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busy planning for the morning tea event which will be held at the Wellington Point Hall (Birkdale Road) from 10am to noon on Friday, May 18. Continued on Page 2

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with all profits contributing to Cancer Council Queensland’s vital work in cancer research, education programs and support services. The Cancer Council cause has been very close to Mrs Craven’s heart for more than a decade after not only experiencing cancer herself several times, but also after losing her son Jonathon to the disease ten years ago. “It’s still very hard for me to talk about - losing Jonathon,” Mrs Craven said. “My cancer experience is something close to my heart, but it is a part of the past that I don’t like to dwell on. That’s the only thing that keeps me going. “It’s been and gone. I’m still here. I just want to get on with my life and make the most of it, hopefully without another cancer experience.” Mrs Craven uses her positivity to drive her

desire to help tip the balance in the fight against cancer. “My focus is on making a difference while I can through Cancer Council Queensland fundraising campaigns such as the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea,” Mrs Craven said. “Our theme this year is ‘Wake up and smell the roses’ because we want people to take the time out to think about the important things in life. “So come and reflect with us, at our annual Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, about the things we take for granted and should be grateful for in our lives. “Life’s too short and we must make every precious moment count!” Those who cannot attend the Wellington Point event can still get involved in the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea by hosting their own morning tea fundraiser. Register

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online at www.biggest or by calling 1300 65 65 85. Whether it’s a simple morning tea with workmates, a sophisticated high tea with friends or a school cake day, every Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea will support the one in two Queenslanders who will

be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise more than $2.15 million through the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in 2012, with more than 6000 morning tea hosts expected to take part in the event throughout Queensland.

We’re also hosting our official CCQ Brisbane Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea celebrations at the fabulous Stamford Plaza this May 24 from 10.30am – 11.45am. Tickets are $40 per person and must be pre-booked by call the Stamford Plaza on 3100 5749. $10 from each ticket sold is donated directly to us.


TWO ancient cultural practices unite in the revitalisation of flood-affected communities. Music and gardening have long been recognised as providing healing, strength and inspiration, especially for people who have experiences challenging times. Music in the Gardens is a series of small boutique concerts held in flood-affected areas, which will draw on the healing effects of music and celebrate renewal through gardening. Join local gardening experts and some of Brisbane’s elite world musicians for an afternoon of learning, inspiration and renewal. Music in the Gardens will be held on Sunday 13 May at Orleigh Park, West End; Sunday 6 June at Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks; Sunday 10 June at Sherwood Arboretum, Sherwood. All events are free and will be held from 2-4pm. Visit: for further information.

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WHO likes to walk and at the same time absorb local history? Well, at EDHS we have just the thing Mother’s for you. Take time to follow the Enoggera District Day Gift Heritage Trail (Alderley, Enoggera and Gaythorne) Certificate and/or the Heritage Trail around Davidson’s Available Paddock at Newmarket. For details phone the number below. At long last, the block of units THE SWIMWEAR SHOP FOR EVERYONE opposite the Memorial Hall is all but complete so LARGER CUP SIZES LADIES 10-24 parking in Trundle Street has become a little easier ) Fittings by Friendly Trained Staff ) Bikinis and the road surface very much improved. So why ) Separates ) Maternity )Tummy Control not pay us a visit at the times below. You don’t ) Mastectomy ) Chlorine Resistant have to come by car, walk if you wish though you ) Men’s & Children’s might like to save your energy for the two walks )Sun Protection in sizes thru to 8XL described above. There are always plenty of buses and trains passing by; we are about three minutes 55 344 55 344 399399 walk (at my pace anyway) from Enoggera Rail on 489 Gold Coast Hwy Tugun Swimwear the Ferny Grove line, from the station head south towards the Samford/ Wardell Intersection. Bus routes 350, 361, 390 598 and 599 all stop close to the hall. Our research facility in Enoggera Memorial Hall opens each Thursday between 9.30 and 1pm and again on the first Saturday afternoon of each month between 14pm. If for any reason those times do not suit but you would still like to visit us, phone the number below. EMH is located on the corner of An Acorn Stairlift could be the key to retaining Trundle and Wardell your independence, while still being able to enjoy Streets, (Refidex the beauty and space of the home you love. 139A10) and drivers should approach it by Direct from the manufacturer way of Glenalva Terrace Best price guaranteed or Pratt Street. WheelSafe, reliable and trouble free chair access is available For straight or curved staircases at the Trundle Street Ask about our free home assessment entrance. We welcome Indoor and outdoor lifts available visitors and new members and a guest speaker is readily available to community groups to talk on the history of our district or the study of local history as a pursuit. Copies of our four publications Enoggera Heritage Walk, From pp FOR Kedron Brook to Taylor SENIORS includes Morning Range Mitchy Picture Tea + 4 hour cruise Show and Heritage Trail davidson’s paddock are all available Enjoy a 4 hour cruise to Moreton Bay on request. Enquiries to and be enlightened by the fascinating Dave on 3366 3191 or commentary, while indulging in a delicious

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THIS shield was donated by Pat Knight in memory of her late husband Henry, and is played as an interclub competition each March. Thank you Pat. We have also enjoyed another picnic at the Point which is always lots of fun and our Easter morning went off very

well with some of our members showing their artistic talent by making their Easter hats and wearing them at the morning tea. Well done members. This club plays social bowls each Tuesday (PM) and Saturdays (AM). For more details please phone Edith on 3390 3196 or Madge on 3824 6160.

Wake up governments! FOR the first time, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) have urged governments worldwide to make dementia a national public and social care priority. The new report by the WHO and ADI ‘Dementia: A public health priority’ finds the predicted trebling of the prevalence of dementia from 35 million to more than 115 million by 2050 will have huge economic and social costs on health systems around the world. “With its devastating impact on people with dementia, their families, their communities and national health systems, dementia represents not only a public health crisis but a social and fiscal nightmare as well,” executive director of ADI, Marc Wortmann, says. “Around the world a new case of dementia arises every four seconds. That’s a staggering growth rate, equivalent to 7.7 million new cases of dementia every year – the same size as the populations of Switzerland and Israel. “Our current health systems simply cannot cope with the explosion of the dementia crisis as we all live longer; this is as much an economic and fiscal disaster waiting to happen as it is a social and health challenge of the highest order,” he adds. The report identifies priority areas of action that need to be

addressed within policy and planning, including raising awareness, timely diagnosis, commitment to good quality continuing care and services, caregiver support, workforce training, prevention and research. Glenn Rees, the chief executive of Alzheimer’s Australia, says the report’s priority areas are spot on for Australia and must be addressed by the federal government if we are to provide both better care and support for people with dementia and reduce the numbers of people with dementia in the future. According to Mr Rees, the WHO and ADI report is yet another “wake up call” to our national and state governments. “Dementia can no longer be neglected; we need a funded comprehensive plan to beat dementia and dementia must take centre stage in aged care reform.” There are 1.2 million people who care for someone with dementia in some way and it is the third leading cause of death in Australia. Each week there are an estimated 1,600 new cases of dementia in Australia, which equates to one person every six minutes. This number is expected to grow to 7,400 cases each week by 2050. “If the government does not take action to address dementia now then by 2060 spending on dementia will outstrip that of any other health condition,” Mr Rees says.

Redcliffe VIEW Club LADIES, do you a new interest in your life? Try VIEW (Voice, Interests and Education of Women). Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW Club meets at the Redcliffe Leagues Club on the corner of Klingner and Ashmole Roads, Redcliffe, on the second Thursday of each month at 10.30am for a two course lunch and an interesting speaker or entertainment. The Club offers friendship, fun, activities and outings each month. VIEW Clubs support the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” education program helping disadvantaged students to maximise their potential within the education system. To join us or for more please ph Robyn on 3293 6003 a week prior to the meeting to organise catering.

Pine Rivers VIEW Club OUR next monthly luncheon will be held on 16th May at Murrumba Downs Tavern, Dohles Rocks Road. Our guest speaker will be landscape designer Russell Green from Theo’s Garden Nursery. The club will be holding a bring n’ buy stall and a variety of goods will be for sale. VIEW is a valued part of The Smith Family and helps disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. Ladies come and meet new friends. Visitors most welcome. For bookings contact Joy on 3285 5989.



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apprenticeships as jackaroos, Robbo went to Vietnam and fought at the Battle of Long Tan, and they both finished up as stock and station agents with Elders. Now these two larrikins have collaborated to produce ‘You’d Better Bloody Believe It!’ You

are guaranteed to find a laugh; maybe you’ll even shed a tear; it’s a book you can read anywhere anytime. More importantly, it’s for a good cause – Brother Paul Murphy’s street kids of Manila. The proceeds of the sales of this collection of outback tales will go to help him

carry on his wonderful work. The book has already sold enough copies to cover printing and publishing costs and from now on 100% of sale proceeds will be donated to Brother Paul Murphy’s Kuya Centre for Street Children.

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The changing face of retirement RETIREMENT villages as you know them, are in a state of evolution. As the wants and needs of retirees change, and developers try to meet increasing demand, traditional models are having to make way for a new type of retirement living. Vertical villages are on the rise, and seniors are loving the modern lifestyle they provide them with. Apartment style living is something that younger generations are very familiar with, as they reap the benefits of living within the inner city. For seniors, who have come from a traditional low set family home, living within a high rise is a new concept, but what they are finding is that these villages provide a convenience that is unparalleled by traditional models . The locality of vertical villages is the major drawcard. As developers can build right on city fringes, retirees benefit from easy access to services, amenities, transport, and arts and cultural centres. Sales Manager Christine White from Settlers Forest Lake, a vertical village in the prime location of Forest Lake, said ‘The major advantage for residents here is the location of the village, with a shopping centre directly across the road, and the lake and walking tracks close by, as well as being an easy bus ride into the city, residents really have everything they need. It removes a lot of stress for seniors, knowing that they don’t need to travel far to get what they need‘ With baby boomers set to flood the retirement industry, you can expect many more vertical villages to be built, and the industry is finding that this generation are happy to lose that once desired garden space, if it means they can be closer to the city.

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THE National Parks Association of Queensland is proud to celebrate The Great Queensland Bushwalk taking place on the 25th and 26th of August 2012 through an assortment of free walks in The Glasshouse Mountains, Lamington and D’Aguilar National Parks. The Great Queensland Bushwalk will give walkers the

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walks to kayaking, bike riding and bush yoga trails. Executive Coordinator, Paul Donatiu says, “We hope that this event will encourage people to explore the diversity and beauty of our natural environment.” The Great Queensland Bushwalk promises to be a fun and informative event, enabling keen bushwalkers the opportunity to partici-

Seniors welcome older workers payment OLDER Australians have welcomed the announcement of a $1,000 payment for employers of mature age workers. The workers must be aged 50 years or over and kept on the company payroll for at least three months. National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill, said the payment was a “good first step” in

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workers. “This initiative must be part of a wider package that brings older workers onto a level playing field. “We’d like to see greater training and advancement opportunities for older Australians and a refinement of existing age discrimination laws,” Mr O’Neill said. National Seniors research reveals mature age workers were “dogged” by negative stereotypes despite vast reserves of corporate knowledge and low levels of abENJOY a break by the river with some of Brisbane’s senteeism. finest multicultural performers. Island Gospel Magic - Choir queen, Ruth Ghee leads an ensemble of amazing voices from across the Torres Strait Islands as they serenade you ‘Asian’ style. Held at Riverside Centre, Brisbane at 12 noon on Friday, 25 May. Free event. The Happy Irishman - One of Brisbane’s most exciting Irish groups, Sásta will have your toes tapping with their collection of traditional Irish ballads, Sásta means ‘happy’ in Gaelic and happy they are, this four piece Celtic group are sure to bring a smile to your face. Held at Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane from 12 noon on Wednesday, 13 June. Free event. overcoming the barriers to employment facing older workers”. “If you lose your job at the age of 50, getting back into the workforce is an enormous challenge,” he said. “Official statistics show mature age workers can languish in unemployment three times longer than younger

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Reactions to government’s aged care reform package

THE National Aged Care Alliance (NACA), representing consumers, aged care service providers, health care professionals and aged care workers said today’s package provides a firm foundation for ongoing reform of aged care. Ian Yates, CEO, COTA Australia said the announcement signals the beginning of a new era of care and support for older people and their families. “The package provides far greater support for older people to be to be able to age at home, a plan to tackle dementia and a Compact to improve pay and conditions for aged care workers. In addition to these fundamental blocks of the package the Alliance particularly welcomed improved access through a single Gateway( including the My Aged Care website); giving older people choice and options for how they pay for their accommodation; the introduction of fair and equitable user contributions; the establishment of an independent Aged Care Financing Authority; better palliative care and support in aged care; and more support for consumer advocacy and community visitor program,” said Mr Yates. Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA)’s president, Rob Hankins, commended the federal government for the phased reform timetable announced. “ACSA is particularly pleased with the emphasis in today’s announcement of supporting people in their own homes and greater equity in the way people fund their aged care support and accommodation, while ensuring access by those with lesser means,” said

Mr Hankins. CEO of the Retirement Villages Association, Andrew Giles, said: “The increased commitment by the government to ‘ageing in place’ is right. Australians want to remain in their own home for as long as possible and the RVA welcomes the significant increase in home care packages. “Retirement villages are an exceptional accommodation option for Australians to ‘age in place’. This is an amazing opportunity for village residents to access care when they need it, and for governments and taxpayers to benefit from economies of scale. “Fire sales of the family home are something everyone wants to avoid and we are pleased with the Government’s commentary. Having said that, there are other ways this can be avoided that need to be assessed. “Australian seniors need to be encouraged to downsize to appropriate accommodation earlier so a fire sale isn’t even a possibility.” Alzheimer’s Australia Vic CEO, Maree McCabe, said the federal government’s package showed that the PM and Minister Butler have not only listened to people with dementia but have responded comprehensively to their priorities. “Thousands have spoken out about the failings of the health and care system in relation to dementia; the Government’s decisions are both a reward and a relief to those 280,000 Australians with dementia and their 1.2 million carers,” Ms McCabe said. Courtesy: australian

Kingfisher Art Show RESIDENTS of Salford Waters Retirement Estate invite seniors to their 18th Kingfisher Art Show held in the Community Centre, Salford Waters Retirement Estate, 9 Salford Street, Victoria Point. All paintings and art by local and interstate artists. Art sales, commission and other funds will be donated to Brisbane Legacy. Our featured artist will be Gordon Graham of Redland Bay. Opening night is Tuesday 3 July. Doors open 6.30pm,

official opening 7.3pm. Tickets $10 (including supper) valid for duration of Show. The show continues from Wednesday 4 July to Sunday 8 July from 10am to 4pm; entry by gold coin donation. Lucky door prize each day. For opening night tickets phone Alison on 3207 8496 or Betty on 3820 6179. Art Show enquiries to Shirley on 3207 0243. Other enquiries to Marylyn on 3820 7053 or Lionel on 3207 8095.

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the way – it was the first one I’ve caught,” he said. “The most spectacular place I’ve ever seen was in New South Wales (NSW) at New England National Park at Point Look Out, 1562m high up in the clouds, and it felt like I was stepping back in time. “A family of Quoll (a type of marsupial Australian cats) lived under a hut there and they came out to feed from my hand. “At Goulburn River National Park in NSW I was camping and dingoes, wild pigs, wallaby, brumbies and wombats gathered at dusk each evening

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alongside each other to drink from the only source of water.” Another time the daredevil was in the mangroves on Hinchinbrook Island in North Queensland following animal tracks when he was visited by a cohort of Death Adder snakes. “Luckily I had on a high pair of boots and one bit me skinning the leather with its fangs and left two dints there –now that was a dangerous exhibition,” he said. The 77-year-old said his solo expeditions led him to remote regions by road and by plane to Europe and Canada. “I explored the wild setting of Vancouver so I drove up to Alaska and had a fantastic time; then down to the Rocky Mountains, passing through all the towns then crossing the Columbian River.” His love of exploring new territory took priority after his wife died reigniting a passion he had since childhood. Robert was married for 43 years and has four

children, 11 grandchildren and five greatgrand children. “I always loved the mountains and isolated places where I had the place to myself,” he said. “When I was 12 I opened thousands of gates in the outback to help my uncle at Cawnpore Station south west of Winton in the outback of central western Queensland in Waltzing Matilda territory. “During that journey we ran into a tribe of Aborigines who were living off the land and saw the spectacular Min Min light in eastern Australia dancing in the sky.” Robert’s next adventure is planned to travel to Thailand at Patong Beach on Phuket Island. The Trinder Park Rest Home resident has lived in his cottage for more than six years and loves his home. “It’s so secure and if I want to go off anywhere I go because it’s just so easy,” he said.

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IT will be the ‘wow’ factor for Caboolture VIEW Club’s next luncheon meeting as we will be celebrating our 14th Birthday on Thursday 31 May at the Caboolture RSL Club, Haskins Street at 10.30am. The theme is ‘Golden Days’ and members are encouraged to wear gold plus our entertainment will be the hot ‘Red Hot Mammas’. There will be raffles, lucky door prizes, all sorts of bargains to be had from the Learning for Life table which supports The Smith Family Learning for Life programs for disadvantaged children. Our next social

day will be held on Thursday 7 June with a bus trip to ‘The Deer Farm’ at Samford for lunch and includes a morning tea stop at Dayboro. Ladies, if you have been thinking of joining a club that supports a worthwhile cause, new to the Caboolture district or just want to meet new friends and have some fun, then we would like to invite you to join us as a visitor to our next luncheon or social day. Please phone Esther on 3888 2558 who will be only too happy to give you more information on our club.

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SENIORS NEWS Wilston Evening VIEW Club OUR Club has moved into its 19th year, and we would happily welcome new members and visitors to our monthly meetings and other activities, which include luncheons, book club, craft club, coffee mornings and the occasional theatre evening. We are now meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at Crushers Sports club (Crushers Leagues Club), 41 Agincourt Street, The Grange, commencing at 6.30pm for 7pm. The monthly meeting consists of a warm welcome to members and guests, a 2 course meal with tea and coffee, followed by a topical Guest Speaker, Raffle and Lucky door prize. The purpose of the Club is to appeal to women of all ages, to give us an opportunity to come together to enjoy friendships, and social interaction in a happy atmosphere and perhaps learn a little, or be entertained about things other than our own area of expertise.

Through this process we are also raising money which is donated to the Smith Family to help fund educational opportunities for disadvantaged children through their “Learning for Life” program.On Saturday 19th May we are holding a Fashion Parade at St. Michael’s Community Hall, 250 Banks Street, Dorrington. Fashions will be presented by “FANCY THAT” at The Gap. Admission $15.00. Numbers are limited so be quick to get your tickets. We extend a warm invitation to any ladies who would like to join us. Our May dinner has a Mother/Daughter theme and our guest speaker is Donna Davis. Donna writes poetry and has published a book “Buttons and Other Collectables”. She invites us to “come on a trip down memory lane in verse” with her as she tells of her life with her mother.To arrange a booking please phone Alice on 3353 2190.

Newmarket VIEW Club COME and join us in 2012. The next meeting of the Newmarket VIEW Club will be at the Gaythorne R.S.L. on Tuesday, May 22nd at 10.30 for 11.00 a.m. Cost of two course lunch is $25 with coffee and tea included. Our guest speaker this month is Mr. Ross McKinnon, Curator of the Brisbane Botanical Gardens whose topic will be “Even more modern miracles from our home garden plants.” We are a small, friendly, Club seriously committed to providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged Australian children and their families through the ‘Learning for Life’ program. Our

VIEW club provides us with the opportunity to meet regularly with other women of all ages and from all walks of life to discuss and exchange ideas. While doing this, we have a lot of fun and, in addition to our monthly meetings, enjoy social outings, coffee morning and movie days. We are actively seeking new members so if you would like to attend as a visitor, just to see what goes on, a very warm welcome awaits you.. You will be met on arrival and introduced to other members. Please contact Carol 3289 5030, Doreen 3355 5380 or Val 3857 1962.

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SENIORS NEWS Palm Lake Resort presents James Blundell in Concert

THE residents at Palm Lake Resort don’t just live there – they experience life to the max. You too are invited to come and live it up a little at Palm Lake Resort for a special event. James Blundell was the first young Australian

country artist to create an impact on the mainstream pop charts back in the 1980s and for many years was the highest selling country artist in the nation. James was also the first Australian country act to sign a major label

recording deal in Nashville paving the way for the likes of Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers and others. In addition to his own success, James has written hits for Lee Kernaghan, Slim Dusty and Jimmy Little, has won nine CMAA Golden Guitar Awards, double platinum, platinum and gold sales awards and is a five time ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Award nominee with one win to his name. James is one of the greatest singer-songwriters that this country has produced and we are fortunate to have him perform at our resort for an unforgettable concert. Concert dates are Saturday 2nd June 2012 at Palm Lake Resort Eagleby Heights and Sunday 3rd June 2012 at Palm Lake Resort Bargara. Tickets are free to all seniors and over 50s! For your free tickets to be posted, call Eagleby Heights on 1800 781 101 and Bargara on 1800 501 119. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Tickets are limited so don’t delay. Let’s celebrate life!

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SENIORS NEWS Oldest Banyo RSL member takes Anzac Day salute at 96 THE Banyo RSL sub branch ran a successful march and memorial service at the Banyo War Memorial on Anzac Day. The President of the Banyo RSL sub branch Ron Virgen OAM bestowed the honour of taking the salute to the oldest member of the Banyo sub branch Roy Corrie

aged 96. It is estimated that over 1000 people attended the service this year.Roy Corrie was originally dairy farming in the Canungra area. However drought and the depression made this unviable so he moved to Silkwood in north Queensland in the depression years and worked in cane cutting.

This paid the sum of around £10 a week which was considered a significant wage at that time. In around 1934, Roy first joined the Light Horse based at Canungra and soon transferred to the AIF based at Grovely in Brisbane where he trained for around 8-9 months until about the end of

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1934. He was aged around 19 at the time. He later went back on the land farming and re-joined the services on 2 June 1941 when Australia was at war.He was posted to the Middle East and based in Lebanon. He later did two postings to Papua New Guinea including the Kokoda Track where the

role was to repel the approaching Japanese who wanted to take Australia by coming down through Papua New Guinea. Roy served as a corporal during his overseas service. Roy had been engaged to an Australian girl but when he returned to Australia from overseas, he found that sadly his fiancé had

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married another person. However soon after that he did marry Elfreda Filby who had been in the services and was from Proserpine. They married on Valentine’s Day 1948. Elfreda passed away in 2002.In civilian life, Roy drove tankers for BP and later worked at the Brisbane airport refuelling aeroplanes. His interests included lawn bowls and tennis. He was a member of the Banyo Bowls Club for 43 years. When working for BP, he played tennis in Melbourne r e p r e s e n t i n g Queensland BP employees against other states. Until his relocation to a Kedron nursing home in February this year, Roy lived in the Banyo in various homes in the same area for around 55 years.The Banyo RSL sub branch and Citizens’ Auxiliary wish Roy all the best for many more years to come. Also thanks go to a number of local businesses who assisted with Anzac Day and making it a success. These included Kennard’s Hire at Virginia for the portable toi-

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U3A members are passionate about their organisation and have now achieved what no other U3A in Australia has done. They have purchased their own CBD premises and this has been funded entirely by its own member base. This organisation plays a very important role in our society. It provides 170

classes for mature aged students in over 90 subjects, has no paid employees and receives no government funding of any kind. Its membership has grown from an initial 50 people to approaching 3000 at the present time. This growth has not been without its problems and U3A Brisbane has had to re-locate on a number of occasions, mostly because of rental increases. This has created great disruption and placed a heavy burden of cost on the membership. As U3A Brisbane receive absolutely no government funding whatsoever, all of these expenses had to be funded solely by member contributions which was a massive drain on limited resources. The dream of owning its own premises

was first floated by Management four years ago, and most people at that time thought that’s all it was – a dream, however one person took this dream and ran with it. That man was the then President, Ray Bricknell and together with a small band of helpers, they worked tirelessly to bring this dream to fruition. Last July, U3A returned to the CBD to ideal premises at 97 Creek Street. This location is second to none with easy access to just about every form of public transport this city has to offer which makes it an easy commute for members in all suburbs of Brisbane. Initial expressions of interest to invest were called for and members responded magnificently, so much so that

the property fund was oversubscribed in less than 3 weeks. This gives an indication of how deeply passionate members are about their U3A and how much they value the work of this great organisation. With a permanent premises assured for the future, U3A Brisbane can now get on with the important task of educating and entertaining the seniors and mature citizens of the Brisbane community. For further details regarding membership of The University of the Third Age, Brisbane please visit our website:, phone 3236 3055 or just drop in to our new premises at 97 Creek Street, Brisbane and talk to our friendly staff.

Arana VIEW Club OUR February meeting saw the election of new officers for the club. Sheila Siggins is the new President and back by popular demand Bonnie Simms has been elected as the Programme Co-ordinator. Our outing to Parliament house proved an interesting experience. As the house was not in session we were all able to feel the sense of power and history as we sat in the Speakers Chair. March saw us all observing International Women’s Day by wearing purple, green and white, the colours of the suffragette movement. Our Speaker, Lenore McDonald, focused on the theme too, and a great time was had by all. The

bring and buy table did very good trading, raising more monies for our disadvantages children that we support. It was the first of our monthly craft meeting. A trip to Murrumba downs for a birthday celebration for our Pine River View Club completed another successful month. April meeting will see us celebrating our own birthday. The theme for our birthday meeting will be “Back to School”. This should prove to be a hilarious time for one and all. Please contact Dorothy Fletcher ph. 3351 5196 or Thea Watts ph. 3851 3316 if you would like to join us for our meetings.

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WE meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Indooroopilly Golf Club, Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly. The evening features a two course dinner and a guest speaker. Our May

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enriches our Club. Each month we have the opportunity to take part in club group activities, such as Book Clubs, Movie night, Walking Group, Mahjong, BiMonthly lunches, Gallery visits and Theatre outings. Our aim is to provide support and friendship for women. Through The Smith Family Learning for Life Program, our fundraising events have afforded sponsorship of five 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. This year the Convention takes place in September in Coffs Harbour. To make a booking to attend our May 16th, or subsequent meetings, please contact either Nan on 3878 7448, or Judy on 3878 2921.

SENIORS NEWS Rochedale/Springwood National Seniors Branch

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SIXTY odd members and guests of Rochedale/ Springwood National Seniors branch enjoyed a very interesting meeting and Anniversary celebration B-B- Que day on Wednesday April 18th. Although renovations are being carried out on

the meeting place causing restrictions on parking management of Centro gave kind permission for some members to park at their centre to overcome the shortage. This was appreciated due to the inability of some members to walk long distances. Guest speaker Vera Somerwil brought members up to date on progress being made by National Seniors on many important issues before the government including nursing home access and costs. Our very talented member Maggie Clark then produced a lively session of prose and song to enliven those in attendance. Following the meeting a B-B-Que lunch was served to celebrate the 1990 founding of the branch with original joining member Jim Burge in attendance. On Monday April 23rd over forty members enjoyed a coach trip to Maleny Cheese Factory to enjoy a guided tour as well as cheese and yogurt tastings. Following the tour the group travelled to Patrick’s Steakhouse at Tranquil Park to enjoy a tasty lunch before departing homewards. Loretta our Tour Director is arranging two extended tours one in September and one in October. Particulars can be obtained by calling 07 3341 8323.

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CANCER Council Queensland is calling on Queenslanders to say ‘I Can for Cancer’ and do what they do best to help beat cancer. More than 600 community-minded Queenslanders are expected to say ‘I Can for Cancer’ and take part in CCQ’s new state-wide fundraising campaign launched this month. You can support I Can for Cancer anytime during the year simply by adding a fundraising element to your favourite activities and doing what you can, whenever you can. I Can for Cancer Coordinator Marissa Batty called on locals to seize the day and become an I Can champion. “Sadly, one in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85,” she said. “A cancer diagnosis of a friend or loved one leaves many of us asking ‘what can I do to help?’ “I Can for Cancer gives people an opportunity to raise funds to help support all Queenslanders affected by this devastating disease and help us to beat cancer .” So what can you do for cancer? No matter how big or small, you can help create hope for a cancer free future. If you have a hobby, if you want to learn a new skill or if you just want to make something you do every day count, do what makes you happy and say ‘I Can for Cancer’.” Some of the ways you can support I Can for Cancer include holding a charity sports day, hosting a bake sale in the office or simply doing what you do best and making it count. Other ways you Can for Cancer include: I Can Bowl: You Can have plenty of fun during a day on the green, so whether you’re a seasoned bowler or just play for a bit of fun, bowl your friends over with a great day out for a good cause. I Can Golf: You Can organise a golf day at your local golf course, mini golf complex or golfing range and help us score a hole-in-one to beat cancer. I Can Get Active: You Can run,

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AIR Brisbane North THE AIR Brisbane North advise of our normal monthly meeting on the 18th May at Edingburgh Castle Rd,Wavell Heights, starting around 9.30am, finishing near noon with interesting Guest Speaker John Hickman discussing his Novels on War Time Experience as a pilot and tickle the fancies with morning tea/coffee and bickies

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FLOODLINES tells Queensland’s story The resilience of Queenslanders in times of adversity is at the heart of Floodlines, a new exhibition opening this weekend at State Library of Queensland. State Librarian Janette Wright said Floodlines was about Queensland’s people and stories and the strength of community. “This is a special project that shares contemporary and historical memories of Queensland’s floods – making sense of the past and celebrating the spirit of recovery,” Ms Wright said. “As we remember, reflect and rebuild from the devastating natural disasters of the summer of 2010-11, and more recently, it is timely to pay tribute to the resilience and community spirit of Queenslanders. “One of two exhibitions opening on 7 April at SLQ, Floodlines: a living memory, is a powerful expression of recent events, helping us understand and learn from them as well as guiding future decisions and actions.” “Queenslanders, through film, sound, ideas and photos in the Flood and Cyclone Mosaic, help tell the rich and complex story of a summer we will never forget; sharing their conversations, memories, and ideas. “In a first for Queensland, augmented reality technology allows visitors to use the iPads provided to simulate the rise and fall of flood waters across Brisbane

city and suburbs,” Ms Wright said. In Floodlines: 19th century Brisbane, respected historian Helen Gregory examines Brisbane’s ‘great floods’ of 1893, lessons learned and opportunities lost. Through items from SLQ’s John Oxley Library, this exhibition tells stories of survival, loss and recovery which unfold in ways that eerily mirror contemporary experiences, and remind us that at the heart of every disaster, communities shine. Ms Wright said there was a great fascination and hunger for knowledge and understanding in this area, as flood and disaster collections were some of the most used in the John Oxley Library. “Through this project, we have identified new treasures that have been conserved, digitised and displayed. We have also highlighted the need for more material from other disasters such as the 1974 Brisbane floods,” Ms Wright said. “From recent floods, we have archived more than 120 websites and twitter streams, including those of Queensland Police and Baked Relief.” “Floods and other disasters are an important part of life in this state, and SLQ has a responsibility to collect material about these disasters – creating a legacy for future generations.” Floodlines. Exhibition runs until 19 Aug, 10am-5pm daily | State Library of Queensland

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OLDER drivers are better on the roads than most people think, according to a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researcher embarking on a new study of motorists over 60. But it’s what these drivers think of their own ability that interests Dr Philippe Lacherez the most. Dr Lacherez said most older drivers selfregulated their driving - and whether or not they should be on the road - quite effectively. But he said previous studies involving this age group had found some of the most dangerous drivers tested had the least insight into the problems they displayed, due to cognitive abilities. “This project will examine drivers’ perceptions of their own abilities and whether they really are as good - or bad - as they think they are,” Dr Lacherez said. “Older drivers do tend to get a bad rap but most are safe drivers.” In frequency terms, it’s the 20-somethings who are most likely to have a crash. But older drivers usually drive shorter distances and have more crashes per kilometre driven.” The QUT study is seeking older drivers to take part in a driving assessment around Brisbane streets and also complete some simple ques-

tionnaires, eye tests and tests involving balance and response times. Dr Lacherez said the research team needed male and female drivers aged 60 or older who lived in the Brisbane metropolitan area and drove a car more than once a week. “It’s a good chance to have an assessment of your driving by a qualified driving instructor and an occupational therapist,” Dr Lacherez said. “Drivers will get feedback on how they went and the results will be used to design tests to help concerned older drivers work out if they are safe to continue driving or if they need some extra training.” All results are completely confidential. Dr Lacherez is a member of QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Research (IHBI) and the university’s School of Optometry and Vision Science. His driving project has been funded by an Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation grant. People interested in taking part in the study can call Dr Lacherez on 07 3138 5713 or Participants will be provided with parking or taxi vouchers to travel to the venues, and given morning or afternoon tea.

ARPQ adds another 4 villages to the group AFFILIATED Residential Parks Queensland have recently gained another 4 villages, adding to their growing listings and bringing their membership to 22 complexes as at the end of March 2012. Spokesman for the group David Paton outlined that ARPQ is based on being an Advisory and Advocacy Service only to homeowners within Parks and Villages within Queensland, but they have recently formed an alliance with major groups within NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. It is most common that concerns here in Queensland are mirrored within other states; therefore it makes sense to have these relationships. Any individuals or Associations within Parks or Villages wanting to be part of their “cost free” Groups advisory and Advocacy services are asked to please contact them. The group is currently finalising its presentations and suggestions for the Gov-

ernment on proposed alterations both on current legislation and the Manufactured Homes Act 2003. ARPQ are well poised to continue these presentations and very keen to update the new State minister and all LNP members to ensure improvements that are currently in the system and those due for presentation are given a priority and not delayed. Affiliated Residential Parks Queensland provide their advocacy & free advisory service to homeowners in the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane areas (phone: 3888 7696) and on the Gold Coast (phone: 5535 2730) or you can email your questions to: More information is available on their website: or by phoning David Paton 3888 7696 (Sunshine Coast, Brisbane North) or Glenn Franklin 5535 2730 (Brisbane South, Gold Coast areas.)

SENIORS NEWS Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc.

Clair Levander – Guest Speaker for 7th June

AS published in last month’s edition, on 3 rd May the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc. meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall. The guest speaker was Kate Stumer who talked about Bougainvilleas. At the following meeting of this club on Thursday, 7th June, the topic of the Guest Speaker, Clair Levander, is Organic Pest Control remedies that come straight from the pantry. She will be informing and demonstrating

just how easy it can be to use household items to keep the pests under control. When you come to think of it products from the kitchen are good to treat some garden problems and they are not expensive or dangerous for the environment. Take full cream milk for instance, just 1 part milk to 10 parts water makes a good treat-

ment for powdery mildew. Another solution for powdery mildew can be made from 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, 3 drops of dishwashing liquid and 2 litres of water. Sugar and water sprayed on fruit trees and vines will encourage bees when there is a pollination problem, and Vegemite and water in the bottom of a

plastic soft drink bottle that has holes and a yellow band at the top will attract and trap the fruit fly when it crawls through the holes. There’s lots more to learn about, so if you can do come along to this meeting. The meeting commences at 9.45 am with morning tea, and visitors and new members are most welcome. The club meets at the

Enoggera Memorial Hall, 349 Wardell Street, Enoggera (Refidex 139 A10), corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets. The hall is wheel chair friendly and close to public transport. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month and there are vacancies for new members. For more information please phone Pat on (07) 3356 1256.

Free Brisbane concerts BEST if Brazil Orchestra Concert The 13 piece Latin and swing dance ensemble, Tropical Dance Orchestra are on the big stage to present a fiery hour of classic songs from Brazil. Presented on Tuesday, 8 May at Salvation Army Brisbane City Temple, 167 Ann Street, Brisbane at 12 noon. Jazz on Broadway The Broadway stage offers a treasure chest of superb song writing. Join the Clare Hansson Quartet as some classic gems sparkle anew in a true jazz interpretation. Presented on Tuesday, 15 May at City Baptist Tabernacle, 163 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane at 12 noon. From the East to the West Join Volteggiando piano duo Vicky Yang and Maggie Chen for a virtuosic program of works by Ravel, Rachmaninoff

and Tchaikovsky. Presented on Tuesday, 22 May at Salvation Army Brisbane City Temple, 167 Ann Street, Brisbane at 12 noon. Carmen and the Three Little Maids Singers from Opera Queensland’s Young Artist program present treasures from opera and operetta including selections from the 2012 Opera Queensland season of Carmen and The Mikado. Presented on Tuesday, 29 May at City Baptist Tabernacle, 163 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane at 12 noon. Caxton Street Jazz Band A rip-roaring performance of traditional jazz standards of the early 1900’s with a fresh edge that appeals to today’s audiences. Presented on Tuesday, 5 June at City Baptist Tabernacle, 163 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane at 12 noon.

WROCCS WYNNUM Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Inc,Run by Volunteer Tutors. Membership...$10. Friendly atmosphere. Modern Club Room in the Wynnum area. Computers available for teaching or bring your own Laptop. Monthly meetings are held at Wynnum R.S.L.Club. “Pandanus Room” 174 Tingal Rd, Wynnum. Second Tuesday each month.start: 10.30am. Next meeting: 8th May. Guest Speaker. Classes available

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QCWA Oxley Branch CENT Auction. Note new Venue. QCWA Oxley Hall 80 Lincoln St, (in Cawonga Park, Oxley.) Wednesday May 16th, 2012, commencing at 10.30am. Cost $6 which includes lunch – Lucky door prize. 1 sheet of tickets. All welcome. For further information contact Jean 3372 5965

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SENIORS NEWS Annerley/Moorooka Senior Citizens

Margaret Redmond, Lorna Giessler and Cecille Cagney

IT was a perfect April day when we enjoyed our cruise on the “Mirimar” on the Brisbane River. A very informative commentary helped all on board to understand more about our history and we saw some of the historic homes which can only be seen from the river. Once the visitors to Lone Pine Sanctuary left us we cruised to the pontoon on the other side of the river and were able to enjoy a short walk in Sherwood Forest before being served a roast meal followed by dessert. This was a most relaxing trip. May 8th is our next trip and we are going to Minden to the property of Barry Bucanan. Barry is both a great entertainer and cook so this will be a day to remember. The bus trip on June 12th is a visit to Queens Park at Ipswich where you can wander around the zoo (which is very well set out) to watch the antics of the animals, or just enjoy the park surroundings. Morning Tea and Lunch are included on both these outings. For further information regarding bus trips, concert days or indoor bowls please phone Col Butler on 3848 6371.

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Qld Branch) Inc

ANZAC Day has come and gone and as usual contingents of national servicemen who served between 1951 and 1973 took part in city and local suburban parades. Thank you the people of the north western suburbs for generously supporting the branch’s welfare fund and while buying merchandise commemorating sacrifice in conflict from WWI to Afghanistan, stopping to share with us stories of your fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers at war. Now in its 25 th year, National Servicemen’s Association of Australia was formed fin 1987 for the benefit of all former Australian nashos and the wives/ widows thereof. Associate membership is available to anyone who performed their service for countries other than Australia. To join the Association or to

enquire about the benefits of doing so, phone 3324 1277 or view website Brisbane North West Branch meets upstairs at RSL Gaythorne on the third Sunday of each month from 10am; next meeting will be on May 20, visitors and new members are welcome. Other than the business that is a part of meetings everywhere, time is set aside for socialising with each meeting concluding with a cuppa and a chat. After the meeting why not enjoy a pleasant lunch in the palatial surroundings of the RSL. Members are encouraged to take part in fundraising and social activities and receive regular newsletters. For further information or for local community groups to arrange a guest speaker to address them, phone Dave on 3366 3191.

Carina Senior Citizens Club IF you want to make friends, have a lot of fun and enjoyment, then our Club is for you. Our annual subscription is only $3 per year from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. Come and visit us at 1 Edmond Street, Carina (near Carina Library) or visit: Phone 3395 4636 any morning (except Wednesday) from 9am until 12 noon. Our activities are all held in the morning. Monday: Cards, Concert, Painting group. Every 4th/5th Monday a bus trip to a place of interest. Bookings and payment at least a fortnight ahead

please. Tuesday: Indoor Bowls, Bridge. Wednesday: Creative Stitching. Thursday: Darts, Creative Stitching, Indoor Bowls. Friday: Craft, Patchwork, Tai-hi and Gentle Exercises. Once a month on a Friday we are entertained by our Talent Group followed by a BBQ or light lunch at a cost of $5. Bookings essential. Saturday: Cards. Activities cost from $3-$4 per time. Bus trips and special functions are costed individually. Don’t be lonely or shy! Come and have a laugh with us and make new friends.

Probus Club of Hollywell PROBUS Club of Hollywell have meetings every second Tuesday of the month at the Jarrah Rooms, Parkwood Tavern, Parkwood, starting at 9.30 for 10.00am start. With a male/female membership, we

enjoy many activities such as guest speakers, lunch and bus outings, walking, reading, breakfasts, wine & dine and the theatre. For information please contact Sarah 07 5571 7421 or Jessie 07 5577 4768.

Carindale National Seniors WE welcomed one new member & 2 visitors to our monthly meeting on 10th April & an attendance of 99 members & 23 apologies. The bus trip to Canungra Army Intelligence Unit Museum was well supported & the luncheon at Canungra Hotel was enjoyed by all. Our ‘“ Navigator” to find “ Gallery Walk” was eventually successful & we had an enjoyable time browsing the shops. The entertainment at the April meeting was by “ A Touch of Sparkle” and it was first class & we thoroughly enjoyed their dancing. singing & music. Hope to have them again soon. The next meeting on 8th May will be our “ Mother’s Day meeting & we will have a special morning tea to celebrate this occasion, The guest speaker for this meeting will be Don Woodward a Salvation Army Chaplain to Prions. Do hope everyone will be able to attend as we always have a special day for both Mother’s Day & Father’s Day. We are finalising a “Christmas in July “bus trip to Boonah Bowls Club on 24th July . We are hoping to fill 2 buses Notice sheets will be at the May meeting so please put name on the lists. Entertainment will be provided for this day. A 3-4 day overnight bus trip to Stanthorpe is being proposed & we ask for expressions of interest. Should be a good trip & approx. cost will be $500.00 which includes transport, all meals accommodation and site seeing for twin share. Carindale National Seniors meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month [ except Jan & Dec.] & bus trips are the 4th Tuesday of the same months. Meetings are held at the Clem Jones Centre Stanley Rd Carina Bowls Club Stanley Rd Carina & parking is available in the car park For further information please phone Eddie 3395 3337 or Maureen 3398 4236.

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we work towards a Geebung and its range of greener planet. solar power products. Helping the sun do its Since 1998, earthsave has work is earthsave at been delivering solar solutions primarily to north Brisbane households and businesses. earthsave can help you come up with a bespoke sustainable solution for your home. If you’ve been pondering a switch to solar, now’s the time to do it. The reason for this is: 1. The Federal Government’s solar(not already discounted) power rebate is reducing again on June 30 2012 so you need to have your solar power system installed and running by the cutoff date to qualify for the 3 times multiplier (for One FREE Ringclean & Inspection details seehttp://www. For all Returned Servicemen & War Widows government/initiatives/ renewable-target/need“FREE” Watch Batteries for Life ret/solar-credits-faq.aspx) (this applies only to your own watch) 2. The Federal Government’s solar-hotwater rebate was withPresent Coupon to claim above offers drawn early in 2012 before it was scheduled to close So it would be prudent to access what rebates are available at the moment, and there are still some generous Qld Govt schemes for solar hot water and solar power. The new Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has

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wasted no time in announcing that he will be winding back the state’s green energy schemes. Queensland’s hugely popular solar feed in tariff, which pays residents installing solar panels a minimum of 44c per kilowatt hour for surplus electricity, won’t be affected at this stage. Also the solar water heater rebate for those replacing an electric system for an energy efficient solar or heat pump system is still available ($600 or $1,000 for Seniors). But we do not know if/when these schemes will close, but his announcement is ominous. In other states the newly elected Liberal Governments have wound back green schemes shortly after coming into office. So contact earthsave pronto to arrange an inhome consultation - their friendly staff are there to take your call on 3865 3909.

MODERN day Redcliffe still possesses the charm and beauty of a small seaside holiday town, however the mix of old and new continues to make the city so inviting to locals, day-trippers and holiday-makers. Just 30 minutes from Brisbane, Redcliffe offers the natural beauties of sandy beaches, recreational parklands and Moreton Bay, Hays Inlet and the photogenic Mountains in the distance, plus a lively cafe and restaurant scene. For shopping with a difference, you’ll find Redcliffe Jetty Markets in Redcliffe Parade and Mall Walkway, in full swing every Sunday 8am-3pm. Suttons Beach is a stroll away on Marine Parade. Redcliffe has a wide range of entertainment to offer the young and not-so-young. Everyone will love the Redcliffe Kitefest on May 19-20 at Pelican Park, on Hornibrook Esplanade at Clontarf. When grandparents run out of puff it’s handy to keep Settlement Cove Lagoon in mind. This tropical water wonderland on Redcliffe Esplanade overlooking the Bay has a swimming lagoon, playground equipment, beach showers, toilets, barbecues and covered picnic tables and shady trees. Interestingly, this park has disabled access and a pool wheelchair is available for patrons with a disability. Take a look at their website Settlement Cove Lagoon for more information. Fancy something less energetic? And to wind up the Redcliffe Picture Palace, rear 151 Sutton St Redcliffe shows vintage Aussie movies at a public matinee Sundays, predominantly of pre-1960 Australian films. A small museum of early film equipment and an extensive archive of film is also housed in the theatre. Ph. 3889 3011/ a/h 3880 1136 or Redcliffe – it’s another reason why We’ve Got It All in the Moreton Bay Region.

Redcliffe Parade Family Medical Practice are “Welcoming New Patients” We offer • Bulk Billing • Open 7 Days • We cover all aspects of health for Men, Women & children Fully equipped for: • Skin Checks • Health Assessments (45-49 years) & 75 plus Health Assessment • Baby Check Immunisations • Flu Clinic Care Plans & Chronic Disease Management • ECGs, Spirometer • Work Cover Injuries • Male & Female GPs available

We are situated at Level 1, Shop 36 Blue Waters Square Shopping Centre 20 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe (Above Terry White Chemist)

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REDCLIFFE Parade Family Medical Practice caters for the health needs of patients from the newborn to the elderly. Importantly, help is always available when need arises, as the practice is open seven days and offers bulk-billing.

Of the four GPs three are male - one has worked in the local area for more than 15 years - and one is female.The practice is growing and three GPs are now able to take on new patients. As a modern practice, the clinic has a fully equipped

treatment room for minor procedures as well as immunisation, with a fulltime Registered Nurse onsite, plus a pathology collection. A dietician visits every fortnight for general consultations by appointment, and DVA Gold Card

holders are eligible for bulk-billed consultations with the dietician. Redcliffe Parade Family Medical Practice provides on-going assistance for patients 75 years and over. The Chronic Disease Management Plan is designed to monitor health issues associated with ageing, and offers patients an annual consultation to make sure everything is going well healthwise. Ask your GP for information about this service. The Redcliffe Parade Family Medical Practice is located on the first floor inside the Blue Water Square shopping centre at Redcliffe. Hours are Mondays-Fridays 8.30am-5pm; also open Saturdays and Sundays. Phone 07 3284 5739. The management owns and operates four clinics in the area - at Petrie, Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hill and McDowall as well as Redcliffe.

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Cutting the Witches birthday cake: L-R Lynn Corkill (2012 President); Cath Cramb (Zone Councillor QA02); Doss Cahill (Past President ); Lyn Trail (Past President); Trish Reilly (Past President); Jean Clarke (National Councillor QA)

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WE held our 13th birthday recently by inviting all Witches and Wizards to help us celebrate with a purple and black theme. A magical show by “The Amazing Danton” (aka Joe Lewis) kept everyone enthralled with many asking “how did he do that”, when he pulled doves out of books or coins out of a member’s forehead, or swallowing a long black balloon, and he received a standing ovation at the end of his performance. It was a great night enjoyed by all, helping to raise funds for our 7 Learning for Life students on The Smith Family’s program. One of our major fund raisers this year will be an Autumn Fashion Parade on Saturday, 26th May, 2pm, with fashions from “Fashions on the Go” showing sizes 8 to 20. Eftpos will be available. It will be held at the Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit, 103 Denham St., Bracken Ridge. Cost of $12.00 includes afternoon tea and lucky door ticket. Raffles galore will be on hand. Come along and enjoy a fun afternoon. Please let Lyall know for catering purposes on 38630737 by 18th May if you’d like to attend. We are a valued part of The Smith Family, which is a children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. Our funds raised support 7 students on The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. We are seeking new members to join our club. Why not come along to our dinner meeting as a visitor to see if VIEW is for you? We meet on the third Tuesday of the month and our next meeting is 15th May, 6.30pm for 7pm start at Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Road, Carseldine. Our guest speaker will be from the Orangutan Foundation. We enjoy a 2 course meal, raffles and lucky door prize on the night, plus fun and friendship. So, do come along, we’d love to meet you. Please contact Lyall on 38630737 for further details and booking.

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Lyn Anderson discovered a great way to create money when The Amazing Danton (aka Joe Lewis) pulled out hundreds of coins from her forehead

Caboolture Senior Citizens Centre

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THE Annual General Meeting for the election of office bearers for Caboolture Senior Citizens Centre and Club Inc. for the coming year will be held on Thursday 10 May commencing at 9.30am. We look to good support from members on this important occasion. Tuesday 15 May we will visit Annerley-Moorooka Senior Citizens with the coach leaving our Centre at 8.15am. Cost is $28 and there are still a few seats left. From 27 May to 1 June, twenty of our members will travel on the tilt train to Yeppoon for a stay at Bayview Towers.

SENIORS NEWS 60th Wedding anniversary raises money for medical research

Betty and Den O’Reilly

LEND Lease Hibiscus Chancellor Park residents Den & Betty O’Reilly reached a major milestone recently when they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a party of more than 100 in the retirement village’s community hall. Den and Betty wrote ‘no gifts’ on the invitations, instead asking guests to donate something to medical research. “We are so overwhelmed that all our guests contributed, we have raised $700 for such a worthy cause.” Before they met, Betty – who grew up in Glasgow – was a sewing machinist and Den – who grew up in Liverpool – was just out of the army and working in Ireland at hotel

called the Glen Eagle. Betty said at the time she was fed up with sewing. “I saw an advertisement looking for housemaids to work at the famous Glen Eagle hotel so my friend and I thought ‘why not!’”. We all lived at the hotel and that is where I met my lovely Den.” Den asked Betty to marry him on his 21st birthday. They moved to New Zealand and raised three sons and now have two granddaughters. Betty and Den decided to move to Brisbane in 2000 to be closer to their youngest son and grandchildren. “We moved straight into Chancellor Park retirement village and haven’t looked back. We’re having the time of

our lives here! “Our 60th Wedding anniversary was one of the best nights of our life.

Everybody keeps telling us what a wonderful evening it was. The secret to our success is we have

no secrets. If we have a problem we talk it out, we have always been there for each other.”

Royal Historical Society of Qld

WHO Done It? A debate will be held on Saturday May 12th between 1pm and 3.30pm at the University of Qld. Location is Level 2, Auditorium Sir Llew Edwards Building, corner University Drive and Campbell Road, UQ St Lucia Campus (free parking is available). Entitled “Did Patrick Mayne Murder Robert Cox, the debate will be between Rosamond Siemon (author of “The Mayne Inheritance” and Stephen Sheaffe , a barrister and historian. Rosamond Siemon (author of “The Mayne Inherit-

ance”) argued that if it was not for a murder and robbery committed by Patrick Mayne in 1848, the University of Queensland would not have been built at St Lucia. She maintains that an innocent man William Fyfe was wrongfully hanged for the crime and years later Mayne confessed. Stephen Sheaffe, challenges this controversial book.For more information and bookings please phone 3221 4198 or email

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Discover the diversity of


Woodridge Wanders Club We recently celebrated our 10th Anniversary of the club. Our youngest walker, Susan is 40 years old and our eldest, Olive is 90 years old. We are mainly a group of retired folk and we have three gentlemen walkers Each month we have a lunch to celebrate birthdays and we also enjoy our weekly coffee mornings. Woodridge Wanderers celebrated their 10th Anniversary at a picnic at Tygum Park, Waterford. Pictured (L-R) are Beryl, Britt, Hazel, Karen, Julie, Reba and Sandra. Seated in front (L-R) Anne, Olive, Bonnie and Alison.

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BEAUDESERT lies in the valley of the Logan River, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The town was built up around the homestead of Edward Hawkins â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his property was immense, comprising land from the coast to the Logan River. Those origins continue with the area noted for its dairying, beef cattle, and fruit and vegetable produce, making the country markets a great attraction. Visitor Information: Historical Museum, 54 Brisbane St; (07) 5541 3740.

Win two more $50 Logan Shopping Vouchers THEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S another two $50 shopping vouchers up for grabs this month for our Brisbane readers two win and spend with the participating advertisers in the Discover the Diversity of Logan section. To enter simply answer the questions listed below which relate to the advertisements in this section. Write your name, address and day time contact phone number on your entry and post it to Logan Shopping Competition, Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565 before May 23rd. Questions 1. How long is the Logan Council Indoor Sports Physical Activity & Lifestyle Program running? 2. Where will you find the Independent Living & Mobility store? 3. What three main products does Infinity Megastore sell? 4. Which business offers a free home trial of their electric lift chairs, before you buy?

Two lucky winners of the Logan Shopping Competition! EVA Mendoza of Morayfield and Mr Donald Look of Wooloongabba have each won a $50 shopping voucher to spend in Logan at either the Infinity Megastore, Australian Hearing, Abode Style Furniture or Independent Living & Mobility.

Discover the diversity of Logan Seniors Network

Left to right members: Tim Graham, Robin Gallen, Susan Tippett, Lee Hammond

WITH long term goals in place the Logan Seniors Network group is enjoying steady growth and this is confirmed by suc-

cessful bi-monthly meetings which are well attended and very constructive. Formed in October 2009 the group

launched in 2011 a Logan Seniors’ Action Plan 2011-2013 with a very informative booklet this covering the hopes and

aspirations to be achieved in the future. Logan Seniors Network aim is to implement regular meetings in Logan with the purpose of understanding the needs of the seniors in the Logan Community and communicate and advocate that need on their behalf. Guest speaker at the May meeting was Leah Dent (Community Education Officer) Logan City council who delivered an Animal Management presentation which in part was directly related to seniors and covered the Volunteer Foster Program. Next meeting of the group will be held at 9.45am on Tuesday June 5th at Logan Central Community Centre (LACOTA) 9 Jacaranda Avenue Central. Phone 3290 0088 or 3290 4450 for more information.

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Visitors are welcome to visit the chung Tian Buddhist Temple and beautiful gardens

THE Chung Tian Buddhist Temple in Underwood Road, Priestdale provides an opportunity to experi-

ence a piece of Buddhist culture right in Brisbane. You can learn about the Buddhist history throughout the ages in

their museum, and view some amazing historical art works and artefacts. Sample some of the Temple Tea Room de-

lights and enjoy quiet reflection in the Lotus Treasury World, where you’ll learn about the Buddhist belief of peace, harmony and tranquility . Chung Tian Temple was constructed using traditional Chinese architecture in 1992. Surrounded by nature, the Temple provides a peaceful and culturally beautiful venue for the community to celebrate their multicultural diversity and multi-faith harmony through Humanistic Buddhism. School and visitor tours are conducted, and you are invited to explore the grounds. The Temple also conducts weddings and baby blessings, and meditation, Buddhism and Chinese classes.


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Probus Club of Jindalee THE next monthly meeting of the Probus Club of Jindalee will be on Tuesday 8th May at the Jindalee Golf Club following morning tea at 10.05 am.The guest speaker will be Simon Newcombe giving us an update on the Centenary Rowing Club. The rowing club suffered damage in last years floods so it will be interesting to

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Stafford Seniors Social Club

hear about their recovery. Retired or semi-retired men & women are invited to come along and join in the fellowship. The May outing on Tuesday 22nd May will be a visit to the Tramways Museum at Ferny Grove followed by a picnic lunch. For more information please ring Neville 33761824

STAFFORD seniors social club our entertainment for April, were the group A Touch of Sparkle which was enjoyed by all. Our next bus trip will be on 23rd, May to Benowa Botanical Gardens on the Gold Coast, morning tea will be followed by a guided walk around the gardens .Lunch will be at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club. The bus leaves 8am returns 430pm cost $45. All welcome, we a small friendly club and we are seeking new members .so come along as a visitor and see if you like us, we have a variety of things to do come and join us every second wednesday at Queen of Apostles, Appleby Rd Stafford in the hall on alternative wednesdays we have indoor bowls. For more infomation ring Julia 3352 4541 or Carolyn 3356 8223. Left: Our ladies enjoying morning tea

Flu vaccinations for older people AS we get older, our immune systems become slightly less effective at protecting us from disease. This means that we become more prone to catching infections, and once we catch an infection we can take longer to recover. Also, we may lose some of our immunity to diseases we were vaccinated against in childhood. And some infectious diseases, such as the flu, can make us much sicker than they used to when we were younger, and can even lead to life-threatening complications. Because of the increased risk of complications from flu in older people, vaccination against influenza is recommended for all Australians aged 65 and over. Some people feel a little sore at the site of the injection for a couple of days after being vaccinated against flu. It is also possible to get a fever and muscle aches, but it is impossible to get the flu from the vaccine. Allergic reactions to the vaccine are very rare, but if you are severely allergic to eggs you may also have a reaction to the flu vaccine as it contains traces of egg protein. Milder reactions to egg may not cause a problem, but you should discuss with your doctor whether it is safe to have the vaccine. The flu virus is changing all the time, so each year the vaccine is made up of different virus strains. Therefore it is important to be revaccinated each year with the correct seasonal vaccine. The best

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retain their independence for longer and achieve their health goals as well as support families to care for their loved ones,” said Jillian Jeffery, General Manager, Silver Chain Queensland. Silver Chain’s experienced team of nurses, allied health professionals and care workers can be valuable and complement care already provided by family members. Silver Chain’s holistic approach to care and extensive network of partnerships and support across GPs, medical specialists and hospitals ensure the client’s health and happiness is top priority. Silver Chain’s services include: Home Care: personal, and domestic care such as showering, meal preparation and shopping, helping to make living independently easier and safer. Specialist Nursing Services: wound care, chronic disease, continence management, specialist aged care, diabetes, immunisation and mental health care. Home Therapy: such as physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy and podiatry. Silver Chain also provides a Palliative Care Service for those who are at the end stage of a terminal illness Silver Chain’s sensitive approach to care can be a real comfort to clients and their families at such difficult times. “This is especially important as we are finding more and more clients are keen to be at home when that time comes. It give them reassurance to be surrounded by family, friends and care in their own homes, “ said Jeffrey. Silver Chain is a not-forprofit organisation and has been provided clinical and health care services to Australians for more than 100 years. The organisation assists over 60,000 people each year and since their merger with RDNS SA (formally YouLife in Queensland), have become one of the largest in-home health and care providers in Australia, committed to supporting the health and wellness of the wider community. For further information: 1300 364 264

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ing and Development representatives. “Our SIMNI club has more mentoring activities planned for the second half of this year,” Ms Haywood said. “The word Soroptomist means ‘best for women.’ “Women who are interested in joining a Soroptimist Club can visit Internet site to find out more information or attend the next SIMNI meeting at the North Lakes Library on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10am to 12 noon. Girl Guide Leader Mary Otto (standing) was one of many inspiring guest For more information speakers at the Soroptimist Mentoring afternoon recently. She is in good phone Jo Anne 3889 9971 company with Chris Knight ( on left) former Caboolture Citizen of the Year or Audrey 3888 7465 or and Noela O’Donnell (on right) from the National Council of Women Chris 3203 2069 AH. COMMUNITY leaders inspired young women to optimize their career choices at a mentoring forum at the Deception Bay Anglican Church recently (21 April). The mentoring forum was the vision of Soroptimist International Moreton North Inc (SIMNI) club who joined forces with the National Council of Women Queensland (NCWQ) and the Deception Bay Girl Guides. SIMNI president Jo Anne Haywood said the delightful afternoon tea for about 30 guests aimed to improve the education and leadership opportunities and life skills for local women and girls. “Our plan was to motivate young women in our community to believe that everything is possible,” Ms Haywood said. She said inspirational mentor speakers included former Caboolture Mayor Joy Leishman who spoke about Equal Pay for Women on behalf of the BPW Caboolture, Girl Guide Leader Mary Otto who outlined her life time as a youth worker, former Caboolture Citizen of the Year Chris Knight who spoke about Soroptimist projects and Noela O’Donnell from the NCWQ who described bursary opportunities for young women and girls. The outstanding young women who spoke were Type One Diabetic Kerry Ryan, a successful eLearning Internet Entrepreneur, Sarah Cowley an International Day of Peace Alliance Inc representative, Aeyla Drew who plans to train as a midwife and travel overseas promoting natural births, and Hearing Impaired netballer Chloe Haywood, an exceptional photographer. Special guests also included Federal MP Yvette D’Ath, Redcliffe Quota International Club Members and National Train-

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Brisbane Seniors Online desperately seek new volunteer mentors by Dick Bennett BRISBANE Seniors Online (BSOL) recently conducted one of 15 planned Question and Answer sessions at the Banyo Library. The program that will continue across Brisbane throughout 2012 will allow interested seniors to ask computer related questions of a panel of BSOL volunteer mentors who will attempt to answer those questions. In addition, people in attendance will be told the benefit of becoming a member of BSOL either as a volunteer mentor or new learner. The sessions also encourage computer savvy people present to consider becoming volunteer mentors. BSOL is desperately in need of new volunteer mentors in most areas of Brisbane. Whilst new learners are always welcome, the service cannot continue effectively without sufficient mentors to tutor.People with some degree of confidence in operating Windows or Mac systems (PC’s, tablets and laptops) are welcome to join our team of volunteers in the rewarding role of teaching others some of the skills that they possess. Whilst learners are required to be seniors aged over 50, mentors can be of any age. In some areas of Brisbane and in the City Training Centre, special training sessions are run on other technology such as smart phones, GPS, digital photography and video making and movie editing. Other special training can be provided on request where there is a sufficient interest and someone able to run the sessions. There is no fee for mentors to join BSOL but the rewards and satisfaction are great. In addition, mentors are offered free additional training on new technology, applications and equipment. New learners pay a low cost fee of $40 plus $20 joining fee for the first year. For this they receive one-on-one tuition for approximately 12 x 1 hour lessons in their own home on their own computer. In some areas, tuition is offered in small classes at community centres and other facilities such as Council libraries. This is also an alternative where learners may not own a

BSOL Mentor David Curtis showing Jocelyn from Nudgee some of the features of a laptop computer. Pic by Dick Bennett

computer or have access to a suitable computer. Also some learners may prefer the social interaction that is associated with classes. One important aspect in the lives of seniors who wish to remain in their own home is the issue of social isolation. Computers and new technology can ensure that seniors can keep in touch with relatives, friends and family by way of programs such as Skype, instant messaging and email. They can also confidently use internet banking, do

share trading and use BPay and EBay for purchases and paying bills. In addition, they can also get low cost travel and accommodation deals by booking online. BSOL can provide training on the use of such technology safely. BSOL mentors can show learners how to protect their computers against security risks and provide a safe system for them to use these online features more confidently. Brisbane Seniors Online is appreciative of the Brisbane City Council

(BCC) and their libraries across Brisbane for their support in running the Q & A program in their library facilities and also the BCC call centre for handling the bookings for the Q & A events. For more information about BSOL see or ring the City office on 3210 6983 during office hours (10am-3pm Mon to Fri). Pictured are BSOL Mentor David Curtis showing Jocelyn from Nudgee some of the features of a laptop computer. Pic by Dick Bennett


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Frail elderly needed in research NOT enough is known about how medication affects frail elderly patients – and older patients who are excluded from clinical drug trials are reportedly not helping the problem. There are calls for the abolition of upper-age limits in clinical drug trials, with evidence to suggest increasing numbers of elderly Australians are being

hospitalised because of the combined sideeffects of the cocktail of medications they take. Professor Richard Lindley from the George Institute for Global Health estimates about 10% of elderly patients end up in hospital because of the mix of medications they are taking. “In many situations we really don’t know whether the treatments

Adult Grief Group HILDA’S House is offering an Adult Grief Group for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Its purpose is to help people understand the grief process, which can be overwhelming. It has been found that coping with loss and sadness is helped by sharing with others. Whether the grief is fairly recent or the loss occurred some time ago, sharing experiences can help the understanding of grief and encourage the search for new meaning. The Adult Grief Group offers shared support in a group environment. Some of the topics included are – understanding responses to grief; the link between love and grief; surviving stress and loneliness; acknowledging your feelings and responses to grief; focusing on you, your past and your future. The strength of the program lies in the participants’ input and their experiences rather than just theoretical information. The group starts on Thursday 10 May 12.30pm until 2.30 pm, and runs weekly for 7 sessions. Hilda’s House is at 39 Chermside Rd, Eastern Heights. To book a place, phone Hilda’s House on 3812 1163

that were shown to be effective in young, fitter healthy people are going to work in older frail people – so we’ve got a bit of an evidence-practice gap,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald. “I think an upper-age limit isn’t scientifically sensible and especially as our population is ageing and the world is ageing, I think it really is important to get good

evidence in older people,” he adds. Professor Lindley also predicts about a quarter of Australians who live in nursing homes are taking at least four medications and believes rather than excluding frail patients, “put them in trials and measure their frailty”. “Let’s see if people willing to go into clinical trials benefit from the sorts of typical

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Spinal Injuries Association THE Spinal Injuries Association Brisbane Post Polio Support Network will meet at 2.00p.m on Saturday 9th June, 2012 at Spinal Injuries Association 109 Logan Road, Woolloongabba. (Entrance and parking off Balaclava Street). New members are welcome. For more information please ring the Association on 3391 2044

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May is Rotary Bowelscan Month - catch cancer before it catches you BOWEL Cancer is the second most common cause of cancer related deaths in Australia. Eighty (80) Australians die every week of this disease. Yet screening for blood in the motion will reduce the death rate from bowel cancer by over 30%. The Federal Government recognises this and issues free test kits to all people turning 50 years, 55 years and 65 years of

age. Unfortunately, people under the age of 50 and over the age of 65 are not covered and there is still no provision for an annual rescreening program. Bowel cancer has no early signs to warn you. Skin cancer is visible and can be seen and dealt with early. Bowel cancer very often develops from a polyp which is a small warty like growth in the lining

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of the bowel. Polyps often bleed a small amount into the bowel but this blood is not normally noticeable. However, it can be detected by testing of the bowel motion. Such testing is the simplest method of detecting polyps and bowel cancer early. However, because polyps and cancers bleed only intermittently testing of the motions should be done annually. Not all polyps are cancerous. However, if detected early they can be removed to significantly reduce the chance of bowel cancer developing. Rotary Bowelscan is an initiative of well over 250 Rotary Clubs around Australia, working to raise awareness of the risks of bowel cancer in an effort to actively decrease the number of lives lost to the disease every year. It has been operating in Queensland for many years, and is well established on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane, both north and south of the Brisbane River. Rotary Clubs within Rotary District 9600 operate an annual program under the title Sunshine Coast/North Brisbane Rotary Bowelscan. The program offers test kits at a price of $8.00 which includes the cost of laboratory testing.

The program this year runs from 1st May to 31st May and most pharmacies provide their support. Testing of returned kits occurs under laboratory supervision, principally through Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology throughout most of the District, and QML in Gympie. Test kits will be available from pharmacies on the Coast in Gympie, Noosa, Buderim, Maroochydore, Nambour , Coolum, Mudjimba, Perigian, Maleny, Kawana Waters, Glasshouse Mountains and Caloundra. In North Brisbane, they are available from participating pharmacies in Caboolture, Bribie Island, the Redcliffe Peninsula, North Lakes, Mitchelton, Aspley and Albany Creek. Participants in the program receive a letter indicating either a negative outcome or advice that there is a potential problem which should be discussed with your doctor. It is important to note that if bowel cancer is detected early, it markedly increases the likelihood of successful treatment. If you are over forty do this cheap and simple test now and do it annually. It may well save your life. Enquiries: 1300 779 694.

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A great way to relax your body is to focus on your breathing. During times of stress, we tend to take short, shallow breaths, filling only the upper chest with oxygen. By deep breathing you not only increasing your oxygen intake but also help to reduce tension and encourage a state of relaxed alertness. Practise the following technique once a day. Lie on your back with your feet slightly apart. Breathe in slowly through your nose (this filters and warms the air before it enters your lungs). Keep the tip of your tongue gently touching the roof of your mouth throughout this exercise. If your nose is congested, inhale through your mouth, slightly opened. Count to four as you inhale, imagining the warm air moving deep into your lungs. Make sure that your abdomen - not your chest - expands as your lungs fill with air. Your shoulders shouldn’t move. Hold the breath as you count to four again, slowly. Exhale slowly with a whoosh of sound, again to the count of four, imagining any tension moving out with the air. Contract your stomach muscles to push all the air out of your lungs. Notice your abdomen fall. Pause a second or two, then repeat. As you become more relaxed you may find that you can increase your counts effortlessly, going up to a count of eight. Courtesy “The Comet” April, 2012


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Caboolture nurse’s commitment to care for older Queenslanders

Denise Higham lovers jer job at St Pauls

THE CHOICE to become a nurse could come from the diversity of career paths the profession offers, opportunities to work overseas, the variety of duties or the opportunity to help other people. It is for all these reasons Caboolture Enrolled Nurse Dennise Higham loves her job.International Nurses’ Week is celebrated from 6-12 May and marks the contributions nurses make to society. Dennise is one of St Paul’s Lutheran Aged Care Village Enrolled Nurses that has gone above and beyond the call of duty during her 16 years working each day to put a smile on residents’ faces.”When you get diagnosed with a medical condition it is a smile which touches and helps people get through the day,” she said.”Nursing is not a ‘band aid’ solution for stopping the pain. “Our profession deals with every aspect of care including looking after the emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing of our residents.” After completing a Diploma of Nursing she said the world opened up for her and an abundance of

opportunities were presented within her chosen field. “There are so many different areas you can explore such as diversional or occupational therapy, oncology or registered nursing.”I do the rounds with the doctors and they always teach me new things about medications, techniques and managing behavioural problems. “In some rural communities nurses almost perform all of the duties a doctor does, including administering medication.” The 42-year-old began working in aged care services 21 years ago and chose the sector as the platform to launch her career. “Aged care is not just about caring for older Queenslanders – you’re also their friend, carer and everything to them,” she said.”You also hear their stories and become part of their extended family.” Dennise experienced many special moments on the job including sharing the end of life journey with a very special resident and friend. “She died before Melbourne Cup last year and she gave me the numbers three, nine and 12 saying don’t forget to put a bet on the races,”

she said.”We were building a house at the time so my husband put a Box Trifecta on the morning in honour of Pat and we won $12,000. “I think it was somehow her way of saying thank you. “It was a special moment after looking after a lady and taking the journey with her through her last days which left me a with something special.” Her advice to other nurses is “it is important to nurture the new nurses entering the profession.” “Everyone should remember where they came from because everyone starts somewhere,” she said. “We need to mentor the new nurses coming through to help them stay in the profession because it’s a richly rewarding job in all areas.” St Paul’s Executive Director of Nursing Maggie Hepple said in total there were 14 nurses at St Paul’s which were making a tremendous contribution to the wider community. “The nurses here are a dedicated team who go beyond the call of duty. “The job is much broader than clinical care it involves being a part of that person’s life. “St Paul’s is lucky to have such a dedicated caring team of nurses.” For more information visit

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FULLY ESCORTED TOURS Day Tours May - Sept 2012 EUMUNDI SPECIAL - SATURDAY 12 MAY 2012 Autumn is a good time to spend at the traditional Open Air Markets. Listen to the country style music presented by buskers and other musicians. FARE: $35-00 Bring or buy lunch at Eumundi SCENIC RIM ESCAPE - (ALPACA FARM & RATHLOGAN OLIVE GROVE) SAT 19 MAY 2012 Most relaxing outing in the foothills of scenic Mt Barney. Visit Triple Peak, an Alpaca Farm where you’ll experience Sheila’s old fashioned country welcome. In the afternoon visit ‘Rathlogan’ Olive Grove and Shed Café with a presentation on growing and processing olives. FARE: $65-00 Includes morning tea, lunch, admission STRADBROKE ISLAND - SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2012 -A relaxing ferry crossing onto the tranquility of Brown Lake and meander on the track to the Blow Hole at Point Lookout. Enjoy views and lunch from Stradbroke Hotel. FARE: $65-00. Includes ferry crossing, morning tea & lunch NOOSA RIVER CRUISE - SAT 16 JUNE 2012 During our 90 min cruise discover beautiful waterways as you pass Noosaville and Noosa Sound. A relaxing lunch and shopping at Tewantin on way home. FARE: $55-00 PARROTS IN PARADISE - GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2012 You will be introduced to the parrots from little Bush Budgie up to the Red Tailed Cockatoo before parrots jump into action for their ‘Show’. After relax but the seaside as we cross over to Bribie Island. FARE: $48-00. Includes admission NAMBOUR HOME GARDEN EXPO - SATURDAY 7 JULY 2012 Live shows with host lecturers, free expert advice, information and thousands of plants for show and for sale. FARE: $55-00 CHRISTMAS IN JULY ( Warwick ) SATURDAY 21 JULY 2012 Put on your winter woolies and get that ‘White Christmas’ feeling. Arrive at the ‘Abbey of the Roses’ 11.30am and take a tour of the convent before celebrating ‘Christmas’ with a 3 course lunch. Christmas trivia and secret santa takes place between courses. FARE: $85-00. Includes Abbey Tour, 3 Course Lunch, Secret Santa Gift

ST HELENA ISLAND - SATURDAY 4 AUG 2012 St Helena once known as ‘The Hell Hole of the Pacific’ is now a tranquil isle set in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. ‘Cat o’ Nile Tails Cruises allows us to experience a dramatized tour. FARE: $90-00. Includes morning tea & lunch AS WILD AS LIFE GETS!!! - TUESDAY 14 AUGUST 2012 Crikey! Today we visit Australia Zoo, home of the crocodile hunter. From tigers to otters, elephants to koalas – it’s a full day of wildlife!!! FARE: $70-00. Includes Admission. GOOMBUNGEE - SATURDAY 25 AUG 2012 On our way to Goombungee we travel via Esk taking in the view from the top of Ravensbourne National Park. Pub lunch before next stop at the Wedgetail Winery at Kingsthorpe. FARE: $65-00 O’REILLY’S - SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2012 Enjoy an always popular day tour in the scenic Lamington National Park. Join the Treetop Walk and appreciate the spectacular views and fresh air. Tour includes m/tea in the park at Canungra. .FARE: $40-00. TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2012 The 63rd Carnival of Flowers promises to be bigger, and better and more colourful. Visit a few prize winner private gardens before being thrilled by the vibrant Grand Parade. FARE: $46-00

EXTENDED TOURS WHALE WATCHING HERVEY BAY 15-16 SEPTEMBER 2012 FARE: $490 Includes door to door transfers, dinner/bed/breakfast, morning teas, whale watch cruise. Single Supplement $40. CANBERRA FLORIADE & BOWRAL TULIPS 26 SEPTEMBER - 5 OCTOBER 2012 FARE: $2980. Single Supplement $540. BUNYA MOUNTAINS - KINGAROY, ESK SAT/SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8/9 FARE: $490. Single Supplement $40. WONDERS OF THE KIMBERLEY 23 AUGUST - 2 SEPTEMBER 2012 11 days - 10 nights Broome to Darwin. Optional exras - Bungle Bungle Flight. 2 days / 1 night Kakadu & Arnhem Land Extension. 2 nights ‘Ghan’ Darwin to Adelaide. FARE: $5699. Includes return airfares, accommodation, 10 breakfast, 2 lunches, 10 dinners, sightseeing. QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY EXTENDED WEEKEND LIGHTNING RIDGE - 8-12 JUNE 2012 FARE: $1330 Twin Share Includes 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners.

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

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the heart of it all is Caloundra’s latest luxury resort, Monaco. Monaco opened its doors in December 2009 and has been bustling with happy holiday makers ever since. It may have something to do with the thoughtful design and spacious layout of every apartment, the inclusion of all amenities making it a home away from home or the most mesmerising views you have ever seen of the Pumicestone Passage and Bribie Island. The resort complex offers a multitude of onsite facilities including a walkin heated outdoor pool and

spa, sauna and gymnasium, a lovely entertaining and bbq area as well as a quiet contemplation area beside a relaxing waterfall. Monaco is also home to the iconic Shingle Inn Cafe which is located on ground level offering everything Decadent, Delicious and Deserved from 7am daily. Step outside of reception and you will be on the main shopping street, which hosts the famous Bulcock Street Markets every Sunday and the original Caloundra Cinemas showing the latest movies. Caloundra has an array of local bowls clubs and surf

clubs all offering courtesy busses from our front door. Located only 3 minutes away is the award winning Caloundra RSL which offers fabulous promotions, bingo, numerous eating areas, state of the art gaming room and daily entertainment. Come and see for yourself how much Caloundra has to offer. Stay at Monaco and when you book 3 nights or more we will give you 1 night absolutely free! Call us on 5490 5490 or email reception@monaco for details and to lock in your next memorable getaway.

A Journey of Discovery TAKE a journey across Queensland by rail and indulge your adventurous spirit with experiences that surprise, inspire and delight your senses. Whether your holiday plans involve diving the reef, adventuring in the outback, discovering the rainforest, hitting the beach or sampling the pleasures of the city; travelling by rail gives you the opportunity to explore special places in fascinating depth. Are you looking to plan a holiday you’ll be reminiscing about for years to come? With Queensland Rail Travel, you can choose to explore the natural wonders of World Heritage-listed sites, including the ancient Daintree rainforest or the underwater Eden of the Great Barrier Reef – each one a complex and unique ecosystem, millions of years in the making. Board the train to go cruising around tropical islands, feel a shiver down your spine as you encounter prehistoric creatures, take the track less travelled into remote regions and feel the unforgettable warmth of a Queensland welcome. Learn from an expert while travelling on a gardening MasterClass with Colin Campbell, during a gardening celebration that takes in Queensland’s biggest garden expo. Or take a rail trip hosted by a Queensland Rail Bulls Master, to watch your sporting heroes in action or simply play your favourite game. These

exclusive holiday experiences are designed to create memories that will last a lifetime. Take a deliciously different train journey on The Sunlander – one of the world’s Top 25 Rail Journeys as voted by The Society of International Railway Travellers. Dedicated to the unruffled enjoyment of food, wine, and conversation, the MasterClass culinary experience accompanied by a celebrity chef is just the ticket for you. Queensland Rail Travel’s MasterClass chefs are all fresh food fanatics, so whether it’s fruit and vegetables from areas like the Granite Belt and Lockyer Valley, beef from central Queensland, or seafood delivered straight from the trawler in Townsville, you can be sure that home-grown produce will feature strongly in their creations. The MasterClass journeys include oneway overnight travel, a magnificent chef-prepared dinner and matching wines, two nights accommodation with breakfast daily, an interactive MasterClass dinner with the celebrity chef, along with a one-way economy flight back to your departure point. Tickets for this year’s tours are now on sale with departures from May to October. For more information about Queensland Rail Travel holiday options, dates and booking, please call Travel Redcliffe Peninsula on 07 3889 3999.

HOLIDAY & Leisure North American Odyssey

WORLD Discovery Tours has put together a once-in-a-lifetime tour of North America with the mature traveller in mind. Something new and different will greet travellers on each of the 60 days away. The tour departs Australia on 05 September 2012 and is escorted from Australia. The tour will take in the awe inspiring vistas of Niagara Falls, National Parks, the great cities and man made attractions. The cities to be visited include New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco, Memphis, Nashville, Williamsburg, Chicago and Orlando, The landmarks will include The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Empire State Building, Statue of Lib-

erty, Kennedy Space Centre, Mt. Rushmore, Bear Country USA, Butchart Gardens, Giant Redwoods, Athabasca Glacier, Deadwood, Home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, Tatanka – Story of the Bison. Carlsbad Caverns and Kittyhawk home of the Wright Brothers at Kill Devil Hills. Among the National Parks visited will be the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite, Banff and Jasper, and there will be a ride on the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefields. While in Los Angeles, you will get the opportunity to tour Universal Studios, and Disneyland as well as travelling through Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and the Avenue of the Stars – Hollywood & Vine. Take an optional day



Dep: 8 May, 8 June, 3 July & 14 August 2012 Fares from $11,995 Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone NP, Bryce Zion & Grand Canyon NP, Las Vegas, Calgary, Alaska Hwys, Denali NP, Anchorage Prince William Sound Cruise. 28 Day Tour from $9,995 or 15 Day Tour from $7,995 Other Alaska Tours 17 Days from $8495 24 Days from $9495 25 Days from $9450 incl 7 Day Cruise

tour south of the border to the Mexican border town of Tijuana where you can “shop till you drop” with a stop at the Crystal Cathedral on the return journey. The tour takes in the southwest with it proceeding into New Mexico, through Carlsbad, Albuquerque, Lincoln County of Bill the Kid Fame, Durango and the San Juan Skyway which is part of the Million Dollar Highway. In Memphis, we will be visiting the home of Elvis Presley, “ Graceland “ and the Garden of Remembrance , the final resting place for Elvis and his family. We will also visit Sun Studios and the Martin Luther King Museum in Memphis – site of his assassination. As we are in the south, we will talk a walk down Bourbon Street in New Orleans and through the French Quarter to experience it’s fascinating mix of

Cajun and Creole cultures. In Nashville enjoy a Dinner cruise and show on the General Jackson Showboat and experience your stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel. You will also have the opportunity to visit Disneyworld in Orlando , Florida especially Epcot Centre , “the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” You will also have an opportunity to take an airboat ride through the reeds at Christmas ., Florida At World Discovery, we are sure that this tour will leave you with great friends, wonderful memories and stories that will last a lifetime. If you have already seen Disneyland and the USA’s west coast then you can fly to Vancouver and include Alaska instead 60 Days – too long –Take any part of the tour for instance:22 Days Los

Angeles,West Coast, Victoria, Vancouver, Canadian Rockies - $6995 per person Twin Share 27 Days Seattle , Victoria, Vancouver, Canadian Rockies , Mt Rushmore, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, New York - $7995 per person Twin Share 20 Days Calgary to New York or Orlando - $6995 per person Twin Share 23 Days Canada & USA East Coast - $7495 per person Twin Share 26 Days Orlando ,Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Durango, Las Vegas - $7995 per person Twin Share 34 Days West Coast , San Francisco, National Parks, Canadian Rockies - $7995 per person Twin Share. Refer to World Discovery Tours advertisement in this issue. For further information or a colour brochure please call World Discovery Tours on Toll Free 1 800 645 055

Take a trip to the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

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THE Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is held annually on the last Sunday in May, and this year it will be on Sunday 27 May. Around 15000 visitors flock to the tiny town to enjoy the fun-filled day which includes great entertainment, fun novelty competitions, delicious food and warm, friendly country hospitality. Goomeri will be full of action with up to 200 quality market stalls lining the streets. A variety of music plays throughout the day, Goomeri’s speciality shops are open for the day and local wineries are in attendance. The highlight of the festival is the legendary Great Australian Pumpkin Roll. At 2.00pm pumpkins of all shapes and sizes go roll-

ing (and splattering) down Policeman’s Hill. Plenty of fun and laughter fill the hill with competitors trying to win the generous prize money. More pumpkin fun can be had with Shotput Pumpkin, Pumpkin Bowls, a Decorated Pumpkin competition, Giant Pumpkin competition and just about any pumpkin activity you can have fun with. All types of tempting pumpkin delights are available including soup, damper scones, pie and the delicious pumpkin fudge. Goomeri and its surrounding areas have many things to interest visitors. As you drive into Goomeri you will see the town clock which was built to commemorate sol-

diers who served in war. Goomeri became known as the ‘Clocktown’ as a result. The interesting thing about the clock is that the time is indicated by the words ‘Lest We Forget’, instead of numbers. The first L begins where the 11 would be. The town’s Heritage and Information Centre has displays of Goomeri’s history as well as many brochures about places to visit in the surrounding area. A walking tour is a great idea and you can view commemorative plaques, where particular buildings were in the early settlement of the town. Visit the website at www.goomeripumpkinf for more details. May 2012 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 33

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Saturday 7th July SUBURBAN MYSTERY TOUR Day tour by steam train around the suburbs Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th July FAR WEST QUEENSLAND Quilpie & Cunnamulla by air conditioned train Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July WINTER WINELANDER Two day diesel hauled air conditioned train tour to the Granite Belt region

SPRING TIME DATE CLAIMERS (Brochures available late May) Saturday 22nd Sunday 23rd & Weds 26th September TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS Choice of 3 great tours by Steam Train or Silver Bullet Rail Motor “Book early as seats are limited”


explore magical grottos, snorkel over reefs alive with aquatic life and sample fresh and local produce. In New Zealand, be awed by the natural wonders at your fingertips from the flora and fauna of Fiordland National Park to the geothermal springs of Rotorua. Your cruise to these stunning destinations will be even more exciting onboard the newly revitalised Rhapsody of the Seas. Offering a host of exciting dining options and unique amenities you’ll be dazzled by the night time entertainment,

enriched by the daytime activities and awed by the new, high-flying entertainment experience where aerialists glide through the five storey atrium. Never miss a moment of scenery when you cruise onboard Radiance of the Seas with acres of glass enclosing the nine storey central atrium, lifts facing the sea and floor to ceiling windows throughout. When you can drag yourself away from the spectacular views, tantalise your tastebuds at one of the eight new dining experiences or watch a show at the

poolside cinema. For a cruise like no other step onboard Voyager of the Seas, the biggest megaliner cruising in New Zealand! With seven restaurants, an ice skating rink, mini golf course, café and bar promenade plus the best entertainment, you will be amazed at how much there is to do on one ship. If you would like to experience the Royal Advantage onboard the most innovative cruise ships then contact your local Travellers Choice travel agent today.

South-Western Qld Opal Tours Yowah, Qld April - October Door to door pick-up - Small group tours Visit local attractions and highlights - swim in Artesian Spas Shop for Opals at Miners’ prices - Big John Opal Mine Visit working Sheep & Cattle property for Farm Stay 4 star Motel/Cabin accommodation with en-suite Professionally-prepared meals included (except 2 lunches when travelling) Special dietary needs catered for

12-dayStandard Tour only $1400 per person 21-day Extended Tour P.O.A departing 1st July, 2012

Covering 6000 kms of Qld, Central Qld - Mt Isa - Camooweal - the Gulf - Karumba - Normaton - Rubyvale - Emerald

Tours finish October 2012 due to retirement

Interested? Contact Mal Gamble direct 07 5534 3354 - 0412 757 832 or Bookings/Expressions of interest must be made early to avoid disappointment.

Escorted tours to South America We’ll take you where only locals know! • Last five places for October/November Trip • Leaving Brisbane October 26 • 3 or 4 Weeks optional From $7,350 Twin Share Visiting Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru

Contact us before it is too late!! Office: 5443 5104 Mobile: 0400 193 040 Email:



Family fun and education at annual event

P.O. BOX 1119, TOOWONG, 4066 Phone 3252 1759 Fax 3252 1767

THE sixth annual Family Fun Day will be held on June 2, 2012, offering a day of free family friendly fun. Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division The city’s emergency management services will play ABN 74 009 767 579 a large role in the event, helping residents learn more about what each organisation does and how to recognise them. An Ipswich City Council ATTENTION spokesperson said Ipswich was a ALL COACH TRAVELLERS multicultural city and it was essential for all residents to access information on who to turn to in GYMPIE - MARY VALLEY - TIN CAN BAY an emergency. “There are more than 84 languages RAINBOW BEACH - POMONA - EUMUNDI - YANDINA spoken within Ipswich 3 Day Saurday 9th - Monday 11th June and in an emergency situ$530 Includes: New Luxury Motel Four star, Dinners, Breakfasts, (1) Morning Tea, ation it is easy to be confused or for the language Majestic Theatre, All Admissions, Mary Valley Heritage Steam Train, Ginger Factory barrier to break down,” Boat Cruise, Eumundi Markets, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, Noosa. the spokesperson said. Home Pick-up and Return - Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisane Area, Redlands, “Our emergency service Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Kingscliff personnel from the Defence Forces, State Emergency Services, Queensland Fire and ResWHITSUNDAY ISLAND - PORT DOUGLAS cue Service, Police and KURANDA - DAINTREE Ambulance Services will be there in their uniforms 12 Days - 27th July - 7th August and with their vehicles so $1899 Includes: Good Motels - Breakfast & Dinners, One Morning Tea Admissions: residents with language Sky Rail or TravelTrain to Kuranda, Daintree Rainforest, River Cruise, Paronella issues can familiarise Park, Port Douglas Tour, Two Island Cruise, Townsville Tour, Reef HQ, The World’s themselves with the look Best Living Reef, Mackay, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Bundaberg of each service’s staff.” The Family Fun Day will Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro Area, Redlands, Gold Coast, also include a jumping Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kingscliff castle, rock climbing wall Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone and other children’s Brisbane: 3343 6722 Gold Coast: 5520 1499 games and rides, information stalls, music and entertainment.

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Caloundra has changed

.... come see for yourself Whilst Caloundra still offers the small town charm, chivalry and friendly service, there is now much more on offer to keep couple’s and families busy for days on end. Bulcock Beach has recently undergone a major renovation offering a multitude of seats, tables, bbq and dining area’s right on the waters edge. Enjoy some fabulous fish & chips, with your feet in the sand, watching the sunset or enjoy one of the many scrumptious restaurants offering meals you will never forget.


The stunning new boardwalk finishes off the coastline walkway allowing the energetic to walk, run or cycle as far as their heart desires. The lively strip in town, Bulcock Street, now offers an exciting array of choices complimented by the popular Bulcock Markets held every Sunday. Escaping to Caloundra, just makes sense!

Book 3 or 4 nights and you will receive your first night free OR Book 5 nights or more and receive your first night free as well as a chilled bottle of bubbly on arrival and a late checkout of 12pm. This fantastic offer includes all room types & sizes and only available when contacting the resort direct.

Escape to Caloundra’s latest luxury resort, Monaco

**Valid until 22/06/12, subject to availability, not valid for back to back use**

Superbly positioned within the newly renovated Boardwalk precinct and over looking the stunning waterways of Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island, Moreton Island Marine Park and Pacific Ocean. Monaco offers an exquisite array of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites, beautifully decorated & detailed, complimented by the ever changing and magical water views. The 4 1/2 star complex boasts an impressive collection of resort facilities including outdoor pool, spa and children's

wading pool, sauna hut, gymnasium, entertainment room and spacious bbq area topped off with complimentary secure undercover parking. Monaco is also home to the Iconic Shingle Inn serving up everything Decadent, Delicious and Deserved 7 days a week. So imagine spoiling yourself or your loved ones with a stay at Monaco where they can enjoy a sunrise stroll and breakfast on the beach, a relaxing day by the pool, spa and sauna enjoying a book and some “me” time. Fill in the afternoon with some shopping then cheese and wine onboard a breathtaking sunset cruise, finished with a beautiful cocktail and award winning dinner.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Small group escorted tours

Take a memorable outback trip - luxury safari tours at an affordable price in style - Glamping = Glamour Camping

Gulf Savannah. Every Australian Bushmans Tour provides unforgettable moments you will treasure forever, shared with small touring parties of likeminded individuals in the comfort of brand new, purpose built 4x4 customised vehicles. For quality at an affordable price and more information visit our website or phone 1300 954 533.

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CAREFULLY planned fully escorted tours to different South America destinations are paying off to husband and wife team Horacio Passeggi and Stella Romagnoli joining forces in their pursuit to promote South America, the continent of their roots. Latin America Group Tours is focusing on small groups where the passenger is escorted every day, in every place until boarding the last flight home. Their classic fully escorted tour to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay departing on October 26th has the last places available. Landing in Santiago with the traditional city tour and visiting Concha y Toro, the most traditional winery in the Southern Hemisphere with wine tasting is the perfect entry. Flying south their passengers will experience the magic of the Patagonia region staying in Puerto Varas and “sailing” the Andes Mountains with one night stopover before reaching Bariloche in Argentina, a breath taking journey with scenery impossible to describe. After tasting the most delicious chocolate they’ll fly to Buenos Aires and absorb what the hectic capital of Argentina has to offer, tango classes, the best steaks in the world in a traditional “gaucho” experi-

ence and a city that never sleeps with walking and privately coach tours showing its splendour. Next step is the Province of Misiones in Argentina, where they’ll visit the Jesuit Missions ruins from the 17th century and the incredible Iguazú Falls where passengers will be overwhelmed by the majestic beauty of nature. Finally crossing to Uruguay to walk colonial places and enjoying the beauty of Montevideo’s landmarks. It can be said that the south of South America has been thoroughly explored. Those who are able to enjoy extra ten days, a fully escorted tour to the essence of Peru have been planned. From the ancient colonial city of Lima, to the mixture of cultures in Cuzco or the majesty of the Inca sacred city of Machu Pichu all has been carefully considered. A special cost effective program has been designed to suit travelers of the full length tour. Only problem is places are filling fast and Latin America Group Tours specializes in small groups. For more information contact Horacio & Stella on 07 5443 5104 or Mob 0400 193 040. Email:latinamericagroup Web: www.latin americagrouptours

AUSTRALIAN Bushmans Tours provide luxury 4WD travel for small group touring across the Australian Outback. These are the tours you have always wanted to take. Experienced driver guides and support crew who know and love the country with a passion for sharing it are your drivers / guides. Committed to providing excellent customer service throughout your overland adventure, they will ensure you are enlightened and entertained. Itineraries are crafted to deliver unforgettable experiences in Australia’s most stunning and remote locations. Every tour provides unforgettable moments you will treasure forever. With no hidden costs, you will Take a memorable outback trip- luxury safari tours at an affordable price know how much to budget as the all-inclusive prices include luxury safari accommodation, support crew, meals and attractions. In 2012 there will be tours to include Cape York, Outback Queensland, and the The



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Remote Area Luxury Safari Tours

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Small group escorted tours for seniors RECEIVING personal attention is an important factor for seniors when choosing a holiday. Toursgallery has created a series of escorted tours, designed especially for mature age people seeking a personalised travel experience. Travelling in a small group of between 10 and 15 people means that your tour manager and tour guide consider you as a person, not just one of the crowd. “The market is flooded with bus tours that all visit exactly the same tourist attractions.” according to Ken Osetroff, director of Toursgallery. “Discerning travellers can now avoid the crowded bus parking lots, queues at entry gates, frenzied dinner halls and being passenger number 55.” Small groups can gain access to off the beaten track places, that are often more attractive and meaningful than the commonly known ones. Since 1983 Toursgallery has been creating and operating escorted small group tours for people who appreciate being looked after. “Many of our tour guests join one of our tours every year.” said Osetroff

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Japan, Costa Rica, USA, UK and Burma are just a few of the Toursgallery destinations. Even for a group of only 15 guests Toursgallery still provide a private full size coach for touring. Itineraries are relaxing with accommodation for two or three nights in spa resorts, top quality western hotels and traditional ryokans. There are no strenuous activities, just a programme of picturesque and culturally rewarding visits to out of the way places that are not accessible by independent travellers. With so much political unrest around the world, Japan’ The Land of the Rising Sun’, is considered to be one of the most peaceful countries to visit. The combination of comfort, safety, diverse cultural attractions and picturesque scenery put Japan on the wish list of

many mature age travellers. “We take all the hard work and worry out of our guests visit to Japan, with an Australian Japanese tour escort and off the beaten track itineraries.” Osetroff said. Visits to private homes and gardens, pottery kilns, craft and art studios, discovering rural villages and even a private audience with a monk are all part of Toursgallery’s soft adventure programme. Toursgallery will even help you get a photo of a Geisha. Garden and nature lovers can also enjoy the red, gold and yellow autumn foliage of Japan with tours in October and November. A 26 day tour of USA in August covers most of the central and north eastern states and features attractions in New York, Washington DC, St Louis and the Amish commu-

nity of Shipshewana. Highlight of this event is attending two of the biggest antique machinery rallies in America. A night at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee and a trip on a Mississippi Paddle Steamer are also included. Burma today still offers visitors a look back in time to the days of The British Raj, with many of the Tudor mansions and grand city architecture still intact. A two night leisurely cruise up the Irrawaddy River, Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Road to Mandalay’, in a replica 1940’s luxury riverboat will add a nostalgic Agatha Christie feel to this tour. For more details phone 1 300 307 317 or send an email to W e b s i t e or look on facebook for Toursgallery.

Queensland Seniors Card holders travel discounts to New Zealand A FORMAL arrangement between the Queensland and New Zealand Governments has been set up with a reciprocal recognition of the New Zealand SuperGold Cards and Queensland Seniors and

Seniors Business Discount Cards. This means that Queensland Seniors Card holders can take their discounts on holiday with them across the Tasman. Discounts will be ex-

tended by participating businesses for a range of goods and services including accommodation, entertainment, eating out and shopping. As the arrangement has only recently been finalised, businesses may not yet have formally signed up. However, cardholders are encouraged to enquire at individual business outlets about accessing a discount. Travellers to New Zealand can look for the “SuperGold Cards Welcome” stickers when travelling in New Zealand to find participating businesses or search the SuperGold online discount directory (http:// directory/). Courtesy “The Comet” April 2012

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Brisbane’s Open Garden Scheme ‘BELLIS’ - Open May 12-13 from 10am4.30pm at 56 Daisy Street, Wynnum Bellis is an ordinary, rather elderly Queenslander house in Brisbane’s Bayside. It’s been retrofitted for sustainability by it’s owners, Jerry Coleby-Williams and Jeff Poole who were rather startled to learn that they had become suburban pioneers. Now joined by bee-keeping Damien Andrews, Bellis is not an attempt at selfsufficiency but an indicator of how we can turn the suburban sprawl of Australia’s cities to an environmental advantage without compromising our Australian lifestyle. They grow food, harvest rainwater and solar energy and treat and reuse wastewater - all things that can be done with ease by any homeowner in Australia’s suburbs. Cost: $8.00 per person. You’re welcome to take a look around Bellis, Brisbane’s sustainable house and garden.

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Home security advice for seniors HOME security advice for seniors to be available at seminars. IPSWICH City Council will join with the Ipswich Community Aid to deliver more Safer Seniors Program Workshops throughout Ipswich and surrounding areas. A council spokesperson said council was pleased to be able to join forces again with Ipswich Community Aid’s Active Living Program for Seniors (ALPS) program. “The program will be delivered by Ipswich Community Aid in Ipswich, Camira, Rosewood, Fernvale, Boonah and Laidley,” the spokesperson said. This follows on from the eight workshops which were held throughout 2010 and 2011. “These workshops provided personal safety strategies and information and advice on security for seniors. “The workshops were delivered with the support of key community partners including Safe City, the Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit, Home Assist, Bendigo Bank and the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit.

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“These workshops proved very successful during this period and were well attended with more than 400 residents participating in the program. “Council is once again inviting local residents to take part in this program which will provide vital information about home security issues and offer invaluable advice to participants on techniques and tips they can implement at home.” Information will be provided on home and property security, safe banking, fraud and scam awareness and personal safety strategies. The following personal safety strategies workshops will be held in Ipswich and surrounding council areas: Fernvale May 10, 2012; Ipswich - May 17, 2012; Boonah May 31, 2012; Camira - June 14, 2012; Laidley - June 21, 2012 and; Rosewood - August 27, 2012. People aged over 55 and those who receive a government pension card are welcome to complete a free workshop and, if eligible, receive a key safe supplied and installed at no cost.For more details or to book into one of the workshops contact the Community Development Branch on 3810 6655.

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The Gap/Ashgrove Branch NSA THE weather is very pleasant and it’s time to get out and about!! Firstly there is a well priced six day tour 12th-17th August to Yamba organised. Doris can still accommodate more people. Are you interested? Bring a friend, everyone is welcome. Pick-up and deliver back in a comfortable bus, accommodation and day tripping is included for approximately $700. Such a lovely part of the NSW coast and you will have the chance to see so much. Ring Doris for the full details 0438 703 397 or 4687 7769 (that is a Toowoomba number). Our regular meeting is on the third Tuesday of the month being 15th May at 9.30am.We meet at the Ashgrove Bowls Club. The Guest Speaker will be Rod Kelly from the 139 Club, an organisation that is involved in a wide range of activities assisting all manner of community needs and endeavours. A special treat in recognition of Mothers everywhere! Join us and bring your Mum to Noela’s Gardens, a delightful place, renowned for the sumptuous morning teas. Then if you are still peckish, while overseas

on Bribie Island you can indulge in a light lunch. Bev has all the details , contact her on 3300 1226. The 102 Zone Conference is on Friday 18th May, hosted by the Albany Creek Branch. This will be an interesting Conference because there will be an effort to initiate more interaction between Branches and establish a 102 Zone working Committee. Ring the Branch Secretary Albany Creek for more information 3264 1509. Come to our BBQ. Only $10.00 and the best of tucker! Meet at Iron Bark Gully any time from 10.15am on. Come on Friday 1st June. Bring your own chair for comfort (folding I mean, not your favourite easy chair!) plates, cups and cutlery. Hot water if you want a cuppa or BYO drinks. Bev is the contact 3300 1226. Also mark this date on your calendar. Friday July 13th for a Christmas in July luncheon at the Samford Hotel. Great venue—it will be lots of fun. The Secretary is away in May otherwise she would be available to help with your queries. She’ll be back soon.

Keep active with Beenleigh & District Seniors Marie (Secretary) with her fruit basket raffle prize

RON Lord (President) invited Mark Furness (Head Office) to a Health Seminar at GreenBank R.S.L. Sub Branch on 24 March. Mark had a very informative display of National Seniors material and giveaways to those who attended. Seniors were also impressed with the many other interesting health education stalls. A very nice luncheon concluded the seminar. Once again our BBQ held on 1 April was a great day with raffles and games which followed our lunch. Thanks to the chaps from the Sub Branch who once again did a great job with the cooking. Mike Kregor was our April Branch Meeting entertainer who provided us

with a great variety of beautiful songs from all eras and was very versatile with banjo and guitar. Our coach trip this month is to Mulgowrie Farm, where on arrival we will partake of food tasting, a tour of the farm and then lunch at the hotel. Once again it will be another good day out. Next month we will be travelling to the Clydesdale Horses at Woodford. As usual all are welcome to join our happy group on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Southern Cross Room at 10am at GreenBank R.S.L. for morning meeting which commences at 10.30am. For more information contact Bev on 3809 0697 or 0402 094 887.

IN retirement one has the opportunity to acquire new skills and interests as well as cultivating old interests again. The Beenleigh & District Seniors Citizens Centre, 20 Alamein Street, Beenleigh has a variety of activities two of which are the Beenleigh Entertainers and Table Tennis. The entertainers meet weekly for rehearsals and stage concerts throughout the year visiting nursing homes and retirement villages. If you enjoy singing in the shower etc. or play a musical instru-

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ment we would love to have you join our enthusiastic group of men and women who love to entertain. The table tennis players meet on Wednesday afternoons at the Centre to play social doubles and mixed doubles. Players of all abilities enjoy this gentle exercise and the pleasure individuals obtain as they regain some of their playing skills from

earlier years as a teenager is a memorable one. This is one of the few sports that can be considered as a lifelong one. Bridge and Chess are available to play at Noyea Riverside Retirement Village located at 5 Martens Street, Mt. Warren Park. Chess players in the local community are most welcome to come along on Monday mornings from 9.30am to 12 noon to play

chess with the residents at Noyea. At Noyea, duplicate Bridge is played each Thursday evening in the Clubhouse from 7pm to 10pm and new players are most welcome to attend. Both activities at Noyea are free. If you require any further information about any of the four activities mentioned please phone Stephen on 3804 6774.

Smoke alarms and the law ALL homes in Queensland must have a working smoke alarm - it is the law! Why? Of the dozens of Australians who die in residential house fires each year, most die in fires that start at night when they are asleep. Instead of waking you, smoke and toxic gases from the fire quickly numb your senses and put you into an even deeper sleep. Working smoke alarms are a simple way to warn you of a developing fire and give you time to escape. The more

Child minding has its moments! AFTER putting the grandchildren to bed, grandma changed into slacks and blouse and decided to wash her hair. The children were getting more and more rambunctious until she finally lost her patience. Throwing a towel around her wet hair, she stormed into the bedroom, restored order with stern warnings and left the room. Just as she was closing the door she heard the 4 year old say with trembling voice “Who was that?” Courtesy “Sabot” April 2012

working smoke alarms installed, the greater your chance of survival. What do I have to do? If your home was built after 1997, there should be 240 volt (hard-wired) smoke alarms installed at the time the premises was built. The number of alarms and their placement is set down under the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Also, homes having undertaken major renovations or extensions since 1997 should have included the installation of 240 volt (hard-wired)

smoke alarms. If your home was built before 1997 you must have, as a minimum, one alarm for each level of the dwelling. These can be battery-operated, although long-life batteries or hard-wired types are recommended for better protection. Queensland Fire and Rescue Service position is that all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms. Courtesy Queensland Government Department of Community Safety

Who do you call… Seniors Card 131 304 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane) Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Retirement Village Association of Australia 1800 240 080 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254 Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918 National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Celtic music and the love of singing • Clydesdales •

THE Celtic Connection Choir wishes to invite anyone who would enjoy sharing choral music to rehearse with the choir. There is no formal audition or experience required, over a period of two weeks of attendance the Musical Director, David O’Keeffe will decide if the voices of new members will blend and create a pleasing balance. Authentic Celtic folksongs are mostly sung in a beautiful combination of unison and four part harmony and the choristers are very supportive of each other and in particular of prospective new members. The choir has been practising at the Irish Club, 175 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane on Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Celtic Connection usually holds at least two major concerts during the year in addition to smaller events and festivals in South East Queensland and interstate such as Scottish Tartan Day, Welsh Y Gymanfa Ganu and Christmas Lights Festival. If you feel that you also have a common interest in Celtic culture and singing please contact Barbara on (07) 3397 8626

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PINE Rivers Musical Association Inc. is presenting “Oliver!” Performances in October 2012. Directed by Melanie Evans, Musical Direction by Terry Million, Vocal Coach by Meg Kiddle and Choreography by Shelley Marshall. Auditons are open for ages 8+ by appointment only on Saturday 5 May 2012 and Sunday 6 May 2012 . Venue: Holy Spirit Parish Hall, Sparkes Road, Bray Park. Note: Please aim to arrive approx. 15 minutes early to allow for registration. Book your audition by phoning Kym on 3882 2102 to book an audition time. Detailed character information is available on our website We are also seeking persons for other production roles if performing is not your ‘cup of tea’. They are properties manager, front of house, technical team and back stage crew. Phone 3882 2102

Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser at the Grange FRIDAY, May 18 from 10 am - 12 noon at ‘Brothers Grange’ formerly Crushers. We had a fantastic turn out of over 100 ladies last year and we are expecting these numbers to grow this year. Although the main aim of this event is to raise money to help find a cure for ‘Cancer’ it is also a very social day where friends catch up and/or make new friends. Having been through cancer myself and now sadly my mum is currently battling Pancreatic cancer family and friends are so important in this battle. Their strength and support is such a valuable part that goes beyond what chemo and doctors can do. Four of my lovely friends - Jo McGuire, Linda Nussey, Antonella Roubecik and Sonya Wyer have generously given up their time to help me pull this event together. May 2012 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 41

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Normie Rowe has had the most fascinating career as a rock and roll singer in Australia. His life story is so interesting that a forthcoming stage musical has been written which is titled, Normie. He has not enjoyed great success overseas, but in Australia Normie Rowe is a show business legend. Norman John Rowe was born in Melbourne in 1947 and began singing at an early age. Normie wanted to be a Rock and Roll singer after watching his

Whatever happened to …Normie Rowe idol Col Joye perform on the television show, Bandstand. Normie formed a group in his teenage years and began singing at local dances. Like myself, he joined the PMG to train as a technician in 1963 and worked at the Brunswick depot. I learned that arriving late for work in a taxi each morning and his long hair were issues that resulted in the decision to leave the PMG and concentrate on being a full time singer. I would catch up with

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Normie Rowe again in later life for radio interviews. Normie was a regular performer on television shows such as Teen Scene and The Go Show. Ivan Dayman signed Normie to Sunshine Records and his first single It Ain’t Necessarily So backed by The Playboys became a top ten hit across Australia. His recording success continued with hit songs such as Que Sera Sera, It’s Not Easy and Shakin’ All

Over. In 1966 Normie went to the UK to try and break into the pop scene. He recorded one of his big hit songs Ooh La La in London and toured with many of the famous singing artists in the UK. He also toured the US as a support act to Roy Orbison. In 1967 Normie was called up for National Service in the army and served in Vietnam. Normie rose to the rank of Corporal and has been an advocate for Vietnam Veterans

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for many years. We are very proud of him and all those that served in the Vietnam War. When Normie was discharged in 1970 he resumed his singing career working in clubs and television. He studied drama at The Ensemble Theatre in Sydney which led to an ongoing role in the television series Sons and Daughters and guest roles in various television series over the years. I saw him in the Sydney production of Les

Misérables and I still say he was the best Jean Valjean I have ever seen. He has performed in many stage musicals during his career. In recent times Normie played Harold Holt in the telemovie The Prime Minister is Missing. Normie seems to generate his own publicity with the controversial fight with Ron Casey on The Midday Show in 1991 and then the recent supermarket television commercial when he sang Shakin’All Over. Normie is a survivor in show business and lets hope he is around for many years to come. He has been a great supporter and worker for The Variety Club. He has received many awards during his career and he was crowned Australia’s King of Pop at the age of seventeen. Normie was

awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1994. In 1998 his image was on a series of postage stamps to commemorate the greats of Australian Popular Music in Australia. He was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame (ARIA) in 2005. Normie Rowe continues to tour Australia and has been the leading act on the successful Long Way to the Top and Go Show concerts. Hope you can tune into Walter Williams and I on 4BC for our weekly segments The Time Tunnel Thursday at 10.00 pm and Memories Are Made of This - Mondays at 10.00 pm. We are also networking to 4MK Mackay, 4RO Rockhampton and 4CA Cairns.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Rock on at the Ipswich Leagues Club

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DINE and relax at Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club with family and friends, seven days a week. Thursdays from 11.30 until 2.30 is the day for Morning Melodies and If you love food check out the Members Specials! The month of May will see a great line up of entertainment with music from all eras. Get your dancing shoes on for rock n roll, the best of the 60s, 70s and 80s on

Sunday Afternoons. Mother’s Day (May 13th) will feature “Dance On”. This popular and professional band plays music that appeals to all ages, whether you want to dance the night away or just sit and tap your toes. Group bookings are always welcome. The club is located in Wildey Streeet Raceview. For more information, please phone 3817 2999 or email

Royal Historical Society of Qld WHO Done It? A debate will be held on Saturday May 12th between 1pm and 3.30pm at the University of Qld. Location is Level 2, Auditorium Sir Llew Edwards Building, corner University Drive and Campbell Road, UQ St Lucia Campus (free parking is available). The question is “Did Patrick Mayne Murder Robert Cox?”. The debate will be between Rosamond Siemon and Stephen Sheaffe , a barrister and historian. Rosamond Siemon (author of “The

Mayne Inheritance”) argued that if it was not for a murder and robbery committed by Patrick Mayne in 1848, the University of Queensland would not have been built at St Lucia. She maintains that an innocent man William Fyfe was wrongfully hanged for the crime and years later Mayne confessed. Stephen Sheaffe, challenges this controversial book. For more information and bookings please phone 3221 4198 or email

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SOME of Australia’s most loved actresses star in a new Australian comedy Biddies, which takes a light-hearted look at being female and mature in today’s world. Biddies, by award-winning playwright Don Reid, will play at Redland Performing Arts Centre on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June at 7.30pm.

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Carina Leagues Club is located at 1390 Creek Road Carina. Current full and social members can arrange a courtesy bus pickup service to collect them and take them home from the Club on the night. Anyone can become a social member for $2 until September 30, 2015. For more details simply visit www. carina leagues or phone 07 3843 9200.

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Five ordinarily marvellous women find themselves back in their infants’ school classroom plying their needles in a good old-fashioned session of “stitch and bitch”. Their confessions are frank, their rivalries intense and their jokes outrageous. They discover a common frustration with the limitations of being female and mature in a world still largely defined by men. Accidentally locked in the classroom, with nothing but ingenuity, Adora Cream Wafers and a bucket to get them through the crisis, unknown reserves come to the fore. Released from their own constraints, they rediscover their capacity to love, forgive -

and take control. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Directed by Wayne Harrison, Biddies follows the success of Don Reid’s previous play Codgers, which toured Australia in 2008 and 2010 to critical acclaim, and was described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “...a heart-warming’re in the hands of skilled experts who really do know what they’re doing, how to do it and why.” Men see their wives, adult children see their mothers, grandchildren see Nana and the mature Australian woman sees herself… If you enjoyed Dirty Dusting or Menopause the Musical® then Biddies is especially for

you! So join us for a great night out, as some of Australia’s most beloved actresses bring this delightful new comedy to the stage at Redland Performing Arts Centre on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June, 7.30pm. You’ll laugh till you cry. Move over Codgers, here come the Biddies! Tickets are: Seniors/ Pensioners: $44.90, Adults $46.90 and Groups 10 + $39.90. To book tickets, call the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 or visit (a $2 online booking fee applies). If you require mobility assistance please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre Ticketing so that they can accommodate your needs.



A spotlight on a Toowoomba nurse and leader in her field

Toowoomba in 1997 to work in aged care and has remained in the sector. She joined Northridge Salem Lutheran aged care service as the Director of Nursing in 2009. “I have a specific interest in dementia care and find great pleasure in improving the residents’ quality of life,” she said. Maxine said one of the highlights working at Northridge Salem was developing the gardens and observing the dementia area grow. “It’s become a beautiful place for our residents and families to enjoy,” she said. Maxine has also helped create a partnerNurse Maxine Noone and resident Beth Hall ship with St Vincent’s hospital Toowoomba to WITH more than 43 provide nurses with a contributions nurses years of nursing make to society. Maxine skills development experience under her pathway to gain handsis an example of an belt, you could ask outstanding nurse who on acute care skills. Maxine Noone almost “The program includes has driven change for anything about the 40 acute care shifts in a the profession. With industry and she would country Victoria as her medical ward allowing have the answer. “After training ground, she for access to the stateall these years of commenced her first role of-the-art health care nursing I have a wealth at Ballarat Base in equipment, pathways of knowledge and enjoy January 1969. At only and acute care skills sharing it with staff at all 24-years-old Maxine was development programs,” levels,” she said. “The appointed charge nurse she said. “To date seven wonderful thing about of our registered nurses of a 31 bed male ward. nursing is you never After attending Lincoln and enrolled nurses stop learning and this have completed the Health Sciences in thirst for knowledge program.” St Vincent’s Melbourne to study keeps me wishing to Hospital received two Health Sciences and stay in the profession awards because of this Nursing Management until I she returned to Ballarat Clinical Partnership retire.”International Program (the Private and took up a post in a Nurses’ Week is Hospital Innovation small country hospital celebrated from 6-12 Award and Catholic as Director of Nursing. May and marks the Hospital Initiative Maxine moved to Award). As a result of a submission of a paper about the program the Salem Toowoomba management team have been invited to appear as guest speakers at the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency’s 2012 Sydney Better Practice Conference on 19 and 20 July.

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2 DOLLS old large – 1 Regal, Canada. Both damaged. One finger & foot missing. The other leg missing (good for repair). $10 each. Ph 3353 5524. McDowall. BAR stools 2, solid wood, pine colour, comfortable. $30 each. Photos available on line. Ph 0410 040 981. Caloundra. BED Craftmatic King single bed model 1, complete with mattress still with warranty , no defects. $495. Ph 0487 504 604. Deception Bay. ELECTRIC Code Safe with keys. Bolt to wall or floor, small size 40cmW x 30cmH x 27cmD. Has a shelf, never used. $20. Ph 3869 1426. Brighton FISHING rod – Sea Raider fishing rod 30.809 and Alvery Reel. One Bamboo Beach rod with reel $60. One Pot Black billiard cue $35. Ph 3284 9410. Redcliffe. GOLF clubs. Full set Carnegie Clark clubs & buggy. GC. $60 ono. Ph 3881 1259. Strathpine. LAWN bowls, Drakes Pride size 5 heavy. Cost $275, sell $60. Ph 3848 3128. Tarragindi. PET BOWLS – 4 plastic VGC 2 large, 1 ant proof, 1 dbl $12 the lot. Ph 3396 0884. Wynnum. TV CABINET walnut 2mtrx120mtrx47cmD. TV shelf 860Wx625H, component shelf 120Hx800W. lots of storage, 3 extra doors 770Hx440Wx450D. VGC. Sell $350. Ph XXXX. Burpengary. WARDROBE 1door compartment for dresses, shirts, 2 drawers for socks and underwear etc. One door compartment for linen. $10. Ph 0406 599 079. Carindale. WHEELCHAIR Activecare, GC $50. Ph 0413 990 428.

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.)

Two elderly women driving a car


TWO elderly women were out driving in a large car; neither was barely able to see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself, “I must be losing it, I could have sworn we just went through a red light”. After a few more minutes they came to another intersection, the light was red, and again they went right through. This time, the passenger was almost sure that the light had been red, but was also concerned that she might be seeing things. She was getting nervous and decided to pay very close attention. At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was definitely red and they went right through it. She turned to the other woman and said, “Mildred! Did you know we just ran though three red lights in a row? You could have killed us!”. Mildred turned to her and said, “Oh crap! Am I driving?”. Courtesy “The Comet” April, 2012

Craftmatic Adjustable Electric Beds 2 x Near New / Perfect Condition 1 x King Single $3,000 1 x Single $2,200 or Both for $5,000

Contact Juliane Ph: 0417 720 194 (Northside Clontarf)

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.


Call Jason 0424 371 720

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“Perfect, just what we wanted & half the price we expected to pay” ...Chris W. Cleveland Pre-arranged funeral plans available from $2000

Phone 1300 311 747 All areas Brisbane & GC



LAKE EYRE & CHANNEL COUNTRY Join Graham for a brilliant day out from Brisbane including a visit to the Birdsville Hotel 2nd & 16th June

OUTBACK AIR SAFARI 9 fantastic days with Graham & Deb to Central Australia & the Kimberley 10th September

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Free band music in and around Brisbane MOTHER’S Day in the Park St John Ambulance Concert Band conducted by Major Ivan Cocking will play an afternoon concert of easy-listening favourites through the ages. Held at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Rd, Mt Coottha on Sunday 13 May from 2pm. Manly Day in the Park - Brass for Breakfast Sunnybank Brass Band is in a festive mood for Mother’s Day. Joined by the popular roving jazz trio, Tony Ashby’s Allstars. Held at Little Bayside Park, Manly Harbour Village, Manly from 11am on Sunday, 13 May; Pipers in the Park - Featuring Ormiston Heritage Pipes and Drums in an entertaining traditional performance. Held at CB Mott Park, Logan Road, Holland Park from 11 am on Sunday, 13 May. Stars of Stage and Screen - Brisbane Brass conducted by Iaan Wilson in a Hollywood frame of mind with an entertaining program of music from movies and stage. Held at Newstead House, Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead from 2pm on Sunday, 20 May; Bands in the Square - Twilight Markets in the city swing to the beat of Brass Roots Live featuring the music of Frank Sinatra. Held at King George Square, Brisbane City at 7.30pm on Friday, 25 May; Which Brass instrument for you - Brisbane Brass 2 conducted by Josh McKechie provide a fun and educational brass class

Studio Apartment at Jeta Gardens Bethania

Price $179,000 neg Phone 0411 537 220

Over 50’s Resort Between Brisbane and Gold Coast 5 star facilities, pool, bowls, tennis, gym, library, workshop and craftroom. Villa on large corner block. 3 bed, 2 bath, walk-in robe, large garage, covered tiled alfresco area with side access for poptop / boat. Air-conditioning, solar electricity and security screens.

POA Ph: 0427 341 533 / 0427 298 128

Senior Superstar returns

IT’S that time of the year again when Brisbane seniors prove talent has no age! Have you got what it takes to win Brisbane’s largest talent competition for seniors? Singers, dancers, magicians, poets, ventriloquists or even yodelers - if you have a talent, are 55-plus and live in Brisbane then come along! Register online or on the day and be a part of Senior Superstar or just come along and enoy the performances. Registrations and auditions at Cascade Court, QPAC on Saturday, 12 May from 8.30am to register, 9am-12noon auditions. This is a free event. For further information visit: www.senior

Mooloolaba - 1 brm unit

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

in the park. Get to know all the different brass instruments to see how a brass band works. Held at Bulimba Memorial Park, Oxford Street, Bulimba from 1 pm on Sunday, 27 May. Pipers in the Park - Celebrate the music of Scotland with the City of Brisbane pipe band. Held at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Rd, Mt Coot-tha from 11am on Sunday, 3 June.

Overlooks riverside park and serene reach of beautiful Mooloolah River. Immaculately presented unit with top quality fittings. On site caretaker, pool, spa, secure basement parking and lift. Asking price is $335,000 but vendors will consider any genuine offer/proposition.

Phone: 07 3263 3070 or 0408 885 102

Code 2486

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Over 50’s Retirement Village 118/570 Pine Ridge Road, Coombabah. Quiet beauty. Excellent location, hear the ocean. 2 b/room air con, verandah, open dining lounge kitchen, hall, bathroom, security, tinted windows, near resorts, all services, warm in winter, swimming pool in village.

Price: $95,000 neg. Phone: Vicki 07 5594 7156 or 3282 5014, Ken 0411 623 256

Code 2485

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Code 2459

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Code 2458


SENIORS NEWS Gold Coast Villa Spacious 2 bed Villa in Over 50s lifestyle village

Demountable in quiet caravan park

Brisbane River Terraces Over 50’s Resort

Phone: 3818 5009 or 0430 344 240

Code 2482

2 b/drms, b/ins/ensuite main. Study/3rd brm. Lounge/dining spacious kitchen, air con, 2nd bathroom/toilet, laundry. Screened rear deck. Open Views, landscaped garden. SLUG, clubhouse, craft room, pool, 9H/golf, bowls. Bus at gate, 3 mins, shops, medical centre, trains.

Price: $284,000

Discounted advertising rate for readers

Property For Sale

Sapphire Garden’s Over 50s Eagleby

Offers Over $75,000

Wynnum Retirement Village

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

Ph: 0423 184 790 or 0429 198 888

only $110*

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

Code 2462

Price: $75,000 neg Phone: 07 3271 1474 (Camira)

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

Code 2483

Well maintained 3 bdrms, lge kitchen & lounge, laundry, toilet, sep bathroom with shower, carport, garden shed, full security, awnings, paved backyard, flood free, close to shops & transport.

One of our readers may very well want to buy it!

Code 2461

Price: $290,000 ono Phone: 07 5577 5059

Code 2484

Unit features air con throughout, log affect gas fire, timber floors in bedroom, 2nd toilet, laundry wih wall mounted dryer, verandah overlooking landscaped gardens, shed with power, carport with remote. Village boasts swimming pool, spa, bowling green, community hall.

Selling your house, unit, villa or relocatable home privately?

Wynnum Retirement Village

Offer Over $75,000 Phone: 07 3353 2696 (after 6pm) or 0458 371 712

Code 2480

Bay breezes, natural surroundings, brick 1 brm/open plan, small patio, northeast aspect, wheelchair friendly, 24 hr emergency assistance, independent living or daily meal available, walk to Wynnum Plaza Shopping Centre, bus at door, undercover parking.


$370,000 Phone: 07 3348 6683 or 0423 048 488

Code 2478

2 bdrm unit, aircon, 1 toilet, kitchen, bathroom, 1 garage converted into an extra room, patio. Walking distance to transport, shops & waterfront. Low maintenance, private & quiet. Suitable for retirees who want to downsize & have less work to do. Must see.

Palm Lake Resort Mt Warren Park

$329,000 Phone: 07 3441 9033

Code 2477

Spacious 3 bdrm, ensuite plus lge bathroom, sep toilet, aircon in living & main bdrm, spacious kitchen, laundry & lge garage. Pretty gardens, shed with rotary hoist. Long covered patio, short walk to shops, doctors etc.

Ruby Gardens Over 50’s Resort

Cost: $339,000 Neg. Phone: 07 3804 6293

Code 2473

3 bedroom, ensuite, WIR, 2nd bathroom, large lounge, dining room, kitchen with pull out drawers, covered back patio, single lock up garage and storeroom, shed. Handrails in toilet and shower, ducted air-con. Solar power, fans, s/screens & blinds. Pet friendly.

Beautiful Palm Lake Resort Mt Warren Park

Cost: $299,000 Phone: 0423 399 463

Code 2472

Walk to shops and medical facilities. This home is a stand out. Two bedrooms, large garage, large lounge living area, plenty of room for your furniture and storage. Recently renovated, European appliances, air con, shed, watertank. Close to community facilities. No exit fees.

Park Ridge Over 50s Resort

Ph 3489 3155 or 0417 608 665

Code 2464

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

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