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ACHES and pains, stiff knees, high blood pressure and creaking shoulders are all par for the course as our bodies age, but you can remain mobile and healthy by exercising in water, which supports the body. This Gold Coast Mature and Determined group (MAD) now has a new Active and Healthy Ambassador in the shape of Col Hart, who has been on a major health journey over the last 18 months. Almost wheelchair bound, in pain and very overweight, Col has been transformed into someone who now gets the most out of each and every day. Through participating in the $2 Aqua Fit and MAD classes at Southport Col has lost over 38kgs and has a new lease on life. The classes not only provided an avenue for him to begin moving again in a weightless environment (water) they also gave him the motivation and social connections to keep on going. There are 5 classes per week at Southport Pool (GC Aquatic centre) and 2 weekly at both the Helensvale (Mon 10am and Thurs 12noon) and Nerang Pools (Tues and Thurs 9.30am). Due to his enthusiasm and commitment to encourage more people to improve their lives and get active and healthy, Col has now become the Gold Coast first Active and Healthy Ambassador. To get involved and find out more about the Active and Healthy Ambassador Program phone 5581 5233 or email

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SENIORS NEWS 2012 – Year of the Yang Water Dragon WHAT kind of year will 2012 be? From a Feng Shui standpoint 2012, the year of the Yang Water Dragon, brings many possibilities for good fortune. Most people know that water covers 2/3 of our planet & comprises 95% of our bodies; we simply cannot live without it. In Chinese element theory, water produces wood, which signifies growth and is the natural element of the dragon. Associated with thunder, lightning and arousal, the Water Dragon personifies cre-

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ativity at its best. Water Dragons occur every 60 years, so we have had Yang Water Dragons in 1952, 1892, 1832, etc. In 2012 the Yang Water Dragon Year started on January 23 and ends on February 9, 2013. The incoming year of the dragon will be “full of energy� and the spirit of the dragon will make everything seem “larger than life�, say Chinese astrologists. The year, they warn cryptically, will be an over-ambitious and daring one but also bring good fortune and happiness. Successes and failures will be magnified.

Disasters and fortunes will occur on a larger magnitude with many surprises and violent acts of nature. Dragon years are traditionally filled with pageantry, festivals and

elaborate celebrations. These years hold potential extravagance, grandiose ambitions and futuristic enterprises which soar to the forefront with drama. The essence of Dragon years is ‘

unpredictability’, and the average Dragon year can be exhausting, bringing both spectacular victories and some memorable defeats. For Chinese New Year celebrations, it is customary for Chinese families to have living blooms in the house, which symbolise rebirth and new growth. The Chinese believe that without flowers, there would be no formation of any fruits, which, in turn, would negatively impact a family’s fortune. Therefore, it’s critical to incorporate flowers into their Chinese New Year decorations. The most prominent colours of the Chinese New Year are red and gold, red symbolising happiness and gold for wealth.

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SENIORS NEWS Get out and about in the Tweed during NSW Seniors Week

THE Tweed Shire Senior Citizens Committee have outdone themselves again. An extensive program has been put together of events across the Tweed Shire. Seniors clubs, community organisations and local business have come together to put on a week of informative and fun activities. Come and try bowls, bridge, bellydance or golf croquet. Try researching your family history, participate in gentle exercise, lifeball or aqua aerobics. Learn how to use E Books, mobile phones or the hydrotherapy pool. Have fun on a bus trip to the brewery, at a rock and roll dancing exhibition, school concerts or at a comedy morning at Banora Point. Some of the new events this year include the “Young @ Heart Film Festival ‘ peoples’ choice

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screening to be held at Kingscliff Cinema. The Festival consists of a number of short films featuring well known Australian Actors over 60. The people’s choice award voting is a special event in seniors’ week across NSW. A Mental Health and

Healthy Ageing Forum will be held at the newly opened Men’s Shed in Murwillumbah. This forum open to both men and women will focus on the importance of mental health in the ageing process. A Twilight Coastal Walk will be held on the

Monday evening. The walk is paced to suit all abilities and will include a cultural and historical commentary. On returning to Jack Evans Boat Harbour the walkers will be serenaded by the ‘Coolangatta Ukulele Players’ while relaxing with light

refreshments. A more detailed program will be available in next month’s issue of Gold Coast/ Tweed Seniors Newspaper and is available from Tweed Libraries and Council offices, Registered

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Men’s Probus Club - Burleigh Heads THE Men’s Probus Club of Burleigh Heads wants to expand it’s membership base. Retired men who are interested in joining are welcome to come along - free of charge - to our next meeting on Tuesday 6th March at the RSL Hall, 6th Avenue, Burleigh Heads from 9.30am to 12 noon. Morning Tea, Guest Speaker, good fellowship. Just turn up on the day or, if you prefer talk to Peter first on 5576 6170. Looking forward to seeing you.

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SENIORS NEWS Senate inquiry into palliative care

THE Senate has launched the most broad ranging inquiry ever into the entire Australian palliative care system. CEO of Palliative Care Australia, Dr Yvonne Luxford, welcomed the inquiry, which she believes is “long overdue”. “One of the most important aspects of the inquiry is the issue of access to palliative care,” Dr Luxford said. The broad scope of inquiry means the committee will also examine and make recommendations on the system’s ability to serve the needs of those in rural and regional areas; Indigenous people; individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; people with disabilities, and children and adolescents. “I am happy with the scope of

the terms of reference,” she said. “Sometimes broad terms of reference can be problematic but there are just so many aspects around the provision of palliative care which need to be addressed that it’s great to have such broad terms of reference. “The Productivity Commission, for its Caring for Older Australians inquiry, had really broad terms of reference and it came up with a fantastic report. So we expect the Senate to do the same. “I would expect the outcome of the Senate inquiry to fairly mirror the claims of the Productivity Commission, which states that palliative care is the core business of aged care. We know that’s true and we need to ensure that also comes out of the

inquiry.” “One of the things we really hope for, given how broad the terms of reference are, is an incredibly wide variety of submissions to the inquiry – not only from older Australians but from people working in aged care. This is your opportunity to make a change,” said Dr Luxford. For more information on the inquiry and its terms of reference go to committee/clac_ctte/ palliative_care/info.htm. Written submissions from interested individuals and organisations are currently being sought and must be received by the committee by March 2, 2012. The committee is expected to produce an inquiry report by September 12, 2012.

Older Adults Only THE Older Adults Only program is a series of monthly events especially designed for the quarter of the Gold Coast’s population who are aged 55 and over. It is made possible through the support of the Friends of the Library. On Tuesday 6 March, 10.30am – 11.30am, Volunteers in Policing

Broadbeach will present “How to stay safe and protect yourself”. Discover how to be safe and feel safe, with practical and sensible information from Volunteers in Policing. Location is Broadbeach Branch Library, 61 Sunshine Blvd, Mermaid Waters. Phone (07) 5581 1555 to book.

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SENIORS NEWS ‘The Doyles’ People’s Choice Award winner

MUDGEERABA’s 8th annual national d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards and Exhibition, known colloquially as The Doyles, drew record crowds over 10 days in December, with organisers anticipating the trend to continue in coming years. Visitors journeyed through a purposely arranged maze-like gallery within the Mudgeeraba Foundation Centre on School Street to view 330 pieces of original art submitted by close to 200 artists. The set-up ensured something of interest around every corner. Geoff Hale from Aspley, Qld won the major $6000 prize for his

winners in other divisions were David Wells from Macleay Island with Tam, an oil painting entered in Portrait/Figures, and local artist Maureen Bainbridge of Miami for her pastel still life titled A Moment of Light. The $500 People’s Choice Award, this year sponsored by the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society ADFAS Gold Coast, was Pictured either side of The Bookshelf are (l-r) presented on Closing People’s Choice Award winner, artist Christine Day by ADFAS chairman Ann Dean to Atkins, Jennefer Doyle, wife of the late d’Arcy Christine Atkins of Doyle, and ADFAS chairman Ann Dean Stafford, Qld for pastel landscape, Sunset Queensland artist Christine’s oil work The from Currumbin Rock. d’Arcy Doyle, whom the Bookshelf. This detailed The Landscape category Art Awards honour, painting also won features prominently Christine second place painted mainly because late in the Still Life section. landscapes. First place

Ladies Probus Club of Mermaid Beach Inc SISTER Club Kapiti Women’s Probus Club of NZ. Ladies – are you bored with life? Do you have time on your hands? Are you lonely? Want and need female company for outings and fun meetings? Come and join our Ladies Probus club. We meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10.00am – 12 noon at the Broadbeach Bowls club. We have morning tea, an interesting guest

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HELENSVALE & Southport Bridge Club, an affiliated QBA Club, is a small friendly club who play duplicate bridge at the Southport Community Centre, 6 Lawson Street, Southport, each Wednesday. As well, we also play at Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive, Helensvale, each Monday. Both commencing at 11.30 am. Everyone is most welcome. Please call Libby on 5593 0695.

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OUR $10,000 Easter Open Singles will be upon us soon. Players have a choice of playing qualifying rounds on either Easter Saturday 7th April or on Sunday 8th April. Last 8 will play on Easter Monday. Numbers are limited so get your entry in early, available from our website or phone Brian Baldwin on (07) 5532-1277. We have 3 excellent lawn bowling greens, 2 of which can provide shade in the summer months in the form of retractable shades. Our lovely lady Coaches are ready to welcome any new players wishing to take up bowls. Coaching is free and coaching bowls are supplied for lessons. All you need is a pair of flat shoes, shirt with collar and sleeves, and a hat for sun protection. Get on the phone to the Club on 55321277 to make enquiries. Club Activities: Darts – Mixed: Every Sunday sign up at 2.30pm. Play 3 - 6pm. Pairs – mixed draw $5 entry fee. Prize money 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Highest ladies Peg. Highest mens Peg. See Dennis Frost at Club on any Sunday. Also Wednesday night competitions and trips away. Mahjong – Every Thursday afternoon between 1 & 4pm. Very social. Tea & bikkies no charge – anyone wishing to join us for a game will be made most welcome. Usually 3 tables plus. For enquiries please phone Nevis Uniacke on 5539-5587.

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MISS Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea. As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom! When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and He could no longer resist. “Miss Beatrice”, he said, “I wonder if you would tell me about this?” pointing to the bowl. “Oh, yes,” she replied, “Isn’t it wonderful? I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven’t had the ‘flu all winter?”

SENIORS NEWS Tweed Valley Toastmasters

New member Anne McLean welcomed by Katina Kidd Vice President –Membership,

WOULD you like to gain confidence to have your say at meetings and public forums, give a speech or presentation. What about that “Father of the Bride” speech you are worried about? Tweed Valley Toastmasters could be the very avenue for you to develop these skills. Our enjoyable and informative meetings are held at 10 a.m at the Cudgen Leagues Club on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Diverse topics ranging from the serious to the sublimely funny are discussed. Anne wowed us all at the last meeting with her Icebreaker Speech entitled “The Journey” and Katina delivered a very interesting talk on Daisy Bates “Queen of The Desert” Visitors and new members are most welcome, do come along and hear for yourself. Enquiries to Joyce Pagan 07 5524 7407.

Australia/NBN to further boost Telehealth takeup A NEW $20.6 million telehealth program utilising the National Broadband Network (NBN) will provide new and innovative in-home telehealth services to older Australians, people living with cancer and those requiring palliative care. The NBN Telehealth Pilot Program is to deliver services to patients in NBN rollout areas and provide feedback on how this program and other health care measures can be delivered nationwide. The existing telehealth program is already proving popular with Australian patients and doctors, making it easier for people to receive care and advice via videoconferencing when and where they need it. Six months after the Government introduced Medicare rebates for telehealth consultations, uptake has grown steadily with more than 7,000 services provided by over 1,200 clinicians around Australia, mostly to rural and remote areas.

Telehealth is a cost effective, real-time and convenient alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care and advice. It removes many of the barriers, such as distance, time and cost, which prevent patients from accessing timely and appropriate healthcare services. Over time, the NBN will provide an enhanced nationwide platform that allows homes, doctor surgeries, pharmacies, clinics, aged-care facilities and allied health professionals to connect to affordable, reliable, high-speed and high-capacity broadband. Older Australians,

who are much more likely to require care and support from a wider range of health professionals stand to gain the most from the boost to telehealth services. Senator Conroy said he expected successful pilots will commence providing services from 1 July under the NBN Telehealth Pilot Program. “Telehealth will transform health care delivery in Australia. This trial will make a real difference to the lives of patients with high health care needs living in NBN early rollout areas, particularly those in regional, rural, remote and outer metropolitan areas,” he said.

The Zonta Club SOUTHERN Gold Coast Tweed is holding their 20th International Women’s Day Breakfast on Thursday 8th March, 2012 at 6.45am for 7am. Proudly supporting Zonta local and international projects. Breakfast at Princeton Room, Level 3, Bond University Centre, Bond University. (6.45am -8.30am). Our speaker is Robyn Henderson. Adults: $50, Students $40. For more information please phone 5535 3477.

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SENIORS NEWS Clean Up Australia Day - Sunday 4th March 2012 on the Gold Coast CLEAN Up Australia Day Gold Coast residents are join an existing Cleanup visit the www.CleanUp DAY. Local environment 2012 is fast approaching encouraged to register Site or claim your own A u s t r a l i a D a y. o rg . a u group Gold Coast and on Sunday 4th March, and now as a volunteer and Litter Hot Spot. Simply website or call 1800 CUA Hinterland Environment Council (Gecko) is calling for the identification of Litter Hot Spots and problem areas in the Gold Coast area which will be registered locally so that site registration can be promoted in those areas Gecko on (07) Introducing the contact 5534 1412 or Great Deals on portable “Interceptor” indoor scooters including In 2011, the Gold Coast A New Sporty, had 12 registered 4W GoGos, Ideal to use in streamlined business sites, 20 your home, nursing home scooter with registered school sites, 4 loads of features registered youth sites and or pull apart to take to the 58 registered CUAD from Merits. shopping centre sites. Test Scoot Now community in your car In addition to this, Gold Coast had over 400 preregistered volunteers and • Large range of New & Used all the hundreds of Scooters from Shoprider, Merits, Invacare people who joined the & Pride clean up on the day. Gecko has successfully • Wheelchairs/Walkers coordinated the Clean Up Visit the BEST • Lift Chairs Australia Day event on showroom on the • Daily Living Aids the Gold Coast in coast to view our cooperation and on the • Power Chairs great range of behalf of Gold Coast City • Huge range of Spare Council since 1998. scooters and Parts & Accessories Gecko President Lois equipment. • Free Home Demos Levy said “Gecko is • Interest Free Finance Showroom open Monday - 3/25 Industry Drive TWEED HEADS SOUTH committed to promoting Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm the conservation, (conditions apply) and Saturday protection and • Expert Servicing restoration of the Gold 8.30am - 12 noon • Hire Equipment Coast and Hinterland • Emergency Breakdown Service environments and is pleased to be involved

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WOULD you like to go on an outing each month with a group of friends? Would you also like to join these new friends and be entertained and enlightened by a guest speaker once a month?. Kirra-Tugun Probus Club, a social club for retired/semi retired couples/singles, hold their meetings at 10am on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Currumbin RSL with guest speakers and monthly outings. Any prospective members or visitors please call our Secretary on 55357237 and join in the fun.

A memorial within Allambe Memorial Park or Tweed Heads Memorial Gardens’ tranquil surrounds is a lasting tribute of remembrance for those we love. It provides a permanent, secure setting where their life can be commemorated with dignity and a place where families and friends for generations to come may visit to honour their ancestry.

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THE Runaway Bay VIEW Club meet every 2nd Wednesday of every month at La Piazza Restaurant, 21 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay. Ladies, come along make new friends and enjoy a friendly welcome, interesting speakers, and a delicious lunch. We promote friendship whilst proudly supporting The Smith Family. Our next meeting is Wednesday February 8 th . Bookings essential: Phone Ann 5577 4712 or 0419 161 246.

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JP witnessing at Tweed JUSTICES of the Peace have recommenced the witnessing of signatures at the following locations: Tweed Centro Shopping Centre each Tuesday from 10am-2pm and at Tweed City Shopping Centre each Thursday from 10am – 2pm and 5pm -7pm. Have a great New Year! For information contact Donna on 0414 894 368.

THE Gold Coast Seniors Health and Lifestyle Expos have assisted over 25,000 baby boomers and seniors of the Gold and Tweed Coast since 2008. They have provided health and lifestyle information such as retirement living options, home care, seniors travel, investments, hearing and optical care and much more. In 2012 we will continue with Expos being staged at: Palm Beach, Care N Share Centre on Thursday March 22nd Runaway Bay, Community Centre on Thursday May 17th Broadbeach, Albert Waterways Centre on Tuesday July 17th Twin Towns, Twin Towns Services Club on Thursday September 20th Southport, Community Centre on Wednesday November 21st All exhibitors with products and services relevant to seniors are

invited to participate in our 2012 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 There will be plenty on offer for baby boomers and seniors with over 75 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. Entry is free and the expos run from 9am to 2pm. This year our Patron “The merry medic Dr James Wright will attend the expos at Broadbeach and Southport. If you require any further information please contact the event organiser Warren Elwell on 5525 0512 or mobile 0409 277 430.

Seven facts about climate change and hunger WHEN it comes to protecting the world’s poorest inhabitants from the erratic weather and natural disasters that many scientists expect in coming years, hunger is a key part of the discussion. Here are seven facts that explain why. 1. By 2050, climate change is expected to increase the risk of hunger by 10-20 percent compared to a no-climate change scenario. 2. By 2050 we can expect 24 million more malnourished children as a result of climate change. Almost half of this increase, 10 million children, will be in sub-Saharan Africa. 3. Between 1980 and 2006 the number of climate-related disasters has quadrupled. 4. The number of people affected by climate-related disasters is expected to

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reach 375 million per year by 2015. 5. In 2010, climate-related extreme events and disasters affected some 300 million people, most often in countries which have little capacity to cope. 6. With climate change, two thirds of the arable land in Africa could be lost by 2025, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. 7. By 2030, climate change could push food prices up by 50-90 percent more than they would otherwise be expected to rise, according to a recent report by Oxfam. If you would like to make a difference and have some fun at the same time, play the online free rice game at Every time you answer a question correctly 10 grains of rice will be donated to hungry people through the World Food Program.

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SENIORS NEWS Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club

A guided tour and lunch at the beautiful old ‘Newstead House’ in Brisbane was the last outing for the year by members of the Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club. The Club meets on the third Wednesday of the

month at the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads at 10.30am with a monthly guest speaker and coach trips. Visitors welcome. Phone Barbara 5538 1475 or Pat 5576 8332.

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WOULDN’T it be great if you could find some products to use in your garden that weren’t full of heavy chemicals? Australian products that were made using only all-natural ingredients? Well now you can – Natural Solutions Pty Ltd are a family owned Gold Coast based business who specialise in manufacturing a range of all-natural products designed for use in both your garden and around the home. One such product is called “Bill & Benz” Soil Reviver and is aimed at making the soil in your gardens healthier and more productive which in turn ensures that your plants or vegies are stronger and healthier – remember that healthy soil = healthy plants. This easy to use product is simply mixed with water and applied through your watering can and the company is so convinced that it will make your garden grow better that it offers a money back guarantee on all of their products. The product contains all of the vitamins, minerals

and trace elements that healthy plants require and is currently being used by an increasing number of vegetable farmers, turf producers and Councils across Australia because it is both environmentally friendly and it works. The website also contains 100s of handy natural tips for use on all sorts of problems around the home or garden. Natural Solutions are currently offering a great introductory special for all readers of the Australian Seniors Newspaper – order a 1Ltr bottle of Soil Reviver either safely through PayPal on the internet at or on the hotline – 5520-0696 – for those who don’t have internet access and the first 100 customers will receive a 10% discount on the price plus free delivery anywhere on the Gold Coast. So if you would like a healthier more natural garden, why not take advantage of this offer today and make your garden the envy of your street. See advertisement on this page.

Visit the people who know how to make your feet, Happy Feet DO you suffer from heel pain, knee pain or Back pain? Do you find it hard to find shoes that fit or comfortable shoes that also look good? Sole Integrity is proud to offer a great range of International footwear brands and combined experience of over 100 years in fitting shoes. The Dr Comfort Footwear range is medical-grade footwear designed to make life more comfortable and is a popular and highly recommended brand overseas, available in Australia through the two locally owned and operated Sole Integrity stores on the Gold Coast. Designed specifically for difficult to fit feet, the trained staff know the difference these shoes can make to everyday living. “We really understand the benefits of correctly-fitted footwear, and the damage incorrect footwear can do,” said Sole Integrity’s retail director Anne Truscott. “Dr Comfort footwear can really enhance people’s quality of life. With full-grain quality leather uppers and Lycra, Dr Comfort shoes are available in three different width fittings for every style to provide fit options. Ask about new Dr Comfort compression wear, in store now, designed to reduce the incidence of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). What is DVT? A thrombosis is a blood clot. The clot may block a blood vessel, causing potentially serious health

effects. A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blot clot that forms in the deep veins of the leg. A DVT in the thigh carries a risk of pulmonary embolism. This occurs when the clot loses it’s attachment to the inside of the vein, leaves the leg and lodges in the pulmonary artery, the main blood vessel to the lungs. If the clot is large enough it can completely block the artery and cause death. Dr Comfort Compression wear has been developed to help improve circulation and assist in preventing swelling and tired, achy legs and feet. Graduated compression is also recommended to assist in recovery and rehabilitation after sport and help improve circulation for people after injury and/or surgery. “Wearing Dr Comfort Compression Wear is like having your feet up all day” Risk factors include: prolonged travel on planes; women during and after pregnancy; after surgery recovery; obesity; diabetes and vascular conditions; standing on feet all day and varicose veins. So, visit the trained staff at Sole Integrity to view the range of Dr comfort footwear and socks products along with International brands Ecco, Merrell, Arcopedico, Orthaheel and Birkenstock. Sole Integrity can be found at Shop 37, Level One, Oasis Centre, Broadbeach (phone 5531 7491), and Shop 63, Showcase on the Beach, Coolangatta (phone 5599 4544) or visit the website


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THE Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) has entered it’s 55th year of operating rail tours. Over 940 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. The excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Every Queenslander would know about one of our state’s great rail journeys – The Sunlander which travels through our great coastal scenery three

times a week following the Sunshine Route., but only twice a year does the Winelander take to the rails for a weekend escape to the Granite Belt to visit the regions great wineries. Run by the Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division), the air conditioned Winelander departs Brisbane on Saturday 18th February This diesel hauled relaxing two day tour escapes the hustle and bustle of the city as the train travels out through the western suburbs, through the salad bowl Lockyer Valley and climbs the scenic Toowoomba Range. As the train speeds through the wheat growing areas on the Southern Downs, a delicious lunch is served to passenger’s seats and short wine tasting sessions are held in the club car just to get you in the mood before the train arrives at its destination. Local Granite Belt wines are presented for tasting sessions (whites are usually the flavour of the day on the forward journey) in the club car. On arrival at Stanthorpe coaches will take passengers to a selection of wineries, then to a special dinner at Anna’s Italian Restaurant.

Never Alone Friendship Centre THE Centre meets weekly and addresses the needs of over 40 visitors and this number is growing. We have lot of fun with morning tea, various table games, bowls, a knitting circle, crafts,darts,and a reading library. We also have guest speakers and go on outings during the year. We encourage anyone who feels lonely to drop in and see what we are up to. People can give us a call on (07) 55622993 for more information.” Colin went on to say. There is no cost involved and transport can be arranged in certain circumstances. The Centre is located at the Burleigh Heads Uniting Church on the corner of Burleigh Street and West Burleigh Road Burleigh Heads.

The train departs on Sunday morning a 10am for the return to Brisbane with reds being the flavour of the day during the wine tasting sessions and once again lunch is served as the train passes through the Southern Downs board. Arrival back into the city is scheduled for around 6.00pm to conclude a very relaxing week end escape. Special discounts are available for groups of 15 or more on the Winelander. On Saturday 3rd March the destination for the first steam tour for 2012 is Landsborough in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Forget about the traffic hassles heading to the coast, relax on the train as it steams out through the northern suburbs. At Landsborough there is the option of a coach tour to Montville on the scenic Blackall Range or transfer to Caloundra and Pelican Waters by coach for a cruise on the northern end of the Pumicestone Channel. The annual Rail and Sail to Redcliffe is on Saturday 12th May. Travel by launch from Southbank to Redcliffe and rerun by steam train from Sandgate. This tour operates in reverse also for those who would prefer an afternoon cruise. Lunch is included in the fare and for those who prefer not to travel by boat a steam train only option is available. To book or order a brochure, phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times.

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You can still win a copy of “Dust, Dags, Drongos & Flies”! OOPS! The gremlins wormed their way into our system in our December edition of the newspaper, and we published incorrect details of entry dates. You can still win a copy of Laurie Dicker’s book either for yourself or as a gift for family or friends by entering our giveaway competition. To enter, write your name and a daytime contact telephone number on the back of an envelope and mail it to ‘Dust, Dags, Drongos & Flies’, Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin, Qld 4565 to arrive by 20th February, 2012. All entries already received will be included in the draw. The first entry out of the barrel will win! Good luck. More information about Laurie Dicker and his publications is at

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LIONS are pleased to announce the charter of a new club on the Gold Coast when District Governor Lorraine McKenzie presented the official document and regalia to the new President of Lions Club of Gold Coast Mermaid Broadbeach, Graham Jones. OAM The Luncheon which was attended by representatives of all Gold Coast and some Brisbane Clubs, was held at Miami & was a glittering affair and was the 4th Lions Club plus 2 Leo Clubs commenced in 2011. President Graham told the gathering that as some service clubs worldwide as well as Australia has difficulty in keeping members or indeed growing membership that Lions have increased

some 4% this year alone. It is a sign of the respect that this International organisation is held by the general public that realizes that 100% of all monies raised by the public are returned to the Community. “My new club has Chartered with 46 members and we intend to be a strong voice in the local Community for many years to come, and we thank one of the Gold Coasts longest serving Lions Clubs, Burleigh Heads who have given over 54 years of Community service, in sponsoring our new club.” If Community minded members would like information in joining the club they can phone 55 722735.

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HERE we are into another year, & looking forward to meeting up again with our existing members at our 1st meeting of the year on 22nd February @ 5.30pm also to encourage anybody over 50 who would like to join our branch, to meet new people & make some new friends. National Seniors Australia is a not for profit organisation with branches across Australia. It has approx. 240,000 members & lobbies with local, state & federal parliaments to help improve Senior’s issues such as aged care, health issues, transport & a range of things to help improve the wellbeing of Seniors. Local branches such as ours

meet monthly at the ALL Sports Club, All Sports Drive, Nerang every 4th Wednesday of the month @ 5.30pm. Our committee organises social outings monthly, as well as having interesting guest speakers at the meetings. There are also monthly coffee meetings where members enjoy card games or just to socially interact with other members over tea & scones, a game of Petanque is played monthly followed by a BBQ. Our branch has been in operation 9 years this year & a lot of friendships have been made & maintained. For further information or enquiries contact Beth 07 5500 4818 or Margaret 07 5594 3771.




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THE Coolangatta Tweed Heads Ladies Probus Club meets on the 3rd Monday of the month in the Renaissance Room at Twin Towns Services Club at 9.30am (Qld). We look forward to seeing members and visitors on Monday 20th February. Morning tea and guest speaker makes this an enjoyable morning. Contact Shirley 07 5599 3868. February 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 13

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War Widows Guild WAR Widows Guild Gold Coast South commence their monthly meetings on 1st Monday of each month commencing at 10.15am at Currumbin RSL Club. New members are welcome. For more information phone Pat( Secretary) 5535 5612.

Only 30 places for each session, so ring (07) 5524 3057 to book your spot. 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 sixteen PC’s and four 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 the 24th February 2012 at 12noon. Further information about the club can be obtained by visiting the club’s new web site at or contacting Jenny on 07 5524 3057.

Friendship Force Int

FRIENDSHIP Force International is a home hosting organisation with more than 350 clubs in 50 countries around the world. The Gold Coast club is celebrating 20 years with a weekend of activities including a dinner at Bond University on Saturday 17th March with special guest Lex Bell who was the first Mayoral Patron of the Gold Coast club in 1992. Friendship Force clubs exchange visits to learn about and promote peace and understanding of different cultures. It is non-profit, non-political and non-religious. The next general meeting is on 19th February. Phone 5578 9535 for information.

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ARE you over 50 and have always wanted to learn more about computers, art and painting, learn a new language, craft, health and wellbeing, enjoy music? U3A North Gold Coast offers over 40 courses and we are taking membership applications now! We are now

in our newly refurbished premises at Labrador Community Hub, Billington Street, Labrador. Come in and see us or phone 5529 0583 for more information. Office Hours 9.00am - 3.00pm weekdays.

Oxenford-Coomera VIEW Club

THE Oxenford-Coomera VIEW Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 10.30am for 11am at The Lost City, Red Lantern Room. Cnr Reserve Road and Brygon Creek Drive, Upper Coomera. All are welcome to make new friends, enjoy lunch and guest speaker. VIEW Clubs proudly support the Smith Family and involve the Voice, Interests and Education of Women. Please RSVP to Corinne on 5665 9379.

Motor Neurone Support Group

THE Motor Neurone Support Group Gold Coast is inviting all newly diagnosed and those wanting to come along to The Italo-Australian Club, Fairways Drive, Carrara, each 2nd Saturday of the month at 2pm. Information and support for those in need. Contact Dianne Nitz (President) 0411 742 265 or Social events are enjoyed by all.

Do you need Pals PALS is a friendly social group for couples and singles aged 50 plus. We meet monthly at the Broadbeach Senior Citizens Club and activities include walks, trips away, club visits, dinners, theatres, bbqs, plus loads more to choose from. New members are always welcome. For more information phone Peter on 5520 0534.

Kingscliff Mixed Probus Club KINGSCLIFF Mixed Probus Club hold its’ meeting at the Uniting Church Hall on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10am with an outing on the 3rd Wednesday. Contact Colleen on 5523 2110 for more information.

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Steve and Martin McGrath seen here at the Tallai Country Golf Club. Martin lives and works in Singapore, and was visiting Steve and his family for Christmas

Fight Dementia - make 2012 a year to remember ALZHEIMER’S ‘Fight Dementia’ campaign was launched late last year, when the federal government announced it would cease specific dementia funding from 2013. Since then, the Department of Health and Ageing has collapsed all existing health funding streams into a new funding system – a health and aged care flexible funding pool – which means the organisation will need to compete with others for money. There are currently 267,000 Australians living with dementia and the number of people with dementia is set to increase by almost 50% over the next 10 years. By 2050 there will be almost one million Australians with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia wants the Commonwealth to restore dementia as a National Health Priority, guarantee continual funding, and provide $500 million over five years to address key concerns and fight the disease. If you would like to support the fight you can sign up as a Dementia Champion, write to your Federal Member of Parliament and Senators for your state and share your story. Go to http:/ / to sign up as a Champion. Alzheimer’s Australia offers support, information, education and counselling. Contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

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HEART Foundation Walking launched a new walking group at Stockland Burleigh Heads Shopping Centre recently. The walking group is a great way to get active, meet new people and its fun, free and easy. Heart Foundation Walking is funded nationally by the Medibank Community Fund and the Australian Government. It is also funded by the QLD Government to get more Queenslanders active and the ACT Government through ACT Health. The walkers meet outside Big W at 7am and will walk inside the shopping centre for 45 minutes. For those wishing to join the group, they can talk to staff and pick up a leaflet at Stockland Burleigh Heads Customer Care Centre or call the Heart Foundation on 1300 36 27 87. Why do people “walk” in a shopping centre? The shopping centres provide a safe environment which enables walkers to participate “rain or shine”.

Walkers who are new to physical activity or are recovering from a health issue enjoy being able to walk on a smooth surface with no obstacles The shopping centres are away from traffic, other pedestrians and are safe from dogs Walkers have access to public toilets as well as seating The participants walk laps around the shopping centre and are encouraged to walk at their own pace “Participating in a regular walking group can help you become healthier through reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke and helping to reduce body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol”, said Cherie Nicholas, Queensland Heart Foundation Walking State Coordinator. “People who enjoy regular physical activity live longer, feel more energetic, have stronger bones and muscles, feel more confident, happy, relaxed and are able to sleep better,”

Heart Foundation Walking groups are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The program has the added bonus of helping you stay motivated by providing a friendly social environment as well as a walker recognition scheme offering incentives at various walking milestones (e.g. 25 walks). “Joining a Heart Foundation Walking groups provides an opportunity to get all the health benefits of walking along with the social aspects of being in a group,” said Ms Nicholas.

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Surfers Paradise VIEW Club THE Surfers Paradise VIEW Club meet on the second Tuesday of each month and will return for luncheon meetings for 2012 at the Southport Golf Club in Slayter Avenue on the 14th February at 11.30 am. Visitors and new members are always welcome. If you would like to attend please call Nancy on 5592 6730 by Friday 10th. We proudly support the Smith Family.

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THE Miami Ladies Probus Club hold their monthly ROBINA National Seniors meet on the 3rd Tuesday meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the of the month at Robina Community Centre, commenc- Broadbeach Bowls Club commencing at 10am. Morning 10am. Morning tea, guest speaker and regular ing tea and guest speaker. New members welcome. social outings. Call Dagmar on 5559 2717. Phone Joan on 5527 2048 or Margaret 5575 8615.

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Law, Finance & YOU Illegally accessing your super early can cost you more than you think DURING difficult financial times it might be tempting to access your superannuation savings early. However unless you meet strict conditions it is illegal and can cost you more than you think. The ATO is concerned about the number of illegal schemes being promoted that offer people access to their super savings early.

People who offer easy access to your superannuation, usually for a substantial fee, may not be telling you the whole story and should not be trusted. Promoters of these schemes typically take advantage of people with a limited understanding of how super works and charge large fees or commissions in order to gain access to your super and

will say you can access your super earlier than you are entitled to. These schemes are illegal and you could face penalties as well as jail time long after your money is spent. You may also find yourself the victim of identity fraud where promoters steal a person’s identity and their superannuation benefits. These thefts can go un-noticed for some

time and cause long term problems for the individual in obtaining finance in the future. If you have entered into an arrangement that sounds similar to these schemes it’s important to contact the ATO as soon as possible. Talking to us voluntarily means you may be entitled to a reduction in any penalties that may apply and we might be able to protect

your identity from being used in other illegal activities. Last financial year the ATO identified over 1,280 people involved with illegal schemes to access super early and assessed them for an additional $9.4 million in tax and penalties. The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Australian Securities and Invest-

New personal property securities register ON 30 January 2012, a national scheme governing all types of security interests over personal property will commence. The aim of the new na-

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governments into a single register. This reform will eliminate duplicated effort and cost in searching multiple registers. Broadly, a personal prop-

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erty security interest occurs when a person or company takes an interest in personal property as security for a loan. For example, a bank or money lender will hold a security interest over your car while you are paying off your car loan. The car itself is security for the loan, so if you default on your loan, the lender may repossess your car to recover their costs. The registers currently operated by Queensland which will be replaced by

the new national register include the Register of Encumbered Vehicles (REVS), which lists security interests held over vehicles and boats. So, when you are buying a used vehicle, instead of doing a search on REVS, you will now search the PPSR. A single search (cost:$3.70) will provide national information, so you will be able to find out whether there is any debt or other interest on the vehicle or boat anywhere in Australia.

ments Commission have successfully prosecuted four promoters over the past 12 months who received jail sentences. It’s important to think carefully before entering into arrangements that offer easy access to your superannuation benefits. In addition to paying excessive fees or commissions (sometimes in excess of 30% of your super balance) you could be taxed at rates as high as 46.5%. You may access your super early if you are experiencing financial hardship or have strong compassionate reasons, talk di-

rectly to your super fund and they will advise you what to do next. If your circumstances allow you to legally access your superannuation benefits this will usually be free or cost a nominal fee and you do not need to pay any third party to help you. If you have been approached by a scheme promoter to access your super early, or have information about people making such an offer, call the ATO on 13 10 20. For more information about these schemes visit w w w. a t o . g o v. a u / superschemes.

ACFT scams survey 2012 THE Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) would like to know about any scams that you have received and how you have responded to them. Gathering this information will help to improve the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of scam offenders. Take a minute to fill in the 2012 ACFT scams survey at AustralasianConsumerFraudTaskforceOnlineSurvey2012. You can also visit the Australian Institute of Criminology website The survey will run until 31 March 2012 and should only take a few minutes to complete. Your participation is entirely voluntary but please only complete the survey once.

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“The study affirms the urgent requirement for reform and the removal of out-of-date regulation which inhibits the provision of new services designed to meet client need,” Aged Care Association of Australia chief executive Rod Young said in a statement. The Australian Cost of Residential Aged Care Research report says research “confirms that returns generated by operators of modern facilities are inadequate to justify investment in new supply”. The research found that providers would need to make between $26,500 and $32,200 from each high-care bed before tax every year to achieve an acceptable rate of return on their capital invest-



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ment. But average earnings were just $6700. The Productivity Commission has acknowledged the sector is facing a crisis. In August last year it recommended a complete overhaul of the system, with separate charges for care and accommodation. It proposed “progressively” deregulating the number of care packages provided in the community and the supply of hostel and nursing home beds. Older Australians would contribute up to $60,000 for the cost of their aged care and face “uncapped” charges for nursing-home accommodation under the proposal now being considered by the federal government. The commission believes accommodation bonds should be allowed for all residential care - they are currently banned for high-care places - but they would be optional. The government is yet to respond to the commission’s recommendations but Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised Labor will “start aged-care reform in this term of government”. The report was commissioned by groups including Aged Care Association Australia, Australian Unity, Aged and Community Services Australia and Catholic Health Australia.

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Duplex management simplified by new regulation DUPLEX owners have received a new year’s gift of new rules that will simplify the day-to-day management of their properties. The regulation, which will commence on 28 February 2012, allows decisions regarding the management of a duplex to be made by agreement between the owners of the two lots in the duplex, instead of having to go through a formal body corporate meeting and voting process. Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said the changes could benefit more than 13,000 Queenslanders who own lots in residential two-lot schemes, commonly known as duplexes. “In the past there was no differentiation between duplex schemes and larger multi-unit complexes. “Owners of duplex properties needed to prepare annual budgets, maintain administration and sinking funds, and make decisions using the same formal body corporate meeting and voting process as is required of their larger cousins,” Mr Bauer said. “This seems crazy when you’re talking about two neighbours managing and making a decision about their adjoining properties. “The introduction of this regulation means duplex owners will be provided with a simpler way to manage their properties. “They will be able to make decisions by written agreement and easily enforce by-laws rather than having to use the standard body corporate practices better suited to larger schemes. “For the first time they’ll have the freedom to manage their properties in the way that best suits them.” Mr Bauer said duplex owners would still have access to the Office of the Commissioner of Body. Corporate and Community Management’s dispute resolution service. For more information on the new regulation visit or call 1800 060 119.

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THERE was a man who had worked all of his life, had saved all of his money, and was a real miser when it came to his money. Just before he died, he said to his wife, “When I die, I want you to take all my money and put it in the casket with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife with me.” He got his wife to promise him with all of her heart that when he died, she would put all of the money in the casket with him. Well, he died. He was stretched out in the casket, his wife was sitting there in black, and her friend was sitting next to her. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, “Wait just a minute!” She came over with a box and put it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down and they rolled it away. So her friend said, “Girl, I know you weren’t fool enough to put all that money in there with your husband.” The loyal wife replied,” Listen, I’m a Christian, I can’t go back on my word. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that casket with him.” Her friend asked, “You mean to tell me you actually put that money in the casket with him!!!!?” “I sure did,” said the wife. “I got it all together, put it into my account and wrote him a cheque. If he can cash it, he can spend it.”

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AUSTRALIAN researchers say daily mental exercises can give over 50s the brain performance of people several years younger and may also keep them in the workforce longer. A group of 34 people aged 53-75 who took part in a clinical trial at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology showed improvements of around 10 per cent in mental processing speed after completing a US online brain-training program. Swinburne Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Con Stough said the improved speed was similar to the performance of a younger brain and if the study results could be replicated on a larger scale, they could have important implications for both older workers and retirees. “A major societal health issue for an ageing population is not only the greater incidence of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, but also the impact of normal age-related cognitive decline,” he said. Many people stayed in the workforce longer for economic reasons, so it was important they did not leave it prematurely for cognitive reasons. “We want them to be as active as possible as they get older and continue to enjoy the world and continue to engage in our community.” Professor Stough presented his findings at the Brain Health and Natural Medicine conference on 6 and 7 February 2012. Courtesy: National Seniors ‘Connect’

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AS I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realised that I don’t really give a toss. It’s the tortoise life for me! If walking or cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years. A tortoise doesn’t run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years. And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so. I’m retired. Go around me!



St Andrews is ‘home’ for Shirley

The baby boomer generation is changing the landscape THE Retirement Village Association (RVA) estimates there are approximately 1,850 retirement villages in Australia, accommodating around 180,000 people. Given Australia’s ageing population, the RVA expects the sector to increase almost threefold over the next four decades. The number of Australians aged 85 years and over is projected to increase from 0.4 million in 2010 (0.2 percent of the population) to 1.8 million (5.1 percent of the population) by 2050, when more than 3.5 million Australians are expected to use aged care services each year. The baby boomer generation continues to influence Australian culture, resulting in an ageing population and placing strain on current aged care facilities. Governments acknowledge that reform is needed to meet the challenges of an ageing population and legislation is being refined to protect retirees’ interests in retirement village contracts. According to RVA/Grant Thornton research, retirees today have greater expectations of their life in retirement. They want more space and privacy: for example, a single bedroom won’t cut it – they expect two or even three bedrooms, provisions for extended family visits, storage, entertainment and solitude, while also catering for a community feel and offering quality resident amenities. The retirement village industry is predicted to be the fastest growing area of the property sector, with a projected investment in construction of billions of dollars over the next decade or two. There is a growing desire for a lifestyle choice that delivers security, social interaction and freedom from the traditional family home.

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St Andrews, Shirley enjoys good friendships; her role as secretary of the Palm Beach Red Cross, also not far from St Andrews by car, and holidaying at different destinations. For further information about St Andrews

ST Andrews Lutheran Aged Care facilities are located in a picturesque and tranquil semi-rural Tallebudgera Valley setting, only minutes drive to shopping at Stocklands Burleigh Heads and The Pines Elanora, and to Pacific Motorway entry. Established in 1994, St Andrews provides a range of community living options including a 72-bed residential aged care service and 24 one and two-bedroom independent living units.

Shirley Price has lived in an independent living unit (ILU) since 2006 and, without question, considers it ‘home’. Shirley’s well-maintained two-bedroom, twobathroom unit has a small garden at the front and a balcony at the rear that captures mountain and valley views, as well as an outlook over trees and a large oval of green belonging to nearby St Andrews Lutheran College. Frequent visitors to Shirley’s balcony include parrots, peewees, crested

Lutheran Aged Care Tallebudgera, 2 Sullivan Road, please phone (07) 5576 3559 or email: Shirley is pictured on the balcony of her ILU, with other St Andrews facilities in the background.

pigeons and other birdlife. There are many things Shirley enjoys about living at St Andrews. “My life has not changed since I moved here,” she says. “I am still able to do all the things I did in the past but I have the comfort and security of knowing that care is here if I need it. If I go away, I leave knowing that my home is in good hands. Moving to St Andrews wasn’t the end of life for me, just a change.” Apart from her home at

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

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

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plus further subsidies include the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Repatriation Health Card (Gold Card); TPI – Totally and permanently incapacitated (Gold Card); War widow/widower card; Health Care Card; Pensioner Concession Card; Repatriation Health Card-for specific conditions (white card); Seniors Business Discount card and Carer business Discount card. Contact The Department of Communities to check if you are eligible for any of these concession cards, and to check what subsidies you are entitled to and how to access them. Phone 137468 or visit website: www.communityservices.qld.

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

Retirement Gardens on Lindfield artist makes Bundles of Bears A Gardens on Lindfield resident who has limited mobility due to multi focal motor neuropathy has a new found love for making big, beautiful, handmade bears. Jean Montague, who once led such an active lifestyle, was left wondering what she was going to do to fill her days. With her husband now having to help Jean with a lot of her day to day tasks she was looking for a special hobby she could call her own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw a bear advertisement in a magazine and thought that would be something I would love to do, so I contacted the bear group and we catch up once a week where we make our bears and discuss new ideas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bear group meet outside of the village which is wonderful as its lovely to be able to get out and about.â&#x20AC;? All of Jeans bears are one of a kind handmade artist bears and most of them are made from

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individual characteristics.â&#x20AC;? Jean keeps nearly all of her bears but does like to donate one bear a year to the residents craft group that meet in the village. She has just recently finished what she calls her clown bear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is just gorgeous, made of black mohair

with blue glitter eyes a red nose and he even has a pointy hat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he is the perfect clown bear.â&#x20AC;? Lend Lease Retirement Village, The Gardens on Lindfield will be having their Open Day weekend from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday 29th February â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all are encouraged to visit.

Where I have and have not been I HAVE been many places, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been in cahoots. Apparently you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go alone, you have to be in cahoots with someone. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also never been in cognito, I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however been in sane. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips, thanks to my family, friends and work. I would like to go to conclusions, but you have to jump and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not too much on physical activity anymore. I have never been in doubt, that is a sad place to go and I try not to visit there. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm. Sometimes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in capable and I go there more often as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting older. One of my favourite places to be is in suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart. At my age I need all the stimuli I can get. And more and more I think of the hereafter . . . several times a day in fact, I enter a room and think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;what am I here after.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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Southport, has 21 floors of apartments and a fullfloor community area. Manager Kath Lawrie said residents shared a real feeling of community and enjoyed outings and social events together as well a full calendar of recreational activities. ‘Grande Pacific offers an enjoyable lifestyle that is without peer,’ she said ‘with the added advantage of support if required.’ ‘We feel the present is an excellent time to let everyone know what we have to offer – everything from one bedroom apartments to prestige three and four bedroom residences, with several styles to choose from.’ ‘Apartments feature the finest in fixtures and fittings and, combined with our extensive services,

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

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

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

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Have you always dreamed of retiring to the seaside? enjoying a dip in one of the 2 swimming pools. All of TriCare’s villages are equipped with a 24 hour emergency call system for your security and peace of mind. Of course there are many other activities and facilities that our residents enjoy such as

a gymnasium, games room and billiards, along with many spacious areas to relax in and make the village your home. The village also has its own mini bus so the opportunity is there to organise day trips and social outings with

people of a similar age and with similar interests. There is a choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments available, with 2 bedrooms starting from $265,000. To help you furnish your new home TriCare is offering a $5000

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Merrimac Park Private Care Hastings Point Retirement Community that is located just south of Tweed Heads and nestled between the relaxed coastal towns of Cabarita and Pottsville. TriCare have taken care of retirees for over 25 years in QLD with a solid reputation for ownership, development and management of communities. A short 200m stroll from

the village, through a nature reserve, is a surf beach that is never overcrowded. Our residents enjoy early morning and evening walks along the pristine beach and keen fishermen cast a line in the breakers. Back at the village the grandchildren particularly love their time with you watching videos in the cinema or

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Superior Care Group Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the opening of Merrimac Park Private Care, a hotel-style purpose built facility conveniently located on Queensland’s Gold Coast. For over 30 years Superior Care Group has been committed to providing excellent care and community involvement to its residents. This has been achieved through our use of innovative therapies, modern clinical and residential care practices and an inclusive philosophy for the ageing. Commonwealth approved residential aged care is available for those seeking the comfort of 24 hour nursing care. There are a limited number of vacancies for Low Care, High Care, Secure Dementia Care, Palliative Care and respite. Merrimac Park Private Care caters for all classes of residents. Some of the features at Merrimac Park Private Care include:

• All private single rooms with ensuite • Private patios on ground floor rooms • Catering for couples • Peaceful landscaped and open-space views throughout • Ageing in place, guaranteed access to high care services • Specialised dementia and palliative care • Access to visiting medical and therapeutic specialists • Ceiling fans and air-conditioners in each room For further information or to make an appointment, please contact Letisha Gleeson, Head of Operations on: (07) 5618 1111 during business hours or email: or visit us at: Keep on dancing it’s a shortcut to happiness

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News from THE TWEED Doreen Welsh - Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year THE Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year for 2011 is Doreen Welsh, coordinator and founder of the not-for-profit group Twin Towns Friends Association. Mrs Welsh is being

recognised for her community leadership and the tireless effort she has put into coordinating the organisation she founded in 1997 to address loneliness and isolation of older

ers. The volunteers then visit the elderly people in their own homes for regular chats. “Often our volunteers are the only people our clients speak

people in the community. With the assistance of a band of 60 volunteers, the Association provides recreational and social activities to frail aged and socially isolated members

to all day,” Mrs Welsh said. Mrs Welsh (left) is pictured with Twin Towns Friends Association client Barbara Anderson of Tweed Heads South.

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Wommin Bay Village “It’s not just a house but a home” is a 70 bed facility comprising of low-care beds. As part of the 70 there is a ten bed dementia specific area and we age in place if able to meet residents needs adequately. We also provide three respite rooms for the community. Wommin Bay Village is set in spacious grounds near the beach in Kingscliff. There are 6 houses or residences. All houses vary in size from 8-15 rooms and have a communal kitchen, lounge and dining room in each house. All the rooms are single rooms with ensuites. Accommodation can be made for a married couple. Services include 24hr staff, choice of medical practitioner, visiting podiatrist, visiting physiotherapist, newspaper delivery, visiting hair dresser, personal care and help with medications as well as laundry and room servicing. Catering: All food is prepared fresh in our kitchen, this includes homely baked dinners and scrumptious scones with jam and cream. No precooked food. There is also a full time Activities Director who plans lots of outings and activities.

THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre welcomes all ‘50 & over Seniors’ in Coolangatta and Tweed Heads areas. Visitors are also welcome. The Centre has a large range of activities including Bingo, Indoor Bowls, Card Games, Computer Lessons, Ballroom Dancing ( New Vogue), Light Exercise, Mah Jong, Meditation, Qigong , Rock & Roll, Swing & Sway, Snooker & 8 Ball, Tai Chi, Table Tennis, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Concerts, Library, Hairdresser & Beautician. We now have a new activity “Knit & Natter, Craft & Chatter” which has already become very popular. Our next free concert will be on Monday 27th February @ 1-00pm Qld time. This Concert will feature the fabulous “Dixie Jazz Band” and will include “Trumpet, Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano/Keyboard, Banjo, Drums, Washboard and Vocals. All of these wonderful musicians will provide a great afternoon of entertainment and we can guarantee that you will be thrilled by their performance so we hope we see you there. All members and visitors are invited to come along and enjoy any or all of these activities/pastimes and meet new friends. For enquiries, information or events leaflet and concert bookings, phone 07 5536 4050 or call into our centre at 2 Gerrard Street, Coolangatta. We hope to see you soon at Cool Cooly Seniors.

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of the Tweed community. Mayor of Tweed Councillor Barry Longland offered his congratulations to Mrs Welsh on her award. “Doreen has battled long and hard for many years to keep this free service going for her elderly clients and is very deserving of this recog-

At The Eye Care Clinic, our specialists care enough to see you as people, not just as someone with a problem. So Doctors Novakovic and Svoboda personally see you all the way through your procedure - right from the first visit until they’re totally satisfied all is well. Nor does this high level of care mean that you’re charged an arm and a leg. Whether it’s cataract surgery, glaucoma, lid tumours, diabetic eyes, iritis, laser surgery, squints, dry eyes or lid malpositions, we actively work to keep the costs as low as possible. When you want someone that not only takes a sight better care of both you and your health, ask for The Eye Care Clinic. You’ll see we really do care.

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nition on Australia Day,” Councillor Longland said. Mrs Welsh said her volunteer work had never been about receiving honours or recognition but she was thrilled to receive the award. Volunteers are matched with clients referred by a variety of service provid-

Twin Towns Day VIEW Club TWIN Towns Day VIEW Club March luncheon will be held on Thursday 1st at the function room at South Tweed Sports Club – time 10.30am DST for 11 am. - where the ladies will be informed on the merits of consuming and the making of wine by connoisseur Steve Read. Our first trading table of the year should be a good one with perhaps an ‘un-

Twin Towns Seniors Social Club THE next meeting for Twin Towns Seniors Social club will be on 13th February, 2012 in Four Seasons Carvery, Twin Towns. Doors open at 8.00 am Qld time for bus allocation tickets. Meeting 8.45 am. 2 bus trips per month inc m/tea & lunch. New members phone Marg 07 5524 3972.

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needed to someone’ Xmas present which would be just the thing for someone else. Looking ahead with great anticipation, is the International Women’s Day being held on March 8th. Bookings for both the luncheon and the I.W.Day is essential by ringing Freda on 07 55 241 357 prior to February 28th. .....Visitors are very welcome.

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News from THE TWEED Tweed Shire Volunteer of the Year

JOHN Lee, Tweed Shire Volunteer of the Year for 2011, is being recognised for his role in setting up and coordinating the not-for-profit charity You Have a Friend, which offers support to the homeless and neediest in Coolangatta, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Chinderah. John has been able to organise food goods generously donated by local businesses to be picked up, sorted and distributed during night outreach programs, and also food drops, Court support services and regular breakfasts and lunches held in a range of locations across the Tweed. Many volunteers work with John to bring this lifeline of contact and care, including Year 11 and 12 students from St Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College and Mt St Patricks College, teachers, and community and church members. John has inspired many with his hands-on approach, energy and organisational leadership in helping others. John also speaks at local schools and organises the National Homeless Week sleep-out to successfully raise awareness of, and bring practical assistance to, the homeless in the Tweed area. Pictured is John Lee, Tweed Shire Volunteer of the Year for 2011.



U3A Twin Towns U3A Twin Towns Inc hold classes at Coolangatta, Tweed Heads and Tugun venues and it is not too late to join. Expression of interest in Astrology, Art (Portrait, Animals or Folk), Italian, Japanese, Beginners Tap Dancing, Saturday Table Tennis and Thursday morning 7.45am (Qld)

Walking Group Coolangatta. Tea n Talk commences 2nd Wed in month at 2pm (14th March) at Tweed Library with followup discussion the 4th Wed. each Month. Call office before Noon (Qld ) 5534 7333 or Website: htp:// siteu3atwintowns

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Audio Book Club THE Audio Book Club is perfect for those who are vision impaired but love books and want to talk about them. With recommendations for books that are available on CD and through the librariesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; online eAudio collection, this Club meets at Southport Branch Library. The next meeting is Wednesday 15 February, 10.30am - noon.

Keep your brain active THE Tweed Bridge Club welcomes new members. Lessons, supervised play, mentoring and have fun while making new friends and improving memory. Phone Dinah Morgan on 02 6676 3136 for more 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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The huge cost of sleep disorders

A NEW report released by the Sleep Health Foundation has counted the cost of sleep disorder related issues to Australia. The report found that sleep disorders cost the Australian economy $ 5.1 billion a year in health care and indirect costs, and a whopping $ 31.4 billion per year if you count in the loss of “life quality” associated with sleep disorders. Treating sleep disorders makes up a relatively small chunk of the $5.1 billion direct cost to the economy. The research found $270 million a year is spent on directly caring for those with sleep problems and a further $540 million on treating side effects such as high blood pressure. By far the biggest chunk - $4.3 billion - comes from lost productivity, caused by absenteeism and poor work performance. A further $650 million is lost through indirect costs such as workplace and car accidents. Professor Hillman, who is head of pulmonary physiology and sleep medicine at Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and a director of the WA Sleep Disorders Research Institute, urged politicians and busiREG Mark celebrated his 100th birthday at the Kingscliff Probus Club Xmas nesses to pay more attention to the problem. Party at the South Tweed Sports Club in December. Reg has been a member “At the moment there is a concentration on healthy for 29 years and is a life member. He has held every position in the club and diet, regular exercise, alcohol moderation and smokdid the newsletters for 15 years. He worked for the Education Department as ing,” he said. “But a good night’s sleep isn’t there a school councilor and on his retirement had the Chinderah Motel built of (on the agenda) and it’s got to be.” which he was the proprietor. He now lives with his daughter Helen at Tweed “Poor sleep is increasingly common amongst AusHeads. tralians, with one in three people regularly struggling with their sleep. It is vital that sleep disorders receive increased focus as a health priority. Now that we know the economic costs we hope that we can work with the Australian Government, GPs and employers to reSOLACE is a support group for those grieving the loss of a partner. awaken Australia.” We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Pacific Fair Community For more information on sleep disorders visit Room at 10.30am. Phone Betty for more information on 07 5580 7034.

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Valentine’s Day wishes from Pets for Therapy FOR 23 years, Yvonne Cody, founder and coordinator of Pets for Therapy, and her team of able volunteers (both human and canine) have brought a compassionate magic to residents in aged care facilities and respite centres throughout the Gold Coast, as well as to the blind and visually impaired, and to those in mental health facilities. For the first 16 years of Pets for Therapy, Yvonne’s communitywork companion was her white poodle Jo Jo and, for the last 7 years, it’s been her silver poodle Misty who, says

Yvonne, “has become much loved at the facilities we visit.” It’s Misty who is pictured amongst Valentine’s Day finery in a photo taken by Yvonne, as all at Pets for Therapy send good wishes to everyone on the Coast. Honouring the work Yvonne and her dedicated team do, Pets for Therapy was runner-up in the ‘Gold Coast Community Organisation of the Year’ category at the International Volunteer Day Awards 2011 held in December at Southport Sharks Football Club. Pets for Therapy has

Reaping the benefits of G’Wellness

TWO months ago I saw on television a story on D’Care about it managing sugar levels. I also saw the laboratory tests for G’Wellness. I was so impressed I decided to trial G’Wellness for myself and I bought two bottles. Since being on G’Wellness I have lost all pain in my right side, around the liver/gallbladder area, which I have suffered from for some time. My stomach is not bloated any more. People have commented on how well I look and that the puffiness has gone from my face. I have an improvement of mind clarity and more energy. I left western medicine in pursuit of an alternative, as it hadn’t helped me. I stayed with a preventative medical practitioner

until his retirement in 2008, but then had to become reliant once again on western medicine. I had learnt so much that I decided to become a homeopath and supplemented my medication with homeopathy. I researched Chinese Herbal remedies, Australian Herbal remedies and home remedies. I obtained a Doctor of Arts (Major Psychology) Degree and then studied counselling and mediation counselling. I later obtained a PhD in ministry. My health appeared to be on a decline once again and I was constantly on antibiotics. Then along came G’Wellness. I haven’t needed western medicine as much and my health is improving, as is my energy. I suffered malaria while in the tropics and

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was prone to chronic malaria, which too has now changed. My anxiety levels have almost disappeared. I had a crisis point where I felt a bit off colour and a herpes type blister appeared on my right hand index finger. I had chicken pox mildly as a child and shingles at seven and fifty-six. The G’Wellness I believe pulled out the herpes virus and allowed it to disappear from my body. After the crisis I began to feel better still. I seem not

to need as much food and have lost weight. My sleep has also improved. I am about to start my third bottle of G’Wellness and can only say I am keenly interested in how much better I get thanks to G’Wellness. Rev. Dr. Judith Taualai [D’Care & G’Wellness are complementary medicines produced by DB Biocare. More information on these products are available online at or by calling 1800 220 061 or (07) 5699 9910.]

also already been awarded two certificates in 2012, one in conjunction with the group’s nomination for ‘Gold Coast Citizen of the Year’ in the Gold Coast City Council Australia Day Awards and the other the Gold FM Community Service Award. Congratulations, Pets for Therapy! Anyone who would like further information about the not-for-profit Pets for Therapy can contact Yvonne Cody on (07) 5578-2607 or email: Yvonne will be happy to hear from you.



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Do you want a new challenge? DO you want a new challenge - Exercise the mind and body with Croquet, a game for all ages. Come to the Tweed Heads Croquet Club, 39 Recreation Street, Tweed Heads. For more information please phone the club on 5536 7019. February 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 31

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SENIORS NEWS Morning tea launches 25th birthday celebrations

Australian Shuffleboard Assn (Qld) Inc.

ARE you new to the Gold Coast? Perhaps you would like to make new friends and have some light exercise in congenial surroundings. We invite you to come and see if you would like to play Shuffleboard. All equipment is supplied. An experienced player will introduce you to the game and rules of play. This game can be played by any age group. The first morning is free, later mornings are four dollars per morning for non members which includes morning tea /coffee, members pay $3. There is no need to be bored or lonely on the Gold Coast; we are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members. Come along and join us for a morning of fun. Days of play are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (Elanora).Thursday (Coolangatta) 9-30 am -12 pm. Elanora Club is at the end of Pines Lane (exit 92 from north or south M1 highway). IT was a morning tea with a difference - a kick-start to a year of 25th Coolangatta is on 3rd floor of “Showbirthday celebrations at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. case on the Beach” Griffith St. Talented singer Christine Taylor entertained with song, while the Phone Fay 5575 9203 or Marj 5536 vibrant and innovative ensemble, Soapbox Theatre Productions, 3781. held guests’ attention with an amusing action-filled skit. Arts Centre general manager Destry Puia officially welcomed everyone to the event, saying “We are one of the oldest regional theatres in Queensland and with that mantle comes a history steeped in significant achievements.” Mayor Ron Clarke offered congratulations on behalf of the City. Locals were invited to share in the birthday cake, an elegant scaled- ON Friday 17th February 2012 there will down replica of The Arts Centre itself. Alva Turner of Sorrento is be an Introduction to Family History pictured by the cake before it was whisked away to be sliced and Research from 9am-11am by the Gold shared amongst the many who attended the morning tea celebra- Coast Family History Society. The tions. class will be held in Room 3 in the

Gold Coast Family History Society

Royal Air Forces Association THE Royal Air Forces Association meets on the 4th Wednesday each month at the Surfers Paradise RSL at 10 am. Ex Commonwealth Air Force members and all others interested are welcome to join us for meetings and social events. Come along or ring Geoff on 5572 5682.

Nerang Bicentennial Centre, Nerang Southport Road, Nerang. If you have ever wondered how your family came to be living in Australia, or if you have any convict ancestors, please come along and see how enjoyable family research can be. Please book by phoning Karen on 5533 3693.

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Assoc. of Independent Retirees

THE Gold Coast Branch of the A.I.R. has a special meeting on 8 March. We have invited and received acceptances from all candidates to a Mayoral Candidates presentation with Q’s & A’s. All retirees are welcome. Where? Broadbeach Seniors Centre, 23 T.E. Peters Drive (behind Convention Centre) Broadbeach. The Investor Group will meet on 15 February and 21 March; General Meeting with a Speaker, second Thursday every month; Investor Group meets third Wednesday every month. Meetings start at 9.30am. Free coffee and biscuits. All retirees are welcome to attend. Enquiries call Graham 5526 9225 or Bill 5520 0019.

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Africa! It’s ALIVE!!

FROM the famous migration of the wildebeest on the game-rich plains of the Masai Mara to the pink clouds of flamingos covering the Rift Valley’s soda lakes, there is nowhere else on earth quite like East Africa. In August, Travel Masters will escort a deluxe small group tour to this spectacular region, with the 26day itinerary also taking in Egypt and this year,

Dubai. Bookings have just opened but, with a strict limit of 18 passengers, you’ll need to get in early. This deluxe tour fills quickly each year. Visiting the best big-game parks at the best time of year, the group will depart Brisbane on August 17, perfectly timed for one of nature’s most breathtaking natural phenomena as massive herds of wildebeest and zebra stampede

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

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

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

Pyramids is the fulfilment of a life-long dream for most travellers while the city of Cairo is imbued with mystery and intrigue. On a deluxe seven-day Nile cruise, you’ll discover more of Egypt’s legendary antiquities, like the God-sized temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, Aswan and world famous Abu Simbel looking out over Lake Nasser. The outstanding relaxation and enjoyment of the complete 7 day deluxe Nile cruise is a special feature of this spectacular tour.

Fully escorted from Brisbane, this exclusive 26-day itinerary is designed by the specialists at Travel Masters to feature the very best of African wildlife and Egyptian treasures in total comfort. The tour price of $13,990 includes all your flights ex Brisbane, deluxe accommodation throughout, comprehensive sightseeing and almost all of your meals. The tour is exclusive to Travel Masters and a full brochure is available through Travel Masters, phone 1300 852 799.

Turtle watching experience an ancient ritual

THE sea turtle has nested on parts of Queensland’s coast for thousands of years. To watch a sea turtle nest is to gain an insight into one of nature’s rituals. But this ritual can easily be disturbed. A sea turtle can be aged 30-50 before it begins to breed. Combined with this, the breeding season might be once in only two to eight years. Also, her hatchlings have a low chance of survival, with perhaps only one in 1000 possibly reaching maturity. All these factors make the sea turtle particularly vulnerable to human interference. People’s activities have had a substantial impact on all turtle species. 15 kilometres north of Bundaberg is the most important Loggerhead turtle rookery in the southern hemisphere. At Mon Repos from early November to late March you can watch giant sea turtles nest and their tiny babies race to the freedom of the ocean. Find out more by going to or call the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre on 1300 722 099.


Port Stephens - Nelson Bay Newcastle - Hunter Valley 7 Day Sat 10th - Fri 16th March 2012

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air boat ride through the reeds at Christmas. Leaving Orlando the tour heads north to Montgomery and Nashville – the Home of Country Music and then on to Memphis and Graceland – Home of Elvis Presley - and visit Sun Studios Next stop is New Orleans and the fascinating world of Creole and Cajun – visit Oak Alley Plantation and explore Bourbon Street. Travel on through Baton Rouge and Houston to San Antonio and visit The Alamo. Journey through Texas and across the Pecos to Fort Stockton – turn north to Carlsbad and visit the spectacular caverns and then on to Albuquerque. Visit Old Town – then on through Sante Fe to Durango. Travel through Four Corners and on to Kayenta with a trip into Monument Valley and an awesome barbecue at Rain God Mesa. Next stop is Flagstaff our base for the Grand Canyon where you

can explore the trails on your own or take a helicopter ride over the Canyon. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of this wonder of the world. Cross the new highway across the Hoover Dam and arrive Las Vegas – the City that never sleeps – a quick ride down the famous “Strip” and on to our Hotel for 2 nights. Time in Las Vegas is at your leisure or you may like to visit the factory outlets for one last “shop till you drop”!! The last day our coach tour takes us through the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles International airport where we board our Air New Zealand flight for Home. Be part of this epic tour that will leave you with great friends, wonderful memories and “stories that will last a lifetime” The Tour departs on 05 September 2012 -. For more information or a colour brochure please contact World Discovery Tours on 1 800 645 055.

Cruise the mighty Yangtze River in luxury THE Yangtze, largest river in China, and the third largest in the world is said to be the cradle of Chinese civilization. Known locally as the Changjian, it flows 6,300 kilometres from the snowy heights of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the East China Sea, just north of Shanghai, winding through some of China’s most spectacular scenery. Mandarin World (MW) Tours are the specialists in organising and operating small group tours throughout Asia. Their Mighty Yangtze River & Hong Kong 15 Day tour offers the most extensive and luxurious Yangtze River Cruise

experience without the hassles. All meals are included, as well as off shore excursions, deluxe staterooms with balcony, on board entertainment and much more. Combined with visits to Shanghai, Chongqing and Hong Kong this is definitely a tour with extra added value and more comfort. Starting with the excitement and vitality of Shanghai, you will have leisure time for shopping and your own interests as well as taking all the most famous landmark sights. Soon enough you will be enjoying the relaxed pace of your Yangtze River Cruise and the

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

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Darwin to Alice Springs. Finish with 1 night’s accommodation in Alice Springs, including breakfast and a free upgrade to a Superior room type! Add on an additional night’s accommodation in Alice Springs to enjoy phenomenal touring for only $62 per person per night! Alice Attractions includes 3 nights 4.5 star accommodation in Alice Springs, complete with a free night, and touring including a full day Palm Valley tour, an Alice Wanderer Town Tour with an extra free day’s touring, and an Attractions on Stuart Pass. Travel in style on Gold class on the Ghan to Darwin, including 1 night’s sleeper and meals, and enjoy 1 night’s 4.5 star accommodation in Darwin, including a free upgrade to an executive suite! All specials are valid for travel from 1st April through to 30th June 2012, with bookings available until March 31st. For more information on booking these super specials while they’re red hot, call RACQ Travel in Robina on 5689 1411 or email travel_rob@ Let one of our award-winning RACQ Travel consultants book your dream NT holiday today! Even better, RACQ Travel doesn’t charge credit card fees. February 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 37

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9 Days 12th - 20th June 2012 What a fabulous time of year to head north to our winter playground! Join Terry as we re-discover some of what the beautiful Queensland Coastline has to offer. Daydream Island is located in the Whitsunday Islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Come and relax, unwind and enjoy all that this island has to offer. Book now to reserve your seat on this luxury island escape! Cost:

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Let’s Get Preparing an emergency kit PREPARING an emergency kit is an easy and invaluable way to deal with the disruption storms can bring. Gold Coast City Council has compiled some handy hints for residents to better cope with severe weather. Kit items should be stored in a waterproof container, with the kit placed in the house where it can be easily accessed by all family members. The first item that should be included in an emergency kit is a battery-operated radio. In a blackout, it is the only reliable tool for your family to know what is happening. A torch is the next most important item. In a blackout, it’s impossible to read emergency contact numbers. Walking around a dark house also presents obvious dangers. Other items to keep in your emergency kit at all times include: first aid kit and manual; strong plastic garbage bags; tarp and tape for temporary repairs for protecting windows; tools to turn off utilities such as water, and copies of important documents in sealed bags. If family members are dependent on medication, make sure the kit includes sufficient medical supplies for several days.

Meet the Mayor

MAYOR Ron Clarke is visiting local libraries throughout the Gold Coast to meet and consult with Gold Coast residents. Take the opportunity to get to know your Mayor and have your say on the future of our city. Please book to guarantee a time. The Mayor will be available between 9.30am and 11.30am on Saturday 18 February at Elanora Branch Library, The Pines Shopping Centre, Guineas Creek Road, Elanora. Phone (07) 5581 5284 to book your place.

Interested in digital publishing? IF you are an aspiring writer who would like to find out about opportunities in digital publishing, then go along to an interactive talk with international award-winning fantasy author Louise Cusack. This free Creative Juices event will be held on Saturday 25 February at Elanora Branch Library from 9.30am to 12.30pm. RSVP to (07) 5581 7508 or

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Fulfil your New Year’s renovation resolution CRAIG Russell, Manager of Gold Coast flexible concrete resurfacing company Bluejet says “it’s time to put those new year’s resolutions into action, you know, giving up smoking, getting fit and undertaking those renovations around the home that you’ve been putting off for so long. At least Bluejet can help you with one of them! Renovating concrete areas like driveways, patios, paths, pool surrounds and garage floors is something that many people put off because they know that if they do it themselves, it will be a lot of hard work and they still won’t get a very good result. Concrete or aggregate needs to be thor-

oughly cleaned and proper preparation must be undertaken before applying coatings and not all coatings are the same! As a result, many do it yourself concrete paint jobs peel off in a short period of time. Bluejet treats and cleans stains from concrete and aggregate, using our state of the art high pressure cleaners and cleaning agents, grinds out and fills cracks and thoroughly prepares the surface before applying our famous, unique and exclusive ‘Topit Flexible’ concrete coatings, then we seal it with two coats of high quality protective sealer. 2012 is Bluejet’s 20th year in business on the Gold

Coast. We continue to work with our partners and undertake research and development, to provide better products and services, to withstand the variation in quality and movement in concrete. Our contractors are franchisees that work exclusively for Bluejet, not concreters who sometimes do decorative coatings and purchase whatever materials they can get their hands on. They are locals who are very experienced at what they do and you can bet they don’t have a new year’s resolution to get fit, because they are working hard every week, doing decorative concrete resurfacing. Topit Flexible is certainly not a paint. It’s a tough,

flexible, durable polymer and cement based coating that is mixed on-site and applied using a high pressure compressor and hopper gun. It can be mixed into a wide range of colours, applied in various patterns, is anti-slip and easy cleaning and comes with a 10 year warranty in residen-

tial applications. It all adds up to ‘better decorative concrete resurfacing’, so make 2012 the year to turn your concrete areas into something serviceable and beautiful with Bluejet. For a free quote call Bluejet on 07 55 000 939 or visit

Restoring the bush in your own backyard A GOLD COAST Council program to support bushland restoration projects on private property is open for applications this month. The Nature Conservation Assistance Program (NCAP) will provide private landholders with financial assistance to protect and manage native vegetation and wildlife habitat. Sustainable City Future Committee Chair, Councillor Peter Young, said the program would help enhance and protect the City’s natural assets and the long term viability of the citywide conservation network. The NCAP will assist landholders in carrying out natural resource management activities such

as: environmental weed control and bush regeneration to rehabilitate areas of native vegetation; restoration of areas known to provide habitat for rare or threatened species; planting of local native plants for the purpose of rehabilitating degraded areas or establishing vegetation corridors and buffer zones; planting of local native plants for the purpose of rehabilitating the banks of natural waterways and wildlifefriendly fencing to restrict stock access to significant vegetation, wetlands or riparian areas (must include restoration in conjunction with fencing). Projects eligible for funding must be on privately owned land within Gold Coast City. Other condi-

LEARN how to make a decorative Dreamcatcher as a gift; to display; to filter out bad dreams. Location is Southport Branch Library, Tuesday 28 February 1pm - 2pm. To book a place, please phone (07) 5581 7200. A GROUP of ladies and gentlemen interested in 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 13th February. All makes of machine are catered for and beginners and new members are always welcome. For further information phone 5537 1436.

tions also apply. It is anticipated the first successful projects will proceed from July 2012. Expressions of Interest open on 6 February and must be lodged by 5pm on 24 February 2012. For more information, or to discuss your proposal, please contact a Conservation Partnerships Officer on 5582 8344 or email

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SENIORS NEWS Unique Biographies – Your Story in Print

THE idea that “everyone has a story and every story is unique” forms the basis of an innovative Gold Coast venture aptly named Unique Biographies. Creators Kathy Stewart and Casey Stewart combined their varied talents to develop Unique Biog-

raphies. The concept was initiated by Kathy and Casey’s desire to document stories as testaments to lives lived, and as historical and personal memoirs for families and future generations. Kathy has years of experience as a Marriage Celebrant, working closely

with clients writing and creating personal ceremonies. Casey has degrees in Communications and Arts with majors in writing, and has completed her first novel. Kathy and Casey further believe that every person’s story is interesting. The two “have been

amazed by fascinating stories from people who would not necessarily consider their lives extraordinary” and feel it essential “for families to have a deeper understanding of family members’ lives; not just facts but emotions.” Examples include mar-

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Over 50s Village

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3 Bed - 2 bath - Walk in robe - Aircon - Solar Electricity - Security Screens - Tiled elfresco and much more! Close to public transport - Doctors - Shopping – POA.

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Across 8 OMEN: Sign (key) of nothing (o) for humankind (men) 9 ABOUT-FACED: A fight (a bout) confronted (faced) and turned around (key) 10 CARAFE: Decanter (key) for the artist (ra) in the ca.fe 11 STICK OUT: Project (stick out) you will see through to the end (stick out) 12 SUGGESTS: Gives heartless (omission indicator) guests funny (anagram indicator) hints (key) 14 EXPOSE: Reveal (key) former spouse’s (ex) stance (pose) 16 CAYS: Coral reefs (key) create a yellow scum on the top (initial indicator) 17 FOILS: Thwarts (foils) with fencing swords (foils) 18 CARD: Wag (card) is just one of the pack (card) 19 REBELS: Rises up (rebels) at the turn (reversal indicator) to hassle Beryl 21 SARDONIC: Perhaps (anagram indicator) Conrad is wry (key) 23 DREADING: Fearing (key) that five hundred (d) are reading 26 SINGED: Scorched (key) and damaged (anagram indicator) the design 27 PIGEON-HOLE: Small compartment (pigeon-hole) for a bird to nest in (pigeon hole) 28 ROES: Came to the surface (rose) to broadcast (homophone indicator) the fish eggs (roes)

Down 1 IMMACULATE: Organised (anagram indicator) the actual mime to be faultless (key) 2 ENLARGES: Expands (key) the hold (hidden indicator) between large ships 3 BAKERS: Cooking (anagram indicator) breaks for the bread makers (key) 4 BOAS: Constrictors (boas) can use scarves (boas) 5 STRIKERS: Soccer players (strikers) are refusing to go to work (strikers) 6 BACK-UP: Reverse (back up) support (back-up) 7 ZEBU: Keep (hidden indicator) a prize buffalo with the humped ox (key) 13 SUITS: Becomes (suits) sets of playing cards (suits) 15 STRAITENED: Aligned (straightened) but utterly (homophone indicator) restricted (straitened) 17 FASHIONS: Shapes (fashions) of the styles (fashions) 18 CROONERS: Can coroners become (anagram indicator) balladeers (key)? 20 ELATES: Uplifts (key) when screening (hidden indicator) “Annabel at Essex” 22 RESTED: Took a breather (key) with the remains (rest) of the journalist (ed) 24 RAIL: Complain bitterly (rail) about this means of transport (rail) 25 GLOB: Even (alternate indicator) young blood begins to clot (key)

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possibly only a service such as Unique Biographies can uncover and record for posterity. Kathy and Casey say that “at some point, people think it a great idea to document their personal stories. It is rare, however, to actually take the time to write them down, as the challenges of where to begin and how to structure and organise

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riages, or the birth of a child, with Kathy and Casey able to document not only official details, but feelings and circumstances and impact on the future. Events ‘outside the norm’, too, are important, such as a family member spending time in a foreign war zone. Possible scenarios are endless though all involve a depth that

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Iconic growth for beloved café

WHEN Shingle Inn opened its first store on Edward Street, Brisbane City in 1936, the thought there would one day be 22 stores nation-wide, with four on the Gold Coast, was unimaginable. Now open at Robina, Broadbeach, Helensvale and The Pines Shopping Centre, Shingle Inn has grown rapidly on the Gold Coast since the Robina cafe first opened in 2009. Shingle Inn Robina Franchisee Airdre Wendtmann is happy to see the expansion of the

iconic chain on the Gold Coast, especially for customers. “When I first opened at Robina, I had a lot of customers telling me that they remembered the original store in Brisbane, which filled me with a lot of confidence about my role here at Robina Town Centre,” she said. “It’s absolutely lovely to see grandparents bringing their grandchildren in and sharing the Shingle Inn experience, which has always been a part of our brand’s history.

I love that I get to be a part of that,” Mrs Wendtmann said. April Wu and Sam Zhao are the newest members of the Shingle Inn family, having recently opened Shingle Inn The Pines just prior to Christmas last year. Although owning their own café has been a new step for the young couple, they are looking forward to the challenges, and have been pleasantly surprised with the reaction of Gold Coast residents to their café.

“We’ve had so much encouragement from all of our customers, and it’s been really good to see so many families coming in, particularly when you can see several generations coming in to share a sweet treat together,” Ms

Wu said. Shingle Inn still bakes and delivers all products fresh daily, just like it did over 75 years ago and is looking to expand into South Australia, Victoria and the ACT this year.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Presentation to Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra IT was all happening at the Gold Coast Philharmonic’s Strings Attached concert, with much more planned for the coming Orchestra year. Leith Rickert (left), president of the Gold Coast Philharmonic, holds a cheque presented to the Orchestra by Dr Peter 154a Scarborough Street, Southport Ph: 5532 9944 Ochsenbein (second from left), founder and owner of e-mail: the Mudgeeraba Foundation and director of it trustee, Mudg Pty Ltd. The Mudgeeraba Foundation is a private charitable trust fund that aims to support indi6 Days each week viduals and organisations that are active mainly in (ring club for more details) the community of Mudgeeraba (plus Gold Coast and Hinterland) in the areas of health and environment, art and culture and education and sport. The occasion was the first of two Strings Attached concerts held at Robina Community Centre in December and featuring the Queensland Theatre of Puppetry and the Marionettes of Ken Begbie. Others in the photo include 15-year old guest violin soloist BINGO - 5 Sessions per week Membership Renewals Hayley Ko (centre), with Philharmonic conductor (ring club for session times) 1 year $5 Mark Turpin second from right and trombonist Anthony Simmonds. Pam Lowry, publicity officer for the MEMBERS DRAW 3 years $12 Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra says that “2012 Every Friday at 6pm & 8pm will be big” for the group. Rehearsals for the ANZAC Every Sunday - 2 Draws between 3pm - 6pm Day Tribute concert start in February, with an “open rehearsal” at the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Centre on Community Drive in Ashmore on Thursday 1 March. To book your spot at the free 9 Markeri Street Mermaid Beach - PH 55723463 “open rehearsal”, just go to www.goldcoast In NEW for air-conditioned email facilities, or call (07) Monday ............ Club Closed 5539-6076. Area Pam also is organising at Tuesday ............ 10.30am .... $500 & $1000 least two free Sunday Wednesday ...... 1pm ............. $100, $300 & $1000 ......... 7.30pm ... 2x$250, $500 & $1000 soirée events that will feaFriday ............... 10.30am .... $500 & $1000 ................... 7.30pm .... $500 & $1000 ture the Gold Coast Youth Saturday ........... 12.30pm .... $500 & $1000 ................... 7.30pm ... 2 X $250, $1000 Orchestra Centre’s new Sunday .............. 10am ......... $500 & $1000 grand piano in recitals, with special guests and FAME TRIVIA - Every Thursday - 7.00pm “FREE” afternoon tea. Other concerts throughout the year will include Ignite the Flame in July, Primavera in October, and Star Bright in December. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Society Inc has been perWednesdays, Fridays - 2 Courses forming since 1984. The (Menu changes weekly) 60-member Orchestra is conducted by Mark Turpin, with Margaret McAteer concert master. Members are Gold Coast professional musicians Open Tue-Sat Lunch & Dinner and highly-skilled amateurs. They range in age PH 55723463 - 9 Markeri Street Mermaid Beach from 17 to over 80.














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Calling all aspiring writers WRITING for Success at Broadbeach Branch Library on Wednesday 22 February, 10am - 11.30am, is to be presented by the Gold Coast Writers’Association. This free session is designed for emerging writers who wish to learn about acquiring agents and having their work published. Phone (07) 5581 1555 to book your place. Digital Publishing Opportunities takes place at Elanora Branch Library on Sat-

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BICYCLE Northern Star Legend MTB 26"/66cm. mens 4 yrs old. Exc.cond. $60. Ph 5547 5852. Ormeau. BOOKS assorted, gardening, cooking, golf, bowls, the lot $45. Ph 0412 216 739. Oxenford CARAVAN cover suit 16/18ft van, VGC, side sipper access fully lined custom made hardly used. $250. Ph 5514 2111. Hope Island. COMPUTER desktop Pentium4, 2.8GHz\2Gb ram DVDRW Windows 7 Office. Warranty. Can deliver & set up. $140. Ph 5528 0671. COMPUTER Pentium 4 win xp pro anti virus 17" monitor dvd and cd burner connected to internet all in good order. $90. Ph 5576 2416. Miami. COUCH & 2 arm chairs, white cane, poly, navy arm trims, never used. VGC. Cost 449, sell $340 ono. Ph 5563 2595. Labrador. CURTAIN tracks with drawcords 1 x 1790 x 1210, 1 x 1790 x 910. White, as new. $20 each. Ph 5546 7791. Ormeau. DINING table round, 6 chairs, wooden table with padded chairs. Cost $1000, sell $400 ono. GC. Ph 5574 4341. Arundel. DISHWASHER Fisher&Paykel, white standard 5 speed, brand new $400. P/up only. Ph 5522 6739. Elanora. DOUBLE brass bed including base and mattress. $200 ono. Ph 5524 8213. Banora Point.

DVDs boxed sets new, Ruth Rendell, Twin turtles, German cinema, each set $20. Ph 5539 6811. Ashmore. FOOTBATH Sunbeam massager with therapeutic aroma oils and attachments as new $45. Ph 5520 7224. Burleigh Waters. GLASS table top round seats 4-6 people $60. Ph 5564 7261. Ashmore. GOLF buggy, electric S.L150 walker, $1295 new. Little use perfect cond. with battery and charger. $500 ono. Ph 5594 2904. Clear Island Waters. HEALTH bed, electrically adjustable, new cond. less than 3 yrs old, cost $2,300, new mattress, Danish motors, steel frame, remote control. $500. Ph 5564 2343. Coombabah. KEYBOARD electronic 61 key plus stand. Brand new. Cost $160, sell $70. Ph 5522 5459. Elanora. LAWN bowls Henselite Dimple grip, size 1 H/ W as new, with new case, used 3 times, $125 ono. ph 5535 0528. Palm Beach. LOUNGE solid timber and leather 3 seater. $100. Ph 0439 715 145. Tweed Heads South. LOUNGE suite 1x3 with 2 recliners and 2x1 recliners exc. cond. beige, 1 yr old. $490. Ph 0413 295 735. Merrimac. LOUNGE suite, black leather flop style. 2 x 1 arm chairs plus 1x3 seater settee. All in VGC $250 ono. Ph 0431 529 717. Tweed Heads West.

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SLEEP apnea machine. Fisher&Paykel hc 608 with humidifier & accessories as new, lightweight in carry case. $480. Ph 0403 215 805. SOFA exc. cond. antique. $95 exc for bedroom or corner sofa. Ph 0413 295 735. Merrimac. TABLE bed side with adjustable top and adjustable height $50. Ph 5599 8083. Tweed Heads West. TABLE drop side opens to 610mm x 1200mm. solid timber VGC. Suit unit. $40. Ph 5593 1129. Robina. TEASPOONS crested over 100 UK & Europe $200. Ph 5576 7056. TERRACOTTA clay garden pots. 10 pots 30cmhigh, 5 pots 23cm high with saucers. VGC. $50 the lot. Ph 5526 4202. Southport. TOILET seat raiser molded, 100mm high w/ lid. As new $45. Women’s mags $2 for 5. Sofa bed brown VGC $85. Ph 0402 521 538. Runaway Bay. TYPEWRITER – Smith Corona Electric with spares, grey, VGC. Cover and manual included. $20. Ph 5579 8449. Clear Island Waters. VACUUM cleaner- 2 hand held portable vacs, brand new, suit car, boat, small cleanup at home clean couches, armchairs very useful. . $18. Ph 5563 2595 Labrador. VERTICAL blind 1 x 1790 x 910. White 99% blockout. As new. $40. Ph 5546 7791. Ormeau.



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WHEELCHAIR large, shower chair high medium, commode over toilet. $250 the lot ono. Ph 5594 7160. Labrador. WHEELCHAIR small folding 10 lbs weight. $100. Shower chair $30. Granny shopping trolley $30. Ph 0434 492 270. Broadbeach.

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Across 8 Sign of nothing for humankind (4) 9 A fight confronted and turned around (5-5) 10 Decanter for the artist in the cafe (6) 11 Project you will see through to the end (5,3) 12 Gives heartless guests funny hints (8) 14 Reveal former spouse’s stance (6) 16 Coral reefs create a yellow scum on the top (4) 17 Thwarts with fencing swords (5) 18 Wag is just one of the pack (4) 19 Rises up at the turn to hassle Beryl (6) 21 Perhaps Conrad is wry (8) 23 Fearing that five hundred are reading (8) 26 Scorched and damaged the design (6) 27 Small compartment for a bird to nest in (6-4) 28 Came to the surface to broadcast the fish eggs (4)

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Down Down 1 Organised the actual mime to be faultless (10) 2 Expands the hold between large ships (8) 3 Cooking breaks for the bread makers (6) 4 Constrictors can use scarves (4) 5 Soccer players are refusing to go to work (8) 6 Reverse support (4-2) 7 Keep a prize buffalo with the humped ox (4) 13 Becomes sets of playing cards (5) 15 Aligned but utterly restricted (10) 17 Shapes of the styles (8) 18 Can coroners become balladeers? (8) 20 Uplifts when screening “Annabel at Essex” (6) 22 Took a breather with the remains of the journalist (6) 24 Complain bitterly about this means of transport © Barbara Gettinby.- Cryptic Crossword Secrets - Where Every Answer is Fully (4) Explained. Books available from ph: 5473 5743 25 Even young blood begins to clot (4)

1 Faultless (10) 2 Expands (8) 3 Bread makers (6) 4 Constrictors (4) 5 Soccer players (8) 6 Support (4-2) 7 Humped ox (4) 13 Becomes (5) 15 Restricted (10) 17 Styles (8) 18 Balladeers (8) 20 Uplifts (6) 22 Took a breather (6) 24 Complain bitterly (4) 25 Clot (4) Answers on Page 42

A Morning with ... 7 Sopranos SEVEN sublime sopranos will perform much loved songs from opera and musical theatre at A Morning With ... 7 Sopranos on Wednesday 22 February at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Prepare to be taken on a

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Marriage of Figaro, as well as songs such as Nessun Dorma, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. With stunning voices, looks, glamour and above all a strong sense of entertainment, the 7 Sopranos are a huge hit amongst music lovers of all genres. Founder Tarita BotsmanCarbo is a graduate of the prestigious opera course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music

in Brisbane. She has performed as a soloist with Opera Queensland, Munich State Opera, and with orchestras in Italy, Pacific Islands, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Morocco. Tarita has brought together some of Australia’s finest opera singers for this performance including Shelli Hulcombe, who studied at the Queensland Conservatorium and in Manchester, UK. Shelli joined Opera Queensland as a Young Artist and has performed with the

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Celebrate the world’s most beloved and popular music in this high-impact, classical spectacle combining lighting, glamour and intense vocal virtuosity! The performance will be on Wednesday, 22 February at 11.00am in the Paradise Showroom. Call 5588 4000, or visit for full detail. Single ticket cost: $16.00, Groups 6+ $14.00, Subscription 6 shows $13.00 per show. Tickets include complimentary light morning tea served from 10.15am and lucky door prizes.

This is the first performance in the popular A Morning With... 2012 season. Other performances include Melanie Parry in Judy Garland tribute Judy – A Life in Song (Wed 18 Apr), Choir of Hard Knocks founder Jonathon Welch (Mon 25 Jun), Irish favourite John MacNally (Wed 15 Aug), Jan Preston performing Winifred Atwell – Queen of the Ivories (Wednesday, 17 October) and The Tenors (Wednesday, 12December). Booking phone 5588 4000 or w w w. t h e a r t s c e n t r e


Senior Super SaverS Goodwill donation PAMIA Little, president of the Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens, is pictured presenting a cheque on behalf of members to Lionel Perry, president of Gold Coast and District Home Care Meals on Wheels Southport. The donation is a yearly goodwill gesture between the two groups which are located at 2 Whitby Street, corner of Queen, in Southport.

DonateLife Week IT’S all about donating and, at the same time, it’s all about life. DonateLife Week will be held from 19 to 26 February, with the 2012 theme a straightforward “Ask and know your loved one’s wishes”. Even though you may be a tad over the target audience of 18-29, all Australians over 18 are encouraged to take part and help spread the word about organ donation, says Amanda Gilbert, Regional Donor Coordinator, DonateLife Queensland. Here are three ways to become involved. Firstly, generate increased awareness and discussion of organ and tissue donation with people aged 18-29. Secondly, continue focusing on encouraging and normalising memorable family discussion of organ and tissue donation. Thirdly, use the time frame of DonateLife Week to create a sense of urgency for family discussion about donation wishes. Not a hard ask considering that one organ and tissue donor can save up to ten lives and improve the lives of many more. Also, Amanda is eager to speak

free-of-charge to community groups throughout Gold Coast and area about organ and tissue donation and to answer questions on the subject. To register to become an organ and tissue donor, visit the Australian Organ Donor Register website at; call Medicare Australia on 1800 777 203, or fill out a form at any Medicare office, though your local GP may have registration forms too. Even if you have previously registered your decision elsewhere (for example, by ticking a box on your driver’s licence renewal) it is still important that you register on the Australian Organ Donor Register, as it is the only national register and details can be linked to your Medicare number. Amanda Gilbert of DonateLife Queensland can be contacted through Gold Coast Hospital switchboard on (07) 5519-8211, or via email: Amanda will be glad to answer any questions you may have about organ and tissue donations.

Labrador Memorial Senior Citizens

ALL the activities at the Labrador Senior Citizens are back to normal after some of the classes had a short break over the festive season. Members enjoyed their first trip for the year last month going to Evans Head for lunch at the RSL and calling into the Macadamia Castle on the way home. All the trips up untill July are on the noticeboard at the Centre. The busy week starts off with Anna Levar’s yoga/exercise class on Mondays from 8.15am. Tim Clark takes our second class on Wednesdays from 8.30am. Indoor bowls are played on Mondays from 10.00am and Thursdays from 12.20pm, there is always room for more players to join us during these fun sessions. Table Tennis has proved to be a very popular activity at the Centre with three sessions held during the week. The times are Mondays and Wednesdays at 12.15pm and Saturdays from 12noon.

We have 4 card sessions during the week, hand & foot and 500 are played from 12noon on Mondays. They are also played along with canasta and rummy on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.00am. Hand and foot is also played on Thursday afternoons, beginners are welcome to learn this card game. Rod Ferguson from the Australian Academy of Tai Chi takes are Tai Chi on Wednesdays from 10.30am. the cost is a gold coin donation. Also held on Thursday mornings from 9.00am are the craft and painting classes where teachers are on hand to help when needed. Both members and visitors alike love being back to the weekly Friday morning concerts when members of our music club entertain with a wide variety of vocals and instrumental items as well as different guest artists each week which add to an entertaining morning. For further information please phone Lyndsey on 55 371433.


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