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t’s hard to imagine that after a lifetime working, raising a family and paying the mortgage, you could find yourself homeless, but that has become a grim reality for many, women in particular Despite the mocking claims among subsequent generations that life was all peaches and cream for the Baby Boomers, it wasn’t OK, Boomer. In fact, as Lorraine Page discusses this month, the rate of homelessness among older women increased by 31 per cent between the last two census periods. The situation has become so serious that Queensland’s oldest charity, the Lady Musgrave Trust, established in 1885 to help vulnerable women and children, has turned its
Contents focus to women over the age of 55, with a dedicated service. Part of the problem is identifying that something’s wrong before it is too late. As I said, it’s hard to imagine that you could find yourself homeless, and many women don’t realise their approaching fate until it is too late. The Lady Musgrave Trust spells it all out in its new Handy Guide for Older Women. On a brighter note, Glenis Green meets Peter Mounsey who has to be the best advertisement for old age ever. At 92, he still cooks dinner parties for friends and is aiming to set a new speed record on a motorcycle 20 years younger than himself. I interviewed Peter in the late 1980s when he had made a name for himself as a yachtsman. To a youngish reporter he seemed a true old salt even then, and yet although I can vouch for the effect the intervening years have had on me, they don’t seem to have slowed him down at all. His story is as fascinating as it is inspirational. And don’t miss Cheryl Lockwood’s amusing account of her recent appointment with a colonoscope. Dorothy Whittington, Editor
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A place to call home – the housing crisis is real The experience or threat of homelessness can be humiliating and shameful for older women and, writes LORRAINE PAGE, those at risk don’t always identify as being on the housing edge.
t one time, homelessness was seen through the lens of poverty, drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness or laziness. These days, homelessness and housing stress are recognised as complex issues that ensnare everyday Australians in a battle to hold on to the place they call home. Last year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that homelessness among older women increased by 31 per cent between the last two census periods. The data was a trigger moment for The Lady Musgrave Trust, Queensland’s oldest charity and a champion for homeless women. The Trust took decisive action to combat this increase with the launch of The Handy Guide for Older Women, a one-stop shop of information that empowers women facing homelessness or who are anxious about their future housing. In developing the guide, The Trust surveyed and consulted with women who had been homeless or at risk and found many denied their vulnerability until stuck in crisis. Elly’s journey as a homeless woman escalated 10 years ago when she was 66. While she was in China working as an English teacher, her husband gambled and drank away the mortgage contributions she sent back home, and sold her car. On her return, she learned that the family home was about to be repossessed. Distraught, she packed up and left. In hindsight, she says she probably
should have left her husband in the first year they were married, and not 43 years later. During the years they were married, he controlled the finances and would raid their joint bank account, often leaving Elly nothing for food. “But I’m of the vintage that divorce is not an option,” she says. “I had no family or support in Queensland, and I’m not from a big family.” With limited savings and unable to find work because she was “too old” and “overqualified”, she house sat for two years and was essentially homeless. Eventually, sick of living out of suitcases and staying for brief periods of time with her daughter, she moved to a private rental, but her pension couldn’t keep pace with the rent. Earlier this year, Elly was approved for social housing – accommodation provided at affordable rates to people on low incomes or with particular needs – in Brisbane’s east. She says her living situation is far from ideal. “The building has had very few upgrades and is tenanted by single males and females over 50,” she says. “Most of the men have criminal records and some are violent. Getting maintenance done is a joke. I feel like I’m being punished for being a woman and for being alive this late in life.” Before she moved into social housing, she would spend 70 per cent of her pension on rent. Where she is, she can save $200 a week, as the rent is only 10 per cent of her pension – but she doesn’t like to think of her place as having permanency. “Everyone’s housing needs are
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• Women live longer and are more likely to be single in their older years • Women earn less and have more periods out of the workforce especially as unpaid carers of children, partners and parents • Women have lower levels of superannuation • Home ownership rates have been in slow decline in Australia since the early 1980s and more people than ever are retiring with a mortgage • A slow decline in the proportion of affordable social housing in Australia but a continuing growth in demand • Unemployment greatly affects women in their 50s
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range of income streams to meet the needs of older women. Single women who raise children later in life may also struggle to find safe, affordable housing. Single mother of two teenagers, Liesl, 54, has lived in social housing in an inner Brisbane suburb for 10 years following a relationship breakdown. Her former partner was a gambler. By the time the relationship ended she was an emotional wreck and unable to work. She started studying and has almost completed a double degree. She picks up contract work from time to time but is mostly on JobSeeker payment. “My mother brought me up to believe that when I married my husband would take care of me,” Liesl says. “She taught me nothing about money and I never worried about superannuation or saving.” She describes her life as “quite depressing” and fraught with weekly battles on how to make ends meet. She has welcomed the Australian Government’s Coronavirus supplement as a “god send”. She says she was initially attracted to the prospect of social housing. Her unit was brand new, only $10 a week more than a private rental, close to school and university, and the neighbours were lovely too. Over time, Liesl’s rent has risen and the tenants have changed. Many of her new neighbours have mental health and addiction issues. Fire trucks, police and ambulance are regular visitors to her housing complex. Her thoughts are never far from homelessness because of the lack of safety, security and affordability of available social housing.
he Better Together Housing Project helps women over 55, who are not in housing crisis, to find suitable, independent shared accommodation in a safe and secure way. The program is a partnership between Coast2Bay Housing Group, specialists in affordable housing throughout the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay, Redcliffe and Gympie
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regions, and Sundale, a community based retirement and care centre organization on the Sunshine Coast. Chief Operations Officer for Coast2Bay, Lee Banfield, says Better Together is developing relationships with real estate agents in local communities so that senior women can become tenants of choice. “There are a lot of owners who want a long-term, secure investment and are
looking to hold an investment property for 10 to 20 years,” she says. “Women will find it much easier to find private rental to share that works for them rather than being constrained by the requirements of social housing, where if you’re a single person, you’re entitled to a one-person bedroom property.” Stef shares a small, three-bedroom townhouse with another single woman who is also in her 60s. They knew each other socially for almost 10 years before they began house sharing in the private rental market a year ago. Four years ago, Stef’s marriage ended after she’d endured 30 years of controlling psychological and emotional abuse. “At one point I was officially classed as homeless because I was on the social housing register and lived with one of my sons,” she says. “I always thought I was going to be in my home for the rest of my life. I still haven’t got over it. I never ever expected my life to end up like this. I always remained hopeful no matter what was thrown at me.” To complicate her situation further, when Stef’s children were young a stranger assaulted her. She lost the ability to be a mother, and her children became her carers. She recovered slowly but has not worked since and has lasting disabilities. She lives on a Disability Support Pension and regularly dips into her savings to make ends meet. Although house sharing keeps the cost of utilities down and provides Stef with company, she misses her old home and is mostly on her own during the day as her housemate works part-time. “I can have a constructive conversation with someone that I couldn’t have had with my husband,
and I like having the social connections and outings,” she says. “It reduces the isolation and loneliness.” The Trust’s chief executive officer, Karen Lyon Reid, says house sharing is a housing option that older women need to go into with their eyes open. Whether it’s opening your current home to others, house sitting, moving in with family or moving in with others, she recommends key questions in the guide be worked through first. “The traditional family cell of many years ago held dangers for women, especially for stay-at-home mothers who hadn’t controlled or been involved in the finance stream,” she says. “It’s never too late for women to build their own plan for the future and take back control. “We all have to have a stake in our own futures no matter who we are or who our partners are.” The Handy Guide for Older Women can be unpacked online at thehandyguide.com.au and takes a woman through questions that help identify whether she is in crisis and what steps she can take to control her future now.
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to acid free board and bound into a book, using genuine leather for the cover. The result is a legacy heirloom album for future generations to enjoy. Family history has been safely preserved. Clive, whose business Silvershotz has been operating photography studios and publishing internationally since 1998, saw the door of opportunity swing open – if he could do it for his own family, he could do
it for others. He realized instantly it was an old story that is regularly repeated. Families clear the homes of deceased relatives and end up with boxes of loose photos of unidentified relatives. They pick out or one two if they know who they are, to keep. The rest remain in the box and are stashed away in a cupboard until finally someone decides it’s time to put them in the bin. The family history is then lost forever. “Before it is too late, Baby Boomers should collate family photos from elderly relatives, their own albums and those of their children,” Clive says. “Find out who people are while you still can. Turn it into a project that brings the generations together.” Using one of the many conference apps families can get together to compile the information and identify people and places. Children can ask questions about relatives, living and deceased. Make notes about each person in the photograph. Even a name on the back of a photo will mean something to someone, a memory to be captured. Clive then collates the notes and photos to create a family heirloom album to keep precious family information safe and accessible. It’s a gift for all the family. Visit familyheritagephotos.com.au
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IT IS that time again – the annual medical certificate that declares me fit to use a vehicle, is due. Year-round, I dutifully carry it in my purse to present to any enquiring cop to prove that I am fit to drive. However, nobody has ever asked me for it. I am one of those lucky people who have good health and do not need glasses to drive. Regular visits to the gym, at some ungodly hour in the morning keep me reasonably fit and mobile. I pass the examination easily. I often wonder though, because doctors I consult usually just do an eye test. Only one doctor has ever asked me to move my head, raise my arms and generally prove my mobility, to check that I still have enough flexibility to drive. Watching some elderly folk, male and female, manoeuvring their car into a senior citizen parking spot at shopping centres, I wonder who the doctors might be that declared them fit to drive. Many
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can barely walk. More than once have I seen someone lifting their leg with their hands to place it into the car. In an emergency, that person would not be able to use their legs immediately and their reaction time would be hours. I do not drive in the dark anymore but giving up driving all-together is a huge step. I am coming very close to that time and am dreading it. I don’t look forward to losing my independence – the quick five-minute drive to my favourite coffee shop, an unplanned trip to the shopping centre because I am bored and feel like getting out of the house. This was especially the case after my self-imposed isolation during the first weeks of Covid in Queensland. I know it will be hard to hand in my licence and I will put it off, but I have promised my children that I will stop soon. But promises are there to be broken, right? So, I hope that my doctor will do me a favour and sort it out for me by refusing a medical certificate before I run over somebody or damage cars in the carpark. At the moment, I conveniently ignore the scratches and dents from curbs and the odd post. In any event, they are barely noticeable. What I did not know and only became aware of recently, is that a driver over the age of 75 who does not have a medical certificate is not covered by insurance. That’s a scary thought, especially as I recently put the teeniest dent into a car while parking at a shopping centre. Alas, the car was a vintage Jaguar in British racing green. As we exchanged names and details, the owner told me with a grin, “Racing green! That will be expensive!” Thank God, I do have insurance and the whole thing was financially painless. However, this episode is probably a warning sign I should heed. But maybe I will give it just one more year … May you be safe in your car and know when to stop driving.
by Cheryl Lockwood
IT SEEMS the older we get the more medical professionals want to poke and prod in search of conditions we didn’t know existed. It’s probably a good thing as I admit to being in the group that writes off physical issues or odd feelings as part of aging. I was predictably unimpressed when my GP sent me off for a colonoscopy. Armed with pamphlets explaining the procedure in vivid detail, I resigned myself to what lay ahead. Thankfully, there were not too many pictures because there are some things best left unseen. The upside of such a procedure is that there is no memory of the event. Most people wake up snug under a blanket, ever so grateful for the cup of tea and sandwich that follows. Dare I mention the downside? The preceding days involve a bowel cleansing akin to pressure washing the barnacles off a ship. It’s quite a process. Dutifully following the rules on my information sheet, I ate a rather bland diet for a few days. Apparently, this was not enough. Not by a long shot. For the surgeon to have a long, hard look at my insides, the bowel had to be squeaky clean. Trust me, there were
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ONCE upon a time every house in Brisbane had one. They were used daily and serviced regularly. The household little house, oft referred to as “the dunny”, stood like soldiers on parade down on the back fence decorously screened by a choko or passionfruit vine. They were noted for their sturdiness, withstanding storm and tempest and bearing witness to the mad dash during inclement weather. Lord Mayor Clem Jones and his council set about sewering greater Brisbane and gradually they disappeared. Many were pulled down, some were burnt in situ while yet others were repurposed. The Queensland Women’s Historical Association
management committee, as part of the restoration plan for Miegunyah at Bowen Hills, decided that an outdoor toilet should be obtained to complete the grounds of the house. But where to find such a building? Those who had kept a Little House guarded it jealously. A search began and it was a country member who finally located one available for the cost of removal. Volunteer members hauled the trailer some 450kms to dismantle the building and bring it back to the city. The dismantling went well until it was down to the frame. How to bring it down? A vehicle equipped with a winch began to pull. Conveniently, it tipped over and self-dismantled on the tray of a truck. From there it was easy to pack into the trailer for the trip to Brisbane where it was re-erected. Since early 1997 the Little House has stood proudly and usefully as storage in the back yard of Miegunyah. It has not suffered the indignity of being hidden behind a screen and visitors often ask if it is in use. Tours of the historic home Miegunyah are available. Visit miegunyah.org
where the convict was assigned. There are records of a convict’s permission to marry and their TOL (tickets of leave). You can also track them through some of the early musters and census records. Our convicts have now gone from being social outcasts to pin-ups. In some genealogy
circles, convicts are now seen as Australian royalty. The Queensland Family History Society has a print library with resources such as the Log of Logs, musters and lists of NSW 1800-1802 and published local histories that are useful for researching family members. Visit qfhs.org.au
From colonial Queensland to high society in London and Sydney, the Murray-Prior girls, born three decades apart, forged their own path at a time when a woman’s place was firmly in the home, writes DIANA HACKER.
osa Caroline Murray-Prior was born at Bromelton on the Logan River near Boonah in 1851, to Thomas Lodge Murray-Prior and his first wife Matilda née Harpur of Cecil Plains in New South Wales. At the time of her birth the family was living in a slab hut and cut off by flood waters. Over the next few years, they moved to Hawkwood, Maroon Station and the property Crella, Ormiston near Brisbane. Matilda died in 1868, and it became 17-year-old Rosa’s duty to accompany her father to social functions. Thomas Murray-Prior remarried in 1872, the same year that Rosa married Arthur Campbell Praed, an Englishman. They went to live on Curtis Island near Gladstone and after two lonely and miserable years, Rosa returned to Brisbane for the birth of her first child, a daughter she named Matilda. In 1880, the family sailed for England and set up house in London, and it was confirmed that Matilda was deaf and dumb. Rosa had begun writing as a child, drawing on her country
Rosa Murray-Prior, also known as the writer Rosa Campbell-Praed. childhood for the settings and themes for her novels. She became well known in London and moved in upper social circles. The marriage broke down in 1897, and Rosa lived with a companion, Nancy Harwood, a psychic. Sadly, Rosa outlived her children. Her eldest son was killed in a road accident in the United States. The second was gored by a rhinoceros in Africa and the youngest son took his own life. Matilda spent her final
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Peter’s life has been one long boy’s own adventure At a ripe old age when getting a driver’s licence can be a big achievement, 92-year-old Peter Mounsey has his sights set on something much more ambitious. GLENIS GREEN meets an original adventure book hero.
e has an amazing life to look back on, but that’s not enough for Peter Mounsey, who aims to beat his own land speed record on a 78-year-old motorbike on the salt flats of South Australia. Rising to a challenge is what keeps this remarkably fit, agile and super sharp nonagenarian getting up every morning – usually at 6am – to tinker with his ancient
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Velocette motorcycle, rebuild a vintage Mini Cooper, help out neighbours or tend his acreage property. But this year, his ambitions have been frustrated by Covid-19. Last year he broke his own record by reaching more than 90 miles per hour (the official recording is in imperial measurements) on his Velocette and this year he was primed to hit 100mph. Before coronavirus thwarted the record attempt. “I’ve done 94mph on it and I had it all ready to go this year and it was cancelled,” he says. For a man who states his ambition is to reach 100 years of age, it sounds like a risky and terrifying prospect – hunched over an ageing bike in full-suit safety gear and goggles going flat strap along a blinding white salt lake. But Peter rejects the suggestion he might feel scared. “No, no, you’re heading straight, it’s all strictly controlled. It’s wonderful. I’m apprehensive but I really like it,” he says. What does scare him is riding a motorbike on the open road. “It’s too dangerous,” he says without even a hint of irony. Motorcycle speed records are but one
string in Peter’s very full bow. Celebrated in ABC news archives as the “million mile man” with a million nautical miles to his name, he is a master mariner who has sailed around the world twice. He has also successfully competed in short and single-handed ocean races. And, simply because he could and because his late wife Lesley was keen on horses, he took up horse riding at the venerable age of 70 to compete in endurance rides. Born in Windsor in New South Wales, with a twin brother Don who is an accomplished artist in England, Peter’s life of adventure began at the tender age of 14 in 1942, when he went to sea in the merchant service during World War II. He spent two years as a deck boy, feted for his excellent eyesight in spotting Japanese craft. “I saw seven ships torpedoed on the east coast here,” he says matter-of-factly and scoffs at the idea he may have felt scared. “Who’s scared when you’re 14.” Some of that bravado may have been inherited from his English father, John Mounsey, who fought in World War I, and was shot clean through his torso while
ducking down in a bomb crater as he snuck up on a German sniper. John thought he had shot the sniper but it turned out he was only foxing and when John pressed forward, he was taken down. Fellow soldiers found him when they were collecting bodies and at first thought he was dead. He was taken to hospital, patched up and later married Peter’s mum, a nurse. The couple moved to New Zealand and later to Melbourne where John joined the Australian Air Force and ended up a squadron leader. Peter remembers going to 14 different schools as a lad and admits he wasn’t much
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Out there I wanted to do 90 (the first time) which is my age and I did 88mph and she did get the shakes,” he says. “Next time I went flat chat and I knew it was a good run and the others had their thumbs up and I did (almost) 94. I had it wide open. Now I just need another 6mph.” The speed runs are recorded by laser beams on a one-mile track over an average of two runs. But Peter hasn’t given up his seafaring ways in his quest for land speed. He still sails with a friend to Lord Howe island from Sydney every November – a five-day trip of 430km. And he likes keeping fit, working out three times a week on a home gym set up on his patio overlooking the river and soaring trees he planted 20 years ago. “I’m not a health fanatic but I eat well – lots of fresh food,” he says. He is also a keen home chef and often invites neighbours for meals. But the lure of adventure still burns brightly, even after travelling the world. “We (with Lesley) did most of Australia except the Kimberley,” he says. “Now I want a 70-year-old bride so I can go to the Kimberley and spend a year going around Australia,” he says with a mischievous grin. But his heart will always lie with the sea. “I’d like to live to be 100 and die at sea,” he says.
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STRANGE TIMES A CHANCE FOR TRANSFORMATION The world as we knew it has unravelled making us increasingly anxious, frightened, depressed, and overwhelmed, but, writes VICKI BENNETT, let’s not kid ourselves. We were like that before Covid-19.
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Walking is not a humdrum activity you do with your legs. As Tristan Hall explains, it engages the whole body and with some planning, can engage your spirit too.
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I LAMENT the demise of the simple sandwich. In a recent TV show, a boss asked his assistant for a sandwich for lunch. The task proved too difficult, as in the CBD where they worked you could purchase a wrap, a kebab, a pitta, or even a quesadilla – but no sandwich. Many of us remember the fillings mum packed for the school lunch. A sandwich was the staple diet in schools, offices and on worksites, but no more. You may argue that Subway makes sandwiches or is a sandwich bar. I would say that as an American concept, Subway is to a sandwich what McDonalds is to a restaurant. The days of the milk bar and the sandwiches they sold may be behind us but the sandwich is an important part of our diet. Mitch Peterman, an accredited practicing dietitian and exercise physiologist, writes “somewhere along the way, many of us have lost confidence in knowing how to appropriately nourish our bodies. “In Western societies, this is
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So if you are into canoeing, fishing, horse riding, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, water skiing, paddle boarding, jet skiing, camping or… just prefer taking it easy with a glass of something ‘refreshing’ on a creek bank at sunset, then the Mary Valley is the perfect playground for you. If you don’t own the toys, not to worry, they will provide them for you. You can hire horses on guided tours, hire a canoe or bicycle to go on your own adventure or be guided by experts, take a scenic ride on a motor-trike and much more. A popular des na on for RV travellers, the Mary Valley has lots of loca ons to stay at
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Stay in a cosy B&B or at larger accommoda on for groups and families or try camping. Bring your BBQ, get the local butcher to prepare your dinner, visit the local markets and grab some local produce or dine out. Whatever you choose—it is mandatory to kick back, relax and soak up the open spaces of Mary Valley Country.
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Jeep strikes high in the ute market Love them or loathe them, dual cab utilities are one of Australia’s favourite vehicles, but they don’t all come cheap, writes BRUCE McMAHON.
he Toyota HiLux, in a range of variations, continues to top the sales charts. Ford’s Ranger is close on the Toyota’s wheels and often outsells it when it comes to four-wheel drive, dual cab utes. Any number of people, from tradesfolk to nomadic retirees, have found a four-door ute the right vehicle for work and play. Today’s ute is more comfortable, more capable and more family-friendly than ever while offering versatility that’s hard to match. There is already a slew of choices on the market plus the likes of Hyundai and Tesla are set to join the fray but for now, the newest – and one of the most expensive – of the mob is Jeep’s squarejawed Gladiator. Jeep has a four-wheel drive heritage stretching back to 1942 and development as a “go-anywhere” line-up of vehicles, so this four-door Gladiator has good off-road capability straight from the showroom floor. While the $75,000 plus price tag is high the American ute offers a fair swag of gear plus good highway manners for a heavy, live-axle vehicle. The Jeep won’t be on everyone’s shopping list. It is petrol only (at least for
now) and its 2700kg towing capacity and 527kg payload falls short of some rivals. There’s an upside though – the V6 engine puts out 209kW, and 347Nm of torque, through a pretty slick eight-speed transmission which makes for good road performance, whether around town or in the country. And the surprise is how well the
Gladiator handles rough and ready roads. Sure, there’s a little initial lightness to the steering feel but the coil-sprung ute is more comfortable than most rivals over back roads. Off the bitumen, and with a family reputation to protect, the 5.5m machine is a poised off-roader up and down the hills, through the mud and over the rocks,
though that longish wheelbase could catch the middle out in some situations. There’s low range and back-ups such as hill descent control to complement the Jeep’s great wheel and axle articulation. Drivers sit straight and high without a tonne of room for the left foot, but there is decent visibility to the front and sides and an excellent rear-view camera when backing out of trouble. The cabin here can be turned into a fresh-air experience through removable roof panels and doors plus fold-down windscreen and while it’s stacked with modern-day conveniences such as a big touch screen for navigation and entertainment, there’s an old-school, timeless character to the dashboard and instrument layout. The Jeep Gladiator is a top machine at a top price that won’t meet every ute buyer’s needs. Yet it’s a worthy edition to the ranks, suitable for young or old adventurers wanting to travel in style. And for confident travels across the country, Jeep Australia’s warranties are now five years/100,000 km with lifetime roadside assistance and a team of “flying doctor” mechanics to fix issues anywhere on the continent.
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Oh give me a loan … Exactly when did the world become so complicated and commonsense disappear in a flurry of paperwork and red tape, asks ALLISON WHITE.
allowed myself to become involved in my daughter’s quest for a loan to buy her first home and discovered that there is a whole new world of finance out there that leaves me gasping. And, they tell me, much of the nonsense they sprout was in place before the Banking Royal Commission. The biggest problem, you see, is that my daughter doesn’t want to buy a brick house on a suburban block, but a converted shed on a 40ha rural block which, alas, also rules out any possibility of first home buyer’s assistance. Despite all the talk about encouraging people to move to the regions, the lending system is geared towards an average home in the suburbs. In fact, she was quite amused, when she was advised: “It’s high risk as larger acreages are very hard to sell,” to which she replied, “well that’s hardly surprising since nobody can get a loan to buy them.” And did you know that 80 per cent of financial institutions will not lend for a property of more than 4ha? Nor will they lend for a shed that doesn’t qualify as a habitable dwelling, despite an interior fit-out, power and water. Yet a 58-year-old divorced friend was
recently given a $250,000 home loan over 30 years even though she said she would likely expire long before the loan term. Go figure. I also suspect that very low interest rates aren’t a great incentive to lend. I’m sure the banks and those CEOs who command a salary package in the millions, would have been much more prepared to listen when they could
charge interest rates of 10 per cent – or as some will remember, 16 per cent and beyond. But your lifestyle choices, it seems, are no longer your own. When I bought my first home, a rundown shack on acreage at the beginning of the 1980s, nobody gave a hoot about my life. All the lender wanted to know was that I could repay the loan. Perhaps I am just a simpleton firmly entrenched in last century, when you could pop down to your local branch, ask for a staff member by name, outline your hopes and aspirations as well as your ability to pay, and be on your way. This time when I indignantly marched off to the bank our family has been using since our collective first pay packets, and told them to just go through our accounts and look at the figures, I was politely advised that they were a “low risk” institution and savings records meant nothing. So much for loyalty. My offer to act as guarantor was also scorned – “it doesn’t really count for much these days” the banker said when I pointed out there was little risk if I had a
rental property worth more than the loan. There is also the issue of income and it doesn’t pay to be self-employed or a casual, even if you have a solid income history. The banks seem to have missed the fact that the workforce has changed and increasing numbers of young people either work as casuals or change jobs every few years. There are no longer workers around to collect a gold watch at retirement as the days of staying in the job you started after leaving high school are well and truly done. So, our quest goes on, but I have learnt that if you are a regular wage or salary earner wanting to buy a city apartment or a big house in a suburban street, there are opportunities to borrow, sometimes double the amount you seek. Do something that doesn’t conform and tick boxes and you are out on your ear. “I’m a Baby Boomer. I can’t imagine being rejected for a loan,” I huffed to my daughter, who calmly replied, “welcome to my world”.
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Retirement village not your average purchase contract Retirement villages have different ownership models. Know what you’re signing, writes DON MACPHERSON.
e spend a lot of time assisting people into retirement villages. People do, and should, buy for lifestyle rather than investment. But they also need to understand that buying into a retirement village is very different to buying and selling a house. 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 although 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 title deed. 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 land owned by the operator. Because you own the home there is usually capital gain available. 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. Usually they pay stamp duty. Usually they get any capital gain. 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 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 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. Retirement village contracts are always long and complex. Specialist advice should be sought before entering into a contract for any type of arrangement. Don Macpherson is an expert in all forms of retirement village contracts. Visit brisbaneelderlaw.com.au or call 1800 961 622.
SCAMMERS USE COVID AS NEW WAY TO STALK VICTIMS AUSTRALIANS have lost more than $300,000 to rental and accommodation scams this year, an increase of 76 per cent compared to the same time last year. Scamwatch has received 560 reports of rental scams so far this year, an increase of 56 per cent, with many using tactics related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The scams target people seeking new rental accommodation by offering fake rental properties to convince people into handing over money or personal information. “Scammers are offering reduced rents due to Covid-19 and using the government restrictions to trick people into transferring money without inspecting the property,” ACCC Deputy Commissioner Delia Rickard said.
The scammer will post advertisements on real estate or classified websites or target people who have posted on social media that they are looking for a room. After the victim responds, the scammer will request an upfront deposit to secure the property or phish for personal information through a tenant application form, promising to provide the keys after the payment or information is provided. The scammer may come up with excuses for further payments and the victim often only realises they have been scammed when the keys don’t arrive and the scammer cuts off contact. Some scammers will even impersonate real estate agents and organise fake inspections. Victims arrive to discover the
property doesn’t exist or is occupied. “The loss of personal information through rental scams is becoming more common, with scammers requesting copies of identity documents such as passports, bank statements or payslips,” Ms Rickard said. “Once a scammer has your personal information you are at risk of being targeted by further scams or identity theft.” Over 65s lost the most to scammers and also reported the most scams to authorities. Scams cost people aged 65 and over more than $18.4 million. Scamwatch has received more than 3400 scam reports mentioning the coronavirus causing reported losses of
more than $1.7 million since the outbreak of the pandemic. Common scams included phishing for personal information, online shopping, and superannuation scams. TOP 5 SCAMS BY VICTIM LOSSES JANUARY-JUNE 2020 1. Investment scams reported losses: $30.4 million 2. Dating and romance scams reported losses: $19.7 million 3. Threats to life, arrest or other reported losses: $6.5 million 4. False billing reported losses: $4.3 million 5. Online shopping scams reported losses: $3.3 million
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Ageism is alive and well … and thriving Have you experienced discrimination based on age? JUDY RAFFERTY warns that when ageism is directed towards older people it leads to negative stereotyping and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours
s a psychologist working with individuals, I have seen people struggle with the impact of ageism. Perhaps I see more of it than most because I work in the area of retirement – and some retirements are not voluntary. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics more than half of those who give up looking for work are aged 55 or older. And the reason? The older jobseekers believe that potential employers see them as too old. This belief was supported by a survey of 1025 Australians conducted by LinkedIn which revealed that just under one in two baby boomers (44 per cent) believe their age is the main reason for employers rejecting their job applications. Australia’s Human Rights Commission found in a 2015 survey that 27 per cent of older Australians had faced workplace discrimination – often during the hiring process. A third of that group consequently went into early retirement.’ Despite ageism woes, governments are understandably keen to keep older workers working to boost the economy as the population ages. In Australia over the next decade, the working population is expected to increase by 12 per cent, while the population over 65 is expected to increase by 36 per cent. That is, the number of people aged over 65 will grow three times faster than the traditional working-age population. The number of people in the workforce supporting those who have left the workforce will nearly halve over the next 40 years. The outcome is likely to be a slowing of economic growth and potentially a loss of age supports such as pensions. Part of the answer seems to include keeping those older workers who wish to continue working, at work. Deloitte Access Economics estimates a three per cent increase in participation by
Ageism in the workplace is well researched and documented. But its impact extends well beyond our economy. The Australian Human Rights Commission (2013) reported that ageism not only limits the potential opportunity for older Australians to participate fully in the community, but also significantly impacts their overall health and wellbeing. the over 55s would generate a $33 billion annual boost to the national economy. A five per cent increase in participation, would see a $48 billion boost to the economy. Acting in accordance with this information Treasurer Josh Frydenberg wants older workers to learn new skills and delay retirement. But will those workers be hired? How do older workers continue in a workplace that is hampered by a culture of ageism? Is ageism real or just an excuse? Reports indicate that ageism towards older people is real and growing. Findings in the Australian Drivers of Ageism Report 2017 commissioned by The Benevolent Society included the following: “Ageist attitudes were most evident in the workplace setting. Almost a third (30 per cent) of those surveyed think employers should be able to make older employees take on a reduced role, and one in four (25 per cent) thought that employers would get better value out of training younger rather than older people. “Almost one in five (19%) think younger people should be given priority over older people when it comes to work promotions or that people who do not retire at 65 are taking jobs away from younger people (18%). “Many of those surveyed did not express a strong view either way on these issues – which suggests a level of ambivalence.”
Ageism has a personal cost, as well as an economic one. Perhaps armed and ready, rather than waiting on government initiatives for over 55s, we can be the change and lead the change we want to see in the world. Judy Rafferty is author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It. Available at bookshops and online.
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Bad teeth put the bite on heart problems If you have problems with your teeth, the potential for problems with your heart is almost doubled, writes TRUDY KITHER.
esearch has found that certain microbes from your teeth can get into your bloodstream and travel through your blood to your heart. An example could be if you have an infection in your gum or underneath your tooth. That bacteria (Strep Gordoni) can mimic a specific type of protein called fibrinogen, leading to blood clots and it also has been found in joints. There is also a particular type of bacteria (Strep Viridans) found in the teeth that have been discovered in 84 per cent of stroke victims. Microbes from your mouth can end up in different parts of your body. One of the most critical vitamins you need is Vitamin K2, which is all about keeping your bones and teeth strong. When it is missing, calcium from your bones and your teeth travels through your body ending up in arteries, soft tissues, and joints. If this happens, it can eventually cause calcification, heart problems, joint issues, and dental problems. When treating this issue, you will also need to look at your diet as what you eat will be a significant contributing factor. The reason is that consuming a lot of
carbohydrates and refined sugars create cavities and bacteria. In turn, this causes bacteria to travel through your body system and lodge in other areas where they shouldn’t be, thus creating systemic health issues. Vitamin K2 also needs other nutrients to be absorbed. Notably, Vitamins A and D, which are fat-soluble vitamins. Thankfully, quite a few of the foods that have Vitamins A and D in them also contain the all-important Vitamin K2. Here are some foods that
have plentiful Vitamin D: • Butter (grass-fed or organic where possible) • Chicken leg and thigh (the dark meat) • Liver (duck liver in particular) • Egg yolks (from pasture-raised chickens) • Certain cheeses (for example, European hard cheeses such as Jahlsberg, Muenster, and Gouda, are K2 rich. • Fermented soy products. One of the most important things you need to do is stop eating sugar because sugar feeds the microbes.
The microbes then ferment, giving off acid and destroying teeth and the soft tissues around them. The compounding problem to all of this is that your body cannot use Vitamin C in the presence of sugar, and this vitamin is essential for collagen production. Collagen holds teeth into the bone, forms ligaments, tendons, and muscle, and provides skin with structure. The amount of collagen production in your body decreases as you get older, so the risk of degenerative joint disorders such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc., increases. Natural antibiotics with no side effects that will kill harmful bacteria in your mouth are: Oregano oil (five drops in a cup of hot water, taken three times a day), thyme, garlic and cloves. These are natural antibiotics and are excellent, especially if you have a systemic infection in your body. A note of caution: If you are on blood thinners or anti-clotting medication, speak to your health professional before taking extra Vitamin K2 into your diet. Trudy Kither is a naturopath at Nature’s Temple. Visit naturestemple.net
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Flush out menopause ... naturally The hot flushes and mild anxiety, which come with menopause can be distressing. DR MIN YEO suggests some natural solutions.
ENOPAUSE marks the end of the spontaneous menstrual cycle for women. The transition to menopause, the peri-menopause period, begins at around 45-55 years. During this period, reproductive hormone production begins to change, causing irregular ovulation and hence a disruption to the menstrual cycle. Hormonal changes are the beginning of many bodily changes which contribute a wide range of symptoms which can continue through to the post-menopause phase. The severity and range of symptoms varies, and luckily women can also take action to help themselves, including having a positive attitude. Here are four natural ways to help manage hot flushes and stress: 1. Eat more phyto-estrogens: Many plant-based foods contain phytoestrogens, compounds that resemble the estrogen our body produces.
Phytoestrogens mimic the action of the estrogen, and can help support as the body reduces estrogen production. Soy-based foods, such as tofu, tempeh, and edamame provide a good source of phytoestrogens, as do flaxseeds. Other legumes, alfalfa and clover sprouts, as well as mung bean sprouts also contain phytoestrogens. 2. Consider taking a herbal regulator: Actaea racemosa also known as Black Cohosh found in Flordis Femular is regarded as one of the most important herbal medicines in helping support the management menopause transition symptoms, with a long history of its use. Ze450, a clinically proven extract of Actaea racemose, has been shown to significantly relieve a range of menopause symptoms. Clinical trials and studies of over 1000 women have shown menopause symptom improvement as early as one month with increasing relief
shown over three to nine months. Black cohosh contains lactose and can harm the liver in some people. Always read the label and follow directions for use. If there are symptoms, talk to your healthcare professional. 3. Keep exercising: Regular physical exercise has been shown to be effective in managing hot flushes and stress. Exercise also helps
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BILL MCCARTHY Novels set along the swampy coast of the Carolinas and Georgia seem to have a special attraction for me. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The Prince of Tides spring to mind. While not quite up to the standard of those two, Where the Crawdads Sing is a worthy read. The ability of a young girl deserted by her family, to survive and grow, while living alone in the ecologically-rich coastal environment, creates a rich background for the story. Her relationships with the few sympathetic characters willing to interact with the “swamp girl” and a murder mystery go into the mix to create an interesting story. The journey from nine-year-old illiterate orphan to beautiful, educated woman in such circumstances, requires some suspension of belief but this can be forgiven as the tale pulls at the heart strings. A worthy read.
SUZI HIRST I loved this book but can’t really decide if it was a poor romance novel. The story is somewhat unbelievable, as how does Kya, a child, survive totally on her own in the marshes without any adult supervision or help? I looked into the author Delia Owens and have decided that I will read some of her other books. She has led an incredibly interesting life and her non-fiction books about her time in Africa will be of great interest. This one is an easy read, and it did keep me turning the pages. 7/10
Two timelines intertwine, one describing the life and adventures of Kya as she grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina from 1952-69 and the other following the murder investigation of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity of Barkley Cove. For years, the quiet town on the North Carolina coast has been haunted by rumours of the “Swamp Girl”, so when Andrews is found dead in late 1969, the locals immediately suspect Kya. But she is not the person they think she is – sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens. WHERE THE This is an ode to the natural world, CRAWDADS SING a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of by Delia Owens possible murder.
JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT This story is about abandonment, nature, love and murder. The author develops her characters and the scenery and wildlife of the marshland in which the story is set with skill and clarity. I was immersed in every scene with Kya. I felt her loneliness and joined her as she survived by teaching herself to forage, hunt, cook, read and eventually write and illustrate books on nature. The loneliness that Kya felt being ostracized by all except a kind black couple and Tate, her tutor and first love, is palpable. Abandoned by Tate, Kya is lured into a relationship with the town heartthrob and is accused and tried for his murder. The murder plot is weak but highlights the prejudices of the local community. Recommended.
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This is an exceptional piece of work. This novel has everything. It is a story of survival, resilience, abandonment, loneliness, prejudice, coming-of-age, young love, and a murder mystery with a subsequent classic Deep South court trial. The setting is a North Carolina coastal marsh ecosystem. The main character, Kya, lives alone in a rundown shack in the swamp after being abandoned by her parents, family, the school system and the community. Nature protects her, nurtures her and teaches her the secrets of the natural world. This “swamp girl” becomes bonded to nature in a way few people are. She blossoms with the support of a childhood friend and future lover. Her loneliness and longing to be touched and loved are poignantly described by the author. I totally enjoyed this book. 10/10.
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WEDDINGS AT THE MUSEUM THE Queensland Museum showcases 180 years of love stories as part of its new exhibition I Do! Wedding Stories from Queensland. It includes more than 40 wedding outfits and a range of accessories, photographs and letters to tell the stories and traditions and also highlights the social, economic and political changes over the years. The exhibition has been curated in– house, with 30 of the ensembles on display from the museum’s own collection. “The exhibition is more than a showcase of wedding fashion over 180 years, it provides an insight into cultural traditions, circumstances and also delves into legislation changes,” Queensland Museum Network CEO Jim Thompson said. From rebels and rule breakers to heartbreakers, the traditional and unconventional, the exhibition explores themes of Love; Rights, Rites and Rituals; Tradition; Circumstance; and Home and features an array of wedding outfits throughout the years, including the oldest wedding dress from 1840, through to outfits from the 1930s, the 1960s, and today. The impact of missionaries and marriage laws on Aboriginal cultural traditions and practices are also explored, courtesy of a commissioned wedding dress from renowned Cairns Aboriginal fashion designer, Simone Arnol, and artist and curator, Bernard Singleton. Level 2, Queensland Museum. Until February 21 next year. Tickets $10 and $8 concessions.
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THE popular tours of Victoria Barracks on Petrie Terrace have restarted, albeit with smaller groups. Home to Army Museum South Queensland, the historic precinct provides a glimpse of Australia’s military history from the colonial era, through two world wars to the present day role of the Australian Defence Force. Displays include unique photos and memorabilia of the Australian Light Horse during World War I together with Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam conflict. The “Redcoats to Camouflage” exhibition features genuine uniforms and equipment of Army personnel in Queensland from 1824 to the present. All visits to Victoria Barracks are by prior arrangement. Call 0429 954 663, visit armymuseumsouthqueensland. com.au, or email info@ armymuseumsouth queensland.com.au
BRISBANE Seniors Online (BSOL) provides affordable computer training for learners over 50 in the greater Brisbane area. Tuition is normally one-on-one by voluntary mentors in the learner’s own home on their own computer. It is provided on most devices including Windows PCs, laptops, Apple, smart phones and android, at a pace that suits the learner’s existing knowledge and interests. BSOL always welcomes new volunteer mentors, particularly those who are confident teaching any or multiple devices. Learn how to use emerging technology, recognise and avoid scams, do online shopping and banking, access MyGov and Centrelink, pay bills, use BPay, book travel and accommodation, carry out research and use genealogy sites. Brisbane Seniors Online can provide a speaker to community or not for profit
AGE ARTFULLY AT THE TREE OF LIFE THE Tree of Life is an eight-week workshop series designed to support the creative, emotional and social wellbeing of a diverse cross-section of the senior community through movement and music. It is community wellbeing program presented by Sounds Across Oceans, and supported by the State Government. The program combines holistic exercises in meditation, improvised music-making, dance and movement led by Dr Anthony Garcia and dance director Sandi Woo, and supported by a collective of experienced teaching artists. Dr Garcia, co-founder and artistic director of Sounds Across Oceans, is an accomplished guitarist, composer, educator and producer dedicated to building bridges between cultures and communities through innovative arts programming. Fridays, 10am-noon, from October 16. Nundah Memorial Hall, Nundah. Cost for eight-week program $120. Bookings treeoflifeseniorsprogram. eventbrite.com.au Call 0432 036 496 or email anthony@ soundsacrossoceans.com
Brisbane Seniors Online Brian Korner and Ethna Brown. groups to talk about emerging technology and how BSOL can help over 50s. There is a one-off $20 joining fee plus $45 a year for learners. New learners usually receive around 12 one-hour home lessons with ongoing support for the balance of the membership year. Call 3393 2225, email bsolhq@bsol. asn.au, visit bsol.asn.au or on Facebook BrisbaneSeniorsOnline.
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THE Queensland Symphony Orchestra is for everyone with music from classical favourites to film scores, big symphonies to ballet music,. Although concert halls have been closed for much of 2020, QSO musicians have been finding new ways to keep the music alive – performing duets over fences, creating videos and recording concerts. Visit orchestraforeveryone.com
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LIVING WELL AT CARINDALE ALTHOUGH the past few months have been different for the community at Aveo Carindale, it hasn’t stopped residents from living well and celebrating the important things. In mid-August, residents and staff came together as a community to celebrate the first anniversary of Aveo Carindale’s latest development, enjoying a night of music, fun and laughter. Community Manager Nerissa Stanley said the celebration was greatly enjoyed by residents. “It was fantastic to be able to get together as a community and enjoy some time together, even if at a distance,” she said. Established in 1985, Aveo Carindale has grown to become one of Aveo’s most appealing retirement communities, largely due to its convenient location and recent redevelopments. Stemming from a desire to meet the needs of future residents, the latest stage included the development of 97 independent living apartments across the community’s Parkland and Sanctuary buildings, as well as a major redevelopment of the community centre.
Now home to an outdoor heated pool, resident-run library, café and bar area, and private cinema, the community centre is recognised as the heart and soul of the community. In the year since the redevelopment, the community has tripled in size, welcoming 100 new residents drawn by its location, new facilities and neighbourly atmosphere. “Moving into a new unit and environment with its green outlook was attractive, but the closeness of shops, public transport, less cleaning, gardening and house maintenance were also a consideration,” new residents Dianne and Errol said. “We are very comfortable in our new environment.” Visit aveo.com.au
FIRST HOMEOWNERS GIVEN A FIRST CLASS WELCOME TUCKED away in a lush pocket of Buderim, Halcyon’s newest and greenest community, B by Halcyon, recently welcomed its first five homeowners. The foundation homeowners are all Sunshine Coast locals and include Gary and Sue Hadenham from Mountain Creek, Irene Hurley from Noosa, and Ozzie and Jo Feiner, who sold their home at Halcyon Lakeside at Bli Bli. Homes at Halcyon have an 8-star energy rating and come with 5kw solar panels and solar hot water as standard. They have been built with materials such as steel frames, Hebel
panels, water-saving fixtures and insulation to assist with natural cooling and heating. The luxury community is Australia’s first to have a Tesla as its shared vehicle. The leisure and recreation centre will be powered by Tesla batteries. Work on the $200 million project has been fast-tracked to meet demand, creating hundreds of jobs for tradies, suppliers and in-house staff. On completion, B by Halcyon will feature 5-star health and wellness facilities including a 25m covered and heated magnesium salt pool with spa, outdoor resort pool,
gymnasium and circuit room, yoga lawn, massage and therapy rooms and beauty salon. Also planned is a creative arts precinct with an art room, pottery workshop, music studio and work shed. Call 1800 050 555 or visit lifebeginsathalcyon.com.au
PARK THE RV AND ENJOY YOUR RAINFOREST HOME AS FORMER owners of a busy seafood restaurant in Mooloolaba, while maintaining a large home on a 12ha farm, Kieran and Des Stewart are loving their retirement to a new relaxed lifestyle at Nature’s Edge Buderim over 50s lifestyle community. Living life at a much slower pace, with time to enjoy the things they love, such as travelling Australia in their new caravan, the Stewarts were sold
straight away when they discovered the RV homes available at Nature’s Edge Buderim. Having lived in the area for 30 years, it was important for them to remain close to family and friends and they were impressed with the beautiful rainforest setting at Nature’s Edge Buderim. “It’s so close and handy to everything,” Kieran said. The lively social community
at Nature’s Edge Buderim was also a big drawcard for the sprightly couple. Nature’s Edge Buderim is having an RV Home open day on October 10, for visitors to take a walk through the latest architectdesigned RV home and inspect Zone RV’s state of the art ZB-20.6 base series caravan. To RSVP or arrange inspection, call 1800 218 898 or visit naturesedgebuderim. com.au
gentle exercises, craft, aquarobics, table tennis, bingo, indoor bowls, book club, movie nights and various bus trips within and outside Brisbane. Monthly Sunday concerts are also popular with performances from jazz bands, barbershop quartets and local school bands and choirs. These are followed by afternoon tea so residents can stay on and catch up with neighbours.
The social committee also donates money to many worthy causes with funds raised at its events including the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea, drought relief programs and music programs at local schools. Serviced apartments at Compton Gardens starts at $86,000 and independent living units at $130,000. Call 3263 2788 or visit tricare.com.au
RESIDENT-DRIVEN HAPPY HOUR PROVES A WINNER RESIDENTS of TriCare Compton Gardens are provided with many opportunities to meet with neighbours and socialise. One of the many benefits of moving into a retirement village such as TriCare Compton Gardens is that there is always something to do, and the wide choice of activities means there are plenty of friends around for social times if you choose. One popular event is the
monthly happy hour. Instigated by a resident four years ago, this regular event is now organised by the social committee with the aim of getting residents together in a relaxed social environment Resident and social committee chairman, Peter Myska says that happy hour is an excellent opportunity for residents to catch up in a relaxed environment.
“Everyone is busy with their own lives, so happy hour is one event where residents can mark it on their calendar each month to catch up,” he said. “Social isolation can be an issue as you get older, so we want to provide as many different opportunities as possible for residents to get out and see other people.” Some of the events on this year’s social calendar include games evenings, tai-chi, yoga,
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Whatever reason you may have for considering a move, you can depend on us to guide you through every part of the process. Lyn is an over 50’s Real Estate Specialist. She has worked as a Lifestyle Advisor with the Over 50s for over 15 years. She is a licensed Real Estate Agent, a Buyer’s Agent and a SRES Designee which means she has specific knowledge and an understanding of the financial, and emotional needs and the housing options for over 50s, retirees and baby boomers. Her personal mission is to help Over 50s, seniors and their families with the sale of their property in order for them to move seamlessly onto the next phase of their life.
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The recent explosion in online shopping has made it easy to make a purchase with a single click. But while this convenience may be preferable for items such as groceries, books and tickets, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to use it for more substantial purchases. There are some items that you need to test first. That’s why Scooters Australia Brisbane has launched its new Home Care Experience Centre. This unique showroom allows customers to test the extensive range of home care solutions for the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. Whether you need a new bed, lift chair or daily living aid, there is a range of models for everyone to try before they buy. We know how important it is to try out products before bringing them into the home. Everyone’s needs are different, and the Experience Centre allows experienced staff to provide the best possible advice for yours. With this first-hand service to test a wide variety of products to suit every lifestyle, now is a great time to visit the showroom to see what’s on offer.
I was enjoying an ongoing professional webinar on retirement income streams and it was said that for a couple aged 65, at least one will live to the age of 94. A significant majority of people enter retirement as a couple. Another interesting fact is that the life expectancy of a couple is actually greater than their individual life expectancies. This is because a couple is a pool of two people, rather than one. This increases the risk that one of them will live longer than their combined individual life expectancies. That is a long time to be retired and as we all have been reminded in 2020, care, home or away, in those later years is not easy. It is also very expensive and for a couple, currently costs $192 a week. If, as 76 per cent currently do, it means some form of pension, then there isn’t much left. It means that what you have in the bank and the pension needs to be “coupled” and modelled so that you are maximising your financial options. It’s a good idea to take a five-minute financial health check.
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Old hand helps negotiate the maze Remember Woodstock, man landing on the moon, discos and flairs? LYN MORRISON looks at how life has changed and making the most of what’s left.
ife passes so quickly. Maybe you are in your 50s, on your own and still working. You have the dream home where you raised the kids who have now fled the nest. Maybe you’re a bit lonely, looking for security or lifestyle or want to travel more, whether it’s exploring Australia or waiting for international flights to return. You start to dream of retirement and how you plan to spend it. Then you’ve reached your 60s and retired. You buy a new car, caravan or RV and get ready to head off to freedom and adventure. Who is going to mow the grass and look after the house and garden? Where are you going to store the van? You arrive home to find your garden overgrown and you really don’t want to be bothgered with it anymore. Maybe you should right size your home and free up some money for a new lifestyle? Before you know it, you are in your 70s and the body is not what it used to be. The stairs are getting too much, the house needs painting and you can’t keep up with the maintenance. You can’t do the things you used to do but then again, you don’t want to as
there are better things to be doing these days. You become confused. You love your home and independence but feel too young for a retirement village. You could buy a smaller home, but where? And who are the neighbours? What about a unit … and the body corp. You’ll have to clean the house and do all the jobs you’ve been putting off – declutter, sell furniture, prepare for sale, and then pack everything and move. It is all up there with death and divorce on the stress scale. Those over 50 don’t have the same housing needs as a first-time home buyer or seller. You might be looking to retire, downsize, or join an active adult community or retirement village. Whatever reason you may have for considering a move, there is help to get through every part of the process. Lyn Morrison is an over 50s real estate specialist who has been helping Baby Boomers navigate the financial, legal and emotional issues for more than 15 years. Visit over50srealestateservices, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0431 483 388.
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SHORT term holiday rental is an opportunity to have a holiday apartment on the Sunshine Coast for about $500 a week, when the cost of owning the property would be $500,000. There would be no electricity, rates, repair, water or waste bills and no cleaning, gardening, maintenance, pool chemicals, insurance or capital outlay to pay. Many waterfront apartments near holiday homes and resorts are in prime positions around Caloundra, and the cost for a month’s family holiday may be less than half of 1 per cent of the cost of buying the property. Caloundra Holiday Centre is a rare specialist business in Caloundra that provides a large and diverse range of well-maintained holiday apartments and
homes, many in prime positions, that may be rented short-term or between one night and three months, and ranging in price from $75 to $750 a night. The holiday concept has been widely embraced by older couples and retirees, who save a bundle by choosing non-peak times away from school holidays. This can reduce the cost of the accommodation by up to 90 per cent of peak period rates. An even greater saving can be made for couples if they share a two or three bedroom holiday property with friends. There is a huge range of properties and prices available. A full colour 56-page brochure and price list can be posted or found online. Call 1800 817 346 Monday to Saturday. Brisbane
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ith international travel grounded, 2021 will be the year to see Australia – by caravan, camper, short getaway or, as increasingly likely, the easy way – luxury coach. Air-conditioned coaches are easy to get on and off, have generous seating with plenty of legroom and an onboard toilet. They also have huge panoramic windows so that nothing of the passing landscape is missed. CT Travel is back to business with a Covid-safe plan, and has come up with itineraries to inspire, fascinate and enjoy. Owner and expert tour guide Paul Brockhurst incorporates the best tours, attractions and experiences in the country into every itinerary, from the Outback to
the coast and the Great Barrier Reef. “Bespoke group tours offer the camaraderie of travelling with like-minded individuals,” he says. “Quality coach tours provide a comfortable way to experience the magic that lies in our own backyard.” It’s also easy, as accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, and most lunches, tours and admissions are included. Leaving next July, is a 12-day Country Tales and Tropical Visions tour, from the central west to the tropical coast. The tour heads off through Chinchilla to Roma, visiting the area’s first settlement, heritage-listed Mt Abundance Homestead, and the Big Rig outdoor museum. In Charleville, the centre of a rich pastoral district, see the Cosmos Centre, an
audio-visual journey unravelling the mysteries of our night sky. Learn how the Charleville airport came to be a top-secret site during World War II. See the Tambo Teddies then travel on to Barcaldine, a town steeped in the history of pioneer struggles building the nation, and then Longreach for three nights. Visit the School of Distance Education, a classroom more than twice the size of Victoria, the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Meet the owners of Strathmore Station and travel in back in time in a stagecoach before taking a sunset cruise down the Thomson River to land for a traditional stockman’s campfire dinner complete with entertainment. The bush is illuminated by the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound and Light Picture Show, a big-screen presentation featuring the adventures of the cattle rustler who inspired Captain Starlight. Experience the freedom of the vast open plains and see the “jump up” rugged mesa plateau formation, enroute to Winton . Be guided through the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils and visit the newly re-built Waltzing Matilda Centre, a world class museum and
art gallery that is the pride of Winton. The tour then goes on to the gold mining city of Charters Towers before heading east to Airlie Beach for cruises to Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach and a Proserpine River eco tour. Take a crocodile safari, and an open-air wagon train to see the wildlife of the Googanga Plains, before boarding a flight back to Brisbane. Tours are filling fast, so getting in early is recommended. For bookings made before the end of the month, deposits will not be required until January next year. Visit cttravel.com.au
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Keep it local ... it’s the only way to go AUSTRALIANS can help hard-hit tourism regions get back on their feet. It’s easy. Plan an Aussie trip and then book through independent, locallyowned travel agency.
TOUR WITH ONE WHO KNOWS THE HIDEOUTS MANY travellers heading to Brisbane airport for an overseas flight would pass the majestic Glass House Mountains and think, “I must go and have a look one day.” Well, that day is here. Covid-19 has brought in some restrictions, but it has also provided some great opportunities to explore our own region. Glasshouse Country Tours operator, Judy, brings the past and present to life. She shares tales passed on from local elders, and takes guests to the lesser known sites, introducing them to farmers and local artists who don’t normally open their business to the public. The bus takes a maximum of six passengers, making it ideal for families or a group of friends. Booking a group gives the ability to design your preferred tour. A three-hour morning tour is most popular, giving guests time to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the region, and possibly a walk along one of the many
national park tracks. A range of tours listed on the web site caters to individual interests. Tours are designed to show off the beauty of the Glass House Mountains and leave guests with enough information to return and explore further in their own time. If you always wanted to explore the other side of the Bruce Highway but didn’t know where to start, here is the answer. Be prepared to travel the back roads that only a local can share. See Glasshouse Country Tours on Facebook
BOOK YOUR OWN COACH GREG Ross and his wife Donna established their bus and charter tour business in 1994. From modest beginnings, with a school run in Maryborough, they have built it to a fleet of 18 buses and coaches and have gained a reputation for safety and consistency along the way. Greg and staff work tirelessly to ensure all buses are immaculately presented, and are passionate and dedicated about the safety and comfort of passengers. He has worked with the manufacturers to build safety, security, and comfort into all vehicles. Some coaches are fitted with spaced-out seating with footrests along with fold-down tables behind each seat, wheelchair lifts, onboard toilet, USB charging ports, TV, DVD, PA, air conditioning, and seat belts. “We have coaches that can tow your trailer or ours for extra luggage space,” Greg says. Catering for groups from 21 to 85 people his coaches Greg can provide the wheels to plan and organise travel throughout Australia. If you have a group keen to get going to see the sights that matter to them and to plan their own tour, then Greg has the wheels. Visit ganddrossbuscharters.com.au
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CRUISE industry experts expect boutique, river and expedition ships carrying less than 500 passengers will be big in the post-Covid market. Small ships are also expected to play a vital role in rebuilding trust in cruising. “Smaller ships don’t have crowds, congestion, confusion, queues, delays in boarding and disembarkation, lots of noise, casinos, contests for deck chairs, large group excursions or a bewildering array of activities, shops and charge-onentry restaurants,” Cruise Traveller managing director Craig Bowen said. “When cruising returns, more people will seek the space, freedom, simplicity, ease, tranquility, intimacy, friendliness, eco-sustainability and personal service that smaller ships offer as well as the advantage of accessing smaller, more remote ports and sailing closer to wild scenery and wildlife.” He said the trend was evident before Covid-19 but he expects the popularity of smaller vessels to accelerate and the recent, record rate of new builds of smaller ships to gather pace to meet surging demand. “Small ships will be crucial to rebuilding trust in cruising, generally, but post-Covid, more people will appreciate the many benefits of boutique cruise holidays and this will prove a big boost to the small ship industry,” Mr Bowen said.
NEW research has revealed Australia tops the list of travel destinations for global travellers post-Covid. Insights provider Dynata, Blackbox Research and Language Connect examined the sentiments, preferences, and expectations of 10,195 people from 17 countries regarding travel in a post-COVID19 world. It found that Australia had been identified by travellers in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the UK as one of their top three travel destinations for when restrictions are lifted. The global report also found that Australians had identified the US, New Zealand and Japan as their top three planned destinations. Other findings included: • 52% of Australians would be willing to do long haul trips to distant countries, 62% would commit to short haul trips to neighbouring countries and 93% would travel domestically. • 94% of Australians believe the tourism industry is important to the national economy. • 72% believe Australia is well-prepared to re-open tourism and leisure activities. • 70% of Australians plan to travel within six months of restrictions lifting. • 84% of Australians prefer domestic travel over international
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1. Who were the “Big Three Bs” of classical music? 2. What does a hippophobic person fear? 3. In which country is the westernmost point of continental Europe? 4. Who was US president before John F. Kennedy? 5. Which common acid could be called hydrogen sulphate? 6. What kind of animal is a silverfish? 7. What do the oil company initials BP stand for? 8. The Melbourne railway station known as Southern Cross was formerly called what? 9. Which Australian airline used the motto Up, up and away? 10. What was champion swimmer Susie O’Neill’s nickname? 11. Harley Davidson, Yamaha and Honda are brands of what mode of transport? 12. Where is the motto Audax at Fidelis most often seen? 13. What are the three flavours of neapolitan ice cream? 14. Who is the third child of Queen Elizabeth II? 15. What was the name of the bus in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? 16. In what sport did Kelsey-Lee Barber become a world champion? 17. What is the plural of “aircraft”? 18. What is the ruling political party in China? 19. Who played the dwarf in Game of Thrones? 20. What is Fred Flintstone’s trademark catchphrase?
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PESTO, PESTS, POSTS, COSTS, COOTS, COOLS There may be other correct answers
elope, leer, leper, lope, lore, peel, peep, peer, people, pere, pole, pope, pore, prep, prole, propel, PROPELLER, proper, reel, repel, repo, role, roller, rope, roper
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Make these discounts a way to reward those responsible for safeguarding it (10) Suffer quite a scare in relation to a noxious element (7) The convict organised to hide the champ (6) Supported the hare-brained idea that the detective had (5) If you ﬁnd a sheet nicely folded it could be one of the many I refer to here (5) Smooths on a par (5) Mistook the right reed for the one that was ﬁnally offered (5) Noble dispositions start to manifest in a fair person (6) Left in wild conditions to rescue the ship at sea (7) It takes energy to arrange messy cots for interactive biological communities (10)
Showing generosity with each tribal custom (10) 2 The way he is changing the subject of his postgraduate essay (6) 3 Doctor I’ve seen move a car (5) 4 The national leader’s eldest offspring was comfortably settled in (7) 5 Papers with tasks for students studying kosher stew recipes (10) 7 Cried out for ale (5) 9 An ailing race take on bio-mutations to sort of exercise (7) 10 Titles for actions? (5) 13 Noticed a novel veteran wearing plush fabric (6) 15 Prepared to be a scarlet letter by the sound of it! (5)
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12 words: Good 18 words: Very good
25 words: Excellent
Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may only be used once. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”.
1 Follow (7) 5 Killing oneself (7) 9 Social exclusion (9) 10 Doesn’t pass (5) 11 Gradually (6) 12 Categorise (8) 14 Put in (6) 15 Devoted followers (4) 19 Gem (4) 20 Patch of water (6) 24 Leaping (8) 25 Self-absorption (6) 27 Prohibited (5) 28 Made clear (9) 29 Ingredient (7) 30 Ratify (7)
1 Partner (6) 2 Natural ﬁbre used in clothing (6) 3 Allowing (8) 4 Platform (4) 5 Likeness (10) 6 Brew; steep (6) 7 Hostile (8) 8 Author of short pieces (8) 13 Defendant (10) 16 Small warship (8) 17 Worth a lot of money (8) 18 Lazy person (8) 21 Blow (6) 22 Victor (6)
23 Soil (6) 26 Vaulted recess (4)
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Complete the list by changing one letter at a time to create a new word at each step. One possible answer shown below.
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