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Editor’s note


hen my colleague Russell Hunter was telling me about his hearing (or lack thereof) experiences and how it had got to the point that he had to concede he might need a hearing aid, it brought to mind my own hearing test at Christmas. I was in Sydney visiting family for the festive season when my daughter announced that she had made me an appointment for a free hearing test. “Do you realise how often you ask us to repeat ourselves?” she asked. “And there are so many times when we are talking to you and you just don’t respond. I think we need to do something about it.” I dutifully set off and answered the various beeps and tones as best I could

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Contents while they waited in the shopping centre. Mercifully, it didn’t take long, and the results were immediate. My daughter was there when they delivered the verdict: “There’s nothing wrong with your hearing at this stage.” Her response was instant and stinging: “Well, in that case you must be just plain ignorant and inattentive.” It was about this point that I decided it might have been better if I’d needed a hearing aid! Russell details his experience this month, and overall is very pleased that he has moved past lip reading. Also this month, I share the story of my recent grand adventure walking the wilds of Slovenia (well, it wasn’t that wild but the isolation was serene.) Although my dodgy knees told me it wasn’t quite the saunter I had expected, the aches at the end of the day were worth it, especially the sense of achievement that comes with knowing you are never too old to get up and start walking. And this comes from someone who spends most of their life hovering in front of a computer. Dorothy Whittington, Editor













































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So, with the phone volume at max, I began a series of calls to the (very) many providers of hearing aids. One thing you quickly discover is that this very much an industry. It’s big business and like any commercial enterprise, sales are its lifeblood. That said, though, the people concerned – they’re audiologists – are highly trained and very knowledgeable. They do want to improve your life. And they do want to sell you a hearing aid. One that will work for you.

What was that again? After finally conceding that he couldn’t spend the rest of his life lip-reading, RUSSELL HUNTER set out to learn more about failing hearing and the aids available. He shares the results of his investigation.


bout one in six Australians are hard of hearing, that’s to say they suffer from measurable hearing

loss. And one in three people over 70 suffer from hearing loss. They’re not deaf in the fullest sense but they do have varying degrees of difficulty in making out what’s being said to them. If you increasingly rely on the subtitles to watch TV, you’re likely to be one of those 3.5 million Australians who simply can’t get an earful. Worldwide, the numbers would be astronomical and, predictably perhaps,

“The eyes tend to glaze and the brain goes numb at the range of products but it’s important to try and focus”

they have spawned a billion-dollar industry offering a bewildering array of remedies. If, like me, you find yourself learning to lip read, you probably need to consider a hearing aid. After a couple of appointments, an ENT specialist concluded that I didn’t have a medical condition and that my hearing loss was due to age. He used some high-sounding language but that was what he meant. “Get a hearing aid,” he said. That was more than a year ago and I ignored him.

But soon the embarrassment, isolation and frustration set in. When you can’t go shopping for a shirt on your own because you can’t hear what the sales assistant is telling you; when you get the opposite of what you thought you ordered in a restaurant; when what you think you’re being told bears no relation to what someone is trying to tell you; when your partner gets increasingly angry and frustrated at repeating the same thing over and over at gradually increasing volume; when you can’t use the phone any more – it’s time to take stock.

The first step is a hearing test the cost of which is sometimes included in the final package but is more likely to be charged separately. I was quoted anything from $120 to $180 although there can be Medicare or health cover rebates. This is when they get to bring out a range of gee-whiz machines and devices that measure hearing loss and in which range of sound you are most affected. That established, it’s time to confront a bewildering array of tools and devices that aim to make you hear again. These are many and you can spend pretty much what you want – $1000 to $12,000 (per ear) would be a rough guide. There are hearing aids for every conceivable purpose and every

Self Funded retirees protest the high cost of hearing aids Sunshine Coast: July 2019

The high cost of good quality digital hearing aids has been a significant barrier to Self Funded Retirees obtaining help for their communication problems. One local clinic has decided to take the issue head on. Senior Clinician Lisa Burley says “It became apparent to us that it was becoming almost impossible for people to get the help they needed and it was effecting their day to day lifestyle.” If you have been quoted thousands of dollars for hearing aids you need to get a second opinion. Ms Burley says “ We have set up the only Locally Owned and Operated fulltime Hearing Clinic in Golden Beach to specifically help Self Funded Retirees get high quality hearing aids at sensible prices”. As the clinic is independently owned it has access to all major brands of hearing aids and the pricing is quite often thousands of dollars cheaper than what is being quoted elsewhere. Senior Clinician ,Mark Paton stated, “We feel its time for a fair deal for the self funded folk, our local status also allows us to provide trials of new technology, we want our patients to get great results without it costing a fortune.”

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conceivable (or sometimes inconceivable) price. Some are visible, some less so, a few totally invisible inside the ear. As a very basic, but not always reliable, rule the less visible the device the more expensive it will be. The eyes tend to glaze and the brain goes numb at the range of products but it’s important to try and focus – if not attentively listen. This is a major decision. I was allowed to try one – a receiver in canal or RIC in the industry parlance – for two weeks. And then another similar one for another two weeks. There was one other that I wouldn’t have minded trying for another two

Your audiologist will be that unusual blend of professional/technician/ salesperson. During my trial period I received a call to check that all was well. How is the device performing? Are there any particular problems? And, finally, would I like to commit to the one I was trialling now? I could easily call in and have it all arranged in a few minutes. It dawned on me that it was now the second last day of the month and here was the salesperson part of the triumvirate trying hard to meet budget for the month. It’s a business after all.

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weeks but the audiologist/salesperson had clearly had enough of me. “Sorry, we don’t have one of these available to try.” Message received if not completely understood. For my two grand, I get a small silver coloured kidney shaped thing that hides behind my right ear with a wire leading a mini-mic that fits into the ear. I also get a supply of button batteries (probably a year’s worth) as well as a small oven type of thing that bathes the mic in ultraviolet light before some gentle heating. It keeps the thing clean and hopefully free of wax and other stuff that might interfere with signal reception. It has a bluetooth function that means I can use it hands free in the car. All I have to do is press on the infernally minute button in the thing behind my ear when a call comes in. I’m assured I’ll get the hang of it. There’s also a range of tools and attachments generally intended to keep it in good order. But does it work? It’s not life-altering. I still can’t hear the TV though apparently there’s yet another device I

can buy to solve that issue. On the other hand, I don’t get exasperated looks from my partner who says she now doesn’t have to repeat statements three times or resort to sign language. I am brave enough to go to shops on my own and can once more order at a restaurant with a fair degree of confidence. I can even have a conversation on the phone without recourse to neck contortions and constant shifting of phone position in an effort to find the exact “sweet spot”. I feel better. But the test told me that both ears are probably past their use-by date. The left one, however, has been the subject of surgery and skin graft to the ear drum in a previous $11,000 attempt to improve my hearing. It didn’t work. The very helpful lady suggests I need a device for both ears but is unwilling to proceed without clearance from an ENT consultant regarding the one with the patched ear drum. So that’s next. So, after all this, can I hear better? Yes.

Many providers sell hearing aids that come insured. If it’s defective they’ll replace it up to a certain period that can vary. It’s worth checking for what and for how long you are covered. I’m told I’m covered for most things apart from stupidity. If it falls in the frying pan or if I attempt to wash it under the shower, it’s probably not covered. In fact, like most insurance, it’s covered for all but the most likely eventualities. And remember these things are small and easy to lose. I should know.

Most dealers (if that’s the word) offer a buy-with-confidence incentive that informs you that you can get your money back up to certain time after purchase if not completely satisfied. Read this through carefully. In many cases you’ll get SOME of your money back as there’s the small matter of a “handling fee” that will reduce the payout. A $500 deduction seems typical. And if you’ve paid for the mandatory hearing assessment, presumably you could take the results to another supplier if the one you’re dealing with – for whatever reason – turns out not to be the optimum for you. Worth a try if it eventuates. Consumer organisation Choice has a useful online guide to buying a hearing aid. It’s well-researched, plainly laid out and serves as an excellent point of departure in the quest for better hearing.

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FAMOUS last words

Good English is at great risk Are you fed up with interviewees, including politicians, who can’t string two words together? DAVID PARMITER also has a problem with print media that finds good spelling and grammar surplus to requirements.


hy has public speaking become such a challenge to so many people? Are they not taught how to stand up and speak in a confident and articulate manner to an audience? Has NAPLAN and inadequate teacher training resulted in a whole generation of young people not able to communicate in public? Maybe we have produced a generation of kids who can only communicate with their thumbs and fingers on a phone or tablet. Texting and screen-talk relies not on the correct use of English, but on 140 characters and, in the case of social media, it’s often anonymous leading to trolling and bullying. It gets worse with the print media. In a recent opinion piece in a leading newspaper, there were at least 16 spelling and grammatical errors, all of which should have been picked up and corrected by a subeditor and/or proof reader. Unfortunately, such people are no longer employed. I have been told there is no longer a budget for them, and who cares anyway? Here are a few examples: “the Government and particularly it’s stalling

on the Adani project”. There is never an apostrophe in the possessive. “It’s” is the contraction of the verb “it is”. Then we have “to radically reset” and “to only allow” demonstrating ignorance of the split infinitive. As my old English master used to say: “Boy, the ‘to’ goes with its verb. Always. The adverb goes before or afterwards; but never between”. Next came “Leaving Trad in charge ... will be seen as a jaunt would be matters even worse”. Where’s Pauline to ask, “please explain?”. Next I read, “contrition is a quality that the Premier has not been able to muster but she must learn how”. Muster a quality? Please re-write and re-submit. “The Government has appeared like puppets of the union movement” and “the swings against Labor has now lit a fire ... that has now been smouldering ... for some time”. Even my laptop rejects these. Is the Government singular or the collective plural? Either it is singular in which case it must be followed by “a puppet”, or it is the collective plural in which case it must be followed by “have appeared like puppets”.

Whatever happened to number/verb agreement? Finally, the Premier relies on “feelgood topics like movies productions”. That can either be “topics like movies (noun)”, or it can be “topics like movie (adjective) productions.” It cannot be both. There are others, but you get my drift. Not only should every child learn the basic principles of spelling, punctuation and grammar before they move to high school but they should also be given the chance to recite poetry from memory and debate with people of opposing views, and for heaven’s sake, learn how to speak in public and answer questions from dumb reporters. So, well, like, yeah, I get you. So a-mazing! Get kids off their screens and get them talking face to face to other people, especially their Grans. At the end of the day, the bottom line is that, at this point in time, we must stop talking and writing in gobbledegook, using weasel words when we don’t know what they mean, stop listening to politicians and start writing and speaking English correctly. Otherwise, our language is dead.

THANKS to Derryn Hinch’s signoff on his current affairs program, Ned Kelly’s last words became famous as “such is life”. This has now been dismissed as fiction, as it came from only one reporter. Another reporter said he heard the famous bushranger say “there is no need for tying me” as the hangman began to apply the noose around Kelly’s elbow, and that Kelly’s courage failed him at the end and he said only, “oh well I suppose it has come to this”. Another reporter also said that on exiting his cell, Kelly exclaimed, “oh well, it’s come to this at last”. So it seems that the famous quote over the years was just a a myth. Such is life. There are also various versions of Beethoven’s last words. One report said the composer murmured, “I will hear in heaven.” Another claimed it was “Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est” (translated from the Latin as “Applaud, friends, the comedy is finished”), while a third says someone brought him a dozen bottles of wine, to which he replied “Pity, pity, too late”. John Lennon wasn’t near so complicated. When the former Beatle was hit outside his New York apartment in December1980, he said simply, “I’m shot”. Nostradamus got it right. His last words reportedly were “Tomorrow, at sunrise, I shall no longer be here.”

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Bob returns to historic battlefield in new film It was one of Australia’s most significant battles and with the Long Tan story coming to cinemas, RUSSELL HUNTER talks to one of its hardy survivors.

Bob Buick receives his Military Medal from Brigadier O.D. Jackson for his part in the battle and (inset) Luke Bracey as Bob Buick.


ate in the afternoon of August 18, 1966, a company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers were fighting for their lives in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, in South Vietnam. Among them, was Sgt Bob Buick, now 79 and living on the Sunshine Coast. And although he has never looked back, he has found himself represented in a new film shot in Queensland that revisits what was probably Australia’s most significant and bloodiest engagement of recent times. Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan chronicles the events of that fateful day when Major Harry Smith (played by Travis Fimmel) led the 108 men of his company into battle against at least 2000 Viet Cong guerrilla fighters and North Vietnamese regulars. It became one of the most savage and decisive engagements in Australian military history. In all, 18 Australians and at least 250 enemy were killed, with some estimations being over 500. And Buick was there in the middle of the desperate conflict. He is portrayed in the film by Luke Bracey and while the two have only jsut met, they have been in email contact. Not surprisingly, Buick relates to Luke’s character. “Yes, I can see myself there,” he says “It basically relates to me. The story and that part are quite recognisable.”

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He remembers it as an encounter battle, when neither side knew the other was there until, of course, the shooting began. “We’d been in the country about two months. We were a bit thin on the ground then. It’s still not clear exactly what the enemy’s intention was,” Buick says. “But anyway, they screwed it up by sending in a few mortar rounds and we went to see what was going on.” The rest, as the cliche goes, is history. But in many ways this is unrecorded history and this film sets about filling

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that gap in our national understanding. Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan is very much an Australian production, releasing nationally this month and following the fortunes of those young soldiers who set out in the pouring rain of a Mekong Delta region rubber plantation to fight the battle of their lives. Buick, like most of us, has seen any number of war movies. “Trying to faithfully replicate battle scenes would be extremely difficult,” he says. “I’ve seen quite a few. Many are Hollywood-ised and I suppose the best ones would need to be 80 per cent reality and 20 per cent Hollywood. “This one would be among the best. In my view it’s still a bit too Hollywoodised but it’s the first Aussie movie of a real battle portraying actual events.” (There have been other films but the battle scenes were part of the story and not the story itself.) Delta Company of 6RAR with Bob Buick was sergeant in Eleven Platoon, went into battle that day with 29 warriors. Just under four hours later there were 16 still alive, of whom eight were wounded. They suffered the highest casualty rate of any platoon in the 10-year Vietnam conflict. As the smoked cleared, it became clear what had been achieved – that the 108 Anzacs (there were three New Zealanders) had pulled off a stunning victory that was to have repercussions for the rest of Australia’s involvement in the war. “There was a theory that they (the North Vietnamese) were just testing the Australians but it’s still not clear what their true intent was that day,” Buick says. Whatever their intent, they got more than they bargained for as Long Tan established the Australian contingent as a body of men (there were no women combatants in those days) not to be taken lightly. Documents found on a prisoner later in the war indicated that the North Vietnamese were urged to avoid pitched battles with the Aussies. They were, apparently, just too costly.

“There had been no presence in that region since the French were defeated in 1954,” Buick says. “We had it pacified and then went on to support US operations in the country.” The Aussies, however, were not under US command and after Long Tan there was no similar serious engagement. Buick says he has no single outstanding memory of the battle of Long Tan: “Just the whole day really and then the two or three days after that when we cleaned up the battlefield.” He joined the army in 1959 and after a decorated military career retired in 1995 with the rank of WO1 – Regimental Sergeant-Major – the pinnacle of promotion for any non-commissioned soldier and an honour conferred on a select few. His book All Guts And No Glory recounts his experiences and his reasons for joining up in the first place. He has no regrets about his actions at Long Tan. “How could I?” he says. “I was a professional soldier doing what I’d signed up to do. I’ve had a great life.”

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Mary’s liftoff for an unsung adventurer of the skies At 69, Mary Garden has published the story of her pioneering aviator father, and it is already proving a hit with reviewers. MARY BARBER reports.


n 1930, Mary Garden’s father Oscar flew from London to Australia with just 39 flying hours under his belt. Until then, his longest flight had been six hours. This flight was to take 18 days. In Sundowner of the Skies The Story of Oscar Garden – The Forgotten Aviator Mary tells his story abnd explains why he made such a risky endeavour. “There was definitely a pioneering

spirit in the Scottish family,” she says. “Also, he didn’t want to pay for a commercial licence. He thought he would use the little money he had to buy a secondhand plane. Once he was in Australia, he would have enough hours to apply for a licence.” For Mary, this decision is in keeping with the father she knew. He could be reckless, foolhardy – and a miser. Oscar was 27 when he walked into the aviation department at Harrods department store in Knightsbridge and bought a secondhand gipsy moth. There was only one person to see him off at Croydon. He didn’t want any fuss or fanfare and he didn’t want to be talked out of doing the flight. He had to cross Europe, the Middle East, northern India and fly south down the Singapore peninsula. The final leg was crossing the shark-infested Timor Sea. His flight was a phenomenal achievement, especially for a novice pilot. At that time, only Bert Hinkler, Charles Kingsford-Smith and Amy Johnson had

succeeded in making the ocean crossing from England to Australia. While other pilots such as Hinkler had financial support, publicity and big crowds to wave them off and welcome them in Darwin, Oscar chose to fly under the radar. He landed in Wyndham southwest of Darwin, just over the Western Australian border as this was a shorter flight. News travelled and soon the press was on to the story. They nicknamed him “Sundowner of the Skies” likening Oscar to a swagman who arrives unexpectedly at dusk and disappears at daybreak. Oscar Garden went on to have a 20-year career in aviation. He flew the second flying boat from England to New Zealand for TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) the precursor of Air New Zealand. And that’s where he settled. After World War II, he trained ex-air force pilots to become commercial pilots with TEAL and then, in 1947, he quit aviation with 10,000 flying hours under his belt and became a tomato farmer. Mary remembers that he did not speak much about his flying career. “My father had a complicated relationship with fame. He said he hated it

and yet, he’d ask my mother, ‘anything about me in the paper today?’,” she recalls. Beginning the project was daunting for her. There were no letters and no personal diaries but old newspapers from Scotland and New Zealand and aviation magazines made a fine start. Over time, people came forward with photos and stories, family letters turned up and Mary became thoroughly immersed in the research. Along the way, she has shown the same determined spirit as her father. The biography was rejected again and again. Publishers told her that biographies of parents are common in the market but don’t compete well against celebrity biographies. Oscar Garden was unknown. For Mary, this was the whole point. Her father is forgotten in the wider community, yet she found he is still known in the aviation world. After 12 months, her story finally found its place with New Holland Publishers and it was released in Australia, England and New Zealand in May. It is now available in book shops and online. This month, she will head to New Zealand where it will be launched at the Classic Flyers Aviation Museum. Visit

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ergeants Crompton, Farquarshon and Pickering were stationed in a police hut on the corner of Wappa Falls Rd and the Gympie Rd, now known as Yandina. They were part of the gold escort and accompanied gold being transported to Brisbane from Gympie, possibly for only a few years as most went through Maryborough. One story told was that “Farquarshon gloried in a good fist fight, and very few ever went to jail for being unruly. The jail at the police hut was a big log and chain. Farquarshon used to say, give us whisky and we will find beds for ourselves. Sometimes the hotel at Yandina, Mooroochie House, held overnight nearly £250,000 worth of gold.” The word “sergeant” was used as a compliment as the police officers were really constables. Constable John Farquarshon became one of the first stationed at Cobb’s Camp (Woombye) in 1874. He was followed by Constable George Smith. Records show that Smith employed a blacktracker, Johnny Griffin, to find the Aboriginal outlaw Johnny Campbell at Noosa. In 1887, a courthouse was established

Mounted Constable Wilson on his horse during construction of the BuderimPalmwoods Tramway. Picture courtesy Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway. in Woombye. In 1898, both the police station and the courthouse were transferred to Nambour after much lobbying by Nambour residents. The actual courthouse building was relocated. In 1964, a new courthouse and police station were built and the old buildings were relocated to Petrie Park where they

were used as clubhouses until destroyed by fire. A police station extension was opened in Mitchell Street in 2006, and remains as such. The building of tramways and trainlines needed policing. With so many navvies (labourers) employed, a police presence was meant to deter any illegal activities at the camps, maintain order and curb drunkenness. Surprise raids on illegal shanties in the camps to seize grog, usually made before sunrise, were successful. The last section of the Brisbane to Gympie railway line to be completed was a 12-mile section between Cooroy and Yandina. For this construction Main Camp at Mount Eerwah was established in 1888 and grew to accommodate 1000 men, hundreds of horses, bullock teams and drays. The thick scrub had been difficult to clear and the heaviest work was the ascent of the Eumundi Range. At Yandina, far enough from the temptations of the camp but close enough to make raids, Mounted Constable George Sutton was in charge of a newly established police station in 1890. He complained about his accommodation, a leaky cottage without

stables for the horses. But he did marry a local girl. Constable J. Johnston followed him and was accommodated in the unused Telegraph Office, a kilometre out of town which did not please the townspeople. In 1894 the police station was closed. Construction of the Palmwoods to Buderim tramway which began in 1914, also saw the establishment of a police presence. Palmwoods farmers wrote to their Member of Parliament: “The tramway to Buderim Mountain is being constructed from here and consequently a great number of navvies are working here, which in its self should be sufficient need to station a Constable here. “Drunken men lay about the streets on Sunday and every other day and the language is not English. After 6pm this town is cut off from Nambour by telephone.” Constable Wilson arrived with his Troop Horse Ecuador and settled down to business in January 1914. The station operated only while the tramway was being built and closed on 16 January 1915. It was then moved to Mapleton for about two months while the NambourMapleton tramline was built.

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by Mocco Wollert AFTER unsuccessfully trying to “save” a document three times, I head for the phone. I need help. Before I dial, I take a deep breath and tell myself I am not stupid. I consider myself an intelligent woman. I have run businesses and been the financial controller of them, but I’ll be darned if I can get the hang of that infernal machine sitting on my desk. I need Lee, the most wonderful man in the world, well, my world, who will come to the rescue when I need him. So, Lee it is. He has been my lifesaver and probably will have to be with me forever or at least as long as I am wrestling with my nemeses: the Apple Mac, iPhone and iPad. I was dragged screaming into the Telstra shop by my daughter to buy the phone. The only concession she made was telling the finger-clicking, foot-tapping salesperson, “this is my mother. She is old. Please speak slowly or she won’t get it.” I mean she was right, but still ... Now, like the rest of mankind, I am shackled to my mobile phone. There is a great organisation called Seniors OnLine, dedicated to helping and educating computer-illiterate seniors such as myself. When I approached them for help for the first time, Lee came, conquered, and stayed on as my mentor.

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One of his main talents is patience. I don’t know how many times Lee has said to me “read the screen”. Obediently I stare at the symbols on my tool bar, getting more and more confused. Sometimes the tool bar disappears altogether and I don’t know where to begin to look for it. Lee suggested putting the “commands” he teaches me on to small index cards. It is a good idea and when I get stuck – which I must say is often enough – I can look at an index card which will hopefully tell me how to get rid of an unwanted line. That is, providing I have not left out something when I wrote the instructions. Spellcheck is a wonderful invention too but it has its pitfalls. When I emailed my best friend that I would give her “a helping hand” in her hour of need, I typed ham. The spellcheck was unperturbed but my friend hasn’t spoken to me since. I write short stories, articles and poems. It can take me hours but finally, my masterpiece is done. I spellcheck it and then press the button to close. Just to make sure all is ok, I try and open it again, only to find it has vanished into the ether. I search files and documents but the oops factor has come into play. I lost it! All because I forgot to press the “save” button. Sometimes I cry, sometimes I laugh hysterically but mostly I want to throw the computer out of the window. May your computer be your friend and your documents saved.

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roadside camping area and I was pleasantly surprised to find I dropped into an acceptable sleep. My husband is a champion sleeper. If it was an Olympic sport, he’d win gold, so he was unfazed. Organisational skills are another matter. As we packed up our camp, he rolled and stowed his swag neatly only to discover the car keys were still inside. By Day 3, I had perfected my technique for entering the swag: step in, sit down, and shimmy about. In the morning, the reverse was not so smooth but more of a crawl and stumble. You can fall out of a swag, but at least it’s not far to the ground. Oh well, only a month to go. “Will you write about this?” hubby asked. “Sure, I’ll call it the dag and the hag in the swag,” I replied. He responded: “Good one Dr Seuss, which one am I?”

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ne of the shortest active retirement programs I ever conducted lasted two sessions. It was with a man whose role had been made redundant and within three months, he and his wife had moved the length of the country. As we talked, he shared that 20 years ago, on a family vacation, he had decided that he was going to spend his later years close to three things that had presented themselves on this particular trip: Family, a top-class tennis club and the beach. At just over 50, and after almost 30 years with the same company, the move was made in consultation with all the family members living in the area. The first time we met, he said he had found a top-class tennis centre run by a former professional and was looking at purchasing a house a few kilometres away. By the second session, he and his wife had found a townhouse 300m from the beach, 2kms from the tennis club, 20 minutes’ drive of family and, to put a cherry on top, a few minutes’ drive from a golf club. He couldn’t have been happier transitioning into his new life. When he left at the end of the second session, he said, “Twenty years of planning and research has gone into this great result,

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you know. Now it’s my time.” That’s a short and sweet success story. However, things don’t always go so smoothly and not all relocations go to plan. An associate told me about a couple who, for many years, had the vision of moving to the coast. Every time they had visited, they’d been greeted with open arms by family members living there and they’d enjoyed happy times at the beach. Most of the time, their visits coincided with school holidays, Christmas and Easter; happy times when they were surrounded by people. When the time came, they sold their family home of many years, left their close friends, and downsized into an adequate house not too far from family members and acquaintances. However, this was done without in-depth consultation or conversation with the family members involved. After the initial excitement of the move and spending some time with the family and grandkids, the couple began to feel increasingly isolated. They found their family was involved in a lot of activities and life was planned beyond just seeing Grandpa and Grandma. They were used as babysitters when parents wanted a night off, and spent

quality time with the family they’d moved to be near only one in every five or six weekends. At the same time, they found it hard to break into any social circles and found themselves frequently travelling to see friends back in their home town. To cut a long story short, before too long they decided to move back to their home town. They were back with friends and social groups but living in a smaller townhouse in a location they had to settle for (because their moving costs were so large) rather than a place to really love and call home. They were back where they began, and although surrounded by friends their own age, they were in a state of regret and frustration and had blown a lot of money in the process. How could they have avoided this? Identifying where to live requires answering a series of realistic questions to ensure the move is for the right reasons. There are a lot of factors to be taken into consideration, and the vision has to be assessed against the reality of the move. A move to the wrong location can be both costly and damaging to relationships. The key is to be clear on where you want to be and your reasons and then to

share your plans with anyone who may be affected by the relocation. It sounds simple enough but the process may involve asking some deeper and tougher questions, of yourself, your partner and other key players, than you might think. Questions could include: • What are your motivations for the move? • What assumptions are you making about the move? • What’s the reality of the move? • What is the cost of living where you are headed? • Whom do you need to have conversations with? What we are trying to avoid here is what I call “rose-coloured glasses syndrome”. In the midst of a major change in your life, you need to be very clear on your expectations versus the reality of a relocation. Had our couple spent more time asking the right questions and involved family members who were going to be affected, there may well have been a different long-term outcome, without the loss of a few disappointing years. Steve Mendl is the author of Beyond The Money: A Practical Guide for Successful Men Leaving Full-Time Work

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Gain an understanding into maintaining your independence and lifestyle in later years. This session will cover home, finances and care needs. Learn the critical financial and legal implications important to your decisionmaking and feel confident and in control of options. Learn ways to access home care services and government-funded support programs. Noosa Library Service Cooroy Library 9 Maple St, Cooroy Wheelchair accessible Bookings required at or phone 5329 6555. Free.

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11.30am–4pm bloom free hearing health checks Gympie bloom hearing specialists Gympie are holding free hearing health checks during Seniors Week. We encourage you to join us at the Gunabul Golf Club, Gympie and take part in our free hearing health check event. We will be providing hearing screenings and discussing all things hearing health. The team will be able to answer any questions your may have and showcase some of the new hearing technology available in clinics. Feel free to call to discuss hearing related questions on 5482 9757. We are located at Unit 4, 82-84 Monkland St, Gympie. bloom hearing specialists Gunabul Golf Club Gympie 9 Power Rd, Southside Gympie Wheelchair accessible. Free

1pm–3pm Qigong for health and harmony Qigong Shibashi is 18 flowing movements that harmonise mind, body and breath with gentle movements. Our session will begin the a warmup, 18 movements followed by meditation. No experience necessary and suitable for all ages. Join Lynette for a free session of Qigong followed by afternoon tea. Maleny Neighbourhood Centre 17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny Wheelchair accessible. Free.

The 2019 highlight event of Seniors Week on the Sunshine Coast is the IAgeWell Over 50 Lifestyle Expo. The expo will have a wide range of exhibits covering travel, health and wellness, recreation and fitness, employment and education, finance and retirement planning to help you live your best life. There will be a wide range of free informative workshops. Entertainment will include a live band and a wide range of performances showcasing some of the best talent on the Sunshine Coast. Great food and refreshments will be on offer as well as a fashion show with free bubbles and nibbles. An event not to be missed. Come along and be inspired. Celebrate life and all its possibilities. Lake Kawana Community Centre 114 Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina Wheelchair accessible. Free

10am–11.30am It's in the DNA - Seniors Week Event Where do you come from? Nambour Join Ann Swain from Queensland Family History Society Inc. as she takes you through the basics of where you come from. • Find out how DNA testing can extend your family history. • Learn how to decipher the test results and jargon. • Discover the three main types of genetic genealogy DNA tests. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Funded by the Queensland Government and supported by COTA Queensland. Sunshine Coast Libraries Nambour Library Cnr Currie & Bury Sts, Nambour 4560 Wheelchair accessible Bookings required at library.sunshinecoast.qld. DNA-For-Seniors or phone 5475 8989. Free

1pm–2.30pm It's in the DNA - Seniors Week Event Where do you come from? Beerwah History Society Inc. as she takes you through the basics of where you come from. • Find out how DNA testing can extend your family history. • Learn how to decipher the test results and jargon. • Discover the three main types of genetic genealogy DNA tests. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Funded by the Queensland Government and supported by COTA Queensland. Sunshine Coast Libraries Beerwah Library 25 Peachester Rd, Beerwah Wheelchair accessible Bookings required at library.sunshinecoast.qld. DNA-For-Seniors or phone 5475 8989. Free

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 9.30am–12pm bloom free hearing health checks Coolum bloom hearing specialists Coolum are holding free hearing health checks during Seniors Week. We encourage you to join us at the Caf Coolum and take part in our free hearing health check event. We will be providing hearing screenings and discussing all things hearing health.

The team will be able to answer any questions your may have and showcase some of the new hearing technology available in clinics. Feel free to call to discuss hearing related questions on 5471 7444. We are located at 3 Birtwill St, Coolum. bloom hearing specialists the Caf 21 Birtwill St, Coolum Wheelchair accessible. Free

10am–11.30am It's in the DNA - Seniors Week Event Where do you come from? Kawana Celebrate Seniors Week! Join Ann Swain from Join Ann Swain from Queensland Family History Society Inc. as she takes you through the basics of where you come from. • Find out how DNA testing can extend your family history. • Learn how to decipher the test results and jargon. • Discover the three main types of genetic genealogy DNA tests. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Funded by the Queensland Government and supported by COTA Queensland. Sunshine Coast Libraries Kawana Library 30 Nanyima St, Buddina Wheelchair accessible Bookings required at library.sunshinecoast.qld. DNA-For-Seniors or phone 5475 8989. Free

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Calendar Of Events 10am–12pm HAP Celebrate Seniors Week The Healthy Ageing Partnership, Sunshine Coast is proud to announce this year's Seniors Week morning tea will be held at the Maroochydore RSL. Doors open at 09.30am for 10am start finishing at 12pm. Stay and play at the RSL as there is free parking. Entertainment will be provided along with morning tea, lucky door prizes and other goodies. Bookings now open on HAP website Healthy Ageing Partnership Sunshine Coast Maroochy RSL Memorial Ave, Maroochydore Wheelchair and hearing loop accessible Bookings required by Wednesday, August 21 at $12.50

10am–2.30pm Laught out loud A fun-filled day for all ages. Includes morning tea and a light lunch. Keynote speaker Pat Armistead is an award-winning multi-published author and president of the National Speakers Association NZ 2001 and NZ Speaker of the Year 2002. Pat has toured with Patch Adams and in 20/20 will be a keynote speaker in the 20/20 Medicine and Healing Summit. Carolyn will bring tears of laughter as she leads the journey and brings her characters to life through comic storytelling. Carolyn was Queensland state finalist at the Melbourne International Comedy RAW competition 2018 and performed at the Comedy Lounge at the Anywhere Festival. Women Initiating New Directions Organisation Saw and Mill 5 Opal St, Cooroy 4567 Wheelchair accessible Bookings required by Tuesday, August 20 at or call 0447 012 887. Cost: $22-27

2pm–3.30pm It's in the DNA - Seniors Week Event Where do you come from? Caloundra Celebrate Seniors Week! Join Ann Swain from Join Ann Swain from Queensland Family History Society Inc. as she takes you through the basics of where you come from. • Find out how DNA testing can extend your family history.

9am–12pm bloom free hearing health checks Caboolture bloom hearing specialists Caboolture are holding free hearing health checks during Seniors Week. Join us at our bloom hearing Caboolture clinic and take part in our free hearing health check open day. We will be providing hearing screenings and discussing all things hearing health. The team will be able to answer any • Learn how to decipher the test results and jargon. • Discover the three main types of genetic genealogy DNA tests. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Funded by the Queensland Government and supported by COTA Queensland. Sunshine Coast Libraries Caloundra Library 8 Omrah Ave, Caloundra Wheelchair accessible Bookings required at library.sunshinecoast.qld. DNA-For-Seniors or phone 5475 8989. Free

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 9am–1pm Bribie Seniors Living Expo The Bribie Island Seniors community is vibrant and active with many options for social activity, community engagement and support. For years the community has celebrated this through an annual expo held in Seniors Week. This year’s Seniors Expo celebrates the best that Bribie has to offer members of our community. Local business, emergency services, social and special interest groups as well as aged care and disability support service providers will be all showcasing services to the community. Exhibitors will provide invaluable information, opportunities and giveaways. Lucky door prizes will be drawn every half hour, light refreshments will be available. Public transport to venue. Bribie Respite and Support Services 96-108 Arcadia Ave, Woorim Wheelchair accessible Bookings required, call 3408 2112 Free

questions your may have and showcase some of the new hearing technology available in clinics. Feel free to call to discuss hearing related questions on 5471 7444. We are located at Unit 2, 26 George Street, Caboolture. bloom hearing clinic Caboolture Unit 2, 26 George St, Caboolture Wheelchair accessible Free

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Celebrating Seniors Week 2019 9am–12pm bloom free hearing health checks Tewantin bloom hearing specialists Tewantin are holding free hearing health checks during Seniors Week. Join us at Next Chapter Café Shop and take part in our free hearing health check open day. We will be providing hearing screenings and discussing all things hearing health. The team will be able to answer any questions your may have and showcase some of the new hearing technology available in clinics. Feel free to call to discuss hearing related questions on 5442 4254. bloom hearing clinic Tewantin Shop 1, The Atrium, Tewantin Wheelchair accessible Free

It's in the DNA - Seniors Week Event Where do you come from? Kenilworth Celebrate Seniors Week! Join Ann Swain from Queensland Family History Society Inc. as she takes you through the basics of where you come from. • Find out how DNA testing can extend your family history. • Learn how to decipher the test results and jargon. • Discover the three main types of genetic genealogy DNA tests. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Funded by the Queensland Government and supported by COTA Queensland. Sunshine Coast Libraries Kenilworth Library 4A Elizabeth St, Kenilworth Wheelchair accessible Bookings required at library.sunshinecoast.qld. DNA-For-Seniors or phone 5475 8989. Free

12pm–2.30pm Open Day – Trinder Park! Meet the team, enjoy the free barbecue, tour our refurbished villas and co-located aged care service. Am opportunity to ask any questions about residential aged care, retirement living and home care packages.

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Lutheran Services Trinder Park Aged Care Facility 10 Laurel St, Woodridge Wheelchair accessible Bookings by Friday, August 16 at 3387 4999 Free

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 9am–4pm The Grey Medallion Many older Australians care for grandchildren. Many older Australians enjoy water-based activities. We are all prone to accidents at home.But do we know how what to do in an emergency? This is a program to help you learn the essential lifesaving skills that could one day save your family members, friends or your life. Our free two-day course covers • Water wise skills and water safety, children and pools. • How to act in emergency situations on land or around the water. • CPR, basic first aid (as well as stroke recognition), use of a defibrillator, and emergency procedures You do not need to be fit or able to swim to complete the Grey Medallion, as it aims to teach you how to rescue someone without getting into the water. Ithaca Caloundra City Life Saving Club BreakFree Resort Caloundra 100 Bulcock St, Caloundra Wheelchair accessible Bookings required by Friday, August 23. Visit or phone 0402 454 644. Free

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Oaks Oasis Resort. Walking on a wide flat public footpath, enjoy the coastal scenery and spirit of friendship of the day. Finishing at the Caloundra Power Boat Club, you'll return in time to enjoy breakfast on the lawn. Seated presentations will follow in the Boat Club with information packs, games, and free lucky draws. Participants can leave their vehicles at the Power Boat Club car park and take the free shuttle bus to the start. Bookings required call Frank 5492 7134 or Don 0417 700 502. Cost $10 and kids are free

rewarding experience in itself. The theme of the concert is music from musicals or movies and will be performed by a wide range of our members culminating in the U3A Redcliffe Choir who are a highly professional group of talented people. As well as enjoying the concert you will be able to view the types of classes on offer. We will be providing a light lunch at the end of the concert. Senior Citizens Hall, 401 Oxley Ave, Redcliffe Wheelchair accessible Bookings required by Friday, August 23. Call 3284 2687 . Cost $7.

10am–1pm Showcasing Skills and Education in the Third Age

10am–2pm Picnic in the Park Open Day hosted by Opal by Living Gems

U3A Redcliffe will host a concert and expo to showcase the wide variety of activities that it offers. The purpose of this event is to show people aged over 50 the opportunities that exist within the community to continue to learn and remain active. It is also an opportunity to offer your own skills and become a volunteer tutor which is a

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 6.30am–1pm 20th Armature Fun Walk for the over 50s, families and friends Join Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League Caloundra Inc in a 4km fun walk and reinforce to the wider community that mobility brings a better lifestyle. Our instructor will get you warmed up for the day with the walk commencing from the

In support of Queensland Seniors Week we are lighting up Brisbane! Too often we hear that people feel invisible. As one of our Volunteer Community Team members put it “let's shine the spotlight on us and make us VERY visible”. And that is what we are aiming to do.

19-21 August Story and Victoria Bridge – Pink, Purple with a Gold sparkle 19-21 August Redcliffe Place sculptures – Pink 20-22 August Brisbane City Hall – Pink, Purple, Maroon 20-22 August Sandgate Hall– Purple

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OVE R 50’s LI FE STYLE EXPO Celebrate life and all its possibilities Program times ROOM ONE 10:00am Don’t Wait For The Diagnosis Presented By Annie Clark – Lifestyle & Health Consultant

10:45am 3 Simple Steps to Connect to the NBN Presented by Keir Tierney - Crossmark Australia (representing NBN)

11:30am The science of turning the clock back? Are you ready to take a few years back! Presented by Justine Easton, NuSkin

12:15am 3 Photo Finish Make up - Improving Your Skin’s Elasticity Presented by Angie Purchase

1pm 3 Moving made easy - The 5 Keys to a Successful House Move Presented by Kym Phillips, Moving Made Easy 1:45pm 3 Body Mind Spirit : Understanding the spiritual connection as we age. Presented by Jessica Fleming and Misha Crosbie, Soul Pathway Journeys ROOM TWO 10:00am Understanding Dementia: Is there hope?


21 AUGUST 9.30AM - 2.30PM VENUE 114 (formerly known as Lake Kawana Community Centre) 114 Sportsman Parade, Bokarina

Presented by Geriatrician Dr Sanjay Gangadharan

10:45am Financially preparing for Aged Care Presented by Sharon Coleman, Your Aged Care Solutions

11:30am Ringing in the ears: What can I do about it? Presented by I Hear - Brianna McGuinness, Audiologist

12:15am The Law and you - We have it all covered!!! Presented by legal specialists from McColm Matsinger Lawyers

1pm Ageing Well and beyond …..Ageing well at home Alicia Wooding, General Manager at Queensland-based home care provider Envigor

1.45pm Beyond the Money Renowned author/coach Steve Mendl ENTERTAINMENT 1.30-2.30pm Fashion Show with Bubbles (ROOM 3) OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Bronte’s Band Down Under, Sole performance by Ken O’ Flaherty Various entertainment by U3A, Ukulele groups, Tap Dancers and much, much more

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Embrace life and all its possibilities The many and varied opportunities available to enrich life for Baby Boomers and beyond, will be on show at the IAgeWell Expo this month.


ore than 60 exhibitors will cover a range of subjects from travel, health and wellness and recreation and fitness to employment and education, finance and business, fashion and beauty. Independent living services and products, holistic living options and affordable housing options are also

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covered. Organiser Tanya Dave said the expo would showcase the immense talent on the Sunshine Coast. It will also demonstrate the vast number of social opportunities available for older people. Entertainment on the day will include presentations by University of the Third Age, tap dancing and ukulele performances as well as Bronte’s Band DownUnder and a fashion show. Seminars covering everything from health to transitioning to retirement, spirituality, downsizing, estate planning and superannuation. Ms Dave said all speakers were highly regarded and one of the highlights would be a presentation from geriatrician Dr Sanjay Gangadharan who aims to dispel some of the myths about dementia. “We hope the expo will provide a platform to help improve access to services and the type of support that will enable seniors to embrace life and all its possibilities,” Ms Dave said. The IAgeWell Expo is at Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina, is on Wednesday, August 21, 9.30am-2.30pm and entry is free. Visit

PROGRAM ROOM ONE PROGRAM 10am: Don’t Wait for the Diagnosis, presented by lifestyle and health Consultant Annie Clark. Annie will share tips on how to transform the physical body, mind, and character to create a fresher, more vibrant you. She will provide tips on breathing and moving and list the top seven foods that need to be on your menu every day, and the nourishing food combinations that will keep you on top of your game. Annie will also teach intelligent ways to use essential oils to change your mood and teach you how to hydrate your body effectively. You will also learn ways to change your chemistry and make effective lifestyle choices that will enrich and cultivate every day of your life! 10.45am: 3 Simple Steps to Connect to the NBN, presented by Keir Tierney of Crossmark Australia (representing NBN). NBN guest speaker Keir Tierney will be talking about all things NBN. In this presentation he will discuss what the NBN is, how to connect to it and why it an important step. He will also cover how to spot and avoid some of the common phone and internet scams. 11.30am: The science of turning the clock back. Are you ready to take a few years

back? presented by Justine Easton, NuSkin This entertaining talk focuses on beauty products that work on gene expression from the largest research and development company, Nu Skin. Have you heard of them? If not, come along and learn about the latest AgeLoc technology to keep you young and vibrant. Justine will demonstrate the latest Lumi Spa products and scanning device that will help track your health journey. It is non-invasive procedure that will give you a personal health status in 90 seconds. 12.15pm: Photo Finish Make up – Improving Your Skin’s Elasticity, presented by Angie Purchase. As we age we notice the drastic changes in our skin’s elasticity. In this workshop you will learn how to improve your skin’s elasticity. Angie will discuss the six ways to help maintain and improve your skin’s appearance, feel and elasticity. You’ll be surprised how little effort it really takes. 1pm: Moving made easy – The 5 Keys to a Successful House Move, presented by Kym Phillips. Kym Philips from Moving Made Easy will share her advice on preparing yourself and your furniture to move, how to select the right removalist, the secrets to packing and unpacking, insurance and the different moving experiences available.

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1.45pm: Body Mind Spirit: Understanding the spiritual connection as we age, presented by Jessica Fleming and Misha Crosbie. We know a lot about keeping our bodies healthy; something about emotional health; a fair bit about mental health but what do we know about spiritual health? Jessica and Misha, Master Degree counsellors and authors, have learned a lot about the spiritual aspect of their lives. They will share some key elements of what they have learned and will offer some simple and easy techniques for integrating the spiritual into your everyday life. ROOM TWO PROGRAM 10am: Understanding Dementia: Is there hope? Presented by geriatrician Dr Sanjay Gangadharan. Dr Sanjay Gangadharan will deliver a thoughtprovoking workshop on dementia. He will address the fears and myths around the condition, how to detect early signs of dementia and steps that need to be taken to get a formal diagnosis. Dr Sanjay will also discuss various strategies used to treat the condition and latest research developments that will give hope for those with the condition. 10.45am: Financially Preparing for Aged Care, presented by Sharon Coleman. Sharon Coleman of Your Aged Care

Solutions discusses your living arrangements and how care needs may change as you age, and advises to plan ahead to give yourself time to make the best decisions. 11.30am: Ringing in the ears: What can I do about it? Presented by audiologist I Hear - Brianna McGuinness. If you have been dealing with tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ears) and aren’t sure what to do, then this is the presentation for you. At the seminar Brianna of IHear will discuss what tinnitus is and what treatments are available to help manage the condition. 12.15pm: The Law and you - we have it all covered! Presented by legal specialists from McColm Matsinger Lawyers. Lawyer Jane Macdonell will speak on important factors to consider when entering a retirement village. She will discuss documentation that must be provided by the operator and cooling off periods, the most common types of structures in retirement villages, Exit Fees, recent legislative changes relating to timing on paying out exit entitlements and other general information. Lawyer Malcolm McColm will discuss the importance of having an up-to-date will and an appropriately drafted enduring power of attorney. He will also discuss planning needed to ensure superannuation death benefits go where intended.

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1pm: Ageing Well and beyond … Ageing well at home, presented by Alicia Wooding. When we hit retirement age, many of us know the importance of financial planning but what about planning your lifestyle to age well at home. The general manager of Queensland-based home care provider Envigor, Alicia will discuss some of the key aspects to ageing well, from living with purpose, cultivating community connections and support networks, maintaining health and wellbeing and understanding your choices when it comes to care. She’ll also discuss ways you can plan for the unexpected, maintain your

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There’s a lot to be said for cheap and cheerful A basic Suzuki Vitara – manual gearbox and petrol engine all wrapped in a conventional package – may fly under the radar in the more urbane suburbs but BRUCE McMAHON finds that it deserves a bit more respect, even in this new age of motoring.


onsider the opportunities: How about the humble Vitara as the back-up to run the Labrador to the vet or pick up the grandkids, while the gleaming all-electric limousine sits sucking on the household’s 240 volts? How about a Vitara as training wheels for learners? There are expensive, $30,000-plus Suzuki Vitaras with all-wheel drive, extra driving aids and turbocharged engine but an entry-level, two-wheel drive Vitara with five-speed manual starts around a reasonable list price of $23,990. It’s a cheap option to buy, run and fuel according to the automobile clubs’ surveys. Today Suzuki’s Vitara is softer in style and substance than the original yet still offers the practicality of an orthodox five-door wagon and decent ground clearance of 185mm, so even the base front-drive version is handy for city, highway and back country road jaunts. It’s no great stand-out in the style department unless dolled up with paint options, but then there’s less need to park miles from shops for fear of errant trolleys on expensive bodywork. The Suzuki’s interior is practical with a fair amount of hard plastics. Seats are fine,

there’s room for four adults and even with this base version enough comfort and convenience features. There’s a centre touch screen for audio, phone hook-up (sometimes touchy) plus rear camera and a trip computer sitting between speedometer and tachometer (both hard to read in the daylight hours). Suzuki reckon the Vitara will run at 5.8 litres per 100km on the combined cycle; that appears close to real world figures. It’s a light, easy vehicle to drive. Steering is positive enough. It handles

with a touch of understeer and a little body roll if pushed while ride comfort is quite good for this class of machine, even if this is never the quietest of SUV cabins. The 1.6 litre engine need stirrings right through those five speeds – with oldfashioned gear stick and clutch pedal – to find optimum power of 86kW and 156Nm of torque, both discovered high in the rev range at 6000rpm and 4400rpm respectively. Here’s where drivers may better understand the nuances of conventional motor cars; better understand the

relationship between throttle, gear shifts and brakes. It could be argued that learning to drive a petrol-engined, manual transmission car will soon be an antiquated set of skills. Like learning Latin. Yet who knows when a backpacker is asked to shift a Polish potato farmer’s ute across the paddock? Or the intern needs to take the company’s old commercial van out for deliveries? Plus there’s the argument that these mechanical skills make for a better driver, particularly one who will read road and traffic conditions ahead, in any type of car. For while the base Suzuki Vitara has a five-star ANCAP crash rating, seven airbags and traction control, there are no driver alert systems if drifting across a lane marking, no beeps and flashing lights if there’s a car alongside, no automatic braking if too close to cars ahead. It’s all a bit old school in this new age of motoring so folk need to pay more attention to the business of driving and take more responsibility. There are many reasons why prosaic Suzuki Vitaras remain useful modes of transport, even as we roll into the new age of motoring.

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RETIREMENT VILLAGES ARE NOT YOUR REGULAR HOUSING CONTRACT RETIREMENT village conveyancing is specialised and very different to buying and selling a house. The fundamental difference is that the rights created with the contracts are not the same as ownership of land, and the monies payable at the start and end are different to the normal buy/sell proposition. In many respects the rights are more akin to being a tenant for an indefinite period, rather than an owner. These contracts have long-term financial consequences in that they

normally involve substantial exit charges when the person leaves the retirement village. The industry says the trade-off is essentially this – the cost going in is lower, but going out is much higher, so people can afford to go into a retirement home. The rights for “purchasers” vary across contracts and villages – some are leases, some are licences. Some allow for capital gain, but most do not. The exit fee percentages vary, as does the timing of how they accumulate. The new retirement village contract

MID-YEAR AND NEW BEGINNINGS IT is the time of year for ends and new beginnings, financially speaking. You may see a change in your pension payment for a number of reasons this month or next. July saw a review of the income and asset thresholds – good news for part pensioners. Full pensioners will need to wait until September when the payment levels are reviewed resulting in a possible increase in pension payments. If you are a full pensioner and feel you are missing out, don’t get too upset. Without going into the long list of numbers, we are looking at about only 0.8-1.8 per cent increase depending on which threshold affects your payment. July also saw the automatic update of Income Stream Products. This will be done between Centrelink and your

product provider. You do not have to do anything. It is an automatic process that is now being completed twice a year around July and January. July is when end of year financials can be reviewed by Centrelink, that is if you run a trust or company, SMSF or are self-employed. Of course, not everyone has their financials ready in July. If the year-end financials result is an overpayment then the debt can be contained, conversely if your income is lower than what was recorded in 2018-19, the sooner Centrelink is aware the sooner your payment can be adjusted. This is general information only and should not be relied upon in isolation. By Narelle Cooper, director of CAPA Services. Call 1300 043 197 or visit

DON’T LET TAX BE THE DEATH OF YOU RUMOURS are circulating about death tax. In some cases it can be an issue. Under the current law, there are no taxes on the net assets of a deceased person’s estate, but what many people don’t realise, is that superannuation does not necessarily form part of an estate. Generally only spouses (married or de facto) and children under 18 can be superannuation beneficiaries. If you have some money in superannuation when you die and you leave it to a non-dependent beneficiary, they may have to pay tax on part or all of it.

regime began on February 1. In essence there are two parts to any retirement village contract: The compulsory information under the Retirement Village Act; and the residence contract for the particular retirement village. Each Village is required to complete the standard clauses in the compulsory section with their specific information. The Village Comparison Document requires the Retirement Village set out such things as: the formalities of owner/ operator of the village; age rules for occupants; type of tenure; disability accessibility and parking; future plans for

Let’s look at the case of Bill and Mary, a married couple in their 70s . When Bill dies Mary is the sole beneficiary of his super. Under current law, there is no tax to pay on this now. A few years later Mary dies and their adult children inherit the balance of the super fund. Upon her death, Mary has $500,000 in super. Under current law, $200,000 is taxable at 17 per cent, so the children will pay $34,000 tax. This could be avoided. By Deborah Donoghue, financial planner at The Advice Group. Call 1300 780 570 or visit

the site; facilities available, including any co-located aged care facility; services available for residents; security and emergency assistance; estimated incoming and ongoing costs; if there is an exit fee and how it’s calculated; reinstatement and renovation costs; capital gains or losses on resale; how and when the exit entitlement is paid; financial management; insurance responsibilities; trial/settling in period and rules for pets; accreditation status and whether there’s a waiting period. By Don MacPherson of Sunshine Coast Elder Law. Call 1800 961 622 or visit

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Take control of your body’s survival strategy Among the many functions of the adrenal glands is producing cortisol in response to stress and, writes TRUDY KITHER, there is good reason for keeping cortisol production in check.


HE adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and control stress by producing cortisol in response to perceptions of stress in daily activities. This is not just physical stress though, because emotional stress can be much worse than the physical form. Adrenal glands also have many other functions such as anti-inflammatory actions, for example, ridding the body of pain and inflammation, balancing the salt and fluid levels, immune system protection, controlling minerals such as potassium, sleep and awake cycles and a rapid heart beat. Cortisol was designed as a survival mechanism to alert us to take action but if the adrenal glands produces too much cortisol for too long, then belly fat will develop as a survival response. This is because your body is going to make sure that it has enough stored fat, used in the body for fuel), around the liver, kidneys and heart to keep itself alive. The body doesn’t worry about appearance. It is strictly a survival strategy. There are natural treatments which

can be implemented straight away to start lowering your cortisol levels while nourishing and supporting your adrenals back to optimal function. A few of these treatments include: Cutting down on stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and certain medications. Even though you may feel the need to drink copious amount of caffeine or other stimulants to keep up your energy levels, it’s actually the worst thing you can do. Caffeine and other stimulants place even more of a burden on your already over-stressed adrenals and help them to burn out faster. Reducing body stress. Because the body is in such a hypervigilant state most of the time it is important to reduce as much stress, whether it be physical, mental or emotional, as possible. The overload of stress is what started the adrenal fatigue cascade in the first place, so a conscious effort needs to be made to remove yourself as much as possible from the stressful situations and/or environment. Increase activities such as walking outdoors while NOT doing any high cardio or aerobic exercises.

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Intense physical activity will overload the adrenals. Your body is then reminded of the perceived dangers it could possibly face and quickly returns to its now well-rehearsed “fight or flight” response. Consume at least two teaspoons of raw nutritional yeast flakes daily. The more stress you experience, the more you deplete the B vitamins from your body. One of the best sources of natural B vitamins is sourced in nutritional yeast flakes. You can get this from your local health food store or some health food sections at the supermarket. Sprinkle at least two teaspoons a day on your food to add B vitamins into your diet. This will help counter the natural stress on your body, nourish the nervous system and convert the food you eat into energy. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep daily As much as the Adrenal Body Type person finds it hard to sleep or at the very least, stay asleep, it is imperative that as much sleep is gained as possible. The body needs calm and rest and the sleep cycle is needed to help heal your body. There are beneficial herbs available to

help encourage much-needed sleep (and longevity) cycle, which you need to achieve a healing 7-8 hours of sleep regularly. Take a quality adrenal formula with targeted adrenal herbs for morning and night The importance of this cannot be emphasised enough. A combination of a good quality, targeted adrenal herbs in a formula for day and night is a must when treating adrenal fatigue. An emphasis on specifically targeted, good quality herbs is important. With the addition of these you will start to nourish, support and heal your overworked adrenal glands and get them working as healthily and as efficiently as possible once again. As these natural treatments are implemented (sometimes along with other natural treatments and depending upon your individual circumstances), you will be able to start to bring back your motivation, energy, clear-headedness and enjoyment for life again. Trudy Kither is a naturopath, nutritionist and herbal medicine practitioner. Visit

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Hands-on treatment helps PTSD Post-trauma Recovery Treatment can be a powerful tool for healing and growth for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, writes MARGARET THOMSON.


ost-trauma Recovery Treatment harnesses the powerful sensory tool of healing – touch, which is the most natural and instinctive way we, as human beings, calm distress and create a feeling of safety and protection. My research began after several women who had experienced trauma following significant events such as assault, surgery, cancer, domestic violence and acute pain, approached me for general massage. With my knowledge of the Simbic System, memory triggers and the fight/ flight response and how trauma affects the body including muscles, I used deeply relaxing massage techniques to enhance the parasympathetic nervous system. This helped the client feel safe in trusted hands, in control, valued and connected to the therapist. With Michelle Govern (Masters in Counselling) as mentor, I worked alongside psychologist Nelli Martin over six months to complete a case study. A patient survived a severe incident of family violence by her then partner in 2015. She was diagnosed with PTSD seven months after the event. Her symptoms

were triggered on a regular and ongoing basis. The patient benefited immensely from talk therapy, which gave her an understanding of her PTSD and strategies to deal with trauma. She began to view her PTSD not as something wrong with the body, but as a normal response to an abnormal and extreme life event. Intense physical exercise also helped release strong emotions such as anger and frustration by releasing endorphins. The overall goal in post-trauma body work is to help the patient become safely embodied within the self. Talk therapy alone does not always adequately address the fear and mistrust that has been encoded. We followed a collaborative, empowering and integrated/cooperation approach. While the experience of trauma is different for every individual, a collaborative approach between talk therapy and body work therapy is an effective, holistic, commonsense approach to healing trauma. Margaret Thomson is a member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society at Kansha Natural Therapies in Noosaville. Visit

RESEARCHERS INVESTIGATE LINKS BETWEEN EXERCISE AND DEMENTIA EXERCISE is great for the body and now a group of researchers at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Ipswich are investigating if it can also prevent dementia. PhD candidate and lead researcher Edward Bliss said more than half of Australian dementia cases were preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. “Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple over the next 20 to 30 years,” he said. “Exercise improves the health of our heart and blood vessels in our body, and we’re exploring if it can also improve the health of small blood vessels in the brain that are responsible for the delivery of nutrients the brain needs to function at its best. “Our research team believes that if we can improve the health of these vessels, then we may be able to prevent or slow the progress of cognitive disorders, such as dementia.” Mr Bliss said they were seeking more than 130 volunteers, aged 50 to 80, to participate in a 16-week trial at USQ’s new Clinical Research Facility at Ipswich. “We are seeking older adults who are

not physically active but are keen to see if aerobic exercise, such as fast-paced walking, can help them make a lifestyle change and improve their health and wellbeing,” he said. Participants will be divided into two groups: an exercise group and a waitlist control group. Those in the exercise group will exercise up to four times a week for 16 weeks under the supervision of an accredited exercise physiologist. The study will bring together a team of experts in medical pathology, exercise science, cardiovascular physiology, psychology and biomedical science. The team will use cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and non-invasive techniques to assess blood vessel and cognitive function, as well as basic health tests. To be involved in the study or to learn more email or call 4631 1488.

MOVE HITS OSTEOARTHRITIS SUFFERERS AUSTRALIANS who suffer from osteoarthritis pain may soon need to re-evaluate their medicinal treatments, following an interim decision to upschedule modified-release paracetamol products such as Panadol Osteo. The recommendation by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) is driven by an increased possibility of serious health issues in those who overdose on modified-release paracetamol, compared to standard paracetamol. The difficulties in managing overdose combined with the large pack size creates an increased risk to consumers. Paracetamol is the single most

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Seniors week expert speakers, from left, Noel Whittaker, Rachel Lane and Adam Downes.

RESIDENTS IMPROVE THEIR SWING BY DAY – AND NIGHT RESIDENTS of Living Gems Pacific Paradise can enjoy a hit of golf any time of the day at the resort’s state-of-the-art golf simulator. Housed in the award-winning Country Club, golfers can play on a photographically simulated driving range or golf course indoors. Although a technical system, the simulator is played with real clubs and real balls and is used by golfers to continue their sport regardless of weather or time of day. Practice facilities, a driving range, nearest the pin and putting greens are all part of the program, ensuring residents can always improve their golfing skills. Residents have access to more than 30 international golf courses without having to leave home – the recent US Open course, Pebble Beach or St Andrews. Resident and golf enthusiast, Blair Robinson moved to Pacific Paradise with his wife Diane more than two years ago and says the simulator is very close to the real deal. “It is a very exacting game and can be

just as frustrating as playing outside on an actual course,” he said. “You can play on your own or with others in an Ambrose competition, Stableford or any other golf format.” The golf simulator is one of the many popular recreational activities offered at Living Gems Pacific Paradise. “It’s a great way to keep active even though you don’t actually have to walk to each hole,” Mr Robinson said. “The best thing is that it’s right on our doorstep so we don’t have to travel to play a game, and we are never far from the all-important 19th hole.” There are more than 50 different recreational facilities on offer at Living Gems, including a floodlit tennis court, undercover bowling green, swimming pool, barbecue pavilion, snooker parlour, cinema, music room, hair salon and library. Living Gems Pacific Paradise is between the beach and the tranquil Maroochy River and is within walking distance of many shops and cafes. Call 1800 860 499 visit au or email


THERE are proven health benefits to being socially active as we get older. In fact, research has shown that people who are socially connected live longer. Social interaction can also lower blood pressure, reduce symptoms of depression and decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. When it comes to social activities, residents of Nature’s Edge Buderim over 50s lifestyle community are spoilt for choice. 36 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / August 2019

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Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with a rainforest backdrop and tranquil walkways, Nature’s Edge Buderim not only provides a safe and inclusive neighbourhood feel, it also has a lively social calendar, with endless opportunities to connect with likeminded people and develop friendships. Party with friends at the state-of-theart Leisure Centre, enjoy a sundown drink on the deck, pop in to the library to relax, soak up the rainforest views and meet for a coffee. There’s even a men’s shed. Grab a friend and swim laps at the indoor heated 20m swimming pool or enjoy a workout at the well-equipped gymnasium. If you still have time after all that, join a yoga session, play a game of lawn bowls or kick up your heels at a line-dancing class. There’s so much to do, the only problem will be fitting it all in. Call 1800 218 898 or visit

THINKING about downsizing but don’t know where to start? As part of Queensland Seniors Week 2019, GemLife has brought together top downsizing experts to help avoid common pitfalls and mistakes. GemLife, a developer of over 50s lifestyle resorts, will hold its downsizing forum at GemLife Bribie Island on August 22, 9.30am-noon. Speakers will guide attendees through the most frequent mistakes made by downsizers, discuss financial planning and outline downsizing trends. Speakers include retirement living and aged care expert Rachel Lane; finance commentator and author Noel Whittaker; and real estate and downsizing trends authority Adam Downes. The principal of Aged Care Gurus, Rachel oversees a national network of advisers, providing quality advice on retirement living and aged care. She has worked in financial services for 20 years, specialising in retirement and aged care and has co-authored several books, including bestseller Aged Care

Who Cares? Noel is a respected finance expert, columnist, commentator and author, and has extensive knowledge in everything finance, including retirement. The author of 19 bestselling books, his Making Money Made Simple was recently listed in the 100 most influential books of the last century. Adam, a real estate and trend specialist, will delve into downsizing trends in Australia. The national head of performance management at Ray White, he has extensive experience in real estate and downsizing and will share how the market is evolving and the reasons behind it. GemLife’s over 50s communities focus on active, engaged lifestyles. GemLife has six resorts in Australia, at Bribie Island, Maroochydore, Pacific Paradise, Highfields, Lennox Head and Woodend. The forum will be at GemLife Bribie Island Country Club, 9 Dux Drive, Bongaree. RSVP essential. Call Lisa Grant 0478 012 334or email events@

THE GOOD LIFE AWAITS AT PARK AVENUE RESIDENCES AGENTS operating in and around the coastal areas of Peregian Beach, Coolum Beach and Peregian Springs have, in the two months since the election, come to agree that the market for established homes has slowed a little from both a sales and listing viewpoint. But, says Daz Innes, marketing agent for the Park Avenue Residences at 66 The Avenue, Peregian Springs, this is not the case for what has been one of the Coast’s “best kept secrets”. “Recently, interest in the product we are offering in Park Avenue has gone ballistic,” he says. “This has resulted in us having just 15 registered lots left available for sale.” Park Avenue Residences is a fullysecure, gated community development surrounded by environmental parkland and located on “The Avenue”, arguably the best street in Peregian Springs. It is beside a beautiful park and children’s playground and opposite the local dog park. For golfers, access to the 18-hole Peregian Springs Golf Course is across the road.

It is only a three-minute drive to the Coles Shopping Village which also has medical, dental, cafes, restaurants, bottle shop and a fitness club. The beachside suburbs of Coolum and Peregian, less than 10 minutes’ drive away, have numerous retail opportunities, hotels, restaurants, service stations and all other town facilities. And of course, there are pristine beaches on the back doorstep. Seniors looking to downsize will find affordability is key at Park Avenue Residences, with an entry level for land at $235,000, or a house and land package ready to occupy fully fitted from $440,000. And it all comes with low body corp fees of just $2000 a year and no exit fees. “And if that’s not enough, the splendid Health and Wellbeing Centre with heated pool, fully equipped gym and barbecue area is within days of being completed,” Mr Innes said. Call or text Daz Innes on 0412 296 203.

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JAZZ ON SUNDAYS The Jazz and Blues Collective Maroochydore’s next Jazz N Blues Sunday is August 4, when the David Bentley Trio (pictured) returns with special guest Mark Spencer on saxophone. The David Bentley Trio delivers a spicy bouillabaisse of jazz classics, original songs, cool

MARK THE CALENDAR GENEALOGY Sunshine Coast has planned a full program for family history month. On August 17, Annalies Nutley will give two talks: Tracing your Scottish Ancestors – a Highlander or Lowlander; and Parish Registers in England. A week later on Saturday 24, Bronwyn Cozens will speak about her book Who is this man?: a search for my late grandfather.

blues and New Orleans grooves. Sit and enjoy or have a dance. Old Soul Lounge Bar, Maroochydore. August 4, 1pm opening music 2pm-4.30pm. Tickets: $24, seniors $21. Bookings jazz-blues-collective or call 0417 633 734

It will be followed by a two-part workshop at 11.45am. There is a small charge for each workshop. An Open Day on August 31, includes mini-workshops. All events are at the group’s HQ in Petrie Park Rd, Nambour. Google genealogy sunshine coast THE Sunshine Statesmen Barbershop Chorus Buderim’s annual concert is on August 31,



THE Judy Henzell Sunshine Melodies Concert series this month presents Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie. Karla Hillam and Jonathan Guthrie-Jones celebrate the life and music of the legendary Julie Andrews with some of her best known songs interwoven with stories of her life on and off the stage. Events Centre Caloundra August 7, 11am. Tickets: $20; group 10+ $18; lunch and show package $34. Free morning tea at 10am. Bookings 5491 4240 or visit

NOOSA and its hinterland becomes a haven for art lovers this month when 69 artists will open their studios and provide a rare opportunity for visitors to see them working in their own creative spaces. Noosa Open Studios, now in its fourth year, covers a wide range of media, including ceramics, glass, mixed media, photography, pastels, digital media, sculpture, paper and textiles, and, of course, painting. Additions to this year’s event is a metal artisan who creates bespoke knives working with a range of materials and processes; and a sculptor whose work features both maritime and indigenous themes. Some of the region’s art galleries also form part of the six art trails, one of which, Halse Lodge in Noosa Heads, will showcase the creative work of emerging local artists who don’t as yet have their own studios. This year’s event takes on an exciting international flavour with pre-eminent and prolific British pop artist, Peter Phillips, opening his impressive gallery space and studio.

7pm, with guest acts including Hot Ginger Chorus and youth quartet Sunday’s Best. Buderim War Memorial Hall. Tickets $25 includes supper. SUNSHINE Coast Concert Band’s 10th anniversary concert to benefit Cittamani Hospice, is at Kawana Commwunity Hall, Buddina on August 17 at 2pm. Tickets $15 at the door includes afternoon tea.

President Chris Bell gives a reminder on the beach at Noosa. Workshops also will be conducted for visitors to learn new skills and techniques. All studios will be open for three days over both weekends. Some will also be open during the week and others by appointment. Noosa Open Studios August 16-25. Check the studio guide for full details

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The WORLD in Your Hands

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Reap the rewards of a walking holiday Snow-capped mountains rise from a sea of green to stand guard of honour as the plane touches down in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia where DOT WHITTINGTON takes a walk through the woodland wilds.

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nd just where exactly is Slovenia?” my 60-something friend asked when I suggested she join me on a hike through this small central European nation. “And how long is this walk?” While the experience-hungry hordes have been flocking to Croatia, its little northern neighbour is still largely untouched by tourists, although the call of its countryside is growing ever louder. In 1991, Slovenia was the first republic to split from the former Yugoslavia. It joined NATO and the European Union 13 years later and hasn’t looked back. It’s at the crossroads of Europe, or as one local guide puts it, “Europe’s Highway A1”. The Romans, the Crusaders and Napoleon’s troops all passed through

enroute to the Holy Land or the trade routes of the East, leaving behind traces of their knowledge and culture. Bordered by Austria, Hungary and Croatia, Slovenia has 47km of coastline on the Adriatic Sea and with just over two million people, they can claim about 1.7cm of beach each. Almost 70 per cent of the country is forest and the climate ranges from sub-Mediterranean to Alpine – and thanks to the underground rivers of the Karst where we are to walk, it has the most water per capita in Europe. And the walk? “What better way to see a country,” I say to my friend, before mumbling, “it’s about 100km.” Fully organised by the UK tour company On Foot Holidays, all we have to do is pull on sturdy walking boots, shrug on a backpack, grip a pair of walking poles and we’re off. “It’s a stroll in the park,” I say. Officially the walk is from Ljubljana to Trieste in Italy, although local driver Gregor drops us off at our starting point in Landol, about 60km down the highway from the capital. He then takes our bags on to that night’s stop at a tourist farm in Hudivec. After a glorious couple of days exploring the wide, clean streets of Ljubljana and its old castle that stands sentinel on the hill, it’s now just the two of us in the wilds of Slovenia. Armed with lots of innocent enthusiasm, comprehensive maps and blow-by-blow instructions as well as On Foot’s valuable “Blue Book” guide to everything, we set out. The first day is described as a 3½ hour easy to medium walk, although we somehow manage to turn 15km into five hours. First stop is the magnificent Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in

the world that looks like it has dropped straight out of a Harry Potter film. As it turns out, it was used in one film. From there it’s on through woods and meadows ablaze with wildflowers, a stop for lunch under an ancient elm in Strane, to Hudivec. And what a joy it is to see a delightful tourist farm with its dramatic mountain backdrop come into view. I’d made it through Day 1. Hosts Emilijan and Katya introduce us to the local soup, jota, a delicious mix of sauerkraut, beans, garlic and ham, followed by the biggest slab of meat I’ve ever seen served with vegetables, and then cream cake. Next morning our generous hosts hand us a picnic lunch before we depart for a 16km trek across the lower slopes of Mt Nanos to Vipava. Even though we had decided against taking the high route, it still proves to be a strenuous walk through woodland and forest, across scree, and down rocky trails, all the while surrounded by spectacular

The welcome view on entering Vipava.

Predjama Castle fronts a huge cliffside cave. views across the valley and under the shadow of Nanos. The last few kilometres, all downhill, are the hardest so it is sheer bliss to cross a pretty little bridge and enter the clean and postcard-perfect town of Vipava. Following the instructions provided, we soon arrive at the arched entry to a courtyard and the day’s reward. Host Nevenka immediately makes us welcome with a drop of her pear firewater and then, as we sit in her shady courtyard under a big old tree dripping with figs, her son delivers a bottle of riesling from his boutique Wipach winery. The region’s grapes and sweet water make it an excellent drop. Breakfast is huge and the table open for us to pack our picnic lunch. Before setting out on another 16km walk, mostly uphill to Stanjel, we wander around Vipava, which has 25 bridges, flowers blooming from every balcony and path, and streets so clean they appear to have been mopped that morning. The route is meadows and woodland dotted with quaint villages. Stanjel, once called St Angel, is a walled hilltop village with quaint narrow streets. Host Marija directs us to the nearby Ferrari Garden, a peaceful place continued over>





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TRAVEL < from previous page of terraced lawns, pond, and panoramic views of forestcoated mountains and vineyards. Some of the houses sit empty, never having recovered from heavy fighting during World War II. Dinner is in Goce, a small village on the next hill where the Mesesnel family delivers a full degustation experience with wines from their own cellar. Fortunately, the next day’s walk is an easier 11km to Tomaj and with picnic lunch on board, we head across the wooded Karst to the home of the Teran wines, prosciutto and pancetta. The walk is easy, past cherry trees loaded with fruit for the picking, vineyards and through meadows of wildflowers. It’s a cruise into Nassa Desella, the Tomaj accommodation where, as always, the luggage is waiting. We will spend two nights here to take time out to see the famous Lipizzaner horses at Lipica, the town which gave them their name. We walk to Sezana for lunch in a picturesque botanic garden and then head on to Lipica in time to see the horses on show.

Stanjel’s distinctive church tower. All up, it’s a 15km hike and we are relieved that the On Foot Holidays team has organised a taxi home. And then it’s the final leg. As always there are shortening options, so with the heat bearing down as we trudge across the border into Opicina in Italy, we decide to take the recommended bus and cut the day’s walk from 21km to 15km. As we celebrate with a spritz on the Trieste canalfront, we congratulate ourselves. For two non-hikers without training or preparation, we had seen it all. Did I say a stroll? No, it was

tougher than that, but if someone who had walked only a block to the shops in the months preceding can do it, anyone can. It had been a mighty six-day challenge into the very heart of Slovenian culture. We heard all manner of birds including cuckoos, fed on roadside berries, drank sweet spring water and experienced the country as only a walker can. The Karst Culture and Landscape walk is one of 32 inn-to-inn self-guided walks offered by On Foot Holidays. This one was easy to medium but there are all ability levels available and a choice of 12 European countries. Everything is taken care of and a comprehensive travel information pack provided. Your Time readers can book any of the On Foot Holidays self-guided walking tours for 2020 at 2019 prices. Just select the preferred country and route and a departure date and get ready to start walking. Dot Whittington walked as a guest of

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This story encapsulates a genuine achievement in Australian history – completion of the Ghan railway from Adelaide to Darwin. The author takes us on a journey of discovery through the imaginative and sometimes frightening adventures that Matthew, a geologist, and Jessica, a negotiator for the indigenous people, encounter along the way. I learnt so much about our people, their traditions, their reverence and respect for the land, the Dreamtime, and their major ancestral spirit, the Rainbow Serpent. And there’ so much more. Obviously, I enjoyed the book.


This is a very well written novel backed up by excellent and accurate research of the history of the Ghan, Aboriginal and Centralian culture. Nunn’s insights into interpersonal relationships, human love and tragedy are second to none. I don’t believe in the paranormal but Aboriginal spiritualism is handled with care and sensitivity. Scientifically proven genetic memory may explain some of the happenings in this story. This book was especially relevant to me because my son is an anthropologist in Alice Springs caring for and registering Aboriginal sacred sites. I love and have visited the Red Centre many times. I have been fortunate to walk the Larapinta trail and travel on the Ghan with my father before he died. Judy Nunn is a master storyteller and this one will not disappoint. 9/10


Some readers may find the believability of the main plot a bit of a stretch but having travelled the Ghan, spent some time with Territorians and having a little understanding of indigenous culture, I became absorbed by the background to the story – the wilderness around Alice Springs and connections between Afghan cameleers, the Ghan rail line and the Aboriginal people who occupied the land through which the rail line was built. Judy Nunn is a wonderful storyteller and I found it easy to accept the authenticity of all the characters and Aboriginal belief in the presence of the ancestors. An enjoyable reading experience.



The story spans more than a century and the author’s research into the Aboriginal culture made Jess’s heritage and spirituality very real. Matthew and Jess together uncover and correct a long past tragedy lost in the troubled spiritual world – some things can never be explained. I love the description of the outback – the flies, heat, the lives of those involved – and the Ghan railway flowing through it. The spiritualism of the Aboriginal people and their ties to the land only added to the magic of the story and brings the characters in the story together very well. Worth reading.

It is 2001 and the century-old dream for the mighty Ghan railway to link Adelaide with the Top End is about to be realised. But construction of the final leg between Alice Springs and Darwin will have to cross Aboriginal land. Hired negotiator, Jessica Manning, who has an innate understanding of the spiritual landscape rooted in her own Arunta heritage, must reassure the Elders their sacred sites will be protected. It’s not easy to keep the peace when Matthew Witherton and his survey team are blasting a rail corridor through the Never Never. When the paths of Jessica and Matthew cross, their respective cultures collide. An ancient wrong is awakened and calls across the vastness of the Outback.


MARY BARBER This was an enjoyable read – not too heavy, not thrilling. I liked the description of the childhood of Matt and Jess. Nunn builds in enough background to flesh out the characters and bring me to care about their journeys. It’s a sensitive tale that weaves many generations of people living in Central Australia but mostly it’s centred on the lives of Matt and Jess. I think this book will appeal to anyone who likes a Judy Nunn novel or wants to buy a very Australian book for an overseas friend or relative. Nunn is a good descriptive writer. She brings to life the building of the Ghan line but ultimately, it’s a romance with a backdrop of red dust.

A trip on the Ghan has been on my bucket list and moreso after reading this well researched and believable novel. What a perfect attention-getting opening with the map of the Ghan route on one side and the details of death by a big brown snake on the other. What an introduction to Australia for all of us and especially for overseas readers. At first I thought there were far too many characters but the author was able to weave them together and reason their eventual interaction. The author’s research was impeccable but most of all her understanding and respect for our indigenous people shone through. For me this was a story that informed and entertained and made me think long and hard of the hardships faced in this construction. It made me proud to be Australian. Even though it ended up as a love story bordering on corny, it left me smiling and satisfied. This is Judy Nunn’s 13th novel and my first to read but certainly not my last.

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Your Time Magazine Sunshine Coast - August 2019  

Welcome to Your Time magazine, your 55+ baby boomers to seniors magazine on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. We hope you enjoy the read and...

Your Time Magazine Sunshine Coast - August 2019  

Welcome to Your Time magazine, your 55+ baby boomers to seniors magazine on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. We hope you enjoy the read and...

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