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Adopt a Digger is a not-for-profit organization researching those WW1 soldiers and nurses from our region. The aim of organizer Digby Milne is to have a complete online database by the 2015 Anzac Centenary. To date, 1200 have been adopted. WWI gunner was a Beenleigh boy. Pte Magnus Mowat, known as “Boy” was born in Beenleigh in1885. The son of Margaret Mowat, he moved to Montville when his mother married Owen Callaghan in 1898. He was a teacher and a dairyman at Yarraman before heeding the call to arms. He was a little over 21 when he enlisted in Brisbane on October 24 1916. Pte Mowat was assigned to the

7th Machine Gun Battalion 11th Reinforcement and left Melbourne on May 10 1917 bound for England, where he trained before being sent to the Machine Gun Corps base camp in Camiers France. While serving with the 25th Machine Gun Battalion he was gassed, later to rejoin his unit when he was reassigned to the 5th Machine Gun Battalion. On September 17 the 5th Australian Machine gun Battalion took up a battery position pending an attack on the enemy lines. Continued on Page 2


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A Call to Queenslanders Continued from Page 1 The next day the Fourth Army, with the French Army and the Third Army were ordered to attack the enemy’s defence position in front of the Hindenburg Line. The orders read that “the 5th Australian MGBN is to provide the first barrage for the first objective and to cover the consolidation of the same.” The attack began at 5.20am on September 18. Gunner Mowat was killed by shellfire on the same day during operations in the vicinity of Vendelles, Picardie. He is buried at the Hancourt British Cemetery, Somme, France. Details of more WWI diggers are at Adopt a Digger – How it works. Step 1. Choose a Digger Browse the Diggers Database and choose a Digger you would like to adopt. You can adopt several Diggers if you like. Step 2. Register for FREE Register online to become an Adopt a Digger researcher. It's Free. REGISTER HERE After submitting your details you will be returned to the homepage and you will see a message "You may now log in." Step 3. Login Use the login button top right to enter the login details you use when registering. Step 4. Reserve a Digger You will be redirected to the Adopt a Digger form. Let us know which Digger you are adopting and we will reserve him for you. Step 5. Research your Digger Follow the guidelines to research your Digger. Step 6. Enter Digger's Information Once you have collected some data return to the site and login. Under the "Diggers Database Tab" you will notice three new buttons: Adoption Form Make a Submission Enter your new data under "Make a Submission". You can return at any time to add more information. Simply go to Digger's page and you will see an edit button at the top of the page.



Another winner in our Summer Shopping Spree! WE have a winner for last month’s $50.00 shopping voucher – congratulations to Mavys Daniel from Burpengary who correctly answered with 15 shopping trolley symbols. Well done Mavys. Keep those entries coming in – our Summer Shopping Spree winds up in this month’s edition so you have one last chance to enter and win. Count the number of Shopping

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SENIORS NEWS Getting more mature age Australians into work

MORE than 2000 mature age job seekers are now in a job through a new Australian Government program designed to break the cycle of unemployment. Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis said the Australian Government is helping more mature aged Australians secure jobs through the new Wage Connect which began in January last year. “Mature age workers represent a huge boost to our workforce and economy, and yet we hear far too many stories from mature aged Australians who are being shut out of the workforce for no good reason,” Minister Ellis said. “Research shows mature age workers save their employer $2000 a year compared to their younger counterparts they are more reliable, loyal, cost less to recruit, and provide a greater re-

turn on investment. “Despite this, we know that mature age workers are out of work longer, twice as long as their younger counterparts with the average duration of unemployment for people over 55 standing at 68 weeks. “We introduced the Wage Connect program as part of a package of programs aimed squarely at breaking down the barriers for getting mature age workers into work.” Minister Ellis said the Australian Government’s $86 million Wage Connect program provides a wage subsidy of around $5,900 over six months to eligible businesses which employ people who have been receiving income support for two years, and have had no or minimal work experience in that time. Australian Government initiatives to get more mature aged Australians into work include: expanding the Australian

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Get involved in a Clean Up Australia event

DO your bit for the environment by cleaning up your local area with your friends and family. There are always Clean Up events you, your community group, business or school can participate in and on Sunday 3rd March the official Clean Up Australia Day is on again. Last year, as part of the 2012 Clean Up Australia campaign, an estimated 591,400 volunteers removed a staggering 16,169 tonnes of rubbish from 7,363 Clean Up Sites across the country. What an effort! Registrations are open for Clean Up Australia Day 2013, so let’s see if we can beat last year’s totals! Go to www.cleanupaustraliaday. to find out how to get involved. You can also volunteer at a Site happening near you – there are already many organised throughout the Sunshine Coast (see the website for a list.) Keep checking your local press for more sites being registered in the lead up to the day!

SENIORS NEWS Australian of Year praised as timely and relevant

RSL Care CEO Mr Stan Macionis has congratulated the 2013 Australian of the Year Ms Ita Buttrose for her steadfast commitment to improving the lives of older Australians and for placing their needs in the national spotlight. Mr Macionis said Ms Buttrose’s recognition was well deserved, timely and relevant as Australian individuals, families and aged care providers manage the emotional and financial impacts of an ageing population. ”It is well known that Australia’s population is ageing. By 2050 the number of Australians over the age of 65 is expected to double with nearly half a million Australians expected to be living with dementia,” Mr Macionis said. ”Through her public profile and positions with various charitable organisations Ms Buttrose has worked

hard to ensure older Australians receive the voice, care and respect they deserve. “After all, because you are ageing it does not mean your human wants and needs cease. Conversely, it is at this time of your life, when you may feel most alone and vulnerable, that feeling heard, supported and respected is most important. ”That’s why at RSL Care we talk with our clients to understand their goals and preferences, and plan the best combination of preventative, early interventionary, rehabilitative, or palliative care services to support these goals. ”RSL Care also supports increased funding and research into dementia. ”Almost fifty percent of people living in residential aged care in Australia have dementia – a statistic that is expected to treble by 2020. It is a

leading cause of the burden of aged related disability with a significant impact on quality of life for the person living with the disease as well as their family and friends.” Mr Macionis said RSL Care has proudly cared for and supported the needs of older Australians for 75 years and during this time the provider of retirement, residential and community care services has seen the impact that dementia and chronic diseases have on individuals and their families. ”RSL Care believes we need to adopt preventative health strategies to combat these diseases which is why we have introduced a Health and Wellness Program to help our clients in our retirement communities make healthy lifestyle choices that reduce the incidence of chronic disease and enable them

to remain independent for as long as possible,” he said. ”It is one of the many ways that RSL Care supports our clients with or at risk of chronic disease to live better, healthier happier lives – the same aspirations Ms Buttrose has for all Australians. ”The naming of such an iconic and inspirational Australian of the Year really is a cause of celebration for all Australians. ”As CEO of a not-forprofit aged care provider and as an Australian, I couldn’t ask for a better person to represent the needs of our beneficiaries. “On behalf of the team at RSL Care I congratulate Ms Buttrose on such worthy and well deserved recognition.” RSL Care is a not-forprofit charitable care provider that reinvests funds generated from its activities into supporting the Service and ExService community, its dependants and other members of the broader Australian community in need.

Queensland Heritage Festival program THE National Trust of Queensland would like to invite you to submit your heritage events for the Queensland Heritage Festival 2013 program. The Queensland Heritage Festival will be celebrated from 18 April to 18 May 2013 and is a month-long program of events celebrating our history and cultural heritage. The national theme for the 2013 Festival is ‘Community Milestones’. You may theme your event or celebrate in your own way.

To submit your event, download and complete the 2013 Program Registration Form and email to by Wednesday 6 February 2013. Approved entries will be printed in a Program of Events booklet to be distributed to participants in Queensland well before 18 April 2013.For more information visit the National Trust of Queensland’s website,http:// w w w. n a t i o n a l t r u s t . o r g . a u / q l d / HeritageFestival.

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SENIORS NEWS Free clean green waste kerbside collection for Redland residents REDLAND City Mayor Karen Williams today announced a free clean green waste kerbside collection service for all Redland residents to assist with the storm clean-up. Cr Williams said residents needed to have green waste from the storm on their footpaths by no later than Sunday 10 February, as collection would commence early Monday 11 February. “Council is delighted to be able to offer this service to help our residents clean-up after the damaging winds that lashed the Redlands over the Australia Day holiday weekend. “I would like to thank residents for preparing for the storm, for staying safe and for helping with the cleanup. Please remember however, if you see any powerlines do not go near them but call Energex on 13 19 62.” Cr Williams said while the kerbside collection would commence on Monday 11 February, Council crews would be picking up clean green waste from now, as they were in the area on their general storm clean-up. “If the Council crew is in the area and sees a pile they

may be able to collect it now, but please be assured there will be another pick-up commencing Monday 11 February.” Cr Williams said clean green waste should not be bagged, but left loose as the waste was going to be recycled into composting and soil conditioning products. “Plastic bags and other general waste will contaminate the recycling process.” To be picked up clean green waste should: Not contain any other waste such as general rubbish, furniture, cement, concrete, steel, timber or dirt (unless from the tree root) Be neatly stacked, with heavier tree limbs on the bottom to avoid the pile toppling over Be left loose, and not packed in bags or boxes (tying with string is ok) Please note Council cannot collect any green waste piles that contain any other waste – these piles will be left for your own disposal. Cr Williams asked residents to be patient with the free green waste kerbside collection, which would take several weeks to complete around the city. “Residents with smaller amounts of green waste are encouraged to take it to Council’s free waste transfer stations for disposal,” Cr Williams said. Cr Williams also announced extended operating hours at the city’s waste transfer stations located at Birkdale and Redland Bay. They are open today and tomorrow from 6.45am to 6:30pm (rather than 7.15am to 5.15pm) to assist residents. “In addition, waste transfer stations on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island have extended operations today and tomorrow until 4pm. “We will review ongoing extended hours in the coming days according to demand.” Contact RedWaste on 1300 362 036 for further waste information. Due to an overwhelming number of calls, Council’s Operations Centre phone number to report fallen trees has been changed to 3829 8363, however calls to the previous number (3829 8752) are still being answered.

Centrelink’s new mobile technology for Seniors

YOU can now do some of your Centrelink business on your mobile device with Express Plus Seniors if you are registered for Centrelink Online Services. It’s a simple, fast, mobile way to view your payments and apply for advance payments, view your letters, update your address and view the News for Seniors magazine. Express Plus Seniors is now available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android smart devices. To find out more about the Express Plus Seniors app go to the Australian Government Department of Human Services website and search for apps. You can still use our online and phone self service to do your Centrelink business if you do not have an Apple or Android smart device. For more information on how to register for Centrelink Online Services and the full range of self service products, go to the website at centrelink/centrelink-online-services/express-plusseniors-mobile-app.


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VOLUNTEERS urgently needed. More volunteers are needed for the Mitchie Day Club (Mitchelton), a nonprofit social club for local seniors. Each week members and volunteers come together to take part in gentle Tai Chi exercises followed by stimulating and fun activities, morning tea and a light lunch. The program varies each week and can include card and board games, indoor bowls, live entertainment, fashion parades and bus trips. This is all included in the admission cost of $6 for each meeting. The friendly team of volunteers take great pleasure in being able to enrich the lives of the local seniors. However, more volunteers are needed

Caboolture Senior Citizens CABOOLTURE Senior Citizens are back to normal activities again much to the relief of our Indoor Bowls fans. Bowls are on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1pm and again on Friday mornings from 9am with an early “cuppa�. Cost is just $2. The first General Meeting for February will be on Thursday 14 at 9.30am in our hall. Then on Thursday 21 February we will be paying a visit to Lowood Senior Citizens Club for entertainment and lunch. The coach will leave the Centre at 7.30am as it is quite a long drive. Cost is $28. If you are interested, get your name on the list now.

Tuesday 5 March is our first Club social for the year commencing with morning tea at 9.30am followed by entertainment by “The Golden Sounds� and lunch. Cost for the morning is $10 and there will be the usual raffle and lucky doors. Thursday 14 March is our Monthly Meeting at 9.30am and then on Thursday 21 March we will be visiting Beenleigh Senior Citizens Club with the coach leaving the Centre at 8.15am. Cost for the day is $28. To book or for any further information phone 5495 2898.

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NOTICE of Annual General Meeting: The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Wynnum Seventh Day Adventist Hall, corner of Blackwood Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Incorporated will be held in the Pandanus Room at the Street and Ruby Street Club, 174 Tingal Road, Wynnum, on Mitchelton. The numbers Wynnum RSL th Tuesday, 12 February 2013 at 10.30 am (doors open 390, 361, 397, 398 and 367 10.00 am). Meetings only at the RSL. buses stop nearby. Mitchelton train station is Teaching facility room in Wynnum. Use our computers or bring your own laptop. only a short distance We are an active, progressive and caring friendly seaway. The club is sponsored by Gaythorne niors computing club - and encourages seniors over RSL Club and supported 50 to join us and become computer illiterate. Contact: Mobile: 0411-806-154 Email: by The Department of Website: Veterans’Affairs.

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STUDENTS of Kedron Primary School Class of 1956 (pictured), including those who were part of this class between Prep in 1948 and Grade 8, are invited to a reunion on 16th March 2013. Many of these classmates have met up at reunions in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and found it wonderful to be reunited after most not having seen one another since their school days.

Unfortunately there are still quite a few who were in this group of students along the way at Kedron from Prep in 1948 to Grade 8 in 1956 who haven’t as yet been located. If you are one of these and would like to meet up with your former classmates once again, please give either Jennifer (07 5450 5881) or Bev (07 3267 8005) a call.

SENIORS NEWS Bribie Island Evening VIEW Club

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BRIBIE Island Evening VIEW Club celebrated The Smith Family’s 90th birthday with a Mad Hatter’s High Tea on 5th December. Special guests of honour were three Bribie Island residents who have all turned 90 this year, Eunice Jensen, Dee James and Jean Tarry. These ladies all still live independently, have a positive outlook

on life and are active in the community. Councillor Gary Parsons presented them with birthday gifts and MP Lisa France was there to assist with the cake cutting. VIEW clubs throughout Australia all work to support The Smith Family in providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Newmarket VIEW Club – Come and join us in 2013 THE next monthly meeting of the Newmarket VIEW Club will be at the Gaythorne R.S.L. on Tuesday, February 26th, 10.30 for 11.00 a.m. Our guest speaker this month will be Ms. Teresa Gambaro, Federal Member for Brisbane, who is joining us to help celebrate International Women’s Day. We are always seeking new members, so if you have been thinking about doing something new and different this year why not come along as a guest to our meeting and see what VIEW is all about. We are part of the Smith Family and as such are seriously committed to providing educational opportunities for children in need through the Learning for Life program. Along the way we enjoy so-

cial outings, make many new friends and appreciate a forum to discuss and exchange ideas with other women.It’s all about fun, friends and fellowship and along the way it’s good to know that we are playing a part in helping disadvantaged Australian children. Newmarket VIEW is a small, friendly club. You will be met at the door and introduced to other members. It will be a very enjoyable morning and we’d love to meet you. . Bookings are essential for catering purposes so please contact Helen 3289 1028, Val 3857 1962 or Lynne 3351 3955 prior to Friday, February 22nd , for further information. Cost of 2 course luncheon is $25, incl. tea and coffee.

Public Meeting for a Day Club The Day Club will be a volunteer run program hosted by the Metropolitan Senior Citizens’Centre and supported by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). The Day Club is a non-profit senior’s socialisation program that provides social interaction to thousands of seniors throughout Australia in over 150 Day Clubs. Through such programs, seniors who could not or would not otherwise engage in social activities are provided with stimulating and enjoyable activities on a weekly basis, thus enabling them to be involved in their local community and to live a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. Volunteers who are enthusiastic and compassionate are necessary to any Day Club program. Volunteers are needed to help plan the preparation of the Day Club, lead and deliver stimulating activities and gentle exercises, assist with transport, organize entertainment, act as Master of Ceremonies, prepare and serve morning tea and lunch, arrange publicity and assist in financial management. Volunteers may nominate the amount of time they wish to contribute. Young people who are thinking of a career in nursing or aged care would benefit from involvement in this program. Day Clubs may be a lonely senior’s only social activity for the week, or they may provide an opportunity to enjoy a different type of social interaction. In either case, the smiling faces, words of kindness and friendship provided by volunteers create a joyful and engaging experience for all participants. It is proposed that the Day Club will operate on a Monday. A public meeting will be held on 10.00 am 4 February 2013 at the Metropolitan Senior Citizens Centre, 9 Church Street Fortitude Valley. This meeting is for the purpose of providing information on Day Clubs and identifying volunteers. DVA provides volunteer training for Day Clubs. For further information please phone the Coordinator of Metropolitan Senior Citizens’ Centre, Terina Edwards on 3252 2731 or email

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MEMBERS meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Boulevard Gardens, 284 Witton Road, Indooroopilly. The evening features a two course dinner and a guest speaker. Our 20th of February speaker is the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk. The meeting starts at 6.30pm-7.00pm. We welcome new members and visitors to join us, as each new member enriches our Club. Our members enjoy the opportunity to take part in club group activities, such as Book Clubs, Movie night, Walking Group, Mahjong, Bi-Monthly lunches, Gallery visits and Theatre outings. Our aim is to provide support and friendship for women, and 20,000 women have joined VIEW Nationwide. VIEW ac-

tively raises awareness of and participates in the work of The Smith Family. Through The Smith Family Learning for Life Program, our fundraising events have now afforded sponsorship of seven children through their school years. Our efforts in support of disadvantaged children in local communities are making a real difference. Each year members have the option to attend National Convention. In 2013, the Convention takes place in September on The Gold Coast. To make a booking to attend our February 20 th or subsequent meetings, please contact either Nan on 3878 7448 or Judy on 3878 2921.

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HI everyone, Christmas has come and gone once again, we had a great party at the Arana Leagues Club, terrific food, presents and lots of fun enjoyed by everyone. We are now back and playing again so anyone any age who would like to join us are welcome we play every Wednes-

day night at the Ashgrove Bowls Club, Yoku Road start at 6.45pm. Cost is $4.00 (no joining fee) which includes supper, and extra activities during the year, come and join us we are a very friendly group for further information call Norm on 3300 1982. February 2013 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 11

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SENIORS NEWS Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club

Gap/Ashgrove NSA has organised a day trip on Friday 15th March through the northern Gold Coast hinterland. The tour will pass through diverse farming pursuits from sugar cane to prawns, a local Guide will provide a full commentary. A lunch is provided, and provision will be made to purchase fresh produce and store it safely in cold boxes on the bus. Friends and visitors are most welcome—if you are interested contact the Secretary for further details. Our regular meetings are on the third

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SIXTY Plus Members of our Probus Club went to the President’s room at the Redcliffe Leagues Club for the Melbourne Cup Luncheon. Champagne on arrival, a very nice Buffet lunch, entertainment, Fashion of theField and of course betting on the races. Several of our members received prize’s for Raffles, Lucky door, and fashion of the field and no major race winners that we know

of. Every one enjoyed a most entertaining day. Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month, at 9-15 for 9- 45 Start at the Moreton Bay Boat Club, Bird of Passage Parade, Scarborough. For further information please contact our secretary by Email a t or write to PO Box 342, Redcliffe 4020.

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THE Gap/Ashgrove Branch celebrated its twenty third birthday in January. Pictured are Treasurer Mal Lambert, our record keeper Val Klingberg and the President Eric Evers. Planning for another year of activity is well under way. The first social function will be a lunch get-together at The Gap Tavern on Friday 8th February. Meet there at 11.30. Activities Officer Bev

Tuesday of every month at the Ashgrove Bowls Club in Yoku Street, commencing at 9.30am. At the next Meeting on February 19th there will be a session on Low and Impaired Vision. The Speaker will discuss the problems that arise, offer solutions and demonstrate aids that are available to assist. Watch this space for news of a fun activity at our March Meeting on Tuesday 19th. Enquiries welcome please call the Secretary Jean on 3354 2466 you can leave a message and I will get back to you.

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SENIORS NEWS Senator Mark Furner AS we head into the new school year, the Federal Government’s new Schoolkids Bonus has began rolling out to parents and carers of school aged children. The Labor Government believes in helping

families when they need it most and preparing for the school year can be a tough time financially. This is why twice a year, those who are eligible for Family Tax Benefit A, will receive lump sum payments to help pay for uniforms, school books and school fees. In total, recipients will get $410 per primary school student and $820 for high school students annually. This is to help lighten the load. The Labor Government also strongly believes that everyone should have access to quality health care and this is why the Government has introduced a package which will be the biggest reform to aged health care in almost 30 years. Under Labor’s reforms, there will be more care and support to help older Australians stay active and receive care in their home for as long as possible, including new packages of care better tailored to meet needs, and new funding for dementia care.

Importantly, more people will get to keep their family home and no-one will be forced into an emergency firesale of the home. Under Living Longer Living Better the Government will invest: $1.9 billion to deliver better access to aged care services; $1.2 billion over five years to tackle critical shortages in the aged care workforce. $80.2 million to improve aged care linkages with the health system; $54.8 million to support carers $268.4 million to tackle the nation’s dementia epidemic; $192.0 million to support the diverse care of Australia’s ageing population. Labor’s first priority remains the health and wellbeing of all Australians. So let’s set the record straight. The misinformation campaign by the Newman Government and Coalition MPs about health funding to local hospitals is an attempt to distract from the fact Premier

Newman sacked 4140 health workers and cut funding for services such as breast screening and preventative health programs In fact, the recent Commonwealth budget update confirmed health funding in Queensland will increase by 21 per cent over the next four years, going from $3.1 billion in 2012-2013 to $3.7 billion in 2015-16. That’s an extra $600 million. Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the Commonwealth has cut funding to local health services. That’s plain wrong. Any reduction in funding to individual health services is a decision of the Newman Government. It distributes money to local hospitals, not the Commonwealth. For more information about the Schoolkids Bonus or Living Longer Living Better, please contact my office on 07 3881 3710. MARK FURNER SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

SENIORS NEWS Craigslea-West Chermside Senior Citizens Club Inc.

Office bearers, Joan Jones (President), Jenefer Duncan (Secretary) and Coral Springfield (Treasurer).

FOUNDED: February, 1974, Incorporation Sanctioned: June 1992 Dissolution: 31 December, 2012 Our final President was Mrs. Joan Jones, who has just celebrated her 91st birthday. Our oldest regular participant in Club activities is 95 year old Mrs. Ronnie Cruickshank and her friend, Mrs. Marie Gannon, also a regular, is well in her 90’s. The longest surviving active member, Coral Springfield, joined the Club in 1976 and was the current Treasurer. The Club was a thriving one for many years with a membership of around the 100 mark and met twice monthly at the Community of Christ Church Hall in Safari Street, West Chermside; the entertainment mainly being provided by Concert Groups who devoted their time and expertise to give much pleasure to senior groups such as ours. We also organised both day coach tours and an annual extended tour for one week or 10 days, visiting many places of interest in Queensland and interstate. We had an Indoor Bowls Group who met every week for social and interclub matches and a Cards Group, playing

Bridge and Bolivia etc. Our Christmas/Farewell luncheon was held at the Church Hall on 12 December 2012; invited guests being two officers from Cross Country Tours. The Tour Company has organised our trips for very many years. Mrs. Olive Munns and Mr. David Judd who are part of “The Operettes” Entertainment Group also attended and they have been part of our entertain-

ment for many years. They kindly offered to provide a short musical interlude for us just prior to lunch being served. It was a sad moment when the President made her farewell speech, thanking everyone for their service and loyalty to the Club and wishing all the Compliments of the Season. We all joined hands and sang with lumps in our throats - “Auld Lang Syne”.

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need for heavy wet washing to be carried very far. The large Handy Lines will accommodate four king-sized sheets, with two lines to spare and the small holds four queen sheets. Quilts, covers and woollen underlays can be “tented” over the top of the lines where they dry in no time thanks to the air flow underneath. With their sturdy aluminium construction the Handy Lines are lightweight but ultra-strong. They hold a family wash load and will not rust, nor stain clothes. The Deluxe Handy Lines are priced from $225 (+P&H) and the Standard from $189 (+P&H). Contact Mrs Pegg’s Products Pty Ltd on 1800 111 811 or

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SENIORS NEWS UnitingCare Community helps seniors invest wisely for retirement MANY seniors are concerned with their investments and estates, and rightly so. These matters can cause

serious financial problems and stress if not managed properly. Services that assist seniors in arranging

retirement investments and estate planning are invaluable and easily accessible. A service that is a

necessity for seniors across Australia is the National Information Centre on Retirement Investments Inc(NICRI). UnitingCare Community’s Seniors Enquiry Line field many calls daily relating to seniors and their investments or estates. The Seniors Enquiry Line staff direct them to or send them information about NICRI’s telephone service which has information to help seniors. “We get a lot of calls regarding financial

information and NICRI has a general information brochure about their service and the information they can provide. “We would like seniors to ring in to get this information brochure as it will answer a lot of questions that concern them and help lift the veil around some information that can be hard to find or hard to know who to ask about,” said Julie Argeros, Seniors Enquiry Line Coordinator. The National

Information Centre on Retirement Investments Inc (NICRI) is an independent organisation funded by the Australian Government. NICRI provides a free independent source of investment information for consumers and works at arm’s length from Government and the financial services industry. Seniors Enquiry Line is a direct link to all of this vital and important information for seniors.

It is a service that seniors, their family or carers can access to acquire information about their needs or the needs of those seniors they care for. Seniors can call Seniors Enquiry Line on 1300 135 500 to request a NICRI information brochure be sent to them. For those internet savvy seniors out there, visit or www.seniors for more information.

Toowong History Group MARILYN England, with the help of a number of local historians has put together a book entitled “Toowong 1863 – 2011” and it features the story of Anzac Park and Memorial Park. Illustrated with many photographs, are stories about some of the early citizens of Toowong and the fine houses they built. Several contributors are historians who grew up in Toowong and they describe the fun and mischief that young boys could get up to in the days when there was no computers or TV in their lives. The book is dedicated to the memory of

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SENIORS NEWS Rochedale/Springwood National Seniors Branch

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MEMBERS provided a strong start for 2013 with a well-attended meeting to open the 2013 year on Wednesday January 16th for Rochedale/Springwood National Seniors Branch. After social interaction reflecting on the festive period and morning tea the meeting was brought up to date by President Charles Achilles who assured all attending that it was going to be a very busy year with many items under consideration and funds to be distributed supporting seniors in Logan City. First guest speaker Tanya from Australian Hearing explained to members the wide range of products now available to make life more comfortable for seniors. Much interest was shown in products restoring loss of hearing and the many appliances now available. The second interesting guest speaker Evonne Chow Podiatrist took members through all of the important measures to be undertaken in protecting

the feet and the choosing of correct footwear. With ample supplies of informative brochures members departed very well informed about the subject. Once more members enjoyed a visit to the Port of Brisbane with this spectacular operation first on the list of tours on Wednesday January 23rd2013. With a well versed tour guide explaining all operations during the two hour coach tour members marveled at the daily movement of the port. It was also noted the high level of security now in place protecting this valuable business. Following the visit lunch was enjoyed at Wynnum RSL Club. February’s guest speaker will be Brisbane based broadcaster & presenter Spencer Howson who was named ABC local radio “Broadcaster Of the Year 2005”. Spencer will be presenting on 612 ABC Breakfast shift for the twelfth year in 2013.

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NATIONAL Seniors meetings are the ideal time to keep up-to-date and become acquainted with the latest research policies and surveys for over 50s. A busy year is planned with many speakers and entertainers already booked. Visitors are most welcome to join in the fun and friendship we are looking forward to in 2013. Grange Branch meets on the second Monday of the month at the Stafford Bowls Club for members convenience, the next meeting will be on Monday 11th February. Come along and meet people from your own area, for more information please contact Brenda 3357 7043 or Cedric 3353 2676. Members enjoyed the Christmas break-up lunch at Enoggera Bowls Club as the picture below shows.

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progress during their weekly walking group to put a spring in their step and lead healthier lives working toward individual fitness goals. Zion resident Jenni Pye is looking forward to the adventure of exploring unfamiliar territories from Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain to our outback terrain. “I joined [the walking group] for company and I enjoy it,” she said. “I also like the exercise.” Participants walk paths

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A Cent Auction is to be Held at QCWA Oxley Hall, 80 Lincoln Street , in Cawonga Park, Oxley on Wednesday February 20, 2013 Commencing at 10.30 am. The cost is $6 per person which includes Lunch ,Lucky Door Prize and 1 Sheet of Tickets. All Welcome, for further information contact Jean on 3372 5965.

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MEMBERS of U3A Brisbane are a very diverse group and an example of this is the Art group conducted by Rosemarie Schukraft who is, not only the facilitator of this group, but also a guide at the Galleries at Southbank. Pictured here at their end of year get together, the group met for coffee at the Queensland Art Gallery to discuss their material requirements for the painting class to be held at U3A, 97 Creek Street.

This was then followed by a short tour of the APT7 exhibition at GOMA. Rosemarie conducts her popular Art class at U3A on Thursdays between 2 & 4pm and it is called the Watercolour & Acrylics Practice Group. For more information on this and other classes at 97 Creek Street, please check out the website: email: or phone 3236 3055.

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MEMBERS of Peninsula Baden-Powell guild recently visited the Peninsula Animal Aid with a donation of cat and dog food and old towels and blankets etc that are of great use at the shelter. The Guild makes an annual gift like this as part of their community service. Baden-Powell Guild is an extension of the Scout and Guide movements, being an opportunity for senior members to continue to uphold the Scout and Guide Laws. Membership is open to anybody who is prepared to follow these laws in their daily living. For details phone Beryl on 3284 3865.

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. BY the time this issue is in the hands of the majority of its readers EDHS will have hit the ground running for 2013. Our short term concerns are the AGM at the end of March and another edition of our quarterly newsletter Enoggera & District Times. Thank you for the support given our 2013 calendar, which has all but sold out; this was a new project and one that we hope to repeat not every year but in future. Even during recess we continued to receive emails asking for historical information; please do keep asking questions albeit there are all manner of reasons why our team of volunteers can’t always answer them straight away. Attend to each and every one we shall but why not come in and find the information or better still be an active member of the society. As from Feb 2 our research facility will open on the first Saturday of each month between 1-4pm and from Feb 7 every Thursday between 9.30 and 1pm. Remember, the gathering of historical information is a two way process, so please tell us about you or your forebears growing up in our district. Any photos or printed information you supply will be immediately copied and the originals retuned to you. We are happy to provide community groups with a guest speaker to talk about the district’s history or the study of local history as a project. The society will continue to meet at Enoggera Memorial Hall situated on the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets Enoggera (refidex 139 A10). The hall is only a short step from Enoggera Rail (Ferny Grove line) and served by bus routes 598, 599, 350, 361 and 390. Drivers should approach via Pratt Street or Glen Alva Terrace; limited parking is available in Trundle Street and the hall has wheelchair access. Further enquiries; website www.enoggerahistorical or contact Dave, email or phone 3366 3191.

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Brendale Evening VIEW Club LADIES you are warmly invited to help us celebrate our 14th Birthday on Tuesday, 19th February at our dinner meeting, 6.30pm for 7pm start, at the Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Road, Carseldine. The theme will be “A Pyjama Party”. The room will be decorated appropriately, and to add to the fun of the night, Megan from Aqua Day Spa will give us neck, hand and shoulder massages plus we’ll have VIEW entertainment. 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 3263 5068 by 17th 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 Trish on 3264 2213.

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Centenary Evening VIEW Club 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 11, 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 $34. The

February meeting has been planned to encourage plenty of friendly interaction with pre-dinner drinks and savouries. Interesting guest speakers are being organised for meetings and the Club has regular coffee mornings, lunch dates and movie and theatre outings. For further information, or if you are a member who is unable to attend, please phone Di on 3202 9759.

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Qld Branch) Inc. NATIONAL Servicemen’s Association of Australia was created in 1987 for the benefit of Australian national servicemen (nashos) who served in the two schemes operating from 1951-72 and the wives/ widows thereof. To find out more about the association, its aims and objectives and its welfare initiatives, scroll website or phone 3324 1277. Associate membership is offered those who served for countries other than Australia. Brisbane North West Branch meets on the third Sunday of each month (next meeting February 17).

Visitors and new members are always welcome. Meetings consist of branch business, presentations from guest speakers and social interaction, each meeting concluding with a cuppa and a chat. Members are encouraged to take part as guest speakers and also to participate in fundraising events in support of the Association’s welfare fund. After each meeting you can enjoy lunch in the convivial surroundings of the RSL. For further information or for local community groups to arrange a guest speaker to address them on the history of National Service from 1951 to 1973 phone Dave on 3366 3191.

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THE New Year is now in full swing and the Caboolture VIEW Club has a new Committee rearing to go. The first social day for the year will be held on Thursday 7 February at 10am and will be a Friendship Day Morning Tea at Cafe Dolci situated in The Hub in the Caboolture Town Centre, Shop 19, 4 Haskins Street. Our February meeting luncheon will be held on Thursday 21 February at the RSL Haskins Street at 10.30am for an 11.15am start and interested ladies are welcome to attend. Our Guest Speaker will be Joanne Beetson from the Caboolture Family History Group. At our luncheons you have the chance to be a winner of the

lucky door or one of our raffle prizes – plus the opportunity to purchase a bargain at our Learning for Life trading table. All money raised goes to supporting the work of The Smith Family Learning for Life education programs for disadvantaged children. VIEW (Voice, Interest and Education of Women) is an organisation for women with 20,000 members nationally, that offers meeting regularly with other women to discuss and exchange ideas and the opportunity to form lasting friendships while actively supporting the work of The Smith Family. If this is the sort of organisation you would like to be a part of please phone Esther on 3888 2558.

Carina Senior Citizens Club HAPPY 2013 to all seniors out there! Our Club is slowly beginning again for the year and we hope that many seniors reading this may visit us or ring for more information. Our aim is to give companionship, friendship and lots of fun. All of our activities are held in the morning and cost $3 with the exception of Tai Chi on Fridays for $4. Morning tea is provided. Major functions are monthly bus trips and monthly barbecues and Talent Group concerts which are priced separately. Program as follows: Monday - Painting Partners from 8.30am12noon. Cards 9am-2.30pm. Concerts, Games mornings - Film etc advertised separately. Tuesday - Social Indoor Bowls 9.45am-11.45am. Bridge 9am-12noon. Wednesday - Creative Stitching 9am-12noon.

Thursday - Social Indoor Bowls 9.45am-11.45am. Darts 9am-12noon. Creative Stitching 9am-12noon. Friday - Tai Chi Gentle Exercise 8.45am-9.45am. Craft 9am-12noon. Patchwork Quilting 9am-12noon. 1st Friday of the month - Photo Scrapbooking. Last Friday of the month - Talent Group concert and barbecue. Bookings essential: $5.00. Bus trip 3rd or 4th week of the month to venues of interest. Costed individually however morning tea/ lunch and bus fare included in the cost. Saturday - Cards 9am-2.30pm. Obtain more information either by phoning 3395 4636 mornings (excluding Wednesday) or 3390 6039 afternoons until 5pm; visiting us at 1 Edmond Street, Carina or emailing us on Annual subscription is $3 from 1st April 2013 until 31st March 2014.

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SENIORS NEWS To be a Garden Guide By Barbara Wintringham

Barbara Wintringham 20 years of guiding

AT Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha, and at the City Botanic Gardens, it is a fine and rewarding thing to be a garden guide. My 20 years in the role have been some of the happiest of my life. Fortunately, detailed botanical knowledge is not a requirement as the very practical initial training, given one day a week for seven weeks, provides you with the basics and starts you on a lifelong learning experience. There is a good feeling of mutual helpfulness among the guides and you never ask for advice or assistance in vain. Ray Steward (pictured), one of our most knowledgeable guides, is unfailingly cheerful and ready to help with puzzling identifications. The friendships I formed with other trainees have held true all these years. It has also been a delight to work with the intelligent and caring people who organise the many aspects of the good guiding service we aim to give. Guiding small groups of visitors round our beautiful gardens can be a very friendly exercise, and great for body and mind in every way. Anyone looking for an active and inspiring pastime in lovely surroundings will find how good it is to be a garden guide. Applications are invited for the next training course which is planned from March to May and you can be sure of a very warm welcome from us all. For more information please call Brisbane Botanic Gardens on 3403 2535.

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SENIORS NEWS Albany Creek National Seniors

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THE Albany Creek branch of National Seniors Australia has a number of interest groups, Reading, Exercise, Craft, Photography, Golf, Coffee and Dining out. Some groups are open to other NSA members and visitors. Contact numbers are on our website. Our monthly meetings are held on the second Friday of the month at the Albany Creek community centre, Ernie St. Albany Creek. 5.30 pm for 6.00 pm. Visitors are most welcome, Ring Len 3264 1509. Information and our monthly newsletter is on our Webb site,

Many Dance Options at Burnie Brae BURNIE Brae is excited to announce some changes in the many dance opportunities available at their Centre in 2013. For those who love line dancing, the Centre is thrilled to welcome Brett Jenkins as the new instructor. All are welcome on Tuesday afternoons at 2.15pm as the class caters for all levels of experience. Tap dancing has a long history at Burnie Brae, and this year classes for those who have never tap danced before have been introduced. Under the capable instruction of Gail Bubb, there are 3 classes to provide for all abilities including the new Beginners class. Zumba Gold is a recently introduced and very popular activity with 2 classes now on offer. Like all forms of dance, Zumba is ideal for both mind and body. Well known Zumba instructor Kerry Atkins is happy to welcome all newcomers to the existing friendly group of participants on Monday evening at 5pm and Wednesday morning at 8am. People who would like to learn the graceful art of ballroom dancing or may want to brush up skills that were learnt long ago are also catered for in the Centre’s Dance Moves classes on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. This year, Burnie Brae has been fortunate in securing the services of Bec Beardsley as our new instructor. Bec is a young professional with a passion for teaching dance, and is eager to develop a fun and social element to the classes. As well as great instructors, the Centre also has the advantage of a great air-conditioned venue, easy parking and affordability. If you have any queries about any of these activities or any other activity at Burnie Brae please ring 3624 2100 to speak with a friendly staff member or email

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THE Office of Fair Trading is renewing its warning to people about the dangers of magnetic toys following the recent death of a Queensland toddler. Fair Trading product safety expert Dave Strachan said while magnets might seem harmless, if swallowed they could result in serious injury, emergency surgery and even death. “Any product with magnets small enough to swallow is a risk to children,” Mr Strachan said. “It’s easy to think that because magnets are small they won’t cause a choking hazard, but the issue is what happens as they pass through the digestive system. “Unfortunately they can clamp parts of the digestive system together, causing life threatening injuries such as infections, perforations and obstructions. “This renewed warning stems from the tragic death of a Queensland child late last year and is a stark reminder that this can happen to anyone’s child at any time.” The matter of the toddler’s death is currently before the Coroner. According to figures released by the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit, in 2010 at least 10 magnet related injuries are officially reported to emergency departments in Queensland each year. However, the QISU estimates that the actual figure may be closer to 40. “History shows that many children are either unable or unwilling to tell their parents or doctors that they’ve swallowed magnets and some have sustained life threatening or even fatal injuries as a result,” Mr Strachan said. Mr Strachan said while there were standards in place regarding strong magnets used in toys, it was extremely important parents kept all magnets out of reach of children. “Young children should not have any access to magnetic toys and if older children are playing with magnetic toys they should be closely supervised, he said. “I urge people to think twice before buying these types of items – don’t think this can’t happen to you.” For information on product safety visit or or phone 13 74 68.

THE first 2013 meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc. is on Thursday, 7th February, at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. (This hall is wheelchair friendly and close to public transport.) The meeting commences at 9.45 a.m. with morning tea and visitors and new members are most welcome. Kath Stumer is the February guest speaker and she will talk about the Zygo

SENIORS NEWS Mitchelton Garden Club

Cactus. This is a waterwise plant which does well in pots or hanging baskets. It’s easily propagated from leaf cuttings and once developed, flowers profusely in the middle of the year with hanging bowers of beautiful flowers in all colours from white to pinks, reds, apricot and cyclamen. Now that water restrictions have been lifted gardeners are free to hose at any time, but the water is not free, so care should

still be taken to see the water is used to its best advantage, and not lost through evaporation, etc. In a newspaper article it was estimated it would cost $199 a year to handwater a garden for 20 minutes every two days. If you are unsure that a garden needs watering, scrape a trowel or suchlike into the soil to a depth of 5 to 10 cm. If the ground is dry, it’s time to water. Another waterwise hint is to make the spray nozzle on the

U3A Pine Rivers Branch hose produce large drops of water and direct these to the ground around the plant as sometimes evaporation allows only portion of a misty type spray to reach the ground. Too, we all know that watering in the hottest part of the day should be avoided. Mulch is a great benefit to the garden. It deters weeds from growing and keeps the soil moist and cool, thus reducing the frequency to water. Here’s a little reminder for those who like to grow spring flowering bulbs. It’s time to put the bulbs in the crisper section of the frig so they’ll be ready to plant about April. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc. meets on the first Thursday of each calendar month. There are vacancies for new members. At each meeting there’s a lucky door prize, a continuous raffle and a trade table where surplus plants and cuttings from members’ gardens are available for a few cents. For more information please phone the president, Pat, on 3356 1256.

THE U3A Pine Rivers will be holding a social and information meeting on Friday 15th February 2013 at 10.00am. In addition to normal information about activities, we will be having an interesting talk by our Guest Speaker Brian Andrews the very popular Brisbane lecturer, storyteller and author of “I Grow in

Grandad’s Garden” as well as being a speaker in over 20 nations around the world. The meeting will be held in Bray Hall, Cnr Cooke & O’Loan Streets Petrie. Visitors are very welcome, light refreshments will be provided. For further information, please ring 3321 0681.

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SENIORS NEWS Chelmer Probus Club re-established

THE Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary has announced that Chelmer Probus Club will be reestablished in early 2013, with a meeting for interested retirees planned for Wednesday 27 February. Rotary Director Nick Curry said “the Chelmer Probus Club lost its premises in the January 2011 floods and it is now time to give the club a new start in an area of Brisbane where the number of retirees is steadily growing. This club should appeal to active retirees from Chelmer to Oxley and nearby suburbs.” “Probus is a world-wide organisation for active retirees and semi-retirees, both women and men, who meet regularly in clubs to hear interesting guest speakers and enjoy outings, tours, and activities like movies, theatre, photography, crafts, walks, and dining”, Mr Curry said. “We have planned a meeting of retirees interested in becoming members of Chelmer Probus, to be held on Wednesday 27 February, starting at 9.30 am for 10

City 50 Plus Club returns to City Hall

RETURNING to Brisbane City Hall after three years absence during restoration. Rooms open 8am to 4pm.The 50 Plus Centre offers a variety of low cost activities. It is open to residents in South East Queensland over 50 years of age, pensioners and benefit receivers (excluding unemployment benefits). Membership is free. You will need to provide some identification such as a driver’s licence or pension card when you lodge an application form. Members have been advised of the starting dates of each activity group such as Line Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, Square Dancing, Sequence Dancing, Yoga, Gentle Exercise, Tai Chi, Clogging, Zumba, Indoor Bowls, Bridge, Art and Embroidery. A new Music Group will commence on Friday 22nd February 2013 at 1pm. Programs for activities will be available from the Centre and new members are always welcome. For membership enquiries contact Norma Weir, Club President on 07 3403 4319. There is a small fee for activities. All fees are payable to the teacher of each activity on the day.

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am. The meeting, hosted by Rotary, will explain the Probus movement, its activities, and its many benefits to retirees. There will also be some entertainment.” “The re-establishment of Chelmer Probus Club is being done by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary as one of its

community service activities”. There are 1750 Probus Clubs in Australia with a combined membership of 132,000. Probus is all about friendship and fellowship and is not a fund raising body. Chelmer Probus Club will hold monthly meetings, host guest speakers and

organise visits to interesting places. All retirees and semiretirees interested in joining Chelmer Probus Club or learning more about Probus are invited to contact Nick on 0407 763716, ntcurry@ or Adele on 3279 2950,

Annerley/Moorooka Senior Citizens Club WOULD you like to meet new friends, enjoy concerts and bus trips this year? Why not come along to Annerley/Moorooka Senior Citizens Club meeting each Tuesday from 9.30a.m to 12.30p.m. We commenced on 29 January and our first bus trip for the year will be to Dolphins Football Club on February 12. Looking ahead our bus trip on March 12 will be a lunch cruise on the Kookaburra River Queen. What a great day to spend on our Brisbane River taking in the sights as we go. For further information about the Club, please phone Colin Butler, our President, on 3848 6371.

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SENIORS NEWS Are you a retired public sector officer?

Jean Tisdall, Betty Baldock, President John Griffiths and Secretary Betty Cahill.

JOIN us for good times with our friendly group. New members are most welcome and membership fees are a

low $10 per annum (and include your partner). Queensland Public Service Retired Officers’ Association

Inc offers day coach trips with morning tea and two-course lunch included in the subsidised price (and

Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club

after lunch, we can usually find a few pokies to improve the bank account). Our first 2013 tour (by tradition, a Mystery destination) will be on Monday 11 March. After our quarterly meetings, held in Brisbane city, we can enjoy a subsidised two-course lunch with a free drink, and lucky door prizes. Concert and Theatre buffs are catered for with subsidised tickets to selected shows (including Warhorse). For further information, please contact Secretary Betty Cahill (3395 7781) or President John Griffiths (3341 8802).

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After a very tasty morning tea at New Farm Park, we headed off to the QPAC Theatre for a guided tour of the secrets behind the stage curtains, consisting of approximately 1-1/2 hour tour before boarding the coach to travel to the Broncos Club for our lunch break. After a very nice Lunch it was off to the QLD. Institute of Medical Research, to be amongst the first to take a guided tour of this brand new state of the art facility. Their research focuses on cancer, infectious diseases, mental health and a range of complex disorders. The guided tour includes a research presentation in the auditorium, next was a

visit and inspection of the laboratories after which we were offered a light afternoon tea. Both tours were informative and interesting thus making the tour very worthwhile and memorable event. For Friendship Fellowship and Fun. The Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club meets on the first Tuesday of each Month, 9-15am for 945am start, at the Moreton Bay Boat Club, Bird of O’Passage Parade, Scarborough, visitors are welcome. For further information please contact our Secretary by Email at redcliffecitymixed56051 or write to PO Box 342, Redcliffe 4020.

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MEETINGS are being held at our premises 9.30am on the third Friday of each month at the Wavell Heights Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road,Wavell Heights. Members and visitors welcome to attend for a morning cuppa as well plus listen to our special Guest Speaker. We are a strong force in the community, so come and hear what we have to say plus we hold a further meeting at the Chermside Library on the second Friday at 9.30am by our Finance Group. February Speaker COTA Julie Donnan - Help to the community.

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L-R Christmas wrapping volunteers, Noelene, Yvonne, Rowena, Joy, Trish and in front Taya.

PINE Rivers VIEW members volunteered for a day Christmas wrapping at Stafford City Shopping Centre for a gold coin donation. Money raised assisted The Smith Family and “Learning for Life” program. The next monthly luncheon will be held on Wednesday 20th February at

Murrumba Downs Tavern, Dohles Rocks Rd, from 11am-2pm. Guest speaker will be James Lergessner, author of many books. Ladies interested in friendship and supporting The Smith Family are most welcome. Bookings for lunch, contact Joy on 3285 5989.

Friendship and Entertainment was the theme for the Piazza Party held at the Wynnum Civic Centre by ‘Sabot’ (Sixty & Better On Track) members and friends. Pictured are Pat Carlill, Rosie Coats and Deidre Larsson in party mode enjoying the fun and food.

Mitchelton & District Senior Citizens Club

FEELING bored and lonely? Over 50? Want to meet new friends, be entertained, and see new places? Then come along to Mitchelton Seniors’ Club. Monday from 9.00 a.m. until 12.00 p.m., for the small cost of $7.00 we have light entertainment in the form of concerts by various groups, the occasional speaker, and the occasional nostalgia movie. This includes free tea or coffee and freshly made sandwiches and cake for lunch. Tuesday and Friday we have indoor bowls at $ 2.00 per day from 9.30 a.m. till 12 p.m., tuition is available if requested. Wednesday a small group

meets for cards at 9.00 a.m.. We have ample parking, there is also a mini bus which for a small fee will pick you up from home and drop you back there again after lunch. For a bit of fun we have various raffles and lucky door prizes. The annual joining fee is $6.00. The lovely Lena organises a bus trip on the third Thursday of each month and we meander all around the countryside - always an enjoyable day. Feel free to give us a call - Monday, speak to Jan (Secretary) and Tuesday and Friday speak to Ruby (Bowls Convenor) on 3355 0358. We hope to see you soon. February 2013 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 31


Celebrating Valentine’s Day


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JOHN and I have been married for 56 years. We met around 60 years ago when a mutual friend introduced us at a social gathering. We became inseparable soon after that. When he proposed marriage, I resisted for over a year because I was

afraid that his duties as a regular soldier might see him sent away to war. He’d been in the army for three years by then and had only recently returned from the Korean War. I guess I had these ro-

mantic notions that my love and I would live in a rose-coloured cottage with a white picket fence to where he would return from work each day. Finally I relented when I realised that love sometimes takes us down many different paths and we are foolish not to follow. Six weeks after our wedding he said he was deployed to Malaya for two years and that I was going with him. “To war with you?” I asked incredulously. “Well, no”, he said, “you’ll be living on Penang Island and I will visit you from the mainland whenever I have leave”. The island was so beautiful; the absences from each other were heart breakingly lonely, but the homecomings…..ah, the homecomings! On returning to Australia

with two infant children, I thought that now we would put down roots and play ‘happy families’. But it was not to be. He was off away again for 6 to 8 weeks every so often on training exercises. It didn’t take long to realise that he loved his job almost as much as he loved me. However, I didn’t mind sharing him because I saw that my life was becoming enriched by our lifestyle. For the next 30 years we travelled extensively within Australia and overseas. In a normal marriage, if one exists, we would have had to wait until retirement to savour these experiences. As with many marriages we had our high and low points. Among the high points, our children did exceptionally well academically, despite or be-

cause of their numerous transfers between schools. A low point was my miscarriage when John was away on his first 12 month tour of duty to Vietnam. As we had no extended family within 1000 kilometres, the doctor urged me to put our five children in an orphanage for a few days. I was aghast that I was unable to do my job and care for my family. Thank goodness, friends stepped in and spread the children among them. It’s times like these I thought of couples who after many years together have said that they had never spent even one day apart. That’s not for me though because I would find such togetherness so claustrophobic. Perhaps there’s truth in the saying that absences make the heart grow fonder.

Love is in the air at IndigiScapes EXPERIENCE a night of romance with a difference at IndigiScapes Valentine’s Day Dinner to be held on Thursday 14 February from 6.30pm at the Redland IndigiScapes Centre. The Valentine’s event is a unique way to spoil your loved one with a romantic dinner in the open air bushland setting of IndigiScapes. Indulge in a special Valentine’s sweetheart three-course set meal by candlelight at the IndigiScapes Tea Garden Cafe and Tallowwood Verandah. The set menu will be served as an alternate drop and will offer succulent chargrilled chicken skewers served with a special satay sauce or fresh local barramundi

spring rolls for entrée; baked honey mustard chicken breast or beef wellington served with a seasonal garden salad for main; and for dessert the famous Indigicake – a blend of apples dates and coconut served with fresh cream or baked cheesecake served with raspberry coulis. The dinner is priced at $40 per person and guests can bring their own alcohol. For those who simply can’t resist the romance of Valentine’s Day, bookings are essential. To secure your table contact Redland IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611 or email

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WHAT do you do if you’re all alone on Valentine’s Day? What can you do to be part of the day when there’s no one to send you flowers or chocolates or romantic messages? Here’s some suggestions from relationship psychologist Toby Green. Get together with your single friends and have a party, invite the girls over to watch movies or go out to dinner with a friend; arrange a trip away with a close friend or a group of friends. Do something nice like book yourself into a day spa, change you hairstyle or colour, buy a sensational bottle of wine and get yourself a great dinner. Boost your spirits by doing something nice for someone else, like visiting an elderly relative or minding someone’s kids so they can go out, or volunteer for a community project. Find something special and buy it for yourself, there’s no rules that say

it should be from a significant other. Love comes in many forms, not just from a partner. Spend Valentine’s Day doing something special with your parents or a sibling, or take your dog for a walk in the park.

Remember there are plenty of people in your life who love you!

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GROWING Older and Living Dangerously (GOLD) is a Brisbane City Council program of events and activities for residents 50 years of age and over. There is a great range of free or low cost activities, such as sports, fitness, music or arts and crafts. Council also runs GOLD n’ Kids, for seniors and children.

Some of the great events coming up include Tai Chi, guitar classes, drawing, tai chi, cycling, tennis for beginners and a wide range of activities designed to improve your general fitness and sense of well being. Bookings are essential for most GOLD activities. You can only book into six activities in each

program. Phone Council on 3403 8888 for booking details. The following is a selection of GOLD programs offered in and around Brisbane. Check Brisbane City Council website (http:// whats-on/type/Recreation-programs/growing-older-living-danger-

ously) or phone Council on 3403 8888 to find out details of the wide ranging activities within your own district. Tai Chi and Qigong by the Bay. Strengthen, exercise and calm your body and soul in the tranquil park surrounds by the bay. What a great way to start the day! Friday, 8 February | 7:15am – 8:15am George Clayton Park,

Lower Esplanade, Manly. Jazzercise: Low impact, exciting, fun and easy to follow fitness session offering a blend of jazz dance, aerobics, yoga, pilates and kick-boxing movements. Start dancing yourself fit and change the shape of your body. Friday, 8 February | 9:30am – 10:30am, Bulimba Senior Citizen Centre, Cnr. Stuart and

Barramul Sts, Bulimba. Zumba Gold® A fun way to get fit! Easy to follow dance and low impact movements done to a variety of rhythms. Friday, 8 February | 9:45am – 11:15am at Brisbane City Hall. Tennis Coaching Learn the basic skills of the game through a series of drills, rallying and game play from professional instructors. Friday, 8 February | 10am -

11am, New Farm Park Cycling by the river Social 15km river and CBD adventure including the Story and Goodwill bridges from New Farm Park. Bring some change for a coffee stop along the way. Phone Bushranger Bikes if you need a bicycle. Thursday, 7 February | 9:30am – 12noon, New Farm Park, Cnr Brunswick & Sydney Streets, New Farm.

World’s Greatest Shave is the greatest fun for the greatest cause! BE brave and shave from 14-17 March 2013! Start collecting sponsorship and donations now to help raise $17 million. It’s to support people with blood cancers and to fund Australia’s best research into leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. Come on Queenslanders, let’s be braver than ever in 2013! Shave off your hair, beard or moustache or colour your hair and raise money for this wonderful cause. Every day, six Queenslanders are diagnosed with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood cancers and disorders. The money you raise will fund vital research to find cures, and free services to support Queensland families who will feel the impact of a blood cancer diagnosis this year. World’s Greatest Shave raised a recordbreaking $18.4 million in 2012. Go to the official website at to register or donate.


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BrisAsia festival CELEBRATE Brisbane-Asia connections from 8-23 February with the inaugural BrisAsia Festival. BrisAsia Festival features a range of traditional and contemporary Asian arts and cultural events and programs across the city and profiles the work of local artists that identify with an Asian heritage and our local communities. Immerse yourself in BrisAsian culture with events such as the Big AussieAsian BBQ, a feast for foodies at Reddacliff Place; Eastern Odyssey, a journey through Asian world music at Brisbane Botanical Gardens Mt Coottha; and a special edition Games Night,

featuring Asian parlour games including a giant version of Chinese favourite, Mah Jong. From music to food, art to conversation, performance to play, there’s something for everyone. Be transported to 1940’s Shanghai for the launch of BrisAsia Festival on Friday, 8 February from 5pm-9pm. Take a trip down Burnett Longtang (Lane) for a hot and steamy night of jazz, live performance and local street food. Spilling into the streets, this Brisbane longtang is transformed into a feast for the senses, reminiscent of the heyday of the Paris of the Orient.

‘Wok’ star Poh Ling Yeow set to tickle your tastebuds TICKLE your tastebuds at the free Big Aussie-Asian BBQ on Friday 15 February from 4pm-9pm at Reddacliff Place, Brisbane. Kick back and relax with Poh Ling Yeow as she shows us how to use the humble Aussie BBQ to create incredible Asian dishes. Come and share Asian BBQ delights, dumplings, rice dishes and

many other surprisintg treats. Poh believes food is connected to history, culture and place so what better way to connect with Asia than over a barbie! Poh will host two free masterclasses showing us just how easy it is to learn how it’s done. Come on down to Reddacliff Place for a banquet like no other.

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Open garden at Highvale A NOTED sanctuary for wildlife including stingless native bees. Dozens of hives in stunning setting of swamp bloodwood and Eucalyptus dunnii. Plantings for nectar and pollen include native senna, salvias, camellias and roses. An easy, unregimented suburban garden that is a fascinating experience for plant and wildlife enthusiasts. There will be talks at 11am and 3pm on Australian stingless bees; demonstrations of hive relocating, advice on sugarbag bee-keeping and colony management. Open courtesy of Open Gardens Australia on Saturday 23 February and Sunday 24 February from 10am4.30pm at 12 Endwood Court, Highvale. Entry $7

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Brisbane Seniors Online reopens after Xmas/New Year break BRISBANE Seniors Online (BSOL) has recently reopened its central training office and headquarters after a Xmas/New Year break and is now ready to take on new volunteer mentors as well as new learners across Brisbane. BSOL is a not-for-profit organisation that provides affordable computer training for seniors and over 50’s in the Greater Brisbane area using volunteer mentors. Training is available on Windows PC computers, Apple/Macs, tablets, laptops, smart phones and Android devices. However the needs of BSOL differ across the Brisbane area. For effective administration, the service area is divided into 10 hubs that are coordinated by hub coordinators who assess new learner needs and their existing skills and match them up with a suitable home mentor. Whilst tutoring is normally conducted in the learner’s own home on their own computer, a number of areas on the northside of Brisbane offer small class option as well as home mentoring. Whilst learners are always welcome to join BSOL, without adequate

volunteer mentors, this valuable service cannot operate. Training follows a flexible curriculum that allows learners to be taught things they would like to know as well as any basics they need to know. Whilst mentors are always needed and welcome to join, there is no need for them to be formally qualified teachers with high level computer skills. Computer competencies, confidence, empathy and patience are the main attributes required of mentors. Many learners are really only interested in knowing the basics of email and internet. Particular shortages of learners for home mentoring exist in the following suburbs on the northside of BrisbaneAlbany Creek, Bracken Ridge, Bridgeman Downs, Brighton, Deagon, Deception Bay, Redcliffe, Sandgate, Shorncliffe and Strathpine. Learners are required for small classes commencing at Zillmere in February. Mentors and learners are welcome in the Ashgrove, The Gap, Kelvin Grove, Alderley, Arana Hills and Ferny Hills areas. Mentors are desperately

Paul Boult and Julie replacing a damaged netbook screen at a BSOL mentor’s training session required for the following have an allocated mentor southern and western available to them for an suburbs- Forest Lake, Mt unreasonable timeframe. Gravatt, Rochedale, With new technology, a Rocklea, Holland Park, greater reliance on comDaisy Hill, Springwood, puters and the internet as Loganholme, Kingston well as the impending and adjoining suburbs. In connection of the Naaddition, mentors are re- tional Broadband Netquired for Birkdale, work across Brisbane, Alexandra Hills, Redland there is a need for resiBay, Wynnum/Manly, dents to become more Morningside, Cannon computer and internet Hill, Mackenzie and savvy. BSOL can assist seniors and over 50’s in Burbank. iPad and Apple Mac men- this regard. tors are welcome in all ar- BSOL acknowledges the from the eas but particularly support needed in the northern Brisbane City Council and suburbs of Brisbane as funding from the Lord well as Carindale and Ca- Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund. rina on the southside. Insufficient mentors For more information means that existing men- about BSOL, how to betors may need to travel come a volunteer mentor extensive distances from or join as a new learner, their home to visit learn- please phone 3210 6983 or ers or learners will not see

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AS summer temperatures climb, volunteers at Stafford Meals on Wheels (MOW) are delivering bottled water to their clients to ward off dehydration. Stafford MOW manager Jack Pool said they were concerned about the health and welfare of their 70 daily clients during these hot days - with temperatures in the mid-30s predicted until Monday. They decided to add 600ml water bottles to their regular meal deliveries for the next three days. With the welfare of their elderly clients at the heart of Stafford Meals on Wheels’ work, Mr Pool said this was another small way to care for clients this week. ”We don’t just deliver meals, we care for people.” The service has heard of a couple of its clients attending a doctor with symptoms of dehydration. Fire & Ice Food Equipment hire company, based in Eagle Farm, has donated the water. Queensland Chief Health

Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the elderly can be more susceptible to heat-related illness and urged people to keep an eye out for their elderly neighbours and relatives. “Symptoms may include muscle cramps, heavy

sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting,” she said. “Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and has the potential to be life threatening. “Symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion but a per-

son may also have an extremely high body temperature, red, hot, dry skin, possibly some clamminess, a rapid pulse, headache and confusion.” Call 000 if you suspect someone is suffering a heat-related illness.

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What do you think is special about Logan? It could be a particular place, your first school, memories of your family, some local legend or recollections of an event that has stayed with you over the years. We also would like to hear about any upcoming community events. Your story does not have to be past tense and photographs would be icing on the cake. All photos received would be returned promptly. If Logan is special to you, the Brisbane Seniors Newspaper would love to hear from you. Email or post to PO Box 1062 Tewantin 4565.

Beat the heat this summer

COUNCIL is warning residents to brace themselves for continuing hot weather. Mayor Karen Williams urged residents to take special care and recognise the signs of heat-related illness. “Carers of babies and small children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic conditions or illnesses should especially be aware of hotter than usual weather and take steps to avoid over-heating,” said Cr Williams. “Tiredness or weakness, dizziness, flushed or pale skin and cramps are some of the less obvious signs of heatrelated illness.” “Residents can prepare by simply drinking water regularly, staying out of the heat and generally keeping cool by wearing lighter clothing and opening windows and doors.” “Animals can also suffer from heat stress so don’t forget to keep an eye on your pets and make sure they have plenty of water and shelter to keep

cool.” For a full list of signs of heatrelated illness and a detailed checklist on what people can do to prepare for summer heatwaves, visit and click on Beat the Heat. First aid tips: • In an emergency, phone Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. • Seek medical advice from your doctor, hospital or health clinic. • Sit or lay the person in a cool spot in the shade or under cover. • If the person is unconscious, lay them on their side. • Remove as much of the person’s clothing as possible and loosen tight clothing. • Cover the person with a sheet soaked with tap water (not iced water). • Use fans or air-conditioning to help the person cool down. • Give the person water to drink, if they can swallow.

Active Logan

ACTIVE Logan program is a Logan City Council initiative offering free and low cost activities throughout Logan for all abilities and fitness levels. How do I get involved? Find an activity that suits you. No need to register for the activity. If you have a question about an activity contact the provider or Council. Do I have to be fit to start an activity? No, Active Logan activities cater for all ages and fitness levels. Our trained instructors will ease you into the activity, making you feel comfortable and welcome.What should I wear to the session? Comfortable clothing and footwear. What else should I bring? Hat and sunscreen (outdoor activities only), small towel, water bottle, any other equipment detailed in the activity description. Gentle Fitness Workout Join this fun, friendly and light group training session designed for people who enjoy low intensity activities. An essential class for all abilities and ages to increase energy levels and cardiovascular fitness at your own pace. For session dates and times phone as follows: Logan Village, Rochedale South and Eagleby - 0412 140 034; Crestmead - 3809 5555 or Underwood - 3120 1655. Pilates in the Park A gentle pilates class suitable for all ages and abilties. Increase your level

of flexibility and build core strength while toning and strengthening muscles and enhancing your overall wellbeing. Sessions are held at the beautiful Berrinba Wetlands Park facilities in Browns Plains. Contact 0415 753 930 for further information. Tai Chi Tune in your mind, body and spirit with this ancient Chinese health exercise. Tai Chi will help you relax and better deal with life’s stresses. For further information on classes held at Meadowbrook or Jimboomba phone 0415 753 930. Yoga Originating from India and practiced for thousands of years, Yoga helps create balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This gentle yoga class will also help de-stress and enhance your sense of well being. Phone Louise on 0432 732 001 for details. Zumba Gold® The same great Zumba moves, but targeted to suit active older participants and those just starting their journey towards a healthier lifestyle. If you looking for camaraderie, excitement and fitness as a regular part of you fitness regime then Zumba Gold is the perfect fit. For class times and further information phone at Sophie on 0404 852 218 at Greenwood or Chadissa on 0449 898 622 at Springwood.

Underwood Marketplace is moving towards becoming friendly to seniors!! New members to the Qld Seniors Card program include: MyOptomertrist, Supanews, Just Cuts. Donut King & Gloria Jeans continue to be members of the program and many others are in the process of joining.

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THE Phoenix Ensemble is based at the Pavilion Theatre in Beenleigh Showground. Known for its quality performances and innovative productions, Artistic Director Maria Grills is seeking people with a love of live theatre. Volunteers are required to assist in many areas of theatre production from assisting in building and painting sets and scenery, to making costumes, working backstage and Front of House. This is an excellent opportunity for all who are interested to become involved in this rewarding community activity. The first of five productions for the year will be “Songs for a New World” commencing on 22nd February and continuing until 23rd March. For more information please phone Maria on 07 55 94 7762 / 0422 686 140.

New program to help with health of Ipswich residents IPSWICH residents will be able to take part in a new exercise program currently being established by Ipswich City Council. Parks, Sport and Recreation Committee Chairperson Councillor David Morrison said council was implementing the new community physical activity program Park Fit. “This new program has been designed to help encourage Ipswich residents to become more involved in physical activity and improve their fitness levels,” Cr Morrison said. “We want to help the community lower its rate of physical inactivity, obesity and type 2 diabetes. “To achieve this goal we need to increase the current rate of physical activity being undertaken in Ipswich. “Our research


has revealed that after walking the second most popular activity with Ipswich residents is the gym/weights. “We believe that people are most likely to participate in exercise to increase fitness and as a social experience to meet new people and that is why we have developed Park Fit.” The Park Fit program consists of three stages. Cr Morrison said council hoped the Park Fit program would help the Ipswich community through increased participation in physical activity and the development of social and supportive networks which were conducive to good health. “We especially want to see the community embrace council’s parks and outdoor gym equipment.”

FUNDING has been allocated to a number of Ipswich community organisations for the 2013 Ageing Stronger, Active Longer Program. Ipswich City Council Youth and Seniors Committee Chairperson Councillor Sheila Ireland said council had today provided funds for next year’s program to three local organisations, Gailes Community House, Kambu Medicals Services and Able Australia. “This important program is possible because of the partnership between council and a diverse range of community and health service providers,” Cr Ireland said. “It has been implemented annually for the past four years and has consistently attracted a great deal of interest and support from the local community. The Ageing Stronger, Active Longer Program is designed to promote healthy active ageing by providing an opportunity for seniors’ to learn and experience a variety of physical activities and to adopt a nutritious diet. “We want to encourage seniors to maintain an active lifestyle to reduce the onset of illness and disease, by linking them with community driven exercise groups.” Next year’s program includes: Gailes Community House will run a weekly program in 2013 including social activities such as 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. They also plan to trial low impact practical exercise programs such as tai chi and yoga suitable for older people with mobility issues. Council’s Community Development Branch will also work with the Home Assist Program to deliver an eight-week Program form February 28, 2013 at the Ipswich Humanities Centre. These interactive, motivational and fun sessions will address topics relating to the benefits of exercise, adopting a nutritious diet and maintaining good mental health. In addition, topics such as diabetes, Breastscreen, heart care, maturity blues and cooking demonstrations will also be covered. Participants also will have the opportunity to try a variety of physical activities each week such as aqua aerobics, lawn bowls, yoga and Zumba Gold.

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DISCOVER free, fun activities in Logan and enjoy a happier and healthier lifestyle. Are you looking to improve your health and well-being? Are you currently unemployed or working on a part time or casual basis? If you answered yes you are invited to join a FREE Healthy Logan activity! Healthy Logan is an exciting initiative funded by the Australian Government and aims to provide innovative and motivating services to improve the health of the community and reduce the rates of overweight and obese people within Logan. The program aims to promote healthy living; provide opportunities to participate in physical activity; encourage healthy eating; support the community to lead healthier lifestyles and reduce the number of people who are overweight and obese within our community. The Healthy Logan Program will provide opportunities for you to participate in free and accessible activities; feel happier and have an improved sense of well-being; reduce the effects of stress; increase your energy; reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease such a diabetes; opportunity to make new friends and become stronger and healthier. Healthy Logan Program: Austcycle - A 4 week program that provides cycle training for all ages and abilities. Austcycle will give you the skills and confidence to get on your bike and ride more. Contact Logan PCYC on 3442 1700 for further information. BEAT IT - A 10 week physical activity and lifestyle program for people with or at risk of diabetes and other chronic lifestyle disease. Contact Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on


Logan Council cabs THE Council cab service enables you (and your carer) to travel from home to your nearest major shopping centre, for only $2 per person each way. The initiative is subsidised by Logan City Council, with Yellow Cabs providing the service. To be eligible, you must be an aged pensioner. The service is available in all Logan suburbs, and operates Tuesdays to Thursdays, depending on your location. Some suburbs will have a choice of centres on different days if more than one is close by. To book a Logan Council Cab call Yellow Cabs on 13 62 94 before midday on the day before you want to use the service (or as far in ad-

vance as you like) and ask for a Logan Council Cab. A Logan Council Cab will then pick you up from your home and take you to the nearest shopping centre. You will have two and half hours to shop, visit the library, have a haircut, enjoy morning tea and run errands, before another cab returns to pick you up and take you home. You will be picked up from your home at about 9.30 am on your service day, and taken home from the shopping centre at 1 pm. There is no bag limit for this service but to assist in keeping your shopping together, consider using larger bags to hold your shopping bags on the

3089 5500 for further information. Heart Foundation Walking - Find out where your nearest walking group is and how you can start a new group in your area. Logan City Council on 3412 3412 for further detail. garden2kitchen2garden - This program will teach you how to cook with healthy ingredients as well as explore economic gardening techniques that support a healthy lifestyle. Caddies Community Centre on 5547 8077 for information. Grow it. Live it. Eat it - This program is targeted to the culturally and linguistically diverse community and aims to provide participants with the opportunity to learn how to lead healthier lifestyles through information sessions, gardening, cooking and shopping classes. Phone Multilink Community Services Inc on 3808 4463 for class dates and times. Physical Activity Programs This program provides the opportunity to engage in physical activity through either the “sports taster program” or the “lift-off yoga program” for free. Reclink on 3412 7147 for further information. Useful Links: Optimal Health Community Lifestyles Directory-This directory provides links to self-management support organisations, activities, service providers and groups in the community. Active Logan - Discover low-cost activities across Logan in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Community Gardens - Council has created a Community Gardens Policy to assist and guide the community when establishing community gardens. Healthy Living Network - The Healthy Living Network is a registration portal that provides a list of quality registered activities, providers and programs in your local area. Healthy Eating - This site provides a wide range of information about healthy eating, including resources such as fact sheets and where to go if you need further advice. Diabetes AustraliaQueensland - There are many programs for the community, people with diabetes and health professionals available through Diabetes Australia-Queensland. How do I become involved? To find out further information please phone: 07 3412 3412 or Email: February 2013 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 39

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A history of solar power in Australia ‘SOLAR energy’ may be something we associate with the 20th and 21st centuries, but attempts to harness the sun’s energy reach as far back as the 7th century BC. While our ancient ancestors worked on concentrating sunlight through magnifying glasses to ignite fires, even modern technologies have their roots in the 1800s. By the 1800s, scientists had already identified the potential for solar energy to power machiner]. In 1839 a French physicist called Alexandre-Edmund Becquerel discovered the Photovoltaic (Becquerel) Effect. Becquerel found that an electric current or voltage is created when a conductive material is exposed to light. His work became the basis of many solar power technologies. Around twenty years after Becquerel’s discovery, a maths teacher called Auguste Mouchout invented a machine that could generate steam by solar power. Ahead of his time, Mouchout believed that coal reserves would eventually run out and he dedicated his efforts to finding alternative energy sources. His invention became the first sun-powered steam machine. In 1873 English electrical engineer Willoughby Smith found solid selenium to be photoconductive; his discovery taught us that solar energy could be converted from a solid without the need for additional heat or moving parts.

In 1883, American Charles Fritts used selenium and gold to make the world’s first working solar cell. While revolutionary, Fritts’ cell was very inefficient and too inefficient for practical use. 1954 saw three scientists from Bell Labs (a research centre in New Jersey, United States) create the modern solar battery made from silicon (based on R.S. Ohl’s work on semiconductors in 1940). This was the first efficient, practical solar cell. Demonstrated on 25 April 1954, the modern solar cell was used to power a toy Ferris wheel. Post-Second World War, Australia was a key player in the global solar power revolution. After the War, ‘diggers’ who had experience in engineering put their knowledge and experience into the solar power industry. Backed by the CSIRO, Australia was able to lead global research and fund ideas from US inventors that were not necessarily supported in their home countries. Australia’s renewable energy industry was particularly productive during the 1970s and 80s. However, in the last ten years Australia’s influence in world solar power technologies has dwindled. Despite this decline, Australia’s contributions have been adopted far and wide - much of the technology that is now used by solar industry giants (Japan, Germany, China and the United States) was developed in Australia.

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BRISBANE Enjoy free musical performances in Brisbane parks

Free lunchtime concerts in Brisbane BRISBANE City Council continues it’s much loved one hour free Tuesday midday concert series in The Salvation Army Temple, 167 Ann Street, Brisbane. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert. Tuesday 5 February - Jazz artist Clare Hansson presents a tribute to American composer, George Gershwin. Tuesday 12 February - Part of the BrisAsia Festival celebrations, this concert features Dr Nicholas Ng and friends performing classical Chinese music, while percussion-

ist Tunji Beier presents classical Indian. Tuesday 19 February - As part of the BrisAsia Festival celebrations, the xylophonists of Sonamus Duo and Trio Ispirato - piano trio, present a classical program. Tuesday 26 February - James Brennan dedicates his one hour show in celebration to the 72 year old superstar, Neil Diamond. Tuesday 5 March - Revel in the phenomenal solos of Cameron Campbell - viola, Naomi Christensen - tuba, Cameron Miller - saxophone and John Varney - double bass.

SUNDAY 10 February at 2pm - Mowbray Park, Park Avenue, East Brisbane Sunnybank Brass conducted by John Kennedy takes wings as it soars into flight with a program including Birdland, The Striped Falcon and War of the World. Sunday 10 February at 11am - Gregory Park, Baroona Road, Paddington Enjoy a taste of Scotland with a performance by City of Brisbane Pipe Band. Sunday 17 February at 2pm - Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Celebrate BrisAsia Festival by taking a tour around the Japanese Gardens, Mt Coot-tha and experience music for the whole family. Sunday 17 February at 2pm - Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre, Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill. Brisbane City Big Band conducted by David Jones plays songs for lovers. Sunday 17 February at 2pm - Newstead House, Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead. Enjoy a taste of Scotland with a performance by University of Queensland Pipe Band. Sunday 17 February at 2pm - New Farm Park, Brunswick Street, New Farm. Brisbane Symphonic Band takes a journey through rock history from early rhythm and blues to Elvis,

Beatles and class Rock’n’Roll. Friday 22 February at 7.30pm - King George Square, Brisbane. Still Standing Band rocks the square at the BrisStyle indie Twilight Markets with a programme of classic rock with soul. Sunday 24 February at 1pm - Bulimba Memorial Park, Oxford Street, Bulimba. A bright and lively concert with a tropical Caribbean rhythm featuring Rivercity Steel Band. Sunday 24 February at 2pm - Captain Burke Park, Holman Street, Kangaroo Point Brisbane Brass conducted by Bill Barker presents an hour of entertaining classics. Saturday 2 March at 6pm - Little Bayside Park, Manly Esplanade, Manly. Classic movie themes from Yellow Cabs Bayside Brass prior to a family movie at 7pm. Sunday 3 March at 10am- Lady Bowen Lawn, Old Government House, George Street, Brisbane. Enjoy the bagpipes at historic Old Government House with a performance by Irish Association Pipe Band. Sunday 2 March at 2pm - Gregory Park, Baroona Road, Paddington. Windsor Brass takes a journey through the ages with classics from musicals of the silver screen.

2013 Valley Chinese New Year Festival SNAKES ALIVE! From February 10 to 24 all eyes will turn to Chinatown in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley as a cacophony of colour, culture and ceremony welcomes the Year of the Snake – Chinese New Year 2013. Celebrated all over the world, Chinese New Year is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and

Cavalia extends Brisbane season until March 24 DUE to strong ticket sales to Cavalia, A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, the producers of the equestrian extravaganza are delighted to announce an additional week of performances in Brisbane. The internationally acclaimed theatrical production set to open March 6, 2013, under its signature White Big Top, in the parking lot adjacent to DFO at Brisbane Airport, will now run until March 24, 2013, before touring to Sydney and Melbourne. Tickets are on sale online at or by calling 1800 765 955.

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to eliminate any negative chi from the past. It begins with the New Moon on the first day of the New Year and ends on the full moon 15th days later. Chinese New Year in 2013 falls on Sunday, February 10. One of Brisbane’s signature events, the culturally rich, the 2013 Valley Chinese New Year Festival Year of the Snake Official Program presented by Brisbane City Council will celebrate with 14 days of dance, music, food, exhibitions, religious ceremonies, firecrackers and Tai Chi displays, market stalls and more. More than 20 restaurants are taking part in the festival, and of course the much loved traditional Chinese New Year Lion dance will be heard and seen all over Chinatown. For Valley Chamber events from February 10th to the 24 th visit or for the Brisbane City Council events from February 8 to 17.

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Too hot to sleep?

IF a loved one who is a resident at an aged care facility is restless during summer nights, Ron Grunstein, Professor of Sleep Medicine at Sydney Medical School, may be able to help. “Sleep and body control of temperature are intimately connected. Body temperature follows a 24 hour cycle linked with the sleep wake rhythm,” he writes. According to Professor Grunstein, body temperature decreases during the night time sleep phase and rises during the wake phase. Sleep is most likely to occur when core temperature decreases, and much less likely to occur during the rises. He adds the hands and feet play a key role in facilitating sleep as they permit the heated blood from the central body to lose heat to the environment through the skin surface. The sleep hormone melatonin plays an important part of the complex loss of heat through the peripheral parts of the body, Professor Grunstein explains. “At sleep onset, core body temperature falls but peripheral skin temperature rises. But temperature changes become more complex during sleep as our temperature self regulation varies according to sleep stage,” he says. Research has shown how environmental heat can disturb this delicate balance between sleep and body tempera-

ture. For instance, an ambient temperature of 22 or 23 degrees Celsius is ideal. Any major variation in this leads to disturbance of sleep with reduced slow wave sleep (a stage of sleep where the brain’s electrical wave activity slows and the brain ‘rests’), and also results in less dreaming sleep (rapid eye movement or REM sleep). According to Professor Grunstein, during REM sleep, our ability to regulate body temperature is impaired. Restless sleep may contribute to problems with complex memory retention, higher judgement (poorer decision making and increased risk taking behaviour), blood pressure control and regulation of glucose in the body. More than half of men and women aged over 65 years complain of at least one sleep problem. Many older people experience insomnia and other sleep difficulties on a regular basis. As we age, our sleep patterns change. In general, older people sleep less, experience more fragmented sleep, and spend less time in stages 3 & 4 and REM sleep (deep sleep and dream sleep) than younger people. “The clear message is this: if you’re going to make some big decisions during a heatwave, sleep in a carefully controlled air conditioned environment,” Professor Grunstein says.

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MANY, many prescribed medicines, and over-the-counter options, can affect the ability of the eye to stay lubricated. Dry eye syndrome is often associated with arthritis, diabetes, gout, and thyroid dysfunction. It is additionally affected by smoking, excess caffeine consumption and low oestrogen levels. In those who suffer with this condition, as many as 8 out of 10 have a disturbance of the eye’s lipid layer. It is this lipid layer that controls tear evaporation. We take eye health for granted, and sufficient lubrication is fundamental to that health. Food sensitivities can con-

tribute to the problem as well. Using a tear replacement is the best and probably the easiest option, such as a lipid spray. Tears Again is a lipid spray that is available from pharmacies and also on script from your doctor. It’s also important to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish. Other daily tips are to ensure you give your eyes a break from the TV, reading or computer time, blink often and avoid air conditioning for long periods of time or try using a good humidifier in your room at night to keep the air moist. Source: Gerald Quigley, Medical Herbalist and Community Pharmacist

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Without regular exercise, people over 50 can experience a range of health problems including • Reduced muscle mass, strength and physical endurance • reduced coordination and balance • reduced joint flexibility and mobility • reduced cardiovascular and respiratory function, reduced bone strength • increased body fat levels • increased blood pressure • increased susceptibility to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression • increased risk of diseases including cardiovascular and stroke. So what can you do about it? Many older people think they should not exercise because they subscribe to common myths like “older people are frail and weak”, “the body doesn’t need as much physical activity as it

marketplace. Some older people with chronic conditions such as severe arthritis, osteoporosis or cardiovascular disease that limit their choice of activities should consult closely with their doctor, physiotherapist or health care professional to devise an exercise program that is health and safe. Suggestions for getting

weeks can be beneficial • Start off slowly and aim for small improvements. Keep track of your progress in a training diary for added motivation. • Check your pulse frequently to make sure you’re not overdoing it. • Choose appropriate

clothing and safety gear. • Don’t let yourself dehydrate - drink plenty of water. The Australian Government’s Choose Health: Be Active: A physical activity guide for older Australians has more information and suggestions.

Alzheimer’s harder for the carer

A NEW report reveals moving people with Alzheimer’s into residential care is often the most difficult, stressful and emotional time for their loved ones or carers. Alzheimer’s Australia NSW (AANSW) has called on the federal government to help ease the guilt and grief carers suffer when they take the step. “One carer said moving his mother into care and taking her away from her home and her cats was the most traumatic and saddest event he had ever had to cope with in his life,” said John Watkins, former deputy Labor premier and chief executive of AANSW. According to Mr Watkins, another said coping with the change after 63 years of marriage had ages”, “exercising is active include “not been easy”. hazardous for older • Choose activities you AANSW’s discussion paper suggested the federal people because they find interesting. You are government should fund a network to support sufmight injure themmore likely to keep up ferers of dementia and their carers. selves”, or “only with an exercise routine Mr Watkins recommended sufficient pre-planning vigorous sustained if it’s fun, not a chore. could ease the guilt and grief of carers, citing the exercise is of any use”. • Exercise with friends. importance of familiarity with the facility and good Or they might prefer to Make physical activity communication with staff. be reading or an enjoyable social “When it is managed the right way, it can be much socialising, are put off occasion. smoother and less stressful than expected and can by the relatively high • Safe, easy and alleviate some of that grief and guilt so often associcost of some sports, comfortable forms of ated with this time,” Mr Watkins said in a statement. they feel intimidated by exercise include walking, The report also found almost half of people with dethe many young adults swimming and cycling. mentia in residential aged care moved in directly from partaking in some sports • Weight training can hospital following a crisis, adding to the confusion, and activities or have increase your muscle stress and grief felt during this time. failed to be attracted to mass - programs as “We would also recommend discharge planning the physical fitness short as six to eight policy be changed for a person with dementia to provide two days’ notice as a minimum, to allow them, their family and facility staff to provide better support in the transition into residential care.”

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such as diabetes, asthma and heart or kidney disease. You can download the Advance Health Directive form on the internet at __data/assets/pdf_file/0007/15982/advance-healthdirective.pdf for free, or you can buy one from a newsagency or some bookshops and stationers. Part of the Advance Health Directive form needs to be completed by a doctor, so get them to explain your options, any unfamiliar terms, and ask them to provide more information if you need it. Before completing the form, first take time to carefully reflect on the decisions you have to make. Remember, you are putting in place a plan that will determine your future health care. Consider what is important to you. Discuss these matters with your family or close friends. You will also need a witness, who is responsible for making sure that your signature is genuine, and that you understand the decisions you are making. Your witness must be over the age of 21 and be a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, lawyer or Notary Public. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to lodge your completed form with any authorities. Keep the original document in a safe place and give a copy to your doctor, a family member or friend, and your attorney for personal matters if you have one. You might also want to carry a card stating that you have made an Advance Health Directive and where it can be found.

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GIVING up smoking has been made a little easier, says Health Minister Tanya Plibersek. Ms Plibersek recently said smokers who’d made a New Year’s resolution to kick the habit would benefit from another burst of anti-smoking TV ads, larger graphic health warnings on the new plain packs, and new free smart phone apps. “Any smoker can tell you how hard it is to quit – most of them try numerous times before finally

kicking the habit. Given smoking is the largest single preventable cause of disease and death in Australia, we need to assist smokers to give up where and when we can.” “Australia now has the toughest and most comprehensive anti-smoking measures in the world, and in 2013 we hope to reduce the appeal of smoking and give more support to smokers who are ready to give up.” The plain-packaging laws, which came into

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about 50% after the Second World War. Despite the fall in the proportion of Australians smoking, more than 15,000 Australians die every year from smoking-related illnesses. Smoking is the largest single preventable cause of disease and death in Australia.” The National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018 outlines priority areas for action - including making tobacco products less affordable, eliminating remaining advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products and considering further regulation of the contents, product disclosure and supply of tobacco products and alternative nicotine delivery systems.

Elderly at risk in soaring temperatures

NATIONAL Seniors Australia is warning the community to keep an eye out for the elderly as soaring temperatures hit Australia. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill says 70-somethings are most at risk in severe heat. “With this hot and humid weather, we are asking people to check on their elderly neighbours and relatives to see if they are coping with the heat and if they need help,’’ O’Neill said. “Make sure they are opening their windows and doors during the day time and encourage them to visit somewhere with air-conditioning. It’s good to get them out of the house and into a cool environment,” he said Although everyone is vulnerable to heat, seniors and older people living alone are particularly at risk, O’Neill said. “There is a misconception that you can only get heat stroke from being outdoors without sun protection then suffering afterwards,’’ O’Neill said. “In fact we’ve heard of cases where elderly people have been cooped up at home, with all their doors and windows locked 24/7, and have subsequently died from heat stroke.” Ambulance services have warned that in a severe heat wave, people can get dehydrated, causing the body to overheat, leading to a heat-related illness. Heat stress can result in irreversible damage to the body, including the brain, or even death. Some tips for preventing sun stroke include drinking water regularly; avoiding alcohol, coffee and soft drinks; keeping cool by increasing air circulation in the home; wearing light clothing and if going outside, staying in the shade.

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WHILE some elderly men unfortunately think it’s too late for them to start exercising, a US study suggests the benefits are worth it! The results were published in the highly reputable Journal of Applied Physiology. The study used advanced imaging techniques on a group of males and females with an average age of 69.2 years, on the quadriceps muscle. It looked at the effects of endurance training as well as resistance training over a six month period, taking muscle samples before and after the training period. The results pointed to positive changes in energetic pathways including better use of oxygen in the body and better delivery of energy. The resistance trained group showed even larger positive changes in oxydative capacity and was also the only group to change the structural property of the muscle. The elderly muscle now had more mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cells) as well as increasing the size of the muscle leading to increased strength, less risk of bone breakage (oseteoporosis) and better body fat control, all contributing to a better quality of life.


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Menopause causes no weight gain

MOST women would dispute this but contrary to popular perception, menopause does not cause weight gain, although it does increase fat around the waist, a specialist journal recently reported. Scientists working for the International Menopause Society carried out a review of the evidence, looking at published studies into the impact of menopause on body weight. Where weight gain

occurred, it did not occur through hormonal factors, which means that menopause cannot be blamed, they found. However, they concluded that the loss of the female hormone oestrogen leads to a change in the pattern of body fat, which shifts from the hips to the abdomen. “It is a myth that the menopause causes a woman to gain weight,” said lead investigator Susan Davis, a professor at Monash University in

Melbourne. “It’s really just a consequence of environmental factors and ageing which cause that. But there is no doubt that the new spare tyre many women complain of after menopause is real,” she said. “This is the body’s response to the fall in oestrogen at menopause - a shift of fat storage from the hips to the waist.” Previous research has found that on average a woman in Western

society gains around 0.5 you should certainly kilos per year after the start to do so when it age of 50. arrives,” Davis said in a Weight gain is influenced by genetic and behavioural factors, especially a sedentary lifestyle and snacking on fatty and sugary foods. “What this translates to in real terms is that women going through the menopause should begin to try to control their weight before it becomes a problem, so if you have not been looking after yourself before the menopause,

press release. about what you eat, and “This means for all for many being more women being thoughtful active every day.”

Sweet corn fights macular degeneration A new Australian variety of sweet corn could help fight age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the western world. Peak national vegetable industry body Ausveg said the recently-developed ‘Supergold’ variety of sweet corn was high in zeaxanthin - a naturally-occurring pigment that gives corn its distinctive deep yellow colour. Ausveg spokesman Jeremy Story Carter said University of Queensland studies had shown a link between high intakes of foods containing zeaxanthin

with a lower incidence of age-related macular degeneration. Story Carter said that ordinarily, people would need to eat an unfeasibly high amount of sweet corn to achieve the levels required to battle macular degeneration. “This new ‘Supergold’ variety will contain enough of the pigment (20 micrograms per gram) in half a cob to help improve eye-health,” he said. Findings from the research have been published in leading industry journal Vegetables Australia.

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YOUR health is in your hands - Take control of your well-being Undertaking regular physical activity has many important health benefits that can increase your quality of life when you’re over 50. • It improves strength, balance and for the frail and elderly can reduce the risk of falls. • It can increase cardiovascular fitness

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SENIORS NEWS February 2013 Fun Run, Walks and Bike Ride Event Calendar FUN runs, walks and bike rides are great for those of us who want to lose weight or get fitter with exercise. Best of all, we can do them with our family and friends and all lose weight and get fit together. Before attending any of these events, please contact the organizers to confirm the event dates, times and places. Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series – R5 Date: Sunday 3 February 2013, Time: TBA Location: Caloundra, Queensland Distance: 400mt Swim, 15km Bike Ride, 4km Run plus shorter events Bribie Triathlon Series Date: Saturday 9, Sunday 10 February 2013, Time: TBA Location: Sylvan Beach Esplanade, Bribie Island, Queensland Distance: 100mt Swim. 3km Bike, 500mt Run or 300mt Swim, 10km Bike, 3km Run Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series – R6 Date: Sunday 24 February 2013, Time: TBA Location: Raby Bay, Queensland Distance: 400mt Swim, 15km Bike Ride, 4km Run plus shorter events Sports Super Centre Series in Runaway Bay Date: Sunday 24 February 2013, Time: 7.00am Location: Runaway Bay Distance: 500m, 1km, 1.5km (kids under 10 only), 5km & 15km

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Art project binds the community AN installation on display in Marsden LIbrary from February 4-27 is a segment of a community art project that was created using techniques that are a traditional art form in many cultures, reflecting the area’s multicultural diversity. In its entirety “From Threads to Fabric of the Community” comprises 800 individual coils of recycled cloth or fabric, each woven by a member of the local community. In all 22 schools and other community groups participated in the project, which was supported by the Regional Art Development Fund. “From Threads to Fabric of the Community” was

instigated and coordinated by artist Mary Elizabeth Barron. During 2012 workshops were held throughout Lo-

gan with a variety of community groups where people were taught the traditional basketry technique of coiling. Each person made a coil from an item of their old clothing or other fabric which was joined together to make a community artwork. It reflected the thought that community is about people working together and having a sense of belonging. As our clothing is a reflection of individual identity, the coils created from the clothing represent the individuals involved and who collectively represent the local community. This project sought to celebrate the individuals and their diversity within the local community and that we are all connected with each link being an integral part. The use of the coiling technique is also significant as a coil by its very nature grows outward, reaching out and encom-

passing. Coiling is an ancient basketry technique traditionally practiced in many parts of the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific, North and South America. In its various forms it has cultural links to a wide variety of, if not all, people. In 2013 the artwork created will be displayed throughout Logan. Sections will be displayed at some libraries and the entire work will be displayed at Logan Art Gallery on the following dates: Marsden Library: February 4 to 27 Logan Central Library: March 1 to 27 Logan Hyperdome Library: May 2 to 30 Logan West Library: July 3 to 31 Logan Art Gallery: November 13 to January 4 2014

This project is supported by Regional Art Development Fund (RADF).

Caring for your dog in hot weather

DOGS are most at risk from overheating, especially puppies, older dogs and overweight dogs. Unlike humans, dogs don’t sweat as a means of keeping cool, except minimally on their paws, and their thick coat acts as an insulator, which only adds to the problem. To lose heat dogs pant, pushing air across the moist heated surfaces of the tongue, throat and windpipe, losing heat by evaporation. The normal body temperature of a dog is 38.5 degrees Celsius. If the body temperatures reaches and exceeds 41 degrees Celsius, the dog is at risk of brain damage, vital organ damage and subsequently death. Overheated dogs can appear slow, unresponsive, disorientated, you will find them panting excessively and they will have very red gums, which can progress to coma and seizures. So don’t leave dogs in locked cars even if the windows are open. The temperature inside a car on a hot day can quickly increase in a matter of minutes. Also, avoid walking your dog during the hottest part of the day – take an early morning walk before the temperature rises or leave it until late evening when it becomes much cooler. If you know that it will be hot on your walk, take some water with you to prevent your dog from getting dehydrated. When you get home, leave your dog in a shady place and a gentle hosing down or a cold wet towel can help keep them cool. Make sure there is constant access to cold water. If you think that your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, telephone for veterinary advice immediately and do your best to bring down their temperature en route to the vet, using cold wet towels.

HOLIDAY & Leisure Wholesale company offers special interest tours

Group at Dunkirk on Battle of the Somme Tour

MORE than sixty years of combined experience in the travel industry, including airlines, wholesale and retail agencies, culminated in the establishment of Canterbury Tours in

1995 by the directors. This small wholesale company offers special interest tours, mainly to Europe, Asia Minor and the Holy Land, and mainly for mature travellers. The tours

are designed to reflect the interests of each particular group, and are usually hosted by an ordained minister. They are not

pilgrimages and are decidedly ecumenical, and offer inclusive holidays for travellers of all religions, or none. Tours offer exceptional value for money as they are always private and don’t ‘feed into’ other tour companies’ coaches; accommodation is of a high standard, with most meals included. Entrances to the various attractions along the way are also included, as is all the sightseeing described in the itineraries – no unexpected optional tours. Travellers on a Canterbury Tour are escorted to and from Australia where possible by a Tour Manager who assists the private local guide

at the destination. Tours are designed to satisfy the needs and requirements of those on tour, and changes and slow days can and do occur along the route if required. Canterbury Tours offers a relaxed method of coach travel, with all the extras taken care of. In 2013 Eastern European Panorama is on offer in September, and early in 2014 there will be a tour to Italy with an emphasis on visits to all the sights famous in the life of St Francis of Assisi, as well as many of the exciting tourist destinations popular with travellers. For information on either of these tours, contact 07 3345 9423 or

ATTENTION ALL COACH TRAVELLERS TASMANIAN EXPLORER (Flight Option Available) 17 DAYS - 9th March – 25th March 2013 Fare $3100 includes: Good Motels, All Breakfasts & Dinners, all admissions, Spirit of Tasmania Cruise Ship, Cradle Mt., Grindewald, Port Arthur and Boat Cruise, Mt Wellington, Lake St. Clair, Strahan Village, Gordon River Cruise and Buffet Lunch, Echuca, Dubbo, Beauty Point, Cataract Gorge, Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre.

Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro Area, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kingscliff Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone

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Guide with our group at Ephesus on Greece and Turkey Tour

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Psychics Unleashed – The Cruise

LEAVING Brisbane on the 2 nd of March aboard Australia’s favourite Superliner the Pacific Dawn will be two of Australia’s most talented and gifted psychics, Heidi Hanley and Carolyn Flynn. The Psychics Unleashed cruise is a customised

event by Theme Cruises Australia and Brisbane based Solitude magazine Each Psychic will present three live performances; always on the sea days so as not to interfere with the fantastic port stops at Port Vila, Noumea and Lifou.

Celebrity Psychic Heidi Hanley became a top three finalist on channels 7’s show “The One” in 2011. Heidi’s three presentations are 1. Empaths - discusses famous empaths, empathic gifts and abilities plus a Q&A session. 2. Intuition on

Tap, explaining heart centred intuition, the difference between being psychic and having intuition , emotional intelligence with Q&A session. 3. Live readings – an audience interaction show with audience questions and some freestyle live

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readings. Renowned Psychic Carolyn Flynn has over twenty years experience and is well known for her work on Psychic TV and radio station 2GZ. Carolyn is a portfolio Clairvoyant and is a gifted teacher and healer. Carolyn will present two huge live shows consisting of photograph readings, delivering information, messages and clo-

sure for those whose photos are read. Her third presentation is Clairvoyance, covering the aspects of medium-ship, guides, signs and symbol’s plus the opportunity to be introduced to other metaphysical tools such as colour vibration, numerology and psychometry. This is an exciting opportunity to discover the fantastic South Pacific

and possibly your inner self. There are still a few cabins available for this exciting event check out the website www.the Bookings can ONLY be made through David 0409252000 or John (03) 9374 1522 Aussie Travel Centre, Licensed Travel Agent 30433. Register via themecruises@live.

Riverwalk Gardens at Yatala

Saturday 2nd March ................................. Caboolture Historical Village ...................... $68 Saturday 16th March ................................. Saint Patricks Day – Toowoomba .............. $75 Saturday 30th March ................................. Easter Saturday Lunch – Woody Point ...... $50 Saturday 13th April .................................... Gold Coast Canal Cruise ............................ $68 Saturday 27th April .................................... A Different Side of Bribie ............................ $69 Saturday 11th May .................................... Lyell Deer Farm ......................................... $68 Saturday 25th May .................................... Tweed River Cruise ..................................... $87 Saturday 15th June ................................... Redland Bay & Sirromet Winery ................ $80 Thursday 20th June ................................... Back to the Tivoli – Toowoomba ................. $60 Saturday 6th July ..................................... Christmas in July – Tamborine Mt .............. $85 Saturday 20th July ................................... Clydesdale & Story Brook Cottage ............. $74 Early Bird – Thursday 12th December ....... ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Toowoomba ................. $60

Extended Tours from $496

Easter ‘Country & Coast’ ......................... 4 Days/3 Nights 29th March/1st April ....... from $1150 Overnight Escape ‘Noosa Everglades’ ....... 2 Days/1Night 4th – 5th May ..................... from $548 Capricorn Coast ‘Tilt Train’ ........................ 4 days/3 nights 7th – 10th June ................. from $995 Great Western Explorer ......................... 12 days/11 nights 22nd July – 2nd Aug from $3820 Stanthorpe Winery ‘Great Divide & Beyond’ 2 days/1night 3rd – 4th August .................. from $496 Murray River Cruise ................................. 7 days/6 nights 25th – 31st August .......... from $2330 Country Culture ‘Ballet & Shakespeare’ ..... 18th – 20th October .................................. from $695 NorfolkIsland‘NewYear’ ............................... 8 days/7 nights 28th December – 4th January ..... from$2992

Contact our office for brochures on all above tours Enquiries: 599 Oxley Road, Corinda - PO Box 200 Corinda, 4075

Phone: 3379 6255


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THE combined destructive forces of drought, record hard frosts, floods – and a playful puppy – have been triumphantly overcome in the delightfully lush garden at 58 Enkleman Road, Yatala. Palms underplanted with tropical foliage create a bright entrance to the garden, while five diversely planted terraces descend

to a salt-water creek. “We’ve been amazed at the growth in the plants since we moved in to the property in 2006, especially in the rainforest area, considering the weather challenges we’ve had,” say garden owners Jill and Rudy Dokter. “It was a struggle to keep things going during the drought, and then in the winter of 2007 we had the hardest frost in the area for thirty years – and then floods in the Albert River in 2008, which backed up along our creek.” “The last destructive force was self-inflicted – in the form of a Golden Retriever pup! He loves gardening and digging

holes is his speciality! He’s four now and much better behaved, but he certainly made an impact for a while!” A dry-climate garden has also been created in the top corner of the property and features many large cacti and succulents – some of which Jill has had for more than twenty years. Refreshments and lunches will be available and plants will be for sale. There will be a display of vintage engines. Riverwalk Gardens open on Saturday 16 February and Sunday 17 February from 9am to 3.30pm. Open courtesy of Open Gardens Australia. Admission $7 (under 18 free).

Outback safety push targets grey nomads

A NEW road safety campaign has been developed aimed at grey nomads travelling in outback Queensland. The Stay on Track Outback campaign highlights the challenges drivers face on remote roads, such as road trains and kangaroos. Sergeant Dominic Richardson said. “Most of them are retirees, recent retirees, and you can see they put months or years of planning into their holiday dream for retirement,” he said. “It’s a real personal tragedy for them because their beautiful new car and their beautiful new van, which are in great condition prior to the accident, are just literally in pieces.” The campaign has been developed by police and councils in south-west Queensland. Sergeant Richardson says many single-car crashes involving caravan rollovers in the region are caused by driver inexperience. “Road conditions are one, and there is wildlife, bushfires and smoke hazards that are posed by that. “A lot of our travellers coming through have never experienced anything like cattle road trains or wide loads carrying mining equipment.” Source: ABC news

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Winding road with colourful foliage

NOW more than ever, travellers are enjoying the independence of self-drive holidays while looking for quality, choice and above all excellent service. If it’s total freedom you are after, then a motorhome rental may be just the holiday for you. A motorhome holiday is a fun, exciting and great family value travel experience. It gives you

the freedom to go everywhere a car can go and when you find the perfect place, you are able to pull over and put the kettle on, prepare a meal and sit back to take in the incredible scenery, all in the comforts of your home away from home. With transport and accommodation in one, it’s a holiday house on wheels! There are no

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Watch the world go by from a train

THE Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is about to enter its 56th year of operating rail tours. Over 960 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. 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. The exciting programme of rail tours for Summer and Autumn has been released. The first steam tour for 2013 will be to Landsborough on 2nd March. It will be

a great excursion as the train steams through the pineapple plantations and forests on the way through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. On arrival at Landsborough passengers have the choice of a coach tour to Montville on the scenic Blackall Range or the very interesting village of Maleny nestled in the hills behind Landsborough. How about a week end escape to the Granite Belt by air conditioned train? Be pampered aboard the Winelander with wine tasting sessions as the train climbs the Toowoomba Range and a sumptuous lunch is served as you pass the scenic wheat fields and grazing paddocks of the Southern Downs. The Winelander departs Brisbane on Saturday 9th March for this great two day tour which also includes a visit to some of Stanthorpe’s finest wineries with dinner at the local venue, and bed and breakfast at comfortable motels. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times. Ray Edser (Tour Manager)

Natural Wonders of China 14 Days fully inclusive from $3780

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Queen Mary 2 is coming to Brisbane

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

QUEEN Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, renowned for her transatlantic crossings and world cruises, she seamlessly combines impeccable service, luxurious accommodation and exquisite dining with modern innovations. Affectionately known as QM2 she was famous even before her first sailing. Her elegance, grandeur and sophistication capture the excitement of a classic sea voyage whilst her 14 spacious decks delight guests with an array of unsurpassed amenities including the Canyon Ranch SpaClub

Photo: courtesy of ABPH Evan Murphy

and the only Planetarium at sea. QM2 is the biggest passenger ship to ever visit Australia. It’s almost four football fields in length, and there are roughly 16 thousand meals served on board

every day. What really sets Queen Mary 2 apart is the wonderful sense of occasion she creates – she is the Rolls Royce of the high seas and just to watch her from afar is a memorable experience. You may not be lucky

enough to be on board the QM2 but you have an opportunity for the next best thing – to take an afternoon cruise on the Brisbane River on 5th March this year, when the liner will be docked in Brisbane. River City

Cruises are offering an exclusive chance to view this majestic queen of the sea from the comfort of the MV Neptune. For details and bookings check out their advertisement in these travel pages.

River cruises aboard a classic timber vessel

CANBERRA FESTIVAL BALLOON SPECTACULAR 8 Day Holiday Tour - departing 6th March TOUR HIGHLIGHTS include: • The spectacle of approx. 50 hot air balloons gliding over the Nation’s Capital - It is an unbelievably colourful spectacle! • Visit Dorothea McKellar Country at Gunnedah • “Reach for the Stars” as you visit Mt. Stromlo and the NASA Space Tracking Station at Tidbinbilla • Visit Canberra Attractions - Old & New Parliament Houses, Australian Institude of Sport, Royal Australian Mint, National Gallery, National Film & Sound Archives • View Temora’s Air Museum • “The Dish” at Parkes - and so much more! “All inclusive Price” - door to door Twin Share $1995 - Singles $2295 inc GST.

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER SHOW • Largest Flower & Garden Show in the Southern Hemisphere Fly/Coach/Fly Tour - 6 day tour - Departs 21st March • Tour through the Dandenong Ranges aboard “Puffing Billy” • Lunch aboard Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant • Sights of Geelong & Bellarine Peninsula Botanic Gardens & Robert Clark Conservatory, Eureka Stockade Centre & Sovereign Hill Can be combined with the Easter & Victorian Alps and Autumn Tours - with big savings! “All inclusive Price” - door to door - this tour only Twin Share $2575 - Singles $2895 inc GST.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD & BENDIGO EASTER FESTIVAL So much to see - so much to enjoy! 7 day tour - Fly/Coach/Fly - departs 27th March Featuring: • Great Ocean Road & Shipwreck Coast • “Shipwrecked” sound & light show • Grampian Mountains & The Pyrenees • Bendigo Easter Festival & Lantern Parade This is one of the most colourful and visually exciting festivals and street parades you will ever see and experience. See “Sun Loong” - the world’s longest Imperial Dragon as it weaves through the parade • Victorian Goldfields Steam Railway Take a ride from Maldon to Castlemaine • Port of Echuca - Paddle Steamer Ride Port tour - Silent Movie & Penny Arcade and so much more! “All Inclusive Price” - door to door - this tour only Twin Share $2495 - Singles $2795 inc GST.

VICTORIAN ALPS & AUTUMN COLOURS 6 day tour - Fly/Coach - departs 4th April • Tour Victoria’s Alpine Country along the Great Alpine Rd • View Victoria’s highest mountain • A feast of Autumn Colours in Victoria & NSW • Visit Bright - the Autumn leaves capital • View the autumn colours at Blayney, Orange, Molong, Wellington and through the New England Ranges including Gostwyck Chapel “All inclusive Price” - door to door - this tour only Twin Share $1795 - Singles $2075 inc GST.

GREAT SAVINGS when you travel on more than one of the following tours: International Flower Show - Great Ocean Road & Easter - Victorian Alps & Autumn Colours Check out the savings of up to $1340 in the Byways Tour Catalogue

SHORT BREAK TOURS A great range of 3 and 4 day coach tours May - Australian Celtic Festival at Glen Innes 4 days - departs 3rd May

June - Gayndah Orange Festival 3 days - departs 7th June

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June - Mary Poppins Festival & Hervey Bay 3 days - departs 29th June

ENJOY a trip on the beautiful Brisbane River, indulge in a delicious Devonshire Tea and hear all about your wonderful city’s history and exciting future. River City Cruises is the original and best sightseeing cruise on the Brisbane River and they are now offering a special Seniors price of $18 (for groups of 10 or more) on the Morning Tea Cruise.The cruise also includes a complimentary souvenir map. This offer is exceptional and is valid until 30th June 2013. So get your group together and plan for arelaxing and entertaining tour. During the 1.5 hour guided trip, you will be entertained by the informative commentary while taking advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities as we cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic sights including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, City Centre and the Story Bridge. You will see that we’re not called the River City for nothing! The convenient departure location is at South Bank Parklands and the MV Neptune has a coffee shop and licensed bar. She is a classic timber cruiser built in Brisbane in 1966 - a boutique style vessel that can carry up to 80 guests. Proudly owned by Darren and Carolyn Timms, the Neptune boasts comfortable indoor areas as well as spacious outdoor and deck areas. Upstairs, the fully covered deck is a great area allowing

unrestricted views of the passing scenery. The indoor area or galley has seating for 42 guests, a fully stocked bar and bathroom facilities. Several special events have been planned for 2013, including a Queen Mary II Welcome Cruise on Tuesday 5th March. Here is a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with the largest passenger ship to visit Brisbane. The cruise, which leaves at 12.30pm, includes afternoon tea, informative commentary and fantastic

viewing of this majestic lady of the sea. There are limited spaces for this special cruise event so make sure you book soon. As a proudly Queensland owned family concern, River City Cruises pride themselves on their personalised service. There is no better way to show off Brisbane than from the decks of MV Neptune if you have visiting family or friends. Bookings are essential so go online to ww.rivercity or call 0428278473 for all the details.


Saturday 2nd March

LANDSBOROUGH Steam to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with a coach tour to Montville or Maleny Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March

WINELANDER Diesel air conditioned train to the Granite Belt Saturday 13th April

EXTENSIONS, OLD & NEW LINES Coach tour to view Springfield line extension, old Canungra line & Gold Coast Light Rail progress. “Book early as seats are limited”

SUNSHINE EXPRESS RAIL TOURS P.O. BOX 1119, TOOWONG, 4066 Phone 3252 1759 Fax 3252 1767 Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division ABN 74 009 767 579

HOLIDAY & Leisure 23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Luxury Coach Tour

GRAND Pacific Tours, the market leader for New Zealand Luxury Coach touring, is launching an innovative luxury holiday that gives travellers the total New Zealand experience. The 23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Luxury Coach will provide you with a fantastic combination of product never been offered before. Begin with a relaxing cruise from Sydney, across the Tasman Sea to Auckland on-board one of the newest and most luxurious superliners, the Celebrity Solstice. Continue with an in depth on the road experience, visiting key regions that can only be reached on board a luxury coach. From an upper deck of lush, natural grass to chic restaurants and lounges, the Celebrity Solstice offers you more than you ever imagined. This sophisticated cruise ship lets you do as much or as little as you choose while providing attentive service that is second to none. Sit back and relax in a Deluxe Balcony Cabin, your own personal escape at sea. Blurring the indoors with the outdoors, these spacious, light and beautifully appointed rooms are packed with thoughtful touches and feature a balcony with an ocean view. Enjoy 12 nights onboard stopping at various ports including Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington and Tauranga, completing your cruise in Auckland. To see the real New Zealand, your feet must touch the shore and there is no better way to see a range of iconic attractions and enjoy the stunning scenery than on board a luxury coach. Traverse the roads in the safe hands of your Coach Captain over this 10 night journey, never worrying about taking a wrong turn. See all of the sights and hearing all of the stories only an experienced tour guide can provide.

New Zealand is truly a world in miniature with each locale having its own treasure trove of unique experiences. Travel north to see the magnificent Bay of Islands and be surrounded by warm waters and an abundance of marine life such as dolphins, whales, seals and penguins. Feel the traditional Maori spirit and experience the geothermic power of Rotorua. Be swept away by the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Alps in Queenstown, a destination that is at once breathtakingly beautiful and intensely exciting. Savour the sights and sounds of the beautiful, wild West Coast. New Zealand is truly a place like no other. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on this opportunity to see New Zealand in style on this fully escorted 23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Luxury Coach tour and return knowing you have seen it all!

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Great Value Holidays Escorted Seniors Rail & Coach Tours

Great Ocean Road

Hobart Harbour

OUR new 2013 tour brochure is out now, and we are taking bookings. Why not treat yourself and join us on a Great Value Escorted Rail Holiday Adventure to Cairns, Whitsundays, Townsville or the Outback towns of Longreach and Winton. Also new is our Fly/Coach Tours to Tasmania departing 5th March or 15th October. We also have our Melbourne Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide tour departing 2nd May. If you enjoy shorter getaways, we have two Christmas in July tours for 3 days two nights at Mount Tamborine or perhaps our Hervey Bay Whale watching tours in August and September. We know that price and quality is important, because our clients have told us; that’s why they keep coming back to us year after year. All tours include meals, accommodation, interesting day tours, transfers and a helpful fun Tour Host. The proper-

ties we use have been awarded for their quality and great service. The tours have been fine tuned with your enjoyment and comfort in mind, visiting regions of interest and are run by local operator’s with years of experience. Our meals while on tour are delicious. They are prepared by very talented chefs who continue to keep presenting meals that leave your taste buds tingling. For those of you on special diets, no need to worry, our chefs are also very experienced and will do their best to assist you with your needs. Our aim is to keep you smiling. Our tours provide guests with a well-rounded experience that you may not get if travelling independently of a tour group. For more information regarding these great tours, please call Ian or Robyn at Great Value Holidays on our toll free number 1300 722 661 and they will send you a brochure.

Travel Tips for Older Adults

ONE of the great joys of being an older person is having time and freedom and that includes freedom to travel. The vast majority of older people with and without chronic medical problems can travel safely! However, a few common sense precautions can help to make sure that your trip is everything you planned! Before you go talk to your doctor about your medical condition(s), and run your itinerary by him or her if you have concerns. Older adults do tend to have a bit more chronic medical problems than younger folks, and these should be taken into account. For example, hiking in the Swiss Alps may not be ideal for patients with severe arthritis of the knees or hips; patients with advanced emphysema would want to avoid high altitudes such as the Rocky Mountains. If you’re concerned, ask your doctor! Take enough of your medicines in their original bottles with you, as well as a list of your chronic medical problems. Make sure the immunisations you need are up to date based on your travel destination. If you have a heart problem, keep a copy of your cardiogram with you. Cardiac problems are extremely common in people of all ages, and patients with even minor cardiac problems often have cardiogram changes that can be difficult to interpret without a prior tracing.

Should you become ill with symptoms that may or may not be heart related while travelling (such as chest pain, nausea, or shortness of breath), a reference cardiogram can be crucial. If you get ill before leaving, see your doctor. A minor medical problem can turn into a major hassle when you’re far from home. Do not take chances if you don’t feel well before you leaveask your doctor if travel is still advised. On your trip, avoid alcohol while flying. This tends to dehydrate travellers, young and old. Dehydration is a major cause of confusion and other medical problems in older people. Stretch frequently if you’re on a long plane ride. Long periods of immobility can lead to blood clots. Flex your ankles and walk about the cabin periodically. Pace yourself. Try not to cram all your tourism into too little time. One of the joys of being an older traveller is the luxury of time. Rest between major sightseeing jaunts and listen to your body if it’s tired! Definitely take out travel insurance. If you have invested in an expensive trip and have some medical problems that could cause a last minute change of plans, it’s a good investment. Talk to your travel agent about this. With a little thoughtful planning, you could have the trip of a lifetime!

Many More Departure Dates on All Tours for 2013! Call for full Brochure

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SENIORS NEWS Missed or late payments could now impact on your ability to access credit

Selling your house, unit, villa or relocatable home privately? 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: Discounted Property Section, Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, advertising PO Box 1062, Tewantin. Qld. 4565 rate for by the 15th of each month. readers *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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Price $262,000 Ph 0438 202 379 or 0450 527 377

Contact Bob 0416 683 863 or Sandra 0408 897 794

Priced High $400,000 Phone owner2 3807 1365 or 0419 651 048

Code 2515

Award Winning Over 50s Lifestyle Resort Hope Island $419,000

For more information phone 5514 1207 or 0411 150 896

Silver Shores Village – Sandstone Point Near Bribie Island & beach in over 55s Park. 3 bdrm home with BIRs, aircon, large games/utility room, sep bathroom, toilet & laundry. Front and rear verandahs, carport with roller door, large shed with fittings, pleasant garden surrounds,

$145,000 Ph: 07 5429 5878 Affordable Retirement Living River Glen Village, Logan city.

Palm Lake Resort - Deception Bay 2 bedroom, main with A/C, large living/dining with A/C, large bathroom with sep toilet, single garage. Great facilities include indoor/outdoor pool with spa, gym, sauna & workshop. Good location, walking distance to shops. Urgent sale reduced to $210,000

Beautiful home on 550sqm block, 3 dble bdrms, WIR, 2 bathrooms, sep lounge, lge tiled kit/fam room, s/s appl, induction cooktop. Garage 15m x 4.5m with auto door for motorhome or caravan & car. 2 garden sheds, ducted air, lovely north facing alfresco area, landscaped, fully fenced for pets. Must be seen to be appreciated, fabulous facilities in resort.

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, ducted aircon, all the amenities at your fingertips.

Bethania This home in lovely private position backing onto native reserve. As new kitchen, dishwasher, European appliances, fully renovated, huge entertaining deck at rear, aircon throughout, solar electricity, 2 bdrms, 1 bathroom, auto door, 2 car parking and much more. Great facilities.

The Gem of Ruby Gardens Over 50s Resort Code 2513

Claremont Resort Brisbane Southside

Kurrajong Sanctuary Over 50s Resort

Onsite van for sale - Tivoli Onsite van 33' plus hard annex 12’x 40'. 3 bedroom, shower, toilet, laundry, large living room. Verandah, carport, Garden shed 3 x 3metre. Low site fees or for removal.

Phone Michael 0413 335 337

Downsize price of $239,000 Ph 0423 653 749

Code 2538

Ph 0419 041 486 or 3888 2565


Code 2541


Lovely 3 bdrms, main with A/C, all with FIWs, carpet, large living/dining with A/C, dishwasher, bath, 2 toilets, tiled. Front veranda, LUG. Close to everything.

Code 2537

$195,000 ono

Code 2526

Lovely preloved home, spacious open living lounge, overlooking beautiful garden. 2 lge bdrms with BIRs, aircon, solar panels, insulation in roof. Lovely bathroom, sep toilet, utility room. Gas hot water system, awnings & blinds at front patio & much more. Close to shops, rail, doctors, bus at front gate.

Sapphire Gardens Resort, Eagleby

Affordable modern 2 bedroom home with all amenities located in the above village within walking distance of shops and close to Loganlea Railway Station. Outdoor living with garden space a feature as well as solar power and hot water systems. Worth an inspection.

Priced to sell at $250,000 Inspections phone Peter or Rita at 07 3200 3561

Code 2545

Pacific Palms Over 50s Village

Great Corner Position

Code 2540

Phone Audrey (07) 3287 1214 or Jackie 0422 333 355

be captured and could affect the ability of those in financial distress to access future credit or services. UnitingCare Community Financial Counsellor Jan Gregson believes the scheme could significantly impact the financial circumstances of those already struggling. “The number of clients accessing our service in relation to the impact of RHI is likely to increase across Queensland,” Ms Gregson said. We encourage our clients to take control of their finances with support from a Financial Counsellor,” Ms Gregson said. “We urge clients to access our service and speak with a Financial Counsellor face-to-face for further information regarding their rights. RHI stays on record for two years and could impact your credit history so it is important for people to be aware of their rights,” she said.

Close to resort facilities & dog walking park at Palm Lakes Resort, Eagleby Heights. This spacious 2 bdrm, 1.5 bathroom, 1.5 garage with a covered deck is a must to see. The owner has spared no expense with inclusions making this a comfortable lifestyle

Code 2543

Price Slashed for a quick sale $310,000 $289,500

Code 2522

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

Code 2525

Ruby Gardens Over 50s Resort

Code 2527

Code 2519

2 bdrms + study + ensuite. 2 toilets, ceiling fans, R/C aircon, dishwasher, carpeted, window drapes, private tiled courtyard, storeroom, carport. Gated complex, many amenities including swimming pool & tennis court. Urgent Sale

Great position, panoramic rural views from large covered deck and living areas. Steel frame. 2 large bedrooms, ensuite, 2nd bathroom. Study, air conditioners x 2, dishwasher, double garage. Luxury finishes throughout, great storage. Room for caravan etc. Offers over $388,000.00 Phone: 0414 916 686

Code 2520

Award winning Palm Lakes Eagleby

Over 50s Village Burpengary

$245,000 Neg Ph 3888 6269 or Mob 0418 625 031

only $110*

RECENT changes to credit reporting systems in Australia have UnitingCare Community Financial Counsellors concerned for their clients. With lenders and creditors now collecting credit-related personal information about Australians, UnitingCare Community fears financial counselling clients will be further disadvantaged by the changes. The new scheme, titled Repayment History Information (RHI) will allow creditors and lenders to collect information on consumer credit payments made late or missed, allowing RHI to include both positive and negative information on credit history. RHI was implemented in December 2012 and does not include information regarding payments prior to this period or specific dollar amounts of late or missed payments. All late payments made after December 2012 will

People can obtain information regarding what RHI is held about them. Requests can be made to relevant credit providers or credit reporting bodies to access the information. In most cases, these providers and bodies must comply with requests and do so with no cost. For more information or to speak with someone regarding financial issues and to access face-toface Financial Counselling services, please call UnitingCare Community’s Financial First Aid Line 1800 007 00 Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm or visit www. to find out more.

National Servicemen’s RSL Sub-Branch

THE Sub Branch completed in September our project sending 102 Care Parcels to our serving male and female Service Personnel serving in Afghanistan and to the male and female Sailors serving on HMAS Anzac in the Gulf. The replies we received from the troops, telling us how welcome the parcels were and how they shared the contents with their mates. A similar case were the sailors on HMAS Anzac and we have received their newsletters on the activities and life on the ship. This made the exercise well worth the effort. HMAS Anzac sails home for Australia shortly after 6 months in the Gulf. Her crew will be looking forward to some family time. She will be replaced by her sister ship HMAS Toowoomba. Our Christmas coach trip was to Boonah Bowls Club for a serve yourself lunch. Our first stop was morning tea at the park in Beaudesert, where our lady supporters Joy and Margaret again played ‘Mother Christmas’ by giving gifts to all in attendance and they were appreciated by everyone. The Sub Branch meets at the Norman Park Sports & Community Club, Norman Avenue, Norman Park at 9am on the second Sunday of the month. New members are always welcome. Coffee, tea and biscuits are available before the meeting and a light lunch is provided by our lady supporters. Remember the Sub Branch is ‘Nasho’s’ wellbeing. For all enquiries phone President, Brian on 3349 2468 or Secretary, Roy on 3396 7880.

SENIORS NEWS Tasmanian devils and the recent bushfires AT this stage, the precise impact of Tasmania’s New Year bushfires on Tasmanian devils is not known. However there is no threat to the overall survival of the species because of previous work undertaken by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program to establish an Insurance Population of over 500 devils.

The animals in the Insurance Population are being held in more than twenty zoos and wildlife parks throughout Australia and they have not been affected by the bushfires in Tasmania. In addition, none of the ‘Devil Island’ free range enclosures currently used by the Program at Bridport, Freycinet Peninsula and Bicheno


Two Bedroom Home in 4½ Star Park, near beach, central to hospital, Clubs and Shops. Security screens on doors and windows. R/C, A/C, Sky lights, ceiling fan. Large Kitchen, New Bathroom and Flooring, Carport and Garden Shed. PLUS MANY EXTRAS Owners going Overseas

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have been impacted by fire, and no devils housed in any Tasmanian wildlife park, including the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park at Taranna, have died as a result of the recent fires. The long term impact of the fires on wild populations of devils is a concern since keeping devils alive and well in their natural landscape is the key goal of the Program. It is expected that devils, along with other Tasmanian wildlife, have been killed, injured or displaced by the fires. We also know that important devil habitat has been lost to the fires and that local devil populations will have been affected. However, it is not possible to determine the extent of this impact until more detailed assessments have been undertaken in the fireaffected areas and it will depend on our prior knowledge of the devil populations and characteristics of the fire in each of the locations. While the primary focus

of the Program during the fires was on supporting a whole of Government response for the people and communities directly affected, attention is now turning to the recovery phase. At this time, there is a general concern for wildlife impacted by the fires, particularly orphaned or injured animals, and there is also a greater risk of devil road-kills as a result of increased activity by wildlife in fire-affected areas as they search for food and water. RSPCA Tasmania has been working hard as part of the fire response. You can make a secure online donation through the RSPCA website, or make a donation via phone using your credit card

Crossword Solution from Page 62

by calling 02 6282 8300. You can also make a donation in your bank using these details: Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Account Name: RSPCA Australia Inc. Fundraising BSB: 062-901. Account number: 1010 5899. Reference: Tasmanian Appeal.

Brain Training Solutions From page 63 Sequence: 1. T (alternate +2, -7) 2. T (+(3x1), +(3x2), +(3x3) etc) 3. G (zodiac sign initials, starting with Aries) 4. R (+17) 5. L (+2, +4, +6 etc) Scramble: 1. Battle 2. Senate 3. Slave 4. Sewer 5. Toga 6. Tribune 7. Gladiator 8. Centurion Smart Sums: 1. 4 (10-6) 2. 9 (5+4) 3. 32 (4x8) 4. 95 (380÷4) 5. 346 (10+336)

FOR SALE Coolwaters Holiday Village Over 50’s Villa

2 Bedroom villa – gas/electric kitchen with dishwasher – ceiling fans, Rev cycle A/C – separate sunroom - laundry/storeroom off carport – back verandah. Resort facilities – pools – tennis court – Causeway Lake: fishing, boating bus to Yeppoon and Rockhampton – 150 acres bushwalking.

Price: $189 000 (ono) Contact: 07 49387227 / 0422215439 or:

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Musical Melodies REDLAND Performing Arts Centre is delighted to announce the 2013 Musical Melodies Concert Series! This season presents a series of four high quality shows featuring some of Australia’s best loved superstars and history’s greatest music. We welcome back Australia’s favourite Scot, Billy Raymond to get us into the swing of it with a Tribute to the Tartan as our first concert in the series on Saturday 2nd March. Billy will be joined by John MacDonald and the Scotia Highland Dancers in this fabulously entertaining afternoon packed with the music and songs of Bonnie Scotland. We will then, journey back to the sixties for a sing-a-long to remember with Dusty and the Divas on Saturday 8th June. There will be a glittering array of music and whirlwind costume changes as Sharon Rowntree takes the audience on a tantalizing musical celebration of the most popular Divas of the 1960s including: Dusty Spingfield, Cilla Black, Nancy Sinatra, Sandy Shaw, Lulu and Petula Clark. Next, Australia’s own London West End star Philip Gould, returns to RPAC along with ‘Tenterfield Saddler’ star Michelle Fitzmaurice for Showstoppers of London’s West End on Wednesday 28th August. This will be the ultimate tribute to the great musicals from London’s West End stages including: My Fair Lady, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar,

Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Me and My Girl and more. Finally, we’ll take you on a cruise with a show that has sailed the seas, visited the best resorts and filled some of the great concert halls. The Mo Award winning Mavridis Brothers perform their wonderful cabaret show The Best of Black Tie, on Wednesday 16th October. The Mavridis brothers and their wives each reached the top of the classical world, before they combined their talents to perform award winning cabaret with humour to audiences’ delight. All shows are great entertainment for the whole family, and guests are invited to join us from one hour prior to each performance for a complimentary cup of tea/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 with no interval. Tickets are: Seniors/Pensioners $17, Groups of 10 or more Seniors/Pensioners $15 and Adults $22. To book tickets call the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 or book in person at the Box Office Monday to Friday 12noon–4pm and Saturdays 10am–1pm, where you can discuss any specific seating requirements if you have any mobility difficulty or a disability. Tickets can also be purchased online at, please note a $2 online booking fee applies.

Silver memories pure gold for oldies SILVER Memories is a new radio service for residents of aged care facilities, isolated members of the community and all lovers of musical nostalgia. Recently launched by Brisbane community radio station 4MBS Classic FM, Silver Memories has a strong emphasis on the music of the 1920s to the 1950s. Silver Memories broadcasts the great musicals, big bands, swing and the popular music of the past. There are singalong sessions, birthday calls, old radio serials, comedy spots, special highlights, requests and many other features to make Silver Memories a service with genuine community interaction. Coming attractions include a great musical program for all who like to remember those fun evenings standing around the piano. “Sing Along with Suzie” hosted by Silver Memories announcer Suzanne Newman will feature the great old songs to sing along with and artists like Mitch Miller, Max Bygraves, Horrie Dargie and many other famous entertainers. The Australian Centre on Ageing at the University of Queensland is working closely with 4MBS to evaluate the benefit of Silver Memories to residents of aged care facilities. The service operates 24

hours a day, seven days a week. It may be accessed through dedicated receiver units available only from 4MBS. Reception is limited to within 80km of Brisbane central.

The units cost $85 if collected from 4MBS Studios at 384 Old Cleveland Rd Coorparoo MondaysFridays 9am-5pm or $105 if posted, which includes packaging and postage. Ph 3847 1717 to order as stocks are limited.

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Theatre, Dance and other Wellington Point Seniors Entertainment in THE first meeting for 2013 was held on 15 January. Club days are Tuesdays at 12.15pm and Saturdays Brisbane at 9am. Admittance is $3 which includes morning

“Great Songs from Great Movies” with Cate Shaw SATURDAY February 9th 2013, at “Stockholm Syndrome” For further details please phone 07 3262 3738. Show only $40 starts 8.30pm. Dinner and Show included $80 from 6pm.

tea. Annual fee is $5. New members are always welcome. So, please come along and try social indoor bowls. We meet in the Community Hall, Birkdale Road, Wellington Point. For more details, please phone Edith on 3390 3196 or Madge on 3824 6160.

The Hut at Samford “THE Hut” is located in John Scott Park in the picturesque Samford Village, just 11kms from Ferny Grove. Renowned for there unique and beautiful handicrafts by local who contribute paintings, ceramics, quilts and handicrafts too numerous to mention. There is an extensive range of needlework including children’s clothes. Various charities benefit from the donation of handmade quilts made by the Quirky Quilters. Hand made pillowcases are donated to “Pillowcases for Oncology Kids” and given to children undergoing cancer treatment. The Angela Lansbury Hut is manned by its members from 10am until 4pm DRIVING Miss Daisy theatre play staring Angela daily except for public holidays. For more informaLansbury and James Earl Jones Tuesday 5th Febru- tion, please phone 3289 3113. ary 2013 until Sunday 24th February 2013 at the Playhouse QPAC. Tickets sold by QPAC. Dance Dialogues Tuesday 7th February 2013 until Saturday 16th February 2013 at the Thomas Dixon Centre West End Brisbane. Tickets sold by QTIX. Swan Lake - The Australian Ballet Friday 22nd February 2013 until 2nd March 2013 at the Lyric Theatre QPAC. Tickets sold by QPAC. Once Upon A Time - Australian Ballet 11.30am Tues- THE West Moreton Country Music Social is held on day 26th February 2013 at the Lyric Theatre. Tickets the third Friday of the month. The next social is on sold by QPAC. Friday 15th February 2013 at the Ipswich Art and Museum Exhibitions Brisbane February 2013 Showgrounds at the GreyExplore-a-saurus animatronics dinosaur exhibition at hound Racing Club Queensland Museum Southbank on until 14th April House, Cnr. Salisbury Rd 2013 & Warwick Rd. Ipswich. Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour & Gwen This month’s Guest ArtGillamexhibition at Queensland Museum Southbank ist is Dennis Morgan. The on until 24th February 2013 Guest Artist goes on The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial Contemporary Art Ex- approx pm. The venue is hibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. On until 14th licensed, Hot Meals availApril 2013 able from 6 pm. The Show Ian Fairweather: Late works 1953 - 1974 art exhibition starts at 7 pm and ends at at the Queensland Art Gallery on until 3rd March 2013. 11 pm.

West Moreton Country Music Assn

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5% seniors discount on Mondays & Tuesdays

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cafe! Come in and say hello to Jenna and the team. Hearty winter meals with daily specials. Coffee, tea and home made cakes. Browse our range of antiques, fine china and unique gifts. Relaxing atmosphere and service with a smile.

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p 3263 7705

REDLAND Performing Arts Centre is very excited to present its fifth performance season which promises to be a fantastic year of amazing, enchanting and amusing LIVE entertainment! The 2013 LIVE performance season has something for all ages and interests with Opera, Fine Music, Comedy, Family Music Theatre, Urban Circus, Martial Arts and Acrobatics, and Live Music performances all included in the program! There is a wonderful opportunity for Opera fans to see Don Giovanni when Opera Australia’s Oz Opera performs in the Redlands for the very first time; and lovers of fine music can look forward to another stunning concert when the ACO2 make a welcome return to the Concert Hall. Young children and their families will be captivated by Room on the Broom and Possum Magic, which are both based on very popular children’s books. While people of all ages, will be blown away by the high octane kung fu mastery of The Legend of Kung Fu and the exciting urban circus of 360 ALLSTARS with breakdancing, basketball freestyling, BMX flatlanding and more! Finally, comedy fans will be in for a treat with Damian Callinan in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) which aims to out-Python Monty; and Helpman Award winning actress Amanda Muggleton of Prisoner fame in The Book Club. The very popular Musical Melodies Concert Series also returns in 2013 with four great shows and was launched on 7 January. There will be music and dance from Scotland, showstoppers from London’s West End, fabulous divas and songs from the 1960s, and award winning cabaret for you in 2013! The announcement of RPAC’s 2013 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 subscription season shows to make substantial savings on individual ticket prices. Early Bird savings are also available for the first time on most of the performances in 2013 to reward those who like to book ahead for individual performances. Whether subscribing or purchasing individual tickets, the 2013 performance has entertainment for all so we hope you will join us for another year of exciting LIVE entertainment at RPAC! Subscriptions and general tickets for RPAC’s 2013 season are now on sale. BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES: Phone the RPAC Box Office on (07) 3829 8131 between 12noon – 4pm Mon – Fri and 10am – 1pm Saturdays. For a free season brochure, phone RPAC on (07) 3829 8131 or visit the Box Office (2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland) during opening hours. Alternatively, you can download the brochure from the RPAC website

Music Concerts and Festivals in February - Brisbane Gig Guide

Neil Diamond Super Hits Show 8pm Friday 8th February 2013 at the Hamilton Hotel. Tickets sold by Ticketmaster. The Hollies 8pm Friday 8th February 2013 at the Concert Hall QPAC. Tickets sold by QPAC. Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band 8pm Monday 11th February 2013 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets sold by Ticketek. Carole King 7.30pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Tickets sold by Ticketek.

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SENIORS NEWS How to call the police when you’re old and don’t move fast any more

GEORGE Phillips, an elderly man, from Walled Lake, Michigan, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he’d left the light n in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things. He phoned the police, who asked ‘Is someone in your house?’ He said ‘No’, but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me. Then the police dispatcher said ‘All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available.” George said, ‘Okay’. He hung up the phone and counted to 30. The he phone

the police again. ‘Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both, the dogs are eating them right now.” And he hung up. Within five minutes, six Police cars, a Swat team, a helicopter, two fire trucks, a paramedic and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence and caught the burglars red handed. One of the Policemen said to George, ‘I thought you said that you had shot them!”. George said, ‘I thought you said there was nobody available!”. (True story) I love it! Don’t mess with old people.

Shocking stuff

A LADY came home from shopping and saw her husband in the kitchen shaking and gyrating with some kind of wire leading to the bench top. Thinking to get him away from the electricity, she hit him with the wooden rolling pin. In the process she broke his arm. Pity that, until then he had been happily listening to music on his iPod!

I want to buy your old LP records!! No collection too big or small. We can pick them up or drop them into our store.


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Things to ponder! WHAT was the best thing before sliced bread? Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery? How is it possible to have a civil war? If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown too? Whose cruel idea was it for the word ‘lisp’ to have an ‘s’ in it?

Just for laughs These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For fast relief”.


CLASSIFIEDS BROTHER copier, photo printer, scanner DCP 130C, user’s guide books available $50. Ph 3172 5000, Enoggera. COBOLT antique turntable with radio/cassette & CD player as new $50. Also assorted LP records – offers. Ph 3888 3497. Burpengary CONTINENCE aids, pull up pants medium size. Molicare Mobile Super, 4 packs with 14 in each carton. $60. Ph 3341 2993. Kuraby. DINING suite, teak, extendable table 6 padded chairs, seat and back. VGC. $350 ono. Ph 3423 7235. Robertson. DINNER set Royal Staffordshire 40 pc. Made in England 1954. Honey glaze, gold trim never used P.C. $300. Ph 3376 1978. Jindalee. EASY walker with arm rests, brakes, seat and basket as new. $120. Ph 3205 1170. Strathpine. FISHTANK 60x30x30cm on wood stand, 3 gold fish, electric filter, ornaments. Testing kit, wood cover etc. $70. Ph 3805 9131. Bethania. GPS Hema 5" on/off road navigator, rear view camera, used twice. Exc. Cond. $500 ono. Ph 3863 0737. Chermside West. LAWN bowls, Henselite, size 3, medium. Classic deluxe, inc carry bag VGC. $85. Ph 5439 0989. Beerwah. MOVING boxes 40 plus plus bubble wrap & 1 roll tape $40 the lot. Ph 0419 110 187. North Lakes. PIANO accordion 48 base. VGC. $485 ono. Ph 3276 8987. Acacia Ridge. RECLINER lazyboy, beige colour, suede fabric VGC $300 ono. Ph 3862 9807. Aspley. REEBOK princess shoes, black size 10, worn once, new cond. ½ price $50. Ph 3276 8987. Acacia Ridge. SOFABED Kooper used three times. Colour arcadia granite Exc Cond. 160cm long, 77cm deep. Treated with Scotchguard. Frame 185L x 135W, mattress 173Lx 133Wx6cmD. Cost $1000, sell $300. Ph 3889 9938. Strathpine. WALKER shower and over toilet chair, shower stool . $60 each and walking sticks $5 each. Ph 3353 1697.

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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SENIORS NEWS Seniors Twospeed Crossword Cryptic Clues

Straight Clues

ACROSS 1 Small bird’s highpitched sound it follows 4 Musical rate in contemporary arrangement 7 TV show misplaced on high (4,2,5) 9 Weight welcomed by a batsman 10 South African place of birth 12 I’ll be heard in small independent piece of land 13 Gain knowledge left on merit 15 Irene drops Ian first for a Frenchman 17 On highest level present with spinner (2,3) 19 Cunning display of painting 21 Top nation to overcome grade 22 Business establishment is a lonely

ACROSS 1 A little bird 4 Musical time 7 Missing in stratosphere (4,2,5) 9 A weight 10 Of birth 12 Small island 13 Get to know 15 French name 17 In highest place (2,3) 19 Painting 21 Top people 22 Drawing room 23 Loved very much DOWN 1 Word reversals 2 Place 3 Three times 4 Trial 5 Intends 6 Give too much light 8 Sharp end 11 Wideawake 14 Gone sour 16 Of the nose 18 Characteristic 20 A bird

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Answer: Assuming a perfectly spherical Earth, somewhere one mile north of the latitude (in the southern hemisphere) that is one mile in circumference. The man walks south one mile to this latitude and walks one mile east, which takes him all the way around and back to where he started. The last step (one mile north) retraces the first step he took (one mile south).

Take a break in the Hinterland

Facts and oddities of the English language Honorificabilitudinitatibus, 27 letters long, is the longest word consisting strictly of alternating consonents and vowels.

Surfer grandma

A man goes out for a walk. He walks south one mile, east one mile, and north one mile, and ends up in the same place he started. He didn’t start out at the north pole — so where did he?

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transferred to television for a short period. In 2000 Smoky recorded a great CD of duets with Australian singers such as John Farnham, Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Normie Rowe and Johnny Chester. He was inducted into the Tamworth Country Music Roll of Renown and the ARIA Hall of Fame. In 1978, Smoky was awarded an MBE and in 1999 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. Smoky and Dot lived at their home in Lane Cove NSW until his death in 2008. Dot lived to celebrate her Nashville, Tennessee. 105th birthday. AS a young boy I used Melbourne. The Smoky Dawson was a In 2012 a bronze statue to enjoy listening to The photograph above was taken at a reunion at the popular country and of Smoky Dawson was Adventures of Smoky orphanage in 2006. western singer and unveiled in Tamworth. Dawson on the radio. Smoky told me he was recorded many songs. What a marvellous Smoky assisted by his career for a fine gentleold pal “Jingles” would treated well and always Smoky could do it all – sort out the baddies and supported St Vincent’s. singing, yodeling, whip man of Australian He also talked about his cracking, knife throwing, Country Music. Rest in save the day. At that stage I don’t think I was memories of Melbourne film acting, song writing, Peace Smoky Dawson. in the 1920’s when he radio and television Kevin Trask aware that my hero, used to ride the old acting. He toured in tent Hope you can tune into Smoky Dawson, was one of Australia’s great cable cars. He became a shows with his long time Walter Williams and I on country and western friend Slim Dusty for 4BC for our weekly country and western singer and took the many years. The segments The Time singers. stage name of “Smoky”. national radio series The Tunnel - Thursday at Herbert Henry Dawson He was part of the Adventures of Smoky 10.00 pm and Memories was born in Dawson commenced in Are Made of This Collingwood, Victoria in Australian Entertainment Unit during WW2. 1952 and it was Mondays at 10.00 pm. 1913 and grew up with In 1944 he married 3KZ networked up till the We can also be heard on his family in radio personality early 1960s. His horse the internet at Warrnambool. His Florence “Dot” Cheers. was named Flash. mother died at an early The best man at their Smoky lived on his age. Sadly his father wedding was famous ranch Jindawarrabel and turned to alcohol and there were thousands of became violent towards ventriloquist Ron his children. Herbert and Blaskett. Smoky and Dot young rangers recruited went to America where to help fight the his elder brother were he toured and played baddies, myself insent to St Vincent’s The Grand Ole Oprey in cluded. The radio series Orphanage in South

Bodyline cricket controversy remembered 80 years on THE cricket world has been remembering the Bodyline bowling controversy, 80 years after it reached the point where the Ashes series of 1932-33 might have been abandoned. It was the Adelaide Test match in January 1933 that saw several batsmen hit, including Australia’s wicketkeeper-batsman Bert Oldfield, who suffered a fractured skull. Police were forced to patrol the boundary in front of an angry crowd and the Australian Cricket Board cabled the Marylebone Cricket Club to claim the tactic was “unsportsmanlike”. The tactic of deliberate short-pitched fast bowling with a ring of leg-side fielders by Harold Larwood and Bill Voce was aimed at curbing the incredible run-scoring of Don Bradman, but was also used against other batsmen. The advent of the Australian batsman Don Bradman ended a period of English cricket supremacy; Larwood and other bowlers were completely dominated by Bradman during Australia’s victorious

tour of 1930. Thereafter, under the guidance of England’s combative captain Douglas Jardine, the fast leg theory or bodyline bowling attack was developed. With Larwood as its spearhead the tactic was used with considerable success in the 1932–33 Test series. The Australians’ description of the method as “unsportsmanlike” soured cricketing relations

between the two countries; during subsequent efforts to heal the breach, Larwood refused to apologise for his bowling, since he was carrying out his captain’s instructions. Although he never played for England again, he continued his county career with considerable success for several more seasons.

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