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admit it, I’m a hoarder. While not yet to the stage of tripping over things (I don’t keep empty shampoo bottles) I have quite a collection of stuff that probably should go. I have stacks of old newspapers I might need one day, glass jars in case I make pickles, and all manner of items that represent “memories”. In my defence, I do know what’s where and I can usually find what I’m seeking. It must be genetic. My father was a signwriter and when time came to move and clear out paint tins of all sizes from his shed, he was heartbroken. Most contained only oily skins, but it was no consolation. My mother, the coward, begged me to do it and then cleared off so she didn’t have to see his dismay and hear

his despairing pleas to spare his collection that he might need one day. A ruthless friend of mine, one who even throws out old photos, can testify to having seen me give a similar performance. He was helping me clear out for a move and put a bright red clutch in the “has to go” bag. “But it’s like an old friend to me,” I wailed, to which he replied, “you don’t need old friends that ugly.” As soon as his car was out of sight, I was at the bin pulling stuff back, and got caught red-handed. He came whizzing back up the drive exclaiming that he knew what I would be doing. The bags went into his boot never to be seen — or missed — again. When a friend I lost contact with almost 50 years ago got in touch last month, she asked if I wanted an old letter I had written to her in 1972. Naturally I was delighted to accept. Glenis Green this month looks at when bower birds (as I prefer to see myself) become hoarders, and how it can be a serious psychological condition. Simply chucking stuff out isn’t always an option. Hmmm, maybe it is indeed the season for a spring clean. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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Buried in treasures When the line between trash and treasure becomes blurred, it can mean mental health is at stake. GLENIS GREEN investigates where to draw the line of when a bower bird becomes a hoarder and clutter becomes a health hazard.


aste not, want not” was the mantra of Louise’s parents – she remembers growing up with a mum who saved every bit of string and even rewashed plastic bags. Her dad had a shed full of rusting tools and a paddock of clapped-out farm machinery which had long since had its day. But when does saving everything “just in case” become clutter? And good intentions of re-reading that old newspaper, re-wearing that old dress or finding a use for that stained linen, become hoarding? We’ve all heard the horror stories of a body being found under piles of hoarded bits and pieces in someone’s neglected home, or authorities being called to rescue

a person from mounds of newspapers, books and household items. Yet it seems many of us have that bowerbird tendency of hanging on to something long past its use-by and useful date, whether it’s a once-favourite handbag that hasn’t been shopping for years; clothes that don’t fit or you really don’t like; dog-eared paperbacks; fusty magazines; kitchen utensils and appliances; old children’s toys; broken gardening equipment … the list, of course, is endless. Decluttering will often create emotional and psychological space as well as the physical space, according to psychologist and author Judy Rafferty who is a great advocate of having an annual clean-out. But a major tidy-up and

spring clean is still far short of the very real psychological problem of dealing with hardcore hoarding, According to an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School Dr Jessica Rasmussen, TV shows such as Hoarders and Hoarding: Buried Alive have publicised the rarest and most extreme form of hoarding – homes filled floor to ceiling with piles of boxes, knick-knacks and pest-infested rubbish. Severe hoarders can accumulate so much that they render their living spaces unusable and even dangerous. She says anywhere from two to six per cent of adults have a hoarding disorder and the condition tends to run in families, a bit like a hoarding gene, with women tending to hoard more than men. Stephanie Watson, executive editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, said a leading hoarder researcher, Dr Gail Steketee, notes that while people hoard for many reasons, one of the strongest seems to be sentimental attachment. “There is some specific association to an object or an object is seen to represent a person’s identity in some important way,” she says. For example, a woman who views herself as a cook might hold on to every kitchen implement until her kitchen is simply too cluttered to use. As piles of hoarded items grow, dust can collect and piles can hamper mobility – a danger especially for older adults regarding mobility and respiratory issues. And then there are the inevitable pest and rodent infestations and fire hazards. Often family members don’t understand why the hoarder can’t just throw things away and the issue can

become one of great shame and embarrassment. But well-intentioned family members tempted to take matters into their own hands have to be careful of the hoarder’s emotional distress, according to Dr Rasmussen. Instead, experts recommend cognitive behavioural therapy to help the person better understand the source of their issues and develop problem solving skills. Amy Revell from National Trauma & Crime Scene Cleaning Pty Ltd based in Australia says serious hoarding is a mental health issue rather than a physical one and such people need professional help. In her job she has seen more than her fair share of chronic clutterers, many of whom don’t have either the physical or mental energy to downsize their living issues and need her kind of help. She says there is a difference between overwhelming with objects and living in complete squalor, and she has seen both. “Just recently we had live mice running through the house while we were cleaning up … often there are illicit drugs involved when it gets to that,” she said. But over-cluttering with generally older people is as much about giving emotional as well as physical help, especially if disability or dementia are involved. Amy says she likes to tell her clients to imagine what a family member or outsider would be faced with after the client had gone and reduce their hoarding accordingly while they still have control. “They need to ask themselves what it would look like to someone else. “They should keep things that have stories attached that are important to them



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FEATURE STORY and then get rid of the rest,” she says. Amy agrees times have changed since the 1940s and 1950s when people who had lived through the Great Depression had a fixed mindset of never wasting or throwing out a thing. “They often think they’re a bad person if they throw out something that could potentially be useful.” She says obsessive collecting can also get out of hand when it goes beyond displaying collections to having them strewn around the house. Some hoarders often overflow their junk into their yards after they have filled their house first. “Every job we do is so different, and every person is so different,” she says, adding that in her own home she’s a definite “minimalist”. Amy says some people simply become overwhelmed by life and one day their clutter has turned into a hoarding situation – often personal belongings or those of a loved one and it can be very stressful for some people to deal with. “We understand that often people feel too embarrassed to call anyone for help, but we are here to help and will approach situations with the utmost compassion and understanding. “Clean-up and removal of rubbish and debris from a hoarding site typically involves cleaning that a reasonable person would find uninhabitable due to a combination of filth and debris from hoarding, faecal matter, bodily fluids, excessive trash, expired food, odour, mould, mildew and infestation by cockroaches or other insects. “All hoarding clean-ups are different but just about all of them require some form of heavy lifting, cleaning, sanitising and deodorising.” Sane Australia, which runs a helpline and online chat room for hoarders who need advice, says it is often asked, “how can I stop my friend, partner or parent hoarding?”

It is estimated that between two and five per cent of Australian adults are living with a hoarding disorder and the condition becomes more of a problem in old age. Items can hold sentimental value or represent an important person or historical event or simply be considered too good a bargain to part with and the inflated sense of attachment to one’s possessions can cause a build-up of clutter over time. If left unaddressed this can become overwhelming and interfere with a person’s ability to live comfortably and move safely around their home. “Supporting a loved one with a hoarding disorder can be frustrating and emotionally draining and can sometimes leave you feeling like you’re swimming against the current,” says Sane Australia. “For friends and family members, hoarding can lead to feelings of anger, resentment, shame or confusion and relationships can easily become strained. Sane Australia’s basic tips are to focus more on the person and less on “stuff”; simply be there for your loved one; set achievable goals and celebrate the small

victories; allow your loved one to feel in control and encourage them to seek professional help. Helping a hoarder is more complex than just walking into their house, hiring a skip and throwing out all the items they have hoarded, according to Anxiety Australia. The hoarder would most likely experience negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety and even anger. Even if the person would permit you to clear out their belongings, the root causes have not been addressed and the behaviour would likely resume immediately with the house, garden or garage filled with more items. Sufferers need to be encouraged to seek professional help and a good starting point can be their general practitioner who can arrange referrals to appropriate professionals such as a psychologist experienced in treatment for the condition. Compulsive hoarders can sometimes be prescribed anti-depressants but not all sufferers respond well to medication and cognitive behavioural therapy targeting the features of the disorder has produced better results. Australians are able to receive psychological treatment subsidised by Medicare if they are assessed by a doctor as eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan. A red flag is when clutter affects your daily life. You need to ask: • Do you buy many of the same things over time because you can’t find what you already have? • Does your stuff prevent you from having people over or having enough money? • Are you late paying bills because you can’t find your bills? • Do you have trouble getting dinner ready on time? • Does someone complain about your stuff? Does it cause family fights? • Are there narrow “goat trails” in your house to walk through between tall mounds of stuff?

• Do you ever feel “I’m out of control” or feel bad looking at your piles of clutter? There can be five levels of hoarding ranging from the least severe where there are light amounts of clutter, no noticeable odours and doorways and stairs are accessible, to the most severe which can involve structural damage to the home, broken walls, no power or running water, fire hazards and visible rodents. According to Anxiety Australia hoarders fear losing things they think will be required, have distorted beliefs about the importance of possessions and are excessively emotionally attached to their belongings to the point where throwing things away causes anxiety attacks. Such people can often be perfectionists, be indecisive, be procrastinators and have difficulty organising tasks as well as avoiding doing basic things like sorting mail, emptying rubbish and cleaning. Many hoarders have little insight into their condition and thinking they do not have a problem means they are not motivated to engage in treatment. At the end of the day, it’s not just “tidy house, tidy mind” but uncluttered house, improved mental health and a happier life.

Here are some strategies to help start reducing the amount of stuff. Ask: • When did you last use it? • What would it cost and how easy would it be to replace it? • Does the item evoke happy/good memories or sad/unhappy times? • Do you need it, want it, or love it? • How much do you want freedom from your stuff? • What’s the reason for keeping? • Are you procrastinating or delaying making a decision? • Can you gift or bequeath it to someone who can use it?

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LETTER I STOPPED at the Health Supplements section at my local supermarket to resupply with Omega-3 capsules. Beside me was a middle-aged lady studying a container of something or other. Feeling uneasy standing so close, I re-adjusted my mask, apologised, and commented: “It’s hard to stay healthy these days without swallowing some form of mineral supplement” She replied, “ I’m lactose intolerant and occasionally need a boost of calcium.” Although also lactose intolerant, I have never resorted to calcium tablets as there is plenty of the mineral in whole foods and other inexpensive alternatives. We said no more. Before going too far I spotted a dozen eggs in her trolley. As I walked away, I got to thinking. What does this lady do with the shells? Is she aware that eggshells are an excellent source of calcium? Did she repurpose or, like most people, (other than chicken owners who feed them back to the chooks,) consign them to landfill? I would have loved to have inform her that eggshells, sterilised then pulverised in a mortar and pestle, can be used effectively in many ways. The powdered form is readily digestible and can be added to cooking, sprinkled on food at mealtime (using a traditional saltshaker) and added to smoothies and other beverages. Looking back many years, when I was

young and knowledgeable, I would criticise my Mum for not throwing things out – she was always repurposing and saving for a rainy day. “Mum, we need milk, this bottle smells off!” got the response “All right dear, leave it on the bench. Tomorrow I shall make some pikelets with it.” “Yuk, I’m not eating that!” But eat I did, and boy they were delicious. Repurpose and reuse was the creed of her generation, and an adage she would occasionally throw in my face was “save today – survive tomorrow”. Maybe that philosophy does not apply anymore. For convenience, each scoop of coffee must come in its own pod, each slice of cheese must be individually wrapped. A slight bruise or imperfection in a fruit renders it fit for the bin. As a general observation, if we do not fill our monster bins to capacity, we are not supporting the economy. Ah, what luxury, what privilege. I think, and despair, that street wise today means to drive safely to the supermarket and return with bag-loads of economy-saving landfill. Fortunately, Mum’s penny-wise habits have etched into my psyche. My philosophy on eggshells is closely aligned with the lyrics of Monty Python: Every shell is sacred, every shell is great. If a shell is wasted, God shall be irate.” Stan Cajdler

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FROM my office window, I look on to a sea of bright yellow flowers. They lift my heart and make me feel happy. My happiness becomes clouded when the gardener in my retirement village says, “Ah those, they are just weeds, and a real nuisance.” Not being a gardener or very knowledgeable about plants, I was

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convinced, and I am not the only one, that they have feelings. Calling them weeds to their faces must make them very unhappy. Maybe it is not dew we find on their surface in the early morning but plant-tears. By now, probably all the gardeners are up in arms. Don’t worry, the man with the big beard on the ABC will explain it all and put your minds at rest. He will probably also have the answer to my questions: If a tomato plant should suddenly grow in the middle of my finely manicured lawn and produce glorious red fruit, would it still be called a weed? After all it takes up space and deprives my grass of food. What about the delicate little white mushrooms that appear in the lawn from time to time, are they weeds too? If so, I love weeds! I have the suspicion that at times, I might be a bit of a weed in the garden of society, staying too long until I am nuisance, taking over when I should probably be quiet and demure. Hopefully, sometimes I can be like the weed Coreopsis and give people pleasure and happiness. Maybe the weeds in the garden of your life have brought you, and still give you, joy and comfort. May you nourish your flowers and love your weeds.


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Take time to reflect on regrets We usually go about our business as if our allotted time is endless but with Covid 19 continuing to make life unpredictable, KENDALL MORTON suggests that it’s time to think about any of life’s great regrets.


he dark clouds of Covid have led many people to reassess their priorities. In December 2020, Time magazine ran an article headlined Why the COVID-19 Pandemic has Caused a Widespread Existential Crisis. The article suggests the enforced time at home allowed people to reflect. Psychiatric professor Jacqueline Gollan from Northwestern University said people were biased towards action. When nothing appears to be happening, we have a strong need to do something. Jewellers report selling more engagement rings. New online businesses are opening. Rural properties are selling fast. Marriages are down on previous years, probably due to the limits on numbers at weddings rather than a lack of commitment. In short, the pandemic has led many of us to take stock and make life-changing decisions. In this reflective mood, we

can learn from Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spent many years supporting terminally ill people at home. She formed strong friendships and listened to their stories and regrets in their final months. This led her to write The Top Five Regrets of the Dying in 2012. The book is a tool to help the living check in and hit the reset button. Regret No.1 was “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”.

Many of Ware’s patients were angry with themselves for letting other people’s expectations rule them. They were now too ill to fulfil their neglected dreams. This regret of not living a life true to themselves was the most common. These words can also hold true for many elderly people with reduced mobility and poor physical health. They may feel some goals and dreams have passed them by. Add Covid restrictions to this

and life can seem pretty narrow. In this situation, a friend, family member or carer can help by listening to their regrets. When people express guilt or anger about not living true to their heart, do not argue with them. Do not attempt to talk them out of their feelings. Their feelings are valid. Just listen. Many people learn to be self-compassionate in these final months. They stop blaming themselves for what they didn’t do or achieve. Ware found that this act of treating yourself with kindness led to peace and emotional healing. Another common regret was “I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends”. If a loved one expresses this, encourage them to reminisce. Perhaps it’s not too late to reconnect with some of these people. Letters, phone calls, Skype, it’s all possible. Loneliness is painful. We all need to feel bonded to other

people, especially now. There are new friends and old friends. Long-time friends are especially valuable as they can share your history and your jokes. Hang on to them. Like Ware, other palliative care professionals report the overwhelming emotion that dying people express is regret. One way to address this is to write down a set of goals before becoming too frail to act on them. We have all learnt that life is uncertain. A list gets ideas out of your head and on to paper. A written list can reduce anxiety and remind you that you have agency in your life. Lists are personal. They can vary from small actions to ambitious plans. Prioritise your list, put it into action and review it regularly. Kendall Morton is Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@

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The mystery of Alzheimer’s disease Although technology is helping with early detection, uncertainty and controversy still surrounds the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. KAILAS ROBERTS explains the current state of play.


ust over 100 years ago, Alois Alzheimer, a German doctor, presented his patient Auguste Deter to his colleagues. He had first started caring for Auguste when she was 51. At the time, she was suffering a number of symptoms including problems with memory and language as well as psychological disturbance. Auguste died four years later, and Dr Alzheimer autopsied her brain, which revealed a number of abnormalities. First, her brain was shrunken – much more so than one would expect for someone of her age. Additionally, he detected two types of abnormal protein deposits in her brain. These proteins are known as amyloid and tau and their presence in the brain is necessary for us to diagnose what has become an eponymous condition – Alzheimer’s disease. The build-up of amyloid seems to spur on the development of tau.

Historically, the presence of these proteins could only be confirmed post-mortem, by performing a brain biopsy – meaning that you could not definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease while someone was alive. Modern technology allows us to detect their presence using specialised brain scans, leading to the exciting prospect of very early detection (and therefore treatment) – even before symptoms develop. But uncertainty and controversy abound when it comes to the actual cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Though the proteins have to be present for symptoms to occur, the correlation between the amount of the protein and clinical symptoms is actually quite weak (especially for amyloid). Adding to this, drug treatments over many decades that have targeted amyloid in particular have been largely unsuccessful.

This year has seen the first medication, aducanumab, that may be of some use – although its clinical value is yet to be determined – which does seem to remove amyloid. Whether that translates to improvement in memory and other functions remains unclear. Amyloid and tau both cause damage to the nerve cells, resulting in the symptoms that we see with dementia, but it seems likely that they occur downstream of more fundamental problems – something else (or probably many things) causes the proteins to accumulate in the first place. Some of the possible mechanisms include chronic inflammation, loss of neuroprotective hormones like oestrogen, glucose (sugar) regulation problems, infection and damage caused by vascular disease. There is no doubt that inflammation plays a role in many chronic conditions, and

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accumulation of amyloid or limit its damage. The possibility of infection causing amyloid deposition is also being investigated. Intriguingly, increased levels of a particular bacterium in the mouth are found in those with Alzheimer’s disease. One of the chemicals this bacterium produces has also been found in greater concentrations in the brains with more amyloid, at least in mice. The game remains afoot investigating the true causes of Alzheimer’s disease, but I’m optimistic that we’ll get there in the end. Kailas Roberts is a psychogeriatrician and author of Mind your Brain — The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia now available at all good bookstores and online. Visit or

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Meet the unlikely private eye When you think private investigator a multitude of television personalities come to mind, from Magnum PI to Dick Tracey, but none of them come close to the real world of this Baby Boomer sleuth, writes ALLISON WHITE.


uring the past 13 years, Lesley Craig has investigated more than 900 cases, from locating long lost loved ones to finding debtors for collection agencies and witnesses or beneficiaries for law firms. Rarely has she had to come back with, “all avenues exhausted”. “I rarely say it but when I do, I mean it,” she says. A rebellious teenager in the 1960s, she had a brush with the law as a runaway and decided that she would become a police officer. She waited until she was 18 to apply, but at just 5ft tall, didn’t meet the required height and that was the end of the dream. Lesley focused on making her way through life working in offices – until 2008 when, at a time of life when many would find themselves thinking about retirement, she decided to pursue a new direction. With an enquiring mind, a memory like a steel trap, and accurate and detailed reporting skills, she had all the qualifications she needed to become a private investigator. “I have an extremely good memory.

If I’m talking to someone and they ask, ‘do you remember that?’ I can answer with the details right down to the red cardigan she was wearing at the time. Everything is a picture to me,” she says. She also has an analytical mind. “You have to put two and two together and come up with four. You don’t rely on hunches or gut feelings. You deal with facts only,” she says.

Lesley spent a year studying at the private investigator academy, typing lots of assignments, attending court to observe proceedings in the event of being called as a witness, and doing hypothetical stakeouts in the field. “We went out in a little bus once, five young men aged 20-35 and me,” she says. “I am sure they wondered if the little 5ft-nothing lady had inadvertently wandered into the wrong classes.” After creeping around under the cloak of darkness memorising licence plates and colour, make and model of a subject’s car; having a thorough background check; and putting her fingerprints on record, she was licensed and ready to go. “The first few months were unproductive but then a thoughtful, well-established PI, gave me a simple job going undercover in a country town. That led to others knowing about me and from then, business started to grow,” Lesley says. “At first, it was mainly locating people in and around Australia. Initially, I found debtors were difficult to speak with but over time I learned to listen to their hard luck stories and even

convinced some to contact the company that was seeking them.” Easily the favourite investigations are those to inform people that they have a nice surprise coming their way if they contacted her client, usually a law firm, directly. Locating long lost friends or family comes a close second. On a recent case, she was contacted by a PI in the UK who emailed saying he had been looking for a woman in Western Australia since 2010, as he had “a lot of money sitting here for her” in a UK account. The first step was to ask for proof of his credentials and a lawyer’s letter verifying the case and then Lesley set to work. After four weeks of checking and calling, she discovered the woman wasn’t in WA at all, but in Brisbane. “I spoke to her, and she was thrilled to bits,” she says. “I got her money for her and he rang back to thank me. He also doubled my fee. I was so thrilled as it was my first tip. People move house. You have to look outside the box.” Lesley tends to steer clear of spouses seeking ex-partners – “if they were on good terms they would be in touch and not need my services” – and is happy

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When river boats ruled For the first half of the 20th century, the Maroochy River was a vital transport link between Yandina and Maroochydore. AUDIENNE BLYTH revisits the boat services that kept river residents in essential supplies — and gave passengers a lift up and down the river.

The Ariel, ready to make deliveries of mail and supplies to the farmers on the Maroochy River in the 1950s.


he Coulson family operated a boat service on the Maroochy River from 1909 to 1953. Ralph Duffield and Merv Gilby bought the business and continued to operate a service until 1963. Their contract on Mail Run No. 248 was part of the service. They continued to use the Ariel which had been used on the boat run by Coulsons and acquired the Aries, a 20ft launch for transporting children to the Maroochy River State School. The boat service began from Coulson’s Wharf in Yandina five days a week, leaving at 10am and returning from Maroochydore at 5pm. It called at more than 50 jetties servicing even more families. A typical load consisted of the mail, newspapers, groceries, bread and meat for

the families as well as goods for the River Store. Other cargo from Yandina included repairs from blacksmith Stan Redsell, cut timber for fruit cases from Dynes’ Sawmill, 44-gallon drums of fuel, building materials, farm implements and fertiliser. Most of the farmers’ tractors used power kerosene at that time, as the boat did, and a drum of fuel cost five shillings to deliver. Other freight charges were fertiliser at 15 shillings a ton, cases of fruit at one shilling and threepence, parcels of meat and groceries at ninepence and bread at one and a half pence. On the return journey from Maroochydore, supplies were delivered along Bradman Avenue and at Bli Bli. Blocks of ice in sugar bags were delivered as many people

did not have a refrigerator. From farms, the boat collected produce – bananas, beans and pineapples which were delivered to the Yandina Railway Station to be sent on to Brisbane. Cans of cream were also loaded and sent by rail to the Caboolture Butter Factory. Once a week, the boat went up Coolum Creek to collect produce from farmers dairying or growing small crops. Coulsons had two old trucks, a 1938 Ford and a 1946 Ford, that Ralph continued to use. One of the first jobs in the 1938 Ford was delivering a load of hay to Kiamba. Ralph discovered the brakes were faulty while rounding a corner and to make matters worse, the old wooden bridge ahead was still smouldering from a recent bushfire. The truck could not be stopped and fell through part of the bridge decking and became stuck. A nearby farmer

Jetties on the Maroochy River at Cotton Tree were used by many private motor and rowing boats. saw what had happened and came to the rescue. Ralph would often collect bananas from the top of Ninderry Rd, where the road was so steep chains had to be used. From another side of Ninderry, bananas were brought down by flying fox. Canecutters in itinerant gangs cut the burnt cane by hand. It was hard and dirty work. Many were migrants who

The Ariel, owned and run by William Coulson, travelled the Maroochy from his Yandina wharf. By the 1920s it was one of several river boats licensed to carry 40 passengers.

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y the age of 70, men are losing bone mass at the same rate as women. What’s more, because men are older when osteoporosis sets in, if you do break a bone, the complications can be more serious. The most common breaks are to hips, spine and wrist bones. One in four men will break a bone due to osteoporosis. In 2015-2016, there were around 18,700 new hip fractures among Australians aged 45 and over, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This number is increasing due to our aging population. Of the new hip fractures, 93 per cent were from a fall and almost half happened at home. What does this mean for you? The lesson is keep your bones strong, maintain your balance and minimise trip hazards at home. Let’s look at how. The following exercises will strengthen your gluteus muscles which support your hip and keep

the hip’s ball well-centred. Wall Bridges – lie on the floor with your toes on the wall and your feet on the floor. Push your hips up off the ground so your back is in a straight line down to your shoulders which stay on the ground. Do 10 repetitions holding the top position for 10 seconds each time or what is comfortable. Clam Shells – lie on your side with your knees and ankles together. Open your top leg by raising the knee. Keep your ankles together. Repeat 10-15 times then switch sides. This exercise works your gluteus minimus and gluteus medius muscles. Take it easy as these muscles need time to get stronger. Sideway Hip Slides – stand with a post or a dining chair in front of you for support. Lift one leg out to the side and return it to standing position. Keep both feet facing forward. Repeat 10-15 times then switch legs. These next two exercises can improve your balance. A trip can happen when you least expect it.

Being able to right yourself will prevent falls and broken bones. Remember to remove trip hazards from around the home. Sideway Zigzags – this exercise will improve your balance and strengthen the small muscles around your ankles. You may want to stand near a bench or other stable surface. Start with your legs about shoulder width apart. Move your toes to the left and then follow with your heels so that you zigzag across the floor. Go a few metres in one direction then in the other direction. Do 3 sets. Sideways Walking – step across your lounge room or hallway sideways. Return to your starting position. Repeat 3 times. This exercise targets muscles in your ankles, legs and buttocks that do not generally get a work out. It will also engage your core. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit

FIT HAPPENS With Tom Law STUDIES on the importance of maintaining balance for as long as we possibly can are numerous. Google “balance” and you will see what I mean. Of course, balance is not only a physical thing it also means mental steadiness and emotional stability but let’s focus on physical balance. Many things affect our balance as we age, the deterioration of our reflexes for example. Medications may affect us, our sight may not be what it was, and of course, rapid changes in blood pressure can all come into play with physical balance. A fall as we get older can often mean fractures, and in some instances more severe injuries. Bone density may have deteriorated significantly with the ageing process also. Some simple exercises that you can do at home may assist your balance and therefore reduce your chances of falling. First, sit in a chair, preferably a dining chair with a straight back. Keep your posture upright, cross your arms diagonally across your chest and slowly stand up.

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From left, vice-president Dianne Bennett, secretary Tracie Mason, treasurer Jan Woodhouse and president Kaen Zeier. QUOTA Club Caloundra has elected a new committee as it celebrates 10 years in the community. Quota is an inclusive, friendly club which provides social interaction through community fundraising activities such as barbecues, cocktail evenings and morning teas and has motivating speakers attend meetings. Quota Caloundra has a facilitate arm, QuoCKa – Quotarians, Cops and Kids reading together. The program is each week at three schools in Caloundra area. For the past 10 years children have received a book to keep and additional books were donated to the school library. New members welcome to social coffee mornings on the first Friday of every month at 10.15am, and business meetings on the second Thursday at 7pm at the Caloundra Power Boat Club. Call Karen 0451 075 677 or Dianne: 0407 229 879



The Buderim Garden Club patron and life member Marjorie Van Roy. NINETY members and guests attended Buderim Garden Club’s 75th anniversary lunch last month. Patron and life member Marjorie Van Roy spoke about the club’s history and QCGC president Phil Adams presented a certificate of congratulations for achieving the milestone. BGC was founded in 1946 along with the Buderim War Memorial Community Association a year earlier as part of the post-war program to continue the involvement of Buderim residents in the life of the community. Initially, BGC was an informal small group of people interested in gardening and beautification of Buderim. A formal committee was created in 1949. The club was not intended to be a formal horticultural society, but aimed to provide a social meeting and learning place for residents interested in beautifying the town through private gardens and public parks. It now has 288 members. The next major event is the Buderim Garden Festival on October 15-17, based at the Buderim Memorial Hall with a flower/ photographic show and plant markets and six open gardens will be on display.

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PALMWOODS Little Village Theatre has been announced winner of the best Seniors Community Group award in the Fisher federal electorate. Given restrictions placed on all community group activities, it is an achievement to celebrate. Unfortunately, with the recent COVID lockdown disrupting rehearsals and amid ongoing uncertainty, the group has deferred its major production An Evening with Irving, a musical theatre stage show celebrating the songs of Irving Berlin, until early next year. Little Village Theatre has also rescheduled its Spring fashion show fundraiser which will now be held on September 26, 2pm. Sunshine Coast clothing and millinery designer Cassandra Pennisi will debut her collection at Millwell Road Community Centre, Maroochydore, with proceeds going to Little Village Theatre. The afternoon includes a Devonshire tea, musical entertainment and raffles.. Bookings online at BSYDT or call Ronda 0411 115 786.

EXPERT SHARES TIPS ROD Shelton, who retired from the Queensland Police Service in 2012, will be guest speaker at the Caloundra Family History Research group’s general meeting on September 16. He was an officer for 18 years and before that a teacher for 17 years. Rod is an experienced investigator, educator and facilitator. Rod developed presentations on identity fraud and scams while serving as a detective with the fraud and drug squads and the child abuse unit. He is now an independent consultant and facilitator of investigative interviewing and has provided training to the Australian Federal Police, and investigators from all levels of government. His topic is “Personal Protection and Fraud”. All are welcome to attend. Meetings are at the Caloundra Family History Research Group’s rooms at the SCTC, Gate 2, Pierce Ave, Little Mountain. Visit or call June 0409 932 229



Sunshine Coast members Mike McFarlane, Helga Descy, John and Gillian Gosney at Caboolture. SUNSHINE Coast Friendship Force members had a fun interclub day with West Moreton at a Caboolture park aptly named Friendship Grove. There were 43 members as well as two members from Friendship Force Mt Barker, two from Adelaide, one from Perth and one from Cairns. The Queensland weather was glorious for morning tea, followed by lawn games, and a picnic lunch. Presidents David and Phyllis were very pleased with the day and anticipate further interclub events in the future. While many Friendship Force clubs, nationally and internationally, report shrinking memberships due to Covid and its restrictions, the Sunshine Coast club has continued to grow, with many new members joining and enjoying exploring locally. Visit FriendshipForceSunshineCoast.

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GLASSHOUSE Country View Club held it August lunch at Mooloolah Country Club when Margaret Elliott spoke about View clubs in the area and Lynda Flanigan presented a donation from the Lions Club. The next lunch meeting is on September 15, 10.30am, at Glasshouse Country RSL, 1 Reed St, Glasshouse Mountains. View clubs raise funds for the Smith Family and the Learning for Life Program in all activities. New members always welcome. Call Jill 0417 793 708 or Janet on 0448 845 303 or visit and follow on Facebook.

CALOUNDRA Branch of the QCWA is for women of all ages, nobody is too young or too old. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month at the CWA hall, 17 Kalinga St, Caloundra, 1pm for 1.30pm. All are welcome to craft mornings each Wednesday, except the last of the month when it’s Sconetime, hosted by Martin of Sunshine Coast Foodies. The ladies also enjoy meeting for lunch each month. The next is September 21, 11.30am at Steps Nursery Café, Ulm St, Caloundra. Bookings required. Call Jill 0401 299 197 or follow QCWA Caloundra on Facebook.

OLDER WOMEN TOGETHER MAROOCHYDORE branch of the Older Women’s Network (OWN) welcomes visitors and members to its monthly meetings in the community room at The Avenue Maroochydore Retirement Village, 32 Baden Powell St, Maroochydore. Meetings are the third Monday of the month at 2pm, the being September 20. It’s an opportunity to meet new women, join in social activities and make new friends. Call Lee 0429 831414

PROBUS CHRISTMAS FUN PROBUS Club of Caloundra 86 celebrated Christmas in July with 50 members attending lunch at King Ludwig Restaurant, Maleny. Host Barbara welcomed everyone and had the group singing along to old favourites from the Song Book accompanied by the piano accordion. A band was also formed from members who enthusiastically played before Santa and his angel arrived. It was a great day of fun, friendship, food and frivolity. New members welcome. Call John 0401 519 120. Sunshine Coast

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Jeep begins its move away from petrol engines Jeep, celebrating 80 years in Australia, is playing both ends of tomorrow’s automotive game with a hybrid-powered Wrangler and a petrol-engined V8 Wrangler Rubicon now on offer, writes BRUCE McMAHON


hile the petrolelectric Wrangler 4xe is said to run at four litres per 100km, the 6.4 litre V8 probably costs at least three times that in fuel consumption to rip on down the road or up the bush track. Both are claimed to be excellent off-roaders though the plug-in Wrangler 4xe, and its one petrol and two electric motors, is claimed to be both the most off-road capable and the most eco-friendly Jeep on the planet. The four-door 4xe has a combined power output of 260kw and 600Nm of torque which would be a handy combination for slow and steady four-wheel drive work, and electrification further improves the Jeep’s renowned off-road capability, especially at rock crawling speeds. Back on road, this 4xe Jeep is claimed to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in six seconds. It has

an all-electric range of around 40 kilometres, full battery charge can take less than three hours plus it can regenerate supply when coasting or braking. Behind this Wrangler’s traditional seven-slot grille is a 2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with twin scroll turbocharger. At the front of the engine sits a high-voltage generator that replaces a conventional

alternator and is then connected by belt to the engine’s crankshaft pulley. Along with providing extra torque for the conventional engine, this manages the start-stop system while generating electricity for the battery pack. A second high-voltage motor generator at the front of the Wrangler’s transmission case replaces the conventional torque converter of an

automatic gearbox and is built into an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is another step in the 80-year-old American marque’s move to electrify their entire fleet of four-wheel drives and follows on from the introduction of Renegade and Compass 4xe models. Part of that move includes charging stations at “trail heads” in four-wheel drive playgrounds in the United States. And for the diehards, there’s always that V8 petrol Wrangler. Neither of these two Jeeps are earmarked for Australia at this stage but the Wrangler 4xe does foreshadow a burgeoning move in the US for the electrification of utes and four-wheel drives. Ford has the all-electric F150 Lightning, General Motors is reviving the Hummer badge with an electric SUV while the Rivian and Bollinger utes are credible challengers to the Tesla

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Travel across the generations The younger generation are a friendly lot who tend to be inclusive of their elders. JUDY RAFFERTY finds that it can be rewarding to connect with people of different ages.


have great respect for young people of today. I find they are quite different to, I think, the way I was at their age. I find them to be welcoming and inclusive of me – which means that they are generationally inclusive. Before Covid, I travelled extensively and alone in third world countries. Mostly people of my age were partnered or accompanied and would politely acknowledge me as I made a bid for conversation. The young travellers though were almost unfailingly responsive. Time after time I was invited to join them, whether for dinner or to travel on together. Now stuck close to home base, I try to remember such warmth and give young people and myself the opportunity to converse and interact. Such inter-generational contact enriches our lives. As we age it can be easy to let our world contract. If you have grandchildren, you might feel you have this base covered, but I think there is yet more to be gained by moving outside of your own family. On a recent weekend trip to the

beach, I had two young women place their towels in the best spot just before I could claim the sunny sheltered position. I felt a swell of irritation but managed to let it ebb. When I laughingly said to the girls that they had beaten me to it they immediately offered to move over and make space for me. How kind and inclusive. Rather than hanging out with retirement or age similar folk, let’s keep being actively inclusive of younger people so that they can be inclusive of us in return. I admit I did have to remind myself not to give advice (sage advice I might add) to my beach babes as they shared their stories. If you are interested in this topic and can see how it might be valuable for you to connect more with differently aged people, there is more information, tips and things to consider in my book. Judy Rafferty is the author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It. Available at all good bookshops and online.

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INVESTMENT SCAMS INCREASE INVESTMENT scams reported to Scamwatch have cost Australians more than $70 million in the first half of this year – that’s more than the total losses reported in all of 2020. Scamwatch data shows a 53.4 per cent increase in reports of investment scams so far, up from 3104 in the first half of 2020 to 4763. In addition to taking victims’ money, scammers often commit fraud or identity theft using information so obtained. “Investment scams are more prevalent than ever, and scammers are capitalising on interest in cryptocurrency in particular,” ACCC deputy chairman Delia Rickard said. “More than half of the $70 million in losses were to cryptocurrency, especially through Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency scams were also the most commonly reported type of investment scam, with 2240 reports.” Scammers pretend to have highly profitable trading systems based on individual expertise or through algorithms they developed. Many also use fake celebrity endorsements to try and enhance their legitimacy. Victims will initially be able to access small returns sourced from other victims’ initial deposits, but the scammers soon claim problems with making withdrawals and cut off contact. “Be wary of investment opportunities with low risk and high returns. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Ms Rickard said. Losses to investment scams involving Bitcoin have already reached $25.7 million this year, compared to $17.8 million across all of 2020, representing a 44 per cent increase. Losses to other types of investment scams, including imposter bond scams, Ponzi scams, and romance baiting scams are also increasing, while traditional investment scams are also still common. In imposter bond scams, scammers impersonate legitimate companies and offer victims the opportunity to purchase fake corporate bonds. In the first half of this year, there

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were over 58 reports and losses of more than $6.8 million reported to Scamwatch. Older Australians looking for wellknown respected companies to invest their money in have been the most affected, making up 43 per cent of reports and accounting for almost half the losses. “These scams are particularly hard to detect because scammers use the companies’ legitimate prospectuses which are registered with ASIC, link to the actual websites and have the correct ABN/ACN details, but scammers change key details such as contact information and bank details,” Ms Rickard said. “That’s why it’s really important to contact the company using details you source yourself from doing a search online or visiting the company’s website directly, and to seek independent advice no matter how confident you feel.” Ponzi schemes have also increased. In the first six months of this year, Scamwatch received more than 400 reports and more than $1 million in losses to the Hope Business and Wonderful World scams. These scams used advertising on social media sites and had their applications available via official app stores. People invested and were able to make small withdrawals in the beginning before the scammers cut off contact. The ACCC had the Google and Apple apps stores remove the Hope business app and the main Wonderful World scam app has also been removed. Investment scams originating through dating apps and websites are also becoming increasingly common. A scammer develops a relationship with the victim and convinces them to invest, usually in cryptocurrency or bond scams. The advice is never take investment advice, send money or give credit card details, online account details or personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust, and never to someone you have only met online or over the phone. Seek independent advice from a qualified financial advisor before making any investments.

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MARY BARBER I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The four women you meet in the first few chapters are clearly portrayed as distinct individuals. There’s no confusion over who’s who. They are well-developed characters of different ages from different places. And they each have their own backstory and struggles. I enjoyed meeting them again and again when their chapters came around. The four are drawn together by their daily ritual of swimming in the ocean and over the course of the book become good friends. This novel celebrates ordinary lives. There are no bloody murders or mysteries to solve. There are life experiences and challenges that require courage. The book shows how having a few good friends can bring light and joy to your life in difficult circumstances.

BILL MCCARTHY Last month I complained a bit about major literary prizewinning books. This month we have gone totally to the other end of the spectrum. By now the reader has probably figured out my preferences. After two chapters I gave up with this cliché-ridden, boring 1980s era suburban tale. There are so any wonderful authors out there who can amuse, excite, enchant, educate and even scare you. Some are classics, some are brand new and some are favourites. You have one life, but if you read well you can have many. Anon. Choose carefully.

BOOK review SUZI HIRST This is most definitely a book for the ladies and excellent for sitting on the beach and passing a few hours. It is a quick and easy read about four strangers, women of different ages, different lives, secrets and family struggles who meet on the beach and form a friendship while early morning ocean swimming. The circle of friendship grows with each swim and the support for each other is cleverly written as they begin to open up to each other and learn to rely on their circle to help them through the most difficult of times. It’s about the strength of women caring for each other. 7/10


In a seaside suburb of Australia in 1982, housewife Theresa takes up swimming to get fit and have a few precious minutes to herself. From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims, it’s the one constant in her new life. After finding herself in a desperate situation, 25-year-old nurse Leanne only has herself to rely on. Elaine has recently moved from England. Far from home and without her adult sons, her closest friend is a gin bottle. In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they laugh and cry and they find solace and companionship in their friendship circle.

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TONY HARRINGTON This enjoyable novel gives the reader great insight into female friendship and camaraderie. The different life problems and challenges of four women help bring them together in love for each other as they enjoy surf and sea swimming around Shelley Bay each morning. The cycle of life and the seasons binds these women into a tight circle of friends helping each other through their different hardships. As a male this book reveals so much of the female psyche and of female perspective dealing with marital problems, death of a partner, a mother’s love for her children, breast cancer, homesickness and rape. The author’s easy immersive Aussie writing style combines both descriptive and narrative elements to make you feel you are part of the swimming circle in Shelly Bay. 8/10

JO BOURKE Reading this pleasant book made me nostalgic for the days when I would meet my friend before work and go swimming. Our friendship was strengthened by shared exercise and chatting and continues today. This book espouses the same concepts – four strangers each with their own hidden ups and downs together gradually peeling back their layers and deepening their friendships. I found the development of the characters a bit confusing especially the similarity between the names Leanne and Elaine and was regularly checking the back cover to read the description of each of them. All in all, a light, pleasant and predictable read – good for a beach holiday and perhaps encouragement to those of us who live near the ocean to take the plunge each morning!

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No excuse for not having a granny flat agreement Granny flat arrangements are nice in theory but can come unstuck in practice. DON MACPHERSON explains why it’s essential to have a written agreement in place.


he concept of living in a granny flat close to family is attractive, but it doesn’t always work out as a happy arrangement. By far the most effective way to protect the interests of both parent and child is to make sure the terms of the agreement are in writing. Certainly, Centrelink encourages any granny flat interest arrangement to be put in writing. However, until July 1, this year, capital gains tax meant that many people chose not to put their granny flat agreement in writing. This created real difficulty in sorting things out when things did not work as planned. Capital gains tax did not arise in every circumstance, but prior to 1 July it could arise in the following common scenario: A parent has $200,000 to build a flat on the child’s land. The payment is made, either to the child or a builder, who builds the flat, or extends the house. The parent gets a granny flat interest. The land does (and must for Centrelink) stay in the child’s name. However, the

child has received a gain, either in cash or increase in value, of the property, which is no longer solely their principal place of residence. The ATO then says the child has received a $200,000 capital gain, which has crystallised, and tax must be paid on that amount. Effectively two arms of government were driving people in opposite directions. Centrelink says – put it in writing. The tax department says if there’s an agreement like this the gain is taxable. Accordingly, many families decided to do things informally and not confuse the tax department with paperwork, hoping the gain triggered would fly under the radar. We have previously written about the risks of not having anything in writing in a granny flat arrangement (the full article is on our website), but in summary often events – health problems, separation, bankruptcy, financial difficulty, relocation for work etc – overtake the well-meaning initial intentions. People often consult us about a granny

flat arrangement that has fallen apart, sometimes simply because the parent and child don’t get on anymore, and the first question we ask is – is there an agreement in writing? Usually, the answer is no. Then we ask what were the terms of the agreement? Answer: Don’t know, I was going to live there until I died. What was the plan if the parent got sick? Answer: Don’t know. What if the child separated? Answer: Not discussed.

The child went bankrupt? Answer: Never thought of that. With the new tax ruling from July 1, a granny flat agreement of this nature does not trigger capital gains tax, so there is no good reason not to have a written agreement and many good reasons to ensure it is in place. Don Macpherson is an expert in granny flat agreements at Sunshine Coast Elder Law. Call 1800 961 622 or visit

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BOOST YOUR RETIREMENT INCOME While retirement should be a time to make the most of every day, many find their budgets are increasingly strained. PATRICIA HOWARD suggests five ways to help make ends meet. The persistent low interest rate means many retirees are facing even lower returns from precious retirement savings. It is possible to boost your income by stepping back and thinking outside the square in terms of options. Here are five tips to help boost your retirement income. 1. Check your pension. Ensure you are receiving your full entitlements. If the value of your investments have fallen, or you are earning significantly less income than when you first applied, contact Centrelink to check your details. At the same time, check if you might be eligible for any new programs. Use your Seniors Card to make full use of the discounts. 2. Start a side hustle. You can earn up to $300 a fortnight from working. This is not included in the age pension income test. A side hustle can be mowing a neighbour’s

lawn or starting a fully-fledged business. 3. Review your investments. Returns offered on all investments constantly change. Be aware of where your money is being invested and the returns. Never trade higher returns for more risk. 4. Make money from your next holiday. Think about whether there are options for you to go travelling and rent out your home while you’re away. There are lots of websites that can help find a safe way. 5. Sell that junk. Sell the stuff you’ve hoarded. Most local areas have a free Marketplace on Facebook. Meet locals who live near you at the same time. Patricia Howard is author of The No-Regrets Guide to Retirement: how to live well, invest wisely and make your money last (Wiley), and a licenced Australian financial adviser.

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The bare bones about beating osteo Calcium and osteoporosis are two conditions related to the bones. TRUDY KITHER explains that it’s a common misconception that women get osteoporosis because they are lacking calcium.


everal research studies have shown that women who take large amounts of calcium are twice as likely to have a heart attack, especially if they are post-menopausal. Most osteoporosis is not a calcium problem as such, but a problem with cortisol, the stress hormone made by the adrenal glands. Often it is when menopause hits that you find your adrenal glands have been overactive throughout your life, and now they are worn out. The adrenal glands are the backup glands to the ovaries and make oestrogen. Over time, they become fatigued through long-term stress, illnesses, surgeries, and a host of other issues and can’t do their job as backup. High cortisol is destructive to the bones as it destroys the protein and calcium. You also lose your other minerals along with vitamin D levels. So, instead of taking calcium, start to reduce high cortisol. It’s rarely a high calcium problem. High calcium levels will double the chance of getting a heart attack because calcium needs a transporter vitamin.

One of these transporter vitamins is D, as it transports calcium into the blood. Vitamin K2 then transports it all the way into the tissues. It mobilises the calcium from the arteries and soft tissue and puts it into the bone. Vitamin K2 is in many fats, grass-fed butter and egg yolks (all the things doctors tell you not to consume if you have a heart problem!). But you really need vitamin K2. You can obtain these vitamins in tablet form for therapeutic benefit (vitamin K2 would be 100mcgs and D3 10,000IU). Take them together with cod liver oil. This is a beneficial treatment protocol to protect bones. Vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 will transport calcium into the bones and are very protective, but you will still need to lower your cortisol. In doing this, an added benefit will be that vitamin D3 levels will go up. If you already have osteoporosis, you will need to take some calcium but make sure it’s not calcium carbonate which is just crushed limestone. Check out what form of calcium you are taking and if it is, then stop. You

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might as well swallow cement. Take any of the forms of calcium – citrate, lactate, phosphate, gluconate but not carbonate. If you have osteoporosis, using all these treatments together can be an excellent to strengthen and protect bones without increasing risk of heart attack.

It’s almost impossible to get correct levels of Vitamin D from food other than cod liver oil, but you can get it from the sun. It will take a bit of time to restore your body from osteoporosis because it has been majorly run down and depleted for a long time. It will not be restored in two months. You need to practice these treatments consistently for a few years. However, it can be improved over the years if you take as much of the beneficial vitamins as you need. There is no “one size fits all” approach. We are all individuals with individual issues. However, starting with these treatments and lowering your cortisol and stress levels will go a long way to improving bones without increasing risk of other health problems. As always, check with a health expert before embarking on any treatment program. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit

TESTOSTERONE THERAPY MALIGNED TESTOSTERONE implant therapy has been found to offer protective properties against breast cancer and safely relieve menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors. Testosterone, in combination with an aromatase inhibitor to prevent the conversion of testosterone to oestrogen, has been used to reduce the size of invasive breast cancers, helping either avoid surgery or reduce its impact. “Why aren’t we shouting about this from the rooftops?” asks Susanne Mitchell, author of The Naked Truth about Perimenopause which investigates testosterone therapy as a treatment option

for menopausal symptoms. “It’s outrageous that it’s so difficult for women to access this hormone through menopause. Its success in treating breast cancer and other ageing diseases just isn’t being reported.” Mitchell asked retired breast cancer surgeon and testosterone therapy researcher Dr Rebecca Glaser, why it wasn’t being used. “Doctors just don’t know about it,” Dr Glaser said. “Also, there are many myths and misconceptions about testosterone therapy in women despite the evidence.” She said some considered it “alternative” medicine when it was in fact evidence based.

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Beware the middle-age spread AS OBESITY continues to expand waistlines worldwide, researchers at the University of South Australia are warning that harmful body fat can also increase the risk of dementia and stroke. Examining grey brain matter of about 28,000 people, the world-first research found that increased body fat incrementally leads to increased atrophy of grey matter in the brain and consequently higher risk of declining brain health. Grey matter is an essential part of the brain responsible for execution control, muscular and sensory activity as well as learning, attention, and memory. Obesity is a major issue worldwide, with numbers nearly tripling since 1975 and two in every five adults affected. Lead researcher, UniSA’s Dr Anwar

Mulugeta, said the findings added to the growing issues associated with being overweight or obese. “Obesity is a genetically complex condition characterised by the excessive body fat,” Dr Mulugeta says. “Commonly linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic inflammation (a marker of dementia), obesity currently costs Australia’s economy about $8.6 billion each year.” Not all obese individuals are metabolically unhealthy, which makes it difficult to pinpoint who is at risk of associated diseases, but being overweight generally increases risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and low-grade inflammation. There are three obesity subtypes: Unfavourable – fat around the lower torso and abdominal area, including the

organs with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases; favourable – wider hips but a lower risk; and neutral – low risk of the cardiometabolic diseases. “In this study, we investigated the causal relationships of individuals within the different obesity types ¬to establish whether specific weight groups were more at risk than others,” Dr Mulugeta said. “Generally, the three subtypes have a characteristic of higher body mass

DON’T FALL FOR THE SKIN CANCER MYTHS AUSTRALIA is the skin cancer capital of the world, with more cases per capita than any other country. One Australian is diagnosed with melanoma every 30 minutes, so with numbers like these, it is important to take skin cancer seriously. There are a few myths that need to be debunked to be better informed about skin health and cancer risk. Myth 1: Skin cancer isn’t deadly. Fact: Every five hours, one Australian dies from skin cancer. Myth 2: Skin cancer only affects older Australians. Fact: Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15-39. Myth 3: Only people spending lots of time outside need to worry about skin cancer. Fact: 10 minutes in the sun can cause permanent cell damage and skin cancer. Myth 4: People who tan rather than burn won’t get skin cancer. Fact: Tanning is the first sign of skin trauma, which leads to skin cancer.

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Myth 5: People of colour don’t need to worry about skin cancer. Fact: Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin colour. Myth 6: There is no need to worry about skin cancer in winter. Fact: Continuously high UV levels in Australia cause skin cancer all-year round. Myth 7: Doctors can remove moles before they turn cancerous. Fact: Skin cancer can develop very fast, sometimes within weeks or months. Without regular skin cancer checks, you might be at risk without knowing. A skin cancer check with a specially qualified skin cancer doctor is the best defence. The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, potential disfigurement or even death. Based on skin cancer risk, adding total body photography to a skin check may be mandatory, recommended or fully optional.

index, yet, each type varies in terms of body fat and visceral fat distribution, with a different risk of cardiometabolic diseases.” It was found that those with higher levels of obesity had much lower levels of grey brain matter, indicating that they may have compromised brain function. Even in a relatively normal weight individual, excess weight around the abdominal area may be a cause for concern.

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WHAT’S ON Bob McKinnon and Brian Fogarty Presents


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COMEDIANS Peter Helliar and Tom Gleeson hit the stage at The Events Centre in Caloundra this month. Helliar, one of Australia’s favourite comedians, is the creator and star of Network Ten’s How To Stay Married and brings the laughs to The Project four days a week. He has performed stand-up for more than 20 years and makes funny look easy. Gleeson has performed at every major comedy festival in the world and is a master of the craft. When he’s not hosting hit ABC show Hard Quiz, the Gold Logie winner is busy being one of the best comedians in the country. Together they present a night of much-needed laughs. Bookings now open. The Events Centre, Caloundra September 18, 7pm. Tickets $64.90 Bookings 5491 4240 or visit

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MORE than 25 local artists will present works in multiple media and forms, including 3D, landscapes, abstracts, portraits and still life when the Buderim Craft Cottage Mixed Media Group turns its Atrium Gallery and Studio North into an arts hub for three days. The group is continually working on a wide range of ever-changing styles and themes and is offering original art works off the shelf at sale prices. A commission from each piece sold will go to the Buderim Craft Cottage to fund ongoing improvements. Buderim Craft Cottage, 5 Main St Buderim. September 25-27, 10am-2pm Entry free. Visit buderimcraftcottage. or call 5450 1714.

BATS Theatre Company presents All the Great Books – literature’s greatest hits condensed into 90-minute rollercoaster of comedy. English class meets Monty Python, darting from satire to silliness and sophisticated irreverence. Even Homer is funny. Dickens, Shakespeare, Little Women, Huck Finn, Don Quixote, Moby Dick and Jane Austen are among many others in a show directed by Samantha Rose and Nick Smith and written by Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor. A special fundraiser premiere on September 24 at 7.30pm with tickets $30 will benefit Buderim Foundation. There’s table seating and the Belfry Bar and kitchen will be open or BYO nibbles. Buderim War Memorial Hall, cnr Main and Church streets, Buderim September 25, October 1-2, 7.30 pm; September 25 and October 2, 2pm. Tickets $30, concession $26, group of 8+ prepaid $24. Bookings or call Alice 0427 856 680

JAZZ CLUB RUNS HOT ONE of the Mackay-Whitsunday region’s leading bands, Hot Hot Hot, will present two shows for the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club this month. The lineup consists of Rob Covey on keyboards, Geoff Fleming on bass and vocals, Keith Ogilvie on drums and vocals, Don Agnew on trumpet, vocals and percussion and Gary Linton on saxophone, clarinet and vocals. Their repertoire includes jazz and swing standards, and easy listening, matching the music to the audience. The show is open to everyone, but bookings are advisable. Caloundra Power Boat Club has views across Pumicestone Passage for a pleasant Sunday afternoon of jazz. Caloundra Power Boat Club September 19, noon and 4pm Tickets $25, seniors $22.50 Bookings, call Richard 0427 782 960. Credit card facility available

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MUSIC LEGENDS HIT NOOSA THREE Australian music legends come together in concert – and it’s the real deal, not a tribute show. Australia’s first King of Pop Normie Rowe, Queen of the Mods Dinah Lee and King of Country Rock Jade Hurley bring back the energy and excitement of the ’60s. The audience is guaranteed great music and wonderful memories, presented by Bob McKinnon and Brian Fogarty. Normie Rowe’s hits included Shakin’ All Over, Ohh La La and It Ain’t Necessarily So and he has also starred in many of the big stage musicals. New Zealand born Dinah Lee had the international No.1 hits Don’t You Know Yockomo, Reet Petite and Do the Blue Beat while Jade Hurley has the record for every release achieving gold, platinum or double status in Australia and New Zealand. The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads October 18, 2pm. Bookings 5329 6560 or visit

EDGEWATER Village Spring Fair promises a morning of entertainment and bargains this month. Bli Bli School choirs and Edgewater Singers will entertain and breakfast will be served from the barbecue manned by the Bli Bli Rural Fire Brigade ably assisted by Blazer. The Edgewater ladies will put on a delicious morning tea. Search for bargains at the Trash and Treasure, and find knickknacks, books, preloved clothing and plant stalls. The raffles will be drawn just before closing at 12.30pm. Edgewater Village, 71 David Low Way, Bli Bli. September 11, 7am-12.30pm.

Featuring a variety of well-known pieces from Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini plus great numbers from Gilbert & Sullivan, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and many more. Special Price Preview 15th Sept – 7.30pm – $23 Performances Continue Sept 17, 24 - 7.30pm Matinees – 2pm Sept 18, 19, 25, 26

SPRING INTO ART AT COOLUM SHOW COOLUM Art Collective presents its second three-day show for the year, the Spring Art Exhibition. There will lbe a diverse range of art and craft works from some of the Sunshine Coast’s leading artists and artisans and more than 200 original artworks will be on sale. The official opening is on Saturday from 6pm. Coolum Civic Centre. October 1, 10am-4pm, October 2 and 3, 9am-4pm Entry free.

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TINBEERWAH ART SHOW TINBEERWAH Art group members have been busy all year preparing for their annual three-day art show. While Covid restrictions have stopped the gala opening, the exhibition will be as spectacular as previous years with paintings to suit every taste for sale at reasonable prices. Funds raised from the gold coin door entry, raffle and artist donations will again go to Katie Rose Cottage Hospice at Doonan, in memory of TAG founder Gwen Blair. The raffle includes two beautiful paintings donated by Avril Hare. Tinbeerwah Hall, cnr Sunrise and Noosa-Cooroy Rd.September, Friday 17, noon-5pm; Saturday 18, 9am4.30pm; Sunday 19, 9.30am-3pm Call Jan 0412 769 351 or email

CALOUNDRA Chorale and Theatre Company is delighted to present POP OP, despite the threat of Covid lockdowns. POP OP is a collection of some of the most inspiring music ever written, including stirring choruses, poignant love songs, rollicking operetta numbers and a couple of drinking songs thrown in for good measure. In all, it’s a tribute to life, love, and champagne. The Caloundra Opera Chorus with selected soloists leads an exploration of the beauty of music written over four centuries, travelling to Vienna and Paris, Italy, Egypt, Spain, ancient Greece, and Vietnam. CCTC Theatre, Piringa St, Wurtulla Preview September 15, 7.30pm, $23 September 17 and 24, 7.30pm; September 18-19 and 25-26, 2pm Tickets $33, concessions $30, groups $27. Bookings 0490 329 912. Pre-show wine and cheese available on booking $10

With MARTIN DUNCAN YAY! Sconetime is on again for now, no subject to covid restrictions. r We have been making the most of it, m donning a mask and d colourful aprons to weave co magic i in Cooroy, Buderim and Caloundra. At Caloundra, local MP Jason Hunt was guest scone maker, joining Tanya and me at Bakies cafe, to use my now famous Sconetime recipe. The QCWA Caloundra branch girls are a hoot and love hosting Sconetime In Caloundra. Sconetime creates meaningful community connections when seniors in our community come together with family and business owners over fresh hot scones loaded with home-made jam and loads freshly whipped cream.



KENILWORTH Arts Council runs Singalong! every Friday morning 10amnoon at the Arts Council hall behind the Town Library. This is community singing just for fun for all ages. Gold coin donation. Morning tea. All welcome! No previous singing experience necessary.

SUNSHINE Coast Symphony Orchestra is having a day out in the country, performing Russian and German masterpieces at the Kenilworth Hall on September 26. Conducted by Adrian King, the orchestra will play melodic masterpieces from Khachaturian,

John entertains while Tanya, Dorothy and Alison serve up the treats. Tickets for our next Sconetime for you, a senior neighbour, mum, dad, nan and pop, are available for $8 online at Visit

Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, RimskyKorsakov, and Mendelssohn, featuring violin soloist Rhys Williams. Kenilworth Hall, 7 Maleny-Kenilworth Rd. September 26, 2pm. Tickets $25, include program. Bookings at or call 0412 054 998

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The artistic vibe will be alive and well on October 29, 30 and 31 Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the arࢼsts is? (With apologies to Anonymous the poet and all the grammarians out there). Wonder no more! They’re ge ng ready to throw open their doors to visitors for the great Granite Belt Art and Cra Trail, which will be held across three days on October 29, 30 and 31. Art lovers will be able to meander around the Granite Belt on their own selfguided ar s c jaunt. About 30 ar sans will share their wares and knowledge—and even help some of their visitors take the first steps in their own ar s c journey. So much is on offer that the most difficult part will be choosing! Get a quick introduc on to all the ar sans at the website, where you also make all your bookings. (Everything,

even free demonstra ons, must be booked in advance.) Choose your own level of involvement—there are opportuni es for both apprecia ve viewing and ac ve doing. GBART is essen ally an immersive experience, so there are many, many opportuni es to have a go. It could be the start of a whole new world of crea vity for you. For viewing, the choices include a photographic exhibi on and demonstra ons ranging from wheelthrowing and raku to watercolour pencil and the art of oil pain ng. Listen to a talk on taking your art supplies into the field, see candlemaking, join a public art walking tour and watch how a useful bag can be made from a pillowcase or an animal feed bag. There are myriad opportuni es for purchasing art for your walls, sculptures

for a special corner, or even a frying pan for your own kitchen masterpieces. Or really get hands-on. Have a go at cheesemaking, try resin art, make a pinch pot, do some alpaca fel ng, take an acrylic class or get crea ve with some precious metal clay. Immerse yourself in cardmaking or poured glass art or candlemaking. There’s an art to cra and there’s definitely a cra to art, and this is your chance to try your hand at both. Even the official opening, Fresh Canvas, has a touch of the arts. Performing arts, that is. local songbird Teri Welles and Jazzify will present the entertainment for the night on Friday, October 29 at the showgrounds. Slip into your semi-formal party clothes, prepare your tastebuds for a delicious meal by local chef Jason Costanzo and expect to have a great me.

While you’re at the website at gbart. to book in for the opening event, demonstra ons, classes and studios you would like to a end, you can also order a picnic hamper to pick up for any day of the event. That way you can stop and have lunch at a me and place that suits you. Art comes in all shapes, sizes and materials on the Granite Belt. It’s a cornucopia of cra smanship, presented against a backdrop of wonderful spring me landscapes, local wines, fresh produce and gourmet goodies. Don’t forget to book your accommoda on straight away too. Please book everything, even the free stuff on so we can manage our venue capacity for social distancing, and give everyone a fair go. For more informa on go to:

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HELP AT HAND FOR THE MOVE MAKING life decisions and downsizing or moving to a retirement village or aged care facility is difficult at the best of times but it’s even harder when family members interstate are unable to help. Colomba offers a tailored clearing and relocation service to give peace of mind. With years of experience, Colomba staff can help with difficult situations. For example, two sons living interstate were prevented from travelling to assist their parents relocate to an aged care facility. They contacted Jeanne at Colomba who immediately set up a Zoom meeting to discuss the process and gave advice on the transition for their parents, who


were soon seamlessly relocated, happy and stress free. “Due to Covid, my brother and I were unable to assist in the move as planned. Colomba had excellent communication,” one brother wrote. “I never felt that I did not know what was going on or what was being planned. It gave me peace of mind that there was someone capable helping my parents.” Colomba is also available to assist with deceased estates. Call Jeanne 0402 126 157 or visit

Clare Apelt leads dancing at Tabeel Aged Care, Laidley. AGED care residents at Lutheran Services’ Tabeel community in Laidley are preparing for a dance performance that brings treasured memories to life. Currently in rehearsals, If Only I Could features aged care residents and four professional dancers recalling, recreating and reliving much-loved memories through movement and dance. Tabeel Creative Lifestyle

Coordinator Ruth Tolhurst says residents are thrilled by the rehearsals, which helps them to tap into their memories. “By connecting with their memories, residents feel validated – that their experiences happened and meant something,” she says. “We have been exploring pivotal memories and this informs the dance.” Residents might look at chores from their childhood, such as washing the dishes or hanging out the washing and transform this into a series of movements.” For the stars of the show, the Tabeel residents, rehearsals have become a highlight of the week. Funded by Arts Queensland and Lutheran Services, If Only I Could will be performed in Laidley later this year. Visit



AFTER visiting many different over 50s communities, Brisbane couple Paul and Catherine Hemmings couldn’t go past B by Halcyon for their next chapter. The pair are excited to swap their home on 1ha for one of the community’s homes in the Rainforest Series of larger blocks and impressive extra features. “We looked at quite a few communities, and we were very impressed with Halcyon in relation to a range of things,” Paul said. These included design, masterplanning, facilities and environmental considerations which made the Buderim community the standout choice. Regional project director Chris Carley said the Rainforest Series was about homebuyer choice and flexibility. “All of these homes come with a stone façade and a Tesla battery, further cementing B by

McKENZIE Aged Care Group was founded more than 20 years ago by a family who saw a need to create an environment that truly felt like a family home. The McKenzie family vision – to provide aged care homes that they would be proud to live in – began when sisters Sally and Mary-Ann McKenzie opened their first home in 2001, in the Melbourne suburb of Windsor. Their vision continues with homes now around Queensland, Victoria and NSW, but resident needs remain the focus. Each McKenzie home has its own character. Beautiful gardens offer a place to enjoy a coffee in the sunshine and all homes feature a library, activities rooms and welcoming living spaces. Light and spacious bedrooms include an ensuite, some with a private courtyard or balcony. Residents are encouraged to

Halcyon’s commitment to our greenest homes ever,” Chris says. “Buyers can choose between a bigger home with a media room and study or have more outdoor space with a big yard and atrium.” B by Halcyon also features five-star health and wellness facilities, including a 25m covered and heated magnesium salt pool with spa, outdoor resort pool, gymnasium, yoga lawn, massage and therapy treatment rooms and beauty salon.

bring personal items, such as pictures and their favourite quilt to help make a comfortable transition into their new home. McKenzie understands that moving into a home is a big step so dedicated team members are ready to assist at every stage of the journey into care. On the Sunshine Coast, McKenzie Aged Care homes are at Buderim, Beerwah, Deception Bay and Bongaree. Call 1300 899 222 or visit

NEW CLUB MAKES STYLE STATMENT CONTEMPORARY, sleek, and visually light thanks to the abundant use of glass, the new GemLife Maroochy Quays Country Club will make a statement in style at the over-50s lifestyle resort. As construction on the two-storey lakeside country club edges closer to its grand opening on September 25, GemLife interior design manager Jennifer Kyle says the big reveal is sure to impress. The striking modern style of the country club is a first for GemLife, projecting a coastal cool look inside and out. One of the hero pieces is a soaring feature wall in the entrance lobby. Creating a strong first impression, it pays homage to the nearby Maroochy River. “It makes a grand statement that sets the tone for the rest of the interiors,” Ms Kyle said. Another favourite piece is an eye-catching light fixture that almost looks like a Salvador Dali painting brought to life. “It will be quite magical. The pendant style lighting design will create gentle, softly glowing optical illusions that suggest real clouds,” she said. Five large abstract paintings were commissioned with Queensland artist Shayle Flesser. The luxurious, ultra-modern country club has views over the resort’s private 1.68ha lake, Lake Kuluin, and bushland beyond. Facilities include an indoor pool and spa, sauna, fully equipped gym, floodlit tennis court, ten-pin bowling alley, luxury cinema, bar and lounge, and virtual golf. Call 1800 982 056 or visit

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Because you have better things to do with your time

Traps to avoid when making a Will

Knee osteoarthritis and PRP therapy

Recovery after an anterior total hip replacement

Dealing with Centrelink, like engaging with any large organisation, can seem daunting and, to the uninitiated, their processes can seem overwhelming. This is where CAPA Services can help. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with Centrelink, so we know how to get the best results. Coupled with our financial experience, this means we can improve the quality of life for our clients by not only the occasional Centrelink update, but by acting as the go-between. So, in doing what we do, we take care of any Centrelink generated stress while ensuring that your best interests are being represented with integrity and diligence. Our understanding of Centrelink`s attitude towards investments (SMSF, super, income streams, property, funeral bonds, shares, employment etc) ensures clients receive the maximum benefits allowed. If you are applying for, or are already in receipt of a Centrelink payment, and feel Capa Services could help please do not hesitate to contact us. We know how you feel and have found that we can help.

For a Will to be valid, it must meet certain formal requirements. In broad terms, the Will needs to be in writing, signed by the person making it before two witnesses. So, what happens when a beneficiary witnesses a Will? To safeguard against risks of influence, a gift made to a witness is void. A beneficiary does not have to be named personally in the Will for a gift to them to be void. It is enough if there is a general reference, such as ‘my children’. There are, however, some limited exceptions which apply that may ‘preserve’ the gift. They are: 1. At least two other people have witnessed the execution of the Will who are not beneficiaries; 2. All beneficiaries consent to the ‘interested’ witness receiving the gift; or 3. The Court is satisfied the Willmaker knew and approved the gift, and it was made freely and voluntarily. Having your Wills prepared by experienced lawyers will eliminate these and other traps people commonly fall into with their estate planning.


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Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common condition as a person ages, especially in those who have suffered previous knee injuries. The disease ranges in severity from early disease causing occasional pain and soreness, to severe disease with persistent joint pain and stiffness. Treatment of knee OA symptoms is complex, and current recommendations for mild to moderate OA include weight reduction, lifestyle changes, medications, physiotherapy, bracing and musclestrengthening programs. For patients who continue to have pain despite these early treatment options, intra-articular platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are worth considering as an alternative treatment option for pain relief. Studies have demonstrated 85 per cent or more of patients who receive knee joint PRP gained a 50 to 80 per cent reduction in their symptoms for six to 12 months. Some patients notice improvements for up to 18 months. Annual repetition of the PRP treatment can prolong this benefit. If you think you might benefit from PRP treatment, ask your GP for a referral to the X-Ray and Imaging Pain Clinic at Kawana. Our specialists can make an assessment and determine your suitability for PRP treatment.


Many patients are surprised at how quickly they can comfortably ambulate after an anterior total hip replacement. We typically mobilise patients within hours of their surgery. Most of our patients usually rapidly progress to being independent on crutches and require them for only one to two weeks. There are many factors that dictate how long a patient needs to stay in hospital but generally getting back to your home environment as soon as it is safe to do so is an important component of your physical as well as your psychological recovery. Excessive physical activity in the first two months after a hip replacement is counterproductive. We generally recommend gentle walking and stretching. Many patients are safe to drive after just three to four weeks and can perform most of their everyday activities within six weeks. For patients who enjoy more extreme activities such as surfing, they should wait at least three months to return. All patients are different, and you should discuss your specific situation with your orthopaedic surgeon.


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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time

Tasmania beckons with scenery, history, fine food – and whisky

Explore new tastes in whisky at one of Tasmania’s distilleries.


wo weeks touring in Tasmania, layered up for winter weather in one of those Aldi special merino undershirts, is almost enough time to embrace the scenery, history, foods and dozens of whiskies on offer. Plus, there’s Hobart’s renowned MoNa museum, which is full of surprises in new and old art pieces. To the east is Port Arthur’s convict settlement ruins and then there’s those Tasmanian Devils. Now add world-class distilleries and breweries to the list of reasons – excuses even – to take a tour. There’s no need to go walking with wombats in the wilderness to enjoy the island. Hobart is home to the famous Salamanca Markets. It’s worth staying nearby for the short stroll to the bustling Saturday markets with tonnes of Tasmanian foods and crafts alongside the likes of (delicious) wallaby burritos and excellent coffees. Leave some room for the rock lobster rolls at the 1829 Whaler pub. Or perhaps something fancier at Salamanca’s fine dining restaurants. And around the back here is the shelf-crammed Hobart Book

Shop if an afternoon turns gloomy. The historic waterfront is also close to the MoNa ferries’ berth. This museum is another must-do experience for entertaining and enlightening art in a spectacular underground space. The caverns alone are a work of art, carved out of rock to suit art pieces from dramatic modern installations to Sidney Nolan paintings and 17th century maps of Asia. Allow too, a day out of Hobart for a trip to Port Arthur and the remains of the island’s brutal penal colony. But out in the countryside, there are also the charms of early histories, such as bed and breakfasts on heritage sheep farms. The 1828 Rathmore at Hollow Tree in the Central Highlands is a most hospitable spot with accommodation from grand old bedrooms to smart shearers’ quarters plus sumptuous evening meals. This isn’t a bad spot to headquarter for a couple of days as it’s handy for exploring New Norfolk and the overflowing Willow Court Antique Centre, with its lawns adorned with old cars, truck and tractors. And for heading out to southern distilleries in the area for wee drams such

as Shene’s Mackey whiskies, which are served up in re-purposed colonial buildings at Pontville. From top to bottom, Tasmania’s fresh feeds – sea food and lamb in particular – alone are worth the tour. In between the chase for fine food and whiskies there are scenic drives all over, just remember winter roads may see snow and ice – C roads could well be unsealed, but the highways are quieter at this time of year. Launceston’s National Automobile Museum of Tasmania is an easy walk from the city centre and, while small, has a top collection of road and race machines. For the more casual tourist, flowing roads through midlands sheep country are enticing while the north-west coastal run from Devonport through to old-time Stanley is enchanting with scenery reminiscent of an Irish coastline. And here’s a thing other states and tourist destinations may consider – there’s a distinct lack of unattractive roadside



Tasmania is awash in whisky and that’s a good thing, writes BRUCE McMAHON after his winter tour. But Australia’s island state is also a destination known for its breweries, fine fresh foods, mountain lakes, museums and scallop pies.

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billboards across the island where it’s mainly neat, and uniform, road signs to hotels and attractions and such. For inside experiences, Devonport boasts the Antiques Emporium (maybe the biggest and best in any state), a good Irish pub with atmosphere in Molly Malones, and, a little south of town, the small Seven Sheds outfit, brewers of the finest of beers. There are many great craft beers across the state, although the problem is some are small batch brews and, having moved to the next town, there’s the need to start again when the sun goes down. Bugger. Hellyers, yet another distillery of note, is outside Burnie and over at the village of Stanley is the Angel’s Share, a small bar where all the best of Tasmanian whiskies can be sampled in style with Sam. None are particularly cheap but are all varied and very good, further proof that whisky doesn’t have to be scotch. There are of course, across the island, many fine gins and wines to be tried plus vineyards to be visited, though some may be closed for winter. And there are wonderful cheeses at farm outlets such as Ashgrove plus rich chocolates and fudges at Anver’s factory (both in the north) and flavoursome pepperberry salts and roasted nuts and crisp apples and cider, along with fulsome scallops and crays and mussels and chowders and oysters and more, all over. Much of this was known, some of it appreciated, before this tour. What brought fresh delight, was exploring new tastes in whiskies at places such as the Launceston Distillery. It’s based in an old Ansett hangar where a short tour combines aviation history and an articulate explanation of how Tasmania’s fine waters and grains are today producing another chapter in the book of the island’s many attractions. See


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Dine with Australia’s largest dinosaurs at Eromanga, the furthest town from the sea. IT’S time to start making plans travel plans for next year, whether you’re thinking about the southwest Queensland Outback, the rugged beauty and history of Tasmania or heading offshore to Norfolk Island. CT Travel has released its itineraries for the new year, offering an exciting range of tours, from short getaways to two-week adventures. And the word for the wise, is to start thinking about it now before all the seats are snapped up. “We have some really interesting tours lined up already,” says Paul Brockhurst. “One not to be missed is a fly-drive trip exploring southwest Queensland.” The Southwest Loop will be over 12

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