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A P R I VAT E I N S P EC T I O N GRIFFINCREST Br i d gem a n H I L LTOP “the peak of residential living”

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Contents September 2018 | Edition 42

Education p14 Events Calendar p22 Health p26 Dining Guide p34 Home p36 Fiction p38 Travel p40 Puzzles & Trivia p41 Trades and Services p42 Real Estate p44 Tide Times p46 The Last Word p47


Morayfield Students Shine at 2018 Ekka

Morayfield State School’s Guardians of the Garden have continued their winning streak, achieving a first place, second place and an Excellence Award at this year’s Ekka.


Will North Lakes Golf Course be Saved?

Plans to redevelop the picturesque North Lakes Golf Course has caused an uprising by residents trying to protect their properties, their safety, their community and their beloved 18 holes.


Pine Rivers Rowing Club Making a Splash

Affectionately called “Pine Rivers’ best-kept secret” due to both the sport’s and club’s low profile, over the last five years PRRC has been steadily building momentum, with 2018 producing some of the club’s best results yet.



Gardening Guru Annette McFarlane My Love for Gardening


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Volunteers Build Fence for Firies

Local networking group, Connect Narangba, recently donated their time and resources to complete stage one of Narangba Rural Fire Brigade’s much-needed fence, but more volunteers are needed to help complete the project.

Women and Heart Disease

For the last 50 years, numerous organisations and the mainstream media have depicted heart disease to be a predominantly male problem - this is not true.

Roundabout Reconfiguration Time for Petrie

The troubled Petrie roundabout will get a $30 million upgrade by 2020 to make way for the extra traffic the University of Sunshine Coast campus will bring.

Ten Reasons to Start a Garden

If you are looking for that little extra push to getting the garden of your dreams started, check out this list of ten great reasons to do just that. You might be surprised at how much a garden can do for you, the world around you, and your whole family too.

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My Love for Gardening

Annette McFarlane Words: Rebecca Fawcett-Smith Photo: Contributed

Spring has sprung, so Feature Magazine caught up with garden writer, author, broadcaster and 2018 HMAA Gold Laurel Award recipient Annette McFarlane to talk about her love of gardening, what spring means to her, and the best way to get kids to eat their greens.


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When and how did you start gardening? “My love for gardening started in the way most people’s love for something starts, and that is through the passion of someone else. As children, my siblings and I spent a lot of time with our grandparents who were great gardeners, and I guess that influenced me. My grandmother grew lots and lots of ferns, and my grandfather’s passion was the vegetable garden. What was the first thing you grew? “Vegetables. Ferns are way too hard when you’re a child. I recall asking my father if we could dig up a big patch of the back garden which he agreed to, and we grew lots of vegetables and I really enjoyed that as a child.” Tell us about your garden. “We’re on ten acres and most of it is devoted to native plants so we’ve got lots of huge trees and bushland. In the area immediately around the house there is lots of edible things. We’ve got a whole menagerie of different types of fruit trees and twenty-six different varieties of citrus, but we’ve also got natives, ornamentals, vegetables and herbs. “For me it’s important to grow all those things because when people ring me on ABC radio or when they write me letters through the Sunday Mail or my website and say ‘we’ve got this happening in the garden’, chances are I know because it’s happening in my garden too or I’ve had it in previous seasons. I’m also aware of the pests and diseases that are out there because I’ve seen them in my garden or I’ve seen them in other people’s gardens.”

You recently updated your ‘A Guide To Planting Times for Good Growth of Vegetables In the Subtropics’ which has proven very popular. “It’s had more shares and more hits on my Facebook page than anything else I’ve ever put up in the past. It’s true that sometimes people in Queensland make mistakes about what to plant when, and that’s because we read magazines and we watch television programs that are primarily oriented to Sydney and Melbourne audiences. Also, the information sometimes on seed packs or the things available to buy in stores is misleading. Just because it’s in store doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right time to plant yet. So I encourage people to start with the guide and then expand as they become more experienced.” You are a strong supporter of local producers, recently visiting Burpengary’s Basilea Farm’s open day. “I like to go and visit small producers and people in the community that are really doing something different and unique, or just carving out a little niche for their business. While I’m there, if they ask for advice I’m very happy to give it, but I’m really just there to have a look and be inspired by what people are doing. “Also, because I’m out and about in the community and running workshops, if I can advertise what these people are doing that’s great, because I really do believe in supporting those local businesses, and people do these days have an interest in knowing what’s going on in their community and supporting those people that are working hard to make a living.”

Do you have a favourite spot in your garden?

You are also a strong supporter of school gardens.

“Probably my bush house, because that’s where I grow all my young plants and where I do my propagation and put all my seeds in. It’s on an automatic watering system, so to pop down there in the morning and see the plants freshly watered and the seeds sprouting well - that brings joy to a gardener’s heart.”

“If you want to get children into gardening the best thing that you can do is to grow, harvest and eat, and that’s why I think veggie gardening in schools is such an important thing.

What does spring mean to you? “Spring in Queensland is very much a changeover season for us. We’ve got a lot of native plants coming into flower, so sometimes that’s a wakeup call to encourage people to get planting. We should already have lots of colour in the garden because we’ve planted our seedlings and flowering annuals much earlier, so if you haven’t done that get some instant potted colour in and enjoy that. “Spring is also a bit of a changeover season in the vegetable garden, because we’re looking to grow all those crops that will cope with the summer heat.”

“If you want to get children to eat their vegetables, just get them to grow them and you’ll find that suddenly silver beet is their favourite vegetable. If you try silver beet muffins (recipe on page 35), that’s enough to convince any child to eat silver beet and their greens.”

Listen to Annette on ABC Radio 612 Brisbane during Gardening Talkback each Saturday from 6am–7am.



Morayfield Students Shine at 2018 Ekka Words: Rebecca Fawcett-Smith Photo: Contributed

Morayfield State School’s Guardians of the Garden have continued their winning streak, achieving a first place, second place and an Excellence Award at this year’s Ekka.

Above: His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland with Mr Biology.

As an extension of the school’s garden program run by Science Teacher Ms Harrington, the Guardians tackled this year’s School Garden Competition theme ‘Bringing Biodiversity Back to Our Backyard’ requiring students to create a garden habitat that would provide a suitable home for a variety of living species and attract native flora and fauna. “We talked about what biodiversity was, why it was good for the environment and what plants and items we needed to attract animals to the garden, and then we took some time planning our wheelbarrow,” Ms Harrington says. Reusing the wheelbarrow donated by State Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan for last year’s winning entry, the Guardians created ‘The Linger Longer Garden’. Featuring a freshly painted theme on the outside, an abundance of wildlife welcoming plants, a bug apartment and more, their entry was awarded second place. “We took six children in for the judging which was a really good experience for them, as not many of the kids had been on the train let alone into the city or to the Ekka,” Ms Harrington says. “They were over the moon.” First-time entrants in the School Scarecrow Competition, the Guardians elected to enter Class 1 (Backyard Scarecrow) which required students to create a scarecrow that will attract animals rather than scare them away. “We wanted the scarecrow to be a whole school community activity, so every time something new was needed for it I’d let the kids know on parade,” Ms Harrington says. “We placed boxes outside the staffroom, and each day I’d arrive at work to find items


Coming first in the 2017 Ekka School Garden Competition, this year Morayfield State School’s Guardians of the Garden doubled their efforts, entering the School Garden Competition and the School Scarecrow Competition.

The Morayfield State School Garden program is not just great for the students, it’s an inspiration to us all to start growing a little plot of vegies and herbs, no matter how small a space we have to work with.

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that the kids had collected like gumnuts and sticks for the bug houses or pockets to sew on and put plants in. At lunchtime, children came to the science room and we’d stuff the scarecrow’s legs and create the bug houses, so it turned out be a massive school effort.” Described as a “Mecca of gardening and environmental sustainability” by Competition Judge Claire Bickle, Horticulturalist, and designer of the Our Backyard feature garden at the Ekka Flower and Garden precinct, Morayfield State School’s scarecrow ‘Mr Biology’ was not only crowned the winning backyard scarecrow, but also awarded the Excellence Award for achieving the highest overall score across the two scarecrow competition classes. Learning of the win over the phone, Principal Loretta White called Ms Harrington to the office. “I let Ms Harrington know via a whole school announcement, and she said later that when she walked out the office door the atmosphere was just electrifying,” Mrs White says. Adds Ms Harrington, “As I was walking back to the science room, I could hear all through the school this little vibration of cheers and hoorays of ‘We’ve won! We’ve won!’ Standing there listening to it, it was the most extraordinary feeling I’ve ever had. It was amazing.” That winning feeling will continue when students visit Government House to see Mr Biology performing his official Scarecrow duties in the Government House grounds, and to meet His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland who presented the competition awards. Mr Mark Ryan, a strong supporter of and regular visitor to the school’s sustainability garden, says, “The Morayfield State School Garden program is not just great for the students, it’s an inspiration to us all to start growing a little plot of vegies and herbs, no matter how small a space we have to work with. It’s an honour to help out in any little way I can.”


North lakes resident Carl Pollard summed it up.

Fore! North Lakes Golf Course Up For Sale Words: Carin Pickworth

Plans to redevelop the picturesque North Lakes Golf Course has caused an uprising by residents trying to protect their properties, their safety, their community and their beloved 18 holes. But the current North Lakes Resort Golf Club General Manager, Adam Simpson, says holding onto a lossmaking business isn’t an option and the club will close in late 2019.

“There’s 20,000 of us here and there will only be two winners,” Mr Pollard says. “The person selling the property and the developers. And I don’t think that’s good for society.” Save North Lakes Golf Course campaigner and keen golfer Craig Brown says more than 2,500 people signed an e-petition to block the sale of the land to VRG, with focus groups being held to educate residents on the impact of the sale. “You’re not just talking a loss in property value or the lifestyle loss of living on a meticulously-maintained golf course,” Mr Brown says. “Redevelopment here will likely leave unmaintained bushland and increase the risk of antisocial behaviour, illegal dumping and trail bike riding.

The owners of the course have gone into an option agreement with The Village Retirement Group (VRG) to sell the privately-owned land and build a 200-unit lowrise retirement village and a three-storey aged care facility across 11 hectares.

“That is all aside from the fact the Mango Hill Infrastructure Development Control Plan specifically lists purposes for which the premises may not be used – with accommodation units, townhouses and retirement villages clearly on that list. If this golf course is sold it needs to be sold to another golf course owner.”

Mr Simpson told Feature Magazine the remaining 57 hectares of land will be made available as “community green space”, in what he considers a “win-win” for the North Lakes community.

While the residents wait for the official development application to be tabled to Council, locals in the area are trying to support the operations at the golf club the best they can to protect the current staff.

“There is a need for more retirement living in North Lakes,” Mr Simpson says.

“We are mums and dads and small business owners who have come together because we know in our hearts this is wrong and are prepared to do whatever we have to do to fight,” Mr Brown says.

“Golf courses need golfers to keep them going and there is not enough of them in this area to sustain these operations. “This development will be mindful of the property owners who back onto the golf course and the people who never got to use the green space before who will now have access to a greater amenity.” Mr Simpson says project planners are working on the development proposal in line with feedback from the community and an application for the development is yet to be submitted. But residents and stakeholders of the newly-formed not-for-profit, Save North Lakes Golf Course, are not optimistic about the sale, or the redevelopment plans.


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Homework, Homework,

Homework! Words: Karen Carter

Homework! A word that stirs mixed emotions in many households. No matter how much it is loved or despised, homework has many positive benefits for students. However, there needs to be a common sense approach to homework expectations.

Lower High School – (Students in Year 7, 8 and 9) – about one hour per night.

Upper High School – (Students in Year 10, 11 and 12) – varies according to individual subject expectations.

Commitments outside of school hours, such as sport, dance and music can have an enormous impact on family time. These interests provide excellent opportunities for children to develop skills and interests in other areas and are positive lifestyle choices. Homework; therefore should provide regular, independent practice which is time effective and helps to develop a balanced lifestyle.

Research shows that the quality of homework provided is much more important than the quantity. Effective homework provides students with opportunities to practise skills, review content and deepen their understanding of concepts learned.

Homework is important as it complements and reinforces classroom learning and fosters lifelong study habits. It also assists students to develop self-regulation and time management skills. Each school has its own homework policy and parents should be aware of this. Homework should be targeted to students’ learning needs and not merely be busy sheet work. Naturally, the age of the child will determine the length of time required to complete set homework tasks. General student timeframes for homework are: •

Lower Primary - (Students in Prep to Year 3) – about one hour per week, which equates to approximately ten minutes per school day.

Middle Primary – approximately two to three hours per week.

Upper Primary – approximately three to four hours per week.

It is important to remember that homework should be targeted at each child’s current learning needs. Most students handle homework effectively, provided timeframes and expectations from the teacher are not unreasonable. However, some students operate below the expected level of class work and therefore may find homework frustrating and difficult as they do not understand the concepts being covered. So, know what your child is expected to do and if they are having difficulty talk to their teacher about your concerns. They may be able to modify your child’s homework to better align with their current learning needs and make the homework experience better for all concerned.

Karen Carter is Co-Director at Kip McGrath Education Centre Burpengary, providing professional tuition by qualified teachers in Maths and English for Primary and Secondary students. Visit www. kipmcgrath.com.au/burpengary or phone 3888 2332 for a free assessment.



Embracia Celebrates their First Anniversary!

This month, Embracia in Burpengary celebrates their first anniversary, with staff, residents and their families gathering for an informal soirĂŠe to commemorate this milestone.

With over 30 years of experience, Embracia is a well-known and established market leader in the aged care industry. When Peter and Dawn Mackenzie opened their first aged care home, they knew they wanted to change the way aged care was provided; by embracing the person not the routine, through innovation not standardisation, and never resting on their laurels.


It is important that our residents have a voice and they are heard, as Embracia in Burpengary is their home. Residents are invited to participate in regular meetings to discuss a variety of issues which can be anything from engaging with the kitchen staff on menu suggestions to planning monthly functions which bring together the six individual household communities. Embracia prides itself on their Lifestyle program where residents have a choice of activities which are tailored to suit everyone within the Home’s communities.

Offering thoughtfully designed residential aged care homes, Peter and Dawn pride themselves on ensuring all residents and their families are able to maintain a meaningful connection with their loved ones, while providing the necessary support each individual resident requires to continue living a meaningful life.

Embracia in Burpengary will celebrate their first anniversary with a carnival-like atmosphere including a mini sideshow alley, and animal petting for young and old alike. Of course no carnival would be complete without fairy floss for those little ones who love visiting their loved one, and who will thoroughly enjoy helping them to celebrate this occasion – sticky fingers and all.

Staff at Embracia in Burpengary encourage residents to maintain their independence by being involved in their everyday decision making. Embracing the Montessori approach, our staff are able to individualise the care and support needs of our residents including those diagnosed with dementia. We truly believe our philosophy is what sets Embracia apart as an aged care provider, as we are genuinely focused on person-centred care.

Embracia in Burpengary - where you will find engagement, participation, choice and independence. To book a tour or enjoy morning tea at Embracia in Burpengary please call and speak to one of our dedicated staff members on 5316 6000

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White Balloon Day Helps Protect our Kids!

Ever y 90 minutes a child is sexually assaulted in Australia - that ’s 1 in 5 children who are sexually assaulted in some way before their 18th birthday – a statistic that is totally unacceptable in Australian society.


ravehearts’ annual White Balloon Day (endorsed and funded by the Department of Social Services National Initiatives), is Australia’s longest running and only annual national campaign to increase community awareness of child sexual assault to prevent a crime currently affecting more than 58,000 children across Australia, every year. The importance of supporting Bravehearts’ national White Balloon Day campaign in preventing child sexual assault and the flow-on destructive impact it has on communities throughout Australia, cannot be overstated. While the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has smashed the wall of silence surrounding cases of child sexual assaults in institutional environments; sadly the majority of these crimes are perpetrated inside the family unit or by someone known to the family. Hetty Johnston AM, Founder and Executive Chair of Bravehearts said “Increasing awareness of child sexual assault through White Balloon Day (now in its 22nd year) during National Child Protection week, is critical. “Child protection is everybody’s business - because it takes a village to raise a child, an entire community of adults and stakeholders, and we must work together to better protect our children and allow them to grow up safe from harm. “With rates of child sexual assault and exploitation in Australia remaining at crisis levels, now more than ever before Bravehearts needs the support of communities and governments to help increase awareness to protect our children from a crime that breaks the little hearts and spirits of Australia’s most precious treasures – our children,” she said. Of women who were victims, more than 90% knew the perpetrator with 55% being relatives. For male victims, more than 80% knew the perpetrator with 23% being relatives.


Compared to other recorded crimes against children under 19, the statistics of child sexual assault are shocking. “Sadly, if we were to bring all these children together in one place, they would fill the MCG not once, but a staggering eight times – that is the tragic magnitude of this largely hidden crime against Australian children with the long-term damage caused estimated to cost the Australian economy between $13.7 to $38.7 billion,” said Ms Johnston. “While early disclosure can improve long-term outcomes for victims through counselling and support and lead to preventing further harm and potentially the prosecution of perpetrators; the majority of these crimes continue to go unreported and perpetrators continue to sexually assault children who suffer in silence, too afraid to disclose because they fear consequences or feel they don’t have the opportunity to tell someone who can help them,” Ms Johnston said. “If a child discloses and is unsupported or disbelieved, this can cause children grave harm, but reports have shown that one in three adults would not believe children if they disclosed sexual assault, while more than one in fou have said they lack the confidence to recognise the signs of child sexual assault,” she said. “Child sex offenders are master manipulators, able to perpetrate this crime through the fear driven silence, secrecy and shame. While children feel shame, self-blame, embarrassment, guilt, responsibility and concern for their own safety or the safety of others, their suffering continues and the pain they suffer can last a lifetime. “For those of us who do care; for those of us who do listen; the sound of their suffering is deafening,” Ms Johnston said. “Every Australian child has the right to feel safe and as a community, we have the responsibility to work together to protect our kids and raise them in an environment where they can feel safe.” “Recommendation 6.12 from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has called on all levels of government nationally to help protect children in their communities. “By working with Bravehearts and supporting national White Balloon Day we can help break the silence surrounding this crime to create child safe communities Australia-wide,” said Ms Johnston. Bob Atkinson AO APM, Former Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said, “As a long term supporter of Bravehearts, the community’s support for White Balloon Day is vital! “An individuals’ safety underpins children’s entire quality of life and is a right, not an option. “While there is still much to do in that regard, Bravehearts is at the forefront of child protection, and with widespread community support we will enable them to continue their important and valuable work,” the Former Commissioner said. During National Child Protection Week everyone can help our children stay safe by participating in White Balloon Day and registering at whiteballoonday.com. au.

White Balloon Day is on Friday 7 September, During National Child Protection Week, 2 – 8 September 2018. Bravehearts is Australia’s leader in child protection offering specialised training services for government organisations, educators in schools and childcare centres, education and support services for children and their families, while parents and carers can download free child safe information resources from our website www.bravehearts.org.au.

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It’s easy to see why Narangba Dental is so popular with its patients. Dr Tom Tran and his experienced dental team deliver fully accredited, advanced dental care along with good old-fashioned personal service. When asked about their ongoing success after 25 years in Narangba, Dr Tom Tran says, “It,s all about trust, particularly with dental work. Patients just want to feel safe, well-cared-for and well informed. Our appointments are never rushed, because we know that by spending that little bit more time with each patient, that we can work out the best treatment solution, tailored specifically to them. We always take time to fully explain the best dental options available.” Such is the growing demand for services that Narangba Dental has added new dentist Dr Philip Chien, joining their long-serving familiar faces of Dr Chris Marty, Dr Therese Marty and Dr Tom Tran who have more than 75 years combined experience. “We are grateful that so many of our patients confidently refer family members and friends to our services and we are committed to continually improving how we serve the local community.” “Narangba Dentals’ new website offers the convenience of 24/7 online booking and we always make time for emergency appointments. Our friendly support staff are highly trained, experienced and always ready to help.” Time for a check-up? Come see us within the Narangba Village Shopping Centre. We look forward to seeing you soon. Call us on 07 3886 7411 or visit us at www.narangbadentist.com.au for more information about our services or to make a booking.

Free Dental Care for kids* Children between 2 to 17 years old who are enrolled in Medicare may be eligible for dental services to the value of $1000 over 2 calendar years†. To make an appointment with Narangba Dental please call our practice on 3886 7411 or book online at www.narangbadentist.com.au

*Subject to eligibility. For eligibility criteria and more information visit humanservices.gov.au/childdental. †Bulk billing dental for children only available with Dr Tom Tran and Dr Philip Chien.


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8 Sept

Picnic at Pemberley


Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy requests the pleasure of your company at A Picnic at Pemberley, in the stunning grounds of the Abbey Museum and Church to partake in an afternoon of elegance and grace.

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Find amusement in games such as pallmall, the game of graces, battledore and archery. Then find a partner to dance with on the lawn. Practice your brush strokes with the Church or the gardens as your subject. You could even learn how to embroider your handkerchiefs. Afternoon tea will be served at 2.15pm which will include tea, coffee, cool beverages and a range of delicious sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and more. Tickets $2-$35

8 Sept

The Soul Men Blues Brother Show


The Soul Men aren’t just a tribute act; they’re a time-machine to an era where dropping the bass actually meant dropping your bass guitar. You won’t find an act like this anywhere so shake a tail feather and go catch them live. Caboolture Sports Club FREE EVENT from 8.30pm

12 Sept

1-2 Sept

Shuvani Festival


Embark on a medieval odyssey into the strange and exotic lifestyle of the ancient nomads of the Silk Road. This year will be the launch of the Shuvani Trading Cards and Silk Road Quest - FREE for all at the festival.

Full programme of workshops and performances available at www. souldance.com.au/shuvani. Bookings are essential for some workshops and some workshops have a small fee. Entry price is $5.00 per person. Kids under 5 free. No pre-paid tickets required.

Sing and dance to stage shows, take part in workshops and activities, explore the creatures in the animal farm and bring your best-dressed teddy for the popular Teddy Bears Parade. Free rides including jumping castles, a ferris wheel and swinging pirate ship will test the bravest of little superheroes. Pine Rivers Park 25 Gympie Road, Strathpine FREE EVENT 9am to 12noon

2 Sept Father’s Day Make Dad’s day special at one of our local cafes or restuarants! See page 34 for more information!


15 Sept

Linda Ronstadt Show


A tribute to country sweetheart Linda Ronstadt, Tracy Vaughan will take you on a musical odyssey through five decades. Backed by the very talented and seasoned guitarist/producer Steve Tannock, Tracy’s powerhouse vocals and range celebrates and fully captures Linda’s varied styles with such hits as ‘Blue Bayou’, ‘It’s So Easy’, ‘Just One Look’, ‘Tracks of My Tears’, ‘When Will I Be Loved’ and many more. Caboolture RSL Club 1/3 Hasking Street, Caboolture FREE EVENT from 8pm

16 Sept

Peaceful Palette Paint & Sip Class


A two-hour ‘Lavender Butterflies’ painting experience at Petrie Hotel. Through fully guided step-by-step instructions, unwind and create your very own masterpiece to take home and keep. Everything is provided to achieve your painting, including an apron, however bear in mind that paint may get on your clothing, so dress accordingly. Open to all ages. Class numbers are limited so bookings essential. Phone: 0422 800 081. $40 Single Admission $70 Double Admission $105 Triple Admission

Teddy Bear’s Picnic


Capes, costumes and superheroes of all shapes and sizes will descend on Strathpine’s Pine Rivers Park for a special super-themed Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Wednesday 12 September.

With plenty of workshops and performances for the kids and childrenat-heart to enjoy, bring a rug and picnic basket and join our magical medieval encampment for a day.

15 Sept

22 The Boss Experience Sept Bruce Springsteen Show Caboolture This explosive show brings to life the incredible hits of ‘The Boss’ - Bruce Springsteen. This brilliant two and a half hour event features all the big hits, including ‘Born to Run’, ‘Dancing in the Dark’, ‘Hungry Heart’, ‘I’m on Fire’, ‘Brilliant Disguise’, ‘Human Touch’, ‘Born in the U.S.A’, ‘Cover Me’, ‘Fire’, ‘Jungleland’, ‘Thunder Road’ and songs from the heartland. Caboolture Sports Club FREE EVENT from 8.30pm

Josh Setterfield


Establishing a sound that’s sparking interest across the country music landscape, there is an exceptional level of talent to this young singer songwriter. Josh Setterfield is a name to be watching and adding to your playlists. Narangba Valley Tavern FREE EVENT from 8pm

September 2018


Major Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage WORDS: Debb Webber, Zen Chi Natural Therapies & Wellness Centre

Every part of the body is influenced by the lymphatic system, because no matter what the purpose of the cells, they all need nourishing and cleaning. It’s important in immunity, inflammation and healing in general, so an efficient lymphatic system is going to help in many areas. Lymphatic drainage is a way to achieve that efficiency. •

Detox: At the end of winter, or after a period of high stress, the body will really benefit from lymphatic drainage, to reduce the sluggishness brought on by too many starchy, high fat foods and too little exercise.

Headache: Most headaches including sinusitis have a component of congestion that responds well to lymphatic drainage. Once tissue is decongested, blocked fluid and blood flow improve, reducing pain and discomfort.

Promote healing: After surgery or injury, the tissue may be swollen and sore. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle treatment that will help drain the tissue, reduce inflammation and improve healing.

Reduce swelling: After long periods of immobility such as air travel or lessened mobility, fluid tends to stagnate in the tissue making it puffy and tender.

Conditions such as arthritis often have joints that are congested with fluid. All of these respond well when fluid is reduced with lymphatic drainage. Most people will notice improvements in their level of wellbeing after a treatment because lymphatic drainage has so many benefits. Keep yourself looking and feeling in tip-top condition with a regular session.



Volunteers Build Fence for Firies Words: Nicholas Hastie and Katy More

Local networking group, Connect Narangba, recently donated their time and resources to complete stage one of Narangba Rural Fire Brigade’s much-needed fence, but more volunteers are needed to help complete the project. With approximately 35 volunteers, Narangba Rural Fire Brigade (NRFB) plays a key local role in promoting fire safety awareness to clubs and schools, along with hazard reduction burning services for acreage dwellers. With their time and resources spent donating to the community, the station’s 22-year-old perimeter fence is in desperate need of replacement, due in most part to the security threats NRFB has seen in recent years in the form of burglaries and hooning. Enter Narangba business directory/networking group, Connect Narangba, and Energex. In a classic tale about the power of collaboration, stage one of the new fence has been completed, and volunteers are now being sought to help finish the fencing project. With old power poles donated by Energex for the making of fence posts, Members and associates of Connect Narangba donated time and resources to remove and replace over 40 fence posts; all accomplished in half a day! “I don’t know how long it would have taken us to do it manually,” said Narangba Rural Fire Officer, Raelene Rowland. “What we had wasn’t a fence. It didn’t confine or secure what was in the yard. Motorbikes, horses and people could all get through.”

website hosts an online member database which is free for the public to search, enabling everyday people to source local professionals. “Connect Narangba is all about success through others, and the fence is a great example of this,” said Chris. “By providing affordable, quality marketing and networking for our members, they can share local business and pro-bono opportunities, resulting in keeping business local.” Connect Narangba are now in the process of arranging another event in the near future to complete NRFB’s fence paneling, and are calling upon the community to lend a helping hand. “Carpentry or building experience would be valuable,” said Chris, “however simple manpower is just as crucial, even if it’s to just hold, pass or move things. Both Connect Narangba and the NRFB thank all the locals involved, including (but not limited to) CPS Civil, Power Bolt Electrical Air Conditioning & Home Automation, Russell McKenna Plant Hire, Loztrail Fabrications, Stone Side Supplies Stone Benchtops, JSB Kanga, Property Compliance Australia, Miles and Xavier Farmer, and Kent Walker. For more information on volunteering, please contact Connect Narangba via their Facebook page or visit www.connectnarangba.com.au.

Chris Dickens, co-creator of Connect Narangba and one of NRFB’s newest recruits, is passionate about adding value to the community, and was confident that local businesses would rally behind the cause to help such a valued volunteer organisation. “I was quite certain that we would be able to get some help,” said Chris. “We put a post on the Connect Narangba Facebook page and got a little bit of involvement from the community, who helped by donating their time to the project. Machines and other companies also assisted which made the job much easier.” “What Connect Narangba have done is amazing and invaluable to us,” said Raelene. “We cannot speak highly enough of them. Them helping us out with this was unbelievable.”

Did you now that in Queensland there are: • • • • • •

36,000 volunteer firefighters 2,600 fire wardens 1,400+ Rural Fire Brigades 436 rural fire stations 975 rural fire trucks+trailerable & slip on units 93% of Queensland’s area is served by volunteer rural firefighters

Building fences is not all this group can do. Showing the power of local collaboration, the Connect Narangba


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Women and Heart Disease

words: Rebecca Brown


ccording to the Heart Foundation, women are almost three times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer. However, less than four out of 10 women know that heart disease is their leading killer. For the last 50 years, numerous organisations and the mainstream media have depicted heart disease to be a predominantly male problem - this is not true.

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Like men, women are frequently diagnosed with angina, heart attack, heart failure, abnormal heart beats and congenital heart disease (present at birth). Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection is a heart condition more common in females. It occurs when the inner layers of the coronary artery splits, resulting in reduced blood delivery to the heart muscle. Symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack and there are little known risk factors.

It is widely believed that women are more diligent at looking after their health, but in fact women aged 30-65 are less likely to have spoken to their GP about heart disease than men (23% v 31%), and less likely to have a heart health check (28% v 41%).* A lack of education regarding women’s heart attack symptoms means we generally present later to emergency departments, which reduces the likelihood of being referred to cardiac rehabilitation, prescribed the appropriate medication, making necessary lifestyle modifications, and the overall chance of survival.

Knowing the symptoms for women is vital to increase early admission and improve survival rates. It is common for women to be having a heart attack with no or little chest pain, therefore we need to be aware of other symptoms: • • • • • •


Pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest - this may not always be severe Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort Shortness of breath Pain in one or both arms Nausea or vomiting Sweating

Light-headedness or dizziness Unusual fatigue

While traditional risk factors such as obesity, high cholesterol and blood pressure play a role in women’s heart disease, other risk factors can play a more specific role for women. These include:

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Diabetes - women with diabetes are at greater risk of developing heart disease than men with diabetes. Depression + Emotional Stress - women’s hearts are affected by mental stress more than men. Smoking Inactivity - some research has found women to be more inactive than men. Menopause - decreased estrogen increases small vessel disease risk. ‘Broken Heart Disease’ - otherwise known as stress cardiomyopathy, acute stressful situations can cause severe, normally temporary heart failure. Certain Chemotherapy Drugs + Radiation Therapy for Cancers Pregnancy Complications - i.e. pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

Cardiovascular Disease is a largely preventable condition in both males and females and there are numerous ways we can improve our heart health. Regular moderate intensity exercise every/most days of the week for a minimum of 30 minutes is a national recommendation, however most women struggle to simply find the time. A time efficient tip is to try some interval training. This involves small bursts of exercise (20-50 seconds) followed by less intense activity or a break (10-30 seconds). You could try this on the bike by doing a hard and fast burst followed by a slower and lighter short break. You could also create a small circuit of 4-6 body weight exercises, and following this format can be more time efficient, more exciting, see greater fitness benefits, and decrease your risk of developing heart disease.

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*Australian Heart Foundation




“Qualifying for the World Champs was probably the hardest yet most rewarding few months of my life. I was doing three track sessions, two gym sessions and a competition every week.”

There was nothing more I wanted to do than to make an Australian team...

Touching down in Finland after 30 hours of travelling (her first overseas trip), the jetlag quickly wore off and Hotten was straight into training. On her third day in the country, she was in the middle of a relay session when disaster struck. “I’d never felt quicker, but just as I was reaching top speed I started to tighten up then felt a tennis ball like pop in my hamstring, which turned out to be a grade two hamstring tear, ending my campaign before it even started,” she said. “It was hard to come to terms with, and seeing my team out on the track in Australian colours running a race on the world state that I could’ve been in was a tough experience.

“The sadness and disappointment though has given me more motivation than I’ve had before to prevent anything like that happening again.” Hotten’s love for athletics started as a five-yearold, running along the sidelines as her sister competed, before joining Little Athletics herself and soon developing a passion for sprinting. By the age of 10 she was training several days a week, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. “As a junior I made a few Queensland Championships but often came last or second last, but my breakthrough year came in 2015 when I finished in the top three for 100m and 200m and won the 90m hurdles at the state titles,” she said. “I continued to improve over the years, and although I didn’t make the podium at this year’s National Championships, it was my best performance yet.” The 18-year-old ran 11.87 in the 100m final, 23.87 in the 200m and 13.97 in the 100m hurdles, recording personal best times in all three events.


It was a bittersweet trip of a lifetime for Narangba athlete Tamara Hotten recently. The sprinter travelled to Finland as part of the Australian squad for the 16th IAAF World Under 20 Championships, with rising stars from over 160 countries battling it out for international honours. Hotten finished fourth in the 100m at the junior National Championships in March, but still had to prove herself to be guaranteed a spot on the starting relay team for Finland. “A girl that didn’t run at the nationals had a faster time than me, but I managed to move from fifth ranked to fourth at the pre-departure meet in Townsville and secure my spot on the team,” she said.


“Training for sprinting is hard work, but reaping the reward for that in a race and feeling the adrenalin of running is a feeling I can’t get enough of,” she said. “Since I realised I had the potential to do so, there was nothing more I wanted to do than to make an Australian team, so this experience was definitely the highlight of my career so far. “I want to thank my coach, Gary Patterson, who has pushed me to achieve my goals.” Hotten has called Narangba home since she was five, attending Narangba Valley State School and Narangba Valley State High School. Studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, she plans to one day work in the police force, but in the meantime will continue to focus on achieving her athletics dream. “I still plan to keep training and competing full time for a while as my ultimate goal is to make the Commonwealth and Olympic Games,” she said. “Hopefully my hammy will be back to 100 per cent within three months, and from there I’ll go back to training six days a week in order to achieve my next big goal of making the 2019 World Uni Games in Italy.”

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It’s Roundabout Reconfiguration Time for Petrie Words: Carin Pickworth                          

The troubled Petrie roundabout will get a $30 million upgrade by 2020 to make way for the extra traffic the University of Sunshine Coast campus will bring.

well-known traffic snarl, the roundabout intersects A Anzac Avenue, Dayboro Road and Gympie Road, with design and engineering work already underway on the upgrade.

The roundabout itself will likely be reconfigured as a T-intersection, but community members will have the opportunity to provide input during the design phase. Mt Maria College Petrie Business Manager Deborah Rheumer says she is looking forward to the roundabout revamp on a personal and professional level. “Even on my way to work I have to take backstreets to avoid coming down there,” Ms Rheumer says. “We are hoping the changes to the roundabout will help to fix up some of the congestion on the Kallangur end too. “Parents can’t even manage to turn right into our street to get their kids to school. It’s long overdue.” The roundabout was declared a “priority development area” by the Palaszczuk Government after it was announced the creation of the Petrie campus of


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improvements to transport systems, as these will assist people in getting to and from our new USC Moreton Bay campus.” But for some local businesses, the uncertainty surrounding the upgrade and its related works is causing tense times. Mel Howe from Sister 2 Sister hairdressing at 20 Dayboro Road has been told road widening could force her to leave her current location. “I did know that any roadworks changes could impact my ability to stay at this location in the long run, but it is a worry as a business owner,” Ms Howe says.

This upgrade will mean less time in the car and more time at home.

“It’s a wait and see approach for us as we don’t know if we’ll be directly affected yet, but I am worried, I am definitely worried. We want to stay where we are.” Member for Murrumba Steven Miles says upgrading the intersection will improve safety and travel times for the community. “So many people use this roundabout every day, to get to work or drop their kids off at school,” Mr Miles says. “This upgrade will mean less time in the car and more time at home.”

University of Sunshine Coast would deliver 6,000 ongoing jobs. With 10,000 student placements expected to be on offer - that’s a lot more traffic for the suburb. Member for Kurwongbah Shane King says the upgrade will be completed in time to meet the traffic demands of the new campus, which is tipped to bring $950 million in economic benefit to the region. “Importantly, this project will improve safety and connectivity in Petrie and reduce delays during peak periods,” Mr King says. “It will also reduce traffic queues and crash risk. “We know that knowledge-based projects like this (University) can deliver huge economic benefits for local communities by driving jobs growth in higher education, research, science and commercial sectors.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says $22.5 million construction funding is in addition to $7.5 million already committed for detailed design and property acquisitions. Further investigations into land requirements and consultation with key stakeholders, Moreton Bay Regional Council and directly affected property owners and businesses will continue in preparation for the heavy works.

A University of Sunshine Coast spokesperson told Feature Magazine the university is, “happy to see



Pine Rivers Rowing Club

Are Making a Big Splash Words: Rebecca Fawcett-Smith

Founded in September 1958, Pine Rivers Rowing Club (PRRC) located at Lake Kurwongbah has defied drought, floods, lake closures due to blue-green algae and lack of funding to become a thriving club poised to realise its full potential. Affectionately called “Pine Rivers’ best-kept secret” due to both the sport’s and club’s low profile, over the last five years PRRC has been steadily building momentum, with 2018 producing some of the club’s best results yet. At the 2018 Sydney International Rowing Regatta in March, club members Emma Schmeider and Katherine Lambros won the National Club Women’s Double Scull (2,000m), with Gracie Wasson also making the final. At the 2018 Australian Masters Rowing Championships in May, Glenn Smith stroked the Pine Rivers Composite Men’s Masters D 4x (1,000m) to a Gold medal and represented Queensland in the Men’s Quad in the Interstate event. “To get three members in the Club Women’s Double Scull final racing against girls who have represented their State and Australia is a great achievement; to win even better,” said Senior Coach Ray Smith. “Glenn [Smith] was asked only a few weeks before the Masters titles to trial to represent Queensland in the Men’s Quad, who were successful in winning and rowing for Queensland, then won the D class (50yo) National Championship. These results show that constant, hard training pays dividends.” Boasting one of the best rowing courses in Australia, PRRC is the only rowing club in Brisbane that operates on a lake, offering rowers two well-protected courses rarely affected by wind. “Many clubs and GPS schools use our facilities to train both their new and senior rowers due to the calm and safe waters of Lake Kurwongbah, and the state rowing team also uses our facilities from time to time,” said PRRC President, Krishna (K.K.) Lakhotia. “We don’t have CityCats, sharks or other marine vessels to worry about, making PRRC a very safe environment to row.”


Like most rowing clubs, PRRC runs a ‘Learn to Row’ program designed to teach those who’ve never rowed before the basic skills. After completion, participants can choose to take on the sport further by becoming a member, and registering with Rowing Queensland as either a competitor or recreational rower. PRRC membership is open to anyone over the age of 13 years. “As a club we are focused on encouragement, inclusiveness and a friendly atmosphere to encourage everyone to be able to enjoy the sport irrespective of their age, fitness level or rowing ability, unlike other clubs that are heavily focused on competing and winning at regattas,” said K.K. “We run two to three learn to row courses each year to introduce the sport to newcomers, with each course run over two weekends with four sessions. We also offer trial sessions a number of times throughout the year as part of Council’s various sports programs.” Partnering with Genesis Christian College in 2016 to commence the school’s rowing program, the squad has blossomed into a thriving youth development program including students from other local high schools. Coach Keith Watts said, “Our intention is to focus on high schools that are close to PRRC and get them involved, so we can have a Moreton region series that will complement the Gold Coast Region All Schools rowing series where our rowers have competed very successfully, with some now in training for the Queensland Schools Rowing Championship Series.” With the club’s boat shed at capacity, future growth is dependent on funding for an additional shed and boats. Marking their 60th anniversary with a Diamond Jubilee Awards Dinner last month, PRRC’s birthday celebrations continue this month at a Diamond Jubilee regatta on September 8, and a barbeque lunch for past and present members on September 9 to mark the club’s foundation day. For more information visit the Pine Rivers Rowing Club Facebook page, www.pineriversrowing.org.au or email info@pineriversrowing.org.au

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Local Dining

Our Bar & Grill boasts a 250 seated restaurant with kids out door play ground and kids electronic play area. With a large menu designed to cater for all tastes and daily deals to meet everyone’s needs. Address: 37-47 Golden Wattle Drive, Narangba Contact: 3491 1000 Online: www.narangbatavern.com.au

A relaxed family atmosphere to enjoy Merlo coffee, a selection of teas, cakes and freshly prepared light meals. Address: Narangba Valley Shopping Centre Contact: 3385 5161 Hours: Weekdays 7am to 3pm Weekends 7.30am to 12noon Online: Follow us on Facebook at Valley Coffee Narangba

Full breakfast & lunch menu. Home-baked cakes & slices. Non-profit cafe. Supporting the needs of our community locally and globally. Family-friendly including children’s playground. Address: 793 Oakey Flat Road, Morayfield (Carmichael College) Contact: 07 5431 1253 Hours: Tuesday to Friday 8am to 4pm Saturday 7.30am to 2pm

With three dining outlets, there’s something for all taste buds and budgets at one of Queensland’s most awarded clubs. Choose from The Bistro, Cafe Oz or Terraza Pizza Cafe. Address: 19-27 Station Rd, Morayfield Contact: (07) 5497 9711 Hours: Open daily from 9am Online: www.cabsports.com.au

Serving both dark and medium roasted coffee to suit all tastes. Come and share our passion and enthusiasm for coffee.


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Queensland’s newest club featuring a modern Australian a-la-carte Restaurant with full table service and a great range of freshly prepared Cafe meals, treats and drinks. Address: 36-42 Flinders Parade, North Lakes Contact: 1300 006 572 Online: www.northlakessports.com.au Hours: Crave Café – 10am till late Daily Banyan Restaurant – Lunch from 11.30am Dinner from 5.30pm Daily Enjoy our $10.00 Bacon and Egg all day breakfast whilst you relax in our family-friendly cafe. Dine in and Takeaway. Award-winning coffee available. Address: 8/1380 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur Contact: 07 3482 2200 Hours: Monday - Friday 6.30am to 2pm Saturday 6.30am to 11.30am


Your choice of fresh beef, lamb, chicken or seafood placed on top of a lava stone and cooked to your desired level of perfection. Address: 3/12 Endeavour Boulevard, North Lakes Contact: 3385 0347 Online: www.stonesnorthlakes.com.au Hours: Café Breakfast & Lunch Tues - Friday 7:30am to 2pm and Hot Stone Dinners Tues - Sunday 5:30pm to 10pm

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    RECIPE OF THE MONTH                                      Silverbeet and Camembert Muffins Makes 12-24

Ingredients: 25g butter, melted 150g silverbeet leaves washed and sliced, set stalks aside 190g self-raising flour 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, finely grated 175ml milk 1 egg, beaten 75g camembert cheese, cubed Nutmeg Salt Method 1. 2. 3.


Preheat the oven to 190°C. Grease a 12-hole standard muffin pan with butter or oil spray, or line with paper cases. Chop the silverbeet stalks and steam for 4 minutes; add the silverbeet leaves and steam for a further minute or so. Drain and squeeze out any excess water. Mix the flour, half the parmesan, and one pinch each of salt



and of nutmeg in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together the milk, melted butter and egg. Combine the milk and flour mixtures and stir a couple of times before adding silverbeet and camembert. Be mindful not to over-mix or the muffins will be tough. Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin pan and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan. Bake for about 15 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on wire racks or eat warm.



10 Fantastic Reasons to Start a Garden Words Oxmar Properties

If you are looking for that little extra push to getting the garden of your dreams started, check out this list of ten great reasons to do just that. You might be surprised at how much a garden can do for you, the world around you, and your whole family too. Contribute to the Environment Growing a garden rather than spending money on vegetables grown with pesticides will help your back pocket and the environment. Help the Bees Growing bee-attracting plants will provide them with a supply of pollen and nectar, helping the survival of bees and therefore the planet. Relax There is nothing quite as relaxing as being able to spend time out in your own garden. This can be an excellent way to wind down after a particularly tough day at work. Get a Workout If you need to get out and get active a little more, you might be surprised at how quickly you will break a sweat when you go digging in your garden. Help the Neighbourhood Take extra veggies to your neighbours or even sell them at a booth at your local farmer’s market. Educate the Family If you have little members of your family, you can teach them a lot about how plants grow and what the weather does to contribute to that by letting them get involved in the garden. Get a Hobby Sometimes, you might feel as though you are stuck in a rut. If you get a new hobby, you might be able to pull yourself out of that rut and find something you really love and enjoy doing. Grow Fresh Food Fresh food tastes much better than food that has been shipped in to your local grocery store. Bring fresh ingredients to the table for a huge difference in flavour. Get Some Air If you have an office job, you might not get out of the house too often. Having a garden can give you some incentive to get some fresh air every day. Decorate Your Home Growing flowers or ornamental plants can give you a great solution for decorating your home. Freshly grown flowers from the garden look beautiful at any time of the year. Are you ready to get out there and start your garden yet? With so many compelling reasons, you are sure to find the right cause to help you get motivated toward building the garden of your dreams!


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Fantasy “So, Cal. How’s life?” Callum swung around the telegraph pole. “Oh, not too bad.” He was talking to Alyssa, a good friend of his. There was a time when he would have wished for them to be something more, but not anymore. He was about to ask her the same question, when he heard the voice. Or voices. There were multiple of them. Alyssa opened her mouth again, but Callum silenced her with a hand. He peeked around the alleyway. He probably shouldn’t investigate. It was probably a bad idea to be walking around the suburban streets at that time of night as well. But Cal wasn’t known for his ability to resist temptation. It seemed deserted. Cal wondered briefly if he was going insane. But there was a flash of light at the very end. And Alyssa saw it too. “Woah, what is that?” Callum took off without any hesitation. “Hey, Cal, wait up!” But Callum didn’t want to wait. It seemed to be pulling him in, flirting with his curiosity, making him want to know more, to feel more. He could hardly even hear Alyssa’s voice any more. He wondered what could be at the end of an unlit alleyway at 10 o’clock at night. Alyssa caught up as he pulled up short. A little girl that couldn’t have been any older than twelve was lying down in the middle of the pavement. “Hello?” The girl didn’t stir. Callum placed his hand on top of the girl’s head. And the light that he had seen beforehand flashed again. He had to shield his eyes from the pure brightness, but when he opened them again, he was not in the alleyway. And the girl was awake. Callum stood speechless, simply gawking. The girl chuckled offhandedly. “Sorry about the theatrics. But we figured you deserved some amazement. Some fun. After all, you’re a good kid.” “How do you know who I am?”


“Magic. Karma. Some other stuff. I’ll explain some other time. But for now, I’ll give you what you need.” She grabbed his hand and pulled him along, down brightly lit streets. “You deserve your fantasy. Your pure happiness. Whether it be fame, glory, or money, we can give it to you.” “We? Who’s we?” “Again, Callum, some other time. But after watching you for a while, we think we know what you want. We think we know your ultimate dream. “It’s a challenge. To be thrilled by the push and pull of puzzles, endlessly. You live for the thrill of the chase, the adrenaline of a late night out, walking dangerous streets.” “And you’re going to give this to me?” Callum really wanted to believe her. But he couldn’t. Not with everything he knew about the world. “Yes, Callum. In fact, as this is your fantasy, here’s someone right now, to prove it to you.” An old man was walking after them. “Hello, Callum,” he said. “You have solved so many puzzles already for others. Could you solve mine?” “Sure, sir, just tell me what the problem is.” But before the man could speak, a burst of sound suddenly hit their ears. People emerged from buildings, calling Callum’s name, asking him to fix their problems. They converged on him, forcing him backwards. He turned to the girl. “I want to go back!” The girl just laughed. “But, that would ruin the puzzle!” And she woke up from the sidewalk. The alleyway was deserted, but that was unsurprising. She smiled, and slinked behind a bin, waiting for her next unsuspecting victim to walk down the alley.

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he ancient city of Bath in western England is an ideal destination for sightseeing, learning history and indulging in all the typical activities associated with tourism including shopping, eating, drinking, visiting museums and galleries, strolling in parks, admiring old buildings, taking photos and so on. Bath is situated in a region of thermal springs which the Romans colonised in the first century AD. Prior to that, an Iron Age tribe occupied the area, so not surprisingly, Bath attracts archaeologists, artists of all kinds and history buffs. In modern times it has a reputable university renowned for sport sciences; hence the streets of Bath cater to students, tourists and all the services of a regional city surrounded by productive farmland. Even though I prefer walking, I found it best to get oriented by touring around all the main sites on the top deck of a tour bus. Usually I frown on such touristy services, but in this case I’m glad I made an exception. The audio narrative, available through earphones, is incredibly informative and surprisingly interesting. It mentions the rise and fall and rise again of mineral springs and health spas: Elizabeth I visited in the 16th century, Jane Austen wrote here, Georgian architecture is abundant and countless movies were filmed here. Amongst the wide variety of details provided by the tour is a description of how the local building material, Bath stone, is carefully cleaned, and how new buildings must use this stone to maintain the city’s uniform character. The central attractions include the Roman Spa, which still operates, and the nearby Abbey, situated in a pedestrianonly precinct of the old city. Another tour bus circuit explores the skyline around Bath (which is surrounded by hills). Every hour the tour bus has a guide instead of the audio recording, making the narrative more personalised with the opportunity for questions. An Aussie connection with the area exists in the nearby town of Bathampton, where Sir Arthur Phillip lies buried within the church. Openness to learning is my greatest ally when I travel. I love discovering new things; even when they are old, they are new to me. Thankfully my Aussie accent is well received everywhere, and now I can tell the locals about the kangaroos I saw in stained glass windows of a church; something they didn’t know about in their own backyard, so-to-speak.

Above: The Australia Chapel in Bathampton church includes a display commemorating the First Fleet. Right: Bath Abbey is over 400 years old, whereas its site has been a place of worship since pre-Roman times. Hop-on / hop-off tour bus services operate two routes regularly in and around Bath.


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Local networking group, Connect ____, recently helped Rural Firies with a new fence (8) Great Northern Garden of Remembrance helps you ____ ahead (4) Title of this month's Short and Sharp column (7) Gloria Jeans Burpengary serve dark and medium roasted ____ (6) The ____ festival is held in Petrie September 1-2 (7) Recipe of the Month: ____ and Camembert Muffins (10) ____ are almost three times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer (5) Strathpine is hosting the Teddy Bear's ____ this month (6) Movie star, Danny ____, visited Narangba recently (6) Enjoy your next ____ class at Moreton All Body Care (4) Embracia Burpengary is celebrating their ____ anniversary (5) Narangba Valley News can help you with a gift for Father's ____ (3) The first thing Annette McFarlane ever grew was ____ (10)

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Narangba Dental provides ____ dental care for kids (4) Feature Magazine writer ____ Pickworth (5) ____ Setterfield will be performing at Narangba Valley Tavern on September 15 (4) There is nothing quite as ____ as spending time in your own garden (8) Governer of Queensland, The Hon. ____ de Jersey AC (4) Save North Lakes Golf Course campaigner and keen golfer, Mr ____ Brown (5) The ____ museum is hosting Picnic at Pemberley on September 8 (5) The name of Morayfield State School's winning scarecrow is Mr ____ (7) Oxmar Estates are at least 80% ____ occupied (5) White Balloon Day is on Friday, September ____ (5) Exodus Adventures provides ____ climbing fun for everyone (4) Don't miss the ____ Festival at Narangba Valley State High School on October 20 (5) OKG is the difference in ____ management (8) ____ balloon day helps protect our kids (5) Laser ____ is available at Caboolture Bowl (3) Pine Rivers Rowing Club is also known as Pine Rivers' best kept ____ (6) Ad booking deadline for next issue of Feature is ____ 14, 2018 (9) Queensland has 436 ____ fire stations (5) Red Rooster's Rippa Value meal now comes with a 250ml ____ (4) Stones on the Lakes restaurant serves food on top of a ____ stone (4) The hashtag for Stellarossa is ____ (13) North Lakes Golf Club General Manager, Mr ____ Simpson (4)

Turner Freeman provides advice on ____ and estates (5) Dr ____ Chien has recently joined the Narangba Dental team (6) Pine Rivers Rowing Club is making a ____ (6) Website for Mark Ryan, MP is www.____.com.au (8) ____ are encouraged to join the Burpengary based Caboolture Vietnman Veterans Sub Branch (8) The Petrie Roundabout upgrade will mean more time at ____ (4) When it comes to homework, ____ is more important than quantity (7) Tamara Hotten's coach, Mr ____ Patterson (4) Burpengary State School is an Aerospace ____ School (7) Feature Magazine readers ____ locally (3) Real estate agent ____ Merker (4) Alex Gow Funderals stays ____ when everything seems impossible (4) Emilio's cafĂŠ serves a $10 bacon and ____ all day breakfast (3) Tamara Hotten was training several days a week at the age of ____ (3)






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Preparing My Home for a Spring Sale

Words: Gina Wells, Raine & Horne Real Estate

Displaying your home in its finest light can attract more potential buyers this spring, and better still it won’t cost you a small fortune.

placed pot plants, hanging baskets and bushes can create an attractive environment, and help take the focus away from less attractive features.

The first thing to do is write a list and tick off things as you go. Sparkle up the interior, paying attention to the kitchen, bathroom/s and lounge room, ensuring surfaces are free of dust and mould.

For vendors with moggies and pooches, consider eliminating pet smells, which will deter some buyers. If your four-legged friends have been living indoors, eliminating their lingering scents will generally involve a thorough clean. This might mean paying a few hundred dollars for the services of a professional to clean the carpets and soft furnishings, but it will be money well-spent. Boarding your pets with a helpful friend or family member is usually a sensible move, as it will guarantee your home appeals to as many buyers as possible during the sales campaign.

Create a sense of space in your home by removing non-essential items, such as portable heaters and fans, children’s toys, photo frames and other personal effects. Clutter is a significant turn-off for many buyers, so, any time you spend decluttering your property will be certain to pay handsome dividends. Showing a home that is in in apple-pie order will impress buyers. Whether it’s a wobbly door handle or a fractured tile, get it repaired. Also, never underestimate the magic powers of a fresh coat of paint applied to your front door, fences and gates, while it can pay to recoat your interiors with light, neutral colours. If you have a flower garden, be sure to cut back dead branches and unkempt shrubs, and rake up any leaves and tree branches in the yard. Likewise, strategically


Not everyone’s decoration tastes are the same. It’s often safer to assume a more neutral decoration style for your home. When you are finished ask a friend to inspect your home for some feedback. These simple steps won’t cost an arm and a leg and you can easily do them yourself.

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ver since humans first discovered the warming benefits of fire, our relationship with this phenomenon has thankfully been guarded. We know of its benefits, but we are still coming to grips with its unpredictability. Fire, started either by humans or by natural means, can play out on a grand stage. Recent horrific scenes of fast moving wildfires in Greece and California, resulting in the deaths of many people and the destruction of countless homes and businesses, have lit up our television screens and headlined our newspapers, rekindling memories of Australia’s most devastating Black Saturday bushfires. In February 2009, 180 Victorians died, 2,000 homes were destroyed, and millions head of stock and wildlife perished, all consumed by as many as 400 separate bushfires in one weekend. Earlier in February 1983, South Australia’s infamous Ash Wednesday bushfires caused the deaths of 28 people and the loss of countless stock and wildlife. These horrific worldwide firestorms had one thing in common - the weather. Low rainfall resulting in tinder-dry conditions, accompanied by high winds, is a sure recipe for a disastrous fire season. And one match, lightning strike or power failure can start it. But closer to home, fire knows no boundaries; playing out on a smaller, yet equally devastating scale. Rarely a day goes by when we are not reminded of that fact. Nightly, our television screens show devastating scenes of home and business fires in our suburbs. Families losing loved ones, pets and treasured possessions, including their homes or businesses, acutely show us their anguish and we sympathise by offering assistance. So how safe are you from man’s so-called friend, Fire? Not very, many experts say! What are the common causes of an accidental fire occurring in your home? Overheating pots and pans in the kitchen left unattended, and portable heaters and candles left too close to flammable items such as curtains, clothing and furniture are all potential fire starters. So too is aging household electrical equipment such as toasters, microwaves and the like, with frayed and exposed cords on this equipment all fire hazards.

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smoke detectors installed, in addition to an updated fire insurance policy and a fire evacuation plan. Similar rules apply to businesses. In a two-decade-old Readers Digest article by Frank Field entitled `Could Your Family Survive a Fire?’ he asks the reader, “How long do you have to escape an unattended wastepaper fire in your home, whilst you are sleeping upstairs?” According to fire experts the answer is one to two minutes! This is the scenario. Within two minutes the smoke detector has sounded. In three minutes, temperatures in the downstairs rooms have reached 126°C and the space is filling with noxious fumes. In four minutes, the upstairs and downstairs hallways are impassable. Seconds later, anyone still inside the house will have died from smoke inhalation or been burned alive. In a fire, you have no time to collect valuables or even get properly dressed, that’s why a regularly rehearsed fire evacuation plan is vital. Fire is explosive, the heat is indescribable, the smoke is impenetrable and it’s all very frightening! Knowing the dangers of fire and how to cope can be the difference between life and death.

Faulty building wiring (another cause), can be detected by lights dimming without reason, fuses blowing or frequent circuit tripping. Flammable liquids such as petrol, kerosene, gas tanks and the like are dangerous when kept close to heat sources. In the case of gas bottles, checks on leakage when near the fired up BBQ is recommended. Smoking in the home presents its own unique set of dangers, and allowing children access to matches or a lighter can potentially spell disaster. All of these hazards should be incorporated into a Home Hazard Check List, which authorities advise should be ticked off every six months. Authorities also advise that each household must have certified, regularly checked




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