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MAY 2013

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The Golden Girls party! THE day began with ‘p’ for ‘party in the park’ and The Golden Girls of the Gold Coast were off to a great start. A chapter of the Red Hatters, The Golden Girls met at Burleigh Heads in April for a luncheon get-together where costumes and foods starting with the letter ‘p’ produced much fun and laughter. Not familiar with The Red Hatters? They describe themselves as ‘a dis-organisation with “hattitude” for ladies over 50 to gather for fun and friendship.’ And the pert motto of The Golden Girls follows-on in the same cheeky style: ‘We don’t know where we’re going but, who cares? If it bothers you, get a GPS!’ The pandemonium of those words is patently pictured here, with The Golden Girls in their letter ‘p’ apparel. Left to right, a Peace Activist (so peaceful that she plumb forgot to place her placard in the picture); a playful penguin, positive despite having to pull its beak up so its ‘human’ face would appear; a pink-topped partier peeking-out from the rear; a pirate—most-pleasant, although missing her parrot; a clever paperback novel that got it back-to-front in the photo only; a pearl-adorned participant posing prettily against the pine, and a pampered princess with plenty of sparkles in the peak of her crown. Missing was the painfully-shy peasant who purposely passed on the publicity. To celebrate all the efforts of dressing-up to the letter ‘p’, a table of appetising letter-‘p’ treats awaited. These included pinwheel scones, ploughman’s lunch, pâté, pumpkin pie, and Pavlova. Anyone interested in the ‘fun-raising’ (that’s right: ‘fun-raising’) Red Hatters or The Golden Girls supporters is invited to visit the website: or to phone Lin Jessop on (07) 5679 5402; mobile 0417 637 129 or email: Mad if you do; mad if you don’t. That’s the hattitude!

SENIORS NEWS Koalas capture hearts and raise funds YOU weren’t imagining things if you happened to spot colourful super-sized koalas dotting Gold Coast City during March and

April. A total of 21 koalas made up a unique ‘Animals with Attitude Sculpture Trail’ that led from Harbour Town in the north

to Coolangatta in the south. Academy Awardwinning sculptor John Cox teamed up with a group of talented Austra-

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lian artists to craft the eyecatching creatures, each sporting individual designer coats. The main aims of ‘Animals with Attitude’ were to raise not only awareness, in a fun way, of the endangered nature of the koala but much-needed funds to ensure vital work could continue on the 7,000-plus injured and sick animals admitted annually to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. The sculptures were auctioned at the end of the exhibition with all proceeds donated to the Pictured with one of the engaging koalas is a group of day-tripping friends Currumbin Wildlife Hospi- from Gold Coast City and beyond who, in true spirit, had a lot of fun travelling tal Foundation. the trail.

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IN a past edition of the Seniors Newspaper, readers were treated to a list of seldom-used collective nouns that possibly tested vocabularies and, more than likely, caused brows to furrow. The list continues here. Enjoy! You might have heard of a busyiness (or business) of ferrets but what about a fesnyng of ferrets, a term which may have originated from a misspelling in the Middle Ages? Then there’s a charm (or chirm) of finches; a stand of flamingos; a leash of foxes. A wedge of geese may sound odd while a tower of giraffes the perfect description, though some may choose to refer to a corps of giraffes instead. Gnats apparently come in clouds, or rabble if you wish, with goats in a trip; gods of a particular mythology in a pantheon; grouse in a covey; guineafowl in a rasp. Hares collectively are a down (or drove, flick or husk); hawks a kettle if flying in large numbers; hermits an

observance; hippopotamuses a bloat; hounds a cry; hyenas a cackle. Ibises come in colonies and iguanas in messes (would be interesting to know the origins of this collective noun); jackdaws (of the crow family) in trains; jellyfish in fluthers or smacks; kangaroos in mobs or troops. Lapwings come in a deceit or a desert; leopards in a leap or a lepe; lions in a well-known pride or in the lesser-known sawt. Mallards come in puddlings, sords or sutes and martens in richesse or richness. Moles struggle (it seems) in a labour and monkeys in barrels, cartloads, troops or tribes; moorhens in plumps; mosquitoes in scourges (how true); mudhens in fleets and mules in barrens. The English language never ceases to amaze, as this collection shows. Be sure to check future editions of this newspaper for more head-scratching collectives.

SENIORS NEWS Park named in honour of John Orbansen OAM Orbansen and his wife Rose and family for the official plaque unveiling. Cr Robbins said the request for the park naming came from the Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce. ‘Mr Orbansen is an active member of the local com-

munity who has demonstrated a profound commitment to supporting the homeless, disadvantaged and children with additional needs. He has worked with many charitable organisations,’ continued Cr Robbins. ‘In June 1997 Mr Orbansen

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JOHN Orbansen, 90, was recently recognised for his enormous community service to the southern Gold Coast by having a park named in his honour.

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WE are an enthusiastic and friendly group of people who enjoy researching our family history and heritage roots. We also love sharing our research skills and experiences. The research rooms are stocked with many resources and we hold monthly meetings, mostly with a guest speaker; there is also a regular journal packed full of information, posted or emailed to members. Rooms are open to members and visitors Tues 10am-7pm, Wed to Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat 9.30am to 3pm (Closed 1st Tuesday of month, between 1pm and 4pm, for get-together). Resources held cover many Australian and overseas records – books, microfiche, microfilm, CD ROMs, journals, magazines and maps, with subscriptions to popular online sites such as www.ancestry.comand also Findmypast Australia and Ireland, we also have British Newspapers online where members (and day visitors) have full access to all records on these sites. The TGCFHH is also an official agent for FamilySearch which enables you to view microfilms ordered from their world renowned resource base in Utah, USA. There is always some one in the Genealogy rooms on duty who will help you. Classes for beginners, internet and computer are run as required. Meetings are held 1.30pm 1st Tuesday each month (except January and November) at South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Sth Tweed Heads. For enquiries please contact Noelene Magrath 07 5599 8939, email or visit h t t p : / / w w w. t w e e d goldcoastfamilyhistory. for more informaWe are proud to announce: tion.

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SENIORS NEWS Be first on the Business Honours List IF you are an employer or a worker in a business that recruits mature aged people, we want you to tell us your story. If you are an employer, what made you decide to employ an older person? If you are an employee, how did you get the job and how is it all working out? The Gold Coast and Tweed Seniors Newspaper is starting a Business Honour Roll for local businesses with a policy of employing mature aged workers and your name could be one of the first. Let us list your business in our newspaper, as one of the ones that is leading the way in changing business attitude to employing mature aged people. Email your contribution to marking the subject matter as ‘GCT - Business Honour Roll’ or mail to P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565

Business needs older workers THE CEO of Queensland’s largest apprenticeship centre has stated the case for changing many employers’ negative mindset that mature aged workers offer only limited returns. Paul Miles, CEO of BUSY AtWork, a not-for-profit community organisation whose Head Office is at Southport, said that with the current skills shortage facing Australia it is critical that workplaces reskill mature aged workers while leveraging off a lifetime of often unrecognised soft skills. BUSY AtWork employs close to 200 staff across 17 metropolitan and re-

gional locations in Queensland and provides services to about 38,000 employers. Its mission is to promote training, employment and workforce planning solutions to employed, underemployed and at-risk members of the local communities. And BUSY AtWork is showing the way in its own workplace. Their oldest employee is turning 73 and 38 per cent of their workforce is mature aged. Paul Miles pointed out that good business recognises the sense of striking the balance between the raw talent of youth and the experience of mature-aged

workers “The hurdle for return on investment. You stand about the benefits change is with industry have to ask yourself, that a mature worker not jobseekers,” he said what’s so hard to under- brings?” “A well implemented workforce strategy that engages mature aged workers will improve morale, teamwork and productivity. We’ve known this but why has acceptance been slow and attempts to take action even slower? “Studies have shown that older people stay in their jobs longer, are strongly committed to company performance, are more productive, have lower levels of absenteeism and are more flexible.”They are more loyal, have considerable life skills, cost less to recruit and provide greater


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the ability to tap into a diverse body of talent, knowledge and skills. Age-friendly recruitment practices can widen the applicant pool to help you find the best person. Mature-age workers have built up knowledge and skills during their time in the workforce, and using these skills in workplace mentoring programs can reduce staff turnover, train other employees and increase staff morale.

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SENIORS NEWS ‘Heart of the Volunteer’ lives up to its name ‘HEART of the Volunteer’ was the aptly-named Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra (GCPO) concert held on 25 April at Robina Auditorium before an appreciative audience. It’s well-known that many young men volunteered for service during the Left: The Voices in Harmony Choir with the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra accompanying on stage.



First World War and WW2, some even upping their ages to ensure acceptance into the Australian military, so keen they were to fight for their country. In tribute to them and all who have served, the volunteer GCPO—

non-profit and run for the community by the community—was joined in concert on ANZAC Day by the powerfully-voiced Scottish mezzo-soprano Kathleen Procter-Moore; 13-year old Year 9 student and talented violinist

Tweed Area Computer Club THE club has purchased an extra number of large LCD monitors to assist with the additional classes for iPads and Tablets. With many variations of these it presents a challenge for the Tutors to keep up with all the different models. On the last enrolment day there were about one hundred renewals and new members so the success of the club continues. In May a new course Know Your Smart Phone is being offered on Tuesday at 3:00pm. It covers basic information covering Menus, Contacts, Text Messaging, etc. If you wish to come bring your smart phone and the manual as there are so many different models. With all this activity new tutors and helpers are always needed to share the load. If you wish to participate please let the club know. 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 fulfillment 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

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Which city is home to the Cats AFL team? Who traditionally wears a mitre? In which state or territory is Mount Buggery? What is the middle colour of a rainbow? In mathematics, what is the ratio of circumference of a circle to its diameter called? 6. What does a Francophile like? 7. What two states of the USA have no land borders with any other US states? 8. What is the second highest rank in the British peerage, after duke? 9. If a person is living in penury, what is their condition? 10. Which Russian ballerina had a dessert named after her? 11. What part of a vertebrate’s body is the proboscis? 12. In a real estate advertisement for a house, what does SLUG mean? 13. In which game are moves like QKt and KP made? 14. TNT is a type of what? 15. A howdah is a seat on the back of what kind of animal? 16. Which great military leader died in 323BC aged 33? 17. Which clarinet player was known as the King of Swing? 18. What is the usual activity that takes place in a velodrome? 19. How long does the Earth take to complete one orbit around the Sun? 20. What is the expertise of a campanologist? Answers on page 10



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SENIORS NEWS Recollections of a Rat of Tobruk

Mick is pictured with his ‘Rat of Tobruk medal’ pinned to his shirt and his ‘giggle hat’ (Army-issue headwear that made the men ‘giggle’) on which he has written every location of his WW2 experiences.

The ANZAC spirit is embedded within the Australian psyche, not only through those who served and died but

through those who served and live-on today. Gold Coast resident Patrick Michael ‘Mick’ Mellifont, 98, is a WW2

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veteran. Mick’s father, Brisbane-born Patrick James Mellifont fought in both the Boer and Great Wars. Killed in action in 1918, aged 35, Patrick James Mellifont left behind his wife and six children. France’s VillersBretonneux Military Cemetery is his final resting place. Youngest of the children, Mick twice tried to join the Australian Army in 1939. First rejected, a determined Mick was accepted on his second try. Joining the 2/3 Field Ambulance – 6th Division he sailed from Sydney on HM Troopship Queen Mary in June 1940, a month-long voyage to the United Kingdom. Mick laughs as he remembers stewards bringing tea and biscuits to the men in the mornings; then laughs again as he recalls his return to Australia more than five years later ‘on a dirty old ship, nothing like the Queen Mary’. Mick saw action at The Battle of Britain before 6th Division sailed to

Kantara, Eqypt. 6th Division then travelled overland to do battle at Benghazi, Libya. Mick explains that the Australians had to retreat to Tobruk (Libya) on the arrival of the Afrika Korps under German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, ‘The Desert Fox’, a skilled desert warfare commander. Mick’s Division (now 2/ 11 Field Ambulance – 9th Division) arrived in Tobruk on 10 April 1941; the Siege of Tobruk began the next day. With its deep water harbour it was vital for the Allies’ defense of Egypt and the Suez Canal to hold Tobruk. Tobruk was subject to repeated enemy ground assaults and almost constant shelling and bombing but the Australians held fast and fought hard. History records that William Joyce, ‘Lord HawHaw’, a broadcaster of Nazi propaganda (later hanged for High Treason in England) called the Australians ‘poor desert

rats of Tobruk’. When Radio Berlin then used the description ‘caught like rats in a trap’, the Australians turned the verbal condescension into seeming honorary status, nicknaming themselves ‘Rats of Tobruk’. The Diggers even struck unofficial ‘Rat of Tobruk medals’ bearing

Alamein in Egypt, which Mick describes as ‘the worst’. Mick also served in Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands. In 1946 Mick married Doris (Dot), today a sprightly 94, who was a Royal Australian Air Force Flight Mechanic at Amberley, Brisbane during WW2.

THIS day is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action which recognises the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Governments, non-governmental organisations, educational institutions, religious groups, professionals in the field of aging, interested individuals as well as older persons themselves will promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by organising activities around the world to raise awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. Elder abuse should never be ignored, because people of all ages have rights.Elder abuse is any act within a relationship of trust which results in harm to an older person. It includes physical, emotional and financial abuse, as well as neglect. There are things you can do to support someone experiencing elder abuse. You can be part of the solution by arranging to get help; there is a range of services that can provide advice, support or referrals if you know of someone who may be experiencing abuse. For help and more details call 1300 651 192 (Queensland only) for free and confidential advice Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

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SENIORS NEWS The perfect place to retire IF recent sales results are any indication, it won’t be very long until the award winning De Paul Manor Estate is completely sold out. Located on a leafy sloping site in Ashmore, the unique 78-apartment retirement community has won a string of admirers attracted by the location,

security, facilities and quality on offer. Sales Consultant Sue Benseman said that purchasers were looking to downsize in favour of a maintenance-free lifestyle and becoming part of a community of likeminded souls with similar interests and values.

“It’s the people who live here who make this place so special and in that regard, De Paul Manor Estate is blessed,” she said. “Now that we are almost sold out you can see how the community is flourishing, as the existing residents warmly welcome the newcomers into the fold.” “New residents moving in has also meant that there are new activity groups starting up everywhere while existing ones have been re-energised with fresh members,” she said. In fact, a day rarely goes by now without something planned on the busy Residents Committee social calendar. Right now there’s lots of activities planned with group outings for lunch and dinner, Italian food and trivia evenings coming up, a fashion parade by Millers Clothing and De Paul

Manor’s ever popular rendition of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea happening at the Residents’ Retreat in May. The Residents’ Retreat has been designed to cater for a range of social and relaxation activities. Featuring an inviting 25m pool, expansive decks, BBQ facilities, lounge and function room, servery/ bar, snooker room, gymnasium and private theatre, the Residents’ Retreat has all the trimmings of a luxurious resort. Designed with low maintenance in mind, the independent living ‘Manor’ apartments feature high ceilings, a private balcony, quality appointments and fittings such as split system air-conditioning, stone bench tops, glass splash-backs and 24-hour emergency alert service as standard features. Residents of the

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Want to join a new table tennis club A NEW table tennis club (Broadbeach Seniors Table Tennis Club) has started at the Broadbeach Senior Citizens Centre, T.E. Peters Drive, Broadbeach. Located across the bridge beside the Convention Centre. Seniors 50+ are invited to come and play for fun and fitness. Table Tennis is a beneficial game to keep the brain and body active and improve your reflexes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or played be-

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fore. The Table Tennis session is Tuesday afternoon from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Afternoon Tea will be provided to make for a great social gathering. At only $3.00 playing fee, it’s an affordable way to keep fit, indoors. Membership to the Senior Citizens Centre is $7.00 per year. You may have already paid this for another activity at the centre, which also covers the table tennis membership. Look forward to seeing

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Kingscliff Mixed Probus Club THE club holds its meetings in the Uniting Church Hall, Kingscliff on the first Wednesday of the month at 10 am and outings on the third Wednesday of the each month. The next meeting will be on 1st May and new members are very welcome. The Guest Speaker will be Martin Jenson In De Wal. Martin is Director of the Australian\Holland Association. Our outing for this month will be a bus trip to the Brisbane Area to visit Ormiston House (home of sugar industry pioneer) then on to Redland Bay Museum on the 15 th May. Phone Norma on 02 6676 3360.

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.

SENIORS NEWS Overseas students visit ‘60 & Better’

SOUTHERN Gold Coast 60 & Better was a hive of activity recently when some 30 students and staff from Griffith University’s Centre for Environment and Population Health visited the Elanora centre. The majority of the students are in Australia for a six-month Public Health Leadership program funded by AusAid. While in Australia they participate in formal university courses and speciallydesigned short courses and have exposure to Australian public health professionals and some community groups through guest seminars and field visits. Visiting from all over the world including Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Ghana; students from Hong Kong and Angola were also part of the group. Dr Shannon Rutherford, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director – Training and Capacity, Centre for Environment and

Population Health, School of Environment, Griffith University spoke on how ‘the opportunity to participate in the exercise class and to have wonderful conversations and delicious food made the visit happy and rewarding.’ Dr Rutherford emphasised that the group was ‘so happy to share our stories of ageing and healthy ageing from different countries’ and to hear thoughts about the critical role of prevention and the important concept of healthy ageing. ‘Our visits to “60 & Better� are a real highlight for our students and staff; it is always a real inspiration for us and aligns very much with the discussions about health promotion and determinants of health that we have in our classes,’ continued Dr Rutherford. For more information about Southern Gold Coast 60 & Better Program Inc, phone (07) 5525 6466; email:; visit

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OLDER Australians watched from the sidelines as the Federal Government celebrated the roll out of the renamed National Disability Insurance Scheme in South Australia today. Under the new DisabilityCare Australia scheme, anyone who acquires a severe and profound disability before age 65 will receive full government support over their lifetime. However, those Australians who acquire exactly the same disability at age 65 - mums and dads, friends and work colleagues – will be shunted into an illequipped, under-resourced, user-pays aged care system. “The government’s talk of ‘ending the cruel lottery’ rings hollow amongst older Australians,� said National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill. “The ‘cruel lottery’ is a system that will see people who acquire a disability one day over 65 miss out on the support given to all other Australians�. “Today’s 65-year-olds are an integral part of the modern family - they’re working, in good health, providing informal childcare and still paying taxes�. “We understand the budget pressures but, in a decent society, age is no reason to exclude anyone from vital support services�. “At the very least, the over-65s should be included in the launch sites to test their impact on budget projections�. “The silence from both the Government and Opposition on this issue is shameful,� said O’Neill. According to the Department of Health and Ageing, in 2008-09 the average age of entry into residential aged care for women was 84.3 and rising – that’s twenty years more than the NDIS age limit. Aged care is no place for a 65-year-old.

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USUALLY every mother’s day my children buy me stockings or pillows and once even a basket for the cat, but last year they surprised me totally! After a wonderful lunch in the park with my children and grandchildren I came home and found that they had changed my toilet seat… I was absolutely shocked! My daughter told me that this new seat would wash and dry me with just the push of a button, she said that she had purchased one for her family and they loved it so much that they just had to get one for me to! Well, I don’t know how I ever lived without it… All I have to do is sit down on my nice warm seat and go to the loo, once I am finished I simply press a button and I get a warm water wash and warm air dry! Now my toileting is a time of luxury, it is the best mother’s day present I have ever got! Kind regards, Sylvia Ross For more information or to purchase phone the Bidet Shop on 5591 7744 or 1800 243 387.

Trivia Answers From Page 6 1. Geelong 2. Bishop 3. Victoria 4. Green 5. Pi 6. All things French 7. Alaska and Hawaii 8. Marquess 9. Extreme poverty 10. Anna Pavlova 11. Snout or nose 12. Single lock up garage 13. Chess 14. Explosive 15. Elephant 16. Alexander the Great 17. Benny Goodman 18. Cycle racing 19. One year (365.25 days) 20. Bell ringing 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.

SENIORS NEWS Dame Vera tribute in time for ANZAC Day available at the time. Vera Lynn was a hugely popular English songstress during those war years (and for decades afterwards). Given an OBE in 1959 and a Dame in 1975 (the latter by Queen Elizabeth) for her services to the troops, Dame Vera is now 96 and living in Sussex. Even though she no longer sings, on 24 April Australian Melanie Parry brought Dame Vera’s songs to life again through her tribute show ‘The Magic of Dame Vera Lynn’. Pictured afterwards with Melanie Parry are just some who enjoyed the ‘A Morning with...’ presentation; who enjoyed being taken on a journey back to the days of WW2 when life was hard but spirits never gave in.

IT was the day before ANZAC Day 2013 and, appropriately, the Paradise Showroom at The Arts Centre Gold Coast was filled to capacity with many men and women

who had lived through WW2, men and women who had memories not only of the terror of war but of the spirit that was needed to survive; to make the best of what was

Ladies Probus Club Miami

THE Ladies Probus Club of Miami Inc welcomes ladies who would like to meet new people & join our club. We meet on the second Thursday of the month, 10am, at the Broadbeach Bowls Club. Come along & join us for delicious morning teas & entertaining guest speakers. Our speaker for 13th June will be from the Citizen Advice Bureau & Highway Legal Service & on 27th June we’ll have a fabulous fashion accessories display by Cutzboot. Please phone Ann 5570 1226 or Aileen 5575 8092 for more information.

Family History Research Introductory Class ON Friday 24th May there will be an Introduction to Family History Research class held by the Gold Coast Family History Society from 9am-12noon. The class will be held in Room 3 in the Nerang Bicentennial Centre, Nerang-Southport Road, Nerang. If you have ever wondered how your family came to be living in Australia, come along and see how enjoyable family research can be. Bookings essential. Please book by phoning Pam on 5594 0610 or Karen on 5533 3693.

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SENIORS NEWS Southport Day VIEW Club

L-R Colleen Carr (a new member), Julie Manning (Secretary) Anne-Marie Lawlor (Vice President and Delegate) and Margaret Woolcock (President)

THE Southport Day VIEW Club is celebrating its 26th birthday and invites new and present members to attend their monthly luncheon at the picturesque Southport Yacht Club. Our special guest this month is Channel 9 Senior Journalist Petrina Zaphir, who is not only an interesting speaker, but is also an entertainer in her own right. Ladies, come along, join us and meet new friends. Everyone is made to feel very welcome at the Southport Yacht Club, Macarthur Parade, Main Beach on Wednesday 15th May 2013 at 11.30am for 12 noon. Cost is $28.00 includes a 2 course Lunch with Tea or Coffee. Inquiries & Bookings Phone Robin on 5537 4593

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Council slashes divisional funds

GOLD Coast City councillors are reportedly facing a cut of up to $350,000 to their divisional coffers and could be forced to hand back any money they don’t use as Mayor Tom Tate and his team look to tighten the budgetary belt. Each year the 14 divisional councillors receive $850,000 for use on community infrastructure and events of their choosing. Divisional funds were last year slashed from $870,000 to $700,000 but city councillors have since voted to increase the figure back up to $850,000. Mayor Tom Tate has previously hinted he would consider scrapping divisional funds entirely and wants councillors to take all projects for funding to the full council to be judged “on merit’’. However, the Bulletin understands it is more likely councillors will have their discretional budget slashed back to $500,000 in a bid to create budget savings at city hall. This could mean community projects such as the $120,000 annual kerbside clean-ups held in some divisions will be made biennial, while minor infrastructure works could be delayed indefinitely. A cut to this funding also impacts on maintenance and repair works to local parks, some of which may have to close. Mudgeeraba councillor Glenn Tozer said he supported divisional bud-

gets but was in favour of increased transparency over what the funds were spent on. “The community expects us to be maintaining things and serving them and previously councillors have not been as diligent with their funds,” he said. “Now we are trying to be more pragmatic because the community cares about transparency and nobody wants us to have money without a plan for how to use it.” More than $14 million has already been slashed. Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow said a “use it or lose it” policy, once mooted by Cr Tate, would prevent waste. “Submitting our lists during budget discussions is a responsible way of planning our year ahead,” she said. “Any money left over can then be put straight back into whole-of-city funding so that it can be used appropriately. “We can use or lose it to projects that need it.” City councillors have been asked by Cr Tate to propose how they would spend their divisional funds if they had either $500,000, $750,000 or $1 million. Cr Tate will bring down the budget in late June. Courtesy: Andrew Potts, Gold Coast Bulletin

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Extremely Disabled War Verterans THE Extremely Disabled War Veterans of Gold Coast/ Tweed Heads meet on the 2nd Monday of the month in The Anzac Room at Twin Towns Services Club. Meeting commences at 10am EST. Morning tea and Guest Speaker provided. Veterans on 100% pension also welcome. Enquiries please ring secretary on 5593-4412

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SENIORS NEWS Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus

Members on our trip to Crystal Castle enjoying a stop at Tropical Fruit World on the way home.

MEMBERS of the lightful time exploring the Castle Mullumbimby. Burleigh Heads Ladies beautifully landscaped Many of our group made Probus Club had a de- serene gardens at Crystal crystal purchases. Following the visit a delicious lunch was had at Brunswick Hotel. A stop for coffee or ice cream at Tropical Fruit World completed a great day. The club meets at 10.30am on the third Wednesday of the month at the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC, Gold Coast Highway with a monthly guest speaker, lunches and coach trips. Visitors are welcome. Call Carol on 5534 5430 or Pat on 5576 8332.

What’s keeping older couples awake at night? A RESEARCHER from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is seeking participants for two studies investigating the factors that impact on healthy sleep in older adults. PhD candidate, Alicia Allan, from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q), is conducting a number of studies, investigating the factors that impact on healthy sleep in older adults, with a particular focus on the impact that partners have on each other’s sleep. For the Sleep in Senior Couples Survey, Ms Allan is seeking couples over the age of 65 to take part in a sleep survey. The survey asks questions about sleep, health and daily habits, and takes up to an hour to complete. Both members of the older adult couples will need to complete the survey - either online or in hard copy. Participants need to be aged 65 or older; be living at home in the community; have not been diagnosed with sleep apnoea; and not have suspected or diagnosed cognitive impairment. Ms Allan said it was a myth that older adults needed less sleep as they age. “People seem to need between seven and nine hours of sleep each day, even as we get older,” Ms Allan said. “However, it can become harder to get a good night’s sleep - we know that about half of older adults report having symptoms of insomnia at least a few times a week. “Older adults tend to have more complicated sleep patterns and more fragile sleep, which can be affected by things like medical conditions and lifestyle changes.” Ms Allan said bad sleeping habits tended to be associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes. She wants to know how many people experience problems with their sleep, and what this means for their partner or spouse. Ms Allan is also looking for people who provide care at home for a family member with dementia to take part in a separate study. The Sleep in Carers Study is investigating sleep in people with dementia and their primary carers. “Sleep can be a real issue for those with dementia and their carers, and this study hopes to better understand sleep in a home care setting. The results will

help in developing interventions that better meet this group’s needs,” she said. As part of this separate study, participants will be required to wear an activity monitor, log their daily sleep patterns for two weeks and complete a questionnaire. Anyone who is the primary carer for someone with dementia and is interested in participating in the research, can read the participant information sheet at Sleep_study_flyer.pdffor some more detailed information about the study. You can also contact Alicia Allan directly via email at; or by phone: 0477 325 479. Both studies are funded by The Wesley Research Institute.

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U3A Tweed Coast Inc OUR organisation is up and running with a new committee for 2013 and it was apparent at our first meeting that each and every one of the seventeen Committee members is keen to contribute to the work of our organisation. It has been our experience that new people bring new ideas, and under the leadership of newly elected President Christine Jones we are confident that we will continue to offer a friendly social atmosphere in which those of us in our “Third Age” can achieve lifelong learning. To this end we are endeavouring to introduce new courses to our curriculum and three latest options are included in our second term timetable. Refer to our website: wp for details of our Spanish Language, Nutrition and Doll Making classes. In addition, if there is sufficient interest, an Astrology course is planned. For those not connected to the Internet, ‘phone Lynda on her home number (07) 5513 1047 for information about classes.

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SENIORS NEWS New release home sites at Elysium Village ELYSIUM Village Beaudesert, has been a hidden secret to the over 50s for many years and now the secret is finally being exposed with the release of the last (14) only premium buffer sites with panoramic mountain views, reports Brian one of the park owners. The release of the last 14 premium buffer homesites is expected to attract much attention from buyers who have no interest in up market facilities, but are looking for affordable new housing, in picturesque surroundings with a homely atmosphere, where you feel part of the whole villagecommunity. Our boutique village atmosphere is rare in today’s over 50s manufactured home market. Compared to the likes of the big brand-name upmarket lifestyle resorts. Brain said, these resort owners seem to have lost sight of what the true over 50s village

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living is all about. That’s why we ask this of you, the readers. if you are considering home downsizing, and wishing to free up your hard earned savings, and looking to retire to a small but friendly environment, in an active over 50s villagecommunity, please just consider the new-style 15sqs plus two bedroom homes, we are now offering for an unbelievable $195,000. Beaudesert is only one hour South East of Brisbane and 45 minutes to the Gold Coast beaches, and is affectionately referred to as Queensland’s Scenic Rim, surrounded by the spectacular “great divide” mountain range and the “World Heritage” listed rainforest, the district is the gateway to the beautiful popular tourist towns, Mt Tamborine, Canungra, Mt Barney, Lamington National Park, and local wineries steeped in history. The local township of Beaudesert is so friendly; boasting a wonderful selection of shopping, Woolworths, Coles, Target, Aldi, Mitre 10 and street cafes. Beaudesert boasts its own general hospital, as well as medical /dental facilities. A range of bus services visit the village daily to pick up and drop of the residents to and from their destinations. Living in this wonderful serene location, where the air is crisp and clean is there for your enjoyment. When you move into Elysium Over 50s Lifestyle Village you’ll make friendships forever in a village you can truly call home. The benefits of buying a home in Elysium Lifestyle Village, is that you, the home owner receive the full benefit of any capital appreciation and you keep 100% of the proceeds from the sale of your home, said Brian. The big bonus is you have zero Exit Fees, Stamp Duty, Council Rates, Legal and Body Corp Fees. Yes, it’s all included in your small $120 weekly site fee, as are the Village community facilities, plus you are entitled to receive a rental subsidy from Centrelink or the Department of Veteran Affairs if you are receiving a pension. Your only outlay is for your standard utility charges for power, gas, phone and home insurance. Now if we have you interested, we offer much more. We offer you a free service in accommodation and furniture storage, whilst waiting to move into your new home Also if you have a home to sell, we can help you with the best advice on how and who to sell with, by simply calling our sales office on 5541 4500 or email sales@ for our Free Sales Kit showcasing our new-styled house designs and availability of the release of the last 14 premium home-sites. Better still why not take the picturesque drive and visit our Elysium Over 50s Lifestyle Village at 329 Brisbane Street Beaudesert. We are open daily around 10am-ish to 3pm-ish. We look forward to greeting you in person.

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SENIORS NEWS Runaway Bay Seniors Expo May 16th

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: 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 services relevant to seniors are

invited to participate in our 2013 Expos. Because we are a non for profit organisation we are able to keep a minimal fee for exhibition space. Details can be obtained from the website 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.

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JUST as Red Cross stores across Australia start stocking their stores for winter the discovery of a large amount of cash in a suitcase in a Red Cross store in Queensland this week has highlighted the need to check your goods before donating them. Olivia Cozzolino, Australian Red Cross General Manager for Retail Merchandise says “We often say you never know what you’ll find in a Red Cross store, but the discovery of a substantial stash of cash in a donated suitcase this week just shows how careful people should be when donating goods.” “Red Cross has 162 retail stores around the country and donated goods make up 90% of our sales. “We now need to fill our stores with good quality, affordable winter stock to satisfy our customers and help raise money for Red Cross. “At this time of the year we just can’t get enough coats, jackets, knitwear,

tops, pants, hats, beanies, gloves, scarves and homeware items” says Ms Cozzolino, but before dropping your goods into a Red Cross store please check the pockets first!” “If you donate ten winter clothing or homeware items to a Red Cross Shop you’ll also receive 10% off any fullprice purchase you make in the store.* The proceeds from Red Cross Shops help support the everyday work of Red Cross, whether it’s personal support during disasters, a reassuring daily phone call to check on the wellbeing of isolated or elderly Australians, or a nutritious breakfast for children who need a healthy start to the day. To find the location of your nearest Red Cross Shop, visit or call 1800 339 888. *Discount only applicable to fullprice stock. Discount must be redeemed during the same visit.

Chronic Fatigue Support Group FIBROMYALGIA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10:30 am at the South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South. Our guest speaker for our May meeting will be Dr Valerie Cole speaking on ‘Recovery from Chronic Illness’. All welcome. For further information call Bronwyn on 5593 9319.

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SENIORS NEWS Broadbeach Ladies Probus Club Inc

Our new 2013 Committee. In the front, from L-R: our secretary Wendy Bridges and our president Patricia James. Back L-R: Anne Clarke (Committee Member), Anne Henning (Treasurer), Sheryl Richardson (Guest Speakers), Margaret Sandford (Delegate GC & Nth Rivers Probus Association), Christa Bethke (Newsletter & Advertising), Gwen Brooks (Outings) and Jann Phoon (Welfare).

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

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THE Gold Coast South Twin Towns Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia Serving from Tallebudgera to The Tweed will hold its Annual General Meeting on Sunday the 26th May 2013 at 10am in the “RSL Sub Branch Anzac Room” Twin Towns Services Club. If you served in any Forces of the Commonwealth “between” 1951 to 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 5535 2484.

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Aged care reforms vital for Australia’s future says Ita

AUSTRALIAN of the Year ItaButtrose has called on both sides of politics to commit to the full implementation of the vital aged care reform package, Living Longer. Living Better to achieve the quality services older Australians urgently need. MsButtrose, National President of Alzheimer’s Australia, told the National Press Club that the aged care system is failing people. “Many facilities are providing high quality care,” MsButtrose said. “But we still see examples of discrimination and violation of basic human rights every day in our aged care system. “In many cases, within weeks of entering residential care, people with dementia become unrecognisable in

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care packages,” MsButtrose said. “We must also invest much more into dementia research – $200 million over the next five years – if we are to have any hope at all in combating a condition that is expected to affect almost 900,000 people by 2050.” MsButtrose has also called on Health Ministers to implement a National Dementia Action Framework to meet the promise they made when they announced dementia as the Ninth National Health Priority Area last year. “We need this framework to set clear and measurable goals that we can aim to achieve for people with dementia,” she said. In the address, MsButtrose outlined her vision for a society that is inclusive and values the strengths and contributions of all Australians, regardless of age, disease or disability. “To achieve the vision that I have set out today, we need a different approach to our health and care system. “We need an approach that focuses on the strengths of the individual and respects their right to have control over their own lives,” MsButtrose said. “In our everyday lives we make choices and expect those choices to be respected. “Why should people with mental health issues, a disability, or who are ageing be treated any differently?

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SENIORS NEWS Intensive research shapes NoosaCare’s new Memory Support Unit at Carramar THE Memory Support Unit to be opened at NoosaCare’s Carramar site on July 1 incorporates the newest approaches to giving people living with dementia an environment where they have the best chance of maintaining a real connection with interests they have enjoyed all their lives. The latest research on aged care, both in Australia and overseas, guided

the design elements and the way the occupants of the new 32-bed unit will live day by day. Hammond Care in NSW and Victoria, a large charitiable organisation which leads the way in research into aged care, was generous in sharing information. In the forward planning stage NoosaCare board members visited numerous Dementia Units in

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specially themed outdoor rooms that will be freely accessible to residents, are believed to be the first of their kind in Australia. As a not-for-profit comm u n i t y - o w n e d organisation run for the community, by a board of

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U3A Broadbeach MERRIMAC High School on Dunlop Court, off Rio Vista Boulevard, is where U3A Broadbeach conducts its courses. The second term is now under way with increased membership. Vacancies do exist in some courses, and the more the merrier for our Choir which rehearses on Wednesdays at 3.30pm. However, there is a waiting list for the popular French, Spanish, Art, Tai Chi and Yoga groups. The monthly lunch is held on the 2nd Friday of the month and is very popular. Robina Tavern (227 Ron Penhaligon Way on the corner of Cheltenham Drive, will be the venue for the May lunch on Friday 10th May commencing at 12.30pm. Every effort is made to cater for quality menus at a price to suit our budget conscience members. Walking in the lovely Albert Park at this time of year is enjoyed by


a growing number of people. Parking is available at the end of Poinciana Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters, where the group meets for a 1 hour walk on a Tuesday morning at 9am. All U3A people are welcome to join this friendly group who love to chat as they walk and admire the scenery along the way. More information will be available soon regarding at least one more social activity per month. Depending on numbers, a bus or buses would be hired for these activities, especially where longer day trips are involved. A highlight of April was a talk by Dr Helen Duff on the “Aging Brain”. This has given us all food for thought. For more information, please visit the website or phone 5572 9212


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SENIORS NEWS National body inaugural meeting - Over 50s parks and villages

A meeting was held in Sydney on Tuesday 9th April to enact and finalise the National Body to represent all over 50s residential parks and villages throughout Australia. The new body will be known as: National Alliance of Residential Parks and Communities (NARPAC). The basis of this meeting and National Body is the coming together of all state residential parks associations. The delegates in attendance covered just about every aspect of residential parks throughout Australia from concerns of security of tenure, site fees, special terms, eviction, discrimination, harassment and elder abuse. The meeting contained 4 State Chairpersons, 4 State Secretaries, 1 State Treasurer and 1 legal specialist; a well diverse and experienced group.

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Comments from Mr Franklin ARPQ Qld Chairperson who had the privilege to chair this meeting said that it would give an exciting future ahead, with some 162000 residents through Australia who will now have a strong voice.

It is proposed that State legislation will convert to a National Act in due course and remove the mish-mash of State legislation now experienced. We have received Federal encouragement to commence and will now proceed with the task of hav-

ing ourselves acknowledged in the political arena to ensure we have that voice. Many issues have been white boarded from this first meeting that will carry through into fair and just legislation that reflects a true balance of interest

between land owners and home owners. A meeting has already taken place with the opposition Minister for Aging Bronwyn Bishop who has shown an extreme keenness for the group to become active on behalf of all residents and homeowners within residential parks and villages nationally. A draft letter of introduction outlining the Body has been raised and sent to all political interests to ensure they are well aware of residents concerns and the arrival of the group. Mr Franklin also made mention that all current members of State Associations will become affiliated at no charge with the National Body and affiliations with other National Groups will also eventuate in time. The way is now clear for the Group to activate and pursue

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SENIORS NEWS Major milestone in Murwillumbah

The vision of artist Margaret Olley came a step closer to fruition following the recent turning of the first sod for the Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah. The Centre will honour the much-loved artist’s wish that her artist’s studio and elements of her home be re-created in a purpose-built extension to the Tweed River Art Gallery. Mayor of Tweed Councillor Barry Longland said, ‘The level of national interest in each stage of this process

reflects Margaret Olley’s status as an icon of Australian art and shows how important the Centre will be at a national level. ‘The Centre will provide a wonderful opportunity for the Tweed region, holding works of significant national value, and will elevate the Tweed River Art Gallery’s reputation from an already leading regional gallery to one of the most recognised regional institutions Many hands made light work when it came to turn- Art Gallery Lyn Stewart; Tweed River Art Gallery in Australia,’ continued Cr Longland. ing the first sod for the Margaret Olley Art Centre Director Susi Muddiman; Margaret Olley Art Trust (MOAC) outside the Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah. From left: MOAC Architect Bud Brannigan; Tweed Shire Council Acting General Manager Troy Green; President of the Friends of the Tweed River

Trustee Philip Bacon AM; Mayor of Tweed Cr Barry Longland; Member for Richmond Justine Elliot; Member for Lismore Thomas George and President of the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation Warren Polglase.

IS this the best barista in Australia? STOCKLAND Burleigh Heads coffee barista, Emily Maguire, has succeeded in beating 6 competitors from Thailand, Australia, China and New Zealand to win The Coffee Club International Excellent Coffee Award 2013 and secured a $3,000 prize. Top baristas from The Coffee Club competed in the 7th annual event in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall in a fast-paced brewing competition to create? the perfect coffee. Each contestant was challenged to calibrate their espresso equipment, adjusting the grind for the coffee to extract its finest qualities. The finalists were presented with an award at The Coffee Club Group Awards 2013 awards night in front of more than 350 coffee industry experts, enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Emily, who works at The Coffee Club Stockland Burleigh, took the title in a closely fought contest when she produced four espresso-based coffees from The Coffee Club menu in just under 10 minutes. Using outstanding skills and precision to prepare, Emily poured the perfect coffees all the while

being critiqued on every technique she used during the process. Emily said: “I am very excited and honoured to take The Coffee Club International Excellent Coffee Award 2013 title. Making coffee is an art and I am happy to share my craft everyday with coffee lovers visiting the Stockland Burleigh Heads café for excellent coffee. I enjoy what I do and I like to ensure people thoroughly enjoy the experience of having one of our coffees. She also revealed that the inspiration for her success comes from her customers who share the same passion for coffee.” Brent Deller, The Coffee Club’s Excellent Coffee Training Manager said: “Emily’s passion for making excellent coffee is infectious and her skill is testament to the quality of training each barista receives before going behind the coffee machine. The Coffee Club has always focused on producing the best coffee experience for everyone who walks into any of our cafés. Emily’s love of coffee and respect for her customers is to be commended”.

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versary, they being Joyce and Malcolm Kirk and former Members Betty and Norm Crosthwaite who came and celebrated with a group of friends from the club. Our Easter Prestige Singles was played in perfect weather and won by Ryan Bester (Broadbeach) and runner up Kurt Brown (Pine Rivers). The best performed Lady being Noelene Dutton from Kawana Waters. The finals of our Mixed Competitions, which is played of a Friday Night during Summer, have been finalized. The triples were won by Michael Anderson Rosanne Lovelock and Mark Spring by one shot from Neil Holt Sandra Corr and Alan Napper. The finals of the mixed Pairs were played the following week and won by Gary Mounsey and Roseanne Lovelock by one shot from David Lenden and Sandra Corr. Congratulation to all these bowlers for two great games. Our Ladies in the Bronze Super Challenge came in second in Queensland going down to Wellington Point in the finals. The Men’s Summer Nines was finalized last weekend and won by Musgrave Hill at Gold Coast Lawn. Congratulation to all these players. Good health and Good Bowling to all readers.


President Ann Shankey with Speaker Graham Meekcoms

RUNAWAY Bay VIEW Club celebrated our April Luncheon with Guest Speaker Graham Meekcoms. Graham is from S. E Qld Fire Dept and is the Educational Officer. He enlightened us on Fire Prevention in the home with demos of how to use a Fire Blanket, the latest smoke alarms and how to ensure your personal safety. Many members supported our

theme of yellow for Easter and wore their Easter bonnets! Runaway Bay VIEW Club meets every second Wednesday of the month. Visitors and Guests are most welcome. Please come along and have fun, make new friends while supporting our children in The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Scheme. Please book with Ann 0419 161 246.

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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Left to right Joy Gregor National councilor, Rosie Mc Dermott, President Twin Towns Evening View Club and Margaret Ricketts, Zone councilor for Northern Rivers.

RECENTLY several Northern Rivers View Clubs met at the Ocean Shores Country Club for a very informative Zone Conference. Twin Towns Evening Club was pleased to attend. Twin Towns Evening View Club meets the second Wednesday of each month 6.30 PM at Tweed Heads Bowls Club for a delightful dinner meeting with a variety of Guest speakers. Recent speakers have been from “Story Dogs” and Tanya and

Body Corporate Information Seminars

THE Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management is presenting a series of free seminars for anyone interested in body corporate legislation. As well as an overview of your rights and responsibilities when living or owning property in a body corporate, the seminars will provide specific information about how to avoid and resolve disputes and new disclosure requirements on the transfer of lots and debt recovery. Seminars will be held on Thursday 6th June 2013 from 3-5pm and also from 7-9pm at the Southport Sharks, Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Avenues, Southport. For more information or to register your interest in attending any of these seminars, please email or call 07 3227 7899. Remember to let us know which session you are interested in and how many people will be attending.

Kay who walked to Kokada Track. New members are always welcome to come and enjoy a great meal,make some terrific friends listen to some interesting speakers and support our “Learning for Life” Australian children reach their full potential in education. Phone Barbara on 55231057 or Pat on 55365227 for further information.

Property Information for Baby Boomers Property can form an important part of a retirees portfolio of investments. Whether property is held personally or within a superannuation fund, many retirees use rental income to support their living costs. The growth in property values over time also provides a long term hedge against inflation. However many retirees are unaware of different methods of owning property and some of the traps and pitfalls that can occur. The Association of Independent Retirees has formed a Baby Boomer Group. The Group provides financial education and information to those planning their retirement or who have recently retired. The next Baby Boomer Group meeting will include a discussion and information as to the various means of investing in property. Decisions such as whether retirees should target residential, commercial or industrial

property will be explored. A guest speaker will also provide information on the various means of obtaining access to property investments. Many retirees own investment property outright. This has the advantage of direct control over tenants, maintenance arrangements and financial independence. However, some retirees can find direct ownership burdensome. Issues can also arise with liquidity. If a retiree needs an extra $10,000 they can’t simply sell the laundry. Other means of property ownership may suit some retirees. Property ownership through the use of managed funds, listed investment companies and Exchange Traded Options will also be discussed by the guest speaker. The Association of Independent Retirees is the peak body representing the interests of retirees who are wholly or partly self -funded in

retirement. The AIR Baby Boomers Group meets at the Broadbeach Seniors’ Centre, 23 T E

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Lions Tales LIONS Club of Burleigh Heads Inc Is now approaching its 57 th year of community service and is one of the longest serving Service Clubs on the Gold Coast. A motorized wheelchair was donated to a worthy recipitant in Miami, and assisted in providing a walker for a handicapped child in Miami, To achieve all this we need more volunteers to join with us so Phone 0478 681 300 to indicate your willingness to SERVE your Community.

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The Lioness Club of Palm Beach-Currumbin Inc Our Biggest Morning Tea will be held on WednesServices: day 22nd May at the • Haircuts Lion’s Den in Murtha • Perms Drive, Elanora commencing at 10.00 am. Our Club • Blow-dry/ Sets meets on the 1st Wednes• Colours/Streaks day of each month at 1.00 • Facial Waxing pm at the Lion’s Den. All service minded women Lions Club of Southport are welcome to attend. ‘I will come to you!’ Inc For further information We will be at Southport contact Lioness Joy on Ladies & Men’s Hairdressing Office Works on the 18th 5575 9893. May and Circle on Cavill, Woolworths on the 6 th The Lions Club of Robina July with our BBQ. We Inc Maree will bring her fully equipped ‘Mobile Salon’ to look forward to meeting Conducted a BBQ at you there or at any of our Good Guys Bundall with your home! Feel relaxed and pampered while she dinner meetings. Contact all proceeds going to the styles your hair to make you feel good! Lion Russell on 5591 1189 Robina Lions Club Movie Maree has a passion for Hairdressing! Carnival in June 2013. If for club information. 37 years’ experience! Friendly & Professional! The Lioness Club of you would like to help us She would love to look after you and your hair! with our Movie Carnival Southport Inc Will be holding Our Big- please send a donation to “Maree has been doing my hair for the last 30 years and she is gest Morning Tea on Fri- P.O. Box 145 Robina Qld, very professional and friendly. I love the way Maree cuts and day 17 th May at 5 Hya- 4226 or phone mobile 0400 styles my hair!” Graham cinth Ave Hollywell and 147 660 and remember “I love having my hair done at home, it is very convenient for me! you are all welcomed to 100% of all monies doMaree has been Perming & setting my hair for the last 5 years, assist us in raising funds nated goes to all Lions & she is brilliant! Highly recommend her to everyone!” Gloria for the Cancer appeal. Our community projects. If Club meets on the 2nd Fri- you would like to help us day of each month at to continue our wonder11am at the Coast Guard ful work in the community please email Gold Coast/Tweed or ring 0400 147 660. The Lions Club of Tallebudgera Inc The Club will hold its Changeover Dinner on ABN 26 089 559 697 Tuesday 4 th June when Only $36.30 for 1 years (11 copies) Subscriptions the new Office Bearers for subscription - includes GST & postage Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors the Club for 2013/14 will anywhere in Australia. Call 1300 880 265 be installed. The Office Newspaper to pay by Credit Card or send this form Bearers for 2013/14 are: P.O. Box 1062 President Stephen with your cheque/money order to: Tewantin Q. 4565 Marlor, Secretary Bev YES! Send me my monthly copy of Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper Brand, Treasurer ChrisName: .......................................................................................... tine Hitch and Membership Director – Pat Address: ...................................................................................... Butcher. The Club’s “Christmas in July” func..................................................... P/Code: ................................. tion is at the Currumbin Phone: ......................................................................................... RSL on Tuesday 30th July

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2013. For more information on Lions and/or our club please don’t hesitate to contact us. Email or phone 0417 425 466 The Lions Club of Palm Beach-Currumbin Inc Palm Beach-Currumbin Lions Club meets on the 2 nd and 4 th Thursday of the month at Palm Beach Currumbin Sports Club Thrower drive, Palm Beach at 6.30pm for 7 pm. Enquiries Lions club phone 0439 805911, email pbclions@gmail.comWebsite Mail PO box 137 Elanora 4221. The Lions Club of Coolangatta -Tweed Heads Inc The end of the year is approaching and our change over dinner will be held on 2nd July at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. You can volunteer at a local school for an hour per week without joining our Lions Club. If you have any manual skills, male and/or female, and would like to offer an hour on a Tuesday afternoon showing students how to DIY, please call Bryan on 07 5598 0990. For any information about our Club or Lions, please call Secretary Marion on 07 5536 2975. We meet at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on the first and third Tuesday each month at 6.00pm in the Bistro Lounge, visitors most welcome. The Lions Club of Ormeau Inc The election of Office Bearers for 2013-14 has been held and the Club will have a new President taking up office in July. Lion Peter Young who is currently 1st Vice President will take over from President Barry McGrath,

who did not stand for reelection. Lions Boyd Evans and Carmel Austin will continue in their roles as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. The Ormeau Lions Fair committee is now meeting each 3rd Thursday of the month and planning and organisation of the Fair is well under way. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome, and if you would like to join us in giving back to the community, please contact Secretary Lion Boyd on 0413 997 644 or Membership Chair Lion Lyn on 0401 232 767. The Lions Club of Cabarita Beach – Pottsville Beach Inc Entries are now being received for our major Fundraising Event of the year, The Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition run annually on Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Details of the event run over 2 days on the 8th – 9th June can be found on our dedicated website http:// On the Sunday there will be a Family Day held in conjunction with the event, with entertainment, markets, and raffles. The Charity Raffle run in conjunction with the fishing competition to be drawn

on the Sunday afternoon and tickets can be obtained by contacting Lion Kevin 0266 762 060. The Lions Club of Kingscliff Inc In conjunction with Kingscliff Fire Rescue has implemented a Smoke Alarm Safety Program (SASP). The program was launched with a function at the Cudgen Leagues Club on 11 April 2013.The program is for the aged, disabled and needy. People who need assistance to install or replace a smoke alarm or batteries can make contact with members of Kingscliff Fire Rescue who will then attend and install an alarm or batteries. The Kingscliff Lions Club will provide the finances for this important program on a continuing basis. Telephone Kingscliff Fire Rescue 0266 741 271 Email smoke.alarm.

The Lions Club of Gold Coast Mermaid Broadbeach Inc Become part of this friendly and enthusiastic group by finding more on 0450 636 657 or email our website: goldcoast mermaidbroadbeach.qld.lions. and like us on Facebook. WE SERVE

Helensvale Probus Club THE 2013 AGM of the Helensvale Probus Club was held in March with a wonderful attendance, outgoing President Alan Coleman welcomed new President Beverly Houlahan and her new committee consisting of a mixture of experience, and new members taking on positions. A Changeover luncheon took place Friday 22ndthis function was

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most enjoyable in every sense, Here President Bev received her formal introduction to the duties as incoming President by Alan the outgoing President. President Bev, paid tribute to Alan and his team for the hard work he and his committee had put into the past year, and looked forward to 2013 with enthusiasm, with the many activities set down for the forthcoming year thanks to the hard work of Marie and Rob. A small group of members gathered at the Gold Coast Arts Centre Friday 21st April the morning was to prove very interesting and pleasant, with the weather perfect for the walk around, followed by lunch and then a viewing of the Gallery, thank you Marie. The Helensvale Club meet every second Friday of the month at the Seniors Hall Helensvale Community Centre, Discovery Dr. The activities throughout the month are many and varied, which include guest speakers and outings. Visitors welcome for further inquiries contact Marie 5573 0401.

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TWO Yoga sessions are held during the week, the first one at 8.15am on Mondays and the second from 8.30am on Wednesdays, both of these sessions go for an hour and a half. 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 skilled teachers are always available to help members when they require some assistance at our Craft, Art and China Painting classes held on Thursday from 9.00am. New enquiries are very welcome. The social Scrabble group meets every Monday afternoon from 12.15pm. If you are interested in joining with any of the activities, please contact the centre on 5537 1433. For members, a hairdresser is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Our library is also open during the week. Our entertaining weekly musical concert is held every Friday morning starting at 9.15am. The varied musical items and comedy skit are always well received. Entry cost $2.00 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

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I used to sew! Kirra Tugun Probus Club Mixed

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HOW many times have you looked at your machine and said just that? If you enjoy sewing and would like to improve your skills the Australian Sewing Guild Inc. could be the answer. The not-for-profit organisation shares and furthers the art of sewing. Although they do not teach sewing, members have the opportunity to develop their sewing skills, and participate in activities with like-minded people. Neighbourhood groups meet monthly.

KIRRA-Tugun Probus Club Mixed wish to invite new members to participate in outings, picnics and entertainment. We would also like to see newly retired people to bring a new dimension to our club. Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month and meeting commences at 10:00 am at Currumbin RSL. Morning tea and interesting Guest Speakers. Enquiries please ring secretary on 5598-3286.

In addition to the monthly meetings, members have the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities. Visit for more information. The Australian Sewing Guild Inc. has 26 groups in Queensland, spread across 6 regions. If you would like to get back into sewing and just need an injection of enthusiasm, contact Judith on 55 373913 orjudith@ and she will put you in touch with a group in your area.

Palm Beach Happy Group THE Palm Beach Happy Group was primarily formed for Aged, Disabled and Infirm folk in the community almost 35 years ago when Nursing Sister Ellen Strahan noticed many elderly folk were unable to leave their homes due to lack of transport etc. Never one to let the grass grow under her feet Ellen formed, with the help of many willing volunteers, the Happy Group and as they say the rest is history. The Group is well supported by many of the original helpers and a great many others who have since joined the ranks. So as able bodied people are also needed from the district everyone is welcome. An hour’s entertainment is arranged each week and we have always received wonderful entertainers visiting the Sharen-Care Hall in 10th Avenue, Palm Beach. On the 12th April “Double the

Fun” was most popular and the week before, the members were soon singing along with the “Pankini Singers”. Another outing will soon be arranged and this time the coach will be taking us south of the border for a change. These outings are subsidised by the

Group so are well within the price range of pensioners at $15 a trip for regular members, with the Coach fare, Morning tea and Lunch included in the price. Any more details about the Group required please ring Lorraine on 5576 3747 or June on 5534 4660.

Cooolangatta Tweed VIEW Club WELCOMES new members to attend its monthly luncheon. We meet at the South Tweed Sports Club on the third Thursday of each month at 11.00am for 11.30am. This month’s meeting will be held on Thursday 16th May, the Guest Speaker Susi Muddiman Director of Tweed River Art Gallery. Cost of two course lunch with tea or coffee $22. Inquiries or Bookings phone Diana on 5576 7674 before 5pm Monday 13th. May 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 29

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Chair, CITY of Gold Coast water increase only by the Committee Councillor Paul Taylor and sewerage services Consumer Price Index. pricing for 2013-14 will Water Services said Council had done everything it could to keep water prices as low as possible. “There will be only a small increase, capped at the rate of CPI,” he said. “This means Council will absorb significant increases in a range of supply costs. “Council has experienced cost increases in the delivery of its water and sewerage services over the past year, including electricity and chemicals,” he said.

“It’s our aim to keep rate and price increases as low as possible, while ensuring the ability to continue to fund required services and initiatives. “As a result, Council’s water and sewerage distribution and retail charges will increase only by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) based on March 2012 to March 2013 figures, which will be announced around midApril.” Cr Taylor said the State bulk water price was currently under review and Council would be advised

once the State Government finalised its pricing. “Once we have been advised of this figure, and the determination of CPI, the Gold Coast Water budget will be adjusted accordingly,” said Cr Taylor. “Final water and sewerage services prices will be announced by 30 June 2013.” Cr Taylor said Council planned to undertake a comprehensive review of its tariff structures for the 2014-15 Budget. “Due to inherent com-

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Coolangatta Senior Citizens 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 Monthly Concert will be on the Monday 27th May 2013 at 1-00pm and will feature the Multi Talented Professional Musician “ROGER MUNSIE “.Roger skilfully plays many instruments including Flute, Saxophones, Penny Whistle, Clarinet and the amazing Digital Horn and also sings many popular vocals. A great afternoon is assured. BYO Lunch/Nibbles. Tea/Coffee available for $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..We look forward to seeing you and making you welcome at the Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre.

U3A Twin Towns Vernon cutting his birthday cake

Mr (Charles) Vernon Moore a long time resident of Tweed Heads celebrated his 96th Birthday with friends and fellow parishioners of St.Cuthbert‘s Anglican Church at their Men‘s Fellowship evening on Tuesday 23rd April 2013. Vernon is a much loved and respected member of St.Cuthbert‘s Church community having been born in New Zealand in 1917. Vernon spent the majority of his working life as a Survey Engineer in the Coal Mining construction industry throughout New Zealand. Vernon moved to Parramatta where he met and married his wife Jean before moving to the Tweed in 1991.It is with regret Jean passed away 9 years ago. Vernon still lives at home preparing his meals, generally being self sufficient with weekly help with house cleaning and daily visits from the Tweed Area Nursing Service. In his thank you speech whilst cutting his Birthday cake Vernon advised he was looking forward to receiving a telegram from the Queen in due course. On behalf of all residents of the Tweed we extend to Vernon our heartiest congratulations and thanks. For further information please contact phone 07 5536 1060.

U3A Twin Towns Inc. ask “Are you bored, lonely or new to the area?” University of the Third Age of your life could well be the answer. More than 50 activities for Seniors to have fun, make friends get involved in physical, mental, academic and social events. Whether its “Writing”, “History”, “Card & Board Games” or a variety of exercise classes or the upcoming “Fashion Parade” for enquiries Phone before noon Monday to Friday on 5534 7333

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NESTLED at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast is Caloundra, where the mountains meet the sea and old world charm and friendly service still exist. Bulcock Beach has seen a surge of renovations in recent years as well as a multimillion dollar boardwalk refurbishment which now connects the coastal walkway with miles and miles of sightseeing pleasure. The new entertaining precinct also offers a multitude of dining and leisure activities and conveniently located right in the heart of it all is Caloundra’s latest luxury resort, Monaco.



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Centre. Experience the contrast between old and new by visiting one of Queensland’s most spectacular public libraries along the way. Tewantin is the birthplace of Noosa and the walk includes historical landmarks such as the stillstanding Royal Mail Hotel and Tewantin’s first police station. Meander along the riverside, through the park and into town, while discovering Tewantin’s almost forgotten secrets. In 2012 Buderim marked 150 years since the first record of the town was made by Tom Petrie. Dis-

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Monaco opened its doors in December 2009 and has been bustling with happy holiday makers ever since. It may have something to do with the thoughtful design and spacious layout of every apartment, the inclusion of all amenities making it a home away from home or the most mesmerising views you have ever seen of the Pumicestone Passage and Bribie Island. The resort complex offers a multitude of onsite facilities including a walkin heated outdoor pool and spa, sauna and gymnasium, a lovely entertaining and bbq area as well as a quiet contemplation area beside a relaxing waterfall. Monaco is also home to the iconic Shingle Inn Cafe which is located on ground level offering everything Decadent, Delicious and Deserved from 7am daily. Step outside of reception and you will be on the main shopping street, which hosts the famous Bulcock Street Markets every Sunday and the original Caloundra Cinemas showing the latest movies. Caloundra has an array of local bowls clubs and surf clubs all offering courtesy busses from our front door. Located only 3 minutes away is the award winning Caloundra RSL which offers fabulous promotions, bingo, numerous eating areas, state of the art gaming

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Each of these walks feature up to 24 sites and take approximately one to two hours to complete. On the Pomona walk, discover the treasures held at the Noosa Museum. Visit the Majestic Theatre, the oldest continuously operating silent movie theatre in the world. Enjoy a cold drink along the way at the elegant Pomona Hotel or browse the Art Deco style shops in Memorial Avenue. Walk Cooroy features many historic buildings that have changed little since pioneering days. Meet the ghost of Fenwick’s Mill and stop by the Butter Factory Arts

NOOSA National Park is one of Australia’s favourites and is one of the easiest to access by foot from local areas and the Park is loved by locals and tourists alike. A range of different vegetation stimulates the senses, from rain forest through to areas of coastal bush with iconic Pandanus and

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patrolled waters of Bulcock Beach for safe swimming; the fantastic new Esplanade and boardwalk at Bulcock Beach makes for an easy stroll through Happy Valley to the surf beach at Kings Beach. Keep to the coastal path and you’ll hit Shelly, Moffat, Dicky and Currimundi - it’s a nice walk and you’ll see some fabulous beaches. At Belaire Place, on-site managers Andrew and Val, offer 20 one-bedroom apartments with a kitchenette, open plan

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Tree shopping centre with cafes, a general store, bottle shop and anything you might have forgotten to bring with you. Not that you need to bring much. The rooms are perfect for seniors, being spacious and all upper levels are accessible by lifts. The self-contained units are of one, two or three bedrooms each with a full kitchen fitted with all appliances, there is also a full laundry, making Majorca Isle ideal for a long-term holiday (as many retirees escaping the three-month southern winter have already discovered). Every unit has a pleasant outlook; the lower units look out onto gardens, while the upper units have a magnificent ever-changing view of the ocean especially from their balconies, where smoking is permitted. Secure undercover parking is provided and Austar television is available. Images and information can be viewed at Phone 07 5443 9737 or email

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Niecon Plaza Medical Centre offering a gull range of Healthcare needs

THE Niecon Plaza Medi- ing practice situated in food court in the Niecon services to suit a range of cal Centre is an AGPAL & the heart of Broadbeach Plaza. health care needs. We CSQTC accredited train- above an International The medical centre offers pride ourselves on providing thorough medicine to our patients and have a strong interest in Chronic Disease Management and perform many tests in-house. We also care for patients

in nursing homes. We Bulk-bill all patients over the age of 75, all patients on a pensioner concession card and all Gold Coast residents that have health care cards or are under the age of sixteen. Onsite we have a competent team of medical pro-

Taking the worry out of medication management IT is surprisingly easy to not remember whether you have done something. Most of us experience this feeling every day, but this can be life threatening if the “something” happens to be your daily prescribed medication. When I raise this with my Mum her comment is,”I like to be in control of my medications”. No problems , but when I see her talking to herself asking, “Did I take that green one this morning” I suggest it would be better to stick to the crossword where a mistake can be rubbed out, rather than continue to take chances with her tablets, where a mistake could mean a visit to the emergency ward. A simple system that solves this is what we call, “Medication Packing” or “Webster Care”. This involves your tablets packed in a safe, secure, sealed pack, checked by a pharmacist and if necessary delivered to your door for local residence. The pack clearly shows “Breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime” and once the medication is pushed out of the blister it is obvious the dose has been taken. The Pharmacist will liaise with your Doctor to ensure the pack is up to date. If the Doctor changes your medication we change your pack as soon as the Doctor notifies us of the change, that way you are always up to date. So, if you worry whether someone you know is taking their medication properly or even at all, talk to any Pharmacist at Healthpoint Chemist if you would like to know more. Healthpoint Chemist is conveniently located in 5 locations throughout the Gold Coast; The Pines Shopping Centre Elanora, Banora Central Fraser Drive, Philippine Parade Palm Beach, Westfield Shopping Centre Helensvale andTweed City Shopping Centre Tweed.

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fessionals including two full-time female G.P.’s, a Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist, Medication Specialist, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Psychologist and QML Pathology. We are supported by Practice Nurses and an experienced Administration team. Dr. Sonu Haikerwal, one of our female G.P.’s, “ widely respected by her peers and patients. No stone is left unturned. Her skills are as good as it gets. The letters after her name confirm that. MBBS(AIIMS), M R C P ( U K ) ,

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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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Volunteers recognized at 60 & Better ment of the 60 & Better Program, a lifestyle program for seniors on the Gold Coast. On the day, each of the awardees shared not only anecdotes about the early stages of 60 & Better, which opened its doors in 1994, but also members’ insights into the program’s growth and development. Palm Beach Currumbin Lions Club and Queensland Health were key players at the Pictured with their Life Memberships are (top, l-r) beginning, with Lions Ray Keenan, Don Whitby, Anita Brennan and Ray Ruck and Don (front, l-r) Ray Ruck and Gwen Chapple. Congratu- Whitby continuing on ‘as guiding lights’. lations to all! A genuine desire to Community spirit was involve seniors in dayMemberships were alive and well at a recent presented to Ray Ruck, to-day activities and Southern Gold Coast 60 Don Whitby, Gwen future planning always & Better Program High Chapple, Ray Keenan has been the foundation Tea when an afternoon and Anita Brennan who, of 60 & Better. The of ‘recognition, rewards between them, have springboard was an and reminiscing’ was activity program with chalked-up nearly 80 held at the Pines exercises to suit years of volunteering Meeting Room, Elanora. plus have been actively individual capabilities. 60 & Better Life involved in the develop- The newest addition is

Don’t miss the Women’s Health and Wellbeing Expo

HERE’S a fantastic weekend idea for women of all ages. And it’s free. The 2013 Women’s Health and Wellbeing Expo, presented by Gold Coast City Council, will be held on Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May, 9am to 4pm, at Robina Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive. Participants will enjoy medical, holistic and wellbeing seminars and workshops; cooking demonstrations, ‘interactive kitchen’ and Chef’s Forum; vintage hair and fashion parade; tips on

active aging; art workshops; kids fashion, food and fitness and much more, including the Great Debate featuring local female celebrities, and champagne and refreshments, on Saturday night. As well, there will be musical entertainment; yoga; a delicious breakfast, and over 50 exhibitors on hand over the two days. For more details and a chance to ‘win the ultimate makeover valued at over $4000’, visit www. This Expo is not to be missed.

Heart Moves, specifically designed for those wishing to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Other current activities include tai chi, cards and Scrabble; exercises to varying levels, fit ball, table tennis, line dancing, walking groups; craft; photography with Photoshop with volunteer Anthony Grima; Broadband for Seniors with volunteers Rob, Vola and John, and computer/phone workshops. Walking groups in Robina, Palm Beach, Elanora, Robina and West Burleigh are core activities to name a few. A ‘wellness program’ has started and interest in the Social Connection Afternoons is growing. Believe it or not, there’s still much more to the Southern Gold Coast 60 & Better Program Inc. For more information please call Sherree Fleming, manager, on (07) 5525 6466; email: manager@60bettergoldcoast.; visit: www.

Community Walk to raise awareness A COMMUNITY Walk is to be held on Saturday 18 May to raise awareness of mental illness during Schizophrenia Awareness Week (13 to 19 May). Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate will officially open the 3km walk, which starts at 9.30am from the Broadwater Parklands in Southport. Registrations are essential and cost $10 per person or $25 per family. A light brunch and information stalls are included in the fee. Please wear yellow if you can to show your support. For more information about this Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ) event, supported by Bendigo Bank, please call (07) 5563 8855; email:; visit

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Should women over 70 attend breast cancer screening? is limited, despite older women having a high risk of breast cancer. Older women may experience the immediate downsides of screening (ie. discomfort, anxiety, side effects of tests and treatment), but may be less likely to experience the longer term benefit of improved survival. BreastScreen Australia provides free breastscreens to women 70 years and older, without breast cancer symptoms. Whilst eligible, these women are generally not actively encouraged to attend and the onus is on individual women to arrange their appointment when due. Queensland Health’s BreastScreen Queensland Program routinely sends letters inviting women to return for their two-yearly rescreen until at least age 74. Beyond that, women are still eligible to attend for free ACCORDING to a 2011 Survey commissioned by Ar- if they wish, but remindthritis Australia, arthritis is Australia’s major cause of ers are no longer posted, with the exception of disability, affecting 19% of the population. ONE in 8 Australian women will develop breast cancer before the age of 85. The risk of developing this disease increases with age. Whilst the average age at first diagnosis is around 60 years, figures show one quarter of new breast cancer cases occur in women aged 70 years and older. Almost half of the female deaths from breast cancer occur in women in this age group. Confusion exists about whether it is worthwhile for women over 70 to continue to participate in breast cancer screening and if they are eligible to receive free breastscreens through the national screening program. The BreastScreen Australia Program strongly recom-

mends all women aged between 50 and 69 years attend for a breastscreen every two years as research clearly shows the benefits of screening for women in this age group. The evidence about the benefits of mammographic screening in reducing breast cancer deaths for women 70 years and older is less strong, but indicates screening is probably still beneficial for older women who are in good health. Evidence has confirmed the benefits of screening for women up until the age of 74. For women aged 75 years and over, however, evidence for the benefits of regular screening in improving women’s length and quality of life

some individuals at higher risk such as those with a previous breast cancer. Whether women choose to continue to participate in regular screening beyond age 70 is a personal decision they should make in consultation with their doctor, taking into consideration the risks and benefits of screening and their individual circumstances and health. In deciding whether to be screened, older women and their health care providers should consider the above and be aware that individual women may be more likely to experience a personal benefit from screening if they: • perceive themselves to be in good health


Arthritis is a major cause of disability

Herbs have a long and effective history in helping manage the chronic pain of arthritis. Herbal medicine provides comfort and patient empowerment. Arthritis is a multi-factorial disease, and many organ systems are involved. Therein lie the benefits. Herbal medicines support the patient and provide alleviation of symptoms. Green lipped mussel, celery, ginger and olive leaf extract reduce inflammation effectively. One of the most exciting developments in joint pain is new research exploring the effects of turmeric. Turmeric mimics the pathways of prescription strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, without the side effect profile. Cumerone is a patented extract of turmeric which allows a readily bioavailable dose of turmeric to provide relief from pain, reduced inflammation and support to the cartilage structure within an affected joint. For more information on managing your arthritis pain, seek advice from an informed health professional such as your pharmacist. Gerald Quigley is a qualified Medical Herbalist and Community Pharmacist. To find out more visit

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

• are at low risk of death from other causes (ie. cardiovascular disease or other cancers) • are not bothered by the prospect of being diagnosed and having to undergo treatment for breast cancer, or potentially receiving false positive test results (which indicate a condition is present when it is not), and/or • are at a higher risk of death from breast cancer (ie. previous breast cancer or presence of other risk factors). For more information about the BreastScreen Queensland Program visit www.breastscreen.qld. or contact your nearest BreastScreen Service by phoning 13 20 50.


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‘Hoop Running for Health’ a croquet fundraiser

(l-r) at Southport Croquet Club are Jim Northcott, Julia Vickers, Beryl Phillips, Lois Rolls and Barbara Northcott. Light-rail construction, which will offer handy public transport access to the Club in the near future, appears in the background.

THIS may come as a surprise to some but the Southport Croquet Club is ‘open for business’ at 1 Queen Street, off Ada Bell Way, despite light-rail construction taking place all around the Club during recent times; even closing it down for six months from mid-2011 to early 2012. A perfect opportunity to check out this friendly Club is coming up next month on Sunday 16 June, 9am to 4pm, when ‘Hoop Running for Health’ will give the Southport Croquet Club grounds (and players!) a good workout in support of the Australian Red Cross. The Australian Red Cross offered unstinting assistance to croquet clubs (and many others) in Bundaberg and Rockhampton during the 2013 floods. The Queensland-wide Hoop Running for Health fundraiser is being held as a ‘thank you’ to this car-

ing organisation. For donations of only $5 for adults and $2 for children you are welcome to put together a team of up to six people for Hoop Running for Health and run six hoops and the peg (terminology which will be easily explained as required). But don’t stop there. Join in other activities on the day including morning tea and the sausage sizzle. Supporters of Hoop Running for Health include Croquet Queensland, Australian Red Cross, Medibank Community and the Queensland Government. Hoop Running for Health will provide a good chance to introduce family and friends to croquet, a sport for both body and mind and for all ages. For more information about Hoop Running for Health (Sunday 16 June, 9am-4pm) or about the Southport Croquet Club, including opening days and times, please call Barbara on (07) 5531 4720 or 0417 770 937. Anyone driving to the Southport Croquet Club will be glad to know that there is plenty of parking available at the nearby Southport Bowls Club on Marine Parade.

Diabetes Council Tweed Heads Support Group WE invite all people with diabetes, their families, carers and friends to attend the meetings of the Tweed Heads Support Group of Australian Diabetes Council. The aim of the meetings is to understand diabetes, receive the latest information and learn about Australian Diabetes Council servicers and events. Our meetings are relaxed, friendly and informative with a variety of guest speakers in attendance. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month (February to November) in the Community Room, Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads at 9.30am. Contact, Janet Commens, Convenor on 07 5576 2328 for further information.

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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.”

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Rock your socks off at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads WELCOME to Cooly of the program in local Rocks on 2013, the media and on the 50s and 60s website at http:// official-program. nostalgia festival in Australia – with over twokilometres of Rock ‘n ALL ABOARD FOR A RELAXING JOURNEY roll, Rockabilly, Swing and over 1,000 hot rods, custom cars and classic cars lining the stunning beachfront of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. Browse through 100 retro market stalls and 100 craft market stalls, take your taste buds back to the 50s and 60s with vintage styled food and join in Saturday 1st June the atmosphere that draws over 70,000 SOUTHSIDE STEAM people back year after EXPLORER year. Music fills the venues, more retro cars A leisurely morning trip by steam train around the roll up each day and the southside system with lunch served to your seat. festival builds and Saturday 6th July builds, culminating in a Grand Finale weekend NORTHSIDE STEAM where the streets are EXPLORER closed down, the outdoor stages are A leisurely morning trip by steam train around the inner moved in and the streets northern suburbs system with lunch included. are alive with street parades, shows, “BOOK ON BOTH TOURS & RECEIVE A SPECIAL displays and over 1,000 DISCOUNT” QUOTE GCS WHEN BOOKING cars parading from Kirra to Tweed Heads each “Book early as seats are limited” evening. SUNSHINE EXPRESS RAIL TOURS It’s the number one 50s and 60s nostalgia P.O. BOX 1119, TOOWONG, 4066 festival, from 31st May to Phone 3252 1759 Fax 3252 1767 10th June, so keep your Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division ABN 74 009 767 579 eyes peeled for details

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VARANASI is said to be at least 3500 years old. Some say it could have existed for over 5000 years. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. In 1897 Mark Twain said of Varanasi “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. My tour group journey to the city started in Agra, where we prepared to take the overnight train to Varanasi. Following an early dinner our bus took us to the station, which was on the edge of the city. The traffic was heavy and at some stage we actually stopped for a long time. Eventually our two Indian guides left the bus and apparently told the policeman on point duty that there was an important diplomatic officer on the bus. Like magic our bus was on its way. Now that is the story our friendly laughing guides told us, but I wondered if some baksheesh was quietly handed over to smooth our bus through. On our arrival at the station porters loaded two cases onto their heads and proceeded to the platform. The very long train pulled into the station and we found our reserved compartments. Four berths to each curtained compartment. Fortunately my berth number 39 was a lower berth. Our clean sheets and pillow case were wrapped in brown paper parcels. It was a bit like camping with much laughter and camaraderie. None of us undressed and I don’t know if we actually had a full night’s sleep, before it was time for our Australian guide Peter to tell us were pulling into Varanasi, where we arrived at 6.15 am. Once again we trailed after the porters, again carrying two pieces of luggage on their heads. The station was the real India, people sleeping on the floor, lots of litter and some of our group even saw a few rats. As our bus took us to our hotel we could see that this city was more run down than cities we had seen previously. There was more disorder, more rubbish. Pigs were rummaging through the rubbish as well as cows, dogs and goats. From our bus we were not really effected. That came later as we walked the labyrinth of the streets of the old city. Once again our hotel was excellent. During our tour of the city we were taken to see some silk

weaving which is a major industry there. Then, late in the afternoon, it was time for us to go to Mother Ganges for the evening ceremonies. Our bus only took us part of the way, then we were transferred into rickshaws to proceed, weaving our way through the heavy traffic....noise, noise, noise from the hundreds of horns from motor bikes and tuk tuks. It was then that we walked through the narrow streets to the Ghats along the Ganges, where we witnessed the priests perform the “Ganga Seva Nidhi” that is the “worship to fire” ceremony that is performed every evening. Ghats are steps of stone slabs along the river bank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. The ghats have individual names and we were heading for the Dashashwamedh Ghat, which is the main and probably the oldest in Varanasi on the Ganges. The area was packed with pilgrims. The women in their most colourful saris were all grouped around their personal tiny altars decorated with flowers and candles. Fortunately we were privileged to be seated in a reserved area. I expect, for Western tourists where we had an excellent view of the celebrations as did the worshippers in boats. There were seven platforms, each with a small table with pictures of deities surrounded by flowers. Finally all the preparations were over and the seven priests came to the altars. There was much chanting and singing followed by bell-ringing and then incense burners twirled by the priests. After this cones of fires were swung by each of the priests. And lastly a burning brazier. The ceremony was very impressive and we were able to see everything happening even if we couldn’t follow the procedures. The crowds started to dissipate and we walked back through the labyrinth of tiny streets passing more cows that were settling down for the night, all the time carefully watching where we put our feet ! We had dinner at a restaurant overlooking another part of the river. Next morning we left the hotel early and went back to the same ghat where we met our boatman before sunset. From our boat we could see that many many of the pilgrims were bathing, of course wearing their clothes, dipping down under Mother Ganges. As the sun rose there was

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Early morning, Mother Ganges in Varanasi

great jubilation from the crowds on the edge of the river. After leaving the boat, we walked back along the numerous ghats passing where bodies are cre-

mated. As well as burning by wood fires, there is also a cheaper option of cremation in the electric furnace at fraction of the cost. We made our way back

along the tiny streets passing a couple of cows hugging the wall. There is no doubt that visiting Varanasi is part of the spiritual journey associated with India.

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THERE are many good reasons to head for Byron Bay for a short break. Apart from the beaches there’s a lively café culture and lots of interesting boutiques, and a really good deli. And just up the road is Bangalow, which offers more of the same in a treechange environment. But there’s much more to experience in the hinterland behind Byron. There are a number of small villages like Federal and The Channon dotted among the hills, and scenery which rivals anything you can find anywhere in Australia. Some of it is simply breathtaking, and explains why so many “expats” from big cities have settled here for lifestyle reasons. A weekend, or better still, a midweek break

from everyday life can do a lot to recharge those flagging batteries. An ideal place to do just that is Koonyum Range Retreat, near the town of Mullumbimby and just 25 minutes from the coast at Byron. This Retreat, the vision of Piari and Michael Leibo, is perched on an escarpment overlooking the fertile Brunswick Valley, Mullumbimby and the coast at Brunswick Heads. Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast are clearly visible, reminding you that “civilisation” is not far away….in fact, just over an hour from Southport or 2 hours from Brisbane. Koonyum Range Retreat offers well-appointed villas with every convenience including an outdoor deck and hot

tub, a coffee machine, luxury bathroom amenities, flat screen TV and DVD player, Indian and Balinese furnishings, a king size bed….the list goes on and on. To top it off, there’s a breakfast hamper which includes croissants and grain bread, eggs, muesli, fresh yoghurt and local jam. Attention to detail is Piari’s trademark! To add to your experience of this beautiful region, look no further than a genuine French restaurant right in the middle of Mullumbimby. It’s called La Table and the owners, Louise and Bruno have created a little slice of Provence in a bistro-like atmosphere. Superb food and an excellent wine list complete the picture. May 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 39

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MENTION Berlin to most older Australians and they will conjure images of World War II destruction and the infamous Berlin Wall. Most likely, they will imagine a dull, drab place with few modern amenities. The reality is that modern-day Berlin is a vibrant bustling city with few obvious scars of the atrocities of the past. With a population of over three million people, it is the capital of Germany and its largest city. Berlin is a world city hosting renowned universities, modern museums and art galleries, convention centres, sports arenas and featuring over 800 hotels catering to a burgeoning tourist trade. Nevertheless, if one looks, it is not hard to find reminders of darker times. One of these is the path traversed by the Berlin Wall. From 1961 to 1989 this structure completely separated East and West Berlin and was the cause of many desperate attempts to escape from the oppression of Communist-controlled East Berlin. Some small sections of the wall still remain as grotesque

reminders of what used to be. Dotted lines trace its trail, along roads, across footpaths, even through new buildings. The concrete sections that comprised the wall were designed so that vehicles could not push them over. On the eastern side was a wide no-go death strip where any trespassers were at risk of being shot. Another well-known landmark from the war is Checkpoint Charlie. This was a popular crossing point during the Cold War and was the site of many demonstrations and confrontations. A nearby museum houses reminders of conditions during the years of the wall. It depicts some of the numerous methods used to try to escape from the east, ingenious and horrifically graphic reminders of the oppression and desperation of the people. They escaped in car petrol tanks, stuffed in car seats, in shopping trolleys, in loud speaker boxes, by flying fox cable, in a welder, by hang glider, by canoe and kayak in the Baltic, and by tunnels under the wall. Over 5000 were suc-

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Brandenburg Gate

cessful. Perhaps the most sobering reminder of the war is the Holocaust Memorial. This strange place consists of 2711 solid rectangular concrete blocks mounted in rows and columns, some tall some lower, like a bizarre city of the dead. Under it is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Nobody talks in here, it is a very sombre place. Over five million Jews perished at the hands of the National Socialist regime. A mere stone’s throw

away is the site of Hitler’s Bunker where he died in 1945. It is impossible to visit Berlin and not relive some of its history. However, there are many other highlights that instil joy and happiness. The Reichstag building is the traditional seat of the German parliament. It features a huge glass dome with free public

landmark is Unter den Linden, a tree-lined street that was once Berlin’s premier promenade. Meandering through the city is the River Spree. Numerous boats offer visitors scenic cruises along its course. For around €€ 6 a relaxing one-hour tour takes in many of the city’s highlights. One of these is Museum Island which houses five museums forming a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also on the island is Berlin Cathedral, a former emperor’s ambitious Protestant attempt to rival St Peter’s Basilica access and providing in Rome. magnificent views of Nearly a third of Berlin’s the city. The area is composed of Brandenburg Gate is an forests, parks, gardens iconic landmark of and lakes. The Berlin. Built in the late Tiergarten is a huge 18th Century as a sprawling park covering triumphal arch it has over five square been fully restored. kilometres near the city It is closed to vehicular centre. It is the site of traffic but visitors are the towering Victory freely able to wander Column, a 70-metre tall around its spire topped by a cobblestoned precincts. golden statue of Adjacent to this Victoria. The more

energetic visitor can trudge up a narrow spiral staircase to the top for stunning views across the park and city. Over 150 museums await visitors. More than 50 theatres provide live entertainment. Berlin has 12 restaurants listed in the Michelin guide as well as a virtual smorgasbord of gastronomic delights of every possible cuisine. The city is a shopaholics paradise with many fashion boutiques offering high-end bargains. Berlin has a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters. From late May to early September visitors can expect mild temperatures. It is the third most-visited city in the European Union. While many of the sights can be seen in around three days, a longer visit enables a much more encompassing itinerary. English is widely spoken in the tourist areas.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Steam around the suburbs

Roma Street Parklands

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

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

travelling in style in the heritage carriages. On Saturday June 1st the train will explore the southern suburbs as it steams down to Bethania and back to Thorneside before returning to the city. Lunch is included in the fare on this tour also so come along and enjoy a great day’s outing. And just in case you didn’t get enough steam in your lungs, there wil be a second Steam Explorer tour on Saturday ‘6th July, this time travelling around the Inner Northern Suburbs of Doomben, Pinkenba, and Mitchelton. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times. Ray Edser (Tour Manager).

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! 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)

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For further information contact 0448 244 639

Roma Street Parklands


CAIRNS & TROPICAL NORTH QLD Whitsunday Islands – Port Douglas – Kuranda Daintree 12 Days 27th July – 7th August $1899 includes: Good Motels – Breakfasts & Dinners, One Morning Tea. Admissions: Sky Rail or Travel Train to Kuranda, Daintree Rainforest River Cruise, Port Douglas Tour, Boat Cruise, Two Island Cruise (Hamilton and Daydream Island), Townsville Tour, Reef HQ, “The World’s Best Living Reef”, Paronalla Park, Mackay, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Bundaberg. Home Pickup and Return: Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Area, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Kingscliff.

OUTBACK QLD EXPLORER Longreach – Winton – Dinosaur Stampede – Charlville – Emerald – Barcaldine – Roma – Biloela – Town of 1770 $1799 – 9 Days 25th August – 2nd September Fare Includes: Good Motels, Breakfast & Dinners Admissions: Age of Dinosaurs, Longreach Hall of Fame, Qantas Museum, Dinner Cruise Thompson River, Australian Workers Heritage Centre Home Pickup and Return: Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Area, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Kingscliff. Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro Area, Redlands, Redcliffe, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kingscliff Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone

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Coastal Variety Tours

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Broadbeach Country Music Festival 21 - 23 June SPRUCE up your cowboy boots and round up your posse for the inaugural Broadbeach Country Music Festival – where the country meets the coast. Set next to the pristine beachfront of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, the festival will see a perfect mix of board shorts and banjos, surf boards and steel guitars as country music’s finest assemble for three days and nights of incredible free entertainment. Featuring James Blundell, The Sunny Cowgirls, Paul Thorn (USA) and so many more, you can stroll from stage to stage to hear your favourites. The Broadbeach Country Music Festival is free to attend, so trade your swag for swagger, grab your Stetson and sun cream and mark this premier event in your calendar. Go to the website at for a full outline of the program.

Daytime events free at Literati 2013

WHETHER you’re a writer or simply interested in all things literary, the City of Gold Coast ‘Literati 2013’ is for you. Happening on Friday 17 May and Saturday 18 May, Literati 2013 is being tagged as ‘a fabulous feast of authors at Gold Coast libraries’. The tasty topping on this literary feast is that all daytime events are free entry, though bookings are required. Among the 14 authors who will be taking part will be Michael Jacobson, Anna Campbell, L.A. Larkin, Kári Gíslason, John Hughes and MK Hume, plus ‘publishing industry insider’ Alex Adsett. Most of the Literati 2013 events will be held at the new Upper Coomera Library and Community Centre, 90 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera. Specific details are available in the comprehensive explanatory flier free from your local Gold Coast library. To book, visit or phone (07) 5581 7441 and quote the event code for the session you wish to attend. Proudly supported by Gold Coast Friends of the Library.

Author Encounter

‘DISCOVER the connection between author Nick Earls, The Fix and The Great Gatsby’ during an ‘Author Encounter’ on Friday 31 May, noon to 1pm, at Broadbeach Branch Library, 61 Sunshine Blvd, Mermaid Waters. This is a free Gold Coast City Council Libraries event but please reserve your seat by phoning 07 5581 1555.

Rhapsody Music Club

THE music club meets on the 4th Sunday of the month at, Lady Small Haven, 60 Allchurch Avenue, Benowa. The concerts start at 1.30pm, Doors open at 1pm. All are welcome to join us for a memorable afternoon of good music. Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided during the interval. Paddy goes to the vet with his goldfish. “I think it’s got epilepsy” he tells the vet. Vet takes a look and says “It seems calm enough to me”. Paddy says, “I haven’t taken it out of the bowl yet”.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Tweed Valley JPs GREAT News. Tweed Valley JPs have extended their times for witnessing signatures. Apart from the usual 10 to 2 and 5 to 7 on Thursdays at Tweed City and 10 to 2 on Tuesdays at Tweed Centro, you can now meet with JPs on Saturday mornings at Tweed City from 10am until noon. For more information ring Donna on 0414 894 368. If you are a JP and want to join the association, please contact Margaret on 0408 629 882.

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Allied Artists Expo at Robina Gallery WITH over 60 paintings on display; 11 awardwinning Gold Coast artists represented; a Silent Auction; a chance to vote for a favourite work and free entry to boot, the upcoming Allied Artists Expo is sure to be a popular spot. An exhibition with something for everyone. Artworks of every medium and style are expected to adorn the gallery walls with everyone welcome to enjoy the colourful atmosphere; to soak up the creative ambience. Stand back and imagine the journeys that took place from blank canvases to finished masterpieces. Chat to the artists, all members of the Royal Queensland Art Society at Broadbeach, and hear their stories. Ask questions. Imagine the gallery as a room in your own home. Dream. Allied Artists Expo will open on Tuesday 11 June and run daily until Sunday 23 June at Gold Coast City Council’s Robina Gallery (library complex), San Antonio Court. Opening times are Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri 9am6pm; Thurs 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-3pm; Sun 12 noon-4pm. For further information please phone Patti on 0435883350 or email: patti47@virginbroadband.

Pictured are some of the participating artists. Michael Hooper at top and Patrick McMahon. Left to right: Toni Lucas, Helene Warne, Patti McCandless, Susanne

Bianchi. Not available on the day were Atsuko Shima, Glenn McLeod Leaity, Fulvia Meadowcroft, Lynette Melsom and Maggie Trewavas.

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SENIORS NEWS Cooking with chestnuts ON a visit to the markets or grocery store at this time of year you are likely to see chestnuts for sale. The question is: do you know what to do with chestnuts once you buy them? ‘Chestnuts Australia Inc’ in Myrtleford, Victoria has a comprehensive website that not only answers many questions about chestnuts but explains how to prepare and cook this tasty food. Lots of appetizing recipes, from soups to stir-fries to desserts, can also be found on the site: http:// home.html. To get you started, here are some easy tips for ‘first time chestnut tasters’, courtesy of the Sydney Markets: Chestnuts have two skins. One is the hard outer shiny brown shell

and the other is the inner thin skin known as the pellicle. Once cooked, the creamywhite flesh is similar in texture to a roast potato with a delicate, sweet, nutty flavour. The firmer chestnuts feel, the fresher they will be. Look for even-sized nuts which feel heavy for their size, with undamaged, firm shells. To avoid chestnuts drying out, store in an airtight container, paper bag, perforated plastic bag or a specially marked ‘chestnut storage bag’ (where available) in the crisper compartment of the refrigerator. Chestnuts are best if consumed

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within three weeks of purchase. One kilogram of chestnuts yields approximately 700g of shelled chestnuts. Before cooking, the most important step is to cut the shell to prevent the nut exploding while cooking. Some people cut a slit across the face of the nut; others cut a cross into the flat-end.

Heritage Month events MAY is ‘Heritage Month’ and there are events happening across the Gold Coast for those with an interest in the history of their family or their city. Here are just two of those events. Sugaropolis: In the 1880s the Ageston Sugar Plantation included a run distillery, sawmill and brickworks and could process around two tons of sugarcane a day. Learn about this interesting historical site from Dr Kevin Rains, whose team from Gold Coast Heritage cleared lantana and over 100years of debris to uncover the history of this sugar empire. Meet Dr Rains at Local Studies Library, first floor, Southport Branch Library, cnr Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport, on Wednesday 22 May, 10am - 11am. Please book your place by phoning (07) 5581 7217. Date night: If you remember the Gold Coast of the 1970s, the Local Studies Library wants you! Library staff has put together a range of unidentified images and is calling for community assistance in identifying and dating these mystery photographs. Have fun sharing your memories of familiar faces and places at the Local Studies Library, Southport, on Thursday 30 May, 6pm 7pm. Please phone (07) 5581 7217 to book.

U3A U3A group seeking language tutors U3A North Gold Coast is seeking tutors in the follow languages: beginners French, beginners or intermediate Spanish and Italian. If you are fluent and would like to share your knowledge with others, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Sue Spicer 5514 2196 orcurriculum@u3a



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AMBER ring large stone 2 ½cm x 1cm wide set in silver from Europesize N, oval shape. As new $150. Ph 5534 5969. Currumbin Waters. BIRD cages 2 – 47x36x68cm. With accessories, 1 white, 1 black, $30 each. Ph 02 6674 5246. Kingscliff. BREVILLE Bar Italia, espresso cappuccino machine, new, $40. Ph 07 5502 1161. Nerang. COMFY utility chair padded arms and back, adjustable legs GC $60 Ph 0410 974 856. Mooloolaba. COMPUTER Pentium 4 in perfect cond. Win xp pro ms word monitor cd burner k/b mouse antivirus $75. Ph. 07 5576 2416. DINING chairs Carrington pine colonial style 6@$30 each like new green fabric seats, Ph 5535 8996. Miami. DOONA Queen size, unwanted gift, $30 ono. Ph 07 5524 4703. Banora Point. FOUR wheel walker good brakes exc. cond. $50. Ph 0412 993 433. Southport. FRIDGE/Freezer 510litre. White Fisher Paykel, FF, VGC $490. Ph 5599 2894. Coolangatta. HOMELITE – model HLT. 400 electric grass trimmer. As new, $35. Ph 5524 3223. Banora Point. KING single ensemble therapedic wool top, spotless as new. Cost $880, sell $400. Ph 02 6672 1247. Murwillumbah. L.P.RECORDS many, country music and old time singers. The lot for $50. Ph 07 5539 3438. Ashmore. LAWN bowls, Drakes Pride, size 3 H/W, exc. cond. $120 ono. Incl bag. Ph 5535 0528. Palm Beach. LAWNMOWER electric, hardly used suit small garden, VGC. $75 ono. Ph 0421 224 208. West Burleigh. LEATHER 2 piece ladies suit, size 12, black fully lined, exc. cond. $130. Ph 5665 8485. Helensvale. LOUNGE suite, maroon, 1x3 seater, 2 recliners + 6 cushions $180 ono. Ph 07 5532 8796. Southport. MASSAGE table fold up portable $60. Card table and 4 chairs $40. Ph 0424 285 663. Burleigh Waters.

PLANTS variety, healthy, enough to fill a garden or patio. 20 pots for $30. Ph 0412 552 561. Ashmore. PRIMUS Butane cooker with 4 butane cylinders – brand new $25. Ph 07 5579 8449. Clear Island Waters. QUILT cover sets, 2 King size with pillow covers, 1 blue/white, 1 blue/white/green, as new $30 each set. Ph 5665 8485. Helensvale.

RUG wool pile 20cm thick 160 x 230cm. Green flower pattern. Paid $480, sell for $120. As new. Ph 5520 7224. Burleigh Waters. SATELLITE dish, portable suit caravaner inc. Dreamax Digital receiver all accessories and instruction. $200 ono. Ph 07 5594 3260. Clear Island Waters.

SEWING machine, antique Singer, industrial with bench model 16x231, exc. cond. With motor. $500. Ph 07 5534 6404. Palm Beach. WHEELCHAIR exc cond. $180. Ph 0412 993 433. Southport. WHEELIE walker near new, basket under seat $40. Ph 5533 9590. Elanora.

Looking for a Very Tasty Lunch? Grilled Seafood Bar is located at Pacific Fair in the Food Court, would like to invite our senior citizens to enjoy a modern healthy and appetising approach to seafood. Our seafood lines include prawns, calamari, barramundi, bass, atlantic salmon, flathead, whiting and snapper. Team that with any of our salads greek, caesar, roast veg, pesto pasta, chicken pasta, avocado, chilli squid, rocket pumpkin fetta.

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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.) May 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 45

SENIORS NEWS Seniors Twospeed Crossword Cryptic Clues

Straight Clues ACROSS 1 Dunces 6 Made charge 9 Use sparingly 10 Strong cord 12 Centre of batting list (6,5) 14 Religious symbol 17 Plunges forwards 19 Orders 20 Writes at length DOWN 1 Baby minder 2 Tie up boat 3 Sea growth 4 Look rudely 5 Pace 6 Stroll 7 Urge on 8 Makes sad 11 Sham 13 Entrance 15 Quote 16 Type of tide 17 Leave as is 18 Small stones

ACROSS 1 Dull-witted people’s unfeeling headpieces 6 Everyone, for example, before reporter declared without proof 9 Don’t waste any part of this crimplene material 10 Strong line about to keep half-open 12 Central command for those who follow openers (6,5) 14 Religious symbol I study 17 Sudden rushes of single eggs 19 Is in charge of Board Members lacking alternative 20 Enlarges in discourse when banished people lose right DOWN 1 Run is made to get children’s attendant

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Lunch Invitation Pets for Therapy

Especially for ‘Older Adults’

WE would like to extend an invitation to you. Pets for Therapy Special Luncheon, celebrating 24 years of service to the community together. On Sunday June 2nd, 2013 at Coolibah Downs Nerang, 41 Mt. Nthan Road, Nerang. Starting at 11.00am to 1.30pm, cost is $35 per person. Payment to made prior to function date. Includes Buffet Luncheon, Dessert, Tea and Coffee. RSVP Yvonne Cody on 5578 2607 by 20th May, 2013.

THE ‘Older Adults’ program is a series of monthly events especially designed for the quarter of the Gold Coast population aged 55 and over. It is made possible through the support of the Friends of the Library. This month ‘Igniting the sizzle’ is on offer. ‘It is all too easy to get stuck in a self-destructive, negative rut. Lyn Traill, author of Sizzling at Seventy: Victim to Victorious, will talk about how you can untangle and improve your life, whatever your age.’ Tuesday 21 May, 10am - 11am, Helensvale Branch Library. Please phone (07) 5581 1625 to book your spot.

EDITORIAL DEADLINE Editorial is always welcome. Deadline for copy for the June edition of Gold Coast/ Tweed Seniors Newspaper is May 29th, 2013

“The most exquisite gardens I’ve seen in my 41 years in the garden business. It will be the next wonder of the world” Graham Ellis, The Garden Guru.

Set on over three hectares of uniquely layered and manicured gardens, positioned high on the escarpment, the magnificent, privately owned gardens are a panorama of waterfalls, ponds and colourful plantings. Idyllic rainforest surroundings and the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains backdrop create a truly unique garden. Adults $11, Children (under 16 - Free when accompanied by a parent) Devonshire Tea $7

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FOR the cost of a donation to the Queensland Cancer Council, you are invited to experience an Open Rehearsal of the Gold Coast’s own—and only—Philharmonic Orchestra; then to mingle with the musicians (all volunteers) during intermission while enjoying a luscious supper, before returning to the rehearsal to complete the evening. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra (GCPO) will hold its ‘Biggest Evening Supper’, in aid of the Queensland Cancer

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first 11 Spurious spongy soil before us 13 A way into backward old land measure 15 Solicited a part to mention in support of case 16 Incoming one appearing with tide 17 Don’t alter print in haste, they say 18 Starting great race is taking determination

Facts and oddities of the English language Dermatoglyphics, misconjugatedly and uncopy rightable, each 15 letters long, are the longest words in which no letter appears more than once.

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2 Space returning to open wasteland 3 Australian dog that is not used in seaweed 4 Unpleasant look from Galilee ruins 5 Favourites backed for pace 6 Casual walk left in shambles 7 Supernatural entity with a pointed stick 8 Makes dejected irons of the French

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Council and in conjunction with the Council’s ‘Biggest Morning Tea’, on Thursday 23 May between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Venue will be the intimate Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Centre (GCYOC), Community Drive, Ashmore. Patrons attending the Open Rehearsal will be privy to preparations for the Philharmonic’s upcoming concert ‘In the Spotlight’, to be held on Sunday 28 July at 3pm, also in the

GCYOC. To add to the excitement of the Biggest Evening Supper, a raffle with multiple draws will be drawn after the supper break. Please RSVP online at www.goldcoast or phone (07) 5539 6076 with your name, return phone number and the number of people attending in your group, even if it’s just you! Singles, couples and groups all welcome.

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Workshops for writers by writers ‘Workshops for writers by writers’ is the principle behind the newly-established non-profit Gold Coast Writers’ Workshops (GCWW). Plans are to have established writers present day-long writing masterclasses on topics including fiction, comedy and editing. Location will be Burleigh Heads. For more information, visit or phone/ email: Terry on 0412618088, or Kathy on 0415536546,

I’ll come to you! • Explain things simply in an everyday language • Experienced caring tutor in Microsoft Word, How to send Emails with attachments, Internet Explorer, download pics from your digital camera etc.

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Transfer 8mm Films to DVD Pictured at Burleigh Heads are GCWW Committee Members (l-r) Kathy Stewart, Terry Spring, Dianne Preston, John Clark and Phillip Ellis. Not available on the day were Janet Mannix and Russell Cornhill.

Movie club for seniors

BIRCH Carroll & Coyle and Event Cinemas are proud to announce the exciting launch of a great program specifically designed for Seniors who love movies! ‘Cine Buzz Rewards for Senior’s’ is a program exclusively developed for people aged 60 and above. It is a free membership, that’s easy to join and includes heaps of benefits not just in cinemas but for a whole range of offerings. Seniors can enjoy $8* movie tickets to films every day, plus invitations to exclusive Advance Screenings with complimentary morning tea. A great way to see the latest movies and enjoy a day out with friends. Club Members also receive candy bar discounts and earn points for every movie seen. Club Members can also experience the unique ‘Masters of Hollywood’ program, designed to bring the classic Hollywood films back to the big screen to enjoy either again or for the first time. There are some fantastic films lined up over the next few months, with the

screenings taking place on Thursday mornings from 10am. Experience the cinematic magic of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece North By Northwest on Thursday June 6, 2013 followed by Harper Lee’s much celebrated, literary classic, To Kill A Mockingbird on August 1, 2013. ‘Masters of Hollywood’ events provide a great opportunity to see the all time classics on the big screen and enjoy a day out with friends! If you’re not already a member, join now online at or you can see the friendly staff at one of the following Gold Coast Cinema locations: Event Cinemas Robina, Birch Carroll & Coyle Pacific Fair, Australia Fair and Coolangatta. For more information visit Existing Seniors Club On-Line Member points will automatically be transferred to the new card/program on next visit to the cinema. *Traditional sessions, not including 3D surcharges, VMAX or Gold Class.

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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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*Conditions apply: This discounted offer is only available to our ‘Senior readers’. Private adverts only. The $110.00 must be paid for by cheque, money order or by credit card prior to advertisements appearing. (No refunds given on this discounted rate.)

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$100,000 Phone 5573 2047

Pine Lake Village Elanora Gold Coast Code 2558

Brick and tile, DLUG, 2 Bedroom, Master En-suite, family bathroom. Large triple aspect lounge. Kitchen, dining, living onto paved patio, electrically operated louvre roof. Landscaped gardens. Solar energy and hot water. Walking Distance to all amenities, bush walks, Botanical Gardens and Gallery Walk.

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.

Code 2556

Pine Ridge Over 50s Relocatable Home Pine Ridge Road, Coombabah

North Star Resort Tweed Coast, Hastings Point

Studio Villa, freshly painted, new carpet excellent position, walk to Pines Shopping centre, pool tennis courts, landscaped gardens, attractive facilities.

$100,000 Contact Chris 0429 360 193

Code 2562

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 st 1 year Body Corp Free Ph 07 5578 7874

Code 2544

Pine Lake Retirement Village, Elanora

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