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Editor’s note

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y first-born tells me that I worry too much these days, and I have to reluctantly agree that somewhere down the path of the past few years, I have lost some of my joie de vivre. Little things that were never a problem have become big things to worry about, usually in the wee hours before dawn when I wake up carrying the world on my shoulders. All the promises I made to myself that I wouldn’t let age change me seem to have gone out the window — just like the promises that I would never give my babies a dummy and then begged them to take it. And now, as Lorraine Page reports this month, I find I am not alone. There

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are many of us who, possibly through the isolation that came with Covid, are worrying about what the future holds. Will I realise my worst fear and end my days being spoon-fed in a nursing home; will stiffening joints rob me of the ability to get out and about; have I lost my sense of humour and the will to sing and dance; will I be able to maintain my standard of living ... the list goes on, especially at around 4am. As Lorraine mentions, there’s a tendency to avoid planning for the future because it means looking down the barrel of writing the last chapter of our life’s book. But as my good friend of more years than I care to (or can) remember, who has just celebrated her 71st birthday, (when did I start hanging out with old people?) likes to point out, aching bones are still better than the alternative. This was brought home by the death of another long-term friend a few days short of her 65th birthday last month. Future planning definitely demands a good injection of optimism. And on that cheery note, I’ll sign off in the hope that I’m still around round next month. Yes, the first-born is right. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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COVER STORY

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FUN FACTS

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BITS AND PIECES

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OUR PEOPLE

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AGES AND STAGES

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BRAIN MATTERS

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DOWNSIZING

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CARE AFFAIRS

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READER’S STORY

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MOTORING

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FINANCE

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ACTIVE LIVING

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HEALTH

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COMMUNITY NEWS

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RETIREMENT LIVING

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TOOWOOMBA FEATURE

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WHAT’S ON

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TRAVEL

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BOOK REVIEW

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TRIVIA QUIZ

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PUZZLES

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Where next? Be prepared for the final chapter Most of us have always wanted to stay living independently at home, but the pandemic forced many to become more aware of their mortality. LORRAINE PAGE investigates current trends in quality-of-life decisions. Only 8 per cent of older Australians surveyed described the quality of aged care as good or excellent. Retirees Grace and Jeremy, both in their 70s, vary considerably in their attitude to home care and how to avoid the road to an aged care home. When Grace broke her foot five years ago, she was income tested for a government-funded home care package. Assistance didn’t come through until after her recovery, but she decided to keep the package anyway as she concedes she has other long-standing

“If you don’t have any money left there will always be a place in residential aged care.”

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reflection on what matters most in the present has influenced expectations for the future. Slightly more than half of respondents in an online study commissioned by Australian Seniors, said they took stock of their life circumstances during Covid-19 and its lockdowns. As many as one in three retirees surveyed in the Australian Seniors Quality of Life Report admit their priorities for a quality life in retirement has been reshaped as a result of the pandemic, particularly regarding family and health.

And the main worry for seniors thinking about future living arrangements is being able to remain living independently (94 per cent) for as long as possible in a property that is easy to maintain (81 per cent). Macquarie University’s Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing deputy director Dr Carly Johnco, says older Australians have always shown a preference for staying in their home as they age, mainly due to having mixed feelings about receiving support. They feel more comfortable receiving care from people they know.

“The pandemic has highlighted some of the challenges associated with aged care facilities, such as reduced access to family members during end-of-life care and reinforcing people’s preferences to keep living independently at home when possible,” Dr Johnco says. Reconnecting with values of family, community and living independently over the past few years has manifested in a strong preference for home care among the vast majority (82 per cent) of older Australians, while the pandemic, conversely, has tainted perceptions of aged care facilities for nearly half.

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Planning for old age can be confronting as thoughts usually turn to negative scenarios. people are being dragged out of their wards because a case of COVID has gone through. Bad news sells and that’s all we’ve heard in the past couple of years.” Asked when he would have a conversation about planning for his health or aged care needs, he says: “On death’s door, I suppose, just before the ambulance comes to take me away. I don’t plan on lingering.” He says he’s not interested in looking into home care packages now because both he and his wife are well and healthy. “I exercise regularly. I don’t have any illnesses. I’ve beaten cancer twice and heart issues. I’m a survivor.” His heartfelt advice to the younger generation is: “Don’t get old.” While the popularity of home care has risen steadily in recent years, the pandemic brought to life some of its greatest advantages, including living in a familiar location near family (78 per cent), or within an established community. The finding dovetails with the desire of most (86 per cent) older Australians to

remain in home care for as long as possible, with a quarter considering ways to extend their ability to remain in home care. On the flip side, most senior Australians surveyed admit they have very little awareness about how home care packages work or how much they cost (74 per cent) and feel they would need more support to organise home care for either themselves or a loved one (67 per cent). A third are deterred by dealing with long waiting lists and finding a suitable carer to trust. Although most (82 per cent) of the 5000 Australians aged 50 and over surveyed agree that it’s important to have conversations around aged care needs with their family, nearly half are far less forthcoming about conversations around retirement and ageing. “Planning for retirement and old age can confront us with thoughts about a range of negative scenarios, including how we might need to change our lifestyle in the case of physical health

problems, housing, finances and social relationships,” Dr Johnco says. “It’s unsurprising that many Australians have delayed their retirement planning or have avoided having conversations about retirement planning with loved ones altogether.” But, she points out, avoiding retirement planning doesn’t make it easier in the long run and can result in poorer outcomes when the appropriate plans have not been put in place. Dr Johnco suggests that families break down a conversation about retirement or future care plans into smaller steps and have a close friend or family member on hand for support. While possible health care needs (65 per cent) have always been somewhat of a staple priority for older Australians when determining retirement plans, it’s evident that recent events have made financial stability and mental wellbeing a focus, along with maintaining a sense of purpose. Despite the importance of money in supporting retirement dreams, nearly two in three of survey respondents didn’t have financial plans in place or only vague ones, and only one in seven had documented or professional plans. Senior financial adviser at Lifepath Financial Planning Brad Monk, says running out of money is invariably the greatest fear of prospective retirees who come to him. “The worst thing to do is to spend less when you’re at your best health,” he says. “It’s not about money when you see a financial planner, it’s maintaining longevity so you can fulfil those dreams and have an annual review to ensure you’re on track to spending the money you want to spend and achieving your goals at the end.” Brad says you’re young while you still have good health, but you can age quickly if your health deteriorates.

“Do a call to action before it’s reactional,” he says. “If you don’t have any money left there will always be a place in residential aged care for every Australian. “It might not be the facility of your choice, or the room that you would like, but you’ll get the care that you require.” The outlook of seniors from the research is guardedly more optimistic than pessimistic about the year ahead, and for the most part, realistic. However, nearly three in five are minimally or not confident at all that life will largely return to “normal” this year.

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FUN FACTS

Standing the test of time

Do you remember?

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Waterbeds where a huge trend in the ’70s and ’80s after being invented by Charles Hall in 1968. By 1986, they had 20 per cent of the bed market. Everyone wanted one. And then, as suddenly as they’d become cool, they became lame. Other less complicated beds, entered the market, emulating the comfort of the bed without water.

The average person will spend six months of their life waiting for red lights to turn green. The average time spent waiting at a red light is 75 seconds, accounting for approximately 20 per cent of all driving time. That’s a whole lot of time doing nothing and just another reason to switch to public transportation.

Charles Darwin’s personal pet tortoise didn’t die until fairly recently. After his tour of the Galapagos Islands, the famous naturalist brought back a five-yearold tortoise he named Harriet. She outlived her adopter by 124 years, ultimately making it to a whopping 176 years old. Harriet lived out her final years in Beerwah’s Australia Zoo, passing away in 2006.

By the numbers.

This month in history – August 1944: Anne Frank penned her last diary entry: “[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if...there weren’t any other people living in the world.” She died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on March 15, 1945, aged 15.

four The percentage of people in the world that have an ‘outie’ bellybutton.

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Dorothy Straight’s age when she published her first book How The World Began.

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“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

1945: The first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima at 8:15am on August 6, by the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay, killing more than 105,000. Three days later Nagasaki was bombed. Victory in the Pacific was declared, ending World War II for Australians. 1961: The East German government closed the border between east and west Berlin with barbed wire, marking the beginning of the Berlin Wall. It was replaced by 166km concrete wall, that was torn down in 1990. 1962: Marilyn Monroe died at 36 from an overdose of sleeping pills.

The number of kilometres per second space junk travels at when whizzing past earth.

1974: Richard Nixon became the first US president to resign.

1977: Elvis Presley was pronounced dead of a heart attack at 42. 79 AD: Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum. 1997: Britain’s Princess Diana was killed at 36, in a car crash.

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IN THE GARDEN — with Penny

Time to prune roses and give everything a feed. Check out your local nursery for seedlings of both seasonal flowers and vegetables. Everyone should at least have a tomato plant and lettuce, either in the ground or a large pot, both easy to grow. Keep the weeds at bay by removing when small. Spring is a great time to start propagating from seed, division or cutting. You only need a sharp pair of secateurs and a pot along with your cuttings, so easy and very rewarding especially as a lot of the older plants are no longer available. Give it a try, you will be surprised. Still time to purchase camellias and magnolias while still in flower. It has been a good season for citrus. The dwarf varieties are great in pots. Pop one in now for your own supply next season. Happy Gardening, Penny

IT HAS been a cold and wet winter in most places but spring is on its way. I have noticed the soft cane Dendrobium orchids are starting to bud along with my Geraldton wax. The gorgeous hippeastrum papillon are also in bud, with their beautiful colours of green and maroon. I’m looking forward to taking a group to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers next month. The gardens and parks are a sight to behold and of course we can buy more plants. The Queensland Garden Expo excelled once again with many lovely plants and bulbs along with great guest speakers.

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uth E. Wilson’s life as an aviator, adventurer and author makes the escapades of the fictional flying hero Biggles look rather ho-hum. At age 75, she piloted a hydrogen balloon, at night, over the Swiss Alps – a feat even her male peers had to admit wasn’t bad for a woman. Ruth now tells her story, from an impoverished childhood in north Queensland to finding fame as a balloonist, in her memoir ZZZZZZ `1 But it hasn’t all been up, up and away. Born the illegitimate daughter of a mining family in Rockhampton during World War II, she was adopted at age 3, and spent what she describes as a dysfunctional childhood in Bowen. She escaped the two-room, fibro garage known as home in 1960, when she secretly entered and won a local beauty contest aged 17 and was crowned the first Queen of the Coral Coast. Ruth moved to Sydney and was married three years later. Content to follow her husband’s career, she moved from Sydney to the US, then lived in Japan for four years where she worked as a journalist. Then it was on to New Zealand where, in 1975, her life changed when she met one of the country’s two hot air balloonists.

“As soon as I stepped into the basket, I knew I had found my destiny,” she says. “It was love at first sight and within months I had my own balloon.” It was a world dominated by men but her passion led her to pioneer hot air ballooning in Australia. She began accumulating firsts – first female balloonist in New Zealand, first female balloon pilot to establish and manage a commercial ballooning company in Australia solo, first Australian hot air ballooning champion, and over the next six years the first Australian female to

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OUR PEOPLE compete in World Open Hot Air Ballooning Championships in the USA, France and Austria. A 1985 trip to Switzerland introduced her to gas ballooning, and she remains one of the world’s elite female gas ballooning competitors. At 46, Ruth made a world record night sky jump from her hot air balloon and a decade later, was the first and only Australian female to compete as pilot-incommand in the traditionally maledominated gas balloon race, Gordon Bennett Cup, in the US. The oldest and most prestigious aviation event, known as the “America’s Cup of ballooning”, it is the ultimate challenge for pilots who need skill, courage and luck to see who can fly the furthest non-stop distance from the launch site. In 2018, at the age of 75, Ruth with her co-pilot Tanys McCarron and 19 other competitors, all men, took off from Bern in Switzerland. She was piloting an old, rented hydrogen balloon with 42 sandbags on board and over the next sleepless 33 hours, sailed 15,000 feet above the snow-covered Swiss Alps, facing alpine thermals, potentially lethal cloud formations and avoiding the restricted NATO Aviano Air base. There was little food and the water turned to ice in the freezing temperatures – before heading over the Italian Dolomites

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by Mocco Wollert “LIAR, liar, pants on fire!” I can’t quite get the meaning of this little ditty but if it should be true, there would be an awful lot of people roaming this earth with scorched bottoms. Have you ever told a lie? If your answer is NO, I know that you are lying. We all lie at some stage in our lives. There are many types of lies: white lies, habitual lies, blatant lies, outright dangerous lies, and sometimes necessary lies. Probably pathological liars are the worst; they are compelled, by whatever force, to always lie. Most of them have a very good memory system that prevents them from being found out. In a way I feel sorry for them because the saying goes: once you told a lie, nobody will believe you again. Everyone who has children knows that there is an extra child in the family. Its name is “Not Me”. Who left the fridge door open? Not Me. Who ate the last biscuit? Not Me. Who let the cat out? Not Me. The list is endless and it is always the same child – Not Me. Why do children lie? Are they learning to protect themselves against consequences? Is it a subconscious reflex to avoid being held responsible and

therefore punished? From the time that children actually know right from wrong, they lie. Why wouldn’t they, if telling a little lie saves them from getting a smack – I am talking of course, strictly in the past here, as it is no longer allowed to smack. My generation administered the odd smack on the leg to keep children in line. Some psychologists even say it gave the child a sense of security, a boundary, something strong to buck against but at the same time a feeling of protection by somebody strong. Animals also can pretend that they were not guilty of a misdemeanour. It wasn’t their fault that the vase broke or the sock got chewed up, but their usually very guilty looks give them away. They cannot say “I am sorry” when you scold them, only slink into a corner and look pitiful. It tears your heart out and you forgive them instantly. Little white lies are sometimes necessary, say to help someone’s selfesteem. You may say to a friend, who has just bought a new outfit and can certainly not afford another one, “you look lovely in that” when in reality maroon is absolutely not her colour. What about when he himself has cooked the dinner? “Lovely, darling (did he have to put that much tabasco in it?) I so appreciate you cooking tonight.” His beaming face outweighs the little white

lie. In social settings, white lies are just about a must. Whatever the host or hostess has provided must be praised (at least to their faces) whether the wine is sour or the canapés are soggy. There are people who tell what I call “big fat lies”. Fishermen who brag about the big snapper they caught when in reality it was a small, underweight fish they had to throw back. Golf also seems to lend itself to telling lies, making just “a little mistake” when marking less numbers of strokes on the card. A blatant lie though is, in my eyes, unforgivable. This person obviously has no conscience and does not care whether he or she is hurting someone, sometimes seriously. I can only hope that St Peter slams the door on them when they turn up at the pearly gates. Could there be a merciful lie? I know I am sticking my head out with this one: is it a good thing to tell a person that he or she will not get better? Would it be kinder, and encourage them, to let them think that things might improve? If given hope, they might actually rally. I have a great problem with lying. I have the sort of face that always gives me away when not telling the truth. Also, my memory is not good and liars have to have a phenomenal memory not to contradict themselves. May you always tell the truth or stick to little white lies.

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BRAIN MATTERS

Add to the armoury against Alzheimer’s The mighty mitochondrion has been linked to many age-related changes and diseases, but the good news, writes KAILAS ROBERTS, is that you can power up and take charge of your mitochondrial health.

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t’s been a long time since I did high school biology and words like ribosomes, nuclear membrane and cytoplasm bring back faded memories of dry and abstract lessons on cell structure. I have however recently become quite fascinated by one of these constituents of our cells – or organelles as they are formally known - the mighty mitochondrion. For those who need reminding, the mitochondrion is the powerhouse of the cell, providing energy for all its needs – generally from the sugar we eat or have stored, or sometimes from the ketones we derive from fat. The number of mitochondria varies widely between cell types – with those requiring more energy possessing greater amounts – though the figure is often in the order of hundreds of thousands. Unfortunately, as you age, both the number and efficiency of your mitochondria declines. These changes have been linked to the development of many age-related changes and diseases, including cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, is another condition

associated with mitochondrial failure. Many experts believe that underperforming mitochondria are an important cause of this disease. This is perhaps not surprising: nerve cells are one of the most metabolically active cells in the body and are therefore highly reliant on the adequate generation of energy. If the mitochondria within the nerve cells are not working in sufficient numbers, there is a so-called neuroenergetic deficit. When this happens, our ability to remember and think is likely to be compromised. In extremis, this may result in dementia. Indeed, it has been directly shown that the ability of the mitochondria to provide adequate energy to nerve cells is compromised in those with Alzheimer’s disease. Adding to the problem, damaged mitochondria seem to be more inclined to create oxidative stress, a process that causes inflammation in the body and brain. This in itself is increasingly being recognised as a probable cause of Alzheimer’s disease. It all suggests it’s good to identify problems with mitochondrial

health sooner rather than later. But how do we know whether we have problems in the first place? Well, unfortunately the symptoms can be rather non-specific, but can include chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and other symptoms of organ failure. But even without these symptoms, knowing that getting older itself is associated with poor mitochondrial health should motivate us to try and nurture them as best we can. The good news is that there are ways to increase both the number and function of these critical structures. Though supplements like CoQ10 might help, it is always best to remember the natural strategies that are thought to promote mitochondrial health. One of these is the closest thing we have to a panacea – exercise. Keeping physically active helps the process of getting rid of old inefficient mitochondria (mitophagy) and the generation of new ones. There seems to be benefit both in pushing yourself hard, through high intensity interval training for instance, and also exercising for long periods.

Always check with your doctor before you embark on an exercise regimen to which you’re unaccustomed, however. Then there is caloric restriction. Reducing the amount you eat can have a favourable effect on your mitochondria. Many people believe that ageing is the consequence of failing mitochondria and restricting calories has been proven, in animals at least, as one of the few ways to truly slow down ageing. Again, if you’re interested, talk with your trusted health professional. Antioxidants also protect against damage to the mitochondria, so it is important to have a healthy diet rich in these compounds. You can never go wrong increasing your intake of green leafy vegetables. Time to power up! Kailas Roberts is a psychogeriatrician and author of Mind your brain The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia now available at all good bookstores and online. Visit yourbraininmind.com or uqp.com.au

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DOWNSIZING

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experts Care to Move to help decide what to keep and what to let go. 1. Larger furniture and antiques Although it’s tempting to squish existing furniture into a smaller home, downsizers need to acknowledge what was suitable in a larger home may not work. Consider letting go of larger pieces and opt for streamlined functional furniture that suits a smaller space. 2. Ornaments Do you want to spend time dusting

ornaments? Select favourite pieces to keep, then gift or donate the others. If parting with them feels like chopping off a limb but there’s no space, consider photographing them. Smaller, more valuable items such as collectibles can be sold on eBay. 3. China sets If you love it, use it. If you don’t, sell it through eBay, Gumtree or Marketplace. Be realistic, though. Not long ago, fine china commanded a nice price but today’s consumers want tableware that’s microwave and the dishwasher safe. 4. Books If you’re going to read it, or it just feels too much like family (you read it to your kids and grandkids many times), put it on your bookshelf. If not, give it away. You can drop books off at a library or a charity may pick them up. 5. Closet and clothes Rather than fishing through and deciding what to eliminate, take

everything out and then put back items that you want to keep, fit well and make you feel good. Choose to keep rather than choosing to let go. 6. Paperwork Scan important papers — birth and marriage certificates, school records, wills and other legal documents. Store originals, organised, in a lockbox or sealed plastic tubs. 7. Kids’ stuff It’s not your job to save everything from your children’s lives. Box up what belongs to the kids and send it to them. Or tell them to claim it now, giving the date you want the house cleared. Be ruthless. If they don’t claim them, it’s no longer your worry. 8. Get some help For most homeowners, a new chapter can begin once the downsizing process starts. It can take from several weeks to a year. Care to Move can help with as much or as little as required. Visit caretomove.com.au

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Darn this new-fangled technology By Danielle de Valera WAY back in the 1950s, I had an aunt who didn’t know how to use a public telephone. Or any telephone, for that matter. Whenever the phone rang in our house and a total stranger came on the line saying, “Is that the Ellis household?”, I would know to call my mother: “Mum, Auntie Nellie’s on the phone!” Big and buxom with red hair, Nellie would simply corral the first person walking past in the street and get them to ring for her, pressing the correct change into their hands along with the phone number, written on a slip of paper. To look at, she was the very antithesis of her husband Joe, my mother’s brother. He was small and fine, like a Spanish dancer. He also suffered from anxiety, but his was of a different kind from his wife’s. Whenever he came to visit my mother, he always caught a bus that would get him to the railway station 45 minutes ahead of the train on which he would return home. “Why don’t you wait here and

catch a later bus instead of sitting on that windy platform for threequarters of an hour?” my mother would complain. “It’s cold today.” “Arrh, you can never tell with trains,” Uncle Joe would say. “They’re not always on time.” Before his retirement, Joe had been station master at Rosewood, a small township 57km out of Brisbane on the rail line to Toowoomba. He still lived there. Those were the days when the station masters used Morse code to communicate between stations. This was quicker than being connected through the local telephone exchange, “Number, please”. In its day, it was a kind of texting using sound. You had to know morse code, which consisted solely of dots and dashes. The station masters also shifted all the large cumbersome rail signals by hand. Forget one, and you could derail an entire train. Engine drivers knew which small stations to approach slowly, train whistle shrieking, and which ones were worked by station masters who

liked a drink or were known to sleep on the job. Joe was right in a way. In his day, the trains weren’t always on time. At 22, I could not understand my aunt’s terror of public telephones. (Needless to say, Joe and Nellie did not have a phone in their house.) I had been using phones since I was a child, standing on the ledges inside the phone booths to reach the mouthpiece, which was set into the apparatus on the wall and completely unconnected to the piece you held to your ear. “What’s the problem?” I’d ask my mother. “All you have to do is pick the earpiece up, listen for the dial tone, drop in your two pennies and dial the number.” “Well, she can’t,” my mother would reply. Now, sitting lost sometimes in front of a computer, I can’t help remembering Nellie. She’d grown up in an era without phones, just as I’d grown up in an era without computers. “Darn this new-fangled technology!” she’d often say. I sometimes find myself echoing her words.

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windscreen laid flat across the bonnet for more sporting style on summer Sundays. And all the while, the responsibility to keep it on the straight and narrow lay with the driver. He, or she, had to read the road ahead, be aware of traffic alongside, reverse using eyes and ears and know when it was time to take a break. But it was safe, and much-valued, transport for a uni student, even if it had to be hand-cranked on occasion. That Riley and its sedan counterpart of the 1940s and ‘50s were fair examples

of early post-World War II cars, in many ways not too different to pre-war machines. Yet, and leaving aside electric cars, not many of those basics have changed decades on. Sure, most cars are now monocoque construction (body and chassis one piece) unlike the body-onchassis Riley, but most run with internal combustion engine up front and ride on four wheels to be steered by a human behind a wheel. There are better materials, more efficient designs and niceties such as automatic gearboxes. Brakes are better, comfort levels are up and audio systems are far superior. But perhaps some modern extras are as much a distraction and hindrance to good driving (and road manners) as an aid. Some may well save incidents and accidents, but so would proper driver education. Many of so-called driver aids are a pain in the driver’s seat. In many new cars – as good as they are to drive and as value-packed as they’ve ever been – buzzers and bells and warning lights are so insistent it’s easy to tune out and ignore the lot. It could be

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Retirement village decision-making checklist Retired QUT professor of property economics TERENCE BOYD prepared the following checklist as part of a professional article for the Australia and New Zealand Property Journal. Dr Boyd (who lives in a retirement village) is experienced in research and feasibility studies of retirement villages, and shares his expertise with readers of Your Time. 1. LOCATION

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• Other essential locational features such as shopping, transport, desirable climate and other attractions 2. INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT • The “feel” of the complex: look at the behaviour of home owners/residents, are gardens attractive? is it clean and welcoming? Find the community notice board and study it • Are the facilities suitable? Anything missing? Are they being well maintained? Is access to the facilities easy for persons with walking aids? Get the calendar of regular activities

6. MANAGEMENT STYLE • Look at rules and instructions to residents, is the style autocratic or a partnership? Ask residents how management responds to maintenance requests 7. VILLAGE COMPARISON DOCUMENT

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FINANCE

When having a community is the best view The decision to move from the family home to a retirement village is a significant life choice, and not one to be taken lightly. DON MACPHERSON explains the tenure options to be weighed up when making the move.

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recent discussion with a client was particularly poignant. Her husband had died, and she lived in a beautiful apartment with sea views. She told us that friends would come to her unit and remark on the lovely outlook. She would reply, “yes, but it’s a lonely view”. She chose to move from her apartment to a retirement village for one reason – community. Nobody wants to be known as “that nice little old lady that lived on level 11 who we never talked to”. Or even worse, “they found that little old lady on level 11 after a week”. People do, and should, buy for lifestyle rather than investment. It’s a choice for companionship, community involvement, and security. Many can see others enjoying the wellbeing effects that come from the community living that a retirement village offers. People buying into a retirement village need to understand the transaction is very different to buying and selling a house in the way that they have known throughout their lives. Different retirement villages provide different ways of creating rights to reside in their properties. There are four main ways that retirement villages offer tenure to an incoming resident: 1. LEASEHOLD This is the most common way that retirement villages offer their properties to incoming residents. The lease contract creates a right to reside for an extended period (usually 99 years – though we are yet to see someone outlive their lease). A lease is registered in the Titles Office. There is no stamp duty. Sometimes there is capital gain, but not usually. 2. LICENCE Less common than leasehold (at least in Queensland) a licence creates a right to reside but is not registered against the

ownership period – called various names including exit fees, or deferred management fees. Exit Fee percentages vary across the industry and can be based on the incoming payment, or the resale figure. Other exit payments, such as renovation costs, reinstatement costs, costs of sale, legal costs, and valuation fees vary from contract to contract, and operator to operator. Some allow for

title deed. However, there are additional protections provided under the Retirement Villages Act. Usually there is no capital gain. There is no stamp duty. 3. MANUFACTURED/RELOCATABLE HOMES This model involves owning the house, but not the land. The owner pays a site rental to have a house on the land owned by the operator. Because you own the home there is usually a modest capital gain possible. There is no stamp duty. 4. FREEHOLD This is the way that people are used to owning property. They buy the property (like buying a house) and can sell it at the end. They pay stamp duty. They get any capital gain (and bear any loss). The title is registered in the Titles Office. This is the traditional ownership method. It is more like buying a unit in an apartment building and is subject to a body corporate structure. It is however rare in the retirement village Industry. Whatever the ownership model, all retirement village contracts provide extensive rules in relation to occupation of the home in which you live. There are always ongoing fees while in the village. There are usually significant fees payable at the end of the

capital gain (and loss). Some do not. Retirement village contracts are always long and complex (often running to 100+ pages). Specialist advice should be sought before entering into a contract for any type of retirement village arrangement. Don Macpherson is an expert in all forms of retirement village contracts. Call 1800 961 622 or visit brisbaneelderlaw.com.au

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ACTIVE LIVING

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If you’re looking for an outdoor activity that combines movement, mental skill, strength building and teamwork, TRISTAN HALL recommends lawn bowls.

AS A personal trainer I get asked a lot if I can train people to lose weight, get stronger, run faster … and the list goes on. For some reason, the pressures of life have made them overweight, lacking strength, sick and generally not looking or feeling good. I like to call this “being out of balance”. Life is, after all, a balancing act. As one of our politicians said some time ago, “life wasn’t meant to be easy” and that is true. The pressures of modern life are arguably much tougher now than for a long time. That has been the topic of debate in households in this country and around the world for some time. Back to the balance of life from a physical and emotional sense. I am not equipped to write on mental health or wellbeing except to say that being physically fit, active and exercising regularly is without doubt a lot more beneficial to physical and mental health than not doing it.

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hen it comes to healthy activities, lawn bowls is a winner. It can improve balance, not just in the game but in general. With each bowling action, you transfer your weight from the back leg to the front leg. These slow controlled muscle movements build strength and balance. Because you stand throughout the game, endurance improves too. Rolling your bowl towards the jack develops physical precision and mental alertness. Lawn bowls is a team activity. You are encouraged as you learn, and you get to meet new people. Before you head down to your nearest lawn bowls club, try these simple exercises at home. Exercise 1 – Static Lunges Stand side on to a wall or a railing for support. Place a stable object on the floor that is around 30cm high. A small box or a stack of books will do. Step forward with one leg using a wide stance to keep you stable. Next, lower your body by bending your front knee and your back knee. Keep your back upright. Try to touch the books or box with your bent back knee. Hold this position for 10 seconds then slowly come upright. Repeat the lunge five times then switch to the other leg. As you gain more strength and flexibility, you will be able to get lower to the ground. Exercise 2 – Biceps Curl Start with a 1kg weight in your right hand. Keep

your elbow neatly against your body and do 10 bicep curls. Move slowly and mindfully. Hold in your core muscles as you raise the weight. Switch to using your left arm. Do two sets of curls. Progress to a heavier weight when 1kg is no longer challenging. Exercise 3 – Single Arm Farmer’s Carry This exercise, also known as the Suitcase Carry, helps with balance and stability. Your core, hips, back and arms are all engaged in this exercise. If you don’t have a weight at home, you can use a watering can. (Note that 1 litre of water weighs 1kg) Choose a weight you can carry single-handed with a small amount of effort. Put it on the floor and stand beside it. Bend your knees and put your heels firmly on the ground. Pick up the weight. Look forward and walk ahead for 20 paces. Turn and walk back to the start. Put the weight down. Switch to the other arm. Do two laps. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit fullcirclewellness.com.au

From a personal point of view, I have worked with many clients who once they get their work-life balance right they feel and operate much better, but it takes some effort. Incidentally, some academics believe life is summed up in a circular fashion called “wheel of life”. A pyramid is also used by some to highlight community, work, family, self. Whatever you use, it is important to find balance. When we are balanced, life is so much better. We are happier, healthier, feel in control and stress is much easier to deal with. My expertise is limited when trying to help people find balance in life, but it’s no secret that being active on a regular basis, eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of fresh water,and getting plenty of sleep and rest goes a long way to helping get it right. Tom Law is author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens. Visit tomslaw. com.au

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HEALTH

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evaporative in nature, usually as a result of the oil layer in the tears being inadequate. This leads to the watery layer evaporating, and an increase in salt concentration often leading to irritation and very commonly a stinging and a watery eye. In fact, the most common symptom of dry eye syndrome is an excessively watery eye. There are many causes of dry eyes, including increasing age, blepharitis, menopause, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, medications, some autoimmune conditions, cataract and laser eye surgery, and environmental factors. Sometimes dry eye syndrome simply

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IN THE COMMUNITY

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HERE’S to Life, an award-winning, not-for-profit organisation based in the Redlands, delivers programs designed for the over 40s. Programs are built around core activities such as jazz, tap dance, singing and drumming, and offer participants a stress-busting, health-promoting and benefit-filled experience. No experience is necessary as everyone participates at their own pace

with modifications offered by experienced and friendly teachers. An annual variety concert gives members the opportunity to participate and overcome personal barriers to gain a sense of accomplishment. Classes are on a “pay when you attend” basis and there’s a free trial class for new participants. Call Gillian 0419 664 755 or email admin@herestolife.org.au

BRENDALE VIEW

OLDER WOMEN NETWORK

MEMBERS of the Brendale Evening View club welcomed two new members, Jane Meredith and Lorraine Ford, at their last meeting. Guest speaker Judy McWhirter entertained with stories of her experiences as a volunteer Brisbane Greeter. The club supports the children’s education charity, The Smith Family and sponsors eight Learning for Life students. Dinner meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Rd, Carseldine, 6.30pm for 7pm start. The women also get together on the first Saturday of each month for a coffee morning. New members welcome. Call Shayne 0409 991 428.

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WOMEN over 50 are invited to join the friendly branch meetings of the Older Women’s Network for social activities and to make new friends. The first meeting of the new Caboolture branch is August 4, 10am1pm at the Sports Central Caboolture. New members welcome. Call Older Women’s Network Qld 3358 2301 to find your nearest branch.

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RETIREMENT LIVING

GRASS IS GREENER AT THE PROMENADE

IT’S THYME TO HAVE A SOCIAL LIFE

OF ALL the five-star inclusions and thoughtful touches within Stockland’s Halcyon Promenade, new homeowners Darrell and Michelle Parker (pictured) were drawn to a surprising feature. The option to lay artificial turf in their backyard sealed the deal for the couple who plan to spend their impending retirement hitting the road in their caravan. “We’ve got a house now and when we go away, we have to look at things like security and who is going to mow the lawn,” Darrell said. “At Halcyon Promenade, we can just lock up the house and go – we don’t have to worry about the yard – which leaves us open to do the things we want,” Michelle added. “Besides, I’m not a gardener so the artificial grass is great for me!” The couple bought their caravan in March 2020 and while their early travels were restricted to Queensland, they have big plans to see Australia, including an epic trip taking in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. “Michelle is working part-time in childcare and I’m still full-time but our loose plan is to retire next year and take eight or nine months in the caravan while our new home is being built,” Darrell said. “Halcyon Promenade has a dedicated onsite area for caravans with power, water and a wash bay which was one of the things we loved and one of the features

THYME Lifestyle Resorts are helping people over 50 right-size their home and quickly settle into a neighbourhood where they feel welcome and can connect with like-minded people in the community. Robynne Mathers (pictured) is social club coordinator at Thyme Moreton Bay and has experienced first-hand the social benefits of owning a home at Thyme Lifestyle Resort. “Having access to these social activities is so important to bring us together, fostering relationships and keeping our minds and bodies active,” she says. “Our social calendar is jam-packed, we have so much happening that we only have midnight on Sunday free. It’s great because there really is something for everyone, and it’s an opportunity for all to be involved, should they wish to.” On the doorstep of your home is a community filled with luxurious resort facilities which promote a socially active community. Each lifestyle resort offers a unique range of luxurious facilities which can include a swimming pool, spa, art and craft studio, gym, cinema and bowling green. While the opportunities are endless some of the activities on offer include painting, movie nights, tai chi, aqua aerobics, line dancing and barefoot bowls.

that was high on our wish list.” The long-time Brisbane North residents say the community’s convenient Burpengary location – only 25 minutes from their current home – kept them close to family, friends and extended network. “There are lots of green areas through the community which I thought would be good when the grandkids come to visit, they can go kick a ball or play. It feels homely, there’s a real warmth to the place.” The layout – both of the homes and of the community itself – is designed to be social,” Darrell said. “There’s parking for visitors and entertaining areas but also, the way the houses face opens them up, makes them seem friendly and encourages socialisation with the neighbours.” Visit stockland.com.au/halcyoncommunities

A socially active community also means that you get to know your neighbours. “We’re a relatively small community so it’s great getting to know people and staying connected with others,” Robynne says. “We all look out for each other and there’s a huge amount of support shared between us. For me, it’s great seeing everyone together and helping each other out, almost like one big family.” An additional benefit of owning a home in a Thyme Lifestyle Resort is the financial gains. There are no entry or exit fees and no stamp duty, council rates, body corporate or strata fees payable. You also get to keep 100 per cent of any capital gains achieved on your home. Thyme Moreton Bay has 2-bedroom low-maintenance homes selling from $479,000. A new display home is open. Visit thyme.com.au, call 1300 585 882

WATERFORD WEST RESIDENTS CELEBRATE 10 YEARS

Seasons CEO, Jodie Gaske, and Barbara Booth, Community Manager

MORE than 130 residents and their families celebrated Seasons Living Waterford West’s 10th birthday with an afternoon high tea. The seniors living community’s celebration included a birthday cake and entertainment by local performer, Lachlan. Stuart and Anne, residents of the community since it opened, cut the birthday cake and led the “happy birthday” singing. “Everyone is so excited that we have been able to celebrate this special

milestone together,” community manager Barbara Booth said. “We haven’t been able to have many events in the last couple of years, so it is wonderful we can all be together to enjoy an afternoon of good food, good company, and dancing.” Seasons Waterford West has one and two-bedroom independent seniors living apartments, with 24/7 onsite care. The community currently has more than 150 residents. Visit seasonsliving.com.au/Waterfordwest or call Nicola Wilcock 0439 389 849.

Seasons Stuart and Anne cut the cake

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TOOWOOMBA FEATURE

Spring into Garden City carnival time

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n October 1950, about 50,000 people lined the streets of Toowoomba to watch a bullock team lead the inaugural Carnival of Flowers procession. During the past 72 years, it has grown into a month-long event that begins on the first day of Spring and attracts more than 250,000 visitors. The Carnival of Flowers has been awarded gold in the Major Festival and Event category of both the Queensland Tourism Awards (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and Australian Tourism Awards (2016, 2017, 2018). On top of that, it also entered the Hall of Fame at the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards and 2018 Australian Tourism Awards. Toowoomba, Australia’s biggest regional city outside of Canberra, sits some 700m above sea level and with rich volcanic soils, giving it a landscape of both national parks with panoramic views and more than 240 public parks and gardens. Its mix of historic streets and open spaces quickly earnt it the title of Garden City. Toowoomba’s gardens date to 1865, when the local council took control of land and developed Queen’s Park. Today it is 25ha of bright flower beds, stately

Toowoomba bursts into colour for the Carnival of Flowers trees and green lawns, yet has retained the charm and character common to 19th century public parks and botanic gardens. The Carnival of Flowers is a perfect time to explore Toowoomba – learn about its landscape, heritage and community while the region’s food, flora and fauna, arts and crafts and urban and country dining are being showcased. The city has four distinct seasons but

Spring is when nature is at its best and the festival offers various ways to explore its beauty, history, architecture and produce. Take a three-hour tour of private gardens and public floral displays within the city limits, accompanied by a commentary of Toowoomba’s historical events, with Toowoomba Sightseeing Tours. A Talking Pubs Tour goes to four

character-filled Toowoomba pubs, starting with appetizers at Toowoomba’s new brewery The Brewhouse, and followed by entree at Tatt’s Hotel, main at the new Proof BBQ & Booze and dessert at The Rock. Toowoomba Walking Tours introduce the city’s architecture, street art and history. Discover the street art hidden in Toowoomba’s laneways and the remarkable architecture of the historic city centre. For history and architecture buffs, the exploration continues to the historic St Stephens Uniting Church where a display of flower arrangements, bouquets and wedding dresses throughout the decades will be a feature this year. The Toowoomba Farmers Markets is a chance to buy seasonal produce, local meats, hand-made bread, pasta, jams, salts, honey, eggs and locally grown herbs and salad items from local farmers and artisans. In the evening, the Spring Vibes Twilight Market is a mix of local craft, vendors, food trucks, live music and carnival activities. Toowoomba’s past is as interesting and colourful as its journey into future and the Carnival of Flowers is the perfect excuse to go and see it for yourself. Visit tcof.com.au

This is our invitation to you! Pack a picnic and stroll through our Region’s award-winning parks and gardens

Laurel Bank Park

Queens Park

Peacehaven Botanic Park

Japanese Garden

A kaleidoscope of colour, Laurel Bank Park features manicured gardens, mature trees, children’s play equipment, barbecue and picnic areas and two croquet lawns.

Queens Park is something to behold, with bright flower beds, large canopies of stately trees and an off-leash area that keeps the local dogs very happy.

Peacehaven Botanic Park is home to more than 400 different native plants and trees, expansive green lawns and stunning views towards the Bunya Mountains.

Visitors to the University of Southern Queensland’s Japanese Garden are treated to waterfalls, traditional Japanese bridges, cherry blossom trees, bamboo avenues and a tea house.

50 Hill St, Toowoomba

43 Lindsay St, Toowoomba

56 Kuhls Rd, Highfields

20 Regent St, Darling Heights

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TOOWOOMBA FEATURE

A meeting place

PLACES TO VISIT

Gumbi Gumbi Gardens were designed in partnership with Elders from Toowoomba and the Jarowair people. Featuring more than 100 plant species over 2.2ha, the gardens include flora used for a range of purposes including food and medicine.

A free app is available to connect to the stories of the Gumbi Gumbi Gardens while walking its paths. Location: University of Southern Queensland, 487-535 West St, Toowoomba. Gummingurru ceremonial site on Jarowair country is near the township of Highfields, 20 minutes’ drive north of Toowoomba. It features ancient stone arrangements and was used until the late 19th century to perform initiation ceremonies for young men en route to the Bunya Mountains. continued over>

Highway up the hill ... a dramatic range view from Picnic Point lookout.

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he main Aboriginal language groups in the Toowoomba region are Barunggam, Jarowair, Giabal and Kienjan. Early European settlement was based on the region’s highly fertile farming land. There are a number of suggested sources for the name Toowoomba, including an Aboriginal word meaning “place where water sits”. It is also said the name was probably derived from toowoom, the name of a native melon. Another theory is that it’s derived from the word for “swamp”, while others

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speculate that it means “reeds in the swamp”. In the First Nations community, Toowoomba is known as a key meeting place along the ancient pathways that led to huge festivals at the Bunya Mountains. The festivals were held to celebrate the harvest of bunya nuts. Until the 1870s, Aboriginal people from as far as the Clarence River in the south, Condamine and Maranoa in the west and Stradbroke Island in the east travelled via Toowoomba to this spiritual event. The area’s reliable water supply, productive grasses and nutritious local plants were a drawcard.

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TOOWOOMBA FEATURE <from previous page

HISTORIC CITY’S RICH PAST AND DYNAMIC FUTURE

Gummingurru Aboriginal Corporation invites anyone interested in Aboriginal history and culture to book a tour with a traditional custodian to see stone artefacts and experience grinding ochre. Open by appointment only. Visit gummingurru.com.au The Farmers Arms, just beyond Highfields is Australia’s oldest surviving licensed pub. When it opened in 1863 it was part of a gaol but now it’s good for a meal and a beer.

Toowoomba’s floral emblem is the violet

DID YOU KNOW TOOWOOMBA HAS … • 13 libraries • 2 cultural centres • 4 art galleries • 7700ha of open space • 539ha of council-maintained sports and recreation parks • 561 council parks • 152km of paths, tracks and trails • 13.98ha of planted beds in parklands • 956ha of parkland grass to be mowed

BESIDE the Toowoomba region’s logo are the words “Rich traditions, bold ambitions”. It’s an apt description for a vibrant community that spans almost 13,000 sq km on the edge of the Great Dividing Range 125km west of Brisbane. A city steeped in history, it generates one-fifth of Australia’s economic growth and has established itself as a centre of education excellence. Last year, 2.7 million visitors arrived to explore the region and there are more than 164,000 permanent residents, not bad for a village founded in 1849. It became a town in 1858, a municipality in 1860, and a city in 1904. Toowoomba’s rich past can be seen in its heritage buildings including the town hall built in 1862 in James St which was Queensland’s first town hall. In 1881, the original timber building was demolished and replaced with a brick building but by 1898, the demands of a growing community meant new municipal buildings and town hall were needed. They were constructed on the site of the School of Arts which had been destroyed by fire earlier that year and the current City Hall opened in 1900 at a cost of £10,000. It was refurbished in 1996 at a cost of $3.4 million. Clifford House opened in the mid-

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1860s as a Gentlemen’s Club on land owned by James Taylor, a squatter and politician who became popularly known as the King of Toowoomba after he successfully replaced Drayton with Toowoomba as the regional centre of the Darling Downs. Saint James’ Parish Hall was built in 1912 opposite St James’ Church (c1868) in Russell St. Taylor, who became mayor in 1890, donated the land and erected the hall designed by architect Harry J. Marks, as a memorial to his parents. While Toowoomba protects its past, it has also forged ahead transforming its agricultural base into a diverse and

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strong economy with a range of business, investment and employment opportunities. The region generated $11.6 billion in Gross Regional Product in 2019-20 and supported an estimated 82,413 jobs, the health care and social assistance industries being the biggest employers. Manufacturing contributes $627 million to the local economy and is the region’s second largest international exporter, driven by specialisation in food products. Since 2014, when Qantas became the first airline to announce regular services, the Wellcamp Airport has become known as the gateway airport to Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. There are direct services to Townsville and western Queensland and onward global connections with Qantas and the Oneworld Alliance. Toowoomba Regional Council expects to attract about 55,000 new residents in the next 30 years and has the Toowoomba Region Futures plan to ensure an enviable lifestyle for generations to come. The program will deliver a new planning scheme, infrastructure plan and growth plan, which together will provide a roadmap for managing urban growth throughout the region. Visit tr.qld.gov.au

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WHAT’S ON

SAPPHIRES SPARKLE IN STAGE PERFORMANCE

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MODERN classic The Sapphires, has won multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album, and now the raw energy, fun and emotion of the story is on the stage. Writer Tony Briggs will direct his work in a version he promises will be the most intimate telling of the story of The Sapphires yet. “I hope the audience will feel a fresh sense of connection to a story that has already successfully infiltrated the psyche of the Australian theatre and movie-going public and get a sense of joy

and understanding of who Aboriginal people are,” Tony says. “They will walk away from The Sapphires with a smile on their face.” The Sapphires is a heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of Briggs’ mother. Set in 1968 during landmark changes to Aboriginal rights, it tells the story of a singing group of four young Yorta Yorta women who are discovered by a talent scout at St Kilda’s Tiki Club. He convinces them to tour Vietnam to sing classic soul songs for the troops. Wearing uniforms of sequins and armed only with microphones they find

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DISABILITY EXPO PUTS RESOURCES ON SHOW THE Regional Disability Expo will bring the disability community together to celebrate, empower, learn, share, and experience the latest technologies available to those living with a disability and their carers. As well as viewing the exhibits, visitors will be able to attend a variety of free workshops. “People living with a disability and their carers constantly struggle to find resources,” organiser Sharon Fulwood says. “Often they don’t know what local services and support is available to them, leaving them going without or unnecessarily travelling long distances.” But, she says, there are often more resources available than often realised and it’s a case of knowing where to look.

Sharon struggled to navigate the disability industry and find muchneeded support when her two children – Jake with spina bifida, and Ryan with multiple conditions including highfunctioning autism – were younger. Now, armed with years of insight and knowledge, Sharon, an events manager, organises the Regional Disability Expo so that other regional parents can easily find the support they need. “We have a wide range of services and suppliers for people in the disability sector including wheelchairs, sports and fitness, speech aids, NDIS services and health services.” Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North St, Golden Beach. September 8. Free. Visit disabilityexposc.com.au

THEATRE RESTAURANT BACK AT THE TABLE ACT 1’s popular theatre restaurant is finally back in its rightful table setting with the funny and engaging Cracula’s Castle opening September 6. The show will run for three weekends with two Sunday matinees ending Saturday 17 September. There are vampires, castles and werewolves. Throw in an English Butler, Hollywood wannabes, a vampire hunter, a hapless tourist, terrible Dutch accents, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, a dreadful

script and a new sound effects guy who is flying by the seat of his pants. With tables of seven and freshlymade platters provided, it offers a real sit-down theatre treat. Form a table of six and book soon. For large groups of seven or more call Mark Anthony 0466 542 887. Act 1 Theatre, 238 Gympie Rd, Strathpine. September 6-17 Bookings trybooking.com/CBDCA Visit Act1theatre.com.au

themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War. The energetic and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams, features a talented young ensemble of First Nations performers and is packed with ‘60s favourites that will have audiences singing along, including Respect, Heatwave, Stop! In The Name of Love, and I Heard It Through the Grapevine. Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland. Saturday, August 27, 8pm Tickets $43–$55 Bookings call the RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au

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JOIN IN AS REDLAND SINGS WITH THE CHOIR MAN MULTI award-winning singer, conductor, composer and recording artist, Jonathon Welch will be leading the free program Redland Sings! over the next four months. Whether it’s music aficionados or those who belt out Jimmy Barnes songs in the shower, it’s time to sing your heart out at this entertaining and energetic event Equal parts community gathering, collaboration, and singing en masse, Redland Sings! is for everyone to be involved, regardless of age, singing experience and talent. The outcome is joyful harmonic greatness, and an opportunity to sing along to favourite pop, musical theatre and rock classics. The “Choir Man”, Jonathon is known for his work creating choirs for the

homeless and disadvantaged, the subject of the award-winning TV documentary Choir of Hard Knocks. He is the founding director of Play It Forward, an inclusive arts program creating opportunities to involve as many people as possible. “Our mission has been to bridge the gap between the professional music and community arts sectors, collaborating with government, the private sector, education, welfare and health organisations,” he says. Jonathon’s recent decision to relocate to Redlands coast is a bonus for RPAC, which is excited to welcome him to the venue for a number of projects that will be open to all ages, even those with no singing experience. “Redland Sings! is going to create a new musical family in our music village at RPAC, where everyone, young and old, can come and just have fun singing,” Jonathon says. “The night is all about access and inclusion and involving people of all ages and abilities to come along and be ‘in the moment’ for an hour.” Redland Performing Arts Centre August 24, September 15, October 5, November 23, 6pm-7pm. Free. Registration essential call 3829 8131, or visit rpac.com.au Large group bookings call the RPAC box office 3829 8131.

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WOMEN IN VOICE TUNE UP BRISBANE’S popular cabaret, Women in Voice, returns to Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). Women in Voice was started by Annie Peterson in the early 1990s to give an opportunity for female singers to share the music they did not have the chance to perform anywhere else. The line-up includes Irena Lysiuk, star of Queensland Theatre’s The Sunshine Club and Opera Queensland’s Are You

FEAST FOR ORCHID LOVERS ORCHID enthusiasts should head to the Sunshine Coast this month when the Nambour Orchid Society’s 2022 shows promise a vision of colour in a wide range of orchids from hybrids to species. Clubs and collectors are invited to book a bus and experience the society’s hospitality in Nambour and Buderim. Both have disability access and plenty of parking on site. The Spring Show is a bench show

Lonesome Tonight. She will be joined by talented and versatile singer-songwriter Naomi Andrew and local singer Olivia Weeks (aka Peppermint Ollie), plus the duo of Leah Cotterell and Indian fusion artist Menaka Thomas. MC will be quirky comedian Sophie Banister, Women in Voice is a blend of superb singing and harmonies, backed by an incomparable band, and served with a generous dose of laughs. Before the show, RPAC host Leading Ladies: Women in Conversation at 2pm. Local business and community leader Louise Rusan will chat with guest speakers about their industries and career. Tickets free when booking Women in Voice. RPAC, Cleveland. September 4, 4pm Tickets $35-$45. Bookings call 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au

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which includes orchid societies affiliated with the Sub-Tropical Orchid Council Queensland. It will include plant sales from member collections, as well as Orchidaceous Supplies with all growing needs available. Uniting Church Hall, Coronation Ave. Nambour. September 9, 8am-4pm and Saturday 10, 8am-1pm. Admission $4. The one-day Species Show is an open benched show for members of all orchid societies to bench their plants.

Vendors include Robertson Orchids, Orchid Mania, Rolin Farms Orchids, Woolf Orchidculture and Orchidaceous supplies. Uniting Church Hall, Gloucester Rd, Buderim, November 5, 8am-4pm Bus groups call secretary Alison 0438 177 855. Entry and morning tea for pre-advised bus trips $8 a person. Visit nambourorchidsociety.com or follow on Facebook

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Laurie’s beach walk - Ramble on Bramble Friday, August 19, 9.30am. Meet at the old Baptist Church, Flinders Pde. Bookings 0410 327 095 Tea with history Thursday, August 25, 10am Sandgate Historical Museum, 150 Rainbow St, Sandgate. Cost $10. Bookings essential, call 3869 2283. Open house at the museum Sunday, August 21, 10am-3pm. Sandgate Historical Museum will jog your memory with displays of old items you just don’t see around any more. 150 Rainbow St, Sandgate Devonshire tea $5.

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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time

A day in the life of a big Oz road trip It’s a long haul from the east to the heart of Australia. VALERIE MERWOOD shares part of a journey that was a great adventure for mind, body and soul.

Time for a cuppa — Noel Merwood in the red between Uluru and the WA border where the birds (below) play in the water drips from a tank.

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ast winter, my husband Noel and I set off to drive the great central heart of Australia – a real adventure for two senior Kiwi/Aussies who hold “the land”, wherever it may be, deep in our hearts. We travelled 17,000 kms and spent 60 days seeing Birdsville, Alice Springs, the Great Central Road, the national parks of Western Australia and the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland in our red Honda CRV. We ate our cuppa soups from the car and left cash in the cafes and food stores of as many small towns as we could. We slept in the cheapest motels, the convenient roadhouses, and camped out in the Kimberley – mostly comfortable, always happy, always delighted. Here is the record of just one day. We are in the wonderland that is Uluru/Kata Tjutu and it’s photographic heaven.

We left Curtin Springs in 11C and had felt it drop way below that during the night. As we hit the road, the shapes and colours of this cattle land impress mightily. There are a few groups of beasties about. The Curtin Springs farmers use their own beef and are applying for a slaughter licence as they have to truck their stock hundreds of kilometres for processing. They will succeed – if the rainfall permits. There has been autumn rain and this is obvious in the green which is good cattle fodder this year. The morning colours are astonishing: silver-topped or pink and purple shrubs, golden stalks, clumps of grass in all tones of green, and grey salt bush. The morning light is delicious. There are small trees and lots of bigger trees. Everything seems to claim its

own patch and the red dirt is the background for it all – that, and the blue cloudless sky. We stop off road to boil up and by the table is a tank. Beside it is a can to catch drips for the birds. A multitude of the most delightful little birds are dancing, drinking, dipping. Uluru comes in sight, all pink and soft purple, and the Kata Tjuka is in the distance. We tell the girl at the National Park entrance that we do not need to pay park fees as we are passing through. It’s only when she sees our paperwork that she accepts our story. As we come closer to Kata Tjuku (The Olgas), moving from the morning light into the shady side of the “big boys” they become dark and moody, shady and serious. And that change is in just a few kilometres. But we leave these monoliths and turn, almost alone, towards the WA border, 200kms away. This is the stretch of road,

reputedly “bad”, that we had wondered/worried about, but it’s a beautiful drive. We are on the edge of the Gibson Desert to the north, and moving southwest into the Great Victoria Desert. Dust? Sand? Yes indeed. Emptiness? Flatness? Nothing could be further from the truth. Red dirt? Absolutely. We pass between ranges of high outcrops in amazing shapes and colours. Uluru may have claimed fame but it’s not the only one deserving admiration. The road is dirt, red dirt, endless red dirt. It is more than a motorway wide. The colours of the desert are prolific –trees, shrubs, grasses. Every turn brings change: the rocks and ranges in the background. The red dirt road treats us well. The border is a non-event, though there are “road closed” signs because of Covid. Who knows if we were noticed. We drive on and the car’s clock jumps back 1.5 hours. The road improved and became gravel, but we missed the feel of that earlier track. Another 100km and we pull into Warakurna, the best little roadhouse imaginable. It’s not cheap but it pleases us greatly as we watch the day close down. The gas is locked within cages but we can read the price at 240 a litre and reckon we are okay for tomorrow. While being in WA, they are still in NT time which had us confused and we had to call the manager out of

his scheduled hours on a Saturday. He was gracious and we learn that this is a very good community; that this area has the only still-manned meteorological weather station in Australia, although it’s closed to the public because of Covid induced staff shortages. There is also a nuclear history to these parts. In the 1950s, the Brits were testing missiles in Australia, sending long range heads out of SA, to see if they could reach the Indian Ocean. Some didn’t make it and came down around here. The weather station was developed at that time because, after all, the testing planners needed to know conditions out here in the “empty” middle of this vast land! And that was Saturday – travelling and learning at its best!

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS UP THE HUNTER

WITH clear turquoise waters, lush rainforest trails, pristine reefs and rich culture, Samoa is ready to tick off bucketlist dreams for travel bugs. The island nation is safe, secluded and only a five-hour flight from Brisbane, so with borders set to reopen this month, it’s a handy re-introduction to world travel. Whether looking for a cultural experience or a chance to unwind and enjoy natural beauty, here are some Samoan essentials: DISCOVER THE CULTURE Samoan culture and traditions are on show at the Samoa Cultural Village in Upolu, with a range of activities including tapa making, traditional tattooing or ‘tatau’, cultural artefact carving, and preparation of the “umu” or earth oven. LIVE LIKE A LOCAL Take a ride on Samoa’s colourful public buses. Board at main terminals in Apia behind the produce market in Fugalei and behind the flea market at Savalalo. LOCAL MARKETS Experience the heart of Samoan culture – food – at the local markets. It’s an opportunity to connect with the community and the workings of daily life. Waterfront Night Markets boom with culture and connectivity at the Samoa Tourism Fale and Cultural Village grounds in Apia on the last Friday of each month.

THERE’S no need to head to Europe to find the Christmas spirit, as it’s all right here in the Hunter Valley. Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel has planned a six-day tour south that will include the Christmas Lights Spectacular at the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin. As the sun goes down, the gardens come alive with more than 100,000 Christmas lights. The show is an annual event featuring millions of glittering lights and is recognised as the Southern Hemisphere’s largest light show. “It’s magical and sets the scene for Christmas,” he says. The lights illuminate dazzling Christmas-themed displays including the white Christmas scene complete with a snow cave, elves, and snow-capped trees. The Hunter Valley Gardens has 8km of walking paths winding through 14ha of gardens with more than 6000 trees, 600,000 shrubs and over a million ground covers around waterfalls, statues and murals. The 10 individually-themed gardens showcase the artistry of gardens around the world and use both native and exotic varieties of plants. The garden experience is complimented by visits to a diverse range of sites including the Tailor Made

WONDER AT NATURE The clear freshwater Piula Cave Pool and cave is an old lava tube and one of the top natural experiences in Samoa. JUMP INTO SWIMMING HOLES Samoa is widely known for its breathtaking swimming holes. The 30m deep To-Sua Ocean Trench is said to be one of the world’s most spectacular natural swimming pools. VIEW VOLCANOS Samoa’s volcanic activity has left fascinating landforms, particularly on Savai’i, which has huge lava tubes and spectacularly rugged coastlines of black volcanic rock. SHARE AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE Trying a dish prepared in an umu is essential. Synonymous with community, the umu, an above ground earth oven made up of hot volcanic stones, has been used for thousands of years throughout Samoa. For the latest travel updates visit samoa.travel/traveladvice

barramundi farm which produces 1000kg of barramundi a week. There’s a stop at Kurri Kurri to see the public artworks covering the area’s history, and at Morpeth, a township that has been frozen in time, right down to the sandstone kerbs and guttering. Before heading back along the Coast, there’s a drive through a superb alpine region to Comboyne. Stay in a luxury resort at Coffs Harbour and then head through Casino and Lismore to Murwillumbah to see the majestic Mount Warning. The six-day Hunter Valley Christmas lights tour November 25, includes a flight to Williamstown and return by luxury coach. If keen to get going before then, there’s a Flinders Ranges Discovery Tour from October 23 and the 12-day North Queensland Savannah Way Escape to the Outback from September 21. Visit cttravel.com.au

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BOOK REVIEW

BILL MCCARTHY It seems murders are a fairly straightforward affair these days. Victims are either bludgeoned, shot, knifed or occasionally burnt, kidnapped or drowned. Not so apparently 100 years ago. The inhabitants of an upper-class household in England apparently had time and freedom to indulge in all sorts of clever methods for offing those who needed it. Agatha Christie’s name has become synonymous with the “whodunnit” and this book is no exception. An obscure technique for the offing, many suspects, clues abound and the subsequent disclosure to the assembled nervous suspects in the drawing-room makes for a classic of the genre. But I have to say I found the whole class-ridden society thing a bit too much. Boudoirs, butlers, dressing for breakfast, dirty old villagers, nasty foreigners etc mark it as a type of lifestyle we need to forget. The first and last of hers I will read.

JAN KENT It felt like a walk back in time to rediscover an Agatha Christie, much loved in my younger days. In true Christie fashion, this book is a gem – filled with twists and turns and red herrings in abundance. A variety of characters kept the tale intriguing for me, with the usual range of dark subjects and romantic interests. Christie’s crafting of Hercule Poirot with his many quirks and spontaneous outbursts kept me entertained to the end. The unfolding of the perpetrator, while it was a surprise to me, I found a little laboured. This is a most enjoyable read, particularly so with its use of old-fashioned language, which is not surprising in a novel written 100 years ago, but sadly lost to writers since then.

BOOK review SUZI HIRST This was an interesting book to review – one that is over 100 years in publication. This was Agatha Christies first book and I believe started during World War I when her sister dared her to write a book. She did and followed up with many others. We have all seen the Poirot TV programs at one time or another and so I found it refreshing to read her first book and her introduction to Hercule Poirot, who is exactly as seen in the TV series. David Suchet was born for the part. Poirot actually featured in 39 of her 66 books. A quick and enjoyable read.

The first published novel of the legendary British crime writer, it was written in 1916, and introduces the eccentric little Belgian Hercule Poirot, who is settling in England as a refugee of the Great War. Inspector Japp and Poirot’s friend Hastings also make their debut. Poirot is staying near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactor Emily Inglethorp. When she is poisoned, Poirot sets to work and there are plenty of suspects. THE MYSTERIOUS Dame Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all AFFAIR AT time, having written 66 STYLES crime novels and By Agatha Christie story collections, 14 plays and six novels.

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT Hard to believe that this 1920 publication was the first of many Christie novels featuring the prodigious detective skills of Hercule Poirot. The plot does not disappoint as there are, as usual, many suspects in a complicated murder. Set in an English Manor the characters are from a dysfunctional upper-class family, and each is a suspect at some point in the story. Poirot, using his undeniable instincts, navigates the numerous red herrings that the queen of mystery weaves into the plot and brings the story to an end with an unpredictable twist. Poirot’s attention to minute detail, that the local police miss, proves him the superior detective. An easy and enjoyable read.

TONY HARRINGTON Not being a fan of Agatha Christie, I laboured through all the twists and turns, clues and investigations by the obsessive compulsive Belgian detective Monsieur Poirot. While the story is well written with numerous different characters it’s an old-style murder mystery and not your modern and engaging Nordic Noir. The English era of the big estate houses with numerous servants and a rigid class structure is also not my cup of tea. For the fans of Agatha Christie I’m sure they will enjoy this murder mystery. Not me! 4/10

JO BOURKE The Mysterious Affair at Styles is notable on many levels! Not only was it written 100 years ago but it was the first novel of 66 published by author Agatha Christie and her introduction of Poirot who would feature in 33 of her novels. In this world of hustle and bustle most of us experience daily, I found it refreshing to stop and enjoy the measured and descriptive writing setting the scene for murder and intrigue. It was so easy to visualise Poirot – surely as portrayed by David Suchet who appeared in 70 episodes of the TV series. A few times my frustration levels rose when it was taking so long to reveal the murderer after all the red herrings thrown at the reader. It was worth not looking ahead. Most of all, reading this first novel is encouraging me to read more of Agatha’s works – perhaps in order. Google has told me the second book was The Murder on the Links and its plot is already enticing me.

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