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DON’T delay. Book your free entry to the largest seniors’ expo on the Northern Gold Coast today. Close to 3000 people are expected to attend the fourth annual Fadden Seniors’ Expo, a catered event to be held on Wednesday, 24 July at Runaway Bay Indoor Basketball Stadium, Sports Drive. Originally initiated by Stuart Robert MP, Federal Member for Fadden and Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Technology and Personnel who recognized the need for an ‘over-60s’ information-sharing gathering in the northern reaches of Gold Coast City, the Fadden Seniors’ Expo has grown at a rapid pace since 2009 thanks to the steadfast and overwhelming support of local community groups, businesses and residents. This year’s Expo is set to showcase over 100 exhibitors and will include presentations by 15 leading specialists in finance, ophthalmology and seniors’ issues. Special presentations will be delivered by The Hon Tony Abbott MHR, Leader of the Opposition; The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Shadow Minister for Seniors; leading Australian ophthalmologist Dr Roger Welch from the Vision Centre Gold Coast and well-known finance expert Mr Noel Whittaker AM. Various community groups are set to assist with catering on the day, including the Helensvale Lions Club. Known for their sausage-sizzling expertise, Club volunteers come on board each year to help-out while promoting important local Lion’s projects as well. Thousands of dollars worth of lucky door prizes (good luck everyone!) are being generously donated by businesses within the area. Major sponsor and partner of the 2013 Expo is the Vision Centre Gold Coast, with support being provided by Snore Australia, Wet Fix Natural Spring Water, Telstra, Eye CU Security and Newhaven Funerals. Continued on Page 2

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Fadden Seniors’ Expo ready to go! Continued from Page 1 Stuart Robert says, “It is incredibly important for our senior Gold Coasters to easily access information that is relevant to them and their circumstances. I started the Fadden Seniors’ Expo to allow seniors to explore services available in their communities.” As bookings are essential for catering purposes, please book today for the free 2013 Fadden Seniors’ Expo to be held on Wednesday, 24 July. Seating will be available from 8.30am with the Expo starting at 9am. Phone 5500 5919 to secure your spot.

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I DROPPED out of communism class because of lousy Marx All the toilets in Brisbane’s police stations have been stolen. The police have nothing to go on. I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough. Velcro – what a rip off! A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy. Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

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Turn to page 41 to read about the Traders Hotel Brisbane and to enter WHEN the Runaway Bay Lions Club approached Runaway Bay Shopping Village about being able to take some blanket donations, the answer was sure, why not. The fantastic response from customers, Retailers and Centre Management contractors saw over 300 blankets donated, over half of which were brand new. The blankets have been given to the Salvation Army, who will assist the homeless and at-risk kids in our local commu-

nity keep warm this winter. Maybe it was feeling the plummeting temperature of late that drew such a fantastic response from the community but one thing for certain; a few less kids will be cold this winter. We thank all for the generous giving to this very worthy cause. As Lions we serve together.

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SENIORS NEWS Twin Towns Seniors Social Club Thelma, Bob, Tony and Rona, members of Twin Towns Seniors Club, enjoying a recent cruise on the Brisbane River. A lovely day, meals on board and beautiful scenery

TWIN Towns Seniors Social Club. Meet 3rd Monday each month at Twin Towns. Two bus trips per month including morning tea and lunch. Tickets at meetings. No phone bookings. Tour Director Dot 07 5590 9301. New Member information Beverly 07 5536 2834.

Queensland Korean War Memorial Veterans Day THERE is good support for the celebration of Korean Veterans Day at the Memorial Cascade Gardens, Gold Coast on the 27 July at which the 60th Armistice will be remembered. Meet and greet starts at 0900 hours with seating by 0950 hours to conclude about 1130 hours. Peace medals will be awarded by the Korean War Veterans Association to those selected for 2013. Speakers will include former Governor General and Commander in Chief, Ma-

jor General Mike Jeffery, as well as the wellknown Korean War correspondent Harry Gordon. Government dignitaries and Department of Veterans’Affairs will be in attendance. Every effort will be made to honour our ageing veterans from this long ago war, which still remains so fresh in our memories. It will be a “Mates Day” for those attending. Details are on the Queensland Korean War Memorial website at http://

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THE 2013/14 Queensland budget handed down recently brings limited relief from the spiralling living costs endured by some of the state’s most vulnerable residents, lobby group for the over 50s National Seniors Australia said. But while an increase in concessions was welcome, many older people will still have to find extra money just to pay household bills after 1 July, as power prices skyrocket by 22 per cent. Some eligible seniors can expect increased electricity concessions of up to $282 per household per year, a jump of 22 per cent including the Electricity Rebate Scheme and the Medical Cooling and Heating Concession. But the rises will not cover other cost of living increases due to take effect within weeks. These include a rise to nine per cent in the stamp duty on insurance premiums from 1 August to prepare for funding the DisabilityCare Australia commitment. Homeowners will also foot the bill for a 6.5 per cent increase in the existing Urban Fire Levy from 1 January next year or the imposition of a new levy in areas that did not previously have one. The charge will be renamed the Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue Levy. “Many older Queenslanders are struggling to make ends meet and while the increases in concessions help with the cost of living, they are still out of pocket,” National Seniors Queensland Policy Advisory Group chair Vera Somerwil said. “The concession rises will simply not go far enough,” she said. “People on fixed or even falling incomes, such as pensioners and self-funded retirees, will find it increasingly difficult to cope with the soaring costs of insurance and other basic necessities. “Some will have to make difficult decisions about whether they can pay their bills or put food on the table,” MsSomerwil said.

THE Tweed Shire Seniors Citizens Committee are seeking stallholders for this years’ Tweed Seniors Expo. The Tweed Seniors Expo, in its 13th year, will be held on Thursday 19 September at the Seventh Day Adventist Centre, Racecourse Road, Murwillumbah. The event is aimed at seniors and their families, people planning their retirement and workers in the aged care industry. Tweed Seniors Expo held from 9am - 3pm attracts around 1000 visitors. We would also be interested in hearing from seniors who would like to display their hobbies or achievements. Contact Kristen Forster ph 0266 702 527 (Mon & Tues) or email:

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Friendship Force Gold Coast FRIENDSHIP Force International is non-profit and non-religious and has 377 clubs in approx. 60 countries. Members host other members around the world on club visits in their homes usually for phases of 7 nights to experience different cultures and promote peace. In September a group is arriving from Atlanta USA to stay with Gold Coast members and next year two groups from Japan will be visiting separately and the Gold Coast Friendship Force club will be visiting Lugansk, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia. Couples and singles are welcome. There are monthly meetings and regular Gold Coast social activities. Phone 5578 9535 for more information or website:

Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. Which Pacific Island is known as Isla de Pascua by the locals? 2. Who officially opened the London 2012 Olympic Games? 3. What kind of vehicle was a Zeppelin? 4. What is the body of water between Fraser Island and the mainland known as? 5. Who was the founder of Virgin Records? 6. In which year did Hong Kong return to Chinese control? 7. Who was the second person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest? 8. What town on the Darling Downs shares its name with a rodent native to South America? 9. What is 20 divided by a half? 10. In which city is the army base Gallipoli Barracks? 11. In what activity is the company known as HSBC involved? 12. By what name is the illness otalgia better known? 13. The chemical formula for which substance suggests that its name could be dihydrogen monoxide? 14. At which British university has Stephen Hawking been a Professor of Mathematics? 15. In which country was Osama bin Laden born? 16. What kind of creature is a cassowary? 17. What sport do “flannelled fools” play? 18. What horror story novel was written by Mary Shelley in the early Nineteenth Century? 19. What are the parallel timbers that support floor boards called? 20. What is the scientific study of human language called? Answers on page 10

SENIORS NEWS Age discrimination hinders job search THE negative attitudes of recruiters, employers, work colleagues and even family and friends are quietly undermining efforts to raise Australia’s mature age participation rates, a new report reveals. The National Seniors report, ‘Age Discrimination in the Labour Market: Experiences and Percep-

tions of Mature Age Australians’, draws from a federal government-commissioned populationweighted survey of 3,007 people aged 45 to 74 conducted in 2012. It finds over a third (36 per cent) of people aged 45plus have experienced age discrimination in their search for employment.

Within their existing workplaces, 13 per cent say they have been denied training, promotion and equal pay while suffering derogatory comments and feeling “forced out” on the basis of age. Disturbingly, 31 per cent of retirees said the mere perception that employers considered them “too

old” had greatly influenced their decision to leave the workforce altogether. National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill, said the results show efforts to raise Australia’s mature age workforce participation rates run counter to a tide of discrimination both perceived and real.

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MEMBERS of the Twin Towns Masters Swimming Club celebrated with fellow member Paul Somerfield when he received his 7 million metre commemorative shirt, plaque and certificate from Masters Swimming Australia. ‘Endurance Officer’ Sue Misson was very proud to present Paul with his rewards on behalf of the Australian body. Paul swims at day break most days of the week at the Oasis Swim Complex as he also works full time at Club Banora. However, the other club members meet Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9.30am. for club coaching and counting their laps to one day be presented with either their 1 million, 3 million, 5 million or 7 million metres – it all adds up to good health. For further information ring President David on 07 55 239 116.

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SENIORS NEWS Senior and pensioners tax offset

AFTER working (and paying taxes) for most of your life, it can be a good feeling to get to that stage of your life where it’s time to get some pay-back from the taxman. Your golden years can be given an extra glow by qualifying for the senior Australian tax offset (SAPTO - formerly SATO). To get a tax offset is another way of saying you get to reduce your tax bill. But an offset doesn’t lessen ‘taxable income’, just the tax owing on it.

So it can reduce tax to zero in theory, but will never in itself result in a refund. Since receiving the offset will make you liable for less tax, you can earn more income before paying any tax (and Medicare levy). In fact the intention of the offset is to make it so that lower income seniors have no tax liabilities. You need to meet certain conditions to qualify, chief among them being your age – you need to be at or above age pension age, which is 65

(but incrementally moving towards 67 by 2023). You also need to receive (or be able to receive if you made a claim) an age pension or Veterans’ Affairs payment. Another interesting qualifying stipulation is that you must not be locked up in prison. For SATO and some other tax breaks however, the way ‘income’ is defined has been given a tweak, and is now labelled ‘rebate income’. It encompasses your

taxable income, total reportable fringe benefits, total net investment losses and reportable super contributions. Being separated due to illness is a recognition of some of the realities of getting older, where infirmity or illness may force some couples to live apart. The Tax Office is aware that such situations can increase expenses, and so has boosted the amounts in these circumstances. You can also transfer any unused offsets from one partner

to the other. The low income tax offset is taken into account when calculating the income threshold for the senior Australians tax offset, and recognises that the low income offset reduces after income exceeds $30,000. The calculation of the SATO threshold

happen to qualify for both the SATO takes precedence over the pensioner tax offset. For more information on your eligibility on tax offsets go to or for personal tax enquiries call 13 28 61.

incorporates the reduction in the low income offset. The pensioner tax offset and the senior Australians tax offset (SATO) are mutually exclusive and cannot be used in conjunction with each other. According to the tax legislation, if you

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Members of the Robina VIEW Club recently attended the Annual Gala Day held at the Art Centre, Gold Coast.

Robina VIEW Club meet on the 1 st Wednesday of each month for morning tea 9.30am at the Robina Bowls Club, Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina. Interesting guest speakers and monthly friendship days. For our next friendship day we are planning a bus trip to Mt. Warning for a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Robina VIEW actively supports the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life� programme. For more information please call 5562 5074, 5530 2556 or 5535 5845, new members are always welcome.

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SENIORS NEWS Local artist appointed Darwin Show Arts judge Award-winning Gold Coast artist Mal Hodges is honoured to have been appointed as the Visual Arts judge at the upcoming 2013 Royal Darwin Show. Mal, well-known for his contributions to the arts, is looking forward to spending five days in Darwin on his first visit to the Northern Territory capital, where he will also give a talk on the preparation and presentation of exhibition art works. The Royal Darwin Show, which runs from 25 – 27 July, is considered to be the premier event on the Top End community calendar. Congratulations Mal!

Trivia Answers from page 6 1. Easter Island 2. Queen Elizabeth II 3. Airship 4. Great Sandy Straits 5. Richard Branson 6. 1997 7. Tenzing Norgay 8. Chinchilla 9. 40 10. Brisbane (Enoggera) 11. Finance or banking 12. Ear ache 13. H2O (water) 14. Cambridge 15. Saudi Arabia 16. Bird 17. Cricket 18. Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus) 19. Joists 20. Linguistics Disclaimer for Trivia quiz Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some answers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.

Mal Hodges, with arm in sling after a shoulder operation, is pictured at the Royal Queensland Art Society in Broadbeach after he won a BIGArt50 award recently for a work the normally righthanded artist painted with his left hand.

Local community invited to Ladies Pink High Tea!

MORE than 100 local ladies have enjoyed RSL Care Darlington’s Ladies Pink High Tea for Breast Cancer Awareness. RSL Care Sales Consultant Jill Carter said the charity event was the perfect excuse for ladies of the retirement living community and the local community to enjoy a beautifully catered High Tea with miniature cakes, muffins cheese cakes and ribbon sandwiches. “Admission to the High Tea was by donation, with all proceeds going directly towards the National Breast Cancer 431 Park Ridge Road, Queensland 4125 Foundation,” Jill said. “Avon attended selling pink breast cancer awareness merchandise, and fashion boutique, Portofino, hosted a fashion parade. Thanks to the generosity of guests, almost $600 was raised towards this very important cause. “Sadly, most, if not all women would know someone who has been For a affected by breast cancer, including our lovely laLimited Time Only dies at Darlington. New Homes from “The High Tea was our way of supporting the Cancer Council, and a great way for members of *Conditions Apply the local community to Contact us for meet with our residents more details and get to know the Darlington community. “We were delighted to open our doors and enjoy some lovely food and company, while raising money towards a very important cause!”

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SENIORS NEWS Matriarch honoured on 100th birthday involvement, helping wherever and whenever she could. A mother figure to more than her own children, the home on Mole Avenue, Southport, where Myrtle and her husband Alex lived for over 50 years, had an open door that welcomed everyone.” Myrtle and Alexander married in 1937. He passed away in 1981. The couple had seven children and, besides 13 grandchildren, Myrtle now enjoys 21 great-grandchildren. Myrtle requested that, instead of birthday gifts, donations be made to ACT for Kids (Abused Child Trust). “In total, $710.00 was collected for the charity”, Renee proudly noted before saying that “Nana isn’t comfortable in the limelight but I know that she will be touched and humbled to see her name in print.” Myrtle Paton is pictured on her 100th birthday

A gathering of 140 family members and friends, “which gives a good idea of the number of lives she has touched”, recently celebrated the 100th birthday—a “wondrous event”—of respected local matriarch Myrtle Paton. Myrtle’s daughter and granddaughter, Glynis Simpson and Renee Porst, represent the family in sharing an insight here into the long life of their much-loved mother and grandmother, who was born in Tolga, North Queensland on 26 May 1913. “We couldn’t be more proud to promote Myrtle’s— ‘Nana’s’—kind and loving nature. She is a wonder to us all; still spirited and energised today. Her mind is astute and her wit and humour can challenge anyone’s. As all who know her will confirm, Nana never misses a birthday or special occasion, be it for family or friends, and hers will be the first card to arrive as an event nears. Reliable, sincere, strong and loving, we are blessed to have her as the matriarch of our family. “Nana still lives independently in a small complex where management and residents named one of the gardens in her honour; placing a plaque amongst the flowers. This was after she was awarded a 2011 Australia Day Citizen Award for Broadwater for Community Involvement, primarily for work with the Guides and Scouts.” Glynis and Renee add that “beyond this was her family and neighbourly

Zonta Paradise Point ZONTA Paradise Point will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 17th July at “The Blue Olive” restaurant, Paradise Point. Newcomers interested in advancing the status of women through advocacy and service are welcome. Contact Barb Hucker on 0419 762 844.

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SENIORS NEWS Where are they now? still some around or readers may be able to recognise some of the men in the photo and know them. Mr Hanley has a full list of names in his platoon as well as a complete booklet with photos and names of all platoons and activities of the 19 Training Battalion from 1955. Contact Dale Hanley in Brisbane 07 3219 1141.

DALE Hanley who now lives in Mt Gravatt, Brisbane who was part of 20 Platoon, E company of National Service 19 Training Battalion is looking for former Nasho’s who he served with at Holsworthy near Liverpool, NSW. He was part of intake 1/55 which was in 1955. Whilst many would now be deceased or some even moved overseas, there may be

Our next edition of Gold Coast Seniors Newspaper is August 12 Deadline for copy is July 31

Miniature Train Club exhibition welcomes all THE Miniature Train Club - Gold Coast Inc will be presenting its 4th annual ‘Miniature Trains on the Coast’ model railway exhibition in July at the Ashmore Police and Citizens’ Youth Club (PCYC). Everyone is welcome. With the continued welcome support of Bendigo Bank, Bundall, since 2010, the exhibition has developed a high standing throughout the hobby community as “a weekend of family fun and railway modelling in a relaxed atmosphere,” reports enthusiast Craig Thistlethwaite. Craig continues, “One of the many model railway layouts that will feature at this year’s Miniature

Pictured is Ken Leitch and Cascade Crossing

Trains on the Coast model railway exhibition will be ‘Cascade Crossing’, built and exhibited by 70-year young Ken Leitch who

“Ken has been a member of the National Model Railroad Association since 1963 and was a 1984 founding member of the Gold Coast Model Railway Group, now known as the Gold Coast Model Railway Club Inc. For service to that Club and to the hobby, Honorary Life Membership was extended to Ken, who today lives on the Sunshine Coast with wife Renee.” Craig adds that there will be some 18 other Model Railway Layouts joining Cascade Crossing at the exhibition to be held at Ashmore PCYC,

Dominions Road, Ashmore on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July, 9am to 4pm. Why not go along and say hello to Ken while experiencing the magic of the entire display? Entry prices have been kept at last year’s levels: $5.00/ Adult; $4.00/Concession; $3.00/Children (attending school to age 17) and $15.00 per Family (minimum of 2 Adults and 2-plus children). Details can be obtained from the Miniature Train Club— Gold Coast Inc website: Email:; phone: 0408 887766.

has enjoyed a satisfying association with model railways dating back to his childhood in Kalbar, South East Queensland.

Calling all debutantes from the 1960s THE Gold Coast Library eNews reports that ‘in June 1962 the local debutante season was being reported in local newspapers. ‘One of the numerous events during this period was the White Heather Scottish Ball held on Saturday 2 June 1962 at Southport RSL, Scarborough Street.’ The Local Studies Library at Southport holds three images from that evening, images by photographer Bob Avery. Any assistance from the public in identifying the junior debutantes pictured in the

photos would be greatly appreciated. Are you able to help out? The Local Studies Library can be contacted by phone: (07) 5581 7217 or email: The Local Studies Library collects and shares information about the history, culture, development and environment of the Gold Coast. The library is located on the first floor of Southport Branch Library, corner of Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport. Visitors are most welcome.

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SENIORS NEWS Seniors Enquiry Line helps anyone concerned about seniors

UNITINGCARE Community’s Seniors Enquiry Line is not only able to assist seniors directly

but can also provide valuable help to friends, family and carers both near and far who care for the seniors

in their lives. An example of this is the case of Mr Wilson*, a UK resident concerned about

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his sister living in Australia who had ongoing mental health issues that she was not addressing. His sister was in denial about her challenges and was not seeking treatment, much to her brother’s concern. After trying to broach the subject with his sister (which resulted in her breaking contact with him), and other family members not hearing from his sister in over a month, Mr Wilson decided to call Seniors Enquiry Line (SEL) for assistance. The support and information officer phoned local police to initiate a welfare check on Mr Wilson’s sister. The police visited Mr Wilson’s sister and discovered from a neighbour that she had suffered a heart attack and was in one of the local hospitals. The SEL support and information officer supplied Mr Wilson with a list of local private and public hospital

phone numbers for him to track down his sister with. “Without phoning Seniors Enquiry Line, Mr Wilson would likely not have known any way to check on his sister’s welfare and may not have discovered that she was so unwell,” said Julie Argeros, Seniors Enquiry Line Coordinator.

Contacting SEL enabled Mr Wilson to renew contact with his sister and ensure that she now had assistance to maintain her wellbeing and safety. Without his concern, Mr Wilson’s sister may have remained isolated, without support and unable to cope with her health issues.

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If you are concerned about a senior in your life, contact UnitingCare Community’s Seniors Enquiry Line on 1300 135 500 or visit www.seniors for information. *names have been changed to protect people’s identities.

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THE Gold Coast Seniors Health and Lifestyle Expo will be held at the Albert Waterways Community Centre Broadbeach (next to the Library) on Thursday July 25th There will be plenty on offer for baby boomers and seniors with over 50 exhibitors including residential aged care providers, travel agents, specialising in travel for seniors, vision aids, funeral services, and mobility aids, in home care providers, financial planners and much more. All in the one place on the same day. They have provided health and lifestyle information such as retirement living options, home care, seniors travel, seniors insurance, investments, hearing and optical care and much more. In 2013 we will continue with Expos being staged at: Broadbeach Albert Waterways Centre Thursday July 25, Twin Towns Twin Towns Thursday September 12, Southport Community Centre Thursday November 21 st. All exhibitors with products and services relevant to seniors are invited to participate in our 2013 Expos. Because we are a non for profit organisation we are able to keep a minimal fee for exhibition space. Details can be obtained from the website Entry is free and the expos run from 9am to 1pm and Cr Paul Taylor will open the expo. If you require any further information please contact the event organiser Warren Elwell on 55250512 or mobile 0409277430 Email

SENIORS NEWS U3A Broadbeach MERRIMAC High School. Dunlop Court Broadbeach is where U3A Broadbeach conducts its courses. The third term will commence on Monday 8th July. New members welcome and some vacancies now available in many courses. Wednesdays at 3.30pm is when the Choir rehearses. U3A Broadbeach Walking Grouup

Please note that non-talented people are welcome but a Sense of humour is a Must! Friday 14th July is the date for the monthly luncheon. Details of location, etc available on the website. Also, if you wish to come on the Christmas in July outing to Canungra, please ring Robyn as soon as possible. The Walking Group is growing and meets at the

end of Poinciana Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters. Parking is available and a walk through Albert

Park is always enjoyable. The group meets for a 1 hour walk on a Tuesday morning at 9am.

For more information, please visit the website or phone 5572 9212.

Ten years of commitment and growth will be celebrated on July 27 CELEBRATIONS are planned for the 10th Anniversary of the first community planting day at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. In a sequence of more than 40 community planting days held over ten years, Friends have coordinated the planting of a unique regional plant collection. With community passion and energy the Botanic Gardens are growing into a nationally and internationally recognised regional botanic garden and a tranquil place treasured by Gold Coasters. Working with Council, Friends have expanded their activities to include education, guide services, gardening, botanical art and craft, a Herbarium, nursery

and every day volunteers from Friends provide visitor information at the Friends Centre. There will be ‘green stalls’, edible gardens, wildlife displays, arts and craft for children, entertainment and live music from12 pm. The event is planned for families, and people are encouraged to bring a picnic or grab a sausage from the Friends BBQ. A commemorative tree planting ceremony will mark the anniversary of the first planting day ten years ago. For more information please contact Friends Secretary Ph: 0449 561 674 or

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A 60-year celebratory reunion for graduates of Murwillumbah High School Leaving Certificate Class of 1953 will be held on the weekend of 27/28/29 July, 2013. Whether you were a ’53 graduate, or knew class members and Murwillumbah High School and its traditions at the time, you are invited to please contact Coral (Prowse) Cogzell on (07) 5534 5941 for further details. Former school captains Alex Robertson and Isabel (Smith) Williams and vice-captains Neville Thorley and Merryl Turnock will be amongst those taking part in the celebrations

THE first of the Gold Coast Writers’ Workshops, presented by international award-winning author Louise Cusack, was deemed a success by the full house of attendees as the buzz of eager novel writers bounced ideas back and forth in St John’s Anglican Hall Burleigh Heads on Saturday 15 June. ‘Good overview of elements of novel writing.’ ‘Great basis in setting goals for characters’ motivation for such and conflicts arising’ - was typical feedback from satisfied attendees. The next workshop will be Saturday 10 August, presented by Tim Ferguson, Australia’s acclaimed comedy doctor where he’ll show the inner mechanics of comedy writing. This exciting course offers the skills needed to write comedy for screen, stage and standup and tickets are available through ‘Eventbrite’. This will be followed by another workshop on Saturday 19 October. Michael Jacobson, bestselling author, editor and renowned feature-writer will conduct a class in editing. Contact for more details.

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SENIORS NEWS Surfers Paradise VIEW Club

From L-R: Betty Forsyth 20 years, Leonie Garden 10 years, Beryl St. Clair 20 years, Lenke Lockyer 10 years, Pat Lockhart 30 years, Jill Chamberlain 10 years and President Roslyn Cameron.

THE Surfers Paradise VIEW Club celebrated its 27th Birthday back in April, and on that day six lady members were presented with badges for years of service to VIEW. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Southport Golf Club in Slayter Avenue, Bundall, at 1111.30am. New members and visitors always welcome. The Smith Family is currently running a Winter Appeal to raise funds for disadvantaged children. In the last year VIEW club members have raised $1 mil-

lion and currently support more than 1,000 children through the Smith Family and are calling on others in the community to support the appeal. Without support, the disadvantage these children experience today - through no fault of their own - could lead to a lifetime of lost potential. To donate to the Smith Family Winter Appeal call 1800 024 069 or visit Contact Nancy on 5592 6730 or 0421 639 574 if you would like to attend Surfers Paradise VIEW Club.

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Antiques & Collectables Fair at Tweed Heads ANTIQUES & Family History share a common background – they both revolve around the past…..! Once hooked on collecting – or delving into days gone by – it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to acquire that “must have” treasure or to follow the little clue that could lead you to know more about your ancestors. Tweed Gold Coast Family History & Heritage Association will hold its 15th Annual Antiques and Collectables Fair on 10th & 11th August, at Tweed Heads Civic Centre - be sure to mark the date in your diary. During the 2-day Fair dealers will showcase an enticing array of antique furniture, jewellery, books & records, china, decorative glassware & precious crystal, silverware, paintings, books, dolls & toys, interesting & collectable memorabilia & more. Fair-

member at the Fair & joining fee is waived – a saving of $10. Light refreshments will be available at the Fair, so take a break from marvelling at the delightful assortment of goods & enjoy time out before getting back to

some serious shopping ... you just could find that special “something” you’ve been looking for! Contact Marion Kelso 07 5524 8531 em: web: www.tweedgold

Maltese community celebrate Treasures, Trinkets & Tomes at Tweed Gold Coast Family History’s Antiques Fair

goers will enjoy browsing (& buying) amongst the delightful range of items on show, while at the same time their patronage will help raise funds to provide the necessary equipment & resources required for the successful ongoing operation of the research room at South Tweed. An added attrac-

tion at the Fair will be a comprehensive display of historical records, research aids & examples of personal family trees to illustrate just what genealogy is all about. TGCFHH members will take great pleasure in explaining the mysteries of finding your roots. Sign up to become a TGCFHH

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THE Maltese-Australian Gold Coast Association Inc in Queensland are celebrating Malta Day on Sunday the 18thAugust at Casey Hall on Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters, on the Gold Coast from 10.30am to 5.00pm. This will be a Maltese style fiera, a festival, having Maltese food, deliciously cooked by our experienced Maltese cooks. There will be a variety of dishes, including Fenkata. Timpana, Rossil-forn, Pastizzi, and a selection of traditional cakes and sweets, including the much loved ricotta cannoli, imqaret and Malta’s unique soft drink - Kinnie. Other attractions will be live entertainment, raffles, displays, folklore music and DVD’S of Malta and it’s history. Everybody is invited. Bring along family and friends as we want to make the Maltese community here on the Gold Coast recognised. For further information contact Margaret Grimaon 5576 3441 or Judith Padovanion 5529 0654.

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SENIORS NEWS Currumbin Elanora VIEW Club

President Robyn Allan, singer Liza Beamish, and secretary Carlene Holston.

CURRUMBIN/Elanora VIEW Club celebrated their 3rd birthday this year with a special luncheon at the RSL club at Currumbin. Liza Beamish entertained the 112 ladies in attendance with her beautiful voice, and 4 committee members gave a fun rendition of the Sapphires There were.lots of raffle prizes

PALM Beach Happy Group have had a full month of entertainment during the month of June. The fun started with a wonderful trip to New

including a lovely quilt donated by Avice Wells .Many of our members who have come from other VIEW clubs were presented with 10 and 20 year badges accordingly .Our next meeting is on the 23rd July 9.30 for 10am morning tea .We hope to see you all there. Phone Carlene 5590 8247 for bookings.

Is it ‘sinister’ to be left-handed? DESPITE decades of research, very little is known about why some people are left-handed. Yet southpaws make up 10 percent of the world’s population and they even have their own International Day, on 13th August every year. At various times in history, left-handedness has been seen as many things: a nasty habit, a mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, rebellion and even criminality. The word left in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. There used to be extreme and severe suspicions of anything ‘left’. In the history of left handed people, the Latin term for left is sinister, which in modern English can be interpreted as meaning “evil”, “menacing” or “threatening”. By contrast, “dexter” is the Latin word for right, which is used in a complimentary way when talking of someone well skilled with the hands, i.e. “dexterous”. Just why one in 10 people favour their left hand is a mystery. A straightforward genetic link hasn’t been proven, and it is possible for two right-handed parents to have a left-handed child. But it can be an advantage to be left-handed –many tests have found there are more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than right-handed people so maybe they have more chance of being a genius! Famous left handed people include artists Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, actors Charlie Chaplin and Judy Garland, writers Lewis Carroll and Germaine Greer, sports stars Pele and Martina Navratilova, scientist Albert Einstein and politician Winston Churchill.

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RETIREES can plan a better future by making the most of tax benefits delivered in the recent Federal Budget. The new rules allow retirees to sell up and move into retirement villages without risking their pensions or property profits. Treasurer Wayne Swan announced a $112 million scheme to assist

SENIORS NEWS Bonus for baby boomers age pensioners downsize their homes by providing a means test exemption of up to $200,000. “The money, plus interest, will be exempt from the age pension means test for up to 10 years,” Mr Swan said. Retirees are now in a prime position to downsize and live it up. The tax breaks apply to

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people who move into granny flats or retirement villages. A granny flat has little appeal compared with the five star lifestyle offered in some retirement villages. Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts offer affordable architecturally designed homes in master planned communities. People aged 50 plus can

enjoy five star resort facilities and an active lifestyle in a choice of locations. Check out Opal Gardens at Logan Village and Ruby Gardens at Eagleby and be prepared to be impressed. Living Gems residents rave about the resorts. Trish and Kevin Smith made the move from Melbourne and set up home in Ruby Gardens almost two years ago. Trish says they are very pleased with their deciEnjoy five star resort facilities sion. “We liked the facilities of land and had our new fresco area, it’s completely and the price suited our home built,” Trish says. private and looks out on budget. We chose a block “We have a lovely al- to a park. We can be as

private as we like or we can get out and about. “We go to the country club for coffee, drinks or dinner; we visit the onsite cinema occasionally. We walk our little dog, enjoy a swim in the pool, play tennis and croquet. We have made lots of lovely friends, there’s s a good community spirit. We can afford to enjoy life here, there’s plenty to do without spending a fortune,” Trish says. For more information about Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts visit or phone 1800 458 177.

Free morning of information and entertainment for seniors GOLD Coast seniors will have the opportunity to share their views with the Shadow Minister for Seniors, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, at the annual Gold Coast Seniors Forum & Expo. Now in its third year, the Forum is hosted by Federal Member for Moncrieff, Steven Ciobo MP and Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews MP. The free event will take place on Tuesday, 6 August at Jupiters Hotel & Casino (from 8:00am to 1:00pm) and will feature an array of information and entertainment designed especially for seniors. Highlights of the Forum and Expo include: Q&A with the Shadow Minister for Seniors, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP A special presentation by Detective Inspector Marc Hogan, Officer in Charge of the Northern Crime Group Gold Coast.

Teenage singer, Jenna Dearness-Dark, contestant on the TV talent show The Voice Government agencies in attendance will include Centrelink, BreastScreen Queensland, Gold Coast City Council, Queensland Bowel Cancer Screening Program and Cervical Screening. Tai Chi demonstrations by Chinese Kung Fu Academy – Mudgeeraba Gold Coast Kung Fu School - Headed by Sifu Marc Webster. A range of exhibitors who will provide information across a variety of areas including health care, legal and financial planning, retirement and aged care accommodation options and lifestyle choices. The Gold Coast Seniors Forum and Expo is designed specifically for people aged in their 60s and above and is an event not to be missed. Please RSVP by contacting Steven Ciobo’s office on (07) 5504 6000 or by e-mail

SENIORS NEWS Could croquet be the game for you?

GCCC Councillor Dawn Crichlow OAM and Rob Molhoek MP, Member for Southport, both showed their support throughout the day of Hoop Running for Health at Southport Croquet Club, with Steven Ciobo MP, Federal Member for Moncrieff, also supporting the event though unable to attend. Rob Molhoek is pictured (tallest at centre back) with a number of keen players from the Hoop Running for Health fundraiser.

PLAYED outdoors on grass, croquet is a fun team sport that invites participation from all ages. A social game, croquet involves gentle exercise and learned skills but it can still ‘pack a punch’ as players use mallets to hit balls through a course of hoops. If you are looking for an enjoyable new interest, or simply want to renew past croquet links, Southport Croquet Club at 1 Queen Street, off Ada Bell Way, is the spot to visit. (In finding the location, just look past the light rail construction temporarily surrounding the green oasis that includes clubhouse and grounds. In future, the light rail

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will offer handy access to the Club.) Playing the four codes of croquet: Association, Ricochet, Golf and Gateball (with players choosing their preference, some even playing all four), the Southport Croquet Club welcomes and encourages everyone; with members happy to teach newcomers. In mid-June, a croquet fundraiser called Hoop Running for Health was held at the Club, with all proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross as a ‘thank you’ for its generous assistance to Bundaberg and Rockhampton croquet clubs (and others) during devastating 2013 floods. Southport Croquet Club spokesperson Barbara Northcott said, “Club members turned out in full uniform, ready and willing to share their joy for the game of croquet while raising funds for the Red Cross.” Playing days are Mon/ Wed/Sat from 9am to 3pm. Gateball is played Tuesdays, 4pm to 8pm and Saturdays, 1pm to 3pm. Golf Croquet is

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SENIORS NEWS Downsizing tips for Seniors WITH downsizing, your main goal is to simplify your life. You don’t need to get rid of all your possessions, but you do need to pare down the many years of accumulated belongings, particularly when you are moving into a smaller home. Keep the favourite things you want to have around and need or enjoy using. The most important aspect of downsizing is doing a possessions review and

matching it to your new living space. The following are some tips and suggestions for starting the process of going through years of accumulated belongings in your home. The House - Begin in the areas of the house that you are currently not using. Start the sorting process in these rooms, because it will be least disruptive to everyday life. These areas also often contain lots of things that have not been

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used in a considerable length of time and that will not be missed when passed on to children, grandchildren or to the relevant charity. Sorting - Start with the large items in each room and work your way down to the small items. With large items, its most helpful to either prepare a list of your decisions, or use stickers and mark the items as you decide what

to do with each piece. Sort the items in each room as follows: items that you want to keep, this includes items you are not currently ready to part with, or items that you definitely know you will want in your new home; items that will be passed on to family or friends; items that will be sold via a garage sale or auction; items that will be given to charity, and items

that need to be thrown away. Keep a list of your decisions, separate the items into separate piles, or mark the items with stickers. Disposal - Work through the downsizing process by: Putting items to be thrown away into garbage bags and putting it out for collection each week. Call your charity of choice and arrange for a pickup as soon as you have enough items to

justify them making a trip. Ask family and friends to make arrangements to get their items, or to have their items picked up or mailed to them Most Important Take your time and Don’t Stress. Plan to spend maybe one or two hours at a time (at most) working through the downsizing process. If you need to discuss with family or friends what to do with certain items or

belongings, take time to do so. Also remember that you can change your mind about any item as long as it’s still in your possession. Make sure you approach it step-by-step, until the job is finished. On our REAL ESTATE REAL EASY WEBSITE there are many more helpful articles for you to read. For an obligation FREE market appraisal please call Alex Hocking on 5522 5829.

De Paul Manor Estate - the perfect place to retire! De Paul Manor Estate has recently welcomed newcomers Robert & Colleen Thompson into the fold and the former Arundelcouple couldn’t be happier with their recent decision to downsize. “De Paul Manor Estate is such a wonderful and friendly place to live,” said Colleen. “We cannot emphasise enough how very grateful and happy we have been, it’s been a joy living here and it has exceeded our expectations.” But it’s not just their spacious maintenance-free apartment and the new friends that they have made that struck a chord with the Thompsons. It’s a chance to be a part of special interest groups and try things that they have never done before. “There are many options for being involved in a host of activities suited to our age group while living in a modern retirement community and interacting with friends,” said Robert. Robert and Colleen are typical of the residents who live at De Paul Manor Estate who have been attracted by the mix of location, security, facilities and quality on offer. In fact De

Paul Manor Estate has become so popular with Gold Coast and Tweed seniors that the intimate retirement community is now more than 75% sold out! Designed with low maintenance in mind, the independent living ‘Manor’ apartments feature high ceilings, a private balcony, quality appointments and fittings such as split system air-conditioning, stone bench tops, glass splash-backs and 24-hour emergency alert service as standard features. Residents of the award winning community enjoy a range of resort style facilities, 24-hour security, a dedicated onsite management team, pay no stamp duty and have the peace of mind of priority access to the De Paul Villa Aged Care facility located next-door. With a spring price review due on 1 September, now is the perfect time to take a look at what De Paul Manor Estate has to offer. For more information come along to the Open Day on Saturday 27 July from 10am till 1pm, visit the website or phone Sue on 1300 732 306 to organise an inspection.

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President Ann welcomes new Members, Diana, Marilyn, Pat and Meryl

AT our last meeting at Runaway Bay VIEW Club in June we had trading tables of books, scarves, jewellery and pre loved bags. We dressed in black and white and had fabulous support from our members and raised a lovely sum for our 20 Learning for Life Students. Runaway Bay VIEW Club meets every second Wednesday of the month. We have a speaker and enjoy lunch and friendship. We welcome new members and friends. We meet at La Piazza Restaurant, 21 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay. Bookings are essential please contact Ann 5577 4712 or 0419 161 246 for your booking.

Coolangatta Shuffleboard Club

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IF you have never played shuffleboard, or have been looking for a spot to play this fun game, come along to the courts at Elanora or Coolangatta, where an experienced player will teach you the rules of play. Suitable for all ages, the whole family can enjoy shuffleboard. Elanora and Coolangatta welcomes visitors, it’s only $4 for non members [with the first morning free] $3 for members, to play each day. At Elanora, games are on Mon, Wed and Sat. 9.30 AM-12 noon. At Coolangatta on Thur. 9.30 AM -12 noon. Cost includes morning tea and the use of all equipment, such as cues and discs. No special clothing is required apart from enclosed footwear. The Elanora courts are located at the end of Pines Lane,exit 92 from either north or south on the M1 [U B D ref map 70,L2 - just west of the M1].The Coolangatta club is located on the third floor of “Showcase on the Beach,” Griffith Street. For more information contact Fay on 5575 9203.

The Broadbeach Seniors Club are seeking new members. If you are feeling bored or lonely, please come along and give our Club a try, you will soon be out of the doldrums. We are located at the Broadbeach Seniors Centre, T.E.Peters Drive, Broardbeach. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of each month commencing at 12.30 pm. Come along and enjoy the activities, we have a 1 hour concert, followed by afternoon tea and light refreshments, raffles and conclude with an update of The Clubs activities. Members disperse at about 3.15 pm. We have a bus outing on the fourth Thursday of each month, currently the cost is $35. This is all inclusive, that is, seat on bus, morning refreshments and a hot lunch at one of the prominent clubs in the area of the visit. If you are interested and require more info, please contact Reg Taylor on 5593 3562.

Twin Towns Evening VIEW Club TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club meets the second Wednesday of each month 6.30pm at Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Ladies of all ages are invited to join a friendly group who not only help raise funds for the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” program, but have a fantastic time also. Each month we have some great speakers in a range of topics, and enjoy a delightful meal for $20. Coming up is a Trivia Day and Drawing of our Major Raffle. Prizes include a Tweed Houseboat for 4 nights, a weekend for 2 at Reflections, Coolangatta, and other great prizes. To get further information or book, Phone Barbara 5523 1057 or Pat 5536 5227.

Coolangatta Tweed VIEW Club

THE Coolangatta/Tweed VIEW Club welcomes new members to attend its monthly luncheon. We meet at the South Tweed Sports Club on the third Thursday of each month at 11.00am for 11.30am. This month’s meeting will be held on Thursday 18th July, the Guest Speaker Joy Gregor, National Councillor. Cost of two course lunch with tea or coffee $22. Inquiries or bookings phone Diana on 5576 7674 before 5pm Monday 15th.

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SENIORS NEWS FREE Men’s Health Seminar: Below the belt… PEOPLE dread a diagnosis of prostate cancer for a good reason: it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men1. It is reported that almost 20,000 men Australia wide will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the end of the year and over 3,300 men will die as a direct cause of prostate cancer 1. A free seminar is being offered to educate men on male urinary incontinence and erectile restoration after the problem of prostate cancer, and will conclude with questions from the community. The seminar will be hosted by the Gold Coast Prostate Cancer Support Groups with guest speaker local

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Urologist Dr Neil Smith. Registration opens at 6.30pm and the talk will begin at 7.00pm on Wednesday 24th July 2013 at the Burleigh Town Tavern in West Burleigh. The event will provide an opportunity for the community to learn, share their experiences and ask questions about male urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction (ED). Anyone suffering from incontinence or ED or who knows someone suffering from these conditions is invited and encouraged to attend. The men’s health seminar is FREE and open to the public. Bookings are encouraged, please call 1800 642 369 to reserve your seat.

‘Koalakeet’ a unique fundraiser THIS colourful koala, aptly named ‘Koalakeet’, was just one of 21 that dotted Gold Coast City during the ‘Animals with Attitude Sculpture Trail’ that took place earlier this year. Raising both awareness of the endangered nature of these appealing marsupials as well as auction funds for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation, the koalas were sculpted by John Cox and given their own designer coats by a group of Australian artists. Koalakeet was ‘dressed’ by Scott Maxwell in hues matching those found in the thousands of Rainbow Lorikeet parrots that regularly thrill visitors to Currumbin Wildlife Park.

Pick up your free booklet today IT’S a free booklet full of information about what’s happening in Gold Coast libraries. The Libraries Calendar of Events for June/July/August is available at your local library and contains details of free library happenings for all ages, including older adults. See what’s happening under Lifestyle and Learning, Confident Computing, Readers and Writers, and Heritage and History. Read about the Philosophy Club; Storytelling Cafe, Green Garden Club, Dream interpretation made easy, Film Club, Tai Chi, Raw food easy and alive. Then there’s Getting comfortable with

a computer, Getting started with email, Basic computer photo editing, Introduction to Facebook. Or maybe Exploring ebooks may interest you, or Book clubs, or a Behind the scenes library tour. Ancestry Antics under Heritage and History might be just what you’re looking for. Picking up your free copy of Libraries Calendar of Events at your local library is the easy part. Deciding what interest to follow (because there’s a lot more to chose from than is listed here) may be a bit harder but, at the same time, a lot of fun! Visit for more information.

National Seniors South East Forum NATIONAL Seniors Southeast forum held on 20th May provided 100 strong members and non members an informative day from National Seniors CEO Michael O’Neill on

the recent Federal Government budget implications for Seniors on Superannuation, Pensions, Health care and National Disability Pension Scheme. Guest speakers

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on financial lifestyle planning, stock market also Insurance presentation on Travel, car and Funerals schemes and a most informative presentation from Queensland Medical Research Institute and the Acting Senior Sergeant in Charge of the Police Prosecutions Department Southport. Morning and afternoon tea and a two course lunch was provided for the attendees. All four National Seniors Branches members contributed to the day with quality questions and major raffle support. Two members were the winners of a complementary Broadwater cruise for two. The day has been classed as a great success. Each of the National Seniors Branches conduct monthly meetings and have a programme of outings and Guest Speakers. For more information Ph 5568 0540 or Mail NSA Robina Branch, PO Box 3901, Robina Town Centre Qld 4230.

SENIORS NEWS Southport Day VIEW Club

President Margaret Woolcock, pictured at left, with Cr Crichlow, is one of the four members who received their Ten Year Service Medals.

THE special guest speaker at the June monthly luncheon meeting, which was held at the Southport Yacht Club, was Gold Coast Councillor Dawn Crichlow. Cr Crichlow is always a very entertaining and informative speaker who gave a candid insight into what is happening now, and future plans for the Gold Coast. Four members of the Club received their Ten Year Service medals which were presented by Cr Crichlow. The Southport Day VIEW Club welcomes ladies to attend our monthly luncheon meetings to meet other like minded ladies in a friendly and entertaining environment. The club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the picturesque Southport Yacht Club, where you will enjoy a delectable 2 course luncheon, with tea or coffee for $28. Entertainers Bram and Marina will be providing

some great musical entertainment for the Christmas in July lunch. Members and guests are encouraged to wear Christmas colours of red, green, gold or silver. Please Phone Robin on 5537 4593 for enquiries and bookings. VIEW encourages others to support The Smith Family Winter Appeal This year the Smith Family’s Winter Appeal is highlighting the fact that no child should lose belief in themselves. Most kids only worry about losing things like jumpers or hats but disadvantaged children lose something much more debilitating their self belief. The Southport Day VIEW Club encourages the community to donate to The Smith Family Winter Appeal by calling 1800 024 069 or visit All donations are fully tax deductible.

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YOGA sessions are held on Monday at 8.15am and Wednesday at 8.30am. Indoor bowls is played Monday from 10.00am and Thursday from 12.30pm. New players are welcome to join in this fun and social activity. No prior experience necessary. We have 6 Table Tennis tables which are well used during our four afternoons of play on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The ever popular 500, Canasta, and Hand & Foot are played during the week, and Rummy (using tiles) is played twice a week. and Foot played several times during the week, as wsell as Rummy. Rod Ferguson from the Australian Academy of Tai Chi takes our Wednesday morning class from 10.30am. Our skilled teachers are always

available to help members when they require some assistance at our Craft, Art and China Painting classes held on Thursday from 9.00am. New enquiries are very welcome. The social Scrabble group meets every Monday afternoon from 12.15pm. If you are interested in joining with any of the activities, please the Centre on 5537 1433. For members, a hairdresser is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Our library is also open during the week, and our bus trip for members is once a month. Our weekly musical concert is on every Friday morning starting at 9.15am. The varied musical items and comedy skit is always very entertaining. Entry cost is $2.00 which includes tea/ coffee and biscuits.

Mayor’s Seniors’ Week Variety Concert THIS year the Mayor’s Seniors’ Week Variety Concert is scheduled for Thursday 22 August at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Bundall Road. Two shows featuring a variety of performances are scheduled, one for 10.30am; the other for 1.30pm. Tickets to the concerts are free and will be available from Monday 15 July by phoning (07) 5581 5286. No tickets will be available prior to this date and there will be no waiting lists. As tickets are limited, be sure to get in early so you don’t miss out. The full program will be available in mid July. For more information contact (07) 5581 5286.

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SENIORS NEWS Ladies Probus Club of Miami THE Ladies Probus Club of Miami Inc wishes to invite ladies who would like to meet new people to join our club. If you enjoy listening to entertaining guest speakers, eating delicious morning teas & participating in social activities you will enjoy being a part of our club. We meet on the second Thursday of the month, 10am, at the Broadbeach Bowls Club. Please phone Ann 5570 1226 or Aileen 5575 8092 for more information.

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WITH four groups in the Gold Coast and Hinterland region, the Australian Sewing Guild is building a strong network of sewing enthusiasts sharing their skills and building friendships to last a life time. The Sew & Tell Group who meet on the second Tuesday of the month have begun learning Quilting techniques tutored by the Group Coordinator Helene Gassman. Each group decides what their agenda will be. It could be anything from working on individual sewing projects, to

having tutors come in to learn new sewing skills, or it may be creating Premmie gowns for the Gold Coast Hospital or Breast Surgery bags for the Robina Hospital, and other charity work. There is so much to learn when it comes to sewing. So if your passion is your sewing machine why not come and spend a day and see if you would like to get involved. For more information call Judith - 5537 3913 or visit our website

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SENIORS NEWS Probus Club of Burleigh Waters

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electric solar car. Announcing the largest ever field, CEO of the South Australian Motor Sports Board, Mark Warren, said it was fitting to be able to say that teams from around the world had responded in the best possible way to the new classes and new regulations by entering in record numbers. “We threw down the

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WELL! We certainly had the most interesting Guest Speaker at our June Meeting! Des La Rance of Surfers Sunrise Rotary gave a very enlightening speech on The Sunrise Rotary Wheelchair Project. Enlightened is the word, for Des thought of this idea after he and his wife , while holidaying in Fiji , saw the problem of disabled children with no mobility, but had large happy smiling faces ! Des convinced his Rotary Club to support his dream project- a wheelchair for disabled children. With his engineering ingenuity, he designed a sturdy, go anywhere wheelchair and production commenced in 1997. It is almost beyond belief that the voluntary organisations and volunteers involved in this project number some 500 to date. 6500 – yes! 6500 wheelchairs have been built and shipped to 27 countries including Fiji , West Timor , East Timor, Papua New Guinea , Chernobyl in Russia and including 2000 to Vietnam. That is just unbelieveable!! These wheelchairs have given new life to children suffering from the effects of Palsy, Muscular Dystropy, Diabetes , Polio and land mines. Money is needed to purchase items such as the wheels. Des gives a very polished speech deserving of the best for such a project. He can be contacted at Surfers Sunshine Rotary, PO Box 1289 Surfers Paradise Qld 4217. Oh! Yes! Our Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Burleigh Waters Community Centre, 131 Christine Ave. commencing at 10:00 a.m. So if you are an interested semi-retired or retired man –and Yes! We are a Mens Club but wives and partners have been invited to all activities and general meetings since inauguration in 1989. Why not visit us and see what we are all about. Phone Barry on 55357339 or even look at our website

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gauntlet asking designers to push the limits of new technology and innovation by creating three new formalised classes. We wanted to ensure our event remained at the forefront of technology,” Mr Warren said. “Last year’s winners from Tokai University in Japan are looking for their third straight victory and former champions, Nuon Solar Team from the Netherlands, who had to be satisfied with second in 2011, are working furiously on Nuna 7, vowing to fight until the finish to get the gold back to Delft University. Of course, there is also the US Solar Champion Michigan team still trying to best their third place result,” he said. You never rule out the Aussies either, who are back with a vengeance this year with teams in every category. New Queensland team ‘Arrow’ in partnership with QUT and sponsored by RACQ hopes experience from seasoned campaigners will build a legacy for others to follow. With more teams, more countries, more rivalry and more innovations the stage is set for a total eclipse of past events. Follow the ‘Arrow’ team’s progress at the official website July 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 27

SENIORS NEWS Helensvale Probus Club THE Queen’s Birthday was to the theme for the June meeting, thus creating a wonderful atmosphere for the morning. President Bev, opened the June meeting, expressing a very warm welcome to the many visitors and Guest Speaker Jason Ward from The Gold Coast Light Rail, also to our travellers Katherine and Shirley, with formal business dealt with, Marie reported, how

successful and enjoyable the recent trip to the Sunshine Coast had been with numbers being boosted by members of the Seniors Group. Members then gathered to enjoy the wonderful morning tea with the Birthday Theme, our catering team once more excelling in both the table presentation and wonderful goodies to be consumed, thankyou to our catering team we are Members Rita, Coral & Pat enjoying the view of the Glasshouse Mountains

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PROBUS Club of Hastings Point meets next on Tuesday 16 July at 10.00am at the Tri Care Retirement Community, 87/89 Tweed Coast Road, Hastings Point. New members welcome. Enquires Steve 02 6676 4641 or web http:/ / At this meeting Mr Glen Newland from Tweed Shire Council will be presenting an audio Video presentation about Butterflies within the Tweed District.

Prostate Twin Towns A prostate health & Prostate cancer support group. Invitation to attend our First Meeting. Bring your Partner& a Friend. Tweed heads Bowls Club on the 19th of July, Cnr Wharf St & Florence St Tweed Heads NSW 2485.

areas once in operation, Jason’s presentation was very interesting, allowing members to

have a better understanding perhaps of the project. Finally our meeting came to a close on a lighter note with John at his best, thankyou John. Members would like to take this opportunity to pass on their sincere condolences to the families of Thelma Holmes and to you Ann and Rob Castle for their respective recent losses. A reminder of our events coming up in July in particular the trip to the Robotic Dairy in July 26th also the Theatre Group with the next production July 28 please contact Nola if interested.

Broadbeach Ladies Probus Club

BROADBEACH Ladies Probus Club Inc meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Kurrawa Surf Club, Broadbeach. The meeting commences at 9.30 am, morning tea is provided, then followed by a guest speaker. Visitors and prospective members are most welcome. Come along and join us, or phone our Secretary Wendy on 5538 8831 for more information.

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Tips to cut your home energy bill this winter THE weather’s getting colder and that means that many of us will soon be seeing a big spike on our electricity bills. But it doesn’t have to be that way – there are plenty of simple ways to minimise the amount of energy you use. Just because you aren’t using a charger, television or computer doesn’t mean it isn’t still sucking up electricity (and costing you money). If you saw that your tap kept dripping water after you had

turned it off, you would probably do something about it and your electrical outlets should be no different. Standby mode on the TV, DVD player, stereo and computer still uses energy, so turn these appliances off at the wall when not in use. With shorter days we switch on our lights a lot earlier, so make sure your bulbs are as energy-efficient as possible. CFLs were the way to go a few years back, but LEDs are the future of low-energy

lighting. High quality LED bulbs can now be found at major retailers at reasonable costs. Most consume 80 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than the old incandescents and are now designed to provide soft, warm ambient light, rather than the harsh bluish light that was common with LEDs a few years back. Typically, ½ of your home’s heating and cooling will escape through walls, windows, the floor

and the roof, so if you don’t have proper insulation in those spots, you’re going to be spending a lot more to heat your home than is necessary. During the daytime, if you have bright sunlight coming directly through your window, this will heat up a room significantly. If you want to heat up the room roll those blinds up and let in the light! If you are trying to keep a room warm at night, put the shades or curtains down, so that heat doesn’t leak

out the windows. Turn as much water as you ing and air conditioners lights off when leaving a need, and only use heat- when necessary. room, and watching television does not require every light in the room to be on! A fridge can be used more efficiently by keeping door seals clean and repaired if broken. Dry your laundry on a clothesline on good weather days rather than putting them in the tumble dryer. If you do have to use the clothes dryer, clean the lint screen first to increase efficiency. Boil the kettle with only

‘Older Adults’ Library News

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THE ‘Older Adults’ program at Gold Coast City libraries is a series of monthly events designed especially for the quarter of the Gold Coast’s population aged 55 and over. The program is made possible through the support of the Friends of the Library. This month at Helensvale Branch Library: why not go along and hear about the Gold Coast Running Club; the singing group The Blenders; The Men’s Shed, and the Gold Coast Over-35s

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Twin Towns & District Garden Club TWIN Towns & District Garden Club meet on the 2nd Monday of the month in the Tweed Heads Civic Centre auditorium. Meetings start at 9.30 am with morning tea from 8.30. Entry $3. Meetings include benching, raffles, lucky door prize, library, trading and cutting tables. All welcome.

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A group of ladies and gentlemen who enjoy machine knitting meet at The Franklin Craft Centre, Mudgeeraba usually on the second Monday of the month, commencing 9a.m. Our next meeting will be Monday 12th August. All makes of machine are catered for and interested people are always very welcome at our meetings. For further information phone 5537 1436.

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FADDEN SENIORS EXPO Skin Cancer is Treatable with Early Detection A GOLD Coast Plastic Surgeon is furious he still removes hundreds of skin cancers a week and says the national sun-safety message is failing. Dr Ian McDougall an Associate Professor, who has been a Plastic Surgeon for 40 years and removed more than 40,000 malignancies says the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign of more than 30 years is a failure, costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars each year - more than breast cancer. According to Dr McDougall, the sun-safety campaigns were obviously not working because melanomas had doubled in the past 10 years and other skin cancers had gone up 78 per cent. “We still have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world and continues to be on the rise,” he says. He said there is still a large deal of ignorance concerning skin cancer and prevention, with evidence of complacency by the public and authorities.”Facial malignancies are increasing. If you go down to the beach, you’ll see only about 10 per cent of people have hats on, and they’re baseball caps.” What many people also aren’t aware of is that the risk of skin cancer increases with age. “Current rates of skin cancer incidence among older people are in part attributable to high sun exposure in early life, which tragically cannot be reversed” says Dr McDougall.


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often comes with challenges. A local company that aims to ‘keep folk safe at home; not in aged care’ offers an option that can make a positive difference; eliminating some of those challenges. Gold Coast-based Eye CU Security provides technology solutions for everyday safety and security through Carerman, a camera passive infrared (PIR) sensor device with speaker and microphone. For starters, Carerman comes with two light, easy-to-wear and showerproof Helpman Emergency Buttons in wrist or necklace versions. The Helpman enables the wearer to simply press a button in

an emergency (such as a fall or fire within the home); notifying a designated contact (possibly a son, daughter, close relative, neighbour, or aged care organisation) via mobile phone that help is needed. The Helpman comes into its own when the distressed wearer cannot reach a phone due to injury or obstacles blocking the way. The Carerman package includes a Watchman Sensor Camera plus smoke sensor, hand-held remotes, door sensor, internal siren and attachments. After the wearer activates the Helpman, Carerman will then dial the designated contact to report video surveil-

lance from the camera installed within the wearer’s home. If the designated person is unavailable and can’t take the call immediately, Carerman will dial up to four mobile numbers in succession (3 times) until someone takes the call. Each will receive an initial precise text of the emergency; able to then dial back into the device to understand the problem. Whether the distressed person is in view of the camera or not, voice contact can be made from even 15 metres away to reassure that all is in hand. Robin on (07) 5514 5226 is the Eye CU Security expert happy to answer all queries. Email:

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END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE! SAVE OVER $500 A YEAR Sale starts Monday 3rd June and runs through to Wed 31st July 2013 • A select range of hearing aids are being DISCOUNTED • Low range hearing aids attract a 20% DISCOUNT • Mid range hearing aids attract a 25% DISCOUNT • High range hearing aids attract a MASSIVE 30% DISCOUNT Simply by booking in for a no obligation free consult with Michelle before the 31st July 2013, you will be in the running for a $500 shopping voucher.

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FADDEN SENIORS EXPO For What it’s Worth! “RECENTLY I came across a product called “Super Fresh Bags”. These bags store food in the fridge for freshness and longevity. I’m sure most of us Villagers waste fruit and vegetables because they “go off” before we get to use them up completely. Well, this need not happen any more and the proof is in the pudding. Prior to Christmas I put various items in these bags to test. On returning some three weeks later all of my vegetables were as I left them – fresh and ready to eat. In fact, I now have had some spring onions stored for over six weeks and they are still fresh. A cut, half-used, cucumber, which normally goes mushy and soggy because of the water content is still fine after three weeks and mint is now fresher and crisper than when I put it in and it has been there for over three weeks too. My personal experience with these bags has been nothing short of fantastic and for what it is worth I want to share this with you. Not only is your fruit and vegetables fresh but the bags pay for themselves

in no time flat. My fridge has about 10 bags in it now with various contents – all fresh and preserved for use when I need them. You will find that these bags have a myriad of uses and it is just a matter of experimentation. The bags have a very minimal cost and are posted free all over Australia.” Roslyn Roberts. If you are interested, and can benefit, you can check out the web site on

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News from THE TWEED Tweed Gold Coast Family History & Heritage Association WE are an enthusiastic and friendly group of people who enjoy researching our family history and heritage roots. We also love sharing our research skills and experiences. The research rooms are stocked with many resources and we hold monthly meetings, mostly with a guest speaker;

there is also a regular journal packed full of information, posted or emailed to members. Rooms are open to members and visitors Tues 10am-7pm, Wed to Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat 9.30am to 3pm (Closed 1st Tuesday of month, between 1pm and 4pm, for get-together). Resources held cover many Australian and over-

seas records – books, microfiche, microfilm, CD ROMs, journals, magazines and maps, with subscriptions to popular online sites such as and – Origins, also Roots Ireland also Findmypast Australia & Ireland, we also have

British Newspapers online where members (and day visitors) have full access to all records on these sites. The TGCFHH is also an official agent for FamilySearch which enables you to view microfilms ordered from their world renowned resource base in Utah, USA. There is always some one

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(refreshments available) our antiques include Jewellery, Furniture, China, Glassware, Silverware and more. Entry fee $5.00 (for enquiries – please ring, Marion Kelso 5524 8531. Classes for Beginners, Internet and Computer are run as required. Meetings are held 1.30pm 1st Tuesday each month (ex-

cept January and November) at South Tweed Sports Club, (4 Minjungbal Drive).Sth Tweed Heads For enquiries please contact Noelene Magrath 07 5599 8939, email or visit http://www.tweedgold for more information.

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in the Genealogy rooms on duty who will help you. Aug 10th & 11th we are holding our Antiques & Collectables Fair at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett St, (next door to Tweed Heads Bowls Club). Fair times are Saturday 10th from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 11th from 10am to 3pm. Please come along,

IF you are wanting to extend your computer skills beyond the basic level and produce documents using the current Microsoft Office programmes, why not consider joining in the courses for Word 2010 and Publisher 2010. Learn to make business cards, greetings cards, flyers, brochures, calendars and produce documents such as letters, envelopes, address labels, address books and much more. Receive help and advice in using the computer for your own practical applications, as well as using your own personal photographs in creative applications. Most people use a smart phone these days but to really get all the benefits they offer you should go to the Smart Phone class on Tuesdays at 3pm. In addition the tablet and iPad workshops on Wednesday at 1:30pm provides expert tuition for these devices. The Club is raffling an iPad and tickets (one for $1.00 or

three for $2.00) are available at the club reception or the computer room. The AGM is at 10:00am on Friday, July 19 and the winner will be drawn at the close of the AGM. The computer club is located in the South Tweed Sports Club 4 Minjungbal Drive South Tweed in a great air conditioned environment. Assistance is offered to people wishing to obtain their first computer with courses from absolute beginners to the more advanced. The tutors work on a voluntary basis and get fulfilment from passing on their knowledge to help others using the PC’s and Apple Mac Minis. People can join at any time but if they require more direct information they can attend the next “sign on” day on Friday 26 July 2013 at 11:30pm. Further information about the club can be obtained by visiting the club’s new web site at or contacting Jenny on 07 5524 3057.

Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre for 50 & Over Seniors welcomes all Gold Coast & Tweed Heads residents & visitors. The Centre has a large range of activities including, Bingo, Ballroom Dancing (New Vogue & Modern Inc. Lessons) Broadband for Seniors with free

Computer Lessons, Card Games, Choir Group, Indoor Bowls, Knit, Natter, Craft & Chatter, Light Exercises, Mah Jong, Qigong, Rock & Roll ( inc. Lessons), Swing or Sway, Snooker & Eight Ball, Social Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Variety Concerts, Hairdresser & Beautician. Free Wii Interactive Sports on the

Big Screen. Our next free monthly concert is on Monday 29th July @ 1-00pm and will feature “Davo” (David Mitchell) comedian impressionist. Davo has been described as a “Comic Genius “ impersonating many legendary stars such as Tom Jones, Elvis, The Phantom, Chad Morgan and Frank Spencer. His comedy is well supplemented by

his magnificent voice singing many popular songs. A great afternoon of entertainment is assured. BYO Lunch/ Nibbles, tea/coffee available $1-50 per bottomless cup. For enquiries or events brochure and Concert bookings (essential) phone 07 5536 4050 or call into the Centre at 2 Gerrard Street, Coolangatta.

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News from THE TWEED U3A Tweed Coast Inc

2013/2014 Committee: Back: Margaret Moore, Paul Neal, Gail McGill, Lynda Tait, Pat Salmon, David Adams. Front: Brenda d’Agstino, Christine Jones (Pres), Liz Cipriani. (Absent: Margaret Wilkinson, Oscar Huissje; BrianMussared, Joan Bell, Martin Field)

THE first half of the year has just flown by, but the good news is that U3A Tweed Coast’s membership subscription for the last six months of 2013 will cost just $20. There is no extra fee to attend classes, although a small one-off charge of $5 will apply at the start of our new course “Beginning with Art” during which Cathie Pavitt will teach how to enjoy visual art in

many techniques andforms. This course promises to be both relaxing and creative. Michelle Dixon will operate her “Cloth Creations” programme at Jack Bayliss Park in Kingscliff, where she will instruct in the art of producing weatherproof statuettes. If you are thinking of travelling to a Spanish speaking country or perhaps to Germany, our

organisation, besides offering French and Italian, holds classes in Kingscliff teaching Spanish and German. Both classes have vacancies. The “Nutrition Made Easy” group has been relocated to the SDA Community Church, Chinderah (opposite Drifters Holiday Village). Group leader Judy will now be able to operate her class in a venue with a

kitchen. Our new President Christine Jones has well and truly settled into her new position at the head of a 14 person Committee which has been hard at work planning for our new term, which commences 15th July, and for functions as far ahead as next January. First Friday Forums have already been organised for August 2nd, September 6th and October 4th. If you are interested in travel to Antarctica, the Tweed Regional Art Gallery or the libraries of Richmond/ Tweed, these topics will be covered in coming months so watch the local press for details. If you would like to receive details of our Term 3 Course Programme, ring Christine Jones (07) 5523 3901. Alternatively email us at asking us to send you our latest newsletter which contains the course programme and news of our activities.

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EDA War Veterans Inc

THE Extremely Disabled War Veterans of Gold Coast/ Tweed Heads meet on the 2nd Monday of the month in The Anzac Room at Twin Towns Services Club. Meeting commences at 10.00am EST. Morning tea and Guest Speaker provided. Veterans on 100% pension also welcome. Enquiries please ring secretary on 5593-4412

Tweed Coast CFS/ME/ FMS Support Group FIBROMYALGIA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10:30 am at the South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South. All welcome. For further information call Bronwyn on 5593 9319.

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U3A Twin Towns Inc. Have Campuses in Tweed Heads, Coolangatta and Tugun so if you are a Senior looking for friendship, fun, exercise and learning, now is the time to join. For only $45.00 you can attend as many activities/classes as you can fit in, right through out to December, at no further cost. For further information phone before noon Monday to Friday 5534 7333.

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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

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Fundraiser helps worthy local cause IT was a fantastic turnout for an even better cause. The occasion was a fundraiser for Macleod Women’s Refuge and more than 250 caring individuals—both women and men— turned out at Pacific Fair Cinemas to not only enjoy a screening of the newly-released film The Great Gatsby but to enjoy a feast of sandwiches and cakes; champagne and orange juice, all organised and served by caring

volunteers. According to dedicated coordinator Evelyne Jessop, Macleod House, as it is known, is a service that “seeks to address issues of empowerment, equality and safety in the delivery of services for women and children who experience domestic violence.” Evelyne, who says that this worthy cause has been “close to my heart for a number of years”, goes on to explain that “Macleod House is a

refuge funded mostly by the Department of Communities; with much-appreciated help and donations from the local community.” Evelyne continues, “There are many services provided to the women and their children by committed Macleod House staff, and these are ongoing. The accommodation at the facility is safe and comfortable and there are partnerships with other agencies that also Dressed in elegance reminiscent of the Gatsby era, pictured (l-r) are three of the volunteers who help greatly. Whether assisted at the recent fundraiser for Macleod Women’s Refuge (Macleod House): Glennis Jones, Annette Ritchie and Rosemary Sayer.

the women have children or not, the services and assistance, with counselling, are offered to all who come in need to Macleod House. “There is a wonderful program for the children of the abused mothers that really helps the children adjust to a life of normality afterwards; however, the women and their children do need support from a female community that abhors violence against females and children. Those who come to Macleod House may have escaped from a violent and/or abusive situation but then have little or nothing of their own. This in itself is very challenging and distressing for

everyone involved; however, ‘in comes’ the community of oncerned women who wish to help in any way they can.” Speaking with passion, Evelyn goes on to say, “We try to find clothing, cosmetics, shoes, bags; virtually anything that could be useful to someone trying to find a new life for herself, and her children, away from the threat of abuse.” A collector and donator for-and-to this worthy cause for a number of years, Evelyne welcomes all people who have quality used clothing; virtually anything useful and in good condition that they would like to donate, to contact her on (07) 5597 5251.

Retirees Seeking Unbiased Advice

Annual Active & Healthy fun day on Saturday 27 July at Broadwater Parklands. For further information on any of our programs or parks, please call Gold Coast Parks on 5581 6984 or email

BABY Boomers entering or planning their retirement are frequently targeted by financial planners interested only in selling their particular financial products. With over 80% of financial advisers aligned with major financial institutions it becomes exceedingly difficult for retirees to obtain professional, independent and unbiased advice. At a recent Baby Boomers Finance Forum held by the Association of Independent Retirees (AIR ) in Broadbeach attendees requested further information as to how to find an independent adviser who is not tied to a financial institution. In response to this need the Gold Coast Branch of AIR will be holding another free Baby Boomers Finance Forum entitled “Finding Unbiased Advice.” This Forum will provide a step by step guide as to how to select an independent financial adviser. The Forum will run from 10:00am to 12:30pm on Saturday 13th July at the Broadbeach Seniors’ Centre, 23 T E Peters Drive, (cnr Havana Key), Broadbeach. Mr Robert Grover, Gold Coast President of AIR said: “Too often our members complain of receiving biased or deficient advice from advisers who are not truly independent. And yet there are many financial planners available who put their clients’ interests foremost and provide valuable advice at a fair price. Members often ask how they can find an appropriate adviser who will act only in the client’s best interests.” To register for the Forum please contact Rob Grover at or 0417 732 242.


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Stroke doesn’t deter author George Parker

George (centre, with big smile; holding his autobiography) is pictured with fellow Gold Coast Writers’ Association All Genres Support Group members. All Genres is coordinated by the highly-respected and dedicated Di Baker (phone 5538 3568 for more information), far left. Rumour has it that Di was understandably elated when she learned that George and two other All Genres members—Frances Johnson (fifth from right) and Sarah Lowe (far right)— had had books accepted for publication.

A LARGE supportive crowd had gathered at Broadbeach Branch Library and the happy buzz was full of praise for author George Parker, but it was clear from the outset that this was no ordinary book launch. With the fingers of George’s right hand (in the past, his writing hand) rolled into a firm clutch after a stroke and his left hand struggling to grasp hold of his recently published autobiography The Boy from the Blitz, thoughts of an ancient tale dating back 2500 years to the time of storyteller Aesop came to mind. Aesop told of a smug, fast-footed hare who took a nap during a race with a

slow-moving tortoise, the hare never thinking that the tortoise could pass him—yet it did. George, now 74, of Pottsville, NSW was fit and active when the stroke changed his life six years ago. It wasn’t too long after his stroke that the determined George started work on his book, using his laptop computer and one finger; sometimes two, on his left hand to type his manuscript. It may have taken him five years of laboured effort but, like the tortoise, he got there. Possibly the jewel in the crown is that the inspirational George is already working on his second book, a novel.

When I become old WHEN I’m a little old lady, then I’ll live with my children and bring them great joy; to repay all I’ve had from each girl and boy. I shall draw on the walls and scuff up the floor; run in and out without closing the door. I’ll hide frogs in the pantry, socks under my bed. And whenever they scold me, I’ll hang my head. I’ll pester my children when they are on the phone. As long as they’re busy I won’t leave them alone. Hide candy in closets, rocks in a drawer ... and never pick up what I drop on the floor. Dash off to the movies and not wash a

dish. I’ll plead for allowance whenever I wish. I’ll stuff up the plumbing and deluge the floor. As soon as they’ve mopped it, I’ll flood it some more. When they correct me, I’ll lie down and cry, kicking and screaming, not a tear in my eye. I’ll spill glasses of milk to complete every meal .... eat my banana and just drop the peel. Put toys on the table, spill jam on the floor. I’ll break lots of dishes as though I were four. What fun I shall have, what joy it will be to Live with my children....just the way that they lived with me!

Australian Diabetes Council Tweed Heads Support Group WE invite all people with diabetes, their families, carers and friends to attend the meetings of the Tweed Heads Support Group of Australian Diabetes Council. The aim of the meetings is to understand diabetes, receive the latest information and learn about Australian Diabetes Council services and events. Our meetings are relaxed, friendly

and informative with a variety of guest speakers in attendance. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month (February to November) at the Community Room, Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads at 9.30am. Contact Janet Commens, Convenor on 07 5576 2328 for further information.



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BOWEN Therapy is one of the most powerful healing modalities used worldwide. Results can be remarkable even from the first session. It can assist in recovery from many conditions. It is recommended by many doctors because it is safe, gentle and non invasive. Jan is a registered Bowen Therapist and have been trained in the original technique which has been found to be the most effective method and have helped clients with back pain/sciatica, digestion/irritable bowel, migraines and tension headaches, knee/ankle/foot problems, neck/ shoulder/frozen shoulder, respiratory/asthma/hay-fever, RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome/tennis elbow, arthritis pain reduction, stress and tension. Patient testimonials: “I visited Jan with painful sciatica and irritable bowel. Doctors and medication had not helped me. I was amazed that after 3 treatments I was symptom free. My symptoms have not returned.” Rev. Denise Smith, Currumbin “I had problems with my neck seizing up unable to move it. After one appointment with Jan it was 100% better and hasn’t returned.” Renee Hurley, Springbrook “Before I went to Jan I was mentally and physically exhausted, tired of the pain in my back, neck and knees and unable to sleep. After three treatments I was completely pain free.” Yasmin Winters, Broadbeach “I visited Jan for arthritis in my hips and knees, with regular monthly sessions I am now pain free.” Freda Bartlett, Robina “I have been seeing Jan regularly for 3 months. EVERY session I attend whether to relax or work on a specific area of pain or discomfort, the results are instant and effective. I had numbness in my big toe for 12 months, with 1 session I have never experienced this again. I had a long standing injury in my wrist, with 2 sessions that pain has effectively stopped.” Andrew Barker, Mudgeeraba (National Development Manager, Bartercard Australia) “ I sought out Jan’s services to relieve headache and tension and her treatment has been very effective and beneficial and I would recommend her to anyone. Contact Jan if you have symptoms that ‘never go away’, you will be so glad that you did – Bowen is wonderful.” Sheila Brown, Robina Jan Evans is a full member of the Bowen Association of Australia.

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Bras and gold coins needed LADIES: do you want to be part of an attempt to break a world record; all in aid of a great cause? Bras, bras, bras and more bras (in all sizes, colours and designs) are wanted to help form the World’s Longest Bra Chain. Gold coin donations for breast cancer research are also being requested as bras are dropped off in collection boxes. Collection boxes are available during working hours at White Lady Funerals, 13/458 Olsen Avenue, Ashmore. Phone 5597 3027. For more information, please contact Evelyne Jessop on 5597 5251. July 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 35


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Musgrave Medical

Off to World Masters Games at 76 It will be Sean O’Hara’s fourth consecutive World Masters Games (after Melbourne, Edmonton and Sydney) and his first trip to Europe so it’s no surprise that the 76-year old race walker is more-than-excited about his upcoming 28-day adventure-of-a-lifetime. The super-fit Sean, who enthusiastically encourages others to enjoy exercise as much as he does, has countless runs and walks under his racing shoes; now registering for two more: the 5000 and 10,000 metre race walks at the upcoming World Masters Games to be held in Torino (Turin), northern Italy, in August. As a warm up, the indefatigable Sean

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Older Persons Medicine As an important part of comprehensive family practice, doctors and staff at Musgrave Medical aim to keep older persons as fit, healthy, safe and independent as possible. Dr Graeme Burger, Dr Fergus Ring, Dr Jeff Buckland, Dr John Stretch, Dr Hari Bains provide older persons care with assistance from Dr W. Kurstjens and Dr Michael Mellows and nurses Jan, Wendy, Maureen, Alison and Louise

Telephone 5536 2899 as same day appointments are normally available “Old age is a great honour and privilege, but it isn’t always easy.”

Solace Support Group SOLACE is a support group for those grieving the loss of a partner. We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Pacific Fair Community Room at 10.30am. Phone Betty for more information. 07 5580 7034.

took part in the recent Bulletin Fun Run and in the ASICS Gold Coast Airport Half Marathon, the latter a distance of 21.0975km. There’s no stopping this enthusiast who has made 21 consecutive appearances in the Gold Coast Marathon event. Whew! Watch this space for Sean’s account of the upcoming World Masters Games and his role in those great Games, plus his preceding 11-day Italian tour. Good luck Sean or, as is a light-hearted and reassuring way of wishing one well in contests and challenges when speaking in the lyrical Italian language: in bocca al lupo!

Is this proof that copper can alleviate arthritis? THERE is a new product on the Australian market called the Copper Heeler – this amazing device has already been shown to take away the pain of arthritis for many sufferers in the United Kingdom and we can now purchase it here. The Original Copper Heeler® took 18 months to develop, because the shape was so important; it needed to be ultra-thin, lightweight and moulded to the shape of the foot for maximum comfort. Tens of thousands have since been sold. Copper is essential to life, yet older people are often deficient in it; so imagine what a difference a copper insole will make. It makes no difference which part of the body the copper comes into contact with as the benefits from the copper will be absorbed by the skin and then circulated right throughout the body to relieve pain. There is ever increasing scientific evidence that copper has anti-inflammatory properties; the copper is absorbed by the skin which gives relief to arthritis and general joint pain. Based on the results of laboratory and clinical studies, St. Francis Private

Hospital, a 140-bed facility located in County Westmeath, Ireland, decided to become the first hospital in the world to fully specify hygienic copper door handles throughout its facility as part of its infection control program. A full upgrade of all door furniture (i.e. 250 doorsets, incorporating handles, push plates and privacy locks) to antimicrobial copper in the hospital and nursing home commenced in January 2010. Refurbishment projects specifying copper products are now anticipated across National Health Service facilities in the UK. If you would like your arthritic pain to become a distant memory why not try the Copper Heeler? Check out the advertisement in these pages, then call Charles on 0407 451 087 or Julie on 0437 622 682 or email: info@theoriginal copperheeler if you would like more information on the amazing copper insole. You will also find more details at www.theoriginal and can also place a secure order on the website.

All the fun of Zumba but at a slower pace…

COME and try Zumba Gold in Burleigh – a fun, low impact, easy to follow dance fitness class. This 1 hour class is suitable for beginners, baby boomers and anyone wanting a great start to their day! This is exercise in disguise and designed to get you moving – all routines can easily be modified to your own fitness level and ability. No dance experience necessary. Beat the winter blues, make new friends, and have fun. Coffee catch up afterwards. All welcome. First class is free, 2nd class $5 (just mention this notice). Casual class $10. Mondays 9.30am-10.30am - Burleigh Heads Senior Citizens Hall, 42 Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads – Call Rovena 0405 989 280 for more info.

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by Donna Mroz Turcic

Heart Support members are pictured after a Saturday morning walk. Gerry is fourth from right; George on far right. (Photo courtesy George Siniska)

EACH year between 1200 and 1500 Gold Coast residents have ‘heart events’, defined as severe or acute cardiovascular conditions that include angina and heart attack. Further, new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that heart disease remains the nation’s number one killer of both men and women. Alarming, but there are ways of helping yourself in regard to prevention and maintenance of heart disease. First and foremost, avoid complacency. Speak without delay with your doctor about family history; all-important diet and exercise, and depression,

stress and anxiety, now widely recognised as contributing factors to heart events in many cases. For those already diagnosed with heart disease, obtaining outside support could be especially beneficial; key to a better life. Gerry Cronin, volunteer president of Heart Support Australia Gold Coast, had open heart surgery five years ago. George Siniska, himself affected by cardiovascular disease, is secretary of the group, described as “supporting those who have had, or currently have, a heart condition, and their carers.” Both Gerry and George praise the local rehabilitation facilities for heart dis-

ease survivors but acknowledge that there had been a lack of continuity after rehab, with the Heart Support group helping fill the void. As well, both survivors acknowledge that of the total number of people who have heart events on the Gold Coast, 60% surprisingly do not do rehabilitation courses (an Australia-wide problem) and of the total, over 60% have secondary events and return to hospital. As more and more heart events take place at younger ages, advances in surgical techniques and quicker initial recovery times can make those affected believe that all is behind them; ignoring the

Emu gives the good oil for chemo patients Research by Adelaide University shows a traditional Indigenous anti-inflammatory may be a possible treatment for people suffering from bowel diseases and intestinal damage. Emu oil is taken from the fat of emus and laboratory testing has shown it can speed the repair of the bowel lining and intestines of chemotherapy patients. Chemotherapy causes painful intestinal ulcers in up to 60 per cent of pa-

tients. Suzanne Mashtoub Abimosleh from the university says the testing has shown positive results. “I’m looking forward to seeing emu oil undergo a controlled clinical trial to determine whether my encouraging laboratory studies are actually going to translate into a clinical benefit for these cancer patients or inflammatory bowel disease sufferers,” she said.

need for maintaining health and changing lifestyle. George had heart bypass surgery in year 2000. With no local support service to guide him at that time, George now openly admits that a bad diet and no exercise led to a heart attack in 2007. Heart Support can play an important role in assisting people to maintain their health and avoid secondary events. Heart Support Australia Gold Coast gathers each Saturday for a 7am ‘at your own pace’ walk at Albert Park, Bundall; meeting at Broadbeach Branch Library, cnr Sunshine and Hooker Blvds, at 9.30am, second Wednesday of each month. Phone: 0422 045 573; email: Heartsupport; write: PO Box 5531, Q Supercentre, Mermaid Waters 4218; visit: There’s no need to feel isolated and alone.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Seniors love autumn in Japan FOR over 25 years Brisbane travel company Toursgallery has been sending small groups of seniors on escorted tours of Japan.

Red and gold autumn leaves make October and November the most colourful months to visit Japan. Hokkaido, in the far north, is the best



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place to go for seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. Forest clad mountains, national parks, deep gorges and wild coastal scenery create a spectacular touring environment. Brown Bear can be seen catching salmon in the streams and Redcrowned Cranes dance in farmers fields. White-tailed Sea Eagles, woodpeckers, squirrels, seals and deer are often seen in these wild areas, if you know where to look. Escorted by an Australian Tour Manager, Toursgallery guests meet local Japanese bird watchers and conservation experts and gain entry to locations not accessible to the independent traveller. Kyoto, Japan’s garden city, is best visited after the middle of November. Golden Ginkgo, red Mountain Ash and bronze Larch are just

some of the colourful foliage trees scattered all around Kyoto. Ken Osetroff, director of Toursgallery said “We take our guests to some

of the lesser known and not so crowded gardens.” Kyoto has over 300 gardens, public parks and 3,000 temples and shrines, each with

their own unique displays of autumn colour. “Our tour guests can choose to stroll around each area or simply sit amongst the

carpet of leaves and enjoy the scene.” says Osetroff A comfortable private charter coach is provided by Toursgallery, even though the group is limited to accepting only 15 passengers. Accommodation is in a mixture of familiar western style hotels and traditional Japanese ryokans. Guests can relax in the best available Japanese style rooms in each area, all with private facilities. All breakfasts and many banquet dinners are provided as well as all entry fees. Toursgallery’s 15 day Hokkaido Autumn Tour commences on 14 October and 12 day Kyoto Gardens Tour starts on 24 November. Photos of Japan can be seen on the internet at For brochures phone 1300 307 317 or send an email to

Relax on a great train journey A.H Call 07 4635 2508

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THE excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which

is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Like the sound of the above ? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is in its 56th year of operating rail tours. Over 960 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam

hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. Forget about the cooler weather, spring is not far off – that means the flowers are about to bloom in Toowoomba so join us for our most popular tour for the year – by steam train of course to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. There is a choice of 3 great day tours to choose from with the steam train excursions on both Saturday and Sunday for the Carnival and also a midi week tour by Silver Bullet Rail Motor just for those who are unable to


CAIRNS & TROPICAL NORTH QLD OUTBACK QLD EXPLORER Whitsunday Islands – Port Douglas – Kuranda Daintree Longreach12- Days Winton - Dinosaur Stampede 27th July – 7th August

Charleville - Emerald - Barcaldine - Roma $1899 includes: Good Motels – Breakfasts & Dinners, One Morning Tea. Admissions: Sky Rail or Travel Train to Kuranda, Daintree Rainforest River Cruise, Biloela Town of 1700 Port Douglas Tour, Boat Cruise, Two Island Cruise (Hamilton and Daydream Island), Townsville Tour, Reef HQ, “The World’s Best Living Reef”, $1799 - 9 Days 25th August - 2nd September Paronalla Park, Mackay, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Bundaberg. Home Pickup and Return: Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane FareRedlands, includes: Breakfast & Dinners Area, GoldGood Coast, Motels, Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Kingscliff. Admissions: Age of Dinosaurs, Longreach Hall of OUTBACK QLD EXPLORER Fame, Qantas Museum, Dinner Cruise Thompson Longreach – Winton – Dinosaur Stampede – Charlville River, Australian Workers Heritage Centre – Emerald – Barcaldine – Roma – Biloela – Town of 1770 $1799 – 9 Days 25th August – 2nd September

Fare and Includes: Good Motels, Breakfast & Dinners Home Pickup Return: Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Admissions: Age of Dinosaurs, Longreach Hall of Fame, Qantas Museum, Redcliffe, Brisane Area, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Dinner Cruise Thompson River, Australian Workers Heritage Centre Home Pickup andHeads, Return: Banora SunshinePoint, Coast, Kingscliffe. Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Area, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Kingscliff. Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro Area, Redlands, Redcliffe, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kingscliff Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone

make one of the week end trips. Looking for a great train adventure? The join us in the first week of October aboard the Thallon South West Express. This diesel hauled tour takes you in heritage wooden carriages to South West Queensland with overnight stops at Warwick and Goondiwindi enroute to Thallon – the terminus of the south west

line. Enjoy great country scenery as the train passes through the southern and downs and south west region grain and cotton fields. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times. Ray Edser (Tour Manager)

DAY TOURS Historical River Mill Lunch incl .......... Thur 18th July Mystery Christmas in July ................ Thur 25th July Dad and Dave Country Rudds Pub Lunch incl. ................................ Tues 13th Aug Boggo Jail Market Brisbane .............. Sun 18th Aug Ballina Market & Orchid Native Show .................... Sunday 25th Aug Parrots in Paradise/ Glasshouse Mts .............................. Tues 10th Sept Newstead House Lunch at Gebung Hotel incl .................................... 19th Sept Toowoomba Carnival M/Tea incl ....... Sat 28th Sept

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DIY Europe doesn’t get any easier than this. My Europe Base puts the Continent in your hands with a set of fabulous selfcontained flats to base from in a perfect location - and on their website, a ‘pack’ of information, tips galore and over 20 days of great ideas. You can follow these assemble your own - or just immerse and relax amongst all the pieces of the Euro-puzzle. The idea of Queenslanders Ralph and Olga Jackson, My Europe Base makes it easy and affordable to enjoy Europe independently. They purchased the ‘First Base’ in 2009 and have an eye out for further locations to form a small network. Admittedly, First Base is hard to go past. It’s a rebuilt traditional apartment house beside the Mosel River in Zell, a cheerful Rhineland winemaker town with cobbled streets and Celtic origins surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Zell offers terrific hiking and is mid-point on the famous Mosel Bike Path.

HOLIDAY & Leisure Flat-pack Europe!

A rare once-in-30 year freeze of Zell-Mosel township

From Zell, there is easy access to the regional rail and bus network with bargain day passes, cruising of the Mosel and Rhine rivers at their most spectacular, day coach tours - and from Hahn Airport close by, car rental and low-cost Ryanair flights all over Europe and the Mediterranean. Zell is really the ideal Europe

Base. Within practical day trip reach are Cochem, Bernkastel, Castle Eltz, Trier, Luxembourg, Saarbrucken, Coblenz, the Rhine Gorges, Rudesheim, Bonn, Cologne, Mainz, Weisbaden, Frankfurt, Limburg, Worms, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen, Speyer, Kaiserslautern and several spa resorts. Paris is under

4 hours by rail. Touring with one or two nights away from Zell, the possibilities are endless. My Europe Base has Wifi, enabling guests to plan excursions and trips away, make online bookings and print out itineraries and tickets on the laser printer. With My Europe Base, you can see Europe for yourself.

Rates start at $200 AUD a week for the Mosel Studio apartment on 3 week stays in winter months. Regional rail and bus day passes start from under 5 Euro per person. Ryanair flights can often be bought for under 20 Euro. For more information phone 0406 440 418 or 07 4635 2508 or visit

Experience the Outback TRAVELLERS who want to explore their own back yard will be interested in Coastal Variety Tours Queensland Outback Explorer, which departs on 25th August. During the nine-day tour we will travel to Roma, Barceldine and arriving at Longreach. The Longreach tour will include the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, the Multi-Million Dollar Qantas Museum, as well as a visit to the School of Air. A Thompson River Sunset Dinner Cruise is also included. The Outback journey is not complete without a trip to Winton, the home to the World’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils. The return trip home will include stopping at various places of interest including Anakie, Emerald, Biloela and the Burnett Highway to Monto, Mundubbera, Gayndah and Maryborough. Phone Coastal Variety Tours on 3343 6722 or Gold Coast on 5520 1499 for a detailed itinerary. July 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 39

HOLIDAY & Leisure USA & Canada – An Aussie traveller favourite USA and Canada is top of mind for many Australian travellers and being excellent value for money, the sights and sounds of the North American continent are a huge draw card. The East and West coast of the USA, the natural beauty of Alaska

and the magnificence of the Canadian Rockies beckon thousands of Australians each year to explore this exciting region. Globus offers a range of first-class touring holidays designed to offer flexibility, choice and

pace that best fits the way you want to travel. Enjoy the conveniently located hotels, close to major attractions, VIP access to must see sights, Local Favourite highlights and free Wi-Fi on the motorcoach. Popular itineraries include

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the 19-day Spirit of the Rockies, a scenic adventure featuring overnights at famous Fairmont properties in spectacular locations. Travel from Vancouver to Banff on the Rocky Mountaineer, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Whistler and Victoria before an Alaska

c r u i s e . For those looking to explore more of Alaska, Globus’ 20-day Ultimate Alaska & the Yukon is a great way to take in the sights. Travel from Wasilla to Denali National Park on the Alaska Railroad; see the sights in Fairbanks, Dawson City, Whitehorse and Anchor-

age before an Alaska cruise to Vancouver. If history and iconic cities entice your traveller spirit, 13-day Eastern US & Canada Discovery will delight you with stays in New York, Washington D.C., Lancaster, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Boston. For the best

of the west, the 14-day Western Explorer covers the highlights of LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco as well as overnight stays in Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. For more information contact your local Travellers Choice travel agent on 1300 78 78 58 or visit

Cowboys, caves & castles tour EXPLORE the great Australian outback and Qld coast on a Great Value Holidays Escorted Seniors Rail & Coach Tours Come join us on our fantastic new 11 day tour called “Cowboys Caves & Castles” which departs from Brisbane on 08th October. This tour explores the areas of Townsville, Charters Towers, Undara Lava Tubes, Mount Surprise, Cairns and the Daintree. This tour encompasses 2 iconic Queensland Trains. Your journey will begin on the Sunlander Train between Brisbane to Townsville. We will also travel from Mount Surprise on the Savannahlander experiencing the visual delights of the Australian outback merging later in the journey to the tropical Tablelands and finally Cairns. The rail experience finishes with a journey down the Qld Coast from Cairns back to Brisbane. This may be your last opportunity to travel on board the Sunlander Train as this year is its 60th Birthday and Qld Rail have decided to retire her in the near future. After arriving in Townsville we will explore the city, including a visit to the top of Castle Hill (the red monolith right in the heart of town). Travel down the Overlander’s Way to Charters Towers including tours of this town with so much history. We will then travel

on to Undara National Park staying in the converted railway sleepers and touring the Lava Tubes, after a bush breakfast we will then travel to Mount Surprise to meet the Savannahlander. Once in Cairns some of the experiences we will enjoy are traveling on the Skyrail, a cruise on the Daintree River, Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge and much more in between. Please see our advert in this newspaper. The tour includes meals, accommodation, interesting day tours, entry fees, transfers and a helpful fun Tour Host. The properties we use have been awarded for their quality and great service. The tours have been fine tuned with your enjoyment and comfort in mind visiting regions of interest and are run by local operator’s with years of experience. For those of you on special diets no need to worry, we are happy to assist you with your needs. Our aim is to keep you smiling. Our tours provide guests with a well rounded experience that you may not get if travelling independently of a tour group. For more information regarding these great tours, please call Ian or Robyn at Great Value Holidays on our toll free number 1300 722 661 and they will send you a brochure. Alternatively go to

HOLIDAY & Leisure Discover the Traders Hotel, Brisbane by Shangri-La on Roma Street OPENED in August 2012, Traders Hotel Brisbane (part of the renowned Shangri-La Group) is the very first Australian Traders Hotel, boasting a blend of thoughtful simplicity and warm Asian hospitality to create a vibrant and comfortable environment complementing work, rest or play. Traders Hotel General Manager Bruno Cristol said being adjacent to the Brisbane Transit Centre in the CBD fringe means the hotel is perfectly situated as a base to explore the city and connect with all the wonderful cultural activities on offer around town. “Neighbouring the lush Roma Street Parklands and a stone’s throw from the Queen Street Mall, Paddington Barracks, South Bank, Fortitude Valley and China Town, our guests are an easy walk from some of the city’s most vibrant leisure and retail precincts. “The hotel is a mere 10 minute stroll from Suncorp Stadium making it the perfect accommodation solution if in town for a game or concert, and wandering across the nearby Goodwill

restaurant to sample some delicious modern Australian cuisine paired off with quality wines, wines or unwind in their room with a cold beer and in-room dining available 24 hours a day. With free WiFi accessible throughout the entire hotel, guests will also not have a problem remaining connected with colleagues, family and friends while out of town. There has never been a

footbridge will bring people out at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, close to South Bank’s Streets Beach and Brisbane’s eclectic West End,” Mr Cristol said. After a long day enjoying the city sites, guests can sit back and relax at the hotels’ MJs


Wednesday 14th August NOOSA RIVER CRUISE

better time to enjoy Brisbane with a stay at the Traders Hotel Brisbane by Shangri-La. Come by bus, train or car, and also consider bringing your bikes too. Discover Brisbane riding along the many bike paths that run throughout the CBD, Southbank and surrounds. For hotel enquiries or to book phone (07) 3238 2222 or visit brisbane/traders/.

HOW TO ENTER to WIN 2 nights accommodation including breakfast for two*. TO ENTER: We want you to tell us what you look for when you stay at a hotel in Brisbane, by answering the six questions below. 1. Would you rather pay for a room only rate, or is it important that you stay in a room with some inclusions ie (mini bar?) 2. If you had a choice, would you prefer a $50 credit to use in the hotel, or a breakfast inclusive room rate? 3. If staying in Brisbane at the Traders Hotel, would you arrive by car, train or bus? 4. During a two night stay would you prefer to dine out for dinner or eat your meal in the hotel restaurant? 5. If you regularly stay in Brisbane, what is the main purpose of your overnight stay? To see shows, sports events, shopping, Doctors appointments or other.? 6. When you’ve stayed at other hotels previously, what were some of the things that spoiled your trip, and/or that made your stay better than you expected. Yes, we want to know what’s important to you when you stay overnight in a hotel in Brisbane. Write your answers numbered 1 to 6, along with your name, address and daytime contact phone number and post your entry to Traders Hotel Brisbane Competition, Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q 4565. *Conditions Apply: One entry per person. The gift certificate prize is for 2 nights accommodation including breakfast for two. Prize is valid until 31 December 2013. Subject to availability.

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Coach to Tewantin with cruise on Noosa River

Saturday 21st September TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS Travel by steam to this great known floral event

Sunday 22nd September TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS Travel by steam to this great known floral event

Wednesday 25th September SILVER BULLET EXPRESS Rail Motor to Spring Bluff Gardens and Toowoomba

Monday 7th – Friday 11th October THE THALLON SOUTH WEST EXPRESS 5 day diesel hauled tour to Goondiwindi and Thallon “Book early as seats are limited”

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

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Beautiful St Petersburg

Fast Cars, Food and Fashion

by Allan Blackburn

more than 80 theatres, 100 concert venues and 62 cinemas. Ballet occupies a special place in the cultural life of the city. It was home to Rudolf Nureyev and the Petersburg School of Ballet is renowned as one of the best in the world. A popular tourist jaunt is the cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow via a system of rivers, canals and lakes. Taking around six days, this pleasant journey is a relaxing way to see more of Russia and sample some of its culture and Catherine’s Palace customs. The climate of St known as the Church of Petersburg ranges from others. Not just one FORMERLY called quite warm in summer the Spilled Blood, painting by each artist, Leningrad and boasts multiple colourful (June to August) and Petrograd, St Petersburg but whole galleries full very cold in winter onionskin domes that of their works. Gold is often referred to as (December to February). are synonymous with the “most beautiful city adornment and decoraThe Neva River freezes tions almost overwhelm Russia. Its towering in Europe”, at least by during winter. the senses to the extent walls and ceiling are Russians! The inner covered in mosaics that they fade into the city does have many background. It is a total depicting dozens of beautiful and historic enigma that such wealth religious scenes. It is stone structures but they are sadly in need of should be concentrated now a museum. Nevsky in one place in a country Prospekt is the main cleaning. Most have avenue in the city. With that has had a long five or six storeys with history of impoverished trams lumbering along, it virtually no high-rises is lined with low-rise, people – one of the and few modern buildings. St Petersburg reasons for the October understated concrete buildings. The largest is the northernmost city Revolution of 1917. Chandeliers weighing up department store in the world to have a occupies an entire city to eight tonnes hang population over one from the ornate ceilings. block. It consists of a million. Located on the One room has a stupen- large number of small Neva River at the head boutiques connected of the Gulf of Finland in dous malachite vase together, all charging weighing 18 tonnes! the Baltic Sea, this city Bordering the Hermitage rather exorbitant prices was once the capital of Russia. It is the second is the large Dvortsovaya for their wares. Square, dominated by a About 30 minutes out of largest after Moscow, with around five million 47-metre tall column that St Petersburg is the commemorates Russia’s village of Pushkin, inhabitants. named after Russia’s victory over Napoleon The most iconic in 1812. The square has most famous poet who centrepiece of St went to school there. It been the scene of Petersburg is the is the site of Catherine’s Hermitage, former winter numerous demonstraPalace. Built during the palace of Peter the Great tions and revolts over 18th Century, the palace many years. together with several is 325 metres long and ancillary buildings, now St Isaac’s Cathedral, third biggest in the boasts more than 100 a huge museum and art world after St Peter’s in kilograms of gold on its gallery. This complex sophisticated stucco houses one of the most Rome and St Paul’s in extensive collections of London, is remarkable in façade and numerous that it was built on statues. The interior is art anywhere in the world. Room after room marshy ground but has similarly lavish, with not moved in centuries. each room seemingly after room contains Its hugely thick walls outdoing the previous priceless art works by protected it from too with gold gilding, ornate greats such as much damage from the inlaid flooring, large Michelangelo, Germans during World mirrors and works of art. Rembrandt, Monet, War II. Its interior is Huge gardens surround Picasso, Cezanne, richly adorned with the palace on all sides Rubens, Matisse, gold.The Church of the and feature a formal Daubigny, Van Gogh, Resurrection, otherwise pavilion on a lake. Pissarro and countless When German forces retreated after the Siege of Leningrad in 1944 they intentionally destroyed much of the palace. Restoration work is on-going but the exterior and gardens are back to their former glory. St Petersburg is home to more than 200 museums, many housed in historic buildings, 2000 libraries, Hermitage, former winter palace

TEDDER Avenue brings you an all-day street party showcasing the best that Main Beach has to offer on 20 July. Fast Cars, Food and fashion will take centre stage and excite your senses. Be inspired by watching pop up fashion parades, be captivated by a beautiful display of luxury cars, then sit to enjoy fresh local produce cooked to perfection and wash it all down with your favourite drop. Kick back and enjoy live music all up and down Tedder Avenue and relax as the kids are occupied by children’s entertainment - enjoy a great family day out! This family friendly free all-day event goes from 10am until 5pm on 20 July on Tedder Avenue in Main Beach.

Terry’s Tours & Charters QLD OUTBACK Life at Ray Station 7th - 17th August 2013 Come and discover what outback life is all about with Terry’s Tours on a dinky di working station! You will stay for three nights in quality outback accommodation, in originally

Cost: $2670 Per Person Twin Share

restored, air-conditioned buildings. Be entertained around the campfire by guitar, piano and poetry. See early Aussie film footage and try your luck at opal fossicking! We also explore the towns of Roma, Charleville and Quilpie before heading to the coast with two nights at Yeppoon and overnight at Caloundra before returning home with wonderful memories and some new found friends! Tour Includes: Accommodation, All Breakfasts, All Lunches and most Dinners (except 1), Plus All Attractions and Tours Not forgetting we also include Home Pick ups and Drop Offs!

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ACO VIRTUAL premieres on Gold Coast THE global premiere of a world-first interactive installation of its type was staged in June at Gold Coast City Gallery. ACO VIRTUAL enthralled visitors during the month while encouraging musicians to bring along their instruments and join in by reading the musical scores streaming below individual projections.

ACO VIRTUAL was created when “the Australian Chamber Orchestra was filmed against green screens, capturing audio and three-dimensional images of each individual musician...providing a unique understanding of how music is constructed.” The installation will travel throughout Australia and the world to give as many people

as possible the opportunity “to get up close” to the critically-acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra. For more information, see http:// acovirtual. Sam Podjarski of Opera Australia was visiting the Gold Coast on holiday from Sydney when he took the opportunity to uncase his violin and play together with ACO VIRTUAL. Sam has a number of world-firsts to his credit including playing violin on top of Sydney Opera House, as well as atop the Harbour Bridge (before bridge climbing became the fashion); within New South Wales’ Jenolan Caves; at the top of France’s Eiffel Tower, and by the pyramids of Egypt, to name a few. Sam, who appears to take every opportunity to enjoy the adventure that is life, can now add ACO VIRTUAL to his list of firsts.

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Tugun Theatre Company Inc. Presents

BIRTHDAY SUITE A Comedy Directed by: Margaret Radcliffe Opening Night Complimentary Wine / Cheese / Supper Thursday 15th August to Saturday 31st August Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday nights – Curtain Up 7.30pm Matinees will be Saturdays 17th and 24th August 2pm Bookings: 07 5522 4740 Venue: Tugun Village Community Centre, Coolangatta Road Tickets: Adult $15, Concession $12, Groups 10+ $12 p.p. BYO Drinks/Nibbles – Cabaret Seating By Kind Permission of Dominie Pty Ltd

SENIORS NEWS NRSO presents American in Paris concert NORTHERN Rivers Symphony Orchestra (NRSO) proudly presents American in Paris Concert. Conducted by Spiros Rantos and featuring all-time favourite New World Symphony by Anton Dvoøák, plus: George Bizet - Carmen Suite no. 1, Leo Delibes - Excerpts from Coppelia Suite, Anton Dvoøák – Humoreske and of course!... George Gershwin - An American in Paris. Spiros is an internationally renowned violinist, music director, recording artist and conductor. He has worked with many professional orchestras and has won numerous international competitions. He was a lecturer at the Univer-

sity of Queensland and the founding conductor and artistic director for the Melbourne and Brisbane Chamber Orchestras. Spiros will delight our audience with a selection of favourite classics, showcasing stories about the old world, the new world, a European in America, and an American in Paris. Book now so you don’t miss out! Sunday 21st July at 2.30pm at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads. Tickets are available by phoning 0466 819 154 or at Mulwillumbah Music 02 6672 5404 or at the Civic Centre from 819th July Mon-Fri between 10am-3pm, or at the door if not sold out.

Whodunit to whom? IT’S being billed as “not so much a whodunit as a whodunit to whom”. Gold Coast Little Theatre’s current production Corpse, by Gerald Moon and directed by Nathan Schulz, is “set in London in 1936 and tells the story of Evelyn, an out-of-work actor, who engages Powell, a genial Irishman with a shady past, to do away with his suave, sophisticated and moneyed twin, Rupert, in the most unusual of circumstances. As with most foolproof plans, things don’t go as they should and people are not what they seem.”

Gold Coast Little Theatre was established in 1950 and is the oldest Community Theatre on the Gold Coast and one of the oldest in Queensland. Tucked away (but easily findable behind Westpac drive-through bank) at 21a Scarborough Street (just up from Queen), convenient parking is available adjacent to the theatre. Don’t let light rail construction on Scarborough Street deter you. The season for Corpse ends 20 July. Book now on (07) 5532 2096 or please visit: See you there!

In the Spotlight the place to be THE Gold Coast Philharmonic, a notfor-profit Orchestra “for the community; by the community” is set to present In the Spotlight on Sunday 28 July from 3pm, at the Youth Orchestra Centre, 7 Community Drive, Ashmore. “Get up close and personal and experience the power of our own orchestra.” For event bookings, news and more information, please visit website:; Facebook: gcphilharmonic; Twitter: @gcphilharmonic; email: For your Diary: In the Spotlight, presented by Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, Sunday 28 July 2013 from 3pm, Youth Orchestra Centre, 7 Community Drive, Ashmore.

Tuhi Timoti and Friends THE Gold Cost City Jazz Club presents Tuhi Timoti and Friends on Monday 15th July 2014, 7pm (doors open 6pm) at the Southport Bowls Club. Admission – members $10 non-members $15. Bookings phone 07 5531 2626 (if requiring a meal) or 5535 5861. Website: Email:



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SENIORS NEWS Seniors Twospeed Crossword Straight Clues

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ACROSS 2 Composure 6 Shopping centre 7 Deadly 10 Meeting of spiritualists 11 Painful 12 Schoolyards 15 Flightless bird 18 Sugary substance 20 Robber 21 Hazard 22 Puddings

ACROSS 2 Equanimity of those receiving medical care, so to speak 6 A shaded avenue uses some thermal lighting 7 In brief, ballet halls can be fatal 10 Individuals can see an attempt to communicate with the dead 11 An irritation can become an abscess 12 Amuse oneself on the foundations of ovals 15 A factor of each ostrich-like bird 18 Fruit juice is the drink of the gods 20 Outlaw a prohibition on a morse component 21 Expose to danger, a little briskly

DOWN 1 Backwash 2 An abundance 3 Message transmitting device 4 Consumes food 5 Scorch 8 Bony outgrowth 9 Fewer 10 Splendid 13 So be it 14 Open sores 16 Possess 17 Activities 19 Too

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22 Sweets bend in wastelands DOWN 1 A watch kept for our Nancy 2 Ample from a lead up to Easter in a happy ending 3 A telegraph instrument becomes a word processor, perhaps 4 Devours provisions 5 Partially burn the cleaner 8 A warning device for

a wind instrument 9 Subordinate to being not as great in quantity 10 Imposing a pension by the first 13 An expression used after a prayer by a group of fellows 14 Otherwise cruels gumboils, perchance 16 Own part of Fifth Avenue 17 Bothers disturbances 19 As well as into the bargain, to boot

Facts and oddities of the English language Fickleheaded and fiddledeedee, both 12 letters long, are the longest words consisting only of letters in the first half of the alphabet.

A morning to remember

EDITORIAL DEADLINE Editorial is always welcome. Copy deadline for the August edition of Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper is July 31st, 2013

THEY came along to enjoy ‘A Morning with...’ Dale Burridge and Danielle Everett but members of the capacity audience were treated to much more as they were enthusiastically and professionally entertained by the well-known duo in ‘a morning to remember’ at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Dale and Danielle, original stars of the Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, brought the house down (figuratively speaking) with Music of the Night, a show that included vocals from Lloyd Webber, Puccini, Freddy Mercury and George Gershwin to name just a few.


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Dale and Danielle, centre, are pictured with members of the ‘A Morning with...’ audience after the show.

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SENIORS NEWS Accordionist Ossie Mazzei celebrates ‘The BIG 100’!

THE next free Australian Army Band concert will be held on Saturday 27 July at 11.30am at Robina Community Centre. At the request of the band, this will be the first Saturday concert. Reservists will be featured as part of the band. Special guest will be Corporal Patrick Yeates from the RAAF Base at Amberley and the Air Force Puppy Foster Care Program, who will talk about the program and how to become a foster carer for the puppies. Mudgeeraba Lighthorse will be supported with a raffle on the day.

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music making its world premiere, a real treat for audience members. Many past entrants have gone on to composing careers after encouragement from the competition, with several indicating that it was the Gold Coast Composers’ Competition that “introduced them to composition when they had not considered that as a means to express their musical language.” Music teachers Jennifer Newcomb and Ve Helgeson first started the competition in 1988 and still play active roles. For further information, please email: or phone: Ve Helgeson on (07) 5538 2874.

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THEY came as young as three-years old to the 25th Annual Gold Coast Composers’ Competition held in June at Robina Community Centre. Presented by the Music Teachers’ Association Inc - Gold Coast Teachers’ Group, the individual performances were judged on the ideas behind the musical compositions; not on actual performance skills. The 2013 Adjudicator was Dr Robert Davidson PhD, Grad Dip, BMus (Hons), Lecturer University of Queensland. All music presented during the competition—ranging from piano, vocal, instrumental and scores for short films—was unique Australian

made sure Ossie’s 100th birthday celebration was a very special occasion. A very special occasion for a very special man.

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years. Wife Rose and daughter Paulette have both passed away but son Leo and other family members and friends

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that. Ossie turned the page of his personal score from 99, to an amazing 100-years young. Guests—and accordions—came from near and far to join in the party (and a great party it was), held

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at the Italo-Australian Club on the Gold Coast. Ossie arrived in Brisbane in 1930, aged 16, from the island of Elba in Italy’s Tuscany region. Initially, Ossie worked as a stonemason with his father while studying piano accordion. He had had to leave a button accordion, which had been a passion, behind in Italy. It wasn’t long before Ossie became known as a concert artist and a teacher. During World War II he performed for fellow Australian Defence Force troops. On becoming a professional accordionist, Ossie toured Australia before forming his own orchestra—

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