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" I think that the majority of Australians see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as an Australian culture." - Seth Dunn Engaging Indigenous Businesses and Workers for Local Projects, Pg 12

THIS MONTH Freezing Their Way Through Meal Prep:

A hive of activity fills the Burpengary Meals on Wheels kitchen every weekday in preparation for delivery of up to 80 hot and cold meals. The construction of a walk-in freezer is a welcome addition to a bustling space. p16

Smash Hit for Narangba Tennis Lovers:

Narangba residents will be shouting “c’mon!” with construction of a new $3 million tennis hub soon to get underway at the Harris Avenue Sports Complex. p30

Riding the Rollercoaster of Type 1 Diabetes: Whilst Amy and Aaron knew there

was a chance their children could have Type 1 Diabetes, they never expected it so early on. While their eldest son Blake (8yo), has so far shown no signs, their youngest son Dylan wasn’t as lucky. p20

A Paw-fect Opportunity : Alita Huyton, a

bubbly eight-year-old from Morayfield, is using her love of dogs in her role as a 2020 Guide Dogs Youth Ambassador to help raise money to go towards future guide dogs to aid those with vision loss. p18

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From the Editor... Congratulations to Steve from Beachmere and Brenda from Rothwell who won last months giveaway prizes. We have more Giveaways this month, and we look forward to your entries. You may have heard about the filming of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's new television series, Young Rock, in Strathpine. Whilst The Rock remained in the United States, Screen Queensland has confirmed that they are finding Moreton Bay to be an easy double for many parts of the world. The Moreton Bay Regional Council is part of the Screen Queensland's Film Friendly Council Program allowing film makers to take advantage of our diverse landscapes and making filming in Moreton Bay easy for production houses, filmmakers and crews. Screen Queensland's location scouts are keen to hear from those in our community about spaces and places which we feel would make great movie locations. Properties, old buildings such as sheds and factories, historic houses both inside and out, amazing gardens and the like. We are very much aware of the vast number of photographers and other creatives in Moreton Bay who have an excellent eye for spotting the movie potential in an 'everyday' location. If you know, or see, a great place, simply send a photo with a short description to screenqld@ screenqld.com.au. Darren More editor@featuremagazine.com.au

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North Harbour Marina precinct COULD BE QUEENSLAND'S NEXT PDA Plans for a massive $2.74 billion marina and recreational precinct for Queensland’s Moreton Bay region will be significantly advanced if the State Government backs a new council push to declare the project a Priority Development Area (PDA). North Harbour proponents have applauded the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s unanimous decision this week to seek a PDA from the Government, which would be the culmination of a long-held vision to create a world-class integrated development for the thriving region. The marina precinct at Burpengary East is a joint proposal by two major private developers, North Harbour Holdings and Trask Land Corporation. It includes a 400-berth marina with associated marine industries and a substantial marina village with retail, tourism and entertainment uses. The precinct will also provide 600 new apartments 600 detached homes as part of the marina village, 800 dwellings in a canal estate, an extensive 319 hectares of recreational and regional open space, and 7,735 jobs in the construction phase. “This is tremendous news for our project, which has been rightly described by the Council as an economic and community ‘game changer’ for the region,” said North Harbour Project Director Bryan Finney.

$882 million annual economic contribution and the delay of $300 million in Unitywater infrastructure – a major saving for ratepayers. “The wider community will benefit from an incredible new network of parkland and pathways, a heritage precinct and a water sports precinct on 12km of prime riverfront land that has been in private ownership for the past 160 years. Trask Land Corporation Managing Director David Trask said the Moreton Bay Regional Council, Mayor Peter Flannery and Division 2 Councillor Mark Booth had provided great leadership in advocating for a PDA. “We have had strong support from all levels of government,” Mr Trask said. “Local MP Chris Whiting has also been a strong champion of our project and his support has been essential to creating 7,735 jobs over the life of the project. “With key enabling infrastructure already in place, we are ready to create this vital legacy project for Queensland once appropriate planning approvals are received.” More detail about the council decision is available at www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/ News/Media/North-Harbour-Marina-CouldBecome-a-Priority-Development-Area.

“The North Harbour Marina PDA will be worldclass landmark destination that advances the identity, ecological health and prosperity of South-East Queensland,” said Mr Finney.

On November 11, a Commemorative Service will be held at the Burpengary Anzac Memorial marking the 102nd anniversary of World War One. This COVID Safe Event will be hosted by the Burpengary Community War Memorial Committee and will commence at 10am. “We ask all attending to complete the safe tracking form on entry and abide by the Qld Health Requirements,” said a spokesperson for the Burpengary Community War Memorial Committee. “If you are suffering from any symptoms, please do not attend the Service. Should you become unwell during the Service, please make your way to the area set aside behind the Memorial.” World War One Armistice saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction. By the time the war was over, more than 16 million people—soldiers and civilians alike—were dead. Despite being declared as ‘the war to end all wars’, millions more have lost their lives to World War 2, The Korean War, The Malaysian Confrontation, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and more. “Those who were sent home were affected by the horrors of war. Many suffered from what was then called “Bomb Happy” more commonly known today at Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) some of whom have taken their own lives to escape the horrors,” “On November 11, we will remember those who have suffered and are still suffering the horrible effects of war along with their families, thanking them for their sacrifice.”

“The declaration of a PDA will also deliver additional huge benefits, including a marine industry boom that will attract a significant slice of Australia’s $68 billion marine industry to Moreton Bay.

For more information about the Commemorative Service, please contact Mr. Trevor Rackley, Vice President of the Memorial Committee on 0412410612 or trev.rack40@ optusnet.com.au.

“It will also provide 8.9% of the new jobs needed in the Moreton Bay region, an ongoing

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IN BRIEF DATE CLAIMER: AUSMUSIC T-SHIRT DAY 2020 Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, to be held on Friday 20 November 2020, is a massive nation-wide celebration of Australian music that reminds us how lucky we are to have such a strong local music scene, with many highly talented and successful artists across all genres of music.

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It is also an opportunity to help raise desperately needed funds to meet the ever growing demand on Support Act’s services, with requests for Crisis Relief having increased by 883% since the pandemic began, and calls to the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline having increased by 52%. So start planning your wardrobe! Support Act has developed a Premium T-Shirt range with exclusive, limited edition designs from Amy Shark, Ball Park Music, Briggs, Cold Chisel, Dope Lemon, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kylie Minogue, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Ruel and The Teskey Brothers, with 100% of net proceeds donated to Support Act. For the first time, there will also be an official Ausmusic T-Shirt featuring The Binz. Show your support for Australian music this Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, held during ARIA Week, and celebrated across triple j and the ABC as part of Ausmusic Month. Proudly brought to you by Support Act, triple j and ARIA.

Chairman Dave inspecting the new vehicle with the Morayfield Lions and Nicole from Braking the Cycle Program.

CSC Group and Morayfield Lions have partnered to help Caboolture PCYC purchase a second car for their Braking the Cycle community program.

Morayfield Lions saw the program and knew it was the perfect way to extend a helping hand, alongside the CSC Group, to support young men and women in the area.

$9,500 raised by CSC Group’s 2019 annual Charity Golf Day, contributed to the car purchase to help local young people access a free driving mentor and registered vehicle to complete their logbook hours.

“We are so pleased to be able to see Caboolture PCYC’s dream of a second vehicle come to life thanks to the generosity of Morayfield Lions,” commented Tony Clarke, Sports & Community Manager.

Find out more by visiting www. PCYC’s Braking the Cycle program ausmusictshirtday.org.au. provides a platform to support to learner drivers with access to a supervisor and a registered vehicle to complete their logbook hours.

“The addition of a manual car to the Braking the Cycle Program will enable even more locals to gain their manual license and potentially widen their employment opportunities!”

The aim of the Program is to provide young people with increased employment opportunities, community connection and driver education.

PCYC Braking the Cycle is an award-wining community initiative that has helped over 4,471 young people obtain their driver’s licence through a network

of over 780 volunteer mentor drivers and the support from more than 50 government, community and corporate partners. The addition of the manual car increases the Program’s log book hours from 25 to 50 hours per week. PCYC are always looking for more mentors to join the volunteer driver mentors team; even if it is just an hour a week! For more information about the PCYC Braking the Cycle program or to sign up as a driver mentor, visit https://www.pcyc.org.au/youthand-community/personal-andleadership-development/brakingthe-cycle/.

WOOLWORTHS INTRODUCES RECYCLABLE PAPER MEAT TRAYS Woolworths has launcheed new recyclable paper meat trays across a selection of its Own Brand beef nationally, the latest milestone in an ongoing program to introduce more sustainable packaging. Keith Urban repping Troye Sivan - Ausmusic T-Shirt Day 2020.

The redesigned packaging - made up of a paper tray and fresh seal film - now uses 75 per cent less plastic

than the previous packaging and will eliminate 2.2 tonnes of plastic from the supply chain each year across seven popular beef cuts. Unlike some meat trays, customers can recycle the new paper trays in their curbside recycling bin by simply peeling back the vacuum films used to seal the meat in fresh.

To help make recycling easier for its customers, Woolworths includes simple, easy to follow recycling labels developed by Planet Ark on its Own Brand products. These show how each element of packaging can be discarded either through kerbside recycling, by returning to the store for recycling, or as general waste.

Burpengary Intersection Upgrade Following strong community feedback and support, Mark Ryan MP and Shane King MP have announced that the Department of Transport & Main Roads is progressing important safety improvement works at the intersection of Gleeson Road and Morayfield Road, Burpengary. These improvement works will include the installation of traffic lights to provide safer turning conditions as well as the installation of wide centre line treatments to reduce the risk of head-on crashes, the provision of on-road bike lanes, and rehabilitation of the road surface on Morayfield Road between Paradise Road and Graham Road. Geotechnical work occured during October 2020 with construction commencing in 2021.

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IN BRIEF FEEL, SEE AND HEAR THE MAGIC OF

ENCHANTED LANE

Words: Sheree Hoddinett

THE NEW FERNHILL COMMUNITY

From its beginnings as a luxury mansion to its role as one of our first War Veterans’ Homes, Fernhill is deeply rooted in its origins, built on a tradition of care and respect with close ties to the broader Caboolture community. The Fernhill community has been a constant evolution from 1947 until now, and the future Fernhill continues to inform the changing face of care. Designed with greater needs in mind, the new Fernhill will continue to maintain the highest standards of safety, governance and oversight while providing residents with truly considered, contemporary aged care. A forward-thinking design offers contemporary, accessible rooms created with comfort in mind. Innovative supported-living neighbourhoods encourage a sense of community and connection while providing security and safety for residents to enjoy the ample peace and privacy of their own home. Fernhill offers two room types – Premium Plus and Superior. Each room provides freedom of choice, with moveable built-in joinery and a range of other personalisation options for creating comfort and familiarity. Premium Plus rooms come complete with a spacious bathroom, modern built-ins, a multi-function electric bed, seating for guests and the latest technology including flat screen TV and WiFi access. Modern finishes and ducted air conditioning with individual room settings, as well as windows encouraging natural breezes and light, will enable residents to optimise their environment for personal comfort. Superior rooms have a balcony and views of beautifully landscaped gardens. With layouts from 35sqm, features include modern built-ins, multi-function electric bed with over-bed table, guest seating with additional balcony seating, plus the latest technology including a large flat screen TV and WiFi access. Residents will enjoy the premium finishes of carpet in the bedroom and a fully tiled ensuite. Ducted air conditioning with individual room settings and windows encouraging natural breezes and light will enable residents to optimise their environment for personal comfort. All rooms can be configured to suit couples, so moving into residential aged care doesn’t mean having to live separately. The Newman Memory Support Centre is designed with the latest enabling technology and world class dementia care, the Newman Memory Support Centre provides a home-like environment that is socially, physically and emotionally safe. Short corridors and nooks, intimate dining and activity spaces, a secure rooftop garden with places of interest and wayfinding support, encourage independence and participation in activities throughout the day. With a focus on healthy and active ageing, Fernhill’s Shaw Wellness Centre offers a range of activities, including pain management therapies, group exercise classes and individual programs. Our specialist team of allied health professionals, physiotherapists and occupational therapists are on hand to help residents remain active, mobile and independent. A Day Therapy Centre to support independence, a salon providing a wide range of hairdressing and beauty services along with it's very own Jacaranda Cafe, Fernhill's new look is a perfect mix of past and future.

“We have always been imaginative since we were children,” Shannon says. “It’s only now that we are both mothers that we can tap into that childlike creative side again. It really is fun and therapeutic in a way to build and construct.” Inspiration to create the space came about after the sisters discovered Fairy Way in Deception Bay. They have plans to expand further through the lane, and Christmas time will see the creation of a wonderland theme. Enchanted Lane even has a mayor! “Nate, my 4-year-old son, was dubbed our mayor after he spent countless hours with us painting and designing fairy homes,” Shannon says. “He visits regularly to help with maintenance and give suggestions on what’s to come.” Enchanted Lane likes to upcycle as much as possible and repurpose old recycled materials with the aim to show children what you can come up with by using a little imagination and sparkle. They are always looking for old papers/ car tyres/glass jar lids; wood offcuts and zip ties. Feel the magic for yourself – Enchanted Lane is at the end of Aspect Place, Narangba. Follow Enchanted Lane on Facebook.

BURPENGARY UNVEILS ANOTHER

RED BENCH

Jaime Wicks, an administration officer in the Crime and Intelligence Command, unveiled a Red Bench at the Moreton Bay Lions Football Club last month. She was joined by Acting Superintendent Paul Ready, Acting Senior Sergeant Arriann O’Keeffe, Betty Taylor from the Red Rose Foundation and Mr Shane King MP to unveil the bench which was donated by the Caboolture Men’s Shed. Miss Wicks said the installation of the Red Bench at the football club raised awareness regarding domestic and family violence and provided an opportunity for the important social issue to remain highly visible. Miss Wicks gave a big thank you to partner organisations including the Red Rose Foundation and the Caboolture Men’s Shed.

To find our more contact the Fernhill team on 1300 22 11 22

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sprinkle of fairy dust, a little magic and some hard work has brought Enchanted Lane to life. Created by Narangba locals and sisters Shannon Viertel and Emma Flannery, the project came about as a way for the pair to get creative.

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FEATURE

SETH DUNN

ENGAGING INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES AND WORKERS FOR LOCAL PROJECTS Words: Sheree Hoddinett

Seth Dunn’s contribution to the indigenous community within and around the Moreton Bay Region and beyond is making waves. As an indigenous man himself and as the Contract Administrator for BADGE Construction, Seth has been instrumental with the involvement of indigenous companies and workers on numerous local projects. Outside of work, Seth is also Director for the Australian Indigenous Football Championships and spends his time helping the Nungeena group to further his learning within the indigenous culture. With NAIDOC Week 2020 happening November 8-15, Seth reflects on his achievements so far within the indigenous community and what is still yet to come. 12

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After initially being brought up in a mostly non-indigenous environment, Seth, who is Aboriginal from his mum’s side of the family, only reconnected with his indigenous roots just 4 years ago and is still learning a lot about his culture and background. “I come from the Dharug people,” he says. “They are in the Hawkesbury River region in Greater Sydney, although I have lived in Queensland most of my life. “I’ve had to go and do a lot of research and connect with family I didn’t know I had. Probably the biggest thing I’ve got out of it so far, which I didn’t really expect, was from the moment that I formally became an Aboriginal is that all of a sudden I had all these Auntys and Uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews. Everybody treats you like you’re family, even if you’re not blood family. I think it’s one of the things that has helped Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people survive through all the things in history that have tried to make them not survive. It’s pretty much made the culture much stronger and that continues on now, which I think is great.” Seth may call the Sunshine Coast home, but he is very much ingrained in the Moreton Bay Region and spends weekdays commuting to work on large scale construction projects. Over the duration of about 15 years, Seth has been coming and going from the Caboolture (and nearby) area contributing to the following projects: • • • • • • •

St Eugene’s at Burpengary Stage 5 Grace Lutheran Chapel Bell Tower in the Chapel – Rothwell First Choice Liquor at Morayfield Tavern Grace Lutheran College Library Caboolture Police Station Lee Street Special School Caboolture Watch House project

Reconnecting with his culture and working on large scale projects enabled Seth to start the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This created an opportunity for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members within the construction industry to come on board and boost their skills and confidence. This, so far, has resulted in: • • • •

8768 employment hours for 10 Indigenous people. 96 training hours for 2 Indigenous people. $1,230,381.82 in procurement from 3 Indigenous businesses. A project-total Indigenous economic participation value of $1,629,261.82.

“When I went through the process of doing my paperwork and getting fully recognised as an Aboriginal, I made a commitment with the elders that I would continue to try and use my skills to help others in the community,” Seth says. “I think there’s a real risk of culture being lost and that’s one of the reasons I really wanted to run with it. “It’s (RAP) actually been received a lot better than I could have ever imagined. I know there is a bit of stigma when it comes to some indigenous people not wanting to come to work. When I started signing up sub-contractors and workers to come onsite, I thought I would do a little something as an extra thing. So every morning before I start work, I’d go around and make sure they’re all there, say hello and welcome them to the job, so they feel part of everything. And just in my head too I would welcome their ancestors to the job as well. I Seth with his wife, Oluwaseun and son, Iverson. Photo by Mada Mueller

found all the indigenous workers that came to the job appreciated that. It worked out so well I decided to do it with everyone.” Quietly spoken and a little unassuming, you can hear the pride in Seth’s voice as he excitedly talks about his team’s latest project – the Caboolture Watch House. While the building itself is a massive achievement and set for possible completion in March 2021, it’s the finer details that Seth can’t wait for the community to see. A wall structure, still in place from the old police station building, will become home to a mural and a carpet snake installation, paying homage to the Gubbi Gubbi totem. “The mayor is behind it, the honourable Mark Ryan, the deputy police commissioner - they have all been down to have a look at it with me, so they’re all pretty excited about it,” Seth says. “So that is starting to get a lot of traction and we can’t wait to see it come to life. So watch this space.” Lee Street Special School will also keep Seth working in the Caboolture area for at least the next 12 months. In early October, BADGE Construction formally won the next stage for further building work at the school. The work is also recognised as an Indigenous Equal Opportunities Project, which Seth says he “really likes being involved with” due to the opportunities it creates for indigenous-owned businesses and workers. Another role Seth talks about fondly is as the Director of the Australian Indigenous Football Championships. Although this year’s tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19, Seth says they’re using the opportunity to spend some more time brushing up on the educational side of things. “We’re also going to engage some elders and storytellers to upskill us so that when all the young players and teams come from all around Australia, we can share a bit more of the local Gubbi Gubbi culture with all of the teams,” he says. While he works hard to integrate the indigenous culture within and outside his working life, Seth is also dedicated to his family and devoted to developing his culture. He has two daughters (aged 17 and 21) who also recognise themselves as Aboriginal, a young son just a few months old and a very supportive wife. Seth spends a lot of his spare time with the Nungeena group in the Glasshouse Mountains, a sentiment also shared by his family. “My family have met the elders and quite often come out to Nungeena with me,” he says. “We have a parcel of land out there that we’re currently looking at making some walking

tracks and storytelling areas. “All of our family are going to attend the education tours that we’re going to do at the end of the year/early next year and we’re hoping to get more skills and knowledge and do more storytelling ourselves once we have a bit more of that education.” As we approach NAIDOC Week, Seth says it’s a good way of recognising what others have done in the past, what they are achieving in the present and remaining hopeful for the future. “I think we’re at a point where people actually want to see reconciliation,” he says. “I think that the majority of Australians see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as an Australian culture not just separated for the people. I think that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are starting to feel a bit more welcomed from the rest of the world, more included and inclusive. That’s been a bit of a challenge in the past.” Seth admits he has also experienced some racism due to people not realising he’s Aboriginal. “I do have white skin so I unless I tell people or they hear it from someone else, they don’t know,” he says. “I do hear a lot of jokes, and I used to brush it aside but not anymore. It’s kind of funny sometimes, someone will make a joke, and I don’t laugh because I am Aboriginal and when I tell them the colour in their skin actually changes. “I think the other part too is that part of society is changing too where it was once acceptable to say those kinds of things in the past. I think now some people make those jokes and don’t mean to be offensive but don’t understand how they make other people feel. I believe what I experience has made me more careful about how I treat other human beings.” Seeing the positive changes of the indigenous culture taking shape, Seth believes there’s always room for more. “I’d really like to see more indigenous leaders in Australia,” he says. “We have heaps of sports stars, some of our best sporting stars are Aboriginal, which is great to see. I’d like to see more and more develop up into a leadership role. “I’d also like to see more Australian people in general embrace the indigenous culture a bit more, particularly the spiritual side. I think it would be really nice for Australians to recognise all Australian culture, we do in a lot of other ways but I think we need to nurture it a bit more.”


OPINION

COVID Cohort

Thumbs Up!

Dog Park Dilemma

Dear Editor,

Thumbs Up to the staff at Narangba Meats who I saw helping a senior customer by carrying her purchase to her car. It is wonderful to see that chivalry is not dead. Mark, Narangba

Dear Editor,

Thumbs Up to the young man assisting the 'trolley-boy' with a disability and was having difficulty with his trolley load. I am not sure if you are his carer or simply a passerby but either way, you should be commended for your generosity. Sue-ellen, Kallangur

With the vast majority of homes that have at least one dog, and the law preventing off lead walking, the dog parks located at Harris Ave and Stone Ridge are highly inadequate.

I am disgusted and bewildered about Grade 12 students at Narangba Valley High School being given an 'early graduation' last month. These students have put up with ATAR changes and being directed by teachers who don't fully understand the system themselves. Then there is COVID and the mass confusions as the academic world struggles to adjust. To celebrate their mismanaged Year 12 experience, whilst under the pressure of exams, they got a 'dummy' graduation. These students have put up with so much. In return for their efforts and resilience, they received a dummy graduation certificate at a graduation ceremony held before they even sit their end of year exams. How offensive! These students should not be disrespected simply because faculty would rather blame COVID than think outside the box. To the school, I ask, what do you have in place for those who don't pass their exams and are not able to actually graduate. An experience I am confident would be a huge knock to selfesteem. Yours faithfully,

COVID in the Community Dear Editor, I would like to remind people that even though we may not have many active cases of COVID in our community, many of us are still impacted by the death of loved ones from COVID.

Something needs to be done about the lack of dog park space in Narangba/ Narangba Valley.

Perhaps dog owners would be less inclined to risk having their dogs stretch their legs off lead if a decent sized park, similar to the one located at Kroll Gardens, Clontarf, was put in place. The Council has a huge block of unused land off Oakey Flat Road that would be ideal for a park like this.

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Putting this vacant space to good use for the community and their canine kids would be a much better use of resources. It would make dog owners feel more comfortable knowing their dogs have their own space and not crammed into a pen like they are now.

Samantha P Caboolture

Trisha M Narangba

Please be thoughtful when you speak out loud in public about how COVID isn't real and/or doesn't affect us here.

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Critically Speaking WHAT FRUSTRATES YOU ABOUT COVID 19?

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don’t know about you, but I think that COVID 19 should have Cryptic Critic run its race by now! But it hasn’t. Why? Simply because some of us don’t want to observe a set of simple rules. Also, we have as yet not found a suitable vaccine to kill off the virus. But more about the vaccine later and back to the rules. These rules are not complicated, they don’t require the brains of a rocket scientist to understand them. They are, observe social distancing, wear a face mask, wash our hands and if you are not feeling well, get tested.

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But those who choose not to observe them for a variety of reasons make it difficult for the rest of us. For example: with this pandemic killing thousands, I would have thought that it becomes a no brainer not to exercise one’s democratic right and conduct a demonstration. No matter how justified one’s cause is! Yes, we have a democratic right to demonstrate - but not at a time and in a manner that puts everyone’s lives in danger, including your own. That’s simply stupid! And then we have the troublemakers, the alarmists and some politicians who deliberately spread conspiracy theories, often for their own benefit. Everything from radio waves from the recently installed 5G network spreading the virus, to Bill Gates developing a vaccination program designed to microchip the entire world’s population. In fact, it has

been shown that well over 2,000 conspiracy theories, rumours and the like have spread over 87 countries in 25 languages worldwide since the virus arrived. But that is not the end of it. About the time of the virus’s arrival, the United States and China had commenced a trade war. Both parties saw a virus sent opportunity to use COVID 19, in a blame game which still continues today. The United States took the initiative by claiming that Chinese scientists at the behest of their government had deliberately released the virus as a biowarfare weapon against the West. China responded by reporting that the US military had imported the virus into Wuhan, whilst attending the World Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019. So apart from the thousands of untruths circulating around the world, we now have the two most powerful nations in the world engaged in a tit-for-tat blame game. No one benefits, least of all the already frightened millions who wonder who will save them from this awful scourge. Would it not have made sense for nations to have come together and co-operatively found an antidote to this pandemic. The virus has given us a unique chance for nations to unite for the common good. But that would require common sense being exercised in `the halls of power` and when that happens, pigs may fly.

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What a Man! A cryptic shout out to Mr Fredric Gee of Elimbah who has sent a list of `annoyances` to be added to my list published in last month's edition. His list, by the way, was on a beautifully handmade card with a leaf attached and included, amongst other things, television representatives who start every second sentence with the word, ‘Now….'. I agree Fredric. Now.... what? Keep ‘em coming!!! The Cryptic Critic

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PROFILE

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ishing out tasty and freshly made meals has become a little easier to manage for the Burpengary Meals on Wheels team. Thanks to a COVID-19 Community Infrastructure Revitalisation Grant from Moreton Bay Regional Council worth $20,504, they have had a walk-in freezer installed in their kitchen, enabling the easy storage of a large volume of premade meals. The new freezer has replaced several standalone commercial and domestic freezers.

FREEZING THEIR WAY THROUGH MEAL PREP Words: Sheree Hoddinett

A hive of activity fills the Burpengary MOW kitchen every weekday in preparation for delivery of up to 80 hot and cold meals to some of the more vulnerable members of our community. The construction of a walkin freezer is a welcome addition to a bustling space. “We are extremely grateful to have received a grant from the council and to be able to have the freezer installed,” Burpengary MOW Committee Secretary Fred Hein says. “Having the grant meant we could sign off on the quote straight away and get things started, we didn’t have to worry about organising finances or anything like that. “For our group, it also means we can dedicate the funding we would have used to other areas within our group.” For MOW President and Kitchen Co-ordinator Ann Pickering, the installation of the freezer means even more organisation within the kitchen. “Everything is more organised and I can stack meals and other food in the one space, instead of across the multiple freezers we were using,” she says. “It was an exciting day for everyone when it was switched on.” While Burpengary MOW has always had a steady stream of clients, they have noticed a marked increase in 2020 due to COVID-19. “Since the beginning of the year we were making 1100 meals a month and now it’s up to about 1700 meals a month,” Ann says. “It’s definitely showing the impact the virus has had.” Division 2 Councillor Mark Booth says a total of $510, 933 was provided to community groups across the division as part of council’s COVID-19 stimulus package to help get the region back on track. “I’m really happy that we have been able to put this freezer in for Burpengary Meals on Wheels,” Cr Booth says. “It enables them to keep up with the 30% increase in demand brought about by COVID and also helps them to continue supplying members of our community with much-needed meals.”

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Ann Pickering, Fred Hein and Cr Mark Booth feel the chill of the new walk-in freezer at Burpengary Meals on Wheels.

The food preparation, cooking, packing and delivery is all completed by a dedicated team of hardworking volunteers. It’s a team that is always willing to take on extra sets of hands. “Volunteering is an area where we always need more people,” Fred says. “At the moment there is a lot of volunteers carrying a heavy load. It would be nice to lessen that a little bit, particularly drivers and kitchen staff. We always have the same faces, which is good, but it would be nice to share it around a little bit more.”

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

A Paw-fect Opportunity Alita Huyton raises funds for Guide Dogs Queensland

Words: Sheree Hoddinett

Rolling around with some four-legged furry friends and being on the receiving end of a paw-five is one of many things Alita Huyton loves to do. The bubbly eight-year-old from Morayfield is also using her love of dogs in her role as a 2020 Guide Dogs Youth Ambassador to help raise money to go towards future guide dogs to aid those with vision loss. With the help of her mum, who runs Gayle Marie Photography, the duo have been busy running pet photo fundraisers within the community to reach Alita’s fundraising goal It was during lockdown (thanks to COVID-19) earlier this year that the Huyton family came across the opportunity to be an ambassador for Guide Dogs Queensland. Inspired by the work the Guide Dogs Queensland team do, Alita knew she wanted to help. “Doing this means the money will go towards giving guide dogs training so they can help blind people,” she says of her fundraising efforts. “They need equipment to help train the dogs and every bit we can get helps.” Once restrictions had eased, Gayle and Alita set about organising photoshoot opportunities where owners could bring their pets along, and all money they raised would go towards Guide Dogs. Dogge Avenue & Co Pet Spa Narangba and Barkley & Pips Cafe Bundamba are two locations that have seen many four-legged superstars barking it up for the camera.

“Instead of charging a session fee, we asked people to make a donation to Alita’s fundraising page,” Gayle says. “It’s all about helping Guide Dogs and the important work they do.” While Gayle focuses on capturing the perfect shot, Alita gets to help out behind the scenes and in the words of her mum “make friends with the dogs”. “While mum takes the photos, I stand behind her and make odd sounds to get the dogs to looking at the camera,” Alita says. “I love going along with my mum and of course spending time with the dogs - that’s the best part.” Guide Dogs Queensland Chief Executive Officer Michael Kightley said Guide Dogs Youth Ambassadors, like Alita, played an essential role in helping raise money for the training of guide dogs but also raising awareness in their community. “It takes nearly two years and costs $50,000 for each of our little pups to become life-changing guide dogs,” Mr Kightley explained. “More than 90% of our funding comes from generous sponsorship and community donations, including the incredible fundraising efforts of our Youth Ambassadors. “Our younger supporters are extremely passionate about helping other people, and we find the Youth Ambassadors quite often connect personally with the cause – not just to help these adorable puppies become life-changing Guide Dogs, but also to improve the lives of Queenslanders who are blind or living with low vision.” Setting her sights on a $1500 target, Alita is well on her way to achieving it. Once she reaches it, there’s a little bit of fun on her horizon. “I get to have a puppy play date,” she says with a big smile on her face. Help Alita reach her fundraising goal. Visit https://guidedogsya2020. everydayhero.com/au/paws-for-a-cause

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YOUR STORY

RIDING THE ROLLERCOASTER OF TYPE 1 DIABETES

Words: Sheree Hoddinett

Needles, blood sugar checks, insulin and hypos and hypers are just part of normal everyday life for the Chapman family. Not one, but three members of the Burpengary family of four are Type 1 diabetics. While it may sound like a lot to deal with (and at times it is), this family take it all in their stride, because it’s what they know and what they’re used to. World Diabetes Day falls on Saturday, November 14. While it’s one day to help highlight the ups and downs and raise awareness of this widespread disease, it’s hard to truly comprehend what it all means unless you’re living with it. When you first meet the Chapman family, you wouldn’t know that Type 1 diabetes is lurking in the background. That’s because their life is pretty much like everyone else, just with a few differences – insulin taking up room in the fridge and a few extra medical supplies stacked neatly on a shelf. That’s not to take away the seriousness of this disease and the impact it can have, but Aimee and Aaron have worked hard to create a sense of normalcy within their young family. Aimee was first diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic when she was 10, Aaron was 5. While they knew there was a chance their children could also face the same diagnosis, they never expected it so early on. While their eldest son Blake (8), has so far shown no signs, their youngest son Dylan wasn’t as lucky.

We had to hold him down to do the infusion needle change because he would move a lot. It was horrible, but it has made a big difference.

“Dylan was 17 months old, he was just a bubba,” says Aimee. “I remember him being sick and drinking lots and wetting through nappies, but I just put it down to teething. In the back of my mind, I was thinking diabetes, but I was trying to fob it off. I was in a bit of denial. We knew, but we didn’t want to Dylan being cared for in the Pediatric Intensive know.” Care Unit the day after his diagnosis. Now aged 5, Dylan (who is also a coeliac) has settled into his routine of finger pricks, insulin doses and everything else that comes with living as a Type 1 diabetic. He’s also fortunate enough to have an insulin pump (donated by the Bribie Island Diabetes Support Group) which takes away the need for multiple needles a day.

“It was a bit hard at first and took a bit of adjustment,” Aimee says. “We had to hold him down to do the infusion needle change because he would move a lot. It was horrible, but it has made a big difference. “I did freak out initially thinking about something being attached to Dylan all the time. But after speaking to other parents with kids of a similar age and they said it’s nothing to them, they just get on with life.” One of the tricky aspects of three members of the same family having Type 1 is the constant need for insulin and diabetic supplies, which adds up quickly. While we are fortunate to have the National Diabetes Services Scheme in Australia to help cover some costs, it’s still an expensive disease to live with. An insulin pump outright can cost up to $10,000 and isn’t an option for many families who may not have private health cover. They also usually need to be replaced every 4 years. While things have changed a lot since Aimee and Aaron were diagnosed as children, Aimee believes more should be done to help families cover the cost. “It is an expensive disease to have,” she says. “Things like test strips you use all the time, and they need Dylan looking much happier five days after being diagnosed. to be replaced regularly. “Visits to the doctor or specialist also add up. We know we have to do these things, but there are so many families out there going through this. It’s a disease you have for life, it’s not going away.”

255,600 people are living with diabetes in Queensland.

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283 people are diagnosed with diabetes each day.

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The main types are Type 1, Type 2, Pre-diabetes and Gestational.

Diabetes occurs when there is too much glucose in the blood. Source: diabetesqld.com.au

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HEALTH + WELLNESS

LOOK BEYOND THE BEARD Words: Monica Shanahan LaBella Day Spa + Clinic

HOW EXERCISE HELPS MEN'S HEALTH Words: Moreton All Body Care

Having an active lifestyle is the best way for a man to remain healthy. Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce and manage many chronic conditions and improve mental health. Exercise is vital for a healthy body and mind. Despite the positive impact of exercise on both physical and mental health, Australian men aren’t moving enough. More than half (51%) of Australian males don’t get the recommended levels of physical activity.

Have you ever heard people say: “Beauty salons are not for men." “Men don’t need skincare.” “Real men don’t need sunscreen.” “Skin products for men are just a pricey gimmick." I am sure you have! Maybe it was our father, husband or even our son’s reaction to our plea to do something for their dry patch, pimples, or sunburned skin. The reason is that for centuries the beauty industry has been shaped by gender stereotypes that women’s treatment is not for men. But this is only a myth … Today I am talking to the men. Take time to go to the mirror and look very carefully beyond the beard, what do you see? Skin. That’s right skin!!! We all have skin. It doesn’t matter if we are female or male, and we are all equally exposed to external and internal causes that can damage this precious organ.

The skin is the largest organ that we have and the most exposed. It is the one that everyone can see, so it makes sense to take care of it. Grooming is an essential part of life, for humans and animals alike. It is vital for keeping healthy, clean and hygienic and well as playing a pivotal role in social bonding. It doesn’t matter if we are female or male, we all need to feel cared for, and beauty treatments are a tool to provide care. It makes us feel good, which we all need from time to time. Do you “love” or at least like your car? Do you wash your car from time to time? Would you drive it without fuel, oil or the essential maintenance? To work properly, a car needs attention and care. The same applies to your precious skin. So let me answer you: Is it fine to wash your face with soap? NO Can you do anything about shaving irritation, razor bumps and ingrown hair? YES Do I really need sunscreen? YES

The Department of Health recommends that adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every week, including at least two strength sessions. That might seem overwhelming, but when you think about it, it’s only 30 minutes five times per week. If 30 minutes at a time sounds too much you can even break it down further and try doing 3 x 10 minute sessions every day and eventually build up. Remember something is ALWAYS better than nothing. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, and every little bit counts. Here are some tips for increasing your activity levels this Movember: • Grab a friend or your partner– working out with others increases adherence. • Take the stairs instead of the lift • Park further away from work or, if you can, walk instead of driving • Join a team – sports are a great way to stay motivated. Social touch footy, beach volleyball, park soccer. The options are endless and it is also a great way to expand your social circle • Get off the bus/train a couple of stations earlier • Just move – even if it’s just 10 minutes – every little bit counts

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Movember Moustache Men have a life expectancy of approximately four years less than their female counterparts. Men have a higher mortality rate from most leading causes of death. 1. There are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man’s face and the average moustache has 600.

7. In 1967 The Beatles gave away cardboard moustaches with their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Seven out of ten Australian men are overweight or obese.

2. Albert Einstein sported his moustache for over 50 years.

8. On average a man with a moustache touches it 760 times a day.

Compared to women, men visit the doctor less frequently & have shorter visits.

3. A fancy way to say shaving is pogonotomy.

9. In Eureka, Nevada, USA, it is illegal for men with moustaches to kiss women.

One in seven Australian men experiences depression or anxiety (or both) in any given year.

10. Beards were dangerous in hand-to-hand combat. Alexander the Great made all his soldiers shave before the battle of Ardela,

Approximately half will experience a mental illness over their lifetime.

4. In a deck of cards the King of Hearts is the only king without a mustache. 5. The oldest recorded mustache dates back to at around 300 B.C. 6. The average one-month old moustache is capable of holding 30ml of liquid or 10 per cent of a glass of beer before leaking its contents down the owner’s face. Useful for spills.

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11. Civil War era men who shaved their upper lips, like Abe Lincoln and John Greenleaf Whitter, the poet, did so for convenience in eating.

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Suicide is the leading cause of death for males aged 15 – 44. Men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

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SENIORS

FITNESS UNITES GENERATIONS

IT-BASED HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS COULD SLOW ADULT FRAILTY

Words: University of the Sunshine Coast

A $6.9 million global research project involving USC as the only Australian partner has developed a new monitoring and intervention system to slow or even reverse the progression of frailty among older adults. USC neuropsychology researcher Associate Professor Mathew Summers said the preliminary findings were exciting because they indicated that the IT-based tailored health care platform and program could help older adults live in their homes longer. The world-first approach is called MyAHA (My Active and Healthy Ageing). Dr Summers was awarded $496,000 by the National Health and Medical Research Council towards the four-year European Union Horizon 2020 consortium grant project that has just been completed.

Residents of Oak Tree Retirement Village Burpengary recently partnered with Burpengary State Secondary College to assist Year 12 Certificate III fitness students in completing their placement assessment. The program, designed by RTO Binnacle Training, focuses on providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver fitness programs within their school community and gain a head start before leaving school. “This program promotes a collaborative partnership between Retirement Living and Schools and demonstrates the positive impact that physical activity has on improving the health and wellbeing of older adults. Oak Tree residents loved interacting with the students and being a part of their learning process and are looking forward to incorporating the exercises they learnt from the program in their everyday life,” said a spokesperson for Oak Tree Retirement Village Burpengary Oak Tree Burpengary residents participated in three different sessions, where the students were able to practice their techniques on prescreening and body composition testing and tailored training sessions for seniors using everyday objects as equipment – perfect for seniors wanting to exercise in the comfort of their own home. Whilst attending the school, residents were spoilt with a delicious assortment of grazing boxes and delicious treats prepared by the Year 10 hospitality class preparing for the completion of their certificate III in Hospitality in senior. “It was heart-warming to see the interaction between the two generations, especially during these unprecedented times,” said a spokesperson for Oak Tree Retirement Village Burpengary. “The three sessions ran smoothly, with residents and students remaining safe and abiding by the social distancing rules and restrictions.” Residents were extremely impressed with the professionalism and expertise delivered by students from the school with some of the residents leaving wonderful comments regarding the program.

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The Sunshine Coast was the only Australian site for the research, which recruited more than 40 older people between Noosa, Caloundra and the hinterland for an 18-month trial. Dr Summers was one of the project’s principal investigators, alongside colleagues from 16 other universities and private institutions across Europe and Asia. “This new IT-based platform is designed to identify and monitor older adults exhibiting early stages of frailty, then develop individually-tailored interventions that can slow the progression of frailty or even reverse it back to normal function,” he said. “We looked at all types of physical, cognitive and social frailty, such as problems with mental processing and memory, isolation and loneliness, depression and anxiety, nutrition and sleep.” More than 250 volunteers worldwide participated in the project (www.activeageing.unito.it). They were split into two groups, with half testing the system and half acting as a control group.

Data from wristband sensors that tracked physical activity and from surveys of participants’ cognitive health, nutrition and moods was fed into a web-based platform and analysed for changes over time.

A.Prof Matthew Summers Neuropsychology Researcher USC

“We then developed algorithms to automatically identify patterns of change that indicated potential clinical changes in function,” Dr Summers said. “For each pattern, we prescribed interventions targeted towards those weaker areas.” Researchers visited participants individually in their homes and as groups in the community to assess and intervene. “While the results of the research are currently under peer review for publication, we can say we found a maintenance and slight improvement in quality of life for older people who received the intervention, and a significant decline in quality of life for the control group.” Dr Summers said the system supported older people staying in their own homes for longer. “When an older person lives at home, the biggest risk is a fall and the mostly likely trigger is their own physical frailty,” he said. “By targeting early indicators and halting or reversing the progression of frailty, the ongoing benefit is to reduce their risk of falls and increase their likelihood of living at home for longer period of time with minimal support.” Dr Summers said USC’s work within such a large international consortium gave it access to advanced technologies and leading researchers, as well as multilingual platforms for migrants. “The next step is to gain investment from companies to pursue commercialisation, to make the platform available more widely,” he said.

HOW TO START TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH Words: Susanne Jones, Just Better Care

Depression and feelings of isolation or loneliness can be common for older Australians. More likely to experience physical illness or personal loss, our elderly sometimes struggle to ask for help. Whilst discussions around mental health are becoming more common place, some older people have never spoken about how they feel because it wasn’t normalised when they were growing up. Others, worrying that they will be treated differently or become a burden, keep feelings of sadness and seclusion to themselves.

Show you care: Beyondblue.org.au provides a number of conversation starters that encourage a healthy discussion about how your loved one is feeling. Take action: Work out what help you can provide. This may be a weekly phone call or helping with weekly tasks.

Normalising conversations around emotions can make it easier to identify risks, manage problems and reduce the stigma. But these conversations can be tricky. Here are some tips on how to ask if someone is okay.

Ask an expert: It is important to get expert advice. Beyondblue.org.au provides a range of free advice and information to help support your loved one. Speaking to a GP could also be beneficial.

Find a safe space: Find a quiet, safe space to have the discussion. Let them know that you are there to talk about how they are feeling, to listen and provide support.

Talking about isolation and depression can sometimes be a daunting task but starting a conversation can be the first step to better mental health.

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HOME + GARDEN

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WHAT TO PLANT IN NOVEMBER

QUESTIONS FROM READERS

How Long Does It Take Fruit Trees To Bear Fruit?

Gardeners all love planting. This month we are spoilt for choice. But in Queensland, palms are number one as they are ideal for the climate.

Lemon trees: 2-3 years

Plant them around pools, for their cool and calming effect or as a bold accent plant. There are varieties that also grow well indoors in pots.

Lemon trees have always been a popular choice, especially for those with a bit of room in the backyard. A lemon tree needs a lot of sun and good drainage, given the right conditions you should start to see fruit in two to three years. If you don’t have room for a fully grown lemon tree, you could just as easily grow one in a pot and prune as required. The ‘Eureka’ is a popular variety that fruits twice a year with its biggest crop in summer.

As a general rule, fertilise in spring, summer and autumn. Pop into store for advice about what to use on your palm. Water deeply and regularly when it’s warm and dry

Apple trees: 4-8 years

There’s nothing like the taste of a delicious, crunchy apple straight off the tree. If you’ve got the room and the patience, a standard apple tree can grow over nine metres tall and produce fruit in four to eight years. Semi-dwarf and dwarf apple trees don’t grow as tall but still produce standard sized apples. Generally a fruit that’s ready to harvest in summer, apple trees are relatively low maintenance. Planted in a sunny spot with good drainage, you can expect them to fruit in three to four years.

Orange trees: up to 3 years

Imagine enjoying a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every morning. It’d taste even better when it’s from your very own garden. An orange tree that enjoys at least five hours of sunshine a day can reward you with spring fruit in as little as three years. Whether or not a tree bears fruit has more to do with growing conditions and age than it does with the height of the tree. As with some of the other fruit and citrus varieties, a semi-dwarf is a good option if you don’t have room for a fully grown orange tree.

Olive trees: 4-5 years

Olive trees have been grown for centuries and are highly regarded for their tolerance to the harsh Australian climate. In fact, the only place they’re not suitable for are tropical climates, preferring hot dry weather reminiscent of the Mediterranean. When planted in fertile soil that gets full sun for at least 6 hours a day, you can expect your olive tree to bear fruit in four to five years. Picking usually takes place from midautumn to early winter and olives need to be soaked, salted and preserved in oil to remove their bitterness.

Geraniums are another great choice. Known for their prolific and colourful blooms, they are, easy-care, hardy and tolerate full sun.

Osteospermums are also sun lovers. They grow well in pots, or mass plant in the garden for good effect. They thrive in welldrained soil and for a longer blooming season, remove spent flowers. For a blaze of colour you can’t go past everyone’s summer favourite, petunias. Plant them in a sunny spot in the garden, in pots or hanging baskets. Azaleas and plumeria are also in store to plant too. Don’t neglect the vegie patch. It’s a good time to plant tomatoes, eggplants and capsicums as they really like the sun. Watermelons and rock melons will do well too and if you’ve got room put in a few pumpkins too. But remember the vines

spread so you’ll need some room. Plant cucumbers, lettuce, beetroot, silverbeet, beans and quick growing radishes.

MAINTENANCE

In October there’s a flush of growth, so it’s the perfect time to get the pruners out. Remove spent flowers and tip prune grevilleas and callistemons as well as other natives. Pruning now promotes good shape and growth. Prune poinsettias and snow flake after flowering. Give the garden a dose of fertiliser. But don’t fertilise when the forecast is for hot weather. Remember to feed natives with a low phosphorous option. If you’ve got any questions about what to feed your garden, pop into store and ask the experts. Keep water up to shrubs such as gardenias, hydrangeas, and ixoras. They need water to put on their flower show. Before the heat of summer, is a great time to apply mulch. It helps soil retain moisture and protects plant roots. Lucerne and sugar cane are great options. As they break down, they provide valuable nutrients to the soil. Spread about 5-7cm thick.

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DON'T LET YOUR PETS SUCCUMB TO SUMMER If you’re feeling lonely or are keen to make new friends, a trip to the vet or the dog park may be in order. Research* of pet owners has found that:

51% had met new people as a direct result of their pet

More than one in 20 (5.2%) credited their pet with introducing them to their partner

84% of people surveyed said they would rate animals as conversation starters

If forced to choose, more than a third (36.2%) of those surveyed said they would live with their pet over their current partner

An astounding 86.8% said they would choose their pet over their friends or flatmate

49% said their pet understands their moods best, while only a third (33%) said that their partner does

Almost a quarter of respondents wished their partner was like their pet. Pets don’t talk back, argue or criticise!

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Research of almost 200 Australian pet owners conducted by RSPCA NSW

QUESTIONS FROM READERS WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FIND A BABY BIRD? Every year scores of baby birds are taken to vets and RSPCA Qld’s Wildlife Hospital when in fact they should have been left where they were. “Sadly this happens all the time,” said RSPCA Qld’s spokesperson Michael Beatty. “People think they’re doing the right thing by “rescuing” chicks that are healthy and being looked after by their parents. They mean well but it often ends up very badly for the chicks.” First, you need to determine if the bird a nestling or a fledgling. Does the bird have feathers? If not, or if it has only fluffy down, then it is a nestling, and needs help straight away, as it cannot keep itself warm. If you find a nestling, please take it to a vet or bring it in to the RSPCA as soon as possible. If the bird has its flight feathers, then it is a fledgling. Before rescuing a fledgling, ask yourself: • Is the bird calling or making a noise? • Is the bird bright and responsive? • Can the bird perch on your finger? • Can the bird spread its wings evenly and flutter to the ground when encouraged to fly? If the answer to all of these questions is a definite “yes” then the baby bird should be able to be reunited with its parents. It is best for a baby bird to be reunited with its parents, as no human carer can teach a young bird all that it needs to learn to survive. To try to reunite the baby bird with its parents, place the bird on a low branch in a bush and watch to see if the parents come to feed it. You can also place the baby bird in a bucket with a few drainage holes. The ‘home-away-from-home’ will protect fledglings and baby birds from predators. Cats and dogs can kill and severely wound native birds and wildlife, particularly the young and flightless. Responsible pet ownership includes confining your cat/s and dog/s (particularly at night). Residents can further assist native birds by planting bushy indigenous shrubs and ground cover to provide protection and camouflage. This will help increase the survival rate of young birds, and will significantly reduce the injury and mortality rates of all wildlife species.

At this time of the year we are reminded about the summer health risks of the vulnerable, including the elderly, the young and the sick. However there is little thought given to those who are equally susceptible but can’t head warnings, identify signs or alleviate affects – our pets. Arguably, their inability to verbalise their thoughts or to voice their symptoms makes them needier. After all, a cat can’t carry a water bottle, apply sun screen or don a pair of sunnies anymore than a dog can’t turn on a fan, refrigerate food or keep medications cool. Thus, with summer before us and responsibility upon us, it is up to owners, neighbours and community members to ensure that the animals in our lives receive the same thought and care as the humans in our lives and ensure that our pets don’t “succumb to summer.” In particular the dangers of heat waves, hot cars, ticks and holiday travel. Heat Waves Every summer, too many pets suffer heat stroke due to their owners’ failure to provide sufficient shade and water. A dog can survive a few days without food, but in the heat it won’t last a day without shade or water. Exercising dogs in the middle of the day can also be dangerous. They tend to overheat very quickly. And once their temperature reaches over forty degrees they can die. If a dog is suffering from heat stress, it’s imperative to lower its temperature as quickly as possible. Hose it down with water, and place ice packs on its head and stomach. Hot Cars The temperature in a car can reach over fifty degrees in less than ten minutes and dogs have been known to die in less than six. Even when you think that you’ll be “just a minute” and that your pet will be safe while you’re gone, remember that any vehicle is hazardous and potentially disastrous for your pet. Be alert for a dog left inside a locked vehicle. Seek emergency help immediately. In a car park, notify centre management, phone the RSPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline (1300 852 188) or your local Police Station. Ticks The paralysis tick can act very quickly and cause severe impairment or worse. Owners should check their pets daily and be aware of the early symptoms of tick paralysis. An unsteady gait, a dry cough and even a slight change in your pets bark or meow could mean they’ve been affected. If infected, seek veterinary attention immediately. The sooner the antiserum is administered, the less chance there is of the tick poisoning being lethal. Prompt action will save lives. Holiday Travel It is important to make sure that all health checks and vaccinations are up to date and that all pets are microchipped. Notify your council, friend or a family member with holiday contact numbers, and make sure that your pet wears visible identification (tags) with holiday contact details. If you are leaving your pet at a boarding establishment, make sure it meets the code of practice for animal industries under the Animal Care and Protection Act (2001). If left in the care of another person, that person should be trusted and caring. You should also leave the carer with a holiday plan in case of emergency. The increased dangers associated with spiralling temperatures do not discriminate against size, breed or gender. By applying the same thoughts and actions to your pets as you would the elderly, children or the sick, you will minimise the risks associated with the rising mercury. You will also ensure that your pets have a healthy and happy summer rather than succumb to it.

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LOCAL SPORTS

Caboolture sports cricket club opens

STATE-OF-THE-ART CRICKET DEVELOPMENT CENTRE Caboolture Sports Cricket Club officially opened its state of the art cricket development centre last month located at the Grant Road Sports Grounds in Morayfield. Australian and Queensland government representatives joined with Moreton Bay Regional Council councillors and Caboolture Sports Club representatives to unveil the plaque and welcome in a new era for the Club. The new facility will help cater for yearround training for members and various cricket users and features a full-height tilt concrete slab that eliminates ‘bat on ball’ noise disturbance for neighbouring residences; LED lighting that can be varied to suit high-performance training squads and other users; fully air-conditioned facilities and a 50 panel/16.5kw solar electric system. “Unlike commercial indoor cricket centres that provide social competitions, our new facility’s focus is on cricket skill development and supporting cricket development pathways for emerging and talented local players,” said Caboolture Sports Cricket Club president, Steve Adams. “Cricket player success is about acquiring sound fundamental skills using quality coaching and continuing to develop

player’s skills to maximize their potential and ultimately have the best chance of gaining higher-level selections” added Adams. “We now have a quality dedicated cricket facility right here in Morayfield that will focus on skill development. This will not only assist our higher-level teams, but equally important, our juniors and new female players that are coming into the game,” added Adams. Constructed over 12 weeks by Brisbanebased Spaceframe Construction Pty Ltd, the Cricket Development Centre and other areas of the facility has received over $1.6 million in funding over two years and various levels of funding from Government and sporting stakeholders including Sport Australia’s – Community Sports Infrastructure Fund; Queensland Government’s Active Community Infrastructure Fund; Queensland Cricket’s grant via the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund; Moreton Bay Regional Council through its Regional Communities Projects Grant; the Australian Government’s Community Energy Efficiencies and Solar Grants Program; and Caboolture Sports Club’s Major Development Fund. With the facilities now upgraded, the club is set to have its senior mens and womens teams to be ready to compete in the Brisbane Premier grades by 2023/2024.

SMASH HIT FOR NARANGBA TENNIS LOVERS Narangba residents will be shouting “c’mon!” with construction of a new $3 million tennis hub soon to get underway at the Harris Avenue Sports Complex. Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery said the joint funding investment with the State Government would deliver six new courts, a new clubhouse and pro shop, carparking, lighting and infrastructure. “BBN Constructions aced the tender process and will get work underway next month on the new $3 million tennis hub," he said. "This is especially thanks to the Queensland Government's $2 million contribution through its Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package for Moreton Bay Region. “We all know the value of sports infrastructure after going through lockdown, so this will be a great boon for the Narangba region, which is an emerging community. “Moreton Bay Region has the best sports infrastructure in all of southeast Queensland and we want to make sure we’re continuing to upgrade our facilities with population growth. “That’s why Council has increased its investment into sports infrastructure by more than 40% in this year’s 2020-21 Budget, up from $34 million last financial year to $49 million. “It’s not only a great way for us all to stay fit and healthy but to keep mentally fresh as we all deal with these tough times.”

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needs. On top of this, Sarah has shared that she has recently signed on to be a silver sponsor for the North Lakes Eels AFL Club for 2021. “I’m really proud to be a sponsor for a local sporting team,” says Sarah. “We also had [another] great expansion, where we added a snow cone machine to our offerings in September for our summer clients.” Backyard Big Screen offers three packages that start at $250 for overnight hire. All packages come with a 100’’ inflatable screen, speakers, projector, Blu-ray DVD player and a digital invitation. For a bit extra, you will get a popcorn machine with 10 serves of popcorn, a deluxe Ferris wheel lolly bar and a 6’ trestle table with a table cloth. “We also have a brand new date night package priced at $280 for overnight hire, which includes the basics, as well as a picnic rug; super comfy couples bean bag, graze table and fairy lights.” The booking process is simple, as Sarah will finalise all the nittygritty a week before the event. Not only does Backyard Big Screen offer overnight hire, but Sarah will come and chat with the host on the day of the event and begin set up wherever the client would like the screen. “I will talk the host through how to work the projector and speakers, and if they are using a USB, show them how to plug it in and view their movie of choice.” Sarah will also go through any common troubleshooting problems and how to work the popcorn machine — taking the whole set up process around 30-60 minutes.

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From one screen to three screens, Backyard Big Screen has seen growth that allows them to offer more services to suit their client’s

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He flips the cards around. “Now, pick one.” I shrug, and grab randomly from his hand. “Wait. What the—” This isn’t a normal card. I look back at him, but his face is slowly sinking back, falling unto itself like little grains of sand. The card shows… him, but it definitely looked normal before he flipped the cards around. I look down and recoil in horror. He has completely sifted down into sand, all of him but his eyes, which are following me around. The scenery changes. I barely have time to register it before a gust of wind blows his grains straight back at my face. Sneezing and coughing, I walk around the field, attempting to locate where on earth I have gone. I pick up a flower, but as soon as I do this, my world is thrown upside down. Now I stand on the ceiling of a house, upside-down. Watching people watching television. “Wait a second.” They’re my parents! Without me. They are sitting in silence, only the TV breaking through. I try to signal to them, but no sound comes out of my mouth. And I don’t think they would be able to see me anyway. “How does it look?” His breath is in my ear, his voice grating me down to my very bones. Nevertheless, I try to remain calm. “W-What do you mean?” I ask, my voice wavering, cracking due to my fear. “Life without you in the world.” “Do you mean—” “You’ve been dead for six months. And I… am Death.” I finally turn to look at him, and it’s the same magician. But, for some reason, his features look distorted. He’s shimmering in the lights of the living room. “Why are you doing this?” “Oh, a number of reasons. Everyone has a clock, you see.” As he says this the room vanishes, to be replaced by some sort of throne room. But instead of chairs and tables around the room, there are just— “Hourglasses.” So, this is what he meant by a clock. “Is this… everyone in the world?” “Yes. All 7.6 billion of you. I know when all of you are going to die. For example, your classmate, Julie—” “Don’t say it.” “—is going to live a long and happy life, up ‘til the age of eighty-six.” “Oh. Okay.” I wander around in awe, taking in the sheer size of the room that I have been taken to. “So, what was with that weird light show that scared the crap out of me?” “It was a test.” “Of course it was.” I shake my head, realising that I was insulting Death himself, and quickly shut up. “To see whether you are pure. And I have to say, you seem to be. Most people would have asked how they died already.” That probably would have been my next question. I hesitate, allowing Death to slip in and tell me, “You died in a car accident.” The world moves around us again, allowing me to see what is presumably the fatal accident. But I don’t feel the same connection to the scene. Death waits for my reaction, but when I just watch with interest, he whisks us away to yet another scene. “Where are we now?” “I’ve made my evaluation.” Death fails to answer my question, which doesn’t escape my notice. “And?”

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