97 year old, who still plays outdoor lawn bowls) and Mavis Dangerfield who is a Past President of the Club. We commence 2012 on the 7 February with a concert and are looking forward to catching up with friends again. We would love to have you come and join us, make new friends and enjoy the program provided. Indoor Bowls continues and by phoning Colin Butler on (07) 3848 6371 you can find out further details of our program.

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WELCOME to a new year. Our first Mini Cent Auction will be held on Thursday 16th February at 9.30am for morning tea, auction will start at 10am. As usual it will be held at the QCWA Hall corner of Georgina Street and Victoria Avenue, Clontarf (Woody Point some directories call it) Entry of $3 covers morning tea, lucky door ticket and one sheet of auction tickets. Auction sheets are $1. Raffle prize is a small steam cooker. Our first meeting of the year is on Wednesday 8th February at 9.30am and

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AN initiative to find two of the most outstanding seniors in Logan has drawn to a close, unearthing some fantastic stories in the process. “Outrageous and Courageous” has been run in partnership by supported living operator Tall Trees and Logan Community Bank® branches of Bendigo Bank, and has sought to find outstanding seniors in Logan who embody the spirit of adventure and excitement, or who are great examples of personal strength and giving. Today saw the announcement of the two winners: Olive Webster for the category of “Logan’s most outrageous senior”, while Deidre Grigg took out the category of “Logan’s most courageous senior”. Olive Webster was chosen for the fact that she celebrated her 90th birthday with a ride on a Harley Davidson around Sydney, while 77year-old Deidre Grigg has tirelessly dedicated her time to coaching and supporting the gymnastics program at the local PCYC. Tall Trees director Mr Usher says that Outrageous and Courageous has been won by two very worthwhile seniors. “The central focus of this competition has been about getting people to think about the different ways in which seniors break away from some of the tired, old ideas that people have about seniors,” Mr Usher says. “What we have in both Olive and Deidre is an incredible spirit that proves that age really is no barrier to achieving great things. “To jump on a Harley Davidson at any age is a pretty outrageous thing to do, but to do it at 90? That’s just amazing. “On the other hand, to still be teaching gymnastics well into your 70s is an absolutely massive achievement. “I extend my congratulations to both of our winners—they’re an incredibly deserving pair of these titles.” Mr Usher says initiatives such as this are vital in order to recognise the ongoing role that seniors play in our communities. “Too often, there are stereotypes that people have about seniors that just simply are not true—and the results of this competition prove it,” Mr Usher says.

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SENIORS NEWS Aspley Probus Club

Pam Kleinschmidt with her award

ANOTHER year is over during which Aspley Probus enjoyed following the Probus ideal of “Fun Friendship and Fellowship”. During 2011 members, and visitors, enjoyed outings together to such interesting places as Gallipoli Barracks, Mt. Cootha Gardens, the Australian Outback Spectacular, Pohlmans Nursery and

other places of interest such as old Parliament House the refurbished Queensland Government House. There were also several barbeques and a visit for lunch at Doug’s fish café. The Club meets on the second Friday each month at Hornets Sports Club in Graham road with the meetings set to start at 9.30 am. At each meet-

ing, following the formal matters to be dealt with, usually following morning tea, there is a guest speaker providing items of interest. The guest speakers last year included speakers on subjects such as Banking, from Suncorp Bank, Crime Stoppers, the Salvation Army, an Optometrist, a Locksmith, and speakers on such subjects as Mental Health and also on the history of the Roma Street Gardens. The Queensland Probus Association, consisting of all the Probus Clubs of Queensland, also arranges projects for all members of Probus clubs in Queensland such as an annual Bowls Day, a Golf day and usually a very interesting weekend of many activities in which to meet members from all parts of the state. There is also an annual Ecumenical Church Ser-

vice in Brisbane and also the annual Friendship Day Picnic, last year catering for in excess of 600 members from many Clubs. Recently Life Membership of The Aspley Club was presented to Pam Kleinschmidt, a long serving member, in appreciation of her outstanding services in many areas of the management of the Club. New members have been admitted to our Club in the past months, with the latest inductees, at time of writing, being Marie and Bernie Casey, there will be more new members inducted in the near future. Thirteen members of the Club joined with the Newmarket Club for a 5 day visit to the Capricornia Coast during the year and really enjoyed them selves and made new friends as well. Another outing recently

was an unusual experience, joining a chartered city bus at Aspley and touring the bridges and tunnels together with the

dedicated busways of the Brisbane public transport system. All visitors to Aspley Club are invited to join in

the activities. If you wish to visit please contact President Heather on 3263 1026 or Secretary Daphne on 3359 1990.

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National Servicemen’s Association - Redland Branch 2011 was a very busy year for the Redland Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association with Memorial plaques and flag poles being erected in a number of local State and Private schools, badge selling prior to the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies, Branch 10th Anniversary celebrations and participation in the Nasho 60th anniversary celebrations in Townsville. In addition, two of our Nashos, Ced Murray and Ian Gray, (pictured) presented a lecture about the Australian flag at the Redland Museum and members were asked to represent the Nashos at ANZAC and Remembrance Day services at local schools and retirement villages. Redland Nasho members also join with local Vietnam Vets as volunteers staffing the RSL Library/Museum which reopened on the 17th January. Entry to the Museum is

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free, but it is essential to book for Group visits. Contact Curator, Ian Gray, on 0407 730 600. The Branch meets at the Redlands RSL, Cleveland, on the first Sunday of each month at 10.00 am. After the meeting, members engage in a period of fellowship and enjoy the camaraderie along with a drink and something to eat. A social program including dining out nights and trips provide members with opportunities to enjoy each other’s company in a social environment. For more information, contact Les Warner on 3821 2894.

Jindalee Probus THE Probus Club of Jindalee is looking forward to a year packed full of fun, friendship and fellowship. Outings and activities have been planned to keep everybody involved and a list of guest speakers is well under way for the year. If you are newly retired or semi-retired, why not get involved with Probus? The Probus Club of Jindalee is accepting new members and you would be made most welcome. The next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday 14 February at the Jindalee Golf Club following morning tea at 10.03am. The guest speaker will be a representative from “Beyond Blue”. If you would like to attend or require further information please ring Annette on 33761888.

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Researchers develop paint-on solar cells AUSTRALIAN researchers have developed solar panels which can be painted or printed directly onto a surface. The project is one of several initiatives which have the potential to revolutionise solar energy by eliminating the need for bulky panels which need to be attached to buildings. With help from the CSIRO, University of Melbourne PhD student Brandon MacDonald has worked out how to make solar cells so small they can be suspended in liquid, such as ink. “We can then apply this ink onto a surface, so this could be glass or plastics or metals,” Mr MacDonald said. “What we could do is actually integrate these into the building as it’s being made, so you can imagine solar windows, or having it actually be part of the roofing material.”

These solar panels will be made of nano-crystals which have a diameter of just a few millionths of a millimetre. Mr MacDonald says they will use just 1 per cent of the materials needed to make traditional solar panels. “The problem with conventional solar cells, which are based on silicon and have been around for 60 years, is that they are quite efficient at converting sunlight to energy,” he said. “But in terms of making them, it’s a fairly costly and time-consuming process,” he said. “With these inks, and eventually trying to print the cells on a large scale, we hope that we’ll make it so that this technology is cost-competitive with traditional energy sources.” Mr MacDonald is hoping the print-on solar panel will be on the market in about five years.

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A VERY happy New Year to all and we hope that 2012 brings you good health, happiness and fun. The University of the Third Age, Brisbane is gearing up to open for classes which begin January 23rd. and with an offering of 226 classes in over 190 subjects with at least 33 new courses available in Term 1, there is sure to be something available for you. Have you reached that point in your life when you feel that you need something new to do? Why not join U3A? We are conveniently located at 97 Creek St which is between Queen

SENIORS NEWS QCWA Expo Ladies QCWA needs your interest!

U3A Brisbane and Adelaide Sts, a central and convenient location which is close to both bus and train stations. The classes on offer are on our web page: So, why not have a look and see what whets your appetite. U3A Brisbane also has an active Social Committee which arranges Tickets to musicals at QPAC at very reasonable prices and also arranges outings to various places within reasonable distances. This term we have tickets for Annie and will be going to Pomona for the Silent Movies in the

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2011 Christmas Party

not too distant future. Our Christmas Party in November was great fun with the guest speaker being Fiona Stager

owner/manager of Avid Reader Book shop at West End and our guest of honour, Sallyanne Atkinson. As you can

see, we have an enormous amount to offer so, why not join today and change your life for the better.

ON Wednesday, 29 February, Redcliffe QCWA (Queensland Country Women’s Association) will hold an Expo at QCWA Hall, 186 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe commencing at 10am. At 11am a Fashion Parade by Lady Clare Fashions and Lingerie. Ladies of all ages living in the Redcliffe Peninsular area are welcome to attend. Children welcome. Morning tea supplied and light lunches are available for purchase. From 5pm until 7pm, light nibbles available. Join us anytime during the day or drop in after work. Entry by gold coin donation. QCWA is a non-party political and non-sectarian organisation for both country and city women everywhere. QCWA is a progressive and vibrant association in tune with the needs of today’s women. It offers friendship, the pursuit of key social issues and opportunity to learn new skills e.g. public speaking, drama, handcraft, cooking, photography, patchwork, knitting and floral art. QCWA is affiliated with the Country Women’s Association of Australia and the Associated Country Women of the World, helping to raise the standard of living for women everywhere and expressing women’s viewpoints on National and International affairs. For any further information, please phone Mary on 3359 4896 or email:

U3A Redcliffe Inc stalwart tutor retires

AT the recent U3A Redcliffe Inc. Christmas Lunch, it was announced that 95 years old, Anita Cavanagh was retiring from tutoring. Anita is a Life Member and will still be seen around campus when she visits her former classes and also performing her voluntary duties assisting at the various morning teas and other functions. Anita is multi-gifted and an inspiration to all the members, but after 16 years commitment and dedicated service teaching Drawing and Watercolour Painting she now feels it is time to relax a little. Who can say otherwise? From the Management Committee and Members “Well done and thank you Anita from the bottom of our hearts.” The call is out now for a volunteer Tutor and the Tutor Co-ordinator is working on this. Information can be obtain by calling 3284 2687. Our hardworking volunteers are already making arrangements for an exciting programme for 2012, so come along and join us. Membership enrolments have now commenced at 157159 Sutton Street, Redcliffe. Telephone: 3284 2687.

U3A Pine Rivers Inc. Tutors required

TUTORS are required in various subjects on a voluntary basis to help run classes for our members. We are based in the Pine Rivers but spread over several suburbs andour members are generally retired over 50 yrs old. We also have regular meetings and outings and all is run in a very friendly manner. Past tutors remark on how rewarding it has been and generally stay on as members. Please share your skills with others in an enjoyable situation .Our courses are various and too many to mention. Your expertise may be our next subject. Please contact our Tutor Co-ordinator at 3321 0681 (Message Bank) or email to

We need you!! DO you play a wind instrument, sing or play the spoons? A long established Concert Party entertaining seniors at Social Clubs, Retirement Villages, Nursing & Respite Centres at morning Concerts in the Wynnum, Manly, Bayside and near suburbs would welcome you as a casual or frequent guest. Own transport required (minimum petrol allowance). Anyone interested, please contact 3393 4340 or 3890 5747.



Brisbane’s much loved free lunchtime concerts THIS free public entertainment program, which is the largest and longest running series of its kind in Australia, showcases sultry jazz, bouncing baroque and soothing classical ensembles to entertain locals and visitors alike. Concerts are held the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month. All concerts are free and there are no bookings required. All concerts will be held at Brisbane City Temple, 167 Ann Street, Brisbane at 12 noon. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Tuesday 7 February - Tribute to the 20th Century Big Bands Cate Shaw presents a stylish tribute to the Big

Bands of the 20th Century with a selection of popular tunes from Cole Porter, Gershwin and the American songbook, plus many more. Tuesday 21 February - Musical Gems from 1939 Soprano Dani Cornelius and flamenco guitarist Gerard Mapstone join the Rosenberg String Quartet in a performance of music gems from 1939. Tuesday 6 March - ‘Strung Out Jazz’ Concert Jazz gets ‘strung out’ in this delightful concert of jazz tunes performed by the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society. This talented troupe display the adaptability of the jazz genre traditionally vocalised, and played on the ukele.

Creative workshops through ‘Art Bites’ ART Bites is a series of free workshops that offer everyone the opportunity to have a go at something creative. Workshops are held in community venues across Brisbane providing the perfect place and occasion to taste-test the arts in a fun and informal environment. All events are free, but bookings are essential. Phone 3844 5897 for bookings and information. Zine Time What is a zine? Who makes zines? What does a zine look like? Discover this new and personal way of publishing your original writing and artwork through a self-

ASPLEY CLASSES FOR SENIORS • Computers • Painting • Languages • Embroidery • Juggling • Crochet/Knitting • Indoor Bowls • Writing • Mah Jong • Line-Dancing • Singing • Greeting Cards . . . and much more!

2012 Enrolment Morning: 9 to 11 am Thu Feb 9 at Aspley Uniting Church For Full 2012 Program:

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made magazine. What to bring? Your own writing, artwork or snippets from newspapers/magazines (optional). Zine Time will be held at Visible Ink, Fortitude Valley on Saturday, 18 February at 10am3pm. Learn to dapple in watercolour Learn the basics of watercolours over four workshops including understanding colour, flow and movement of colour, surfaces suitable for watercolours; use of suitable brushes, water colour pencils and affordable mediums. These free workshops will be held at Bracken Ridge Hall, Bracken Ridge from 10am-12.30pm on Saturdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 February. Kanzashi: Japanese Flower Brooches Create stunning three-dimensional “kanzashi” flower brooches using traditional Japanese folding techniques and vintage kimono fabrics. Learn Kanzashi at Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, Sherwood from 2pm-4.30pm on Sunday, 12 February. Eco Origami: Introduction to Contemporary Origami - Origami - from the Japanese ‘ori’ to fold EE FR and ‘gami’ paper. Learn how to make your own eco origami models using pre-loved and salvaged papers, from traditional cranes to more curious objects. This free workshop is on Sunday 26 February Mercy Disability Services presents the... from 2pm-4.30pm at Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, Sherwood.

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Embracing a Meaningful Life Expo 2012

The “One Stop Shop” for people with a disability & their carers

Diamantina Healthcare Museum Princess Alexandra Hospital Health Service District

Friday 24th February 10am-2pm 12 Chalk Street, Wooloowin Opportunities to Explore:

The Diamantina Health Care Museum Association of the Princess Alexandra Hospital is a non- profit institution, which acquires, conserves, researches, and exhibits material of significance in health and nursing care, including development and support services.

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RETIREMENT means different things to different people. For some, it’s a chance to put their feet up and enjoy life at a leisurely pace. For others, it’s an opportunity to try new things, meet new people and fill their schedules with social activities now they have more free time on their hands. For most people, living in a like-minded community like a retirement village provides the ideal environment to live independently and forge meaningful friendships with others at the same time. However, various living options are available to you that

are designed to meet your needs. Many providers have supported living services available so that older people can remain in their own home for longer. For others, not able to live independently, an aged care unit with modern and up to date facilities is a good option. Aged care facilities can provide low or high care living and today’s nursing homes are much more caring and focused on individual needs than in the past. If you or a relative need to think about a change in living options you will find a range of providers to suit your needs in these ‘retirement living options’ pages.

Grande Pacific Broadwater, taking retirement to new heights GRANDE Pacific Broadwater, a premium quality vertical retirement village in South East Queensland, is holding an open day on Wednesday the 22nd, when visitors can look over its amenities and its apartments, all with Broadwater views Guests will have the opportunity to chat with staff and residents and will be treated to Devonshire tea at Grande Pacific Broadwater’s Pepper Tree cafe, which serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners and offers an inapartment catering

service. You may even decide to stay on after the tour and enjoy one of the delicious meals the Pepper Tree has on offer for lunch. The 25-floor resort overlooks the Broadwater at 70 Marine Parade Southport, has 21 floors of apartments and a full-floor community area. Manager Kath Lawrie said residents shared a real feeling of community and enjoyed outings and social events together as well a full calendar of recreational activities. ‘Grande Pacific offers an enjoyable lifestyle that

is without peer,’ she said ‘with the added advantage of support if required.’ ‘We feel the present is an excellent time to let everyone know what we have to offer – everything from one bedroom apartments to prestige three and four bedroom residences, with several styles to choose from.’ ‘Apartments feature the finest in fixtures and fittings and, combined with our extensive services, friendly staff and recreational facilities, provide an incomparable retirement lifestyle.’

‘The open day will give people contemplating a retirement lifestyle and their families an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with Grande Pacific Broadwater and what we have to offer.’ On ground level Grande Pacific boasts, along with The Pepper Tree cafe, a hair salon; with the lovely Shirley to attend to your every need, a fully equipped gymnasium and rooms for the many visiting healthcare specialists; doctor, podiatrist and massage therapist to name a few. The full floor community area

includes a piano lounge, bar, fully equipped kitchen, theatrette, billiards room, heated pool and spa, and barbecue area. Residents have the security of knowing there is the 24-hour emergency call system and nursing care, if required, a multilevel security system, 24-hour pharmacy coverage and grocery delivery. Grande Pacific Broadwater, 70 Marine Parade Southport (07 55912111), taking retirement to new heights, open day on the 22nd February 9am to 3pm.


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Have you always dreamed of retiring to the seaside? particularly love their time with you watching videos in the cinema or enjoying a dip in one of the 2 swimming pools. All of TriCare’s villages are equipped with a 24 hour emergency call system for your security and peace of mind. Of course there are many

SOMEWHERE that is close to major amenities but far enough away that you can enjoy a peaceful relaxed lifestyle and hear the sound of the ocean every day? Residents at our Hastings Point Retirement Community live that life. One of Queensland’s leading retirement and aged care providers, TriCare, has

recently acquired the Hastings Point Retirement Community that is located just south of Tweed Heads and nestled between the relaxed coastal towns of Cabarita and Pottsville. TriCare have taken care of retirees for over 25 years in QLD with a solid reputation for ownership, development and management of

communities. A short 200m stroll from the village, through a nature reserve, is a surf beach that is never overcrowded. Our residents enjoy early morning and evening walks along the pristine beach and keen fishermen cast a line in the breakers. Back at the village the grandchildren

Duplex management simplified by new regulation DUPLEX owners have received a new year’s gift of new rules that will simplify the day-to-day management of their properties. The regulation, which will commence on 28 February 2012, allows decisions regarding the management of a duplex to be made by agreement between the owners of the two lots in the duplex, instead of having to go through a formal body corporate meeting and voting process. Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said the changes could benefit more than 13,000 Queenslanders who own lots in residential two-lot schemes, commonly known as duplexes. “In the past there was no differentiation between duplex schemes and larger multi-unit complexes. “Owners of duplex properties needed to prepare annual budgets, maintain administration and sinking funds, and make decisions using the same formal body corporate meeting and voting process as is

required of their larger cousins,” Mr Bauer said. “This seems crazy when you’re talking about two neighbours managing and making a decision about their adjoining properties. “The introduction of this regulation means duplex owners will be provided with a simpler way to manage their properties. “They will be able to make decisions by written agreement and easily enforce by-laws rather than having to use the standard body corporate practices better suited to larger schemes. “For the first time they’ll have the freedom to manage their properties in the way that best suits them.” Mr Bauer said duplex owners would still have access to the Office of the Commissioner of Body Corporate and Community Management’s dispute resolution service. For more information on the new regulation visit or call 1800 060 119.

other activities and facilities that our residents enjoy such as a gymnasium, games room and billiards, along with many spacious areas to relax in and make the village your home. The village also has its own mini bus so the opportunity is there

to organise day trips and social outings with people of a similar age and with similar interests. There is a choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments available, with 2 bedrooms starting from $265,000. To help you furnish your new home

TriCare is offering a $5000 furniture package for all settlements made before 30 June 2012. This is a rare opportunity to secure a tranquil coastal lifestyle. If you would like more information please call 02 6670 4000 or visit

Want to be part of a gracious community that cares? Delamore is a resident-funded retirement community consisting of Independent living units and serviced apartments located in the beautiful grounds of the Franciscan Convent at Kedron opposite St Therese’s Church. The complex is centrally located to all amenities. In both serviced apartments and independent living units, privacy and independence is assured, yet Residents have the security of a 24 hour emergency call person. The gracious Community Centre in Delamore House provides dining, entertainment, billiard, craft, exercise rooms and spa. From the Community Centre, residents have access to the Chapel.

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Go on, take a look. There’s no time like the present to enjoy an enviable retirement lifestyle in Brisbane. Our villages offer stylish homes, outstanding facilities and welcoming communities. Why not take a look for yourself? Visit Keperra Sanctuary during Open Day. 10am - 1pm, Wednesday 22 February. For more information or to RSVP please call 1800 670 144. Keperra Sanctuary 998 Samford Rd, Keperra The Terraces 34 Tewantin Way, Forest Lake

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places, including 7,933 residential care places and 1,724 community care places, worth an estimated $368 million a year. In announcing the outcomes, Minister Butler noted that, of the more

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around 4 per cent of the population, but this proportion is expected to increase to 8 per cent by 2051. “Structural reform is needed to deliver a sustainable aged care system for the future.” The Productivity Commission issued its Final Report, Caring for Older Australians, on 8 August 2011. The report includes proposals for extensive reform of Australia’s aged care system and presents an integrated reform package. Since August 2011, Minister Butler has been engaging in a conversation with older Australians, their families and carers at forums in all capital cities and major regional centres – giving the community the opportunity to contribute their views about care and support for Australians as they age.

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dential care places at all.” In contrast, every community care place offered through the 2011 ACAR has been allocated, with the Department of Health and Ageing receiving applications for more than 24,000 community care places in response to the 1,698 community care places advertised. “Applications for community care places far exceeded what was available, consistent with the preference of older Australians to remain living independently and in their own homes for as long possible,” Mr Butler said. “It is clear to me that there are continuing pressures on our aged care system and that they are only going to become more acute as Australia’s population continues to age. People aged 80 years and over currently make up


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Summer ‘Open Day’ at Keperra Sanctuary

LEND Lease is launching its Summer Open Day campaign with a series of structured and interactive events throughout QLD. A major part of that campaign in Brisbane is the Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Village which will hold their open day on Wednesday 22 February, 2012 at 10.00am. All are invited to come along and experience the village lifestyle and meet some of the friendly residents. The village which is surrounded by 97 acres of bushland has 254 homes and a freshwater lagoon which houses its very own residents – ducks and turtles. Keperra Sanctuary’s Village Manager, Lea Peard, said they are really looking forward to everyone visiting the village so they can take in the beautiful surrounds. “We have organised a guided buggy tour of the grounds which is a great way for all to experience the tropical gardens, water features and walking tracks. “We have some fantastic community facilities, social communities and organised activities on offer. Our

residents love to keep fit so we have our own outdoor pool with aqua aerobics, 2 levels of pilates, a full size bowling green and indoor bowls. “The residents also get to enjoy a very active social life with lunches, monthly dinners, movie nights and book clubs just to name a few. We also have a village bus that goes to all the major shopping centres and even into the city.” On the day a range of stylish 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes will be open to inspect and consultants on hand to discuss retirement plans and options. All visitors will be able to enjoy complimentary refreshments and a free gift bag. Open Day - Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Village, Wednesday 22nd February, 2012 from 10am-1pm at Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Village, 998 Samford Road, Keperra . For more information contact Linda Palm or Tanis O’Brien at Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Village on 1800 670 144.

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RESIDENTS of Delamore Retirement Community are fortunate to have two schools as neighbours, St Anthony’s Primary and Mt Alvernia College, with Padua College and the Little Flower Church just up the road a little. During 2011 the young students of St Anthony’s Choir visited to sing for the residents. This is enjoyed by the residents who often sing along. The hospitality class of Mt Alvernia College visit one afternoon a week, to serve afternoon tea to the residents and

have a chat to them. This enriches the lives of both, students and the Delamore residents. Recently Mt Alvernia College students also put on a Christmas afternoon tea with a few extra treats and a sing-a-long around the piano. This was most festive, bright and cheery, and came to an end all too quickly. Time sure does fly when you are having fun. For more information on Delamore Retirement Community visit the website –

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Looking to downsize but not ready for a retirement village? THERE seems to be in increasing number of people who are looking to downsize from their family home into something that requires less maintenance, that offers peace and quiet but also provides enough room to move and also side access for a caravan or boat. Obviously, it is rare to find a retirement village that offers all of this. Fortunately, Pine Terrace in Redland Bay, offers all of this and more. The

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PHIL and Dorothy Ellis moved into Tranquil Waters in February 2002. Tranquil Waters, they said, was the perfect location for a wonderfully relaxed retirement lifestyle. Being right on sandy Thompson’s Beach this became a popular swimming spot for residents. A villa was utilised as the temporary community centre it housed billiards, darts, a craft area plus many other activities and quickly became a popular meeting spot for residents. Aptly named “our resort facilities by the sea” by Phil, in 2005 they saw the opening of the community centre. Sitting proudly in the centre of the village it houses a wide range of activities and facilities. “Free” activities include indoor bowls, line dancing, billiards, darts, cards, mah-jong, chess, art/craft, library/computer room, spa, gym and full kitchen facilities and entertainment area for residents’ special private functions. Organized by Phil and Dorothy, Friday night happy hour and Sunday dinners soon became legendary at the village. Phil and Dorothy said, “We’ve had some great times over the years and it’s exciting to anticipate the future”.

Ten years on Phil and Dorothy say “we know our dreams have come true”. We thought the many and varied facilities were unbeatable but the addition of the heated pool, kayaking, hairdresser, podiatrist, continuous movies relayed to villas, village bus, resident workshop and the wonderful residents who have moved to Tranquil Waters

over the years have done just that. The years have proved their expectations have not only been met but have been surpassed beyond their wildest dreams. Phil and Dorothy still play an important role at Tranquil Waters, taking on more and more, obviously enjoying and thriving on all aspects of village life.

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Lewani Palms Open Weekend THE first thing that might capture your attention about Lewani Palms Resort is the catchy address – 26-42 Goldmine Rd, Ormeau – but there’s much more to this quality complex to interest the Over 50’s. Located in a handy position near the M1 freeway and close to amenities, the security gated Lewani Palms offers residents a lifestyle that’s the best of all worlds. On your doorstep within the resort are lots of recreational activities that can make life a permanent holiday, either full of action or quiet and peaceful – or a bit of both! The choice is yours. Included are two swimming pools: one a heated lap pool and the other lagoon-style; a croquet green; bowling and putting green; sports hall with snooker tables, cable television; walking tracks and gymnasium. The Gazebo with bbq is a great spot to

relax, and the workshop adds that touch of ‘home’. Secure caravan and boat storage are also available. As well, many residents will enjoy the library and computer room, or socialising around the licensed bar. Stage shows, party nights, line dancing, and organised outings add to the friendly atmosphere and offer something for everyone. Ormeau is a pleasant sized community, with the area’s local shops catering to most of the residents needs, surrounded by rolling and leafy countryside. Pet-Friendly Lewani Palms Resort, with a bus stop at the front door and train station only minutes away, is located on Goldmine Rd, Ormeau. For more information, or to arrange a tour, phone 1800 467 500. Come along to our Open Weekend on 24th & 25th March from 10am – 3pm.

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ON 29 November 2011 the Queensland Government enacted the Civil Proceedings Act 2011 (Qld). Included in the Act are important amendments to the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (Qld) in relation to the calculation of exit fees for Queensland retirement villages. A new section 53A (‘How to work out particular exit fee for a residence contract’) has been inserted into the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (Qld). This section applies to all residence contracts that require the resident to pay to the scheme operator an exit fee that is calculated having regard to the length of time the resident resides in their unit. For all residence contracts entered into after the commencement of the amendments, the new section 53A requires exit fees payable under those contracts to be worked out on a pro rata daily basis. This provision brings Queensland into line with New South Wales, where this has been the position since 2000. For all residence contracts entered into before the commencement of the amendments, the new section 53A requires exit fees payable under those contracts to be worked out on a pro rata daily basis unless the contract provides ‘a way of working out the exit fee that is not on a daily basis’. The Government has not yet stated when the Civil Proceedings Act will begin.

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Cost of living hits oldest, poorest hard, new report finds WE’RE all feeling the pinch but rising energy, food and health costs are disproportionally hitting our oldest and poorest Australians, a new report has found. In an analysis of household spending, the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre report answers its question ‘Are Older Australians Being Short Changed?’ with a resounding “yes”. While most Australians have noticed rising living costs, National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill, says age pensioners and low-income self funded retirees, in particular, are trapped by circumstances. “When it comes to the cost of living it’s a catch-22 for older Australians; they just can’t get a break. The problem lies with retiree consumption patterns which, ironically, are dictated by the fact of their low, fixed incomes. “The income of a single 70-something is barely a third of the over 50s average. This means they can only afford to spend on essentials such as food, energy and health which, year after year, are outpacing inflation. “As a result they’re paying 70 percent more of their household income on electricity, and three times more on health than younger Australians. “Once those essentials are covered, there’s very little left for the things that are actually becoming more affordable such as cars, white goods and clothing,” said O’Neill. “We’re talking about the stoic, pre-boomer generation, the children of the Depression. They’re not complaining, they’re doing without and they’re getting by growing their own vegetables or

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SENIORS NEWS Cent Auction at Oxley QUEENSLAND Country Women’s Association (QCWA) Oxley Branch will hold a Cent Auction at Oxley Seniors Club, 86 Oxley Station Road, Oxley on Wednesday, 15 February commencing at

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Carindale National Seniors A VERY successful year has come to a close and we look forward for better things in the coming year. There were 117 members present at our Annual Christmas Luncheon on 28th November. The traditional Luncheon was enjoyed by all and the lucky ones who won the many raffles were very happy with their good fortune The Guest Entertainer Glad and her group entertained us with many renditions and some jokes. Thank you Glad, Peter & John, and we wish you all a very successful 2012. The December meeting was well attended with 75 members and 2 guests present. There were 13 apologies. The

Guest Speaker was Kay Danes and one must admire her courage in visiting war zones for humanity causes. The many places she has visited in very remote areas is amazing. Her courage in being held hostage in Laos with her husband would have defeated many of us. Congratulations on your fortitude and we all wish you both a successful year in 2012 in your many endeavours. Carindale National Seniors meets at the Clem Jones Sports Centre, Stanley Road, Carina on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and bus trips are on the 4th Tuesday of every month. For further information please phone Maureen 33984236.

OUR club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Indooroopilly Golf Club, Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly. We conduct our meeting and get together over a two course dinner, followed by a speaker. The meeting starts at 6:30 7pm. New members and visitors are welcome to attend. The speaker for our last meeting of 2011 was Modern Day Poet and Author – Rupert McCall. The speaker for our first meeting of 2012 on February 15th has not been finalised yet, visitors and new members are welcome to attend Other activities are organised each month such as Gallery visits, morning / afternoon teas, theatre visits etc. We

also have ‘special interest’ groups which include Books, Movies, Mahjong, Bi-Monthly Lunches and Walking. Kenmore VIEW Club, through our fund raising initiatives and activities are supporting a number of Learning for Life students through their school years. These children live in financially disadvantaged households and this sponsorship ensures that they have educational support through The Smith Family. To make a booking to attend our February meeting or subsequent monthly meeting please contact either Lin on 3715 8233 or Nan on 3878 7448.

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Program. This latest support is in the form of two adjustable Hilite medical chairs valued at $1,198.00. President Charles Achilles and Treasurer Victor Emmett had much pleasure in handing over the items on December 6th to representatives of the Logan Hospital. At a well supported opening meeting for 2012 on Wednesday January 18th members were welcomed back by President Charles and had plenty of information to share about happenings over the festive period. There were quite a number of birthday members attending and were presented with the usual scratchie by Treasurer Victor Emmett. Beth and Bob Cox with their team had a huge array of goods prepared for the raffles featuring an Australia Day theme. Maritza as guest presenter proved popular demonstrating her Zumba musical program with members joining in the fitness activity and keeping up with the movements.

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Shocking history laid bare in exhibition Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network of 80 historic sites touch on a diverse range of themes including racing, medicine, war, criminals and first settlement. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said these and other records featured in the display would alleviate reservations about the significance of Brisbane’s history. “Historically, dating back to the 16th Century Europe, a cabinet of curiosities, known as a Wunderkammer, was not a piece of furniture but rather a dedicated room of objects,” Cr Quirk said. “By taking a modern approach to this tradition, Museum of Brisbane hopes to ignite greater curiosity in our city’s history.” World War I and II troop entertainer Malcolm Angus McPhee’s ventriloquist doll Ginger; a monstrance made for Brisbane’s never-built Holy Name

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Take a train trip hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. 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. Every Queenslander would know about one of our state’s great rail journeys – The Sunlander which travels through our great coastal scenery three times a week following the Sunshine Route., but only twice a year does the Winelander take to the rails for a weekend escape to the Granite Belt to visit the regions great wineries. Run by the Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division), the air conditioned Winelander departs Brisbane on Saturday 18th February This diesel hauled relaxing two day tour escapes the hustle and bustle of the city as the train travels out through the western suburbs, through the salad bowl Lockyer Valley and climbs the scenic Toowoomba Range. As the train speeds through the wheat growing areas on the Southern Downs, a delicious lunch is served to passenger’s seats and short wine tasting sessions are held in the club car just to get you in the mood before the train arrives at its destination. Local Granite Belt wines are presented for tasting sessions (whites are usually the flavour of the day on the forward journey) in the club car. On arrival at Stanthorpe coaches will take passengers to a selection of wineries, then to a special dinner at Anna’s Italian Restaurant. The train departs on Sunday morning a 10am for the return to Brisbane

with reds being the flavour of the day during the wine tasting sessions and once again lunch is served as the train passes through the Southern Downs board. Arrival back into the city is scheduled for around 6.00pm to conclude a very relaxing week end escape. Special discounts are available for groups of 15 or more on the Winelander. On Saturday 3rd March the destination for the first steam tour for 2012 is Landsborough in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Forget about the traffic hassles heading to the coast, relax on the train as it steams out through the northern suburbs. At Landsborough there is the option of a coach tour to Montville on the scenic Blackall Range or transfer to Caloundra and Pelican Waters by coach for a cruise on the northern end of the Pumicestone Channel. The annual Rail and Sail to Redcliffe is on Saturday 12th May. Travel by launch from Southbank to Redcliffe and rerun by steam train from Sandgate. This tour operates in reverse also for those who would prefer an afternoon cruise. Lunch is included in the fare and for those who prefer not to travel by boat a steam train only option is available. 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.

South America with a difference: WE go with YOU! THIS has been Latin America Group Tours motto since it started operating when Stella took a group of her Spanish students from the University of the Sunshine Coast to experience language and culture to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. The result was such a success that these first passengers encouraged husband and wife team Horacio Passeggi and Stella Romagnoli to think business, joining forces in their pursuit to promote South America, the continent of their roots. From Tango dancing in Buenos Aires, to the magnificent Iguazú Falls, the legacy of the Jesuit Missions, to Rio de Janeiro splendour - all has been carefully planned. Latin America Group Tours is focusing on small groups where the passenger is escorted every day, in every place until boarding the last flight home. From answering your questions, to assisting you with language, advising you on cultural tips, to help you with that gift for that special one. Each tour is planned to detail so you can enjoy the music, dancing, food, wines, breathtaking sight-seeing, the local culture, and 500 years of art and architecture in a very Aussie laid back style. The South American pace is respected so you can breathe at ease absorbing the relaxing atmosphere in a sensible and balanced way. The accommodation is chosen to reflect the character and history of the place avoiding expensive international hotel chains. It is an authentic, genuine and caring approach to visit South America. Contact Stella or Horacio on 5443 5104. February 2012 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 43

HOLIDAY & Leisure

Pensioners/Senior Citizens



New Zealand, a lane of undeniable beauty




Twin Share single supplement

5 x nights accom 5 x hot b/fasts & 5 x hot dinners 3 x morning teas 2 x afternoon teas PLUS 4x fabulous scenic bus tours

$100 PHONE NOW FOR FREE BROCHURE 02 6644 9220 Email: Website: or write to: Hilldrop Motor Inn PO Box 126, Sth Grafton 2460

“Grafton is easily reached via car on the Pacific Highway or, if you travel via coach/rail we provide courtesy transfers”

NEW Zealand offers its visitors a truly unique experience as they witness a land of undeniable and breathtaking beauty. The country is a fusion of history, tradition and culture complemented with a modern infrastructure. Grand Pacific Tours, the Luxury Coach Holiday Specialist provides tours to New Zealand which suit absolutely every taste, including a

Escorted tours to South America with a difference . . . WE go with YOU! Would you like to discover South America guided by a local? • Breathtaking sights and traditional craft markets • 500 year old architecture mixed with modern and vibrant cities • Great food and wine, feel the music and take part of the dances • Intricate buildings, city squares and sophisticated contemporary shops

From $2,850 land package twin share Information nights for the 2012 tours will be held at several locations. Please contact us for dates & venues. Chilean wines & cheeses will be served after the presentation.

Please contact Stella or Horacio: 5443 5104 0428 241 464 or 0400 193 040


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number of special interest tours enabling you to combine your favourite activities with a spectacular holiday in New Zealand. As a New Zealand Specialist, they have the choice of over 190 departures per season on their Luxury Coach and Rail Holidays, The Luxury Coach Holidays range involves traditional touring itineraries varying in length from 9 -19 days which provides travellers with both variety and choice. Each of these tours provide the comfort of a modern luxury two door coach, visiting iconic attractions and experiencing the unique Maori culture. They also offer a unique style of holiday: Ultimate Small Group Touring, where travellers have the opportunity to indulge in the spectacular beauty that New Zealand is known for onboard the deluxe Ultimate Coach. Purpose built for Grand Pacific Tours, the Ultimate Coach is in a class of its

own. Fitted with just 20 deluxe extra-wide leather seats, deluxe wood grain finishes; a galley; state of the art entertainment system and panoramic windows for excellent viewing plus much more. All tours are tailored for the discerning traveller who expects the highest level of luxury, service and attention to detail. As a New Zealand specialist, Grand Pacific Tours combine coach touring with special interest itineraries. This includes a dedicated Single Travellers Tour, especially designed for the senior single traveller wanting to tour with like-minded individuals and make a network of new friends. Included in this itinerary is a special introductory dinner and drink giving travellers the opportunity to get to know their

fellow travelling companions before setting off on their journey. Other special interest tours include a Lawn Bowls Tour, which combines a fantastic 18 day tour of New Zealand with four friendly games of bowls at established clubs in Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua and Auckland, whilst being accompanied by a Grand Pacific Tours Bowls Co-ordinator. Grand Pacific Tours also offer South Island Tours over the Festive Season, travelling through spectacular scenery. Enjoy Christmas and New Year festivities as you celebrate in true kiwi style including a superb Christmas feast and New Years Eve dinner. Furthermore Grand Pacific Tours have

combined a range of Steam Train experiences to offer Rail buffs a once in a lifetime opportunity. Witness some of the world’s most spectacular scenery as you travel on a number of different steam and diesel locomotives and enjoy the romance and excitement of the bygone steam era. This exclusive Steam Train Tour that will include the 100th anniversary of the TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship. Grand Pacific Tours have something to suit every taste and budget all ensuring you will see the best New Zealand has to offer with everything taken care of! For more information visit or call 1800 622 768.

All aboard for rail adventures through the Northern Territory! WHY not let RACQ’s award-winning travel consultants help you to experience the beauty of the Northern Territory’s Top End and explore the spectacularly rugged and lively town of Alice Springs? Our Cruise ‘n’ Rail deal includes 2 nights 4 star accommodation in Darwin, with a free upgrade to a Superior room type, a sunset dinner cruise on picturesque Darwin Harbour, and Gold service travel on the Ghan from Darwin to Alice Springs. Finish with 1 night’s accommodation in Alice Springs, including breakfast and a free upgrade to a Superior room type! Add on an additional night’s accommodation in Alice Springs to enjoy phenomenal touring for only $62 per person per night! Alice Attractions includes 3 nights 4.5 star accommodation in Alice Springs, complete with a free night,

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and touring including a full day Palm Valley tour, an Alice Wanderer Town Tour with an extra free day’s touring, and an ‘Attractions on Stuart Pass’. Travel in style on Gold class on the Ghan to Darwin, including 1 night’s sleeper and meals, and enjoy 1 night’s 4.5 star accommodation in Darwin, including a free upgrade to an executive suite! All specials are valid for travel from 1st April through to 30th June 2012, with bookings available until March 31st. For more information on booking these super specials while they’re red hot, call RACQ Travel on 1300 188 542 or email Let one of our award-winning RACQ Travel consultants book your dream NT holiday today! Even better, RACQ Travel doesn’t charge credit card fees.

HOLIDAY & Leisure â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once in a Lifetimeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; North America All Over!

GRAND America & Canada - The Ultimate Escorted Tour Of A Lifetime! A â&#x20AC;&#x153;once in a lifetimeâ&#x20AC;? tour with the mature traveller in mind. 60 days on the North American continent, each day something new & different experience the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Niagara Falls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Glaciers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Mounties â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Canyons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The National Parks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Adobe Villages â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Great Cities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Highways and the Byways ! Join us as we depart Australia on our Air New Zealand flight for Los Angeles and the start of our epic tour of USA & Canada. Spend 4 nights in the Disneyland area before setting off through Los Angeles and Universal Studios for Camarillo. Visit Hearst Castle on the way to Monterey. Travel 17 mile Drive to Oakhurst on the edge of Yosemite National Park. Enjoy two nights in San Francisco before travelling up the coast to Eureka and through the Giant Redwoods to Portland. The picturesque Olympia Peninsula will take us through Olympia, with a view of the Capitol, and on to Port Angeles. A ferry ride will take us into Canada and the spectacular city of Victoria. Visit Butchart Gardens and travel north on Vancouver Island through Chemainus â&#x20AC;&#x153;the little town that didâ&#x20AC;? to Dukes Point and a ferry ride across the Straits of Georgia to Vancouver. Journey through the Fraser Canyon and Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate to Kamloops and on through the Rockies to Jasper. Travel the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Banff and then through Calgary to Polson on the shores of Flathead Lake. This morning we travel through Butte and Boseman to Billings and then onto Deadwood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Visit Mt Rushmore and Bear Country USA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where the bears roam free and stop at The Little Big Horn Battlefield â&#x20AC;&#x201C; site of Custerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Stand. Travel across through the Black Hills of South Dakota and the plains through Mitchell, Madison, Toledo to Niagara Falls. Leave Niagara Falls and travel on to Ottawa and Montreal before turning south into New England and

Boston, New York, Washington, Williamsburg, Savannah to Orlando. Half way and enjoy a 4 night break in Orlando â&#x20AC;&#x201C; visit Kennedy Space Centre and explore on your own or take an optional air boat ride through the reeds at Christmas. Leaving Orlando the tour heads north to Montgomery and Nashville â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Home of Country Music and then on to Memphis and Graceland â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Home of Elvis Presley - and visit Sun Studios Next stop is New Orleans and the fascinating world of Creole and Cajun â&#x20AC;&#x201C; visit Oak Alley Plantation and explore Bourbon Street. Travel on through Baton Rouge and Houston to San Antonio and visit The Alamo. Journey through Texas and across the Pecos to Fort Stockton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; turn north to Carlsbad and visit the spectacular caverns and then on to Albuquerque. Visit Old Town â&#x20AC;&#x201C; then on through Sante Fe to Durango. Travel through Four Corners and on to Kayenta with a trip into Monument Valley and an awesome barbecue at Rain God Mesa. Next stop is Flagstaff our base for the Grand Canyon where you can explore the trails on your own or take a helicopter ride over the Canyon. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of this wonder of the world. Cross the new highway across the Hoover Dam and arrive Las Vegas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the City that never sleeps â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a quick ride down the famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stripâ&#x20AC;? and on to our Hotel for 2 nights. Time in Las Vegas is at your leisure or you may like to visit the factory outlets for one last â&#x20AC;&#x153;shop till you dropâ&#x20AC;?!! The last day our coach tour takes us through the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles International airport where we board our Air New Zealand flight for Home. Be part of this epic tour that will leave you with great friends, wonderful memories and â&#x20AC;&#x153;stories that will last a lifetimeâ&#x20AC;? The Tour departs on 05 September 2012 -. For more information or a colour brochure please contact World Discovery Tours on 1 800 645 055.


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HOLIDAY & Leisure Experience New Zealand with the experts independent self drives, dation and much more. For more information motorhomes (campervans), accommo- contact your local

Travellers Choice travel agent or visit

2012 Tour Schedule

Remote Area Luxury Safari Tours

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Dep: 8 May, 8 June, 3 July & 14 August 2012 Fares from $11,995 Denver, Mt Rushmore, Deadwood, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton Pk, Jackson, Salt Lake City, Bryce Zion & Grand Canyon NP, Las Vegas, Calgary Whitehorse, Dawsin City, Alaska & Top of the World Hwys, Fair Banks, Denali NP, Anchorage Prince William Sound Cruise, Skagway White Pass Railway, Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, Victoria Whistler. Other Alaska Tours 17 Days from $8495 24 Days from $9495 25 Days from $9450 incl 7 Day Cruise

60 DAYS GRAND AMERICA & CANADA Dep: 5th September 2012 Fares from $14,495 Visiting LA, USA Westcoast, Yosemite, SFO, Victoria, Vancouver, Canadian Rockies, Mt. Rushmore, Niagara Falls, Autumn Leaves, Boston, New York, Orlando, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. Inc: Return Airfares, 56 B’fasts, 2 Lunches & 8 Dinners.

35 DAYS ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, IRELAND Escorted tour departs: 13 May 2012 Dep: April to Nov 2011 and 2012 Fares from $7695 - Includes return airfares Four Nights London- stopovers (three nights) Bangkok and Hong Kong 21 Day tour of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland - 19 Breakfasts and 10 Dinners Add: 15 Days European Cruise from $3,500 Extra nights in London from $A89

48 DAY SCENIC AMERICA Departs: Wednesday 25th April & 30th May 2012. Also departs: 13th June, 18th July & 1st August 2012 with 6 extra nights in New York or Washington. 2012 - Fares from $7995 Los Angeles, San Diego, Yuma, Tucson, Tombstone, Carlsbad, The Alamo Galveston, New Orleans, Pensacola, Tallahasse, Savannah, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Chicago, Minneapolis, Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, NP, Jackson, Salt Lake City, Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon NP, Las Vegas, LA. Flights, accom, sightseeing and 17 breakfasts. Add 14 days Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, Victoria SFO, Yosemite $3995 twin. Add 13 days Boston and French Canada $2995



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IN these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to travel with a company you can trust. With over 40 years’ experience Kirra Holidays knows the best New Zealand has to offer. Ranging from 5 to 23 days, Kirra Holidays offers a choice of 20 scenic coach tours providing flexibility and value for money, while showcasing the highlights of the North and South Islands… or both! The popular Classic Series have been running for nearly as long as Kirra Holidays have been around and are recommended by thousands of past passengers. These well balanced itineraries show the best of New Zealand including stunning landscapes, culture and heritage. Don’t miss a thing, sit back and relax while you journey through breathtaking and beautifully diverse landscapes found nowhere else in the world. Experience New Zealand a little more like the local’s with an Ultimate Series tour. Take in unique locations such as the rugged Coromandel and the pristine waters of the Abel Tasman along with the opportunity to experience the majestic Milford Sound on an overnight cruise. Welcoming the newest touring addition to the Kirra family is the Highlights series, which

Providing Quality Luxury Small Group Touring to Remote Outback Areas. - Max 22 ppl per group

showcase the highlights of New Zealand while offering you more free time to choose the sights that appeal to you. Starting with a friendly welcome upon arrival in New Zealand, you will continue to enjoy Kiwi hospitality at every step including carefully selected quality accommodation. All itineraries include pre booked admissions to a diverse range of New Zealand’s most popular sightseeing activities and attractions to complement the magnificent natural beauty of this unforgettable country. Kirra Holidays also offer holiday options for premier events such as Warbirds Over Wanaka as well as guided walks,

Cape York – $3990* 14 Days (5th May / 19th May / 2nd June 16th June / 8th Sept / 22nd Sept / 7th Oct) Departs and returns Cairns

The Gulf Savannah – $3420* 12 Days (1st July / 26th August**) - Departs Cairns & Darwin

The Kimberley – $4980* 17 Days (14th July / 4th August**) - Departs Broome and Darwin *per person twin share, single supplement applies to all tours **This tour operates to reverse itinerary

1300 954 533 PO Box 4355, Forest Lake, QLD 4078 We are a Licensed Queensland Tour Operator No 900451638

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(per person twin share plus applicable rail fare)

Accommmodation at Longreach Motor In Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River Stockman’s Group Hall of Fame Organisers r fo Meals Please Call Group Tour


Winton , Waltzing Matilda, Age of Dinosaurs Strathmore Station , Kinnon & Co Starlights Spectacular Qantas museum & Tours of aircraft

Departs – 28th Apr, 12May , 26 May, 14 Jul, 01 Sep, 15 Sep, 29 Sep & 20 Oct

Great Value Escorted Fly / Coach Tour to Tasmania Tasmania - The Great Escape Includes Return Flights ex Brisbane Accommodation

8 Days $2595*

(per person twin share)

Meals Interesting Day Tours Friendly Informative Tour Host

Tour departs Brisbane 24th April 2012

PH: 1300 722 661 Email: Travel Agent No. 3346453 TCF No. 9907

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beest and zebra stampede across the Mara River from the Serengeti. At this time of year, the vast plains of the Masai Mara are dense with game. You’ll get plenty of opportunities to tick off the ‘Big 5’ as you also travel via Mt Kilimanjaro and the spectacular elephant herds of Amboseli to the Great Rift Valley. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the Masai people in their remote bush villages and experience their incredibly rich tribal culture that has survived for centuries. The prolific and unique wildlife of Samburu Game Reserve includes large numbers of the ‘big cats’ and herds of the most colourful giraffes, plus many unique species found nowhere else. A short flight north brings

you to Egypt, where you’ll step back even further in history to the time of the ancient Pharaohs. That first glimpse of the Pyramids is the fulfilment of a life-long dream for most travellers while the city of Cairo is imbued with mystery and intrigue. On a deluxe seven-day Nile cruise, you’ll discover more of Egypt’s legendary antiquities, like the God-sized temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, Aswan and world famous Abu Simbel looking out over Lake Nasser. The outstanding relaxation and enjoyment of the complete 7 day deluxe Nile cruise is a special feature of this spectacular tour. Fully escorted from Brisbane, this exclusive 26-day itinerary is designed by the specialists at Travel Masters to feature the very best of African wildlife and Egyptian treasures in total comfort. The tour price of $13,990 includes all your flights ex Brisbane, deluxe accommodation throughout, comprehensive sightseeing and almost all of your meals. The tour is exclusive to Travel Masters and a full brochure is available through Travel Masters, phone 1300 852 799.

Asia & Beyond

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Vietnam & Cambodia delights

Africa! It’s ALIVE!!

FROM the famous migration of the wildebeest on the game-rich plains of the Masai Mara to the pink clouds of flamingos covering the Rift Valley’s soda lakes, there is nowhere else on earth quite like East Africa. In August, Travel Masters will escort a deluxe small group tour to this spectacular region, with the 26day itinerary also taking in Egypt and this year, Dubai. Bookings have just opened but, with a strict limit of 18 passengers, you’ll need to get in early. This deluxe tour fills quickly each year. Visiting the best big-game parks at the best time of year, the group will depart Brisbane on August 17, perfectly timed for one of nature’s most breathtaking natural phenomena as massive herds of wilde-

The Great Value Tours to

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Around Formosa Taiwan 10 Days fully inclusive from $2495


Taipei, Sun moon lake, Kaohsiung,Taitung, Hualien,Taroko Gorge

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Tokyo, Nikko, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Toyohashi, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Osaka

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Saigon, Cui Chi, Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Halong, Hanoi

Highlights of China 14 Days fully inclusive from $3288


Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai

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Seoul, DMZ, Busan, Gyeongju, Andong, Mt.Sorak, Goseong

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Cruise and tours of Asia

CRUISE specialist ‘CruiseMart’ are offering a choice of 4 great cruising holidays visiting the best of Asia in 2012. These exclusive packages include flights, cruise, hotel stays and bonus city tours. Package 1 features the largest ship to ever be based in Australia when she arrives later this year. Royal Caribbean’s ‘Voyager of the Seas’ will cruise from Beijing to Singapore visiting China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand & Vietnam. The 19 night package starts from $3999 per person and departs 04 October, 2012. Package 2 is onboard the modern luxury of Celebrity Cruises ‘Celebrity Solstice’, which will also be based in Australia later this year. Solstice will cruise from Dubai to Singapore visiting Oman, India & Malaysia. The 16 night package starts from $4669 per person and departs 9 November, 2012. Package 3 is onboard the popular ‘Diamond Princess’ cruising from Beijing to Bangkok visiting Korea, Japan, China,

Vietnam & Thailand. The 20 night package starts from $4399 per person and departs 7 November, 2012 and includes US$85 onboard credit. Package 4 cruises from Singapore to Hong Kong onboard Holland America’s ‘Volendam’, visiting & more. The 15 night package starts from $3899 per person and departs 8 December, 2012. All 4 packages include return airfares with Singapore Airlines, 4 star hotel stays with breakfast, transfers, cruise and bonus city tours, plus all

taxes. Whilst onboard ship all meals and entertainment is included and you’ll enjoy all the facilities available on these world class ships, such as multiple fine dining options and intimate bars, giant outdoor movie screen and health club. There’s even an ice-skating rink on Voyager of the Seas and real live grass on Celebrity Solstice’s top deck Lawn Club. You can find full details of each offer at or call 1300 305 920.

Escorted Small Group Tours • Japan • Iceland • Burma • Costa Rica • USA For discerning travellers looking for something special, cherry blossom gardens, arts, crafts, bird watching, vintage cars and autumn colours... email: phone:

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New Zealand at your own pace Lo y o les u nge s y sta r ou y, pa y!

Ski Queenstown

Take in the remarkable surroundings, interesting culture and unique traditions of this beautiful country at your own pace.

Boasting beautiful views over Lake Wakatipu and a short drive to Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, this resort is the ideal location for skiers.

Includes 7 days standard hire in a 2 berth Pacific Horizon motorhome

Includes 7 nights accommodation at the Copthorne Resort Lakefront in a standard room s 7 days Britz car hire including tourism radio & ski chains s 3 days NZSuperpass~


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Valid for travel 01 April – 31 October 2012

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New Zealand Highlights Coach Tour $3 Sav 54 * e pp !>

Ultimate Hikes Routeburn Track

8-day package from $659*pp

Experience an award winning alpine walk with stunning views of sweeping valleys below and majestic peaks above.

This Kirra coach tour delves into the wonders of New Zealand, giving you a chance to appreciate the sights and culture with more time to explore.

Includes 1 night pre & post accommodation at Goldridge Resort in Queenstown s 3 day Routeburn Track guided walk

Includes 17 nights accommodation s Dining inclusions – 17 breakfasts, 11 dinners s ‘Hole in the Rock’ & Milford Sound cruise s Maori concert & hangi in Rotorua s Coastal Pacific train journey & much more

Valid for travel 01 – 18 April 2012

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5-day package from $980 pp

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18-day tour from $3,345*pp

HOLIDAY & Leisure Exceptional, luxurious cruising in Vietnam with APT

VIETNAM & Cambodia are lands of great contrasts – of tantalising flavours, stunning beauty, colourful history and unique culture. So it’s no surprise that this striking region of Indochina is an increasingly popular destination for travellers. From natural wonders to exotic cui-

sine, serene waterways to astonishing architecture, the attractions of this country are legendary, as is the warm hospitality of those who call it home. In 2011, APT is delighted to offer an exceptional land and cruise touring program covering the highlight attractions of Vietnam & Cambodia.

Their passion for and expertise in luxury escorted touring means that with APT, guests enjoy an exquisite holiday experience in some of the most extraordinary destinations in Indochina. Whether immersed in the stunning surrounds of World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay, exploring the iconic land-

marks of historic towns and bustling cities, or getting off the beaten track in remote communities, you’ll see every region brought to life by friendly local guides, subtly excellent service and engaging activities. Brand new and exclusive to APT this year is the ms Amalotus. This luxury

boutique ship will join the ms La Marguerite on the Mekong River, together setting a whole new standard in river cruising. With only 62 suites, most featuring APT’s unique twin balconies, an intimate cruising experience aboard the ms Amalotus is assured. You’ll be welcomed back

from every day’s adventures with a refreshing drink, lemon-scented towelette and slippers – just a small indication of the attentive service that, along with the variety of stylish public areas, ensures guests enjoy the level of indulgence only APT can offer. From beautifully ap-

pointed suites to the range of expertly prepared local and Western cuisine, every feature contributes to a truly opulent discovery of the sights, sounds and remote beauty of the Mekong Delta. Contact Travel Redcliffe Peninsula on Ph 3889 3999 for further details.

Cruise the mighty Yangtze River in luxury

THE Yangtze, largest river in China, and the third largest in the world is said to be the cradle of Chinese civilization. Known locally as the Changjian, it flows 6,300 kilometres from the snowy heights of the QinghaiTibet Plateau to the East China Sea, just north of Shanghai, winding through some of China’s most spectacular scenery. Mandarin World (MW) Tours are the specialists in organising and operating small group tours throughout Asia. Their Mighty Yangtze River & Hong Kong 15 Day tour offers the most extensive and luxurious Yangtze River Cruise experience without the hassles. All meals are included, as well as off shore excursions, deluxe staterooms with balcony, on board entertainment and much more. Combined with visits to Shanghai, Chongqing and Hong Kong this is definitely a tour with extra added value and more comfort. Starting with the excitement and vitality of Shanghai, you will have leisure time for shopping and your own interests as well as taking all the most famous landmark sights.

Soon enough you will be enjoying the relaxed pace of your Yangtze River Cruise and the delightful shore excursions to quaint villages and towns along the way. Historical Nanjing and the famous ghost city of Fengdu await you. You will also experience the power of the Three Gorges Dam. Chongqing is your last port of call; surrounded by mountains on all sides and by the Changjiang (Yangtze) and Jialing Rivers on three sides, it is called the “mountain city.”A tour of Chongqing completes your trip along the Yangtze before you are escorted on to your flight to Hong Kong. Here there will be time for some great bargain shopping or simply wandering along the Victoria Harbour, taking a ferry or double decker bus between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, and enjoying Cantonese yum cha and cuisine. Fully inclusive with all taxes from $3098, these great value tours depart from mid-March through to November 2012. Full details of the Yangtze River and Hong Kong tour are available by calling Mandarin World Tours on 1300 842 688. You can also obtain information from

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disposal. On 1st March, two club members will take the place of the guest speaker. Pat Killoran, the president, will give helpful hints and Berenice Corvi will give a Floral Art demonstration endeavouring to make use of very few blooms. It’s amazing what can be done with one or two flowers and accessories as can be seen in the photo. The club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, 349 Wardell Street, Enoggera (Refidex 139 A10), corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets. The hall is wheel chair friendly. Meetings commence at 9.45 a.m. with morning tea. Due to illness, age, death and family commitments, membership has diminished and the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club desperately needs more members. The club meets on the first Thursday of the month and visitors and new members are always welcome. It is not necessary to be a gardener to join this club. Those members who do garden, exhibit specimens for judging and any new member who wants to exhibit should phone Pat, the president, about the entry classes on the schedule. Qualified judges and guest speakers are engaged each month and while the speakers’ topics, in the main, focus on horticulture, some speakers deal with well-being, health, craft, floral art, etc. and much knowledge and good fellowship are to be gained from attending these talks.

At each meeting there’s a lucky door prize, continuous raffle, and trade and plant exchange tables where members have an opportunity to share excess plants and cuttings.

There’s a promise of prospective new members and it is hoped in 2012 club membership will increase. For more information please phone Pat on (07) 3356 1256.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . West Moreton Country Music Social The venue is licensed with hot meals available from 6pm. The Show starts at 7 pm ending at 11 pm with Guest Artist going on at approx .9pm. For information contact 0438 069 422 or 07 3282 1245 http://www.westmoreton Leisa Bye: Leisa has been performing country music since the age of 12, having started out in theatre at the tender age of 8. Well known around NSW and SE QLD for her yodelling talents, Leisa has been involved in all aspects of county music, including being instrumental in many country music clubs in both states. She has helped out many of the Leisa Bye juniors who have come House, Cnr. Salisbury HELD on the third through the ranks over Road and Warwick Road the years, many who Friday of the month. Our next social is Friday Ipswich. This month’s have gone on to make a Guest Artist is Leisa 17th February 2012 at name for themselves. Bye. the Ipswich Leisa enjoys all kinds of The Guest Artist goes Showgrounds, Greycountry, but has a soft on approx 9pm hound Racing Club spot for the oldies.

Explore and photograph Brisbane THE city hides many great photographic locations. Enjoy a walk while learning techniques to take a great photo. Each week we explore a different area of the city drawing inspiration from nature, architecture and people. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and your own camera. This is a popular activity so bookings are essential by phoning 3857 1152. We meet at Kings George Square on Thursdays 15, 22 and 29 March from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Cost is $2 per session.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Redland Performing Arts Centre 2012 Performance Season Live Performance 2012 – As You Like It! FOLLOWING on from the highly successful 2011 See It Live performance season Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is very excited to present it’s fourth performance season, just... As You Like It – Live Performance 2012! The 2012 LIVE performance season is an exciting and diverse program that offers 18 high quality productions showcasing the best in LIVE entertainment. There will be

something for all ages and interests with Fine Music, Comedy, Dance, Family Music Theatre, Comedy/ Drama, Visual Theatre and Live Music all included! Showcasing the brilliant live acoustics of the Centre’s Concert Hall will be “The Australian Voices in Concert”, recognised as one of the finest vocal ensembles of its type in the world, and the Australian String Quartet who will perform with interna-

tionally acclaimed Queensland-born clarinet soloist Paul Dean! Lovers of a fun night out with lots of laughs will be excited to see some of Australia’s finest comic talent on offer with “Biddies, The Housekeeper” and “Chasing the Lollyman” all set to keep our devoted comedy fans laughing out loud! Expressions Dance Company will perform award winning choreographer

“Natalie Weir’s - R&J”; a beautiful dance production inspired by the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet which received ‘rave’ reviews during its QPAC season. The return by popular demand of British music legends The Searchers will have popular music fans on their feet celebrating fifty glorious years of musical history. We also present awarding winning country music per-

former Darren Coggan in the lead up to Remembrance Day in “War Stories – A Salute in Story and Song to the ANZAC Spirit”. A special treat for people of all ages is “I, Bunyip”, from Erth Visual, which explores the mystical world of creatures from our indigenous folklore, with lifelike puppets and stunning visual effects. We also have some wonderful shows for young

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children and their families with “The Gruffalo’s Child, The Bugalugs Bum Thief” and “Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit” all based on popular children’s books. Fans of Comedy/Drama shouldn’t miss “The Weather and Your Health”. Nominated for two Green Room Awards this intimate play is a charming story of rural youth and a trip down memory lane. The announcement of RPAC’s 2012 performance season also heralds the opening of subscription ticket sales, whereby patrons have the opportunity to select their preferred entertainment package in advance, by

choosing four or more performances from the eight nominated subscription season shows to make substantial savings on individual ticket prices. Whether subscribing or purchasing individual tickets, the 2012 performance program at RPAC is LIVE entertainment AS YOU LIKE IT! Subscriptions and general tickets to RPAC’s 2012 season are now on sale. Free season brochure out now! Phone the RPAC Box Office on (07) 3829 8131, visit the Box Office (2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland) during opening hours or download the brochure from the RPAC website

BrisStyle Indi Twilight Markets

THE BrisStyle Indie Twilight Markets in the heart of Brisbane’s King George Square offer a unique homegrown experience like no other event of its kind in Australia. Combining the laid-back attitude of South East Queensland with the buzz of Brisbane’s CBD, these Friday night markets are a lantern-lit celebration of local independent art, craft and design. Support the local Queensland community and shop ethically at Brisbane’s hottest destination for everything handmade under the stars. The next market will be on Friday 24 February from 5pm-9pm at King Georg Square.

Doug Parkinson Friday 10th February, 8pm One of the truly versatile talents in Australian music, Doug Parkinson is happiest in front of an audience. Either starring in a hit musical or singing a bluesy soul tune backed by a pack of horns and a crack rhythm section, the fact remains that for four decades he has been Australia’s pre-eminent voice amongst the musical community. Admission: $35

The Searchers Friday 17th February, 8pm The Searchers are one of the few British pop groups who have maintained their position at the top for well over 45 years. This will be their 50th Anniversary Tour, performing greatest hits such as ‘When You Walk in the Room’, ‘Sugar and Spice’ and ‘Have You Ever Loved Somebody’. You won’t be able to stop yourself from dancing! Admission: $30

Redland Performing Arts Centre presents

Adam Brand supported by the Sunny Cowgirls Sunday 19th February, 2pm Adam Brand is one of Australia’s most successful recording artists with a sales history of over half a million CDs and DVDs. He has 12 Golden Guitar Awards and has been voted CMC (Country Music Channel) Oz Artist of the Year every year since its inception in 2007. Adam is back for another Summer to entertain you with songs from his recent album ‘It’s gonna be OK’ as well as all your favourite Country songs. Admission: $49 PERFORMING R THEIR GREATES GREATEST EST HITS INCLUDING... When You Walk In The Room Needles And Pins • Bumble Bee Love Potion Number Nine Sugar And Spice • Goodbye My Love Sweets For My Sweet

For all show bookings please phone the box office on (07) 3359 9122. All upcoming shows and events are listed on the Club website.

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SU UN 19 FEB, 7..30P PM Reedlland Perforrmin ng Arrts Cen ntree Conccerrt Hall


TICKETS: Adults $40, Seniors/Pensioners $36, Groups 10+ $34 BOOKINGS: Call the box office on 3829 8131 or visit • A $2 booking fee applies to online purchases.

Supported by Major Media Partners: Bayside Bulletin, The Redland Times and d’fine.

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Variety Concerts WROCCS MEMBERS kick up their heels at the Wynnum Region Organised Computing Club’s Variety Concert held late last year. 91 people attended the concert in the Pandanus Room at the Wynnum RSL which was followed by a Christmas lunch in the Bistro Room. Enjoyed by all.

Brisbane Powerhouse brings you the World on Stage THE best independent theatre from Italy, Belarus, India, United States, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia will hit the stage at World Theatre Festival 2012, along with forums, masterclasses and a new Festival Lounge with free live music and Wi-Fi, at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 16 – 26 February 2012. According to Artistic Director Andrew Ross World Theatre Festival 2012 is a chance for everyone to get involved in theatre and see the world from a different angle. “I think one of the things this year’s festival does well is provide everyone with something to suit their interests. From video goggle adventures for techies, classic drama for theatre-lovers and installations for art enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone.” Queensland Premier Anna Bligh welcomed the festival back to Brisbane for its second year. “Events like this further cement Queensland’s reputation as a dynamic arts and cultural hub, adding to a rich

calendar of events which also include the upcoming QPAC International Series and Matisse: Drawing Life exhibition,” Ms Bligh said. “The World Theatre Festival is expected to attract around 5,000 attendees – that’s good for the city, local business and local jobs. “That’s why the Queensland Government is investing in events like the World Theatre Festival through Events Queensland as part of our record $174 million investment in events over the next four years.” Brisbane Powerhouse is Brisbane City Council’s leading arts performance venue helping to deliver a vibrant and creative city. World Theatre Festival is supported by Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Events Queensland. All concession tickets are priced between $10 and $25. For full program details go to or call Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office on (07) 3358 8600.

Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance AN exhibition by nationally acclaimed jeweller Barbara Heath, Tinsmith: An ordinary romance explores the fascinating, forgotten history of tinsmithing in Southeast Queensland. The exhibition brings together historic tinwares from private collections alongside contemporary pieces created by Heath. Together, these objects rediscover the simple skills of tinsmithing through examining historical architectural ornaments and traditional utilitarian wares. This is an artisan travelling exhibition. The exhibition will run from the 8th February to April 1st. Offering free entry Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum.

FINE MUSIC // The Australian Voices in Concert Australian String Quartet COMEDY // Biddies The Housekeeper Chasing the Lollyman DANCE // Natalie Weir’s R&J FAMILY MUSIC THEATRE // The Gruffalo’s Child The Bugalugs Bum Thief Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit COMEDY/DRAMA // The Weather and Your Health VISUAL THEATRE // I, Bunyip LIVE MUSIC // The Searchers – 50th Anniversary World Tour War Stories Musical Melodies Program


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Starrring Dale Burridge and Danielle Everett Sta S URDAY 31 MARCH, 2PM SA SAT

THANK GOD I’M A COUNTRY BOY Starring Trevor Knight



Starring Simon Gallaher SATURDAY 28 JULY, 2PM

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MORNING TEA Starring Keith Potger


Tickets: Seniors/Pensioners $15.00, Adults $20.00, Groups of 10+ Seniors/Pensioners $13.00 Bookings: Phone the Box Office on 3829 8131 or visit • A $2 booking fee applies to online purchases. Supported by Major Media Partners: Bayside Bulletin, The Redland Times and d’fine. Music partner: 2012 Program supporter – Theme & Variations.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Musical Melodies 2012 Concert Series REDLAND Performing Arts Centre is delighted to announce the 2012 Musical Melodies Concert Series! This season presents a series of five high quality shows featuring some of Australia’s best loved superstars. The first concert of the series in March is Music of the Night and features Dale Burridge and Danielle

Everett, the two original stars of the Premier Australian Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, with songs from Puccini to Lloyd Webber. Next in May, is Australian Golden Guitar winner, Trevor Knight in Thank God I’m a Country Boy, a concert that celebrates the music of John Denver!

July brings the return, by popular demand, of a Queensland favourite Simon Gallaher, starring in his all new show, Secret Love, featuring classic love songs and torch songs from the past 50 years. In September we present the unique talents of Ms Judy Glen in How to Age Disgracefully, a wild and whacky show

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Under The Boardwalk Save The Last Dance Up On The Roof On Broadway

of comedy, song and fabulous frocks where you will find out how to age disgracefully! Keith Potger, founding member of The Seekers, will star in the final concert for 2012 in October, accompanying himself on his trusty six string guitar, sharing stories of his time in the music industry and bringing audiences into his life and times. Guests are invited to join us from one hour prior to each performance, for a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit; the performances are conveniently timed on a Wednesday at 11am and on Saturdays at 2pm, with shows running for approximately an hour and a half. All shows are great entertainment for the whole family, tickets are: Seniors/Pensioners $15; Seniors/Pensioners groups of 10+ $13; and Adults $20. To book tickets call the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 or book online at, please note a $2 online booking fee applies. Tickets can also be booked in person at the Box Office: Monday – Friday 12noon – 4pm, Saturday from 10am 1pm, or one hour prior to a show.

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Take a well earned break CLOUDS of Montville resort motel is perfectly placed between the iconic villages of Montville and Maleny high on the hinterland overlooking the Sunshine Coast. With their traditional retirees guests taking a hit in the hip pocket Margaret and Angus, the owners of Clouds for the last sixteen years, have decided to put together a very special Seniors Card holders package. “We have truly valued the support we have enjoyed through the good times and so we believe it is appropriate that we give something back when things are not quite so buoyant” said Angus. “The package we have put together reflects room rates not seen at Clouds for sixteen years! Plus a cooked breakfast for two at no charge is included for every morning of your stay, it truly is a top value offer” he added. The Garden units at Clouds are on the ground floor

and are air conditioned and self contained. They have a small kitchen facility so guests can self cater if they wish. Clouds also boasts a salt water pool and BBQ area. The area is famous for its walks, parks and its arts, crafts and galleries. For those who enjoy a drop of wine and some local cheese there are wineries and cheese factories to discover. There are award winning restaurants to enjoy or simple cafes that produce wonderful local food. To many a real bonus is that no one goes to the Sunshine Coast hinterland for the night life! A sound sleep, fresh mountain air, great food and interesting things to do are all part of the attraction and with the price of the package Clouds have put together you really cannot afford not to go on holiday in the hinterland! Call us on (07) 54429174 “The calm behind the Sunshine Coast!”

Spoilt for choice at Sizzler

AT sizzler we understand what it means to be fresh and how important it is to have choice. That’s why our salad bar features over 60 fresh choices every day of the year. Enjoy our mixed salads, prepared fresh in restaurant each day. And our range changes seasonally to ensure there are always plenty of new flavours. This summer enjoy salads with iconic Australian flavours, such as our delectable prawn & Tassie smoked salmon salad, mouth-watering tropical coconut fish salad, and the tasty chicken, mango & almond salad. Adults $54.90, Seniors/Pensioners $49.90 Groups10+ $49.9 As well as salads, you can’t forget the freshly cooked, $2 Booking Fee applies to online purchases


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seasoned potato skins, pumpkin soup, creamy potato bake, pasta and sauces plus make-your-own nachos. Saving the best for last, treat yourself to our decadent banana caramel pie or mango & passionfruit pavlova on the dessert bar this summer. Plus, don’t forget our fresh fruit and traditional dessert favourites. We also take extra special care of our seniors, offering a 20% discount* to those guests over the age of 60. *available all day Monday – Wednesday and before 6pm Thursday - Sunday. Conditions apply. Just one more reason why you’d best visit sizzler again soon!

SENIORS NEWS Redlands Probus celebrates 13th Birthday

HARRY Wicke who at 97 is our oldest member gave an interesting talk about a long and full life. Harry still drives his own car, swims 5 to 10 laps of the pool most mornings then goes for a 5 km walk. Harry helped President Genevieve cut the birthday cake. A Birthday lunch was held at Sharks, enjoyed by all and we all look forward to another busy year with Poinciana Probus Club.

Older Women’s Network

THE Older Women’s Network’s Brisbane members enjoyed a morning of Christmas –themed games at their party in December. It was also an opportunity to catch up with friends from around the other groups. We are looking forward to an exciting year of activities including a workshop/ funshop on Clear Concise Communication during International Women’s Week on Tuesday 6 March. At this funshop you will learn how to tell your story clearly, improve your delivery of a speech, help the listeners understand, make an impact with public speaking, and have fun doing it. To book for the Clear Concise Communication Work-

shop call 3358 2301 (Mon, Tue or Thurs). Most groups will start meetings again in February, with talks on a range of health and wellbeing topics. Groups will be meeting in Annerley, Morningside, and Mitchelton. Tara’s Tuesdays will visit the Qld Art Gallery on 21 February. The first Ladypause meeting in the BCC City Square Library will on March19 will hear about anxiety disorders. If you would like more information on the Older Women’s Network or group activities, call Ronni Martin (Tue or Thurs) on 3358 2301 or visit our website at www.

A Festive Easter Tour

EASTER is a time for celebration: and we have put together a short getaway as a celebration of good food, good music and good company – all the things we come to expect of an Easter retreat. Visit the Hunter Valley, a feast for your senses and heralded as one of Australia’s finest wine and gourmet food producing regions, then travel to Canberra for the National Folk Festival. Our Nation’s Capital City is converted into a magical place filled with color and sound featuring hundreds of the world’s best musicians performing every day. This 8-day Easter tour will take us south to picturesque Pokolbin, were we will enjoy the peaceful charm and beauty of the Hunter Valley before continuing south

to Canberra to enjoy the National Folk Festival. Here we will enjoy song, dance, tunes, and verse from all around Australia and the world. Heading north again we travel into the scenic Blue Mountains exploring the world famous Jenolan Caves and the beautiful Village of Blackheath. Tour highlights include: Pokolbin, Hunter Valley Gardens, Bowral, Mount Ainsley, Cocking ton Green, National Folk Festival, Jenolan Caves and Hunter Belle Cheese. Enjoy luxury air-conditioned coach travel, an experienced coach captain and tour hostess plus a host of inclusions as you enjoy this magnificent Easter Celebration. Call today for a free brochure of to reserve your seat 1800 072 322.

Attention all seniors! DO you have questions about computing? Things you want to learn? Tricks of the trade passed you by? Don’t hold back - help is on the way! Come along to a free “Question & Answer” session on computing, at a Library near you. Throughout 2012, Brisbane Seniors OnLine in conjunction with Brisbane City Council and Redlands Shire Council will host a monthly programme of 15 free Library ‘Question & Answer’ sessions on computing. These free sessions are open to the public. So bring a friend with you and join us for a cuppa afterwards. Bookings are essential as seating is limited. Session details are available on the events calendar at A panel of mentors from Brisbane Seniors OnLine (BSOL) will do their best to answer any computer related questions which people may have. You can also find out more about BSOL and the benefits of becoming a member. New members are always welcome. Membership fees are modest for learners; and free to volunteers. Brisbane Seniors OnLine is a not-for-profit group run entirely by volunteers. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm. Phone 3210 6983. BSOL is happy to provide a speaker for your local community group meetings at no charge; simply email Julie at

Become a JP or Commissioner for Declarations THE Department of Justice and Attorney-General’s Justices of the Peace (JP) Branch is looking for community-minded people of all ages with an interest in the legal system to become a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) or a Commissioner for Declarations. The volunteer role involves helping members of the community by witnessing legal documents such as statutory declarations, affidavits and land title documents. If giving back to the community, learning valuable skills and contributing to Queensland’s legal system interests you phone the JP Branch on 1300 301 147.

U3A Pine Rivers commences 2012 U3A Pine Rivers is off and running with our first ‘Meet and Greet’ for the year. Our first meeting for 2012 will be held on 17 February, commencing at 10.00am, finishing around 12 noon. It will be an interesting morning with a Guest Speaker. Morning tea/coffee and biscuits provided. At the meeting we will outline happenings for the year plus bookings and payments taken for the various bus trips and new members will be welcomed. We meet at the same venue at Bray Hall, Cnr Cook & O’Loan Streets, Petrie. Details on 3321 0681 or


BOOKS Mills & Boon VGC Qty 19, sell $1 each. Ph 3847 8781. BUCKETS white 20 litres with lid $4 each. Ph 5499 4493. Morayfield. CAR cover suitable for 4 cylinder small car, grey in colour. $10. Ph 5428 3803. Caboolture. CARAVAN accessories, heaps all going cheap, includes 2x15amp, 15mt. power cords, water pipes, extended towing mirrors, storage box etc. nothing over $50, negotiable. Ph 3287 5355/0422 571 942. Eagleby. CARE alert smart dialer, simple to install. Five stored contact numbers. One can be 000. Price $100. Ph 3289 4903. Mt. Samson. COFFEE percolator, white Corning Ware with blue posy motif, inset basket for grounds. VGC. $15. Ph 3890 7241. Wakerley. INHALER, Vicks brand, steam action 12-14 hr. operation. Auto shut off as new $20. Ph 3890 7241. Wakerley. MCSS prayer books in German over 70 years old. Some in dustcover all leather . GC different Bistums $20 each. Ph 3886 4592. Kallangur. MOBILITY chair, powered 2x12v batteries, model Jazzy 1121, GC. Max speed 8km/h, weight capacity 136kg. $485. Ph 3273 8086. Calamvale. WESTERN P/6 books 150 odd. LP or Ord print. 309 pages average. Good clean cond. can post. No minimum $2 each. Ph 3397 3493. Green slopes.

FREE For Sale classifieds Only ONE FREE FOR SALE classified allowed per person per month. No other sorts of Classifieds, ie: Wanted adverts will be accepted. The publisher reserves the right to decline, edit and reduce the number of classifieds appearing due to space available in the newspaper. Due to these space constraints sometimes not all adverts will appear in the one month, but will be placed in the following month. You can write up to 20 words per advert, but make sure that your contact phone number, and the selling price are clearly stated. Items for sale must not exceed $500. Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office by 30th of each month. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) Wanted items are no longer accepted. Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for private party advertising only. No business adverts accepted. Please print the first word of your classified in CAPITALS, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. POST your adverts to: ‘Bris Free 4 Sale,’ Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565. FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.)

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Across 8 Sign of nothing for humankind (4) 9 A fight confronted and turned around (5-5) 1 0 Decanter for the artist in the cafe (6) 11 Project you will see through to the end (5,3) 1 2 Gives heartless guests funny hints (8) 1 4 Reveal former spouse’s stance (6) 1 6 Coral reefs create a yellow scum on the top (4) 17 Thwarts with fencing swords (5) 1 8 Wag is just one of the pack (4) 1 9 Rises up at the turn to hassle Beryl (6) 2 1 Perhaps Conrad is wry (8) 2 3 Fearing that five hundred are reading (8) 2 6 Scorched and damaged the design (6) 2 7 Small compartment for a bird to nest in (6-4) 2 8 Came to the surface to broadcast the fish eggs (4)


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8 Sign (4) 9 Turned around (5-5) 10 Decanter (6) 11 Project (5,3) 12 Hints (8) 14 Reveal (6) 16 Coral reefs (4) 17 Thwarts (5) 18 Wag (4) 19 Rises up (6) 21 Wry (8) 23 Fearing (8) 26 Scorched (6) 27 Small compartment (6-4) 28 Fish eggs (4)

Down 1 Organised the actual mime to be faultless (10) 2 Expands the hold between large ships (8) 3 Cooking breaks for the bread makers (6) 4 Constrictors can use scarves (4) 5 Soccer players are refusing to go to work (8) 6 Reverse support (4-2) 7 Keep a prize buffalo with the humped ox (4) 1 3 Becomes sets of playing cards (5) 1 5 Aligned but utterly restricted (10) 1 7 Shapes of the styles (8) 1 8 Can coroners become balladeers? (8) 20 Uplifts when screening “Annabel at Essex” (6) 2 2 Took a breather with the remains of the journalist (6) 2 4 Complain bitterly about this means of transport (4) 2 5 Even young blood begins to clot (4)

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ANNOUNCING Not-for-profit Computer Training for Seniors with BRISBANE SENIORS ON LINE

Do you want to get started? Or do you want to upgrade your skills? Brisbane Seniors OnLine has something to offer all seniors – from the basics to communication, the internet, digital and video photography, and entertainment. Costs are modest. Help is available at home, or in clubs and classes.

Phone BSOL on 3210 6983 (10am-3pm) Do you already have expertise? Volunteer mentors are always welcome to join our team.

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Improve your computer skills THE Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Wynnum Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Incorporated “WROCCS” will be held in the Pandanus Room at the Wynnum RSL Club, 174 Tingal Road, Wynnum Tuesday, 14th February 2012. Time: 10.30 am. (doors open 10 .00 am). Classes start again from15th February for 2012. WROCCS conducts classes catering to the needs of absolute beginners as well as those wishing to explore further computer skills in the use of Internet

tools for Surfing the Web, Email, etc., as well as Windows, Microsoft Office, Computer Maintenance, Family History, Digital Photography and Photo Restoration. All Seniors are welcome to attend the Club’s monthly meetings held at the Wynnum RSL on the second Tuesday of each month. The Club has a wellequipped computer facility elsewhere in Wynnum used to present daily classes on chosen subjects. For further details please phone the President, 0411 806 154, or visit

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MITCHELTON Meals on Wheels deliver hundreds of tasty, nutritious meals to homes in the areas bordered by Enoggera, Bridgeman Downs, Bunya and Upper Kedron. Some clients receive a meal each day and others prefer to receive several meals on one day. There is a range of flexible options to fit in with your needs. Each meal costs only $7 and includes a main meal, dessert, soup and juice. Main meals are available either hot ready to eat, chilled ready to heat for those who prefer to have their meal in the evening, or frozen for weekends or other days you aren’t at home to get a meal delivered. Special diets and preferences are catered for by the friendly caring staff, and salads are also available for those who prefer it. If interested, ring them on 3354 3919 (7am – 1pm Monday to Friday) to find out more.

Reviving memories of Domestic Science High School THIS girls’ school which was situated in the grounds of the present QUT in George Street, was closed in 1962- fifty years ago. Any past student of the school is invited to attend a reunion on 27th October, 2012 from 1pm to 5pm to mark the school’s closure. There has already been an encouraging response to former publicity and the organisers need to confirm a suitable venue in the CBD of Brisbane. We need your immediate response, so please contact Mary (nee Draheim) on 3265 6000 or email as soon as possible.

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National Servicemen’s Association of Aust Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW

Having trouble selling your house? If you are ... Consider this, one of our readers may very well want to buy it! You can now advertise your home in the Brisbane Seniors Newspaper’s Property Section. A one-off discounted outlay of $110.00 inc. GST gives you a (4cm x 6.5cm) sized advertisement - over 4 editions. Approximately 50 words. Post advertisements to: Property Section, Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin. Qld. 4565 by the 15th of each month. Conditions apply: This discounted offer is only available to our ‘Senior readers’. Private adverts only. The $110.00 must be paid for by cheque, money order or by credit card prior to advertisements appearing. (No refunds given on this discounted rate.)

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2 bdrms + study, 2 way b’room, 2 toilets, aircon, ceiling fans, drapes throughout, carpet, carport, store room, patio front & back, private tiled courtyard, community hall, tennis, swimming pool, many more activities, security gates.

3 bedroom, ensuite, WIR, second bathroom, 3 aircon. Granite benchtops, dishwasher. Fully insulated. Covered alfresco and carport with automatic garage door. Shed. Handrails in ensuite. $1000’s of extras. Many on site facilities. All amenities close by. Can email photos.

$315,000 Ph: (07) 3287 1214

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Ruby Gardens Over 50s Resort

Sapphire Gardens Eagleby Pretty Cottage / Northerly Aspect

Chambers Pines Lifestyle Resort

3 bedroom, lounge & dining room. Open plan living, ensuite and 2nd toilet. Large kitchen & laundry. Plenty cupboards & power points. Full length verandah. Bright, airy and so much room. Solar power & air-con. Lovely street appeal. MUST SEE. Not $350,000, Not $300,000.

Small boutique resort - only 78 houses when finished. 2 bedroom, large fully equipped kitchen, lock up garage. Ideal for a pet. Security gated. Air-con and fans. Large private landing. All amenities. Only $195,000 Phone Ray 0411 650 036

Wheelchair Friendly House for Sale Owners downsizing

Over 50’s Northern Gold Coast Award winning Halcyon Waters Resort, Hope Island. Close to Paradise Point, Sanctuary Cove, Westfield, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping. Architecturally designed 3 bedrooms, Stone bench tops, extra large open plan living area, Timber floors, Plantation shutters, Ducted air, $40,000 upgrades, Steel framed, Colorbond roof, Double garage. Excellent recreational facilities, quiet location, ample parking.

Private Sale $510,000 Ph: (07) 5514 2145 or 0414 517 097

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Priced to sell $285,000 Ph: 0416 237 964

Chambers Flat QLD

This house, built to accommodate a wheelchair bound family member, is spacious & overlooks a park. 4 bdrms + 5th bdrm/office, kitchen, dining, lounge, family room, 3 baths/toilets (1 very lge), lock up garage with lift to living area above. Rear of house on ground level.

For more information or inspection phone 3263 6317

Over 50s Boutique Village

Over 50’s Resort

Upstream Bethania

Between Brisbane and Gold Coast 5 star facilities, pool, bowls, tennis, gym, library, workshop and craftroom. Villa on large corner block. 3 bed, 2 bath, walk-in robe, large garage, covered tiled alfresco area with side access for poptop / boat. Air-conditioning, solar electricity and security screens.

Lge lounge/dining, compact 2 pac kitchen + d/washer, 2 bdrms (ensuite in main), + computer nook, 2 rev cycle aircons, fans in all rooms, covered patio, fully landscaped, ¾ garage, garden shed, solar hot water plus solar powered, rural setting, pet friendly, pool, spa, gym, games, 5 mins to shops & City/Gold Coast rail. Excellent presentation.

$355,000 - Ph 3805 8670

Sapphire Garden’s Over 50s Eagleby

Studio Apartment at Jeta Gardens Bethania Desirable Retirement Village Excellent amenities include restaurant and gym. A tranquil secure setting. Caring, supportive community with various social activities. White ware and air-con included in price.

Price $189,000 neg Phone 3200 6731

POA Ph: 0427 341 533 / 0427 298 128

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60 and Better Cannon Hill re-opened on 16 January. Australia Day was celebrated on Monday 23rd January with a concert and pie and peas. To join 60 and Better the cost is $5 annually - January to December plus the cost of the morning. Monday will always have a different event: concert, speaker, games, bingo, craft, etc. Linedancing will commence at 12pm at a cost of $4. Tuesday we have Tai Chi and Gentle Exercise, cost $6 for both or $4 for one. We also have a music group ‘Silver Threads’ who practice on Tuesday after Exercise. Call 3843 2920.

National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110

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Cannon Hill 60 and Better

Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918

Kurrajong Sanctuary Over 50s Village

$269,000 Neg Phone 07 3888 6269 - 0418 625 031

Retirement Village Association of Australia 1800 240 080

Offers Over $75,000

Registered Bowls Club. 3 bdrms, open plan living, A/C, wheelchair friendly, SLUG, full length rear patio, perimeter level block, rear street access, northerly aspect, pet friendly, shed, water tank, sprinkler system, all amenities, tennis, swimming, gym, workshop, etc. $305,000

Ph: 0423 184 790 or 0429 198 888

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National Servicemen’s Memorial Gardens, where we hold all our Memorial Days. Meetings start at 9am and our lady supporters provide the members with tea and coffee before the meeting and a light snack at the end of the meeting. We carry out a full social calendar for our members and invite them to participate in our fund raising ve3ntures during the year. We would welcome new members to our ranks. For further enquiries, phone the Secretary on 3396 7880.

Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850

Park Ridge Over 50s Resort

Wynnum Retirement Village Bay breezes, natural surroundings Brick 1 bdrm/open plan – small patio, northeast aspect, wheelchair friendly, 24hr emergency assistance, independent living or daily meal available, walk to Wynnum Plaza Shopping Centre, bus at door. Ph 07 3353 2696 (after 6pm) or 0451 457 127

2 lge b/in d/bdrms, 2 toilets, lge l/dining, well app kit, lge patio, pergola, nat. gar, solar pwr, tank, shed, wool insul, aircon, SLUG, f/trees, raised veg/gar. W/l/to swap for 2/3 bdrm home outer suburbs, closer to country area to $260,000 + cash adj to $285,000 neg.

Ph 3489 3155 or 0417 608 665

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THE above RSL Sub Branch received its charter in 1996. It was created to cater for the welfare of all former Nasho’s who served from 1951 to 1973 and their wives and widows. While a large number of our members are Nasho’s we do have Australian and British ex Service Personnel as members. We meet at The Norman Park Sports & Community Cub, Norman Avenue, Norman Park on the second Sunday of each month except January. The Sports Club is situated beside the

$292,000 Phone Owner 3200 2451

Seniors Card 131 304 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane)

Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254

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National Servicemen’s RSL Sub Branch

3 bedrooms, large living space, new 2 pack kitchen, very lge bathroom, sep laundry, toilet, covered patio, nice garden, solar panels, pet friendly. 5-10 mins to hospital, shops & all amenities.

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friendship so do come along, make new friends, be better informed and enjoy yourself while helping our club make a worthwhile contribution to the Smith Family through the Learning for Life program which assists disadvantaged Australian children with their schooling. We are actively seeking new members so if you would like to attend as a visitor a very warm welcome awaits you. You will be met on arrival and introduced to other members. Please contact Estelle 3356 7598, Val 3857 1962 or Carol 0439 742 219.

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THINKING of joining a new club in 2012? The first meeting of Newmarket VIEW Club will be held on Tuesday, February 28th at the Gaythorne R.S.L. Club, 10.30 for 11.00 a.m. Cost of two course lunch is $22 with coffee and tea included. Our guest speaker on the day will be Mrs. Lisa Newman who will discuss her role with various charitable organizations. We are a small, friendly Club and in addition to our meetings we have monthly social outings – coffee mornings, movie days and luncheons. We are all about fun and

Who do you call…

Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500

Best unit in River Glen Over 50s Resort Waterford West

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Newmarket VIEW Club

LADIES are you looking for a new activity to start your year? Would you like to make new friends? Join us to find out about a great social club which includes the opportunity to support the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” program for disadvantaged students. Our club meets at 10.30am for 11am on the second Thursday of each month at the Dolphins Leagues Club Cnr of Ashmole Road and Klingner Road. This includes an interesting speaker or entertainment and lunch. Social activities and outings are organised on a regular basis. To learn more or to join us for lunch phone Robyn on 32936003 to enable us to organise catering.

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business for discussion but guest speakers will be arranged and each meeting concludes with a cuppa and a chat. Members are encouraged to take part in fundraising and social activities and will receive regular newsletters. To join the Association or to enquire about the benefits of doing so, phone 3324 1277 or view website For further information phone Dave 3366 3191. Alternatively, community groups can arrange for a guest speaker to come and address them.

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NSAA exists for the benefit of nashos who served between 1951 and 1973 and the wives/widows thereof. Associate membership is available to Nashos who served for countries other than Australia. We welcome visitors and new members to all our meetings during 2012, the fifteenth anniversary year of NSAA. Brisbane North West branch meets at RSL Gaythorne on the third Sunday of each month up to November commencing at 10am, next meeting will be on February 19. There will always be some

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