Your Time Brisbane - April 2024

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EDITION 109 APRIL, 2024 BRISBANE YourTime FREE Take me home Lest we forget FIND YOUR NEAREST ANZAC DAY SERVICE + MOTORING TRAVEL PUZZLES Your premier 55+ magazine

Ihave a confession to make: for the first time ever, I’ve switched supermarkets. I held out for years from buying the bulk of my groceries at Aldi – too lazy to pack my own groceries, unaccepting of new brands and aisle setups, and always being caught out without cash (to avoid the card surcharge) or the dollar for the trolley insert.

As a Target Chermside check-out chick in my teens, I used to receive a five per cent discount at Coles. The habit of shopping there and the brand familiarity has lasted four decades, with only one particularly long stint at Woolworths (as the main tenant when a new shopping centre opened nearby).

But the cost-of-living pressures have thrown loyalty out the window. We have to shop around for the best deal.

That may mean searching out real bargains and giving the local butcher, baker and candlestick maker a go. That may mean weighing up ‘convenience’ over the extra fuel needed to make a few

more stops to fill the fridge and pantry (and avoid paying $3 an avocado or $9 for sourdough bread).

The bottomline for me was that I simply couldn’t keep paying for skyrocketing supermarket prices, cover ever-increasing bills for utilities and insurance, and save for the overseas holiday I’ve been planning for a year amid the ups and downs of the Aussie dollar. Something had to give.

Still, hubbie and I are among the lucky ones. We have fairly steady incomes, own our own home, drive reliable secondhand cars and still have ‘a life’. How do people on pensions manage in this day and age? How do one-income families cope?

In our cover story this week, journalist Janine Hill does her ‘money hacks’ research to uncover ways to penny pinch and survive this current economic crisis (while also trying to maintain the lifestyle we have worked so hard for to this point). Turn to Page 4.

This month, we also head to Darwin for an afternoon delight of the foodie kind, while our motoring guru Bruce McMahon test drives the GWM Cannon ute. Enjoy the read!

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We can all use some tips on how to save money and JANINE Hill has done her research on the easy ways to penny pinch and some little-known discounts available to seniors.

Everyone likes to save a dollar but the rising cost of living has made that a tough ask.

Research by National Seniors Australia (NSA) and investment management company Challenger last year found that 80 per cent of older Australians were feeling the effects of higher living costs, and that proportion was predicted to increase in the 12 months to follow.

Ninety per cent of the over-50s who responded to the survey were concerned about keeping up with the cost of living and a quarter were “extremely concerned”, the NSA states.

Health costs, energy prices and

groceries were rated as the three big worries.

Compare the Market’s David Koch says that although the inflation genie seems to be going back into its bottle, some unavoidable expenses continue to hurt Australian households.

“Many Australians will be seeing that inflation rose just 0.6 per cent to 4.1 per cent in the latest quarter, which is lower than the previous quarter’s 1.2 per cent hike and the smallest we’ve seen since March 2021,” Mr Koch says.

“However, there are still some key areas that are continuing to hurt the hip pocket. Electricity costs, health costs and insurance aren’t really things Aussie

households can avoid. So, while it’s great to see some areas like education, transport and household equipment come down, the reality is most Aussies are still going to be feeling the pinch with some everyday costs.”

Your Time went in search of tips to stretch your dollars further but first, here is one big one: do not be age proud.

Get a Seniors Card, a Seniors Business Card, or a Seniors +go Card if you are eligible and present it, even if you are unsure that a discount is available.

You never know until you ask.


Looking at how much money you have

coming in and how much you are spending might be a good starting point.

The Simple Money Manager on the Services Australia website makes it easy to calculate what you should have left every week to put away.

Go to how-to-budget?context=60271


Choice ( the public face of the Australian Consumers’ Association) says to avoid pre-prepared fruit and vegetables.

For example, it is cheaper to slice your own than buy sliced carrots.

Swap your favourite brand for a cheaper one. Choice has found that home brands can taste the same or better than more expensive ones.

Choice suggests buying ‘ugly’ produce. Fruit and vegetables with odd shapes or imperfections taste just the same but can cost less.

Swapping out-of-season fresh produce for frozen is usually cheaper, Choice says. Buying frozen also makes it easier to reduce wastage.

Stock up on staples when they are on sale. Stick to a shopping list and do not shop when you are hungry.

The beginning and the end of the day can be the best times to score markeddown perishables, Insider Guides says.

Woolworths and associated stores such as Big W and Dan Murphy’s offer a five per cent discount to Seniors Card-holders.

Seniors Card-holders can join Senior Shopper, which is powered by Union Shopper, to access savings on everything from groceries to white goods and movie tickets:

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Choice checked 83 products – shampoos, cleaners, laundry products – and found refillables saved 32-38 per cent. So, re-use your spray bottles.

Do full loads of washing.

A laundry basket is 3.5kg and a washing machine can take much more, Choice laundry and white goods expert Ashley Iredale says.

Choice says that using just a third of the recommenced amount of laundry detergent will still give excellent results and your detergent will last three-times longer.

Wash in cold water. Warm is slightly better but the difference does not justify the cost, the organisation says.


Look for a savings account that does not charge fees.

Services Australia says that if you are still working but on a low income, you may be eligible for a government co-contribution to your superannuation of up to $500 if you put in $1000 yourself.

If you are still working, you can also ask your employer to pay some of your pre-tax earnings (up to $27,5000 a year) into your superannuation account.

These concessional contributions are taxed at 15 per cent, which is lower than the marginal tax rate for most people.

Services Australia advises you can often save a little by choosing to get statements and bills by email rather than on paper.


Centrelink’s Home Equity Access Scheme might provide some relief if your budget is pushed to the brink.

The scheme allows Australians of age pension years or older to use the

“While it’s great to see some areas come down ... the reality is most Aussies are still going to be feeling the pinch with some everyday costs”
Compare the Market’s David Koch

loan to supplement their retirement income. Interest is payable at 3.95 per cent per annum.

The loan can be repaid in part or full at any time or after your death.

If you are a homeowner, make sure you collect any pensioner or seniors’ discount offered by your local council on rates (and pet registration).


Check if your electricity, reticulated gas or water supplier offers a pensioner or seniors discount. Unitywater, for example, offers a pensioner rebate of $120 a year.

Washing the dishes before or after you have a shower means you will save on running water until it turns hot for the second activity, costing less for the water and electricity.

to always read the fine print, as plans can be priced differently. Look for any discounts or conditions. Also:

1. Look at the supply charge which could be higher than other retailers offering similar usage rates.

2. Understand your tariffs as the cost for electricity could vary at different times of the day.

3. If it has been more than a year since you switched plans, you may have defaulted to a higher price. So, look for a new deal.


Mr Ford advises making the most of a health insurance policy if you have one.

If you are paying for inclusions that you do not use, consider switching to a lower tier that includes want you need but not what you do not. Also:

1. Understand what medical professionals plan to charge for your treatment as they do not all charge the same. If you have health insurance, ask if your treating health professional will participate in your fund’s no-gap scheme.

2. Make the most of any concessions or rebates. You might be able to claim from your health fund for medication not on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. A seniors, pension or health care card will get you a free pair of glasses every two years under the Spectacle Supply Scheme.

A seniors, pension or health care card means you can go to Queensland’s free public dental clinics.

Some gyms offer seniors’ discounts.


Mr Ford says to never accept an autorenewal. Always compare.

lower your premium. Ask your insurer if they offer a seniors’ discount.


Watch the fuel price cycle and keep your tank topped up when the cycle is in its low phase.

CHOICE recommends thinking about how you drive. Ease back on the accelerator and avoid harsh acceleration and braking. Also:

1. Avoid driving when traffic is congested. An idling car uses 1-2 litres of fuel an hour. Turn the engine off if you pull up for a short time.

2. Another tip from CHOICE: driving with the windows down is cheaper than using the air-conditioning unless you’re travelling at 80kmh or more, as drag becomes a factor.

3. Keeping your tyres inflated at the correct pressure can reduce fuel use by about two per cent.

4. Loading a vehicle to its maximum weight can use up to 24 per cent more fuel. Unload unnecessary items.


Queensland Seniors Card or pension card-holders are eligible for a discount on vehicle, motorcycle, caravan and boat registrations. The discount is worth about $180 on rego for an average vehicle.

Seniors Card +go, Seniors go card or green pensioner concession go cardholders who use a go card for two paid journeys in one day, travel free for the rest of the day.

Compare the Market’s Chris Ford says

Pay close attention to the sum insured, excess and any optional cover you may be able to do without. Also, consider opting for a higher excess to

Pension card-holders are eligible for a 25 per cent discount, and Seniors Card-holders are eligible for a 50 per cent discount on full adult Queensland Rail long-distance fares. Seniors Business Card, National Seniors Australia card, or a New Zealand Seniors card-holders are eligible for a 15 per cent discount on the same.

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What’s hip

What to watch

SOME of the nation’s mostdefining moments are relived through the genius of The Chaser’s Andrew Hansen as co-writer in the ABC’s Australian Epic. The 2023 six-part series is available on iview until April 28, bringing hilarious musical comedy to the documentary format. Favourites include a deep dive into ‘Doing a Bradbury’, Princess Mary and the biosecurity controversy over Johnny Depp’s dogs Pistol and Boo (as puppets, pictured).

What’s a big deal

THE 2024 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, affectionately known as ‘The Aussies’, will invade Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba beaches from April 13-21. Volunteer patrolling members from Australia’s 314 surf clubs come together to compete in more than 480 beach and ocean events. It is the largest event of its kind, comparable to the Commonwealth Games. This year, several thousand competitors, officials and supporters are expected, in a major boost to the local economy. Head down to see how skills in and out of the water, fitness and knowledge of the surf, first-aid, resuscitation and CPR keep us safe on patrolled beaches.

What to book

THE Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine will return to Australia on May 6 and 7 for a double-bill evening of ballet, presenting Forest Song and Don Quixote. Act

1’s Forest Song is considered a showpiece that for more than 75 years has been the pride of Ukraine. Act 2 is the much-loved romantic comedy Don Quixote – a flamboyant and festive Spanish ballet. Prices start from $95.05 (a transaction fee of $7.20 applies). Go to and search for ‘Grand Kyiv Ballet’.

Where to escape

IF YOU really want to get away from it all, the tiny island known as Pitcairn is about as remote as you can get without icebergs. The volcanic island in the south-central Pacific Ocean, 2170km southeast of Tahiti, was probably first inhabited by Polynesians but reveals that the British ship HMS Swallow ‘found’ the island in 1767, and its captain Philip Carteret named it ‘Pitcairn’ for the sailor who first sighted it. Pitcairn will be forever linked to the Mutiny on the Bounty tale as its population is descended from the mutineers of the British ship HMS Bounty and their Tahitian Polynesian consorts. Spacifica Travel offers a unique Pitcairn Island fly-cruise-stay package from Australia. Call 1800 800 722 or visit

Back in the day…

There was ABBA. Fifty years ago on April 6, 1974, four Swedish singers – Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida – won the 19th Eurovision Song Contest in the English city of Brighton. The rendition of their song Waterloo blew away the competition that included our own Olivia Newton-John (competing for the United Kingdom). Australia catapulted the charming group to stardom (with a little help from Countdown host Molly Meldrum). The Eurovision 2024 finals are on May 11.

Where to dine

IT’S a popular area to try to find a park in but City Winery at 11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley, is worth the effort. The restaurant champions seasonal, locally sourced produce. Almond-fed pork belly, half-shell scallops over coals or 30-day dry-aged striploin, anyone? Call 3854 1392 or visit

Where to have fun

THE historic Eumundi pub Joe’s Waterhole has had a makeover that retains much of its heritage value while showcasing its new operator, Matso’s Brewery. Matso’s made its name in Broome, WA, where Australia’s original alcoholic ginger beer was born. The kid- and dogfriendly beergarden at Matso’s Sunshine Coast is always a happening place. Visit

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HERE’S your chance to show up for all the diggers past and present who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy today and who have done their duty in trying to make the world a better place. Visit anzac-day for the latest services and times.

Brisbane CBD: March: 9.45-12.25pm, Queens Park, George Street.


March: 7.30-7.50am, 1 Betheden Terrace.

Ceremony: 7.50-8.30am, Ashgrove Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue.


March: 11-11.45am, 69 Bowman Parade.


March: 6.40-7.15am, cnr St Vincents Road and Royal Parade.

Ceremony: 7.15-8am, Memorial Wall, cnr St Vincents Road and Royal Parade.


Dawn service: 4.50-5.20am, RSL Care

Fernhill Retirement Community at the bowls club’s King Street Memorial Hub.

March: 9.30-10am, King Street.

Ceremony: 10.15-11am, Caboolture Memorial Hall, King Street.


Ceremony: 7-8am, Kalinga Park.


March and service: 8.30-9.15am, Station Avenue Memorial, 6 Station Avenue.

Deception Bay

March and dawn service: 5.40-7am, World War I War Memorial, Ewart Street.


Dawn service: 5-6.30am Lutwyche Cemetery, 418 Gympie Road.


Dawn service: 4-5am, Centenary Suburbs War Memorial, cnr Arrabri Avenue and Dandenong Road.

March: 7.45-9:20am, Centenary Suburbs War Memorial.


Ceremony: 6.45-7.30am, Sid Loder Park, Tel El Kebir Street, Mitchelton.


March: 7.15-8am, Ithaca War Memorial, 100

Enoggera Terrace.


Dawn service: 5-7am, Anzac Place.

March: 9.30-10.30am, Redcliffe Parade and Anzac Avenue to Anzac Place.

Ceremony: 10.30-11.30am, Anzac Place.


Dawn service: 4.55-6am, Sandgate Memorial Park, 8 Seymour Street.

March: 8.45-10am, cnr Second Avenue and Cliff Street.


Dawn service: 4.30-5.30am, 19 Gager Street.

March: 8.30-9.30am, 19 Gager Street.

Ceremony: 9-10am, 19 Gager Street.

The Gap

Dawn service: 5.30-6.15am, Walton Bridge.


March: 7-7.30am, Yeronga State School.

Ceremony: 7.30am, Yeronga Memorial Park.

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Lately, I feel myself lost in the wilderness, culture-wise – cut off from any live performances as I don’t drive into the city anymore.

RECENTLY, I came across a YouTube program which featured the wonderful Love Duet at the end of the first act of Madame Butterfly

Suddenly, I realised that it had been quite a time since I had been to the opera or any other live performance.

My husband and I loved the classical concerts at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and we enjoyed opera.

Even after a tiring day at work, we would still rush off to QPAC and lose ourselves in wonderful melodies. Slowly, as we aged, we went out less and less to evening performances but a matinee was also most enjoyable.

A while ago, my daughter took me to a concert with Rod Stewart (pictured) in Brisbane. It was a wonderful experience, with champagne during interval and delivering all the advertising had promised. No record, tape or YouTube performance can replace the real thing, even if it is pop music.

I do miss those evenings and matinees. The pre-opera or preconcert talks were a delight in themselves and that glass of champagne at interval just enhanced the joy of the event.

It is a new phase in our lives when we get older that we ‘miss out’. Art exhibitions, library events, concerts in the park suddenly are no longer in my planning of the week or month.

I do have a wonderful daughter in Brisbane who will take me but I don’t like asking. It might not be something she’d enjoy and just to act as my ‘unpaid driver’ is not fair.

There is Comlink and other organisations that will transport you – if you are eligible – to these events but they do not operate on weekends or after 5pm. Taxis are often a hit-’n’-miss affair – especially the pick-up after the performance.

For a while, one of the residents here at my village organised group tours to performances at QPAC. She had a contact at the box office and as a group, we got good seats.

Maxi taxis would take us there and pick us up. It was mostly

matinees, but wonderful melodies sound nearly as good in the afternoon as in the evening. Alas, age caught up and it became too much for her. So far, nobody has stepped into the breach and I can only look with great longing at the advertisements for operas, ballets, musicals and plays.

Sometimes, however, I think that it might not be such a bad thing to be ‘marooned’ at home because I am not sure that I would enjoy the modern plays, concerts or opera.

A few years back, I went to a performance of La Boheme, which was staged in a modern setting. I enjoyed the familiar melodies but somehow, the ‘story’ did not have the same impact. Rodolfo in a long plastic raincoat didn’t do if for me. May you get to live events as long as you can.


Life in the slow lane Life’s an adventure

EVERY year, a list of the most popular baby names is revealed.

Some we love, some we don’t and some leave us wondering what the parents were thinking.

As someone who has always had her name mispronounced, I sympathise with people whose parents go for unusual spellings and/or pronunciations.

You’ve likely just glanced at my name and thought: “Sheryl. What’s so odd about that?”

Not much, really, but my parents pronounced it with a ‘CH’, as in ‘chair’ or ‘chicken’.

As much as I say it clearly, most people will still clarify it with what they think they heard, which is ‘Sheryl’. I generally just agree, as it is quite a subtle difference. Tomato/tomayto. As my mum used to say, “Call me anything you like. Just don’t call me late for dinner.”

The issue came up again when I attended a parkrun that I’d not been to before. Back in 2019, I wrote of my introduction to parkrun: a free event held every Saturday all over the world.

At that time, I was not a runner by any stretch of the imagination, but I gave it a go. I took a good, hard look at my fitness after wondering if I was actually going to die while attempting the 5km run.

Since then, I have become enthusiastic and have

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now clocked up more than 120 parkruns. Wherever you attend a parkrun, you’ll find a friendly bunch of volunteers who are full of encouragement – whether you sprint, walk or crawl on all fours, crying across that finish line. Prior to each run, a briefing is held which includes an explanation of the course.

On this particular Saturday, the run director approached and asked my name and where I was from. “Cheryl,” I answered. “From Noosa.” I don’t actually live in the heart of Noosa, but this is where I regularly attend parkrun and it is more recognisable than my hinterland hometown.

“Sharon?” she queried.

“Cheryl,” I said a gain, emphasising the “CH” like I was imitating a steam train ... also hoping I didn’t spit on her.

“Oh, Charren.” Well, the “CH” sound was right. Sure, why not? It’s not like anyone was going to care or see me again (also thinking, “Is Charren even a name?”). Next came a few typical


THE Enoggera and District Historical Society is set to present History Day on Sunday, May 26, with a full program of interesting, informative and amusing speakers.

The program at the Memorial Hall at 36 Trundle Street, Enoggera, runs from 9am to 3.30pm.

It costs $20, including lunch.

The wide range of speakers on the program for the day includes:

• Toponymy, the Science of Street

Names: Professor John Pearn, Royal Historical Society of Queensland

• Robert Cribb and His Home, Dunmore, at Milton: Lee Bull, Toowong and District Historical Society

• Bundy, Boolbunda and Beyond: prepared for and on behalf of the Mt Perry community

• The Americans at Mount Coot–tha During World War II: Allan Tonks on behalf of the Annerley/Stevens group

• The Brown Snake Affair: Diana Hacker, Eidsvold and District Historical Society

• The Samford District Historical Museum Society Inc. 1984-2024: Eileen Kemp

• William Pettigrew’s Davenport, Queensland, Furniture of Significance: Robyn Wallace, Queensland Women’s Historical Association

• The Formation of the Windsor and District Historical Society: Rob Price

• Recollections of Burpengary: compiled by Evelyn Bancroft (nee Wain), formerly of Burpengary, and Viv Tucker, of Deception Bay

• Charlie Broughton’s Trunk: Ian Taylor, Enoggera and District Historical Society

• Amity: Don Hacker, Enoggera and District Historical Society

• Round a Roundabout: Bev Isdale, Chermside Historical Association

• Padre Brown: Enoggera and District Historical Society.

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announcements, noting special achievements and mentioning sponsors.

Then the cheery, little director said, “Welcome to our visitors today. We have Dave from Brisbane.” Polite applause followed. “And Charren from Noosa. Where’s Charren?” she asked, as she scanned the crowd.

I could only assume she was referring to me, so raised my hand and accepted applause from 250 or so people. The majority had puzzled looks that said, “What kind of name is Charren?”. Now that I’d given a false name and address, I jogged my 5km and left, avoiding eye contact, lest anyone wanted a discussion on names.

Names go in and out of fashion, with some very old ones making a comeback of late. Nature is another source of inspiration. I like to think Storm, Rain or Winter will become meteorologists when they grow up. There are names that go nicely with the surname, too. I know a guy called Rob Banks and have heard of a Barb Dwyer and a Sandy Beach.

I doubt that Cheryl ever made the top of the name list in any year and this has never bothered me. Whichever way you say my name, I will answer. I’ll answer to my sibling’s names, too … and two of them are boys. Charren is growing on me.


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The post-war housing crisis that built Brisbane

LYNDA SCOTT looks back at how a state government created suburbs to house ex-Defence Force personnel, migrants and their families.

Almost 80 years ago at the end of World War II, Queensland was facing a similar housing crisis as now.

Home building had come to a standstill, with skilled labour scarce because of servicemen fighting overseas, and there was a lack of materials as factories concentrated on the war effort.

At war’s end, ex-servicemen were marrying their sweethearts. Migrants – many with large families – were flocking to the relative safety of our shores. They all needed somewhere to live.

The Queensland government set up the Housing Commission in 1945 aimed at providing “secure, affordable and appropriate housing”.

What the QHC achieved so many decades ago is almost unimaginable today. Huge plots of land were purchased and suburbs created, all requiring schools, parks, playgrounds, water and gas, mains power and transport services. Estates had to

be planned, cleared and surveyed, with roads and drainage. Houses were designed to suit small and large families, and Queensland’s climate.

To relieve the labour shortage, ex-servicemen were trained as carpenters, plumbers, painters, plasterers and bricklayers, even though this trade was scarce because brick homes were uncommon in Queensland. To combat the materials shortage, the commission imported cement from Czechoslovakia, iron sheeting from Belgium, timber from Finland, and roofing

from England. The contract price of the first house was $1680.

That covered land clearing, fibro construction, polished hardwood floors, cupboards and painting, plus connection to gas, water and electricity. The houses boasted ‘modern kitchens’ like the one in this 1951 photograph from the Royal Historical Society of Queensland archives.

Times were tough. The QHC estimated that thousands of Queensland families were living in homes made from “calico, canvas or hessian”, while many were in makeshift

accommodation with relatives or friends.

By mid-1945, the QHC had 198 homes for rent. Three years later, it jumped to 1241. By the end of the ’50s, there were 23,000 across the state. A government publication of the time revealed “no Australian family was expected to pay more than a fifth of their weekly income in rent”.

One of the earliest and biggest projects was at Inala. On the northside, Enoggera, with “good access, and handy to school and shopping facilities” was one of the first planned housing estates. Farmland was reclaimed to establish Zillmere as a suburban centre. Others followed: Ashgrove, Banyo, Camp Hill, Cannon Hill, Chermside-Wavell Heights, Coorparoo, CorindaGraceville, GaythorneMitchelton, Fairfield-Yeronga, Indooroopilly-Taringa, Kedron, Wynnum-Manly, MoorookaRocklea-Salisbury, Morningside, Mt Gravatt, Nundah, Stafford and Tarragindi.

Queensland was reluctant to follow the New South Wales example of building blocks of flats. Brisbane’s lord mayor at the time said Queenslanders preferred their own backyard where they could have a garden.

Another initiative was the Imported Homes Scheme, and by 1950, pre-fab homes from France, Sweden, Holland and Italy were assembled on large housing estates. The wood proved popular with termites.

As demand blew out in the 1960s and ’70s, the commission branched out from large estate development to unit blocks and attached housing. Over time, a stigma developed about living in a Housing Commission estate. But that soon changed when government policy encouraged renters to buy their QHC homes, with many renovated and sold for a healthy profit.

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – find out what it means and can do

LINDA FITZGIBBON discovers that despite what we may see in the media, many of those in the younger generations know what respect looks like and aren’t afraid to call out disrespectful behaviour.

Iwas talking to my niece the other day, and she said that someone had ‘dissed’ her. I was curious. Was this a good thing? A bad thing?

As I didn’t know, I asked her, and learnt that it’s a colloquial term meaning disrespect – a bad thing. I am not sure when this ‘word’ was coined, but according to my niece, all Gen Zs and millennials use this word to describe when they feel disrespected.

Recognising what disrespect looks and feels like are aspects of having healthy boundaries and then relationships, my niece told me with some seriousness. I was impressed. I began to wonder, if the Gen Zers and millennials know about disrespect, do they also know about respect? What do people of every age understand about respect?

My niece was right there, so I asked her. “Well, eh, it’s different for everyone,” was the reply.

Is this what school teachers talk about? There’s no respect for them anymore. Is this why there are signs in shops about not serving people who are disrespectful and abusive? I’m not sure. Is respect different for everyone?

My niece and I fell into a deep

conversation. What is respect? We decided that it is an attitude of honouring the human dignity of people while caring about their rights. After much discussion, we decided what respect looks like. As the old adage goes: treating others as we would want others to treat us. Also, having our property, boundaries and values recognised and prized.

My niece and I thought that respect would feel very liberating.

That’s because with respect, we are valued, our dignity is important, and our belongings are protected.

Where is respect and where does it come from? These were questions that we discussed as well. We decided that it is still not a cliché to suggest that spirituality is the sacred within: we all have the capacity



to develop respect. It is inside of us.

When I was younger, it was uncommon to ask for respect. This word wasn’t used in conversation, nor relative to relationships. Equally, no one used ‘dissed’.

I’m beyond glad that the word ‘respect’ is now used, and that disrespect is called out. The power of these words and associated attitude and behaviours will make our lives and communities safer and happier places. I am happy with the cultural change. May it continue.

On April 25, Australia commemorates Anzac Day: a day of remembrance, and a day where we can all practise deep respect for the Anzac legacy, as all of us deserve respect, and we can practise honouring human dignity and this tradition.

We don’t have to buy a poppy, but it’s wonderful if we do. We don’t have to go to a dawn service, but it’s wonderful if we do. We don’t have to play two-up, but it’s fun if we do. In line with language change and cultural change, we can all practise respect.

Linda Fitzgibbon has a PhD in Applied Linguistics, and is a trained and experienced facilitator with the Virtues Project™. Linda is now retired, and lives on the Sunshine Coast. She can be contacted at


I LIKE having a chat with tradies.

As a former Secondary school teacher, I ask them whether they are living their career dream. Frequently, I find they are doing something totally different, owing to a critical sliding doors moment.

Recently, Rory came to fix my washing machine. He is good at his job. He grew up in Sydney’s south, living near the nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights. In high school, he was aspiring to be a cabinetmaker but, directed towards a carpentry apprenticeship, he was reluctant to pursue.

Rory tried Senior, but it wasn’t his thing and he dropped out of Year 11 to pick up the odd casual job. His mum was urging him to get back to school. The next year, he went back to Year 11 only because he reckoned the girls were hotter than his first time around, but that certainly wasn’t enough. He dropped out again – much to his mother’s frustration. Then up came the sliding doors moment. His mum’s washing machine broke down, and she asked the mechanic whether he had a place for a young bloke to do an apprenticeship. He did and the rest is history.

Rory got married and moved to the Sunshine Coast to establish a successful appliance repair business and raise a young family, with his wife doing a Master’s degree for her youth guidance career.

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Facing the facts of chronic disease

CHARLIE GRIFFITHS looks at his own health circumstances from a fresh perspective that he hopes will ease some of the pain and anguish for others.

Okay, okay, I’ve got it. I’ve got a chronic disease that has the potential to wreck my career plans. It’s a bitch but it doesn’t mean that I’m special, as:

• 60 per cent of people aged 45-64 years have at least one chronic condition

• nearly 80 per cent of over-65s are in the same boat

• 50 per cent of all over-65s have at least two chronic conditions.

Where do these statistics come from?

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare monitors 10 chronic condition groups: arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, mental health conditions and osteoporosis.

So, since inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s isn’t counted in these figures, I might be special because I make the stats even worse.

Statistically, here’s what it means to have a chronic condition:

• 35 per cent of people with chronic diseases experience high or very high levels of psychological distress –compared with 4.3 per cent of those

without chronic disease

• 88 per cent of people with chronic disease experience recent pain –compared with 55 per cent of those without chronic disease.

• half of the people aged 18 and over who have more than one chronic disease experience disability, restriction or limitation – compared with 7.9 per cent of people of the same age with no long-term conditions.

Compared with people of the same age, people with chronic illnesses are:

• 60 per cent less likely to participate in the labour force

• less likely to be employed full time

• more likely to be unemployed than people without chronic disease.

How does it feel to have chronic disease? Apart from the symptoms and disabilities, how do I feel mentally, spiritually and emotionally?

Seven biggies spring to mind straight away: denial, guilt, anger, anxiety and depression, loss of identity, desperation and re-evaluation. These are known as the seven stages of chronic disease grief.

I call it ‘dancing with snakes’: skipping around, avoiding one then the other, while not being game to take my eye off the pit and find a way out.

I’ve had the dance and as scary as it was, I now appreciate the opportunity to face my demons.

They will always be there and I’m sure I’ll slip back into the pit on a bad day, but I found a way out and each time it gets easier to grab the ladder and climb to safety.

The first step is acceptance: “I’ve got it and it’s not going away. Now what to do with it?” Note that I said “with it” not “about it”. It’s part of me now and how I live my life, how I achieve my goals and how I contribute to society and family all come down to the choices I make.

I choose to use my skills as a coach

and my experience as a chronic disease (symbiont) host to help fellow professionals achieve their goals by making great decisions for the right reasons. By this, I mean aligning choices with core values, personality and beliefs.

This is the true you, warts and all, and with the new challenges you’re facing, now is the time to face the amazing truth about yourself.

Clint Eastwood famously said in Magnum Force (1973): “A man’s gotta know his limitations.” So true.

My take on this is to know what I can do, know what I can’t do, then push the limits to do what I want to do.

If this article resonates with you, I would love to hear from you. Contact me at

Charlie Griffiths is a certified life coach and NLP practitioner dedicated to helping middle-aged professionals who are struggling with career decisions after being diagnosed with a chronic disease.

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Building and maintaining your cognitive reserve

KAILAS ROBERTS looks at how a lifetime spent ‘using our brains’ can help protect against dementia.

When it comes to the brain at least, size does matter – but not as much as you think.

Although a contentious issue, there is some evidence linking bigger heads with protection against dementia.

Men might feel they can brag about this, as they do on average have brains roughly 10 per cent larger than women.

It is also the case that rates of dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease are lower in men than in women, but I suspect this is about a number of things other than the volume of their brains.

This notion of ‘brain reserve’ –referring to your neural real estate – is only one type of reserve, however, and in many ways not that interesting as it is not really amenable to change.

What is more engaging is the idea of ‘cognitive reserve’. This does not relate to the size of the brain but to its efficiency and connectivity. Software rather than hardware, perhaps.

Another analogy is that of a city. Cognitive reserve here may refer to the network of roads within.

Now let’s say you need to get a message from one side of town to the other. The more roads you have, the more

chance you have of being able to transport the message effectively, even if some of the roads are blocked.

In a similar way, having plenty of networks of neurons in the brain allows you to transmit a message from A to B, even if some of these networks are damaged. So, cognitive reserve refers to the ability of the brain to function despite the damage that occurs to it.

Damage to the brain can be the consequence of all sorts of things, including the proteins whose accrual is associated with Alzheimer’s disease (amyloid and tau).

So, in theory, greater cognitive reserve should be associated with less-severe symptoms. And this does appear to be the case.

There is a famous study known as the

nun study in which, you guessed it, nuns were given memory tests throughout their lives and then their brains were examined after they passed away.

What the researchers found was that many of the nuns had substantial amounts of amyloid in their brain, even when they had normal memory during their lives.

One of the influencing factors as to whether they developed cognitive decline during their lives, regardless of how much amyloid they had, was their level of education.

There is a certain difficulty in defining cognitive reserve, as it is a bit nebulous: how do we measure it exactly?

Well, we tend to use proxy measures: that is, ones that are indirect measures, but which seem logically to be connected.

It makes sense that the more you use your brain, the higher the reserve might be. And so, measures include the educational level studied in the nuns, but also how cognitively stimulating one’s job is or was, and how much time we spend in cognitively engaging tasks such as learning new skills and participating in leisure activities.

Another important proxy is social

contact. This might not seem intuitive but socialising is a great workout for the brain and likely to enhance cognitive reserve.

A recent study involving more than 200,000 people looked at the some of these cognitive reserve variables and found that those who had better measures of them were indeed protected against dementia.

This is empowering, as we can incorporate many of these things into our lives.

The other variable was time spent watching TV. This was found to be inversely related to dementia risk: the more you watch, the greater the risk.

So, there’s an easy option here to protect your brain, I suppose. Switch off the gogglebox!

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LAWRENCE Binyon wrote The Ode of Remembrance as part of a longer poem, titled For the Fallen, which he composed in response to the early stages of World War I.

At the time, Binyon was too old to enlist in the military, but he felt a deep sense of duty and a poignant connection to the young men who were fighting and dying in unprecedented numbers on the battlefields of Europe.

Binyon composed For the Fallen in September 1914, just after the Battle of Marne. This was one of the first major battles of the war and marked a significant moment of realisation about the scale and brutality of the conflict that would come to

be known as the Great War. The poem was published in The Times of London on September 21, 1914.

For the Fallen (and particularly The Ode of Remembrance stanza) has since become an integral part of our Anzac Day services as well as Remembrance Day ceremonies in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations, serving as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by military personnel in conflicts past and present.

The Ode of Remembrance: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

The use of “lest we forget” can be linked to Rudyard Kipling’s 1897 poem Recessional, written for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. Kipling, for his part, was reputedly inspired to use “lest we forget” by its appearance in Deuteronomy 6:12: Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

From Kipling’s Recessional: Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget – lest we forget!

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IN THE lead-up to Easter, Brendale Evening View Club members gathered together for another dinner meeting at the Aspley Hornets Football Club.

The dinner meeting was an opportunity for the women to put on their Easter bonnets and smiles.

It was also a night filled with lucky door prizes and raffles.

Guest speaker Susanne Jones, from Just Better Care, made it a night of fun and information.

VIEW (Voice Interest and Education of Women) brings together women who have a common interest in the home and family.

The members at Brendale VIEW sponsor eight Learning for Life students through The Smith Family charity. Through the program, children of all ages make the most of their educational and learning opportunities.

At the April dinner meeting, Carol Fitzpatrick will be speaking about retirement villages. Or join members at the next Coffee and Chat Morning on the first Saturday of each month at 10am at White’s Coffee Co. at Bracken Ridge Tavern, 153 Barrett Street.

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For the ruby anniversary celebrations this year, the club is holding its Biennial Quilt Show from May 24-26 at the Redcliffe Showgrounds. The group is made up of more than 100 members, mainly residents of Moreton City, who have a common interest in quilting and share together each Monday morning and Tuesday evening.

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Members share their knowledge of computers, mobile phones and tablets and assist each other (beginners to advanced), one on one, in discussion groups, lectures and Powerpoint presentations.

Bring in your own computer (or share those of the group), plus a mug and notebook.

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Don’t treat updates like an optional extra

Software and app updates play a major role in protecting our online security and optimising performance, as EDIN READ reports.

As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, keeping our devices updated has never been more critical.

We all know that our computers, phones and iPads tell us when a new software or app update is available. But what do these updates do, besides change the look of our devices?

Updates play a pivotal role in the health, security and overall user experience of our devices.

They are there to protect us, even when we can’t see what’s changed. They are like a work crew constantly patching and renovating a house, stopping leaks and locking doors – and the best part is, these updates are usually free.

The primary reason for regular software updates is security. Cyber threats are constantly evolving, with new viruses, malware and exploits emerging frequently.

Software developers respond by patching vulnerabilities and strengthening security features.

Skipping an update can leave your device open to attacks that could compromise your personal information.

These updates defend against such vulnerabilities.

They work exactly like upgrading your home security: as crooks get better at their job, we get better at protecting against their technologies.

Software and app updates often include optimisations that improve the overall performance of your device.

This can include faster processing speeds, better battery life and fewer crashes or bugs.

By keeping your software up to date, you ensure your device operates efficiently and reliably.

With each update, new features are introduced or existing ones are enhanced.

These updates can significantly improve your device’s usability, offering new ways to manage tasks, better interfaces and additional functions that enhance your daily digital experience.

I can understand that sometimes simple is better: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

But the security risk you leave yourself open to increases with time and lack of updates, similar to leaving doors unlocked when you leave the house.

As new software and apps are developed, they are designed to work with the latest operating systems and software versions.

Regular updates ensure that your device remains compatible with the latest technology, ensuring you don’t miss out on using the latest apps and services because your software is

outdated. If your phone is several generations old and no longer receives updates, it might be time to consider getting a new one.

Search online to see if your phone still gets current updates.

Here are some tips to stay on top of things.

Enable automatic updates: most devices offer an option to automatically download and install updates as they become available. This is the simplest way to ensure your device stays up to date. You can head to Settings > General > Software Updates > Automatic Updates and flick it ‘on’ on iPhones, and similarly on androids.

Regularly check for updates: occasionally, check your device’s settings to ensure no updates are pending. This is especially important for critical security updates that require immediate attention.

This can be accessed in settings. App updates can be accessed through the App Store and tapping on the profile at the top right, or Google Play Store

and tapping on the profile > Manage apps & devices > Tapping ‘Update available’ to update.

Be Informed: stay informed about the latest software versions for your device and the benefits they bring.

This can help you understand the importance of each update and what it means for your device’s performance and security.

Software updates are not just optional extras: they are essential to the health and security of your devices.

By ensuring your devices are regularly updated, you’re protecting your personal information, improving your device’s performance and ensuring the best-possible user experience.

Keeping your software updated is a simple, yet effective step towards a safer, moreefficient digital life.

Edin Read is founder and chief technician at Greyology Tech Support for Seniors. Visit

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Cannon offers a direct hit in comfort and handling

BRUCE McMAHON can’t understand many drivers’ aversion to utes, nor the generalised arguments against their size and safety.

So, another month and another ute.

And another collective sigh from the anti-ute brigade.

Utes – in particular, four-wheel-drive, dual-cab versions – have long been a sensible work and family vehicle for many Australians.

Originally limited to a few Japanese brands, today’s utes come from Europe, North America, Korea, India and now China, with the likes of the GWM Cannon.

All are body-on-frame workhorses (albeit tarted up in many cases for extra on-road comforts and conveniences).

So, there remain compromises to ride quality and handling. Some foibles are muted by the modern suite of driver aids such as lane-keeping monitors.

Still, Australians are buying swags of utes and some folk have a problem with this, often arguing about the size and safety of these vehicles.

Maybe it’s time these people also consider the size of trucks, buses and delivery vans and maybe there are more pressing matters out on the highways and byways. Drivers, not vehicles, kill people.

Perhaps it’s time to add driver education to the school syllabus, or

find a safe spot to pull over. Steady Sunday driving habits can be dangerous, causing frustrations and risky overtaking.

Around town, please move off promptly when a turn arrow goes green. Some days you could fit a semi-trailer between cars turning. Stay alert.

Anyhow, GWM’s Cannon ute is also available as a cab-chassis unit and straight out of the box, with a 1730mm by 1855mm aluminium tray, it’s not a bad thing.

mandate that all would-be motorists take a defensive driving course.

Kids are taught to swim and the dangers of water but rarely about vehicle dynamics and how to drive. Last year, some 281 people drowned in Australia and 1266 died on the roads.

Road toll costs well outweigh the costs of better driver education.

Access to training in regional areas is problematic, not impossible (one jackaroo on a remote station a year or so back took, and passed, his driving test in a visiting police car).

Maybe re-consider road etiquette. Let

a stranger into the stream of traffic, wave when someone makes space for you, smile when someone beats you to the last park. Take it easy.

Australians, for better or worse, drive on the left-hand side of the road. Why is it so hard to keep left? Why so many whinges about tailgaters?

While a speedo may indicate you’re at the limit, that’s not always the case. Instruments can be out of whack. And anyway, who inducted you as a patrol officer?

Keep an eye on traffic behind. Move over, keep left. On narrow country roads,

Cabin accommodation is generous. Instrumentation and controls are easily followed. There are all the mod-cons and the finish is quite handsome.

Four-wheel-drive versions start at a most competitive $39,990. These are full-time four-wheel-drive with an easy switch to low range.

The Cannon’s two-litre motor puts out 120kW and, with the aid of an eight-speed auto, works fine with a light load aboard. Ride comfort and handling aren’t far behind the best, although that steering – even with lane assists turned off – can feel a tad sticky.

At that price and a seven-year warranty, the GWM Cannon ute is worth a good look ... as are many utes.

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Put the stepping stones to retirement firmly in place

HELEN BAKER offers her five money foundations you need before retiring.

Retirement is your time to enjoy life to its fullest and tick items off your bucket list.

However, without good foundations in place, that dream voyage could become an unpleasant slog up a proverbial creek.

Having worked hard all your life, the last thing you want – or deserve – is to board the retirement ship, only to discover it’s riddled with worrisome leaks, unfavourable cargo or is sailing in the opposite direction from your dream destination.

Before calling time on your working life, use this simple checklist to lay the foundations for a happy and prosperous retirement journey.

1. Tax planning: paying too much tax is generally an avoidable mistake with some diligent preparation.

Consider, for instance, the different tax rates applied to investments you own personally versus those owned by your superannuation, company or family trust. Optimise ownership to minimise tax. Selling investments to top up your super may attract capital gains tax. Or you could enjoy certain benefits for making additional contributions now.

Then there are your beneficiaries: you could unwittingly leave your family worse

off if your will is incomplete or poorly structured, or if assets are distributed unwisely.

2. Appropriate structures: retirement opportunities to stretch your money further will depend on structure and age.

For example, superannuation versus pensions: you may even be eligible for a part-pension, helping to conserve your super. Your spouse or partner may qualify for Centrelink benefits even if you don’t.

Even home ownership should be scrutinised. If you don’t own your own home, can you get into the market while still in paid work? Can your current home accommodate your needs as you get older? Will downsizing allow you to unlock additional funds? Is an expensive relocation on the cards? Are you and your partner joint tenants or tenants

in common?

3. Adequate protections: without employment to generate income once you’re retired, super and investments are your means of keeping food on the table. Protecting them is paramount.

• Review insurances. Some cover – life, total permanent disability and private health – becomes even more important with age, yet harder to obtain. Others, including professional indemnity, may no longer be needed.

• Revisit asset protections to maintain sufficient coverage – both for repairs/ replacement and associated losses. Does your home insurance offer temporary accommodation should your home be damaged? Rental car cover should your vehicle be stolen? Can you meet upkeep costs on an investment property if it is untenanted?

• Devise back-up plans. How will you respond if markets fall, wiping out super or other investments? How is your money invested to cater for access while still allowing growth and income? What is your emergency fund like?

4. Expense forecasts: consider how you will be spending your days in retirement, because your newfound freedom and what you do with it will directly impact

your spending habits. Sure, you may save on commuting to the office or having work clothes dry cleaned.

Conversely, though, more time at home will mean higher energy costs and no more work-funded meals. Plus, you may want to travel, start new hobbies or get more active in existing ones – all of which will have additional costs. Spoiling your grandkids doesn’t come cheap. Even volunteering your time may hit your hip pocket (such as non-refundable travel and administration).

5. A coordinated plan: a well-considered and coordinated savings and investment plan is the key to smooth sailing in retirement (as, in fact, for any stage of life).

Ensure that your left hand and right hand are talking to each other – that is, you know how your various income sources and protections (super, will, company, trusts, savings, investments, insurances, tax etc) align with one another. Factor in your partner: will they still be working once you retire? Do you both have enough super to contribute effectively?

Helen Baker is a licensed Australian financial adviser and author of On Your Own Two Feet: The Essential Guide to Financial Independence for all Women. Find out more at

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Navigating the aged care journey – the legal aspects

DON MACPHERSON explains contracts, costs and red tape that seniors and their families should be aware of before choosing accommodation providers.

Dealing with the myriad issues arising with entry to aged care is complicated and challenging.

This is even more complicated in the ever-increasing changes in the aged care space.

Aged care contracts often run to 50-plus pages, and on top of that, there are the Centrelink considerations to be worked through. Many contracts include a personal guarantee by family, and sometimes even require a security caveat against real estate.

It is essential that advice is obtained from an elder law expert who deals with these contracts on a regular basis. We have provided advice on contracts from all the major aged care providers across Southeast Queensland.

Paying for your accommodation in aged care can occur in a number of different ways, and sometimes using a combination of options.

All residents pay a basic daily fee, but on top of that daily fee, depending on one’s financial position, there is the need to pay for accommodation.

Those who can afford the cost of an

aged care room (usually in the $400,000 to $500,000 range) can choose to pay the whole accommodation cost, or some of the cost, by way of a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD). The RAD is refundable at the end, and is government guaranteed.

An alternative is the payment of a Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP).

It is the interplay of RADs and DAPs that can have significant financial consequences and needs to be carefully considered.

A resident can pay a full RAD, part RAD and part DAP, or go fully DAP.

If paying a part RAD and part DAP (for example, paying a RAD of $250,000 towards a $450,000 room cost), a decision needs to be made if the DAP is actually paid, or allowed to be drawn against the RAD. In that circumstance, the RAD may progressively reduce to nil over time.

The RAD payment is an exempt asset for Centrelink calculations (essentially as a principal place of residence). So, the option to pay a full RAD, rather than having those funds invested, with the flow-on detriment in terms of Centrelink


COMPARE the Market is warning that millions of Australians may not be aware of fraudulent activity on their bank account.

New research has found that 53.6 per cent of 1005 Australians surveyed in January didn’t look at their bank account daily – a concerning statistic, says Compare the Market’s economic director David Koch.

“We’ve all heard the stories of hardworking Aussies being swindled out of their savings or noticing funds missing from their bank account,” Mr Koch says.

“These scammers will stop at nothing to prey on innocent people. Greater vigilance can be part of the solution. It’s not always possible to get money back if it’s been stolen, but you may have a better

chance if you monitor your accounts and report fraudulent activity as soon as possible.”

Aussies collectively lost $455 million to scams last year, with phishing, false billing, online shopping scams, identity theft and hacking among the most reported.

In some good news, Compare the Market’s data found that 46.1 per cent of those surveyed at least look at their bank account every week. About 5.5 per cent only look at their account once a month. Kochie’s top reasons why you should check your bank account every day:

1. You can see if your balance is low.

2. You can spot fraudulent activity. 3. You can break bad spending habits. 4. You can become more motivated to save. 5. You can put your anxiety to rest.

payments, could be a sensible option, depending on individual circumstances.

Sadly, at the end of the day, people generally only leave aged care one way, so the RAD (or what remains of it) becomes an asset of the deceased estate, which will normally only be released by the aged care operator if Probate or Letters of Administration are obtained.

Obtaining an understanding of the legal aspects of the aged care contract is important.

There are also very significant financial planning considerations involved. Any prospective aged care resident needs to get individually tailored advice from a financial planner who is expert in aged care. We know the right people to provide that specialised advice.

Brisbane Elder Law are experts in Aged Care Contracts, Retirement Village Contracts, Wills, Estates and Elder Law. Contact them on 1800 9616 22 or visit

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You’ve got to ‘move it, move it’ weekly

TRISTAN HALL plans to get us all moving more by breaking down our activity planning.

In our previous article, we touched on the pillars of health: activity, nutrition, sleep and environment.

This month, we will provide four focus points for our first pillar: activity.

We will focus on the FITT principle (frequency of activity, intensity, type of exercise and time).

World Health Organization recommendations for exercise encourage us to engage in 150–300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75–150 minutes of vigorous activity weekly.

How can we break this down into more applicable variables?

Frequency: four to six bouts of exercise per week with a day of rest in a seven-day cycle.

Intensity: for resistance exercises, a moderate intensity that builds power, strength and endurance is optimal. Incidental and aerobic exercises should be of lower intensity to enhance cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and cognitive health without overexertion.

Type: ideally, this includes two to three weekly sessions of resistance training, two sessions of aerobic exercise, and one to two sessions of lower-intensity incidental activity.

Time/duration: resistance exercises should last 30-60 minutes with adequate recovery, while aerobic sessions should be longer: around 40-90 minutes.

So, what does this all actually mean?

In order to follow a healthy,

achievable and scientific-based exercise routine, the following could be applied:

1. Find something you like doing. Use this as your aerobic/ incidental exercise.

2. Aim for two to three times a week of resistance training for 30-60 minutes at moderate intensity.

3. Aim for aerobic exercise two times a week for 40-plus minutes in duration at a low intensity.

Research has shown that, overwhelmingly, the reason individuals do not reach their exercise goals is planning, with frequency being the second variable.

Hopefully, this article can give you some guidance in regards to planning.

If these topics have piqued your interest or you would simply like to ask general questions, feel free to reach our friendly team on 5456 1599.

Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist at Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit



MANY people will have access to a gym of sorts in their unit complex, gated community or even just the council exercise equipment in local parks.

Many Australians, particularly senior citizens, are engaging in regular exercise. We are living longer and so it makes sense that naturally we would want to live healthier. As a group, we have the advantage of more leisure hours generally and therefore more opportunity to engage in regular exercise.

Often, the exercise session ends with coffee or a get-together with fellow exercisers or like-minded people. A number of basic needs are catered for, apart from exercise, including social interaction and information sharing.

Others prefer a regular Saturday morning jog, run or walk with parkrun: an organised 5km event held in various locations every

Saturday from 7am. Where I live at Redcliffe, we have a very popular Man Walk at least two times per week.

These events are free and normally within walking distance or a short car ride.

So, you should be able to access regular exercise in your area without too much effort and expense, but are you taking advantage of this?

CSIRO wrote in a 2012 article called Our Future World: “The diabetes and obesity trend is being countered by a fitness trend. People are more aware of health issues and are investing more in fitness. For example, there has been a significant growth in the number of fitness centres (24 per cent increase) and their income (131 per cent increase) in Australia during 2001-01 to 2004-05.” How much do you invest in your health?

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LISTENING in the car can be challenging.

Road, engine and wind noise, airconditioner fans and music all add noise that make it harder to hear and untreated hearing loss may exacerbate hearing difficulties. Maintaining good hearing health helps ensure a safer and more pleasant driving experience.

Awareness and safety: Hearing is crucial for safe navigation and avoidance of potential hazards. Horns warn of situations requiring attention, sirens alert us of approaching emergency vehicles, and engine sounds advise potential mechanical issues. Good hearing allows us to follow guidance from navigation systems and hear sensors from safety systems, while audible indicator signals ensure we accurately communicate intentions to other drivers. If you have trouble hearing in the car, check mirrors regularly to enhance awareness of surroundings, and utilise visual and/or vibration alerts from the car’s safety and navigation systems.

Communication: Engaging in enjoyable conversations can contribute to a positive driving experience.

Tips for communicating in the car:

• inform others if it’s challenging for you to hear

• establish communication strategies. Speak clearly at a moderate pace

• minimise noise. Turn down music or close windows/sunroofs

• use hands-free technology or Bluetooth in hearing devices when on the phone

• remote microphones may assist hearing-device users to hear passengers more easily.

Enjoyment: Beyond safety and communication, hearing well can also contribute to a more pleasant driving experience. Many people appreciate listening to music, radio, podcasts or talking books while travelling. Ensuring you can hear clearly and at a comfortable volume for other travellers offers enjoyment.

Optimise your hearing: Maintain hearing health by keeping the volume of your audio system at a moderate level to avoid prolonged exposure to loud sounds. On motorbikes, custom hearing protection can protect your ears by minimising wind and engine noise while maintaining awareness.

Book a free hearing check (for adults aged 26 or over) with Audika Hearing Clinic and speak with one of the hearing experts. Call 1800 028 843. Note: if you are a Seniors Card member, you can receive 10 per cent off selected hearing aids at Audika.

WORDS: Pauline Buchan, audiologist/ clinical quality, principal advisor – Audika.


YOU may be waking up feeling tired, need a nap after lunch or your ribs are bruised from your bed partner delivering a swift elbow and threatening to banish you to the spare room.

These are all tell-tale signs that something else may be going on under the sheets (and not in a good way).

Sleep apnea is a common condition that traditionally affects one-in-four men, but it’s not all doom and gloom and, better yet, here is a step-by-step guide to how to find out what’s really going on.

Most people never do anything about their snoring because they put it down to their weight, lifestyle habits or simply just that they are so tired ... all the time.

Getting diagnosed is easier than you think and it’s the first step towards better sleep. Take a look at what to do next:

1. Take the free online assessment at cpap. This will give an indication of the potential likelihood that you may have an underlying sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.

2. Check your email for your results, which will guide you to the next step.

3. If it is likely that you may have sleep apnea, you will need a referral for a sleep study with Sleep Testing Australia. You can obtain this easily via a telehealth consult or by visiting your healthcare provider.

4. Sleep Testing Australia will contact you to make an appointment for your sleep study and run you through everything.

5. On the day of your sleep study, you will visit a clinic, and a friendly technician will hook you up with a state-of-the-art diagnostic device to take home and sleep with as normal.

6. Once the device has been returned the next day, a team of qualified and fully independent sleep scorers and physicians will assess your results. They will return a detailed report within two weeks.

7. You will have a helpful sleep consultant who will guide you through what it all means and what the options are.

With the support of CPAP Direct, you will be able to breathe easy in no time. The crew will ensure that you have the perfect machine and mask combination to suit your lifestyle and will go above and beyond to keep you on track. At CPAP Direct, your success is the priority, and it is comforting to know that you’ll have all the support you need throughout your entire journey. Visit

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AVEO’S popular Parkside Carindale retirement community is ideally located, with every convenience on its doorstep and resort-style facilities that allow residents to live their best lives.

The third stage of the community, Vista Residences, opened in October and has experienced a surge in market demand, with its new apartments being snapped up by retirees wanting to be part of the lifestyle-driven community.

Sales manager Andrea Montague says the completion of the 100 architecturally designed apartments in Vista has been keenly awaited and have been sold in record time.

“The location of Parkside Carindale, its facilities and the lifestyle on offer has led to it being one of Brisbane’s most soughtafter retirement living communities,’’ Ms Montague says.

“Most residents come from Carindale and the surrounding suburbs.

“They know how convenient the location is and they want to stay in the area they know and love.’’

Parkside Carindale is nestled in a peaceful haven with Westfield Carindale on one side and the extensive green spaces of the Bulimba Creek parklands on the other.

Resident Jacqueline Limozin moved into her Vista apartment in November and says she feels completely at home in the community.

“I lived for 40 years in nearby Carina Heights, but my three-bedroom home became too much for me to maintain on my own,’’ Ms Limozin says.

“I was looking to downsize, and as I

watched the new building go up, I thought to myself, ‘I want to live there’.

“I am so happy to live here. It’s perfect.’’

Residents share extensive lifestyle amenities, including a pool and entertainment deck, gym, function rooms, cinema, bar, café, billiards room, salon and library.

Ms Montague says the communal spaces around the village become an extension of a resident’s apartment where they can meet friends and entertain family.

“Parkside Carindale’s facilities and calendar of activities cater to every interest, whether inviting family for a meal at the cafe, enjoying a movie in the cinema or getting together with neighbours for ‘happy hour’,’’ she says.

“The modern and stylish apartments have been carefully considered without steps or trip hazards to allow residents peace of mind knowing they can age in place.

“Residents who may need some support going forward can access a range of personalised services from Aveo’s Care at Home Team so they can continue to live independently in the community they love.’’

Aveo’s commitment to Parkside Carindale extends beyond its current success, with plans for further expansion, including additional independent living apartments and a co-located, privately owned residential care facility, as part of a comprehensive masterplan.

Parkside Carindale is located at 19 Banchory Court, Carindale. Call 13 28 36 or visit


TWO Brisbane women in their 50s are proving that age is no barrier to finding romance.

They are navigating dating in the modern era in a new eight-part TV series, Ageless, screening on the Nine Network.

The episode titled Love At Any Age features hilarious 58-year-old salon owner Carole Haddad on her quest for romance, trying her hand at online dating for the first time, while inspirational, 57-year-old home stylist Lisa Young experiences a Cinderella moment with the ultimate makeover before she hits the dating scene.

This heart-warming TV series by over-50s developer GemLife explores the lives of remarkable people over 50, who are living life to the fullest or breaking down barriers and trying something new – such as Carole, who’s looking for love for the first time in more than 20 years.

“I was excited about finding a man, and for a woman like me that’s never had a husband, I knew I had to approach things differently,” she says. “My generation isn’t used to looking for someone online but, getting into it, it’s just so much fun and liberating. Even menopause hasn’t stopped me wanting to date. I just had the pause but not the men and trying online dating put a big spring in my step.”

Carole tells her story of growing up in a convent, navigating single motherhood and overcoming cancer. But nothing was going to hold her back from chasing love.

“It’s not how many storms you survive, it’s how good you dance in the rain and I rock’n’roll,” she says.

“Hurdles come and go but it’s not about how much you hurt, it’s about stepping out from it. I’ve had such support from everyone with this experience. They’re so excited for me. My friends are just like a Wonderbra: they keep me up and lifted. That’s what you want.”

The episode’s other local shining star, Lisa Young, shares her remarkable story of success and survival, overcoming divorce. She went on to find the love of her life, only to lose him six years later, but is ready to put herself out there for love again.

“We get thrown curve balls and we

need to pick ourselves up and reinvent and I really felt like I wanted to share my experiences with the view of giving other people inspiration,” Lisa says.

“The experience felt incredible, and it made me aware of what I should be looking for when presenting myself. I now look in the mirror and think I want to help other people, but first I need to help myself.

“I’ve only just joined online dating sites and it’s challenging but nice. It’s fun to go on coffee dates and meet new people.”

Ageless features stories from 11 everyday Australians, challenging age-old stereotypes and inspiring others to rethink what it means to ‘grow older’ while showing a zest for life and thirst for new experiences at any age. GemLife director and CEO Adrian Puljich says the new series is sure to spark conversation.

“We want the show to encourage viewers of all ages to question how they define ageing and embrace the concept of agelessness,” he says. “We see people who defy stereotypes in our communities every day and we want the wider community to understand there is more to age than a number. While the dictionary typically defines being ageless as ‘appearing younger than one’s age’, the show challenges this tired view by showcasing people who embody the ‘ageless’ mindset.”

Ageless airs each Saturday until May 11 on Channel 9, and online at gemlife.

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NEW research from Sweden has revealed that feeling anxious, jealous and moody over a long period of time has been linked to the increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

In a 40-year study of more than 800 women published in the journal Neurology, those who scored highly for neuroticism at the start, and who also had high levels of stress over the decades, were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their more zen peers.

Many studies have linked anxiety with the development of Alzheimer’s, especially in people who are already at risk of the disease. A recent study showed that people who had mild cognitive impairment and reported high levels of anxiety were 135 per cent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

Researchers have found that laughter is more than good for the soul. Playing, laughing and being active helps to engage the brain, grow new brain cells and ultimately prevent Alzheimer’s.

Stress that is chronic or severe takes a heavy toll on the brain. It leads to shrinkage in a key memory area of the brain known as the hippocampus, hampering nerve-cell growth and increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Get your stress levels in check with these proven techniques:

1. Breathe. Stress alters your breathing rate and impacts oxygen levels in the brain.

Quiet your stress response with deep, abdominal breathing.

2. Schedule daily relaxation activities. Make relaxation a priority, whether it’s a walk in the park, playtime with your dog or a soothing bath.

3. Nourish inner peace. Most scientists acknowledge a strong mind/body connection, and various studies associate spirituality with better brain health. Regular meditation, prayer or quiet reflection may help.

4. Make fun a priority. Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be stargazing, playing the piano or working on your bike.

5. Keep your sense of humour. This includes the ability to laugh at yourself. The act of laughing helps your body fight stress in a number of ways.

Mother Teresa said: “Every time you smile at someone, it’s an action of love, a gift to the person, a beautiful thing.”

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“...the frank and hilarious account of an immigrant girl who follows her German lover from Cologne to the end of the world.”


She sat on the tray of the open Landrover, in her hands the empty bottle of gin spoke of despair and desperation. Mocco looked up at the sky which hung like a heavy, wet blanket over Darwin. Wet Season! The year was 1958. One thought went round and round in her head: “What had she done? Would she be able to live in this hot hell hole of a town – where every second word was BLOODY or BASTARD?” This memoir is the frank and hilarious account of an immigrant girl who follows her German lover from Cologne to the end of the world.

Adventurous, lovable and laughable, Mocco captures the heat and vibrancy of Darwin and its larrikins, in a decade when the Northern Territory made its own rules. This is a must read for anyone who has lived in Darwin or visited this now thriving city.


Bloody Bastard Beautiful is testimony of the fact that Mocco Wollert ticked all the boxes, with one extra component in the mix: a healthy sense of humour.

Friends were the only support system at the time Mocco set foot on Darwin’s primitive tarmac. She and her husband soon found good people between the motley crowds that were Northern Territory’s population in the late fifties, many who’d become friends for life.

For me, the book is a page turner. I’d like to recommend it to all who are interested in Australia’s living history.

– Helga

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Contemporary fiction

Reviewed by Jan Kent

WHILE not a newly-published book, the British author was unknown to me. How delighted I am that I came across this treasure.

Vickers writes with insight and sensitivity, moulding her characters with the skilful use of deliciously crafted language.

Hassie Days and her sister Margot purchase a run-down country house on the Welsh Marshes and as the story gently unfolds, the marked difference between the sisters –Margot following her London lifestyle and Hassie immersing herself in the project of transforming the garden to its former self –becomes evident. Loneliness, sibling rivalry and hurts of past relationships are all handled with empathy, but also humour and tenderness that saves the book from being too analytical.

Subsidiary characters (such as the Albanian refugee gardener who doesn’t figure as prominently as you would expect from the title) are well developed. Vickers’ clever use of language makes this one of the main attractions of the book for me. The ending left me a tad disappointed and confused, but not quite marring my enjoyment of a relaxing read.



Historical fiction

Reviewed by John Kleinschmidt

MANY Australians are familiar with the World War II bombing of Darwin. Few are aware of the story revealed in this book.

Judy Nunn is a prolific writer of historical fiction and this is one of her better stories.

After Singapore fell, thousands of African-American soldiers were stationed outside Townsville to build airstrips in anticipation of the invasion of Australia by Japan. These soldiers were denied access to recreation, alcohol, entertainment and women – resulting in deadly racial tension.

White American officers fuelled the tensions with brutal treatment of those soldiers. Mutiny followed, resulting in the death of an unknown number.

A young Lyndon Baines Johnson was sent by the then US President to investigate.

The story is a complex one of racial politics and racist behaviour.

This is an interesting read about an historical event that was covered up for so many years.

Reviewed by Annie Grossman

FOLLOWING an explosive whistleblowing event, entitled rich boy Jagger Eckerman escapes the city, his girlfriend, family and career, and heads to a secluded cave to hide away from the public eye.

There are dangerous people out to get him, and he is sure his cave will protect him.

So, he is horrified when a seemingly feral young woman with attitude appears

in his secret sanctuary.

Her dreadlocks and scruffy appearance are a far cry from his privileged, city clean-cut normality, and they make a very mismatched pair.

But underneath and in time, they find common ground: their love of the bush, the environment and their need to escape from a very real and terrifying threat.

This is a very wel- written, contemporary eco thriller, and a true page turner.

FINDING MARY JANE: A Tapestry of Mother’s

Love is the debut novel of emerging author Arie Baker

SET in Brisbane, this is an inspirational must-read for anyone who has ever been made to feel ‘less than’. It is especially intended for members of the adoptive community.

“As an adopted woman and triumphant survivor of multiple traumas including domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse, self-harm, sexual assault and a horrific eating disorder, I find myself in the unique and inspiring position to be able to offer comfort to women and men affected by similar hardships,” Baker says.

“I am a true survivor and my only desire through the publication of this book is simple: to inspire readers that there is always hope.

“I’m a passionate advocate for adopted people who, like me, may have struggled to find their voice – until now.”

Now the proud mother of two young adults “among my greatest accomplishments”, Baker lives with her husband and is following a


Reviewed by Lea Dodd

MARY-LOU Stephens sweeps us back to the past in this homage to chocolate and 1920s Tasmania.

From the opening journey across the sea, to the streets of Tasmania and floors of the chocolate factory, Stephens brings the era alive with her meticulous research and sensory descriptions.

life-long passion for writing.

Finding Mary Jane is an epic tale sweeping across two lifetimes – bridging the gap between the erotic haze of Brisbane’s 1970s to the city’s wild alternate-punk scene a decade later.

First, there’s Mary Jane: a naive nursing student who finds herself in an unspeakable situation. Then we meet Annie: a troubled young woman from more modern times as she searches for her birth mother and, in turn, the truth of her own identity.

Finding Mary Jane is a tapestry that showcases the enduring force of a mother’s love and the ultimate bond of powerful spiritual connection between two women, borne through one another’s hardship.

In this fictional story, inspired by fact, we meet Dorothy Adwell: sent from Bournville, England, to help establish the first Cadbury chocolate factory in Australia.

Together with her mentee Maisie Greenwood, a poor daughter of a war widow, they not only suc ceed in this aim but also in protecting the secret recipe that is coveted by all the local chocolate makers.

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HERE’S to Life (H2L) is expanding its programs specifically tailored for those living with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.

This will include extra Buff Bones, Jazz with Pizzazz, beginners’ classical ballet and additional Dancercise classes alongside other programs such as art/crafts and drumming/percussion.

General manager Sue Harvey says drumming offers benefits for a wide range of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain, cancer, depression and stress. Newly appointed manager Renee Allotta, the

instructor for Jazz with Pizazz and Magical Tap programs, says classes are thoughtfully designed sessions for individuals of any gender, body shape, size and ability.

If you’re seeking programs that are medically endorsed, providing a comprehensive workout for bone strengthening and balance, and are suitable for individuals with osteoporosis, Buff Bones is the ideal choice. If you’re looking to lower your heart rate, decrease blood pressure and reduce stress, Sue suggests giving the H2L Singing program a try.

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PREPARE to be swept away by the timeless allure of one of opera’s iconic figures as the Redlands Performing Arts Centre presents Viva Pavarotti. Renowned lyric tenor Paul Ettore


MUSIC lovers with a passion for classical choral music are invited to audition for the state’s longest-serving chorus, The Queensland Choir.

The Queensland Choir allows singers of all ages to participate in choral music at the highest level and to perform these works in Brisbane’s best venues with professional soloists and orchestras. Free membership is offered to those under 25.

Musical director Kevin Power says the 2024 concert program challenges singers with the range of music selected.



Learn fun dance routines from Fosse jazz, to modified hip hop, to musical theatre – whatever your taste, we’re sure to cover it.


Get your toes tapping in no time. Great for circulation and leg strength.


While traditionally associated with grace, poise, and the boundless energy of youth, classical ballet has found a new audience among older individuals, proving that age is no barrier to the enchantment of this exquisite form of expression.


Tabone, often hailed as Australia’s own ‘Bocelli’, will honour the unparalleled legacy of Luciano Pavarotti. As an esteemed alumni of the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation of Italy, Tabone has graced stages from the Sydney Opera House to London’s West End and Broadway. In Viva Pavarotti, Tabone breathes new life into Pavarotti’s immortal repertoire. This enchanting performance will feature classic arias such as Nessun Dorma, Maria, Torna Surriento and O Sole Mio, plus songs made famous by Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli such as The Prayer, Hero and Vivere

WHEN: Wednesday, May 1, at 11am.

WHERE: Redlands Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland.

TICKETS: Seniors/pensioners start at $28 Visit or call the Box Office on 3829 8131 (booking fees are $6.40 online and $5.30 by phone).

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Art Therapy/Art/Craft • Drumming/ Percussion • Dancercise

No one is considered unable to take part, and all participants are actively assisted and encouraged to grow their abilities. And the exciting part is that they do.

Classes are conducted in Cleveland with new classes opening on a Thursday. For a timetable or further information please email or phone Renee on 0408 717 342 to book your free lesson.

The Glorias of Vivaldi, Puccini and Poulenc are all pieces that singers and audiences love and will be sung in Brisbane City Hall. Todd’s Mass in Blue offers something a little different to the normal choral repertoire and will be performed in the Old Museum Building.

Bach will be featured with the Cantata 4 and, along with Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives, will sound wonderful in the Cathedral of St Stephen.

The year will be completed with the choir’s biannual performance of Handel’s Messiah, titled Brisbane Sings Messiah, where members of other community choral groups are invited to join the chorus to rehearse and perform in Brisbane City Hall.

Weekly rehearsals are in New Farm Visit or 0407 593 788.

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LA BOITE this month will stage cult classic Closer: the unflinching and provocative exploration of truth, lust, desire and betrayal by celebrated British playwright Patrick Marber.

Featuring an all-star Queensland cast including two-time Logie nominee Anna McGahan (House Husbands, Underbelly), this new in-the-round production plays from April 4-20. Closer follows the lives of four strangers – outof-towner Alice, photographer Anna, obituary writer Dan and dermatologist Larry – over several years as they meet, bond, separate and move on. The four are caught in a destructive square dance where partners are swapped, lies are told and desire faces off with betrayal.

WHEN: April 4-20 at various times.

WHERE: La Boite Theatre, The Works Level 5, 6-8 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove.

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THE ‘River City’ is set to become the capital of comedy. Brisbane Comedy Festival 2024 unleashes the laughter with a stellar line-up of favourites and fresh faces taking the stage. Global headliners include British comedy master Stephen K. Amos, Irish actor and comedian Ed Byrne, New Zealander Guy Montgomery, South African comic Schalk Bezuidenhout and festival favourite from the UK, Sh!t-faced Shakespeare. Australia’s favourite comedic export Josh Thomas returns for the first time since 2013.

WHEN: Friday, April 26, to Sunday, May 26.

WHERE: Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tivoli, The Fortitude Music Hall and The Princess Theatre.

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HERE are some dates to keep in mind this month.

• April 1 Easter Monday; April Fools’ Day

• April 1-30 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Awareness Month

• April 2 World Autism

Awareness Day

• April 7 World Health Day

• April 11 World Parkinson’s Day

• April 17 Haemophilia Day

• April 22 Earth Day

• April 24-30 World Immunisation Week

• April 25 Anzac Day

• April 29-May 5 Heart Week.

To help commemorate Anzac Day on April 25, Kim McCosker, of 4 Ingredients, has supplied her version of a traditional ‘Anzac biscuit’ recipe to fit the ‘only four ingredients’ format for a super-easy recipe.

Like an Anzac biscuit, a flapjack is a sweet traybaked bar made from rolled oats, butter, brown sugar and golden syrup.


Serves 4.


• 110g butter

• 3 tbsp brown sugar

• 2 tbsp golden syrup

• 180g rolled oats.


1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a square, 20cm baking tin with butter.

2. Put the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and, over low heat, mix until the sugar has dissolved.

3. Remove from the heat and add the oats. Mix well to combine (you may need a bit more golden syrup).

4. Spoon the delicious mixture into the tin. Flatten with the back of a spoon.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before serving, cut into rectangles. Optional: Add 50g sultanas or raisins to the mixture and serve drizzled with a little melted milk chocolate.

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What a capital idea for a taste of Top End hospitality

SHIRLEY SINCLAIR takes a seat at the table of some of Darwin’s most-innovative and popular dining establishments.

mint, is always on the tapas menu for its popularity and for being in season all-year round, courtesy of local farmers at the Rapid Creek Markets.

Another crowd-pleaser is the jewfish (caught around local reefs), marinated in coconut and lime, served chilled as a pick-me-up in the Darwin heat and humidity.

We’re drinking in the view of Darwin Harbour from under the shady trees at East Point Reserve when our ‘potential supper’ walks past.

The two magpie geese sauntering along the grass in the park don’t have a care in the world. They must realise they’re outside the public hunting reserves of the Top End season and certainly off the menu of our Darwin Gourmet Tours’ afternoon delight (

That doesn’t stop owner Darrel Trueman and tour guide John Schier from enlightening us further on one of Australia’s most-unusual ‘bush tucker’ items. John says the birds taste goosey (naturally) and a breast goes well on the barbecue with the saltiness of Malay belacan (fermented krill) paste.

He adds that the geese, like most of the nation, love summer mangoes (the Australian Mango Industry Association reports that the Northern Territory now grows more than half of Australia’s production of the stone fruit favourite).

This is just one of the tasty morsels of information we devour on the magical mystery foodie tour that sprinkles local knowledge, history and landmarks across four hours and adds a big helping of

signature dishes, finger-licking share plates and moreish treats at a smorgasbord of ‘capital’ eateries.

We soon realise that Darwin serves up modern Australian cuisine like nowhere else. Innovative chefs with national and global experience combine with the influence of the Territory’s Asian neighbours and immigrants, and abundance of bush foods and fresh local produce, to put Darwin on the cutting edge of contemporary flavours.

While an ever-changing itinerary of dining establishments is on offer on the tour, our afternoon takes the cake for championing local producers and presenting dishes that pique the interest of our tastebuds.

First stop is North African-inspired Moorish Café (37 Knuckey Street,, specialising in tapas – and you can see why the restaurant is still packing ’em in after 20 years in business.

French owners Marc and Gertrude Wagnon’s family recipe for steak tartine and Berber-spiced kangaroo (that tastes like the finest wagyu steak) with tomato jam has us salivating right from the start.

The local Lebanese eggplant, in a sweet-and-sour dressing using chillies and

John says Moorish is known for its consistency of excellence – as any newcomer can observe from the gold plate awards displayed on the walls from Hospitality NT – and the late-night ‘pop-up’ Poco Bar at the back of the restaurant.

Next up is a quick coffee at Speaker’s Corner Cafe (15 Mitchell Street, on the ground floor of Parliament House to take in the spectacular views from the Speaker’s Green (trust the politicians to have some of the best waterfront views with their lattes).

We learn that Parliament House is built on the site of the former General Post Office: the first site bombed by the Japanese on February 19, 1942, killing 10 people (commemorated with a plaque in the Main Hall floor and, quirkily, the top of

each of the corner columns of the building that look like torpedoes).

Next, at trendy Snapper Rocks on the Darwin Waterfront (7 Kitchener Drive,, a hot tamale margarita cocktail is a welcome treat before we indulge in salt and pepper crocodile – as tasty as any calamari variety but ‘meatier’, plus a cool green papaya salad and barramundi ‘wings’.

Darrel says the large Humpty Doo barramundi farm, on an estuary in Darwin’s sprawling rural area, produces 90 tonne of premium, sustainably grown saltwater fish a week for the Australian market, including Darwin restaurants, and “is easily the best-tasting barra I’ve ever had”.

As well as specialising in fish and seafood (I really wanted to try the spicy tuna poke bowl and Gulf of Carpentaria bugs), the popular restaurant also rocks a caramelised banana dessert with vanilla ice cream, wattleseed caramel, macadamias and mint.

Onward on our foodie journey ... to the site of a former Woolworths store. A secret entrance – through an open laneway garage door, past the bins and up one floor – brings us to the final destination: Charlie’s of Darwin (corner Knuckey Street and Austin Lane,

At this speakeasy-style distillery, bar and restaurant, we could relax on a chesterfield lounge in the bar, or kick back in the Raintree Lantern Terrace al fresco area. Instead, we take a seat at a table where we can marvel at the working distillery operations with its 50-litre and 500-litre stills.

Charlie’s has a host of food and wine accolades and, in 2021, the rooftop bar made it onto the list of the Top 20 bars to visit in the world, alongside venues in London, Hong Kong and Berlin, according to UK newspaper The Telegraph

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Novotel and Mercure Darwin Resort's Nadee Wicks IMAGES: SHIRLEY SINCLAIR A mini buffet, courtesy of Charlie's of Darwin

Just as we sit down inside, a mini buffet of signature dishes materialises that is the best of Darwin in every bite.

Northern Territory Chef of the Year Sufendi Bong – an instrumental member of the team since 2021 and who was taught to cook by his Indonesian grandma – emerges from behind the kitchen benches. He comes to our table to explain each mouthwatering delight ... croc dumplings, line-caught loligo squid, Skull Island tiger prawns, barbecue lamb ribs with a special chipotle sauce, barramundi belly in a calamansi (Philippine lemon) sauce, sticky chicken karaage bites (Japanese deepfrying technique after marinating), smooth-as-silk chicken liver pâté, cassava wedges and bullhorn pepper (a long, sweet variety of capsicum with little heat) .

As we slowly make our way through the platter, Brazilian Lucas Aquino, a former Australian Bartender of the Year finalist, tells us about the distillery’s sustainability cred where nothing is wasted – even down to the fruit skins.

Our gin flight begins with the signature Darwin Gin (Kakadu plum, water lily and native lemongrass), before moving onto my favourite: the sweet and sour, orangecoloured Salty Plum (garnished with an Asian native plum).

Then, we are blown away by Tropical Monsoon (a small-batch gin, launched for owner Rebecca Bullen’s birthday, infused with seasonally harvested makrut limes,

pineapple, wild passionfruit and dragon fruit), ending with a cheeky Lady of the North Navy Strength Gin (crafted with native turkey bush, Kakadu plum and myrtles).

We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the Darwin foodie scene. A memorable dinner the previous night at Cossies Restaurant in the Novotel Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, for example, ( cossies-poolside-bar-and-bistro ) acquaints our palate with taste sensations including saltwater crocodile carpaccio, and steamed baby barramundi with Granny Smith apple and arugula lettuce.

So, while our stomachs are full after four days in Darwin, the experience has certainly left us wanting more … please.

* The writer was a guest of Tourism NT, Bonza and Novotel and Mercure Darwin Airport Resort.




GOURMay Mary Valley is a month-long celebration of the people who create, grow and harvest fine produce.

The festival officially begins on Wednesday, May 1, with an opening ceremony to be held at Honeybee Wellness Retreat, featuring the Mary Valley Variety Show. The following weeks will be filled with feature dinners, produce demonstrations, workshops and competitions, including:

• heritage railway the Mary Valley Rattler will operate its Tasting Train and Picnic Train throughout May. The Silver Bullet will team up with Creative Tours


on a scenic journey stopping at local farms for a Taste of the Mary Valley.

• the Long Lunch – savour the flavours of bushfood with Peter Wolfe at Kandanga Farm Store or the ethically grown produce at Woollahra Homestead.

The highlight of Festival Day on May 6 in Imbil Town Square and Rail Park will be the Great Mary Valley Cooking Challenge, pitting four locals in a mystery box challenge.

For the full program and booking details, go to

LOVERS of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart blockbuster will relish a visit to the National Wallace Monument in Stirling, Scotland.

With glorious views over the countryside and Stirling Castle, the monument, which opened in 1869, is dedicated to the story of Sir William Wallace – considered the patriot, martyr and Guardian of Scotland.

The ‘modern’ medieval tower is designed in Scottish Baronial style at 67m, with the top representing the Crown Royal of Scotland. It stands on the shoulder of the highest point of Abbey Craig, more than 90m above sea level, and has 246 steps to the final observation platform.

Abbey Craig is where Wallace, with the help of Andrew Moray, rallied fighters on September 11, 1297. Together, they defeated the 10,000-strong well-armed soldiers and 500 heavy cavalry of King Edward 1 of England – the largest and most successful army at that time in Europe – at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

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Ahandful of seniors and their carer are presented with high tea as they move off from the station on one of the world’s most-scenic rail journeys through the Swiss Alps.

SHIRLEY SINCLAIR gets on board a concept that is enriching the lives of seniors from Tweed Heads to Noosa and bringing the world’s most scenic rail journeys much closer to home. Queensland government, so all of our profits go back into Olive Express. Initially it was designed for aged care homes, because that’s my background and that’s where I thought the demand would be.

Seated in the beautifully decorated dining car, under the vintage-style platform clock and using good china atop white tablecloths, the passengers cosy up to the panoramic windows as this picturesque world flows by.

Their jaws drop, eyes sparkle and smiles widen with every snow-covered mountain and each quaint group of chalets or mirrored reflection on a lake.

Each 60-minute scenic adventure may be a virtual experience but the thrills, memories and enjoyment are very real.

It’s diversional therapy for the soul.

After its first month on the road, Olive Express Immersive Reality Vehicles is already living up to its motto of: “No boundaries, just horizons”, enriching the lives of seniors from Tweed Heads to Noosa.

The service is being embraced by the young at heart and their families, those with mobility issues and others whose long-haul travel days are over.

The van remains stationary in the family driveway or aged-care facility car

park, yet manages to bring some of the world’s great train journeys closer to home. And never in their wildest dreams did some guests expect to ‘take the ride’.

Co-founder Che Turner – with a career spanning aged care, community service and account management – developed his innovative social enterprise idea in his spare time across 12 months.

The full-time aged care employee and his co-founder and fiancee Kim Chatterjee saw the concept as a way of combating seniors’ loneliness and social isolation by promoting social engagement.

“I worked in the aged care industry for 15 years – it is my passion,” he says.

“It’s what drives me to change the way Australians age. I just love what I do.

“I saw a gap in the market. We’re a registered social enterprise with the

“The demand is exactly that, but probably about 40 per cent of our calls now are from families who want to give it to their mum or their grandma, because there’s not much you can give the 85-yearold or 95-year-old for their birthday.

“It’s so enjoyable because we have the whole family in there. We have the birthday individual, the kids, the grandkids. We had one the other day: a 95th and the great, great granddaughter was in there and she was only like seven.”

Che says that the Olive Express adventure takes about 90 minutes from the ramp going down to welcome the five passengers aboard until they are bid farewell, including an hour-long virtual rail journey. Once the passengers are comfortable, tea and coffee are served and a brief explanation of the ‘tour’ is given while still ‘at the station’. High tea is served once ‘the journey’ has begun.

“It’s actually real-live footage of the train journey itself,” Che says of what is billed as the first of its kind in Australia.

“We’ve got five computers in there that




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talk to one another. So, it’s not just a TV show on a screen. There’s quite a lot of programming, a lot of software engineering involved in making it as realistic as possible.

“I was working in aged care in Europe … and they put people next to the TV screen and show images of the outside of a train window. Any sort of diversional therapy is a really good idea and I support it 100 per cent. But it didn’t give that full, immersive experience.

“(The seniors) could look around and they’re still in the dining room (of the nursing home). So it was more: how do we get that essence (of reality)?”

Che sees every virtual experience as a tribute to his late Nan Olive.

The devoted grandson saw her often when he lived in England.

“She was very cheeky. She was a rebel, to be honest with you,” Che says.

“She always used to say to me: ‘Ask for forgiveness, never permission’ throughout my life growing up. And I have pretty much followed that.

“She was a woman who changed a lot of people’s lives and changed mine with her attitude on ‘anything is possible’.

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“Nan lived until she was 93. Up until her 90s, we were still going out.”

Che had an epiphany while lying in bed one night that brought about the Olive Express concept.

Happy memories of those train journeys spent with his Nan, his experience with the European aged care version of the ‘virtual’ train journey, and his desire to emulate the social enterprise success of Orange Sky Laundry for the homeless all combined in one clear idea of what he should do in the aged care space.

The feedback has only been positive, but everyone’s experience of Olive Express is different.

“We just let the passengers control their journey the way they want to navigate it,” Che says.

“The other day I was at a TriCare site and it was all guys. Literally, we sat down

and they didn’t say anything for the hour. I tried. But afterwards, the reviews that we got were incredible. Every single one of them said ‘it was one of the best experiences I’ve had since moving in here. Thank you so much’.

“It’s not so much the journey that is the good thing about it, it’s afterwards – the conversations it sparks.

“What I’ve been hearing back from all these diversional therapists and lifestyle coordinators is that after we leave, when the residents go back or at the birthday party, they talk about it, and they talk about it the next day and the next day.

“So, it’s not just that one-off experience. It’s the ongoing effect it has on people’s mental health.”

Whether they’ve been fortunate enough to undertake these great rail journeys in their lifetime or have never experienced the joys of train travel, Che reckons Olive Express is the most fun seniors can have sitting down.

“People were saying the other day that it’s like a mobile amusement park for senior citizens,” Che says.

“You don’t go to Dreamworld when you’re 90 but you still want that enjoyment in your life.”

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TRAVELLING to your favourite city destination is always exciting, but it’s still important to do your research beforehand so you can be as prepared as possible.

With this in mind, Cody Candee, CEO and founder of Bounce, has provided his top tips for travellers visiting Melbourne.

FESTIVAL FEVER – Melburnians love to have a good time, which is why their food, drink, comedy and music festivals are sure to add to your experience. Go to whats-on

GET YOURSELF A MYKI CARD – This is by far the best way to make use of all public transport systems during your trip to Melbourne. Learn more about the Myki at

CHECK OUT THE WILD PENGUINS – St Kilda and Phillip Island are the beaches to head to if you fancy watching the penguins return to the rocks to settle down for the night.

BE AWARE OF LARGE EVENTS –Melbourne hosts some massive events across the year, such as the Australian Open and Grand Prix, alongside some big concerts and festivals. Such events can impact prices for travel and accommodation around the area, so it’s important to do your research. Find the latest events at regions/melbourne/whats-on

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With Quizmaster Allan Blackburn

1. Who is the only athlete to light the flame at the Opening Ceremony and win a gold medal at the same Summer Olympics?

2. What river forms much of the border between NSW and Victoria?

3. Aircraft with the registration prefix VH are from what country?

4. In what sport can a competitor be literally ‘on the ropes’?

5. What Australian coin still in circulation has the smallest diameter?

6. In what month of 2021 did the Duke of Edinburgh die?

7. A moodle is a cross between a Maltese and what other dog breed?

8. How many points does a gutter ball score in tenpin bowling?

9. What is part of the body’s nervous system: anatomic, autonomic or anabolic?

10. How many 20-cent coins make up $12.60?

11. Which insect has a species that rolls dung into balls as a food source?

12. How many wheels did a Reliant Robin car have?

13. The song Dammit Janet was part of what cult movie?

14. Who is the mother of the baby with the given names Grace Warrior Irwin?

15. What is the only element with three letters in its name?

16. Stealth aircraft are designed to avoid detection from what enemy device?

17. In the children’s book, who was the little boy whose nose grew when he told lies?

18. This year will be what anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing?

19. “Once you pop, you can’t stop!” was a slogan used by which potato crisps brand?

20. Which branch of Australia’s armed forces has the rank of Group Captain?

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