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Your Award Winning Seniors’ Newspaper - Written for Seniors by Seniors Vol 13. - Issue No. 2

MARCH 2013

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20 year anniversary for the ‘Three of Us’

A TWENTY year bond between three local women all started with a common desire to give something back to the community as Red Cross volunteers. Kay Henson, Helen Kook and Judy Gittoes are all foundation members of the Tweed Heads Red Cross Community Visitors Scheme and now 20 years later they’re about to celebrate both their anniversary as friends and the 20th anniversary of the Community Visitors Scheme. Judy Gittoes says “When you belong to a community it’s important that you do something.” After running motels with her husband at Tweed Heads for 14 years Judy thought it would be nice to volunteer for the Red Cross Community Visitors Scheme. Kay Henson and Helen Kook had both worked in aged care and were missing the people they’d cared for. “When you retire you can’t just cut the ties because you become so attached” says Kay. “The Community Visitors Scheme allowed me to reconnect with people and enjoy friendships I would not otherwise have had. “Being a Community Visitor has been a privilege, not a burden,” says Kay.

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Rosella closes down ICONIC tomato sauce manufacturer, Rosella, will close down after nearly 120 years in business. After its parent company, Gourmet Food Group, was placed in receivership back in November 2012, administrators Ferrier Hodgson have reported that they have been unable to find a buyer for the Rosella business, and had no choice but to cease trading. The company’s 70 remaining Sydney-based workers will lose their jobs in the next few weeks. Gourmet Foods Group’s snack food business, Waterwheel Industries was recently sold to Green’s General Foods, another Australian food manufacturer, for an undisclosed price. Manufacturing Workers Union spokesman Tim Ayres says he is hopeful Rosella products will stay on the shelves. “It would be great to see it bought out by an Australian company and continue to make this iconic Australian brand in Australia.” The blame for Rosella’s collapse is likely to be laid at the feet of our two giant supermarkets, Coles – owned by Wesfarmers Limited and Woolworths Limited. Both companies have been increasing their range of private label products, and many brand name products have been pushed off the shelves. With high relative expenses including labour and other input costs, Australian manufacturers are struggling to compete against imported and home brand products. Rosella is unlikely to be the last producer to succumb to the pressure. Source: The Motley Fool newsletter

20 year anniversary for the ‘Three of Us’ Continued from Page 1 “Visiting someone for the first time can be challenging but gradually we learn a little about each other and as we begin to share our common interests our friendship grows. Helen Kook wanted to do something for older people because her own parents were getting older. “Although I couldn’t visit my own parents as often as I’d like” says Helen “I hoped that if I could help someone else’s mother or father, then someone might do the same for my own parents in the Riverina. “At first I didn’t know if my visits were really wanted or even appreciated” says Helen “but one day when I was a little late the woman I was visiting said she had really missed me. “It’s good to know you can be a friend to someone who might otherwise be lonely. “When I get old I’d like to think someone could spend some time with me” says Helen. For more information on volunteering for the Community Visitors Scheme contact Lee Moloney on (07) 55245799 or email

Tracks and other traces workshop WE don’t always get to see the critters that live in our bushland, as many of our local mammals are shy, mostly active at night or wary of humans. So come along to learn how to interpret the signs of their presence - their tracks, scats, nest, scratch marks and other traces. When: Saturday 20 April 2013 Where: Coombabah

Time: 9am to 10.30am Bookings are essential. Places are strictly limited and we are not able to accommodate people who turn up on the day. The group sizes are set for optimum education and training. For further information, location details and bookings please call Council’s Natural Areas from Monday to Friday on (07) 5581 1521.

SENIORS NEWS Seniors Committee vital in compiling program

THERE are many events of various descriptions happening during NSW Seniors Week, 17 – 24 March, including bus trips, concerts, information sessions and workshops to name a few, with The Tweed Shire

Senior Citizens Committee playing an integral role in compiling the local program. Tweed area NSW Seniors Week will begin on Sunday 17 March at 2pm with the opening ceremony to be held at

Banora Point Community Centre. Local artist Lachlin Wallace will be the featured entertainer, though a twist of Irish for St Patricks Day will surprise. Throughout the week a number of events will take place

before the closing ceremony at Murwillumbah Community Centre on Sunday 24 March. If you have a Redi-Plan, Red Cross will be holding information sessions where participants receive information about coping with emergencies such as fire, flood, etc. Tweed Area libraries will present Wellness on Wheels to aged care facilities/retirement centres. Wellness on Wheels aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of senior residents through oral storytelling; fostering the love of reading. Not only are there happenings in Tweed, Banora and Murwillumbah but Burringbar School of Arts will be holding a morning of entertainment, memorabilia and a home-made morning tea.

As in previous years the week will be full of fun, information and friendship. The program will be published in Tweed Link, available at Tweed Shire Council offices as well in as libraries, licensed clubs and community centres. The program can also be downloaded from the Tweed Shire website in the Community Events listings http:// Tweed Shire Senior Citizens Committee (pictured) is supported by Tweed Shire Council. For more Tweed Seniors Week information, please contact Lyn Porter: (07) 5523 2030 or Pauline Dow: (02) 6672 8051.


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OVER half of Australians aged 45-plus with knowledge of superannuation believe the rules change too often. Almost 40 per cent of these people who are still working say changes to the system are affecting their retirement plans. And of those already retired, 25 percent say the uncertainty created by those changes is affecting their retirement. The figures, buried in a wider National Seniors labour force survey published in December, come amidst speculation that superannuation may fall foul of the May federal budget. National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill, says the findings are a warning to policy makers considering raiding superannuation to fund election promises. “Superannuation is still young and its reputation ultimately rests on its ability to produce promised

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Congratulations to our Summer Shopping Spree winners!

RUNAWAY Bay VIEW Club meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month at la Piazza Restaurant, 21 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay. We held our elections for our New Committee and our Annual General meeting. It was well attended by members and guests who dressed in our red theme for Valentine’s Day. Our new committee for 2013 was installed. A most enjoyable day was had by all.

LAST month’s winner for the Summer Shopping Spree voucher is Leah Owen from Miami. Congratulations to Leah who correctly answered with 12 shopping trolley symbols. Leah wins herself a $50 voucher to spend at Only Australian Groceries. The two major winners of our Summer Shopping Spree prizes have been drawn. Congratulations to Heather McGrath and Monica Scheck who have each won a $500 shopping voucher to spend at one or more of the businesses who advertised in any of our newspapers from November 2012 to February 2013. We have had hundreds of entries and we thank all our readers who entered as well as our valued advertisers for participating in our Summer Shopping Spree Competition. A special thank you goes to Only Australian Groceries ( for supplying the monthly $50 prizes. If you enjoy reading your local seniors newspaper, please remember to consider our advertisers first when making buying decisions. It’s only their regular advertising that provides the money to produce your papers each month. Please let them know that you saw their business in the Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper. They, like we do, appreciate your support, and it’s important that they know that their advertising is working.

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Electricity becoming a luxury in Queensland NATIONAL Seniors Australia believes proposed increases to electricity charges will financially hurt and demoralise older Queenslanders, following a report from the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) released in February. The QCA’s draft determination indicates that seniors will need to find up to an extra $250 a year to cover the increase in electricity charges. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said the impacts of the proposed increase are inescapable as the fixed component of the electricity charge contributes the largest increase. “While seniors will face up to a 26% increase in their electricity bills, heavy users of electricity will only face an 18% to 19% increase in their bill,’’ O’Neill said. “This latest increase is a further blow to seniors who continue to bear

cost of living increases. Usage patterns are very clear in showing that seniors are small and efficient users. Under these proposals, with the emphasis on increases in the fixed costs, seniors would be punished for their efficient usage patterns. “Seniors will also struggle to meet two further increases in 2014 - 2015 and 2015 – 2016. Should these proposals proceed, National Seniors will be pressing the Queensland Government to increase the electricity rebate to offset the increases. “Without a corresponding increase to the rebate, the increase announced in February may lead to a rise in the number of disconnections amongst older Queenslanders who are already finding it hard to meet the increasing cost of living,’’ O’Neill said. Media release: National Seniors


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What kind of creature is a ratel? What musical group is known as QSO? What is the common name for the disease pertussis? What is the name of the society of high IQ people? What do billiard players call the rod with which they strike the balls? What type of food has a variety called “jarrahdale”? In what body of water is 00N, 00E? Where is a cravat worn? In what kind of construction would an adit be found? The feet of which animal are called trotters? How many provinces make up Canada? Prince William is the Duke of where? How many digits does a credit card number have? Two standard gambling dice both have the 3 on the underside. What is the total of the upper numbers? What is the judge at an eisteddfod usually known as? In French, what is “la maison”? By what process were the bodies of pharaohs of ancient Egypt preserved? What kind of device is a gavel? People from Asia are called Oriental, what are people from western countries called? What does a hedonist crave? Answers on page 8

Disclaimer for Trivia quiz: Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some answers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.

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SENIORS NEWS Bonjour, L’Australie! Gold Coast welcomes French community

French consul general & management team (l – r) : Elodie Alias; Carole Roy; Nadine Tremblay; Yola Carraz; Eric Berti (consul general) ; Peggy Fournier (president); Sophie Lepelletier; Andrew Carter; Laurence Danjean.

THE Gold Coast branch of Brisbane Accueil (“Welcome”) has been created to welcome, inform and support French speakers and their families settled on the Gold Coast and in surrounding areas. It is open to all French speakers and francophiles, whether newcomers or long time

residents, providing them with a structured reference point for information, advice and cultural and social activities. Brisbane Accueil is a notfor-profit organisation, part the worldwide Accueils Français network, with 200 branches spread over five continents. Entirely run by

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volunteers, it is a totally apolitical and independent association, run for the benefit of its members. Local organisers include Carole Roy and Andrew Carter. Carole, a native of Nîmes in southern France, along with her husband and ten year old son, settled on the Gold Coast last year. Formerly a member of Madrid Accueil in Spain, she has seen the benefits of the Accueil concept. Brisbane Accueil was officially launched in Brisbane on 2 February when the management team, the French Consul General, Monsieur Eric Berti, Sir Llew and Lady Edwards, the honorary French consul for Queensland and about 60

guests enjoyed an evening of French wines and patisseries. On the Gold Coast, activities begin in February with coffee mornings, cultural and sporting outings and a cocktail party. (Full details at http:// or visit their Facebook page http://!/ AccueilGoldCoast .) “Our team is here to accommodate all French speaking persons and francophiles moving to or living on the Gold Coast,” Carole said. “Volunteer district hosts and hostesses will provide essential information concerning their neighbourhood or work area.” “Our online guide is an important resource, one which will promote fast and comprehensive integration into the local community.” Andrew, born in Melbourne but long time Paris resident, emphasises the importance of a support network when moving into a new cultural and language environment. “Accueil associations regularly organise cultural events, gettogethers and social activities to help members understand and adapt to

their new environment, while continuing to stay in touch with French language and culture.” “Just as important,” he says, “are the activities organised to help the French speaking community discover or deepen

their understanding of the Australian lifestyle as well as enjoy the local attractions.” As well, Accueil aims to organise activities for the spouses of expatriate employees to help them get out into the community.

It also has dedicated activities to guide French speakers looking for work as well as students attending Australian schools. Contact Andrew Carter on 0401 195 856 or email

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SENIORS NEWS Oxenford Coomera VIEW Club THE Oxenford-Coomera VIEW Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 10.30am for 11am. All ladies are invited to make new friends with a welcoming group, enjoy lunch and a guest speaker. Proudly supporting the Smith Family, the Oxenford-Coomera VIEW Club is the most northern VIEW Club on the Gold Coast. Please RSVP to Jo on 5546 1785 for lunch bookings and information.

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1. Small carnivore native to Africa 2. Queensland Symphony Orchestra 3. Whooping cough 4. MENSA 5. Cue 6. Pumpkin 7. Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Guinea 8. Around the neck 9. Mine 10. Pigs 11. Ten 12. Cambridge 13. 16 14. 8 15. Adjudicator 16. The house 17. Embalming 18. Hammer or mallet 19. Occidental 20. Pleasure

Parrots putting on a performance ON March 12 Parrots in Paradise, a privatelyowned, not for profit bird theme park at Glasshouse on the Sunshine Coast, will welcome television veterinarian Dr Harry and the film crew from Better Homes and Gardens. The team will film the entire hour-long show featuring more than 300 birds performing tricks which illustrate how intelligent these birds can be. In a show with as much appeal to four-year-olds as to 104-year-olds, the parrots ride on merry-gorounds, do gymnastics, hold fashion parades, fight fires, play ten-pin bowls or basketball, ride skateboards or (Barbiesized) horses, put themselves to bed and any number of tricks responding to a signal or more frequently, they prefer the spoken word. Some respond vocally to questions and answers. Most of the birds performing are Asiatic Alexandrine parrots. “Parrot Whisperer” Dail Malins trains all the birds. The show will begin when Dr Harry arrives at 10am. People are welcome to attend (and possibly participate) on the day but as seating is limited forward

‘Parrot Whisperer’ Dail Malins at Parrots in Paradise.

booking is advisable on 5438 7719. Dail emphasised that the birds are never expected to do anything they would not do in the wild and are trained using food as a reward. Rather the training challenges them to be mentally active. The show serves to highlight Dail’s belief that keeping highly intelligent parrots in cages all their life is cruel, and there is a need to educate people on conservation measures.

Parrots in Paradise also breeds and boards parrots and has an advisory service. Dail said about 70 per cent of their birds are surrendered for various reasons and some come in very mixed up and confused. She described how the birds are proud to show off their babies. Parrots in Paradise is in Barrs Rd Glasshouse, about 8km south of Australia Zoo. It is opened for a show for group bookings of 20 or more; if a family wants to

come they can join in with a larger group. After the show visitors are welcome to stroll in the grounds and see some of the huge collection of feathered friends of all knids. For more information go to w w w. p a r r o t s i, Be sure to scroll to the bottom of p1 of the website to see a video of Whoppa watching his chick hatch and encouraging it with squawks of “Come on baby”.

SENIORS NEWS Free breast screening at The Pines

BREASTSCREEN Queensland is providing free breast cancer screening at The Pines Shopping Centre, Elanora from 18 March until 23 May. Women aged between 50 and 69 are recommended to have a breastscreen every two years, as the risk of developing breast cancer increases dramatically for women over 50. Having a regular breastscreen is the best way of finding breast cancer at an early stage, well before it can be felt or other signs noticed. Women in their forties, and those aged 70 and older, are also eligible to have a free breastscreen if they wish. Services are permanently located at Helensvale, Southport and West Burleigh. To arrange a free breastscreen appointment at your nearest location phone 13 20 50.

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NSW Seniors Week 2013 program bursting at the seams THE local NSW Seniors Week 2013 program (printed for your convenience in this newspaper) is bursting at the seams with activities— something for everyone plus more. With it a good idea to keep an eye on which events need prior bookings (and a number do; for catering or seating purposes), the program lists a wide range of happenings, together with contact, cost (if applicable) and other relevant details. Further program particulars/events are available via Tweed Shire Council: (02) 6670 2442 or (07) 5523 2030, and on A sampling of what’s on during Seniors Week includes: Saturday 16 March, the Alzheimers Australia Memory Van will be in Murwillumbah, while the NSW Seniors Week 2013 Opening Ceremony (free; bookings essential) takes place on Sunday 17 March. On 18 March, Gloria will hold art classes in

Murwillumbah; a free (bookings essential) Twilight Walk is scheduled for Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads, and a free Managing Yourself During Times of Transition session is set for Banora Point. On Tuesday 19 March a day tour is planned to The Abbey Art & Archeology Museum, Caboolture; with Lifeball in Chinderah, and Burringbar and District Celebrating Seniors at Burringbar School of Arts. The Tweed Heads Community Men’s Shed invites you to ‘meet the blokes; hear plans for a new shed’. Wednesday 20 March offers Grandparents’ Day at Banora Point, and Hec Beswick Park will be the location for Learn to Sail Radio-Controlled Yachts. Banora Community Centre is to host Lunch with the Stars ‘The Crackpot Players’ ($5; bookings essential); there’ll be a Memory Lane Sing-along & Morning Tea in

Murwillumbah; the Computer Association Tweed Seniors (CATS) will hold a free Computer Workshop for Beginners. Murwillumbah Croquet Club has a welcoming event planned, as does WONFA (We Ought Never Feel Alone) in Kingscliff. On Thursday 21 March celebrate Harmony Day in Murwillumbah; Hearing Australia will offer free hearing tests to Tweed seniors; a Mobile Phone Workshop will be held in Banora Point, as will the Heart Foundation’s gentle exercise program, Heartmoves. On Friday 22 March, Murwillumbah students will show seniors how to use mobile phone applications; a concert and morning tea will take place at Uki Public School; there’s a Community Centre Open Day at Banora Point. On Saturday 23 March, a Young @ Heart Short Film Festival Voting Session will happen in Kingscliff.

The local NSW Seniors Week 2013 Closing Ceremony will be celebrated on Sunday 24 March in the Murwillumbah Community Centre (free; bookings essential). See program for more details regarding all events. Enjoy your week!

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SENIORS NEWS Labrador Memorial Seniors Citizens Association Inc Palm Beach Seniors Expo on March 21 TWO Yoga sessions are held during the week, the first one at 8.15am on Mondays and the

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Indoor bowls is held on Mondays from 10.00am and Thursdays from 12.30pm. There is always

room for more players to join in these fun days. We have 6 Table Tennis tables which are well used during our four afternoons of play on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. There are several card games played, with the ever popular 500, Canasta, and Hand & Foot played during the week as well as Rummy (with tiles). and Foot played several times during the week, as wsell as Rummy. Rod Ferguson from the Australian Academy of Tai Chi takes our Wednesday morning class from 10.30am. Our teachers are kept busy helping our members when they require some assistance at our Craft, Art classes held on Thursday from 9.00am, and China Painting classes are held on Monday morning starting at 9am and Tuesday at 8.30am. New enquiries are welcome. The Scrabble group meets every Monday afternoon from 12.15pm. If you are interested in joining with any of the activities, please contact the Centre on 5537 1433. Our February bus trip went to Kingscliff, in northern NSW. This lovely little seaside town has a wonderful village atmosphere with plenty of cafes and interesting shops along the main road. We had a great meal at the Kingscliffe Bowls Club which is situated on the beachfront. A stop on the way home at popular Tropical Fruit World gave everyone the chance to browse in their well stocked shop and have refreshments at the café.

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, seniors insurance, investments, hearing and optical care and much more. In 2013 we will continue with Expos being staged at: Palm Beach Care N Share Centre Thursday March 21, Runaway Bay Community Centre Thursday May 16, Broadbeach Albert Waterways Centre Thursday July 25, Twin Towns Twin Towns Thursday September 12, Southport Community Centre Thursday November 21st. All exhibitors with products and ser-

vices relevant to seniors are invited to participate in our 2013 Expos. Because we are a non for profit organisation we are able to keep a minimal fee for exhibition space. Details can be obtained from the website There will be plenty on offer for baby boomers and seniors with over 50 exhibitors including residential aged care providers, travel agents, specialising in travel for seniors, vision aids, funeral services, and mobility aids, in home care providers, financial planners and much more. All in the one place on the same day. Entry is free and the expos run from 9am to 1pm. If you require any further information please contact the event organiser Warren Elwell on 5525 0512 or mobile 0409 277 430.

More mozzies muscle in to northern suburbs RESIDENTS in northern suburbs will notice more mosquitoes than usual over the next few weeks. Due to recent heavy rain and strong winds, Council has been unable to conduct its aerial treatment program to control mosquito breeding. Landbased operations have treated large parts of the mainland breeding areas; however it has not been possible to treat the Broadwater Islands. Councillor Bob La Castra said Council will undertake fogging in affected areas as an additional mitigation measure to help control the mosquito population.

“As a result here may be an increase in mosquito populations throughout the northern suburbs of the City and residents should take adequate precautions,” Cr La Castra said. Keep windows and door screens in good working order to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors. Consider staying indoors early in the morn-

ing and evening when mosquitoes are most active. Maintain your swimming pool to prevent mosquito breeding and consider using an insect repellent. Residents are also asked to check their back yards for potential mosquito breeding grounds and empty stagnant water from containers such as flower pots, birdbaths and buckets regularly to disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle.

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SENIORS NEWS Radio Sailing – the sport with a challenge

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IF you’re looking for an interesting hobby, as well as ways to build new friendships, strengthen the mind and increase your fitness level, read on. The Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) is an active and growing Radio Controlled Sailing Yacht Club that meets regularly at Emerald Lakes, Carrara. Club motto is ‘Radio Sailing the sport with a challenge’. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, radio sailing involves mini racing yachts sailed over specific courses by on-shore operators using radio controls; all in accordance with International Sailing Federation Racing Rules of Sailing. There are no worries about seasickness. The operators remain on shore. With a membership of around 60 keen hobbyists, most of them in the 50plus age range, there’s something to suit everyone, men and women alike. To whet your radio sailing appetite, Paradise Radio Yacht Club members sail yachts ranging in size from Micro Magics with 535-mm long hulls, to IOMs (International One Meter), to 10R (Ten Raters) with 1.61-metre long hulls, though other types and sizes of

radio yachts are available. Four easyto-handle Lasers have recently come on board, with hopes for more in the future. The Micro Magic Sailing Fleet started with three yachts about the same number of years ago and today is thriving with 19. A variety of competitions and state and South East Queensland events also keep members busy, and a TriSeries competition in partnership with two other clubs is held yearly. Paradise Radio Yacht Club member Graham Fletcher says that radio sailing is a fun outdoor sport for all ages, especially retirees. Members meet at The Quays, Emerald Lakes (UBD Map 38 H12 Gold Coast) Thursday afternoons and all day Saturday. Other South East Queensland clubs can be found in Tweed Heads; Palm Beach, Carrara and Coomera on the Gold Coast, and Beenleigh, Manley, Redcliff, Pine Rivers and Lake Kawana. For more information, please contact Graham Fletcher on 0417 949 097 or (07) 5577 2967; email: or visit

Activities at Tweed Heads Library ACTIVITIES in March at Tweed Heads Library include: a creative writing workshop by local author Louise Moriarty on Tuesday 19 March; Nette Hilton will host preschool story time on Wednesday 20 March; Olwen Anderson will discuss the right nutrition at every age on Thursday 21 March. Session times: 10am. Cost: free. Please book by calling (07) 5569 3150.

Tweed Heads Diabetes Support Group We invite all people with carers and friends to at- Tweed Heads Support diabetes, their families, tend the meetings of the Group of Australian Diabetes Council. The aim of the meetings is to understand diabetes, receive the latest information and learn about Australian Diabetes Council services and events. Our meetings are relaxed, ✓ Loan or Sell your item - its up to You friendly and informative ✓ No Credit Checks with a variety of guest ✓ Loans from $250 - $100,000 speakers in attendance. ✓ Repay the money when you are ready The next meeting is on 3 April 2013 9.30am with guest speaker Jan Fitzgerald – Wellbeing – What is it anyway? Meetings are held on the Estate Jewellery, Gold, Gold Coins, first Wednesday of every Platinum, Jewellery with or without month (February to NoGemstones/Diamonds, Luxury Watches, vember) in the Community Room, Tweed City Fine Art, Antiques, Shopping Centre, 54 Classic & Prestige Cars and more. Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads. Contact Janet Commens, Convenor on 07 5576 2328 for further information.

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SENIORS NEWS Darlington draws locals to Community Art Exhibition

New mouse model could lead to improved treatment for early stage Alzheimer’s

RESEARCHERS at the University of Florida and The Johns Hopkins University have developed a line of genetically altered mice that model the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This model may help scientists identify new therapies to provide relief to patients who are beginning to experience symptoms. The researchers report their findings in the current issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. “The development of this model could help scientists identify new ways to enhance brain function in patients in the early stages of the disease,” said David Borchelt, UF professor of neuroscience in the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute and director of the SantaFe HealthCare Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centre. “Such therapies could preserve brain function longer and delay the appearance of more severe symptoms that leave patients unable to care for themselves.” In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, people struggle with and fail to learn new games, rules or technologies because their cognitive flexibility decreases. The degenerative disease continues with memory loss and the decline of other brain functions.

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The researchers worked with mice that had specially designed gene fragments derived from bacteria and from humans that allowed the investigators to control the production of a small peptide. The peptide, called amyloid beta peptide, is a short chain of amino acids. Accumulations of this particular peptide in the brain as lesions called plaques occur early in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and seem to trigger the early memory problems. The team regulated the expression of the peptide using antibiotics - when the animals stopped taking the antibiotic, the peptide-producing gene turned on and caused the mice to develop the plaques found in Alzheimer’s patients. After the mice had developed the Alzheimer pathology, the researchers turned the gene back off and observed that the mice showed persistent memory problems that resemble the early stages of the disease. “This model may be useful to researchers to test drugs that could help with symptoms of early stage Alzheimer’s disease,” Borchelt said.This research is funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health, and the SantaFe HealthCare Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centre of the University of Florida.

Bridge lessons for beginners BRIDGE lessons will start on Saturday 13th April, 2013 at 9.15 – 11.15 a.m at the Tweed Bridge Club, Recreation Street, Tweed Heads (near park). Cost is$50 for course including a book & guide. There will be 6 lessons held every Saturday. Enjoy the social activity and meet new friends. Also available after you have learned bridge there is supervised play and a mentoring program. Please contact Dinah Morgan 02 6676 3136. Club ph: 075536 1570 email

Broadbeach Ladies Probus Club BROADBEACH Ladies Probus Club Inc meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Kurrawa Surf Club, Broadbeach. The meeting commences at 9.30am, 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.

RSL Care Darlington Retirement Community was proud to host its first Community Art Exhibition on Saturday 9 March. The Community Hall was turned into an artist’s studio as locals gathered to view and purchase landscapes, portraits, still-life’s, needlework and pottery by professional local artists. RSL Care Sales Team Leader Jill Carter said Darlington residents were thrilled to be able to support local talent, and invite the local community to support it too. “When the exhibition was suggested, residents jumped at the chance to admire local artworks including watercolours, oils and pastels – some of which were sold! “Adding to the day was a sausage sizzle with all money raised going towards the Cancer Council. “It was a wonderful event that was really embraced and supported by both

Darlington residents and locals alike. “On behalf of all of us at Darlington, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Exhibition including the local Art Clubs and RSL Care staff and volunteers who helped to make it possible. “If the enthusiasm and success of this exhibition is anything to go by – next year’s event will be twice as big!” RSL Care Retirement Living and HomeCare services are available to all members of the community. RSL Care is a not-for-profit charitable care provider that reinvests funds generated from its activities into supporting the Service and Ex-Service community, its dependants and other members of the broader Australian community in need. For more information on RSL Care Retirement Living phone 1300 558 648.

Tweed Hospital Auxiliary THE auxiliary have a busy year planned for 2013. On the 18th March we commence a raffle, to be drawn at our Fashion Parade on Friday evening, 3rd May, 2013. Raffle prizes will be: a Asus tablet, a coffee machine, $150 voucher for one of the fashion houses featuring in the parade and a vanity case with rug. Raffle tickets - $2.00 each – will be available from the hospital gift shop as well as various venues around the Tweed. Entry to the fashion parade will be $15.00 and includes supper. More information next month! During February we were approached by the owner of the Tweed College of Martial Arts who was planning a ‘challenge’ of 500 martial art fights and wished to donate the

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money raised towards the Tweed Hospital Auxiliary for the purchase of equipment in the hospital. We were delighted to accept his offer. To date he has been sponsored for just over $20,000. The challenge will take place on Saturday 20th April at 11/ 23 Enterprise Avenue, Tweed Heads South. More details next month. It is not very often that we are approached with such an offer in a nonmainstream sport. Grant has been teaching martial arts for 24 years and has had his own business for the last 13 years. Should anyone be interested in joining the auxiliary please phone Merle on 5536 1441

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Our monthly meetings are held on the 1st Friday of each month at South Tweed Sports Club, Tweed Heads South at 2.00pm (NSW time) in the Secret Garden Room. We have guest speakers each month. All members and guest are invited to attend. Phone 07 5536 2653.

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SENIORS NEWS The Mad Professor is back! Age barriers to work IN October 2012 the Australian Law Reform Commission released a discussion paper for its inquiry into legal barriers to older persons participating in the workforce and other productive work. Grey Areas: Age Barriers to Work in Commonwealth Laws (ALRC DP 78, 2012) was initiated as part of the Australian Government response to population ageing with input from individuals and organisations. The ALRC was asked to consider Commonwealth legislation and related legal frameworks that either directly or indirectly impose limitations or barriers that could discourage older persons from participating or continuing to participate in the workforce or other productive work. The Discussion Paper puts forward proposals for law reform in the areas of recruitment and employment, work (place) health and safety, insurance, social security and superannuation. The ALRC suggests the need for a combination of legislative and regulatory reform, together with measures to increase education and awareness and address perceptions and stereotypes surrounding mature age workers. In the light of predictions that a decline in birthrates and increasing longevity indicate that in coming decades there will be fewer young people to contribute to the economic costs of supporting an ageing population, it becomes more likely it will be necessary to consider working past the present retirement age. The final report is to be delivered to the Attorney-General of Australia by 31 March 2013. The Discussion Paper can be downloaded free from the ALRC website.

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YOU may remember ‘The Mad Professor’ (aka Ursula Kelly) and her drawing workshops at last year’s Gold Coast Art Festival held at Southport’s Broadwater Parklands. Well, The Mad Professor is back again at this year’s Gold Coast Art Festival and invites you and family and friends of all ages to ‘jump in’ to her new workshop adventures. On Saturday 16 March,

painting your favourite master artist’s work on your t-shirt, skirt or jeans. Please bring your own old or new clothes or purchase articles from the teacher on the day for $7. Gold Coast Art Festival 2013, ‘between ocean and skyscrapers’, Broadwater Parklands, Southport,

main entrance near rock pools. For further information, contact Ursula, ‘The Mad Professor’, on SMS 0418 886 057; email:; see: And who’s that in the photo? There’s no mistaking, it’s The Mad Professor.

between 1pm and 3pm, adults and children alike with basic drawing skills will have great fun sketching pictures from live animation of well-known characters. This is a free event. On Saturday 23 March, between 1pm and 3pm, participants will be challenged in the exploration of an unfolding mystery. Creative zest will be ignited as you immerse yourself more and more

Tweed Gold Coast Family History & Heritage Association

We are an enthusiastic and friendly group of people who enjoy researching our family history and heritage roots. We also love sharing our research skills and experiences. The research rooms are stocked with many resources and we hold monthly meetings, mostly with a guest speaker; there is also a regular journal packed full of information, posted or emailed to members. Rooms are open to members and visitors Tues 10am7pm, Wed to Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat 9.30am to 3pm (Closed 1st Tuesday of month, between 1pm and 4pm, for get-together). Resources held cover many Australian and overseas records – books, microfiche, microfilm, CD ROMs, journals, magazines and maps, with subscriptions to popular online sites such as www.ancestry.comand also

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member of this club since 28/9/1970, Umpire from 1973 to 1989 Coach from 1974 for approximately 10 years delegate from 1975 to 1997 then President 1981 that was the year they started our concert party and Melbourne Cup Luncheon which sad to say are no longer held but they were thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended. Even though she does not play bowls, Pat still comes in each Wednesday to do our trading table with Joan Duncan and Dot Barrett. The Patriarch Sydney Phillips who over the years has been Chairman of the Board 1999 also Treasurer of the club also President and Game Director of the Friendship Club and was a mine of information when our Constitution was formed when the club became incorporated, also he still

PALS Social Club ARE you new to the Gold Coast? Are you an over 50’s resident looking for social activities? Come along and join us for picnics, theatre, movies, parties and other outings. We look forward to hearing from interested residents. Contact Kathy on 5534 4948 or Carolyn on 5576 7484.

plays a mean game of bowls when health permits. The ladies have been back to bowls for two months now and are well into their championships. The men are also playing their championships and I will give some results in

the next newspaper. The results of our play in the Super Challenge of our Gold Silver and Bronze men and ladies also results of the men’s Summer Nines of which the men have four teams entered. Good health and good Bowling to all readers.

MONEY EXCHANGE Buy and Sell Foreign Cash Travel Insurance Phone Cards Telegraphic Transfers Special Seniors Rates No Fees

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SENIORS NEWS Celebrate 20 years of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Southport Day VIEW Club

TWENTY years ago this May, people all over Australia gathered in living rooms, community centres, schools and workplaces to celebrate the first Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. From these humble beginnings grew one of Australia’s most popular fundraising events, now enjoyed by over a million Australians each year. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea this May 23rd and help beat cancer. There couldn’t be an easier way to help make a difference. Simply gather together your friends, family and colleagues, put the kettle on and tuck into some delicious morning tea treats. In 2012 Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea smashed its fundraising target and raised a huge $12.3million, providing essential funds for Cancer Council’s world class research, prevention programs and support services (like the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20) for people affected by cancer. Cancer Council ambassador and celebrity chef, Poh Ling Yeow, is proud to support Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea for the 2nd year running. She’s encourModels for the Fashion Parade hosted by Blue Illusion - Sandra Nathan, aging all Australians to take part in the popular event. “Like so many Australians, my family has been afAnnie Holland, Glenda Bramham and Barbara Jordan fected by cancer - and I’ve seen, first hand, what incredible work Cancer Council do in terms of fundon how family law affects grandparTHE Southport Day VIEW Club ing support, as well as research and prevention meaents, a subject which may be of invites new members to attend it’s sures. This year, I’m doing everything I can to supspecial interest to many. Come along port Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea - and I’d love monthly luncheon. to the Southport Yacht club, Ladies, come along, join in and meet you to be involved too!” she said. In 20 years Cancer Macarthur Parade, Main Beach on new friends at the luncheon which Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea has raised Wednesday 20th march 2013 at will be held at the Southport Yacht over $110 million dollars and the survival rate for many 11.30am for 12 noon. The cost is common cancers has increased by 30%. But there’s Club. This month’s meeting will be $28.00 and includes a 2 course lunch still more to do. So this year, why not join the 20th held on Wednesday 20th march. The with tea or coffee. Inquiries and anniversary celebrations and help make it our bigguest speaker is Jane Corcoran, a specialist in family law, who will speak bookings phone Robin on 5537 4593. gest and best year yet? Your morning tea can be as simple or extravagant as you like. Whether it’s mini macarons with your mother’s group, a cake challenge at work or an afternoon tea party – every cup counts in the fight against cancer. Host a morning tea for National Seniors has Cancer Council and help make a difference. NATIONAL Seniors is members over fifties argueably the strongest been lobbying the joining National Seniors. Visit, call 1300 65 65 85 or text HOST to 0400 867 867 to get your Australia’s voice heard in Canberra Government for the past Become a member and Biggest Morning Tea host kit today. in the pursuit of a better two years. take advantage of the Save the date for this year’s Cancer Council’s National Seniors deal for those older many services and Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Thursday 23rd May Australia is a not-forAustralians. The Federal benefits on offer. is the official date but you can hold your morning tea profit organization Government has The South East anytime in May or June. havingno government

National Seniors Australia

announced a reduction of half percent of the deeming rates as of 20th March for which

Queensland and North East NSW Zone has Branches in Robina, Nerang, Paradise Point and Tweed Border where members meet once a month for social outings, quality guest speakers and be heard. For more information and membership Phone THE Gold Coast South – Twin Towns Branch of the 1300 76 50 50 or visit National Servicemen’s Association of Australia Serving from Tallebudgera to the Tweed will hold its Annual General Meeting on Sunday the 17th March 2013 at 10am (Qld time) and 11am (NSW time) in the RSL Sub Branch Anzac Room, Twin Towns Services Club. If you served in any Forces of the Commonwealth between 1951 1972, then why not bring your partner along and join us at our meetings. Come along and re kindle the camaraderie you experienced during your Service. We also have a full Social Program and New Members are always welcome to attend. For further information contact John Shanahan, Public officer on 07 financial support what so ever, all support is by way of the 200,00

Gold Coast South – Twin Towns NSA

Kingscliff Mixed Probus Club Kingscliff Mixed Probus Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Uniting Church Hall, Kingscliff at 10 am and outings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. New members are always welcome and if you are interested why not come along. Our outing, on the 20th March, will be a bus trip to Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art for 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Exhibition. Morning tea at Mt Cootha Lookout. Phone Norma on 02 6676 3360.

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Seniors Week Program 17-24th March 2013 SATURDAY MARCH 16 Alzheimers Australia Memory Van –Murwillumbah RSM Club, 10 Wollumbin Street, TIME: 9.30am – 12pm, ‘Your Brain Matters’, Free, Information: Chris Vannucci 07 55230731 SUNDAY MARCH 17 Opening Ceremony- Banora Point Community Centre, entertainment by Lachlan Wallace and St Patrick’s Themed music, Senior’s Awards, afternoon tea Time: 2pm – 4pm, Free, Bookings essential: Lyn Porter 0755 23 2030

MONDAY MARCH 18 Art Classes with Gloria - Coolamon Cultural Centre, Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah Ttime: Session 1 - 9.30am-12pm; Session2 -12.30pm 3pm Cost: $5 per person Bookings essential: Gloria 026679 5395 North Stradbroke Island Day Tour – J & B Tours Bus departs ‘Sunnyside” @ 7am DST sharp & Tweed City @7.30am, Cost - $47 per person – includes bus travel, tours, morning tea & lunch. Bookings, ticket payment & collection, see end program. Twilight Walk - Jack Evans Boat Harbour (meet at fountain), Tweed Heads, Time: 6pm, Free Plus entertainment and light refreshments. Bookings essential: Julia Gill 0266 749506 only on Wed 13 & Thurs 14 March 9am-4pm Managing yourself during times of transition – understand the transition process and gain skills to deal with change. Banora Point Community Centre. Time: 10am - 12pm, Free, Light refreshments available. Information: Jan Lobban 02 66793667

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NSW Seniors Week PROGRAM 2013 TUESDAY MARCH 19 Day Tour to ‘The Abbey’ Art & Archeology Museum, Caboolture with J & B – Departs ‘Sunnyside’, Murwillumbah 7am DST - Tweed City 7.30am DST, Cost: $47 per person – includes tours, morning tea, lunch. Bookings, ticket payment & collection, see end program Lifeball - Tweed Super Sports’ Centre, 14-18 Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah Time: 9.30am – 11.30am, Free, Information: Brian Kenny 02 66744733 Burringbar & District Celebrating Seniors Burringbar School of Arts, Tweed Valley Way TIME:10am, Free, Entertainment, memorabilia, morning tea, information. Information: Phil 02 66 771455 Sue 026677 1063 Redi-Plan – Are you prepared? Tweed Community Hub, 100 Blundell Blvde, Tweed Heads Sth. TIMES: Session 1 -10.30am-12pm, Session 2 - 2pm–3.30pm, Free, Emergency plans (fire, flood, etc.) Refreshments included. Bookings essential: 1800 150 058 Information Marie Ivos 0414 469 489 Tweed Heads Public School Concert & Morning Tea - Stuart Street, Tweed Heads, Time: 9.30am, Free, Information: Fiona Simpson 07 5536 1351 Noble Lakeside Park Morning Tea & Concert 34 Monarch Drive, Kingscliff, Time: 9.30am – 11am, Free, Contact: Cecleigh 02 66740571 Pam 02 66744434 or Managing yourself during times of transitionMurwillumbah Community Centre, Nullum Street, Time: 10am - 12pm, Free, Refreshments, Information: Jan Lobban 026679 3667 Tweed Heads Community Men’s Shed – Park Street, Tweed Heads (near PCYC), Free, Cuppa, meet the blokes and hear plans for a new shed. Information: John 0423462992

WEDNESDAY MARCH 20 Brisbane River Day Tour – J & B Buses Departs ‘Sunnyside’, Murwillumbah 8am DST & Tweed City 8.30am DST, Cost: $45.00 includes tours, morning tea, lunch. Bookings, payment, collection, see end program Centaur Public School Grandparents’ Day, Eucalyptus Drive, Banora Point, Time: 9am – 11am, Free, Concert and morning tea. Information: Jenny Foster 07 55249655 Learn to sail radio-controlled yachts - Hec Beswick Park, Winders Place, Banora Point, Time: 10am – 2pm, Free, No toilet facilities available at venue. Information: Richard Harradine 07 55234324 Lunch with the Stars ‘The Crackpot Players’Banora Point Community Centre, Time: 10.30am, Cost: $5, Light lunch, Bookings essential: Lyn Porter 07 55232030 Memory Lane Sing-Along & Morning Tea - All Saints Anglican Church, Byangum Road, Murwillumbah, Time: 10.00am, Communion Service in the Chapel. Free, Information: Margaret Warren 026672 6070 Computer Association Tweed Seniors (CATS) – Pelican Room, Seagulls Club, Gollan Drive, Tweed Heads West, Time: 10.30am, Free, Computer Workshop for Beginners, Bookings Essential: Noelene Mc Grath 0755998939 (9-5) Murwillumbah Croquet Club -Knox Park, Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah, Time: 10.30am, Game followed by Sausage Sizzle, Free to play - $2.00 Lunch (optional), Flat shoes & hat. Bookings Essential: Phyll Behrens 02 66721335 or WONFA (We Ought Never Feel Alone) - Uniting Church, 24 Kingscliff Street, Kingscliff, Time: 11am – 1.15pm, Cost: $5.00 per person, Entertainment Noble Lakeside Park ‘Melody Makers’, 2-course lunch, Bookings Essential (by 15 March): Estelle Crabb 02 66762577

THURSDAY MARCH 21 Harmony Day Celebrations - Murwillumbah Community Centre, Nullum Street, Murwillumbah, Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm, Free, Theme ‘Our Story’, Information: Greta 02 66211060 Ipswich Rail Museum Day Tour – J & B Buses, Departs ‘Sunnyside’, Murwillumbah 7.30am DST & Tweed City 8.00am DST, Cost: $55.00 includes tours, morning tea and lunch, Bookings, payment, collection, see end program Hearing Australia, Banora Point Community Centre, Time: 9am-12pm, Free, Hearing tests to Tweed seniors, Information: Miriama 07 550654100 Mobile Phone Workshop – Banora Point Community Centre, Time: 9.30am-12 noon, Free, Mobile phone or IPAD lessons. Bookings Essential: Lyn 07 55232030 Banora Point Baptist Community Church – 1921 Corporation Crt , Tweed Hds Sth, Young @ Heart Film Festival, Time: 2PM, Cost $5 includes afternoon tea, Information: Win 0755 231122 Heartmoves – Heart Foundation gentle exercise program. Banora Point Community Centre, Time: 3pm - 4pm, Free, Bookings Essential: Louise 0432 182909 or Lyn 07 55232030 Tweed Heads Community Men’s Shed – Park Street, Tweed Heads (near PCYC), Free, Cuppa, meet the blokes and hear plans for a new shed. Information: John 0423462992 FRIDAY MARCH 22 Blue Water Cruise/Southport Waterways Day Tour - J & B Buses Departs ‘Sunnyside’, Murwillumbah 9.30am DST Tweed City 10.00am DST, Cost: $45.00 includes tours, morning tea, lunch For bookings, payment, collection, see end program Mobiles @ Wollumbin High School - North Arm Road, Murwillumbah West Time: 9am – 3pm, Free Students will show you how to use applications on your mobile . Information: Mitch Lambert 0422 710 640

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FRIDAY MARCH 22 (CONT) UKI Public School Concert & Morning Tea Kyogle Road, Uki, Time: 10am, Free, Information: Vikki Armour 02 66721467 (Mon, Tues, Wed) Open Day at Banora Point Community Centre – Time: 9.15am- 2pm, Free, FABS (Fun Activities Banora Seniors), Bookings preferred: Lyn 07 55232030 Banora Point Baptist Community Church – 1921 Corporation Crt, Tweed Heads Sth, Young @ Heart Film Festival, Time: 6pm, Cost $5 includes afternoon tea, Information: Win 07 55231122

TUESDAY MARCH 26 Murwillumbah Public School Senior’s Concert & Morning Tea – Riverview Street, Murwillumbah Time: 10am, Free, Morning tea provided. Information: Vikki Armour 0266 721467 (Mon, Tues, Wed)

DAILY EVENTS DURING SENIORS WEEK SUNDAY MARCH 17 – SUNDAY MARCH 24 Aquafitness Tweed Aquatic Centres- Kingscliff, Murwillumbah & Tweed Heads South, First lesson free, bookings essential. Information and sessions times : Jeff Collier 6670 2750 SATURDAY MARCH 23 Cinemax Cinema 60 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, Young @ Heart Short Film Festival Voting Session classic movies each day, Time: 10am, Cost: Seniors - CineMax Cinema, 60 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, $9.00 Information: Stephen 02 66744422 or Time: 10am, Cost $5, Information: Stephen 02 66744422 Senior’s Week Specials @ The Ivory Tavern, Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, Time 11.30am - 9pm, SUNDAY MARCH 24 Cost: $14.99 Daily Special and Dessert Seniors’ Week 2013 Closing Ceremony – Murwillumbah Community Centre, Nullum Street, SUNDAY MARCH 17 – WEDNESDAY MAY 1 Murwillumbah, Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm, Free, Avenue of Honour - Exhibition ‘Darlington’ RSL Entertainment, featuring Lachlan Wallace, Afternoon Retirement Community, 126 Leisure Drive, Banora tea, Bookings essential: Anne 0430 229798, Point Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm, Free, Exhibition of Pauline 0266728051 historic photos and memorabilia Information: Kim A Still Life – still life drawing inspired by Stokes 07 55238920 Margaret Olley – Tweed River Art Gallery, 2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah, Times: Session 1 – 10.30am- MONDAY MARCH 18 – WEDNESDAY MARCH 20 11.30am, Session 2 – 12.00pm-1.00pm, Free, Artist Computer in your pocket, Pottsville Beach Christine Willcocks, materials provided, beginners Neighbourhood Centre, 12a Elizabeth Street, welcome. Bookings essential: Anouk Beck Pottsville, Time: 10am – 12pm, Free, Bring your 02 66702790 own ‘Smart Phone’ or Tablet, Bookings essential: Drew Stevenson 02 66764555 TUESDAY MARCH 26 Greenhills Lodge Cent Auction – 437 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah Time: 10am-1.30pm Hot food available for purchase, Information: Terri 02 66723435

MONDAY MARCH 18 – SATURDAY MARCH 23 Family History Open Week, Sth Tweed Sports Club,4 Minjungbal Drive,Tweed Heads Sth, Time: 10am – 3pm, Free, Information: Marion Kelso 07 55248531 MONDAY MARCH 18 – SUNDAY MARCH 24 Tweed Heads Croquet Inc – 39 Recreation Street, Tweed Heads, Time: Various, Cost Gold Coin Bookings essential: John 0755 361217 or Bob 0407247159 jackieyabsley TUESDAY MARCH 19 – FRIDAY MARCH 22 Wellness on Wheels – Mobile Library Service will visit your aged facility on request, Time: 10am-2pm, Free, Storytellers, local musician Chris Harvie and U3A, Bookings essential: Colette Stapleton 07 55693150 SATURDAY MARCH 23 – SUNDAY MARCH 24 Cat Adopt-A-Thon – Friends of the Pound, Tweed – Re-homing Centre ‘100% Pets’ Store, Harvey Norman Complex, Greenway Drive, Tweed Heads Sth, TIME: 9am – 5pm, Free, Information: Sonia Trichter 0439 766 243

Bookings for events essential where indicated on program. Bus bookings, ticket collection and payment details for day tours Bookings taken only between 3pm-6pm DST on Wednesday March 6 and Thursday March 7. Contact: 0266728051 or 0755248389

Ticket payment and collection only on Wednesday, March 13 9am-12pm at Coolamon Cultural Centre at Murwillumbah and 1.30pm-3.30pm at South Sea Island Room, Tweed Civic Centre The program with more event information/description will be available from March 4 contact Council on 02 66702442 or 07 55232030, also on Festivals/Events page and

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Magnets a deadly risk to children THE Office of Fair Trading is renewing its warning to people about the dangers of magnetic toys following the recent death of a Queensland toddler. Fair Trading product

safety expert Dave Strachan said while magnets might seem harmless, if swallowed they could result in serious injury, emergency surgery and even death.

“Any product with magnets small enough to swallow is a risk to children,” Mr Strachan said. “It’s easy to think that because magnets are small they won’t cause a choking hazard, but the issue is what happens as they pass through the digestive system. “Unfortunately they can clamp parts of the digestive system together, causing life threatening injuries such as infections, perforations and obstructions. “This renewed warning stems from the tragic death of a Queensland child late last year and is a stark reminder that this can happen to anyone’s child at any time.”

The matter of the toddler’s death is currently before the Coroner. According to figures released by the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit, in 2010 at least 10 magnet related injuries are officially reported to emergency departments in Queensland each year. However, the QISU estimates that the actual figure may be closer to 40. “History shows that many children are either unable or unwilling to tell their parents or doctors that they’ve swallowed magnets and some have sustained life threatening or even fatal injuries as a result,” Mr

Strachan said. Mr Strachan said while there were standards in place regarding strong magnets used in toys, it was extremely important parents kept all magnets out of reach of children. “Young children should not have any access to magnetic toys and if older children are playing with magnetic toys they should be closely supervised, he said. “I urge people to think twice before buying these types of items – don’t think this can’t happen to you.” For information on product safety visit or www.productsafety. or phone 13 74 68.

Interested in volunteering at Gecko? GECKO – Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council is the Gold Coast’s peak nongovernment not-forprofit environment group. Gecko volunteers have been working to protect and

enhance the natural environmental assets of the Gold Coast region since 1989. Gecko House is located at 139 Duringan St, Currumbin. For more information about Gecko, or to receive the e-newsletter LeafTales, just visit:;

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Honeyeater caught on camera

THE pictured Blue-faced Honeyeater almost got away with the heist with no one the wiser, pinching sugar packets from a cafe table, but alert Gold Coast amateur photographer Tony Bailey, camera always at the ready, captured the moment for the enjoyment of Seniors Newspaper readers. Thank you Tony!

Funding for Nerang Neighbourhood Cenre Food Bank

AS a number of organisations across Gold Coast City rally to support the financially embattled Nerang Neighbourhood Centre, local Council recently agreed to a grant of $3000. Mayor Tom Tate and Councillor Tracey Gilmore provided separate grant allocations from divisional budgets. Mayor Tate said the grant would help assist with the reinstatement of the Nerang Neighbourhood Centre Food Bank Program. ‘This is a very worthy community service that has been operating for four years and has been used by THE Twin Towns & District Garden Club meets on the 2nd Monday of each month in the Tweed Heads many needy individuals and families across our city. In fact, last year 9800 people received food packs Civic Centre. Entry $3 which includes morning tea from 8.30 to 9.15 am with meeting star at 9.30 am. All through the service,’ Mayor Tate said. the usual benching, raffle, lucky door prize, library, Division 5 Councillor Tracey Gilmore said the Food Bank Program was a vital community service on which trading and cuttinhgs tables. All welcome. people depended. ‘The combined factors of high unemployment, rising utility costs and the increasing cost of food means that, from time to time, there are people in our community faced with the crisis of not being able to afford to eat or to provide groceries for their children,’ she said. It is hoped that donations from organisations across The computer swallowed Grandma, the Gold Coast will enable the program to continue to Yes, honestly it’s true! provide for the neediest in the community. She pressed ‘control and ‘enter’ And disappeared from view. It devoured her completely, The thought just makes me squirm. She must have caught a virus Or been eaten by a worm. I’ve searched through the recycle bin CALL US ON And files of every kind; I’ve even used the Internet, But nothing did I find. or 131198 In desperation, I asked Mr. Google HONEST RELIABLE SERVICE AT My searches to refine. VERY COMPETITIVE RATES The reply from him was negative, FOR ANY RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL SERVICE YOU REQUIRE Not a thing was found ‘online.’ Electricians Carpenters Rubbish Removal So, if inside your ‘Inbox,’ Cleaners Cabinet Makers Handymen Carpet Cleaners Tilers-Pavers Gutter Cleaning My Grandma you should see, Pest Control Concretors Plumbers-Drainers Please ‘Copy, Scan’ and ‘Paste’ her, Tree Lopping External House Cleaning Pergolas And send her back to me. Painters Window Cleaners Bricklayers This is a tribute to all the Grandmas & Grandpas, Fridge Seals Appliance Repairs Plasterers Nannas & Pops, who have been fearless and ALL THESE SERVICES PLUS MORE FROM OUR learned to use the Computer......... EXPERIENCED MATURE SERVICE PROVIDERS They are the greatest!!! We would love to provide

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A FOUR-YEAR old child will more often than not proudly declare that he or she is ‘almost five’ in an effort to appear ‘big’ and closer to school age. With smiles on their faces but concern in their voices parents of teenagers can be heard saying that their 16-year old is ‘going on 21’, while wondering if the intervening years are truly lost. Young people in their 20s, all grown up and the world their oyster, travel to faraway places with backpacks as companions, or settle down and start saving for a home. The pitterpatter of tiny feet soon follows and a journey of another kind begins. Moving forward. That four-year old is today 55 (where did the time go?) with children who have left the nest and precious grandkids busy with sport and music. The family home, once cosy, now echoes the quiet and, after many years, Mum and Dad’s paid jobs don’t have the same appeal they once did. The zing has zapped. Talk over a weekend cuppa turns to changing their way of life. Retirement and the options available are discussed. ‘But we’re only 55.’ In the past, retirement typically meant leaving the workforce completely at age 65 (for men; a bit earlier for women) and spending more time puttering around the house—the original house where the kids grew up. More recently, retirement has taken on new meaning with a fresher ‘lifestyle’ approach. Because of specific needs, downsizing amongst them, an array of appealing choices has been created and made available to those aged as young as 50 and over, many still in the workforce if even only part-time or casually. Downsizing—selling up and moving into something smaller; more manageable and convenient—may be the dream answer in a lot of cases but needs to be carefully considered to ensure the best selections are made for individual situations. The information within these pages has been assembled purposely to assist you, and possibly other family members, in making the right choice in the move to retirement living. Peruse the information at your convenience and please don’t hesitate to contact any of the providers for more details. They will be happy to help.

New research shows older people are more likely to consider moving to a retirement village if they feel disconnected within their own neighbourhood. And it seems the baby boomer generation, those aged between 55-64 years, are the group most likely to consider making that move. The findings were reported in the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre report entitled “Relocation to a Retirement Village: Who Considers Relocation and What are People Looking for?” National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said while many people wanted to age in place, it was not possible for everyone. “Ageing at home may not suit those people who live in neighbourhoods where they feel unsafe or disconnected from their community,” O’Neill said. “This research suggests that people considering moving into a retirement village may want to do so for that sense of community and social cohesion which is thought to exist in retirement villages,” he said. “However some people from less cohesive neighbourhoods may not have the financial resources

to move to a retirement village.” O’Neill said it was important for people considering a move into a retirement village to read the fine print and know what they’re signing up to. “Before you buy, always get independent advice and understand the pros and cons of retirement village living,” he said. “Look out for extra charges and fees that can come as shock, even to those retirees who would consider themselves comfortably off.” The research found those aged 55-64 years of age said they would consider a move to a retirement village so that ‘their family wouldn’t have to look after them’ and in case they needed to ‘find assistance in the case of declining health’. Concerns about a loss of independence and a lack of privacy were seen as the negatives when considering moving into a retirement village. The report also found that luxury services such as heated swimming pools and gym appear the least important features, whereas a desire to maintain independence and have outdoor living space were considered more important.



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Fantastic Opportunity tainly feel the quality of the complex from the minute you arrive. You can move into a one bedroom apartment for just $108,000or a two bedroom apartment with ensuite from $192,000. A large three bedroom apartment, complete with w r a p - a r o u n d verandasand spacious open plan living design, starts from just $396,000.

This is a retirement community for people aged 55 years or over. As with all TriCare communities it is equipped with a 24 emergency call system and lift access to all high rise areas. These prices can’t last for long, the Directors have slashed the prices on a selection of apartments to build occupancy to a vibrant level and create the sort of retirement

community TriCare are renowned for. Apartments are selling fast so if you would like to secure your own piece of paradise then you need to act now. Simply call the Hastings Point Retirement Community on (02) 6670 4000 and arrange a time for a no obligation tour of the facilities and apartments available. We look forward to welcoming you!

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AS the Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator for TriCare I frequently get asked, ‘Why are the prices so attractive?’ My answer is quite simple, to build the community.I am

talking about the amazing prices for an apartment at our Hastings Point Retirement Community on the Tweed Coast Road, about 40 minutes south of Surfers Paradise.

Since acquiring the community in August 2011, TriCare have worked towards completing the village that now boasts a café, hairdressing salon, billiard and games rooms,

theatrette, furnished meeting and activity areas, all complementing the swimming pools and immaculately maintained gardens. There is also a village bus that is regularly used for simple shopping trips and extended day outings by the residents. Hastings Point Retirement Community is located literally across the road from a magnificent surf beach, just follow the ‘goat trail’ and you will feel the sand between your toes just minutes from your front door. The contemporary design of the apartments makes you to feel like you are on holidays all year round. With granite bench tops in the kitchen, quality fittings and floor coverings throughout you can cer-

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Great surfing for seniors SURFING the internet sure can be a lot easier for for best results. most people than hopping on a board and surfing the With almost anything able to be ‘googled’ these days, waves, though both need common sense and care it can be fun to use your computer in the search for whatever interests you: ‘Retirement Villages’ a prime example in the case of many seniors. A site that one net surfer discovered recently through Google and wants to pass on is ‘Retirement Villages – Overview’, found via index.asp. With headings such as What are the Main Benefits of Retirement Village Living?; Are there any NegaNo deposit, bond, entry or exit fees. tives to Retirement Village Living?; How Can We Help Costs only part of the single pension. You Find The Right Retirement Village? and ‘RetireAll meals included. ment Villages - Top 10 Tips’, the website is a treasuretrove of general (only) information; emphasising it does not offer ‘...Advice, Verification, RecommendaComfortable, air conditioned & fully furnished unit with tions or Endorsements’ with readers responsible for ensuite bathroom, washing machine and dryer what they take away from the site. (bedroom, lounge & bath) Just a bit more regarding Google, said to be the world’s • All meals cooked fresh on the premises most widely used web-based search engine, it’s in• Quiet suburban location; walk to public transport teresting to note that the name Google apparently • Close to shopping centres originated from a misspelling of googol, a reference to the number represented by a 1 followed by one• Parking • Onsite Manager hundred zeros. The verb ‘google’ was added to the • Also available: visiting doctor & hairdresser Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006, with the attached 5 Bourton Rd Merrimac, 4226, Gold Coast meaning being ‘to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet.’ One learns somePh: 07 5530 6011 or 0406 823 156 thing new every day—and much of it on Google!

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Retirement A S S O C I AT E D R e s i dential Parks Queensland Inc continues to grow and we feel privileged that through our meetings with the appropriate government department over the last year we will be having continued input into the revision of the Manufactured Homes Residential Parks Act scheduled for this year. What we seek is a balance of interest that is fair to park operators and home own-

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ARPQ on the move e r s . ARPQ i s a l so i n contact with home owner associations in all other States and have had meetings with some when convenient. The idea is to form a Nation wide affiliated body of home owner associations so that by numbers alone we can and will be heard. Research shows that the combined population of retirement villages and residential parks in Queensland is near 187,000.

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It is important that all residential park homeowners here in Queensland join ARPQ to give credibility for this National body and your ARPQ $10-00 PP membership will guarantee this and will give you a quality group to rely upon for your future advisory and Information service. Glenn Franklin State Chairperson for ARPQ is delighted that its members will be given an opportunity to be part of this revision

process, ARPQ are the only Queensland Group that have the skill sets and experience to be an active participant of this revision process. ARPQ membership growth over the past 3 months gives credence to this comment we are flattered that we have a justified position with the Government to impart well overdue suggested changes to this Act. We invite our members and others interested

in joining ARPQ this opportunity to submit any suggestions and comments re this revision if you have a suggestion please make contact with us. ARPQ has recently completed a web site which is still growing and will give all homeowners the opportunity to read up on the latest works of the group and its future projects, we are open for your comments and ideas from all homeowners it is your

web page for your usage. Our monthly newsletter can be downloaded or if we are contacted we will be only too happy to send you a copy via the post although at the moment our work load is heavy and delays are imminent. Anyone that is desirous of further discussion here can contact myself on 55352730 or the State Secretary David Paton on

38887696. The Group are currently preparing a schedule to attend member parks to give talks on all updates so if your Park is not an Associate member this will not disallow you from this schedule we will be delighted to visit your complex as a guest speaker, memberships can be arranged at the visit. Glenn Franklin â&#x20AC;&#x201C; State Chairperson for ARPQ

Find the key to your great new lifestyle

FRASER Shores Retirement Villages in beautiful Hervey Bay offer the serene and stress free lifestyle you are looking for. A perfect combination of independent living with resort style facilities. Exceptional floor plans unique to the Torrisi group. Award winning builders who specialise in design and construction of your own dream home for Retirement Village living. Whether you are seeking an active lifestyle or a quiet retreat, Fraser Shores Retirement Villages are the ideal choice for you. These five star facilities feature full size bowling green, swimming pools and spas, as well as numerous group activities such as line dancing, Tai Chi, aerobics and aqua aerobic classes. If you prefer peace and tranquillity, explore our lush award winning gardens, fill your own yard with flowers and vegies, or do as little as you like and let our qualified gardeners do it for you. Homes at our villages have been designed to provide a high standard of privacy and practicality, along with the quality and finish demanded by discerning buyers. All homes boast to their own character and are perfectly integrated into the beautifully landscaped environment giving you a luxury lifestyle. All homes come with a 24hr emergency Medi-Alert call systems for that extra peace of mind. Fraser Shores Retirement Villages are second to none when it comes to position and are flood free. They are next to shopping centres as well as Health, Medical, Pharmacies, and Hospital facilities. Not only is Hervey Bay the whale watching capital of Australia (up to 8000 whales visit the bay annually) we have the most ideal climate with calm, family friendly waters and golden beaches, along with connections to Fraser Island. Come and enjoy all the activities the Bay has to offer, while live the lifestyle in Fraser Shores Retirement Villages. Add a little sweetness to your life. Sugarland Gardens Retirement Village has the most affordable flood free retirement homes available. A friendly, fun-filled village in Bundaberg and a beautiful subtropical part of Queensland. We have uniquely designed homes to satisfy your retirement plans and lifestyle, or you have the flexibility of modifying these designs to suit your individual requirement in a new build. Our designs are exclusive to our villages. We take the stress out of choosing the design and construction of your dream home. For this unique service donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to contact the Retirement Village Master Building Specialists. Once you have chosen how you wish to live in your new home the design, planning and pricing is completed immediately. We give you assistance which is very unique to the Retirement Village Living. We also have available a variety of pre-loved homes to suit a range of budgets and lifestyle choices. In most circumstances your pre-loved home can be re-furbished to your selected colour scheme and dĂŠcor. Enjoy Indoor bowls, table tennis, snooker, regular exercise and activity programmes. Synonymous with the Torrisi group vision that our retirement villages are positioned second to none. All of our villages enjoy a perfect location, convenient to all your needs, with food, fashion, banking and health services right next door in the adjoining shopping precinct. The well laid out Community Centre offers activities for residents throughout the week. Social activities give companionship as well as entertainment. This time of your life should be the sweetest time of all. Come taste what Sugarland Gardens Retirement Village has to offer. For more information phone 1800 679 266.

Retirement Affordable housing the key to retirement freedom

TAKE a large family home, add a shortage of cash and an extra large dash of maintenance, stir all together and the outcome isn’t a recipe for a relaxing and rewarding retirement. What are the alternatives, importantly, what is the best alternative for you? Do you stay in your now oversize house with its ongoing maintenance costs and use the equity to get cash through a reverse mortgage? Do you look at a retirement village with expensive deferred management fee options? Or do you sell up, downsize, and look for a viable, affordable option that provides all the benefits of still owning a home but without the maintenance issues? And frees up capital to enjoy your retirement years? Residential parks are offering an alternate lifestyle choice for the Over 50’s. The parks are providing active and independent community living with a range of social and recreational facilities, in a gated and secure environment. GLRP Director Trent Ottawa said the ‘manufactured home park’ model was an emerging retirement living model because it offered high quality new homes without the cost of buying land. Homes are built with the potential to be relocated but are designed to be onsite for the long term. “Retirees looking to downsize can have a high quality new two or three bedroom home,pay a weekly site fee and can enjoy a

parks have the potential to provide existing homeowners access to their equity, and are a genuine alternative to reverse mortgages or the high fees of traditional retirement villages,” Mr Ottawa said. “If retirees want a lifestyle change, or desire a smaller home, then moving into a residential park offers an affordable viable option. The community aspect of a residential park provides the potential for a very active social life and the

benefits of neighbourly security. “Residents enjoy all the benefits of owning their own home without the maintenance time and costs. “Not owning land frees up capital, and provides the independence to come and go as they please to pursue travel or all the things they want to achieve in retirement.” For more information please call 1300 361 311 or register your interest on www.gatewaylifestyle.

range of facilities without having to worry about lawn maintenance, rates or body corporate charges,” said Mr Ottawa. GLRP operates eight residential parks across New South Wales and Queensland. Five million Australians are aged 55 and over, an age group that is growing at the rate of 150,000 a year. Around 80 per cent of Over 55 households own their home outright. Often they are asset rich, but cash poor. “Manufactured homes

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Baby Boomers Forum to Confront Biased Advice

MANY Baby Boomers are finding it difficult to obtain unbiased professional advice as they plan for and enter retirement. Retirees registered this concern in a recent survey conducted by the Gold Coast Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees (AIR). Members of the Association have complained that some advisers seem more interested in selling their products than in providing worthwhile advice. Some members also questioned the exorbitant fees that some advisers charge. To address this situation, AIR will be conducting a Baby Boomers Finance Forum as a free community service to local Baby Boomers. Mr Robert Grover, AIR Gold Coast president said: “As baby boomers face their retirement they need to make some of the most important financial decisions of their life. A wrong decision could lead to a retiree paying tax they could otherwise avoid or not being aware that they are eligible for a part pension. Such mistakes can have a catastrophic effect on their retirement finances.” To address this concern, the forum will have several speakers on a range of topics including using superannuation to eliminate tax, details of different forms of investment plus Centrelink and estate planning considerations. One of the most important topics for people seeking advice will be how to find a professional, independent financial planner. “Importantly, we will not have any speakers from financial institutions.” Mr Grover said. “All speakers will be independent professionals providing unbiased relevant information.” The Baby Boomers Finance Forum will be held from 9:00am to 1:30pm on Saturday 23rd March at the Broadbeach Seniors Centre, 23 T E Peters Dve (cnr Havana Key), Broadbeach. Mr Grover said: “All members of the public are invited. We are providing this Forum as a free community service for people who have recently retired or are planning their retirement.” To register your attendance or for further information, contact Rob Grover at or 0417 732 242.

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Travel is an exciting part of retirement

Downsize your home not your lifestyle

AS soon as you drive through the front gates of Lewani Palms Resort in Ormeau, you will notice something very special and uniquely different. Set in over 40 tropical acres, this pet friendly Over 50’s Lifestyle Resort is simply like no other, with wide spacious roads, generous parcels of land, and designer built homes with huge internal layouts, 360 degrees of privacy, and wonderful facilities and activities. Planned with the residents in mind, there is so much on offer at your doorstep it will feel like you’re on a permanent holiday, either full of action or quiet and peaceful – Resort facilities include: 2 kms of walking tracks with beautifully manicured gardens, 2 swimming pools, a championship-size bowling green with club room, a croquet green, function centre and sports hall, 2 licensed bars, a dance floor & stage, gymna-

sium, library, snooker tables and the list goes on. If you have been looking for a lifestyle resort that just feels like home, has a wonderful community spirit, and offers true value for money, then you can’t go past Lewani Palms Resort. But don’t just take our word for it. Come and see for yourself. Centrally located in the leafy semi-rural suburb of Ormeau, Lewani Palms is conveniently located near the M1 and is only 30 minutes to Surfers Paradise, and 30 minutes to Brisbane’s CBD. Public transport is no obstacle with a bus stop at the front gate and train station within 5 minutes. For more information, or to arrange a tour, contact the sales office free call: 1800 467 500 or visit their website:

Flexible living offers solution to house moving dramas MOVING home is difficult for everyone regardless of their age and it can be especially challenging for those of advanced years. The changes in health and mobility that come with age can force sudden adjustments to new living conditions which often lead to confusion, frustration and increased stress. For this reason, aged care facilities that offer flexible living arrangements are becoming more and more popular. A facility that can accommodate for changing requirements,can reduce a resident’s stress by enabling them to stay in a familiar environment whilst adjusting the care and support to reflect their needs. The Newmans on the Park in Templestowe is part of the McKenzie Aged Care Group and is a provider of flexible living arrangements for its residents. Sally McKenzie, Director at McKenzie Aged Care says they offer a smooth transition between the levels of care for their residents. “There are two key components which enable us to

offer flexible living conditions” says Sally. “The first is that our staff are extensively trained and take an active interest in all of our residents – we know where they need help, how their abilities change over time and take time to notice the small things.” “Secondly, we have the facilities to offer the highest standard of service and support possible – across the whole spectrum from low care independent living to highly assisted palliative care.” “At McKenzie, We have a range of accommodation alternatives designed to cater for the varying levels of assistance required by each individual entering one of our residences. These broad service offerings also enable ageing in place, so even if needs change residents can remain with us,” says Sally. For more information on any McKenzie Aged Care Group Facilities and the services, lifestyle offerings and care options available, call 1300 899 222 or visit

PLANNING a holiday ensure it remains fun by being prepared and planning for your trip. Smartraveller is the Australian Government’s travel advisory service and is a good place to start when you’re planning a holiday, especially if it’s going to take you overseas. This site includes safe travel tips such as: organising travel insurance; checking expiry on passports as most countries require a minimum of 6 months before expiration before they let you in the country; checking to see whether you need to organise a visa; organising a supply of any medicines you take for your entire trip and check that the country you are travelling to will accept the medication you are bringing - your doctor may need to provide you with a letter; immunising yourself, if necessary, before you leave to prevent illnesses which may be common in other countries; protecting your valuables by using locks for bags and organising how you will carry your money and passport; finding out if there are any local customs or laws different from home that you need to follow while overseas; taking the stress out of your trip by booking and confirming your accommodation in advance; making sure you know how to get help overseas if something doesn’t go to plan give a copy of your itinerary to a friend or family member who will be able to help you back at home. Register your travel details with Smartraveller before you leave if you are travelling overseas.

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Contact: Leanne on 5429 0444 OXFORD CREST Beachmere 56 Biggs Avenue, Beachmere

Everything Aged Care Should Be Classic Elegance and Excellence in Aged Care Living • Boutique “Extra Service” aged care home, ideally located near Robina Town Centre • Well-established reputation for quality care, services and lifestyle programs • Extensive range of accommodation and care options, in three interconnecting Villas, each with a separate entrance, car parking and private lounge, dining, and lush courtyard gardens • Experienced and longstanding care team provide “high care”, “low care”, secure dementia care, palliative care, rehabilitation and respite care services, and full range of allied health services including physiotherapy and podiatry • Choice of spacious private suites and apartments all with ensuite bathrooms and opening to terrace, balcony or beautifully landscaped courtyards • Couples are well catered for, with some interconnecting rooms and apartment style accommodation • Innovative a la carte dining, prepared and cooked on the premises, and presented with home-style fare and flair • Stylish café and beauty spa



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Mr. Property Services is striving towards selling its 200th home

Affordable Retirement Living

ARE you contemplating moving into a retirement community? Are you not prepared or able to pay a substantial bond or deposit? Do you disagree with losing a considerable amount of your ‘investment’ because deferred management fees are deducted when you move out? Are you disappointed that not only will you not get any interest on your money but instead pay fees and charges as long as you live there? If you answered yes to any of the above questions you should seriously consider a ‘rent only’ option where you do not have to hand over your savings. This will allow you to have a better lifestyle and spend your money on yourself and loved ones! Westminster House Robina, conveniently located at Merrimac on the Gold Coast only a few minutes from Mudgeeraba and Robina, could just be the place for you! It offers accommodation for single men and women over 55 who prefer to live in a community environment. All meals are included and are prepared daily on the premises supervised by the resident manager who is a Swiss trained chef. Together with his very dedicated staff they will ensure your enjoyment, comfort, safety and 24/7 emergency assistance. If you prefer the company of other people you might opt for the single rooms with own bathroom; they are similar to a hotel room and are fully furnished including air conditioner, TV, fridge, and microwave. If you like a bit more space, the one bedroom units with bathroom, separate living and outdoor sitting area might appeal to you. They are fully furnished and have a washing machine and clothes dryer too.

Shops and public transport are nearby with a doctor, chemist and hairdresser visiting regularly. Weekly shopping trips and bingo as well as monthly functions are on offer. Facilities include a community room with pool table, libraries, 2 dining

rooms and landscaped outdoor areas. Best of all the rent, including all meals and linen, is less than the single pension leaving you ample spending money! Just call Westminster House Robina on (07) 5559 4600 for further information or to make an appointment.

Mr. Property Services was established in 2008 to of- Drive, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486. Phone 07 5523 fer a professional and dedicated service at reason- 3431 or, via mobile 0423 028 468. able rates to the ‘Buyers’ and ‘Sellers’ of manufactured homes located in Lifestyle Villages and Residential Parks in the Tweed Valley and the southern tip of the Queensland Gold Coast. Mr. Property Services’ primary goal is to provide “a home for every budget”, and has the most extensive range of homes at Lifestyle villages and Residential parks in the Tweed Valley. Mr. Property Services has over 60 homes ranging from $39,000 to $325,000 located at 16 Lifestyle villages and Residential parks, “we are confident that we will have a home for you!” Mr. Property Services celebrated selling its 150th home at the end of 2012 and is striving towards its next milestone of selling its 200th home in a Lifestyle villages or Residential park. Mr. Property Services’ proven performance record is supported by a strong understanding of Lifestyle Village and Residential Park living, regulatory and legal requirements, market trends, and dedicated commitment to helping both buyer and seller. If you call and we are not there to answer your call, it’s because we are out doing what we do best – selling properties! If you would like to pop-in for a chat, please call first and we will ensure that we are there for YOU! Most importantly if we are not there to answer your call – please leave a message and we promise to call you back! Please contact Kelvin Price at 139 Minjungbal

GOLDEN CREST MANORS AWARD WINNING OVER 50’s LIFESTYLE RESORT Enjoy 5 star facilities and daily activities including bowls, tennis, aqua aerobics, tai chi, gymnasium, cinema, arts and crafts, workshop, dancing, bingo, singing, café, hairdressing salon, convenience store, and much much more.. Come and see why it is the most popular over 50’s resort on the Gold Coast!

WITH A SELECTION OF 2 AND 3 BEDROOM HOMES AVAILABLE STARTING FROM JUST $375,000 (07) 55961555 or 1 McKenzie Drive - Highland Park QLD

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SENIORS NEWS Gold Coast City Jazz Club MONDAY 18th March 7.00pm (doors open 6.00pm). The President presents an evening of beautiful classic Jazz and Blues. Standards and popular tunes for all tastes in Live Jazz. Featuring some of the coolest cats on the Gold Coast. Feel like a blow? Bring your horn and check out the show. Time to let go, go man go. AGM

Last chance, big savings!

6.00pm (prior to concert). Southport Bowls Club. (South of Australia Fair Shopping Centre). Admission for members $10.00 and non-members $15.00. Bookings phone 07 5531 2626 (if requiring a meal) or 5535 5861. Further information go to website: or email:

Boot Scooting Classes


EXERCISE while having fun, balance, co-ordination, self confidence, dancing ability, all these and more show improvement in time. The original Bootscooting is endorsed by the Heart Foundation. Enjoy the social aspect, making fresh new friendships and very affordable. Line dancing classes every Friday evening for beginners from 7-8pm $5, intermediate/advanced from 8-10pm $7, beginners and intermediate $10 at Kustoms Crusie Hall, Mudgeeraba Road, opposite Milky Way Street, Mudgeeraba. For more details phone Jodie 0418 154 292.

$165,000 Suit Over 50 Cash Buyer 2 bedroom home Modern Bathroom Vacant BUY NOW!

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THE countdown is on and April 30 is the deadline to save up to $50,000 on one of the selected 2 and 2.5 bedroom independent living apartments at De Paul Manor Estate. A recent surge in apartment sales spurred on by the discount offer has seen the award winning Ashmore retirement community for over 65’snow pass the 75% sold out mark. Sales Consultant Sue Benseman said that she was delighted with the sales results. “We’re down to just three 2 bedroom apartments and only a few 3 and 2.5 bedroom apartments remaining for sale, so my advice to prospective purchasers is to get in before it’s too late.” New residents moving in to the boutique 78 apartment residential enclave have enriched the close community with new interest groups and friendships starting up all over the place. “Now that we’re filling up, you can really see that the community is reaching its potential,”said Sue. “It’s hard to describe,there’s such a lovely feel about the place with more residents attending the functions and

Hoyts Tweed loves seniors HOYTS Tweed love Seniors and we know Seniors will love $7movie tickets! See any latest release film at Hoyt Tweed Cinemas for only $7 everyday! This offer is available to Seniors aged 60 years and over on presentation of a valid Seniors Card. An upgrade fee is available for 3D films. With a great selection of

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, PO Box 1062, Tewantin. Qld. 4565 by the 15th of each month.

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2 bdrm brick & tile unit, new carpet & paint throughout. Quiet, secure unit with carport. Lge modern community centre, on-site management, adjacent to The Pines Shopping Centre. $265,000 1st year Body Corp Free Ph 07 5578 7874

Code 2544

Pine Lake Retirement Village, Elanora

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Code 2548

Contact owner Ken 07 5535 6017 or mobile 0406 872 609 $198,000 ono

Code 2533

Price $59,500 ono Ph 0412 116 807 or 5495 8924

Runaway Bay Waterfront Home in over 50’s Resort 2 large bedrooms plus office/sunroom with separate entrance. Covered deck overlooking water, openplan living/dining rooms. Aircond. Lounge/ceiling fans throughout. Garden shed, carport. Plenty of storage inside & outside. 2 swimming pools, recreation hall, storage for caravan/boat. $225,000 - Ph. 0403-929-335

North Star Resort Tweed Coast, Hastings Point

Manufactured Home At Burleigh Town Village, Burleigh Heads In an over-50s complex A 2 brm house with extra large lounge and undercover parking for 2 cars. Newly painted on the outside, also driveway re-furbished. Spacious ent area, beautifully landscaped gardens in very private position; fully fenced; 3 minutes to shopping complexes and beach; bus stop at entrance.

Refurbished 1 bdrm aircon home, fully self contained, partly furnished. Lovely rear deck & garden with shed & carport. Will trade small car or Toyota coaster etc as part payment. Shop in complex, pool, BBQ & close to major shopping centres.

Code 2546

Ph 07 5520 0780

Pine Ridge Rd Over 50s Village, Coombabah

5 Star Over 50’s Lifestyle Award Winning Resort Norfolk, Mfrd home, N/E aspect, quiet, full verandah, R/C/A/C, very spacious living. Two large bedrooms A/C B/Ins, dishwasher and maintenance free gardens. Carport parks two cars plus caravan.

$245,000 Neg.

Phone 02 6676 2398

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Asking price $495,000

Code 2532

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, double garage, pool, new colorbond fencing, nice undercover entertainment area, solar hot water, insulation, lots of extras, very private, end of court.

films releasing in March there has never been a better time to sit back, relax and enjoy a movie at Hoyts Tweed. From March 7th you can join James Franco on his journey throughout OZ in the new release; Oz The Great and Powerful (rated PG) or be captured by the young orphan Pip, as he tries to fit into a world unknown to him whilst chasing love, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (rated M) starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes. From March 14th Elspeth Dickens presents her inner goddess to the world via the web in the new comedy/romance Goddess (rated PG). Goddess

stars Ronan Keating, Laura Michelle Kelly and Magda Szubanski. On Wednesday March 20 at 10.30am, Hoyts Tweed is holding a special advance screening of Hyde Park on Hudson (rated M). Hyde Park on Hudson is dramatic comedy and tells the story of the love affair that occurred between Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and Margaret (Daisy) Suckley (Laura

Linney). Tickets for this special event are on sale now and can be purchased from the box office at Hoyts Tweed. For further information on the Hoyts Tweed $7 Seniors ticket offer, please visit w w w. h o y t s . c o m . a u . Hoyts Tweed Cinemas are located at Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed Heads. PH: (07) 5669 9600


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joining in to the various activity and hobby groups.” Instead of maintaining a large home, residents now spend time doing the things that they never had time for before.At De Paul Manor Estate, it’s all about downsizing the hassles and upgrading lifestyle opportunities. Designed with low maintenance in mind, thespacious apartments feature high ceilings, a private balcony, quality appointments and fittings such as split system air-conditioning, stone bench tops, glass splash-backs and 24-hour emergency alert service as standard features. Residents of the award winning community enjoy resort style facilities, 24-hour security, a dedicated onsite management team, pay no stamp duty and have the peace of mind of priority access to the De Paul Villa Aged Care facility located next-door. To find out more about how to save up to $50,000 on one of the selected 2 and 2.5 bedroom apartments, visit the website, or phone Sue on 1300 732 306 for a private inspection.

HERE are some low cost or free Active & Healthy activities running at the Broadwater Parklands in Southport, activities that can help make you active and healthy. Group fitness training, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30am. $5. Contact Exclusively You on 5531 2022. Tai Chi, Saturdays at 8am. Free. Contact GC Tai Academy on 5545 2409. Pilates, Thursdays, 5.15pm. Free. Contact Essence of Living on 5526 6600.

Twin Towns Seniors Social Club THE next meeting for the Twin Towns Senior Social Club will be held on 18th March, 2013, at Twin Towns. Doors open at 8.00 am Qld time for bus allocation tickets. Meeting 8.45am. 2 bus trips per month including morning tea & lunch. New members phone Ursula ph 07 5576 3785.

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

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News from THE TWEED Tweed Coast VIEW Club

Tweed Coast VIEW Club 2013 Committee

WE are looking forward to welcoming new members with ladies from the coast area, including Pottsville to Kingscliff who are looking to make new friends. VIEW Clubs are helping to support young Australians so they can create a better future for themselves. To do this our club through friendly and fun functions,

raises funds for the “Learning for Life Program” run by the Smith Family. We hold a luncheon meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month 11am for 11.30am start at “The Beach”. Anyone wishing to join and all enquiries please phone Therese on 02 6676 1469.

Tweed Area Computer Club THE response to the iPad and tablet class was so great that an extra class on Wednesday was introduced in addition to the class on Friday. Extra large screen monitors are to be installed to assist in the tuition. If you want to add an Emoji keyboard to your iPad come to the class. Emoji, you ask, they are those expressive smiley faces that can be added to emails. The

TACT web site has been updated and gives the latest information about the activities being undertaken. It is surprising what can be found out at the classes and you will always meet people who will help, tutors and students are always willing to assist. The computer club is located in the South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive South Tweed in a great air

conditioned environment. Assistance is offered to people wishing to obtain their first computer with courses from absolute beginners to the more advanced. The tutors work on a voluntary basis and get fulfilment from passing on their knowledge to help others using the PC’s and Apple Mac Minis. People can join at any time but if they require more direct information they can

attend the next “sign on” day on Friday 22 March 2013 at 11:30pm. Information about the club can be obtained by visiting the club’s new web site at http:// or contact Jenny on 07 5524 3057. 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.

Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre

THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre welcomes all 50 & 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, Free Computer Lessons, Ballroom Dancing (New Vogue & Modern), ( including lessons) Knit, Natter, Craft & Chatter, Light Exercises, Mah Jong, Meditation, Qigong, Rock & Roll, (including lessons), Swing & Sway, Snooker & Eight Ball, Tai Chi, Table Tennis, monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Concerts, Library, Hairdresser & Beautician. Our next free Concert will be on Monday 25th March 2013 starting at

1-00pm Qld. Time and will feature the multi-talented Dixie Jazz Band. This group of outstanding local professional musicians will enthral you as they play many of the traditional Jazz songs that you know and love to hear. They will feature some wonderful solo acts & vocals. Come and enjoy this free afternoon of magnificent toe-tapping enjoyment. BYO lunch/ nibbles. Tea/Coffee available $1-50 per bottomless cup. For enquiries or events brochure and concert bookings (recommended). Phone us on 07 5536 4050 or call into the Centre at 2 Gerrard Street, Coolangatta, or you can check our web site at

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.

Coolangatta and Murwillumbah (07) 5506 6777

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Older Persons Medicine As an important part of comprehensive family practice, doctors and staff at Musgrave Medical aim to keep older persons as fit, healthy, safe and independent as possible. Dr Graeme Burger, Dr Fergus Ring, Dr Jeff Buckland, Dr John Stretch, Dr Hari Bains and associate Dr Cindy Lee provide older persons care with assistance from Dr Shannon Butler and Dr Elize O’Reilly and nurses Jan, Wendy, Maureen, Alison and Helen

Telephone 5536 2899 as same day appointments are normally available “Old age is a great honour and privilege, but it isn’t always easy.” Would you like to stop those inevitable leaks, and avoid embarrassment? We supply the traditional and hard to obtain waterproof pants that you have been looking for Now you can go to the shops in confidence We offer these in a range of colours and sizes, as well as a wide range of other products


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prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the occurrence of age spots. While the presence of age spots has no relevance to your age, your resilience to sun exposure decreases as you get older making you more susceptible to them. Spotner is available from or 1300 790 978. RRP $29.95. For more info Note: Do seek medical advice if your sunspot rapidly increases in size, has

SUN spots, liver spots or age spots – call them what you will, they appear on most people at some stage. Age spots are very common in adults over 40 and up to 90 percent of fair skinned people over 60 get them. Spotner, fresh from Europe, targets and erases age spots and protects from further damage. The Spotner pen is now available in pharmacies for your face and décolletage and also for your hands and body. Spotner contains a powerful mix of botanical extracts, alpha arbutin, alpha--hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Salicylic acids (BHAs) and lactic acid to help encourage the regeneration of the skin without causing irritation. Unlike creams and lotions, its precise pen-tip application means you can target the treatment exactly where you need it. Results are visible within 2-3 weeks. The Spotner pen can be used in conjunction with other cosmetics and creams and your age spots can potentially fade completely with continued use. With Spotner, you can treat your age spots at-home easily and

effectively without the need for expensive and timely salon treatments such as laser therapy, chemical peels or microdermabrasion While people are becoming increasingly conscious of protecting themselves from the sun, even small increases in sun exposure or changing hormones, such as what can be experienced during pregnancy, can increase the likelihood of getting age spots. Age spots are caused by the over--production of melanin, which exists to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. An imbalance in the production of melanin due to genetics or factors such as

Looking for a great read? WHY not sit down with a copy of the ‘Active and Healthy Free & Low Cost Activities on the Gold Coast’ booklet and make a list of all the activities that catch your eye. The whole booklet is fun to browse with sections that include Get Healthy, Weekend Experiences, Activities for Everyone, Walking and Running on the Coast, Naturally GC, Botanic Gardens, Sport and Recreation, and Coastal Discovery. With no one forgotten, other sections embrace Activities for Active Ageing and Activities for People with Disabilities. Page 61 encourages you to ‘Get active – Volunteer’ while Page 73 of the action-packed booklet talks about ‘Swap it’: swapping some of the things you do now for healthier choices. ‘Swap big for small; swap often for sometimes; swap sitting for moving; swap watching for playing. A waist measurement of greater than 94cm for men and 80cm for women puts you at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, some cancers and heart disease.’ Just be sure your doctor

is happy if you plan to start an exercise program. The current booklet (and don’t forget that it’s free!) is valid until 16 June and is available online at or you can check if your library has a copy or call Gold Coast City Council on (07) 5581 5233—always happy to help.

an irregular edge or is accompanied by itching, redness, tenderness or bleeding. If you are in doubt, please consult your doctor. For your chance to win and trial a Spotner pen, please put your name and address on the back of an envelope and send your entry to Spotner Competition, c/- Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin, 4565 no later than Wednesday 27th March 2013.

Bowen Therapy’s powerful healing modalities

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

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Hilary Dixon celebrates a Gold Coast 50th NEW Zealander Hilary Dixon wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday in style. Together with hubby Paul, she flew from Christchurch to the Gold Coast where she shared the special occasion with friends from the Gold Coast, Melbourne and New Zealand. Hosting Hilary and Paul during their Coast stay were Teresa Peterson of Labrador and Alan and Carole Farrell of Runaway Bay. One of the highlights of Hilary’s five-day birthday celebrations was a fun-filled six-hour scenic canal cruise where guests were pampered with a variety of delicious foods, including five birthday cake choices. Luckily the rains had eased off a few days prior. Hilary (second from right) and Paul (far left) are pictured at a Southport Surf Club lunch gathering with good friends Andrew Mills (next to Paul) and wife Pauline (far right) who flew in from New Zealand to celebrate with Hilary; Teresa Petersen (third from left) and Ardina Murray (centre) of Labrador. Welcome to the senior ranks, Hilary!

Award Winning Aged Care Services UPA has been providing quality care services to local communities throughout NSW for over 70 years. In the Tweed Heads and Northern NSW regions, UPA’s Community Care Services North Coast Office can boast a number of industry awards which recognise the quality services provided. Program Manager Lorraine Melling said “My staff and I felt extremely proud to receive awards such as the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Aged Care and ACS Trainee of the Year. UPA recognises that quality care and services require skilled, caring and motivated staff. As a team we have developed some innovative programs which not only attract the right staff but encourage them to undertake further education and training. The end result is the highest quality of care for consumers living in the community” The UPA service provides assistance to clients seeking Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs) and Veteran

Home Care Services and private care services covering the Gold Coast, Tweed, Murwillumbah area south to the Clarence Valley region in NSW. Ms Melling explained “Community Aged Care Packages is proving a popular choice for older Australians. The ability to remain in their homes, with care and support individually tailored by our caring staff, is an attractive alternative to residential care facilities. For those wishing to remain at home, our friendly staff can provide all the information required. Often making the initial phone call is the most difficult step” said Ms Melling. “Our staff also pride themselves on maintaining a high level of care for consumers, who are often quite frail and may not have family members nearby. Our Quality Officer visits people in their homes to check they are happy with the service and it helps us to keep in touch with their requirements.” said Ms Melling. To find out more, contact a Service Co-ordinator on 07 5524 8303.

Haemorrhoids – A Pain in the Butt! HAEMORRHOIDS, piles whatever you might call them..... they can be embarrassing to talk about, but they are often extremely painful. It’s important to get help. They are similar to varicose veins, caused by genetic weakness of veins, excessive pressure in the venous circulation, pregnancy, long periods of standing or sitting, and heavy lifting. They can be felt as itching, burning, painful, inflamed, irritated, swollen, bleeding or seepage. For an effective, cooling treatment, I usually recommend a soothing aloe vera gel, such as HemoClin gel (available from pharmacies), which can reduce pain and each of these symptoms. This gel supports the natural healing process, neutralizes harmful microbes and conditions the tissue. However, the best treatment for haemorrhoids is to prevent them from occurring altogether. A high-complex carbohydrate diet, rich in dietary fibre, is important, along with protective foods like blackberries, cherries and blueberries which will strengthen vein structures. In summary, the secret to prevention is sensible food choices and support for the blood vessel walls. Source: Gerald Quigley, Medical Herbalist and Community Pharmacist.

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SENIORS NEWS Lions Tales The Lions Club of Burleigh Heads Inc has been very active in your Community for over 55 years and to keep being one of the longest Service Clubs on the Gold Coast we need YOU!! For information phone 0478 68 1300 or check out our web site, http:/ / Fun and fellowship assured. The Lions Club of Gold Coast Mermaid Broadbeach Inc March is shaping up as another busy month as we continue with our fundraising BBQ’s and our upcoming Easter Raffle. A Community Barefoot Bowls day will be held in April in conjunction with the Mermaid Beach Bowls Club with all funds raised on the day being directed to the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. To find out more about this Lions Club contact us on 0450 636 657. The Lioness club of Palm Beach Currumbin We will host a Trivia night (St Patrick’s theme) on Saturday 16 th March at the Lions Den in Murtha Drive, Elanora. Phone for details – Lioness Nancye 5598 7130. Our Club meets on the 1 st Wednesday of each month at 1.00 pm at the Lion’s Den. All service minded women are welcome to attend. For further information contact Lioness Joy on 5575 9893. The Lions Club of Coolangatta Tweed Heads Inc District Governor Merv Ferguson visits us on 19 March so contact us and book in for dinner. After daylight saving ends on Sunday 7 April we will revert back to meeting at 6.00pm for 6.30pm. We meet 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at Tweed Heads Bowls. Phone Secretary Marion on 07 5536 2975 for more information. The Club of Tweed Coast South Inc Tweed Coast South will hold their Lions Biggest BBQ for Childhood Cancer Research on Sunday 7th April 2013 at Ambrose Brown Park, Pottsville 8am till 2pm. For Club details phone Secretary on 0411598583 or email

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The Lions Club of Cabarita Beach Pottsville Beach Inc In March we are undertaking the first of two membership recruitment campaigns, with an Information Evening planned at the Cabarita Sports Club on March 18th. Want to know more about our progressive club? Contact our membership convenors Lion Kevin 0407676047 or Lion John 6676 2727. The Lions Club of Southport Inc will be holding a Fun Day for Children at Southport Broadwater Parklands on Sunday 7th April between 10am and 4.0pm and with the assistance of 4 neighbouring Lions Clubs will be conducting this event where all proceeds will be directed to the Lions Children Cancer research foundation. For further information contact Russell on 5591 1189. The Lions Club of Ashmore Inc On Easter Saturday there will be a fund raising sausage sizzle at Harbourtown Bunnings and encourage the public to come and support Hopewell Hospice on this occasion. If you would like to join us in our efforts to support our local community please call us on 5563 2928 or 5597 1489 for further information. The Lions Club of Gold Coast Tallebudgera Inc A BBQ will be held at Bunnings on 4th April as part of the Childhood Cancer Biggest BBQs event with all proceeds being contributed to the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. For those who like to plan ahead our “Christmas in July” Dinner and Party will be held on Tuesday 30th July. After recently inducting three new members, and several people expressing interest, our membership is on the increase. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to find out more about Lions and our Club. Email or phone 0417gclions (0417 425466). Lions throughout Australia are conducting a MARCH membership month. Have you considered how you can assist YOUR community? Contact your local Lions Club for an invitation to attend a dinner meeting . We Serve

Tweed Heads Card Club OUR Card Club meets each Monday in the Opal Room at Tweed Heads Bowls Club playing Euchre in the mornings, starting at 10am [DLST] & Five Hundred in the afternoons starting at 1.30pm [DLST]. The cost of playing for our club members is $3 or if both are played $5. (With this money, numerous prizes are paid out on the days event, we also have jackpot prizes & at present the no loss jackpot prize at Euchre is $90). We have just celebrated our 8th anniversary with lunch & cake free to all members present, & this was attended by 49 players at Euchre & 31 players at Five Hundred. Our

membership at present is 84 from a beginning of 15. Throughout the year we have members outings & events, lunches, boat trips, Christmas Party Dinner, also learners & refreshers days all free to members. Each year we hold annual tournaments, this years Euchre tournament will be held on Sunday 16th of June. This is all day event & attracts players from as far away as Lismore, Brisbane & beyond. Last year we had 230 players, with first place prize money of $650. The Five Hundred tournament is held in November. For more information about our club or the tournaments please ring 07 5523 2782.

Palm Beach Happy Group PALM Beach Happy Group meet every Friday morning at 9a.m. until 12 noon at the Share-n-Care Hall, 10th Avenue, Palm Beach. After a morning tea of coffee, tea, cake or biscuits an hours entertainment is then enjoyed. The morning ends with a game of slow Bingo and new members are encouraged to stop and enjoy the fun. The Group caters for elderly people and provides a morning of social contact which is most enjoyable. Every three months a trip is organised and as the Group subsidises the cost of the trip it is well within the members means. The trip takes

members to various locations on the Gold Coast or Northern Rivers areas and stops for morning tea and lunch besides other places of interest. The costs of these are all included in the trip which at the moment is $15 per person. Names will soon be taken for members who would like to participate in the next of these outings. The Coach leaves from the Share-n-care Hall in 10th Avenue. Palm Beach and returns to that venue in the afternoon. If you are interested in this group and would like more information please ring Lorraine on 5576 3747 or June on 5534 4660.

Robina National Seniors ROBINA National Seniors meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Robina Community Centre. Meetings include morning tea, guest speaker and commence at 10am. Social outings on a regular basis. Inquiries to Dagmar 5559 2717 or Sheila 5578 9458.

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STEP onto one of Holland America Line’s graceful mid-sized ships and be welcomed with a generous amount of personal space. Be treated to award-winning service, with nearly one crew member for every two guests. Choose from quality dining options as diverse as the enrichment programs and onboard activities that suit your every whim. Your convenience is priority, with the luxury of unpacking once while visiting multiple ports. For more than 135 years, Holland America Line has been a recognised leader

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in cruising, taking guests to exotic destinations around the world. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, you’ve come to the right place. Holland America Line is committed to its mission: through excellence, we create once-ina-lifetime experiences, every time. A European journey with Holland America Line will see you whisked to inspiring destinations including the glacier carved fjords of Norway, imperial Russia and the ancient cities of the Mediterranean. With long days in port and one-ofa-kind experiences you will be sure to truly immerse yourself in each

destination whilst enjoying the elegance and relaxation of cruising. Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 elegant ships offers more than 500 sailings a year visiting all seven continents. Cruises include both popular and less-travelled ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, Australia,

New Zealand and Asia as well as unique voyages to the Amazon, Antarctica and extended Collectors and Grand Voyages. Contact your local Travellers Choice agent on 1300 78 78 58 or visit to find out more about Unforgettable European cruising with Holland America Line. Fjord of Norway

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Queensland coastline, staying at Cairns.

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Clouds of Montville a popular getaway

CLOUD Talk! For those who don’t know us Clouds of Montville is a resort motel with self contained units and cottages set high on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. We enjoy five acres of beautiful grounds, with wonderful views, between the unique town of Maleny and the iconic village of Montville. For over one hundred years Montville and the Hinterland have been a popular getaway for the people of South East Queensland. The area is renowned for its walks and parks, its galleries and shopping, amazing dining and wonderful fresh food. The ‘drift of rose petals’ and I have had a brilliant year with so many wonderful Seniors spending time with us as part of our very popular Seniors Package. We offer a three or five night package including breakfast cooked or continental at less than $100 per night. My wife’s cooked breakfasts are the stuff of legends. Grown men have wept over her poached eggs! I restrict myself to doing a mean cornflake and an outstanding prune! Our Senior’s package is truly great value and already in the New Year we are seeing the return of many of last year’s guests! We had a terrific Festive Season and made some great new friends. We ate too much (the light of my darkness tends to cook in

expectation of the arrival of the entire Spanish army!) and drank too much (which I tend to do prior to the arrival of the relatives and the subsequent pillage of the wine cellar!) We made a heap of resolutions which did a ‘Gillard’ and were broken within forty eight hours. As always the Season gave us some glorious memories. My mate Bob has a seven year old grandson whom he describes as a noise with dirt on it! Luke was asked to write to Santa as part of the school term end. All the class were encouraged to put pen to paper and let Santa know what they really wanted for Christmas. The letters duly went to the parents via the North Pole and young Luke surprisingly pleaded for a GPS! Why on earth a seven year old would want a GPS was a mystery to Mum and Dad. As part of the letter writing process the children were also asked to explain their request. His response was: “So I can find my pyjamas!!!!” (Bob assures me that if you could see his room the logic of this request would be singularly obvious!) One of the best questions I overheard this season was posed by an elderly gentleman who, with his charming wife, was staying with us. It was a wonderful reflection on the way the world has


Angus Richard

changed. A young man who was also a guest was standing outside reception looking amazingly well dressed

with white shirt, shoes you could see your face in and a suite as sharp as a Keating aside, a tie, actually clean shaven and

nare a tat in sight. He was I believe waiting for a car to pick him up. “Young man” said our elderly guest “Are you going to a wedding or are you a Seventh Day Adventist?”……… Slightly confused the young man departed for a wedding! The assumption that no Festive Season will pass without me making a fool of myself is, I maintain, simply a vicious rumour! However we had friends over whom we had only recently met. The conversation and the wine flowed and we started to talk about genealogy and our respective parents

and our heritage. Trevor, our new found friend, in describing his mother stated she had small teeth! I took up this interesting disclosure and launched into a long and detailed discourse on the human race moving from carnivores to herbivores and thus small teeth should not be seen as any form of disadvantage. How the derivation of the word ‘Vegetarian’ came from the Latin meaning… “Does not hunt well!” In fact it could be argued, I stated, that the manifestation of small teeth pointed to the ongoing evolution of the human

species…and so on and so on! At this point I noticed the table was looking at me as though I had totally lost the plot, that I was one room short of a motel! My wife had the look of. ..‘Should I at once ring for a carer to take him by the hand and gently lead him away?’ The problem was that I am going slightly deaf in one ear and Trevor was on that side. He leaned across the table and with great kindness said: “Actually Angus, I said my mother is Maltese!” Angus & Margaret Richard, owners of Clouds of Montville, phone 5442 9174.

Imagine . . . owning your own penthouse in Phuket for 4 weeks a year

As peaceful or as pulsating as you choose,

this is the perfect Phuket Getaway. The private rooftop plunge pool, jacuzzi and entertaining area has heart stopping panoramic views of the Andaman sea and jungle clad mountains as well of some of the most stunning sunsets you will ever see. The luxury penthouse has 2 bedrooms both with ensuites and surround sound televisions. A fully self contained kitchen. The open plan living and dining area is tastefully furnished and features a spiral staircase to your very own private rooftop entertaining area. Besides the pool and jacuzzi you will find a fully air conditioned relaxation room with 2 divans that convert to beds. This rooftop area also has has an outdoor shower and bathroom. If you don’t feel like cooking indoor/outdoor dining is available at the resort. Your luxury penthouse is safely situated high enough to accommodate all weather conditions, but is only a few minutes by a free shuttle bus service away from great local restaurants, shopping centres and stunning beaches. Forget cleaning, because your penthouse comes complete with a full maid service too!

Saturday 13th April

EXTENSIONS, OLD & NEW LINES Coach tour to view Springfield line extension, old Canungra line & Gold Coast Light Rail progress. Saturday 11th May

REDCLIFFE RAIL & SAIL Cruise aboard “MV Queenslander” from Southbank to Redcliffe and return by steam train fro Sandgate. This tour operates in reverse also with travel aboard the steam from the City to Sandgate first.

Look Mums and Dads!

You can also relax at the resort pool and take advantage of the air conditioned gym. Airport transfers are also included. This is not time share it is fractional ownership which means you have shares in the building and use your 4 weeks either to holiday in, share with the family or place in the rental pool. Reason for sale is because we have purchased another Penthouse in another resort.

Price is $155,000 neg which gives you a 33 plus 33 year lease with an option to extend. (Strata Fees only $700 per year)

Special family fare available on steam train. “Book early as seats are limited”

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

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Australia’s Seniors LOVE to travel!

AUSTRALIA’S active seniors participate in many activities, from travelling around the world, to touring national parks and monuments, to engaging in exercise and discovering new and exciting fun things to do. The Seniors Holiday Travel Club is Australia’s most awarded travel company - a free CLUB catering for travel – mostly fully escorted tours and cruises – for Seniors. As Australia’s only “Senior’s Friendly” Travel company, with FREE MEMBERSHIP and free incentives to Senior travel enthusiasts, it’s no wonder that Seniors Holiday Travel is so popular with its 80,000+ members throughout Australia. Everyone is welcome, but most of our Club Members are aged 50 + “Baby Boomers” or a little older. Seniors Holiday Travel Club Members are parents, grandparents, even great grand parents, business people, many single, many married to each other since the 60’s, involved with our community via numerous memberships, groups and volunteer activities. Seniors Holiday Travel Club Members love the movies, theatre, music, dancing, reading, eating out and most of all TRAVEL! Many first went to Europe on the “5 dollar a day” plan years ago, dragging overweight, oversized, luggage from city to city, airport to train station. Seniors Holiday Travel Club Members have walked up steep steps to tourist class hotel rooms, putting coins in showers for a few minutes of hot water, and have experienced many travel styles, from independent selfdrive and train travel in Switzerland and England, to large bus, packaged tours, in Iceland and India, to small group, hiking and walking tours in New Zealand, England, Italy, France, and Peru. Seniors Holiday Travel Club Members have also cruised the Asia Pacific, to New Zealand, The Greek Islands, The Baltic, The Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Inland Passage to Alaska and the Mexican Riviera, been through the Panama and Suez Canal and the Chilean Fjords. And Seniors Holiday Travel Club Club Members have taken their fair share of beach holidays

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years ago with and without the children, as well as enjoyed large family holidays. There are many unique points of difference that Seniors Holiday Travel offers above competitors including additional special discounts for seniors with travel insurance and much more, and a dedicated leisure travel service committed to delivering value, quality and attention to detail, for a holiday, a tour or a cruise – any form of travel to any corner of Australia or the world, all designed to ensure peace of mind for Australia’s senior citizens. There are personally escorted tours and cruises throughout Australia and throughout the world every year with your personal escort being in many cases the actual staff member that you have booked your tour or cruise with in the first place. Seniors Holiday Travel also keeps members up to date every week with the latest specials and lastminute deals from travel suppliers that can save you a small fortune if you are flexible enough to take advantage of these offers, and regular newsletter with details of the latest Seniors Holiday Travel organised tours and cruises as well as information on all of the many destinations that you may have dreamed about visiting. For solo travellers, Seniors Holiday Travel also acknowledges that there are many seniors who are solo travellers and

endeavours to find its members a easy-to-getalong-with, like-minded travel partner to ensure you can still do what you

one travel company for Seniors. For more information, make a free call to 1800 300 999 and become a member – its FREE to join for seniors. You can email us at Our Australian Head Office is located in Brisbane on Level One at Seniors Holiday Travel House 54 Baxter Street Fortitude Valley or you can write to us at P.O. Box 249 Fortitude Valley Q 4006.

ATTENTION ALL COACH TRAVELLERS AUTUMN TOUR (EASTER LONG WEEKENDER) $699 LISMORE – CASINO – MACLEAN – NIMBIN – KINGSCLIFF 4 days Fri 20th March – Mon 1st April Fare includes Motel 4 star Lismore, all breakfasts and dinners, (1) lunch – Kingsliff, (2) morning/afternoon teas – Casino, all admissions and touring.

MAY LONG WEEKENDER $540 YAMBA – GRAFTON/NYMBOIDA – ALSTONVILLE 3 Days – Sat 4th – Mon 6th May Fare includes – Waterfront Resort, Motel, all breakfasts, lunches, dinners, all admissions. Thursday Plantation, Glen Ian Ostrich & Emu farms, afternoon tea, Story House Museum & morning tea, Nymboida Coaching Station Inn & the Musum of Interesting Things. Summerland House With No Steps.

JUNE LONG WEEKENDER $565 AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK SPECTACULAR 3 Days – Sat 8th – Mon 10th June Fare Includes: Marina Quays Resort, full buffet breakfasts, dinners (2) morning teas, Australian Outback Spectacular Show, Royal Pines, Mt. Tamborine Tour – Cedar Creek Winery, Glow Worms Botanic Gardens, Tweed Endeavour Cruises. Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro Area, Redlands, Redcliffe, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kingscliff Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone

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want to do, and like to do, without paying the additional loading if you choose to do so. At Seniors Holiday Travel we are completely respectful of Australia’s Seniors and our pledge is to our Members is to ensure that we fulfill as many of your wishes as is humanly possible, if not all, and what’s more, we will do it with a smile and treat you like family. Seniors Holiday Travel offers a superior level of service and a high level of expertise from very experienced senior travel professionals who have “been-there-and-donethat” and can provide assistance, helpful tips and advice, and in many cases, local knowledge of many Australian and global destinations. With more than 200 awards for outstanding service and dedication to Australia’s Seniors, we are proud of our reputation as Australia’s number

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Keep safe when overseas

UNWARY tourists can make easy targets for thieves because they stand out in a crowd, are unused to their surroundings, and are generally carrying money, credit cards and valuables like cameras. You can reduce your risk of being mugged or robbed by taking a few simple precautions. It is a good idea to research the safety of your intended destination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This government department keeps an updated bulletin on travel destinations, covering factors such as political unrest or criminal activities that target tourists. You could also consult with your travel agent, or talk to friends who have already visited your intended destination. At the airport watch for your suitcase as it appears on the carousel. Don’t hang back and wait for the crowds to disperse - you might find that someone else has already taken your bag in the meantime. Avoid changing money at airports, as thieves could be watching you. Consult with your hotel manager or

tourist information centre about the public transport in your area. Make sure you know what official taxi cabs look like. A thief may pose as a taxi driver to lure you into their car. Don’t share taxis with strangers. Carjacking is a problem in some cities. When driving, keep all doors locked and windows up. Make sure your boot is locked too. Don’t make yourself an attractive target when travelling – wear no expensive jewellery on obvious display. Wear valuables (such as travellerscheques and credit cards) on a belt worn under the clothes and next to the skin. If feeling particularly vulnerable, wear your money belt somewhere other than around your waist. Thieves know all about money belts too. Consider carrying a ‘dummy’ wallet holding a small amount of cash. If you are directly confronted by a mugger, you can hand over the dummy wallet and avoid further distress.If you are mugged, don’t fight back. It is better to lose a few dollars and a wristwatch than get injured.

Ageism in travel insurance A REPORT has been released examining whether older Australians face age discrimination when purchasing travel insurance. The report, in 2012, ‘Ageism in Travel Insurance’, summarises the key findings from a survey conducted by National Seniors and COTA Australia regarding members’ views and experiences with travel insurance. The survey, conducted between May and June, shows those aged 70 years and over are more likely to cite difficulties in obtaining travel insurance or affordable travel insurance as a major reason for ceasing to travel overseas. Almost a third of respondents (32%) reported they have had to pay higher travel insurance premiums because of their age. Some of the key findings also included: Less than half of the respondents (44%) ‘shopped around’

Don’t mess with us oldies AN elderly lady decided to give herself a big treat for her significant birthday by staying overnight in one of London’s most expensive hotels. When she checked out next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for £250.00. She exploded and demanded to know why the charge was so high. “It’s a nice hotel but the rooms certainly aren’t worth £250.00 for just an overnight stop without even breakfast.” The clerk told her that £250.00 is the ‘standard rate’ so she insisted on speaking to the Manager. The Manager appeared and forewarned by the desk clerk announced: “the hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference centre which are available for use.”“But I didn’t use them,” she said. “Well, they are here, and you could have,” explained the Manager. He went on to explain that she could also

have seen one of the in-hotel shows for which the hotel is famous. “We have the best entertainers from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen performing here,” the Manager said. “But I didn’t go to any of those shows,” she said. “Well, we have them, and you could have,” the Manager replied. No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, she replied, “But I didn’t use it!” The Manager was unmoved, so she decided to pay, wrote a cheque and gave it to the Manager. The Manager was surprised when he looked at the cheque. “But madam, this cheque is only made out for £50.00.” “That’s correct. I charged you £200.00 for sleeping with me,” she replied. “But I didn’t!” exclaims the very surprised Manager. “Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have.”

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YOU don’t see many Gypsy Coffee Wagons in Australia so it’s no surprise that market goers in Southport and Brisbane stop and have a chat— or even a fragrantlyspiced hot drink—when they spot Jeff Lee’s colourful creation. Jeff was born in England of Romani (Rom) heritage (not to be confused with Romanian). Commonly in the English language Roms are called Gypsies and, true to the Gypsy lifestyle, Jeff and his family spent the first ten years of his life living and travelling in a caravan. He has been in Australia for 20 years

and is a Brisbane resident. Jeff owns two Gypsy Coffee Wagons. He recently started bringing one to Southport’s new Produce by the Pier, a unique market concept positioned in the Broadwater Parklands and open every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 7am, while taking the other to Brisbane’s West End Markets. The coffee used by Jeff is Organic Fair Trade from New Guinea, Columbia and Costa Rica. And the spices he uses? as much as the traditional Jeff is pictured with There’s no doubt their look of the Gypsy Coffee daughter Georgia Lee on scent draws the crowds Wagon. left and Angela Barry.

Tweed Theatre presents Secret Bridesmaids’ Business SECRET Bridesmaids’ Business written by Elizabeth Coleman and directed by Raelene Richards for Tweed Theatre Company Inc. April Adult Comedy with some strong language. The play takes place in a hotel suite in the hours leading up to Meg Bacon’s wedding. Meg (Leonie Richards) has gathered together her mum (Darienne Knight) and her bridesmaids (Lori Stewart) and (Naomi Cadman) for one last night of good old-fashioned girlie fun. Well that’s the plan anyway, until all the secrets start coming out and there are big decisions

to be made. Performances at Tweed Heads Civic & Cultural Centre, Cnr Wharf & Brett Sts Tweed Heads from April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8pm and 7, 14, 21 at 2pm. Tickets Online from or telephone 1800 674 414. Also at Information centres Tweed Heads or Murwillumbah. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults $18.00 and Concessions /Tables of 8 $15.00. BYO drinks & snacks with cabaret seating. More information phone (07) 5536 2556.

A chance to be classically dazzled THE Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra attracts classical music buffs from far and wide, with South East Queensland patrons naturally part of the appreciative audiences. Dazzling Classics, with guest conductor Nathan Aspinall, is the aptly-named upcoming NRSO concert to be held on Sunday 24 March in Tweed Heads, NSW. Musical gems from Claude Debussy, Richard Wagner, Edvard

Grieg and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be part of the Dazzling Classics program, together with guest soloist Dania Cornelius from Opera Queensland. The date again is Sunday 24 March. Location: Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett Street. Time: 1.30pm Qld (2.30pm NSW). For ticket information, please visit, then click on ‘Concerts’.

Rhapsody Music Club Inc OUR next Rhapsody concert is on Sunday March 24th, 2013. Before the concert we are holding our AGM, this will take place at 1pm. Doors will be open from for members to nominate and vote for a new committee. The club meets on the 4th Sunday of

the month at, Lady Small Haven, 60 Allchurch Avenue, Benowa. The concert will start at 1.30pm. We welcome everyone to join us for an afternoon of good music. Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided during the interval.

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Do you love to sing?

Pankina Singers

WE are looking for extra male singers. We are a group of older folk, both male & female, who entertain at Retirement Estates, Respite Centres, Nursing Homes, etc. We sing all the ‘old songs’ – the songs that our audiences recall with grand memories.

We use songbooks so you don’t have to memorize all the lyrics. We are accompanied by a professional pianist. Don’t be shy; give it a go! Practice is Thursday 10.00 am to 12 noon, Aveo, Glenside Drive, Robina. Phone Bob on (07) 5630 8147 for more information.

Young at Heart

YOUNG at Heart is Australia’s seniors’ film festival, an annual NSW Seniors Week event that showcases film premieres, beloved classics and social events for seniors; their friends and relatives. From humble beginnings in 2006, Young at Heart is the only film festival in the world catering specifically to film lovers over 60 years of age. The Young at Heart Short Film Awards program will be screening around New South Wales as part of NSW Seniors Week, 17 – 24 March. At each screening, audiences will be able to watch the finalists in this annual national short film competition and vote for the Regional NSW Audience Award for Best Film. Young at Heart is presented and produced by The Festivalists. Based in Sydney, The Festivalists Ltd is a non-

profit company dedicated to the production of accessible film festivals and cultural events since 2005. Young at Heart will feature in Kingscliff on Saturday 23 March, 10:00am, at Cinemax Cinema, 60 Marine Parade. $5 per person. Enquiries: (02) 6674 4422. Tweed area residents will be able to enjoy Young at Heart for free on Thursday 21 March at 2:00pm and on Friday 22 March at 7pm at Baptist Community Centre, 19-21 Corporation Circuit, Tweed Heads South. For bookings/enquiries please call (07) 5523 0705 If you run a venue or community group in NSW you can register your interest to screen the Young At Heart Short Film Awards program of finalists for free. Simply email Amanda on or call (02) 9281 5608.

‘Morning Melodies’ presents jazz favourites

IF you have Tuesday March 19 at 9.30am available, why not go along and enjoy a program of jazz favourites at Somerville Chapel, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Nerang? As part of Somerville Funerals ongoing support of local communities, you are invited to a free concert featuring the melodic voice of Dan Teka of Radio 94.1 performing jazz favourites. Special Easter tunes that will delight and entertain will be included, such as Easter’s in the Air, Easter Parade, Let’s Easter Together, You’ll Never Find, Our love is Here to Stay, It’s Wonderful, and Days of Wine and Roses. Complimentary morning tea will be provided. An RSVP by Friday March 15 would be appreciated for catering purposes. Please call 5575 7676 during business hours or email

Easter Concert at Parklands WITH fingers crossed for good weather, an Easter Concert will be held on The Great Lawn at Broadwater Parklands in Southport on Saturday 30 March from 6pm – 9pm. Bring your picnic blankets and chairs and enjoy the evening. Entry is free. Then, the next day, Sunday 31 March in the same Great Lawn location, parents and grandparents are welcome to bring the kiddies along to ‘meet the Easter Bunny, play games and listen to cool tunes.’ Time is 11am – 2pm.

What age a cougar? YOU know you’re old when you take a 73-year old pensioner along to a party and they call you a cougar! Contributed by Gold Coast Comic June Hordern March 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 43

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Scissors, Songs and Strings ‘WHERE to begin?’ is the first question that comes to mind when writing about Ray Burton’s amazing life. With rich backgrounds in two distinct fields,

these days Ray Burton is kept busy mostly with RayZa, his cleverly-named mobile hair and grooming business that covers the area between

Paradise Point to the north, and south to include Queensland/ New South Wales border towns. ‘RayZa will visit you’ it reads on his business

cards and Ray will do just that. A qualified barber and professional haircutter, Ray will go to your home to save you the inconvenience of having to go out for

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haircuts or grooming. His contact number is a handy 0407 638 210. But there’s a whole other side to Ray Burton; connecting him, it could be said, to the entire world. Ray is a songwriter extraordinaire; a Lifetime Honorary Member of the International Songwriters Association. Going back to when he was a small child, all Ray ever wanted to do was ‘cut hair, sing and play guitar’. Not long

after he finished school, Ray was apprenticed by a Sydney hairdressing/ barbering shop where, by day, he mastered the ‘cut-n-style’ then, by night, the local music scene was his stage for ‘songs and strings’. With just six months of his four-year hairdressing apprenticeship to go, along came a proposal of a lifetime, a national road tour with some of the best international musicians in the business. Offered ‘about four or five times the money of my barbering day-job,’ Ray says ‘an ambitious teenager couldn’t say “no thanks” to an offer like that. I had to go for it.’ As he puts it though, ‘jumping on the band bus didn’t mean that my passion for hairstyling and haircutting was waning. I had my guitar in one hand and my hairdressing kit in the other.’ Ray’s musical journey took him to the USA where he lived for many

years. It was during this time that he co-wrote the biggest international hit song by any Australian, I Am Woman, for fellow Australian/US resident Helen Reddy. He also recorded an album of his own songs for Paramount Records called Strive Seek Find. Find out more about Ray’s extensive musical history on http:// A trip down memory lane with a host of famous names and titles. Now considered ‘an elder’ and mentor in the music industry where, he says, ‘I had the time of my life’, Ray happily admits that he still loves the creative career of hairdressing; recently even taking a college refresher course ‘with great enthusiasm’. Ray, aka RayZa, is ready, willing and eager to cut and style hair. His number again is 0407 638 210. Why not give him a ring?

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SENIORS NEWS ANZAC afternoon concert for the whole family Thursday 25 April (ANZAC Day) at 3pm, Robina Auditorium, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra with Conductor Mark Turpin presents an afternoon concert for the whole family with the Gold Coast’s own 60 strong community orchestra, special guests and wonderful music. Following on from the orchestra’s participation in the Robina ANZAC ceremony on ANZAC morning, we celebrate our volunteers from history and today in our own city. 2013 Youth Concerto Performance Opportunity recipient The 2013 Youth Concerto Performance Opportunity recipient is 13 year old violinist, Reina Katsumata. Reina is a student of Diana Battocchio

and attends Trinity Lutheran College. She will be performing a rare concerto by Mendelssohn. that was discovered and has been performed by Yuhudi Menuhin. Mark Turpin has sourced the work and it will arrive from America in time for the concert. Special Guest Mezzo Soprano, Kathleen ProcterMoore The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes the return to our stage of our favourite mezzo soprano, Kathleen Procter-Moore. While having performed with Opera Australia and with Dame Joan Sutherland during her operatic career, Kathleen will delight the audience with Lord of the Dance, made famous by Michael Flatley, celebrating her Celtic heritage, perform the vocal part to the very moving theme from the movie Band of

Brothers and perform a medley from the stage show “Porgy and Bess”. Guest Community Choir, Voices in Harmony Mark Turpin is delight to be working with a wonderful community choir established by Volunteering Gold Coast. The Voices in Harmony choir has over 60 members and will perform a medley of World War 1 songs remembering our soldiers many of whom were conscripts. The Heroes Medley has been arranged by our own tuba player and renowned Jazz icon Ken Bennett especially for our orchestra and this special performance. Concert Master of the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, Margaret McAteer says “The players are proud to contribute to the community with our participation in the Robina ANZAC ceremony organized by

Councillor Jan Grew. Being the only indoor ceremony and as a full symphony orchestra we cannot march, the orchestra is able fill the stage to provide the music for the ceremony. The afternoon concert, is a delight and a favourite with the players as it provides the opportunity for the community to come together on this public holiday to enjoy beautiful music and celebrate our way of life here on the Gold Coast”. Conductor Mark Turpin explains “ With the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra being made up of all local musicians who enjoy playing, performing and being challenged themselves, they also love nothing more than inspiring younger musicians and entertaining all ages and this program has everything from the classical Hebrides Overture, music from the stage and screen to opera and choir.” With all Robina Auditorium (formerly the Robina Community Centre Auditorium) concerts, the friendly atmosphere is everywhere with opportunities to meet and mingle with the musicians, soloists and Conductor before the concert and at the interval with complimentary refreshments. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra is a proud member of Volunteering Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance and is supported by Gold Coast City Council. Book now at w w w. g o l d c o a s t p h i l


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A collection of collectives A WAKE of buzzards; a clowder of cats; a murder of crows; a parliament of owls. While collective nouns can bring a ‘howl of fun’ to a quiz night, they can also stretch the imagination as to their origins. Here are a few examples to ponder; top marks if you know how they came into use. Subject matter is listed alphabetically; collectives are as they come, and a challenge in most cases. A congregation of alligators; a bike of ants; a shrewdness of apes; a coffle of asses; a raft of auks. A cete of badgers; a cloud of bats; a sleuth or sloth of bears; a family of beavers; an erst of bees; a volary of birds; a bench of bishops; a singular of boars (as in wild pigs); a sounder of wild boars; a blush of boys; a rabble of butterflies; A tok (nesting place) of capercaillie (grouse); mews of capons; a destruction of wild cats; a drunkenship or drunkship of cobblers; a rag of colts; a covert of coots (water birds); a gulp of cormorants; a hastiness of cooks; a bask or float of crocodiles; A parcel or rangale of deer; a piteousness of doves (fanciful); a paddling of ducks (on water) or a skein of ducks (in flight), as well as badling, brace, plump, raft, sord/sore, string and waddling of ducks; a fling of dunlins (wader birds); A convocation of eagles; a bed of eels; a gang of elk; And the list goes on, with more to come in future editions of the Seniors newspaper.



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FREE For Sale Classifieds Only ONE FREE FOR SALE classified is allowed per person per month. No other sorts of Classifieds, ie: Wanted adverts will not be accepted. The publisher reserves the right to decline, edit and reduce the number of classifieds appearing due to space available in the newspaper. Due to these space constraints sometimes not all adverts will appear in the one month, but may be placed in the following month. You can write up to 20 words per advert, but make sure that your contact phone number, and the selling price are clearly stated. Items for sale must not exceed $500. Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office by 25th of each month. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) Wanted items are no longer accepted. Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for private party advertising only. No business adverts accepted. Please print the first word of your classified in CAPITALS, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. POST your adverts to: ‘GCT Free 4 Sale,’ Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565. FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.) March 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 45

SENIORS NEWS Seniors Twospeed Crossword CrypticClues Clues Cryptic

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ACROSS 2 Confronts in battle as moves on water 7 Have a snack with no command for silence 8 Single placed in tea china cup 10 King engraves with metal on sailing vessels 11 Got up a flower 12 Hear about some flightless bird 13 He set off the ones present 14 Solid expanse in service 16 Barriers in rivers for mothers 18 Some hit songs owned by it 20 Synthetic material could be new, only different 21 Small company supporter is a venomous crawler

ACROSS 2 Attacks 7 Common food 8 Separately 10 Types of boats 11 A flower 12 Flightless bird 13 The ones here 14 A lump 16 Water reservoirs 18 It is (abb) 20 Synthetic fabric 21 Indian snake 22 Did expertly DOWN 1 Pay rises 2 Requests 3 Pieces of paper 4 Very old 5 Ogled 6 Waistband 9 Athletic moves 15 A body organ 17 Attack from hiding 18 Asian country 19 Use hot water

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BIG Art Awards coming soon

THE annual Royal Queensland Art Society BIG Art cial evening only will be $10, including refreshments. Awards is set to begin on Sunday 26 May, with Open- A ‘must see’ exhibition running until Friday 28 June ing Night on Friday 31 May. Admission for this spe- (with free entry). The Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS), located across from the beach at 25 Broadbeach Blvd (between Armrick and Chelsea Avenues), is open seven days a week (M-F 11am – 3pm; Sat/Sun 9am – 5pm). Regularly changing themed exhibitions showcase artworks by Gold Coasters. Entry is free except for specified events. Phone: 5592-0440; email

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22 Pursued specific work, in particular on bad side DOWN 1 Sent me in credit shortened new salary increases 2 Queries fool about last work 3 He sets out common newspapers 4 Nice tan could be extremely old 5 Stared rudely at colour on sheltered

side 6 Special force hard to follow in long silk band 9 Schoolmaster endures upside down positions 15 Ductless body organ’s peevish temper 17 Has bum in trouble with secret attack 18 Some win diamonds in Asian country 19 Lads could start in movement to injure with boiling liquid

Facts and oddities of the English language Esophagographers, 16 letter long, is the longest word in which each of its letters occurs twice.

Festival of Sails THIS colourful seaside carnival, to be held on Good Friday 29 March, winds along the beautiful Suttons Beach foreshore. It is held in conjunction with the annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, providing a spectacular backdrop to the day. Yachts set sail from Shorncliffe at 11am and come into view at Suttons Beach by 11.30am. Festival of Sails boasts up to 140 quality art, craft and food stalls, live music, roving entertainment, an Easter egg hunt on the beach sponsored by Bluewater Square Shopping Centre, parachuting Easter Bunny (weather permitting), fun workshops, kite making, beach games, a giant sand

sculpture and sand sculpting workshops, the Great Lego Building Challenge, bungy trampoline and rock wall, animal farm, pony and camel rides and much, much more. A free and regular shuttle service operates from Redcliffe Showgrounds to the festival site. For more details, check out the website http:// festivalofsails. Festival of Sails, Suttons Beach, Redcliffe, is a yearly Good Friday event. Free entry with many free workshops and activities. (There is a cost for rides.) For further information please contact 07 3283 0340

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SENIORS NEWS Lachlan’s musical journey LACHLAN Wallace is a 20yr old headline entertainer throughout QLD who has had many performances in his first few years of professional performing including at the Arts Centre Gold Coast, Club Banora, Tweed Bowls Club,

York,I Still Call Australia Home and more! You will be captivated by the charismatic and dynamic artist that is Lachlan Wallace. Morning Melodies 26th March 10.30am – Twin Towns Services Club Tickets $5 members and $10 non members available online at For further info regarding Lachlan visit Indoor pools make exercise feasible in

Mayor’s Christmas carols alongside Jessica Mauboy and singing the national anthem at special events such as Seniors week which he will be special guest artist for this month for the second year in a row. Lachlan’s new

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AS more and more people discover the benefits of working out in water, pools all across the country are offering an ever-increasing variety of specialized classes, from water running to aqua aerobics to swimming laps. Shallow water classes are a great option for people who aren’t strong swimmers or may be afraid of the water with either a vigorous workout or a gentle exercise class. There are so many benefits of exercising or movement in the water for a variety of common ailments and people report enjoying water-based exercise more than exercising on land. They can also exercise longer in water than on land without increased effort or joint or muscle pain. Water exercise provides most of the benefits of other exercise without some of the drawbacks. The buoyancy of water means that it’s almost impossible to fall. The buoyancy supports the body and reduces strain on joints. In chest-deep water, the water supports the majority of the body’s weight. Water exercise is feasible for overweight individuals and for those with knee, ankle and hip pain because the water helps to support the weight of the body. Water exercise is feasible for those recovering from many types of surgery. The water cools the body, which is important for individuals who must avoid overheating. Water exercise is resistance training because water is harder to move in than air, providing many times the resistance. In the water, one can work on balance without fear of falling.

all seasons and weather. Aerobic exercise in the water improves cardiovascular fitness. A water exercise class is a good place for meeting others with similar needs. Following the instructions of an instructor also engages the brain. Water provides a soothing massage and increases feelings of well-being. Tweed Regional Aquatic Centres or TRAC are your community facilities, owned and operated by Tweed Shire Council and located at Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and South Tweed Heads. Each centre offers a number of water based classes as well as plenty of time and space for doing your own thing. Murwillumbah is a newly refurbished centre that offers the advantage of having a state of the art hydrotherapy pool, which operates at 34-35 degrees Celsius. What conditions can Hydrotherapy benefit? Some of the many conditions that can benefit from an individualised Aquatic Physiotherapy program include: Back pain/sciatica/ lumbar instability, Whiplash & other neck pain, Sports injuries, Balance/coordination problems, Shoulder and arm pain, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s Disease &stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy, Work and accident related injuries, Rehabilitation after bone fractures, joint replacement or tendon repair. Why not get down to your community pool and enjoy the benefits of movement in the water

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