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For Karla Brown (Gilchrist), becoming an artist was an inevitable journey. Although she started her foray into the world of art from a young age, it wasn’t until many years later that she realised it was her career path.

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“Do what is right, not what is easy,” a quote by Roy T. Bennett, author of The Light in the Heart, is the motto of Burpengary State School’s ‘School Zone Safety Buddies’ project launched late last year.

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or Karla Brown (Gilchrist), becoming an artist was an inevitable journey. Although she started her foray into the world of art from a young age, it wasn’t until many years later that she realised it was her career path. If you aren’t familiar with this very bubbly and creative Narangba artist, you soon will be! Karla is one half of the dynamic duo (with husband Robert) behind Artventurous Kids, an art lab based in Narangba that allows kids to use their imagination and let their creative sides come to life and from February 3 she will also be conducting kids art classes at the Artisans’ Guild of Caboolture and District Inc. located in Burpengary. “We have been running Artventurous Kids at our art lab in Narangba for almost 18 months now,” Karla says. “One of our clients came in and said that her daughter does drama at the KSP Theatre (which is next to The Artisans Guild gallery), but her son is into art and she was trying to get something for the kids all on the same day. She asked if we knew about the gallery and that they run art classes. “I thought it could be really good for us because we have a lot of students around Narangba, but we thought this could be an opportunity to branch out a bit more and reach out to other suburbs. So we approached The Guild with the idea and it’s gone from there.” These sessions are an introduction to art where children will get to try all different forms of art each term, including illustration painting, sculpting, recycled art, street art design and more. “It will allow children to get a feel for what they enjoy and where their talents lie,” Karla says. “Each year, there will also be an opportunity for children to showcase and possibly sell their artwork at the Gallery exhibition which is a great opportunity to establish their name in the art community. There will also be awards given throughout the year.” With a background in graphic design, Karla has a broad range of skills behind her. She has dabbled in art since she was about 8. “I was one of these kids who’d draw something, not like it and throw it out,” she says with a laugh. “I was (and still am) a bit of a perfectionist. As I got older, I started drawing real-life things, no experience everything self-taught. I thought I’m actually alright at this so I continued. I studied art at school and it grew from there. It’s always been something I’ve been interested in.”

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Karla did the professional avenue, utilising her graphic design skills and working for others, but her passion for art wasn’t completely fulfilled, and now she facilitates art classes for kids and adults too. “The whole thing that drew me to working with kids is I noticed a drop in art in school,” she says. “A lot of people have this idea with art that you’ll never get a job, but I thought that too as a kid - what could I do with it, where could I go to use my art and creative side? So, I did a lot of research and discovered graphic design. You can still draw and do the creative side as well, but I knew I needed to do something more.” While her husband Robert is an animation and motion graphic artist (he works for Channel 9) and “great at illustration” according to Karla, she describes her talent as “dabbling in a bit of everything”. Her favourite aspect of art is drawing. “I would say freehand drawing,” she says. “The fine art sort of thing. Some artists can think of something and just draw it, but I’m more of a visual person. If you said ‘draw that’ (pointing to a painting on the wall), I would sit here and draw it…I need to be looking at something to do it. “I don’t shy away from the hard stuff. Like painting hasn’t always been my thing but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve pushed into it more. I even like to go to other classes and be taught by others because you can always learn new skills and other ways of doing things. I find it really helps.” Although she doesn’t have any awards for her art (and isn’t worried about that either, although doors are opening) what is Karla’s biggest accomplishment to date? That’s an easy answer – Artventurous Kids. “My personality was always ‘I can’t do that, I can’t stand up there and teach people’,” she says. “But working with kids has always been a passion for me. I remember what I was like as a kid and how it was great for me to de-stress and everyone would say to me ‘you can’t do anything with that’ and I thought you watch me! I just thought I’d like to pass that on. Working with kids is the best; they come out with pieces that are just amazing. It’s good to watch their journey and see where they go. “Plus through Artventurous Kids, we have been able to raise awareness for domestic violence donating over $500 from hosting a paint and sip event for DARE (Domestic Abuse Recovery Education) Strathpine. We have also had the privilege of working with The Children’s Hospital Foundation,

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ous Kids providing fun creative workshops for the children and youth who call the hospital home.” So, is there anyone in particular that guides or inspires Karla? Surprisingly, she doesn’t mention any big names. “I admire a lot of people. I’ll see styles of art or I might go to a class, it’s no one in particular, I just see what’s on trend and it inspires me,” she says. “My husband really inspires me, and he can do things I can’t. It used to frustrate me but that’s what makes us such a great team because where he falls short, I pick up for him and vice versa, we complement each other. Like a power team.” For the dedicated group at the Artisans Guild, the children’s art classes is a new dynamic that they can’t wait to see unfold. Guild vice president Vandra Green welcomes the opportunity to bring a new lease of life into the Guild’s art gallery. “This is an exciting new venture for the Guild, one that we wish to explore with the prospect of involving the younger generation,” says Vandra. “Karla is giving us the opportunity to be part of young people exploring their creativity and journey through the visual arts. “Karla will be conducting three classes a week over consecutive days with ages ranging from as young as three up to 16. We are really looking forward to seeing it all happen.”

Art Class for Kids When: From February 3, 2020 (School Term)

Where: The Artisans’ Guild Art & Craft Gallery, Cnr Old Bay & Maitland Rds, Burpengary East. Cost: One hour classes $153.00 (9-week term). Enquiries: Visit artventurouskids.com.au

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Whooping Cough Evolving into a Superbug Whooping cough bacteria are becoming smarter at colonising and feeding off unwitting hosts - whether they have been vaccinated or not - strengthening calls for a new vaccine.

UNSW researchers have shown, in a world-first discovery, that these evolving strains made additional changes to better survive in their host, regardless of that person’s vaccination status.

Whooping cough is characterised by a “whooping” sound, and sufferers find it difficult to breathe. The disease is more common during spring and spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and other people breathe in the bacteria.

Microbiologist Dr Laurence Luu, who led the team of researchers with Professor Ruiting Lan, said whooping cough’s ability to adapt to vaccines and survival in humans might be a reason for its resurgence despite Australia’s high vaccination rates.

The current vaccine, widely used since 2000, targets three antigens in the bacteria of the highly contagious respiratory disease, which can be fatal to infants.

“We found the whooping cough strains were evolving to improve their survival, regardless of whether a person was vaccinated or not,” Dr Luu said. “This allows whooping cough bacteria to more efficiently scavenge nutrients from the host during infection, as well as to evade the body’s natural immune system.

All babies under six months old are at risk of catching the vaccine-preventable disease because they are either too young to be vaccinated or have not yet completed the three-dose primary vaccine course. Australia’s whooping cough epidemic from 2008 to 2012 saw more than 140,000 cases and revealed the rise of evolving strains able to evade vaccine-generated immunity.

“Put simply, the bacteria that cause whooping cough are becoming better at hiding and feeding – they're morphing into a superbug.” Prof Lan said while he would like to see a new vaccine developed and introduced in the next five to 10 years, the research team’s important discovery did not render Australia’s whooping cough vaccine redundant.

Dr Luu agreed it was crucial that Australia maintained its high vaccination coverage for whooping cough. “Although the number of whooping cough cases has increased during the past decade, it’s still nowhere near as high as what it was before the introduction of whooping cough vaccines,” Dr Luu said. Australia has been encouraged to maintain its high vaccination coverage to protect vulnerable newborns who are not protected by maternal immunity and cannot complete the three-dose primary vaccine course until they are six months old. Vaccination is especially important for children, people who are in contact with children and pregnant women who need the vaccine to produce antibodies to protect their newborns from developing whooping cough in the first few weeks of life. In addition to babies under six months having a high risk of catching the disease, the elderly, people living with someone who has whooping cough and people who have not had a booster in the past ten years, are also most at risk.

First retailer for USC Moreton Bay campus For new university students with their heads buried in textbooks and screens, fresh-roasted coffee and an all-day breakfast menu can offer a welcome pick-me-up.

Bellissimo Coffee owner Michael Koo said: “Bellissimo Coffee is excited to join the USC Moreton Bay campus and become part of a vibrant educational and cultural hub”.

The first cohort of students at USC Moreton Bay will have the convenience of Brisbane roaster, retailer and supplier Bellissimo Coffee located on campus at Petrie.

“Our menu has been developed with nutritious, fresh, seasonal meals, fresh pastries and a range of house-baked sweets,” Mr Koo said. “Coffee will be served to our roastery level exacting standards.

Bellissimo Coffee, established in 2009 in Fortitude Valley, is the first external retailer confirmed for USC Moreton Bay.

“We are looking forward to serving high-quality coffee and food to the students, staff and local community.” EduGear is a pop-up textbook and stationery supplier that has been based at Brendale since 2009. It is owned by the Jarrl Family Trust and has been a Department of Education approved supplier to primary and secondary schools for the past eight years.

Construction of the outlet is underway on campus at Petrie. It is due to open in February. The company, which has won more than 150 industry awards, has developed a menu to cater to the campus needs of USC Moreton Bay. USC Chief Operating Officer Dr Scott Snyder said USC Moreton Bay wanted its opening retailers to come to the campus with well-earned reputations for quality and the desire to serve local student and community needs. “Bellissimo Coffee and then textbook and stationery supplier EduGear will form the first part of our dynamic retail strategy, with four tenancies available in our foundation building,” he said. “These will expand as the campus grows.”

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day to get to work, visit the local businesses or drop their kids off at school, I have been pushing for this upgrade to help with traffic flow through this area for a number of years and am pleased with the outcome.” The upgrade will involve the installation of a signalised T-intersection to replace the congested roundabout. Widening of the approaches on Anzac Avenue and Gympie Road will also be done to increase capacity and improve traffic flow. The project is expected to support more than sixty jobs, with preliminary works including

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building demolition and service relocations to prepare the site for main construction expected to start later in the new year. Following community consultation, the design was also refined to provide the increased road width by acquiring property on the southbound only. This means the project no longer impacts buildings, businesses and parkland on the northbound side of the roundabout. For more information visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au

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Above (left to right): Shanne Buchannan (Secretary) and Shannon Macdonald (President) with Yassi, Penny, Brodie, Olly and Gary.

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“Do what is right, not what is easy,” a quote by Roy T. Bennett, author of The Light in the Heart, is the motto of Burpengary State School’s ‘School Zone Safety Buddies’ project launched late last year. Developed by the Burpengary State School P&C Association 2019 and coordinated by Shannon Macdonald (President) and Shanne Buchannan (Secretary), the project seeks to educate students and re-educate community members about keeping students safe in school zones. Assisted by Burpengary Police Station and Moreton Bay Regional Council, the P&C and school community identified five major concerns regarding the school’s drop off and carpark zones, and unveiled unique street frontage signage aimed to address the traffic chaos that regularly occurs at peak times. “Burpengary State School is a very big school in a very old suburb and the streets are little,” explained Shannon. “There’s been some near misses at the school, and we’d hate for a tragedy to happen before behaviours change.” The five school buddies - Green Gary, Orange Olly, Blue Brody, Yellow Yasi and Pink Penny – act as visual cues to remind adults and children that: U-turns in school zones at peak times are dangerous; not to text and talk on

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mobile phones when in charge of a vehicle; seatbelts must be worn; not to park or stop on yellow lines, driveways, footpaths et cetera; and to keep calm. Designed by Shanne, the characters were inspired by the large yellow figurines utilised by the Department of Transport and Main Roads during roadworks on the Gateway Motorway in Nudgee. It is the P&C’s hope that their school buddies signage is replicated around the state, and that it becomes synonymous with school zone safety. “The Burpengary State School P&C worked extremely hard to get the School Zone Safety Buddies project up and running,” said Shane King MP. “I appreciate the commitment by all involved and hope other schools follow their lead in helping keep students safe.” The production of the 40 figurines that face inwards and outwards along school fencing on Station Road, Jill Street and George Street would not have been possible without the assistance of Burpengary Men's Shed who performed the woodwork. “Burpengary Men’s Shed were amazing to do all that work,” said Shannon. “That saved us a lot of money.” Materials for the signs and the production costs of the pamphlets and keyrings handed out to students

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and parents at the project launch in November was funded entirely by successful grant applications. “We won the Band 10/11 P &C Year Award for 2019 for the school’s Monument of Honour ANZAC memorial project, and we also received grant money from Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Community Giving Fund for the School Zone Safety Buddies project,” explained Shannon. “Burpengary State School is leading the way in safety initiatives for their students and the rest of the community and we are delighted to lend our support to this wonderful project,” said BAC Sponsorship & Events Manager, Jacinta Messer. The project was developed with the full support of former Principal, Brad Fox, and former Acting Principal, Alison Wright. “This project was such a great, organic community action,” said Mr Fox. “It addressed the particular safety needs around our school, and then harnessed community support to help keep our children safe – a wonderful project by a very hard working P&C Association!” Illegal actions in the Burpengary State School zone can be reported to Burpengary Police and MBRC.

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CARS AND COFFEE

Words: Sheree Hoddinett Photo: Contributed

If the combination of shiny hoods, humming engines and a hot cup of coffee sounds like heaven to you, Cars and Coffee North Lakes has it all. On the 3rd Saturday of every month, like-minded car fanatics and enthusiasts can head along to Platinum Auto Group at North Lakes and be a part of the fun. Whether you want to showcase your car or live and breathe the magic conjured up by other car owners, this community event is for everyone to enjoy. Nadene O’Grady is one half of the joint force with Vas Comblas behind Cars and Coffee North Lakes. She says the event, now in a bigger location, is an opportunity for both clients and car enthusiasts to showcase their pride and joy. “They can bring their cars for a cruise and have a coffee, a chat and show off the car they have put a lot of love into,” she says. “These cars don’t get driven every day, it’s a chance for people to show off their restored cars, so the bonnets go up, and everyone gets chatting about what they have done. “It’s also a family-friendly event for everyone to come along and have some fun.” Cars and Coffee is open to all types of cars, including muscle, vintage, classic and even those rare headturning cars you don’t see very often. “We have on average about 150 cars in attendance each month,” Nadene says. “It’s quite a mixed bag too with American, Australian Muscle Cars and European Cars with a vast variety of ages. It’s not just older cars. We’ve even seen some late-model Porches and Corvettes – all sorts of machine makes and models.” Nadene is a self-confessed car enthusiast herself, and through Vas, her love of cars grew even more. “I’ve always liked a certain type of cars, particularly older cars,” she says. “You can’t help but fall in love with these machines, especially when you see them, what they can do and the effect they have on people.” Platinum Auto Group kicked off about three years ago after Vas and Nadene imported a car from overseas and found the process a nightmare. “Vas decided he didn’t want someone else to go through the same experience and so Platinum Auto Group was born,” Nadene says. “It’s taken off very quickly, and we have built a great client base.” Hosting Cars and Coffee every month is also making a difference to the business. “It brings awareness about our business and what we do,” Nadene says. “Being car enthusiasts, it’s what we do every day and what we’re about. This event also creates the opportunity for anyone interested in buying or importing an American car to talk hands-on with the Platinum Auto Group team while they are at Cars and Coffee.”

EVENT INFO When: 3rd Saturday of every month |7am to 9am Next event on Feb 15 Where: Platinum Auto Group 2/21 Torres Crescent North Lakes ph: 3204 4990


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Above: Concept design, subject to change.

Dakabin Station Upgrade Starts to Take Shape In recent months, Queensland Rail together with John Holland Pty Ltd has completed concept designs and undertaken preliminary work, such as the relocation of overhead line infrastructure, in preparation for the promised Dakabin station accessibility upgrade which is expected to commence mid this year. Meantime, parking at Dakabin station is over capacity with over 150 additional vehicles parking in Thompson and Narangba Roads due to lack of space. The upgrade will double the station’s current formal parking capacity to around 350 spaces via a new parking facility which will accommodate larger vehicles (such as SUVs or 4WDs) as well as smaller cars and motorbikes. For this to happen, early works will include the progressive closure of the Thompson Road carpark early this year to allow for the construction of the multi-story carpark which will commence mid this year. “With anticipated pressures on parking during construction, we strongly encourage customers to consider travelling from other stations with greater parking capacity, where possible,” said a Queensland Rail Spokesperson.

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“While we recognise changes during construction will impact customer parking, these are necessary to deliver the upgrade safely.” Queensland Rail, in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council, has made 150 weekday parking spaces available near Bob Brock park, which is a temporary arrangement to alleviate the short-term customer paring impacts during the upgrade. Wherever possible, the upgrade work will be undertaken during normal, daytime working hours (6am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday). Safety, however, remains the highest priority. With some tasks only able to be completed when no trains are running, and the overhead power is switched off, works may be scheduled after hours for a time when there are fewer customers around the station precinct. Dakabin station will continue to operate throughout construction, except for short off-peak closures or aroundthe-clock works during planned track closures. “The local community will be given advance notification of construction activities likely to cause impacts, including after-hours works (nights, Sundays and public holidays, if

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required),” stated a Queensland Rail spokesperson. While all of this may sound a little doom and gloom, the outcome will be nothing short of spectacular. The concept designs published on this page shows a train station boasting a new pedestrian footbridge with lift access, raised platform sections at assisted boarding points, improved accessibility parking, upgraded hearing augmentation looks and tactile platform surfaces. The new-look Dakabin station will also have upgraded CCTV and station lighting, new wayfinding and platform signage, new bicycle enclosure and facilities and don’t forget – the new multi-storey carpark! An outcome worth a little patience and tolerance during 2020. If you would like to be added to the project’s opt-in distribution list for email updates, contact Queensland Rail at stationsupgrade@qr.com.au. Remember to let them know which station you are interested in as the Dakabin station accessibility upgrade is part of the State Governments $357 million program to upgrade stations across the South East Queensland network.

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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NARANGBA HEIGHTS SHOPPING CENTRE Words: Pamela Jonstone Artist Impressions: Contributed


For many living in the prestigious Narangba Heights Estate and surrounding community, the commencement of earthworks for a new shopping centre will bring excitement and hope for the future. Feature Magazine will be publishing updates for those who are interested in knowing exactly what is happening. In the meantime, let us lay the foundations for you. The Stage One release of Narangba Heights in 2012 set a new benchmark for residential living in Brisbane as it introduced a unique master-planned community, with a minimum of 80% owner-occupier sales. When completed, the estate will be home to approximately 1,200 families and a local shopping centre backing onto acres of lush parkland, accompanied by a striking streetscape which is just what this growing community has been looking forward too. Developer Mr Phil Murphy and his team at Oxmar Properties have a reputation for setting high standards with the Narangba Heights Estate being the first residential estate in Queensland to move over two million cubic metres of dirt as they repurposed a hill , creating flat lots and paving the way for the future. The new shopping centre will be no different, with a prestigious, Continued on page 22 >>


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environmentally friendly design which will be the envy of anyone who visits. The development is designed as an attractive Local Centre to provide a range of convenience and weekly retail activities for those living nearby. The total Gross Floor Area (GFA) is 6,646m2 which accommodates a fullline supermarket (3,946m2 GFA), a Service Station (201m2 GFA), a Food and Drink Outlet with Drive Through (170m2 GFA) and speciality tenancies incorporating Shops with additional Food and Drink Outlets (2,149m2 GFA). No details have been released as to who the tenants of this sophisticated new retail and commercial precinct will be. However, we promise to tell you over the next few editions of

Feature Magazine. What we can tell you is that tenants will consist of a supermarket, cafés and eateries, a petrol station, a fast food outlet and office space. A total of 300 car park spaces have been planned to cater to the projected growth of the catchment area which is 26,070 persons by 2031. These car parks have been strategically positioned behind the buildings to activate the streetscape and eliminate large areas of parking spaces adjoining the roads. Appropriate screening and landscape buffering have also been added to ensure that the development will enhance the streetscape and maintain a scale and character which creates a sense of community. Plantlife such as Weeping Lilly Pilly's (Waterhousia floribunda), Creek Bottlebrush (Melaleuca viminalis), Sedges (Carex appressa) and Orange Trumpet Vine (Pyrostegia venusta) are some of the climbers, trees, shrubs and ground covers which will bring life to the

centre. Appropriate shade and shelter in a variation of colours, materials and finishes will protect pedestrians while providing a visually interesting façade. Signage has also been taken into consideration to ensure the streetscape remains appealing to onlookers and visitors alike with a pylon sign proposed for the Oakey Flat Road and Sovereign Drive intersection and again at the main vehicle entry along Sovereign Drive. “Any signage will be integrated with the design of the building to minimise any potential impact on existing and future surrounding land uses,” said Mr Murphy. “They will not distract from the stylish design which is positioned on an elevated site with breezes and an amazing outlook.” The completed development will no doubt house a little something for everyone. -End-

USC to fly flag for Queensland in the UBL USC has been named as the only Queensland university in the inaugural national University Basketball League (UBL) tournament that will begin in late March. As one of eight universities in the competition, USC will have both a men’s and a women’s team in the nine-round season. USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon said the hunt was now on for professionals to take on coaching roles, with trials for student-athletes planned to begin in early February. “The inclusion of USC in the national competition is a coup for both the University and regional student basketball athletes,” he said. “Players will be supported by the USC High-Performance Student-Athlete Program and, further to that, the formation of the UBL will provide great opportunities for student engagement with work-integrated learning opportunities in various operational areas, including venue operations, marketing, team management, fan engagement, medical support and multimedia.” USC will host three home games in its expanded USC Stadium during the competition, all of which will be live-streamed online. The other universities in the UBL this year are La Trobe University (Melbourne), Murdoch University (Perth), The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, The University of Western Australia (Perth), University of Technology Sydney, and Victoria University (Melbourne). USC is the home base for Rip City’s men’s and women’s teams in the Queensland Basketball League and the Southern Basketball League. The University also has strong links with the Brisbane Bullets and hosted pre-season NBL games at USC Stadium over the past two years.

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LIGHT AT THE END OF CARPAL TUNNEL Words: Professor John Corbett, MB, BS (HONS), FRCP (UK), FRACP, MA (Oxford), D. Phil (Oxford), MACLM, Professor of Medicine (Griffith)

Debate still shrouds Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – does an “epidemic” exist, is it over-diagnosed or simply falsely associated with Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)? CTS, a specific neuropathy, is the most commonly diagnosed median nerve entrapment, affecting almost 4% of the general population and accounting for 90% of all entrapment neuropathies. Yet CTS and RSI are often confused and (incorrectly) are sometimes used interchangeably. Since the 90s, RSI has become a “buzz word”, almost synonymous with the personal computing boom, to refer generally to a variety of nerve entrapments, including CTS. Public awareness has increased dramatically, and CTS diagnoses have consequently skyrocketed. Yet RSI and CTS are completely separate. True CTS is a disabling condition, defined as a chronic compression/injury of the median nerve at the wrist; whereas RSI can affect many parts of the body and conjecture remains as to its exact cause and diagnosis. CTS is specifically caused by increased pressure within the carpal tunnel - a narrow anatomical passageway in the wrist formed by the flexor retinaculum anteriorly and the carpal bones posteriorly. This leads to impaired function of the median nerve.

This can be due to injury (e.g., fracture/ dislocation), the size of the carpal tunnel itself, nerve damage (e.g., with diabetes), inflammatory conditions (e.g., arthritis), obesity, fluid retention, workplace factors (e.g., excessive computer use) and other medical conditions. Common symptoms include aching, numbness, tingling and/or burning in one/ both hands (often more pronounced in the dominant hand), as well as intermittent “electric shocks” in the wrist or hand. Symptoms often increase at night and/or early in the morning (which often impairs sleep) and are exacerbated by repetitive tasks (e.g., typing or operating machinery). Patients may “flick” the affected hand in an attempt to alleviate symptoms and often experience impaired grip strength/manual dexterity or start “dropping things”. It’s easy to see how RSI and CTS can be confused, as many of the symptoms overlap - CTS-like symptoms may also be present with an elbow, shoulder or neck injury or where there are multiple neuropathies (e.g., a double crush syndrome). However, to seek the best course of treatment and achieve the best outcome for patients, it is imperative that an accurate diagnosis is made. The good news is that, despite any conjecture or confusion, CTS is both an easily diagnosable and treatable condition - with the right testing.

Nerve conduction studies (NCS) are the “gold standard” in diagnostic testing for CTS, as they provide objective, localised information on the function of the median nerve across the carpal tunnel. Corbett Neurophysiology Services (CNS) has been servicing the local community for the last twenty-five years, routinely providing bulk-billed, premium quality neurophysiology testing. Our clinics are conveniently located in the Brisbane CBD, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. We currently offer short wait times for appointments, so there is no need to prolong your suffering. We also provide daily bookings for Workcover and Insurance patients to help you return to work quickly and safely. Additionally, your results will be explained to you clearly and immediately by an experienced Neurologist, and a comprehensive report will be sent to your Referring Doctor within 24 hours so that you can commence treatment immediately. We use Australia’s newest Cadwell NCS & EMG state-of-the-art beta software to ensure the utmost accuracy of all test results. Our team is highly qualified and experienced so that you can rest assured that you’re receiving the best possible advice and treatment recommendations. For more information, visit www.corbett. com.au or phone 07 5503 2499. Ask your GP for a referral today.

No Sweat for New Gym Memberships in 2020 In 2019, Queensland’s Office of Fair Trading received over 150 complaints from consumers about gym memberships with the most common issues included members being overcharged, being charged for membership after termination, and other contractual disputes. Queenslanders looking to kickstart a healthier 2020 by taking out a new gym membership are being reminded of their rights under Australian Consumer Law. Acting Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Dr Anthony Lynham said there were protections available to those joining a gym or fitness centre. “If you’re looking for a healthier and more active start to 2020, give careful consideration to what you want out of a gym membership,” he said.

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“And be wary of advertising puffery, as gyms may not make false or misleading claims, including unrealistic weight loss goals. Advertising must be truthful, accurate and unambiguous.”

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as it sets out your rights and responsibilities, as well as those of the gym or fitness club,” he said. “All contracts also have a 48-hour coolingoff period to provide peace of mind for those who may have second thoughts. “The contract should detail all the applicable fees you have to pay, including ongoing membership costs and any one-off administrative charges, and clearly define what your rights are for ending the agreement. “No one wants to get caught paying for a service they can no longer use because they’ve moved away or suffered from an injury. “That’s why you can end an agreement any time in writing, however, be aware the gym may charge you a cancellation fee. “The details of this fee must also be set out in your contract.”

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Warning Signs of a Bad Boss Words: Seek.com.au

No one wants to work with a bad boss, and not being happy at work can have a huge impact on your morale, productivity and career fulfilment. Here are five questions you need to ask to work out if your potential boss is a good one. Bad boss or bad fit? Rather than labelling a prospective boss as “bad” or “good”, SEEK’s Resident Psychologist Sabina Read says it’s helpful to consider what you are seeking in a boss. “Are you looking for a mentor, wise elder, inspiring go-getter, team player, independent operator, a person who challenges the status quo, someone who values learning and development, or someone whose values align with your own?” she asks. “When the employee-boss match isn’t a good fit, the costs are high to our professional and personal well-being.”

Know your values before deciding on the role Pursuing a new job is the perfect time to evaluate your values, as working in a place that reflects those values increases your chances of being satisfied in the job. “Our values provide a roadmap that ensures our work is aligned to who we are,” says Read. “While many of us may be able to park our values in the short-term to get a task done, in the long-term ignoring these values usually brings resentment, a loss of meaning, and a sense of being a square peg in a round hole.” Your work values may include intrinsic principles such as undertaking work that makes a difference to people’s lives, enjoying productive working relationships and doing interesting projects. Extrinsic values may include recognition, being paid well, prestige and job security.

Warning signs Before you apply for, interview for, or accept a new position, consider what has contributed to healthy and productive working relationships in the past. “Explore what it was about past bosses that worked for you and assess the way your needs have changed or remained the same,” says Read. Look at factors under your control, as well as boss-related factors, and attempt to make sense of which resulted in feeling stressed and dissatisfied, or energised, supported and motivated. Having a bad boss, or a boss who is a bad fit for you can have a big impact on your happiness at work. Knowing your values and asking simple questions that target potential warning signs before you accept the job can ensure a healthy working relationship with your new boss.

WILL YOUR NEXT BOSS BE 'BAD'? Five questions to ask potential bosses

1. What are some characteristics of current employees who shine in this organisation? This is a great way to test whether your values match those of ‘successful’ employees 2. Help me understand what’s important in this role aside from skills and experience Listen to see if your potential boss highlights particular characteristics, beliefs or ideals. Do they fit yours? 3. What methods of communication work best for you? How do you like to give feedback? Ask this to gauge whether your potential manager is thoughtful and careful in the way they communicate and deliver feedback. 4. Can you give me some examples of times when you have supported the career growth of your employees? It’s important that career progression is supported and encouraged. Ask this question to see if learning and development among employees is fostered. 5. How would your employees describe your leadership style? Ask this to gauge self-awareness. Does it sound realistic when they answer this question? Do they mention any shortcomings they are trying to address? 26

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Wind Blows New Qi Through Your Home in 2020 Words: Michelle Fleming

Clear the path to the front door, set your intentions for the year and open your home to the new Qi (Chi) that is coming on the wind as we welcome the start of the Chinese New Year on February 4. The Year of the Rat is the start of the 12 year Chinese Zodiac making 2020 a renewing year, almost like being given 2020 hindsight. Elimbah based Feng Shui expert Leanne Carius said each year the Qi changes direction, and it was important to enhance the good energy and subdue the negative energy in your home to create balance and harmony.

“It’s really important to enhance the positive, so if you know the energy is not going to be good for you this year, focus on the positive, and it will help change the negative energy,” Leanne said. Money is always a hot topic, and Leanne is often asked by her clients how they can be more productive in making it. But Leanne believes you need to take care of your health so you can have the wealth.

“Each year the energy is based on an animal of the Chinese Zodiac and will reflect its energy,” Leanne said.

“The south side of your home is not a good place in 2020 if you are sick or unwell and you don’t want to be sleeping there if you have an illness,” Leanne said.

“This year the energy is that of the metal rat, which is very good at foraging and creating abundance and clarity. If you were working hard in 2019, then this year you will see the fruits of your labour.”

“To help subside the negative energy, you don’t want any bright reds and no fire such as candles. In ancient China, they would place a Calabash beside a sick person and remove the lid so the negative energy could go into it. It would be good to place one of those in the south or a medicine Buddha or a bell to break the Qi.”

Leanne has been a Feng Shui practitioner for more than 16 years and said at the start of the year. It was really important to clear away the old ready the new and remove any unwanted items from the house. “You need to make way for the energy to flow through your home,” Leanne said. “Qi flows through on the wind and can come in through doors and windows. Feng means wind and Shui means water, so I help people make sure the energy is flowing to its best ability. “There will always be Yin and Yang energy flowing in your home, so it’s important to make sure it can move, especially if you have air conditioning in your home or office. Stagnant areas will build up negative energy and will stop the Qi from flowing.” One of the most important steps anyone can take in Feng Shui is to set their intentions for the year.

“The south doesn’t always have to be about illness. It could relate to finance as well, so it’s best to subside the energy in this space.” The North Westside is where the money will be coming in for 2020. “It would be ideal to place a bowl of coins in this space or if this is where your office is, a figure of a horse which represents moving forward or an Ox which would offer protection for the Year of the Rat,” Leanne said. If you would like to learn how to prepare your home for the Year of Rat, Leanne will be holding workshops on February 8, February 22 and March 15. Visit www.fengshuistoreandmore.com to book.


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Question From Readers:

H o w C a n a n E x e r c is e S c ie n t is t (E S ) o r E x e r c is e P h y s io lo g is t (E P ) H e lp M e a n d W h e n S h o u ld I S e e O n e ? Words: Moreton all body care

Firstly, what is an exercise scientist and exercise physiologist? ES and EPs are university trained allied health professionals who specialise in sports and exercise. Exercise scientists focus on exercise interventions to improve health and fitness, wellbeing or performance, or focus on prevention of chronic conditions, whereas exercise physiologists can work with clients with clinical conditions (e.g. relating to the heart, brain, nervous system, lungs, metabolic system, muscles or bones) and design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with both short and longterm medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. How and when could they help me? If you have a goal for improving your health or fitness, working towards

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competing in a sporting competition, losing weight, preventing or managing a health condition, e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, dementia, or mental illness (for example anxiety or depression), or preventing or managing an injury including after surgery (hip or knee replacements for example) - then these health professionals could assist you to get on track! They would first assess what stage you are at, to then work out what sort of exercise would work best for you. Depending on what you come in for, you may run through some fitness tests assessing your aerobic and/or muscular fitness or balance, anthropometric tests for weight, height, body fat, range of motion, or health measures e.g. for blood pressure, so this information can be used to compare later on in the intervention to measure your progress. ES and EPs will work with

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you to establish specific goals, that can be measured over time, so you can receive feedback on how you are tracking towards where you want to be, at all stages through your intervention. They also provide you with the skills and knowledge to give you the best shot at self-managing into the future. At any stage through your rehab (or prehab!) either an exercise scientist or exercise physiologist will be able to assist you in getting yourself on track to living your best life! To find out which professional would be best to work with you, or what difference they can make in your life, find your nearest exercise professional. At Moreton All Body Care both our Burpengary and Narangba practices offer Exercise Physiology and Exercise Science services - call us on 07 3888 6699 for more information.

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BIRDS OF PREY

(AND THE FABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)CTC Release Date: 6 February Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime Distributor: Roadshow Director: Cathy Yan

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Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor Synopsis: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

THE PHOTOGRAPHCTC Release Date: 13 February Genre: Drama, Romance Distributor: Universal Director: Stella Meghie Cast: Chelsea Peretti, LaKeith Stanfield, Courtney B Vance Synopsis: A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present.

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THE KING’S MANCTC Release Date: 13 February Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy Distributor: Disney Director: Matthew Vaughn Cast: Gemma Atherton, Matthew Goode, Aaron Taylor-Johnson Synopsis: As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOGCTC Release Date: 13 February Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi Distributor: Paramount Director: Jeff Fowler Cast: Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Neal McDonough Synopsis: A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.

CALL OF THE WILDCTC Release Date: 20 February Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy Distributor: Disney Director: Chris Sanders Cast: Karen Gillan, Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens Synopsis: A sled dog struggles for survival in the Alaskan wild.


CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS, THE CHINESE CLOCK AND HOW-TO LIVE-IN SYNC Words: Michele Johnson, Acupuncturist, Chinese Medical Doctor, Zen Chi Natural Therapies, North Lakes

Our bodies have several processes that happen at regular intervals throughout the day. We respond to light and dark, hot and cold, and other natural polarities-in effect â&#x20AC;&#x153;yin and yangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. By spending less time in a natural environment, working long hours, eating at odd hours and all the other less natural behaviours, we may disrupt these processes. A disruption in the rhythms can lead to illness such as digestive problems, insomnia and fatigue. Chinese Medicine uses the theory of the Chinese clock to describe a set of activities that happen daily and affect our health. The circadian Rhythm happens in all of us on a 24-hour cycle and is influenced by various cues from our environment which can change sleep and wake cycles, release various hormones (melatonin excretion that starts at 9 pm), influence body temperature (low at 4.30 am and highest at 7 pm) and regulate other important bodily functions. To sleep our master clock receives information from the optic nerves about how much light is outside; therefore, fewer light triggers melatonin release, watching screens at night time disrupts this. Each meridian system has a corresponding season, colour, emotion and other connections each 24-hour period. As with the circadian rhythms of the west, the meridians follow natural periods of heightened activity and relative rest. Observing and respecting this rhythm allows our body to function more efficiently and to defend against illness. Working with our environment improves our health and psychological wellbeing.

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What are some steps I can take to maximise my property investment portfolio in 2020? Words: Raine & Horne Burpengary

With 2020 upon us, countless landlords could use the summer break to make resolutions aimed at maximising the value of their property investments. Start by asking yourself whether 2020 is the year to expand and diversify your property portfolio? Alternatively, it might be time to visit your investment asset to check its condition for yourself as part of a routine inspection organised in conjunction with your property manager. The beginning of the year is also an excellent opportunity to review the weekly rent and lock your tenants into a new lease. If the property requires repairs or upgrades following your visit get in now rather than waiting for the end of the financial year to ensure you maximise your 2019/2020 tax breaks. Likewise, if you don’t have a deprecation schedule for your property, contact your accountant or a quantity surveying firm now rather than waiting for June. A depreciation schedule enables landlords to claim against the reduction in the value of items such as carpets, curtains, stove cooktops, some light fixtures and showerheads. Moreover, almost 50% of landlords fail to make depreciation claims against their investment properties, potentially missing out on thousands of dollars in tax deductions. The catastrophic start to the year with bush fires ravaging large swathes of Australia’s east coast is also a wake-up call for landlords to check their insurance coverage. Some reports have put the level of underinsurance among landlords at a staggering 80%. To check whether you have enough cover contact your insurer. The new year is also the perfect time to make sure you’re not paying too much in mortgage repayments. With the current record-low rates, many institutions are willing to offer very competitive rates on their investment loans. This competition has created opportunities to save on home loan interest, and a mortgage broker is well placed to help you get a better rate from your bank, or a competitor if your current lender doesn’t come to the party.

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1st February Lunar New Year Caboolture Town Square will transform into a world of Asian delights to welcome in the Year of the Rat. This event is free to attend and brings together an afternoon and evening of amazing entertainment, celebrating Asian culture. 4 pm to 8 pm. 2nd February Manpower Australia The No. 1 Male Revue in the world has gone from humble beginnings on the Gold Coast in a Surfers Paradise nightclub to a residency at the Excalibur Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Glitter Strip, and now they are on their way to a show near you at Caboolture RSL. 6.30 pm to 9 pm | More info at www. caboolturersl.com

15th February QSEC Horse Home Show Over 100 exhibitors will be on-site with performances and presentations throughout the day from local and interstate trainers and educators. The full program of events and exhibitors will be announced in the coming months with tickets on sale NOW! More info at www.qsec.com.au 22nd February Kids Love Wildlife Australia has amazing and unique local wildlife species! Come along as we meet and learn all about our native animals and what we can do to help them survive in our bushland areas and even our backyards. FREE|CREEC Burpengary| 9.30 am to 11 am | More info phone (07) 3205 0555

Why not grab a bite at one of these great, local venues!

Kids Love Wildlife Our spacious, air conditioned, Bar & Grill boasts a 250 seated restaurant with a large covered kids playground and an indoor electronic play area. Designed for all tastes and a family focus the Bar & Grill can seat bookings from 2 to groups of 50. Exciting New Menu! Check us out on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date.

@NVTavern

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.

@ValleyCoffeeNarangba

Address: Narangba Valley S/Centre Contact: 3385 5161 Hours: Weekdays 7am to 3pm Weekends 7.30am to 12noon Online: Facebook @VallleyCoffeeNarangba

Light meal menu. Home-baked cakes & slices. Non-profit cafe. Supporting the needs of our community locally and globally. Family-friendly including childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playground. Catering for parties and events.

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25th February Business Clean Up Australia Day Promote your business as you clean up your local community. Whether you clean up around your workplace or get together with a few businesses in the area. Choose to adopt a local road, park or riverbank. 12 Noon | More info at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au 28th February RnB Party Our resident DJ will have plenty of RnB hits for an epic, FREE RnB night plus games, giveaways and amazing specials. So what are you waiting for? Get off the couch, put down your phone (selfies permitted) and put the fun back Lunar New Year into your Friday night! Caboolture Sports Club | 6 pm until late | More info at www.cabsports.com.au 28th February Schools Clean Up Australia Day Clean up your school and the local environment. Schools and early learning centres are encouraged to register online through the Clean-Up Australia Day website. Council will be in contact to organise collection and provide assistance with additional bags. 12 noon| More info at www. cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

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With three dining outlets, there’s something for all taste buds & budgets at Queensland’s 2019 Club of the Year. Choose from The Mill Restaurant, Laneway Café or Tempo Lounge & Bar.

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Address: 19-27 Station Rd, Morayfield Contact: 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. CAPPY HOUR MON TO FRI 6AM TO 7AM 10% OFF food + drink combos

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Address: Burpengary Plaza, Next to Woolworths Hours: Weekdays 6am to 5.30pm Sat 7am to 4.30pm | Sun8.30am to 4pm

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. Banyan Restaurant: Lunch from 11.30am | Dinner from 5.30pm

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Crave Cafe: Daily from 10am Address: 36-42 Flinders Parade, North Lakes Contact: 1300 006 572 Online: www.northlakessports.com.au

Now open for Weekend Breakfasts! All day Breakfats Menu - Saturday & Sunday from 7am. Your choice of fresh beef, lamb, chicken or seafood placed on top of a lava stone and cooked to your desired level of perfection.

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Caravan, Camping, Boating & 4x4 Expo | Redcliffe Browse and compare the latest caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, 4×4’s, vehicles, accessories and more, plus discover new holiday and touring destinations, all in the one convenient location. Redcliffe Showgrounds | 14th to 16th February | More info at www. bayexpo.com.au

“You’re making a big deal out of nothing.” “Stop being ridiculous.”

Bribie Triathlon | Bellara Test your endurance by taking part in the 2019 Bribie Island Triathlon organised by Run Inn Promotions. This four race triathlon series has been running for 34 years, growing from its humble beginnings to become one of Bribie’s biggest sporting events. Sylvan Beach Esplanade | 15th and 16th February | More info at www.bribietri.com

“Pull your head in.” She collapsed on the roof of her house, legs dangling over the ledge as the cool evening breeze stroked her face. It was always a breath of fresh air out there, a break from the stuffy interior and unwanted needling that she got from siblings and ‘friends’. What made it worse was that she could understand them. Hey, she almost agreed with them. But there was still that pressing thought, that overwhelming feeling that filled up every inch of her brain. The painful, nerve-wracking feeling of, “How am I going to mess up today?” Those statements did little but worry her further, as she continued to be seriously concerned for her own wellbeing. If she had nothing to complain about, then why was she complaining?

7th Annual Brisbane Beer Fest | Eatons Hill The must-do event this summer for any beer and cider fan, Brisbane Beer Fest connects fans with industry to share, discover and enjoy alongside tasty food trucks, adultsonly competitions and all-new pop-up installations and bars. Eatons Hill Hotel | 15th February | more info at www.eatonshillhotel. com.au

Broncos vs Titans | Redcliffe A blockbuster match between the Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Titans in what will be their last trial before the NRL season officially kicks off. Dolphin Stadium | 29th February | More info at www.redcliffedolphins.com.au

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And she didn’t have anything to worry about. That was the problem. It was perfectly fine to feel that anxiety if you had things to feel anxious about. For the kids who had to be concerned because that was how they survived? For the kids that needed to worry about getting the next meal on the table, for the ones who needed to be concerned about when they’d next get to see their dad, for the ones who needed to worry about not having a roof hanging over their heads. But for someone with such a loving and supportive family, with impressive, if not stellar, grades, with people who tried really hard to appreciate her? It was, perhaps, even more agony, because the guilt compounded those feelings

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further. Without affirmation, her anxiety appeared unfounded, leaving her more baffled and concerned as to why she was having these feelings in the first place. The Feedback Loop from Hell. She’d seen the term coined in a book somewhere, and while the situation the author was talking about was completely different, it still applied shockingly well to her dilemma. The roof creaked, and her older brother came out, crouching next to her and sighing. Looking out onto the horizon, he spoke. “I’m sorry.” Why are you sorry? Why did you say those things? Why am I so scared by what you’re saying? Why do I take so much to heart? “No worries. It happens to the best of us.” “I yelled at you when I shouldn’t have. I was angry and I took it out on you.” Why were you angry? Why aren’t I brave enough to help? Why am I so afraid of what you’ll say next? Why aren’t I saying these things? “Oh, yeah, right, like I’ve never yelled at you,” she smirked. He grinned, oblivious to her discomfort, and walked away, leaving her in the rapidly decreasing light. Unfortunately, her worries were correct. It should have been something she could shrug off. Instead, it was another thing that would keep her awake and stressed until four in the morning. She had one more question. Why am I like this?

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Feature Magazine February 2020  

Local Community Magazine for Caboolture to Petrie, including North Lakes and Mango Hill. More stories at www.featuremagazine.com.au

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Local Community Magazine for Caboolture to Petrie, including North Lakes and Mango Hill. More stories at www.featuremagazine.com.au