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MARCH 2012


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Book me in for an active mind by Donna Mroz Turcic

“READING is to the mind what exercise is to the body” may sound like a modern-day truism but, in fact, this statement is attributed to Irish writer and politician Sir Richard Steele who lived some 300 years ago. With physical exercise regularly touted as a must for healthy living, the need for active mental stimulation to improve brain function and protect against cognitive decline - “use it or lose it” - can’t be underestimated. And what better way to stimulate the brain than with books, no matter what flavour. One bookstore owner and avid reader tells the story of her mother saying to her as a young girl, “You can’t vacuum and read at the same time”, even though Carole thought otherwise. Today, Carole is surrounded by half-a-million books each day (“I’ll never retire”, she says with passion), with some books dating back to the 17th century. Interestingly, many of the books have appeared as props in 20 movies, including 100 large boxfuls recently sent to Sydney - twice, after a re-shoot was required - for filming of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo diCaprio. The National Year of Reading 2012 may have got you thinking about reading more but, with so much available in every genre, you might have hit a ‘book’ block. Luckily for locals, Gold Coast City Council’s libraries offer - and encourage participation in - a variety of book clubs designed to clear reading pathways for all ages and interests. Open book clubs are held in six branch libraries every month: go along and talk about what you’ve read or are reading now or simply sit back and listen while discovering books others have enjoyed. The online book club, book coasters, is just that - online, with library staff and members, as well as book lovers worldwide, making reading recommendations. Audio book club is perfect for the vision impaired, with eBook club for those wanting to make the most of their eBooks or other mobile book reading devices. Book Bites Reading Club is good fun for 6-12 year olds. Well worth a mention too is the city-wide radio ABC 91.7 Coast FM Book Club, with books discussed on the program available from Hot Reads at local branch libraries. Something for everyone. Book clubs details - and plenty more - can be found in the Gold Coast Libraries’ Calendar of Events, available free at your local branch library.


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SENIORS NEWS Let’s build big solar IT’S high time that Australia, the sunniest continent on earth, got serious about building big solar - not just making announcements and putting plans in place - but actually getting large, base load built using solar thermal technology. The Big Solar objective is to get 2000 megawatts of solar power committed to by the end of 2012. This is equivalent to the amount of coal-fired power being shut down in that timeframe. We need to replace this retiring coal power with renewable energy - not gas. Longer term, 2000MW will put us firmly on the road to switching to 100% renewable energy. The 100% renewable campaign has a vision for Australia to undertake an urgent transition to 100% renewable energy. ¡The Tweed and lower Gold Coast region will be have its launch Wednesday 14th March 7pm at Imperial Hotel, Murwillumbah. The speakers will be Al Gore trained climate presenter Dr Fiona McCormick and Beyond Zero Emissions presenter Dr Paul Taylor on the way Australia can switch to 100% renewable energy with in 10 years. Presented by Tweed Climate Action Now. All welcome and gold coin donation at the door.

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Pictured at the Expo, which was held at Southport Sharks Football Club, are (l-r) Mary McLean, Garry Maynard and Christine Byrne

AN informative, well-attended Body Corporate Expo was held in Southport recently with representatives from the legal, maintenance, building, and body corporate industries. Guest speaker was Christine Byrne from Green Strata in Sydney, Green Strata “a response to the problem of how to live more sustainably and with the lowest possible ecological footprintâ€? ‌ focusing “solely on helping owners and occupiers of residential multi-unit properties improve the sustainability of their common property and their community of residents.â€? Green Strata’s web ad-

dress is The successful day-long Expo was organised by Garry Maynard and Mary McLean of the support group Body Corporate Matters. Both Garry and Mary are long-term committee members in their own complexes, with extensive contacts in industry and government departments. Garry can be reached on (07) 3300-5858 or email: Mary’s contact details are (07) 33597499 or email: help@bodycorporate



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SENIORS NEWS Health insurance price hike another blow for seniors OLDER Australians have slammed the latest government-sanctioned 5.06% hike in private health insurance premiums, announced recently. “This increase represents another blow for elderly Australians in their battle against rising living costs,” said National Seniors chief executive Michael

O’Neill. “Retirees on low fixed incomes have very limited capacity to adjust to these price increases”. “The over 70s are quietly doing it tough in meeting the growing cost of everyday essentials, from utilities to home maintenance and medical bills”. “Private health insurance, at this time in

their lives, is something older Australians can’t do without. But gap payments and premium hikes are making it increasingly difficult for them to hang in there”. “Where is the sense in pricing people out of private cover and onto public hospital waiting lists?” he said. “Insurance companies

would do well to consider creative ways such as a no-claim bonus - of rewarding, and alleviating the pressure on, elderly long-term policyholders,” said O’Neill. National Seniors research shows that the income of a single 70something is barely a third of the over 50s average.

Since 2006, water and sewerage have increased by 62%, electricity by 61%, medical services by 33% and rent by 32%.

Premium increases take effect on April 1. Press release: National Seniors. With a quarter of a million members

Australia-wide, National Seniors is the consumer lobby for the over 50s. It is the fourth largest organisation of its type in the world.

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Author encounter with Ray Martin OUTSIDE it was rain and more rain but inside the Albert Waterways Community Centre at Broadbeach it was a cosy full house, people having braved the elements for the chance to be entertained by well-known television journalist Ray Martin. Presented by Gold Coast Libraries, Broadbeach Branch Library, the successful ‘Author encounter’ gave audience members rare glimpses into the worlds of luminaries such as Fred Hollows, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Packer, Robyn Williams, Audrey Hepburn, Sir Donald Bradman and Dustin Hoffman, as Ray spoke about the glittering array of rich and famous he has interviewed in a career spanning five decades.

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Pictured with Ray at the book signing that followed, Gold Coaster Barbara Corrigan holds a copy of Ray Martin’s Favourites –The stories behind the legends, the popular personality’s latest literary venture.

Organ donation drive DESPITE $150 million in Federal funding and a national reform agenda to increase organ and tissue donation, donation rates here still lag behind many countries, including the US, Spain and Belgium. About 1600 Australians are waiting for a donor organ at any given time. Last year, which marked the second full year of the government’s reform agenda, there were 337 organ donors - a 36 per cent increase since 2009 which helped 1001 recipients. While it is the highest national rate ever recorded, the number of organ donations dropped

in NSW, ACT and Tasmania in the same period. Figures released last year showed while NSW has the biggest registered donor list in Australia, in many cases family members decided against donation. As a result, more funding will now be spent training doctors and nurses to be more empathetic when dealing with the grieving families of potential donors. Dr Robert Herkes, NSW medical director of DonateLife, a national tissue and organ donation network, says more education is needed to deal with grief-stricken families.


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“Data shows that in acute stress, intellectual age regresses to that of an eight- to 12-year-old. When [family members] have the headspace to think about donation, it’s often too late,” he says. Transplant surgeon Dr Deborah Verran, from advocacy group ShareLife, says doctors working in countries with higher donation rates have better communication skills. She is heartened by the government’s decision to invest in educating staff. “It is not an easy job. It requires an incredibly skilled person to go into the room of a grieving family and engage them,” she says. Less than one per cent of people who die in hospital are suitable donors. A person must be free of cancer and infection and on life support in intensive care. About 5.8 million people are currently registered on the Australian Organ Donor Register, which began in 2000. That is an increase of 4.5 per cent since 2008. However, while these registrations are legally binding, they are never enforced should the person’s family disagree. To find out more about organ donation go to medicare or contact your nearest Medicare office. Courtesy: (Katrina Creer, Gemma Sutherland) March 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 3


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Darrell Dalton & Joint CEO of Napier & Dalton Event Management believes this inaugural event will showcase the Sunshine Coast to a vast local and international audience by way of promotion and media interest. Ladies lucky enough to secure their place in this 2 Ball Ambrose event will be treated to a host of activities during the week including the Welcome Ceremony & Dinner, Fancy Dress Round, Gala Dinner, Grand & Prize Draw. The most exciting prize on offer will be a new Peugeot for the golfer lucky enough to achieve a hole in one which will be given away by local Sunshine Coast family dealership – A Cullen & Son. Other attractions include Event Artist Jim Frisino and players will have the option to purchase a commemorative team caricature when they register online for the event. The ALPG TOUR has

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‘HIGH Tea’ is fast becoming the social event to enjoy, and when it costs only $15 per person; with the location the pretty surrounds of the Palm Beach/Currumbin Red Cross Branch on 11th Avenue, Palm Beach (next to the library), why not make a reservation today? The date of the High Tea is Monday 23 April, 9.30am for 10am. Reservations (for catering purposes) are required by Monday 16 April and can be made by calling 5576-0551. All funds raised assist the Red Cross. Hope to see you there!

Left to right are Hazel Phillips, Cheryl, Mo, Lyn Waddington, Peta Travers, Marie, and Di Cameron-Cox

MAUREEN Hull - ‘Mo’ to many - of Parkwood loves entertaining and enjoying good times with friends. Mo is pictured here as she hosts a luncheon for Birthday Girls (both ‘21’ again) Marie Ottaway and Cheryl Alexander.

110,000 reasons to celebrate Medicare’s online claiming A YEAR after the Department of Human Services introduced Claim your Medicare Benefit Online, Australians are discovering the advantages of claiming via the internet. More than 110,000 medical services have been claimed since it was introduced to Medicare’s Online Services at the end of February last year. Online claiming allows customers to securely lodge a Medicare claim for five of the most common GP consultations. Customers can submit a claim using their computer anywhere there’s an internet connection. Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen said online claiming provided convenience for customers. “Customers can use online claiming to lodge a claim 24 hours a day, seven days a week,� Mr Jongen said. “Claims are processed instantly and payments are

generally paid the next business day. “It is a great option for customers who are unable to have their claim lodged at their doctor’s practice and find it difficult to travel to a service centre.� “We’re always striving to find ways to improve our customer service and make dealing with Government easier for people.� To take advantage of online claiming, customers need to be registered for online services and have provided their bank account details to Medicare. Online services also allows customers to update their personal details, view their claims history for the past 12 months, check their child’s immunisation history and view their Medicare benefit tax statement. For more information or to register for Medicare’s Online Services, visit or your local service centre.











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U3A Gold Coast U3A Gold Coast is now in its first semester for 2012. We still have vacancies in some of our 44 classes and are seeking Tutors in the following subjects: Art (mixed), Line Dancing, Zumba. U3A is a “learning for pleasure” experience, open to anyone over 45 yo. One fee covers the cost of as many classes as you would like to attend. It offers great opportunities to meet people & make friends. Our friendly receptionists will be happy to answer your questions, ‘phone 5591 6671 or visit our office, 1st level, Australia Fair (opp. RACQ) Southport.

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SET Free Care is a friendly, welcoming, Southport-based charity, there for the community, and that’s exactly why the Gold Coast Writers’ Association (GCWA) chose Set Free Care as the recipient of not only several boxes filled with donated dry goods but a cheque for $120 as well, and all in time for Christmas. Pastor of Set Free Church Mal Kennedy is shown accepting the items on behalf of the charity from GCWA representative Caren Sattler.

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Anyone who would like further information about Set Free Care, which began in 1997 feeding 5-10 people per week and now feeding and ministering to 150-200 people twice weekly, should contact (07) 5591-3700 or write to Set Free Care, PO Box 2760, Southport 4215. Set Free Care Charity is located at Lawson and Garden Streets in Southport. Office hours are Monday to Friday 9am–4pm. No one is turned away, with volunteers warmly welcomed too.

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 St, Labrador. Come in and see us or phone 5529 0583 for more information. Office hours 9.00am - 3.00pm Weekdays.

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Coolangatta Senior Citizens THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre welcomes all 50 and over seniors in the Coolangatta 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), knit & natter & crafts, light exercise, mah jong, meditation, Qigong, Rock ‘n Roll, Swing & Sway, Snooker and 8 Ball, Tai Chi, Table Tennis and monthly bus trips. Free monthly concerts, library, hairdresser and beautician. Our next free concert will feature the magnifi-

cent voice of the multi-talented, Bill Alexander. His diverse act covers almost every aspect of music and Mario Lanza and Pavarotti to George Formby, so come along and have a wonderful afternoon of free entertainment. All members and visitors are invited to come along and enjoy any or all of these activities/pastimes and meet new friends in a very friendly and well appointed environment. For enquiries, information or events, leaflet and concert bookings, phone 5536 4050 or call into the Centre at 2 Gerrard Street, Coolangatta. We hope to see you soon at “Cooly Seniors”.

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Oxenford Writers’ Group THE Oxenford Writers’ Group has only been in existence since last July but has already won first prize in a writing competition with a group entry. That’s a claim not many can make. With only six members at the moment but happy to expand, the Oxenford Writers’ Group meets every Thursday (except school holidays) at Studio Village, 87 Village Way, Oxenford (exit 62 off the Motorway), 1.45pm – 3.15pm. Cost of $5 per person per session includes tea/coffee, printing and phone use for group purposes. Contacts are group leader Kathlyn or

PETER Johnston was recently appointed president of the Gold Coast Show Society, succeeding Gary coordinator Ger at email: Baildon AM who served as president from 1994. Peter has been a strong supporter of the Gold Coast The group enjoys literary outings and Show for many years and initiated ‘Save Parklands Action Group’ in 2010. A dedicated committee memwelcomes guest speakers. And, for ber for five years, Peter served as vice-president of those interested, the easiest way to have a read of that first-prize winning the Gold Coast Show from 2010. He also has been, and is currently, involved in various community orstory that has brought the Oxenford Writers’ Group early fame is to go into ganizations in the city. Peter says he is excited about this coming year and the Gold Coast Writers’ Association that he and the management team are committed to nd (now in its 22 year) website presenting the 2012 Gold Coast Show as the best the ( and scroll city has ever seen. down the left side to Writing Compe- The Gold Coast Show Society is a non-profit organitition Compilation eBooks. zation which has brought 105 Shows of fun and exThe story is called Christmas Magic citement to the Gold Coast community. The 2012 Show and is part of a Christmas 2011 Gift will be held over the three days, from 31 August to 2 eBook. September inclusive.

SENIORS NEWS Cinema for Cambodia fundraiser

CINEMA for Cambodia was a fun movie-night fundraiser held to benefit the Singing Kites Tanop Community Education Centre (TCEC), an education provider for the children of Tanop Village, Cambodia, a rural farming community 48 kms from the capital Phnom Penh. Held at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Cinema for Cambodia saw enthusiastic Singing Kites supporters enjoy the film The Ides of March while contributing over $6000 through entry and raffle ticket sales, plus donations. The money will be used in building a Vocational Training/ Health Clinic on school land. TCEC founder Lyn Hotchin of Toowoomba gave a comprehensive update during the evening on the progress of the Education Centre, which offers benefits such as free language classes; access to dental and medical care; community development and clean water projects. Fundraising in 2011 provided a much-needed library, which the children have eagerly embraced. The 2010 Cinema for Cambodia funded completion of a classroom named ‘Gold Coast’. Currently, 1500 students from 27

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Do you have something to offer seniors? THE Tweed Shire Seniors Citizens Committee are seeking stallholders or people who are interested in running information sessions at this years’ Tweed Seniors Expo. The Tweed Seniors Expo, in its 12th year, will be held on Thursday 17 May at the Seventh Day Adventist Centre, Racecourse Road, Murwillumbah. The event is aimed at seniors and their families, people planning their retirement and workers in the aged care industry. Tweed Seniors Expo held from 9am - 3pm attracts around 1000 visitors. We would also be interested in hearing from seniors who would like to display their hobbies or achievements. Information and the Expo application form is available on or contact Noela on 02 66 72 2262.

Gold Coast Family History Society ON Monday 26th March 2012 there will be an introduction to Family History Research from 9am – 11am by the Gold Coast Family History Society. The class will be held in Room 3 in the 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. March 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 11

SENIORS NEWS Tweed Hospital Auxiliary

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AT the February meeting Tweed Hospital Auxiliary welcomed new members Sue Baker, June Doyle, Patricia Hopkins, Margaret Lutton, Susan Miller and Valerie Philpot. About 30 members enjoyed our monthly social lunch at Aqua on Marine in Coolangatta. These luncheons are a welcome opportunity to meet and get to know our new members. Preparations have begun for our annual fashion parade to be held this year on May 21 at the Civic Centre. Details of ticket sales as well as the raffle that will be drawn at the Fashion Parade will be available next month. Our next meeting will be held March 5 at the Civic Centre. Those interested in learning more are welOne of the newest members Christine Smillie learning the ropes at the Auxiliary gift shop from come to attend. Further details can be obtained from Merle Graham on (07)5536 1441. Lenor Barlow

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CURRUMBIN-Elanora VIEW Club will be having there first meeting for 2012 at the RSL in Currumbin on Tuesday 28th March at 10am. New committee members will receive their badges at the AGM meeting due to the rapid expansion of the club, now almost 100 members. Extra committee volunteers were greatly appreciated to keep the club running happily. This year we are pleased to have been able to sponsor 6 ‘Learning

for Life’ students through the Smith Family and supply 3 computers to disadvantaged students through the Joyspreaders program, thanks to the generous members supporting our raffles. The guest speaker this month is Councillor, Eddie Saroff, and our outing next month will be a visit to Currumbin Special School for morning tea. Inquiries Phone Carlene on 5590 8247 or Trish on 5534 9552.

Greens policies for seniors FOR Greens, seniors are society’s most valuable asset. Many involved Greens members are knowledgeable seniors, contributing diversely to their communities, supporting extended families, and still studying. While Greens anticipate the potential challenges, they promote society’s gains from our ageing population. The Greens recognise Queensland seniors’ broad needs, incomes and cultures. Some remain actively engaged, continuing generational experience and wisdom, while some choose well-earned relaxation. Ageing can also mean increased support needs in health care, accommodation, living cost, and transport. Greens support means seniors’ stamp duty exemption for downsizing, free concessional public transport, and innovative solutions like renovation assistance for in-home ageing. Greens work to remove ageism obstacles to workforce participation, and reduce social isolation through support for volunteering, further study, or simply getting out and about. With the major global economic shift, Greens are in-

vestigating reducing drawdown of funding capital for low income, self-funded retirees. Greens would expand Queensland’s Housing Affordability Strategy to address senior accommodation, and provide free solar panels, rainwater tanks, and low-cost efficiency measures to reduce living costs, recognizing seniors’ concerns for the Earth. Greens policies would relieve pressure on hospital services, ensure community mobility, including health services access, improve carer support, and prioritise disease prevention so more Queenslanders can enjoy fit, alert golden years. Because our elders value ethical standards, the Greens will strengthen Queensland’s democracy to make lying to Parliament a crime again. Voting Green also means confidence in Queensland’s economic future. Foreseeing the financial and environmental catastrophe of ALP/ LNP emphasis on shortterm, foreign-owned mining, the Greens are already facilitating our clean energy sector to keep Australia the Lucky Country against changing world

energy demands. Renewable energy means thousands more jobs than the mining boom, healthy workers, and protecting Queensland’s natural beauty and vital agricultural resources. On March 24, the wise vote for seniors is the Greens. Authorised by Andrew Bartlett for The Greens, 102 Macdonald Road, Windsor, Qld. 4030.

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SENIORS NEWS Stepping out in Southport

The Step Out in Southport lunchtime program finished-up at the end of February with a number of drawcard activities having taken place

over the previous threemonth period. Angelika Heurich, writer and inspirational speaker, took time out from her busy schedule to share

details of her recent participation in a seminar/ cruise entitled “Speak, Write and Promote: Become a Mover and Shaker” with an audience gathered near the corner of Nerang and Scarborough Streets. Other free and ‘open-toall’ activities that took place during Step Out in Southport included fitness sessions, live music, street art and games such as chess, scrabble and checkers. Andrew Haggarty, popular librarian at Southport library, is pictured presenting Angelika with a ‘thank you’ gift. At right is Robin Earley, Internal Communication Strategist, Gold Coast City Council. Andrew and Robin were part of the team organising Step Out in Southport with Robin mentioning that the related photography competition exhibition of finalists and winners will be on display at the Gallery on the Lane in Southport until 30 March.

THE Gold Coast Tweed Seniors Newspaper is once again very proud to support the Tweed Shire Council in promoting various events taking place throughout Tweed Heads and outlying areas to coincide with NSW Seniors Week 18th to 25th March 2012.

We applaud the many local organisations throughout the region for continuing to support this wonderful event for seniors. Refer to page 14 herein for the program of events.

Men’s Probus Club of Burleigh Heads THE Men’s Probus Club of Burleigh Heads meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 9.30am to 12 noon at the RSL Hall, 6th Avenue, Burleigh Heads. We need new members. So

please come along. Guest Speaker, morning tea, good fellowship and no charge. Just roll up on the day or to find out more call Peter on 5576 6170.

Broadbeach Ladies Probus Club BROADBEACH Ladies Probus Club Inc. meets the second Tuesday of the month at Kurrawa Surf Club, Broadbeach. The meeting commences at 9.30 am, morning tea is provided,

then followed by a guest speaker. Visitors and prospective members are most welcome. Come along and join us, or phone our Secretary Wendy on 5538 8831 for more information.

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NSW Seniors Week Program 2012 SUNDAY 18 MARCH Launch of Tweed Shire Seniors Week 2012 - Official opening and presentation of Seniors awards. Entertainment by “Seniors on Parade”. Time: 2-4pm Cost: FREE Location: Noble Park, 34 Monarch Drive Kingscliff. Bookings essential: Maureen Camp 02 66745547 Kingscliff Cinemax Cinema classic film screening THE RED SHOES - TIME: 10.00am Location: 60 Marine Parade Kingscliff. Bookings essential: Phone:026674 4422

MONDAY 19 MARCH J and B Bus Tour - Stradbroke Island from Tweed Heads. Pick up Location:Tweed Civic Centre 7.15am for 7.30am sharp to make Ferry departure - Bookings essential: contact 07 55248389 after 6pm Cost: $40 Includes bus travel, ferry transfer, morning tea, tour and lunch. For purchase and collection of tickets see end of program for details. Taste Life! Live Life! 2012 - “Umbrella Walk”, talks, entertainment and demonstrations. Time: 8.15am–1pm Cost: FREE Location: Jack Bayliss Park, Kingscliff (near Bowls Club) Info: Anne Bigelow on 02 66727751 (msg) or by email Gentle Aqua Exercise Class Time: 9.30–10.30am Cost: FREE Location: South Tweed Indoor Pool, Heffron St, Tweed heads South Info: Jeff Collier on 02 66702750 or mobile 0406381766 South Tweed Bowls Club Seniors Week Program 2012 Open Bowls Day. Time:10am and 12noon Cost: FREE Location: 4 Minjungbal Dr Tweed Heads South Booking essential: limited spaces 07 5524 3655, email Family History Open Week Tweed Gold Coast Family History and Heritage Association. Time: 10–3pm Cost: FREE Location: South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Dr, South Tweed Info: Marion Kelso on 07 55248531 or email Introduction to Ebooks & online services Murwillumbah Library Time: 10–11am Cost: FREE Location: Tumbulgum Road Murwillumbah Bookings essential: contact the library on 02 66702427 Getting Started in Family History Introduction to the internet Time: 1–4.30pm Cost: FREE Location: Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre. 12A Elizabeth St Pottsville Bookings essential: contact Drew Stevenson on 02 66764555 or email Twilight Coastal Walk A pace to suit all abilities. All ages welcome, pets on leads OK. Light refreshment and “Coolangatta Ukele Players” Time: 6–7.30pm Cost: FREE Location: Jack Evans Boat Harbour, (Bay Street end) Tweed Heads Bookings essential: for catering purposes by 13 March, all welcome for walks. Contact Julia on 02 66749506 (24 hr for message) or email Kingscliff Cinemax Cinema classic film screening MY FAIR LADY TIME: 9.45am 60 Marine Parade Kingscliff Bookings: 026674 4422

TUESDAY 20 MARCH J and B Bus Tour - Carlton Brewery from Murwillumbah and Tweed. Pick up Locations: Murwillumbah Knox Park at 8.45am for 9am sharp and Tweed Heads Civic Centre at 9.15 for 9.30sharp Cost: $45 Includes bus travel, morning tea, tour and lunch (inc. beer or wine). Bookings essential: Murwillumbah pickup contact 02 66728051 after 6pm Tweed Heads pick up contact 07 55248389 after 6pm For purchase and collection of tickets see end of program for details. Aquarobics - Kingscliff Pool Time: 6.30–7.30am Cost: FREE Location: Kingscliff Swim Centre, Corner McPhail Ave and Cudgen Rd Kingscliff Info: Contact Jeff Collier on 02 66702750 or mobile 0406381766 Lifeball Time: 9.15–11.30am Cost: FREE Location: Tweed Supersports Centre - Lot 1 Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah Info: George Shipley on 07 55244558 Murwillumbah Primary School Senior Citizens Concert and morning tea. Time: 9.30am Cost: FREE Location: Riverview St, Murwillumbah - Info: Contact Les 02 66721467 All Welcome Tweed Heads Public School Senior Citizens Concert Time: 9.30am Cost: FREE Location: Stuart St Tweed heads Bookings: required if attending in a group contact Carol Ball on 07 55361351 or email U3A Twin Towns Inc Information Stand and Displays Time: 9.30– 2pm (Light exercise class 9.30am, yoga 10.30am, belly dancing 11.45am, belly dancing for beginners 12.45 Cost: FREE Location: PCYC Florence St Tweed Heads Info: U3A office on 07 55347333 before 12noon or email Introduction to Ebooks & online services - Tweed Heads Library Time: 10–11am Cost: FREE Location: Civic Centre, Brett St, Tweed Heads Bookings essential: contact the library on 07 55693150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Seniors Health Expo Alzheimer’s Australia Morning tea and lunch provided Time: 10– 2pm Cost: FREE Location: Minjungbal Cultural Centre, Kirkwood Road, Tweed Heads South Bookings: preferred for catering purposes. Contact Chris Vannucci on 07 55230731 or 0409063877 or email Seniors Learn to Sail Day - Twin Towns Radio Yacht Club on Lake Kimberley Time: 10–2pm Cost: FREE Location: Hec Beswick Park, Winders Place, Banora Point Info: Contact Richard Harradine on 07 55234324 or 0428770098 or email Family History Open Week - Tweed Gold Coast Family History and Heritage Association Time: 10–3pm Cost: FREE Location: South Tweed Sports Club Minjungbal Dr, South Tweed Info: Contact Marion Kelso on 07 55248531 or email Page 14 - Gold Coast Seniors - March 2012

Mobile Phone Workshop Time: 3–5pm Cost: FREE Location: Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drive Banora Point Bookings essential: contact Lyn Porter on 07 55232030 or 0410952389 or Come and Try Golf Croquet Time: 3.30-6pm Cost: FREE Location: Tweed Heads Croquet Club, 39 Recreation St Tweed Heads Info: 07 55670019 (leave message) or email South Tweed Bowls Club Seniors Week Program 2012 Coffee & Cake slice between Time: 3pm & 5pm Cost: $4.50 Location: Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads South. Information: 07 5524 3655, email Kingscliff Cinemax Cinema classic film screening THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT - TIME: 10.30am Location: 60 Marine Parade Kingscliff - Bookings essential: Phone:026674 4422 WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH J and B Bus Tour - Stradbroke Island from Murwillumbah. Cost: $40 Includes bus travel, ferry transfer, morning tea, tour and lunch. Depart: Murwillumbah at Knox Park 6.45am for 7am sharp to make Ferry departure. Bookings essential: contact 02 66728051 after 6pm. For purchase and collection of tickets see end of program for details. Introduction to hydrotherapy - Murwillumbah pool Time: 9 – 10am Cost: FREE Location: Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre, Tumbulgum Rd Murwillumbah - Bookings essential: contact Jeff Collier on 02 66702750 or mobile 0406381766 Young @ Heart Film Festival Awards screening and people’s choice voting Time: 9.30am - 10.30am Cost: $5.00 Location: Cinemax Cinema Kingscliff, 60 Marine Parade, Kingscliff Bookings essential: Phone:026674 4422 or email: Family History Open Week - Tweed Gold Coast Family History and Heritage Association. Time: 10–3pm Cost: FREE Location: South Tweed Sports Club Minjungbal Dr South Tweed Info: Contact Marion Kelso on 07 55248531 or email Gentle Exercise Class - South Tweed Pool Time: 10.30 – 11.30 Cost: FREE - Location: Heffron St Tweed Heads South Info: Jeff Collier on 02 66702750 or mobile 0406381766 Rock ‘n’ Roll Exhibition Twin Towns Friends Association. Exhibition and light lunch, Time: 11.30 – 2pm Cost: $5 Location: Civic Centre, Brett St Tweed Heads Bookings essential: contact Doreen on 07 5524 1841 or mobile 0409720130 WONFA - Tweed Coast Uniting Church Sing along with John McLean and two course lunch. Time: 11 – 1.30pm Cost: $5 Location: Kingscliff Uniting Church 24 Kingscliff St, Bookings essential: RSVP by 19 March to Estelle Crabb on 02 66762577 Health Forum, Mental Health and Health Ageing at Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed Time: Forum/Discussion presentation 1-3pm, Open House 12-5pm Cost: FREE Location: Durroon Ave, Bray Park, Murwillumbah Info: contact Jeffrey Patterson on 02 66766502 or mobile 0421086502 Getting Started in Family History Introduction to the internet Time: 1 – 4.30pm Cost: FREE Location: Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre, 12A Elizabeth St Pottsville Bookings essential: contact Drew Stevenson on 02 66764555 or email South Tweed Bowls Club Seniors Week Program 2012 Coffee & Cake slice Time: 3pm & 5pm Cost: $4.50 Location: Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads South Information: 07 5524 3655, email Kingscliff Cinemax Cinema classic film screening DIAL ‘M’ for MURDER - TIME: 10.45am Location: 60 Marine Parade Kingscliff Bookings essential: Phone:026674 4422

Time: 12.30-2pm Cost: $10 Location: Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School Maher’s Lane Terranora, Bookings essential: 02 66702674 or 02 66702442 Kingscliff Cinemax Cinema classic film screening HIGH SOCIETY - TIME: 10.30am Location: 60 Marine Parade Kingscliff Bookings essential: Phone:026674 4422

FRIDAY 23 MARCH J and B Bus Tour - Sea Bird Rescue/Byron Bay Lighthouse from Murwillumbah. Pick up Location: Knox Park Time: 8.45am for 9am Bookings essential: contact 02 66728051 after 6pm Cost: $35 Includes bus travel, morning tea, tour and lunch. For purchase and collection of tickets see end of program for details. Bridge Session Introduction to Bridge. New members welcome. Time: 1 – 2pm Cost: FREE Location: 31 Recreation St Tweed Heads Bookings preferred: contact Robert Noble on 07 55761186 Open day, Seniors activities at Banora Point Community Centre Time: 10 – 12noon Cost: FREE Location: Banora Point Community Centre Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives Banora Point Info: Contact Pauline on 07 55249665 or Lyn (Tues pm or Fridays) 07 55232030 Family History Open Week - Tweed Gold Coast Family History and Heritage Association. Time: 10–3pm Cost: FREE Location: South Tweed Sports Club - Minjungbal Dr, South Tweed Info: Contact Marion Kelso on 07 55248531 or email Gentle Exercise Class - South Tweed Pool Time: 10.30 – 11.30 Cost: FREE - Location: South Tweed Indoor Pool, Tweed Heads South Info: Jeff Collier on 02 66702750 or mobile 0406381766 South Tweed Bowls Club Seniors Week Program 2012 New Vogue Dance afternoon Time: 2pm-4pm Cost: FREE Location: Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads South Information: 07 5524 3655, email Kingscliff Cinemax Cinema classic film screening THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Part 2 TIME: 10.30am Location: 60 Marine Parade Kingscliff - Bookings essential: Phone:026674 4422

SATURDAY 24 MARCH Family History Open Week - Tweed Gold Coast Family History and Heritage Association. Time: 10–3pm Cost: FREE Location: South Tweed Sports Club 4 Minjungbal Dr South Tweed Info: Contact Marion Kelso on 07 55248531 or email Bush Dance Tweed Valley Kin Care Support Group. Bush band ‘Playing Possum’, Time: 4 – 7.30pm Cost: Adult $10 Child $5 Location: Tumbulgum Hall Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum Bookings: Tickets at the door Information: contact Ronni Hoskisson on 07 55364378 or email Kingscliff Cinemax Cinema classic film screening CALAMITY JANE - TIME: 10.30am Location: 60 Marine Parade Kingscliff Bookings essential: Phone:026674 4422

SUNDAY 25 MARCH Closing ceremony - Musical entertainment and afternoon tea Time: 2-4pm - Cost: FREE Location: Mountain View Retirement Village, Ingram Place Murwillumbah Bookings preferred: contact 02 66724800 9-4pm Mon-Fri Kingscliff Cinemax Cinema classic film screening SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN - TIME: 10.30am Location: 60 Marine Parade Kingscliff Bookings essential: Phone:026674 4422

FRIDAY 30 MARCH Uki Primary School Senior Citizen’s Celebration Morning, talented students and delicious morning tea, Time: 9.30am Location: Uki Public School Info: 02 66795128 Tweed Valley Jazz Club March Gig Time: 6.30 - 10.30pm Cost: THURSDAY 22 MARCH Seniors at members entry fee $15 Location: Condong Bowling Club, J and B Bus Tour - House With No Steps (Alstonville) and Summerland McLeod St Condong Bookings essential: contact Virginia Field on 02 Antiques from Tweed via Murwillumbah. Pick up Locations/Times: 66777172 or email Tweed Heads Civic Centre at 7.45am for 8am; Murwillumbah Railway Station 8.15 am for 8.30am Bookings essential: Murwillumbah pickup contact 02 66728051 after 6pmTweed Heads pick up contact 07 55248389 after 6pm Cost: $35 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Includes bus travel, morning tea, tour and lunch For purchase and Booking: Please note that bookings are essential where indicated. collection of tickets see end of program for details. If booking not required phone contact for information has been Aquarobics - Kingscliff Pool Time: 6.45–8.00am Cost: FREE provided. Location: Kingscliff Swim Centre Tweed Shire Council Regional Aquatic Ticket Sales - Wednesday 14 March 2012 Centres, Corner McPhail Ave and Cudgen Rd, Kingscliff Info: Contact Tickets for the Lindisfarne Lunch and all JandB Bus Tours can only Jeff Collier on 02 66702750 or mobile 0406381766 be paid by cash (or cheque) and should be collected on Tuesday Introduction to Ebooks and online services - Kingscliff Library 14 March 2012: Time: 10–11am Cost: gold coin Location: Kingscliff Public Library, Turnock St Kingscliff Bookings essential: contact the library on 02 10am-12noon - Coolamon Cultural Centre, Tumbulgum Rd, 66741607 Murwillumbah 1pm-3pm - Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett St, Comedy Morning with a Twist Time: 10 – 12noon Cost: FREE Tweed Heads (Sth Sea Islander Room) Location: Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Transport Drives, Banora Point - Bookings essential: Pauline on 07 55249665 If you are unable to utilise public transport to attend an event, Family History Open Week Tweed Gold Coast Family History and please contact Tweed Shire Council’s Ageing & Disability section Heritage Association. Time: 10–3pm Cost: FREE Location: South on 02 6670 2674 for advice. Tweed Sports Club Minjungbal Dr, South Tweed Info: Contact Marion Times Kelso on 07 55248531 or email All program times are NSW (DST) South Tweed Bowls Club Seniors Week Program 2012 Bottomless cup with Bingo (day session only) Cost: FREE Location: Don’t’ forget Seniors Expo - May 17, 2012, Minjungbal Dr Tweed Heads South Information: 07 5524 3655, email Seventh Day Adventist Centre, Race Course Rd, Murwillumbah - more soon! Lunch at Lindisfarne Lindisfarne Grammar Seniors Week luncheon.

SENIORS NEWS Win a HD TV at the Seniors Expo at Palm Beach

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ELTON Cummings, managing director of Cummings Retravision said he was pleased to supply a HD TV for the Seniors Expo as a lot of customers to the Tweed Store are seniors and come from the Palm Beach area. Every person that comes to the first expo will be in the draw to win. The TV will be

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drawn at 2pm at the expo at the Palm Beach Share ‘N’ Care Centre March 22nd 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. 2012 Expos will be staged at: • Palm Beach Care N Share Centre, Thursday March 22; • Runaway Bay Community Centre , Thursday May 17; • Broadbeach Albert

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Waterways Centre, Tuesday July 17; • Twin Towns Services Club, Thursday September 20; •

Southport Community Centre, Wednesday November 21. All exhibitors with products and services relevant to seniors are invited to participate in our 2012 Expos. Event organiser Warren Elwell said “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 www.gcseniors” 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. Cr Daphne McDonald will officially open the Palm Beach expo. Entry is free and the expos run from 9am to 2pm. If you require any further information about a site at any of the expos please contact the event organiser Warren Elwell on 55250512 or mobile 0409-277-430.

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SENIORS NEWS Musgrave Hills Bowls Club

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WITH Easter looming, bowlers still have the opportunity to enter our $10,000 Easter Open Singles which attracts players from other States and Overseas. Entrants have a choice of playing their qualifying rounds on Easter Sat. 7th April or Sun. 8th April. Last 8 will play on Easter Monday 9th April. Numbers are limited so get your entry in early. For information or to enter, phone Brian Baldwin on (07)5532 1277. On Tuesday 17th and Wed. 18th April, 2012, our Club will be hosting Interstate players in a warm-up Competition in the lead up to the States Sides Championship which starts at the Broadbeach Bowling Club on the 21st April, 2012. At 12.30pm on Wednesday 25th April, 2012 – ANZAC DAY, our Club in conjunction with the Workers Bowls Club will be holding a Raising of the Flag Ceremony followed by Mixed Bowls from 1-4pm. Anyone wishing to attend either of these events will be most welcome. For enquiries please phone (07) 5532-1277 and there will also be a Player Sheet displayed at the Club for people to have a game. Our Bar will be open DESPITE heavy rains, it was a full sharing a range of information, as well from 1pm and the Bistro/Cafe will be open on our normal hours. Ladies Bowls news: The winner of our house at Elanora Branch Library as answering questions and encourAggregate Points Trophy was a very surprised when some 80 people turned out to aging others to tell of their own Rhonda Smith with an equally surprised Valmae hear well-known Queensland author experiences within the field and Louise Cusack speak about Digital related areas. Louise (third from left) Publishing Opportunities. is pictured with six writers who As part of Gold Coast City Council’s attended her talk. Interest came from offered has been THE break over the Cultural Development program Louise varying destinations regardless of the holiday has enabled the reviewed and changes kept the audience interested by inclement weather. will be implemented computer room to be through the following rearranged to provide months. The more space and better access for students and “Everything Mac” course has been tutors. reinstated for March on The Club has plans to RUNAWAY Bay VIEW Club meets every 2nd Wednesday of every month Wednesdays at 3:00pm install several monitors at La Piazza Restaurant, 21 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay. Ladies, come around the room instead The second of several along make new friends and enjoy a friendly welcome, interesting Speakers, planned “Getting to of using the current and a delicious lunch. We promote friendship whilst proudly supporting Know Your Mobile projector and screen. The Smith Family. Our next meeting is Wednesday March 14th. Bookings Phone” short courses This should be a great essential: Phone Ann 5577 4712 or 0419 161 246. has been organised for improvement. The Wednesday, 15th March content of the courses 2012. There will be two sessions on this day, the E th UREK first at 10:00 am (DST) A Up to OUTLAW and the second at 1:00 Up to 15km pm (DST). The computer 182k 50km /h, club is located in the rang g Ca South Tweed Sports e p Susp acity, F , Club 4 Minjungbal Drive ull ensi South Tweed in a great on air conditioned environment. Assistance is offered to Scooterland established 2001 people wishing to obtain their first computer with courses from absolute beginners to the more CTM HS589 advanced. The tutors Battery Size 12v 50ah (x2) work on a voluntary Travel Range Up to 40km basis and get fulfilment Grade Climbable 12 degree from passing on their

Phillips coming second in points. On the 22 nd February, 2012, we celebrated our 48th Birthday with Bowls and a Luncheon. We were honoured with the presence of our new District President, Dawn Forrest accompanied by the District Secretary. We had representatives from several bowling clubs in our District and a lot of reminiscing was also done by our Foundation and Life Members. Mixed Bowls – every Wednesday night in Mufti starting at 6pm. Names in by 5.45pm and we have a rolling Jackpot. It is lovely playing in the cool of the evening in the summer months. Friday afternoons at 12.30pm in Club Whites. Visitors made welcome and can phone the Club on 5532-1277 to enter, leaving a contact telephone number. 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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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

30th March 2012 at 12:30pm. Further information about the club can be obtained by visiting the club’s new web site at http:// or contacting Jenny on 07 5524 3057.

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How to retire in tough times

The GFC forced many people to delay retirement but what is it like for those who have bitten the bullet? The lingering effects of the global financial crisis and fears about the European debt crisis have taken some of the gloss off the retirement dream for many Australians. Instead of turning those dreams into reality, many older workers are putting off retirement and are grimly hanging on in the workforce. There are still enough taking the plunge each year to show that, within a range of financial situations, it’s still possible to enjoy a satisfying retirement in the present economic climate. If you’ve decided 2012 is the year you would like to join them, you’re probably wondering how you’ll manage, both financially and with the big psychological adjustment of such a significant life change. Even with the most meticulous pre-retirement planning, it is still going to be a big step into the unknown.

Will you be able to live comfortably enough when those figures on the page translate to your new income? Will your money last you for the 20, or even 30, years you might need it to support you? Will you enjoy the new freedom and opportunities or do you worry about how you are going to fill your time? You might be wondering how others have coped in a similar situation. To find out, we have talked to one retiree to get a view of the retirement experience from the other side. By the time former mothercraft nurse Jane Bodnar retired last July, she had accumulated just $50,000 in superannuation after spending many years out of work raising her four children. But unlike many of her friends in better financial positions, she says she had no fears about whether she would cope. “I just thought, ‘I’ll manage, I’ll make this work for me,’” she says. “I’m not a scrooge but I have always been fairly thrifty.” She now lives happily on

the full age pension, supplemented by a small amount in allocated pension from her super and some assistance from her estranged husband. Jane says she saw a financial adviser and didn’t hesitate over the decision to retire once she discovered she was able to qualify for the age pension at 64. “I was getting very tired because nursing is shift work and I had just spent three years helping my mother before she died,” she says. “Like it or not, our energy levels start to deplete after a certain age and I, personally, don’t think it’s worth working yourself to a frazzle.” She acknowledges that she’s better off than many age pensioners, not only because of the supplementary income she receives but also because she has been able to live in the family home and run a car she paid off before she finished work. “Without that, it would be very hard but I still think the way I operate, I would survive on it - my mother did,” she says. Jane says her philosophy

is to be satisfied with what she has. “Nursing is not well paid,’’ she says. ‘’As a mothercraft nurse, I was only earning about $24 an hour, so I have never had a lot of money and we never had a lot of money growing up, so I’ve always been quite accepting of the fact that I would not be retiring on

much.” She says her life has been enriched by the absence of stress and the chance to spend more time with her children and grandchildren. “I am very happy,” she says. “My children all live away from Sydney and I was getting frustrated at not being able to see them

as much as I wanted to. I have also been blessed with some wonderful friends and that is just a lovely distraction. I certainly don’t sit at home twiddling my thumbs and getting out the knitting.” So far, Jane has not had to make any sacrifices to stay within her means but that may come.

“I know I’m probably going to have to be frugal with food shopping and be mindful of things like the utilities bills and be more conscious that things aren’t being wasted,” she says. “But I still shout myself to the theatre and movies and I still go out for an inexpensive meal with friends.”

Out and About Ray and Margaret Shuck from Sorrento had a great day out on an organised bus trip from the Royal Queensland Art Society at Broadbeach to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane to see the Matisse Drawing Life exhibit. With Ray an accomplished artist himself and Margaret a keen poet, this happy couple enjoys any opportunity to take in the arts.

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smoke have scans showing brains that look 10 to 15 years younger than those of their parents’ generation at the same age – more of whom were smokers. We should never retire simply because of age – the best professors at this university are over 70 years of age,” he says, adding that the retirement age of 65 is out of date, an anachronism from the 19th century when life expectancy was shorter and people were often worn out by tougher working conditions. “You find that around the world the age of retirement is going up,” says Hickie who, at the 2008 National Public Health Reform Summit, was quoted as saying that raising the retirement age from 65 to 72 would help reduce mental illness. Still that doesn’t mean you have to keep doing the same job until you drop – most of us will have to change our job in some way – but just don’t quit altogether is his advice. It’s a similar message from another brain expert, Dr Michael Valenzuela, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW. We’re trained to plan our retirement from a financial perspective, but we should also be paying just as much attention to planning our retirement from a healthy brain perspective, he writes in his latest book, Maintain your brain. (ABC Books). “We need to replace the social, physical and cognitive activity that was an inherent part of our jobs – and which normally fills up 50 per cent of our waking lives – with new activities that also have a social, physical and cognitive component,” he says. Continuing to work, even if only part time, can be one option, although his list of other activities that tick all three boxes includes getting involved in a community garden (as opposed to solitary gardening), dancing (it’s mentally demanding) and orienteering. “I think many people will either decide to keep on working or to keep on learning,” says Valenzuela, pointing to the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project, a world first study at the University of Tasmania to find out if taking up further education at an older age can buffer our brains against dementia. Research already suggests that a tertiary education early in life seems to help protect against cognitive decline – could picking up textbooks in our 50s, 60s and 70s do the same?

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Keep your mind active and enjoy life!

MOST of us are aware that keeping your brain alert and using those little grey cells on a regular basis promotes good health. You have probably heard of the University of the Third Age (U3A) but

have you hauled yourself out of the armchair to investigate what it can offer you? The philosophy of University of the Third Age, which developed in Toulouse, France in 1973, has since spread around the world. There are 180

U3A clubs in Australia, thirty of which are in Queensland. U3A is a volunteer education movement which caters for over 50’s, promoting the concept of studying simply for the joy of learning. It is not a formal University,

Bluejet Celebrates its 20th Year on the Gold Coast GOLD Coast founded and based company Bluejet is celebrating its 20th year in business in 2012. Originally delivering high pressure cleaning services using state of the art hover cleaners, thus “blue jet”, the company is still owned by the founders, David and Joan Gorell, who started the business back in 1992. Today, Bluejet provides revolutionary flexible decorative concrete resurfacing for driveways, patios, paths and pool surrounds, along with seamless epoxy flooring for garage and internal floors, protective sealing of hard surfaces and of course high pressure cleaning. Bluejet has undertaken thousands of jobs across the Gold Coast over its 20 years in operation. Bluejet Manager Craig Russell says “20 years in business is quite an achievement. Bluejet has grown from a one van concrete cleaning operation into a franchise group offering a comprehensive range of services for concrete renovation, which services from the Tweed Coast, throughout the Gold Coast and into Brisbane. This is whilst many other businesses and concreters offering concrete cleaning and resurfacing have come and

gone”. “From its beginnings when Mr Gorell designed, built and first used the revolutionary high pressure hover cleaner, Bluejet has strived to provide better, innovative products and services to its clients. This is the fourth year that we have been providing our superior ‘Topit Flexible’ concrete coatings, which not only provide a great decorative look to plain, old, dirty, worn concrete, but are far longer lasting than traditional non-flexible coatings (they carry an exclusive 10 year warranty in domestic applications) and they are generally far cheaper than other options such as tiling”. “Bluejet offers the peace of mind that comes with dealing with a company that has been around for 20 years. We know that our flexible decorative concrete coatings and processes are better than probably anything else out there, but we don’t rest on our laurels. Throughout 2012 and beyond, we will continue to undertake research and development of new technology, products and processes and improvements will continue to come”. Call Bluejet on 55 000 939 for a free quote or visit

and does not offer formal qualifications nor set academic qualifications as a prerequisite for entry. All U3A groups are autonomous with volunteer tutors running classes in a wide variety of subjects. On the northern Gold Coast, classes are held in Labrador and Arundel. To find out more information about locations and courses available go to or call 07 5563 3446. U3A North Gold Coast Inc offers a wide range of courses and activities for its members. There is something of interest for most mature people in the third age of learning.

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Change your smoke alarm battery on April 1st! TOO many lives are lost because of faulty smoke alarms. Keep yourself safe by noting these tips, to make sure your smoke alarms perform as intended when you need them the most. A short, low beep every 60 seconds indicates the battery power is low and the battery needs replacing. Change your smoke alarm batteries every 12 months (on 1st April) and use a longlasting alkaline battery. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly by pressing the test button with a broom handle. They should be vacu-

U3A North Gold Coast Inc endeavours to provide learning, cultural and entertainment events which encourage members to continue to accumulate knowledge and experience in an atmosphere of relaxed enjoyment and stimulation. While not all courses and activities are provided on a continuous basis, most of the core courses are provided on a regular basis. Fresh ideas are actively sought, and the program is constantly evolving. U3A plays a vital role in improving the health and happiness of over 50’s. Courses are run by vol-

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Report from our new Age Discrimination Commissioner AFTER six months in the job, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pleased by the response from the community to the new focus on age discrimination. To-date, I have addressed a number of community and industry events to explain my role, the protections provided to people of all ages by the Age Discrimination Act and the work of the Australian Human Rights

Commission, particularly the complaints process. And I continue to hear from members of the public about their own experiences in battling to find employment as a mature age jobseeker. In fact, one of my top priorities is to address the discriminatory attitudes which restrict the hiring and retention of older workers. I am currently

involved in this issue on a number of fronts: I am having ongoing constructive meetings with industry bodies, companies and recruiters to discuss how businesses do and could take constructive, supportive approaches to hiring and keeping older workers. These positive strategies will be showcased in a conference I have planned

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for later in the year that will also highlight the economic costs of discrimination against older workers. I am taking part in the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Consultative Forum on Mature Age Participation and encouraging the implementation of recommendations from the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Seniors Australians.








In addition to my role as Age Discrimination Commissioner, I am commencing an appointment as part time Commissioner to the Australian Law Reform Commission, undertaking an audit of Commonwealth laws and policies which contain age bars that prevent older Australians from continuing in work. Additionally, I will also be meeting with government and business representatives to discuss reforms to the age caps on workers compensation payments, income insurance and travel insurance. The internet is another priority area for me. In our submission to the Parliamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joint Select Committee on Cybersafety inquiry into cyber safety for older Australians, I have recommend that better targeted information and accessible training be made available to all older people can so they can participate with the rest of Australia in confidently accessing the benefits of the Internet. Over this first six months as Age Discrimination Commissioner, I have also found that financial security in another major area of concern for older Australians. Therefore, finan-

can access Age Positive online at I am very pleased to report that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Age Positiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has been very successful. We continue to receive many inspiring contributions, and are very interested in receiving many more. Finally, my task as Age Discrimination Commissioner is to serve the Australian community in promoting awareness of ageism and unlawful age discrimination and in working to eradicate it. Therefore, I am very interested in hearing from all of you who have suggestions about ways this can be done so that, together, we will ensure all Australians can live with dignity and security, regardless of age. You can contact me/send your suggestions to: Age Discrimination Commissioner, GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001 or agediscrimination commissioner@humanrights. This is an edited version of a public statement in a Human Rights Commission e-newsletter by Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner



Birthday luncheon for Val James, centre, joined by her friends Beryl and Gai Born at the Southport Yacht Club.


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cial security has formed another one of my priority areas while I am Commissioner. To this end, the development of information to assist older people to avoid financial abuse and approach the management of finances with confidence is another project I have in preparation. Finally, one of the overriding observations I have made as Commissioner, and before I took up the role, concerns the image of older people in our community and popular culture. There is a disturbing tendency for older people to be pigeonholed as slow learners, rigid in their ways and as generally inactive in retirement. These destructive ageist images and stereotypes directly support age discrimination in our community. I believe we need to push back against them. As you will be aware, early in my term I put out a call for contributions to our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Age Positiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; initiative, a sub site to the Australian Human Rights Commission website which showcases the varied and important ways older people contribute to Australian society. You


a combination of fitness and fun that uses body composition and movement to play a number of interactive games. Vaughan Nicholson, an experienced physiotherapist and USC researcher who is conducting the study, said the residents will undertake 3 x 30 minute WiiFit sessions per week over a six week period. “Due to our ageing population it is very important that we identify effective and fun forms of physical activity and exercise that can help older adults age healthily. Pre-

vious research has already shown the effectiveness of Wii training in hospital and rehabilitation settings but this will be the first project of this scale to include healthy, independent older adults. “We are also looking at a few specific balance and strength measures that will potentially produce some exciting results. All the training will be performed standing on a Wii balance board participating in WiiFit games such as ‘ski slalom’ and ‘tight rope walking’. The residents will have to adjust

Why do we have a Leap Year?

2012 is a leap year, with 366 days instead of the usual 365 days. It was the ancient Egyptians who first worked out that the solar year and the manmade calendar year didn’t always match up. That’s because it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel around the Sun — 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact. Therefore, as the hours accumulated over the centuries, an extra day was occasionally added to the calendar, and over time the practice became more or less official. The Romans first designated February 29 as leap day, but a more precise formula (still in use today) was adopted in the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar fine-tuned the calculations to include a leap day in years only divisible by four - 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, etc. Another stipulation ruled that no year divisible by 100 would have a leap year, except if it was divisible by 400. As the story goes, the tradition of women romantically pursuing men in leap years began in 5th century Ireland, when St. Bridget complained to St.Patrick about the fair sex having to wait for men to propose. Patrick finally relented and set February 29 aside as the day set

aside allowing women the right to ask for a man’s hand in marriage. The tradition continued in Scotland, when Queen

Margaret declared in 1288 that on February 29 a woman had the right to pop the question to any man she fancied. Menfolk

who refused were faced with a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk dress, or a pair of gloves given to the rejected lady fair.

Tommo wants a tattoo on his arm. There are only two tattooists in the town where he lives and Tommo visits both before deciding which one to use. The first one shows him a recent tattoo of a tiger on his shoulder. Tommo is not impressed, either by the tattoo or by the state of the studio. He goes to the other tattooist down the street. This one has a recent tattoo on his back which he is happy to show Tommo. Tommo is suitably impressed and decides he would like a similar one. Why then does Tommo return to the first tattooist to get the job done? Answer: There are only two tattooists in the town so it is reasonable to assume they do work on each other. As he liked the second tattoo, he deduced it must have been done by the first tattooist.

LEND Lease Retirement Sunshine Coast residents are getting ready for the ultimate challenge later this month, to test their fitness levels by participating in a Nintendo WiiFit research study to be conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast. The study on the over 55’s age group will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the WiiFit training program on reducing the risk of falls and fear of falling. The computer gaming console, Nintendo Wii is


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Burleigh Waters (Mens) Probus Club

WE may be a men’s club but the wives and partners, who are invited to all functions, enjoy it more. Why? Because the have to do nothing but attend! And they love it!! For instance our last two outings, which we do monthly, were a lunch at Regatta Restaurant Tweed Heads and a movie at Pacific Fair cinemas. This New Year lunch date has proved to be popular. 56 Members, wives and partners trekked to Tweed Heads in what may be described as an annual pilgrimage — the food must be good and so it was. Pleasing to see new members Bob P and wife Sue (see foreground of photo), John M (4th on left in photo) & wife Lesley and Chris & Leonie B enjoying

themselves. The day was fine & the breezes from the Tweed River contributed to a day of fellowship and fun for our members. Our day at the movies was something new. 38 members and partners gathered for morning tea in the foyer of the theatres

at Pacific Fair at about 10:30 a.m. for a cuppa and natter and at 11:00 a.m. we all moved to the theatre to view the new movie “The Descendants”. The movie starred George Clooney (you know guys that not-so-good looking Hollywood ham). What you girls see in him we

don’t know! Well I can tell you there were a few wet hankies and there was a sad ending. Sniffle. Sniffle. The writer is letting a few tears flow even as this is being typed. No photos this time. Oh! It was so sad. Anyway some of us enjoyed a Goldsteins Pie

for lunch and that cheered us up a quite a bit. Our club is expanding. We have inducted 5 new members since Christmas and 2 more applications have been received in this month. Burleigh Waters Probus Club meets at the Burleigh Waters Community Centre, 131 Christine Ave. at 10:00 a.m. on the 3rd Monday of each month. If you are a semi-retired or retired man and would like to join us for a cuppa along with your wife or partner (they are invited to all functions) to see what we are about, then phone Barry on 55357339 or visit our website www.probus

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ACCC launches guidelines to help dating websites protect consumers from scams

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched guidelines to support efforts by dating and romance websites to combat scammers. Dating and romance scams cost Australians more than $21 million in 2011, with more than 2100 individuals reporting scammers to the ACCC. The average loss for a victim reporting a scam to the ACCC was over $20 000. “Dating and romance website operators have taken significant steps to tackle the problem of online scammers, but as the problem continues to grow the ACCC has taken the lead in organising a joint effort,” Deputy Chairman Dr Michael Schaper said. “Online dating is an increasingly common way for people to meet each other. However, the growing number of scammers undermining public trust in legitimate businesses like dating

and romance websites is an area of concern to the ACCC.” “These scams often see a genuine user of a dating website being contacted by a potential admirer who is a

scammer in disguise. After forming a relationship with the victim, the scammer plays on emotional triggers to get the victim to provide money, gifts or personal details,” Dr Schaper

said. The ACCC has headed a working group of dating and romance website operators to develop voluntary best practice guidelines for the industry.

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St Patrick’s Day - Open Day!

De Paul Manor Estate, the ‘boutique’ retirement community situated in Ashmore is conducting another of their popular Open Days on Saturday 17 March from 10am – 2pm. Since the Open Day coincides with St Patrick’s Day, this is a great chance to get a real insight to what goes on in the community as residents prepare for their Irish celebrations later that evening. De Paul Manor Estate invites all interested parties to bring along a friend or the family and take a leisurely look around the award-winning facilities and apartments. Recent Open Days and some special ‘Twilight Openings’ have proved popular, resulting in a steady stream of enquiries and a spike in sales of the modern independent living apartments. The recent sales means the intimate community is growing with more residents moving in on a regular basis. This translates into more fun events and get togethers organised by the active Social Committee. Residents have just celebrated Chinese New Year, and a few happy hours at

Anniversary celebrations at Versace

the exclusive ‘Residents Retreat’. The men of the ‘Manor’ even out did themselves with a wildly successful Valentine’s Day lunch. But it’s not just celebrations and happy hours at this unique retirement community. With a focus on living longer, happier and healthier, many of the people who live here head out for regular walks along the beach or enjoy cycling. The fully equipped private gym is also well patronised and residents love attending the in-house Tai Chi and laughter abounds during radio rummy. Apartments are available from one to three bedrooms in a range of six different floor plan options to suit individual requirements and feature quality fixtures, finishings and a wide private balcony. Residents enjoy 24-hour security, a dedicated on-site management team, pay no stamp duty and receive priority access to the De Paul Villa aged care facility, located next door. For more information visit the website or phone 1300 732 306 and speak with Sue.

Pictured at the High Tea with National Chairman Trish Roche Greville of Adelaide (second from left) and current ADFAS Gold Coast Chairman Ann Dean (second from right) are past ADFAS Gold Coast Chairmen Dianne Cecil (left), Barbara Midwood, Wilhelmina Walshaw and Robin Rawson AM MVO (right).

IT was an afternoon of friendship, fun and elegance as the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Gold Coast celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a High Tea at Palazzo Versace, Main Beach. Close to 200 members and guests, including special guests and visitors from ADFAS in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, came together to look back on the past ten years while looking toward the future. A total of 34 ADFAS is found throughout the country under the banner of the Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. Establishment of the Gold Coast Society in 2002 was a dream-come-true for the late Margaret North. The overall aims of the Association are the promotion and advancement of aesthetic education, the cultivation and study of the decorative and fine arts, and the preservation of our cultural and artistic heritage. These aims are coupled with the fellowship between members and friends within each Society. For more information about the Association of ADFAS, please see

Some truisms to ponder

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DO not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list. If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. War does not determine who is right - only who is left. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman. Hospitality: making your guests feel like they’re at home, even if you wish they were. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water. You’re never too old to learn something stupid. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

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tery Chargers, Castor Wheels, and Brake Cables for walkers and much more. Our new Scooters and Electric Wheelchairs carry full back-up warranty, in the unlikely event of your new equipment requires repairs, being confident this will be carried out locally by Scooterland Mobility’s technical staff. Scooterland Mobility also offer FREE trials and/or hire on some mobility equipment, and yes a pick-up and delivery service is available at very reasonable rates. Increased mobility can improve your quality of life by spending more time with family and friends, or even just going out to get ‘milk and bread’. If you can’t come to us, don’t worry, we’ll come to you. We welcome Occupational Therapists and Physio Therapists to contact us with any enquiries. Rest assured Scooterland Mobility is about our valued clients and customers. For more info call Scooterland Mobility on 5539 2141.

Something to think about... “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffet, American business magnate and philanthropist

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:

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Tweed Links Music Club concert

Tweed Valley Justices Assoc.

TWEED Links Music Club Concert will be held on Sunday April 1st at 2pm (NSW time) at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, Main Auditorium. Enjoy an afternoon of Entertainment with the Tweed Links Quartet and Allan Grant Dancers, compered by Bob Green. Special Guest will be talented young Singer, Lachlan Wallace, supported by vocalists Belle Starr & Marie Soprano. Admission is $6 for Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club members $10 for visitors. Phone Elaine on 5594 6412 for further information or visit website: Lachlan Wallace

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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Tweed Valley Justices Association newest member, Wollumbin High School Principal Karen Connell, receiving her badge from Lorraine Atkinson

WE are always pleased to welcome new JPs to the local association of Tweed Valley Justices Association. We continue to be available for witnessing at

two locations each week. Tweed City Thursdays 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm. Tweed Centro Tuesdays 10am to 2pm.

U3A Twin Towns Inc. U3A Twin Towns Inc. wish to advise that our A.G.M. will be held at 10am on Wednesday 21st March,2012 at 4 Boyd Street, Tugun , and all positions will be declared vacant. Members are asked to bring a plate for the social gathering following the meeting. U3A Twin Towns Inc. give men and

women a choice of more than 40 activities to choose from. Educational, fun, fitness, games, languages, singing, dance, art & craft, and its not too late to join!! For more information view our webpage:http://sites/ u3atwintowns or phone before noon Mon to Fri 55347333

Coolangatta/Tweed VIEW Club

OUR next luncheon meeting will be held on 15 March in the Horizons Room, South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Dr. Tweed Heads at 11:00am for 11:30am start. Guest Speaker this month is Ken Eldridge President of Tweed Family History Association. Visitors very welcome. Bookings/apologies phone Diana 5576 7674 before 5pm Monday 12 March. VIEW stands for Voice Interests and Education of Women- a valued part of the Smith Family. The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity, committed to helping disadvantaged Australian children by unlocking opportunities through education & learning support.

Lions Club of Southport

LIONS Club of Southport wish to advise that their meeting night has now been moved to the Ferry Road Tavern Southport on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6.30pm. Visitors are very welcome. Contact Russell on 5591 1189. We also thank all of our customers who purchased Lions Christmas Cakes. Many thousands of dollars profit will be returned to the community to support medical research and other Lions health care programs.

Tweed Bridge Club BRIDGE lessons for beginners on Saturday 7th April at 9.15am at the Tweed Bridge Club. Enquiries phone Dinah Morgan 02 6676 3136. Bridge is the best exercise to keep your brain active and improving memory.

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Not Just a House but a Home

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.

PH:(02) 6674 4177 McKissock Drive Kingscliff, NSW 2487 Maureen Pocock, Ailsa Rogers, Kathleen Turner, Freda Shaw and Lyn May at the BBQ at Beth’s

TWIN Towns Day VIEW Club have once again launched themselves into what will be another successful year under the guidance of President Kathie Diskin who has proved herself to be a champion leader and a loud advocate of VIEW Clubs and The Smith Family – a very worthwhile organization who supports all VIEW Clubs and we inturn happily support four of their Learning for Life students. Monthly daytime luncheons held at the South Tweed Sports Club on the first Thursday of each month are

our main source of revenue as well as home functions and extra daytime brunches somewhere on the coast. Thirty ladies and their partners have recently enjoyed a B.B.Q. at former Zone Councillor Beth’s home and coming up is another B.B.Q. at President Kathie’s home and in between are the monthly luncheons which always boast of a good guest speaker. Visitors are always welcome. Bookings or enquiries can be made by ringing Freda on 07 55 241 357

Rotary Club theatre premiere benefit

Hastings Point Tweed Coast Probus Club

THE Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Rotary Club will hold a charity premiere movie screening – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Sunday 18th March at 3pm (NSW time), arrival for 4pm film at the Hoyts Cinemas Tweed City (AMC Cinemas), Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South. Tickets are $25 p/p and must be pre-purchased. These include a beer or wine on arrival, delicious canapés and admission to movie premiere. To purchase tickets Phone Michelle on 0402 456 972, Diana 5534 2819, Barry 5508 2065 or Corinne (CareFlight) 0421 381 033. Proceeds will go to CareFlight Rescue and other Rotary Charities.

PROBUS Club of Hastings Point Tweed Coast, is a social club for retired/semi retired couples and singles, who hold their meetings at 10.00am on the third Tuesday of the month at The Point, Tweed Coast Road, Hastings Point. With guest speakers and monthly outings. The guest speaker for March is a Volunteer from Riders for the Disabled, Penny Baldwin. Any prospective members, or visitors welcome, enquiries Jill 6676 4534.

Seniors keeping fit

WE all need to keep fit, so for the young at heart, come join us on Fridays mornings at 8.00am at Alan Millard Room, Tweed Hospital. Phone Coral on 5536 1771 for details.

U3A Twin Towns U3A Twin Towns has new classes: Astrology- Meditation-Art (Portrait)-Fibonaci (Maths) –Over 50’s Exercise. Beginners: Caligraphy, Italian-Astronomy-Tap & Belly dance. Register interest before noon MonFri 5534 7333.

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THE Gold Coast/Tweed senior netball squad, Golden South HCC Jags are working hard in training gearing up for the commencement of 2012 season. Under coach Paula Stuart, the squad are fine tuning preparations for season openers in March. They will travel to

Cairns and Townsville during the season for games, however there will be many home games at home on the Gold Coast. Seen above are the squad, with Paula Stuart (coach), Helen Payne (asst coach), and Sandra Walsh (manager).

Scleroderma Support Group THE Scleroderma, Raynauds and Sjogrens Gold Coast Social and Support Group will hold their coffee and chat morning at 10am on Monday 2nd April in the Palm Beach Surf Club. All welcome .For enquiries please contact Margaret on 55 638 438.

Twin Towns Evening VIEW Club

TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Dinner is at 6.30pm. Ladies of all ages are welcome to join us. We are raising funds for the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” program educating disadvantaged Australian children. Members e n j o y g r e a t friendship not only over dinner with interesting guest speakers and theme nights, but also weekends away, shopping trips and social activities. To find out more or be a guest at our next meeting, phone Barbara on (07)5523 1057 or Pat (07) 5536 5227.

EDITORIAL DEADLINE for the April edition of Gold Coast/ Tweed Seniors Newspaper is March 28th, 2012


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Creative Meditation

WHETHER you meditate or not, it can simply be too easy to let your enthusiasm stagnate. You may well say it’s just human nature …perhaps? Come along and experience creative meditation in a fun and spontaneous way. Let your inner child come out to play and emerge the natural focus that comes with being captivated by something you love. Held on Saturday 24th March in Gold Coast at 2pm to 5pm. This event is offered free of charge. Contributions are welcome Bookings essential. Held at Brahma Kumaris Australia, 27 Bordeaux Parade, Mermaid Waters. Phone 5575 2126 or

Enjoy Indoor Carpet Bowls in Southport

Why not go along and enjoy a fun game of Indoor Carpet Bowls at Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association, 2 Whitby Street. Play happens every Friday morning between 9.30am - 11.30am, with tutor/player Eddie Birt. Cost is only $8 for yearly membership plus $3 for each Bowls session. A tea/coffee break is included. For more information, please call Pamia Little on 5591 3056 or mobile 0439 718 674.

Living well with Parkinson’s disease

Have your say on Gold Coast health and wellbeing WHAT are some of the steps you and your family could take to improve your health and wellbeing? By answering a few easy questions you will be helping create the Gold Coast’s first Health and Wellbeing Plan. Until March 30, Gold Coast Medicare Local (independent/ locally-run/notfor-profit) will be asking all Gold Coast residents to have their say online at Free information sessions will also be held, with community members welcome to attend. Gold Coast Medicare Local is one of 19 Medicare Locals to be established around Australia as part of the first round of the Federal Government’s primary Health Care reforms. The role of Medicare Locals is to coordinate and integrate health and community services at a local level and, in particular, play a key role in helping to improve access to after-hours care, chronic disease prevention and management programs, and mental health initiatives. Gold Coast City Council, General Practice Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Pri-

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MAKE a journey and influence your life and relationships in a positive way through the practice of meditation and reaffirm your spiritual identity. Four weeks commencing Tuesday 27 March to Tuesday 17 April from 10am to 11.30am. Bookings essential - numbers limited. Phone 5575 2126 or This is a free program presented by the Brahma Kumaris Australia, held at 27 Bordeaux Parade, Mermaid Waters.

Prostate Awareness PROSTATE Awareness Twin Towns & Tweed coast along with all other groups on the Gold Coast will be having a Prostate Cancer evening. We will be having a medical research team of 5 from Mater Medical Institute talking to us. The meeting on the 27th March at the Seniors Centre, 21 TE Peters Drive starts at 6.30pm. Light refreshments served at 8.30pm. Contact Daryl on 5522 6482 or Lorraine on 3166 2144.



Free yourself from hearing loss

THE Oasis Audiology and Hearing Aid Clinic is DO you or your partner have Parkinson’s disease? offering for you to experience improved hearing in Blue Care Gold Coast Allied Health is running a noisy situations with the Living well with Parkinson’s Disease group. Come new technology that is along and learn practical hints and tips about available today. Parkinson disease. th Group commences 15 of March, 2012 for 12 weeks Good hearing is the key to understanding your in Southport. To register or for more information call Blue Care Allied Health Southport on 5555 4444. world and enjoying conversations with loved ones, work colleagues, friends, phone calls, and listening to the TV. Bowen Therapy’s powerful Owner and Senior Audiologist, Selina Gan is inhealing modalities viting anyone wishing to BOWEN Therapy is one of the most powerful healing modalities used experience the benefits of worldwide. Results can be remarkable even from the first session. It can a hearing aid, to call Oaassist in recovery from many conditions. It is recommended by many doctors because it is safe, gentle and non invasive. sis Audiology. This is 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.

mary Care Partnership Council are members of the Gold Coast Medicare Local Company. Gold Coast Medicare Local will be working in partnership with health and community services including general practice, allied health, mental health, aged care and youth services and the Gold Coast community to develop a Health and Wellbeing Plan by June 2012. The Plan will inform future Health and Wellbeing initiatives and services across the Gold Coast, Canungra and Mt Tamborine. You’re invited to have your say through the online survey Taking the Pulse at As a bonus, there is a chance to win an iPad. As well, Gold Coast Medicare Local is holding an Emerging Health and Wellbeing Issues Forum at Robina Community Centre on Wednesday March 21. Please register by March 14 via email: or phone 5635-2455. A Health and Wellbeing Summit is to be held at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, on Tuesday March 27 with no RSVP required.

Positive Awareness Workshop

100% free of charge. We are so excited about the new tiny hearing devices that are available, that we want more people to understand and hear the benefits themselves. Our clinic is located in the Oasis Shopping Centre, which is quite noisy and an excellent environment to experience the new technology. Our aim is to help you enjoy the sounds of life. We want to free you from the limitations that hearing impairment can cause. Seniors discounts are available and eligible

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

Pensioners and Veterans can access the Government Hearing Services Voucher Program to receive free hearing aids, hearing assessments and hearing aid maintenance packages. The Oasis Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic is on Level 2 Medical Precinct, Oasis Shopping Centre – Broadbeach. There is 3 hours free parking in the centre. Call our friendly staff on 55 924 222 for an appointment to free yourself from hearing loss today.


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Finding lost super

OVER the years, people change jobs or move to a different state and take up other work with a different company. If this has

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SuperSeeker can also help you to lodge a request to have any funds that you do find transferred into another super account. To conduct a search you will need to provide full names, date of birth and your Tax File Number (TFN). Using SuperSeeker on the phone is also quick and easy. Phone the self-help line on 13 28 65, Fast Key Code 1 then 2. You are not obliged to transfer your lost super, but you should consider contacting the fund that reported you as a lost member to update your contact information and remove your details from the lost super register. Where unclaimed super or other super amounts are found, you can follow the links to the claim forms provided by SuperSeeker to make a claim. Alternatively, you may phone 13 10 20 for more information about these accounts. The lost members register (LMR) holds lost member records from all regulated super funds in Australia, other than selfmanaged super funds. Super funds are required to provide updated information by 30 April and 31 October each year.

GOLD Coast seniors are invited to come along to free hands-on internet training sessions hosted by Gadget Guy, Peter Blasina, as part of the Telstra Connected Seniors program 14th March 2012 Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for Gold Coast, Darren Clark said the workshops would help participants understand how to use the technology in a comfortable and friendly environment. “These workshops will cater to seniors with a range of technical knowledge – from those who have never used Internet before and might be daunted by the technology, to those regularly surfing the net and are looking for tips to get the most out of their online experience,” he said. “Telstra has been running Connected Seniors workshops since 2007. We’ve used feedback from those previous sessions to continue improving the program based on what seniors tell us they

want to learn about and how they want to learn it,” Mr. Clark said. Division 11 Councillor Jan Grew said many people under-estimated how tech savvy senior citizens were. “Statistics show strong on-line and internet usage among senior citizens but there is always more to learn so having access to people like Peter Blasina is fantastic, as well as the students from Varsity College who will help guide seniors through the sessions’’ she said. “We’re proud to work with Telstra on this initiative which will help seniors to explore the internet, understand the importance of cyber-safety and send emails. To register to attend one of these sessions call Shane on (07) 5656 4446.The free internet training session will be held on Wednesday 14 March 2012 at 1:30pm to 3:30 am at Robina Community Centre, 196 Town Centre Drive, Robina.

Body Corporate training sessions WOULD you like to gain a better understanding of how a body corporate works? Ace Body Corporate Management is offering training sessions to help those interested in the intricacies of bodies corporate. Training sessions are two hours each at a cost of $10 per person and will be held at Suite 3, 3-5 Markeri Street, Mermaid Beach.

“Introduction to Body Corporate” will be held on Tuesday 13 March at 4.30pm; “Understanding the role of your Body Corporate Manager” on Thursday 15 March at 6pm; “Who is responsible for repairs: Owners or Body Corporate?” on Thursday 22 March at 2pm and, on Saturday 24 March at 9am, “Working with your Resident Manager”. For bookings, please call 5526-0500.

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Escorted 35 Day British Isles Discovery WORLD Discovery Tours invites you to join Geoff & Val Sampson on this specially escorted 35 day tour visiting England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales with stopovers in Bangkok (3 nights) & Hong Kong (4 nights) The tour departs Australia on Sunday 13 May 2012 and flies to Bangkok for a 3 night Stopover which includes a half day Grand Palace tour. Fly on to London. Join your coach for a memorable 21 days of sightseeing including Hampton Court Palace, Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed by King John. Travel to Stratford – upon-Avon and Coventry. Your tour will visit York, Newcastle and Edinburgh with an opportunity to for a Scottish night out with Highland Dancers, bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis. Visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Sightseeing will include St Andrews famous Golf Course and Braemer, the Home of the Highland Games Travel through spectacular scenery - the lovely Falls of Shin and maybe take an optional cruise on Loch Ness and search for “Nessie” the famous Loch Ness Monster! Visit the Isle of Skye and drive along the “Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond” on your way to Glasgow. Board the ferry for the Irish Sea crossing to Belfast. Take the scenic route along the Antrim Coast to Giant’s Causeway and on to Derry and then Drumcliff and see the grave of poet W.B.Yeats and then to Sligo. Visit Galway and see the spectacular 668 foot Cliffs of Moher and attend a banquet at Bunratty Castle. Take the ferry across the Shannon Estuary to Killarney. Travel along the “Ring of Kerry” for a 100 mile coastal panoramic experience. More scenic splendour as you head into County Cork – stop

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Editorial copy is always welcome. Deadline for the April edition of Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper is March 28th, 2012

Roma Easter Getaway 2012 5 Days 6th - 10th April 2012 Join Robert for a fun 5 day tour to Roma’s 35th annual “Easter n the Country Festival” Enjoy friendly country hospitality and festival entertainment including Street Procession, Goat Races, Bush Poets, Country Markets plus much more! Also visiting Jondaryan Woolshed, Oakey Aviation Museum and Toowoomba’s Cobb & Co Museum. Don’t miss out Book Now! TOUR INCLUDES Home Pick ups and Drop offs Quality Accommodation All Full Cooked Breakfasts Most Lunhes (Day 2 own expense) All 2 Course Dinners Guided Tours, Attractions

Cost: $1,240.00 Per Person Twin Share

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Take a train trip 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

Whitsunday Islands & Airlie Beach 6 nights ............................................... $799 pp + app Rail Fare Departs on the Tilt Train on set dates

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Cairns, Cape Trib & Fitzroy Island 7 nights ............................................... $899 pp + app Rail Fare Departs on Tilt Train or Sunlander on set dates

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platform heading for the day’ destination. The annual Rail and Sail to Redcliffe is on Saturday 12th May. Travel by launch from Southbank to Redcliffe and return 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. 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 Winter Winelander departs Brisbane on Saturday 30th June. 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 the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. 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 winter escape. 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.

ATTENTION ALL COACH TRAVELLERS BLUE MOUNTAINS AUTUMN TOUR LEURA – KATOOMBA – JENOLAN CAVES (EASTER LONG WEEK-ENDER) $1299 6 DAY THUR 5TH – TUE 10TH APRIL Includes Good Motels – Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort. All Breakfasts (3 full buffet), All dinners, All Admissions, Jenolan Caves, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Scenic World, Coach Touring Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Hunter Valley and New England.

TENTERFIELD AND GLEN INNES AUTUMN TOUR – (EASTER LONG WEEKENDER) 4 DAYS FRIDAY 6TH – MONDAY 9TH APRIL $625 Includes: Motel, Breakfast, Dinners, 4 Morning Teas, Bestbrook Mountain Resort, Land of the Beardies History House, Stannum Historic House, Windara Nursery and Tea rooms. All Admissions Kilted Tour, Emmaville Mining Museum, Centenary Cottage, Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts, Winery Tour & Tasting. Cabooltre, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro Area, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kings Cliff Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone

Brisbane: 3343 6722 Gold Coast: 5520 1499

Coastal Variety Tours

Let’s Get Red Cross: there for the community

The best April Fools Day hoaxes of our time NO-ONE knows the true origin of April Fools Day (sometimes referred to as ‘All Fools Day’), but there have been some famous hoaxes over the years. In 1957 the respected BBC TV show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best!” In 1977, another respected news source, the British newspaper The Guardian published a special sevenpage supplement devoted to San Serriffe, a small republic said to consist of several semi-colon-shaped islands located in the Indian Ocean. A series of articles affectionately described the geography and culture of this obscure nation. Its two main islands

Pictured with samples of lovingly-crafted goods are Committee Members Denise Densham (left), and Shirley Price holding a Trauma Teddy.

IT is now nearly 150 years since the establishment of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland in 1863 yet this worthy nonprofit organisation steadfastly continues its service to the public through humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Of the millions of volunteers, members and staff worldwide, at least 62 of them proudly belong to the Palm Beach/ Currumbin Red Cross Branch located on 11th Avenue (next to the library) in Palm Beach. With a building constructed in 1978 by community volunteers and the Rotary Club for use originally as a blood bank, the Palm Beach/Currumbin Red Cross Branch now hosts a variety of public services and activities, including a Mobility Equipment Hire Service ably managed by honorary Branch president Vola Bass . With everything from wheelchairs and walking aids; toilet/bathroom/bedroom aids such as commode chairs, transfer and bath boards and shower chairs, as well as orthopaedic chairs, the Mobility Equipment Hire Service is open to all, though residents

and visitors located in northern Gold Coast can conveniently contact Red Cross branches in Southport and Nerang for a similar service. The first Monday of each month sees the arrival of the Blood Bank Mobile at the Palm Beach/Currumbin Red Cross. Craft Group meets twice monthly with a variety of items made including ‘Trauma Teddies’, donated to pathologists, surgeries and hospitals for use by the traumatised of any age. “Hands on Care” is a weekly nurturing service provided to residents of Kirrahaven Aged Care facilities and includes stimulation through conversation as well pampering with make-up and hand massages. A trolley with toiletries and lollies makes the rounds at John Flynn Hospital twice weekly, and Bunnings Warehouse in Burleigh Heads offers much-appreciated support through approved gift wrapping and barbecue fundraisers. The 11th Avenue hall is also available for hire, and a catering service makes the Palm Beach/Currumbin Red Cross Branch almost a one-stop shop, with Trash and Treasure and Craft Sales events throughout the year. For more information call 5576 0551.

After-Work Book Club THE After-Work Book Club meets at Southport

Branch Library on the first Thursday of each


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month, 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Fit your book club in after work and work up an appetite chatting about books you’ve devoured.

Machine Knitters 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 Monday 16th April, due to Easter holidays. All makes of machine are catered for and beginners and new members are always welcome. For further information phone 5537 1436.


were named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. Its capital was Bodoni, and its leader was General Pica. The Guardian’s phones rang all day as readers sought more information about the idyllic holiday spot. Only a few noticed that everything about the island was named after printer’s terminology. In 1998 Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a “Left-Handed Whopper” specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, “many others requested their own ‘right handed’ version.”

Beauty in bugs Tony Bailey of Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, photographed these colourful Cotton Harlequin Bug parents protecting their eggs. Cotton Harlequin Bugs are members of the Jewel Bug family and are found in eastern Australia. The photo was taken in the Coombabah area, not far from Tony’s home.

‘One stop shop’ ES&S website THE Emergency Services and Safety (ES&S) website is part of the Queensland government’s ‘single web’ experience. The site is a ‘one stop shop’ for Queenslanders to access emergency and disaster-related information including links to popular, credible, trusted and well-designed digital tools and websites. The site itself features useful tools, guides and tips to help Queenslanders better prepare, respond and recover when disasters occur. Queensland communities will have access to localised disaster management information via the website’s Community Intelligence Map. This map aims to improve situational awareness with ‘layers’ of local information including storm tide gauges, school locations and State Emergency Services groups. As the map continues to develop, additional layers will be added. The site also provides easy options for individuals and businesses to offer help before, during and after a disaster. Using the Community Emergency Inventory resource, businesses can contribute equipment, supplies or services that may be needed. The Emergency Services and Safety website was developed in cooperation with Queensland Police, Queensland Ambulance, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Queensland State Emergency Services, Emergency Management Queensland and Smart Services Queensland. To view the Emergency Services and Safety website, visit http:// emergency/. BSA Lic 11 597 62 March 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 37

SENIORS NEWS Using a mobility scooter or power chair in Queensland

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

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Hammond Village Over 50s 22 Hansford Road, Coombabah

Property For Sale

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Tweed Heads Broadwater Village Over 50s

Code 2447

$249,000 Phone: 07 5513 1646 or 07 5523 3431

Chinderah – Tweed River Breezes

Over 50s Retirement Village

Ph: Michelle 0419 791 914

Phone: 0427 298 128 or 0427 341 533

Code 2465

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

Over 50s Retirement Village 2 bdrm, freehold vacant unit. Lounge, large kitchen, dining & sunroom, view, sun all day. Split aircon, ceiling fans, new dryer, garage. Full size bowling green, BBQ, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. Close to shopping centres.

Code 2466

Over 50s Village 2 bedroom house, aircon, ceiling fans, sep bathroom & toilet with hand rails & heaters. Large shed and water tank. Sorry no pets.

$368,000 ONO Ph 3489 1549 or 0415 381 559

Code 2467



$160,000 Neg Ph 07 5529 0939

Code 2460

2 bdrm, 2 bathroom. Built-ins, air-con, single lock up garage - automatic. Fully secure complex - extremely friendly residents. Local shops directly across road. Community Centre - large and new. Swimming pool. $285,000 ono

between Brisbane and Gold Coast

Code 2463

$275,000 o.n.o. Ph 5529 0586 or 0415 751 340

Sequana Retirement Village

Private Sale Best Buys 5 Star Over 50s Resort

Runaway Bay Small gated community, freehold/stand alone brick & tile, 2 bdrm, 2 b’room, screened patio & single carport, air-cons (3), 1.5KW solar electricity, low body corp fees. Modern recreation clubhouse with heated swimming pool, 2 motel style visitor rooms avail. Adjacent to nature reserve & walking tracks, close to major shopping centres, bus stop at front gate, quiet, peaceful garden setting.

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

Oxenford / Tamborine Rd

Code 2457

Bargain Buying at $165,000 Ph 02 6619 1499

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

Code 2449

Over 50’s Northern Gold Coast

13 meter manufactured home, open plan lounge/living/kitchen. Light stone coloured benchtops, fan forced oven/grill, ceramic cook-tops. 2 double bedrooms with mirrored robe doors. Bathroom with bath, sep shower with vanity & sep toilet with hand basin. Carport/entertaining area with solar power.

Spacious 3 bdrm manufactured home well positioned overlooking park within a m/factured home village at Chinderah on Tweed River. Lge carport, free parking for caravan, entertainment deck, modern kitchen, central bathroom, insulation, fans, lge lounge + sewing room. Close to bus stop, bowls clubs & shopping.

Code 2440

3 bedroom, 2 carport, air/con, solar hot water, ceiling fans, new ceiling insulation, roller door garage. Low maintenance yard, public transport at gate. Across road to shops, chemist, doctor. Short walk to pool, tennis court, bowling green, Community Hall.

Gold Coast Retirement Village, Independent 2 bedroom airconditioned unit, modern kitchen and bathroom. Village includes pool, spa, tennis court and daily activities.

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next to Pines Shopping Centre

Will consider trade. $295,000 - Private sale Phone 0488 901 171 or 07 5536 2945

Code 2471

Price: $249,000 Phone: 0421 686 310

Code 2468

North Star Resort Hastings Point Stunning 2 bdrm ensuite BIR, Norfolk M’factured home with ac, solar panels, gas hot water, modern lge kitchen, lounge, dining rooms, laundry, sep toilet, lge shed, low maintenance garden, space for car & van in carport. Gable roof, bay windows, cathedral ceilings & quality curtains & pelmets throughout. Walk to beach & estuary. Swimming/lap pools, gym, sauna, hairdresser & masseuse onsite. Live the dream.

MOBILITY scooters and powered wheelchairs all fall under the category of ‘Motorised wheelchairs’ with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads - Registering Motorised Wheelchairs. Some commonly asked questions: Do I have to have a driver’s licence to drive a scooter in Queensland? No, you are not required to have a licence but you must have a doctor’s certificate verifying that owing to severe mobility impairment there is a need for assisted travel. Do I have to register my scooter? Yes, all mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs must be registered if using public footpaths and roads. There are no fees for registration or compulsory third party insurance (CTP). CTP is free to registered motorised wheelchair users and is provided by the Nominal Defendant a statutory body tasked with compensating people who are injured as a result of negligent driving of unidentified and/or uninsured (no CTP) motor vehicles. What information do I have to provide to have the scooter registered? The following information is required: a doctor’s certificate/letter/statement stating that due to severe movement impairment you need the use of a motorised wheelchair for assisted travel. A doctor’s certificate must be provided each time a different mobility scooter/wheelchair is registered; a Vehicle Registration Application form (F3518); a Vehicle Details form (F3529); a Motorised Wheelchair Statement form (F4414); evidence of the vehicle’s origin - former registration papers or purchase receipt; evidence of the vehicle’s garaging address - Queensland driver licence, rates notice, electricity or phone bill and evidence of personal identification - Queensland driver licence. Other means of ID can be found at Evidence of Identity Information Sheet (F4362) How fast can I travel on a public footpath or road? All mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs are restricted by law to a maximum speed of 10km/h and a maximum tare weight of 110kgs. Can anyone else drive my scooter on a public footpath or road? A mobility scooter or powered chair can only be used by the registered operator. What Queensland Road rules must be observed? The driver must be capable of operating the machine safely and must observe all Queensland Road Rules as well as those relating to pedestrians. The definition of

‘pedestrian’ in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (p. 528) includes a motorised wheelchair. Queensland Road Rules include: Giving way to other road users on a path or nature strip; exercising due care and attention for the safety of others at all times; driving on the footpath or nature strip at all times and only using the road when the footpath or nature strip is not suitable; if driving on the road you must drive as close to the side of the road as possible and face oncoming traffic (except for a one-way street); using the most direct route available when crossing a road; travelling at no faster than 10km/h and driving on the road alongside no more than one other pedestrian or vehicle travelling in the same direction, unless it is necessary to overtake other pedestrians comply with other road rules as they apply to pedestrians What are the registration requirements for an organisation? Organisations such as nursing homes, shopping centres, education institutions and hire companies that provide mobility scooters or powered chairs for residents, shoppers, students or hirers must also apply for registration. At the time of registration they must provide a statement on the Motorised Wheelchair Statement form certifying that the mobility scooter or powered chair will be used solely by individuals who possess a doctor’s certificate confirming that they require the vehicle for assisted travel owing to impaired mobility. Other requirements include: a Vehicle Registration Application form (F3518); a Vehicle Details form (F3529); evidence of the vehicle’s origin - former registration papers or purchase receipt; evidence of the vehicle’s garaging address Queensland driver licence, rates notice, electricity or phone bill and organisation identification such as Certificate of Incorporation, Business Registration Certificate or Certificate of Company Registration. As a registered business is not a legal entity identification for the legal identity behind the business must also be provided. Organisation representatives must also produce personal identification. Your new scooter or power chair will give you freedom and the opportunity to lead a more interesting and independent lifestyle. Drive safely, take care and get out and about and….don’t forget to smell the roses!! Information supplied by Advanced Adjustable Beds. For your Mobility Scooter requirements Tel: 1300 306 870

Duplicate Bridge

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

Kingscliff Probus Club

KINGSCLIFF Mixed Probus Club holds its meeting at the Uniting Church Hall at 10am on the 1st Wednesday of the month with an outing on the 3rd Wednesday. For further information please call Colleen on 07 5523 2110.

Musgrave Hill Bowls Club Inc

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . .

Cnr Musgrave Ave & Kumbari Ave, Southport

Tweed Theatre Company presents -Peter Pan the Musical


ENJOY the Easter School Holidays in April by attending Tweed Theatre Company’s latest production of Peter Pan - the Musical, Directed by Natalie Trengove. Peter Pan is the story of a boy who never wanted to grow up. So he went to Never Land, and lived with the lost boys, but they missed having a mother. Peter, (played by Josh Linton) then convinces Wendy (played by Lara Wilkinson) to fly to Never Land with him and join the lost boys. So come along and enjoy the adventures of Peter Pan.

$10-$15 Asian & Australian 3 Course Buffet Open 7 days for Lunch. Tues - Sun for Dinner Friday Night $15 Seafood Sunday Night $12 Seafood

Included in the story, we have, Captain Hook (played by Chris Hawkins) and his Pirates, Tiger Lily (played by Pania Marshall) and the Indian Chief (played by Thian Sykes) and the Indians, plus much, much more... Please visit our web site: for more information and photos on Peter Pan plus our past shows – Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest Aladdin Jr and last year Disney’s Cinderella and The Aristocats .

Burleigh Square Dance Club

Twin Towns Seniors Social Club

HAVE fun, make new friends, and learn square dancing. This is a fun way to have gentle exercise for both body and mind. So have fun, keep fit and make new friends at the same time. Beginners welcome! Dancing commencing 7.00p.m and is held weekly at Maher Hall, 42 Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads. Cost is $6.00. For further information contact Jan 0429 900 639 or Peter on 5597 7755.

NEXT meeting and AGM 12th March, 2012 in Visions, Twin Towns. Doors open at 8am Qld time for bus allocation tickets. Meeting at 8.45 am. 2 bus trips per month inc m/tea & lunch. Gosford Terranova Tours 7 days, 6 nights - 29th April to 5th May, 2012. $979.00 meals and day tours included. Sydney Harbour, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley Gardens. For further information phone Dot Mortimer 07 5590 9301 for coloured brochure. Everyone welcome.

This Easter School Holiday program opens on Wednesday 4th April and runs each weekend of the Easter School Holidays. With a Wednesday Matinee on the 4 and 11 April at 11.00am, Saturday & Sunday 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 April @ 2.00 pm. Peter Pan will be performed at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Cnr Wharf & Brett Sts. Tweed Heads. Ticket cost: children $5.00 and adults $15.00. No allocated seating. Tickets at door.

ENTERTAINMENT 100 Poker Machines....Regular Promos

Bingo....Tues, Thurs & Sat 7.30pm Mon & Sun 7.00pm Live Entertainment.....Friday Nights from 6.30pm

RAFFLES Wednesday Night 40 Prize Meat Raffle 7.30pm & Members Draw increasing “$100 per week” Friday Night . . .80 Meat Trays 7.30pm Sunday FREE 20 Prize raffle 2-4pm $1,500 Membership Draw at 5pm

COURTESY BUS Operates daily on demand 4pm till late

Three Excellent Greens. Club Open 7 Days. Social Membership - Only $5.00 p.a. Phone

(07) 5532 1277 for more info - email:

Rhapsody Music Club YOU are invited to attend a musical variety concert by Rhapsody Music Club on Sunday 25th March, 2012 commencing at 1.30pm in Lady Small Haven Community Hall, 60 Allchurch Avenue, Benowa. Our artists this month are; Barry Martin – Instrumental, Len Mason – Variety and John Cadwell – Organist/ Pianist. Admission: Members $4 and Visitors $6. This includes light refreshments. A great afternoon of musical entertainment is assured. Enquiries to: Joelle on 0450 130 250 or Robert on 0408 405 621.



MERMAID BEACH BOWLS CLUB 9 Markeri Street Mermaid Beach - PH


In NEW air-conditioned Area


Monday ............ Club Closed Tuesday ............ 10.30am .... $500 & $1000 Wednesday ...... 1pm ............. $100, $300 & $1000 ......... 7.30pm ... 2x$250, $500 & $1000 Friday ............... 10.30am .... $500 & $1000 ................... 7.30pm .... $500 & $1000 Saturday ........... 12.30pm .... $500 & $1000 ................... 7.30pm ... 2 X $250, $1000 Sunday .............. 10am ......... $500 & $1000

FAME TRIVIA - Every Thursday - 7.00pm “FREE”

Make exercising a pleasure! SWING or Sway will teach you to dance at the same time! Only $3 for members, or $5 for visitors at Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre at 12 noon (Qld time) on Thursdays. No partner needed, dress casual. Enquiries to 5536 4050 or 5599 7004.






Wednesdays, Fridays - 2 Courses (Menu changes weekly)

CLUB MERMAID BISTRO Open Tue-Sat Lunch & Dinner PH 55723463 - 9 Markeri Street Mermaid Beach March 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 39

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . A modern twist to traditional folk dancing

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and we also add humour and fun to our performances,” Gal said. The group has been dancing together for 20 years. They met in a folk dance group as children and have worked together in various dance companies since. Barany said some of the highlights of the show included a Spanish toreador dance, an Irish tap number, a cowboy performance where they use wooden spoons instead of guns and an American-Indian inspired performance during which they dance with fire balls hanging on iron chains. They have toured 30 countries around the world including the US,

China, the United Arab Emirates and Algeria. Barany said they choreographed all their own numbers and usually prepared a new dance for each new country they visited and will have an Australian-themed dance ready. Tickets: $32 or $25 each for a group of 10, concession, 10-16 yrs: $ 25.00, children up to 9 yrs: free. Doors open @ 6 pm. After Show Dance Workshop Food and drinks are available to purchase @ the venue. Now open for online b o o k i n g s : For more information please call Gyongyi Tel; 07-55 748 505.

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numbers with folk steps. Enyedi said his group performed steps from various Hungarian and Transylvanian regions, but also from further afield. “The central idea of the show is that we’re travelling around the world and picking up different cultural elements, habits and dances in different nations,” Enyedi said. Gal said the group has modernised the traditional dance steps of their homeland and also included dance steps from Irish, Spanish, Russian and German dances as well as tap, hiphop and ballet moves. “It’s a fusion of a lot of different styles of dance

(tres) pass 12 HUMS: Drones (key) start (initial indicator) hives under mulga shrubs 13 WORK TO RULE: Go slow (key) - slave away (work) to reign supreme (rule) 17 JAVA: Some Navajos returned (reversal indicator) to the Indonesian island (key) 18 TENOR: Singer (key) organised (anagram indicator) the right note 19 SAME: Sam and the bridge player (e) are equal (key) 20 TENDERISES: Makes meat less chewy (key) with a crushed (anagram indicator) seed insert 22 A ONE: Anyone leaving (omission indicator) New York is first-rate (key) 23 PREAMBLE: Before (pre) you walk (amble), make an introduction (key) 27 IMPURE: Little devil (imp) made the river (Ure) adulterated (key) 28 IMPERATIVE: Absolutely necessary (key) to spoil (anagram indicator) the Emirate VIP 29 SAPS: Drains (key) seem always pretty smelly at the front (initial indicator)

Down 1 MANIPULATE: Pull strings (key) of metal up in a marionette’s back (reversal indicator) 2 AMBROSIA: Nectar (key) makes (anagram indicator) Maria sob 3 UNDERWATER: Keep

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16 LEMON DROPS: Citrus (lemon) falls (drops) on the hard candy (key) 19 SHARPEST: Acutest (key) parts she managed (anagram indicator) 21 DEADEN: Desensitise (key) the late (dead) nurse (en) 24 RIMS: Edges (key) are almost (omission indicator) crimson 25 BLAB: Tell secrets (key) about the second class (b) lab 26 EMIR: Potentate (emir) comes back (reversal indicator) with a frosty coating (rime)

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Active & Healthy - Community gardening workshops IF you have always wanted to grow your own vegetables, fruit and herbs but just didn’t know where to start, the following Active & Healthy program workshops could be for you. The workshops will provide you with a hands-on introduction to growing your own food, with all the tips and tricks to ensure that your garden thrives and survives. On Saturday 14 April an Introduction to Organic Gardening will be held in Southport at the Joan Park Community Garden on Joan Street. On Sat-

Fundraising garage sale CAVALIER King Charles Spaniel Rescue Qld volunteers will be holding a garage sale to raise funds for medical needs associated with the re-homing of rescued Cavalier spaniels. These needs include immunisation, micro-chipping and de-sexing and, as required, dental work, clipping and grooming. The garage sale will be held on Saturday 14 April at 7 Thomas Duncan Court, Worongary, between 7am and


2pm. Total funds raised will be used for Cavalier rescue. Gold Coasters who may wish to donate saleable items are welcome to contact Carolyn on 1300 737 218 or 5530-4340. Why not make the garage sale part of a fun outing in the scenic Worongary area, inland from Broadbeach, while supporting Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue Qld Inc.

Kirra parkrun COME along to this free weekly electronically timed 5 kilometer run/walk. This run caters for all ages and fitness levels, from absolute beginners to experienced runners wanting to improve their personal best. Walk, jog or run along the gorgeous Oceanway and experience this encouraging and friendly atmosphere for yourself. Kirra parkrun is managed by Chris from Chisel Fitness, who has volunteered his time to run this great event for you. Chris is also the event orga-

nizer for the Tomewin Mountain Challenge Half Marathon in the Currumbin Valley in August. Come join us for a fun walk or run and grab a post Parkrun coffee at Beaches on Kirra, Beachfront Kirra Surf Building. Kirra Filtrap Park, Beachfront Park opposite Kirra Surf, Musgrave Street. Every Saturday 7am registration for your first run is essential. To register or get more information, visit

Labrador Senior Citizens THE Labrador Senior Citizens welcomes people 50 years and over to join in the many activities on offer during the week. Visitors are always welcome to all the activities. Members enjoyed their trip to Aratula and surrounding areas last month and are looking forward to going to the Mulgowie Hotel for lunch and having a conducted tour around the local area later this month. Anna Levar’s yoga/exercise class starts the busy week off on Mondays from 8.15am. A second yoga class is held on Wednesday at 8.30am by Tim Clark.

Indoor bowls are held on Mondays from 10.00am and Thursdays from 12.20pm, there is always room for more bowlers to join in these fun sessions. The card sessions are growing in numbers each week when 500, canasta, hand & foot and rummy are played on Monday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Hand & foot is also played on Thursday afternoons. Table Tennis has certainly taken off at the

Centre with three sessions held each week. The times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 12.15pm and Saturdays from 12noon. Tai Chi is held from 10.30am to 11.30am on Wednesday mornings. The teachers are kept busy on Thursday mornings from 9.00am when the craft and painting classes are held. Our Friday morning concerts are an open day and everyone is welcome to attend. They commence

at 9.15am and continue untill 11.30am. These mornings consist of many instrumental items by our big band, vocals, skits and guest artists which adds to an entertaining morning each week. Cost of all the activities is only $2.00 which includes morning or afternoon tea, the activities that have teachers are a little dearer to cover their costs. For further information please phone Lyndsey on 55 371433.

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urday 12 May, Broadbeach Community Garden on Old Burleigh Road will hold a Small Space and Balcony Gardening workshop. Saturday 9 June sees another Introduction to Organic Gardening workshop at Numbat Park, Hansford Road, Coombabah, with Introduction to Organic Gardening to be held at Studio Village, 87 Village Way, Oxenford, on Saturday 14 July. Times are 2pm - 3pm. Contact Gold Coast Permaculture on 5539 3973 or email:

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Salve on the counter of the bacterium lab (4) Unseating a fracture is sickening (10) Put a hole in America’s fourteenth president (6) Transgress on the very French pass (8) Drones start hives under mulga shrubs (4) Go slow - slave away to reign supreme (4,2,4) Some Navajos returned to the Indonesian island (4) Singer organised the right note (5) Sam and the bridge player are equal (4) Makes meat less chewy with a crushed seed insert (10) Anyone leaving New York is first-rate (1,3) Before you walk, make an introduction (8) Little devil made the river adulterated (6) Absolutely necessary to spoil the Emirate VIP (10) Drains seem always pretty smelly at the front (4)


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Opera for Over 50s: experience of a lifetime Opera Queensland, through its Moving Opera! program and the generous support of The Arts Centre Gold Coast, recently held its second successful

Opera for Over 50s workshop and showcase finale. Tutored by Opera Queensland professionals from Brisbane under the expert direction of

Sean Dennehy, 35 aspiring local talents over the age of 50 enjoyed the experience of a lifetime. Five days of rehearsals were followed by an hourlong Saturday night extravaganza before an audience of 400 people. The Arts Centre Gold Coast creative producer Brad Rush himself took to the stage at evening’s end to enthusiastically congratulate participants while emphasising

the importance of bringing the unique Opera for Over 50s to many who, in the past, could only dream about such an event. Pictured is the star cast, including Opera Queensland singers, in full costume just before curtain fall on the second Opera for Over 50s. No doubt many are waiting in the wings for news of the next such opportunity.

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Senior Super SaverS Pancakes! Pancakes! “ P A N C A K E S ! Pancakes!” was the catchcry at the annual Shrove Tuesday Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland fundraiser held outdoors at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Organisers Julia and Tony Wilkins were glad the rain held off as guests enjoyed pancakes expertly cooked and served by Arts Centre chef Barry Prestidge and long-time Leukaemia Foundation volunteer Sue Nuttall. Tempting pancake toppings included maple syrup and lemon juice and sugar, and a coffee stand was nearby. The next major Leukaemia Foundation fundraiser will be the World’s Greatest Shave, when over 100,00 people across Australia are expected to shave or colour

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Relive the 1940s at the Gold Coast Heritage Expo and Fair THE big band sounds of 1940s swing and the golden age of glamour for girls will be reinvented at the Gold Coast Heritage Expo and Fair next month. To be held on 12 May 2012, the free biennial event is a part of the 2012 Queensland Heritage Festival and will be held for the first time at the Evandale Parklands in Bundall. Chair of Sustainable City Future, Councillor Peter Young, said the expo with the theme of 1940s, would give people the opportunity to explore the past and discover their local heritage. “There are activities and entertainment that will appeal to everyone, including children,” he said. “The day will include the incredibly popular antique valuations, Country Women’s Association cooking


information, traditional 1940s children’s games, vintage caravans and cars, market stalls and musical entertainment.” “Headlining the day’s entertainment is the Andrew Sisters with their ‘Back to Basics’ show. These three sassy ladies recreate the 1940s era with their songs and costumes. “Another highlight is the Lindy Charm School for Girls, dedicated to reviving the golden age of glamour and etiquette from the early 20th century. This group will present a 1940s makeover on stage, complete with girdles, garters, seamed stockings and the classic wiggly walk. “Children can get their hands dirty digging for buried treasure or enjoy the 1940s games on offer from Council’s Active and Healthy team, like egg and spoon races, hoops and tug-o-war.” Cr Young

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said in the presentation tent, women from the CWA will share their cooking secrets, while guest speakers will tell a yarn or two about the past. “Lovers of vintage clothes and bric-a-brac will enjoy the market stalls and of course everyone will enjoy the variety of food on offer. “There are a large number of community organisations involved in the event and I thank them for their participation and enthusiasm in creating an event with such broad appeal.” The expo runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Plenty of parking will be available adjacent to the Evandale Parklands. To register for a free antique valuation, phone 5582 8875. Check Council’s website for more information on this year’s Heritage Expo and Fair.

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