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hadn’t realised that being told I was repeating myself or hearing an impatient sigh when I complained about an internet connection had a name, but it does. It’s ageism. I blame my children for the irritation it causes me, and this isn’t a new thing. For years now they have been saying “you’ve already told me that” and for years, they have ignored my reply: “If you acknowledged that you heard me the first time, I might not have to say it again ... and again.” This is, of course, a bad example of ageism – blaming the young for not listening rather than my own failing memory which is increasingly the case. I prefer to think of it as my brain being close to full and taking a little bit longer to process its data overload.

But there are many other ways that those of a certain age are dismissed as losing their marbles and no longer capable of physical and/or mental tasks, whether or not that’s the case. It’s annoying, even when it comes from the kindness of an offer to help with something I am quite capable of doing myself. I don’t need pity — yet. Then there are the tech monsters who seem to forget that we pioneered the use of computers and consider us incapable of coming to grips with an iPhone. (Admittedly there was a time I feigned being unable to work out how to use yet another updated VCR simply because I couldn’t be bothered). While being patronised is exasperating, there are other more serious aspects to ageism, particularly when it comes to employment. What we had thought would be valuable experience in the latter part of our working lives, turned out to count for little, with age often against us in the workplace, if we have one at all. Scott Dixon investigates this new ”ism” which unlike all the others, will eventually affect the whole population. A visit to everyagecounts. is recommended. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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The age of dissent Baby Boomers, unlike their parents, are not about to accept stereotypes, assumptions, attitudes and wisecracks about their age. SCOTT DIXON investigates the growing awareness of ageism and what it means for this generation.


hey’re the Grateful Generation – those who took on the tough times, facing a depression and seemingly endless wars with admirable stoicism. Even as they edge closer to the end, they’re still taking it on the chin, suffering in virtual silence about ageism — the negative prejudice against older people that experts say is becoming as widespread as racism. Ageists be warned ¬– there are new kids in town who are not afraid to stand up and be counted. That’s the bold hope of Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia chief executive Geoff Rowe, who sees the advancing years of Baby Boomers as a force for positive change in our society. He points out Baby Boomers have runs on the board for changing their world. “The current demographic of older people, by and large, are what we call the grateful generation,” Rowe says. “The generation who have grown up through the wars, through the Depression. They’re a population that doesn’t expect a lot and are fairly grateful for what they get. They’re reluctant to complain.” Rowe reckons the negative attitudes to age are about to crash head-on with the Baby Boomer generation, “and no one ever described them as being grateful”. “They’re a generation who saw things they didn’t like and they demanded change. I’m curious to watch as a society how we deal with ageism going forward because there’s a whole lot of people who won’t roll over and say, ‘Yeah, I’m happy to be treated as a second-class citizen, or a non-citizen. I’m happy to be invisible’. That won’t happen.” Baby Boomers live for change. They’ve

stopped wars, led the charge against racism and revamped social mores from the cradle to the grave. As one example, Rowe recalls the days when fathers stayed home or went to the pub while mothers were giving birth. “Now you can have the whole neighbourhood there if you want. How did that happen? That was driven by the Baby Boomers who said ‘I want my partner there, I want people who are important to me there. I want people to share that experience with me. “I guess the optimist in me believes that going forward we’ll see the whole notion of ageism being challenged. “We don’t call it out and that’s part of the solution. This where the Baby Boomers will come in. They’ll say, ‘I don’t want to be treated like an idiot. I might have had a birthday and gone over a certain age but I’m essentially who I am. I’m bright, I’m contributing … I’m as valuable a member of society today as I was 12 months ago.” Rowe is far from alone in his view of ageism as a negative issue that’s “across society”. So, what is ageism? Ageism against older people is prevalent in how society talks about ageing and what it means to be older. Older people are regarded as out of touch, frail, forgetful and, in extreme cases, worthless. Examples include losing a job because of age, being refused credit or insurance, being ignored in a shop or restaurant, or being refused membership to a club. Many older people get rightly annoyed when younger folk insist on helping them to do something they’re perfectly capable of doing or if they presume that they’re computer-illiterate.

One quick – and fun – way to test whether your attitudes qualify as ageist is to visit and take their multiple-choice quiz. Spoiler alert: The answer to “An older driver has had a minor car accident. What are you likely to think?” is not “He probably had a senior’s moment on the way to lawn bowls”. Every Age Counts also features a short, call-to-arms video narrated by evergreen actor Bryan Brown, who describes the ideal situation in which getting older will feel like an achievement, not something to be hidden. “Older people who are pains in the bum

will be treated the same as younger people who are pains in the bum. No-one’s asking for special treatment, just equal treatment,” he says. Brown deftly uses his everyman appeal to start the conversation and get Australians thinking about a difficult issue. But, humour aside, the rising tide of ageism is becoming a serious global problem. Rowe describes ageism as “dehumanising”. “It takes the human out of the picture and allows elder abuse to happen. People being invisible, people losing human rights – there’s a whole lot of things that flow on as a result of our ageist society.

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COVER STORY “Somehow or other we seem to lose our human rights as we get older. If you peel back the layers there’s absolutely no reason that we should, but for whatever reason people who are older are seen as bit doddery, having lost some of their marbles. All of the stereotypical things.” A report released this year by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations uncovered the staggering statistic that every second person in the world is believed to hold “moderate or highly” ageist attitudes. This, they say, has led to poorer physical and mental health and reduced quality of life for older persons, costing societies billions of dollars each year. The report cited research showing that in 85 per cent of 149 studies, age determined who received certain medical procedures or treatments. It’s prevalent in the job market ¬ – the WHO estimates that if 5 per cent more people aged 55 or older were employed, the Australian economy would get a $48 billion shot in the arm each year. For perspective, that’s four times as much as the total annual value of gold production in this country. Every Age Counts campaign director Marlene Krasovitsky says the assumption everyone over 65 is retired doesn’t stack up. The latest data shows only 49 per cent of people over 65 are retired, down significantly from 60 per cent three years ago. “The reality is most older Australians are living longer, healthier lives and they want, or need, to work longer. So, what’s holding them back? Ageism,” according to Krasovitsky. “If we want to maintain funding for essential services and infrastructure we need to lift the labour force participation rates of older people who want or need to work. That means we have to address ageism at its root – the stereotypes, assumptions, and discrimination that

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“Older people who are pains in the bum will be treated the same as younger people who are pains in the bum. Noone is asking for special treatment” currently lock older people out of work. We simply can’t afford to continue carrying around outdated ageist notions … they’re holding us back.” United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says ageism must be fought as “a deep-rooted human rights violation.” “Ageism harms everyone – old and young. But often, it is so widespread and accepted – in our attitudes and in policies, laws and institutions – that we do not even recognise its detrimental effect on our dignity and rights,” says Bachelet, a former president of Chile. A recent study by the Australian Human Rights Commission found 90 per cent of Australians believe ageism exists

and 83 per cent rank it as a negative – more than the number of Australians who believe climate change is a problem. More than half agreed that making jokes about age is more socially acceptable than mocking things like race or gender. According to Age Discrimination Commissioner Kay Patterson, age is not the problem – ageism is. “Ageism is arguably the least understood form of discriminatory prejudice, with evidence suggesting it is more pervasive and socially accepted than sexism or racism,” Dr Patterson says. “It is incumbent on each of us to discuss these issues and do our bit to bring ageism into mainstream conversations in our workplaces, living rooms and with our friends. “Every Australian must do what they can to challenge ageist attitudes in themselves and others.” So why does nobody seem to care? Why hasn’t a socially progressive nation like Australian fought back with the same sort of energy we’ve devoted to fighting sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination? The last time the Australian media fired up over an act of ageism was way back in 1989. Then PM Bob Hawke, peeved at a dig from Whyalla retiree Bob Bell that pollies were paid more in a week than pensioners got all year, snapped that the “silly old bugger” didn’t know what he was talking about. The media went into hyper-outrage mode. In the ensuing feeding frenzy, a balance of payments announcement that drove mortgage rates to a record level “hardly caused a ripple of public reaction”one report noted. While Cabinet wrestled with weighty problems like mining in Kakadu National Park and a crippling pilot strike, Hawke’s advisers grappled with an own-goal from a PM ironically known as the Silver Bodgie. The surreality really hit a high when

74-year-old Bell admitted he hadn’t even heard Bob’s barb as he wasn’t wearing his hearing aid. Since then, sporadic, isolated reports on ageism in the mainstream media focus on the release of reports and generally stimulate little follow-up. Earlier this year, the ABC’s Triple J caused a minor media kerfuffle with a tweet aimed at disgruntled older listeners: “Did it hurt? When you aged out of the youth radio station.” The figures say differently. A survey by Amica Senior Lifestyles showed almost 80 per cent of Baby Boomers agreeing with the statement that “young people would be surprised by my music taste”, with 23 per

“They’re a generation who saw things they didn’t like and they demanded change” Geoff Rowe cent fans of hip hop and almost one in five choosing heavy metal. Rowe says although governments are making positive steps towards tackling ageism, the negative feelings about cost still bubble to the surface at Budget time. Weight of numbers will change that, he believes. “At the moment we know about 15 per cent of the Australian population is 65 and above. By 2050 that’s going to ramp up to about 25 per cent. That’s going to demand some change of attitude because they’re no longer a minority group – at one in four, they’re a sizeable chunk of the population.”

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Isabella retools and gets on with life What happened to my value? Am I now an old mare put out to paddock? ISABELLA DUSI explains how she has fought back against the branding that comes with ageism.


n edgy septuagenarian shocked by age discrimination and intimidation, I reject being branded as an older Australian with nothing to offer. Refusing to let others diminish my value, I am fighting back. A few years ago, I returned to live on the Sunshine Coast, but never imagined I would be faced with discrimination and subjected to saccharin branding. Despite my career in business, a financial advisor suggested I slip into oblivion, take the pension and keep my head down. Ignoring my achievements and skills, he relegated me to being of no value to anyone in my elder years. I am patronisingly called “honeybun”, “dearie”, “sweetie” and “my-love” by strangers who seem to think that since I have reached a certain age when they can safely assume I am brain dead. Shop assistants and professionals diminish me with thoughtless branding and words. Do they reflect on their own career, as I do, in London, America, Italy and Australia? To claim my value, I decided to be courageous and step out boldly, using my lifetime of accomplishments and skill to

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educate and inspire. Taking a good long look at the skills garnered over a lifetime, more than three score and ten, I realised that I had the opportunity to retool skills. Everyone has personal skills which can be retooled, and mine provide me with credibility, which I am determined to use in a later-in-life career. I studied art and history in Italy and with that knowledge I led hundreds of cultural and lifestyle tours across Italy and France, as well as Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica, Morocco and Croatia, and turned myself into a recognised storyteller and international speaker. To do that, I had to learn to speak the language and read Italian history. Having spent 24 years in Europe, I am retooling those skills. I identified an opportunity for action on two fronts, so I have opened an Italian language conversation group, retooling my language skill, and every second week I provide a venue to practice and speak the Italian language. With a repertoire of more than 20 art, history and political stories spanning a couple of thousand years and travel stories from my career as a cultural leader, I asked myself, are there not people wanting to

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BYE-BYE BINGO: SURVEY CRUSHES STEREOTYPES WE PLAY bingo, listen to Frank Sinatra, have no idea how to use a computer, scoff at video games, have given up on seeking new thrills and consider ourselves old – at least that’s the stereotype confronting anyone over 55. But in fact, most Baby Boomers and seniors reject the negative connotations of the word and don’t consider themselves “old” at all. Getting older is not synonymous with negative experiences, and a recent survey by Canadian group Amica Senior Lifestyles, has revealed that the pandemic has changed attitudes to the extent that 61.3 per cent are now more determined than ever to achieve their life goals. The survey of more than 1200 seniors about the most common heard stereotypes facing older generations also found that more than half of older adults, after the restrictions of the pandemic, now want to try thrillseeking activities. Of these thrills, one in three said they were interested in skydiving while one in five wanted to try bungee jumping. The vast majority of respondents (88 per cent) thought that younger people believed them to be incapable of

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AGEISM saying it increased mental stimulation to potentially help fight dementia. Retirement age adults played for 61 minutes a day on average. Gaming among older generations is now so popular that 61.2 per cent of seniors describe themselves as “a gamer”. The most popular games were sports, creative games and online multiplayer games. They also defied the most common stereotype – that they listen to Frank Sinatra and other music from “back in the day” – with 79.3 per cent saying they thought that young people would be surprised by their music taste. Genre-wise, pop music (28.7 per cent) was the most popular, followed by classical music (26.3 per cent), hip-hop (23.4 per cent) country (21.9 per cent) and jazz (21.7 per cent). A surprising 17.3 per cent listed heavy metal as a favourite. The pandemic has made many rethink what they want to do in their life and over half were readyto try an extreme sport or thrill-seeking activity. When asked specific activities of interest, the top answer was sailing (56.2 per cent), followed by hot air balloon rides (38.9 per cent), driving fast cars (38.5 per cent), and zip lining (36 per cent). In other findings, one in three preferred crime documentaries, and 42 per cent were bored by daytime soapies.

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As a self-funded retiree, I despair about how little communication or recognition that I get from the Commonwealth. Our age pensioners, numbering around 2.6 million, or some 62 per cent of our aged population, fully deserve to have sustainable incomes in retirement, receiving an amount of around $50 billion per annum. However, the self-funded also deserve more consideration and recognition. The army of public servants in Canberra could come up with a long list of possibilities for better communication and recognition, but here is my list: An annual letter of thanks from the minister or prime minister; a telephone/mail survey of our needs; a cupro-nickel medal for all those who have been self-funded for five years or more; getting the fringe benefits applicable to age pensioners without actually receiving that cash pension. The worst financial outcome for the Commonwealth would be for all the self-funded to arrange their finances (some trips and cruises, donations to charity, giving away the allowable amounts to children, a new home/

spending more money on the home) so as to qualify for the pension. In short, frugality is not recognised by the Commonwealth. Ken Moore I refer to an article by Judy Rafferty (YT Sept) which gave a “feel good” take on intergenerational relationships. It is a shame that television producers see more dollars in designing programs that pit generations against each other in confrontational “reality” shows. I started watching Channel 7’s Australia: Now and Then, which compares generational attitudes to the lives of the different ages. I stopped watching after a mophaired bearded young millennial said that the only good thing about the Baby Boomers was their resources. Maybe a script writer put those words in his mouth, but it makes you wonder how long it will be before young people with this attitude plot ways to use (or misuse) the new euthanasia laws to get their hands on those resources sooner rather than later. Olwyn Ball

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Elder abuse comes in many forms Elder abuse causes harm and distress to the older person yet it can occur in a supposedly caring relationship. KENDALL MORTON explains the various forms it takes and concludes that ultimately, it’s about power and control.


here’s a myth that if it’s not physical violence, there is no abuse, but some abuse can be subtle and hard for outsiders to recognise. There are 6 main types of abuse – financial, psychological, physical, social, neglect and sexual abuse. Anyone may experience elder abuse, and it doesn’t matter whether you live alone, with a partner or with family. Firstly, financial abuse, which happens when someone takes or misuses your money, assets or property without your agreement. Having an Enduring Power of Attorney does not make this misuse right in the law. Financial abuse can leave the older person feeling powerless and anxious. They may be uncertain of how their living costs will be covered if their funds fall outside their control. It may start by convincing the older person they are no longer competent to manage their money. The abuser may threaten or punish an older person who refuses to give them money. They may sell the older person’s property without consent. The abuser may shop for the older person and not return

the change. Sometimes they borrow money and do not repay it. Living in an older person’s home while not contributing to the household costs can also be abusive. When an older person loses some mobility and the confidence to shop independently, they can become open to financial abuse. What can start as lending your EFTPOS card to someone for them to pay for your groceries, can end up with your money being misused and spent without your consent. Financial abuse often happens alongside social abuse and psychological abuse. Social abuse occurs when someone prevents the older person from having

social contact with friends, family and their community. It’s common for older people’s networks to decrease due to the death of loved ones, geographical moves and reduced mobility, so to stay socially connected as you age requires some hard work and planning. When someone restricts your activity, isolation and depression can follow. Social abuse can be subtle. Someone may answer the phone for you and say you are too tired to take the call. They may put your calls on speaker phone so you have no privacy. They may refuse social invitations on your behalf. Social abuse is about control. Psychological abuse aims to cause emotional hurt or mental harm. Examples are if someone belittles you in public, calls you names or moves your belongings around at home so you feel confused. This abuse can lead you to feel scared, threatened and worthless. It opens you up to more harm. Some factors that increase a person’s risk of abuse are conflict in the family, dependence on others for care, social isolation, stressful care relationships and remote living situations.

Other risk factors include poor literacy, a lack of awareness of your rights and having mature age children with a disability or health issues. Age itself is a risk factor. Ageist attitudes can create a situation where a person’s situation is not seen clearly, and their concerns are dismissed. Another complicating factor is mental health problems or dementia. To get help or advice you can call the Elder Abuse Helpline on 1300 651 192. This helpline is part of Queensland’s Elder Abuse Prevention Unit. It offers free assistance for anyone who suspects, witnesses or experiences elder abuse. All calls are confidential. You do not need to share your identity when you call. Relationships Australia has an Elder Abuse and Prevention Support Service, phone 1300 063 232. Their service includes case management, referrals to legal practitioners and arranging mediation. They can also help you develop a safety plan. Kendall Morton is Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@

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When one word will do Have you ever found yourself tearing your hair out while reading the paper or correcting radio and television presenters? ALLISON WHITE discusses some of the superfluous words and phrases that have crept into common usage.


nce upon a time, in the days of hot metal typesetting, every single word had to be closely considered. There was no space to waste, and the message had to be precise and concise. It was said, even only four decades ago, that every character cost one cent to print so every single one of them mattered, even the stray comma. Offset printing gave more room to move and then came the digital platforms where words could be added and removed at whim, and the phrase “not wrong for long” came into play. Careful choice of words began to take second place to getting the words, whatever words, out there as quickly as possible. As time has gone on, new rules have come into play and the once-unacceptable has become not only acceptable but over-used to the point of cliched. It is common to hear when anything is going up – from the stockmarket to vaccination – that it is “on the rise”. Why can’t it just be rising? Prices are rising, rates are rising, cases are rising – being on the rise does not change the fact that it’s increasing. Similarly, police are said to be “on the

hunt” when they could simply be “hunting” villains. Babies always “weigh in at” when it’s a matter of what they weigh, and a competitor who comes second will “come in” second. The extra words add nothing to the meaning. A team is said to “take out” the premiership when they win it and a returning player is “making a return” while fans “throw their support behind” it when they could just as easily support it and save three words.

Someone is “set to make a decision” when they could decide; “put in a request for” when they could just ask; and “make the move” that is really just a move, unless you’re playing chess. And why is it that so many want to “play host to” or worse, “serve as host for” when they only have to host? When a new business opens, begins or launches, it “opens its doors” or even “throws open the doors”. Then there are the disgruntled who

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by Mocco Wollert

WHEN I was young, I was too busy to make a bucket list. Life itself was a list that had to be experienced, lived through, explored. Yes, we had a thousand wishes; yes, we wanted those wishes to become reality. We wanted success in love, a good job, success in our working life, that improved position, that raise in

salary. It was all going to happen in those never-ending years lying before us. Of course, the phrase says it all. “Bucket list” – a list of all the things to do before we kick the bucket, depart this earth or, in plain words, die. As I grew into old age, I too started to think about a list of all the things I still wanted to do. Life was still full of unending opportunities. One of my biggest desires had been to have a book published. I did better than that, several of my efforts went into print. In comparison, some of my other wishes were pretty frivolous: a ride on a Harley Davidson motorbike while holding on to an alpha male and his taut muscles; a ride on a camel clinging to a dangerously swaying saddle a thousand miles above safe ground, Queen of the Desert. Ok, I did not look like the Queen of the Desert, more like a sack of potatoes, ready to fall off. A ride on an elephant, swathed in fine silks, the mahout looking like Sabu from The Jungle Book. I managed all three, apart from Sabu. Being an actress was also high on my list. I saw myself treading the boards applauded by an enthusiastic crowd or much better, shining on the big silver screen with all the men falling in love with me.

I took acting lessons as a young woman and took the first exam. I failed dismally. That should have been the end of that wish but somehow, it stayed at the back of my mind. So, when I composed my bucket list, a role in a movie was right at the top, together with the published book, the Harley, the camel and the elephant. It is now the only item sitting there unfulfilled. The saying goes “one lives in hope” but to get a role in a movie now I would have to be Dame Maggie Smith or Judy Dench. I have enough wrinkles for both of them. Discussing all this with a grandson over lunch, he informed me that he had an anti-bucket list. On it were all the things he definitely did not, underlined, want to do or have happen to him before he died. “There are things I really do not want to do under any circumstances,” he told me. Surely at age 27 he would want to experience everything? Maybe our generation was more naive, more trusting that life was full of good things while our young people seem frightened of life and what the future might bring. May you live long enough to experience all the items on your bucket list.

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ON work days, my husband rises before the sun and creeps out of the bedroom. He tries not to wake me. I snuggle under the quilt, hoping for a few extra minutes of sleep. This was the routine until one morning, the squeak of the bathroom door seemed rather loud. Like many early morning noises, the more I tried to ignore it, the louder it sounded. What was he doing out there? How many bathroom trips did he need? Eventually, I got up and investigated. Perhaps the cool night air was to blame, but every door down the hallway appeared to be affected. The hinges created

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WILLS, INHERITANCE AND DECEASED ESTATE LAWYERS FOR 44 YEARS GEOFF LYONS (Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws majoring j g in Wills & Estates) as if the extra swings would fix the problem. Most likely, it was in sheer disbelief at the volume of the new noise. The hinges had swallowed the oil and were crying out for more. “Did you hear that?” he yelled. Was he kidding? The whole street could have heard it and probably thought a passenger liner had docked nearby. “Wow,” he exclaimed, “I didn’t know you could de-oil a door.” He poked his head back into the bedroom and in his best radio announcer voice, boomed, “Unwanted guests … use door de-oiler. Visiting relatives you dislike … be sure to pack door de-oiler!” I buried my head in the pillow. It was no use. My fit of predawn giggles put an end to ideas of a sleep-in. Obviously, my squeak-eliminating adventure was not over. On the bright side, it can’t hurt to start the day laughing. Surely laughter is better than creaking and groaning, unless I start to sound unhinged!

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Building the Sunshine Coast Last month’s Open House gave residents an opportunity to view some of the architecturally different buildings of the Sunshine Coast. AUDIENNE BLYTH tells the story of one very special heritage property – her own.

John and Louisa Low and children on the verandah of Koongalba in 1904.


odern buildings with exciting attributes creatively adapting new ways to live and work, and heritage buildings showing how we once lived, opened their doors for public viewing last month. To quote the Australian Institute of Architects president Dr Michael Lavery Fraia, “Many of these buildings illustrate the unique connection between landscape, sustainability, materiality and place”. There were eight heritage buildings – Bankfoot House at Glasshouse, Pattemore House at Maleny, the Majestic Theatre at Pomona, Pomona Railway Station, Alfredson’s Joinery at Cooran, Caloundra Lighthouses, Pioneer Cottage at Buderim – and Koongalba at Yandina. In the 19th century, timber was abundant and cheap on the Sunshine Coast, so that was the building material of choice. Detailed records were kept by Yandina timber-getter and landowner John Low, who planned a house, later to

be known as Koongalba, for his coming marriage to Louisa Bury in 1894. Those records have survived. Communication at that time was by letter and John Low wrote many letters during the course of construction of his house. This is long before electricity came to the district or even telephones, radios, cars or trucks. Methods of transport involved bullock wagons or horses. Men used axes and cross-cut saws in logging. All work involved hand labour. He acquired two allotments, each of half an acre. One lot would be for his house and the other for the house garden, and settled at a cost of £5. His first letters were to Surveyor J.C.Reid asking for the cost of survey; to Brisbane Permanent Building Society asking about a loan; to solicitor Alex McNab asking about the title deed of the land; and to Willie Grigor, an old friend, asking him to build the house. Cedar, beech and pine logs were rafted down the Maroochy River to

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William Pettigrew’s Maroochydore sawmill or to Richard Heddon’s sawmill on Paynter Creek by raftsman, Charles Brown. Willie Grigor had supplied the measurements of the timber required and the cut timber was brought by pontoon up the river to Yandina. A Brisbane merchant, Alfred Shaw & Co, supplied the hardware for the house, the nails, stump caps, locks, fasteners and even the sash supports for windows. Acroteria would decorate the front of the house giving a pagoda-like effect. From Pettigrew’s catalogue he ordered both pine and cedar doors, sidelights, fanlights and decorative corner brackets for the veranda. An expert shingle cutter was called upon to make and nail into place the roof shingles The house plan included four verandas enclosing three bedrooms and a front parlour with a central hallway. An open walkway, with water tanks either side, led to a detached kitchen and store room. The house was built with a northeasterly aspect and was symmetrical – one side matched the other. Open windows allowed breezes to cross through the house while the hallway

caught the breeze and cooled the house in another direction. Painting and oiling of the house followed using Champions White Lead, both boiled and raw oil, whiting for putty, brown umber, yellow ochre and Venetian Red in oil (for colours). Records show he also bought a book on how to apply these. The rail line had opened in 1891, so some goods were delivered by rail from Brisbane. Chapman & Co supplied soft furnishings. Foster & Kelk supplied furniture. He also ordered a sewing machine, water tanks, a meat safe, a stove, a mangle and a corn sheller. The house was finished by May 1894. In 1994, a house name was adopted – Koongalba, an Aboriginal word for place of clean water and an old name for the Yandina area. The total cost was £230 for the materials. For construction of the house, John Low paid Willie Grigor £23 four shillings and eight pence – good value, especially considering it is still here after 127 years. Audienne Blyth is a member of the Nambour Historical Museum, open Wednesday to Friday, 1pm-4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. All welcome.

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June is all about the heart and ‘sole’ of happiness If the shoe fits, wear it - or so the saying goes. GLENIS GREEN introduces June Reilly who finds that if the shoe fits, it simply has to be decorated.


talented artist with a lifelong background of self-taught painting and sculpting, a normally gregarious June Reilly found herself at a loose end when the Covid-19 lockdowns began last year. Not one to admit defeat (pun intended) June scouted about for something to keep her artistic hands occupied and soon saw a blank canvas – literally – in white canvas sneakers. Inspiration and several pots of textile and acrylic paint later and June’s “Happy Shoes” were born – hand painted with big, bright original designs. She was tempted to call her venture “Happy Feet” but felt it would conjure up images of penguins from the popular children’s movie, so Happy Shoes it is. Her creations were immediately popular and she has found herself with plenty of customers, even at the Hibiscus Retirement Village at Sippy Downs where she has lived for the past 12 years. Many people may remember June as the owner of a pottery studio at Glastonbury near Gympie called

Australiana, which she ran for many years while her husband John worked for the gas company there. When John retired, they moved to the Coast and she has been keeping up her art pieces ever since. John died three years ago but she has her three children and six grandchildren to keep her entertained. Now a youthful 80, June became well known for her Australian-themed pottery works which included a range of larrikin characters and animals involved in various activities. She still has one of her own detailed works portraying The Man From Ironbark and the mischievous barber. “I have done art all my life,” June says. “I just enjoy it … I wasn’t taught. I got a lot of inspiration from the countryside.” She and two friends from the village, Karen and Anita, have also started art classes for other residents at Hibiscus when Covid allows. They do it as much for the hilarity and company as the art experience. “We do about three quarters of an hour of art and then have coffee and chat until

about 1pm,” she laughs. June said her Happy Shoes usually started out as basic white sneakers from somewhere like Big W. She usually spends about four hours painting them with different designs which she gleans from her own experiences and sometimes inspiration from the internet. She usually sells them for about $35 to $50, or a bit less for children’s shoes which, with cute bumblebee and ladybird designs, are very popular. She also decorates more expensive shoes such as Nikes with sparkles and pretty trims and these have become especially popular among friends who like line dancing. When not painting shoes June turns her hand to portraits of people – and pets – when commissioned. One day she got tired of looking at the blank blinds on her kitchen window and even painted them with shoals of bright fish which now swim across the view to her lush garden. She has kept a few pottery works at her home from her Australiana days and still does others on commission – usually with an Australian theme, from shearers to kookaburras and possums, which are in high demand. Finding an outlet for her Happy Shoes

There’s no limit to June’s Happy Shoes.

June in the days when she owned the Australiana pottery studio near Gympie. hasn’t been easy with lockdowns and restrictions affecting a range of local markets where they would usually sell, but there have been successful exhibitions at Kawana and in her village and word of mouth helps. June said that now, rather than buying and decorating a range of shoes in many different sizes, she prefers people to buy their own shoes in their size and bring them to her for her “happy” treatment. They will also be on sale at a special Hibiscus Retirement Village market on November 6, from about 8.30am to 3pm in the village hall. A keen traveller and lover of cruising, June is looking forward to once again hitting the high seas with friends when some sort of normality resumes. “We have an absolute ball,” she says. Trivia and table tennis also factor on her calendar but not line dancing. “I’m not coordinated enough,” June laughs, adding that osteoarthritis is also an issue after having broken both her wrists at various times. But mostly these days she spreads the happiness around with her colourful shoes – quite a feat in itself. June can be contacted on 5477 0746.

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Handsome is as handsome does A short story by Danielle de Valera


rthur liked to stay at home in thee evenings, liked to listen to the wireless while he sorted seeds by y lamplight or mended the draught horse harness. Perhaps go to the pictures once a month. Perhaps. Daphne liked to dance. Until her marriage to Arthur, she was a regular at all the Saturday dances held in the various halls around the shire. Twirling her skirts ts too high in the polka to show off her finee young legs. “That girl’s no good,” Grandma Doylee told him. Arthur was quick to defend his dream. “But Ma, she’s so beautiful.” Grandma Doyle, so my mother says, shook the empty teapot and answered darkly, “handsome is as handsome does.” But Arthur could not be dissuaded. He had fallen in love with a dream—a vision of Daphne at 18, careening bareback through his brother’s orchard on her father’s gelding. Skirt hitched up to reveal firm thighs, dark hair streaming behind her. He was 30, the smitten one; with thick black hair, dark eyes and olive skin. All the brothers (there were eight of them in that big Irish family) were small and fine, like Spanish dancers. But Arthur didn’t dance. Couldn’t. Wouldn’t. After they were married, Daphne thought she’d go crazy. It was the Depression, an era that can sometimes sound romantic to 21st century ears: “Look, Nathan, a dressing table made of calico and old fruit boxes! Let’s buy it.” Daphne and Arthur were dirt poor. The glamour went out of their marriage very quickly. Arthur soon discovered what his mother already knew: you can’t live on dreams, however beautiful. They struggled along. People did in those days. They might have gone on this way indefinitely, but Daphne had a roving eye. When she wasn’t picking or packing apples—she was a good worker—she’d steal money from her sister-in-law Marcie’s

sugar jar and take off on foot to drink in the ladies’ lounge of the pub in town, while Charlie’s wife looked after her baby. It wasn’t long before she was pregnant again, and not by Arthur. Everyone in the small farming community seemed to know. There were glances in the street; glances that worried Daphne not one whit as she strode about the little town. Arthur seemed to have an infinite capacity for bearing Daphne’s absences, as he pruned trees, picked apples, stood with older brother Charlie while Charlie ripped open invoices that showed the rail freight had cost more than the apples had brought in the city. She chose the afternoon of Grandma Doyle’s funeral to leave him. No one missed her at the wake. In the cottage filled with relatives and arum lilies, rum, beer and tears (fist fights behind the wash house as the afternoon wore on), only the women working in the kitchen noticed her absence, and they were too busy to look for her. Next morning, she was simply gone, all the money in the house gone with her. She must have ridden the draught horse into town and caught the 4pm train to the city. The stationmaster sent a boy back with the horse later that morning. The first inkling Charlie had of Arthur’s crack-up was when Arthur didn’t return from the monthly supply shopping

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in town. Charlie borrowed a neighbour’s gelding and rode into town. He found Arthur in the lock-up. Sergeant Ryan was apologetic. “I had to do it, Charlie. Artie was paralytic. What if something had happened to the horse?” There they were. Charlie couldn’t go into town to shop, not even once a month; he was too busy. And he couldn’t send Marcie, his wife, who had enough to do with their own three children, plus the toddler Daphne had left behind. Arthur became a legendary figure in the town once a month, a regular occurrence like a phase of the moon, despite Charlie’s admonitions. He would load up the cart with groceries and tackle from the general store before moving on to the pub, where he’d spend at least a quarter of the grocery money on rum. Marcie threatened and pleaded. She never had enough food to last the family the four weeks. Arthur had to go. And in the end, he did. Walking the six miles into town, he caught the midnight goods train to the city, where he tried any job he could get and then spent most of the money he earned on alcohol — the only thing that seemed to give him any pleasure. At first, he had a small flat but when he lost his job as a hospital orderly (drinking in the linen cupboard), he went to live in a rooming house. My mother and I would visit him there sometimes, she with home-made scones or a steak and kidney pie. Something homely. His room was large and towards the front, but there wasn’t much in it. The timber floor was bare. An iron-framed single bed stood against one wall. The only additions to this were a sink, a small bench with a primus stove, an ice chest and a large kitchen table, which he covered with opened newspapers. As we walked through the door he’d peel off the top sheet to display the pristine

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paper beneath, like a well trained housewife showing off her best tablecloth for visitors. “Saves washing, I’ve discovered,” he’d tell us. My mother was horrified. “If he offers you a cup of tea, for heaven’s sake don’t say yes,” she warned. “He boils eggs for lunch, then uses the water to make tea. And don’t drink out of any of the glasses, no matter how thirsty you are.” Things went from bad to worse. Arthur went down rapidly. For a while he came to live with us, but my mother couldn’t stand coming home from shopping to find the house locked up and Artie with his head in the oven. One day the police came and took him away to Ward 16 and I never saw him again. They said Daphne had a striking head of pitch-black hair in her youth. When I saw her at Arthur’s funeral, it was totally grey. She caused a stir by turning up. She’d been married twice more by then. Charlie and Marcie shook their heads. “Bold as brass,” my mother said. The priest officiating spoke of Arthur’s life, though he didn’t know much about it, only the few scraps Charlie, who’d paid for the whole shebang, had told him at the last moment. The congregation coughed and shuffled through the sermon, anxious to move on to the pub. My mother took me aside in the church porch after the service and warned me not to let Daphne “put the bite” on. “Don’t let her catch you alone,” she said. “She’ll spin you some story. You’ll be handing over money before you know it.” Despite the warning, at the end of the day my wallet was £50 lighter. Daphne had caught up with me. Call me sentimental. In my mind, I could see her at 18, careening through the orchard on her father’s gelding, skirt hitched up to reveal firm thighs and black hair streaming behind her.

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Sugars a sweet poison for brain and body Sugar fires up the same dopamine-based neurocircuitry that leads to drug addiction. KAILAS ROBERTS warns that it also induces chronic inflammation that may predispose us to dementia.


id you know that the average American now consumes more sugar in a week than they once did in a whole year? Two hundred years ago, the estimated intake was 0.9kg a year. Now it is 1.36kg a week! Though this may seem irrelevant to us in Australia, we are equally guilty of excessive sugar consumption and there is no doubt that many of us eat more than is healthy for us. This is not surprising – sugar is addictive and is everywhere. It is part of the modern curse of ubiquity. Having such easy access to this sweet poison means we are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to moderating our intake. We are hard-wired to seek out sugar. As with many of these things, they have their origins in our evolutionary past. Our physiology is geared up to prioritise immediate survival over long-term health. It cares far more about the ability to deal with here-and-now threats – attacks by others and starvation chief among them – than whether our brain and body are going to be in good shape decades down the track.

Sugar is a ready source of quick energy and is ideal for these short-term goals. It is no surprise then, that we have developed a hankering for it; the same dopamine-based neurocircuitry that creates addiction to illicit drugs is fired up when we consume sugar. If it were something that we could access only from time to time – as was the case when we roamed the savannah – there would not be a major problem, but this is not the case. So, what does chronic excessive intake of sugar do to our body and brain? Well, the most obvious thing is to cause us to put on weight. Sugar is converted into fat when we eat more than we can use. Being overweight puts stress on our heart and vascular health and this in turns negatively affects

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the brain. Sugar also induces chronic inflammation which again may predispose us to dementia. Then there are alterations in insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that pushes sugar into our cells where it is used to produce energy. Chronically high sugar levels push up insulin levels. With time, cells adapt to this high insulin by becoming less sensitive (they become insulin resistant). Insulin resistance is associated with Alzheimer’s disease – the brain cells of those with this condition cannot use sugar effectively. This may lead to the brain’s capacity to function becoming impaired. Insulin also affects the formation and/ or clearance of amyloid and tau in the brain. These proteins are intimately associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Worryingly, it seems that you don’t even have to be diabetic for negative brain processes to occur. Studies have shown that even high-normal blood sugar levels cause structural changes that are of concern. The message here is very clear: be aware of how much sugar you eat (check the labels on food products when you can)

and try to keep it at a minimum. The occasional treat is not a problem, but too much too frequently undoubtedly is. Remember also that something doesn’t have to be sweet to contain sugars – refined carbs such as white pasta and white bread as well as starchy vegetables such as potatoes are also broken down into sugars in the gut. See your doctor to have your blood sugar checked regularly. Though it may seem daunting to cut down on sugar, bear in mind that doing so not only helps the long-term health of your brain, but, once your body has adjusted, will make you feel better day to day. Kailas Roberts is a psychogeriatrician and author of Mind your brain The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia. Visit Dr Roberts has created a new app for the iPhone called BrainScan which helps users identify their own modifiable risk factors for dementia. It also provides advice on how to address them. Find it at the App Store now.


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Talking about our generation ... IN 1968, a year before the Woodstock festival officially announced the dawning of the age of Aquarius, which set the course for dramatic social change, a Queensland “Code for Teenagers and their Parents”, was published. DOT WHITTINGTON shares some of the highlights.


he teenagers “coming of age” were the vanguard of the Baby Boomers who dressed as Mods or hippies, listened to rock and roll on transistor radios, embraced love and peace and were tempted to sample the first hallucinogenics. “Radical”, “far out” and “groovy”, they were part of the beginning of the new era

of freedom. Girls could wear mini-skirts and take the contraceptive pill and boys put aside trousers and button-up shirts with collars for jeans and t-shirts. They protested the Vietnam War and most of them smoked cigarettes, if not marijuana as well. They would seek out someone over 21 to buy them a few tallies, or a bottle of

cream sherry or port, which came in a brown paper bag from the hotel bar and never thought twice about drinking it before jumping into a six-cylinder hottedup car. To those born even just a few years earlier, they were outrageous rule breakers with no respect for social mores. And so, in September 1968, a code “specially prepared for Australians” was published presenting “principles and rules for six areas of teenage conduct”. More than 70,000 copies of the 12-page booklet were distributed in Queensland. It details the rules first adopted in St Louis, USA, and “modified in light of discussions among youth groups and youth leaders in Queensland”. Its recommendations were heartily endorsed by then Police Commissioner Frank Bischof, who says in the foreword “the most energetic section of the community is that of our young people who are destined to be the citizens of tomorrow. Youth must be controlled. It is preferable that young people be cajoled and trained by precept and example rather than by being suborned into doing what is right and proper.”

Lady Cilento, who wrote her Medical Mother column for more than 50 years from 1933, helped compile the booklet and says it gives “a basis upon which every teenager and person charged with the responsibility of a teenager can seek a reply to many problems of daily occurrence”. In the 53 years since its publication, the teenagers for whom it was intended have themselves become the parents and grandparents of teenagers. DATING AND GOING STEADY FOR MARRIAGE. “Steady company-keeping is the normal preparation for marriage. By its very nature, steady dating leads to strong physical and psychological attraction, and ever-increasing desires for the complete physical union desirable only in marriage. “It follows, therefore, that steady dating is justified when there is a possibility of marriage in the reasonably near future. “Steady dating can and often does lead to tragic consequences. These are intimacies, premature and immature marriages and heartbreak if the association is terminated by one party. “In view of this, steady dating may not

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GENERATIONS be taken up merely as a form of recreation and amusement. One who is deeply in love and dreaming about marriage is not a good candidate for higher education. “Going steady and single-dating for young teenagers thrusts adolescents into an adult world for which they are not ready. If they feel that their steady dating is tolerated and approved by parents and society generally they can do little else but try to prove themselves adults. “Too often their sources of knowledge about sex are lurid paperbacks and sub-standard magazines with visual education provided by uncensored films and adults TV sessions.” The rules set out are: 1. Steady dating limits a teenager’s choice of friends and is often morally dangerous. 2. Steady dating should not be allowed to high school students, with the possible exception of seniors. 3. Teenagers under 16 should not be allowed on single dates unless it is to a properly supervised school function or to a similar activity fully chaperoned by responsible adults. Imagine telling that to the kids! RECREATION “Many hours of most days must be spent in study. To offset their natural high spirits and energies, teenagers must have regular intervals from study in wholesome forms of recreation. “There are two ways in which recreation can hurt rather than help. Firstly it can be made an end in itself taking up so much time, interest and energy that other important things of life such as study, work and thought, are crowded out. “Secondly, recreation is abused when it is sought in activities which are morally wrong or morally dangers. “Under this kind of abuse would fall bad reading, attending bad shows or movies, keeping bad company, “petting parties” and so on. The rules: 1. Teenagers should find their recreation in group activities as much as possible. The “group” idea of recreation for teenagers is stressed here so that it excludes the dangerous outlet of steady dating and pairing off. 2. Parents should make their homes available for the group activities of teenagers. There is a deplorable drift away from the home as a place where teenagers might gather and have their fun. Too often the sound lounge, street corner, the milk bar; an overloaded car, have become the gathering places of teenagers because they were not encouraged to gather at home. When a party is in progress, the father or some responsible male member should take a gate-crasher aside and quietly but decidedly ask the uninvited visitor to leave. 3. Parents should be certain that they know the kind of recreational activities Sunshine Coast

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their sons and daughters take part in outside their homes. 4. Parents should promote wholesome, constructive and cultural hobbies for their teenagers. 5. It would be wrong for parents not to make allowance for the age factor when discussing the rules. Those made in the early teen years should be relaxed as the teenager grows to maturity. Senior dances and socials should never be allowed to go on into all-night parties. 6. Drive-in theatres should be banned for single dates and are not recommended for group dates. Today’s teens would have no idea what a sound lounge is, and milk bars and drive-in theatres are no longer a source of anxiety for parents. DRESS “This section on teenage conduct deals with dress – or more specifically with modesty and good taste in dress. “The code outlines four simple principles and five practical rules which parents of teenagers and teenagers themselves are urged to consider to adopt. “The principles are: Clothing among human beings is intended to serve three purposes. To protect the body against dangers to health caused by climate and weather. To shield from the view of others those parts of the body which, if they were brashly uncovered or too frankly revealed, would ordinarily stimulate sexual desires in others. To serve the purpose of adornment; to express joy or sorrow; to reveal personality, love of art and beauty. “Modesty preserves chastity. Thus one must not be concerned solely with how he or she feels like dressing, nor with what is comfortable in dress, nor even with what may be popular in dress. It is more important to be concerned with what will be the effect upon the feelings of others. “Parents have a special obligation to teach their children the principles which govern good taste in dress from their earliest years. “The time, the place, the occasion or circumstance even the age and physical build of an individual must be considered when making a choice of apparel. “Girls should be taught good taste in the use of make-up and cosmetics. “Public swimming and sun-baking are not occasions for abandoning discretion. Swimsuits too small or too tight should never be used. “A young man is embarrassed if his partner draws unnecessary attention by dressing in a provocative manner.” The phrase “modesty preserves chastity” has disappeared from the vernacular. NEXT MONTH: THE 1968 CODE FOR DRIVING, DRINKING AND DRUGS We’d like to hear your views and memories of the era. Email editor@

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SCOUTS FOLLOW FOOTSTEPS OF HISTORY ON HERITAGE TRAMWAY WALK SIX Cub Scouts and their leader were last month hosted by the Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway group for a guided walk along the heritage-listed walking trail, and a visit to the original Krauss locomotive. In 1928, when the Buderim tram ran daily between Palmwoods and Buderim, two Scouts set out early one Saturday morning to map the tramway route and enjoy a bush adventure. The boys were 14-year-old Harry Krebs and his mate Bob Collins, both of Palmwoods. The exercise was a senior

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scouting challenge to earn a mapping badge. In 2021, Brock Adamson, planned the bushwalk, ensuring everyone had appropriate equipment, clothing, food and a personal first aid kit, to attain his Grey Wolf Badge, which is the pinnacle of the Cub Scout section. The tramline led them over 15km of farmlands, open paddocks, bush and scrub winding around the southwestern slopes of Buderim. They arrived in Buderim township at dusk. Having obtained

permission from a landowner, they then camped on a property beside a creek. The Scouting movement was introduced to Buderim Mountain in June 1922 by Scout Master, Mr. B. Heape from England, who formed a troop on July 11,1922 with eight boys. Kawana Scouts have been actively involved in the community since 1980. Leaders are highly motivated volunteers who are trained in scouting and have a commitment to providing safe, varied, fun, and exciting programs for their young members. The Kawana Scout Group is within the Beaver Masters Scout District and associated with Scouts Queensland and Scouts Australia. Brock, whose parents and brother joined the group to see him take up the challenge, also took up a gold coin donation in appreciation for the BuderimPalmwoods Heritage Tramway volunteers who participated, president Helene Cronin, Kay Sinclair, Ann Lingard and Noel Williams.

GROUP WELCOMES VETERAN SPEAKER CALOUNDRA Family History Research group has a special guest speaker at its general meeting on November 18. Peter Kennedy is president of the Sunshine Coast Young Veterans group. He joined the RAAF in 1988 and was deployed to Cambodia, PNG, Iran, Bougainville, and East Timor. He completed 10 tours of the Middle East and various humanitarian disaster relief missions including Bali bombings, Thailand tsunami, Pedang earthquakes and the Philippines cyclone.

Peter will talk about the Sunshine Coast young veterans who, since 2012, have been helping enrich the lives of Australian veterans by connecting them with their communities. This support inspires veterans to think outside the box of what is possible, re-engage with civilian society and participate in positive events that challenge and rehabilitate. Visit caloundrafamilyhistory. or call June 0409 932 229 for more information.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING MADE EASY THE Sunshine Coast Arts and Crafts group’s popular Christmas Fair is coming up for visitors to find interesting hand-made Christmas gifts and for members to showcase their skills. The group has been supporting local craftspeople for 38 years and the sale of beautifully crafted items allows the group to continue. A raffle to be drawn on the

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OLD STITCHES AND NEW SKILLS The Sunshine Coast Embroiderers’ Guild meets each Tuesday 1pm-4 pm. Members last month displayed their embroidery items at the Maroochydore Library to show how stitches can be used in both traditional and modern ways. Meetings are at the QCWA Hall in Memorial Ave, Maroochydore. Anyone who would like to join is welcome to come along to practise old skills, learn new skills and enjoy supportive friendships. Call Robyn 0404 810 174.

A FREE seminar on grief and loss run by grief counsellor Sue Adams will be held in Nambour. Loss is universal and grief is a natural reaction. Learning more about grief and the grieving process may help anyone who is mourning a loved one as well as those who want to feel more at ease starting up a conversation with someone suffering a loss. Sue will answer questions about grief and loss and offer practical tips in managing grief and how to talk to someone who is grieving. Refreshments will follow. Numbers are limited. Monday, November 22, 10am-11.30am, Drysdale and White Lady Funerals, 33 National Park Rd, Nambour. Register at 5441 1366 or email julia.knock@drysdalefunerals.


Beryl Moye and May Thomas at the Sausage Sizzle CALOUNDRA Evening View Club celebrated its 26th birthday with a dinner meeting. The club has 117 members and sponsors 10 children in the Learning for Life program. The committee has worked within the health restrictions and guidelines to keep members safe, connected and informed. Substantial funds were raised last month with a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and members also volunteered to register athletes for the Sunshine Coast Marathon. Interesting guest speakers attend the monthly evening dinner meetings. Guests and new members always welcome. Call Enid 5491 5502

MAROOCHYODORE View Club members dressed up in their finest pink outfits to honour women everywhere for Breast Awareness month. This month’s theme will be a festive one, as it will be the final luncheon for the year. Speaker is radio announcer Caroline Hutchinson. There will be a super Bring and Buy stall and donations will be finalised for the annual stationery drive for the Learning for Life program to help disadvantaged students with their education. A bus trip has been organised to the

DFO to enjoy a day out together and begin the Christmas shopping. Members enjoyed the recent zone View Clubs Fellowship Fiesta, hosted by the Bribie Island club. Lunch, entertainment and raffles, plus catching up with members of other local clubs ensured a wonderful experience. The View Clubs of Australia are a valued partner of the Smith family, supporting 298 disadvantaged children in Queensland with an education for a brighter future. All clubs welcome guests and new members. Call Maggie 0418 793 906.

GLASSHOUSE Country View Club had a sausage sizzle and get-together in Glasshouse Mountains for its October outing. It was a lovely morning to relax in the park and enjoy the food provided by our member Dianne. This month is a Melbourne Cup lunch at the home of one of our members. The lunch meeting is on November 17, 11.30am at Glasshouse Country RSL at 1 Reed Street Glasshouse Township. Guest speaker will be Rod Preston who will talk about history of the postal service and transport. The club currently supports 4 Learning for Life students. Any ladies interested in attending an event or joining the club should contact Jill 0417 793 708 or Janet 0448 845 303.

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1918 After four years and 97 days the guns finally fell silent as the Great War ended. Around 9 million lives were lost with a further 27 million injured. 1963 President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. 1641 England’s first newspaper was published.

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Relevance remains crucial, regardless of age Ageism, particularly as it affects older people, is a real and growing economic and social problem. JUDY RAFFERTY discusses what it means for individuals and the impact it can have on retirement plans.


loria Steinem, an American feminist journalist and social political activist said, ‘…in general, both men and women suffer from ageism. Men much less because men gain power as they get older. Women lose power as they get older. Men are seen as gaining experience and being distinguished.’ What a provocative way to begin talking about ageism. I wonder what this statement provokes in you, but that’s a long conversation. The Australian Human Rights Commission reported that ageism not only limits the potential opportunity for older Australians to participate fully in the community, but also significantly impacts on overall health and wellbeing. Ageism in the workplace is well researched and documented. Retirement is an area of specialty for me as a psychologist. Ageism has a direct impact on our retirement decisions and our experience of retirement. In Australia we know that once we retire, we are likely to suffer a loss of identity and credibility. We also know that as we age, we are likely to suffer further loss of identity and

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old, including those still in their 50s. These include dependency, loss of ability to learn new things and lack of technological ability. Importantly, there is a relationship between stereotypes and the development of ageism. The more negative the stereotypes the more ageist the society becomes. But there can be some positives and trade-offs to ageism. On the positive side, older people are sometimes seen as wise and kindly. This is known as sageism. If you are prepared to trade off your independence you might find that people will look after you with more care for your expected frailties. Interestingly, older people often participate in ageism by joking about their senior moments and their wrinkles. A question to ask yourself is whether you will accept the subtle ageism imposed on you by our society with its lower expectations of you and its sometimeskindly care for your physical and mental vulnerabilities, or whether you will accept appropriate and kindly care but also strive to age actively, to remain visible and relevant, and to present positively. We tend to think of ageism as

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Drink up for safer summer exercise The body needs water to function well, especially when it comes to exercise. TRISTAN HALL explains the whys, whens, whats and how much of hydration.


ater regulates internal body temperature, cushions joints, brings oxygen to cells and maintains electrolyte balance. Not being well-hydrated during exercise can have dire consequences such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, muscle cramping and the breakdown of skeletal muscles, those connected to your skeleton that help the body move the way it should. When well-hydrated, muscles are 75 per cent water. So how much water do you need when exercising? This will vary. Many factors need to be considered such as the exercise, body weight, the weather and clothing. Health condition and medications make a difference too. It’s a good idea to talk to an exercise physiologist or dietitian to come up with a personalised water intake plan. As a guideline, drink 2-3 glasses of water in the two hours before exercising. Drink occasionally during exercise, then drink a few glasses of water in the following hour to recover the water lost by sweating and muscle use. Continue drinking regularly throughout the day. As we age, the signals that we need water become less reliable. If you tend to forget to drink water, use the timer on your watch or phone to remind you. Another way to check water intake is by noting how often you urinate. Ideally you should urinate at least once every two hours. If this is not the case, drink more water. Build up the habit of having a glass of

water with each meal, snack or coffee break. It is commonly thought that being thirsty is an indication you need a drink. However, thirst is a sign you are already dehydrated. Two other signs of dehydration are being light-headed during or after exercise and having dark-coloured urine. Dehydration can cause low blood pressure, weakness and confusion. On the positive side, being wellhydrated when you exercise can improve your workout, help you recover faster and reduce the chance of headaches and fatigue. In short, exercising is more fun. And water is still the best option for staying hydrated. Coffee, tea or sugary drinks have drawbacks. Too much caffeine can bring on the jitters. High sugar intake is associated with developing chronic diseases. Jazz up your water with lime, herbal tea bags or mint leaves. You can also freeze blocks of watermelon for a refreshing summer treat. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit

FIT HAPPENS With Tom Law SOME of the most effective things in life are the simplest. We have a wealth of technology and time-saving apparatus to help us in our quest for health and wellness and there have been so many advances in recording, monitoring and analysing our health. You can track your heart rate on your watch as well as record the number of steps you take in a day and view your stress levels. It can be a long list depending on the type of personal fitness device you are using. As an older personal trainer, I am constantly amazed by the new technology on the market and as most of my clients are much younger than me, they are often the first to tell me about the latest advances. In fact, I find it hard to keep up. Fitbit, Apple watch, Garmin, satellite tracking and locating applications are more the norm these days and most of us have jumped on the wagon. But it is not necessary, as many of the older methods we used are still current, Sunshine Coast

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accurate enough and very economical. Long before personal electronic devices we could take our own pulse to ascertain how hard we were working by placing the first two fingers on the wrist and counting the pulse via the radial artery. Often this is a more accurate method as the count is almost instant. Some devices have a lag time, understandably. If you want to check if you are working hard enough on your daily workout you can use the “perceived rate of exertion” scale, with a measurement of 1-10, 1 being very light and 10 being heavy exercise. Most older people should work at 3-4 using this scale and increase repeats or intensity as required. Lastly, a simple log of exercise and diet can be recorded daily if you want to look at your food intake or your exercise each day. Writing this down does not take a lot of time and you may be surprised at the amount of food you actually consume when you maintain a detailed log. Tom Law is author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens.Visit

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Mazda moves into the EV market Rapid charge time but limited driving range, upmarket style but comfortable feel — BRUCE McMAHON finds Mazda’s first all-electric vehicle an enigma.


he MX-30, around $70,000 on-road, has a price tag comparable to Hyundai’s extended-range electric Kona and others rolling into this niche of SUV-style machines without tailpipes. Yet, where many in this bracket work around a driving range of 400km and more, the MX-30’s is more like 200km and maybe a bit. While most of today’s EVs (Electric Vehicles) go-to-whoa power can shove a driver back in the seat, this Mazda is gentle. Where others drive like a dodgem car at the Ekka – lifting off the accelerator bringing on abrupt braking – the Mazda is far more considered, more like a conventional petrol-engined car. Mazda’s idea of running with a smaller 35.5kWh battery, compared with the 60-75kWh batteries in some rivals, is that this is quite sufficient for a town car and helps save on the environmental cost of the batteries. It also means less charging time. A rapid charge, 50kW station can reportedly have the MX-30 from 20 to 80 per cent in 36 minutes, while a 7kW home charger will take five hours for a full charge. That’s about half the time of a

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70kWh battery. Still, a range just over 200km wouldn’t get you from Brisbane to Noosa and back without a re-charge. Plus, this Mazda isn’t a huge vehicle. It’s more for couples than families. It looks good though, inside and out, with back doors hinged at the rear, a la the Mazda RX-8 sports car. There’s a premium, grown-up feel throughout the cabin which includes sustainable materials such as cork for some finishes. Of course, there’s the usual array of

today’s comfort, convenience and safety features to keep a driver, and occupants, calm and controlled. Yet all this upmarket style and the Mazda badge, may not convince everyone that the asking price here isn’t a bit steep for a car with a driving range limited to 200km or so. But wait, there’s more … The Mazda MX-30 is a much nicer car to drive than many EV rivals. It has a more cohesive bridge between old (internal combustion engines) and

new (electric motors) and there are a number of matters which make an old bloke feel more at home. The gear selector is more involving by the simple business of having to shift the lever into park, rather than pushing buttons. Then there’s the little bit of artificial engine noise piped through the stereo. Out and about, the MX-30 may not be as supercar-smart off the line as some EVs yet it’s quick enough and there isn’t that on-off abruptness of coming off the accelerator. Through paddle-shifters, there is the opportunity to increase the amount of electric motor braking, and regenerative charging, to some degree. And where others of these compact to medium-sized EVs can be a tad roly-poly in handling and road-holding traits (some built on re-purposed SUV platforms), the Mazda is a far more composed machine, more engaging to drive than most in this class, as befitting that Zoom-Zoom marketing. Perhaps the Mazda MX-30 won’t have widespread market appeal, but this is quite an appealing, albeit expensive, electric car.

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THE over 50s lifestyle resort sector is about to rise to new levels with highquality homes and a long list of facilities at GemLife’s first over 50s resort on the Gold Coast. GemLife director and CEO Adrian Puljich, a Gold Coaster himself, said he had no doubt the resort would be market-leading. “GemLife Gold Coast is sure to set the bar high for the sector, taking over 50s and retirement living to the next level,” he said. When completed, the resort will feature a luxe three-level country club, a chic outdoor recreational precinct with wellness centre, and a striking pavilion on the site’s highest point. At centre stage will be a stunning, architect-designed country club. Equal parts sanctuary and a place to be social, the building is tailored for homeowners to find the balance of fitness, health, relaxation, and fun. “Residents will have so much choice right on their doorstep. They can unwind and breathe in the fresh air from a poolside cabana, relax with friends in the wine lounge, or work up a sweat in the fitness centre,” Mr Puljich said. The country club will have a grand hall with stage, dance floor and a

IT WAS the rolling hills and lush rainforest setting of Buderim that attracted downsizers Cynthia and Ian Rye to B by Halcyon. Having lived on property in Woombye, Cynthia and Ian were looking for somewhere to retire where they could enjoy a rich natural landscape without the burden of overwhelming yard maintenance. “It’s mainly because we had property and we wanted to downsize,” Cynthia said. “It was a tropical rainforest. It wasn’t large but it felt large when it all grew and had to be cleaned up.” Ian added: “B’s not far from where we were living anyway. We love the Sunshine Coast, and we love nature, so we were surrounded by trees. B by Halcyon has got that, and hills.” B by Halcyon is Halcyon’s greenest community to date, with an environmentally conscious masterplanned design complemented by almost 6ha of private open space for the exclusive use of homeowners. “What we wanted was something similar to the property we lived on where we were surrounded by total tropical rainforest, trees and green,” Cynthia said. “We are on the edge of the swale, which is a dry riverbed about 17m wide. Halcyon has planted around 12,000 plants and trees there so it was like moving from what we had to something similar. We have our own garden, a beautiful big patio and lots of greenery

commercial kitchen for functions and events, bar and lounge, creative studio, library, hair salon, café and an undercover balcony area with outdoor lounges and dining areas. Upstairs, is a fitness centre with health club, including a fully-equipped gym, yoga studio, indoor lap pool, spa and sauna while the upper-level terrace will feature a stunning infinity pool with sunken conversation lounges, semisubmerged sun-loungers and inviting poolside cabanas. In addition, there will be a large lounge and games room with a golf simulator, plus a stand-out Sky Lounge, a circular room made of glass with 180-degree views towards the Gold Coast skyline. Call 1800 325 229 or visit gemlife.

HELP AT HAND WHEN THE FAMILY ISN’T CHILDREN grow up and leave home, and as parents grow older, they can begin to feel isolated, especially when it comes to big life decisions such as downsizing and moving to a retirement village or into care. There’s a lot to be done, physically and mentally. But if the kids are interstate or overseas and can’t help, then Colomba can. It offers a comprehensive clearing and relocation service tailored to help seniors and their families. The aim is to give peace of mind for making a home relocation. With years of experience, Colomba staff can guide you through any nervous or difficult situations and when it’s all too

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hard, they make it easy. Colomba is also available to assist in deceased estates. During an emotional time, having to clear out a home can be overwhelming. Choose a package that suits your requirements, and Jeanne at Colomba ensures all property is dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner. When two sons living interstate were prevented from travelling to assist their parents, Jeanne set up a Zoom meeting to organise the process and and made the transition stress-free for their parents. Call Jeanne 0402 126 157 or visit

around. It’s really good.” The opportunity to live in a tropical rainforest aside, Cynthia and Ian were enticed to B by Halcyon by the prospect of being part of a community. “I like people, I’m a real extrovert and I enjoy people’s company,” Cynthia said. “We’d been here not quite a fortnight and we’d been invited to a street party and a barbecue and met a whole lot of people from our particular street. In our age group, it’s nice to be able to meet people and make friends of your own age and way of life.” Cynthia and Ian are looking forward to making the most of Halcyon’s easygoing lifestyle, connecting to the community and living a comfortable life together in retirement. “When you retire and you’ve been living a life of go-go-go and all of a sudden that winds down, you have to have something to replace it with, and Halcyon is certainly providing that,” Cynthia said. “There’s plenty of things we can do, so it’s giving us a life in our retirement. We can live happily ever after.” Visit

MCKENZIE ALWAYS PUTS FAMILY FIRST McKENZIE Aged Care Group was founded by a family who saw a need to create an environment that felt like a family home. The McKenzie family vision – to provide aged care homes that they would be proud to live in – started when sisters Sally and Mary-Ann McKenzie opened their first home in 2001, in Melbourne. Resident needs still remain the focus at every home so at every stage they truly feel part of the McKenzie family.

“Residents are encouraged to bring personal items to help make the transition into their new home more comfortable,” Sally says. “We want to provide the community with the confidence they need when it’s time to enter aged care.” McKenzie Aged Care homes are at Buderim, Beerwah, Deception Bay and Bongaree. Call 1300 899 222 or visit

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Shortcuts can lead to the hard road Picking up a DIY will kit may sound like a cheap alternative, but, writes DON MACPHERSON, it can end up being the most expensive decision you will make.


ore and more people are looking to do their own wills, either based on a previous version, or through a Will Kit purchased from a newsagency. It reminds us of the old adage – “a person who does their own legal work has a fool for a client”. Nevertheless, the court is increasingly being confronted with decisions on whether a document – whether it be a scribble on a wall, a text message, a handwritten note, or notes on an old will – should be treated as a person’s Last Will and Testament and admitted to probate. Wills are supposed to be witnessed by two independent people who are not beneficiaries of the estate. Primarily this is to prevent fraud. Sometimes the intended will is not properly witnessed, not signed correctly, or is expressed in language that simply doesn’t make sense or is internally inconsistent. The question for a court is always whether the defective document purports to express the intention of a person to be their last will, rather than being merely notes or thoughts as to a possible will. Recently the court had to consider what to do with a document which was a

copy of an earlier will where the person had handwritten changes on the old document that had the effect of changing who got what and in what proportions. The first question was whether the document with the handwritten changes was intended to be a last will or was the handwriting merely musings or notes where the person was thinking through what they may want to change in their will. The court decided, having heard evidence from a number of parties, that the person did intend the updated document to be their last will. Then the question became how to deal with the changes in the second will – did they trump the original bequests? The court decided they did. The court then admitted into probate

SURVEY FINDS WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR BANKING LAWS A NEW nationally-representative survey has found widespread support for the passage of two landmark Banking Royal Commission reforms, including a compensation scheme. The survey by consumer group Choice found that eight in 10 Australians agree victims of finance investment scams should receive compensation. And almost three-quarters support a compensation scheme for victims of financial misconduct. Choice’s banking policy adviser Patrick Veyret said the community had not forgotten the scandals of the Banking Royal Commission but two and a half

years after the Federal Government committed to cleaning up the banking industry, many victims had not been compensated and many banking executives had got off scot-free. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” he said. “More than 1300 people have had their complaints and compensation awarded paused until the Government passes the scheme. People have lost their entire life savings and are stuck in limbo.” He said for many victims, compensation was the difference between living a secure retirement and facing a life on the aged pension in the insecure private rental market.

the first will, subject to, but superseded by, the changes in the second will. What are the lessons from all this? Firstly, the person’s intentions were ultimately endorsed by the court and implemented. Secondly however, to achieve the person’s intentions the matter needed to go to court with contested views from beneficiaries who benefited, or not, depending on what version was accepted. A court application of that nature could

cost perhaps $50,000. A new/updated will through a lawyer would have cost maybe $400. It reminds us of another old adage – “penny wise, pound foolish”. Don’t do it yourself – get an expert to make it right and avoid court. Don Macpherson is at Sunshine Coast Elder Law, experts in wills, estates, and estate disputes. Visit sunshinecoast or phone 1800 961 622

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November means men’s health

GLOBALLY, men die on average five years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable – which means that it doesn’t have to be that way. A growing number of men are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men, and around the world, one

man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75 per cent of all suicides. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men and the difference between early and late detection is a matter of life and death. The risk increases with age,

so after 50, men should be talking to their doctor about PSA testing. Movember is the leading charity dedicated to changing the face of men’s health and this month is dedicated to engaging the community in raising funds to support its projects. Since 2003, Movember has been supporting men’s health and uniting experts to collaborate on projects that will fundamentally change the way they are treated. Funding is prioritised for the three biggest health issues facing men – mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. To join in the vital fundraising for these projects, there are four easy ways to help in November: grow a moustache, run or walk 60km during the month, rally a crew and do something fun and easy, or come up with your own ideas that put the fun in fundraising. Sign up online. Visit

Blake Primrose, Jordan Barden & Scott Henshaw RAISING funds and awareness for men’s health is a job for the boys at Define Property Agents in Mooloolaba. Jordan Barden and his work buddies Scott Henshaw and Blake Primrose are taking up the Movember challenge and are keen to get the community behind them. “Men are dying too young, and I want to do everything in my power to know that everyone in my room – friends, family, strangers, should never feel alone,” Jordan says. “I believe in the power of

conversation and connection that Movember brings to our community.” Jordan is hoping that growing a mo “in this hairy season” will start the conversations that save lives. “I hope my mo will draw attention to men’s physical and mental health,” he says. “This is for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives!” Anyone who would like to support Jordan’s efforts can join the campaign and make a contribution at movember. com/m/14010574?mc=1





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Is your skin ready for the Queensland summer?


id you know that the Sunshine State is the skin cancer capital of the world? In Queensland, melanoma rates reach 40 per cent higher than the national average. Every day, five Australians lose their lives to melanoma, which is sometimes barely visible to the naked eye. But 99 per cent of skin cancers are curable if detected and treated early, which is why experts recommend regular skin checks. “A full skin cancer check is the best place to start to ensure your skin is healthy and safe,” says Professor David Wilkinson, Chief Medical Officer of National Skin Cancer Centres. An esteemed expert in skin cancer medicine, Prof Wilkinson is a skin cancer subspecialist of nearly two decades. He is the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University and former Dean of Medicine at The University of Queensland and has taught over 7,000 GPs how to manage skin cancer through university-assured programs by HealthCert Education. More recently, Prof Wilkinson joined the Skin Surveillance (Birtinya) and Caloundra Skin Cancer Centres to provide essential care for high-risk patients on the Sunshine Coast. “Your Skin Cancer Doctor can provide you with peace of mind that there are no nasty surprises which could lead to serious problems if left undiagnosed and untreated. “Early detection through regular full-body

skin cancer checks is the best defence. Our mission is to detect skin cancers in the early stages to minimise complex, invasive and expensive treatments, and ultimately save lives.” Between professional skin checks, we can look out for lesions that stand out as different from the others. Check for any sores that won’t heal, freckles that have recently developed or

changed, or areas that are crusting, itching, or bleeding. If anything looks suspicious, get it checked. Skin cancer can develop very fast and become fatal, and sometimes shows no signs until an advanced stage. Queenslanders can be at particularly high risk of skin cancer if they are over 40, male, or have a personal or family history of skin cancer. The risk is also higher for people who have

experienced severe sunburn, used a solarium, worked outdoors, or have multiple moles, fair skin, or light-coloured hair or eyes. Fortunately, a lifetime of sun exposure can be addressed before it takes a toll on our skin health. Spring is a great time to address existing skin damage and early signs of ageing. “In addition to a skin cancer check, many of our patients who have seen too much sun over their lives benefit from skin repair and rejuvenation treatments to improve skin health and appearance,” says Prof Wilkinson. The centres in Caloundra and Birtinya now provide skin repair and rejuvenation services for comprehensive management of patients’ skin health, including LED light therapy and cosmetic injectable treatments. “It’s never too late to repair sun damaged skin,” says Aesthetic Nurse Rebecca. “We see lots of patients with dehydrated or dry skin. Some are experiencing flare-ups of rosacea or acne. At this time of year, many people are thinking about getting their skin summer-ready, so they want to start a treatment regime with long-term benefits.” Prof Wilkinson is accepting new and existing patients at the centres in Birtinya (Skin Surveillance – phone 5438 8889) and Caloundra (phone 5492 6333). Learn more at

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The reality of male menopause The decline of testosterone in middle-aged men is called andropause. TRUDY KITHER reports that this is a genuine phenomenon that can affect a man’s wellbeing.


n women, rapid declines in sex hormone production is called menopause, when menstruation stops. In men, serum testosterone levels decline more slowly. Reproductive changes in middle-aged men are naturally associated with reduced production of testosterone. The age-related decline in androgen levels is perfectly normal and natural. There are signs and symptoms of this age-related decline that have been associated with a range of mental and physical changes if it happens too rapidly. Low DHEA levels and hypothyroidism are more common in middle-aged men. Thyroid changes can start to occur from middle-age, increasing with age for both women and men. For many men, these changes can be debilitating. They can include fatigue, depression, impaired cognitive function, and lack of energy. Men will often experience “silent depression”, as it often goes unnoticed and unreported. The most common reason for this is that men are more prone to internalizing their feelings than women are. Generally speaking, of course! A man’s internalised struggle with his lowering hormones can often manifest as

their symptoms. These are reducing caffeine intake to 300mg a day and reducing alcohol intake, having a diet rich in high-quality fats and proteins, maintaining or building muscle mass and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. At least seven hours of good quality sleep each night is essential, as is adopting healthy, stress-coping behaviours. Nutrients that are essential during this period in a man’s life are B Complex vitamins. These are critical for energy and neurotransmitter production. Zinc (necessary for over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body) is a crucial co-factor in testosterone production. Magnesium improves mood, muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome, energy, and the nervous system. Herbs of particular benefit are withania (ashwaganda), which is known to improve the nervous system.

low motivation, low-stress tolerance, problem avoidance, substance abuse and even suicide. In severe andropause, the reduced testosterone levels can include hot flushes, night sweats, loss of confidence, deterioration in work performance, decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. Just like women in menopause, they can experience weight gain, a decrease in body hair and a reduction of bone mineral density. There are nutritional, dietary, lifestyle and herbal support factors for men to integrate into their lifestyle to assist with

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It is an adaptogenic herb and will help shift the body back to a “normal” state of being. It supports thyroid health and improves testosterone levels. Rhodiola has anti-stress benefits, while tribulus also enhances testosterone levels and physical performance in men. In summary, middle-aged men can experience these symptoms, leaving them lacking in vitality, tired, depressed, and losing vigour. Blood tests can assess levels of testosterone, SHB, LH and FSH, which will help identify HPG dysfunction. Blood tests can evaluate thyroid dysfunction to check the levels of TSH, T3 and T4. An experienced naturopathic practitioner will assist male patients by supporting their endocrine function. This is achievable through a targeted approach of natural ingredients such as tribulus, rhodiola, withania, magnesium, high-quality B Complex vitamins, zinc and magnesium, along with any additional personalised treatments based on the patients’ individual circumstances. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit

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SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE NEUROLOGICAL disorders are now the leading source of disability globally, and the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world is Parkinson disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition known as a “motor disorder” and affects more than 18,000 Queenslanders – but it remains one of the least understood. The average age of diagnosis is 65 years, with 82 per cent at age 65 and over, however younger people are not excluded. It is not easy to diagnose Parkinson’s. There is no diagnostic blood test or brain scan, so it is important that the diagnosis is made by a specialist, such as a neurologist, who will examine for any physical signs and take a detailed history of symptoms. The underlying cause relates to a decline in the production of the brain chemical, dopamine. This lack of dopamine causes difficulty in controlling movements and moving freely. Non-motor symptoms such as pain, depression and problems with memory and sleep can also occur and have an impact on day-to-day life. There is currently no known cure. However, there are many treatments available that can allow a person with Parkinson’s to lead a fulfilling and productive life. Treatments can assist in managing symptoms and provide a high quality of life for years to come.

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• Kidneys rid your body of waste (through urine), clean your blood of waste and toxins, regulate your blood pressure and manage the production of Vitamin D

HEART HQ, the Sunshine Coast’s specialist cardiology clinic, has a new nurse practitioner running its heart murmur clinic. Silvia Gres works with patients at the Sippy Downs clinic, assessing needs and letting them know what to expect before and after procedures. She also works at Heart HQ’s Birtinya clinic, and with Dr Peter Larsen and Dr Stuart Butterly at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital assessing patients in the cardiology ward. Born in Slovakia, Silvia moved to New York in 1996 to obtain her nursing degree and worked there as a nurse for more than a decade. In 2017, Silvia moved to the Sunshine Coast and joined Ramsay Health Care, where she became their first recognised interventional cardiology nurse practitioner in Australia. While collaborating with the Heart HQ team on cardiac procedures through SCUPH, Silvia’s dedicated, forward-thinking approach to patient care aligned with their vision of providing compassionate, innovative cardiology care. Her passion is to build a better healthcare service for patients on the Sunshine Coast so they receive world-class cardiac care. Visit

• The biggest risk factors for kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, established heart problems and/or stroke, family history of kidney failure, smoking, obesity, being 60 years or older. Check your risk at kidneyrisktest

Parkinson’s Queensland works to support everyone in Queensland living with Parkinson’s or impacted by the diagnosis and recognises that for each person diagnosed there are up to eight others impacted. Support ranges from strategic advocacy, partnerships, supporting research and awareness programs, to the education of government and professionals from medical and community sectors. Individuals are provided with information on various aspects of Parkinson’s diagnosis, educational sessions and webinars. Most importantly, support groups and telephone peer support programs are available around the state. To find a support group near you, call Parkinson’s Queensland 1800 644 189 or email pqi@ Visit

• About 63 people die with kidney-related disease every day • Kidney disease is a silent killer – sufferers can lose 90 per cent of kidney function without experiencing any symptoms • 1 in 3 people Australians are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease •

1.7 million Australian adults are affected by kidney disease while 1.5 million of them are unaware of it

• Kidney-related disease kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer and road accidents.

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Heart HQ, Sunshine Coast’s specialist cardiology practice, has opened a Heart Murmur Clinic. This innovative service is headed by our new Nurse Practitioner Silvia Gres and helps to identify valvular heart disease as quickly as possible. Through the clinic, and supported by an integrated team of heart experts, patients can also access timely treatment and follow-up.

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WILDFLOWER DINING LOCAL customers get special treatment at the Wildflower Kitchen which also offers seniors lunch specials for just $18. Now almost six years old, the Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters Hotel has become a landmark in Birtinya, opposite the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Inside is the award-winning restaurant Wildflower Kitchen, named for its location – Kawana, is the Aboriginal word for wildflower. And yes, it’s all open to the public. With relaxed décor and a deck offering stunning views of Lake Kawana, it serves breakfast and dinner seven days a week and is now also offering lunchg Wednesday to Friday. Innovative head chef, Graeme Mair (pictured) and his kitchen team, offer fresh local produce to create seasonal menus every day. Group bookings are welcome for

JAZZ OF THE CENTURY THE Jazz and Blues Collective this month promises a swinging afternoon to kick up your heels during a trip back to the early 20th century. Slips and the F.W.’s is a group of musicians from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba who reignite the spark and charm of early blues, traditional jazz, swing and ragtime tunes from the early 1900s to the 1940s. The group performs old time tunes their own way and also include

PHANTOM LEAVES THE OPERA HOUSE A CLASSY, radio-style presentation of the Gothic classic The Phantom of the Opera will be brought to life by the

originals from their debut 2020 album SUGOI, bringing a taste of New Orleans. A Coffee Van will be on site from 12.30pm. There’s a BYO drink licence (no glass) and bring your own food or nibbles. Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd East. Maroochydore November 7, doors open 1pm, music 1.30pm-4pm. Bookings: Call Graeme 0417 633734.

Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company. Gaston Leroux’s famous 1909 novel The Phantom of the Opera is a gripping tale that revolves around the beautiful soprano Christine Daaé and the deformed, murderous “ghost” of the opera house. Tickets include the play, supper and musical interlude. CCTC Theatre 3 Piringa St, Wurtulla November 17, 7.30 special price preview $23, November 19 and 26, 7.30pm; November 20-21 and 27-28, 2pm.Tickets $33, concessions $30, groups $27. Bookings essential 0490 329 912.

restaurant dining or private function space and with Christmas coming up, it’s time book special celebrations. Wildflower Kitchen is popular, so bookings are recommended. Follow Wildflower Restaurant on Facebook for menus, specials and events. Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters. 9 Florey Blvd, Birtinya Visit

BOTANIC GARDENS ARE BUZZING TAKE a walk through the beautiful Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens with a trained guide to discover more about the curious and essential work of pollinators. Australian Pollinator Week is November 13-21, and to celebrate there is a guided walk on November 10. Gardens are important ecosystems that provide habitat and food sources for a great

range of pollinators – bees, butterflies, bugs, birds and bats. In return, pollinators play essential roles in the reproduction of flowering plants and biodiversity. Friends of Maroochy Botanic Gardens also have free walks on Mondays at 10am. Visit friendsofmaroochy Meet at the entrance to the Arts and Ecology Centre. Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Rd, Tanawha. November 10, 9.30am-11am Tickets $5 at or call Elaine 0424 074 484

NIGHT AT THE PROMS WORLD War II memories is the theme for this year’s Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra end-of-year Proms concert. With all the usual pomp and fanfare, the audience can re-live the Last Night of the Proms as if it was Albert Hall. Conducted by Adrian King, the concert features the Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Schindler’s List, American Sketches, and the Dam Busters March. Perennial favourites Jerusalem,

Fantasia, British sea songs, and Pomp and Circumstance haven’t been forgotten. With searing solos from violinist Rhys Williams and singer Fran Wilson, it will be a feast not to be missed. Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina. December 4, 7pm Tickets $40, concession $35, including a program. Visit sunshinecoast

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ROYAL AFTERNOON OF ENTERTAINMENT SUNSHINE Coast Jazz Club present Nicole Parker-Brown and The Jazz Kings, one of the most sought-after jazz bands in southeast Queensland who have and have just finished recording their first CD Out of Nowhere. Formed in 2017, the group’s members have decades of professional experience in all aspects of the music industry – performers, entertainers, recording artists, teachers, backing/support to local, national and major stars, floorshows, and also in television and radio. Jazz is their main genre, but they can also swing, play the blues and pre-Covid, had audiences up dancing with rockabilly and country music.

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Their repertoire is based on what the venue and audience wants, from trad to modern and popular jazz, jump blues and swing. They have recently had sell-out performances at the Brisbane Jazz Club. Nicole Parker-Brown on vocals, will be supported by the Kings: Col Atkinson, bass and vocals; Rod Ford, drums; Peter Uppman, vocals and trumpet; Gordon Matheson, guitar; and Mike Wade, keyboard and vocals. Caloundra Power Boat Club Sunday, November 21, 1pm Tickets $25, seniors $22.50 Bookings: Call Richard 0427 782 960

COOLUM Theatre Players present Ladies in Black, a visual delight and a musical treat featuring well known faces and newcomers. Set in Sydney in the 1950s, this musical tells the story of bookish school leaver Lisa (Sienna McRitchie, newcomer to CTP) who joins the sales staff of a fashionable Sydney department store, F.G. Goode’s. Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful denizens of the women’s clothing department. As she anxiously awaits her final results, Lisa must overcome her father’s (Greg McMahon) reluctance to allow her to follow her dreams of going to university instead of becoming a secretary until she finds a proper husband. Lisa’s mother (Christine Mai) is a good 1950s wife who supports her husband in all things. Up to a point! This is a wonderful musical by Carolyn Burns with music by Tim Finn, directed by Linda Gefken (We Will Rock You, Spamalot, The Addams Family and Sweet Charity). Tables seat eight and BYO nibbles and drinks. Coolum Civic Centre, Park St, Coolum Beach. Friday and Saturday, November 26-27, 7.30pm; Sunday 28, 2pm; December 3-4, 7.30pm; and



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BILL MCCARTHY This is not a pleasant book to read but, if you ever doubted that evil people exist in our most trusted institutions then you probably should read it. Daryl chronicles his life from the time his malevolent mother deserted her children to the care of the State, in this case, a Salvation Army children’s home where they were subjected to the most horrific treatment. Denied offers of adoption by their scheming mother, they survived until, as teenagers, she took them to Australia to live with her new husband. After this arrangement broke down, 14-year-old Daryl was pushed on to the street on a rainy night. His subsequent survival and growth into a successful adult is a wonderful example of courage and fortitude. Like many memoirs this is not particularly well written, but this is mostly irrelevant given the context.

MARY BARBER I hope this book is widely read. It is Daryl’s personal story and that of his two brothers and sister while in the “care” of the Salvation Army in New Zealand. So many people at the Salvation Army home turned a blind eye to allow this abuse to go on for so long. They are all culpable. The cruelty and violence Daryl faced every day was extreme. I admire his courage in writing this memoir. The book also shares Daryl’s adult life. He had some years in the Australian army followed by a successful career in fitness and bodybuilding. He found love and friendship in his life which pulled him through the dark times. Well worth the read.

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SUZI HIRST Yet another book written by a damaged soul about a life of physical, sexual and psychological abuse, childhood innocence taken from him, abandonment, loss of family and his battle to survive and make a life for himself. All of this starting from birth. Shunted from foster home to foster home he was eventually placed in the care of the Salvation Army. The abuse and cover-up of all those involved with his care is disgraceful – especially for a Christian establishment. The hatred of his mother is extreme but oh so understandable. The damage to his brothers, sister and half-brother caused by parents and so-called carers make this hard to read. That Daryl made a success of his life is commendable.


A powerful true story of one boy’s fight to survive, this harrowing memoir is Daryl Te’Nadii facing the chilling memories of his childhood in New Zealand. Abandoned by his mother as a baby, he was put into care where he suffered daily beatings and humiliation. After 12 years, his mother returned but he faced further abuse at the hands of his stepfather. His mother left him again and at 14 he was living on the streets. After joining the army at 18, Daryl finished high school and was one of only 67 to be chosen for elite training. He went on to win 29 Australian titles in powerlifting and body building. Available in 163 countries, writing the book was cathartic for the author who now hopes it will shine a light on violence against children and support men’s mental health.

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT I have always found it difficult to fully comprehend the betrayal of trust, hurt and anger that those who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused during childhood experience during their lifetime. If Daryl Te’Nadii does nothing else in this book he clearly articulates the impact of these abuses on himself, his family and people around him over more than 40 years. To his credit he acknowledges the good times he experienced in the orphanages but clearly the abuses have stayed with him every moment of his life. His story is told well despite repetition and mistakes that are a little off-putting.

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This memoir is about a New Zealand boy who, with his two brothers and sister, is abandoned by a heartless narcissistic mother. They were placed in a Salvation Army orphanage described as the “Palace of Pain in Horrorville”. Two violent and sadistic male paedophiles marauding in the cloth of Christ physically and sexually abused the children and destroyed the lives they should have been protecting. Daryl faced his demons with the help of friends and close family ties. He blunted the painful psychological intrusions and ruminations by adopting a life of extreme physical exercise. Congratulations Daryl on telling your sad story and exposing one of the many unchristian organisations who criminally abused children. You are a true survivor and a warrior for this lost and unwanted generation. A must read 9/10.

JO BOURKE I doubt I will ever forget this book! It is a brutally honest account of Daryl Te’Nadii’s courage in surviving mental, physical and sexual abuse from five years of age in a church home in New Zealand. Totally confronting and related in such detail, I will never forget the image of a skinny six-year-old made to stand naked for 15 minutes in sub-zero temperature as punishment. Add to that the treatment by his biological mother and stepfather and it’s no wonder suicide was often an option for Daryl. Most of all this story made me angry! The Salvation Army is but one of many “Christian” establishments that have acted similarly towards innocent children in their care. A letter of apology does not make amends! Huge congratulations to Daryl for facing his demons. He is an inspiration and proof that it is possible to not only survive the worst possible childhood but to eventually live a happy life. Definitely worth reading.

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What can cause sciatica to flare?

The uncertainties of death

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Sciatica is a term used to describe nerve pain in the leg that is caused by irritation and/or compression of the sciatic nerve. Disc bulges that compress the nerves, eventually forming the sciatic nerve, can be triggered and aggravated by simple things such as poor posture, sitting too long without breaks, lifting heavy objects incorrectly and even being overweight. Keeping an accurate diary of daily movements and pain levels when experiencing discomfort is critical in identifying what may be triggering your sciatic flare. If you can determine the pain is being caused by something that is easily fixed – such as altering your posture when sitting – you might be able to prevent future flare-ups by taking simple action yourself. There are several treatments available that can help alleviate sciatica symptoms, like pain medication or physical therapy, but they may not work in everyone’s specific case. If the cause of your sciatica pain cannot be found or fixed, then ask your GP for a referral to see a neurosurgeon who can help resolve the issue.

This is the second in our series of articles on the uncertainties of death. Another common misconception is that it is not possible in Queensland to have more than one spouse. You might be surprised to learn, it is possible and more common than you may think. A person can have, for example, two legal spouses when they are separated (but not divorced) from their first spouse and have formed a defacto relationship with a new partner. The distribution of a deceased estate becomes immediately more complex and uncertain in these circumstances – especially given the complexities regarding the different definitions of ‘spouse’ for estate purposes and superannuation purposes. If you pass away without a valid Will and you have more than one spouse, the Rules of Intestacy contemplate your spouses reaching agreement as to the division of your assets! In addition, your spouses may be eligible to make a Family Provision Application seeking provision (or further provision) from your estate. The uncertainties can be eliminated through an effective estate plan.

Radiofrequency neurotomy (or RFN) is a specialised, minimally invasive procedure that is used to provide intermediate to long-term pain relief from chronic pains, such as knee pain, neck pain and lower back pain. Radiofrequency treatment is a 30to 45-minute procedure that uses heat generated by radio waves to target the nerves responsible for your pain. This interrupts the nerves sending pain signals to the brain and can provide long-lasting pain reduction. The nerves that have been treated will eventually grow back and when this happens the pain will probably return, at which time the procedure can be repeated. Some of our patients have been returning to us every year for more than 10 years with great results. If you think you could benefit from RFN, ask your GP if you might be suitable for a referral to X-Ray & Imaging Pain Clinic for consultation, investigation and treatment with our specialist pain doctors. For bookings, email

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Patients with symptomatic hip and knee osteoarthritis will often ask me if they should have joint replacement surgery. This decision comes down to a balance of risk versus benefit. Considerations in this analysis include the severity of the pain, the impact on their quality of life, activity profile, age, other health problems, as well as having appropriate attempts to manage the problem nonoperatively. If the potential risks are higher than the potential benefits, I will inform patients they are not a candidate for surgery. We will then have a long conversation about the non-operative measures they can take to improve their quality of life. When patients are candidates for joint replacement surgery, I always present the non-operative options as well as inform them about the risks and benefits of the surgery. It is never for me to tell patients when it is the right time to have elective surgery. This is an intensely personal decision with so many factors. Only the patient knows when the time is right.


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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time Wildlife, action, adventure ... the Far North has it all

Against the backdrop of Covid lockdowns sweeping much of the country, DANIEL PACE visits Cairns and discovers that while North Queensland needs our help, it has plenty to offer in return.

A cultural experience from the Pamagirri people, with traditional dances, spear throwing, and boomerang throwing lessons.


t should have been one of the busiest times of the year when I arrived in Cairns during the school holidays, but the dearth of tourists at the region’s biggest attractions was alarming. Some operators spoke of crowd numbers being down 60-70 per cent and workers being laid off until travel restrictions lifted. Here’s hoping that this natural wonderland in the tropics will soon be welcoming back lots of southern visitors. Meantime, Queenslanders can have it all – and take the grandkids for the ride. Here are some of the many memorable experiences to make the trip worthwhile: DANIEL VS GOLIATH We arrived at the Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Zoom on the top level of The Reef Casino in Cairns not really knowing what to expect. The morning started sedately as we walked through the dome and marvelled at the native animals – snakes, black cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets, koalas, lizards and main attraction, Goliath, a 4m

500kg crocodile more than 50 years old. Soon it was time for the dome crew to strap on our harnesses and take us to the casino rooftop for a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the city and islands of the Great Barrier Reef. The staff were fantastic in helping us conquer the fear although it’s ultimately a controlled and safe environment. After catching our breath, we went back into the dome to try the zipline. I chose the more difficult Hi-Zoom path over Goliath. Tick “ziplining” off the bucket list, and purchase photographic proof. THE SKY’S THE LIMIT The saying “it’s about the journey, not the destination” is fitting when talking about a trip to Kuranda, the picturesque mountain village about 25km northwest of Cairns. We went up on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and came down on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which offer different, but amazing, views of the world heritagelisted Barron Gorge National Park. The 90-minute train journey takes it nice and slow, to enjoy rolling farmland, misty mountains, steep ravines and spectacular waterfalls. For history buffs, commentary is provided on how the railway was built and its opening in 1891. The train makes a stop at Barron Falls station for passengers to stretch their legs and take their photos of the spectacular

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falls, which are 327m above sea level. Just outside Kuranda is the Rainforestation Nature Park where we went on an army duck tour and immersed in the culture of the Pamagirri people and visited the koala and wildlife park. The highlight was learning to throw a boomerang after watching the Pamagirri perform their traditional dances. For the record, my boomerang did come back but I dropped it cold! After some lunch and a spot of shopping in Kuranda, it was off to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest butterfly aviary in the southern hemisphere. The tip here is to wear colourful clothing because the butterflies are more likely to be attracted to you. The Skyrail trip back was breathtaking. It was surreal and peaceful at the same time – like floating in the clouds. Stunning views of the river, rainforest canopy and Barron Falls made this an experience to savour. I would recommend taking the 7.5km trip. There’s no better way to see this ancient rainforest. ZOOTASTIC After three days relaxing at Granite Gorge Nature Park near Mareeba, it was off to another must-see – Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. A 40-minute drive from Cairns, this wildlife park has plenty of eye-popping shows and boat cruises to see crocs being fed in their natural habitat. Anyone who’s seen the crocodile show at Australia Zoo will suddenly think it’s tame. The host of the crocodile attack show doesn’t muck around and bravely enters the water to show how the croc performs a death-roll on its prey. It’s riveting stuff. It’s also worth catching the snake show and visiting the enclosure of Australia’s largest snake in captivity, Psycho Sally, a reticulated python that is fed chickens and, on occasion, a goat (dead, of course). It’s definitely worth exploring

Zootastic. It costs $140 each (including park entry) for a premium wildlife experience that is priceless. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine feeding chicken to ravenous American alligators. PORT DOUGLAS The Port Douglas markets are a renowned tourist spot but just outside this quaint seaside town is a lesser-known attraction that’s worth seeing. At the Wildlife Habitat we helped feed fruit to the cassowaries and learnt about how these exquisite-looking birds can tear humans apart with their razor-sharp claws if they’re disturbed during breeding season. The park is divided into habitats – wetlands, rainforest, savannah, woodland and nocturnal. At an interactive crocodile experience the brave can “swim with a saltie” without fear of being eaten alive. After all the adventures, you’ll need a place to put the feet up. For grey nomads with a camper or caravan, Granite Gorge is the ideal place to unwind. Another great spot to relax is Palm Cove, a tropical village where there’s little to do except eat, shop and walk along the beach. Or take a day trip to Green Island to see turtles, reef sharks, stingrays and colourful fish from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat. Just be sure to get to this tropical paradise before international and state borders reopen, so you can miss the crowds that will flock back quicker than a hungry croc can snap its jaws.

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The joy of country roads There’s a lot to be said for getting out of busy traffic and on to the country roads. STAN CAJDLER lists the great, the good, the bad, and the ugly of travelling beyond the Great Dividing Range.


uring a recent trip through the Queensland countryside, I was listening to the local ABC radio station when the announcer requested listeners call in and finish this sentence: “You know you are travelling in the country when…” There were some brilliant answers from locals, truckers, and tourists. I didn’t call in, but it got me thinking and recalling my own experiences. When travelling from the Big Smoke and heading into the Never Never, I would cross through several distinct zones, each with its own character and conditions. To start with, we have the most precarious of all – “city driving”. This is followed by a leisurely “country drive,” then the beautiful “bush drive”. Now starts the adventure with the mighty “Outback”. But that’s not the end of it. Keep driving another thousand kilometres and you will enter the Outer Limits, the survival zone, better known as bone-bleaching desert. While listening to the responses, I began to compile my own list, which, not surprisingly, matched that of most callers. My thoughts commenced with city

driving, but given the depressing memories of learner drivers, stop-start progress, school zones, congestion, uncoordinated traffic lights, road rage ... every city driver will have a list of annoyances – I soon gave up for sanity’s sake. So, these are my recollections of past and current drives outside the city limits: • Kangaroos eyeball me then bound in front of my moving car a second before I have time to react. One dead roo – one bloodied roo-bar. • Cattle stare me down and, at a country pace, amble into my path, stopping mid-lane, and with a defiant attitude declare that the road belongs to them. • Semi-trailers constantly tailgate me, also declaring aggressively that the road belongs to them. • Insects need to be periodically scraped off the windscreen. • The mobile struggles to stay in range then cuts out completely. • ABC country radio, the only accessible channel, plays rural focused programs. • The comment “just up the road” can mean anything from just around the corner to several hundred kilometres away. • I play a never-ending game of Dodge the

Potholes. • Oncoming drivers greet each other with a raised index finger. • There are more interstate tourist vehicles than local traffic. • Gridlocks come with wide tractors and harvesters that occupy both lanes of already narrow roads. • After a comfort stop in the bush you return with a cattle tick that you only discover when relaxing in bed that night. • You jump the farm fence for another comfort stop only to get zapped by a million volts from an innocuous looking white tape. On scrambling to your feet, you may look down and discover that a comfort stop is no longer required. • You wake up in the morning to the soothing sound of bird calls. • Every locality has a Sandy Creek, and it means what it says. • The towns’ water tastes like turpentine. • On a clear evening (once every month) you can see a setting sun in the west and a turn of the head will reveal a rising full moon, while the next day you experience the reverse, a setting full moon and a rising morning sun. • The clear night skies display an

unfamiliar starscape. The Milky Way almost resembles a dense white veil of a zillion light specks while the Southern Cross almost blinds you. • You drive through a plague of locusts. Every day is a new adventure or experience. Though you may die of thirst or dehydration driving through remote arid wastelands, food is never a problem – the carrion on the roads will provide excellent protein – quite tasty if killed in the last 24 hours. And this is but a snippet. If you venture into the desert moonscapes, well off the sissy sealed roads, you will be greeted by a museum of bleached bones and the graveyard of vehicles – cars, trucks, trailers, caravans, that have shaken themselves to pieces on the legendary corrugations. I suspect, and correct me if I’m wrong, that our pioneers and explorers traversed the country not in Toyotas and Fords, but on camels and horseback because you can’t eat a metal vehicle. Yes, travelling the land is like travelling a foreign country – everything is unrecognisable. So, to answer his question: “I know I am travelling in the country when … it doesn’t resemble the city.”

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COVER THE BIG MILES TO THE BIG SKIES OF THE OUTBACK and missing nothing. Whether it’s a 15-day run down the Darling River to Broken Hill or 12 days adventuring in Gulf Country, the tours are a hassle-free opportunity to get to out-of-theway places. Here is a taste to whet the appetite: Outback New South Wales, 15 days from April 26. See the artwork on Thallon’s towering grain silos, and the cotton town of Dirranbandi before crossing the border to Lightning Ridge, home of the prized black opal. Tour the historic miner’s camp and walk-in mine. Continue down the Darling to Brewarrina to see the fish traps, one of the oldest manmade structures on earth, learn the stories of the 19th century river ports of Bourke and Louth and visit Dunlop Station. At the opal town of White Cliffs residents live underground, just like the hotel where you’ll stay. “Beyond the Darling River, on the edge of the sundown” is Broken Hill and Silverton with its famous gaol. Cobar, steeped in

FROM Birdsville to Broken Hill, Boulia to Bourke, there is much waiting to be explored along the Outback highways and byways of this vast continent. These are long journeys – 1800km to Mount Isa, 1300km to Charters Towers, and 1500km to Broken Hill and Birdsville – but they are filled with magnificent landscapes and history and stories are lurking in little communities dotted along seemingly endless stretches of western road. It’s all yours if you know where to look, who to talk to and don’t mind a (very) long drive with eyes glued to the road, on alert for wildlife and road trains. There is an alternative though, and that’s to let someone else do the driving while you sit back and enjoy the ride; someone who knows the locals and where to find the secret must-see spots. Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel has travelled the roads and done the homework, and using his experience and connections, has planned a series of tours for 2022 that open up the vast interior the easy way – comfortable, relaxed

mining heritage, has a mineral belt that is clearly visible. Return home via Dubbo and Dundullimal Homestead, the Pilliga Pottery and the artesian bore baths of Moree. The Western Queensland loop, 11 days from July 19. Fly to Longreach – Qantas of course – to set off on a tour of the remote Outback towns with familiar names that not everyone gets to see – Windorah, Boulia, Birdsville, Eromanga and Quilpie. See the dinosaurs and Matilda Centre in Winton, the little town of Bedourie squatting at the base of a sand dune in the Diamantina, fly to Innamincka from Birdsville and then head to Big Red at sunset and the Betoota Pub, before flying home from Charleville. North Queensland’s Savannah Way, 12 days from September 21 It’s planes and boats and trains to explore Gulf Country. Fly to Townsville, and head west to Charters Towers gold, Richmond dinosaurs, Julia Creek and Cloncurry, birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Go

underground on the Hard Times mine tour in Mount Isa, and visit the Barramundi Discovery Centre in Karumba. The Crab and Croc cruise speaks for itself. Board the Gulflander in Normanton to journey through wetlands and grasslands to savannah, “from nowhere to nowhere” and then coach to Croydon, once the biggest town in the Gulf. See Cobbold Gorge, the narrow gorge with its majestic and sheer walls, aboard a custommade, electric powered boat. Turning south, overnight at the Lava Tubes in the Undara National Park and tour Cairns before boarding a flight home. Carnarvon Gorge, seven days from March 21 or May 30. Stay at the Wallaroo Outback Retreat, a perfect base for day trips with experienced guides to the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, the Carnarvon Ranges and Arcadia Valley. Full tour details and a list of upcoming tours to choose your destination and duration, are on the CT Travel website. Visit

ALTHOUGH the Australian states and international flights are going to be on the agenda, most will be taking a wait and see attitude. With insurance a bit of hit and miss, the travellers I have spoken to are still happy to tour in our own state for the time being. Apart from Uluru and Norfolk Island, Travman trips for the first half of 2022 will be in Queensland. Fraser Island, the Gold Coast and a fabulous tour to Cairns are the most popular, along with day trips north, south and west of the Sunshine Coast. Many of us still haven’t explored our own back yard and yet there is a lot to see in this part of the world. With small group tours everything is done for you – most meals are included, accommodation, coach and sightseeing with entry fees. You really only have to pack. Join me on one of my next departures, you won’t be disappointed. Penny Hegarty Call 5441 2814 or email

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ACROSS 1 Odd-looking cinema food is free (10) 6 Fasten belt (4) 10 Launches internet location managed in high school (5) 11 Discount split up by professional villain (9) 12 One leaving limo parked in a street pretty well (6) 13 Cold Chisel reused and reused phrases (7) 15 Commanding officer in need falsified record secretly (6) 16 Fine tailor creased back of apron with old press (8)

17 Clerical outfit is certain about new order of six? (8) 20 People reduced selling monthly (6) 23 Heart of brutalised lover is sewn up (3,4) 24 I vote against keeping Western Australia to some extent (2,1,3) 26 Cigar lover worked apart from a magazine seller (5,4) 27 Prickly shrub is starting to grow next to rambling rose (5) 28 Throw to Aussie in the middle (4)

1 Repeat letters used in multiple choice (4) 2 Lycra manufactured with one carbon fibre that’s synthetic (7) 3 Payment method has varied in fraud committed by food store especially (4,2,8) 4 Lift power worked up (6) 5 Current poor state of coal pit (7) 7 Skin starting to erupt in sweat (7) 8 Layer containing sealant moulded well (10) 9 Do those people after alcohol irritate partypooper? (3,2,3,6) 14 Pussy lump filled with mixture of arsenic (7,3) 16 Wine and dine, paying no attention to final bill (3) 18 Learner, one involved in split, brought up experiences again (7) 19 Enclosed courtyard’s centre mostly with roofing material (7) 21 Organisation of traders featured prominently (7) 22 Dose of medicine, if picked up, could be a boost (6) 25 Important information – it’s missed by distracted witness (4)




























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