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elcome to a new year and a new decade, the beginning of a new Roaring ’20s. It has been a century since the population was recovering from World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic. Luckily, the first two decades have been a lot different for us, but little wonder that the 1920s were wild and carefree. It was a time to celebrate life and the Charleston and Shimmy took over the dance floors. An interesting piece of trivia I have discovered is that the Fox Trot was introduced only months before the war started so it never caught on, but it did become the favourite dance of 1920. Julie Lake launches the new year/ decade with a look at the many

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Contents popular forms of dance available and how they are giving the generation a new lease on life, providing a fun form of exercise and companionship. For many, it is a return to the courting days of their youth. Remember the 60-40 Palmwoods Dances? Many a marriage resulted from a request for a young lady’s hand to dance the Pride of Erin, quickstep, progressive barn dance and gypsy tap, or to step it up with a jive. Personally, I have always had a problem staying in step, something else I blame on being left-handed. On the rare occasions I tried jazz ballet, line dancing or aerobics or any of those other classes where you watch the instructor, I invariably turned left when everyone else went right. In one memorable class, and there was only the one, I managed to send a whole row of young things in activewear over like a row of dominoes when I stepped the opposite way to the rest of them. Mind you, apart from the shame of that episode, it hasn’t stopped me giving it a go. So, let’s turn on the music and dance into 2020. Dorothy Whittington, Editor











































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Line dancers obviously loving their exercise at The Village

Dance into the new roaring ’20s Ballet or boot scooting, tango or gypsy tap, dancing adds turns exercise into fun. JULIE LAKE investigates the rise and rise of dance groups as over 55s reconnect with their youth.


ou don’t have to wear a tutu to Gretel Butler’s ballet classes for seniors but you get to stretch and bend and pirouette more or less gracefully to keep those ageing limbs, well, limber. Gretel, 76, a dance teacher and daughter of famous Australian ballerina Moya Beaver, started teaching ballet through her local U3A a year ago and it proved so popular she had to start a

second class. Her students range in age from 50 to 80. And yes, some of them are blokes! She says the main benefits include an improvement in muscle tone, core strength, flexibility, balance and posture. Finally, there is the wellbeing and joy that comes with self-expression through moving the body to beautiful music. Bill James is one of Gretel’s students.

A tall man and very fit for his years, he says he has always loved ballet music but had never even seen a ballet until about 10 years ago. When Gretel started her classes and, having seen a TV program about the benefits of ballet for seniors, he thought he’d give it a go. At 75 he’s not the oldest bloke in the class. Fellow student David Jeffrey is 80. “It’s not about dancing, it’s about exercise,” Bill says. “The emphasis is on

stretching, breathing and disciplined movement.” He encourages other men to join senior ballet classes if they have the opportunity, assuring them that: “There’s no points, no lifts and no tutus!” “Just stuff a sock down your tights and come along,” he jokes Maybe trying to execute a perfect pirouette isn’t for you but dancing of some kind is inherent in our culture, as in all others, and those of us who once rocked around the clock, twisted the night away or boogied to Saturday Night Fever still like to get up there on the floor and, in the words of the old Cliff Richard song, move it. Evidence is in the proliferation of dance studios, groups and festivals that can be found from Noosa to Coolangatta in a variety of styles and ethnic traditions. Television revived an interest in ballroom dancing a few years back and though that craze has died, it is still very popular, especially among older citizens wanting to brush up their foxtrot and waltz skills. Many retirement villages and other senior living complexes encourage this type of dancing. Widower Doug Tate, 70, met his second wife Cissy at a dance studio on the Sunshine Coast a couple of years ago and they’ve been tripping the light fantastic together every week since then. “It keeps us close and if I totter she holds me up,” Doug says. Salsa is the liveliest form of ballroom dancing and on any weekend you can hear the irresistible pulse of Afro-Latin rhythms coming from our parks and public gardens. Originally Cuban, Salsa has become a generic term for the many dance styles that developed in South and Central America where the drumbeat and thrust of old Africa met the more fluid

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COVER STORY Latino body movements. There are many different styles of salsa and along with mambo, cha-cha-cha, bossa nova, rumba and samba they all make up the Afro-Latin dance scene that we know and love today. One great thing about this style of dancing is that it can be done by any age group from kids to great-grandparents – just as it is back in Cuba and Colombia where you’ll find many an aged pensioner who can tell you it’s the music and the dancing that keeps them young. Southeast Queensland has a surprisingly large number of communities from Brazil, Argentina (where tango is still king), Central America and even the Caribbean and they gather regularly at riverbank venues such as Southbank Parklands or on ocean foreshores. Schools that teach this type of dancing welcome older dancers and help newcomers – especially singletons – overcome their shyness. Dee Beetson lost her husband two years ago and was recently persuaded by a friend to try first a Zumba dance exercise class and then take up the latest dance craze, Zouk, which originated in Brazil. “Everyone is so friendly and you soon loose your shyness and inhibitions when the music and the rhythm carry you away and you are concentrating on your steps,” Dee says. “One of the good things about being old, (she is in her mid-60s) is that you don’t care so much what people think of you anymore.” Latin dancing is fun but if you find it too hard on the knees and hips then you can revisit the past in those older forms of dancing that loosely fall under the banner of “folk” or “country” and are delightful to perform without being too strenuous. What’s more you don’t necessarily

Alison MacPhail and her husband Iain perform the dance Greensleeves and Yellow Lace. This elegant English Regency period dancing style offers exercise and memory stimulation without excessive exertion. need to take along a partner because you are dancing as part of a group. Both Aussie bush dancing and American square dancing remain popular in Australia but it’s the resurgence of early English country and the more refined and musically complex society (think Jane Austen) dances, as well as colonial-era styles that are drawing both participants and onlookers today. Sheree Greenhill has taught this type of dancing for many years, as well as the popular American Contra style with its mixed Scots-Irish-English heritage. Her Dance Kaleidoscope group has

been going for about 20 years. There is an invitation-only Friday group which has been dancing together for many years and a larger Sunday group where newcomers are welcome. Dance Kaleidoscope has performed at social functions, schools, weddings, festivals and public occasions such as the 150th anniversary of the opening of Queensland’s Parliament. They learn, practice and perform dances from 1650 to 1820, wearing the appropriate costumes and taking part in the History Alive historical camp-outs where trying to speak and behave “in period” is all part of the fun. It is this social interaction which

makes English period dancing so relevant to older people, as well as the grace, poise and dignity inherent in such dancing. The benefits in terms of circulation, co-ordination and helping to prevent the development of osteoporosis are obvious but Sheree adds the fact that endorphins released in the brain during dancing act as natural painkillers. “Even those with chronic pain issues can still enjoy English dance,” she says, and also points to research that shows dance, along with music, is one of the activities observed to stave off dementia. And because this is an essentially co-operative activity with several (usually at least eight) dancers taking part, the social bonds become very strong. “We have become more like a family,” Sheree says of her own group, which for years now has got together for other social activities besides dancing. Sexes and ages can mix freely – one of Sheree’s pet peeves is how society divides us from infancy into age groups that don’t mix. At Dance Kaleidoscope, ages range from 12 to 84 and she believes that both young and old benefit from mixing with each other. This is the sort of dancing you can do with your grandkids. Sheree is happy to help those interested in this kind of dancing start their own group. The important thing here is to teach people how to “call” the dances and she says there are resources available for this as well as learning the steps and patterns. Sheree’s friend Iain MacPhail has been dancing with the group for years, in partnership with his wife Allison whose skills and sheer love of continued over>

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<from previous page traditional English and Australian dance forms was celebrated at her memorial service late last year. Iain, a retired mechanical engineer, is intrigued by the intricate patterns involved in this type of dancing, some of them based on ancient Celtic symbols, and agrees that dancing these patterns helps focus the brain as well as the feet. “And, of course, there’s the music,” Iain says. “The heart of the dance. Music motivates and one dances to the melody with this kind of dancing and not just the beat.” One of the best places to learn dancing at low cost is the University of the Third Age or a lifestyle organisation such as Lively 50s Plus. Line dancing is the most popular style here, especially with women who love to scoot those western-style boots but, like Gretel Butler’s ballet for seniors, other dance lessons are on offer. Ask any older person today why they have taken up dancing and they’ll give you much the same answer – it’s a lot more fun than other forms of exercise! Some, like Dee Beatson, feel they are re-connecting with their youth when dancing was the main form of entertainment and, as she puts it, “the best way to meet a bloke!”. Others are trying styles that they had never tried – or even heard of – before. And loving it! So, if you are the kind of person who makes New Year resolutions, why not make it your resolution this year to dance your way into the 2020s.

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Sugar tramlines track region’s history When the sugar mill opened in Nambour in 1897, horses were used to haul the cane wagons on tramlines that sprung up around the district. From 1904, little locos did the same. AUDIENNE BLYTH introduces a man dedicated to tracking down the tramlines. along the way. He found the remains of an


N the 1980s, Trevor Robinson of Palmwoods developed a great curiosity and passion for finding out more about the great network of tramlines that were used to feed the Nambour sugar mill. Trevor was determined to map the tramlines. For 35 years as an employee for the Maroochy Shire Council, he would set out after work with backpack, metal detector, grubber and a few maps looking for evidence. With permission from property owners on what was the PalmwoodsBuderim line, he found development encroaching and threatening to cover the old route. Years later, he found the ruins of the Shay locomotive, once used on that line, buried along the track. The smoke-stack could be seen sticking out of the ground, but because of “red tape” Trevor doubts whether it will ever be retrieved. Part of the track has, in recent years, been formed by council and can be walked. The cuttings and track were originally cleared by hand labour. The other locomotive on that line was the Krause and, restored, it is stored safely at Wise’s farm waiting for the day when it will be displayed in Buderim.

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Steam locomotive Coolum at the Bli Bli water tank in about 1940. Driver Edgar Plater (left), a mate of Trevor Robinson, is with fireman Percy Elms. Picture: Plater family collection

A map telling the whole story was produced and is on display at various venues. On the Mapleton-Dulong line, Trevor found many branch lines. Some extended from Highworth and others went to Image Flat and Finbury. The Finnish community had established miles of horse lines, where a horse could pull a wagon. West of Kureelpa, another branch went to the

farms of Pope and Story. He mapped the Coes Creek Line and the Perwillowen Line. He also found evidence of lines along Paynter Creek and Camp Flat Rd. The Coolum line opened in 1923 carrying tourists, goods and cane, having progressed through Petrie Creek and Bli Bli where there was a horse line. There was also evidence of a proposed line from Point Arkwright to Coolum. Trevor says he made other discoveries

old sugar mill established in the early 1880s at the end of Espin Rd. It was actually a juice mill from which the “sugar cake” or “concrete” was sent to Brisbane for further refining. Many of the locos that used the tramlines are able to be traced. The first steam loco, the Moreton, is at the Yandina Ginger Factory, some are kept at the Nambour Museum and some are owned privately. As diesel locos replaced steam locos the same names were used, for example, Coolum, Moreton, Maroochy, Valdora, Bli Bli and Petrie. The mill closed 16 years ago last month, in December 2003. Trevor says that many assisted him along the way – a graphic artist, a framer, a farmer, a head teacher, the council. All gave their time and knowledge freely as he has always done. The pleasure was all his! In Howard St, Nambour, a piece of tramline has heritage listing. Many of us can still recall the cane trams crossing Currie Street on the way to the mill. Locals are now looking forward to a new venture with an electric tram carrying tourists from the old mill site to the showgrounds. It’s a great idea and we will make sure we take the journey.

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AUSTRALIA Day – whatever your take on the date and what it stands for – is an excuse for countless events around the nation. Most of us have attended one or more of these shindigs in the past, whether it was a public ceremony or a private affair in the backyard. Last year, I attended a breakfast at a friend’s home. It was the first time I’d been invited to party at a retirement village. Technically, I was of an age where I could live in such an establishment, but I still assumed it was many years away. As a result, I did hesitate a little before I accepted, fearing I would be surrounded by old people with whom I would have nothing in common.

And what about the space factor? Aren’t retirement homes packed together with residents handing cups of tea and coffee to each other through the window? Apparently not! The hosts simply invited friends and neighbours to share their hospitality and everyone was welcome to stay for breakfast, morning tea and beyond with the promise that if anyone was still there at lunch then meat pies would be pulled from the freezer. Several tables and plenty of chairs spilled from the patio to the carport and grassed area. Little plastic Australian flags featured prominently and the food was typically Australian fare. Barbecued sausages and eggs were accompanied by freshly baked damper and the dessert included lamingtons and a red-eyed lizard, leaving me thinking that there should be more excuses to have sweets for breakfast. Far from feeling the odd one out, I was soon chatting happily along with everyone else when the host made an announcement. There was a cost to this “free” gathering. Everyone was required to share a story, preferably relating to Australia, before they left. I sunk into my chair trying to be inconspicuous, certainly not wanting to go first – or at all for that matter. I cringe at the very thought of public speaking

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Bright little spark takes charge Once upon a time, mindful motorists carried jerry cans to ensure cars made the distance, writes BRUCE McMAHON. These days it’s an extension lead.


issan’s Leaf is one of the world’s most popular electric cars, albeit prodded along by government sticks and carrots in some parts. And there’s enough to like about this five-door hatchback – it’s an acceptable, if expensive $49,990, city car. There remains, of course, a swag of questions about electric-only cars and the Leaf’s “zero emission” badges are a touch fanciful when Queensland’s power comes largely from coal-fired stations. If electric cars take over, what happens if all are plugged in at once? Are there enough fast-charge stations? Why not more hype about hydrogenfuelled electric cars? Who’s to pay for roads if there’s no fuel tax gathered? Maybe there’s a time and place today for electric vehicles – citified buses and vans make sense. Perhaps the pace of change will pick up. Remember when mobile phones were the size of Besser blocks and calls were made standing under a phone tower? Yet, when it comes to driving a Nissan Leaf, there’s only one question: how long’s the battery got to go and what happens if it runs out of juice in the middle of Gympie Road? As neat and “conventional” as the

Nissan is to drive, it might take more than a week’s learning to be comfortable with the “fuel” range. Some days are diamonds, some days are stone; some days the monitor tells us we’re losing range at a rapid rate, other days we glide along on the whiff of an amp. As with fossil-fuelled engines, much depends on driving habits and conditions. Accelerate hard or head up a steep hill and the Leaf’s power is whacked considerably more than rolling along steady on a flat

road ... so 50km from a full charge with 270km range and the battery could drop to 65 per cent capacity and 165km. Two hours of plug-in charging at home took that back to 72 per cent and 185km. Off again, and over some 10km with all the eco-assistance devices in play, the Leaf had a 180km range. Back along the same route, with no saving modes in play, it was 160km. The lesson is that to reduce range anxiety, you need to drive easy with all eco-assists on.

There’s the added benefit here of re-generating power under braking. Throw Nissan’s eco button, E-pedal plus an eco drive mode into the drive experience and, while these rub the edge off performance, the kilowatts do last longer. Easing off the accelerator adds uber battery regeneration. The E-pedal lessens the need for conventional braking, saving on brake pads as the Nissan steadies up automatically – a bit like driving a dodgem car at the Ekka. This foot-off, slow-down business, along with many new notions to be considered here, takes a drive or two to master (don’t take your foot right off the pedal) yet is fun on more sporting runs. And the Nissan Leaf can be pushed around a little. It’s no GT-R but steering is positive, the roadholding decent and ride comfort good. A driver sits highish, there’s a raft of safety and comfort features and the cabin is pretty quiet. The Leaf doesn’t have trouble keeping up with traffic in town or down the freeway, either. But many won’t be overly comfortable straying too far from city limits.

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MEMBERS of the Probus Club of Buderim Mountain (pictured) last year enjoyed a day trip to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, where they toured the Margaret Olley and Ben Quilty exhibitions. This, along with walks, golf, outings,

A NEW Lions Club has been formed in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The Lions Club of Blackall Range brings the number of clubs on the Sunshine Coast to 16, as well as four Lioness Clubs and three Leos clubs, including one at the University of the Sunshine Coast. All clubs are interested in enrolling new members to bring new ideas and enthusiasm. Lions work globally in five key areas – childhood cancer, hunger, vision, diabetes and environment. For the price of a cup of coffee each week, members enjoy working with other like-minded men and women, are welcomed by Lions Clubs around the world, make an impact on the lives of others less fortunate, gain life and leadership skills and have networking opportunities while helping the community. As a recent example of the fundraising ability of Lions, a member of the new Blackall Range Club raised $5200 for the Lions Prostate Cancer Research, Treatment and Support Project by shaving his beard at their recent charter night. Every cent raised went

and a popular coffee and chat morning, are part of the group’s regular activities. The club also prides itself on hosting a variety of guest speakers and topics each month. New members are welcome. Call Evelyn 5477 1218 for information.


GARDENERS GOOD FRIENDS A LOVE of gardening and friendship go hand in hand at the Nambour Garden Club. Meetings include guest speakers, plant and cutting sales, competition tables, raffles and a lucky door prize. There are also bus tours, garden rambles and workshops. Members meet on the first Monday of each month (second Monday if it’s a public holiday) at the Uniting Church Hall in Nambour. Free parking is accessible from the Donaldson Rd entrance. Arrive at 8.30am for a chat over a cuppa before the meeting starts at 10am. The next meeting is on Monday, February 3. All welcome to join in. Call Karel 0490415067 for further information. 20 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / January 2020

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LESSONS are available for anyone who would like to learn to play bridge. Buderim Contract Bridge Club is offering 10 lessons followed by seven supervised play lessons, for $50. A textbook and comprehensive notes are provided with each lesson, as well as morning tea. Enrolment includes free club membership for the remainder of the July-June membership year. Lessons will be at The Education Centre, Hibiscus Retirement Resort, Lakehead Drive, Sippy Downs. To enrol in the course, which commences on February 5, 9am11.30am, contact Jean Thompson 5445 4618 or 0416 020948 or email jeanthompson1@tpg.com.au

directly to the project. One Sunshine Coast district, with the assistance of a grant from the Australian Lions Foundation and fundraising by clubs, delivered more than $200,000 in drought relief directly to affected communities. Lions International, which has the motto “we serve” celebrated 100 years of community service in 2017. The first Australian club was established in Lismore in 1947. Lions Clubs on the Sunshine Coast are Beerwah, Blackall Range, Caloundra Lions and Lionesses, Caloundra West, Lake Currimundi-Kawana and the University of Sunshine Coast Leo Club, Maleny Blackall Range, Mooloolah Valley, Buderim Lions, Lionesses and Swannies Leo Club, Coolum Beach Lions and Lionesses, Cooroy Pomona, Maroochy North Shore, Mooloolaba Lions and Lionesses and the Chancellor State College Leo Club, Noosa Heads, Palmwoods-Woombye, Sunshine Coast E-Club and Tewantin-Noosa For more information contact Norm Jensen 0404 98 4455 or Tim Fraser 5451 1469 or 0410 102 751.

FAMILY HISTORY FOCUSES ON IRELAND CALOUNDRA Family History Research group members will launch their year with guest speaker Pauleen Cass talking on the topic of Tracking down your Irish Ancestors. It is not necessary to be a member to attend the monthly meetings and hear the guest speakers. Whether a beginner or if you have been researching your forebears for years, there is always something to learn, from the knowledge of the monthly guest speakers to the various small group outings to local

museums and libraries. The rooms are open at Pierce Avenue, Caloundra, on Thursdays and Saturdays, 9am-12.30pm, to use the resources – library, computers and onsite expert advice. New members and visitors welcome. The next general meeting is on Thursday, January 18, 1.30pm. Further information is at caloundrafamilyhistory.org.au Email hello@caloundrafamilyhistory.org.au or call Cathy Meyer on 0411 881 745.

WOMEN HOST STUDENTS THE Sunshine Coast branch of Graduate Women Qld will this month host two high school girls who came to Australia as refugees. Martha Chol and Elizabeth Geu, who will be in Year 12 this year, will attend intensive English classes at Lexis College in Maroochydore for two weeks. Martha and Elizabeth, who have spent much of their young lives in refugee camps in Uganda and South Sudan, will stay in member’s homes, and other members will help out with taking them to classes and on outings. In 15 years the program has hosted more than 90 outstanding young women. The program offers them a window into Australian life as well as English tuition.

WOODIES RECOGNISE DEDICATION BLACKALL Range Woodcrafters Guild president John Muller presents a service award to Vicki Shuley (above). Rick Vickers, Phil Lane and Max Barrenger also received awards in recognition of their dedication to the guild. The group last month presented

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Time is right to consider retirement village options This is the time of year when seniors typically consider whether the time is right to consider downsizing from the big family home to more appropriate accommodation, writes DON MACPHERSON. Moving to a retirement village is not the same as buying a house.


eople start the New Year resolving to do many things, most of which only last a week or so. Consideration of whether to downsize is often prompted by family discussions over the Christmas period. We spend a lot of time assisting people into retirement villages. People do, and should, buy for lifestyle rather than investment. However, they need to understand that buying into a retirement village is very different to buying and selling a house in the way they have been used to throughout their lives. Different retirement villages provide different ways of creating rights to reside in their properties. There are a number of ways that retirement villages offer tenure to an incoming resident:

LEASEHOLD: This is the most common way that retirement villages offer their properties to incoming residents. The lease contract creates a right to reside for an extended period (usually 99 years, although we are yet to see someone outlive the lease). A lease is registered in the Titles Office. There is no stamp duty. Sometimes, but not always, there’s capital gain. LICENCE: Less common than leasehold (at least in Queensland) a licence creates a right to reside but is not registered against the Title Deed. However, there are additional protections under The Retirement Villages Act. Usually there is no capital gain. There is no stamp duty. MANUFACTURED/ RELOCATABLE HOMES: This model involves owning the house, but not the land. One pays a site rental to have one’s

house on the land owned by the operator. Because you own the home there is usually capital gain available. Whatever the ownership model, all retirement village contracts set out extensive rules in relation to occupation of the home in which you live. There are always ongoing fees while in the village. There are usually significant fees payable at the end of the ownership period – called various names including exit fees, or deferred management fees. Retirement village contracts are always long and complex. Specialist advice should be sought before entering into a contract for any type of Retirement Village arrangement. Don Macpherson is an expert in elder law. Call Sunshine Coast Elder Law 1800 961 622 or visit sunshinecoast elderlaw.com.au

When the power of attorney becomes too much Agreeing to be an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a simple thing to do but, writes PETER PORCELLINI, it may not be that simple in the end.


o accept, all you need to do is say “yes” and sign a simple Acceptance Statement at the end of the EPA. And then you wait until you’re needed to make decisions. Who knows, that day might never arrive. But if it does, then what if looking after someone else’s interests and making decisions about their finances, health care and living arrangements becomes too difficult or too much of an emotional burden. Perhaps the person is suffering a dementia that’s beginning to be accompanied by difficult behavioral abnormalities such as suspicion and delusions. Perhaps the person doesn’t have capacity to make decisions independently but does have capacity to contribute by expressing views and wishes. The law requires an attorney to

establish those views and wishes and act in accordance with them. A combination of limited capacity, the need to establish views and wishes and behavioral abnormalities can make an attorney’s role very difficult, both practically and emotionally. If you are that attorney can you just give up and resign? Section 72 of the Powers of Attorney Act states that an attorney may resign by signed notice given to the principal, the principal being the person who makes an EPA. It seems simple enough. Unfortunately, section 72 only applies if the principal has relevant decisionmaking capacity. If the principal doesn’t have that capacity, section 82 states that an attorney can’t resign without first obtaining QCAT’s permission. At the same time, QCAT can appoint

someone of its choosing to take the attorney’s place so that the principal isn’t left without a decision-maker. One of the QCAT guardianship and administration decisions that were reported and made publically accessible in October included an Application by Attorneys for permission to resign. The Attorneys in that case complained that the conflict with the principal had become such that they weren’t able to undertake their duties; the principal’s behavior had become erratic and he had begun making serious allegations against them; and the attorneys didn’t want to continue because the behavior had made things extremely difficult. QCAT recognised that a relationship of trust and a good rapport needed to exist between a principal and attorney, especially when the principal retains

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Stress test could change your outlook on life When you’re not feeling quite right but can’t pinpoint what’s wrong and blood tests give the all clear, TRUDY KITHER suggests it could be related to stress.


sked if they are stressed, patients will often reply “no, I don’t think so, I have nothing to be stressed about.” Yet, with some gentle probing, we later establish that they have had stress or trauma in their past or still do, and their adrenals are just not coping. How do you know if you are stressed? First of all, there are some objective tests you can do. Ragland’s Test measures the nervous system’s ability to adapt to stress. You do this by taking your blood pressure lying down and then stand and take your blood pressure. The number at the top represents the systolic rate, and that should adjust after you stand up (due to gravity), anywhere between 6 to 10 points higher than it was lying down. If you have an adrenal problem due to stress, the number will go way higher than 10 or lower than six because your body is not adapting and compensating for simple gravitational changes. Iris Test: When shining a light in your eyes, your pupils should hold their contraction. When you’re stressed and it has affected your adrenal glands, pupils will dilate and contract quickly and continuously because your eyes can’t hold their contraction.

Scratch Test: If you take a paper clip and make a small scratch on your arm and the scratch stays white for any length of time, it may indicate your adrenals are under load. This is because when your adrenals are fatigued, you make more histamine in your body and this will increase inflammation and immune issues.

Hair Test: There is now an effective hair test for cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. It functions mainly to increase blood sugar levels, suppress the immune system, aid in the metabolism of fats, protein, and carbohydrates, and decrease bone density. Cortisol levels should peak in the morning and slowly decline in the afternoon while being at their lowest at night. It is also very sensitive to both emotional and physiological stressors. Low cortisol indicates chronic stress of a particular nutrient, neurotransmitter hormone, or organ in the body. It can negatively impact sleep, energy, and mood function in the long term. High cortisol will impact the same as low cortisol in the short term, and this indicates acute stress. Some subjective tests are: Tolerance to stress: How are you feeling? Do you get irritated by small things? Do people get on your nerves quickly? Do you fly off the handle easily? This is a great indicator of adrenal stress. Cognitive ability: With adrenal stress, you can’t turn off your brain. Thoughts go through your mind constantly, like popcorn thoughts, just popping away. Do you forget things easily? Have brain fog/

memory fog? Can’t switch off your brain when you go to sleep? Productivity: You have things to do, but by the end of the day, you feel as if you haven’t gotten through them? You don’t feel productive because you are feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like your ability to focus on one thing at a time is hindering you because you go off to work on another project before you have finished the last one? Classic adrenal cases are “multi-taskers”. How do you feel when you get out of bed in the morning? Do you look forward to a new day or drag yourself out to face another day? Do you wake up bright and refreshed, or does it take you a while to get going and possibly need coffee to wake yourself up? If you have serious adrenal issues, it may take you until 11am to wake up and get going because your adrenals are so burnt out. Adrenals can be treated and repaired with nutrition and supplements to get your health back on track. It is more common than you may think. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Natures Temple. Visit naturestemple.net


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Stronger bones mean fewer fractures. TRISTAN HALL shares tips to help limit the risk and damage of brittle bones as age takes its toll on density. BONE density decreases rapidly during menopause. In the decade postmenopause, women can lose 40 per cent of soft inner bone mass and 10 per cent of the hard, outer bone. Men are not immune either, although their higher bone mass in general affords some protection. But after the age of 70, bone loss can increase dramatically. In Australia, 1.2 million people are estimated to have osteoporosis and a further 6.3 million have low bone density. The condition results in fragile brittle bones and increased risk of fractures, most commonly in the wrist, hip and spine. Here are some steps to limit the damage and the risk of osteoporosis. Use your body for weight-bearing: The more weight you put on your bones, the denser and thicker they become. Research now shows that working specific muscle groups grows the bones in that area. Leg squats and lunges use the gluteus maximus, which is one of your largest muscles. The exercises increase blood flow and build bone mass around the hip. Do some lunges and squats every few evenings. Once you can do 10 with ease,

add a 1kg weight in each hand. With muscle building, it’s important to allow a recovery day. The rest day allows muscles to grow and repair. Mind your posture. When you sit or stand in a slouched position, the vertebrae in your back can be squashed. Instead of being neat rectangular structures, under pressure they cave in and become triangular. This can lead to painful compression fractures. Do some resistance training: Resistance training also helps build up bones. Some examples are pulling against rubber bands, using a rowing machine or doing push ups against the kitchen bench. Swimming is not ideal for osteoporosis. There is some resistance as you pull through the water, but not much. As for weight-bearing, well, the water does that for you. Boost your balance: Balancing on one leg will help strengthen leg muscles and bones. It will fine tune your sense of where you are in space, your proprioception. This reduces your falls risk. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist. Visit fullcirlcewellness.com.au

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The high cost of good quality digital hearing aids has been a significant barrier to Self Funded Retirees obtaining help for their communication problems. One local clinic has decided to take the issue head on. Senior Clinician Lisa Burley says “It became apparent to us that it was becoming almost impossible for people to get the help they needed and it was effecting their day to day lifestyle.”

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If you have been quoted thousands of dollars for hearing aids you need to get a second opinion. Ms Burley says “ We have set up the only Locally Digital Hearing Owned and Operated fulltime Hearing Clinic in Aids from Golden Beach to specifically help Self Funded Retirees get high quality hearing aids at sensible prices”. As the clinic is independently owned itt has access to all major brands of hearing aids and d the pricing is quite often thousands of dollars cheaper than what is being quoted elsewhere. e.


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RESOLVE TO MAKE EVERY DAY A HOLIDAY The New Year is a time to reflect on the year that was and, for many of us, a fresh start and a chance to set some goals for the year ahead. Whether it’s meeting new friends, getting fit, joining a social group or just having more fun, the choice is yours at Nature’s Edge Buderim. Residents at the over 50s lifestyle village are spoilt for choice when it comes to stepping up their fitness, with a range of options right on the doorstep. Swim a few laps in the indoor pool, work out in the

gym, have a hit of tennis, enjoy a game of lawn bowls, join a yoga or dancing class or simply take a walk through the beautiful rainforest. It has never been easier to get in shape. There’s even a bowen therapist on location. When it comes to getting more involved in the community, the lively social calendar at Nature’s Edge Buderim makes it easy to make new friends or start a new hobby. From art and craft groups to woodworking, card groups, bowls, and monthly dinners

and Friday night Happy Hour on the rainforest deck. The only problem will be fitting it all in. If you have resolved downsize your home and upsize your lifestyle in the new year, be sure to inspect Nature’s Edge in lush rainforest at the foothills of Buderim. With a relaxed, community atmosphere and all the amenities of a resort already in place, every day is like a holiday. Call 1800 218 898 or visit naturesedgebuderim.com.au to find out more.

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Reap the rewards of keeping a diary It’s a new year, a time to reflect and make new plans. KENDALL MORTON suggests it’s also the ideal time to think about the benefits of keeping a diary.


T ANY age, keeping a daily journal or diary can give you a sense of control and perspective. You get to decide what events and memories are worthy of recording. For those facing major changes, a diary can be therapeutic and fulfilling. Here’s how: Secure your memories. The simple act of writing something down means you have to recall the details and process them in order. You can choose to recall what you ate that day, who visited, or incidents and people from your past. The options are endless. Sleep Better. You can use a diary as a sleeping aid by writing down five positive things about your day just before turning out the bedside light. A study by Wood and colleagues (2009) focused on “pre-sleep cognitions” of 401 participants. They found that those who had positive

thoughts prior to sleeping got to sleep faster and slept longer than those who had worrisome or negative thoughts at bedtime. Write down five positive things about your day, no matter how small. This can help to reset your brain to a more relaxed mode. The science shows that when you have grateful thoughts, your hypothalamus floods your brain with dopamine. This augers well for a good night’s sleep.

Reduce Stress. By putting down your thoughts and worries, you can find some clarity. Your emotions can become calmer. You can look at a situation one step removed from you. It’s now out there on paper, rather than swirling around in your head like a mad dog. Put the Past to Rest. As we age we have a lifetime of accumulated experiences, some good and some not good.

Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson says that if you are reliving a memory in the same detail 18 months after it happened, you have not learnt what it is showing you. By writing down your memories and asking yourself some questions, such as “what is the lesson here?” you can process the past and leave it there. You may discover you are the hero in your own story. Enjoyment. The simple act of handwriting can be soothing. If you write slowly, forming your letters with care, it’s meditative. With easy access to computers, we are losing the art and pleasure of handwriting. Keeping up your writing skills is good for your brain and your fine motor co-ordination too. A Listening Ear. When life hits you with a major crisis such as the death of your life partner, keeping a diary can be a godsend. Friends are great but you won’t always have someone

nearby to listen when you need them. The nights can be long. With a diary, you can pour out your memories, anger and sadness for as long as you need. Stay Mentally Sharp. Your brain needs regular exercise and a diary can help. Pick something that appeals to you, research it, and write about it. It may be the floral and faunal emblems of the Australian states. It may be your holiday in New York all those years ago. Perhaps you can write about five people who have inspired you in life. Even better, write a list of 10 people whose life you have touched. I hope this inspires you to start a diary or to give a new notebook to someone in your family. Who knows where it will lead? Kendall Morton is Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@homecare assistance.com

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Numbers that help put life into perspective It’s all too easy to lose our perspective on things. STEVE MENDL recommends looking at the simple things and unleashing the power of gratitude.


LL too often, we get caught up in what the American life coach and philanthropist Anthony Robbins and others call “majoring in minors”. We compare ourselves with the Joneses and find ourselves getting discouraged about where we are, what we’re looking for and where we are going. If things are headed south in this way, there’s nothing more important than recognising just how much there is

to be thankful for and to appreciate. The results of the Village Project, conducted by the United Nations and others, are very helpful when it comes to finding your true north and regaining your sense of PERSPECTIVE in life. It was discovered that if the population of the world were reduced to a small town of 100 people, it would look something like this: • There would be 60 Asians, 11 Europeans, 14 Americans, including

northern and southern Americans, and 15 Africans. • 50 would be women, 50 men. • 70 would have coloured skin, 30 would be Caucasian. • 89 would be heterosexual, 11 homosexual. • 1 person of the 100 would own 50 per cent of the world’s wealth • 16 would be malnourished or starving. • 70 would be undereducated. • 50 would be underfed. • 47 would have internet. • For each one to die, two would be born. • 84 would live on less than $20 a day. • About 4 or 5 would own a computer and only two of the 100 would have access to higher education (a university degree). • Of the 100, more would have mobile phones than toothbrushes. This morning, if you woke up healthy, you can choose to be happier than the million people who will not survive the week. If you have never suffered war, experienced the loneliness of a jail cell or the agony of torture or hunger, you’re

more fortunate than 500 million people on the planet at this time. If there is food in your fridge, you have shoes and clothes, and you have a bed along with a roof over your head, the chances are that you are richer than 75 per cent of the people in the world. If you have a bank account, money in your wallet or a debit card with money on it, you belong to the 8per cent of people in the world who are considered well-to-do. If you can read this post, you’re blessed because you aren’t among the 800 million people around the world who cannot read. So how do you like those apples? Do you find a sense of positive perspective easy to muster? If so, great. If not, a simple place to start is make a list of what you are grateful for, right now. Gratitude is the most powerful form of perspective. As Oscar Wilde put it, the optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole. Steve Mendl is the author of Beyond the Money: A Practical Guide for Successful Men Leaving Fulltime Work. Visit beyondthemoney.com.au


Put technology to work for you Remember when television was black and white and only turned on after dinner? When the phone was a rotary dial and the car radio had only AM stations? NATHAN WELLINGTON discusses the value of technology.


lot has changed. A long-time client and I recently discussed whether technology has been good or bad for our society. I see an average of five clients a day, every day, year-round and hear many opinions on the rapid evolution of technology in such a short period of time and how it has impacted us all. Generally, there are those who embrace it – they love to buy the newest gadget when it first comes out and constantly keep up with technology – and those who avoid it like the plague, hate using it and are fearful of breaking it or being hacked. And then there are the rest of us in-betweeners. Technology is a fast-moving train, and whether you enjoy it or not, we are all along for the ride. Sometimes it feels like that ride is going way over the speed limit with no stops in sight. My humble advice to my clients is this: Technology is really meant to help you in some way, whether it be keeping

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in contact with the kids or grandkids, paying your bills, organising your banking, emailing friends, listening to music, watching television or taking a photo. Technology will continue to evolve as more and more new products are released and inevitably, we all have to move with it in order to keep connected with those around us. But we don’t need to be beholden to it.

I encourage many clients to take small steps in using technology. As we get older it can become more difficult to stay mobile, to get to the grocer, to find an actual bank branch not replaced by an ATM, to pay the bills at the post office, to buy new clothes or to replace broken appliances or electronics without knowing what’s available. With a helping hand to guide them,

many have slowly begun to understand that technology can be used to ease the burden of getting to the shops when they aren’t able to. They have found comfort in knowing there are people out there willing to help them navigate this virtual terrain with their interests at heart. I write this more as a reflection on our attitudes towards technology. We may not have any influence on how technology is rapidly encroaching on our lives, but we can choose to use the technology for what it is meant to be for us – a helpful tool to stay connected to one another and to make life easier in some manner. I look forward to sharing more hints and tips this year to help you get more out of the technology rather than the other way around. Call or email me if you have any questions 1300 682 817 or nathan@ hometechassist.com.au Sunshine Coast

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THE 24th Ginger Flower and Food Festival brings three spectacular days of food, flowers and entertainment celebrating the best of the Sunshine Coast region. The Ginger Factory will burst with colour and flavours, showcasing a range of ornamental gingers and heliconias, which thrive in the Sunshine Coast’s sub-tropical conditions. Popular presenters Soil to Supper’s Cath Manuel and horticulturalist, Paul Plant will share their wisdom during informative garden talks over the three days. The festival will be also be packed with an exciting line-up of Sunshine Coast chefs, including local favourite, Matt Golinski, as well as Lisa Mahar from Makepeace Island and Dylan Campbell, the resident mixologist from Sum Yung Guys. They will be highlighting all that is fresh and local and how ingredients pair well with ginger. Ginger Factory, Pioneer Rd, Yandina. Friday, January 17-Sunday 19. Free.

JAZZ TRAIN ARRIVES THE Jazz & Blues Collective’s first event for the new year features The Jazz Train, a Tallebudgera-based band that for 20 years has been covering a vast musical landscape from jazz and latin to funk and rock. The band comprises Ian Beddows double bass/vocals, Glenn Walton on piano, Niven Walton, drums and special guest Willy Qua, a founding member of Galapagos Duck, on Sax/reeds. It promises to be a great swinging jazz ‘n’ blues event. Old Soul Lounge Bar Maroochydore January 12, doors open 1pm, show starts 2pm. Tickets $25, Seniors $22. Enquiries 0417 633 734.


THE multi-million dollar redevelopment of The Events Centre Caloundra is expected to be completed this month. The 39-year-old facility has had a major facelift and will celebrate with an exciting program of events. The Events Centre is the Sunshine Coast’s premier performing arts and conference venue. It offers premium service to an average

of 300 performance bookings and 300 community/business event bookings each year. The venue operates with 62 fulltime and casual staff, 50 volunteers and a large pool of contract workers. Two performance theatres are fully equipped with fly-towers, staging, new acoustic treatments, seating and audio system. Major capital work has included heating ventilation and air conditioning in the Kings Theatre and Playhouse Theatre and foyers, acoustic upgrades to theatre walls and ceiling, audio and AV systems, box office, bar counters and function room upgrades, disability lift and toilets, and foyer refurbishment. The redevelopment will boost cultural event offerings with a solid line up of performances and events booked for this year.

LENNON TRIBUTE TO THE MAN AND THE MUSIC The internationally-acclaimed Lennon: Through a Glass Onion comes to the Sunshine Coast after a successful 16 weeks in New York. Created and performed by actor/musician John Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is part concert and part biography of musical genius John Lennon. It reveals the essence of his life and astonishing talent with a story and 31 songs. For the audience, it is either an emotional trip down memory lane or an introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating characters of our time. The Events Centre, Caloundra, January 10. Call 5491 4240 or visit theeventscentre. com.au & The J Noosa, January 11. Call 5329 6560 or visit thej.com.au


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Earlier is better

How to get started on housing dreams

Breast screening can detect changes in the breast tissue well before a woman or her doctor notices anything. Not surprisingly, surgery is often a lot simpler when cancer is found early because it is much smaller. Most patients with early stage breast cancer are treated with a lumpectomy, or removal of just a small section of the breast. In many cases, some lymph nodes also need to be removed. This surgery is performed in hospital under general anaesthetic and the patient will stay in hospital for the day or overnight. If more extensive surgery is required, the patient may stay in hospital for longer. Most patients don’t need to use strong pain relief, and many find they can return to their normal activities in about six weeks. Each woman’s recovery is different, and the process is guided by their treating team, including their surgeon, breast care nurse, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist and oncology specialists. It is important that women aged 50-74 have a breast screen every two years because this gives them a much greater chance of finding breast cancer in its early stages. Call 13 20 50 for your free breast screen.


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New Year resolutions are seldom kept but if you have downsizing on your list this year, it can be done. I’m often asked “where do I start?” so here are some simple tips: Search realestate.com.au “Find agents tab” in your suburb. Read the agents bios, then check the price range they are selling in. Do they sell property in the same range as yours? Call them and have a chat about one of the properties they currently have listed. Do you like their manner? You need to feel comfortable with who you are going to appoint to sell your property. Ask for an appraisal. This is a free walk through by the agent and is a good time to get to know them. Agents aren’t registered valuers, don’t confuse the two. Never sign anything at that first meeting. You need to time to digest what is said, even talk to family/friends. Tell them you aren’t quite ready, or are interviewing other agents. Timing is up to you. Our local market is stable. When you are comfortable with who you appoint- then take the leap!



Simplicity key to keeping affairs in order This time of year is made for families, a time when everyone gets together to celebrate new beginnings. With the start of a new decade, it also may be time to get all your ducks in a row and consider simplifying life by having a look at your financial affairs. Over the years we have seen complicated financial strategies and structures come into play and these may be streamlined to make them easier to

“Most systems work best if they are kept simple, rather than unnecessarily complicated ” understand for yourself and your family, if the need arises. Using the KISS principle, we understand that most clients want to achieve financial security for their extended families in the future. This principle effectively means that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than unnecessarily complicated. Simplicity should be a key goal in design, and every effort made to avoid unnecessary complexity.

Every family is unique, yet there are all sorts of similar issues that can be ironed out with practical strategies and good communication. This communication can be in the form of estate planning strategies to eliminate future family tax or to have legal documents drawn to keep the family blood line wealth in tact (well, as much as possible). Another benefit of reviewing your financial affairs is that it could provide the opportunity to ensure you are not missing out on Government benefits and ensuring your investments are tax effective. While this information can be put on the back burner, we have seen first-hand what can happen when your ducks are not in a row. All our team at Poole & Partners wish you the very best for 2020!


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Rapid recovery joint replacement surgery

Not all dentures are made equal

Keep history alive

Good time to think about the future

Hip and knee replacements are some of the most successful operations that orthopaedic surgeons perform. They have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians over the last 20 years. There have been many advancements in joint replacement surgery over the last few years. One of the biggest areas of improvement has been a huge focus on rapid recovery. Rapid recovery requires a team-based, multi-disciplinary approach. Minimally invasive surgical techniques and modern anaesthetics often allow a patient to begin mobilising within a couple of hours of their surgery, with minimal pain. While the average length of stay of private patients in hospital is approximately four to five days following joint replacement, rapid recovery techniques will often see patients safely discharged home in less than half that time. In the end, patients can stay in hospital as long as they feel they need to. In my experience, patients who get home and back to their normal routine more quickly have generally better outcomes.


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Just as most products you purchase are of different quality and price, the same is true for dentures. Denture teeth and denture base acrylic are produced all over the world at varying degrees of quality and price. In my clinic I have treated patients who have researched the various brands of denture teeth and base material but, generally, my patients trust me to supply a product that is sourced from a reputable company and is of the highest quality. One-price dentures do not give you the option of upgrading your denture teeth or denture base material to a superior product. At your first consultation, your dental prosthetist will offer you options to upgrade your denture to include denture teeth that are more resilient to chipping and wear or have a more aesthetic appearance as well as offering you the option of a denture base material that is stronger and more resistant to breakage. By considering all the options you will receive a denture that will suit your budget and expectations.

Asking grandparents about their lives and their loves should be a fun and rewarding task. People, generally, are quite pleased when someone shows an interest in who they are and what they do. Grandparents, however, may live far away from their family. Visits may be few and far between – meaning that children cannot completely know their grandparents. When children ask their grandparents about their past, they not only learn much about their family’s history, but they help keep those important family stories alive. Once a grandfather or grandmother is gone, their stories may also be lost, or at least become far more difficult to recover. Here are some starting questions for the kids: 1. What was your first job? 2. What is your brother’s or sister’s full name? 3. What were you good at in school? Did you have a favourite subject? 4. What was/has been one of the biggest struggles you’ve overcome? 5. Was there a certain place you and your friends liked to hang out? As always, if you need any advice, tips or a shoulder to unload on, feel free to pop into the office – obligation free.



At the beginning of a new year, you may be reflecting on the year that was and find yourself with some spare time. Do you have an estate plan in place? If not, take the opportunity to think about your future wishes for yourself and your family. If you are not sure where to start, here is a helpful list of things to consider: • Who do you trust to make good decisions and organise your affairs if you cannot do this for yourself? Tip: This can be more than one person. • Are there any sentimental items that you would like to go to specific loved ones? • Have you checked your superannuation or life insurance nominations lately? • List the people you would ultimately like to benefit from your life’s efforts. • If you have young children, who do you want to take care of them if you cannot? Once you have considered the above, putting your wishes into action with a legal representative will be a much less daunting experience.


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The WORLD in Your Hands

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Take a drive to tombstone territory Fancy a one-day adventure? There are hundreds of good yarns waiting to be discovered right here in southeast Queensland. Authors CHRIS ADAMS and HELEN GOLTZ recommend a trip on the Tombstone Tourist Trail where no (head)stone is left uncovered. As there are so many poems, paintings and songs about missing youngsters, the story asks the question, is Australia the land of lost children? You can also visit the beautiful bronze statue of the girls at the Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park in Walloon, less than 20km away. QUEENSLAND’S OLDEST COLD CASE GATTON Now it’s back in the car and off to Gatton – a 45-minute drive on the Warrego Highway (A2). Here you will find the impressive grave of the victims of the Boxing Day 1898 murders, Queensland’s oldest cold case. The three Murphy siblings from Gatton were murdered and mutilated on New Year’s night and their bodies left for all to see. Failure to secure the crime scene and public destruction of any clues which followed, almost guaranteed the killer would never be found. The impressive headstone to the The Trevethan brothers built the first car in Queensland in 1902.


he stories of local heroes and villains, lovers and trailblazers, all start in a cemetery. Head west or north on a day trip that covers a lifetime. These are the stories that have not been laid to rest.

GO WEST YOUNG MAN (OR WOMAN) IPSWICH Travel west on the Ipswich Motorway to the Ipswich General Cemetery, the second oldest in Queensland, where stories of the region’s past abound. Here’s one, and you can find the evidence easily. We all know the Kelly name, and the legend that Dan Kelly, brother of Ned, died in the 1880 Glenrowan shoot-out with

police. So, who was the man who told a Brisbane newspaper in August 1933, he was Dan Kelly? No one at the time could prove he wasn’t Dan, and now he’s buried under the name James Ryan in this old graveyard. There is also a memorial to Dan Kelly on the same site. It carries the words “Tell ’em I died Brave… in Ipswich.” Also at the Ipswich Cemetery, is the grave of two little girls, Kate and Jane Broderick, who drowned after being attracted by waterlilies in a pond at nearby Walloon. The tragedy inspired Henry Lawson to write his classic 1891 poem, The Babies of Walloon.

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Babies of Walloon at Ipswich Cemetery. siblings was erected by public subscription. Drive 36-minutes up the Warrego Highway to the heritage-listed Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery to find the graves of the Trevethan Brothers – Walter and Thomas. During 1901-02 the brothers built the first car in Queensland to their own design. It was powered by a six-horsepower engine, was a brute to start and had a clutch that had to be worked sideways across the car. Residents said it was only good for frightening the horses and scaring the children – but the locally built vehicles and the brothers who created them put the town on the automobile map of Australia. They rest in separate graves not far from each other. And there are also the medical history makers, Emma Webb and nurse Helen Tolmie. It’s not widely known, but in a surgical breakthrough, Emma’s life was saved by the first appendectomy to be performed in Australia. The operation was carried out on the kitchen table behind a bakery with Nurse Tolmie in attendance. Emma lived a long life and Nurse Tolmie a prestigious career. Both now rest in the same cemetery.

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A WELL-KNOWN NAME IN NOBBY While in the area, take a trip to the little town of Nobby. It’s well worth the effort if the name Sister Elizabeth Kenny rings a bell. She was a remarkable woman whose radical polio treatments were banned by doctors. But results showed they worked, and they saved many children from a life of disability (including actor Alan Alda, revered for his role as Hawkeye in MASH). Despite having no formal qualifications, Sister Kenny was hailed worldwide for her breakthrough treatments. She is buried in a humble grave in the little Nobby cemetery. While there, take a look around. It doesn’t take long. You will also see the memorial to a young man called Victor Denton who died after being hit by a sniper’s bullet in Monash Gully, Gallipoli in 1915. And one final tip for Tombstone Tourists, if it has been raining in Nobby it can be very muddy in the cemetery so be prepared! WEATHER THIS DRIVE FOR THE WEATHERMAN Take the Steve Irwin Way off the Bruce Highway to make your way to Peachester Cemetery – a peaceful little place. Just inside the front gate on the left is the grave of Inigo Jones, a man for all seasons. Jones was a pioneer of the art of long-range weather forecasting. He predicted when one of the nation’s worst-ever droughts

A REMARKABLE WAR HERO It’s about an hour’s drive from Peachester Cemetery to Tewantin Cemetery where you will find the grave of a man with a most remarkable World War I story. Henry Buchanan was serving as a stretcher-bearer in the battlefields of France. Unarmed and looking for wounded Diggers in the trenches, he captured 18 armed German soldiers using just his water bottle. He survived being shot four times and returned home a hero. Further north, Gympie Cemetery holds two men with very different stories. One was a mine manager who knew every inch of the North Phoenix Mine on the Gympie goldfield yet mysteriously, without explanation, and astonishingly to those who knew him, fell to his death down one of its shafts. The other played a major role in the financial survival of the state of Queensland when it was in deep strife. James Nash discovered gold at Gympie in 1867 and saved the treasury. They named the place after him – Nashville. It was later changed to Gympie, for the Aboriginal gimpi-gimpi, a stinging tree growing in the area. And this is just the beginning. For the full story plus plenty more, as well as directions, take a copy of Grave Tales with you.


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I first read this book many years ago. I must have been impressed with the story as I purchased copies for friends. This time around, I found the mother absolutely awful. She is coarse with her language and unable to show any affection to her daughters. The girls grew up and made their own way in life. The story starts just before World War II and is an interesting portrayal of a large family’s desperate fight for survival. I’ll just remember springtime in Hagley Park.


In my opinion, the author, a New Zealander, did not do justice to the setting for this book and missed a great opportunity to weave some of the of the virtues of beautiful Christchurch into the story. He establishes his characters well and in some ways, memories of my childhood were stirred through his description of the hardships of pre and post war life for poor working class people. The story follows the life of twin girls from childhood to early married life, walking the reader through parental, accommodation, food and class hardships that many families endured during that era. I found nothing special about this book.



This is an unusual book in its structure. It’s a diary of two sisters Fag and Ginnie who grow up poor in New Zealand in the 1930s in Christchurch, New Zealand. They are approaching womanhood when the war starts. What’s different is the third voice – the historian – who pops in now and then to give some background to their lives. It works well. I loved the language of the book. It was rich and it gave credence to the characters. I felt for Ginnie and Fag who dream of movie stars, new dresses and nylon stockings while they slave away in factories. Fantasy is their refuge from the mindless repetitive work. They are always hoping life will get better. Fag says, “we got talked into a treadmill of dreams”. I highly recommend this book.

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ORACLES AND MIRACLES by Stevan Eldred-Grigg

First published in 1987, the story is in fact based on the author’s mother and aunt, although this is not mentioned in the book. It is an easy read and describes the life of the twins Fag and Ginnie. It covers the hardship of living with a disinterested and cruel mother, numerous brothers and sisters, daily chores, having their education cut short at 14, factory life and their hopes and dreams for the fairytale escape as they become women. I enjoyed the book once I got started and the sisters being so different kept me turning the pages.


Ginnie and Fag are twin sisters growing up in Christchurch in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s a city of “peeling paint, flaking iron, cracked linoleum, dusty yards, lean-tos, and asphalts, dunnies and textile mills”. This colourful story focuses on the girls’ relationship as they grow into women and attempt to escape their impoverished background. The story is narrated by the eloquent Fag and sensitive Ginnie, and some sections are told by a historian and industrial psychologist.


Reading this historical fiction is like reading a social science project about the life of two destitute, working-class girls. The author’s descriptive historical writing style using three voices – the twins and a historian – is engaging but a little mundane. The twins, now married adults, tell the story and reflect on their childhood, poverty, growing up, factory work, education and dreams of a better life. The most interesting character in the book is their mother who truly embodies a victim battler. To escape the pain and poverty of being working class girls, both twins have a life goal of getting married. One marries into an upper middle class family and the other marries a working class man. Who ends up the happiest? Average read. 6/10

Through the eyes of twin sisters Ginnie and Fag, we are introduced to the harshness and poverty of life in Christchurch in the 1930s and ’40s. From an early age, the hopelessness of their life is all they know. Their mother is one tough woman unable to show affection and with a mind so closed that there is never any encouragement towards education or betterment of their lives. This is summed up by the historian, “if you hoped for anything you were kidding yourself; you were doomed to be whatever the universe deemed you should be”. Factory work was the inevitable option for the twins and I thank the historian’s segment for the stats! These were kids of 14, working long, monotonous days for pay much less than the males. Ginnie and Fag are depicted so accurately that the story carried me through their struggles and achievements culminating in their differences at attaining 21. I recommend this book and will very likely read again.

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Today’s Aim:


32 words: Good 48 words: Very good


65 words: Excellent






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




1 7 9 10 11

1 2 3 4 5

12 14 15 18 20 22 24 26 27 28 29

Parisian lady (11) Male sheep (3) Wielding (11) Rule (3) Happening in a way not expected (6) Flower merchants (8) Indifference (6) Implicate (8) Individuality (8) Look at (6) Number comprehension (8) Swiss city (6) Weapon (3) Meeting (11) Indian state (3) Infamously (11)

6 7 8 13 16 17 19 21 23 25 26

Lie (11) Dry up (9) Water creature (7) Wimp (4) Greater part of a country (8) African country (7) Actor’s parts (5) Cat noise (3) Persistently (11) Inelegant (9) Slow cooking vessel (8) Region (7) Modern music genre (7) Japanese comic (5) Row (4) Concert (3)

No. 030

SUDOKU Level: Easy

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4 8 5 6 2 2 1 9 4 6 3 2 5 9 1 7 5 8 2 6 1 9 3

9 8 2 7

4 8 3 6



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


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