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f there’s one good thing to have come out of this crazy year, it’s the potential for Christmas to be more meaningful; a quieter and less commercial celebration. After a year of lockdowns, border restrictions, cancelled holidays and community health fears, it represents the chance to get together and rediscover the value of family. As a generation, we are fortunate to have come this far without having to face real misfortune — no world wars, no queues for food and, for the most part, plenty of opportunities to pursue what we want out of life. And so Christmas rolls around again, a time we have seen blow out from seasonal treats of cream biscuits, fizzy drinks and a leg of ham, to ever

Contents more extravagant gifts and bigger and brighter decorations. Year on year, it has become harder to make Christmas special but Covid and its impact on household budgets could change all that. For families separated by borders and cancelled flights, hugs from a grandchild will be special. Children who have been unable to get home will be welcomed to the table to celebrate making it through the year. Tinsel, baubles and beribboned gifts can take a backseat to fellowship and friendship. Julie Lake takes a look at what we can expect this Christmas, but however it turns out, hopefully it will be a time of peace and goodwill. The team at Your Time wishes readers a happy, healthy and safe Christmas season. We look forward to bringing you more news and views for our generation in 2021. Meantime, you can keep up with all the news from everywhere for free at sunshinecoastnews.com.au It’s everything the Sunshine Coast has been waiting for — our own real news site, and no paywall. Read all about it on Page 31. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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How Covid (nearly) stole Christmas The Covid pandemic brought a whole new set of rules to life in 2020, but after a year of lockdowns and limited socialising JULIE LAKE is confident that for all but the Grinchiest, Santa Claus is still coming to town.


f you were dreaming of a white Christmas this year, you’ll be disappointed because trips to snowy northern climes are on hold, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate the festive season in south-east Queensland. Traditionalists will be glad to know that the churches are still planning a busy Christmas program in compliance with government requirements for appropriate indoor social distancing. The popular St Stephen’s Cathedral sound and light show in Brisbane is delighting after-dark visitors from now

until Christmas Eve and other churches are making similarly imaginative efforts to bring some joy to their many parishioners who have had a tough year. For example, the Goodlife Community Church based in Buderim is planning a Christmas Day waterside BYO picnic lunch, open to everyone, at nearby Cotton Tree (though, please note, there is no wet weather option). Those who like to share the Christmas story with their grandchildren will find plenty of child-friendly activities close to home, from carol singing to nativity

scenes. Those unable or unwilling to attend services can tune in online. Churches everywhere are, however, advising people to keep checking for updates to Christmas services and programs, due to the unpredictability of the Covid situation. This is particularly important for those whose churchgoing is confined to Christmas and Easter and who won’t be getting this information in their parish news updates. The information is readily available online for Sunshine Coasters.

The site weekendnotes.com/quickguide-christmas-church-servicessunshine-coast is a good guide to church and other events, and includes Covid updates. It appears that for the average Your Time reader Christmas 2020 is not going to be strikingly different from those of previous years. “This shows how lucky we are,” says retired school bus driver Daphne Pilger, who had intended to visit her daughter in Tasmania in December, but is now planning a Christmas Day gathering of other family members at her newlyrenovated home. “I think the feeling is ‘stay close to home, keep safe, enjoy what you’ve got’,”Daphne says. She adds that in our region what we’ve got is great beaches, warm weather, big backyards and lots of lovely countryside in which to take day trips and picnics. Indeed, almost everyone interviewed mentioned the beach as the focus of their Christmas activities this year. However, there are a couple of differences about Christmas 2020. For one thing, significant numbers have chosen to buy gifts online rather than risk crowded stores, and this includes the traditional Boxing Day sales, known electronically as Cyber Boxing Day. Other online “click” sales have already dominated November’s Christmas shopping sprees. To meet this demand, suppliers have had to gear up their delivery procedures and take on extra staff. Australia Post also hired thousands of extra workers to help them handle the


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bigger-than-usual number of parcels and mail being sent interstate and overseas to families separated by travel restrictions. Executive general manager of business Gary Starr says it has been the busiest festive season ever for the organisation. According to Queensland University of Technology marketing professor Gary Mortimer, the trend is here to stay, with the consistently-growing online retail sales figure doubling this year. Another difference is that for the first time in decades, Queenslanders have first dibs on holiday accommodation. Victorians and others from south of the border who usually book up the beachside units, holiday homes and

“This year of Covid just may set the course for more restrained celebrations in the future.� campsites are not coming. Even those who are allowed to travel here are reluctant to risk it in case of a sudden Covid outbreak ramping up restrictions, as happened to South Australia last month. And locals have been quick to grasp the opportunity, with accommodation owners reporting healthy bookings by people from around the state, according to Visit Sunshine Coast’s interim CEO Craig Davison. The organisation has been encouraging Queenslanders to holiday in their own regional backyard through

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The Goodlife Community Church based in Buderim is planning a Christmas Day waterside BYO picnic lunch, open to everyone, at beautiful Cotton Tree, Maroochydore

strategically-targeted marketing campaigns. Michael Harper of Luxury Afloat in Noosa says bookings for his houseboats are slightly down this year and tend to be shorter in duration, but regardless, he is still largely booked out for Christmas and New Year and expects to fill remaining vacancies before Christmas. His bookings are all from Queensland, mainly Brisbane, inland and up to Hervey Bay. In fact, he is not taking interstate bookings at all right now because a Covid outbreak could see him having to pay refunds and risk losing viable Queensland business. South of Brisbane, hot air balloon operator Greg Daven says business is definitely different this year without international visitors who tend to go for the lifetime adventure market. He is also finding that some of the approximately four million people of south-east Queensland are prepared to take up some of the adventure tourism slack this

Christmas. Last-minute bookings are still available. While young families are prepared to risk going away — some places are promising refunds if Covid returns — many older people are cautiously opting to stay home. Or else are not going far ‌ for example 60-something realtor Nicola P. and her family –husband, son and grandchildren – plan to holiday in the Noosaville unit where they have spent Christmas for the past 15 years with one major difference this year – no presents. “My daughter-in-law was laid off her job in events management and my son, a pilot, has also been out of work for months, finding driving jobs where he can,â€? Nicola says. “My student granddaughter can’t find the usual holiday season retail job, so we are pooling our resources for a bang-up Chrissie dinner and that’s it!â€? If Christmas 2020 is proving to be largely business as usual for most

south-east Queenslanders, New Year’s Eve is likely to be much more subdued. Restaurants and clubs are reporting good bookings but for many it’s a case of minimising risk. Brenda Clemm says in her younger days she always enjoyed seeing in the New Year with a drink and a song but, “since we retired we don’t go to big parties any more; we just get together with a few friends, go out to dinner, then watch the fireworks on TV. “This year we’re not even doing that because it seems prudent to stay away from places where people are kissing and hugging and singing,� she says. “Instead, my partner and I are going to celebrate New Year’s Day, which when you come to think of it makes more sense. We’ll avoid the beach crowds and find somewhere quiet in the country to have a family picnic and celebrate how lucky we are to live in Queensland.� The times they are a changin’ and this year of Covid just may set the course for more restrained celebrations in future. The commercialism that has been steadily increasing year-on-year for decades has been pulled up. “I hope this year’s more subdued celebrations will remind people of the true spirit of Christmas – caring and sharing, peace and goodwill, not just an excuse for a party and extravagant presents,� was a sentiment commonly expressed. In fact, doing it differently has become something of a challenge for those not haunted by the ghost of Christmas past, such as the couple who have booked a balloon flight complete with champagne and hamper as a present to each other. It gives a whole new meaning to Ding, Dong Merrily on High! Merry Christmas everyone, and a happy New Year.

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LETTERS I READ Cherrell Picton’s letter (YT Oct) and wondered for just one moment whether I had actually written it myself. I applied the morning after the grant announcement was made and was told to go via Maroochy Home Assist which I did. I was asked to email a scan of the back and front of my pension card and send it to them plus a short summary of our problem which came under the risk to health and safety part of the criteria. I received a call from Maroochy Home Assist to inform me that, as it was a bathroom, we would not be considered because it would cost $10,000 or more. I then started on a journey with the Department of Housing to try to establish whether, should you have a quote already (which I did for $4850), would I still be able to apply for a grant. Here was a question that nobody could answer. From there the story is almost identical to Cherrell Picton’s. I have spent a considerable amount of time over many months trying to find someone to fix our problem which is an accident waiting to happen to any aged person but especially to my husband who is very unsteady on his feet. I decided to see if I could track down some transparency on the grants so went to Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works and searched “Recipients of $5000 grants for seniors’

home improvements” and it popped up at the top of the page: Results 1-10. I couldn’t see any list and moved to page 2 and results 11-20 and then page 3 and 4. Mystified I rang the department and asked how to open the document and was told there was no such document. I decided it should have come up in the annual report so waded through 130 pages of “very interesting” information about the department but no list of grant recipients. I agree with Cherrell that there are possibly thousands of very unhappy Queensland seniors and I am one of them. Carol Burls WHEN I had my annual bowel scan the results indicated I needed to have a colonscopy. I had heard stories about this and thank Cheryl Lockwood for her account of her experience (YT October). I began by asking what other options I had and said that I was quite prepared to put it in writing and sign that I had been advised to have a colonscopy and refused. To the lady’s credit she accepted this and did indeed ask me to sign to that effect. Doctors and medical professionals are in an invidious position in these days of litigation. Still, I hope my story will encourage elderly persons not to be intimidated into accepting treatment they have reservations about. Val Wigzell

CHRISTMAS CAKES KEEP GIVING HANKERING for a decent Christmas cake or pud without having to cook it yourself? Mooloolaba Lions Club will look after it all for you. Lions Christmas Cakes are $13 for a 1kg cake, $17 for a 1.5kg cake and $13 for a 900g pudding. Purchase online for free delivery in the Mooloolaba, Mountain Creek, Maroochydore, Bli Bli, Brightwater, Sippy Downs local areas. To order email xmascakesmooloolabalions@gmail.com and be sure to include your contact and delivery details, or call 0403 905 076. Alternatively call in at the Blue Market Van at the popular Fisherman’s Road Sunday Market. Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings are an important fundraising project that enables Mooloolaba and other clubs to support local communities.

IN THE GARDEN — with Penny I LOVE this time of the year with so much colour in the garden. The jacarandas are such good value with their various shades of mauve and purple, and a white form, as they provide welcome shade for both plants and people. Plant some hollyhocks for height, with double and single flowers in shades of red, pink and white. Also in flower are paper daisies, statice, sunflowers, anthuriums and pentas. It’s time to purchase some of the gorgeous desert roses. Prune any plants that are scraggly, fertilise and mulch, and pop a few annuals in for Christmas flowering. Keep the vegetable garden happy with fertiliser and water for all summer salads Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all gardeners.

AND THE WINNERS ARE … Thank you for the many entries received for our November competitions. The winner of the prize pack of three Harlequin Books is Helen Harris of Sippy Downs. A pack of three books by popular Australian authors is in the post from Harlequin Books. Winners of double passes to see the comedy-drama Misbehaviour, in cinemas from November 26, are Lyn Peck of Parrearra, Gregory Price of Meridan Plains, Barbara Richards of Maroochydore, Lyn Donald of Towen Mountain and Robyn Humphries of Boreen Point. Passes are valid for most cinemas and are in the mail.



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by Mocco Wollert

ONCE upon a time, a long, long time ago in 1970, I sat down, as usual, to write my Christmas cards, working down the list of relatives and friends. When I finished, I counted 35 cards. I was heartily sick of writing the same message over and over to everyone.

Then, a friend changed all that. When I opened her card to me, it contained just a single piece of paper – no card. Her letter was full of news and Christmas wishes. I could see that she had photocopied the page but at the bottom were a few personal words for me in her own handwriting. There was my answer! Write it once and then copy it 35 times or more, depending on the list of friends. In those days it was a bit of a task to find a photocopier, but a friendly newsagency owner came to the rescue. And so it was, that in December 1971, I sent out my first Christmas letters rather than cards. It was sheer bliss to ramble on, tell happenings in detail and finish off with some loving and personal greetings. I wondered, how my Christmas letter would be received. The reaction was certainly not unanimous. Quite a few objected to the impersonal letter, and not a hand-written card. Weren’t they worth the effort to be written to individually? However, as the years passed, most of my friends all started to write Christmas letters. I started off with one page but, of course, I had a lot to tell so the number of pages grew. With modern technology, I managed to insert photos, relevant to my stories. I must confess that sometimes I went

overboard, like the year when my Christmas letter was 12 A4 pages long. Well, we had been travelling a fair bit that year. I guess my letter had become a travelogue as well. Writing proper letters was something my generation was taught. If a gift was received, a thank-you note had to be sent. Birthday greetings to relatives had to be written by hand and finely crafted. It was a chore none of us liked. I disregard all this training when writing my Christmas letters. I still like to compose a decent letter but on the whole, I write straight from the heart as if I were talking to this person. It makes writing – and doing it only once – an enjoyable task, fun and no longer a chore. Apart from saving me a lot of time, I realised recently, that my Christmas letters had become a chronicle of our family life from 1971 onwards. A question came up in conversation about what had happened in 1993. Nobody could remember. Neither could I. Then a light came on. I went to my folder of Christmas letters and found 1993. And there it was, all the things that had happened, in black and white, bringing the year back to life. May you receive many Christmas cards and at least one long Christmas letter.


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Fulfilled life comes straight from the art Age is simply a changing palette in what has been a fascinating and colourful life journey for these acclaimed artists, writes GLENIS GREEN.


artners for 30 years, Rex Backhaus-Smith and Judith Laws are still helping each other grow and change even as their amazing works of art do, and there is certainly no sign of slowing down as the years pass. In fact, they are both more prolific than ever – planning new works and exhibitions as well as more of the travel adventures, once the Covid-19 pandemic calms down. They have now downsized – well, sort of – to a retirement villa. They compromised with a four-bedroom residence so they could each have an art studio. Somehow Rex also managed to snaffle the double garage for his enormous acrylic and mixed media works, as well as the upstairs bedroom for his watercolours. Judith has her colourful studio in one of the downstairs bedrooms. Studios aside, their home is really one big work of art with paintings they have given each other for special occasions on the walls along with the many sculptures and other craftwork they have created. Even the bird bath has been delicately covered in mosaic by Judith

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Frank Hodgkinson, Rex also has been to England to study William Turner. “I was fairly traditional, but not anymore,” he says. “I did steam trains and old buildings. I was fascinated by light.” At one point he was also running 100 watercolour painting schools including sessions on ancient architecture all around Australia and while he still has a soft spot for watercolour, he now enjoys painting large dramatic acrylics on canvas, usually featuring his signature Australian native birds. Judith says her works are nowhere as big as Rex’s but still usually range up to 150cm square. They both take to the countryside and sketch and take photos, which are only a record of the area – they never paint from the photographs. Generally, they both work every way and both have also published books. Rex is still working on his now 30-year project – an art book featuring the Greek Islands. They have travelled extensively around the world, sketching and painting as they go and also have an affinity for Australia’s Outback. When not painting, they love to go out for coffee and make the most of

their retirement village’s facilities with gym and aqua aerobics. Not many people realise Rex started his career as a primary school teacher, where he began teaching art. While he has no formal training, he did complete a course of applied art at a school in Brisbane. He resigned from teaching in 1976 to take up painting full time, admitting he was “very brave” but when his first exhibition sold out he realised this was his new life and admitted “they were heady days”. Since then, he’s been selling about 100 works a year. He also admits to being rather attached to those first works and even resented selling some pieces. “But I soon got used to it,” he says. He still gets feedback from buyers and former students. In fact, during a visit to GOMA, they were approached by a young man who said “Mr Smith, you taught me art – it was because of you I became an architect.” It turned out that the young man and his wife were the GOMA architects Kerry and Lindsay Clare. “We’ve had a carefree life for 30 years,” Rex says, while Judith adds: “When you’re doing stuff you love it makes a big difference.”

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Coastal road unites outposts as the Sunshine Coast Today we travel the Nicklin Way and David Low Way complaining about congestion, but there was a time when a through road along the coast was just a dream, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH.


hen the coast was still known as the North Coast or Near North Coast in the 1960s, planners talked of a coastal road that could link Caloundra and Noosa. In the ’50s, many roads were gravel or just narrow strips of bitumen. Access to Caloundra was by a single road running in and out from Landsborough. Likewise, Maroochydore, was accessed from Nambour. A narrow road wound through scrub. Coolum access was from Yandina and the road was often partly under water crossing the big swamp. A mail boat service delivered visitors from Yandina to Coolum, while visitors for Maroochydore could take a tram to Cedar Tree, about two miles out of Nambour, and then catch the boat onwards. Noosa was connected to Eumundi and Cooroy by narrow and winding roads, akin to goat tracks. As early as 1948 the Near

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The official opening of the Mudjimba to Marcoola road section constructed by Suncoast Development Ltd on August 12, 1961, when the Maroochy Airport also opened. Picture: Sunshine Coast Council Heritage Library

North Coast and Mary Valley Council of Progress Associations agitated for a coastal highway which could open up thousands of acres of unused land for settlement. In 1954, they proposed an airport but roads and bridges were needed to access the site. These projects developed

together. July 13, 1959 marked the beginning of the coast road from north of Coolum to Sunshine Beach. The first sod was turned on the boundary of Noosa and Maroochy Shires. The road from Caloundra to Noosa was built in sections. Developer T.M. Burke Pty Ltd was to fund the northern section

and in return receive the leasehold of surrounding hundreds of acres while creating urban areas such as Peregian. Deals were done between councils and developers. Alfred Grant obtained the lease for the area we know as Kawana, a swampy area of wallum where tea tree, banksia and mangroves grew. Prior to this, the area had only a few sandy tracks with access by boat along the Mooloolah River. There were protests from environmentalists against the destruction of the landscape. Hinterland farmers considered their roads were more important than a coastal highway and also voiced objections. On June 5, 1965, Queensland Premier Frank Nicklin officially opened the Nicklin Way, from Caloundra to Mooloolaba, a distance of 12.5km. This was the first step heralding boom times ahead. Nicklin had been a Palmwoods pineapple farmer

and was elected to parliament in 1932. He served as premier from 1957 to 1968. One of his priorities was to see the coastal strip developed so it could bring population and employment. Nicklin’s fellow politician was David Low, the member for Cooroora from 1947 to 1974. He was also Maroochy Shire chairman from 1952 to 1967. His influence and enthusiasm sustained work on both the coast road and the Maroochy Airport. The David Low Bridge at Bli Bli opened in 1959 and assisted the sugar industry as well as providing a link in the coast road. The David Low Way extends for 36km to link Maroochydore to Noosa. The Nicklin Way and the David Low Way make up one coastal road. The alternative is the Sunshine Motorway which opened in 1990, as a toll road. Audienne Blyth is a member of the Nambour Historical Museum, open Wednesday to Saturday 1pm-4pm.

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ITH the year we’ve had, it’s not surprising we’re ready to get out of the house for some retail therapy to signify the end of a difficult year, but have you considered a subscription? Many of my clients have begun dipping their toe into the ocean of content available online and have found that once they start getting the hang of it, they don’t look back. Here are a few options to consider going into 2021. Streaming TV subscriptions (in no particular order) • STAN, the only home-grown Australian streaming service offers some fantastic classic and recent television series and movies starting from about $10 a month. • AMAZON PRIME VIDEO starts at about $6.99 a month and is one of the cheapest online subscriptions. It has a great range of movies and television series. • APPLE TV+ is the relatively new kid on the block. It is $7.99 a month and is developing content. There is a vast range of pay per view titles and a humble amount of new subscription content. • DISNEY+ is also new to the market but has a vast back catalogue and is great value at about $8.99 a month. It’s not just for kids!

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• NETFLIX is the staple for many households and although it is in the upper price bracket starting at $11 a month, it has an enormous catalogue. • KAYO offers live and on-demand sport and its price reflects this, starting at $25 a month. • Honourable mentions include Foxtel Now & YouTube Premium. • KANOPY is a free service available through the Sunshine Coast Council Library website. MUSIC STREAMING: The lion’s share of music streaming is with Spotify, with

more than 50 million songs. For the music buff, $11.99 is worth the starting price. If you’re looking for an alternative, iTunes has an enormous library to purchase an online copy, otherwise YouTube music is a great free option. BOOKS: There are many and varied online book subscriptions. Many choose Amazon Books for online purchases read on a smart pad. Those with impaired vision subscribe to Audible to listen to their favourite books. It starts at $16.95 a month. The Sunshine Coast Council Library offers various eBook and audio book services. All

you need is library membership. For me the value in these services is that they give access to so much more content than is available if you purchase a copy of one artist on CD or DVD. The cost of one CD or DVD equates to up to two months of an online streaming service. You do need the appropriate equipment to take advantage of these, but even if you don’t have a Smart TV, a small smart pad is all you need to get going. Many of these subscriptions offer a free trial period to explore content. If you’re a classical music buff you have hundreds of thousands of compositions to choose from, or if you love comedy romance movies, there are thousands to choose from. The days of buying a CD or DVD are slowly coming to a close but a world of much more varied and richer content is available at a relatively cost effective price and at the touch of a finger. As always, if you are not sure how to go about purchasing a subscription or need some help you can always contact us. We wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas and safe and fulfilling new year. Call 1300 682 817 or email nathan@ hometechassist.com.au

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LEEP is essential. As we sleep our brains lock in and organise the memories from the day. Cerebrospinal fluid does a major wash through the brain during the non-REM sleep cycle. It cleans out waste products such as potentially damaging betaamyloids that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Being deprived of sleep can lead to slower reaction times, poor decisionmaking and accidents. Yes, a good sound sleep is essential. What we don’t need though, is anxiety about what is “normal” sleep. Let’s examine a few myths. MYTH 1 – You need 8 hours of continuous sleep a night. There is much debate about exactly how long an older person needs to sleep to feel rested the next day. Some experts advocate eight hours as the standard. Others say anywhere between seven and nine hours is fine. As you age, sleep requirements can change, after all your body is changing. It makes less melatonin. This hormone is manufactured in the pineal gland and is released to help you sleep at night. According to Daniel Lieberman, academic and author of Exercised, the call for eight hours of sleep was adapted from a slogan for workers’ rights. In the 19th century, workers would shout “eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will!”. Research in the USA shows most adults sleep seven to 7.5 hours a night and do fine. Recent studies have looked at groups who do not live by the electric light and television programming. For instance, the American Amish people who shun electric light sleep 6.5 to seven hours and so do the farmers in Madagascar. Both these groups live active outdoor lives yet manage fine on less than eight hours of sleep.

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DO IT YOURSELF OPTION MYTH 2 – Being awake during the night damages your health. If we look at the human health over the centuries we can learn much. It was common to have two sleeps a night, called the first and second sleeps. There was an hour or two of wakefulness between them. In the space between the first and second sleep, people would stay in bed where it was warm, and rest, talk or have sex. They would also check on their animals or attend to other household tasks. Being awake was normal. It was not a cause for stress and did not lead to illness. While wandering around your house at 2am may not suit your spouse or other housemates, this historical evidence for two sleeps as a normal human pattern may help you feel better about wakefulness. This two sleeps pattern was the subject of a book by historian A. Roger

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Cheap and easy to handle without the bells and whistles The compact Ignis, now in its second iteration, adds to Suzuki’s reputation for reliable, value-for-money transport, writes BRUCE McMAHON


he little Ignis four or five-seater, five-door hatchback is a bit of a motoring throwback – in a good

way. The Ignis eschews a deal of today’s driver aids, places more onus on the driver to stay in the right lane, to not run into the car stopped ahead and to switch on the wipers when summer rains pour down. It is a city and suburbs car not overburdened with buzzers and bells and interfering, mollycoddling assistance systems. The newest Ignis isn’t that much different to the first version aside from a rework of the front grille for a little more macho style plus some extra body colours. So the basics remain a 3.7m long by 1.7m wide, front-wheel drive car powered by a 1.2 litre engine with 66kW of power at 6000rpm. The $18,990 GL model uses a five-speed manual transmission or a Constantly Variable Transmission while the GLX, from a driveaway $20,990, arrives with a CVT. The dearer GLX, a four-seater, sits on 16-inch alloy wheels while the GX is a five-seater on 15-inch steel wheels.

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he birth of Random Stories from The Monday Mob, which began early in 2018, was just such a step on an amazing journey that saw the beginning of a new community. Each of the writers who contributed to this book attended one of my ancestry writing presentations which were held at various libraries around the Sunshine Coast. They knew not what lay ahead – but came simply to learn how to write their family history. They left wanting more. It seems many of us are keen to write our family stories. What happened next was purely serendipitous. Those who chose Mondays at 1pm became the Monday Memoir Class. After completing the initial five-week course, they asked to continue. Despite diverse backgrounds and vastly different personalities, all shared the common bond of a love of writing and telling stories. There is something about reading your writing aloud and sharing with others that encourages you to dig deeper. You want to write more, and so the Fiction Class came into being as well. Instead of merely sticking to the facts of memoir, imagination was given free rein and the class blossomed. It even took

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CHRISTMAS spending is likely to drop this year, with householders set to cut back on gift purchases, social events and holidays. A survey of a nationally representative panel of 1013 Australians commissioned by financial information platform Money.com.au found that 39 per cent will spend less on Christmas gifts, 32 per cent will pay for December-January expenses on some form of credit and 31 per cent plan to dip into their savings to pay for Christmas. And nearly four in five households will spend less or completely forego Christmas expenses. The change in consumer behaviour is expected to have a significant knock-on effect on the retail sector. The local travel industry is also likely to suffer alongside cash-strapped households. Even with States open for regional travel and some borders open, 38 per cent of respondents will forego a holiday this summer, while 20 per cent will reduce their holiday budget. The findings also reveal 28 per cent of households will spend less on Christmas celebrations and Christmas lunches or dinners this year – and 10 per cent won’t have a Christmas celebration at all. Overall, 44 per cent of households will spend less on Christmas celebrations, food, gifts, and a summer getaway this year, compared with previous years. Purchasing gifts and other expenses for the December-January period can be a major financial stressor for households. The Money.com.au survey found that nearly a third of respondents are making financial sacrifices to be able to afford some holiday expenses. “With many households experiencing financial hardship this year – and with an uncertain economic recovery – it may be wise to cut back spending on Christmas and holiday expenses,” financial adviser Helen Baker said. “I encourage households to review their financial situation now to determine how much they can spend and to be conservative in spending.”


f you are having a busy Christmas, family or friends might be coming to stay or visit. It is easier to prepare for them if you have already removed the unfinished sewing from the spare bed and sorted the clothes that really should go to Vinnies from the spare wardrobe. Then there are the piles of books and magazines – the too good to throw away, the waiting to be mended/fixed, the might be useful, the adult children’s belongings and the things that adult children MIGHT want to have. If you are having a quiet Christmas, a decluttered home means you might be in a better space – not just in your home but also in your head – to participate in Christmas. You might get organised and make a toy to donate or you might bake, invite a friend or two for coffee and Christmas cake or wine and rum balls. Count me in for the latter. Busy or not, you may be the recipient of gifts. You will be able to be more gracious and enthusiastic if you are not imagining trying to shove the gift into your over-full cupboards as you offer your thanks. It is not easy to declutter. Do you say goodbye to that which has been in the family for a long time and holds memories, even though it is no longer useful or beautiful? How do you say goodbye to beautifully tailored clothes which you might fit into again one day? How do you decide to get rid of a duplicate piece of equipment when you suspect that as soon as you donate it your other one will stop working? How do you know what your children will want when they finally settle down or buy a house? Decluttering is a tiring job as each item seems to require a decision. For those readers who are feeling smug and uncluttered, let me give you a task. Look into each cupboard category – linen cupboard, plastic containers drawer,

gift wrapping box, elastic bands container (the ones on the bottom will have lost their stretch and recoil capacity!), the bookcase, the might-be-useful jar of nails, the tool box – and from each group remove and delete a minimum of one item. Remove three items if you believe you deserve your smugness as a hard line declutterer. I often quote Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Her bottom line for keeping an item is that it must give you a sense of joy. If not, sell it or give it away. Beware passing on your now unwanted items to others. They may not value them as you expect or desire. Giving to your children is also fraught. Make sure that each child is given the same opportunity to make a claim on that which you are offering. Also make sure that your children do not feel they must take what you are offering in order to make you feel better. It is something of a phenomenon that when people retire or move house – often to downsize – a major clearing out of possessions occurs.

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BILL MCCARTHY This is the second book by Australian screenwriter Christian White. The action is set on an island somewhere between Long Island USA and Phillip Island Victoria. It annoyed me that some of the terminology was not Australian. The widow, Kate, discovers that her husband has left his employ, is now dead and potentially murdered on the island. Her attempts to unravel this mystery occupy the main part of the story. The other part involves the islanders Ray and Abby who are struggling financially. Abby worries about her husband’s activities while like most mothers is concerned about her children’s behavior. The plot follows fairly conventional lines until the amazing twist. This is the piece de resistance of the novel and may leave you scratching your head for a few minutes. All together it’s a good read and this novel should meet with the same success as the first.

MARY BARBER This was an interesting thriller set on a small island off the coast of Victoria. The two central characters, the wife and the widow, take a chapter each in turn. The chapters are short and end with a threat or a promised revelation. This kept me turning the pages at first, but it became overdone and tiresome as the plot thickened. The character who changed the most was Kate, the widow. She tackled challenges that she had not dreamt of before her husband’s murder. Late in the book the timelines and characters seem to get muddled. If this was a planned device, it didn’t work. It was confusing and distracting. I can rate this novel only as a 3-star read.

TONY HARRINGTON SUZI HIRST This is a quick, easy read and has a twist that I did not see coming. The book is written in alternating chapters of the wife and the widow. The story is effortlessly written and Christian White has very cleverly written the book by the intertwining of two stories and two timelines. It kept me turning the pages eager to know the storyline and although I kept thinking I knew what the outcome would be I was proved wrong a few times. I would add I much preferred his first book The Nowhere Child, but this is definitely a page turner. 7/10

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THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW by Christian White

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT The author of this book is an Australian and the setting is a fictional town off the coast of Victoria although you would not know that from his description of the island and its residents. Certainly I did not get that vibe. I enjoyed the writing style of Christian White but felt his character description and scene development could have been better. I am used to authors reverting from present to past to provide background and cultivate a twist to the plot. White has done this in a new and different way, although a little confusingly at times. Worth the time to read.

Set in an eerie island town in winter, this unsettling thriller is told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside when she’s forced to confront the evidence of her husband’s guilt. But nothing is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. This page-turning thriller by an Australian author takes readers to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

JO BOURKE This is the perfect book to read when one wants to switch off over a weekend or a long flight. The story moves along at a cracking pace with the author’s use of imagery cleverly introducing the characters, each with their idiosyncrasies and their contribution to the whole mystery. I enjoyed the contrasts in this story – from the prologue with the sinister intruder strangely recognised by the homeowner to the first chapter normality of waiting at the airport for a loved one to arrive. And there the normality ends as the many characters twist and turn to the conclusion that I did not see coming. This is Christian White’s second book after the huge success of The Nowhere Child. I look forward to following him as he adds to his bestsellers in the future.

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After an agonizingly slow start with the author taking more than 50 pages to set the scene I didn’t want to continue, but I did, and I’m sorry I did. I found the writing style too descriptive and the analogies a little odd. The characters were uninteresting and at times unrealistic. The setting and the story concept were good but this book certainly wasn’t a gripping thriller or page turner. The alternating chapter stories of each woman were cleverly woven and brought together in an over the top ending. The plot twist and timeline jumping didn’t work for me. It was hard to finish this novel. 3/10

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trigger for sleep apnea can be high levels of cortisol that elevate and shrink the hypoglossal nerve. This nerve goes straight to the nasal passages and when it shrinks, it shuts down the air, so you can’t breathe at night. It is usually okay during the night and is activated at night. The other issue is that your bladder causes you to wake up. If you wake up to go to the toilet during the night, you may have adrenal issues. Adrenal problems will have you continually going to urinate during the day and even the night. A lack of calcium from acid urine and consuming lots of acid foods will also deplete your calcium levels, as will high levels of cortisol. The sensation of calcium depletion makes it challenging getting to sleep because your brain won’t wind down. Your head is tired, but you can’t relax. Ideally, you would need to take calcium citrate or calcium lactate supplementation. When you have mental stress and think a lot, you deplete vitamin B1. This vitamin helps the nervous system counter stress.

If you take B1, be sure to consume it naturally in nutritional yeast form from the health food store or as a fat-soluble vitamin called Benfotiamine. The B vitamins are water-soluble, so they are depleted from your body as soon as you are stressed, injured, or unwell. It is also essential to keep in mind that when you take a particular vitamin such as B1, that you take the full spectrum of B Complex vitamins simultaneously. Taking only one vitamin, such as B1, will deplete all the other B vitamin. Consume them together to reduce the chance of co-factor depletion.

Vitamin B1 is fantastic for taking away the nervous, restless feeling when you are sleeping, and allows you to feel like you have more tolerance for stress. The next important issue is waking up and feeling refreshed every day. Do you wake up feeing grumpy, tired, or exhausted? When it’s dark and less light is shining into your eyes, the pineal gland, which turns serotonin into melatonin, is activated. Melatonin makes you feel tired. Taking melatonin supplements is not the long-term answer as it stops your

body from needing to produce melatonin, and it starts to make less. Ultimately, it is not going to be the perfect solution for sleep issues. Also, as you age, melatonin decreases, which causes poor sleep and immune function. It can also cause inflammation in your body. Any time between 9pm and 11 pm, depending on the time you wake each morning, is the optimal time to go to bed. You can enhance melatonin production before bed by: • Turning lights out before bed • Use a water filter in your drinking water to remove the fluoride which is a neurotoxin. • Reduce blue light exposure – television, computer, phone, and even clock radio • Keep your bedroom cool for sleeping • Avoid EMFs (electrical, magnetic frequencies) in or near your room as much as possible. The suggestions given in this article are by no means meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Consult your qualified natural medicine professional for further advice. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner, Nature’s Temple. Visit naturestemple.net

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AGEING WISELY TRIAL SEEKS PARTICIPANTS MANY older Australians are not getting the mental health support they need, but a new program from Macquarie University is offering a cost-effective approach online. About one in 20 Australians over the age of 65 have a diagnosable depressive or anxiety disorder, says Director of the Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing at Macquarie University Professor of Psychology Viviana Wuthrich. Depression is linked to suicide, and suicide rates in older men are four times that of women, and twice that of teenage males. “This is not an issue that we’re dealing with adequately as a society,” Prof Wuthrich said. “Older adults in Australia have the least access to mental health treatment of any age group.” To tackle this growing issue, she and her team have developed a novel online program called Ageing Wisely Online. It’s part of a stepped approach that encourages older people to follow self-directed treatment, by using either an online program or a work-at-home workbook over 10 weeks. Participants also have a 15-minute weekly phone consultation with a mental health clinician. Prof Wuthrich hopes to roll out Ageing Wisely Online across the country if the trial is

successful. Actor Noeline Brown, who voices one of the characters in the Ageing Wisely videos, says keeping friendships strong is important for good mental health. “You’ve got to tend your friends like a garden. Send an email. Phone people. It takes work – especially during Covid-19 when you can’t just go out and have a cup of coffee but it’s worth keeping those friendships going,” she said. Common triggers for depression in older people are often related to loss and change which lead to social isolation. Ageing Wisely Online addresses many of the barriers because participants take part in the privacy of their own home. They don’t have to travel to see a mental health clinician and also from a government perspective, it should be more costeffective. If the trial succeeds, she hopes to roll it out nationally. There are no costs for participating in the clinical trial which is co-funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and Beyond Blue. Participants can sign up at mq. edu.au and search for stepped care trial

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Lessons in value of exercise to be learnt from ancestors If you like finding a book in your Christmas stocking, TRISTAN HALL recommends a fascinating new read from a Harvard University researcher who specialises in studying human evolution and health.


XERCISED by Daniel Lieberman explains why it is so difficult for some of us to get started with exercise. He says we did not evolve to exercise. In traditional societies, our ancestors were active for a reason. They hunted, gathered food, built shelters and had sex. Being active was either necessary for survival, fun or both. Dancing was for fun, ceremony and storytelling. It was not considered exercise. Hunting and food gathering was generally done in groups or with at least one other person. The tedium of stalking game for hours or digging for tubers was alleviated by the company of other people. Energy was generally conserved for these necessary activities. Today, those of us living in industrialised countries don’t expend much energy in daily survival. We drive

to the grocery store. We don’t gather wood to build a fire but use an oven and microwave. We don’t walk to a well and carry water. It’s on tap, literally. Although our bodies may crave activity to replace this idleness, Lieberman argues that our instincts can rebel against unnecessary activity. So what’s the answer? There’s no doubt that exercise is good for your health but Department of Health data shows that more than half of all Aussies are not active enough.

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strength and increasing the flow of blood and lubricating fluids around the knee joint. So, getting back to Daniel Lieberman, what can we learn from our ancestors? One lesson is to add a social element to your exercise. Meet a friend for a walk and coffee. Join a dance class. Find a rowing group. Do something that is fun for you. Secondly, make a start. Those happy hormones won’t kick in until you get active. The longer you have been inactive, the more time they will take to reactivate. Reward yourself for progress and hang in there. With patience, exercise can become an enjoyable and essential part of your life. And it will pay you back tenfold. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist at Full Circle Wellness. Visit fullcirlcewellness.com.au

FIT HAPPENS With Tom Law THE other day a mate of mine who is doing well with his weight reduction returned from holidays. He turned up at our exercise session on Saturday morning with his wife who also exercises with our group. Michael has lost about 30kg by reducing his beer intake, keeping an eye on his nutrition and exercising. His weight reduction program has been, I believe, the way it should be – gradually and naturally. It is certainly working for him. I asked Michael for his latest weight as

he would regularly message me about how he was doing. He replied that was not tracking his figures because he was on holidays. It reminded me that we don’t survive this life and enjoying yourself is paramount. It is easy to become obsessed with reducing weight, getting fitter or stronger or faster, particularly for those with an addictive bent. Some constantly weigh or measure themselves and what may be a gradual sensible program to get fit, lose some

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THE Sunshine Coast’s Independent Theatre, the Indee Comedy Theatre, now in its 25th year, is taking a new approach to staging plays in 2021. Rather than being at a set venue, the group will take its comedies into retirement villages for in-house performances. It first tested the idea out about a decade ago and found that while it was most successful, it was short-lived due to a heavy workload with a full program in its theatre. The Indee team has a wealth of stage experience. Most of its actors have been performing in live theatre for decades, covering the full gamut of musicals, comedies and dramas. However for the past five years, the Indee has concentrated on its reputation as a comedy theatre and has attracted packed house, for original shows such as The Op Shop Ladies, Bow Wave 1 and Bow Wave 2 – about the love affairs retirees have with the cruise industry – The Crumbletop Caper about retirement villages and Every Crook and Granny, about a newly-formed Gray Power Party winning a federal election. To start the ball rolling, the shows being chosen for retirement village performances will be programs of two one-act comedies, many of which have won awards. This will be an extension of the

THE Queensland Pops is thrilled that it will be able to present its New Year’s Eve concert for the 36th consecutive year. Maestro Patrick Pickett CSM has crafted a concert with a Carnival of Venice atmosphere packed with virtuosity, colour and movement – as is the Pops tradition. It’s the perfect occasion to celebrate the end of a tough year and look forward to 2021 with optimism and joy. As the countdown to January 1 begins, Patrick and the orchestra are looking forward to being joined by a star cast of exceptional and gifted musicians. For NYE 2020, internationally

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“By doing this as part of the building process we are providing a more cost-effective way to adapt to changes in life and make it easier to change your home to suit, as opposed to changing afterwards which can be an extremely costly experience,” he said. “Our aim is to build homes to meet the ongoing needs of the ageing community.” Homes meet the everchanging needs of the occupants. These include a safe, level, continuous and step free path from the street; at least one step-free entrance; and internal doors and corridors that allow comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces; At least one toilet is at ground (or entry) level; reinforced walls around the toilet, shower and bath support safe installation of grabrails; any stairways reduce the risk of injury and enable future adaption and at least one bathroom has a hobless shower recess. “Almost all of our 120 standard designs can be modified to suit,” Mr Carling said. “We also have a range of designs already modified. This covers two, three and four bedroom homes as well as acreage homes.” Call 0414 322 900 or visit independentbuilders.com.au or dbchomes.com.au

WORK has commenced on a state-of-the-art clubhouse at over 50s lifestyle resort, Affinity Sheep Station Creek at Amy St, Morayfield. Excited homeowners attended the onsite sod turning by Malcolm and Merilyn Chisholm who were the first to purchase a home in the community and moved in 2018. The new clubhouse complex will include a gym, bowling green, cinema and a heated magnesium pool and spa. Rob Nichols, CEO of Serenitas which owns and operates Affinity Sheep Station Creek, said the project would provide state-of-the-art facilities for homeowners. “The jewel in the crown will undoubtedly be the heated magnesium pool and spa, which will provide additional therapeutic benefits for our

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OSSIE and Jo Feiner are now living in their second Sunshine Coast Halcyon community, after moving from Bli Bli to a new home at B by Halcyon in Buderim. The couple, originally from Brisbane, chose Halcyon Lakeside in Bli Bli three years ago and loved the many leisure and recreation activities on offer. “We knew from the first visit that Halcyon was where we

were coming when we retired. We did had it has been the best,” Jo said. “We have tried everything at Halcyon Lakeside, from pottery to painting, tennis and lawn bowls. I’m not the sportiest person, but I’ve had a go at everything. I can hit a tennis ball and now I can bowl.” Ossie said they loved living at Halcyon Lakeside, but decided they wanted to be one of B by

Affinity’s first homeowners Malcolm and Merilyn Chisholm with Warren Ahern of PBS Building. bathers and into a new exercise regime.” Stage 1 has sold out and due to high demand, Stage 2A has been launched with three new display homes open for private viewing. The clubhouse is due for completion mid next year. Call 1300 295 807 or visit affinitylifestyle.com.au

Halcyon’s first homeowners. “Coming in at ground level, you get the opportunity to form different groups and be a part of creating a community,” he said. “We are looking forward to work starting on the community’s facilities, which are due to be built by April next year.” B by Halcyon will feature 5-star health and wellness facilities including a 25m covered and heated magnesium salt pool with spa, outdoor resort pool, gymnasium and circuit room, yoga lawn, massage and therapy treatment rooms and beauty salon. Also planned is a creative arts precinct which includes an art room, pottery workshop, music studio and work shed. Call 1800 050 555 or visit lifebeginsathalcyon.com.au

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his is the news the Sunshine Coast has been waiting for. The region is welcoming its first major FREE and independent digital daily news website: sunshinecoastnews.com.au. It represents a vital investment in independent journalism at a time when the big media corporations are turning their backs on our community. A unique, homegrown digital news platform, it will deliver the stories that matter most to the region’s 330,000-strong population, which is predicted to hit 500,000 by 2041. A team of experienced reporters will inform, connect and celebrate the region, providing high-quality news, sport and lifestyle coverage, all produced daily. Sunshinecoastnews.com.au will also provide the top state, national and world stories of the day. The site will feature amazing pictures and offer local organisations, businesses, sporting clubs, schools and special interest groups the chance to share their successes with our community (contact: news@sunshinecoastnews.com.au). You can also look forward to compelling, entertaining and insightful columns from a range of writers and experts in their fields. The new site is brought to you by a 100 per cent local media business that

publishes Your Time, as well as the popular weekly lifestyle publication My Weekly Preview and the lifestyle favourite, Salt magazine. Managing director Darryl Olson said that sunshinecoastnews.com.au would fill a local news void in the region. Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the new digital news platform, which would provide daily, immediate access to local news to readers at no cost. Multi-award-winning journalist Peter Hall has been appointed editor of sunshinecoastnews.com.au. Mr Hall has held key roles, including Sunshine Coast bureau chief for The Courier-Mail and assistant editor and chief subeditor of The Sunday Mail. Before this, he was chief-of-staff at the Sunshine Coast Daily. To survive and thrive, sunshinecoastnews.com.au needs readers to register – which will be FREE and easy. By simply adding your name and email (see subscribe tab on website home page) you will help shape the future of FREE news. We also need you to tell your family and friends to subscribe, too, so they can receive our daily sunshinecoastnews. com.au bulletins direct to their inboxes. Having your own FREE news website is the best news you’ll get all day.



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The attorney sold the house This is the third in our series answering common questions about estate and probate disputes. It is a common feature of estate planning for a person to appoint someone to act for them in the event they lose capacity. This is typically done through an enduring power of attorney. The role of an attorney is becoming more complex and so are the obligations of the attorney. An increasingly common scenario is a need for a person’s house to be sold to fund an aged care facility accommodation bond – which can easily be in the order of several hundred thousand dollars. What if the well-meaning and wellintentioned attorney sells the house but the incapacitated person’s will gifts the house to a (soon to be disappointed) beneficiary? That is exactly what happened in a recent case before the Queensland Supreme Court (Outram v. Public Trustee of Queensland [2020] QSC 80). Does the beneficiary miss out? Was the Attorney at fault? Read the outcome on our website krugerlaw.com.au/news.


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Vitamin C is essential for the production of healthy collagen, the major protein that gives structure to your skin, bones and connective tissues. It is also crucial for wound healing and helps absorb iron from your diet. As it is powerful antioxidant, it protects bone cells from damage. It is also anti-inflammatory. Older Australians who are housebound and people who rely on packaged meals are most at risk of Vitamin C deficiency The recommended daily intake of vitamin C for adults over 70 is 45mg. There are many summer fruits with good supplies of vitamin C, including mangoes, pineapples, papaya, rockmelon, berries, citrus, tomatoes, broccoli and capsicum. If you enjoy coleslaw, one cup of cabbage has about 36mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C levels drop once fruit is cut, so prepare when you are ready to eat. Check with your doctor before taking vitamin C supplements. Excess is excreted via the kidneys and an oversupply can put a strain on your renal system. If you are concerned about your diet or that of an older family member, speak to your doctor. You may be eligible for support from a dietician.

In recent weeks media attention has focused on Centrelink and Robodebt, which occurred when the Centrelink computers wrongly issued debt notices to 400,000 customers. The government has announced that the ”wrong will be righted” via a compensation package totalling $1.3 billion, but how about the stress felt by those who received the notices and the time taken to resolve the issue. This issue arose because of computer errors … they happen. Imagine the workload on Centrelink staff if computers did not exist. Knowing that your Centrelink information and records are up to date could have helped resolve the debt issue quickly and reduced the stress. At CAPA Services, we have over 30 years’ experience of dealing with Centrelink. Our ongoing service ensures that your Centrelink account is reviewed and updated at regular intervals and any issues resolved. We also assess pension eligibility and ensure clients are receiving their maximum entitlement. We complete the paperwork, handle correspondence and deal with any other issues or complications. We work with individuals, SMSF and business structures both simple and complicated, and yes, we spend the time waiting on the phone.



Over 50s lifestyle villages are not the same as retirement villages. They operate under the Queensland Government Manufactured Homes Act 2003. This means that you own the home outright and lease the land. The (site agreement or Form 2 under Queensland legislation) has a start date but no end date, so you have the right to use the land forever. There are no exit fees or stamp duty payable on these homes. They are proving a hit with over 50s who enjoy this type of living because it means they are surrounded by like-minded people and they can easily engage and socialize. There is usually a recreation centre with bowling, tennis, pool, cinema, library, gym and so on, which encourages interaction and a healthy lifestyle. Some also offer caravan storage. Villages have community guidelines or rules. You can buy a home anywhere but when you are looking to buy in an over 50s village you are looking for something more, usually lifestyle and security. Don’t think about downsizing, think about “life sizing”. If you have any questions, or need solutions or support just give me a call.


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Book makes the perfect gift idea

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Spend time on health and save money on illness When I was a young man most people worked hard physically and ate simply. Fast forward to 2020 and life is a very different story. My book Tom’s Law Fit Happens contains all you will ever need to know to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle for as long as possible. It covers the science involved in exercise and good nutrition, as well as government recommendations on type of exercise and for how long and the exercises you should do. A whole chapter is dedicated to nutrition, called How to Never Diet Again by Mitch Peterman APD, AEP, ESSAM The book makes an informative and useful Christmas gift and is available from Amazon, Apple Books and Smashwords, for $25 plus postage. As a special offer to Your Time readers, buy the book direct from me and I will pay postage for any Queenslander. Order now so it can arrive before Christmas. This could well be the best $25 you will ever spend.


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Pain in the joint can be caused by many different conditions, one of the most common is osteoarthritis. The pain caused by osteoarthritis can often cloud patient’s judgement when it comes to seeking advice and treatment. It can feel like there is no help available, or there is so much information but none of it makes any sense. This can often result in poor decisionmaking or incorrect treatment of your symptoms. A very effective way to treat osteoarthritis is with a correct diagnosis and the right education provided by a health professional. Talking to a specialist will enable you the best possible treatment options to help with managing your pain. Often it is recommended to seek treatment with an allied health professional such as a dietician or physiotherapist. Surgery should always be the last option to treat joint pain. With the right tools and education, surgery can be delayed or even avoided. I would recommend speaking to a specialist about your joint pain today. Remember, never be afraid to ask questions.



Seek help to navigate the aged care system Some tasks related to aged care are just too complex and too important to do on your own. Navigating the way through the system and the jargon is not easy – especially if decisions are being made in a time of crisis and emotions are running high. Three key mistakes we see people make when they don’t get the right advice are: • Selling the home without understanding the implications • Being afraid to pay a lump sum (refundable accommodation deposit) for residential care accommodation and missing out on Centrelink concessions • Not generating enough cashflow. This is where we can help. As financial advisers with aged care advice experience we can help guide you through the process. Financial advice isn’t just about superannuation and investments. Advice can help show you how you can afford the care you need and provide clarity to understand how it all works.

You might be looking for advice for yourself or for a family member. Or you might be thinking about the future so you can plan for quality of life, even when care needs start to creep in. Let us take some of the stress. Contact us today on to make an appointment to discuss your current or future aged care needs.


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Top destinations to discover at the top end

Pristine Groote Eylandt in Arnhem Land is famous for its fishing.


ith borders opening up, travellers can start to expand their horizons and there’s never been a better time to head north by north-west to the Top End. Whether travelling by road for the long haul or taking a flight into Darwin for a short escape, there are plenty of options to explore parts of the country that have remained a well-kept secret. In fact, there are many good reasons to tick the Northern Territory off the bucket list. Here are some suggestions: TIWI ISLANDS A short ferry ride from Darwin are the

Tiwi Islands, nicknamed the Islands of Smiles. Comprised of two main islands, Bathurst and Melville, the Tiwis are known for friendly locals, a love of AFL, rich indigenous culture and unspoilt beaches. SeaLink’s Tiwi By Design is an immersive art and cultural day-tour introducing the Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga. It includes a Welcome to Country with a smoking ceremony and totem dances, and a screen printing workshop at Tiwi Design to print your own traditional Tiwi souvenir. The shores of Paddle Pop Rainbow

Beach resemble the pastel pinks of an ice cream and are the perfect backdrop to set up the picnic blanket and watch the sunset. Off the coast of Bathurst Island,The Tiwi Islands Retreat is a private, beachfront resort with options for a hotel-like stay or glamping. ARNHEM LAND One of Australia’s last true wildernesses, Arnhem Land was voted by Vacaay as one of the top five micro-regions to see in 2021. It hosts Garma Festival, Australia’s largest Indigenous cultural gathering, and offers a diversity of landscapes, from monsoonal forests to savannah woodlands, wetlands, wild coastlines, deserted tropical islands and soaring escarpments. In East Arnhem Land, pristine Groote Eylandt is famous for its world-class fishing. At West Arnhem Land, stop at Injalak Arts and Crafts, a gallery showcasing the work of more than 200 Indigenous artists, or spend a day in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, which is fringed with white beaches. KAKADU Dual World Heritage-listed and the largest terrestrial national park in Australia, Kakadu is an incredible nature

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locals thanks to its accessibility and pristine natural beauty. One of the park’s most popular cascading waterfalls, Florence Falls, has panoramic views of the valley, sandstone plateau and lush monsoon forest. Hundreds of Magnetic Termite mounds stand up to 2m high and are thought to be at least 100 years old. RED CENTRE Stretching for more than 100km east of Alice Springs, the East MacDonnell Ranges were part of a short lived gold rush and have since lived in the shadow of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Now fondly known as the East Macs they offer some of the best outback spots and landscapes for bush-walking, camping and four-wheel driving.

Walk in Trephina Gorge Nature Park, known for its quartzite cliffs and River Red Gum-lined watercourses and see the history of Central Australia’s first-ever town, Arltunga, once a gold mine site. FINK GORGE NATIONAL PARK A handy day trip from Alice Springs, Finke Gorge National Park is an important wilderness reserve, home to the Finke River, one of the oldest rivers in the world, and Palm Valley, which shelters groves of red cabbage palms. Drive to the park’s various hiking tracks, including Kalaranga Lookout, which offers amazing views of sculptured sandstone amphitheatre, and the Mparra Walk, which introduces travellers to an Indigenous dreamtime story when walked in clockwise direction. RAINBOW VALLEY Rainbow Valley, 75km south of Alice Springs, is renowned for its scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs. The rock bands change from ochre and red to orange and purple in the early morning and late afternoon, offering some of the Territory’s most magical sunrises and sunsets. ULURU-KATA TJUTA Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this park should be on everyone’s travel radar. It is home to Uluru, the world’s largest monolith as well as the lesser known soaring rock domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).

DAY TRIP ON THE RATTLER – AND POOCH IS WELCOME TOO LOOKING for an escape close to home? Prepare to join the famous Mary Valley Rattler heritage steam train – and you can bring your pooch with you for a day out. The Rattler operates a range of services from Gympie Station to Amamoor in the Mary Valley. The three-hour journeys capture the beauty and history of the rich agricultural – and former gold mining – region from the comfort of beautifully restored heritage carriages. Access is available for everyone with special facilities for wheelchair and other assisted-access passengers, and now the new “Pets On Board” service means passengers can share the experience with their favourite furry friend. The service was launched with one of the Sunshine Coast’s most special dogs on board – Bear, an Australian Koolie or herding dog. He is part of the team at the Detection Dogs for Conservation Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast and has been trained to detect live koalas through the scent of their fur. Recognising that dogs are playing an increasingly important role in the lives of humans, the Rattler has configured a carriage with two segregated booths that can accommodate up to six people each, with up to two pets per booth from the same family. “Pets for many people are part of the family and they would like to travel and

share the experience with their favourite pets,” Mary Valley Rattler general manager Michael Green said. “We have had many requests from passengers who would like to bring their dogs. Naturally we’ve allowed passengers with Guide Dogs to travel on the Rattler and everyone has been supportive, so extending the opportunity to other passengers to bring along a well-behaved pet was a logical evolution.” It is part of the philosophy of making the Rattler available to everyone in the community. An all-access carriage specially designed to facilitate wheelchair passengers was introduced last month. “We believe our pet-friendly facilities will also encourage greater inclusion and participation,” Mr Green said. Pets can travel on board the Rattler on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit maryvalleyrattler.com.au

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All aboard for new adventures in 2021


fter a year when travellers were forced to re-think their way of doing things, it’s time to move on and accept that getting out and about to explore will have to be done differently. Although the days of lockdowns are over – hopefully – trying to plan air and sea travel remains tricky, but with the new year coming up, it’s time to start planning how to make it memorable. International travel plans may be stymied for a while longer, but it presents an opportunity rather than a threat. It’s a chance to discover all the wonders of Australia and, as state borders re-open, to find the places that you have heard about but not quite got around to seeing, or that have been put off until a time when air travel is off the agenda. That time is now, and coach travel is filling the void. There are plenty of good reasons to book your next trip on a luxury coach. “Forget 2020, let’s go travelling and making memories in 2021,” says Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel. “A spacious, modern air-conditioned luxury coach is the most comfortable and safest way to get out on our highways and by-ways.” Passengers can sit back and enjoy the views without stress; chat to neighbours and socialise rather than having eyes glued to the road – no road maps, leave the GPS at

Lightning Ridge is one of the few places in the world where you’ll find the prized black opal. home and enjoy the experience without worrying about traffic or where to park. “You’ve got your own private chauffeur who knows exactly where to go and who to meet,” Paul says. It’s also economical – fuel prices aren’t your problem and accommodation and most meals are part of the package. On top of that, there’s a direct line to the locals to tap into their knowledge of their home. Put away the guidebooks and meet real guides. Whether it’s a three-day getaway or a two-week adventure, Paul has created a range of itineraries that make coach travel the way to go. If you’re ready to head interstate, discover the charm the Blue Mountains, and cruise the Nepean River aboard the

TOUR WITH A LOCAL! Explore Glasshouse Country in comfort with local operator, Judy. Judy brings the past and present to life with tales passed on from local elders, and introduces you to the other locals – farmers, artists and foodies.

old-world Nepean Belle paddlewheeler, in February. This nine-day adventure includes an invitation into the home of artist Norman Lindsay and uncovers an eclectic collection of tea pots! Or you could spend Easter in Port Stephens, the “blue water paradise”, on an eight-day tour that absorbs the laid-back lifestyle of an idyllic coastal town where volcanic peaks and crystal clear bays provide magnificent views. Then head to the flourishing wine country of the Hunter Valley and sample the produce. Try your luck at finding an opal at Lightning Ridge. A seven-day trip in July heads to the only place in Australia, and one of the few in the world, where the prized black opal is found. Stop in to see the sights at Miles, Roma

and St George before crossing the border for three nights in Lightning Ridge. Attractions include the Grawin, Glengarry and Sheepyard Opal fields. Closer to home, spend seven days in March getting to know Bundaberg, Bargara and Lady Musgrave Island. Venture on to Fraser Island and while staying at the Kingfisher Bay Resort, visit Central Station, Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach, Eli Creek and the Maheno wreck. A four-day tour in April heads into the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. Just one hour from the Gold Coast, it is filled with natural attractions to visit while staying three nights in luxury accommodation at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Resort and its gourmet dining. Journey into the south-west Queensland Outback’s endless landscapes, pioneering history, and fossil rich lands to meet the locals over 11 days in July. “Wherever you choose, you can sit back and enjoy the ride,” Paul says. A complete list of tours and itineraries is available on the CT Travel website, where you can sign up for the Travel Club to receive regular updates and specials. Tours can also be planned for groups, clubs and organisations who want to set off adventuring together. Visit cttravel.com.au

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Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may only be used once. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”.


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Deciphers (6) Muddy (6) Fragrance (5) Appalling (9) Food (9) Avoid (5) Maul (6) Gray (4) Medicine container (4) Previously (6) Uncertainty (5) Globe-trotter (9) Artificial language (9) Outranking (5) Purchasing (6) Bug (6)

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Trade (8) Optional (8) Murdering (7) Blasphemous (7) Fair-haired (6) Animation pioneer (6) Measure (4) From the UK (7) Choosing actors (7) Kicking a ball between two of these gives a score (7) Find and fetch (8) Ex-soldier (7) Raise (7) Meaning modifier (6) Provide (6) Riding (4)

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Complete the list by changing one letter at a time to create a new word at each step. One possible answer shown below.


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