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eaching grand old age is one thing but growing old while still enjoying a meaningful life is something else entirely. Some years ago, I spoke to a couple of centenarians and asked the obvious question – which people are invariably asked after receiving their letter from the Queen, “what’s your secret to long life?” One woman replied: “Hard work”. She had been up to milk the cows before walking miles to school. After her marriage she had continued to work on the farm while raising her children. Her husband died and she was still milking cows long into what we now call the retirement years. She was always busy and never touched a drop other than a cuppa.


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Contents The second woman had a different answer entirely: “Enjoy life. Laugh a lot. Have fun.” She spoke of friends, enjoying a whiskey, going to the races, and still placing a bet when she could. They were polar opposites and left me none the wiser on what it takes to outsmart Father Time. I have also met centenarians who had no idea about what was going on around them even as they blew out the candles on their birthday cake. As it’s Seniors Month, Julie Lake, goes on a quest for the secret of life quality in advanced old age, and talks to some amazing “golden oldies” who are still hitting home runs long after their 90th birthday. Although they have some common factors, she concludes that much of it comes down to plain old good luck. So, whether we are growing old gracefully or disgracefully, Monty Python’s wisdom on the meaning of life sums it up nicely: “Well, it’s nothing very special. Uh, try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations”. Dorothy Whittington Editor















































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Hitting a century – seeking the secret to successful ageing October is Seniors Month and to celebrate JULIE LAKES meets the golden oldies who are living proof that life is good long after turning 90. South Wales is investigating the environmental and genetic determinants of successful ageing. It’s led by Professor Perminder Sachdev of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). The study has already determined that up to 50 per cent of us will suffer from some sort of cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s disease, as we age but the rest, who continue to function well mentally and physically, are of especial interest. Research also indicates that those with optimistic personalities, strong social connections and a reason to get up in the morning have the right stuff for a long life that remains worth living. Those attributes certainly describe the people interviewed for this story.


hen Greg Champion sang that he’d made A Hundred in the Backyard at Mum’s we took it as a celebration of youthful achievement and aspiration. But today it’s Mum who is making her century, and Dad too – and we are celebrating longevity, not cricket – because centenarians are Australia’s fastest-growing demographic. Never before have we seen so many nonagenarians and centenarians not only making it into what we used to consider extreme old age, but still living life to the full. They are driving cars, sitting on committees, playing music, writing books, taking part in community activities and – often – living alone. Yet exactly why it is that some people live so much longer than others continues

to baffle researchers looking for a common denominator. Obvious reasons for longevity today include better nutrition, better health care including technologies and diagnostics, improved public and domestic safety, fewer wars, shorter working hours and longer holidays, better housing and sanitation, better education and health information and much-improved aged care management. Then there’s what is probably the most important factor of all – luck. Because it’s not just about living long, it’s about living well, or what we now call “successful ageing”. And achieving this is probably due not just to the foregoing factors but to genetics and life choices. A program at the University of New

JOHN LEISTEN, 97, is a former chemistry lecturer who was still involved in youth education in his late 80s. He is now on a mission to convince our governments of the need to improve the quality of science education in our schools. He played tennis until he was 91, squash in earlier years and has been a lifelong bush walker, rock climber and mountaineer. His other passion is opera and he and wife June, married for 62 years, still go to concerts when they can. And when they can’t, they listen to them on YouTube because John is adept with digital technology – he has his own website aimed at helping parents teach their kids science and has just had an article published in an international science journal. John is short and lightly built. Yet, in his own words: “I have always eaten just what I wanted. I drink when I am thirsty, and never drink plain water. I am a sugar

baby and have two or three teaspoons of sugar in tea or coffee depending on the size of the cup. I like salty food and have attracted comment for sprinkling food before I have tasted it. I dislike lean meat very much, and I am liberal with butter. I choose full cream milk and have quite a lot of cream and ice cream. “In recent years I have had half a glass of wine with the main meal (usually lunch) almost every day. “At 97, after almost a lifetime of flouting nutritionists’ do’s and don’ts, I am a virtual proof that nutrition is a charlatan science”. He does eat small portions though, with plenty of fruit and veg and for the past decade has taken 100 units a day of Vitamin E. He thinks the intensity of his passion for science might be a factor in his longevity but attributes it mainly to luck. LIKE THE LEISTENS, World War II veteran Henry Martel, 96, and his wife Diana, 90, still live in their own home and maintain strong connections with family and friends, many of whom belong to the same social group which meets regularly to enjoy trips around south-east Queensland. This helps overcome one of the problems of advanced old age which, Henry says, is outliving so many of your old friends that you have nobody to share memories with. Both John and Henry are retired academics, which tends to reinforce the belief that chances of successful aging are enhanced by a good education that fosters lifelong intellectual interests and helps us make better life choices. However, not all our nonagenarians have had that opportunity, especially women.





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COVER STORY JESS MULLER, 93, left school after Junior and though she had “the brains for university” her family situation meant she had to go to work. She was a bookkeeper for many years and after marriage and five children again considered university but decided her children needed it more than she did. So she continued working and, blessed with a good financial brain, investing. In her 80s, comfortably off due mainly to her own endeavours and acumen, she started doing Open University Courses and thanks to U3A and digital TV has been able to indulge her lifelong love of good music, opera and ballet. Jess has also travelled and enjoyed a long and happy marriage. Her recipe for a long life – stay curious and involved. Her old classmate at Greenslopes State School, Doreen Wendt-Weir, 93, also came to higher education late in life, completing an Honours degree at the age of 75. She is well-read, takes a keen interest in politics and remains a firm supporter of U3A in her small semi-rural community. “You name a course and Doreen will do it” one friend says. Doreen is also the author of several books including Sex in Your Seventies, which gave her the reputation as a

John Leisten “sexpert” for seniors. She has appeared as a panellist on Q and A and pre-Covid, was a regular as “Dear Doreen” on the Channel 7 morning show. She has just published her latest book and does all her writing on a computer: “I embrace modern technology,” she says. “Old people have to work hard to remain visible and to achieve this you have to be both interested and interesting.” It is possible to see common factors with these four 90-somethings. Three of the four had long and happy marriages, all had several children, all have continued to nurture their intellect.

‘Er name’s Doreen ...Well, spare me bloomin’ days! You could er knocked me down wiv ‘arf a brick! …And that’s how most people feel when they meet Doreen Wendt-Weir who was named for the girl beloved by C J Dennis’ Sentimental Bloke – because at 93 she is a stunner! Her blue eyes are full of life, her hair elegantly waved and though she now walks with a stick, she exudes the still-youthful self-assurance of a woman accustomed to achievement. She began life humbly on a farm near Logan Village where holidays were rare and social life revolved around the local hall.


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But then there is Elsie Opperman, who goes against this stereotype. Sadly, Elsie died one month short of her 105th birthday and just after I interviewed her – when despite poor hearing she had plenty to say for herself and all of it good, sound sense. Elsie was raised on a farm outside Brisbane and left school at 14 to “dig the potatoes”. She married young but her long marriage to Ernie produced no children. She never travelled far from where she’d been born or read many books but took a lively interest in current affairs, loved going to social events, grew wonderful orchids, knew all the best local places to dine out and lived alone in her old Queenslander, with steep outside stairs, until she turned 102, when she had to move into a nursing home. Despite heart problems and a bad bout of shingles she enjoyed basically sound health – yet apart from a bit of bush tennis when young, Elsie never played a sport or did formal exercise and was raised on fatty meat, cream cakes and sweet puddings. She’d never heard of pilates or cholesterol, but she did work hard most of her long life and continued to walk to the shops until she was over 100 – albeit with a walker for the last few years. Talk to

anyone who knew her and they’ll tell you she was the the happiest, most contented people you could ever meet.

Though hoping to go to university she had to leave school at 15 due to the World War II manpower shortage and worked first for the US army. She then became a nurse and when her training was finished headed to London with a girlfriend to work as a midwife and hitchhike round Europe. Returning to Queensland, she married, had four children and then left her husband while her two youngest were still in school – a bold move back then for an artistic woman who wanted more than being a Brisbane housewife. She began painting professionally, excelled at enamelling and opened her own small gallery/ shop.

At 71, she began a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Indigenous Studies, and was the first person to graduate in the subject from Griffith University. She then went on to do Honours, choosing as her thesis those settlers who in the 19th century emigrated from Germany to the Logan district. She comes from that pioneer stock and has written about it in her books Barefoot in Logan Village and Knee-Deep in Logan Village. Her latest book is Gardening in Your Nineties. “It’s not so much a gardening book,” says Doreen, who still grows her own vegetables, “but a memoir and a love story”.

STUDIES on ageing have identified seven zones around the world where the population enjoys above average longevity yet, again, no common factor can be positively identified. Some, but not all, are comparatively isolated and while a Seventh Day Adventist community in California maintains a vegan diet the same can’t be said of the Sardinians. It seems likely that rather than looking at social factors to solve the mystery of successful ageing the answer will be discovered in the laboratory, in studies such as those being conducted by CHeBA’s neuroimaging group. It aims to accelerate development in prevention of the vascular dementia which is such a factor in NOT ageing successfully. In the meantime, let’s give the final word to Queensland grazier and writer Dexter Kruger who died in July aged 111 and was still active and making the most of life. In one of his final interviews, he said: “There’s no secret. Keep breathing, have three meals a day and the time goes on”.

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THE letter by Stan Cajdler (YT Sept) was a timely reminder that we are the throwaway society. I had never previously known that even eggshells, when properly sterilized and pulverized, can be reused. As he pointed out, the old environmental message of repurpose and reuse (together with reduce and rethink) has been lost on much of our modern, conspicuous consumption. Excessive packaging, especially in plastic, is a good example, resulting in litter in our public places, and plastic in our waterways and oceans. The recycling of plastics, in particular, is not keeping up with its use. In landfill, plastics could last for hundreds of years, and, in the sun, it breaks down into tiny pieces. The solution to recycling seems to be to offer a small refund, as currently happens with some bottles and aluminium cans. In the case of plastic packaging, refunds would have to be based on weight. Ken Moore FURTHER to Cheryl Lockwood’s column (YT Aug) about over 50s taking a fall, a fracture can mean the end of living alone. I have been a real world traveller and have never been a “faller” even in countries covered in ice. I could count on one hand the falls I have had, but last January, I fell in the garden and fractured my wrist, my first ever broken bone. I received wonderful treatment at the

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HERE’S a clever little device that just got even smarter – an all-in-one watch, phone and GPS tracker that now incorporates fall detection. It also has medication reminders, safety call back, location by request, SOS alerts and Bluetooth pairing to hearing aids. And on top of all that it tells the time. The Spacetalk LIFE watch uses intelligent sensors to triangulates the wearer’s location. The fall detection technology is a world-first for devices specifically designed for seniors and people with special needs. “With Spacetalk LIFE, we were determined to build a practical, useful, reliable and secure smartphone-watch for our seniors,” founder and chief executive Mark Fortunatow says. “We invested heavily in style because, along with useful features and functions, it creates a point of difference.” The device addresses the needs of a broad audience to match lifestyles, from those with significant health issues to the active golfers. Spacetalk devices are online and in numerous retail outlets.

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by Mocco Wollert

WHEN I was pregnant with my second daughter, I knew it was the only chance I would ever have to eat all I wanted. After all, I was eating for two. Ours was the generation where the new mother stayed in hospital for ten days after the birth, wearing nothing but nighties. We were taught how to feed and bath baby but not about diet. The attitude was “don’t worry, the weight will fall off when you are breast feeding.” I did not worry, I was breastfeeding. When the day came to leave the hospital, I asked my husband to bring me one of my dresses from home. I was looking forward to wearing something normal again. The rude awakening came when I did not fit the dress – size SW – at all and I had to send him out to buy a dress size W that I would be able to fit into, including the still protruding tummy. My point is, I could send someone

out, give that person my dress size and knew it would fit. In today’s world, dress sizes are a hit and miss affair. I can fit into dresses, skirts and tops from size 10 to size 18 or the European size 40 to size 44. I have learned not to look at dress sizes and be upset when I need an “extra large” because in another shop, “extra small” might be too big. A most important thing – in the good old days – were the side seams. If you were on the cusp between SW and W your first look would be for the width of the side seams and how much you could let them out. No such luck anymore. There are no seams of any width in modern dresses and skirts. There are no big seams to be let out in men’s trousers or shirts either. Their shirts are all cut for non-beer drinkers, no allowance for an expanding girth, buttons groaning, grimly holding the two front panels together. These days, I am stalking the world in shoes which are too big for me. My shoe size is 36½ but there are no more half sizes in shoes. Putting in inner soles often does not quite do the trick. And who invented the pointy shoes? The front of my shoe is either empty because the point is so far out – that half size I don’t need – or the pointed-toe part of the shoe so tight it compresses my feet, leaving my toes squashed and red. Wherever I look in shoe shops anything elegant is so pointy, my poor round foot would creak in agony. Lace-up joggers are a-plenty, with nice round fronts and room for toes but they don’t quite fit an elegant outfit. Or do they? It seems anything goes these days and maybe that is good. I just might be able to go out to dinner in shoes that are kind to my toes. May you wear any size dress and your shoes fit.

by Cheryl Lockwood

WHAT’S exciting about October? Well, it’s Queensland Seniors Month and the last Sunday of the month is Grandparents Day. It’s about recognising the contribution grandparents make to the family unit, and it just might be another chance to spoil the grandkids too. To be honest, I didn’t know this was an actual day, but as I have recently joined the grandparent club, it has suddenly became relevant. Our first grandchild arrived in May and the second in July. Thanks partly to the situation since Covid, the second little family are staying with us. I was chuffed at becoming a granny and even more excited to have the new bub so close. There are plenty of baby cuddles for Grandad and me. Even better, there’s no broken sleep or midnight feeds. Dirty nappies are not our problem. In these days of finding out the gender before the birth, we knew that the first one was a girl. For reasons that no one knows, everyone thought the second would be a boy. From the parents right through to the health professionals, we all seemed to refer to the unborn child as “he”. Old wive’s tales, such as no morning sickness and the baby bump appearing low, all pointed to a boy. A craving for salty food over sweet was another one. There was amateur study of the ultrasound pictures, though hubby wondered how anyone could tell: “It’s like

a blurry witchetty grub.” Names were discussed, occasionally a girl’s name was thrown in, “just in case”. We all laughed because we knew it was a boy. It was then predicted that the baby would be bald judging by the baby photos of both parents and as Dad towers over six foot, the baby would be a hefty one too. When the much-anticipated day came, out popped a tiny girl with an impressive mop of hair. Needless to say, we were all surprised. Our “scientific” guesses were way off the mark! Seeing your own children hold their babies is special. I can’t believe how amazed I feel, considering the birth of babies is a normal event and essential for continuation of the human race. A friend told me that once I became a grandparent, I would lose brain cells. Poppycock, I thought. Yet, here I am, happily spending vast amounts of time just gazing at my grandbabies. My vocabulary consists of a lot of, “oohs” and “ahs” and the household chores have taken a backseat, not that I needed an excuse. Meanwhile, the first little one suddenly looks big alongside her cousin and has progressed to giving us heart-melting smiles. As I sat cradling the latest newborn, my daughter said, “I can take her if you’ve got things to do, Mum.” “What’s more important than this?” I answered. So, send love and hugs to all the grandparents or catch up with the grandchildren, even if it’s online. Why wait until the end of the month? I’m celebrating my grandparenthood right now and loving this new adventure!


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Life’s long adventure keeps Roy busy at 103 If there was a recipe for living a very long life chock full of adventure, then Roy McFadyen has all the ingredients, writes GLENIS GREEN


ast month, Roy McFadyen turned 103. He still lives independently, still takes and develops his own photos in a darkroom he built, and recently celebrated his remarkable book – an autobiography called At A Cost – going into its third reprint. Lively and quick witted, he lost his driving licence a year ago at the grand old age of 102, and has even conquered rounds of throat and bowel cancer. His life has been full of ups and downs, from orphanages as a small child to becoming a successful mechanical engineer, businessman and inventor. Born in the year of the Spanish flu, he has lived through the Great Depression and World War II and yet still has an amazing recall of the places, names and dates that contributed to putting his life’s story into words and pictures when he retired to Queensland from Melbourne in 1981. As one reviewer of his book, Rod Moss, wrote: “This is not just an historical account of life in rural Australia from 1920 to 1960. It is an acutely personal story of the pain of growing up with a father he never knew, a mother incapable of normal maternal care and an early

childhood spent largely in orphanages.” “My Mum decided to kick me out when I was 15 and I was sent on my way,” Roy says. “I had a myriad of small jobs. It was the middle of the Depression and you had to be lucky to get a job at all.” With just a bicycle and a box camera

That changed when he ventured up to the Northern Territory in 1938 to work on stations outside Alice Springs: “It was the pioneering days of Central Australia and food was scarce.” But Roy formed a strong bond with the local indigenous people and many of the Aboriginal men among his friends are featured in his historic photographs of men, animals and machines on the land. “I got on very well with them. They helped me and I helped them – I’d bring them bags of flour and such from my own money to help out.” When World War II was declared he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and, using his skills gained in technical training, he serviced Hudson and Beaufort bombers. It was during this time he lost his brother Bob who died when his plane disappeared in action over the Pacific. Roy had two other brothers and a sister, but he is the last one left now. After the war, Roy established his own aircraft maintenance business, Aeroswan, in Swan Hill, Victoria, working in aviation from 1953 to 1979 before selling out to other licensed aircraft engineers and retiring at 61. He and his wife Lola had two

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Pack up your troubles and plan ahead There is no common hierarchy of worries for the ageing, as circumstances, culture and health often change. KENDALL MORTON looks at the concerns that most often arise for seniors and how those around them can help.


nowing in advance can help with problem solving, especially for family members who want to understand and support seniors when they become troubled. Here are the issues most likely to cause heartache. Giving up the driver’s licence: The car is a symbol of our independence and freedom. Giving up driving is a major concern to many elderly Australians. This is especially hard if you live in a regional or remote area

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Dementia in the family – the big question When dementia is diagnosed, family members often ask if they will be more at risk of developing the same condition. KAILAS ROBERTS explains that the devil is in the detail.


will focus on Alzheimer’s disease, as this accounts for about two-thirds of cases of late onset dementia (the most common, occurring after the age of 65). Risk factors can be divided into modifiable, those we can change, and unmodifiable. The two unmodifiable risks are increasing age and your genes. We are aware, through decades-long research, of one particular gene that influences the risk of developing late onset Alzheimer’s disease. This is known as the apolipoprotein E gene, or APOE for short. It controls the production and function of a protein that helps ferry fats around the body, though exactly why it increases Alzheimer’s remains unclear. There are three types of this gene – APOE2, APOE3 and APOE4. You inherit one gene from your mother and one from your

father, meaning that you will end up with two of the same gene variants, for example 3/3, or a mix such as 3/4. The main one to be concerned about is the APOE4 gene. This seems to be more inflammatory than its counterparts – something that may increase the risk of dementia. Interestingly, most of us had the APOE4 gene when we roamed the savannah millennia ago. At that point, it was an advantage to have more inflammation. The world was full of bacteria, viruses and the

like, and those who could mount a robust inflammatory response were more likely to survive infection. At that time, humans did not survive long enough for the damaging effects of chronic inflammation on the brain to be a major problem. If you have one of the E4 genes (2/4 or 3/4), then your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease is doubled. If you have two (4/4), the risk increases 12-fold. This sounds like a lot but having two APOE4 genes does not guarantee that you will get

the disease. The disease also occurs in people who don’t have this gene, so it is only one factor. Having an APOE4 gene, or even two, just means that you need to be extra vigilant about addressing the other, modifiable, risks such as eating healthily and exercising. Back to that burning question of family risk. If I see someone who only has one or two relatives who developed dementia much later in life – say in their 80s or 90s – then I don’t become overly concerned about the genetic risk. Age, along with the other modifiable risk factors, may have an equal if not greater influence than family history. Although they are very much in the minority, there are some unfortunate families who have a genetic mix that significantly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In these cases, family members tend to be affected at a considerably earlier age,

perhaps because they carry certain genes that increase the production of beta-amyloid, the protein that accumulates in the brain with this condition. If I am assessing someone who has one or more family members who had dementia in their 50s or 60s, then I become more concerned about the risk. In these cases, genetic testing may be prudent, but this is very much an individual choice – some wish to know, and some do not. At the end of the day, it is important to focus on what you can change, and not what you can’t. 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 or

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Meet the carers Stereotypes of the aged care car industry and some of the horrifying images raised by the Royal Commission have not fairly represented the many passionate workers workeers who are committed to the aged care sector. Meet three Brisbane aged ag care workers who do a great job remarkable and have a remarkabl le passion for helping the ageing population to stay living at home longer long and lead a full and rich life.

NOT everyone can say they start their working day with ih a smile but Centacare aged care service delivery manager manager Sandra spreads from the S d Jaynes J d happiness h i f th top t and d her h colleagues and clients feel that too. “I love my job,” she says. “It’s never a drudge to go to work. Every day I arrive excited to be here and ready forr what the day will be bring.” And it’s not a novelty that’s about to wear off – she has been with Centacare since 2012 and worked in residential care for 20 years before that. Sandra currently manages two day centres and one of her greatest pleasures is calling in to say g ’day and to stop for a chat with everyone in the room. Another is getting together with her team each morning to come up with ideas to make every day brighter for clients. Her reward, she says, is the smiles. “These are the most appreciative people I have ever met,” she says. “No matter what you do, you always get a smile and a ‘thank-you’. It makes your heart sing. You get the benefit of being able to help them, and then you get the appreciation and recognition from them so you really can feel you have accomplished something.” Sandra began as an activity officer at the Aspley day centre and had completed her Diploma in Community Services when a coordinator position came up. After a restructure she found herself Aspley Centre Service Delivery Manager and now the day centre at Enoggera also has been added to her remit. And while she has plenty of qualifications on paper, she still firmly believes that all the theory in the world won’t help if you don’t have the heart for the job. “I’m a people person and I love the hands-on stuff that is making lives better and richer,” Sandra says.

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AGED care support worker isn’t a job title that comes up much – if at all – when school guidance officers discuss future career paths with students. And 25-year-old Zoe Atterbury, who joined Co.As.It as a community care worker in March, admits that she didn’t even know the sort of work she does now even existed, so it wasn’t on her radar when she was thinking about her future career. “It was never spoken about at school as something you can do for a future job. If they talk about health care it is about nurses or doctors,” she says. Her clients may be surprised when she walks through the door, but Zoe quickly has them at ease. Despite her comparative youth, she quickly gains their trust with her empathy, enthusiasm and passion for the job. “Every person I see for the first time is surprised that I am so young and ask me if I enjoy doing this. I love it,” she says. “I’ve met so many interesting people and I love hearing about their lives. You might be the only person they see that day so it’s really nice to let people know that someone cares about them.” Zoe describes her work as being anything and everything to do with helping people remain living at home.. “I would encourage younger people to get into aged care,” she says. “I feel quite privileged getting to know these interesting people from so many different backgrounds. I’m lucky to be able to do that,” she says.

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onnecting with one another has never been more important and the theme for the inaugural Seniors Month of Social Connections couldn’t be more appropriate. “Humans are social creatures, and we have a fundamental need to connect and interact with one another," COTA Queensland Seniors Month coordinator Lisa Hodgkinson said. "This year’s theme Social Connections will reinforce the importance of feeling connected through inclusive events and activities." During the month people of all ages, cultures, and abilities will be able to connect and also celebrate the important role that older people play in communities. "In short, it’s going to be a connect fest," Lisa said. Feeling socially connected not only makes us feel good but also has great health benefits and can

improve quality of life. People who get together with friends and family, volunteer or attend classes have more robust grey matter and healthier brains. The key is to avoid social isolation and cultivate safe ways to maintain social interactions to enhance your grey matter and amp up your wellbeing. With more than 500 events in the Brisbane area, there is something for everyone that will inspire, entertain and inform, from workshops and art classes to concerts, movies, sport and tech help. Find events near you at or call 3316 2999. Queensland Seniors Month is coordinated by Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Government and supports the building of age-friendly communities.

GOLD Tennis Social and fun lesson with qualified tennis coaches, for all abilities. Come along and re-ignite your passion for tennis. Bookings essential on 3899 8110 will open two days prior to each session - 10 players maximum per session. Bring a racquet, if you have one, and meet at the club house. Bookings required, free to attend. Frew Park: Friday 8 & 15 October 10am-11am, phone 3367 8585 Morningside Tennis Centre: Tuesday 10am-11am, phone 3899 8110 Roy Emerson Tennis Centre – Friday 22 October 10am-11am, phone 3367 8585 Shaw Park Tennis Centre – Wednesdays 10am-11am, phone 3266 1660 Wednesdays 9:30am-10:30am Falls Prevention, Strength and Flexibility Increase the strength throughout your body with our combination class focused on increasing flexibility and increasing strength to reduce falls. We will do static and dynamic stretches and abdominal exercises to strengthen and lengthen muscles and improve posture. We will also include strengthening exercises to help reduce falls, improve posture and balance and increase overall stability. Bookings essential. Go to Bring a yoga mat and meet near the playground. Bradbury Park, 91 Kitchener Road Kedron. Free 9:30-10:30am – Falls Prevention and Strength Fridays Increase the strength throughout your entire body with our class focused on strengthening and lengthening muscles to improve posture and balance while increasing the overall stability of your body to reduce the risk of falls. Bookings essential Bring a yoga mat and meet next to the outdoor gym near the river. Bulimba Riverside Park, 57 Addison Ave Bulimba. Free

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In addition to our highly respected home care services at Jubilee, we are renown for our fun & entertaining activities which suit a variety of clients, tastes & lifestyles. We facilitate opportunities for our clients to experience something different and make new friends. We are constantly adding fun and exciting things to do ensuring no two months are the same! This month, join us as we honour and celebrate Seniors Month with an even bigger calendar of activities & events in Brisbane and beyond. Plus, we’ll even pick you up, take you to the event and drop you home!

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comfortable riding with a group. Bikes supplied to those who have booked for the session. Bring helmet, water, sun protection and comfortable riding clothes. Bookings essential. Meet at reception 15 mins before start time. Electric Bikes Brisbane. 26 Douglas St Milton. $10 10am- 1pm – Latin American Community of Australia Queensland (LACA QLD) Ageing Together Spanish Speaking Seniors connecting and engaging Spanish speaking elderly with younger generations. Included is morning tea, with live music. It's about having fun and a good time with family and friends and reinforcing the sense of identity and belonging to the local community. Bookings required 0434 9613 59. Paddington Hall. 10 Moreton St Paddington. Free 10am-11am – Osmo brain training for seniors Discover brain training with Osmo's innovative iPad technology. Introducing brain training in an easy and fun way, Osmo explores the world of puzzles, language, maths, art, coding and more through creative problem solving. Play is the brain's favourite way of learning. Bring your imagination! A Brisbane Libraries Tech Connect workshop. Bookings required 3403 7400. Everton Park Library. 561 South Pine Rd Everton Park. Free 12:00-5:00pm Seniors Month Carnival - Brisbane Gather your squad and take part in a Walking Football tournament, which are a great opportunity to enjoy a day of socialising and healthy competition. If you know anyone who may be interested, bring them down to join the fun. Players of all ages and abilities welcome! Registrations now open at Chandler Arena. Sleeman Rd Chandler. $25

SUNDAY 3 OCTOBER 7am-8am – Windsurfing Learn to sail in the beautiful Moreton Bay on the northside of Brisbane. All equipment provided. Meet at Sandgate Beach between 7th & 8th Avenue. Bookings are essential. Arthur Davis Park, Sandgate. $5 10:30am-11:30am – Stand Up Paddle Boarding Come and try the latest craze for keeping fit! All equipment provided. Must be able to swim and of reasonable health. This is a GOLD'n'Kids event suitable for seniors and children 4 years and over. Bookings are required. Arthur Davis Park, Sandgate. $5 11:30am- 12:30pm – Kitesurfing Introduction to the thrill of kitesurfing from qualified instructors. All equipment provided. Bookings are essential. Arthur Davis Park. Sandgate 4017. $5

MONDAY 4 OCTOBER 9:30am-12:30pm – Urban explorer ride Medium paced social 30-35 km ride. Follow Ithaca and Enoggera creeks through many shady parks and suburbs including St John's Wood, Banks Street Reserve, Ashgrove, Downey Park, Victoria Park and a loop through Kelvin Grove Urban Village. The return includes a short section of the Breakfast Creek trail. Expect a couple of steep climbs. Bring a bicycle and helmet if you have one, otherwise phone Jon on 0409 053 694 to organise equipment hire $15. Bring money for a coffee stop. Meet at the hockey grounds car park, Mirrabooka Rd, 15 minutes before the start time. Dorrington Park, 5 Mirrabooka Road Ashgrove

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Celebrating Seniors Month 2021 TUESDAY 5 OCTOBER 12pm-1pm – Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts – The Beatles - The Early Years performed by The Beatlegs Tribute Band The band that would influence generations of music, the Beatles came from humble beginnings in their local Liverpool clubs and went on to become a global phenomenon. This concert retraces the early years of the Beatles through to 1964 when they were stars on the world stage. With a classic catalogue of hits, local tribute band The Beatlegs recaptured all that was magic about the Beatles in their early years. The Beatlegs are Shaun Croaker (John Lennon), Sam Croaker (George Harrison), Paul Van Acker (Paul McCartney) and Paul Verni (Ring Starr). Bookings essential. Brisbane City Hall. 64 Adelaide St Brisbane. Free 1pm-4pm – Paint and chat If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing afternoon of art this is it. No experience necessary, come and join the group to paint a floral artwork that you will take home with you. Even if you have never picked up a brush, it will surprise you what you can do. We will create a dimensional artwork with the colours of your choice, and you will learn techniques you can use again at home to recreate it. Bookings essential 3624 2110. Burnie Brae Centre. 60 Kuran St, Chermside. $5

the winning shot beside the jack. Social barefoot bowls is a great introduction to this sport but these sessions give a little more knowledge and you can enjoy the game a lot more and make new friends at the same time. Flat soled and enclosed footwear must be worn during sessions. Bookings essential 3855 2725. Meet outside the bowls club house. Gaythorne Bowls Club, 18 Prospect Rd, Gaythorne. Free

WEDNESDAY 6 OCTOBER 9.15am-10:15am – Bollywood fitness Move to the Infectious Beats of Bollywood music. Suitable for all abilities. For more information phone Yoga Forever 0433 333 829. Meet near the basketball court. Twilight Street Park. 103 Sunset Rd Kenmore. Free 9:30am-12pm – Intro to painting Introduction to the skills and knowledge required to produce a painting using acrylic paints. To book email Each participant to bring own canvas (please ask facilitator on booking). All other materials provided. Bookings required 0422 323 242. Bracken Ridge Hall. 77 Bracken St, Bracken Ridge. $5

2pm-3pm – English conversation group Friendly and informal group meets at the library Tuesdays (except during school holidays). Come and make new friends and improve your English. Learners of all levels welcome. Bookings required 3407 057. Sunnybank Hills Library. 661 Compton Rd Sunnybank Hills. Free

10am–1:30pm – The spice of life This workshop explores the origins, history, cultural associations, and economic value of a number of common and unusual spices. Taste test popular spices from the Medieval and Renaissance periods through to the staples of today. Maybe a little grains of paradise, star anise or sumac is what you need to spice up your life? All materials provided. Bookings required 3403 2535. Please bring lunch and water bottle and meet at the auditorium. Brisbane Botanic Gardens. 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong. Free

6pm-8pm – Lawn Bowls Relaxed informative sessions to introduce the game of lawn bowls. Learn how to hold and roll the bowls and get

10am-12pm – Lord Mayor's Seniors Suburban Concerts - The Magic of the Movies & Musicals These talented young singers are graduates from the

Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Musical Theatre course. They are talented soloists but put them together and they are a musical force. Join them as they perform the hit songs from the much-loved Movies & Musicals. Bookings required on 3379 8555. WestsideHQ. 3 Clewley St, Corinda. Free 12pm-2pm – Seniors Celebration Seniors Lunch, Expo, music and fun. Booking on 3513 9000. Mitchelton Campus and Community Centre, 28 Blaker Rd, Mitchelton. Free

THURSDAY 7 OCTOBER 9:30am-1pm – From the Ground Up workshop Backyard Food Foresting Native. Bookings required, 3403 2535. Brisbane Botanic Gardens, 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong. Free 10am-11:30am – Vegetarian Delights Create tasty and satisfying vegetarian meals. Share the finished product at the end of the session. Must wear enclosed footwear and advise of any food allergies or special needs. Adhere to social distancing instructions (if in place) and don't attend if unwell. All materials provided. Bookings essential, 3257 4393. Meet near the main entrance. Brighton Wellness Hub, Cnr 19th Ave and Hornibrook Highway, Brighton. $5

FRIDAY 8 OCTOBER 10am-1pm – Never Too Old Come and celebrate Seniors' Month with Mercy Community. A free event for all to enjoy our market/ picnic style event with a range of activities for people of all ages to participate in and enjoy.

• Building social connections across the generations, with food, friends and fun • Music by Silver Memories - a seniors' radio station, • Market stalls of PCYC activities, Indigenous art classes and technology tips for seniors • Food trucks and coffee cart No RSVP needed, just come to the front lawn. COVID-safe, parking available onsite and on-street. 131 Queens Rd, Nudgee. Free 5pm-6:30pm – City Lights, City Night walk Discover Brisbane at twilight by taking a walk with a Brisbane Greeter. On this tour you will see Brisbane in a different light and learn new things about your city while exploring laneways, discovering public art and soaking up the bustling atmosphere of the early evening. Witnessing the beauty of a Brisbane sunset. Please bring along a go-card as we may hop on a ferry or a bus! This tour is presented by Brisbane Greeters Program. Meet at King George Square outside Brisbane City Hall. Your greeter will be wearing a BLUE uniform. Bookings essential 3403 7755. Free

SATURDAY 9 OCTOBER 9:30am-1pm – From the Ground Up workshop Backyard Food Foresting Exotic. Bookings required. 3403 2535 Brisbane Botanic Gardens. 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong. Free

SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER 9am-10am – Stand Up Paddle Boarding Learn the basics of Stand-Up Paddle Boarding. Wear your swimwear and meet on the grassy area beside the covered resting area. Bookings essential. For more info call 0412 563 191. Bayside Park Manly. 450 Esplanade, Manly. $5






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Calendar Of Events 11am-12pm – Bands in Parks - Primavera The Amadeus Orchestra invites the community to join in a celebration of music. Under the baton of Neil Flottman, the performance will include Bizet's Pastorale, Strauss Jr Bauern Polka and other pieces including Spanish music. Old Government House. 2 George St, Brisbane. Free 1pm-3pm – Bands in Parks - Jacarandas and Jazz Enjoy an afternoon of jazz under the jacarandas with Brisbane City Big Band and the UQ Big Band as they present a musical showcase of swing and jazz. New Farm Park. 137 Sydney St, New Farm. Free 2pm-3pm – Bands in Parks - Swing in the Park Come down to the lagoon at Sandgate on a Sunday afternoon for an hour of swing music in the rotunda with the BSB Swing band. Bring your dancing shoes for some toe-tapping tunes. Einbunpin Lagoon Park. 122 Brighton Rd, Sandgate. Free 4pm-7pm Twilight Creative Art Work with wine & cheese Display of creative art work to view and purchase. Includes glass of punch or wine with cheese and nibbles. Bookings required on 3395 4636. Carina Senior Citizens Club, 1 Edmond St, Carina. $5

MONDAY 11 OCTOBER 9am-1pm – Seniors Month Lunch Celebrate Seniors Month with entertainment, morning tea, lunch and raffles. Bookings required, 3395 4636. Carina Senior Citizens Club, 1 Edmond St, Carina. $15 9:30am-12:30pm – Awesome abstract flowers in a vase A local artist guides you to create a canvas using various methods of scrape and print in colourful acrylics. Bookings essential, bring an apron meet in the front hall. To book email, for more information phone 3379 6963.

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10am-2pm – Community Seniors Event Inala Community House ICH has a big multicultural event for seniors month, bringing people of different ages, backgrounds, and cultures together. Inala Community House wants to see Australian seniors, people with disabilities and the Latin community in one place. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people are more than welcome to participate and show us their fantastic culture as well. We will interchange all colours, food, traditions and more. Bookings required 0403 280 603. Our Place Hall. Cnr Japonica & Robinia St, Inala.

TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER 9:30am-1pm – Grow it, cook it, compost it Learn how to produce a sustainable backyard garden and cook nutritious meals from seasonal produce. Combined composting, sustainable gardening and fresh produce cooking workshops. Enjoy the food prepared at the end of the session. Wear enclosed footwear and advise of any food allergies or special needs. Social distancing applies and don't attend if unwell. All material provided. Bookings required 3403 2535. Brisbane Botanic Gardens. 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong. $5 10am-12pm – Protection from Scams- scams information session Facilitated by UnitingCare's Seniors Enquiry Line. Learn about t scams, how you can better protect yourself, the risks of social media and how to use it safely, and what to do if you have been scammed or groomed by a scammer. Barbecue afterwards. This will be available online. For bookings and more information contact 3354 2555. Free Picabeen Community Centre. 22 Hobenn St, Mitchelton.

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Celebrating Seniors Month 2021 10:30am-12:30pm – Queensland family history online Do you have Queensland ancestry you would like to know more about? Discover some of the wonderful resources available on the internet with an experienced researcher from the Genealogical Society of Queensland. Bookings essential 0403 168 158. Sandgate Town Hall, Cliff and Seymour St, Sandgate. $15 12pm-1pm – Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts - Festival of Song Festival Of Song will feature Seren8 performing hot Spanish repertoire and the Viva La Musica children's and adult choir performing diverse classics from Sounds Of Silence to Skye Boat Song. Join the special singalong segment for the audience and be part of a 500 voice choir. Bookings essential lord-mayors-city-hall-concerts-festival-of-songtickets-163590717239 Brisbane City Hall. 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Free 1pm-4pm – Rag rug and basket Keep clothing out of landfill and give it purpose. Many items in our wardrobes and linen cupboards can easily and with so much fun make rugs, pot holders, runners and baskets. This workshop explores the use of stretch and woven fabrics to make a rag rug and also a basket. Learn two easy ways to make the rug, and when you have identified which method works best for you we will use that to make a basket in the shape of your choice. No tools required. Bookings essential on 3624 2110. Burnie Brae Centre, 60 Kuran St, Chermside. $5

time. This is an easy walk around the city but a few streets may have a small incline. Tour presented by Brisbane Greeters Program. Meet at King George Square. Your greeter will be wearing a BLUE uniform. The walk is two hours and runs every hour on the hour 10am-3pm. Bookings required 351R339PF17B850A0A88. Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide St Brisbane. Free 10am-12pm – Senior's Morning Tea Special guest speaker is Brian Herd from Brisbane law firm Hopgood Ganim Lawyers who specialises in elder law or law relating to older people. He is regarded as one of Australia's leading lawyers in this important area of life. In addition to a delicious morning tea, there will be light entertainment, exhibitors and lucky door prizes. Online bookings essential for COVID-19 tracking and to prevent crowding on 3348 6306. Bayside Park Esplanade, Manly. $7 11am-12pm – Lord Mayor's Seniors Suburban Concerts - The Kitty Kats Three loved performers have united to form the all-female trio, The Kitty Kats. With a sassy mix of cabaret, swing, jazz, blues, rockabilly, rock n roll and 3-part acapella harmonies, The Kitty Kats will have you dancing, crying, singing, laughing out loud, and loving the skin you're in. Bookings required 3359 9122. Kedron-Wavell Services Club, 21 Kittyhawk Dr Chermside. Free

WEDNESDAY 13 OCTOBER Clocks in the CBD Take a stroll with a Brisbane Greeter through the city to discover some of Brisbanes most iconic clocks. Learn about a clock made by convicts, discover a clock face that has a 3m minute hand and hear stories of the people who dedicated their careers to making sure Brisbane was on

THURSDAY 14 OCTOBER 9am-12pm – Indoor Bowls Morning Be guided by experienced bowlers and try indoor bowls. Includes morning devonshire tea. Carina Senior Citizens Club. Bookings required 3395 4636. 1 Edmond Street, Carina. Free

10:30am-12pm – Orienteering A recreational activity and sport for all ages and fitness levels. Use your navigational skills and a custom-made map of the park. You can run, jog or walk individually or in a group to participate in an active and healthy event. Full instructions will be given. No bookings required. For information call Orienteering QLD 0400 908 378. Look for O signs at the park entrance off Park Rd, Clayfield. Kalinga Park, 48 Kalinga St, Kalinga. $5 11am-12pm – Lord Mayor's Seniors Suburban Concerts - SUZIE G and the Sue Reid band Suzie G is one of Australia's top violinists and has wowed audiences around the globe. Combining classical training, beauty, and musical flare, Suzie dazzles with her talent and electric style and is joined onstage by the Sue Reid band. Bookings required seniors-suburban-concerts-suzie-g-and-the-sue-reidband-tickets-167532164213 Souths Sports Club. 174 Mortimer Rd, Acacia Ridge. Free 11am-12pm – Tea and trivia Enjoy a morning of fun as you test your general knowledge with trivia questions. Individuals and groups welcome. Bookings essential as places are restricted on 3667 060. Bracken Ridge Library, 77 Bracken St. Free

FRIDAY 15 OCTOBER 10:45am-11:45am – Gentle fitness Maintain or increase your fitness with exercises to improve strength, mobility, flexibility and balance in a fun, welcoming group setting, specifically for active older adults and those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. You will not be able to attend unless pre-booked. Bookings essential 0405 652 109. Bring hand weights and a mat and meet at main entrance. Acacia Ridge Hall. 13 Coley St, Acacia Ridge. Free

SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm Pottery wheel funshop Throw yourself into the world of pottery. Experienced artists will guide you through the techniques of pottery wheel throwing and hand sculpting. Find muscles you never knew you had in this physical and fun activity! Bookings essential on 0411 246 487. Wear old clothes, bring an apron and an old towel. Meet at the old schoolhouse studio. Upper Brookfield State School. 496 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield. $5

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Calendar Of Events 1:30pm-3:30pm – Spring Clean Your Menu As the weather warms up, our bodies tend to crave lighter, fresher foods. Get your hands dirty in the kitchen while nutritionist Penny Benjamin guides you with nutrition commentary in the preparation of some refreshingly delicious and nutritious springtime breakfasts, snacks, main meals and healthy sweets. Bookings essential 0401 638 667. Brisbane Botanic Gardens. 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. $5 6pm-8pm – Bands in Parks - Movies and Masterworks Enjoy a glass of wine and a meal from Baseline Cafe and join one of Australia's finest wind bands as they present a thrilling and varied program of joyful, inspiring music. Explore the sounds of master composers like Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger, and reminisce to magical movie music from composers such as John Williams and Hans Zimmer, with a few Disney favourites thrown in. This will be an unmissable concert. Bookings required. bands-in-parks-movies-and-masterworkstickets-166014177875 Queensland Tennis Centre, 190 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson. Free

SUNDAY 17 OCTOBER 10:30am-12:30pm – Balinese Cooking Workshop Learn how to prepare and cook delicious Balinese food with tastings. This cuisine uses lots of aromatic spices that are tasty and healthy. Bookings essential. Email For more information phone 0401 168 657. Meet by the shed. Beelarong Community Farm, Corner York and Beverley Streets, Morningside. $5 2pm-3pm – Bands in Parks - One and Free Join the Brisbane City Temple Band of the Salvation Army for an afternoon of Australian-a-One and Free with a bit of John Farnham, Banjo Patterson, and Men at Work mixed in. Celebrate our wonderful country. Feel free to wear your khakis, or maybe some green and gold. Wickham Park. 330 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill. Free

MONDAY 18 OCTOBER 10am-12pm – Walk and whimsy - Art in the park Fun, active and creative session. Experience the wonder of nature on a walk through the gardens. Here you can take in the wonderful sights and sounds and gain inspiration for the second part of the workshop which is making some whimsical artist books using papers and fabrics reminiscent of the textures and patterns within the gardens. Bookings essential, 0411 246 487. Meet at the information centre. $5 Brisbane Botanic Gardens, 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong

TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER 10am-11:30am – Springtime salads and sides Explore new tastes and seasonal produce. Learn how to create delicious salads and side dishes in this hands-on cooking session where you will be the chef and consume the final product at the end of the session. Bookings essential 3257 4393. Our Place Hall. Cnr Japonica & Robinia Streets, Inala. $5

songs that will bring a smile (or a tear) to Queen fans. Bookings required, seniors-suburban-concerts-the-killer-queen-experiencetickets-167536296573 Free The Princess Theatre. 8 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba.

THURSDAY 21 OCTOBER 9am-10:30am – Day kayak adventure Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced paddler, get out and discover Brisbane's beautiful river city by kayak with a leisurely paddle on the Brisbane River. Participants must be able to swim. Bookings essential, Meet at Riverlife, Kangaroo Point, naval stores building. $5

9:30am-10:30am – Botanical Printing Workshop Learn printing techniques using natural materials gathered from the garden. We will make cards and bookmarks on beautiful paper and apply the craft to fabric items as well. Bookings essential. To book email For more information phone 0401 168 657. Meet by the shed. Beelarong Community Farm. Corner York and Beverley Streets, Morningside. $5

FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER 9am-12pm – Kayak explore Splash out and have some fun. A great opportunity to enjoy a relaxing paddle while exploring Brisbane's waterways. Gather some friends or come on your own to

12pm-1pm – Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts - Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band The Queensland Youth Orchestra (QYO) Big Band is a 20-piece auditioned ensemble comprising some of Queensland's most talented young and emerging instrumental musicians performing music from a variety of big band jazz and swing genres. Members of the ensemble are students aged 15-22 attending schools, universities and music conservatories. The Big Band has performed with international artists such as James Morrison and Tom Burlinson. The ensemble is led by Bohdan Davison, a noted a musician, music educator, and saxophonist. Bookings essential au/e/lord-mayors-city-hall-concerts-queensland-youthorchestra-big-band-tickets-163590805503 Brisbane City Hall. 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Free 6pm-8pm – Lawn Bowls Relaxed informative sessions to introduce the game of lawn bowls. Learn how to hold and roll the bowls and get the winning shot beside the jack. Social barefoot bowls is a great introduction but these sessions give a little more knowledge. Enjoy the game more and make some new friends at the same time. Flat soled and enclosed footwear must be worn during sessions. Bookings essential, 3855 2725. Meet outside of the bowls club house. Gaythorne Bowls Club, 18 Prospect Rd. Gaythorne. Free

WEDNESDAY 20 OCTOBER 9:15am-10:15am – Bollywood fitness Move to the Infectious Beats of Bollywood music. Suitable for all abilities. For more information phone Yoga Forever 0433 333 829. Meet near the basketball court. Twilight Street Park, 103 Sunset Rd, Kenmore. Free 11am-12pm – Lord Mayor's Seniors Suburban Concerts - The Killer Queen Experience Since starting as a local Queen cover-band in Brisbane in 2003, Killer Queen has evolved into an international touring show. This show features Queen's greatest hits, including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites The Dust, and more

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Celebrating Seniors Month 2021 meet like-minded people. Bookings essential 0408 901 900. Meet at the boat ramp behind Scout Hall. Simpsons Playground. 225 Graceville Ave, Graceville. $5

SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER 8am-9am and 9am-10am Stand Up Paddle Boarding Learn the basics of stand-up paddle boarding. Wear your swimwear and meet on the grassy area beside the covered resting area. Bookings essential, 0412 563 191. Bayside Park Manly. 450 Esplanade, Manly. $5

SUNDAY 24 OCTOBER 10am-11am - Bands in Parks - Community Day Live music in the park as you connect with the local community at Bracken Ridge with sausage sizzles, food and craft stalls and rides on a steam train run by Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club. McPherson Park, 146 Denham St, Bracken Ridge. Free 2pm-3pm – Bands in Parks - Seniors Month Concert Celebrate Seniors month with a family concert in the park with brass band favourites delivered in style by South Brisbane Federal Band. There will be selections for young and old, from Disney tunes to jazz standards, all in bold, energising brass. Kalinga Park, 48 Kalinga St, Kalinga. Free

MONDAY 25 OCTOBER 9am-10am – Chair yoga with Vicki Gentle and fun movement for seniors. Feel better, reduce pain, increase mobility and be happy. Using the chair as a prop we combine traditional yoga postures with music. Classes aim to strengthen and stretch the body and lift your spirits. No bookings required. For information phone Vicki 0421 421 921. Bring a mat and meet inside the venue's main room. Wynnum Hall, 219 Bay Terrace, Wynnum. Free 9am-10am – Tai Chi & Qigong Qigong and Tai Chi in the park, gentle exercise to improve circulation, breathing and joint mobility. No booking required. For information phone Julia 0412 362 338. Meet by the Rafting Ground Road entrance to the park. Boyd Terrace Park, 191 Rafting Ground Rd, Brookfield. Free

TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER 9am-11am – Chutney Workshop In this hands-on session learn how to make a delicious chutney. Bring a small jar with a lid to take your chutney sample home. Bookings are or 0401 168 657. Beelarong Community Farm, Corner York and Beverley Streets, Morningside. $5

11am-12:30pm – Broadway to Pavarotti in Concert Celebrating the great Luciano Pavarotti - the man, the music and his unique style in all its glamorous, glorious magic. Packaged with a touch of romance and comedy, the show is a perfect combination of heart, humour and great music. Broadway to Pavarotti was created by and stars Roger Davy, a founding member of the Ten Tenors who has decades of international concert experience. The production also features two world-class female vocalists presenting popular melodies from Opera, Operetta, Popera and of course, Broadway. Bookings required, or 0414 725 097 Kenmore Church of Christ, 41 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore. $27.50

1pm-4pm – Fold paper into fabulous Learn how to recycle old books, newsprint and junk mail into items that are useful. You will learn how to make small card holders, wallets and gift bags all with paper that is thrown away. Simple and a skill you will use again and again. Bookings essential, 3624 2110. Burnie Brae Centre, 60 Kuran St, Chermside. $5

11:30am-12:30pm – Our Future Health An in-depth discussion what the future really holds for us and the community around us, as we age. This free Webinar has some great speakers who will give powerful insights around policy challenges in the decade of healthy ageing. Speakers include: Shara Evans – One of the world’s top 50 female futurists on what the future holds in technology and health. Dr Jane Barratt – Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing, on the work of IFA and what the decade is all about from an international perspective, and why it is important for Queenslanders. Craig Crawford – Minister for Seniors, on what the Queensland Government is doing for seniors. Mark Tucker-Evans – Chief Executive, COTA Queensland, on how COTA Queensland is going to respond and what it all means to people in Queensland. The webinar link will be sent to registered participants closer to the date. Bookings required www.

11am-12:30pm – Military Barracks walking tour Walking Tour Military Barracks, suitable for all abilities. Learn about Brisbane's early military history. Bookings essential. Meet at the guard house on the left-hand side as you enter Victoria Barracks from Petrie Terrace. Bookings required 0429 954 663. Victoria Barracks, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane. Free

12pm-1pm Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts - Run Rabbit Digging into the forgotten gems, corkscrew melodies and topsy stomps of early jazz, Run Rabbit combines the spirited violin of Jan Van Dijk with the playful guitars of Rory Dollard and Conor MacDonald. This acoustic trio mischievously arrange songs with a fresh approach while drawing reverently from the tradition of jazz manouche established in the early '30s in Paris by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Bookings are essential Brisbane City Hall. 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Free

WEDNESDAY 27 OCTOBER 9am-10am – Roma Street Parklands Walk This all-abilities guided tour will cover an abundance of native species and a plethora of exotics. Along the way you'll learn some of the history of the parklands. Bookings required, 13 11 12. Bring a hat, wear walking shoes and sunscreen. Meet at the Celebration Lawn. Roma Street Parklands, 1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane. Free

THURSDAY 28 OCTOBER 11am-12pm Lord Mayor's Seniors Suburban Concerts - La Forza Known as Australia's answer to Il Divo, La Forza blends the talents of some of Australia top male vocalists. Performing spine-tingling renditions of modern-day classics such as You Raise Me Up, Hallelujah, The Prayer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, New York, New York, Nessun Dorma and many more. La Forza exudes pure vocal power. Bookings essential. seniors-suburban-concerts-la-forzatickets-167534406921 Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Free

FRIDAY 29 OCTOBER 3pm-9pm – Twilight Carnival - Brisbane Gather your squad and take part in a walking football tournament. These are a great opportunity to enjoy a day of socialising and healthy competition. If you know anyone who may be interested, bring them to join the fun. Players of all ages and abilities welcome! Bookings required QUT Stadium, Kelvin Grove. $25 4pm-7:30pm 2021 4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth! The 4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival has been called a magnificent gift to the people of Brisbane, with audiences lauding the directing, acting and production

values even among Shakespeare snobs. The 4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival presents one of the greatest dramatic works in the English language, the tragedy Macbeth. Bookings required, 3847 1717. Roma Street Parklands, 1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane. Free

SATURDAY 30 OCTOBER 4pm-7pm – Kayak Moon River Enjoy a relaxing paddle while exploring Brisbane's waterways. Gather some friends or come on your own to meet like-minded people. Wear enclosed footwear, water shoes (not Crocs or any footwear than can fall off) and clothing suitable to paddle in and get wet. Bring a towel and a change of clothes. Bookings essential 0408 901 900 meet at Nudgee Creek canoe launch. (Nudgee bird watching free council carpark). Nudgee Creek ramp, O'Quinn St, Nudgee Beach, $5 6pm-9pm - Bands in Parks Manly Halloween Street Parade Brisbane's biggest Halloween parade hosts marching brass bands Bayside Brass, South of the River Community Band and City of Brisbane Pipe Band for a Halloween Street Party at Manly as the sun sets. Manly Harbour Village, 50 Cambridge Pde, Manly. Free

SUNDAY 31 OCTOBER NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY 3pm-6pm – Bands in Parks Blackwood Street Halloween Festival Join the ghostbusting Brisbane Municipal Concert Band as they prepare to scare and delight you with a Halloween concert among the ghosts of Blackwood Street arcade. Join them for an afternoon concert of hair-raising tunes to set the tone for the Halloween parade at 5pm. Blackwood Street, Mitchelton. Free 4pm-7:30pm – 2021 4MBS Brisbane 2021 4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth! The 4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival has been called a magnificent gift to the people of Brisbane with audiences lauding the directing, acting and production values even among Shakespeare snobs. The 4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival presents one of the greatest dramatic works in the English language, the tragedy Macbeth. Bookings required, 3847 1717. Roma Street Parklands, 1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane. Free

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Strong and stable core muscles help you maintain an upright posture while doing everyday activities. TRISTAN HALL suggests some easy ways to build up core strength.


ore strength is not about having rock-hard abdominal muscles, but investing some time so your body can work better for you and reduce your risk of falls Many muscles support your spine to give you an upright and stable posture. A good exercise plan will work the smaller muscles around the sides of your body, the laterals, your back muscles and your abdominal muscles. With a comprehensive approach, you can improve your strength and stability and reduce your chances of back injury and back pain. Let’s get started: The Birddog – this exercise activates your deep muscles as well as your superficial muscles. Kneel on the floor. Put both hands on the floor directly below your shoulders. Lift one arm out straight and lift the opposite leg out behind you. Both raised limbs should be parallel with your torso. Hold this position for 10

seconds. Return your raised limbs to the floor then repeat 5 times. Switch and repeat for the other side. The Deadlift – this is also called a hip hinge. You perform hip hinges hundreds of times a day, for instance whenever you sit or stand or pick up a child. If you don’t have weights, use two bottles of water or bags of rice. Stand with your feet hip width apart. Put your weights on the floor outside your feet. Lower your spine by bending at the hip. You don’t want to curve your back. Focus on the core muscles, pick up the weights and slowly stand up. Repeat this 5-10 times. You can start this exercise with no weights and build up. The Farmer’s Carry – This

exercise puts a load on one side of your body and forces you to adjust your movements so you stay poised and balanced. Your proprioception, awareness of where your body is in space, is tested. Your spine is also put to work. Find an object you can hold comfortably with your hand such as a watering can or a weight. Place the object on the ground outside your leg. Pick it up then walk in a straight line to a set point, such as the length of your hallway or backyard. Turn around, switch the object to the other hand and walk back. Repeat 3-5 times depending on the length of your circuit. These exercises are all demonstrated in videos on our Full Circle Wellness website. Getting stronger can boost your confidence and make life more fun. Enjoy. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit

IN MY book I detail nine exercises that you can do by yourself at home, in the park or wherever room permits. I believe these exercises will keep you in good shape and should you be able to do all of them, well done! But there is hope for those of us that can no longer do some of these exercises. The nine exercises are push-ups, squats, lunges, chin-ups, crunches, walking, running or jogging, swimming and cycling. Okay, you need a bike and a pair or swimmers and a bar suitable for practising your chin-ups would be handy, but most parks now have exercise stations that have chin-up bars. The point about these particular exercises is they include body strength, core and aerobic or cardio exercises and that is really all you need to do. Follow the basics of working at least four days a week, with two days doing resistance exercise and you will be doing recommended exercise. Should you now longer be able to do chin-ups, join the rest

of us because it is a very hard exercise to do, but it is achievable. If you can still do them, bully for you, and long may you be able to perform chin-ups. If you cannot do them, or any of the other exercises, then adapt or remove that particular exercise from your routine. You are not expected to perform miracles, and if any exercise is doing you harm or is not suitable for your condition or body either now or permanently, then take it from your routine. I speak to people all the time who say they can no longer run or jog, so they simply walk and include walking as their mainstay as a regular exercise. Push-ups are a good example of an exercise that may not be possible as they were in years long gone. The variety of push ups –doing them on your knees, against a wall or using the back of a chair – makes it, like many of the listed exercises, very adaptable, so concentrate on doing what you can rather than what you cannot. Tom Law is author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens.Visit

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From Birdsville to Bunnings in comfort and style This season’s Isuzu MU-X wagon is a competent four-wheel drive and, writes BRUCE McMAHON, brings more refinement than its predecessor.


apanese-designed and Thai-built, the secondgeneration MU-X wagon costs a few more dollars than its well-regarded predecessor and is a complete re-work of a successful formula. Again based around Isuzu’s D-Max ute, four-wheel drive versions of the MU-X remain competent off-roaders in the rough and tumble, but these new wagons offer more in the way of on-road comforts. Australia is Isuzu’s second largest market outside Thailand and here the MU-X has been favoured by caravanners and families chasing a no-nonsense wagon for travelling across town or across the country. Isuzu has paid attention to customer feedback here, as evidenced by a beefier chassis with re-enginered rear suspension for more ride comfort and towing ability up to 3.5 tonne. Style-wise these new SUVs look familiar although they

arrive a tad longer at 4850mm and a little wider and lower. It’s a clean, bold look though the coupe-like roof line at the rear means those distinctive rear windows have gone. The Isuzu sticks with a five-door, seven-seat body on full ladder-frame chassis with coil suspension and choice of two or four-wheel drive; 4WD comes with rear differential lock with centre console dial for 2-H, 4-H and 4-L. There’s decent ground clearance plus good approach and departure angles while a

“rough terrain” drive mode adjusts engine and transmission settings to help with extra traction. The three MU-X – LS-M, LS-U and LS-T with different trim and features – all use an uprated 3-litre, turbocharged diesel engine producing 140kW of power and 400Nm from 1400rpm. Power and torque head on to the wheels through a revised six-speed automatic transmission. Brakes and suspension have been reworked and there’s now electric power steering which,

while maybe a little light at the straight ahead, is handy on rough tracks or at the local shopping centre. The extra engineering plus new body, more refined chassis and further attention to insulation, means the MU-X is quieter and smoother than before. It remains a gentle drive. This is no tarmac terror but works with quiet authority for the most part. A tonne of torque, available from the low down, is always appreciated in slow and steady four-wheel drive work on rocks or ruts. Average fuel consumption is listed at 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres but expect that to be a little higher when the wagon’s new. Out and about, in town or down the highway, the new MU-X has improved road manners with more suppleness and better control from the underpinnings. While handling and road-holding is quite

assured it’s still not one to be thrown around like some SUVs – but then those don’t have a separate chassis and rarely the off-road or towing abilities offered by the Isuzu. Inside there’s a little more room for people and cargo, a tidier dashboard and more features offered (though could we please have old-fashioned knobs for audio volume control – swiping touch screens quickly can be frustrating). The very back seats are best left to smaller folk, but the front five passengers have fair accommodation while the back two rows fold away in a number of useful configurations. Two-wheel drive versions of Isuzu’s MU-X now start from $47,900 and four-wheel drives from $53,900; these are refined successors to a proper fourwheel drive wagon which is as capable running down the Birdsville Track as it is picking its way through the Bunnings carpark.

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How old are you, really? We have all heard it said many times that you are only as old as you feel – and it just may be true. JUDY RAFFERTY explains the three different measures for deciding our age.


here are days when I feel like an octogenarian and others when I am 20 again. So how old are we really? Is it our psychological age, our physical age or our chronological age that dates us? We tend to believe that all three ages – psychological, physical and chronological – will be consistent, but this is not the case.

The difference between them can result in a significant difference in how we age and how we experience ageing. Psychological age is about how you think, respond and behave. It is hoped that as you age you become more mature emotionally. This does not mean becoming more staid and serious but being able to handle emotions without reactivity.

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Psychological age is about attitude. Professor of Public Health and Psychology at the Yale School of Public Health Becca Levy, and other researchers, have shown that negative beliefs and stereotypes about ageing predict many adverse outcomes among older individuals. Levy’s studies have shown that the stereotypes we have about age influence cognitive and physical performance. People exposed to positive cognitive or physical stereotypes performed significantly better compared to those exposed to negative stereotypes. Those with more negative age stereotypes demonstrated significantly worse memory performance (a 32 per cent decline) than those with less negative age stereotypes. One of the highest risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease is a particular variant of the APOE gene. Those with the gene variant but with positive age beliefs were 49.8 per cent less likely to develop dementia than those with the gene variant and negative age beliefs. Another study by Levy and her associates found that people with more positive self- perceptions of ageing lived, on average, 7.6 years longer than people with more negative views. Psychological age reflects our beliefs, attitudes and stereotypes about age. And those beliefs, attitudes and stereotypes are important determinants in how we age – whether we become younger than our years or older than our years. Physical age, sometimes called biological age, relates independently to all the different systems and organs in the body. Biological age is hard to reliably identify as a single figure. Perhaps the one that many people worry about most is brain age. Anxiety around dementia is notable in the many jokes about it. There is often a self-

depreciating reference made by an older person to a “senior moment” even though everyone has these moments regardless of age. Research is showing that individual cognitive decline can begin anywhere from age 20 onwards. And then there is your chronological age. This age is simply the number of birthdays you have had. Are you chronologically challenged? Are you challenged by aligning the age you are according to your birth certificate with the felt age of your body and mind? Which is the older? If you didn’t know how old you are, what age would you be? As a psychologist, I spend time talking to people about their retirement, helping them to plan for it and to make decisions about it. It is important in those discussions for individuals to consider their chronological age and their felt age. It is important for them to challenge expectations of retiring at 65 or 67 or at any specified age. It is important not to be restricted by expectations of your behaviour based on age. Some of us will not live according to stereotypes of ageing and will break the age barriers. Perhaps you will be one of those who make 80 the new 50. Judy Rafferty is the author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It, at all good bookshops and online.

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Laws affecting older Aussies can change Despite a common perception that laws are hard to move and rarely change, the legal landscape for retirees and older Australians is in a constant state of being updated and improved. DON MACPHERSON explains.


fter many years of complaints about the state of the retirement industry the Queensland Government embarked on a complete revamp of the rules and forms in various stages during 2019, with ongoing changes filtering through progressively. The aim is to ensure greater clarity and transparency for people entering into retirement village contracts. Similarly, the rules and obligations for manufactured home parks – described, more as a marketing term, as over 50s resorts – were completely changed and updated as of September 2019. The idea is that the “dog’s breakfast” of

contracts that were historically presented were systematised and regulated to make sure people actually understood what they were signing up to. The legal landscape for Wills is also changing, with recent cases granting probate to documents that don’t meet the strict requirements of the Succession Act. Handwritten notes, notes scribbled on an old will, even a text message, have been endorsed by the court as a last will and testament. A warning though – while in some cases an informal document has been accepted by the court, the costs of achieving such an outcome, particularly when different beneficiaries have

SUPER REFORM BENEFITS WOMEN SUPER Consumers Australia has welcomed a new law that ensures visibility of super balance information during family law settlements. “For many Australians, super is the largest asset they own after their home,” Super Consumers Australia director Xavier O’Halloran said. “One person not disclosing their super in divorce proceedings can have disastrous financial consequences for the other.” She said the change fixed a problem that overwhelmingly impacted women

who typically have lower super balances due to inequalities in pay and unpaid caring roles. “Right now, many women are retiring in poverty. Women over 55 are the fastest growing group experiencing homelessness in Australia. Removing the ability for former spouses to hide their super will help address part of this inequity,” Ms O’Halloran said. “We will continue to advocate for reforms that make the super system fairer and improve people’s financial well-being in retirement.”

RETIREMENT COULD BE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK SCAREMONGERING about how much superannuation is needed to retire, and out of date predictions about the best age to retire has left many thinking they have to work for longer than they actually do. Cameron Dickson, managing director of family financial advisory company The Moreton Group, said seven in 10 people over 55 he spoke to could retire sooner than they think. “Predictions about how much super you’ll need to retire will be completely irrelevant if they aren’t calculated for your situation and lifestyle,” he said.


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He believes retirement calculators provide an overly simplified formula without a deep or informed analysis of present and future position based on financial, health and life scenarios. “They perpetuate a myth that Australians can’t afford to retire and exacerbate anxiety in a huge proportion of working Australians looking to retire in the next five to 10 years,” he said. The Moreton Group data shows that currently the top triggers for seeking financial planning advice are ill health or ill health of a friend or family member.

potentially different outcomes, could easily exceed $50,000 in legal costs. This is all for the sake of avoiding the cost of a simple will. Aged Care, which is a federal jurisdiction, is due for a significant shake-up arising out of the Royal Commission, with very substantial changes likely in the not too distant future. Most recently, as of July 1, significant changes have occurred in relation to the

tax treatment of granny flat agreements which are likely to make formal agreements more important than ever. Perhaps we will soon see a flood of discrimination cases based on ageism, a growing issue for our society. Don Macpherson is an expert in elder law at Brisbane Elder Law. Visit or call 1800 961 622.

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Digest the facts about stomach acid Using a quick fix antacid for indigestion and heartburn could be compounding the problem. TRUDY KITHER explains the cause of low stomach acid and how to find a better solution.


ne of the best indicators that you have low stomach acid is getting indigestion as soon as you eat something. You may feel full and perhaps even nauseated. Food may not be breaking down because you don’t have enough stomach acid. Another factor is that you may have intestinal wind or gas after you’ve eaten. This is not because you’ve eaten something with sugar alcohols in it such as fruit or beans, but because you’ve eaten something else and a little later it develops into wind and gas. Another symptom is heartburn, which often feels like a burning in the middle of your chest. As we age, we naturally lose the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The purpose of hydrochloric acid is to break down the bonds in the amino acids from protein. The protein and amino acids don’t completely break down, only enough to allow digestive enzymes to try to finish breaking down protein. Hydrochloric acid also kills any pathogens and bacteria in food consumed

and helps absorb minerals from the proteins. Vitamin B12 is absorbed lower down in the digestive tract. A process in the stomach called the Intrinsic Factor helps absorb vitamin B12. One of the most dangerous things about not having enough stomach acid is that the Intrinsic Factor that allows absorption of vitamin B12 is not released, and you can start to develop pernicious anaemia. Pernicious means gradual, in a subtle way, and this type of anaemia can be serious. Not having enough vitamin B12 can create serious neurological side effects that can become permanent. These can be stabbing pain, neurological pain, peripheral neuropathies, tingling, numbness, or burning pain. Also, you may feel like your balance or gait is not quite right when you are standing – all because you don’t have enough stomach acid. GERD (Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease) happens when the valve between your stomach and oesophagus doesn’t close and creates indigestion, and this is also caused

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Salt daily is a benefit. It will take a little while to build up, but as it does, symptoms start to reduce and can eventually disappear. By taking natural supplements you can help build up your stomach acid but never consume straight hydrochloric acid. If you go in the opposite direction and start taking antacids, you will find that you have less protein breakdown, more gas and wind, and ultimately more microbes that create SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). SIBO occurs when the microbes in your large bowel have moved into your small intestine where they don’t belong. Then, when you eat, you will get more wind and gas and more health problems because these microbes should never have moved into your small intestine at all. Always seek the advice of a qualified natural medicine provider with any questions you may have regarding your particular medical condition before starting a course of treatment. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit

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THE BRAIN-BOOSTING EFFECTS OF MOVEMENT Warmer weather is drawing us out of winter hibernation and we are getting moving again, which is a good thing. BRAD McGREGOR describes exercise as medicine for the mind. While the benefits of movement for physical health and wellbeing are well established, we are beginning to see more evidence supporting exercise as a strategy to boost cognitive capacity. More specifically, researchers found that the following factors, among others, can decrease the risk of cognitive decline: • regular physical activity • social support and engagement • diet, especially a Mediterranean diet • cognitive engagement in mentally stimulating activities. And you can grow new brain cells. For many years scientists believed that neurogenesis – the growth of new neurons in the brain – was only possible during one’s formative years. But neuroscience has now revealed that we can “grow” new brain cells at any age. A number of factors contribute to this, including physical activity, learning and reducing stress. Scientists have also discovered that physical activity increases the release of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a protein that not only promotes the growth and maturation of new neurons but protects fully mature ones. In addition to growing our brain, physical activity increases the release of

serotonin which is one of our feel-good hormones. At this time, that can be a welcome side-effect. So what are the optimal exercise parameters for promoting neurogenesis and improving overall brain health? Most recent findings suggest that as little as a 20-minute walk is enough to increase the volume of neuronal activity. I also place an emphasis on dual tasking to improve cognition and overall physical capacity. Dual-tasking means performing movement while making decisions. For example, standing on one foot while recalling five names starting with a certain letter. We also use fitness gamification to allow our clients to implement this cognitive-motor training concept to improve balance, gait and reaction time. In addition to preventing cognitive decline, building social connections while exercising also benefits clients over 50. Social networks have been proven to be an influencing factor on cognitive function. Exercise really is medicine for heart, mind and body. Brad McGregor is an exercise physiologist and clinical and operations manager at UQ Healthcare. Visit

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of other living aids. Our core values of helping people live without limits haven’t changed and we are excited about the next chapter as we continue to help people right across Southeast Queensland to live without limits. We made some changes on our website to make it easier for you to find equipment and aids that best suit your needs. Visit us at or email to find new ways to re-gain your independence. You will also find helpful information on our website about becoming more independent and mobile through our regular blogs and newsletter, Live Without Limits! You will also see updates on our social media pages including Facebook, Instagram

and LinkedIn. Behind the new look you will still receive the same good old fashioned friendly service and support that our customers love and have been coming back to for decades. At Hello Mobility we are passionate about helping people improve their independence and can’t wait to help you remain independent and live without limits.

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NAUGHTY NIGHT OF BURLESQUE AUSTRALIA’S favourite trash glamour disco circus is on its way with Dirty Laundry, the naughtiest show yet. Risqué, gender-bending cult cabaret hooligans and mischief makers, Briefs presents an evening of disco dancing, circus, variety and burlesque. After 10 years of selling out festivals worldwide, the Briefs boys are back with their Hills hoist ready to air their dirty laundry in this new cabaret. Led by Fez Faanana aka Shivanana and featuring a line-up of classic Briefs boys, this will be a night of intoxifying physicality, gob-smacking comedy, unapologetic truths, and ridiculous showmanship. Expect risqué fan dancing, lightning quick quips, and seriously sexy stunts. The burlesque boys show is for 18-plus audiences. Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland. October 29 and 30. Tickets from $32. Bookings call RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit (booking fees $5 by phone and $6 online.

LYCEUM CLUB INVITATION TO OPEN NIGHT THE Lyceum Club Brisbane, a women’s club that has been in Brisbane for more than 102 years, is inviting guests to an open club evening. The Lyceum is a place where women gather in the CBD to share common interests and partake in life-long learning. It is apolitical and nonsectarian.

Monthly daytime activities include art, books, cinema, mahjong, music, design and handicraft, poetry, travel, theatre, writing, singing, walking and the Sunshine Circle with bi-monthly guest speaker forums. There are monthly evening activities, Le Cercle Francais, Evening Circle and special events during the year.

Redland Performing Arts Centre and Sweet Thunder Jazz Orchestra present

The Open Club Evening is a chance to interact with other members and guests and to find out more about the club. Refreshments will be provided. Lyceum Club Brisbane, Level 4, 99 Creek St. Friday October 22, 5.30pm. RSVP: events@ Visit or follow on Facebook.

DIRTY LAUNDRY Sundays are set to swing at RPAC with a three-hour blast of some of the world’s greatest swing tunes performed by the 13-piece titans of brass - Sweet Thunder Jazz Orchestra. This polished and energetic orchestra is one of the best big band ensembles in south east Queensland. They will have you jumping and jiving your way through Sunday afternoons as they perform all your favourite big band tunes from the 1920s to the present day.

MAESTRO Patrick Pickett has crafted a concert with a Carnival of Venice theme for the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s 37th annual New Year’s Eve concert. In the Pops tradition, the atmosphere will be packed with virtuosity, colour and movement. Joining Patrick and the Pops Orchestra are a star cast of exceptional and gifted musicians – internationally-renowned tenor Rosario La Spina, mezzosoprano Milijana Nikolic and dramatic soprano Elizabeth Lewis. The trio will bring highlights of operatic music. Ballroom dancers will again grace the stage in a Viennese waltz. After the stage spectacular,

head up to the QPAC rooftop to hear Bruce Grice pipe in the New Year at the exclusive black-tie champagne and nibbles. Tickets are limited and early booking is advisable. As has become tradition, there will be two performances of the New Year’s Eve Gala concert – at 5.30pm and 9pm. Patrick Pickett, artistic and technical support staff, specialist artists and dedicated players make up an orchestra that can guarantee an unforgettable night of colourful, superior music from the Queensland Pops Orchestra. QPAC Concert Hall. December 31, 5.30pm and 9pm. Bookings or call 136 246 Visit

Redland Performing Arts Centre presents

BRIEFS Lovers of dance and music rejoice!


Club Briefs – Australia’s favourite trash glamour disco circus – are on their way to RPAC with Dirty Laundry, their naughtiest show yet!

Sunshine Coast’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition Discover over 40 sculptures set among the natural landscape of the beautiful Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Frree e en ntrry | OPEN N DA AIL LY 9A LY AM-4P -4P PM | 88 Ob bi La ane Sou uth, Malleny y


Risqué, gender bending cult cabaret hooligans and mischief makers, Briefs, present an evening of disco dancing, circus, variety, and burlesque featuring Fez Faanana aka Shivanana and a handpicked a line-up of classic Briefs boys. Turn your cycle to HOT as you watch these burlesque boys air their dirty laundry.


"The drag party you always wished you’d been invited to" — Glam Adelaide

Redland Performing Arts Centre, Auditorium


Proudly Supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program Arts Connect Inc. Hosted by Spicers Tamarind Retreat and supported by our generous sponsors.

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Tkts: $30 via 3829 8131 or Tickets: $32–$40 via 3829 8131 or Booking fees: $5 by phone & $6 online per transaction

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CLASSES MAKE EXERCISE FUN WE all know the advice is to move it or lose it, but it can be hard to get the motivation – unless it’s the fun, interesting and health-promoting exercise options of Here’s to Life. With the inspiring titles Jazz with Pizazz, Magical Tap and Buff Bones, the classes are in Cleveland every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. The classes offer a cardio workout for men and women. No dance experience, special shoes or clothing needed. Dance and tap your troubles away

with a bunch of other fun-loving people in a large space with wonderful music. Buff Bones is less vigorous but no less beneficial. It is a specialised exercise class taught by a licensed instructor for those with osteoporosis or osteopenia. Here’s to Life also has singing and drumming (African Djembes) programs every Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland Memorial Hall, Smith Street. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. First lessons free. Call Sue 0407 154 993 or visit

SWING IS IN THE AIR FOR DANCE LOVERS GET set to swing in a three-hour blast of some of the world’s greatest swing tunes performed by the 13-piece titans of brass, the Sweet Thunder Jazz Orchestra. This polished and energetic orchestra is one of the best big band ensembles in southeast Queensland and will have you jiving your way through Sunday afternoon as they perform favourite big band tunes from the 1920s to the present. The repertoire includes works by Ellington and Morton, and performances

of the music of the great bands and their arrangers, such as Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Thad Jones and Neal Hefti. It also has some of today’s masters, such as John Clayton and Gordon Goodwin. Gather your friends, put on your dancing shoes and head to RPAC. Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland. Sunday, October 31, 2pm5pm. Tickets $30. Bookings call RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit



SANDGATE and District Museum will be hosting mornings with devonshire tea served with ample amounts of free history on the last Thursday of each month at 10am. The next is on October 28, when local historians will address topics on residences, identities, businesses and the lifestyle of Sandgate’s bygone era. There will be plenty of time to chat and share information and ask questions. Bookings essential as numbers limited. Cost is $10. Phone the museum on Wednesday or Sunday 3869 2283, or leave a message. Email info@

WALK for a cause to support Kidney Health Australia’s Red Socks Appeal or Queensland Mental Health Week’s 11th annual Walk for Awareness. Register for the Red Socks personal challenge and buy a pair of Red Socks to wear during October to support vital kidney support services. Walk For Awareness will commemorate the lives lost each day to mental health concerns. Red Socks Walk, October 10, 9am1pm, Eagle Farm Racecourse. Go to Walk for Awareness, October 10 from 7am, Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point. Go to Brisbane

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ELEMENTS MAKES A COVID STAND ELEMENTS Retirement Living director Chiou See Anderson is taking a stand against Covid and contractors who are unable to provide proof of having had at least one vaccination will not be able to deliver services. This month, the vaccination will be mandatory for residential aged care workers who want to continue to work, but those rules do not apply to those working in retirement villages. “Now, more than ever, we need to act for the greater good of the community and for those of us who operate in the retirement industry, it is doubly important,” she said. “We owe a duty of care to our residents and staff and while it is not mandatory for workers at retirement villages to have received the Covid vaccine, it is the least we can do to ensure our residents are protected.” Ms Anderson is calling on other retirement villages to follow the lead as while mandatory vaccines may not extend to communities such as their, it doesn’t mean residents are any less vulnerable. Elements staff volunteered to

Elements residents Clover and Ian Smythe with contractor Marc Melville, who was happy to be vaccinated. become fully vaccinated as soon as they could, and the majority of our residents have as well. “The only way we as an industry can beat this, and protect our residents, is to do everything we can to encourage those working and visiting our villages to be vaccinated,” she said. “Inevitably it appears we will need to have booster shots for Covid and I believe that health authorities should consider a program of delivering vaccines in retirement villages as they have in aged care homes.” Ms Anderson said she would encourage all retirement villages to implement a “no jab, no work policy” to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and residents within the community. Visit

DOWNSIZERS UPSIZE LIFESTYLE THE one undeniable fact about downsizing is that it almost always involves discarding some household possessions. Rather than viewing this as a loss, it can be seen as a gain – financially and emotionally. Make the most of Spring and start decluttering the family home. Many downsizers find the whole process to be therapeutic, with the sense of rejuvenation and renewal that comes with saying farewell to the old lifestyle

and welcoming a new one. To learn more about the benefits of downsizing, Ingenia Lifestyle is this month running a range of events to help understand downsizing options. Attend a decluttering seminar, learn about the benefits of lifestyle living or visit one of the Ingenia Lifestyle display villages to see home designs and community facilities. Call 1800 135 010 or visit

A PRIVATE conservation sanctuary has opened at over-50s lifestyle development Greenwood, Forest Glen. Making it easy for residents to connect with nature, and the intrinsic health benefits that come with it, has been an essential ingredient of the development’s overall activelifestyle and wellness focus. Described by Greenwood’s community manager John Warner as “our own enchanted forest”, the 5ha natural bushland sanctuary features an extensive trail network through the reserve. The easy-to-navigate bushland trails have extensive interpretive signage highlighting key botanical and historical features. A series of rest spots are positioned at key sections along the trail for residents and guests

to sit, relax and enjoy the bushland serenity. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of native flora and fauna, including the local forest giants, the flooded gum and stringybark. A spectacular palm grove lining the creek line is another popular feature. Residents of the Greenwood, Forest Glen community are invited and encouraged to take an active role in the protection

of the sanctuary and its enhancement. The development’s green credentials are also bolstered by extensive common garden facilities, including easy-toaccess beds for vegetables and herbs, a large orchard, and greenhouse and propagation facilities, available for use by all residents. Stage three of Greenwood, Forest Glen is now selling. Visit

RESIDENTS KEEP ACTIVE WITH WATER-BASED EXERCISE RESIDENTS of Compton Gardens Retirement Community in Aspley have been enjoying the benefits of weekly aqua aerobics classes for years. The classes are taken by qualified aqua aerobics instructor Donna Farrell, and are held every Friday morning between September and April. They are tailored to fitness levels and capabilities. Classes are in the village’s heated pool, which has been fully refurbished ready for summer. It is easily accessible with steps and a handrail, as well as a shallow end to suit everyone’s needs. Mrs Farrell said residents could be confident of achieving more in a heated pool without the risk of injury.

“The combination of water and heat provides more flexibility and much less pressure on the joints,” she said. “I have also recently introduced a session on falls prevention which involves residents stepping over imaginary logs, lifting their legs and feet, all the while they keep moving.” Aqua aerobics is a popular form of exercise for over 60s because of its low impact. Benefits include cardio fitness, lower blood pressure, weight control and balance. “But most importantly, it’s fun,” Mrs Farrell said. “There is a lot of talking and laughing during the classes, which is just as important as the physical benefits.” Not one to sit still, Mrs

Farrell also teaches a weekly “active aged” class at the village, which involves weights and balance training and a seated exercise class for less mobile residents. Visit or call 3263 2788.

YOU ARE INVITED RSVP now to our online Seeing Eye Dogs puppy caring Q&A session. Join us online and meet our local team members, puppy development trainer Tracey and instructor Brendan, who will be available to chat about all things puppy caring and answer any questions you may have. We have 30 pups needing homes by October 30. Seeing Eye Dogs are currently accepting applications in the Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane. We would love to meet you.

Online session via Zoom: Date: Time:

Wednesday October 6, 2021 10.00am - 10.30am

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“We have really enjoyed the program and to be honest it has had some unexpected benefits - going out with our puppy every day is really good exercise. I’ve been losing weight!” Bruce talking about his Seeing Eye Dogs puppy-in-training Misty Two Seeing Eye Dogs pups-in-training Brisbane

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Be part of the Coast’s most inspired over-50s community. The revolutionary, nature-inspired over-50s community of Greenwood Forest Glen, has proven very popular with those looking for a convenient, low-maintenance lifestyle in harmony with nature. So popular, in fact, that all homes in stages 1 and 2 are now sold. The good news is that Stage 3 is now selling. It’s your opportunity to be part of this very special active-lifestyle community. Just some of the features praised by previous Greenwood buyers include: • Club Eden. Residents’ exclusive $6 million community fitness and social hub, including a 25m pool, gym, tennis court, bowling green, library, events centre and bar, arts and crafts centre, movie theatre and more. • Private forest reserve. Five-hectares of protected natural rainforest and walking trails. • Shared growing spaces. Grow your own with over 2,400m2 of vegetable plots and orchard space. • True convenience. Just across the road from Forest Glen Village Centre, cafes, health and community facilities. Right now, Stage 3 buyers can choose from one of three home upgrade packages, plus receive a bonus $1,000 Bunnings gift card.

Visit our sales display open Mon to Fri 9.30am to 4pm. Sat 10am to 3pm. 16 Grammar School Way Forest Glen.

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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time New Outback experience welcomes intrepid travellers

Soak in the hot springs at Queensland’s newest tourist destination.


n the heart of Queensland’s untouched Gulf Savannah, between Mount Surprise and Georgetown, is a magical landscape alive with culture, nature, history and natural beauty. It’s home to the state’s newest tourist attraction – the Talaroo Hot Springs experience, which combines the culture and hospitality of Ewamian people with a globally significant and one of North Queensland’s most important geological wonders. On the Savannah Way – the epic 3700km road trip from Cairns to Broome – it’s about 4.5 hours from Cairns on roads that are accessible to 2WD vehicles, trailers and caravans, although the final 10km from the Gulf Development Road (Savannah Way) to Talaroo is unsealed. There’s a caravan park and campground just 200m from the Einasleigh River and a stone’s throw from the spectacular hot springs. Visitors can join an exclusive guided tour, experience the

healing waters of the hot springs and take a walk to the river, and are encouraged to make the most of “Talaroo time” by connecting with Ewamian traditional owners. Ewamian Elder and cultural advisor for Talaroo’s tours and experiences, Jimmy “JR” Richards, is passionate about sharing his culture and knowledge with visitors and has a unique connection to his country. In his youth, he worked as a stockman at Talaroo Station and went on to become the first indigenous tour guide at the Undara Experience before developing some of Queensland’s most important indigenous ranger programs, including Talaroo. His wealth of knowledge and deep cultural insights have shaped the Savannah guides training program and he is inspiring a team of new guides to share Talaroo’s stories with visitors. “Every part of our country

tells a piece of our story,” JR says. “From the plants we’ve used for thousands of years to the history and culture of our people and the future we’re building right here. “It’s an incredible evolving journey that mirrors the constantly changing springs at the heart of our land.” The Hot Springs Discovery Tour takes visitors to the heart of Talaroo – the ancient and breathtaking hot springs. Expert guides share the secrets of this unique geological wonder, Talaroo’s fascinating history and the connection Ewamian people have had with their country for thousands of years. Tours are 90 minutes and include the hot springs boardwalk and a soak in the springs bathing pool. Tours depart regularly throughout the day from 8am to 4pm subject to demand, and visitors can check availability and times online. Visitors can also immerse in the geothermal waters and experience the traditional healing and tranquillity of Talaroo’s blissful private soaking pools, the ultimate in Outback relaxation.

New camping facilities are only 200m from the Einasleigh River. Join the Ewamian people around the firepit at the free Yarning Circle each evening – a chance to learn more about the people and the country and swap traveller’s tales around dancing flames. There are also self-guided activities. Pick up a map at reception and take a walk. There are hundreds of wildlife species recorded at Talaroo, including more than 200 bird species plus wallabies, wallaroos, frogs and turtles. The caravan park and campground has 16 powered and 14 unpowered sites around a clean and modern camp kitchen, new amenities block, reception, gift shop and small kiosk.

Ewamian elder JR gives visitors a guided tour on the Talaroo boardwalk.

Creating a new tourism business at Talaroo has been a long-held dream of the Ewamian people. Talaroo Station, a 31,500ha property on the Einasleigh River, was purchased on behalf of Ewamian people in 2012 through the National Reserve System and since then has been managed by Ewamian Rangers as an Indigenous Protected Area and Nature Refuge. “It is truly moving to see our vision coming to life,” Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation general manager Sharon Prior said. EAC chairman Ken Georgetown discovered in his late teens that his grandfather had been taken away from Georgetown. This inspired him to join with Elders to seek a base for all Ewamian people to get back to their homelands. “Every time I return, I see the strength and determination of our people slowly transforming Talaroo into a sustainable future that has great potential not just for Ewamian people but for a deep reconciliation between all people, culture and place,” he said. Visit



Saturday 13 November 2021: Eumundi Markets...............................................................................$36 Saturday 20 November 2021: Sirromet Wines ..................................................................................$137* Saturday 4 December 2021: Christmas Lunch Kawana Surf Club ..................................................$125**



Tuesday 14 Dec. 2021: The Australian Army Band Christmas Show - Redcliffe Ent. Centre ..........$65 Sunday 23 January 2022: Brisbane to Gold Coast Cruise ‘Cruise & Coach’...................................$165* Saturday 12 February 2022: Love is in the Air – Secrets on the Lake Montville..............................$106*


Single Supplements: 5 Charleville $296 Christmas Getaway $180, Kingaroy $125,

Day Tours – * Includes Lunch ** Lunch & Live Entertainment. Extended holidays include return home transfers (Brisbane Metropolitan Area). Itineraries and prices quoted are subject to change.


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DAYDREAM AT ISLAND RESORT Head north to a tropical paradise. CATHY DREW explains why Daydream Island is one of the best-loved island resorts in the Whitsundays. Daydream Island is ideally located in the heart of the Whitsunday Islands and forms part of the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. The resort closed after Cyclone Debbie hit in 2017, but has since undergone a $140 million redevelopment to reopen in 2019. It has 277 rooms which have been completely refreshed, all stocked with Australian-made eco-friendly amenities, complimentary WiFi, bar fridge, air conditioning, selection of free movies and a range of TV channels. The Inkstone Kitchen and Bar is a modern Australian restaurant offering steak and seafood. Infinity is a new Asian-fusion restaurant while Graze is a modern buffet restaurant. The swim-up bar remains, as well as a Barefoot Bar, the burger shack with shakes and Tonic gin bar with a tapas menu. The pool has been revitalised and sweeps through the tropical gardens across the resort, with bridges and a dedicated adults only area. The Living Reef is a freeform coral lagoon, wrapping 200m around the main resort building and has an underwater observatory. With more than 1.5million litres of filtered seawater, it is home to more than 100 species of marine fish, 80

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species of coral, and a variety of invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs. Activities include walking around the island – it’s 1km long and 400m at its widest point – circumnavigating it on a kayak, stand-up paddleboarding (hire), snorkelling near the beach and tennis. Movies are screened at night at the modernised outdoor cinema. If you want to explore further afield, check out some of the other 73 islands in the Whitsundays. Take a day trip to Whitehaven Beach, or the outer reef. The best way to get there is by flying into the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island, then taking a 30-minute ferry transfer to Daydream. Cathy Drew is a consultant at Inspiration 4 Travel. Call 0409 773 199 or visit

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Model of The Bounty in Bounty Square at Burnt Pine

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RETURNS AT HOME IT’S a dream to think about packing and travelling offshore – but it’s guaranteed to come true next year. You won’t need a passport or a visa, and while you’ll be flying out of the international terminal you will be a domestic traveller – that’s the magic of Norfolk Island, an Australian territory in the Pacific 1500km east of Brisbane. A short flight of just over two hours will bring you to a new world of natural beauty, history and culture. Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel has carefully planned an eight-day tour for next February that has a Norfolk adventure covered, from steep ocean clifftops and patches of sub-tropical

rainforest to convict ruins and the famous Norfolk Pines. “This is a fully escorted tour that allows you to get offshore and travel overseas again, but at the same time feel safe and secure on Australian territory,” he says. The Paradise Hotel and Resort in the township of Burnt Pine is the perfect base to discover all there is to know about Norfolk, from the historic St Barnabas Chapel built from the ruins of the New Gaol, to the Pitcairn Settlers Village. There’s a glass-bottom boat to see the reef and coral gardens, local farms tours, and mouth-watering dining experiences, including an Island Fish Feast on the clifftop overlooking Anson Bay.

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You’ll meet the locals who can answer all your questions about the island’s rich culture and contemporary life – how is petrol and gas brought to the island? How is it powered? “This will be a trip that makes sure you don’t miss a thing on Norfolk,” Paul says. For a short escape, he suggests seven days in the Carnarvon region next March or May. After a scenic drive to Roma via Chinchilla, it’s easy cruising around “big sky” country. Retired farmers and graziers lead a tour of the Roma Saleyard, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Get to know Roma before heading off to Injune and on to the beautiful Wallaroo Outback Retreat for four nights. For a quick getaway, four days in the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park while staying at the award-winning O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland is a luxury break on offer next March and June. Gourmet dining, wine tasting at the Canungra Valley vineyards, early morning birdwalks, a visit to the glow worm caves and the famous treetop walk are all on the menu. Rainforest, wildlife in their natural habitat, remote sunset drinks, campfires and a 4WD Billy Tea history tour are all part of the program. Full details and a list of upcoming tours are on the CT Travel website. Visit

9 days departing 16th January, 2022 Include Seaworld Nara Resort, Australian Outback Spectacular, Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck, Sirromet Winery, Canungra Valley Vineyards, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and an incredible day flight over ‘The Great White Continent’ onboard the Qantas Dreamliner.

Departing 19th April, 2022 for 17 days Brisbane to Brisbane including Biloela, Emerald, Longreach, Winton, Eromanga, Cunnamulla, Charlotte Plains, Charleville, Roma and more.

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BOOK REVIEW MARY BARBER Ben Lawson has written a homage to our beautiful land. The book is about the megafires of the 2019-20 summer and the devastation they left. It is a plea to politicians to take care of our country, to protect our wildlife and stop mining and burning coal. It is an easy read. It flows well from the first page to the last. The book is beautifully illustrated by Bruce Whatley.

BILL MCCARTHY A little treasure of a book. Ben Lawson tugs at our heart strings with his reminiscences of growing up and life in Australia, before taking the plunge and travelling overseas to live and work. The bushfires of 2019 came as a shock and wakeup call. Especially the heroic efforts of the firefighters and the impact on the victims balanced against the poor response of our government to the threat of global warming. It was stroke of genius to match his heartfelt words with the wonderful illustrations of Bruce Whatley. These cleverly highlight the emotions in Ben’s text. Whatever your attitude to the causes of global warming, you cannot help but sympathise with this young author.

BOOK review SUZI HIRST This is the most charming book and I feel every home should have it. The nostalgia felt by Ben Lawson on leaving Australia behind him is so real and I feel exactly the same when I think of my beloved Rhodesia. The illustrations by Bruce Whatley are beautiful. This book is a two-minute read but a two-hour book to ponder and bring back old memories. Leave it on your coffee table or your desk and pick it up every so often and smile. Read it to the kids at bedtime, send it to family spread out all over the world because … all royalties from sales are donated to the Koala Hospital. 10/10



Actor Ben Lawson was preparing for another Christmas away from home when the Black Summer bushfires began to burn their way across Australia’s eastern coast. As the bushfires continued to rage into the new year on an unprecedented scale, Ben, feeling angry, helpless and broken-hearted as he watched the devastation from across the ocean, sat down and put his feelings into words. To My Country is an ode to the endurance of the Australian spirit and the shared love of our country. The 41-year-old former Neighbours star is from Brisbane and is now working in the US. Proceeds of To My Country are being donated to The Koala Hospital.

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT This book was a challenge to review as it is an illustrated ode to the Australian spirit, especially the firefighters who were tested more than ever by the bushfires of January 2020. I found the illustrations by Bruce Whatley far more engaging than the verse, giving the story real life and meaning. Other commentary praises the public reading of the poem by the author, and I suspect that would be a better way to understand his description of the way Australians living overseas feel about their country and the things they miss while away. Nothing outstanding in the verse and only a very short read.

This book is an illustrated long poem by an expat Aussie actor written in the style of traditional Aussie bush poets. I wonder if he’s related to Henry Lawson? Themes of love of country, homesickness and anger about lack of action on climate change were triggered by the devastating 2019-20 Australian bushfires resulting in the death of billions of native flora and fauna. Bruce Whateley’s lyric-matching warm and fuzzy iPad electronic Procreate artwork helps enhance the author’s simple and sentimental verse. Best thing about this book is that the royalties will provide a few bob for the Koala Hospital. All the sentiments expressed in this poem have already been extensively and well covered by Australian print and visual media. Average work 6/10

JO BOURKE This is not a book for the bookshelf! This is not a book to read once and discard! This is a book for the coffee table, a conversation starter and one to re-read when we need to be reminded of the spirit of Australia. Bruce Whatley’s unique illustrations are perfectly in tune with the poetry of Ben Lawson. Heat seems to rise from the double-page spreads of the all-consuming bush fires. I took six minutes to listen to Ben reading the poetry (YouTube) while I followed the words, with Bruce’s illustrations in front of me, page by page. Worth doing. This is book is already a treasure for me. I intend to save a few more koalas by purchasing To My Country for my expatriate children, Annie in USA and Pete in Canada, to make them more homesick than ever.

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