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ost of us at some time have uttered, “I could write a book about it”. Sometimes it’s in jest or to make a point, and sometimes you really have an idea germinating. I have written a few books and edited a few more, but I see these as telling someone else’s story and not my own, although I well know and accept that a work of fiction is way beyond my capabilities. And even though over the years I have written enough words to fill thousands of books, it’s a different story to writing your masterpiece ... the book in you. Many times I have seriously thought about writing my book and have even gone so far as to dream up title and chapter structure, yet I still
Contents have notebooks full of ideas lying around. It’s an elusive dream that keeps getting put off until tomorrow, which no doubt will never come. Unless there’s a deadline, there are other things to be done. Life gets in the way and it never happens. With retirement comes time to actually pursue the dream and also, I often hear, the desire to put your life story on paper for yourself and your family, if not for a wider audience. There are many extraordinary stories told in ordinary households. So, to fire up the inspiration, this month a number of published authors tell their story about that elusive book. They share their tips and ideas, the process, expectations, heartache and joy that comes before seeing your name on a glossy cover or, in some cases, the screen of a tablet. (And that’s before the trials of selling it.) But whether you are thinking Mills and Boon or memoir, specialty subject or special event, the only way to make it happen is to get started. Hopefully this issue will provide you the motivation to do just that. And if it’s a bestseller, you heard it here first. Dorothy Whittington, Editor
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The book in you Itâ€™s often said that everyone has a book in them and today, thanks to the advent of e-books, people are putting that old adage to the test and self-publishing in their millions, writes JULIE LAKE.
veryone wants to be another E.L. James, author of the phenomenally successful Fifty Shades of Grey. The path to successful digital selfpublishing is not an easy one but it does offer better odds than winning a major lottery because itâ€™s about hard work and savvy marketing, not just luck. And retirees have a particular advantage because they already have a base income and the time to try something new. When I published my first e-book in 2009, it was a huge learning curve because back then you had to find and pay for web hosting and the comparatively primitive desktop publishing programs available. Reaching a target audience was equally challenging given the limited
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Once you have a book in manuscript form, Amazon Kindle will walk you through the process step-by-step, including layout and editing, formatting, uploading and publishing. Ongoing support in terms of marketing, sales and payment is equally good. Authors can opt for either 35 per cent or 70 per cent royalties with conditions governing each option and today these are paid direct â€“ and automatically â€“ to your bank account. This is just one reason why writers like myself made the shift to e-books from traditional print publishing. Not only do you make more than the standard 10 per cent royalty paid by publishers on retail sales but you also exercise more control over your book. In the words of self-publishing expert Ryan Buckley of Scripted, a commercial community for writers and editors: â€œThe beauty of Amazon is that once you have enough leverage in the market, youâ€™re essentially working on auto-pilot. As far as passive income is concerned, itâ€™s hard to beat a portfolio of Kindle books.â€? The challenge lies in attaining that leverage. And the first step is to decide what sort of book you would like to write â€“ fact or fiction? The former sells better, with self-help books usually topping the e-book best seller list. Fiction is more fun to write, for the truly creative, and has a good market for those who can crack it. The second step is to regard your enterprise as a business, requiring a business plan. This should include: A market survey â€“ What other books like yours are out there? How well are they doing? What makes them
successful? Is there room for another book on the same topic? Branding â€“ Your book needs to have a unique something that makes it attract the attention of browsers. A series of books, fact or fiction, should have titles and cover designs that tie the series together. All my gardening books (the backbone of my own digital publishing enterprise) carry the GardenEzi brand name and a five-step program clearly visible on the cover of each book. This â€œbrandâ€? distinguishes my books from the many other books covering the same topic and is used in all promotion. Investment â€“ itâ€™s possible to publish your e-books without any up-front expenditure. I did! But todayâ€™s e-book readers expect a much higher standard of presentation. Though Amazon and other companies give you a lot of help, it pays to invest in some professional design. There are dozens of websites specialising in e-book formatting and layout, plus cover design, and some of these are free. This is especially important if you are planning to offer readers print-ondemand, by which you can have the book printed in hard copy as well as e-book download. This means some extra work for you in distribution and up-front expense from printing costs but does enable you to reach those readers who still prefer a printed book. Budget â€“ for promotional expenses and also for professional editing. It doesnâ€™t cost much, there are plenty of people available to do this and writers should never edit their own books. Promotion â€“ Traditional off-line advertising still works and advertising in print magazines can be very worthwhile
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COVER STORY with specialist non-fiction such as gardening, health and fitness, cookery, beekeeping or becoming a billionaire. But what you really need to know is that in order to sell e-books you must be prepared to promote relentlessly using every means available. So once your book is up there, allocate time EACH DAY to tell people about it. Online there are various cheap options for advertising both fact and fiction, including Google ads, but Amazon has its own sophisticated marketing package with both free and author-paid options which is far-reaching and easy-to-use. It all helps to build your profile with your readers – essential for a new author. Whether or not you wish to invest some money to get you started, social media is still the best place to promote your books – and it costs nothing except time. Use them all, as creatively as you can in terms of intriguing potential readers. Successful e-book writer M. Louisa Locke tried for 20 years to get her Victorian mystery stories published before trying
the independent e-publishing route and today makes more money than she did as a fulltime teacher. Her main advice to authors is to experiment and keep up with the changing marketing landscape. “Authors must be willing to self-promote if they want their books read,” she says. Your own website – this is essential, not to sell books but to promote and link them to your selling platform. You can keep your readers involved and entertained with new book blurbs, blog posts (with feedback and comments), excerpts, personal information, gossip about your characters, teasers for future books, even giveaways and competitions. Add a link to your social media sites so your name and your books are always out there. Agatha Christie would have been a very rich woman instead of just comfortably off if she’d had a blog and a Twitter account! I use a simple Wordpress site and pay a modest fee for my own domain address. Pricing and profit – When pricing your book take into account your
up-front expenses (if any) and your royalties. Set a selling target. It’s not unreasonable to expect to sell 50,000 books on such a large market if you have done your research and have a good product. If you exceed it, fine. If you fall short, try harder! This should give you some idea of what profit to expect from royalties when expenses have been deducted. And then you can price your book accordingly – e-publishing is all about economy of scale so you should aim to sell lots of books at a low price rather than hope for a few high-end readers. Today, with e-books now outselling printed books, e-book publishing is not only more profitable to authors but also offers a faster return. It can take at least 18 months before a new print book reaches the market whereas an e-book can be up there on the platform within an hour of writing “The End” and on the market within 24 hours. What’s more, you can take it back down, make changes, alter the price as you see fit – or just leave it there forever.
There are no sad piles of remaindered e-books! Although only a handful of writers have become e-publishing millionaires there is a very good chance of making a modest living doing something you love without leaving your desk. Aim for the stars and you might at least hit a small planet or two.
Julie Lake is the author of nine ebooks on gardening and other topics, including fiction. In 2009, she produced Growing Great Azaleas which was the first gardening ebook to be published anywhere in the world. Another world first was Camping Guide Australia which she wrote with husband Bob and published on the Amazon platform in 2010. Both books still sell. “Writing and publishing your own ebook is empowering,” Julie says, “And financially rewarding if you go about it the right way.”
FROM CHECK-OUT CHICK TO SELF-PUBLISHER, IT CAN BE DONE By CLAUDE TRANCHANT At the age of 64, I walked 100 days, solo, along the St James’ Way known as the Camino in Spain, though I had never trekked before. On my return, my heart was crying as I was missing the magical moments so a friend suggested I write a book. As a non-writer, I told her she was mad and that I did not have the ability. It turned out the writing was easy, but publishing was another matter. I had decided to self-publish and quickly learnt it needs a lot of determination and work. The cover helps attract readers.
Choose well. I had two or three ideas, but would my readers like it? That was the question! I printed out two options – my boots and a path along the Pyrenees. The two prints under my arm, I began approaching young and not so young, in the streets, in the shops, in the hall of the cinemas. After many weeks of walking the pavement I took what the young ones preferred – the boots. I printed my book in Brisbane against the advice of some, due to the cost of printing in Australia. Why? At 58, I had found myself in a difficult situation and became a checkout-chick. I
was now hoping to help someone else keep their job. My first print was 1000 copies, which at the time was only a number until the boxes arrived and I realised the mammoth task ahead. I thought: “Well, you walked 100 days, you can walk around Brisbane and stop at every bookstore. “I was confident that some would buy two or three copies, and eventually I would sell all of them. Book in hand, I went to many bookstores. I received a cold shower. Commission varied from 40-45 per cent, on consignment. As a check-out
chick, I had learnt to add. I felt a heaviness engulf me and I went home. I had to think about another way to get my book out there, so I decided to go and sell at markets. Then came magazine stories, radio interviews and guest-speaking engagements, so I approached select bookstores. Boots to Bliss now has been among the bestsellers in three bookstores, reaching No.1 and a bestseller for a full year. If your dream is all about writing, do it. But be prepared for hard work, tenacity, adversity and challenges. The rewards are tremendous.
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AN AUTHOR’S LAMENT By MOCCO WOLLERT So, you have at last written that book. It has been on your mind for years and you knew you would write it but “things” got in the way. Things like having babies or demanding work. There were some half-hearted attempts, but they came to nothing. Finally, you get down to the job. You labour away, hitting the keyboard for a whole year, trying to create the immortal masterpiece that everyone – and I mean everyone – will want to read. When doubt creeps in as to who would actually want to read a memoir, your family and friends assure you that the whole of Australia is waiting for that book. You dream of a bestseller, a movie deal, an audio book. After 12 months of slogging along, 100,000 words are finally on paper. You need an editor. You are lucky and find a good and sympathetic professional who irons out the grammatical errors, the words used in the wrong context, the punctuation, and the spelling. You hold your manuscript in your hands with awe and wonderment, like your first-born when she arrived in this world. Then you wonder what to do with it. Out it goes to various publishers and you wait in hope and despair whether you will hear from them. Will one of them like your book? Miracles of
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GETTING STARTED miracles, you can’t believe it, a publisher accepts your memoir and offers you a publishing deal. You tell your family and friends, put it on Facebook, feel like a celebrity. Patrick White eat your heart out. On the day of the book launch you are all nerves but the book sells nicely and your publisher smiles. A great start to immortality. The publisher expects more from you though. You have become a one-man, I mean one-woman, marketing team. You do book signings and rejoice in the fact that you have actually persuaded someone to buy your book. You become a guest speaker and trundle your books along, sometimes you actually sell one. You pester your friends and relatives to buy your book, and why not a second book as a gift. After a while they turn away when you approach. The feedback is better than receiving an Oscar. It seems everybody loves your book. They tell you it is funny, a tear jerker, interesting and they couldn’t put it down. Then comes the blow, the death knell to the sale of your book. They smile at you and say, “it is a great book and I enjoyed it so much that I am lending it to all my friends and relatives”. Are they suddenly a library? I don’t want them to lend it, I want them to buy it! Give it to their friends as a gift. Don’t they know Christmas is months away!
Retirement means you could finally have the time to write that book you’ve been talking about for years. Perhaps you feel passionate about a subject, you’ve learned a life lesson you want to share or you want to leave a record of your life for future generations. Many people write down their memories as a form of therapy, a way of getting chattering thoughts on to paper. But how do you turn your words into a professional book that others want to read? The first step is deciding on the type of book you wish to write. Memoir or autobiography? Memoirs usually focus on a central theme and cover a brief period of the author’s life. Authors may hop back and forth between different timeframes or start their story at a random point in time. These are personal recollections in which authors reflect on what they have learned from their experiences and where they share their thoughts with readers. Autobiographies are usually structured chronologically. They are the story of the author’s life from birth until the time of writing. They cover a much broader time span and no one incident is considered more important than any other. Writing tips You must engage readers from the
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The hard road to being published Ready to finally write that book you’ve been talking about for years? Author RUSSELL HUNTER offers a few tips. specialised books by new authors still make it on to bookshop shelves. A former colleague recently had his book about following the Silk Road published. Unknown fiction writers find it difficult. My own American publisher tells me that some 60 per cent of books purchased today are bought online – and it may well be so. It’s certainly cheaper. But what it means is that while the number of titles available has surged, the number of potential readers has increased just a little. Maybe. You have to think about who is going to read your work. Getting published isn’t easy. Just ask J.K Rowling who went through 20 or more publishers before one agreed to take a punt on Harry Potter. So, the gatekeepers are not always, or even often, right. But that doesn’t help new authors. There is, however, no shortage of outfits who are all but desperate to help – at a price. It’s a jungle out there so be careful. The golden rule should be: Your publisher pays you – not the other way around. Beware the growing host of
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WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE
A persondate to all governments In 2018, we have to watch our language because the PC language Nazis are on the prowl, writes DAVID PARMITER.
donâ€™t want to alarm you, but itâ€™s about time we gave our governments, both state and federal, a persondate. We will not accept the deletion of the terms â€œmanâ€? and â€œwomanâ€? from our vocabulary. Sorry, by woman I should, of course, have used the PC term â€œwo-personâ€?. So, this cannot be a MANdate. But we have to draw the line somewhere. I think I can personage. MANage. The politically incorrect people (thatâ€™s the plural of person, not persons) are bent on damaging our children by forcing them to accept a new language; one which insists that there are no men or women, boys or girls â€“ only people. And we are all the same. Hang on a minute, look between your legs. You may be equal but you are not the same. Not only are you physically different, you are also mentally different. Some play with toy cars, some with dolls. All can play cricket, football and even boxing or wrestling if you so wish. Or even go on to be a ballet dancer. That makes you equal. But you are still different, otherwise there would be no more people. Which brings me to gender. Some
people identify as a man, some identify as a woman and some identify as neither, or both. Some prefer blondes. Everybodyâ€™s free choice. I spent eight years in a boysâ€™ boarding school. Talking to girls was off limits and could lead to expulsion. My sister went to a girlsâ€™ boarding school. They were not allowed out except in â€˜crocodileâ€™ â€“ holding gloved hands in pairs with a mistress fore and aft to make sure that no girl so much as fluttered an eyelash at a boy in the town. Thatâ€™s the way it was. We all survived. And we procreated. In the â€™60s, girls were girls and boys were boys; and never the twain should meet until their leaving school â€œcoming out partyâ€? when they were expected to dance together and talk. A discreet goodnight kiss was acceptable but a hand in the wrong place could get you sacked. Fortunately, being very close to my sister, we could share private exchanges during the school holidays â€“ and we had both seen each other in the bath from age two so we knew there was a difference. Before we went to boarding school
Mum had taught both of us cooking, knitting and sewing socks and Dad had taught us both about woodwork, electrical safety and motor mechanics. That was our equality, but we were still different. This fetish for re-wording our language has got to stop, now. As George Bernard Shaw emphasised in his Preface to the Plays, children should not be allowed to go to university unless they had completed two years of working for themselves. They had to experience life, and be self-aware and self-sufficient â€“ no longer children, dependent upon adults ... or Centrelink. Now, in 2018, we are told that they may be marked down at university if they use words such as workman, manage and even mankind. This is lunacy. Worse than that, it is dis-education. Yes, â€œdis-educationâ€?. Iâ€™ve just invented that word. The communists call it â€œreeducationâ€? but we need dis-education to describe what GBS was banging on about: â€œThe man who does not wish to be born again and born better is fit only to be a politician or an academicâ€?. He should, of course, have written the â€œpersonâ€?.
In those days, 100 years ago, â€œmanâ€? meant everybody. That is, blokes and sheilas. This â€œde-genderingâ€? pushed by so-called academics and political numbskulls has to be stopped. It is effectively aimed at castrating our younger generation. Education authorities are surprised that males are no longer interested in a career in teaching, and this at a time when so many primary school children have no adequate male role model at home. What has led us to this insanity? The short answer is political incorrectness and male fear of litigation. Young men can be accused of assault if they touch a student â€“ male or female â€“ during class. So, a pat on the back, â€œwell done, Georgeâ€? or a hand on the shoulder â€œthatâ€™s a lovely drawing, Amyâ€? can lead to a complaint to the principal and a quick exit from the profession. We, the older generation, have to lead by example. We must, however, stop giving oxygen to the raving loony party which is hell-bent on destroying not only our families, but also our language. Hey, you MANipulative crazies, get over it.
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Some of the rugs made by the women of Pomona Parish. coffee will be served. This group of older ladies raised $6000 at Rugfest 2016 which was attended by 200 guests. Pomona Memorial Hall, 6 Reserve St, Pomona. August 4, 10.45am start, lunch 11.45am. Tickets $20 include entry, lunch, and 50 auction tickets for rugs
PERMACULTURE NOOSA MEETINGS are held at Cooroy Memorial Hall, 23 Maple St, Cooroy on the third Thursday of each month, from 6pm with a market to share surplus homegrown produce and plants by giving, exchanging or selling. Entry is $4 donation for nonmembers, $2 for members. Meetings begin 6.30pm followed by a “bring a plate” shared supper at 8pm. All welcome.
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Working Bees are held at Cooroy Community Gardens every Sunday, 9am-11:30am. A wide choice of tools is available. Bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves, protective footwear and a cold drink. Quite a lot has been achieved since Permaculture Noosa assumed responsibility for the gardens, with lots more in the pipeline. It’s at 20 Emerald St, Cooroy.
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The power of music crosses the decades Music can be a powerful reminder of times past, writes KATE CALLAHAN. It can sweep you up unexpectedly and take you back to places and people
y childhood memories are peppered with musical signposts. First up, there’s Sam Cooke’s Twistin’ The Night Away. This golden oldie is the first pop song I remember. Whenever I hear it, I’m right back in 1962. I’m five years old and I’ve just finished grade one. Thanks to Dick and Dora, and their animal companions Nip and Fluff, I’ve learnt to read quite well. But the Happy Venture Readers have been packed away, along with the slates and slate pencils, because it’s the school break-up party. All the mums and dads are there. We’ve played games and eaten our fill. Then out of nowhere the music starts to play. The desks are hastily pushed aside to make a dance floor – and we’re all twistin’, twistin’, twistin’ the night away. I’m ashamed to admit that the Beatles’ visit to Australia in 1964 simply passed me by
unnoticed. We didn’t have a television or a radiogram. Just a wireless that Dad said could pick up only one station, the ABC. So the next stop on my musical memory tour is 1969, which was a turning point in popular music. It was the year 400,000 people converged on a 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, known simply as Woodstock. Unfortunately, I missed the legendary Woodstock line-up that included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez and Santana and the playlist that would indelibly influence music around the globe. No Woodstock and no Beatles for me. In 1969, I discovered Australian music, courtesy of Ross D. Wyllie and Uptight, a four-hour music marathon every Saturday from midday on Channel O. It was a rare treat having the TV to myself, but there was no competition for it on a Saturday
afternoon on the farm. After lunch Dad would have a “camp”, an essential restorative for a dairy farmer who’d been up since 4am. He’d listen to the horse races and fall asleep reading the paper. (How he could sleep and snore with the broadsheets stretched across his face, I’ll never know, but he did.) Mum would put her feet up too since she’d been up before dawn with Dad. My brother played sport – tennis in winter and cricket in summer – so on Saturday afternoon I had the TV all to myself, which is how I came to be an Uptight fan. I loved Ross D. Wyllie. Originally from Brisbane, he had a top 20 hit in 1969 with his cover of Ray Stevens’ song Funny Man. It was a song of unrequited love that tugged at my pre-pubescent heart strings: There goes the funny man The life of the party, that’s me And they’d never guess That I had a care They’d be amazed to see me cry
When the party’s through Cry over you. Ross was clean cut and wore a suit and tie – just the sort of bloke Mum approved of – but some of his guests on Uptight and its successor Happening 70 were not so conservative. Take Australian singer Russell Morris for instance. His debut single The Real Thing, released in 1969, was positively psychedelic. Produced by Ian “Molly” Meldrum and written by Johnny Young of Young Talent Time fame, it was a huge hit in Australia and in my lounge room on those long Saturday afternoons watching Uptight. The Real Thing went on and on and on – for six minutes and forty seconds – about pretty much nothing, but I loved it… Oo-mow-ma-mow-mow, Oo-mow-ma-mow-mow, Oo-mow-ma-mow, Oo-mow-mamow-mow, ma mow. Final stop is 1971. I’m 14 and clueless, but merrily singing along to a cassette tape of Lola,
by The Kinks, which a classmate, who was allowed to shave her legs and wear a bikini, had recorded for me from the radio. L-O-L-A, Lola! The words of the song have me puzzled, so I am trying to write them down in an exercise book. Play, rewind, play, rewind, play. Well, I’m not dumb but I can’t understand Why she walks like a woman and talks like a man Oh my Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola Well, I was dumb – or, more correctly, naïve – and couldn’t make hide nor hair of the song. It never occurred to my innocent heart that it was about a romantic encounter between a young man and a transvestite called Lola. But isn’t there something precious and lovely about the innocence of youth, dear Readers? As we all know, experience and maturity come soon enough.
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Pathfinder becomes more fancy SUV than rugged 4WD Nissan’s current Pathfinder is now more akin to a soccer mum’s taxi than a rough-road explorer, writes BRUCE McMAHON.
ure, there’s the ability to switch to four-wheel drive and, if needed, lock the centre diff to send the drive equally to all four wheels; sure it rides a little higher than a conventional sedan. But the front spoiler hangs low and the Pathfinder’s petrol engine and belt-driven transmission, as civilised as this drivetrain can be, doesn’t show a lot of interest in slow and steady slugging down a bush track. It looks like we need to wait for the latest Nissan Terra, already released in parts of Asia and based on the fourwheel drive Navara ute, before there is a proper off-road wagon to equal the previous Pathfinder. There’s no official word on that yet. Instead the Pathfinder of 2018 is a seven-seat SUV with a make-up designed to appeal to the vast North American market. It is a comfortable – cushy even – and simple wagon full of mod cons but not a swag of character. (That catering to North American buyers’ tastes is made quite obvious with a pedal to the left of the driver’s footwell to engage the parking brake; takes a week to get used to.)
The Nissan Pathfinder’s body style is safe and sure, treading a line between family SUV and people mover. The nose treatment with a big chrome V is common across the company’s SUVs – Pathfinder, X-Trail and Qashqai – and similar to that on Navara ute and Patrol wagon. Inside, there’s a good amount of room in all directions, as it should be in
a 5m long by 1.9m wide and 1.7m high wagon. Unlike some seven-seaters this one offers fair room for small to average sized adults in the third row of seats. With these back seats folded down there’s a huge 1345 litres cargo room on offer. (PS: There’s more headroom across all rows of seats in the front-wheel drive ST version.)
As with most family-orientated Nissans in 2018, the Pathfinder runs with a CVT drivetrain to either the front wheels or, in the dearer ST-L and Ti versions, to all wheels. Power is supplied by a keen 3.5 litre V6 engine which delivers 202kW. The Pathfinder has never found wanting for power in town or on the highway, although fuel consumption is likely to be north of 10 litres per 100 kilometres. There’s also the more economical option of hybrid Pathfinders, running a supercharged 2.5 litre engine plus 15kW electric motor. Nissan’s CVTs are some of the best around, providing relatively crisp and drone-free acceleration through the belt-driven transmission so no problem there for either engine. Ride comfort is good and the Pathfinder’s handling safe and sure enough, plus there’s the usual array of safety features, driver aids and creature comforts packed into the wagon. Yet the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, from $41,990 to $66,190, while a safe and comfortable machine of reasonable value, is more a fancy people mover than Sports Utility Vehicle these days.
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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Brisbane to Gympie Road, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH.
Teams of horses and gangs of men with picks and shovels built our early roads in the 1920s
ith the discovery of gold at Gympie in 1867, the new state government needed to build a road between Brisbane and Gympie. Whenever the government wants to put in a new road, everyone has an opinion and so it was in 1868. There were vested interests where the road should go; there were concerns about the condition and upkeep through scrubland, forest and bogs, and over ridges, gullies and creeks. At meetings in both Brisbane and Gympie, parliamentarians and business leaders unanimously agreed that the road should be built on the eastern side of the Blackall Range. People from all walks of life debated the route at meetings and through letters to the newspapers. Politician Wm Henry Walsh had a political motive. He wanted to hold Maryborough votes by keeping the main route to Gympie via Maryborough. He condemned the condition of the so-called road, the track from Brisbane to Gympie, and said he had travelled by
horseback over it for three days “climbing, plunging and sliding along and in parts, it is the worst line of road I ever saw and is my belief that no sum of money which this colony can afford, even if will spent, could make it available for drays and coaches”. He claimed he had passed 100 teams and did not see one road-working party. By July 1868, Road Surveyor A. Jardine wrote to the newspaper that the road would be finished by the end of August. He was in charge of four parties each of 40 men working on the road, “the bogs and creeks have now been bridged, logged and otherwise made passable; politician Henry Walsh had travelled the road after wet weather and seen it at its worst”. However, he admitted the Bottle & Glass and Tuchekoi pinches required the yoking of extra bullocks. Reuben Schofield said that he had brought five bullock teams drawn by 50 bullocks, a cargo of almost two tons on each dray from the head of navigation on the Maroochy River at Native Dog Flat (Yandina) to Gympie in four days (39 miles) excluding
delays for timber across the road at Tuchekoi. The drivers saw no difference to any other bush road. He believed that this road had advantages over the Maryborough – Gympie Road and that Henry Walsh was only pandering to the Maryborough voters! A wide difference of opinion existed. Letters to the newspaper in September and October of 1868 showed a Mr H.W. Durietz praising and a Mr Spry complaining. At that same time, Hiram Barnes, manager for Cobb & Co and driver of the first coach to travel the road, completed the journey on horseback and said that the first 55 miles from Brisbane was excellent although the 15 miles south of Gympie needed improvement. Mr Jardine offered to improve any bad spot pointed out to him. Cobb & Co traveller Anthony Trollope, in 1871, said that there was often no road and the coach was taken at random through the forest. However, he was especially impressed by the great beauty of the scrubs and found some breaks in the mountains very grand. In 2018, the Brisbane to Gympie Road presents a great achievement of modern road building with multi-lanes, bypasses, overpasses, tunnels and bridges. Those pioneer road builders would never have believed it. Audienne Blyth is a member of the Nambour Historical Museum, open afternoons, Wednesday to Saturday 1pm-4pm . All welcome.
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PUT THE CABLES DOWN AND TUNE IN I recently helped a client, one of many over the years who has been struggling with an ageing home entertainment system, writes NATHAN WELLINGTON When this client built his house 12 years ago he had all the audio and data cables laid throughout the house. He had installed a Yamaha amplifier which connected his plasma TV, DVD player, VCR and record player. He used this for many years with much joy and contentment. He was a little averse to change but his wife kept buying him new technology like a smart phone, a Blu-ray player and replacing the plasma with a Smart TV. One day the power supply unit in his amplifier finally died. We spent some time talking about his needs, and soon it was obvious that he no longer played VCRs, his grandkids used the Blu-ray player more than he did and his record player no longer worked. He liked listening to classical music, and began using his smart phone. We discussed home entertainment options that would better suit his needs and I introduced him to the wireless home network. These days the central part of many tech savvy houses is the modem router. It is the data hub for your computer, tablets, printers, laptops, TVs and even stereo systems. It works by distributing data either wirelessly or through cables linking all of your devices or from the internet to your home. We set up a free Spotify account for him on his smart phone to access more than 35 million tracks and we played Mozart’s Requiem along with a host of other tracks. The concept of not owning
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Celebrating Seniors Week 2018 SENIORS WEEK
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
Celebrating a Queensland for All Ages
ueensland Seniors Week, August 18-26, provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections. Simply, it’s about connecting with folk of all ages and backgrounds, dispelling the stereotypes associated with ageing, and assisting to reduce social isolation. Council on the Ageing Queensland (COTA) seniors week coordinator Lisa Hodgkinson says it is a great time to get out to events and activities, connect with people in your community, and explore programs and services. "With more than 700 events held annually, it’s the state largest weeklong celebration for seniors," she said. "We are often asked who attends the events. Is it only people of a certain
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10am – 2.30pm Celebrating Seniors Caboolture U3A Inc. A celebration of what it is to be a senior in Caboolture. Each one of our 38 classes will demonstrate what is on offer at Caboolture U3A. Caboolture Memorial Hall 77 King St, Caboolture. FREE.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 From 9.30am Historic Yandina Street Fair Yandina Historical Society A display of stories from senior residents, and information about the 150th anniversary of the Brisbane-Gympie road and the first land selection, post office and pub at the School of Arts. Sunshine Coast Regional Council will launch a 15-minute film about historical Yandina at 10am followed by the launch of Audienne Blyth's revised book Streets and Roads of Yandina and District, the History and Origins. A coach and horses will be available for rides. COTA is helping provide morning tea. The fair continues during the day. Yandina School of Arts, Stevens and Farrell Sts, Yandina. FREE.
9am – 10.15am Rest and Restore Yoga Nidra Sunshine Coast Rest in stillness during a 45 minute guided meditation session followed by a watercolour painting experience...keep reading...as research shows that regular practice of relaxation and meditation has beneficial effects on physiological, psychological and emotional health and wellbeing. Morning tea included with homemade lamingtons made with cannellini beans no flour or sugar (you'd never know). Tea included. Meet some lovely people. Arrive at 8.45 am to set up for supreme comfort. The Little Yellow Wooden Hall. CNR Ilya St & Currimundi Rd, Currimundi. Bookings required 0431 873 042. Cost $13
9am – 4pm The Grey Medallion Ithaca Caloundra City Life Saving Club The Grey Medallion is an accredited water safety and emergency skills program specially designed for Senior Australians by the Royal Life Saving Society. It is a two-day, weekend course. Many older Australians care for grandchildren and many enjoy water-based activities. We are all prone to accidents at home. But do we know how what to do in an emergency? This is a program to help you to learn the
essential lifesaving skills that could one day save your family members, friends or your own life. The two-day course covers: - Water wise skills and water safety. - Children and Pools. - "Dry"rescue skills. - How to act in emergency situations on land or around the water. - CPR, basic first aid (as well as stroke recognition), use of a defibrillator, and emergency procedures. You do not need to be fit or able to swim to complete the Grey Medallion, as it aims to teach you how to rescue someone without getting into the water. BreakFree Resort Caloundra. 100 Bulcock St, Caloundra. Bookings required by August 15. caloundracity.org.au or call 0402 454 644. FREE.
10am – 12pm Suncare Seniors Over 50s Team 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival To kick off Seniors Week in August, Suncare is organising a team to join the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Running Festival, for a 2km walk along Alexandra Headland. With support from the Sunshine Coast Council’s grant program, Atlas Multisports, the Queensland Government, and COTA a much-reduced entry fee is on offer to our team. Normal entry is between $20-30, but for Suncare Seniors Over-50s Team, the entry fee will be just $10. Not only will the team receive this subsidised entry fee, but each participant will receive entry into the 2km dash, event T-shirt, access to the support team tent, snack bag and more. Participants need to be over the age of 65 (50 for indigenous entrants) as is the requirement for Aged Care funding. Alex Surf Club. 167 Alexandra Pde, Alexandra Headland. Bookings required by August 10. Call 0468 560 563. Cost $10.
2pm – 4pm Come-and-Try Croquet Days at Caloundra Mallet Sports Club Come-and-Try croquet days, Sundays August 19 and 26. Equipment will be provided with members on hand to provide some coaching. Enjoy an
informal and fun game before afternoon tea. Caloundra Mallet Sports Club. 78 Arthur St, Caloundra. Bookings required by August 15 on 0468 700 934. FREE.
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12pm -12:30pm Seniors Week - Cameras and Photography Gympie Regional Libraries Celebrate Seniors Week at the Tin Can Bay Library. Join the Tin Can Bay Camera Club for a session on cameras and photography. Tin Can Bay Library, 47 Tin Can Bay Rd, Tin Can Bay. Bookings required on 5486 4355. FREE.
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2pm – 3pm Free Seniors Stay Active Exercise Class – Stockland Retirement Run by an accredited exercise physiologist, this Seniors Stay Active exercise class is aimed at helping seniors to maintain and improve their exercise capacity, muscle strength, co-ordination and balance. The class includes a flat walk along Lake Kawana, a 30 minute circuit class and a “Live Well” presentation. Come along and meet new people and set some exercise goals. Wear comfortable work-out clothing, sneakers/trainers and bring a water bottle. Birtinya Retirement Village Clubhouse 3 Reflection Cres, Birtinya Bookings required on 0439 4165 612. FREE.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 10am – 11am Strength & Balance Class Moreton All Body Care A fun and friendly circuit class to get you moving, and help you stay on your feet and off the ground. Run by our exercise physiologists and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Moreton All Body Care Burpengary 1-3/5 North Shore Drive , Burpengary Bookings required by August 17 on 3888 6699. Cost $5
10am - 11.30am Streaming for Seniors Sunshine Coast Libraries Celebrate Seniors Week by getting online. Join Grace Walker from Digital Fish and Chips as she takes you through the basics of streaming. Bring your own device and get hands-on experience using Radio National, Spotify, Netflix, Stan and more. Funded by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Supported by COTA Queensland. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Maroochydore Library. 44 Sixth Ave, Cotton Tree. Bookings required on 5475 8989. FREE.
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Calendar Of Events 10am – 4pm Paddock to Plate Halcyon Glades Halcyon Over 50s lifestyle community celebrity chef Matt Golinski cooking demonstration using local produce and vegetable garden presentation from Gary Hands, Kookaburra Organics. Halcyon Glades, 34 Ardrossan Rd, Caboolture North. Bookings required by August 17 on 1800 814 567. FREE.
10am - 11.30 am Free Healthy Eating Workshop: Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet Stockland Retirement Run by a local qualified nutritionist and dietitian, this free workshop will teach about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. There will be a cooking demonstration and tasting. Learn some tips and shortcuts to cooking delicious, healthy meals and improve your overall health and wellbeling. A free healthy morning tea will be provided as well as free parking. Birtinya Retirement Village Clubhouse 3 Reflection Cres, Birtinya. Bookings required by August 20 on 0439 465 612. FREE.
10am – 11am PRYME MOVERS - Seniors Fitness Classes YMCA Caloundra is now offering a range of exercise classes to music designed towards the over 50s athlete. Our instructors are specialists in older adult fitness, so classes are safe, fun, low impact, easy to learn, and designed for each participant to begin slowly and progress at their own rate, regardless of individual fitness level or physical ability. Instructors are skilled, experienced older adult specialists who will provide all the necessary care and hands-on support participants need to exercise safely, while still getting the most physical and mental benefit out of every workout. YMCA Caloundra. Cnr Arthur St & Central Park Rd, Caloundra. FREE.
10am – 12pm Seniors week Creative Workshops Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre Enjoy free workshops at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, with facilitator artist Judith Ahern and have fun with friends. The whole event is free, including morning tea and all art materials supplied. Visit the free exhibitions and the artisan store. Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre. 11A Maple St, Cooroy. Bookings required on 5442 6665. FREE.
fees associated. Placing a loved one into an aged care home is something that someone rarely plans for. In most cases, it’s a significant event or health turn that leads to an aged care admission. Come along and hear from our guest speakers: Your Aged Care Solutions, Sharon Coleman, Opal Aged Care, Lifestyle Department, First Resident of Opal Kawana Waters, Kenneth Hipwood. Opal Kawana Waters. 1 Reflection Cresc, Birtinya. Bookings required by August 13 on 0439 804 420 or 5390 5100. FREE.
12.30pm – 2pm Mahjong Basics at Tin Can Bay Gympie Regional Libraries Join the Tin Can Bay mahjong group to get an insight into this ancient game. Tin Can Bay Library 47 Tin Can Bay Rd, Tin Can Bay Bookings required on 5486 4355. FREE.
10am – 12pm Step into Spring Ozcare St Catherine's DRC Spring has sprung so join us for a spring fling as we celebrate seniors week. Ladies wear your prettiest frocks and gentleman dress to impress. Ozcare St Catherine's DRC 153 King St, Clontarf. Bookings required by August 6 on 3480 4404. FREE.
10am – 12.30pm Meet and greet local filmmaker Robert Martin. Suttons Beach Pavilion Meet and greet local filmmaker Robert Martin, who has spent the past 12 years writing and researching the story of the Titanic. Filming part one of his documentary has taken him to Belfast, Southampton, Victoria and Sydney. Robert has worked closely with relatives and descendants of Titanic survivors and on the day, he will speak about one specific survivor, Edith Haisman, from the day she was born to the day she died. Robert will be displaying artefacts from Titanic’s sister ship the RMS Olympic. Suttons Beach Pavilion. 50 Marine Pde, Redcliffe. Bookings required on 3284 3320. Cost $20.
10am – 12pm Opal Kawana Waters - High tea, tour and information session Opal Aged Care Join us for a beautiful high tea, tour of our aged care home and a short presentation and FAQ about entering residential aged care and
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Celebrating Seniors Week 2018 2pm – 3.30pm Streaming for Seniors Sunshine Coast Libraries Celebrate Seniors Week by getting online. Join Grace Walker from Digital Fish and Chips as she takes you through the basics of streaming. Bring your own device and get hands-on experience using Radio National, Spotify, Netflix, Stan and more. Funded by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Supported by COTA Queensland. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Kawana Library, 30 Nanyima St, Buddina. Bookings required on 5475 8989. FREE.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 9.30am – 1pm Active morning tea Healthy Ageing Partnership presents an active morning tea, at a celebration for all seniors loving and living a healthy and active life on the Sunshine Coast. It includes morning tea and a range of activities and entertainment including garden activities, belly dancers, ukulele, tap dancer and taichi. Healthy Ageing Partnership is a network of Sunshine Coast services and organisations committed to the health and wellbeing of seniors.
Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina. Bookings eventbrite.com.au. Cost $12.50.
10am – 11am Strength and Balance Class Moreton All Body Care A fun and friendly circuit class to get you moving, and help you stay on your feet and off the ground. Run by exercise physiologists and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Moreton All Body Care Burpengary. 1-3/5 North Shore Drive, Burpengary Bookings required by August 17, on 3888 6699. Cost $5
10am – 4pm Pickleball at Halcyon Lakeside, Bli Bli Come to Halcyon Lakeside and try pickleball. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. It is great fun and a gentle way to keep fit. See the game in action, try a round for yourself and meet one of Australia's best coaches. Halcyon Lakeside 1 Halcyon Way, Bli Bli. Bookings required by August 20 on 1800 050 555. FREE.
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Spring has sprung so join us for a spring fling as we celebrate Seniors Week. Ladies wear your prettiest frocks and gentleman dress to impress. Ozcare Caroline Chisholm, Kenilworth Room 28 Saffron Dr, Currimundi. Bookings required by August 15 on 5413 8400. FREE.
10am - 12pm Destination: Gympie Library Gympie Regional Libraries Join us for a bit old-style slide show fun with a modern twist. We will be holding a travel slide show morning with pictures taken by our staff. Visit countries such as Canada, Japan, Scotland, Uganda and France all from the comfort of Gympie Library. Enjoy a chat and a cuppa while watching the world go by. Gympie Library, 8-14 Mellor St, Gympie. Bookings required by August 20 on 5481 0859. FREE.
11am – 12.30pm Uke Central at Tin Can Bay Gympie Regional Libraries Come and listen to the local ukulele club and learn to play a song. Tin Can Bay Library. 47 Tin Can Bay Rd, Tin Can Bay. Bookings required by August 21 on 5486 4355. FREE.
11am – 1.30pm Dine and Demonstration Suttons Beach Pavilion Join head chef, Michael Harris for a cooking demonstration of Osso Bucco followed by lunch. Includes a take home kit of ingredients and recipe card so you can recreate the dish at home. Suttons Beach Pavilion. 50 Marine Pde, Redcliffe. Bookings required on 3284 3320. Cost $25
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Calendar Of Events 3pm – 4.30pm Streaming for Seniors Sunshine Coast Libraries Celebrate Seniors Week by getting online. Join Grace Walker from Digital Fish and Chips as she takes you through the basics of streaming. Bring your own device and get hands-on experience using Radio National, Spotify, Netflix, Stan and more. Funded by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Supported by COTA Queensland. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Beerwah Library 25 Peachester Rd, Beerwah. Bookings required on 5475 8989. FREE.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 9.30am – 10am Cooloola Nature Talk Gympie Regional Libraries Learn about the intricate nature and wildlife of the Cooloola Coast. Tin Can Bay Library, 47 Tin Can Bay Rd, Tin Can Bay. Bookings required on 5486 4355. FREE.
10am – 11am Strength and Balance Class Moreton All Body Care A fun and friendly circuit class to get you
moving, and help you stay on your feet and off the ground. Run by exercise physiologists and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Moreton All Body Care Burpengary 1-3/5 North Shore Dr, Burpengary. Bookings required by August 13 on 3888 6699. Cost $5.
10am – 11am Streaming for Seniors Sunshine Coast Libraries Celebrate Seniors Week by getting online. Join Grace Walker from Digital Fish and Chips as she takes you through the basics of streaming. Bring your own device and get hands-on experience using Radio National, Spotify, Netflix, Stan and more. Funded by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Supported by COTA Queensland. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Caloundra Library 8 Omrah Ave, Caloundra. Bookings required on 5475 8989. FREE.
10am – 11am Laughter Yoga Free Workshop Stockland Retirement Celebrate Seniors Week with a free laughter yoga workshop at Birtinya Retirement Village. Laughter Yoga is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. It is based on
the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Laughter yoga teaches yogic breathing exercises. It promotes the use of breathing activities in between laughter and yoga exercises as a way to relax the body and mind. Get your giggle on and have some fun. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one as well as a water bottle. Birtinya Retirement Village Clubhouse 3 Reflection Cres, Birtinya. Bookings required by August 20 on 0439 465 612. FREE.
10am – 11am PRYME MOVERS - Seniors Fitness Classes YMCA Caloundra is offering a range of exercise classes to music designed towards the over 50s athlete. Instructors are specialists in older adult fitness, and classes are safe, fun, low impact, easy to learn, and designed so that each participant can begin slowly and progress at their own rate, regardless of their individual fitness level or physical ability. Instructors are skilled, experienced older adult specialists who will provide all the necessary care and hands on support participants need to exercise safely, while still getting the most physical and mental benefit out of every workout. YMCA Caloundra. Cnr Arthur St and Central Park Rd, Caloundra. FREE.
10am – 11am Tech Savvy Seniors - Cards Be Gone Gympie Regional Libraries Lighten the load and clear your purse of all those rewards cards. We can show you how to save all your store and rewards cards, including your library card, on your smartphone. Gympie Library. 8-14 Mellor St, Gympie. Bookings required by August 22 on 5481 0859. FREE.
10am – 12pm Tech Savvy Seniors - Smartphones Q & A. Gympie Regional Libraries Need help with your smartphone? We are here to help. Join us for an “answer your question” session on smartphones. Spaces are limited, and bookings are essential. Kilkivan Library. 31 Bligh St, Kilkivan. Bookings required by August 22 on 5484 1209. FREE.
11am - 3pm Picnic in the park Sunshine 60 & Better Group through the Older People Action Program supports older people to develop and manage healthy ageing programs in their own communities. The group focuses on increasing awareness of healthy lifestyle options, therefore decreasing social isolation and continued over>
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Celebrating Seniors Week 2018 improving linkages with other service agencies. The service aims to promote the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of all senior citizens on the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine 60 is holding a special picnic day at Noosa Botanic Gardens on the shores of Lake MacDonald. The gardens comprise 8ha of native and exotic plants and an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy a picnic buffet and fun activities, a guided tour of the gardens, a 90-minute walk and a talk on the history of the gardens. Lunch is provided and help is available for travel arrangements. Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake McDonald Drive, Bookings 5444 5833, 8am-4pm, weekdays. Cost $15
2pm – 3pm Tech Savvy Seniors – Cards Be Gone Gympie Regional Libraries Lighten the load and clear your purse of all those rewards cards. We can show you how to save all your store and rewards cards, including your library card, on your smartphone. Tin Can Bay Library, 47 Tin Can Bay Rd, Tin Can Bay. Bookings required by August 22 on 5486 4355. FREE.
2pm – 4pm Tech Savvy Seniors – Smartphones Q &A. Gympie Regional Libraries Need help with your smartphone? We are here to help. Join us for an “answer your question” session on smartphones. Spaces are limited. Goomeri Library. 5 Moore St, Goomeri. Bookings required by August 23 on 4168 4340. FREE.
3pm – 4.30pm Streaming for Seniors Sunshine Coast Libraries Celebrate Seniors Week by getting online. Join Grace Walker from Digital Fish and Chips as she takes you through the basics of streaming. Bring your own device and get hands-on experience using Radio National, Spotify, Netflix, Stan and more. Funded by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Supported by COTA Queensland. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and
Development. Maleny Library. 5 Coral St, Maleny. Bookings required by August 23 on 5475 8989. FREE.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 10.30am – 12pm Streaming for Seniors Sunshine Coast Libraries Celebrate Seniors Week by getting online. Join Grace Walker from Digital Fish and Chips as she takes you through the basics of streaming. Bring your own device and get hands-on experience using Radio National, Spotify, Netflix, Stan and more. Funded by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Supported by COTA Queensland. Morning or afternoon tea provided by Community Planning and Development. Kenilworth Library. 4A Elizabeth St, Kenilworth. Bookings required on 5475 8989. FREE.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 10am – 11am Strength and Balance Class Moreton All Body Care A fun and friendly circuit class to get you moving, and help you stay on your feet and off the ground. Run by our exercise physiologists and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Moreton All Body Care Burpengary 1-3/5 North Shore Dr, Burpengary. Bookings required by August 17 on 3888 6699. Cost $5.
10am – 4pm Pickleball at Halcyon Glades Caboolture Halcyon Over 50s Lifestyle Community Come to Halcyon Glades and try Pickleball. It is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. It is great fun and a gentle way to keep fit. See the game in action, try a round for yourself and experience one of Australia's best coaches. Halcyon Glades, 34 Ardrossan Rd, Caboolture North. FREE.
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12pm – 2pm That was Then - This is Now! Free Silent Film at Historic Majestic Theatre Pomona! Pomona Arts Inc. Seniors are invited to enjoy a free Silent Film with live organ music at the historic Majestic Theatre Pomona. Come and enjoy this wonderful experience in the world's only continuous silent movie theatre built in 1921. Memorabilia, raffle, prizes and morning tea available. Enjoy trying out the old pianola and meet friends of all ages! Majestic Theatre Pomona 3 Factory St, Pomona. Bookings required on 5484 2330. FREE.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 6.30am – 12.30pm 19th Seniors Week Fun Walk & Forum Join Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League Caloundra in a 4km fun walk and reinforce to the wider community that mobility brings a better lifestyle. Over 50s and their families and friends are invited to attend. The walk is suitable for persons in a wheelchair or with vision impairment. Our instructor will get you warmed up for the day with the walk commencing at 7.30am from the Oaks Oasis Resort. Finish at the Caloundra Power Boat Club just in time to enjoy breakfast on the lawn. Seated presentations will follow in the Boat Club with information packs, fun games, and free lucky draws. Participants can leave their vehicles at the Power Boat Club car park and take the free shuttle bus at 7am to the walk registration at Oaks Oasis Resort. Oask Oasis, Landsborough Pde and North St, Caloundra. Bookings required by August 18 on 5492 7134, 0422 536 276 or 0417 700 502. Cost $10.
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10am – 4pm Happy Hormones with Lisa Curry Event at Halcyon Lakeside Discover how to maintain a hormonal balance with Lisa Curry's Happy Hormones program. This is an informative and educational talk by an engaging presenter. Halcyon Lakeside. 1 Halcyon Way, Bli Bli. Bookings required by August 24 on 1800 050 555. FREE.
2pm – 4pm Come-and-Try Croquet Day at Caloundra Mallet Sports Club Come-and-Try Croquet day. Equipment will be provided with members on hand to provide coaching. Enjoy an informal and fun game before afternoon tea. Caloundra Mallet Sports Club. 78 Arthur St, Caloundra. Bookings required by August 15 on 0468 700 934. FREE.
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* Event listings supplied to COTA and Your Time Magazine were correct at time of printing. For updated event information please visit qldseniorsweek.org.au
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Planning for the ultimate main event Right up there with current Wills and Power of Attorney, are funeral bonds/prepaid funeral expenses, writes NARELLE COOPER.
ell, they are not quite as important, but it’s a good idea to tick this box so that your family does not have to worry financially while going through the trauma of losing a loved one. As it is a guaranteed expense at some point in the future, for those with assets just above the pension cut off limits, or on a part full age pension, it is worth considering. But in true Centrelink fashion, the rules can be a little tricky. First, prepaid funeral expenses under a contract with a funeral director, where the event is fully paid for: Whatever you spend (you may choose a $50,000 royal exit splash) Centrelink will not count the money as an asset or deem the amount under the incomes test. Plan carefully, as under these contracts the money is spent. You cannot get it back, it is held in trust until the main event. Second, you can take out one or more funeral bonds. This means funds are locked away, earning interest until they are needed for your funeral. At that point, your estate can spend as little or as much of the funds on your farewell and any leftover can be used at the discretion of your estate.
In this case, if the value of the funeral bond at the time of notification is below the threshold then Centrelink will not assess the bond as an asset (or deem it under the incomes test). The current threshold is $13,000 a person. But beware. If your bond is over the current $13,000 threshold then sorry, ALL the amount is assessed under the rules as an investment. Watch that you are below the threshold. If you and your partner are joint owners of a bond the full amount is counted against each person’s threshold, not halved. If you have more than one bond and they add up to more than the threshold, you need to choose one of the bonds only, (the highest amount is recommended) the other bond is treated under the rules as an investment. While there are a couple of other twists and turns, this is the essence of how these assets affect your pension. The above information is presented as general information, so always refer to Centrelink or a Centrelink expert for the impact on your personal circumstance. Narelle Cooper is director for the Centre for Age Pension Admin Services (CAPA Services). capaservices.com.au
GFC STILL HAUNTS OLDER AUSTRALIANS Seven out of 10 Australians aged over 50 are worried about the potential for another global financial crisis (GFC) and the impact it could have on their retirement savings, according to the latest National Seniors Australia (NSA) survey. It revealed that 10 years on from the GFC, concern among older Australians is still strong. “These results clearly show that the GFC has cast a long shadow, particularly for those who were already in retirement when it hit and have been unable to recoup their losses,” Challenger’s Chairman Retirement Income Jeremy Cooper said. “This, combined with increasing life expectancies, has left many seniors uncertain about the future.” A quarter of seniors surveyed said they would not be able to tolerate any annual loss to their retirement savings. More than 90 per cent thought they would not be able to tolerate losses of 20 per cent or more – the equivalent of the average impact on superannuation balances at the time of the GFC. Seniors remain worried about running out of money, with over half concerned about outliving their savings. “This is a realistic concern”, NSA research director John McCallum said. “The risk of running out of money increases with age. Almost a third of
respondents over 80 reported running out of savings, and almost a quarter of those between 75 and 79 had also run out.” The survey found six out of 10 older Australians now keep some or all their savings out of the market to minimise their exposure to a potential market collapse. Despite concerns, half of older Australians are comfortable with the way they are managing their risk. Professor McCallum said the priorities for almost all older Australians remained clear across National Seniors’ annual surveys. “Seniors want regular and consistent income,” he said. “When asked to rank several financial goals, having income that lasted for life was one of the most important, with 80 per cent of seniors rating it very important. The only goal that rated higher was a desire for regular and constant income.” The NSA conducted one of the largest comprehensive surveys of older Australians earlier this year. The advocacy organisation collected responses from 5446 Australians aged over 50 to develop the report Once bitten, twice shy? GFC concerns still linger for Australian seniors, which focuses on the preferences and spending patterns of older Australians. For the full report visit nationalseniors. com.au/GFCconcerns
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goals. The only goals rating higher were a desire for regular and constant income and covering health and aged care costs. • Older Australians are making plans for living longer, but just over half have made a financial plan. • Despite financial worries, most of those already retired said they were happy. In contrast to anecdotal reports that many people regret retiring, only 10 per cent indicated that they chose to retire but would rather be working. There are also indicators that those retiring at a younger age are happier. Unexpectedly, even those who didn’t choose to retire, are now happy. There were more regrets among those who chose to retire at an older age.
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here are avid readers, walkers, quilters, travellers and cyclists among the residents of Nature’s Edge Buderim. From water aerobics to a 500 Club, resident groups covers more than 20 interests with dozens of events each month. The new 5-star Leisure Centre is open and the active social community is thriving and growing. With a state-of-the-art cinema, spa and sauna, 20m heated pool, teppanyaki barbecue, library, lounge, arts and craft centre, billiards, bar and more, there is no end to the entertainment options on offer. Activities organised by the energetic and dynamic social committee are enriching the lives of residents with a full social calendar. Friday night Happy Hour, ladies lunch, line dancing nights, a “Living Alone and Loving It” group, mahjong, quilting, water aerobics and yoga are
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some of the highlights. The vibrant community spirit at Nature’s Edge Buderim welcomes new residents each month. New display homes are now open. For a personalised tour call 1800 218 898; email info@naturesedgebuderim. com.au or visit naturesedgebuderim. com.au
HALCYON SERVES UP QUEENSLAND SENIORS WEEK ACTION TAKE a shot at the exciting new sport of pickleball at Halcyon over 50s lifestyle communities during Queensland Seniors Week August 18-26. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US, thanks to its huge popularity among seniors. It’s easy to learn, fun to play and provides a great workout while going easy on the joints. Halcyon’s over 50s communities are hosting Come and Try Pickleball Day, serving up the chance for seniors to discover a court sport that is simple, fun and low impact. Fast taking hold in Australia, pickleball is a blend of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It’s played on a badminton-size court with two or four players who use composite paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over the net. Dozens of Halcyon home owners have eagerly embraced pickleball on the community’s purpose-built courts after finding it a breeze to learn and lots of fun to play. Halcyon’s Come and Try Pickleball
Day is an opportunity to see pickleball in action, have a hit and get some tips and tricks from one of Australia’s best coaches. Established in 2004, Halcyon has seven over 50s communities on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and in the Moreton Bay Region. All communities feature contemporary architect-designed homes, gated security and extensive 5-star resort facilities. Halcyon also has the first purposebuilt pickleball courts in Australia. The Come and Try Pickleball Day is at Bli Bli’s Halcyon Lakeside on August 22. To register interest in an event call 1800 626 488.
EVERY DAY IS A HOLIDAY WHETHER working or retired, every day is a holiday for over active 50s at Living Gems Pacific Paradise, where there’s the security of owning your own home in an idyllic location. The Living Gems difference is evident from the designer entry gates. Head down the main landscaped boulevard and see the well-appointed features of the resort’s two-storey country club. It has a resident-run social committee and is a hub of activity day and night, all within easy walking distance of homes. As this resort is the most intimate of the Living Gems portfolio, with only 112 homes, it imparts friendship and community. There is a distinct difference in the atmosphere. Home owners have created a fun environment. Social committee chairman Jan Smith,
BUSH RETREAT FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AS home owners in Beerwah, Pat and Coral were finding the gardening and cleaning was becoming a chore, so they decided to sell. While considering where they wanted to settle, they stayed at Landsborough Pines. It didn’t take long for them to make friends with the residents and they fell in love with the stunning bush setting and waking up to bird songs. After a few months, Pat and Coral decided to make Landsborough Pines their permanent home. The process was easy. After looking through the Allswell Home catalogue, a house plan was chosen. Their architectdesigned home took 12 weeks to build in Gympie and was then transported to the Landsborough Pines community.
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said that each month a new calendar of events was shared with home owners. “Last month we had our Christmas in July celebrations, as well as a live performance from a ’60s style rock band for our Black Friday celebrations.” Activities and hobby groups include craft, lawn bowls, darts, tennis, mahjong, mosaics, jewellery making, drinks on the terrace, movie night, aqua aerobics, golf and ‘Fridays at 5’. Now in the final stage of development, only a few homes are left. Call 1800 978 388 or email victoria@ livinggems.com.au to book a tour
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Navigate the home care maze Home care can look like one big, confusing jumble of jargon and acronyms. KENDALL MORTON provides some navigation to locate the services that you and your family need.
ow do I know where to start when I want some help? The starting point is always My Aged Care. This is the federal government agency. They will ask you some questions and book you in for an assessment. The number is 1800 200 422. Before you call, have your Medicare card with you. Depending on how you answer those questions, they will book you in for an assessment. In this case, an assessor comes to your home, asks you about your routines and decides if you qualify for some funding. These assessments lead to two different programs, the Commonwealth Home Support Program and the Home Care Packages. What does the Commonwealth Home Support Program do? They fund providers to support people with domestic help, shopping and transport. Mostly this happens once a fortnight for a few hours. The providers have to spread this funding among many local people. The funding is not tied to you and your name. You may be asked to pay a contribution towards the costs.
Is Commonwealth Home Support only for short-term situations? No. It does offer short-term help. For instance, you may have had a fall and need some help with cleaning for a few months. But it also offers support over the long-term. If your needs change and you need more help, the next step is to ask for a review through My Aged Care. What are ACAT assessments? These are the assessment you must have to get approved for a Home Care Package. It stands for Aged Care Assessment Team. Again, you need to book it in with My Aged Care. The number is 1800 200 422. Home Care Packages offer more support than the Commonwealth Home Support Program. Support varies from Level 1 to Level 4. At Level 4, a person can get assistance every day according to their needs and care plan. What’s the biggest misunderstanding about home care right now? Many people don’t realise that in order to get a Home Care Package you must have an ACAT assessment. Another
point of confusion is once you get an “approval” letter for home care that does not mean you have a package. It means you are now in a national queue waiting on a package. It is not uncommon to wait for 12 months and you definitely would be waiting for over 12 months for a higher level package. However, you may be assigned a lower level in the meantime.
needs. For instance, you can have therapies, buy equipment, pay for transport for a carer to take you to the gym and support you there. You can use it for a carer to accompany you to an event such as the football. The key is to find a provider who takes the time to listen and understand how your home care package can best meet the needs of you and your family.
How do you know when you actually have a package? You will get a second letter in the mail, “Dear Such and Such, you have been ‘assigned’ a home care package”. “Assigned” is the magic word. Once you receive that letter, you can choose a provider and start using your package.
People worry that getting help at home will take away their independence. Can you comment? That’s a common misunderstanding. In fact, home care packages can be used to promote independence. It’s not about people coming in and taking away your independence. It is more about supporting your activities so that you can stay involved and independent for longer. The broad goal is to use the package to give you a happier, healthier and safer life on your terms.
Are home care packages just for showering, shopping and cleaning? Definitely not. You cannot use it to pay for food, rent or bills. Your provider can show you the full list of restrictions. You’ll also find it on the official My Aged Care website. There is a fair amount of flexibility as long as we can relate it back to your care
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Brain fog is defined as a state in which a person is unable to concentrate, irritable, tired, and with a general sensation that something’s not quite right, writes TRUDY KITHER.
There are eating patterns and foods that will promote dementia, writes PHIL JOHNSTON. Watch what you eat and protect your brain.
eople who go through this describe the feeling as outside of their normal. If you don’t know about hormone imbalance issues, it can be difficult to make the connection between the brain fog and hormones as the cause of the problem. Most people who have experienced trouble with their hormones understand something is going on but they’re not sure of the root cause. It could be caused by your hormones being imbalanced because when the levels are too high or too low, it can cause brain fog. The condition can also cause agitation. Common symptoms of brain fog associated with a hormone imbalance include feeling too tired to engage in normal activities, unexplained anger or other emotions, difficulty thinking things through, inability to recall certain events, headaches and insomnia. If the underlying cause of brain fog isn’t treated, it can lead to anxiety and even depression. While a mild hormonal imbalance won’t show any symptoms at first, as the imbalance continues, it will – because your hormones regulate everything from your physical health to your emotional health. Several hormones work together to keep your mind clear and prevent brain fog. If even one of them isn’t within normal levels, it creates an impact on your ability to mentally function. Cortisol is one of these hormones that can wreak havoc on cognitive abilities, but serotonin is also a factor, as is dopamine. When these hormones aren’t working well, you become sluggish and sad and stay in a state of emotional upheaval. These hormones need unity among their levels. Some people believe that when one hormone fails to maintain a
healthy level that the other hormones will kick in and pick up the slack, but this isn’t true. When one hormone gets out of balance, it creates a domino effect and the other hormones will follow suit. If you’re someone who lives with a lot of stress, this can cause a cortisol imbalance. That affects dopamine and serotonin as well as other hormones. If you’re experiencing brain fog and you know you’ve been dealing with stress lately, then you’re going to want to get your cortisol level tested. In addition to cortisol causing brain fog, other hormones that can cause this condition include those produced by your thyroid as well as your adrenals. Once testing is done and if it shows that there’s a hormonal imbalance, treatment is available to restore your body to its healthy levels. For further information on how to have cortisol and hormones tested for brain fog and other hormone-related issues call 0408 900 596. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple in Palmwoods. Visit naturestemple.net
ith age and/or abuse from alcohol, toxic foods and drugs, the liver-gall bladder’s function of managing oils and fats deteriorates. The liver function gets stripped and fats begin to pass through the liver and into the body in an unprocessed or raw state. The body does not like this. Once through the liver, the fat travels through the blood and finds its way into the brain producing “fattybrain”- a dulling of thought, memory and judgement and hastens the deterioration of the senses such as hearing and sight. We don’t need to be consuming high levels of fat for problems to occur; and even processed healthy oils such as olive and coconut, produce negative effects. Animal fats are the most detrimental. Avoid eating anything produced from pigs. This includes pork, ham, bacon, sausages or especially processed meats. Pork oil is fine, pervasive and toxic. It produces an allergic-type condition within the blood vessels and tissue. This is a trigger for inflammation – a real health threat.
Bacon is hard to resist but it is not helping your brain Once it permeates the brain, which is made up of fat, pork oil hurts the fatty brain tissue. If alcohol is consumed within a 36-hour period of eating pig meat, this process is greatly amplified. This combination taken regularly will accelerate the breakdown of health, and set the consumer on a rapid path towards dementia. This is only one of the significant dietary and health issues that may hasten dementia. Phil Johnston is a natural health care professional at BioChi Clinic, which uses both eastern and western natural therapies. Visit biochiclinic.com
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BOOK review FINDING GOBI By Dion Leonard
JO BOURKE What a delightful and positive true story! I feel it has universal appeal but especially for those of us who are dog lovers. We may shake our heads in amazement at those who choose to train for and compete in ultramarathons, but we totally understand the unconditional trusting bond that developed between Dion and Gobi. Dion gave us a day-by-day account of his grueling run across the Gobi Desert. From the day this little stray dog chose to run alongside him, Dion was hooked and by the time the race was over he knew he would return to China to take her home to Scotland. Little did he know the obstacles he would have to face. This is a story of determination and resilience with a happy ending. I just watched a video of Dion and Gobi on Google. What a cute little dog – I reckon it was smiling smugly for the camera. Definitely worth reading.
TONY HARRINGTON This book is not a literary masterpiece but a great little true story of an ex-pat Australian ultramarathon runner and a small dog who adopted him during a race in the Gobi Desert. Dion had a difficult and painful childhood with the death of his stepfather and a lack of love from his mother. Due to these troubles in his early life he has the ability to switch off pain, doubt and fear which gives us some insight into why he can run 155 miles in extreme desert heat. He sacrifices his place in the race to help another runner and the little dog Gobi. Gobi and other dog loving Chinese folk help Dion change his outlook on life. Finding Gobi helps him find his better self and he changes from being a self-centred loner to an other-centered caring person, and the world to a loving and kind place. This is a must read for all animal lovers, 8/10
ELIZABETH PASCOE A true story, plainly and sincerely told. Deon is an ultramarathon runner in China to complete a gruelling race through the Gobi desert. While waiting at the start, a little brown female bitzer dog ambles up to his yellow sneakers and gives them a lick. The runners are off and trotting beside Dion is this little mutt. So begins an amazing story of endurance, frustration and at times helplessness. People from different cultures and backgrounds are willing to give wholeheartedly to find this dog in a city of millions. In looking for Gobi, the author found himself. This story will warm the hearts of dog lovers everywhere. I loved every minute reading this amazing bond shared between man and animal.
While competing in a gruelling 250km race across the Gobi Desert in 2016, Leonard, an ultramarathon runner, came across a little stray dog. The lovable pup he called Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart. She went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, keeping pace with him for almost 130km. Seeing the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. He had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. He took Gobi home to the UK with him and a rollercoaster of drama, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever began.
MARY BARBER This little tale will appeal to someone who loves an uplifting dog story. It’s simply written, not a work of art by any means. The author refers to his difficult childhood in Warwick, Queensland and the healing that came from finding Gobi during a race in the Gobi Desert. As a marathon runner, he learnt about heart and resilience from this pint-sized dog. There’s not much I can say about it really without giving away the story. It will appeal to marathon runners and dog lovers. For me, the book didn’t build in enough tension, partly because the start of the story was the ending. I can only give it 3 out to 5 stars.
This is a wonderful book about a big-hearted man and a small dog that picked him to be his master. Dion’s big heart is proven by his competitiveness in multi-stage ultramarathons and confirmed by his admiration and love for a small dog that ran with him for more than 100km on the first two days of a six-day race. This true story provides an insight into the mental and physical toughness of an ultramarathon runner; the lifestyle, culture and kindness of the people in a remote Chinese City; and how an unshakable bond developed between a man and his dog. A good read for all ages.
This is such a joyful book about a lost dog and a lost soul who find each other in the middle of the Gobi Desert and change each other’s lives forever. The joy of a dog in your life is immeasurable. Unless you own a dog – mind you they would say that they own you – you have missed out on one of the greatest true loves that there is on offer. This was evident in the amount of interest worldwide and support that the author had in finding Gobi. He was never going to give up until he found her, and that he did, bringing her home as promised. Any easy, enjoyable read.
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INDIANS, Buffalo and Storms- The American West in 19th Century Art, is the subject of the next Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society lecture on August 27, 6.30pm for 6.45 start. Lecturer is Toby Faber from the UK who is managing director of the publishing company Faber and Faber which was founded by his grandfather. ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation providing monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts to enable members and guests to learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment. Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders College, Stringybark Rd, Buderim. Visitors welcome, $25. Bookings essential 5452 6643, or visit adfas.org.au
Music Man Barry Bull returns to the Surf Club Mooloolaba on September 9, with an afternoon “Gift of Sound” concert to benefit Hear and Say centres. As a Hear and Say community champion, Barry, combines the talents of his a 50-year career in music with his love for his grandson Archie who was born profoundly deaf. The concert will be three hours of music and inspirational stories. Barry asks that in honour of the children being supported by the day, that guests dress in loud colours. “Archie will turn four in a few months and his progress at Hear and Say has been nothing short of amazing,” Barry said. Tickets $25 which includes afternoon tea. Concert starts at 2pm. Bookings hearandsay.com.au or call 5444 1300.
BUDERIM Craft Cottage presents its popular eye-catching exhibition featuring original art from more than 40 of its painting group members on August 9. The exhibition will be open daily until August 12, 9am-4pm. This talented and highly-regarded group will share their vibrant oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings with the local community and hope to inspire others to take up paintbrush and palette. The Art Expo theme this year is Light and Life, with Group members drawing inspiration from the beautiful light of Queensland and their varied life experiences.
CLASSICAL MUSIC LOVERS ALERT AN intimate Viennese concert experience is coming up at the Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple St, on August 12, 3pm-5pm. Reminiscent of Austrian palace charm, Strauss in the Haus is luxurious melodies from the old-world capital of classical music including the lilting waltzes of Strauss and Shostakovich, the sparkling highs of Viennese operetta and art song by Lehár and Schubert, and the exciting
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COMING UP AT THE EVENTS CENTRE FRESH from the Las Vegas strip, the Australian Bee Gees Show will be to Caloundra on August 17, 8pm. This new show will be presented in two parts and feature all the hits in a multimedia concert. From the first shows in 1996, The Australian Bee Gees Show has conquered Las Vegas and played to capacity houses. Tickets $52.50 concessions. OPENING a night of fine music, students of the new Sunshine Coast Mayoral Invitational Youth Orchestra will showcase the result of workshops with Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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Belfast shows a titanic turnaround Two decades after the historic Good Friday Agreement signaled the end of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, Belfast is now well and truly open to tourism and its past conflict is proving to be a dark drawcard, writes DOT WHITTINGTON.
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ntil this year, I hadn’t set foot in Ireland since 1978, when I was backpacking and getting around by thumb – that now-unknown phenomenon of hitch-hiking. And this time, travel wasn’t restricted to the beautiful south of the Emerald Isle. In those days the troubles of an active IRA, Loyalists and the Royal Ulster Constabulary meant taking your life in your hands if you wanted to see Belfast. Between 1969 and 1998 there were at least 10,000 bomb attacks; neighbour shot neighbour and, as one 25-year-old told me, “Mum panicked when Dad took me out in the pram to the shops”. A trip to Belfast then, was akin to holidaying in Syria today. Northern Ireland now attracts more than 2.5 million visitors a year, more than half of them heading to Belfast. Disconcertingly, among its main attractions is its “conflict tourism” - walls of murals dedicated to The Troubles. The barriers that once separated the Republican and Loyalist neighborhoods are now peace walls, the most famous
dividing the notorious Falls and Shankill roads in West Belfast. With murals dedicated to world peace and an open invitation to leave your own message, it has become a fundamental part of Belfast tourism. West of Belfast, the infamous Maze Prison and H-Block where Bobby Sands went on his hunger strike in 1981 has disappeared but fascinating tours of Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol, which closed in 1996, give great insight to Northern Ireland history and its conflicts. This, however, wasn’t what drew me to Belfast. I was determined to see the birthplace of the Titanic. With only a week up my sleeve, I set off from Dublin for the 165km journey north. Hire cars are inexpensive but the trip can take a lot longer than a couple of hours as there is much to see enroute, especially if avoiding the main motorway. The only indication that we had crossed the border from the Republic into Ulster was that the Gaelic version of the place names disappeared from the road signs and all of a sudden, I was driving
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much too slowly. It took a while to click that speed limits were now in miles per hour and I didn’t have to do 40km/h. And the currency had changed, although many cafes in the border country accepted euros. With only a few days to play with, it was decided that we should find one base and stay there, rather than lose time each day packing up and finding new accommodation. An English friend had tipped me off to Bay Cottage, which proved to be a delightful bed and breakfast on the shores of Loch Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles, close to Antrim and only 20km west of Belfast. Just past the Belfast Airport, it was easy to find and well-served by local buses, including the Park and Ride which took the pain out of driving into the city and finding a car park. Elizabeth, the host, had a fire flaming in the grate as we stepped in from the cold, and also offered dinner for a modest additional fee. Like the breakfasts, it was simply marvellous; hearty and delicious and just what is needed for the hardwalking tourist. She was also able to answer all our questions and enlighten us on historical events and places to see. It would be a different story in summer, but in March it was still cold, not helped by the fact we had wandered into the face of the weather system dubbed the Beast from the East which brought copious amounts of snow on top of bone-chilling winds. With the Beast closing in, we made what proved to be a critical decision, and spent our first day visiting the Giant’s Causeway; fortuitous because it would have been impossible later in the week. From Bay Cottage, it was a pleasant 70km drive to Bushmills to see this
The Yardmen sculpture is on the walkway between housing and the shipyards. magnificent work of nature. A product of ancient volcanic eruption formed as lava cooled in fissures, the area looks like a giant honeycomb, with line upon line of hexagonal columns, some up to 12m high. This World Heritage site is a compulsory stop when visiting Northern Ireland. The adjacent visitor centre provides lots of interesting tidbits of information about the area, the legend of Finn McCool and the people who have lived there. Following the scenic Causeway Coastal Route, we made our way to Carrick-a-Rede, where a swinging bridge 30m above the sea and made of planks strung between wires, crosses a 20m chasm to the island. Fishermen built the bridge so they could check on their salmon nets and crossed the bridge daily without fear, carrying their catch and needing only one hand to guide them. Alas, it was too windy to test it, although this was a great excuse for not having to try. The Atlantic salmon has declined so much that it is now an endangered continued page 40 >
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The giant Harland and Wolff cranes, Samson and Goliath still stand over East Belfast. species, although on Donegall Quay in Belfast, the 10m blue and white ceramic tiled Big Fish or Salmon of Knowledge celebrates, among other things, the return of salmon to the River Lagan. It was then a pleasant drive along a narrow road between cliffs and broiling ocean, and over the mountains back to Bay Cottage, where a welcome traditional shepherd’s pie was waiting. The Park and Ride station was about 5km up the road and made life easy, enjoying the sights during the half-hour journey into Belfast. The drivers were helpful and friendly and more than once pointed us in the right direction. Although I’m not usually excited by City Sightseeing Red Bus hop-on hop-off tours, the Belfast version is exceptional, with a lively commentary and plenty of craic from the guides. We learnt that after The Troubles, Northern Ireland was looking for a sport to unite the city and settled on ice hockey. As many of the locals had no clue about it, star players were brought in from Canada and the US. So, what should they call this team? One of the imports innocently suggested the Belfast Bombers. They became the Belfast Giants with a nod to Finn McCool.
We also learnt that when the Titanic went down, the good people of Belfast felt a huge sense of shame as the “unsinkable” ship they had built had become world famous for all the wrong reasons. “Eventually,” the guide explained, “they got over the shame and now they say, ‘well, she was alright when she left here’.” There’s even a restaurant called the Thai-Tanic. With snow in the air, we had no problem committing plenty of time to the indoors warmth of the Titanic Experience and came away thinking it would be impossible to do it in less than four hours regardless of the weather. Like many attractions in Ireland, there is a healthy discount for the over 60s, so don’t hesitate to ask for it. There are nine interactive galleries to tell the story, from Boomtown Belfast, shipyard and launch to the sinking, aftermath and the myths and the truths. At about $18 entry, it is excellent value. For Game of Thrones fans, the set is near the Titanic museum, which incidentally, is built in the shape of the ship’s bow, the wings of the building being the same height as the original.
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f you like to travel, then there’s no better way to see a country than through the eyes of a local and make friends around the world along the way. And making it happen is Friendship Force, a non-profit international organisation founded in 1977 by Wayne Smith and former US president Jimmy Carter (it was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1992). Focused on promoting understanding, cultural education and citizen diplomacy, Friendship Force clubs exist on six
continents and in more than 60 countries. There are 23 clubs in Australia, and more than 300 around the world. Robyn McFarlane of the Sunshine Coast club, who joined after retiring, has just spent two weeks in eastern Canada on a Friendship Force visit, and says it is simply about homestay journeys that create personal friendships. “Our journeys bring diverse people together into each other’s cultures and homes to share experiences not available to regular tourists,” she says.
Tuck into an authentic local meal prepared in the family home with your hosts. “When we travel with Friendship Force we are shown the world through local people’s eyes. “When we host, we show our own culture and community to other people with a new perspective.” She said cross-cultural friendships that last a lifetime are often formed. “Every friendship formed across the barriers of nationality, language, religion or politics makes the world a better place,” she said. Some members of the Sunshine Coast club travelled to Hsinchu in Taiwan and Rostov-on-Don in Russia in 2017; and then home-hosted a group from Mexico. Clubs from Brazil and Japan will be
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hosted this year. “Our stays and hosting are always for seven days, and always to or from another Friendship Force club,” Robyn says. “Our membership is mostly active newly retired people, although there is no age limit. Some of our older members have travelled and hosted many journeys.” New members are always welcome to help maximise the local club’s capacity to home-host incoming clubs, as well as have sufficient numbers for outgoing journeys. To better explain what they are about to prospective new members, Friendship Force Sunshine Coast is having an information session on Saturday, September 1, at 2 pm at 2 Awoonga Court, Mooloolaba. Over coffee and cake, members will explain how the cultural exchange works, and share interesting experiences of both home hosting and being hosted in other places. The website friendshipforce. org explains the philosophy and focus of the organisation. If it sounds like it’s for you, visit friendshipforcesunshinecoast.org.au or call 5471 7338.
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Book delivers mountains of interest A new book about the Glasshouse Mountains explains everything you need to know about this dominant landscape feature and presents a thousand good reasons why it’s worth a visit, writes DOT WHITTINGTON.
s kids, we all knew the Glasshouse Mountains had been named by Captain Cook as he sailed up the coastline in 1770. We also learnt he had named them for the glasshouses of native Yorkshire. The one thing I couldn’t get though, was how these rugged volcanic peaks could possibly remind anyone of a glasshouse, my vision being of a greenhouse. I must confess that it is only in recent years, that I have seen pictures of the Yorkshire glasshouses and all has become clear. Yes, the brick cones used for glassmaking are definitely reminiscent of the landmark mountains between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. A new book, The National Heritage Listed Glasshouse Mountains, by Ivon Northage explains all there is to know about these magma intrusions exposed by natural erosion over the past 25 million years. From the geology and the Dreamtime legend, to the early explorers (Matthew Flinders was the first tourist) to the significance of National Heritage listing, the 76-page book is aimed at correcting the myths (they are not remnant volcanoes) and providing consistent and
definitive information of the mountains. The book also explains the National Heritage application and listing process; the origin of the names of the mountains and the walks and climbs. There’s also a map detailing some of the less-obvious roads and what’s where, useful for a Sunday drive. “This not-for-profit book finally brings all this information together in a fully researched, concise and easy to read book,” says Roger Reilly who compiled Ivon’s meticulous research. “We are proud of what we have achieved with this user-friendly book and know it will provide accurate and informative information that can be used as a definitive resource on this amazing Sunshine Coast attraction and National Heritage landmark.” He is an active member of Celebrate Glasshouse Country Inc which provided support and assistance for the production of the book, which was funded by a federal government grant. With lots of pictures and quotes, it’s the sort of book that tourists will pick up to learn more about the area they are visiting and is also an interesting read for residents – there’s even a chapter
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