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Bob, 74, is set to go again in the Billy-cart championships BOB Hains was four years old when he raced his first Billy-cart down Limestone Hill, a track that led to a dump near his home at Strathalbyn, 50 km south of Adelaide. Seventy years later he’s still racing these carts and is set to compete again in the 10th annual Brisbane Billy-cart Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk gets into Championships at training for the 10th annual Billy-cart Carindale on August 17. Championships at Carindale Recreation Reserve Bob, a former accountant of Chandler, is a three-time blue ribbon winner of the event, which attracts more than 1500 spectators and over 300 competitors of all ages – from four to 84 years of age.

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Continued from Page 1 COMPETITORS will race down a custom-made grass track at the Carindale Recreation Reserve in carts made out of everything from bath tubs to washing machines. This event is funded by Brisbane City Council through the Festival Grant Program and is organised by the Rotary Club of Carindale. Feature races this year include the ‘Political Mayhem Matchup’ between Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and his deputy Adrian Schrinner. “It sure is a lot of fun,” says Bob Hains, who warmed to the event after he built a Billy-cart for his grandson for a school race in 2008.

“I decided to build two carts the same, so I could ride alongside my grandson who was about eight. That’s how I got back into the fun sport,” he said. Bob found the parts for his winning Billy-carts at the local dump. He joined two old pushbikes together, took out the central stems and pedals and bolted them together using old wheelchair wheels at the front and 27 in. bike wheels on the back. He says the racing track at Carindale is very safe. Senior competitors race down a 40 m track reaching speeds of 30 km an hour. Youngsters start about half way up the slope and there’s hay bales all around. Another keen competitor is 70-yearold Bob Lynch of Cornubia who has won a few races with his steel and fiberglass creation. He came second last year, narrowly beaten by a woman, his neighbour, who borrowed one of his Billy-carts for the race. The event will be at Carindale Recreation Reserve, Cadogan Street, Carindale, on August 17 from 8 am to 4 pm. For those who don’t have the means to build a cart, the Rotary Club of Carindale has a stable of 22 carts available to be borrowed at no cost by participants who want to compete Entry is free for spectators and registration for the Billy-cart races is $5 per driver. For further details visit – Jim Bowden.

Make a date this Daffodil Day – wear a pin and show you care!

EVERY day in Australia, around 350 people are told they have a life-threatening cancer and sadly more than 115 people die of the disease. Cancer Council Queensland is calling on locals to make a date this Daffodil Day (August 22) to brighten the lives of Queenslanders impacted by cancer. This year, Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1.5 million through the annual event to support its vital work in cancer research, education programs and patient support services. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said supporting Daffodil Day was a way to show you care about beating cancer. “The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for those touched by cancer, as it blooms at the end of winter and heralds the return of spring, vitality and growth,” Ms Clift said. This Daffodil Day, Cancer Council aims to raise $9.7 million nationally to fund vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services, like Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20. You can purchase Daffodil Day merchandise at your local shopping centre, train and bus stations and other locations on the official day, August 22. Donations can be made any time. Show you care about beating cancer and wear a Cancer Council pin this Daffodil Day. Information about volunteering for Daffodil Day is available at Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders. More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at or Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.

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community news Metro Seniors: lot of heart as early carer for elderly citizens port to activities at the centre. “Anyone over 50 is welcome,” Terina said. “I’ll be eligible to join, too, next year,” joked the 49-year-old. Terina can be contacted on (07) 3252


THE unique Metropolitan Senior Citizens Centre in Fortitude Valley – or Metro Seniors as it’s affectionately termed – began when the seeds of its beginning were deeply planted in 1958 by the Fortitude Valley Rotary Club. The Rotarians recognised a facility was needed to serve older citizens and enable them to overcome social isolation and maintain independence while living in their own homes. So began the first Brisbane seniors centre – initially as a ‘meals-onwheels’ service with volunteers visiting the homes of the elderly, then in 1965 settling at its own community centre in McLachlan Street in the Valley. In 2000, Metro Seniors re-located to Church Street, leasing a building from the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, to prepare for the wider services and activities it would bring to senior citizens from inner-city suburbs such as New Farm, Albion, Bowen Hills, Clayfield, Ascot, Spring Hill, Windsor and others. “We offer people over 65 the opportunity to be picked up from home, brought into the centre to enjoy morning tea and lunch as well as entertainment and activities, and then be taken home again for a cost of $8,” the centre’s coordinator Terina Edwards said. The Metro Seniors activity program is diverse – quilling, tai chi, yoga, aqua aerobics, Broadband for seniors, exercise classes, outings like picnics, barbecues

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The Spanish contingent at Metro Seniors enjoys refreshments and a friendly chat with the centre’s coordinator Terina Edwards (standing)

Left: Breaking from a quilling class at The Metro Senior Citizens Centre are May, Moira, Maria, Millie, Terina Edwards (centre coorindator), Betty and Angie.

and shopping excursions, mystery lunches, guest speakers and live entertainment by professional performers. When Seniors Newspaper visited, a group of women were busy quilling, an ancient form of paper craft that uses strips of paper rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs. We watched as the nimble fingers of the women – Moira, 91; Maria, 88; Millie, 78, and Betty, 89, among them – transformed coloured paper into magnificent coloured masterpieces. In the next room we met

a group of Spanish expatriates, women who meet regularly at the centre for refreshments and a chat about their mutual interests and old times. “How’s Spain doing in the World Cup,” we tempted. “Oh mi Dios!” they replied. The defending champions Spain were out of the Cup, defeated by Chile. Terina Edwards, spoke proudly about the centre’s ‘regulars’ who were a power of strength in organising events – women like 89-year-old Betty Wright, the head

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community news Like a good Italian wine, Jim’s veteran Fiat is aging gracefully

The Fiat Car Club’s 50th gust 9, at the Sorrento starting at 7 pm. anniversary function will Reception Lounge, 140 Tickets are available on Contact Giancarlo Nardo be held on Saturday, Au- Braun Street, Deagon, the club’s website on 0422 111 030.

Patron of the Fiat Car Club of Queensland and former racing driver Jim Berry with his iconic Fiat 124 BC coupé outside his workshop at Stone’s Corner

LIKE a good Italian wine, the 1971 Fiat 124 coupé is aging gracefully in Jim Berry’s Stone’s Corner workshop. And like brushing away the dust and turning an aging bottle of vino in the cellar, Jim, a former racing driver, has maintained the machine’s excellence and glory. He has “10 or more” veteran Fiats “stashed away in various places”, but Jim most likely will drive his yellow che bella mezzo to the Fiat Car Club of Q u e e n s l a n d ’s 50thanniversary dinner to be held at the Sorrento Lounge in Deagon in August. In his 70th year, Jim holds the second longest continual membership of the club and is proud to be its patron. The club is made up of more than 200 enthusiasts of the Italian marque from all over Queensland and interstate with many who have moved abroad retaining their membership. Jim Berry’s working life has revolved around electronics and he builds clutches for racing cars at his workshop where he also supplies “genuine” Italian car parts. Jim was a popular racing driver in the 60s and 70s, competing in Brisbane and at Sydney circuits such as Amaroo Park, which has hosted the Australian Touring Car Championships, Formula 5000 and other historic events. He found his first Fiat in 1970, fell in love with it and has been a Fiat affectionado ever since. “Its engine sound like no other,” he says. “So let’s take a spin.” I climbed into the car as the throaty sound of the four cylinder, twin overhead cam engine began to throb. “We’ll take a few fast turns around the traf-

fic islands and rev it up a bit,” said Jim who was in agreement that the two septuagenarians on board were also aging gracefully. “You know, the Americans think Henry Ford invented the car, but the Europeans were building cars well before that,” Jim insisted. “Take Fiat, and a few other European car makers – how many manufacturers today can say their companies are still in the hands of the founding families?” We recalled that Giovanni Agnelli, with several investors, founded the Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (FIAT) factory in Turin in 1899. Jim’s Fiat 124 BC coupé is one of three generations produced by Fiat from 1967 to 1975 and designed by ex-Ferrari engineer Aurelio Lampredi. For the mechanicallyminded, the first generation 124 AC featured a 1438 engine, which grew to 1608 cc in the second BC generation and then 1756 cc in the third, the CC. Jim’s all-time car racing hero is Juan Fangio, the Argentine-born son of Italian immigrants, who is perhaps the world’s most successful racing driver. “The ‘maestro’ drove Maseratis, but I reckon he also had a few Fiats stashed away somewhere.” Another son of Italian migrants, Queenslandborn Giancarlo Nardo, the president of the Fiat Car Club, enjoys his role. “It’s like having a large extended family where we can get together a couple of times a month and catch up with each other. “Some families have three generations of members, who are all still participating in club ac-

tivities. Many of them have been in the club for decades.” It was time to farewell Jim Berry who went back to his work bench. At the end of the day he was off to Stanthorpe to join his wife Colleen who had gone ahead to the farm house they are renovating on the Granite Belt. “It’s a great spot for visits from our children and grandchildren,” he said. Colleen shares her husband’s love of cars and what make them tick. She raced Fiats in hill climbs at Mount Cotton. “She was pretty quick for a girl,” Jim said. “Oops, that sounded like a quote from a misogynist. It wasn’t meant to be. Colleen will forgive me.”

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community news Invitation our Beach Party GUESS who is turning 21 on 9th July? Wilston Evening VIEW Club. VIEW stands for Voice Interests and Education of Women with the main role of VIEW Clubs being to raise funds for The Smith Family Learning for Life programme. Wilston is the second oldest VIEW club in Brisbane and to celebrate, the dinner meeting will have a Beach Party theme. Bright casual clothes will suit the evening. Ladies please consider coming to join in a night of fun

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Near what Australian capital city is Mount Wellington? 2. What are the surnames of comedic duo Hamish and Andy? 3. At what time does the ABC broadcast its main news program? 4. Who wrote “The Ugly Duckling”? 5. What momentous event occurred on 6th August 1945? 6. What kind of creature is a Santa Gertrudis? 7. What part of the body is operated on during an octoplasty? 8. To what is a celiac allergic? 9. Who takes part in a conclave? 10. What office did General Peter Cosgrove hold from July 2002 to July 2005? 11. On what continent is the Orinoco River?

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12. What is the minimum number of points that must be won to take a set of tennis? 13. What are the usual colours of the drink crème de menthe? 14. In what race of people is the kadaitcha man a ritual executioner? 15. Is a pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable? 16. Which western country has the motto : “In God We Trust”? 17. Which Australian university is noted for the Helidon sandstone cladding the buildings of its Great Court? 18. What general colour was the Australian bank note that was replaced by a coin in 1988? 19. What is the knife that a surgeon uses? 20. What was Popeye’s favourite food? Answers on page 10

VIEW encourages others to support The Smith Family Winter Appeal THIS year The Smith Family’s Winter Appeal is highlighting that every day, disadvantaged children are at risk of falling through the cracks. The sad story is that 1 in 10 Australian children live with disadvantage. Without the education basics and support they need, they’re left behind in class. As the gap between them and their classmates widens, there’s a huge risk they’ll give up and drop out of school early. But you can change their story, by donating to The Smith Family you can help bridge this gap by giving these children access to Smith Family learning and support programs they need to stay on track with their education and allow them to reach their potential. As a valued part of The Smith Family, VIEW members in local communities contribute significant fundraising and volunteering support to help Australian children in need to reach their potential through education. VIEW members contribute significant fundraising and volunteering support to The Smith Family. In 2013, VIEW’s 18,000 members in 353 clubs nationally raised more than $1 million and support 1082 disadvantaged children through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and are calling on others in the community to support The Smith Family’s Winter Appeal. It is essential that The Smith Family raise $3.66 million this winter to

provide ongoing educational support to 9,100 Australian children who are being held back from accessing the same educational and life opportunities that other children take for granted. Apart from fundraising, VIEW members raise awareness and volunteer their time and talents in a number of ways. Members read with local children to advance their literacy skills; help children with homework after school at Smith Family Learning Clubs; act as mentors for students; make library bags; donate school stationery packs for use at home and school and donate funds for toys and books for children in need at Christmas time. Funds raised will support a range of literacy and mentoring programs, including after-school learning clubs, reading support programs for kids who are up to 2 years’ behind in their reading levels, mentoring and tutoring programs. The Smith Family’s work reaches over 100,000 disadvantaged children, young people and parents/carers across Australia each year. To donate to The Smith Family Winter Appeal during May/June call 1800 024 069 or visit All donations are fully tax deductible. To find out more about VIEW Clubs in your area call 1800 805 366 or visit

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carers. Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten said the award was a testament to Blue Care’s employees. “This award recognises the professionalism, skill and teamwork of all our staff and volunteers,” Ms Batten said. “Together they rise to the challenges faced

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community news Concessions decision good news for vulnerable pensioners COTA Queensland has welcomed the announcement by the Queensland Premier to maintain funding for pensioner and seniors concessions. “It was a good Queensland Week present for the 435,000 aged pensioners who would have been significantly worse off if the cut in household and transport concessions had gone ahead,� said Mr Mark Tucker-Evans, Chief Executive of COTA Queensland. “It is also good news for other holders of a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card, such as veterans, people with disability, carers, and single parents who rely on state government concessions for access to electricity, water, and transport.� The announcement by the Premier to continue the current level of concessions

without the Australian Government’s annual contribution is recognition of the anxiety and confusion which many pensioners were feeling after the recent Federal Budget. “The Queensland Government needs to work with the Australian Government, as well as other states and territories, to forge a lasting agreement about the Pensioner Concession Card and the role of government in maintaining a safety net for people on fixed, low incomes. “COTA Queensland will continue to work with the Queensland Government on finding ways to simplify and improve access to concessions for those pensioners and low-income Queenslanders who do not receive adequate assistance.�

The proposed $7 Medicare co-contribution not yet in place THERE is anxiety and confusion for some pensioners who wrongly believe co-payments announced in the budget are already in place. Some GPs have even reported patients not showing up for appointments over concerns they’d have to pay a $7 copayment, flagged to be introduced in July 2015. These patients may mistakenly believe the co-payment has already been introduced and some doctors are concerned it will mean that people with diabetes, who need regular review, are not going to show up to GP appointments. There is also confusion about co-payments for PBS-listed medication with some pharmacists saying that they have had anxious enquiries, par-

ticularly from pensioners, who think the cost of their medication has increased. Currently, pensioners pay the first $6 of PBSlisted medication and the general public pays the first $36.90. However the budget has flagged future increases for both pensioners and the general public. Pharmacists have concerns that if the GP co-payment goes through there would be much more pressure on their services as people use them as a first point of call for serious illness. Any co-payment for Medicare services and for PBS-listed prescriptions is at least a year away – if the budget is passed it will not take place until July 2015.

Seniors up with the 21st Century THE party at the Wynnum RSL was going well. The food was being enjoyed by all and the conversation was all about computers. Hardly surprising, given that the guests were club members of WROCCS Inc., the Wynnum Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors. WROCCS was celebrating the 99th birthday of the club’s oldest member and we are all looking forward to doing it again next year for his 100th. The club is now seeing members 90+ joining the club to keep up with their grandchildren & great-grandchildren. The guest-of- honour was asked what he thought of the current operating systems, “Windows 7 & 8. Herb replied with a chuckle, “When I was a young fellow in my sixties, it was DOSâ€?. “Back in those days we didn’t need gigabytes of memory to make things work, or even more gigabytes of disk space to store things!â€? “That old Commodore Colt of mine was state-ofthe-art, with 640 megs of RAM, a 5 Âźâ€? floppy and

listen. A retired Refrigeration Engineer and over 60 year’s member of the AIM (Australian Institute of Management), Herb’s technical and management expertise is evident in the close working relationship with current WROCCS President, Lavina Scott. Lavina freely acknowledges the assistance and support she received from Herb, on her road from computer ignorance, to a point today, when she coaches fellow seniors in many subjects and is in her 5th year as President. With a membership of some 200 Seniors and a well-resourced base, WROCCS is attuned to current and developing interest in Tablets and Smart Phones. In addition to a wide variety of “regular� computer, Internet courses & workshops, classes are now being offered on iPads, iPhones, Android Tablets and smart phones. All Seniors 50+ are welcome. Membership $10. Teaching facilities in Wynnum. Website: Email: Ph. 0411 806 154

President Lavina Scott congratulates long serving Herb Collie on his 99th Birthday

40 meg hard drive.� “What more could you possibly need�? Herb has just updated his computer to keep up with the latest programs. The arrival of a very colourful birthday cake was well matched to the occasion for the club’s oldest and very colourful member. Herb

was one of the early members who saw a growing need by Seniors in the local community to share in the computer revolution with fellow Seniors, in non-threatening groups coached by fellow Seniors. He loves telling stories of his early computer experiences to anyone willing to

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community news Monthly Market at Burnie Brae BURNIE Brae in Chermside has recently commenced a monthly Friday community market. The market which was launched in May, 2014 has been enthusiastically embraced by the local community who are eager for more. Burnie Brae Community Garden provides a perfect backdrop for the market and many people enjoyed sitting with a coffee and a tasty treat and listening to the free entertainment. The stalls cover a range of interesting and unique items from cakes, chutneys and jams, craft items, second hand goods, a huge range of books, plants plus fresh food. Wonderful hot soup was very popular with those looking for a winter warmer whilst others opted for a hearty sausage sizzle. Lee Ryan, who co-ordinates the monthly market, said “The market was established primarily as a fundraiser for the Centre, but it provides a perfect opportunity to engage with the community. Our market is small and friendly and the Friday morning timeslot means we are not trying to compete with the bigger Saturday markets.” Burnie Brae Market is on the last Friday of every month from 9am – 12pm. All enquiries to 3624 2100.


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Tips to cut your home energy bill this winter THE weather’s getting colder and that means that many of us will soon be seeing a big spike on our electricity bills. But it doesn’t have to be that way – there are plenty of simple ways to minimise the amount of energy you use. Just because you aren’t using a charger, television or computer doesn’t mean it isn’t still sucking up electricity (and costing you money). If you saw that your tap kept dripping water after you had turned it off, you would probably do something about it and your electrical outlets should be no different. Standby mode on the TV, DVD player, stereo and computer still uses energy, so turn these appliances off at the wall when not in use. With shorter days we switch on our lights a lot earlier, so make sure your bulbs are as energy-efficient as possible. CFLs were the way to go a few years back, but LEDs are the future of low-energy lighting. High quality LED bulbs can now be found at major retailers

at reasonable costs. Most consume 80 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than the old incandescents and are now designed to provide soft, warm ambient light, rather than the harsh bluish light that was common with LEDs a few years back. Typically, ½ of your home’s heating and cooling will escape through walls, windows, the floor and the roof, so if you don’t have proper insulation in those spots, you’re going to be spending a lot more to heat your home than is necessary. During the daytime, if you have bright sunlight coming directly through your window, this will heat up a room significantly. If you want to heat up the room roll those blinds up and let in the light! If you are trying to keep a room warm at night, put the shades or curtains down, so that heat doesn’t leak out the windows. Turn lights off when leaving a room, and watching television does not require every light in the room to be on! A fridge can be used more efficiently by

keeping door seals clean and repaired if broken. Dry your laundry on a clothesline on good weather days rather than putting them in the tumble dryer. If you do have to use the clothes

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Reverse mortgages appeal to many retirees – but they come at a cost

RETIRED Australians are dipping into the equity in their homes to help fund their lifestyles after work. But experts have warned taking out a reverse mortgages comes at a price, and should be done with caution because it will eat away at their wealth. Latest figures from the professional services firm Deloitte show more than 42,000 senior Australian households have a reverse mortgage with balances totalling $3.5 billion. Retirees who are often limited from accessing other forms of credit are turning to their primary asset in retirement to access funds, but financial services firm Canstar’s research manager Mitchell Watson says it comes at a price. “The main driver for them to tap into their home is if they are equity rich but financially poor, they are looking for something to subsidise their quality of life or quality of living potentially,’’ he says. “The interest rates on reverse mortgages are significantly higher

than a standard home loan. The fees can also be high at about $10 a month, but it’s really the interest rate that is the one that’s going to hurt.” Mr Watson says reverse mortgages appeal to many retirees because once they are taken out, the homeowner is not required to make any payments back — so it’s effectively out of sight, out of mind. He says the compounding interest costs associated with reverse mortgage loans mean they bite into the equity quicker. Canstar data shows the interest rates on reverse mortgages hover around the 6.8% mark. Senior Australians Equity Release Association independent chairman John Thomas says reverse mortgages are continuing to grow in popularity as more retirees become comfortable with tapping into the equity in their homes. “Reverse mortgages have been around for 30 or 40 years but there was a psychological resistance to them,’’ he says. “The Australian


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Dickson Seniors’ Expo 2014 DO not miss Dickson Seniors’ Expo on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 August at Strathpine Community Centre, Mecklem Street, Strathpine. Monday, 9am-2.30pm is the official opening by Hon Peter Dutton MP, followed by John McSweeney speaking on Fraud and Corporate Crime. A fashion parade to follow. Tuesday 8.30am-2pm. Entertainment with Fashion Parade, speaker Shane Webcke, Theo’s Nursery presentation and Get Rhythm Dance team. There will be over 50 stalls, free entry and sample bags along with lucky door prizes. Free shuttle bus from Westfield Strathpine every 30 minutes. July 2014 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 11

community news Christmas appeal funds robot for dementia care SOME of the funds from RSL Care’s 2013 Christmas Appeal have been put to good use with the purchase of a robotic baby seal, called

PARO to help residents living with dementia. The robotic seal has been purchased for use at RSL Care’s Farnorah Retirement Community,

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to respond to touch and sound. It also shows emotions such as surprise, happiness and anger. Residents with dementia are able to cuddle the seal and interact with it. RSL Care’s fundraising coordinator, Danila

Franz said the purchase of the PARO seal was a great example of funds raised being used to support the wellbeing of residents. “Our Christmas Appeal star, World War Two hero Archie Wilson will be very proud the

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community news Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s a Beatles tribute at Logan Loves Seniors Day celebration

Seniors home care information just a phone call away FROM July 1 there will be changes to the way government funded home care is delivered to Queensland seniors. UnitingCare Community’s Seniors Enquiry Line can provide information to help explain how the changes may affect you. Funded by the Queensland Government, the Seniors Enquiry Line has available a helpful guide to assist seniors access government funded home care packages under the new changes. The Home Instead Senior Care Booklet, The Home Care Solution, explains what home care is, how to identify if you or a family member needs help at home, where and how to find home care services, and respite options available for family members. “For older people, their carers, and family and friends, it can be difficult to know where to go or what help is available,” Seniors Enquiry Line Coordinator Julie Argeros said. “The Seniors Enquiry Line regularly receives calls from people in the community wanting to know more about the services available to them or a family member so they may continue to remain living independently at home. “Sometimes it may be difficult to accept that you need help or that a loved one does, and having someone outside the family to talk to can be useful to help determine what options are available.” For a copy of The Home Care Solution or to access a range of other useful publications and information on services available to Queensland seniors, phone the Seniors Enquiry Line for the cost of a local call. This UnitingCare Community service can be contacted on 1300 135 500 from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

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IT will be taste, test and try at Logan Loves Seniors Day on August 19. Free health checks, workshops, get-active programs, massages and information stalls are just a selection of what will be on offer at the celebrations to be held at the Logan Entertainment Centre and hosted by 4BC’s Ian Maurice. The day will include

Beatles tribute shows by the popular Beatlegs, staged at the centre’s auditorium at 9.30am and 1.15pm, with show tickets just $5 each. More than 2500 are expected to march through the entertainment centre for the concert led by Logan Council employee Nancy Wimbus, who can be contacted on (07) 3412 5020 for

bookings. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Inspiring Not Retiring’ and it’s designed to encourage active ageing – both in mind and body. Joining in the fun will be members of the Rochedale/Springwood National Seniors Australia Branch who will be packing sample bags for the expected 2500 visitors.

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SCAMwatch and Telstra are warning consumers to hang up the phone if they receive a call out of the blue from someone claiming there is a problem with their internet connection or computer. Recent months have seen a surge in reports of scammers calling people at home and raising a false alarm that they are at risk of their internet being disconnected immediately, as their computer has been hacked or infected with malware and is

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Carindale National Seniors WE have a very full calendar for the remainder of the year including Special Morning Tea for Father’s Day, A.G.M. and election of new Council, “Christmas In July”, Melbourne Cup Function and Christmas Luncheon. October Meeting will be the Annual “Bring and Buy” this is the only fund raising day of the year, Carindale National Senior’s is a friendly club and we always welcome new and prospective members to our meetings. The Meetings are held at Clem Jones Centre, Carina Bowls Club on Stanley Rd, Carina on 2nd Tuesday of every month. Bus trips are always on 4th Tuesday of the month, parking is available in Car Park adjoining the Club. For further information please phone Anne 3245 3847 or Maureen 3398 4236.

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THE Henry Knight Memorial Shield interclub competition was played in April and Henry’s wife, Pat, presented the trophies. Henry was a long time member of this club and was President for some years. A group of our members attended the Golden Age concert at the Bribie Island Senior Citizens Club. We all had a very enjoyable day and a special thank you to all members of the cast. Our club plays Indoor Social Bowls in the Community Hall, Birkdale Road, Wellington Point. For more details, please phone Edith on 3390 3196 or Madge on 3824 6160. New members are always welcome.

Queensland Family History Society Seminars for family historians THE Queensland Family History Society is holding two seminars to assist family historians to take their research a little further. On Sunday, 20 July 2014, American expert, Robert “Duff” Wilson, will be one of the presenters at a seminar entitled Ancestry and Family Tree Maker. Ancestry is one of the most widely used subscription websites for family history and can be accessed free-of-charge at Brisbane City Council Libraries. Family Tree Maker is a popular database used for recording family history information. The seminar will cover topics including Ancestry and the Community, Family Tree Maker, Searching and DNA, and Ancestry Member Trees. This seminar will be held at Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Road, Carseldine, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. The cost is $55.

The second seminar, Fortune and Misfortune, will help researchers shed light on those ancestors became bankrupt and on the people who contributed to the upkeep of the poor in England in the nineteenth century or had need to call on the parish for financial support. Parish records and bankruptcy both leave wonderful paper trails to enable us to add much detail to the lives of our ancestors. This seminar will be held at the Queensland Baptist Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, on Saturday 2 August, 9.00 am to 12.30pm. The cost is $20. You may book for the seminars online, at Click on the Events tab and then select Seminars. Information about the Society is also available our website. For enquiries, contact the Secretary (email

Queensland retirees among solar enthusiasts FIGURES from energy network company Energex show retirees, working class suburbs and young families are taking up rooftop solar, contradicting Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholl’s recent claims that it was the wealthy ‘latte set and champagne sippers’ benefiting from subsidies, According to a report by Brisbane Times, holiday makers and young families of Caloundra and the $ working class city of Ipswich have southeast FULLY FURNISHED HOME Queensland’s highest ON LAMB ISLAND WITH VIEWS TO proportion of solar sysSTRADBROKE ISLAND tems. Fishing, crabbing, relaxing island lifestyle. Enjoy the “It is obvious those statewater views from the deck on this 2 storey house. It is ments are emotional statements, without looka short walk to the ferry, shop and licensed club. 3 ing at the data,” Energy Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, colorbond 2 car garage and Matters’ Jeremy Rich said big workshop under. 1/2 an hour by regular ferry to of the treasurer’s comRedland Bay, Brisbane. $3 fare to Russell Island ments. shops and Macleay Island golf course. Great tenant The figures report a raft paying $225 per week, will stay or leave. of similar studies which have revealed the rich are yet to embrace solar.


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there was too much ‘doom and gloom’ surrounding the impact of ageing on the economy and the community. “What some commentators are largely failing to understand is that the growing numbers of people who are seniors present a huge opportunity for business, for the community and for government,” O’Neill said. “In a country as wealthy as ours, older Australians should be celebrated for their massive contributions as carers, as volunteers, for the time they devote to civic and social duties and in the workplace – as well as their substantial spending power,” he said.

“Instead they are too often demonised and regarded as a burden. “They want to contribute to their own retirement and would live without government involvement if it was in their power to do so. “But governments have to provide certainty in superannuation and investments and not give banks and financial advisers an unfair advantage by reducing consumer protection.” O’Neill was speaking at the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre’s free public forum today at the State Library of Victoria. He was one of a line-up of leading experts from Alzheimer’s Australia, the

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Black Pepper offers up to 50% Off their Winter Range! WITH winter upon us, what better way to rug up than in the Black Pepper styles you’ve seen and loved throughout the season. With up to 50% off selected styles starting on Wednesday July 9th 2014, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Black Pepper’s history of producing quality classic casual wear with a superior comfort fit will ensure your favourite garments will last for seasons. Durable easy wear and easy care fabrics are adorned with colourful prints, stripes, and detailing to suit any mood. The brand has developed a loyal following because of their wide assortment

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community news Downsizing not a priority for most seniors MOST seniors are reluctant to downsize to smaller residences, with an increasing number of older Australians preferring to live in homes with at least three bedrooms, according to new research. The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (NSPAC) study of 2000 National Seniors’ members aged over 50 examined the proportion of seniors who downsized in the past five years, or who were considering downsizing in the future, and the motivating and discouraging factors affecting their decision to downsize. Only one quarter of people living alone in houses with three or more bedrooms were considering downsizing. Of those seniors who had downsized in the past five years, 43 per cent had moved into a three bedroom house, compared to only 17 per cent who had moved to an apartment/ unit. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said the results showed seniors had a

strong preference to remain in larger homes. “Policy-makers talk of seniors downsizing and freeing up family-sized homes but it seems older Australians aren’t so keen to do so,’’ O’Neill said. “Considering the lack of policy incentives to downsize, and the strong emotional attachment all Australians have to their family home, these findings are hardly surprising.” The factor that discouraged the most people from downsizing was that it would “take too much effort” (44 per cent), especially for people aged over 75. The cost of stamp duty was reported as a disincentive by 33 per cent of people; and only 28 per cent of homeowners on the Age Pension said the previous Federal Labor Government’s proposed pilot scheme to encourage downsizing, which has since been scrapped, would have influenced them to move. O’Neill said it was clear there were still too many

disincentives for seniors to downsize. “There have been no real measures to encourage

seniors to downsize,’’ he said. “Policy interventions to reduce financial barriers such as cuts to stamp duty

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people’s incentive to downsize.” O’Neill added there was also a growing need for

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JULY dinner meeting will be on Tuesday 15th 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. Meeting are held on the third Tuesday of every month at Aspley Hornets AFL Club, 50 Graham Rd., Carseldine. Guest speaker will be the Beekeeper, Paul Wood of Brisbane Backyard Bees,and bookings are essential. Phone Julia on 3285 2153 by Sunday 13th to reserve your seat. Christmas Breakfast in July: at Aspley Hornets Football Club, on Saturday 26th July, 2014. Time 7.30am for 8.00am start. Please join us for a Buffet Breakfast and Beverage. Raffles, lucky door prizes and Christmas gift wrapping competition. (Prize for the best wrapped). You can come dressed in something Christmas-ee. RSVP by Tuesday 15th July to Jill on 3263 5068 to book your seat and payment to P.O. Box 448 Albany Creek Q4035. Bring your friends and help us raise money for The Smith Family who help disadvantaged families with educational needs while enjoying the morning. For more information phone Trish on 3264 2213.

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WE held our Annual Tutor’s “Thank You” morning tea on Saturday 24th May at the Lawnton Community Centre and the Committee are pleased to say that nearly 40 of the Volunteer Tutors enjoyed a very pleasant morning cuppa with plenty of savoury and sweets delights. It proved to be very popular as many of the Tutors said it was their one time of the year to exchange ideas, catch up with other members and generally have a good old chat. A big thanks goes to the many ladies who worked very hard in the kitchen to provide wonderful eats and

and information meeting will be on Friday 18th July 2014 at 10.00am. This will be held at Bray Hall, Cnr Cooke & Mundin Streets, Petrie. Come along and meet new friends, learn about upcoming activities, new courses, collect your theatre tickets,

renew memberships or book for future bus trips. Visitors are very welcome, light refreshments (for a gold coin donation) will be provided, raffles at the door and admission is free. Further information, please phone 3321 0681.

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Affirmative action needed on water charges government (former infrastructure owners) and Unitywater (retail distributor) makes an ugly and complicated mix of responsibility. Consumers will continue to suffer increasing annual charges while the leaders of each agency sit comfortably behind their closed bureaucratic doors waiting for consumers to meekly THE President of the accept the costs thrust Moreton Bay Region Branch of the Associa- upon them’. He added ‘ignoring the tion of Independent problem provides no Retirees (A.I.R.) Ltd. Max Barton has spoken relief to consumers. A out about the escalation tripartite solution is in annual water charges required. A collaborain a never ending story tive approach involving of anguish and concern the 3 agencies sitting around the table with to consumers. Some each trimming their weeks have passed ‘take’ of the consumer since the infamous dollar would provide a statement by a Unitywater spokesper- comprehensive and permanent solution to son that it is not the problem’. Real Unitywater’s job to fix problems require real the problem. solutions. For further Mr. Barton said ‘the information, contact tripartite arrangement involving State Govern- Max Barton on 07 3142 ment (bulk water), local 2506.

Caboolture Senior Citizens Our next monthly meeting will be on Thursday, 10 July commencing at 9.30am. On Tuesday, 22 July we visit Annerley-Moorooka Senior Citizens with coach departing at 8.15am. Our activities include indoor bowls on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1pm, also Friday mornings from 9am. Come along and enjoy a cuppa and cards are also available. For further information phone 5495 2898.

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community news Hospice Bookshop starts a new chapter in improved location THE well known second hand Hospice bookshop, run completely by a team of dedicated volunteers, has relocated to new premises in the Old Flour Mill at Shop 3, 227 Brisbane Street, Ipswich. The moved occurred due to the lease coming to an end in the previous bookshop location. The new premises located on street level of the Old Flour Mill is double in size to the previous store, and allows for a huge array of second hand books, music and DVD’s, along with selected bric a brac and homewares. All proceeds from sales in the Bookshop supports Ipswich Hospice care for terminally ill and bereaved people in our community. Hospice is very grateful to the community and the Friends of Hospice Volunteers for all their support of the Bookstore over the many years it has been running. The store has generated significant funds enabling Hospice to care for those who need us most in our community. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm, Saturdays 8.30am to 12 noon.

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Kenmore Evening VIEW Club IT will be the 24th birthday of Kenmore Evening VIEW Club on 16th July and we are celebrating with fun and merriment with a Bollywood theme. Some members have already hired Indian costumes and are practising their moves. We meet at the Boulevard Gardens, Witton Rd., Indooroopilly at 6.30 for 7 pm. Cost is $34. Ring Jean Ph.33743154 if you would like to join us. August 2, Saturday, is another important date for us. There will be a Fashion Parade and High Tea at Our Lady of the Rosary School Kenmore at 12.30 for 1 pm. Cost is $25. Entertainment will be provided and raffles and lucky door prizes will be part of the fun. Attractive clothes for the Parade will come from “Fashions on Mayfield”. Enjoy champagne on entry, have a relaxing time and help raise money for the education of disadvantaged students with the Smith Family. Help us to help other families.

NSA Cleveland Branch CHRISTMAS in July 2014 from Tuesday July 8th to Friday July 11th.. We will be going to Glen Innes plus touring in the surrounding areas on the above dates. This tour is arranged by Allan of Granite Highland Maxie Tours which cheques should be made payable to together with any cash payments. Receipts will be issued by the tour operator. Accommodation is limited so if you are interested now is the time to put your name down. A deposit of $100 when booking Bookings are now open, 15 people have all ready booked. Double or Twin share $665, Limited Singles $740. Pick up a copy of an Itinerary, also a DVD will be available soon. Progress payments may be made. The itinerary is now available. For all details of the Cleveland Branch Contact Peter Neale on 3207 0348.

Carers Link: Your life, your choice, your host provider

CARERS Link is an approved Host Provider of the Queensland Government’s Your Life Your Choice selfdirected support initiative for people with a disability. The framework gives individuals with a disability and their families greater choice and control over the disability supports and services they receive, who delivers them and when. Carers Link is focused on enabling individuals and families to make authentic and meaningful choices when self-directing their supports. As a Host Provider of Your Life Your Choice, Carers Link provides dedicated case management and planning to assist individuals and families to maximise available resources to achieve desired outcomes. Under this model clients and their families are in control of the supports and services they receive as well as determining the level of involvement they wish to have. As a Host Provider we offer assistance with: • Assessment and planning • Financial management, budgeting and reporting • Case management and care coordination • Coordinating services with other agencies and service providers • Supporting community connections • Regular reviews • Purchasing direct supports, including in home, host home and day respite • Referrals to our professional partners in care When choosing Carers Link as your Host Provider, there are NO upfront costs. Initial consultations, assessments, agreement and budget preparation are conducted free of charge. Then, depending on the individual’s needs, supports, goals and capacity, the fee applicable will be a percentage of total funding. The more responsibility the individual or family takes on, the lower the administration fee. If you would like to arrange a FREE consultation with our Lifestyle Planning Officer, simply call 3901 1165 or email

community news Attention Public Sector Retirees THE Queensland Public Service Retired Officers’ Association Inc has been operating for forty years. We offer members subsidised coach trips within South East Queensland, plus subsidised tickets to selected theatrical shows and musical concerts. Membership is just $10 per year (and this includes your partner). We also have a subsidised lunch following our quarterly meetings (with interesting guest speakers). Why not come and join us! Ring President John Griffiths 3341 8802 or Secretary Betty Cahill 3395 7781 for further information.

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Festival of talent for Noosa Long Weekend

CULTURE-LOVERS from across Queensland and beyond are celebrating the release of the full 2014 Noosa Long Weekend Festival program, which includes more than 80 events across the 10day event. Festival Director Ian Mackellar said the festival - presented by Bendigo Bank - was set to deliver an array of eclectic and diverse events including music, dance, theatre, comedy, literature, forums, supper clubs, visual arts and some sensational themed food events. “The 2014 program covers everything from burlesque and ballet to cabaret and cocktail capers,” Ian said. The program includes a range of both ticketed and free events. The pre-opening Carnevale on Friday, 18 July from 5pm-6pm on Hastings Street is one of the free events featuring Linsey Pollak and his band of 22 street performers and musicians, known as ‘The Unusual Suspects’. The Hastings Street Tree will also be officially lit with festive lighting at this event, which will remain in place for the duration of the 10-day festival. It’s sure to be a family favourite. Australian entertainer Rhonda Burchmore, cabaret performer Catherine Alcorn, soprano opera singer, actress and cabaret performer Ali McGregor; and Michael Griffiths (of Jersey Boys) join the starstudded festival line-up. All festival event tickets are now on sale and as in previous years are bound to sell fast. To view the full program

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community news Pensioners and Seniors Force Newman to Back-down The APSL welcomes the decision of the Queensland State Government to restore the intended cuts to pensioners/seniors concessions and rebates announced in the recent State Government Budget. The announcement to restore the cuts is contained in a statement

jointly issued by Premier Campbell Newman and Treasurer Tim Nicholls. Proposed cuts to concessions and rebates would have amounted to at least a 15 per cent reduction in the current level of the concessions and rebates received. APSL State Secretary, Raymond Ferguson stated that “In

restoring the cuts to pensioner/seniors concessions and rebates, the Queensland Government recognise and knowledge that pensioners/seniors could not bear the brunt of such cuts”. The acknowledgement to which Mr Ferguson referred was demonstrated in Mr Nicholls comment


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“We’re very conscious of the ‘double whammy’ impact of the Federal Government’s changes to pensions and the removal of concessions funding”. The APSL is encouraged that at long last this government is prepared to listen to the voices of Queensland Seniors and would hope that this new

found concern for Queensland pensioners/ seniors remains a primary focus for future Government decisions; however, we express some concern with regard to how the Government intend to make up the shortfall of funding as a result of the Federal Government Budget. In reference to making up the

shortfall, the statement says “ So we will be looking at all opportunities to withhold and recoup funding from Commonwealth programs and initiatives that they ask States to contribute to from time to time, to make up for the shortfall they’ve created”. The APSL wishes to clarify that if any withholding of

funding by Queensland Government for the commonwealth programs and initiatives negatively impacts on pensioners/seniors, than once again we will encourage pensioners/ seniors to voice their opposition. Contributed by the Australian Pensioners & Superannuants League Queensland Inc.

Birthday celebration BAYVIEW Video Productions & Creative Imaging are Celebrating their 12th Birthday in July. To help Dennis and Susan Head celebrate their birthday, they are making you a special offer for July Two VHS tapes converted to DVD for the price of one (conditions apply) Bayview Video Productions & Creative Imaging specialise in converting old technology to new technology. Gather up all your old 8mm movie films and video tapes, have them transferred to DVD video. Also your old audio tapes and records converted to CD audio. An audio visual DVD presentation can be created from your old 35mm slides, traditional or digital photos for special events, such as a 21st Birthday, a Wed-

ding Anniversary or to celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed on. Also an audio visual DVD presentation is a great way to remember that special family holiday. Audio visual presentations can also be made from your old 8mm home movie films, with easy listening background music and titles added to produce a professional DVD AV production. Bayview Video Productions & Creative Imaging offer a photo restoration service to restore your damaged or faded photos back to their original condition. Seniors Card holders also receive a 10% Discount. Check out examples of their work on their website or contact Dennis or Susan, Ph. 3829 1155 or Mob. 0428 290 079.

Council seeks history of indigenous servicewomen and men REDLAND City Council is calling for contributions to a display honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicewomen

and men. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she hoped the display, to be exhibited during NAIDOC Week from 7 – 12 July, would unearth untold stories about the roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People played during wars. “As we approach the centenary of World War I, we want to celebrate the well-known tales of sacrifice and bravery, but we also want to educate our community about unknown ones,” Mayor Williams said. “The theme of NAIDOC Week 2014 is Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond and it is a unique opportunity to highlight to contributions of Traditional

Owners. “We are after photographs and small artefacts that relate to all wars in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from Redlands served and also local stories about what life was like serving with the armed forces. “We also hope to create a Redlands ‘Honour Roll’ poster, listing the names of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who have served during all wars. “We need help with this, as many servicemen enlisted through Brisbane battalions, or were unable to list themselves as of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent when signing up. “We

want families to share with us the names that until now, historical records may have forgotten. “I think the display will be an emotional one for all Redlands residents, particularly the families of servicemen and women, but also the general public wanting to thank those who so selflessly contributed to the war effort.” All material will be returned to families after the display closes. To contribute to the NAIDOC display or add a name to the NAIDOC Week Redlands Honour Roll, please contact Di Andrews via email di.andrews@r or please call 3829 8914.

community news Browns Plains NSA $1,000 to be distributed to our seniors in Roma and Charleville when 25 of us visit on a 5 day tour in July. We hold meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Greenbank RSL Sub Branch at 10am. Our monthly trips are on the 4th Tuesday. All visitors and intending members are warmly invited. For further details contact Bev on 3809 0697 or 0402 094 887.

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WE are pleased with the progress of our branch. In recent months, we have had 12 new members join. Our monthly coach trips

have proven to be very popular with up to 50 attending each month. Our Branch has raised funds to help with drought re-

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at 8am and arrive back at 430pm. Our club meets every second Wednesday and indoor bowls on alternative Wednesdays. Our club offers a variety of social activities which includes concerts, bus trips, trading tables, guest

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community news Cat lover Patricia spurns big business to focus her energy on pet protection LONELINESS seems to be the most serious condition an elderly person can face. With all the research to find cures for different illnesses, loneliness ranks the highest among the elderly who might be widowed or left in a retirement home without love and affection. “Pets, especially cats, are

one of nature’ best sources of love,” says cat breeder Patricia Lee of Redland Bay who retired from the highpowered business world to devote her time to cat protection. “For anyone who is consistently left alone, cats can supply a sense of security and protection; they amuse and

divert the mind away from troubles.” Patricia, 68, and her husband Bob were the franchise holders in Queensland for Clark Rubber. Now in semiretirement, they have turned their energy – and love of animals – into cat protection. “For the very reason they are precious for

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both the elderly and the very young, cats need to be protected, so that’s why we set up Aussie Cat Enclosures 14 years ago,” Patricia said. “Many don’t know it, but Queensland has the highest level of deaths from feline aids in Australia. The slow death of a pet after a cat fight is one of the most dreadful experiences and attempts to cure these infections by visiting a vet can also be the most costly.” Since she was a child in Adelaide, Patricia has been devoted to animals.

matt like that of the Persian, although both are wonderful companions for the elderly,” Patricia said. “The Ragdoll doesn’t scratch or bite – they’re a real companion cat.” Contact Patricia at Aussie Cat Enclosures on (07) 3829 0563. Email: Editor’s note: A new study has shown that pets can aid in relaxation, lower Ragdolls Locklee Maximus (left) and her mother one’s blood pressure, promote health, and Locklee Mavis enjoy some attention from extend one’s life. Pets help Redland Bay breeder Patricia Lee us unwind; they supply a a breed of cat developed nurturing quality by ways She has bred and in the 1960s by an of affectionate attention exhibited Shepherds, accidental crossing of a and relieve stress and sheep dogs and prizePersian-Angora female anxiety. With a pet, elderly winning cats and today with a Birman, or people see themselves as breeds Ragdolls and Burmese-like Tom. worthwhile and their Irish Wolfhounds – “The Ragdoll is a semisense of self is restored certainly two animals longhair cat with a soft and enhanced because exhibiting two extremes the love they give a pet is in size and temperament. and silky coat and blue eyes, but its fur doesn’t given back to them. Council bylaws now demand that cats be registered, micro-chipped – and kept in enclosures. “This is to prevent them roaming, but more importantly, to protect them from dog attacks, road injuries and cruelty,” Patricia said. “Yes, sadly, there’s a lot of cruelty to animals out there.” She said even so-called ‘indoor cats’ liked to roam outdoors, to satisfy their innate curiosity and their need for Vitamin D from the sun. Patricia and Bob Lee manufacture their own enclosures using steel mesh as well as netting .. “like fish netting, only it’s cat netting”. Redland Bay Council use all their products and different configurations of enclosures are quoted at $395 up to the more elaborate fixtures. Patricia says this is a small price to pay for your cat’s wellbeing when you take veterinary fees into consideration, and the possibility that a pet might be impounded and what it costs to have it released. The cat lover and protector was eager to talk about her Ragdolls –

community news The Gap Ashgrove 500 Card Club THE 500 Club meets every Wednesday night, come join us for a fun filled night with folk who enjoy the game playing cards and a chat, a very friendly group who make new comers welcome. Wednesday nights 6.45pm Ashgrove Bowls Club, Yoku Road, Ashgrove, Cost $4 with supper included. Further information phone Joe 3366 2358 Wednesday evenings.

Carindale NSA Carindale N.S.A. had a slight change for the meeting on June 10th as Patricia Sparrow flew up from Canberra to speak to us on Aged Care. Pat is the senior advisor to the assistant minister for health. We had her address to us at 10am and all were very impressed with her report and we now have a better understanding of this section of the health portfolio. We had two new prospective members and many other branches attended our meeting to hear this report. 17 of our members attended the zone 101 conference at Forest Lake & this was a very informative and enjoyable day. The guest speaker for the day spoke of the names

cept Dec & Jan). For further information please phone Anne 3245 3847 or Maureen 3398 4236.

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of Brisbane Suburbs and the entertainer Romain was a musical end to a perfect day. At the next meeting on 8th July we will be entertained by Janet Price a marriage celebrant who will give us

many amusing anecdotes on her experiences. The annual Christmas in July on 22nd should be a day to remember. We will have a lunch for this outing to Harrigan’s Irish Pub at Jacobs Well. Carindale

N.S.A. is a very friendly club and new & prospective members are always welcome to our meetings. We meet at the Clem Jones Sports Centre (Carina Bowls Club) on 2nd Tuesday of every month (ex-

Albany Creek NSA NSA Forest Lake Branch ON 29 May the Forest Lake Branch hosted the Zone 101 Conference. One hundred and eighty six delegates from 15 branches attended. This was a very special event for our young branch to organise and it was fantastic to have so many members from our branch there. A great agenda for the day with information sharing from National Seniors CEO Michael O’Neill mainly about the federal budget and how National Seniors was leading the fight against measures which unfairly target the senior members of our community. James Sedman (member of the Public Affairs Team of National Seniors) gave us great insight into what is expected to happen with the state budget and all this was followed by helpful comments to the branches by Zone Chair Marjorie Green (congratulations to Marjorie on her successful nomination as Zone Chair “just one more year” according to Marjorie.) A well catered lunch courtesy of the Lions Club, Richlands and wonderful lunchtime chamber music provided by students from The Springfield Anglican College. Entertainer Romain’s performance was outstanding. We are all looking forward to next year’s Conference. Forest Lake Branch meets second Wednesday of the month except January 9.30am at Settlers Village, 41 High Street, Forest Lake. Visitors are always welcome. Contact Julie 32787274

THE Albany Creek branch of National Seniors Australia meets on the second Friday of each month at the Albany Creek Community Centre, Ernie St. Albany Creek.5.30 pm for 6.00 pm. Visitors are most welcome, Ring Len 3264 1509. We have a number of interest groups (Some numbers are limited), Reading, Exercise, Craft, Photography, Golf, Coffee, Dining out and movies. Some groups are open to other N.S.A. members and visitors. The Golf club currently has 19 members and conducts 2 championships during the year, January and July. The “Happy Snappers” photography club has various competitions also. Contact numbers for the convenors are in our newsletter and on our website, www.nsaalbany

At the July meeting we will be calling for nominations for committee for the coming year.

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community news Brisbane Seniors Online mentors get update on changing technology BRISBANE Seniors Online (BSOL) ran a training and information session for volunteer mentors (tutors) on the 18 June. Five presenters gave talks about a wide range of topics. Around 90 mentors attended in what turned out to be another successful and informative event.

Topics included Brain Training for Seniors (Jenny Field, Evocca College); Online Security for Seniors (Qld Police Service); Microsoft Speech Recognition (Paul Alcorn); NBN fibre optic rollout (Ryan Williams, NBN Co) and Estate Planning for Digital

Assets (Andrew Rich, Slater and Gordon lawyers). The last session of the day was an open forum which allowed mentors to ask questions about the direction of BSOL and allowed the management committee to hear views and comments from its valued volunteers. This event called BSOLutions is usually held twice a year and gives an opportunity for volunteer mentors (tutors) to get up-to date information on new Kevin Brown (BSOL convenor); Andrew Rich (Slater and Gordon); Brenda technology along with Williams (BSOL President) and Ryan Williams (NBN Co) at the the latest security BSOLutions mentor workshop threats and equips them

to then more confidently undertake their role of helping seniors and over 50s in the community with safe computer and internet use. Contact the BSOL central training office on 3210 6983 for more information or see New mentors can sign up online through the BSOL website and this is the preferred method. Learners can phone and request an application form to be posted out or if confident enough can print out an application form from the BSOL website and submit it.

Super system is letting retirees down: not enough workers to fund pensions AUSTRALIA’S superannuation system needs a revamp after new data shows today’s average worker retires with just one-third of what they need to live modestly. A sensitive recommendation in a new Deloitte report recommends taking unused super away from a dead retiree’s dependants and putting it into a pension pool for other Australians who need it. With the ratio of working Australians for retirees forecast to drop from five to 2.9 in the next 20 years, there won’t be enough

workers to fund pensions for everyone. The report says governments and super funds have to better serve and empower retiring Australians, but that workers must be engaged and take responsibility too. To live modestly in retirement today, an Australian man needs a lump sum of $340,000 and a woman $370,000 and to live comfortably $610,000 and $680,000 respectively, the report calculates. But the average balance for a man aged 60-65 is just $114,000 and $94,000 for a woman. Australians should

contribute at least 1719% of their salary to super for 40 years while working if they wanted to live comfortably in retirement, report author and Deloitte special superannuation adviser Wayne Walker says. That means topping up the superannuation guarantee – which currently has 9.5% paid by employers and is rising to 12% – with their own salary. One inefficiency was that7-10% of super contributions flowed out of the system when a person died early and went to their dependants. Mr Walker recom-

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community news Lord Mayor unveils Seniors Cabaret Showcase To register as a participant for the workshops or to book a seat as an audience member, visitwww.epiphany or phone (07) 3257 4905. To book your ticket for the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Gala Concert in Brisbane City Hall’s

LORD Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging Brisbane’s seniors to be guided by the stars next week when top theatre mentors start performance workshops for the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Showcase. The Lord Mayor said the program consisted of a series of 18 performance work-

shops in June and then 10 suburban showcases in July that would culminate in a gala cabaret in City Hall on 18 August, during Seniors Week. “The Seniors Cabaret Showcase will provide Brisbane’s many talented seniors the chance to show off their talents and provide a platform for

seniors to gain creative development opportunities,” he said. “It will also give the city’s senior residents an opportunity to realise some long-held dreams and prove that it’s never too late to showcase their talent. “As part of my vision for Brisbane to be Australia’s most accessible and inclu-

main auditorium on 18 August 2013, call Ticketek on 13 28 49 from 1 July 2013. Tickets are $5, covering a service fee and donation to the Lord Mayor’s Community Trust. Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Showcase • Cabaret Suburban

Showcase: 15 – 26 July 2013 • Cabaret Sneak Preview: 11 August 2013 • Lord Mayor’s Seniors Gala Cabaret: 18 August 2013 For more information, visit the LIVE program or contact Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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THE Stafford Garden Club members thoroughly enjoyed another wonderful Bus trip to Historic Fort Lytton, followed by a visit to Ian and Judy Wintle’s award winning garden. The tropical fruit trees were laden. The ladies appreciated a lovely afternoon tea in this beautiful garden. Word is out that the Pavlova at the Wynnum RSL was to die for. The Stafford Garden Club Inc. will meet at 9.30 on Thursday, July 17th, at the OES Hall cnr Kitchener Rd and Bohland St Kedron.

Our Speaker will be Clair Levander, a well known horticulturist. Clair is a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker who worked on the 4BC gardening show with the late Col Campbell. Don’t hesitate to bring any problem plants as she is only too willing to give advice. The ladies will have their usual trade table. Come at 9.30 am for a cup of tea and a chat before the meeting. Visitors are always welcome. Phone Gloria on 3355 4703 or Jane on 3359 3565.

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obtain the two service medals to which Australian nashos are entitled, consult website or phone 3324 1277. The Association exists for the benefit of all former national servicemen (nashos) conscripted during two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and the wives or widows thereof. Associate membership is available to nashos who served for countries other than Australia.

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OUR Club meets every Monday from 12.30pm until 4pm to play Carpet Bowls and 500 Cards at the Community Hall, Cnr Link Rd and Colburn Avenue, Victoria Point. Cost to play $3, which includes; afternoon tea and door prizes. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, 11 August at 11.30am. Our annual fee is $3. All are welcome and tuition is given for bowls and cards. For more details, phone President, Gwen on 3207 8291.

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Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club ON Thursday, 7 August, the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. Robert Browning is the guest speaker that day and the topic of his talk is Gesneriads. Some readers might already have one or two plants from the family of Generiads such as an African Violet or the Lipstick Plant which is ideal for a hanging basket. There are three types of Gesneriad – the tuberous, the rhizomatous and the fibrous. Each has its own food storage system. The tuberous one has underground storage organs which look similar to a potato. After flowering the plant dies down and appears to be dead. Care

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must be taken not to throw these away by mistake as they will reshoot like caladiums. The Gloxinia is a popular one of these. A different underground storage system occurs on the rhizomatous gesneriad which has scaly rhizomes made up of overlapping scales like a pine cone. These rhi-

zomes can also form above soil level. Most gesneriads belong to the fibrous type. They lack any type of storage organ and the soil for them should never be completely dry although the epiphytical type can stand a brief dry spell. African Violets and Columneas and many

more come into this section. Whatever gesneriad you see, each has its own type of beauty, be it various coloured flowers with exquisite tonings, or just coloured leaves. Poinsettias and Snowflake bushes are at their peak just now. Take care with watering these. If they become too moist at this time of year it can cause poor flowering and leaf drop. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meet on the first Thursday of each calendar month. Visitors and new members are most welcome. The hall if close to public transport and is wheel chair friendly. For more information please contact the president, Pat on 3356 1256.

Arana VIEW Club Fashion Show & Auction

FASHION Show & Cent Auction will be held at Arana VIEW Club from 10.30am on Wednesday 6th August at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. Two-course lunch including tea/ coffee is provided $25.00. Raffles. Bookings phone Dorothy 3351 5196 by 4pm Monday 4th August. Arana VIEW welcomes new members and visitors to our meetings. VIEW provides women with the opportunity to

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CONGRATULATIONS to Dan from Forest Lake National Seniors branch for organising a wonderful Zone Conference held recently at the Lions Soccer Club at Richlands. Dr. Marjorie Green (Zone 101 President) and Chairperson for the day made sure everything ran to schedule. We had great entertainment and a very interesting speaker, Beryl Roberts who spoke on the origins and names of the suburbs in our 101 Zone. The title for our branch was “Bubbly Browns Plains” as we are a happy group. We would love to have you join us at our monthly meetings and coach trips. Michael O’Neill, CEO of National Seniors gave us an update on the latest news for seniors in the Budget including the proposed loss of concessions for seniors which was later overturned by the State Government due to Michael along with seniors hue and cry over the proposal. Michael

Dressed for a devonshire tea are (Rear) Margaret, Bev, Pat and Cherrie (Front) Jack along with Chris and Maureen visiting from the U.K.

and our Policy group work very hard to ensure that our benefits are maintained. We continue to enjoy our monthly meetings, which include morning tea, raffles, guest speakers, entertainment, and our

monthly coach trips on the 4th Tuesday of each month. We visited Highfield Pioneer Village in June where we enjoyed billy tea and damper for morning tea and a sausage sizzle for lunch. We extend a warm

welcome to guests and intending members to join us at our meeting at GreenBank RSL on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10am. Further details can be obtained by contacting Bev on 3809 0697 or 0402 094 887.

Seniors are assets not liabilities, forum hears THE growing number of seniors and their spending power make them an asset and not a liability as they are too often portrayed, a public forum in Melbourne heard today. Michael O’Neill, chief executive of consumer lobby group for the over 50s National Seniors Australia, said today that there was too much ‘doom and gloom’ surrounding the impact of ageing on the economy and the community. “What some commentators are largely failing to understand is that the growing numbers of people who are seniors present a huge opportunity for business, for the community and for government,” O’Neill said. “In a country as wealthy as ours, older Australians should be celebrated for their massive contributions as carers, as volunteers, for the time they devote to civic and social duties and in the workplace – as well as their substantial spending power,” he said. “Instead they are too often demonised and regarded as a burden. “They want to contribute to their own retirement and would live without government involve-

ment if it was in their power to do so. “But governments have to provide certainty in superannuation and investments and not give banks and financial advisers an unfair advantage by reducing consumer protection.” O’Neill was speaking at the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre’s free public forum today at the State Library of Victoria. He was one of a line-up of leading experts from Alzheimer’s Australia, the Stroke Foundation, beyondblue and other organisations who shared their insights and healthy living tips for over 50s. Topics covered include Alzheimer’s disease prevention and support for carers, stroke prevention, depression and anxiety in older people, physical activity for health living, healthy eating and health and employment. Award-winning science and medical journalist, presenter, speaker and academic Dr Gael Jennings, was the Master of Ceremonies. For further details and to view the program please visit www.

Seniors supported through Home Assist program IPSWICH seniors will be able to access a range of home maintenance services through the Ipswich City Council run Home Assist program. Youth and Seniors Committee Chairperson Councillor Sheila Ireland said Home Assist aimed to remove some of the practical housing related difficulties experienced by older people and people with a disability who wished to remain living in their home. Cr Ireland said the program had received combined funding of $1.4 million from the State and Federal governments. “These funds have been allocated for the continued management of the Ipswich Home Assist program by council in partnership with the Federal Department of Social Services, the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Queensland Department of Housing & Public Works,” she said. Cr Page 30 - Brisbane Seniors - July 2014

Ireland said the Home Assist program was designed to create a safer living environment for the city’s senior citizens and those with a disability. “Home Assist supports people aged 60 years and older, the frail aged, and disabled home owners and private renters to remain independent in their own homes. “The program offers information, advice and financial support in relation to home maintenance, modifications and security, and recommendations for engaging tradespeople.” “Referrals for services available from Home Assist can be made through family and friends, community health services, hospitals, general practitioners or other groups,” she said. “For information on eligibility and the available services, all you need to do is call Home Assist on 3810 6662.” Further information is also available from council’s website at http://

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WEDNESDAY July 16 will herald in the Annual General Meeting of the branch and a very good roll up of members will be anticipated with nominated positions being presented to the June meeting. On completion of the AGM a Bar-B-Que lunch will be enjoyed by all attending. There will be much activity planned for Senior’s Week 2014 with an information display being readied for Logan Seniors Expo day Tuesday August 19th when the branch members will once more distribute information to interested patrons attending the day. The planned coach trip for July will be titled “Discover Woodford Tour” with a great day of activity beginning with morning tea in Woodford Memorial Park prior to a two hour guided tour of points of interest. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Woodford Golf Club before a scenic drive homeward journey through the Mount Mee and Dayboro regions. All members greeted with joy the welcome news that the Newman Government had overturned the proposed 15% cuts to pensioners major concessions proposed for October 1st. When this news was announced in the State Budget there was dismay expressed through the ranks of branch members who struggle with everyday costs of living and this latest news brought a sigh of relief from all. For further details please contact Charles Achilles (President) on 3208 2387 or email

Cleveland Seniors

OUR club meets every Thursday, 9am until 12noon to play Carpet Bowls, Bingo, and 500 Cards at the Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Entry fee is $4, which includes morning tea and a door prize of $10. Raffle tickets for $1 and three prizes of $10. Our 44th Annual General Meeting will be held on 7 August at 9am. Our annual fee is $5. We are a friendly club and everyone is welcome. Enquiries to President, Ray on 0408 871 520.


The call is out for our next seniors ambassador DO you know a senior citizen who is active in the Logan community? Logan City Council is looking for the 2014/15 Logan Seniors Ambassador to help promote and encourage active living and community participation among seniors. The community is invited to nominate a friend or colleague who is active in health, arts and culture, the local community, environment, friends or with youth. Mayor Pam Parker said local seniors made a big difference to the Logan community but their contributions sometimes went unnoticed. “Our seniors make the world of difference through the work they do in our city – they are at the heart of our community, but their good deeds and generosity are not always acknowledged,” she said. “I encourage everyone who knows a local senior doing great things to fill out a nomination form. This is our chance to highlight the great things they do and to celebrate their valuable

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contribution to our city.” Ann Raymond, the 2013 Logan Seniors Ambassador and a volunteer for most of her life, said she was shocked when she heard her name read out. “To be chosen as Logan Seniors Ambassador for 2013/14 was an honour, but also a surprise to be acknowledged and awarded for doing things

that I really love,” she said. “I think of volunteering as giving back to the community in one sense, but I also get a lot out of it and it keeps me fit and healthy. There is so much more that I would like to do, if only I had more time.” The Logan Seniors Ambassador will be announced at the popular Logan Loves Seniors

event at the Logan Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 19 August. The free event includes health checks, workshops, get active programs, massages and information stalls. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The Beatlegs will perform their Beatles Tribute Show at 9.30am and 1.15pm. Tickets are $5

each and selling fast. Book online at w w w. l o g a n e n t e r t a i n or phone the box office on 3412 5626. Nominations for the Logan Seniors Ambassador close on 28 July 2014. The nomination form can be downloaded from http:// about-logan/calendar/ council-events

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Children are returning to books, says Dale an avid reader and book seller BIGGEST kick for book- Mrs Marriott’s Books was ner to read. “It’s heart- stead of an I-pad,” said worm Dale Marshall when the return of children who warming to see them head- Dale, who shifted more she re-located her shop have their own special cor- ing to the bookshelves in- than 25,000 books to the new location at Lawnton. A former pathologist, she took over the book shop

two years ago to escape the stresses associated with examining skin tissue, cells and body fluids. Now the only form of pathology she is in contact with

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City Hall midday concerts EACH Tuesday free concerts are held at Brisbane’s City Hall with quality performances from classical to contemporary music. Concerts commence at 12 noon until 1pm. Doors open 30 minutes before performance. Tuesday, 8 July Percussimo: Around the World with a Bang. From

Brazil to Japan, with the fun spins and twists, you’ve come to know and love, Percussimo hots up a rhythmic journey around the world. Tuesday, 15 July Australia’s Premier Elton John Performer is back by popular demand with a performance on the life and music of Elton John. Tuesday, 22 July Christmas in July with the Craig Martin Band. A favourite mid-year tradition continues with the popular Craig Martin and his band presenting a concert of Christmas favourites. Tuesday, 29 July - Brisbane Songs, Strings and Saxes showcasing Brisbane composers, Angel Strings presents the silly to the sublime, saxophonist Emma Di Marco with her ‘Solo Soprano Project’ and Barega Saxophone Quartet new music.

is through her favoured reading genre murder mysteries. When Dale took over the shop from the Marriotts, “a lovely couple now living in a retirement home”, she inherited a 30-year collection of books on almost every subject, although she is getting away from magazines and craft and cooking books. That still leaves an incredible library of novels – fact and fiction, mystery novels by all the top crime writers, Australiana, autobiographies and children’s adventure and magic stories. And of course all the

works of J.J. Rowling. Dale’s husband, who sells trucks, is also an avid reader. “I’m sure that’s why he agreed on the book shop idea,” she said. Dale is steadily reading through a lot of her books. She has re-discovered Jack Dance, the American mystery, fantasy and science fiction writer. I put Jack right up there,” she said. “Patricia Cornwell was a favourite, but she seems to have gone off the boil.” Dale’s book shop is located at 717 Gympie Road. Lawnton. Visit or order by contacting: (07) 3881 1547.

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Brisbane City Hall Tour

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ON Thursday the 22nd of May, 35 members of the Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club departed by coach from Bicentennial Park on Bramble Bay, Clontarf. Prior to leaving our group marvelled at the spectacle of 100’s of seabirds continually skydiving close inshore on the

many shoals of small fish. Our first destination was New Farm Park for morning tea. As usual the gardens were a treat. It was obvious that joggers and mothers with prams and small children enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surrounds and amenities of this park. The next stop

was the Brisbane City Hall. Since 2013, thousands of people have viewed the marvellous restoration of this magnificent landmark fronting King George Square. Bookings are essential for tour groups with max. 20 people per tour guide. Our most memorable experi-

U3A Brisbane Winter School is on again

IF you went to any of the sessions at Winter School last year you will want to go again this year as we are bigger and better than ever. With well over 40 presentations for the week, we believe we have something for everyone with subjects as diverse as Nutrition to Nuclear Australia, The Constitution to Dengue in the Tropics, and just about everything in between. Make a day of it, whether you are a member or not, it doesn’t matter. Come along, bring your friends and learn something new. Ses-

sions are only $5 per person, per session so, at those prices, you can afford to visit a number of sessions, all with presenters who are experts in their field. Most presentations will be held in either of our convenient and comfortable city venues: 97 Creek Street or 344 Queen Street. Winter School runs from Monday 7th July to Saturday 12th July. For full program details, check our website: and for bookings, please call 07 32336 3055 or email

ence was the Museum of Brisbane on Level 3. Here we enjoyed 3 exhibitions comprising 1. David Malouf and Friends; 2. The many lives of Moreton Bay and 3. Captured (early Brisbane photographers and their Aboriginal subjects). Finally, our club members enjoyed a hearty luncheon at the Irish Club in Elizabeth Street. Then, home sweet home to the Redcliffe Peninsula. If you would like to join our club please phone 3885 9484 for details.

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Christmas in July MONDAY 14 July will be the date for the July monthly dinner meeting of the Centenary Evening VIEW Club. Meetings are held at the Mt Ommaney Hotel/Apartments 6.30 pm for 7 pm, cost is $35 and bookings are essential. The theme of this meeting is “Christmas in July” so come dressed in your Christmas finery or with splashes of red and/or green. There will be no guest speaker, but lots of fun and fellowship with games and quizzes and the chance for members and guests to mingle and enjoy the friendship of this wonderful club. Should you require more information please ring Di on 3202 9759 or Val on 3376 1717 or email before noon on Friday 11 July.

Attention All Book Lovers We sell and exchange quality pre-loved books • Our shop is Tidy and well organized • Wheelchair friendly and walker accessible • Friendly environment you can spend hours browsing

The Willows Tea Room & Café is a wonderful place to indulge in homemade delights, while relaxing in old world charm surroundings

Seniors Special Willows Lunch Combo (Mon- Fri only) $16.00 Come and say hello to Dale who will be happy to help you look for a particular book.

Enjoy a full sandwich, two scones with homemade jam and cream Cake or slice of the day and a pot of tea or mug of coffee for one person only. (no Sharing) When booking mention this advert to receive the combo for $16.00 (bookings essential) Whilst enjoying your lunch combo, you may want to ask about our Deluxe High Tea served in our fine Royal Albert china. Some comments from our Visitors book: “Quant”, “Hidden Gem”, “Serene Oasis”, “Wonderful ambience”, “ideal room for celebrations”, and “a delightful experience”

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RENOVATIONS of Brisbane’s historic Engine Room at Teneriffe will include a café and public amenities under proposed plans to rejuvenate the riverside heritage building. Brisbane City Council has put forward an engine room revitalisation project for public comment later this month. The historic Engine Room was built around 1920 and originally housed mechanical equipment associated with the area’s former wool shed, but after decades of sitting largely unused in a dilapidated state, a proposal was recently submitted to refurbish it as a smallscale café. “The proposal follows community interest in restoring the site and creating an accessible public space along the river at Teneriffe,” acting Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said. The application also includes a new timber deck, walkway to accommodate an outdoor seating area with river views, restoring internal and external brickwork and providing an access ramp and steps. The building’s unique location, heritage features and internal floor area of about 100 sq m lends itself to a good location for a riverside cafe or restaurant.” The Engine Room is located at 71 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe.

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Mary, Joy and Carol discussing the July Christmas Extravaganza programme

WE enjoyed lunch at the Murumba Downs Tavern and listened to a very interesting talk from Bruce Uhlhorn, the international Chairman for Radio Lollipop. Bruce spoke about how Radio Lollipop helps to make hospital more enjoyable and less frightening for sick children. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th July (10.30 for 11.00). Everyone is encouraged to wear Christmas finery for the “bumper” Christmas in July celebration luncheon; the cost for this meeting will be $25 for the extra special meal. Enquiries and other questions can be answered by Joy 32855989 or Sandra 34252738. How about coming to a meeting to see what VIEW is all about!

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. ALL are invited to attend our research library at Enoggera Memorial Hall cnr Wardell and Trundle Streets (refidex 139A10) The hall is open every Thursday between 9.30am and 1pm and on the first Saturday of each month between 1-4pm. To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War I and the 75 th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, we are keen to show our extensive range of military photos and memorabilia .extending back to the Boer War at the turn of the twentieth century. Parking and wheelchair access is available and the hall is well served by public transport. Our four publications Enoggera Heritage Walk; From Kedron Brook to Taylor Range, Mitchy Picture Show and davidson grant newmarket heritage walk (sic) are readily available for sale. Further enquiries phone Dave on 3366 3191 or

Spinal Injuries Australia SPINAL Injuries Australia Brisbane Post Polio Network will meets at 2.00p.m on Saturday 9 August 2014 at Spinal Injuries Australia 109 Logan Road, Woolloongabba. (Entrance and parking off Balaclava Street). Guest Speaker will be Gail Wickham from the Vestibular, Balance and Mobility Clinic. New members are welcome. For more information please ring the facilitator Albert on 3381 0976 Page 34 - Brisbane Seniors - July 2014


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WHEN a New Zealand woman devised a means of relieving her husband’s severe arthritic pain, stiff joints and swollen ankles, she did not anticipate the demand that would ensue for her Aircycle. The inflatable exerciser, allowed her husband to exercise his finger, ankle, knee and hip joints while sitting down. So effective was it, that an arthritis educator requested they be made for others. Jenny Watson agreed to manufacture

the Aircycle but the small retirement job quickly assumed larger proportions. A hospital registered it with Medsafe to use in podiatry and diabetes clinic. Physiotherapists and rest homes applauded the results. The gentle exercise resulted in improved circulation in hands and feet – beneficial for foot problems and painful fingers. People reported swelling in ankles and night cramps had gone. Leg muscles had strengthened, they had better

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balance and could walk further. Joint and sciatic pain had eased. “I loved hearing stories from grateful people.” Watson says. “A man who couldn’t walk far without his feet going numb, said before long he could walk round the block. Within a fortnight, he got to the dairy and back. To his delight, within a month he could walk to the pub!” One foot shape is inflated. While sitting, the feet push air from side to side, working muscles and joints from lower

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Tip-of-the-tongue moments probably not a sign of impending dementia DESPITE the common fear that those annoying tip-of-the-tongue moments are signals of agerelated memory decline, the two phenomena appear to be independent, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Anecdotal evidence has suggested that tip-ofthe-tongue experiences occur more frequently as people get older, but the relationship between

these cognitive stumbles and actual memory problems remained unclear, according to psychological scientist and lead author Timothy Salthouse of the University of Virginia: “We wondered whether these self-reports are valid and, if they are, do they truly indicate agerelated failures of the type of memory used in the diagnosis of dementia?” To find out, Salthouse and Arielle Mandell - an undergraduate re-

searcher who was working on her senior thesis - were able to elicit tipof-the-tongue moments in the laboratory by asking over 700 participants ranging in age from 18 to 99 to give the names of famous places, common nouns, or famous people based on brief descriptions or pictures. Throughout the study, participants indicated which answers they knew, which they didn’t, and which made

them have a tip-of-thetongue experience. Overall, older participants experienced more of these frustrating moments than did their younger counterparts, confirming previous self-report data. But, after the researchers accounted for various factors including participants’ general knowledge, they found no association between frequency of tip-of-thetongue moments and participants’ performance on

the types of memory tests often used in the detection of dementia. “Even though increased age is associated with lower levels of episodic memory and with more frequent tip-of-thetongue experiences...the two phenomena seem to be largely independent of one another,” write Salthouse and Mandell, indicating that these frustrating occurrences by themselves should not be considered a sign of impending dementia.

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FEELING GOOD g Independent and Stayin ‘Vinnies’ – good works there for you “VINNIES changes lives every day...while providing a range of services as diverse and unique as those who are in need.” The Home Maintenance and Modification Program is just one of the popular services provided in Queensland by ‘Vinnies’, as the St Vincent de Paul Society has become affectionately known over the years. Servicing Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Toolgoolawah and surrounding areas, the Home Maintenance and Modi-


fication Program has been developed to assist frail, aged and disabled individuals with an array of basic in-house maintenance jobs and modifications that allow people to continue living independently by keeping their homes and yards safe and habitable. “Eligibility is not based solely on age but on the level of difficulty in carrying out activities of daily living without help or supervision,” says Madelyn Wilkinson, Home and Community


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being grab rails and ramps. Some major modifications, such as to bathrooms, or involving chair lifts, may also be included. Home modifications require a referral from an occupational therapist. For further information about the Home Maintenance and Modification Program, or details about other services—‘good works’—provided by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland, please phone (07) 5561 4701. Your call will be warmly received.

Free immunisation clinics helping Brisbane stay healthy

LORD Mayor Graham Quirk will today reaffirm Council’s long-standing commitment to providing free immunisations as authorities raise fears of a measles outbreak in Queensland due to low immunisation numbers. Brisbane City Council offers free immunisation clinics to provide Brisbane residents with a free convenient public health service. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council’s 14 mobile immunisation clinics were in convenient locations across the city, offering free services on a weekly basis. “Brisbane City Council has been running its immunisation program for more than 80 years (since 1931) and has administered vaccines to more than 15,000 residents each year,” Cr Quirk said. “This free program is about giving everyone the choice to be immunised. Children, seniors and students can all take advantage of Council’s program. “Council’s program immunises children aged between six weeks and eight years against potentially life-threatening diseases such as measles, whooping cough, polio and tetanus for free. “All adults who are 65 years and over, including international and interstate visitors, can use Council’s free immunisation service to be vaccinated against Pneumococcal and Influenza diseases. “Council also provides disease specific immunisation programs at secondary schools in conjunction with the State and Federal governments, as well as free vaccinations against influenza to eligible seniors and those medically at risk. “Infants, children, parents of newborns and seniors can drop in to one of the centres and be immunised against diseases that are defined as life threatening by the National Health and Medical Research Council. “We are committed to protecting and enhancing the health and safety of Brisbane, and this service contributes by helping to reduce residents’ exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases.” For more details about immunisation programs and Council’s clinics, visit or by calling Council on ph: 3403 8888.

Free Guided Walks SATURDAY, July 19, 2014, 1 – 2pm. Free. For private group bookings and more information, phone (07) 3403 2535. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mount Coot-tha Road, Mount Coot-tha Relaxed and informative guided walks through the Gardens with our Volunteer Guides. Walks depart from the Information Kiosk.

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If you know someone or a loved one who is suffering from poor prostate health, you’re not alone, it’s a common problem and help is available. The Prostate: The prostate is a walnutsized gland that wraps around the urethra at the point of the bladder. Prostate gland enlargement can be caused by prostate cancer, but 80% of the time it is attributable to benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). As men age, the prostate gland increases in size, making BPH one of the most common age-related conditions in men. The enlarged gland puts pressure on the urethra, acting like a partial clamp and thus causing numerous urinary symptoms. BPH affects more than 50% of Australian men in their sixties and 90% of men above the age of seventy. How Magnus Shield® Helps The Prostate: Magnus Shield® is an extract created from the pollen (the male seeds that enable flowering plants to reproduce) of various plants, including rye grass. Magnus Shield® has anti-inflammatory properties which decreases swelling and improves urine flow. Magnus Shield also works on the urinary tract by relaxing the smooth muscle tone of the urethra, thus improving urine flow, increasing bladder muscle contraction to push the urine out, and relaxing the sphincter muscles, which help hold the urine in the bladder. Together, these actions would improve the urine flow rate and reduce the amount of urine remaining in the bladder after urination, thereby decreasing urinary frequency. Research Validates Magnus Shield’s® Effects: A number of impressive trials conducted have concluded that Magnus Shield® has a beneficial effect in the management of BPH. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 60 men suffering from BPH were

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Sweet corn fights macular degeneration A new Australian variety of sweet corn could help fight age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the western world. Peak national vegetable industry body Ausveg said the recently-developed ‘Supergold’ variety of sweet corn was high in zeaxanthin - a naturally-occurring pigment that gives corn its distinctive deep yellow colour. Ausveg spokesman Jeremy Story Carter said University of Queensland studies had shown a link between high intakes of foods containing zeaxanthin with a lower incidence of age-related macular degeneration. Story Carter said that ordinarily, people would need to eat an unfeasibly high amount of sweet corn to achieve the levels required to battle macular degeneration. “This new ‘Supergold’ variety will contain enough of the pigment (20 micrograms per gram) in half a cob to help improve eye-health,” he said. Findings from the research have been published in leading industry journal Vegetables Australia

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Maintaining healthy bladder & bowel habits INCONTINENCE is one of the biggest health issues facing the nation, affecting one in four Australians over the age of 15 years. Incontinence is more prevalent than asthma (more than 2 million), anxiety disorders (2.3 million) and arthritis (3.1 million). Most people living with bladder and bowel weakness are reluctant to seek help, even from their doctor, despite

research showing 6070 per cent of cases can be cured or better managed. The Continence Foundation of Australia predicts the number of people living with bladder and bowel problems will hit 6.5million by 2030, costing the nation billions of dollars annually. It’s not a subject any of us like to discuss, but many of us, particularly as we age,

start to have a few problems and it can seriously affect not only our social life but our overall health. As more and more Australians live longer incontinence issues grow. There are many avenues for help with bladder and bowel problems. For most people, a good starting point is to visit your doctor. If you are making an appointment with your

doctor, ask for a long consultation to give you time to explain the problem without feeling rushed. You can also call 1800 33 00 66 for confidential advice or visit The National Continence Helpline is a free telephone advisory service funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. This service is available to anyone

residing within Australia, and may be accessed from Monday to Friday, between 8.00am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. The National Continence Helpline is staffed by a team of continence nurse advisors who provide information, education and advice to callers with incontinence or who are caring for someone with incontinence.

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THOSE of us over 50 should be happy to know that research has dispelled some myths about how people’s brains perform as they age. Dr. Sandra Chapman, founder and Chief Director of the Centre for Brain Health says “we need to move beyond age. Policies and practices that focus exclusively on age-related declines in decision making unnecessarily inhibit the autonomy of older adults with preserved cognitive function”. Specifically, the researchers found the following: Healthy older adults show no decline in decision making; strategic learning capacity may actually increase with age; conscientious decision making intensifies with age and risk tolerance can be linked to cognitive ability, with similar outcomes for men and women. There are many ways that healthy adults can improve the ability to make decisions. The best approach is to take your time and do some planning. With important decisions, financial or not, focus on your most important needs. List and prioritize them. Then figure out which decision best meets your priorities. If necessary get some independent professional advice. Finally, don’t be afraid to sleep on it and see if it seems like the best decision the next day. Some types of learning do decline with age rote memorization, recalling figures, absorbing lots of data in a short time or remembering names. But these are not critical. So, tell that to your kids the next time they imply you’re not as capable of making decisions as they are!

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Psychologists raise concerns over grandparents’ health THE physical and psychological health of grandparents is worsening due to their caring obligations, according to psychologists. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) says grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren are sacrificing their own physical and psychological health due to their caring responsibilities. Ms Heather Gridley from the APS said given the increase in need for out-of-home care, and the lack of availability of care options, grandparent care should be prioritised over foster care as it is known for higher levels of stability. “Grandparents are overwhelmingly older, female, single, from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and in poorer health,” Ms Gridley said. “They are often managing strained

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relationships with birth parents, feelings of being overwhelmed and alone, and mixed feelings of wanting to keep the family together but resentment and guilt about being robbed of their own life or retirement.” National Seniors’ concerns over the health of grandparents was also raised in a submission to the Federal Government earlier this year. In the submission, National Seniors called for more social and financial support for grandparents including legal assistance, respite care and educational and training programs. Read the full submission on the website at Media release: National Seniors

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dent n e p e d In g in y a t S and Health care when travelling with elderly parents

THE holidays are a wonderful time to come together with family and friends young and old. But for adult children taking acre of elderly parents, the holiday season also presents a prime opportunity to assess the needs of loved ones – and to keep a watch out for signs of mental or physical decline. With a little extra preparation you and your loved ones can have a wonderful and worry-free vacation. As a family, everyone’s health should improve while taking a holiday. Travel can be one of the most rewarding experiences in our lifetime, whether the goal is to see the world or to visit longdistance friends and family. However, when we travel with our elderly loved ones, we may be faced with challenges we don’t anticipate – issues that simply aren’t there when traveling on our own. They may not be as healthy or mobile without a wheelchair, or they may have a specific health

condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or heart problems; any of these can make vacationing much more complex, regardless of whether you’re taking a plane, cruise ship, or the family car. As with any other vacation, preparation is the key: plan ahead for some of the most common senior needs so that you and your family will be able to enjoy a hassle-free trip that’s memorable for the right reasons. The all-important first step is to be sure your loved one is cleared for travel by his or her primary care doctor, especially if you’re accommodating a health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Make sure the chosen destination is appropriate to your parents’ limitations, and ask your doctor for specific medical and travel tips as well as any necessary vaccinations or extra medications. If your loved one needs a wheelchair at the airport, advance boarding of the airplane or train, or spe-

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Vacationing with elderly parents can be a wonderful experience . . . but be prepared

cial seating in a disabled row or near a restroom, get in touch with the airline personnel or travel company to check these are available upon arrival. Remember the security checkpoints, too: be aware of any surgical implants that might set off metal detectors, and wear easy-to-remove shoes. Also contact your airline in advance to arrange for special screening if your parents has disabilities or special needs. And contact hotels to check on things like shower bars

and easily accessible rooms. Especially if you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area, know where the nearest hospitals and health care centres are, in case of emergency. And take contact details for your own doctors, too, and any necessary insurance information. First, check that the travel documentation is in order: passports, if needed, as well as driver’s license, travel tickets and itineraries – and make multiple copies.

You’ll also want to pack medical documentation: Medicare and insurance cards (and photocopies) as well as any prescriptions or physician’s statements. A wearable identification bracelet for elderly parents is always a good idea. Providing your elderly parents with a calling card or a pre-paid cell phone, if they don’t already have one, is a good way to keep in contact at all times. Have your phone number programmed in. Also you can buy cell phones with

larger buttons and screens which are perfect for elderly people. If your elderly parent has cognitive impairment, you may want to put your name and phone number on an ID bracelet. Carry a photo of your loved one with you in case you get separated and need help to find them. Always have essentials close at hand: an ample supply of necessary medication, important documents and phone numbers, favourite snacks or drinks, a deck of cards or other entertainment, a light sweater, a hat, sunscreen, a travel pillow. These should be kept in a carry-on bag, or a bag that’s readily available inside the car rather than locked away in the trunk. This is particularly important if you are travelling on vacation with your elderly parents who needs special care. Less in your hands will help give you more attention to focus on your care recipient. Maintaining a routine or a predictable schedule is critical to re-

ducing stress and anxiety for a loved one with cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s. Planning flights and car trips accordingly and will lower the risk of agitation. There’s nothing less relaxing during a vacation with your elderly parents than having to rush from place to place. Quiet time is even more important to your health as a caregiver and to your parents. Plan to arrive for flights earlier than you normally would, so your loved one has plenty of time to get settled. On road trips, plan to take plenty of breaks, whether it’s taking the time for a full meal or simply a short restroom break. Alzheimer’s patients tend not to do well traveling in the late evening or at night because of Sundowners’ syndrome (a sleep disorder), so take this into account when making your travel plans. Take the trip when your elderly parent is mostly likely to do well, and both you and your family will get much more out of the experience.

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In fact today there’s a permanent population of less than 20, plus weekend property owners and over 100,000 casual visitors per year. Walhalla certainly has its devotees who come back time after time. The surrounding hills embrace ruins of satellite settlements with names like Happy Go Lucky and Maiden Town and there are remains of an old copper mine at nearby Cooper’s Creek. You can visit these areas on an exciting 4WD tour with Ron Camier of MountainTop Experience, fording rivers and negotiating impossibly slushy tracks with ease. You wouldn’t want to try it in your own vehicle unless you feel like a long walk to get help. Best of all, several accommodation options apart from camping are now available, particularly since the rebuilding of the historic Walhalla Star Hotel and the conversion of the old Windsor House to an attractive B&B. The Star has 14 comfortable ensuite rooms behind the carefully re-created 1890s exterior, plus a top class dining room with “Star” cuisine and a wine list to match. Genial host Michael Leaney, whose love of the town resulted in his more than $1 million investment to rebuild the Star, is a fountain of knowledge and a passionate advocate of tourism for the area. He’s doing his best to make “Wally” a mustsee on Victoria’s tourist map, less than 3 hours from Melbourne by car but a million miles from modern city life. w w w. m o u n t a i n t o p July 2014 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 41

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In great destinations around the world, Azamara guests stay to enjoy rich experiences of local life after other ships sail away in the late afternoon. Tourist crowds thin and the pulse of life quickens as restaurants, bars and clubs fill up and music, theatre and dance halls open their doors. Life on board an Azamara voyage is a unique experience too, with a warm and welcoming club-like atmosphere and service that’s always cordial. Guests may come for the destinations, but they return for the awardwinning staff and crew who make them feel at home anywhere around the globe. Travel industry veteran Larry Pimentel has been president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises since 2009. Known for building successful cruise lines and brands, he’s also one of the industry’s most popular

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THE Australian Government will do its best to help Australians in difficulty overseas, but it pays to be realistic in your expectations of what it can do. When you travel you should be aware that you’re leaving behind Australia’s support systems, emergency service capabilities and medical facilities. There are limits on the level of consular service that can be provided in other countries. The Australian Government can help with: • providing assistance during crises such as civil unrest and natural disasters • providing advice and support in the case of an accident, serious illness or death, or if an Australian is a victim of a serious crime, and arranging for nominated contacts to be informed • visiting or contacting Australians who are arrested and arranging for their family to be informed (if they wish) • contacting relatives and friends on an Australian’s behalf and asking them to assist with money or tickets • providing access to a repayable loan (up to a maximum of $150) in real emergencies to cover the cost of a replacement travel document • providing information on possible government financial assistance for eligible Australians to help with legal costs overseas • providing a list of doctors, lawyers and, if available, interpreters • issuing passports, including emergency passports. They cannot help with: • giving legal advice, investigating crimes overseas or intervening in court proceedings • getting Australians out of prison or obtaining special treatment for Australians in prison • providing medical services or medication • arranging visas, work or residence permits for other countries or helping Australians obtain them • paying or guaranteeing payment of hotel, medical or other bills • acting as a travel agent, bank or post office, or storing luggage • providing translation, interpreter, telephone or photocopy services • becoming involved in commercial disputes or taking complaints about local purchases. For more information go to

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Queensland Garden Expo – Nambour .............................................................................. $55 Springbrook ..................................................................................................................... $68* The Sound of Music – Toowoomba ................................................................................... $76 Margaret Olley’s Art Centre – Murwillumbah .................................................................... $58 Toowoomba – Carnival of Flowers .................................................................................... $50 Stradbroke Island ............................................................................................................ $78* Andrews Sisters – Twin Towns ......................................................................................... $50 2 Special Houses – Allora & Glengallan ......................................................................... $78* Eumundi Markets – Christmas Shopping .......................................................................... $36 Annual Christmas Lunch – Kookaburra Queen ............................................................... $99* Kamahl’s Christmas – Redlands Performing Arts .............................................................. $50 * Lunch Included / All tours include morning tea


Prices quoted are per person, share twin – single prices available - Home Transfers Included (Greater Brisbane Area)

AUSTRALIANS should learn about their destination’s road conditions and traffic culture before getting behind the wheel. It is important to be aware of local laws and security conditions when driving overseas. Driving under the influence of alcohol can have severe criminal penalties in many countries. In some countries drivers must have no quantity of alcohol in their system. The penalties for traffic infringements in some countries can be severe by Australian standards. They can include hefty on-the-spot fines, immediate confiscation of drivers licence, immediate impounding of vehicle, detention, deportation or imprisonment. For more detailed information, the Association for Safe International Road Travel offers regularly updated road reports for approximately 150 countries. Available via e-mail or download (fees apply), each report covers general road conditions, local driving style and the realities of

dealing with the police, public transportation and emergency situations. Other useful features include summaries of especially dangerous roads and phonetic translations for use in unsafe or emergency situations. Motorcycle accidents involving Australians are very common in SouthEast Asia, particularly in areas such as Bali, resort areas of Thailand and in Vietnam. Australian travellers should ensure they wear helmets, preferably full-face helmets, and other protective clothing when riding motorcycles, scooters and mopeds overseas in order to minimise the risk of serious injury. If you’re renting a car, before you start driving, make sure it’s equipped with appropriate safety features (including seat belts, air bags, and if required child restraints), and check the tyres, headlights, seatbelts and wipers before you leave the lot. In some countries it is compulsory to carry a break down kit in your

ATTENTION ALL COACH TRAVELLERS OUTBACK QLD EXPLORER: LONGREACH, WINTON, AUST AGE OF DINOSAURS, CHARLEVILLE COSMOS CENTRE, EMERALD, BARCALDINE, MITCHELL, GLADSTONE 9 Days 24th August – 1st September 2014 - $1,850 fare includes: Good Motels – Breakfasts & Dinners. Admissions: Charleville Cosmos Centre, Age of Dinosaurs, Longreach Hall of Fame, Qantas Museum, Thompson River Sunset Cruise and Drovers Dinner, Australian Workers Heritage Centre. Home Pickup and Return: Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Kingscliff.

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car - check with the hire company. Many countries require Australians to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to a valid Australian driving licence to legally drive a car, or ride a motorbike. An IDP is a widely recognised document that can be issued by associated members of the Australian Automobile Association. Before driving overseas, Australians should contact the appropriate foreign mission in Australia for information on drivers licence requirements. Ensure the IDP allows you to drive or ride the vehicles you intend to use. Some insurance policies will not cover you if you have an accident using a vehicle you are not licensed to drive. IDPs are issued through state and territory motoring clubs such as RACQ. Always insure yourself to drive a vehicle overseas and carry the insurance papers with you. Check your vehicle insurance to see if you are covered for breakdown recovery, accidental damage and medical expenses for injuries suffered in an accident. If driving a friend’s vehicle overseas, check first that you are appropriately covered by their insurance policy to drive their car. When hiring a car carefully read the insurance document to determine your level of cover. In some countries, the legal minimum for insurance cover may be low, leaving you responsible for claims over this limit. In some countries it is an offence to drive a vehicle if you are not named on the insurance policy as the driver. For more information go to


10 days / 9 nights - 20 to 29 September 2014 ...................................................... from $3920 2 days / 1 night - 4 to 5 October 2014 ................................................................... from $460

Christmas 2014 Christmas Extended - 3 days / 2 nights - 24 to 26 December 2014 Toowoomba’s Winter Wonderland ................................................................................................... from $1058

New Year 2015 Tassie Icons – Celebrate New Year at Wrest Point - 7 days / 6 nights 31 December 2014 to 6 January 2015 ............................................................................ from $2550

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Building Buses and Tours for everyone HOW do you take people to the best places in Australia when some of the best places can’t be reached by conventional tour coach? The answer Stonestreets Coaches came up with was to get a luxury 4x4 tour coach built. After many months of careful planning, Stonestreets ideas of the perfect 4x4 off road tour coach were submitted to Coach Design, a Brisbane based coach builder who transformed those ideas into reality, supplying Stonestreets a few months later with a brand new luxury off road tour coach. That new coach has now done its inaugural journey travelling throughout the country over a 3 month period and is back in Toowoomba getting ready for its next stint “out the bush”. The next set of tours will be started off in July with the 11 day DIAMANTINA DRIFTER tour travelling into the Diamantina Lakes National Park, crossing the border into the Northern Territory and following the Sandover Highway south westerly to Alice Springs. Another tour, an 11 day DESERT SANDS tour will then begin in Alice Springs following one of outback pioneer, Len Beadell’s tracks, the Gary Highway, right across the Great Sandy Desert to the West Coast of WA to Marble Bar and Port Hedland then travelling north alongside the Eighty Mile Beach to Broome. The KIMBERLEY & TANAMI tour 3 of this series of 5 tours begins in Broome before setting off to Kooljaman on picturesque Cape Leveque, then into the fascinating Kimberley region exploring gorges and waterfalls along the Gibb River Road. This tour will spend two nights in beautiful Kununurra then two more nights in the awesome Bungle Bungle National Park Stonestreets first ever tour to stay in this park. From Halls Creek the tour will continue to Wolf Creek Meteorite Crater then down the dusty Tanami Track past Rabbit Flat to Alice Springs. Yet another tour, INTO THE RED ZONE will

sections. And this doesn’t just apply to the 4x4 tours, Stonestreets have another tour travelling by luxury tour coach in 5 sections right around Australia which can also be split into 5 sections, 1. Cruises Along The Pristine Coast, Brisbane to Airlie Beach 2. The Whitsunday Coast & Tablelands, Airlie Beach to Cairns 3. Across the Top, Cairns to Broome 4. The West Coast, Broome to Perth 5. Best of the West in Springtime, WA wildflower time Perth to Brisbane Call Stonestreets Coaches on 4687 5555

If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel

THAT might sound a bit harsh, but organising insurance is an essential part of preparing for your overseas trip. If you’re uninsured you (or your family) are personally liable for covering any medical or other costs resulting from unexpected incidents or accidents. Comprehensive travel insurance should cover all medical expenses for injury or illness, as well as theft of your valuables and cancellations or interruptions to your flight plans, baggage damage and more. It also saves you the worry and financial burden if you have an accident or illness overseas – medical costs can reach tens of thousands of dollars. Shop around, including online, to find the policy that best suits your individual needs – check the policy’s exclusions including how it deals with pre-existing illnesses, make sure your insurance covers you for all of your activities for the entire length of your trip, and be aware that some policies do not cover refunds for changes in safety and security environments overseas. today if you would like Whether you are entitled to a refund when Departa brochure on any or all ment of Foreign Affairs and Trade changes travel adof these fantastic luxury vice levels will depend on the terms and conditions of your policy – it varies from policy to policy. Always coach or 4x4 coach read the fine print. For more information go to tours.

Herman’s Tours & Travel begin in The Alice and explore the MacDonnell Ranges, visit beautiful Palm Valley – only accessible by 4x4 vehicles, stay on a real working cattle and camel station at Kings Canyon then into the hauntingly beautiful Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Of course there will be a visit to the huge monolith and the chance to capture a colourful sunset picture of Ayres Rock during this visit. Cross the Painted Desert and the Moon Plains to Coober Pedy staying in underground accommodation then to William Creek and Lake Eyre South, Woomera to Port Augusta and Adelaide. The final tour in the series, PIONEER SPIRIT travels north to Marree the along the infamous Birdsville Track to the frontier town of Birdsville. Take a look at Australia’s largest

shearing shed at Cordillo Downs and the remote settlement of Innamincka. It was near here that Burke and Wills ended their journey and lost their lives beside the Cooper Creek. I visit to the Dig Tree will show where these famous Australian explorers spent their last few hours. Travelling east, cross the longest fence in the world, the Dingo Fence at Hungerford then explore the Currawinya National Park prior to sampling date wines in Eulo. The tour will visit St George on the Balonne River before finishing back in South East Queensland on the 15th September. Not everyone can afford the time or the money to travel for 50+ days on a tour and that’s why Stonestreets have designed these tours so you can travel on just one or many

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 20 to 29 September 2014 - 10 Days / 9 Nights From $3930 per person twin share - Single Supplement from $780 Visiting:- Perth - Margaret River – Albany - Esperance – Kalgoorlie - Fremantle Includes: Airport Transfers (Brisbane Metropolitan Area) Return Air Fares from Brisbane to Perth - 9 Breakfast / 1 Lunch / 6 Dinners - Herman’s Tour Escort

TOOWOOMBA CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND 24 to 26 DECEMBER 2014 - 3 Days / 2 Nights From $1058 per person twin share - Single Supplement from $180 Highlights: - Christmas Wonderland in Queens Park - Christmas Lights Tour - Toowoomba’s Japanese Gardens - Darling Downs Zoo Includes: - Home Transfers (Brisbane Metropolitan Area ) 2 breakfasts - 3 lunches - 2 dinners - 2 morning teas - 1 afternoon tea - Herman’s Tour Escort

NEW YEAR - TASSIE’S WILDERNESS ICONS From $2555 per person 31 December 2014 to 6 January 2015 - 7 Days / 6 Nights From $2555 per person twin share - Single Supplement from $490 Highlights:- Hobart Sightseeing - Mt. Field National Park Russell Falls - Gordon River Cruise - Cradle Mt - Cataract Gorge Includes: Home Transfers (Brisbane Metropolitan Area) - Flights from Brisbane – 6 breakfasts - 1 lunch - 4 dinners

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Magnolia Close

AN ancient pristine rainforest forms a stunning backdrop to the delightful mixture of cool-climate and colourful tropical plants in this lush garden. Borders brimming with magnolias, camellias, azaleas and standard wisterias thrive under mature jacarandas and poincianas, while superbly crafted stonework complements the beautiful plantings. Three original avocado trees, which produce hundreds of avocados each year and were planted more than fifty years ago, remain at the rear of the house. Under their generous canopy are maples, camellias, begonias and other shade-lov-

ers. The rear of the garden overlooks state forest, and from a charming nook surrounded by vibrant salvias there is a spectacular view to Mapleton. On Saturday at 11.30am there will be an auction of Colin Campbell’s Memorabilia to raise funds for the creation of a relaxation area for visitors and patients of the Maleny Hospital. Magnolia Close Garden is located at 133 Flaxton Mill Road, Flaxton. Open from 26th and 27th July 2014, 10am to 4.30pm. Admission $8 (under 18 free). Open Gardens Australia: 25 Years and Growing.

Steaming along THE excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along

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the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Like the sound of the above? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is now in it’s 57th year of operating rail tours. Over 980 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. On Ekka Wednesday we are heading off on a special coach tour to the Gold Coast to sample travel in the new trams. Lunch is included at Southport. Our most popular tour for the year is by steam train to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – it is time to book now the spectacular climb of the main range with it’s nine tunnels and the magnifi-

cent floral displays. There is a choice of 3 great tours to choose from. Looking for an escape to the north? In November we are running a 5 day daylight rail tour from Brisbane to Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Heritage diesel 1620 will haul this special farewell tour to the Lander series air conditioned carriages

which are being withdrawn from traffic later this year. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times. Ray Edser (Tour Manager)


Wednesday 13th August CATCH A TRAM DAY OUT Coach tour to the Gold Coast to ride to new trams Saturday 20th September & Sunday 21st September TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS Steam Train to Qld’s most well known floral event Wednesday 24th September SILVER BULLET EXPRESS Rail Motor to Spring Bluff and Toowoomba Gardens Tuesday 4th to Sunday 9th November THE TABLELANDER 5 day daylight rail tour from Brisbane to Mareeba (this tour operates in reverse also 7-13 Nov) “Book early as seats are limited”

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . See Angela Lansbury & James Earl Jones in the play Driving Miss Daisy

ANGELA Lansbury and James Earl Jones star in the play Driving Miss Daisy showing on the big screen at Event Cinemas Chermside, Indooroopilly and Garden City on August 2, 3 & 6. It also includes a special recorded Q&A session with Angela Lansbury after the play. Driving Miss Daisy is a stunning comedydrama play based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play and an Academy Award* winning film, which was filmed at The Comedy Theatre in Melbourne in 2013. The critically acclaimed production stars two of the world’s greatest living actors – fivetime Tony Award and three time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury, and twotime Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee, James

Miss Daisy.” Sessions screen on Saturday August 2nd & Sunday August 3rd at 2pm and Wednesday 6th August at 10.30am. All tickets to see Driving Miss Daisy on the big screen are $20* and are on sale now at or at the box office. +$1.10 online booking fee

Earl Jones as well as four time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines. The Q&A with Lansbury was recorded live at BFI Southbank in London and offers insight into her role in Driving Miss Daisy as well as her incredible 70 plus year career on stage and screen. Driving Miss Daisy tells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her

compassionate chauffeur. An iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship, the play has warmed the hearts of millions of theatregoers worldwide. Alfred Uhry, writer of Driving Miss Daisy said, “Every playwright dreams of having a perfect rendition of his play last forever. I am blessed to have it happen for me with this production of Driving

Music Matinees with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra SEEING a symphony orchestra live in concert doesn’t need to turn into a late night. With the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s (QSO) daytime concerts, you can hear a full symphony before the sun goes down. Experience poetic beauty on Thursday 10 July at 11am as QSO’s youngest musicians, Principal First Violinist Glenn Christensen, performs solo in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. The Orchestra’s Scandinavian guest conductor Eivind Aadland then leads a symphonic adventure in this July Masterworks concert with Schubert’s Symphony No.9 TheGreat. Enjoy a morning of operatic wonders at 11.30am on Sunday 27 July with the QSO’s Passion and Madness concert hosted by Guy Noble, one of Australia’s most versatile conductors and musical entertainers, featuring guest artists from The Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.

WHAT’S ON IN JULY 50 Plus: Art Class - Painting and drawing Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 10am – 12pm at a cost of $7.00. For bookings, call Marie Clark (teacher) on 3390 4270. Fifty Plus Centre, Brisbane City Hall, Adelaide St, Brisbane Art Teacher Marie Clark has been teaching with the Centre for over 25 years and encourages people to extend themselves in reaching their creative potential. She believes most people sell themselves short and don’t realise if they start they can achieve an excellent level after patient tuition. Some of her students win competitions on a regular basis. Both Oils and Watercolour paints are used for this class. 50 Plus: Old time ballroom dancing Thursday, July 10, 2014, 10am – 12:45pm at a cost of $1.50. For bookings, call Marie D’Alton (teacher) on 3371 3707. Fifty Plus Centre, Brisbane City Hall. This activity includes Old Time / New Vogue traditional dance. It includes a social dance each Thursday that is widely attended .

On Thursday 21 August at 11amSpanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno joins forces with pianist and composer Marialy Pacheco, the first woman to win the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival solo piano competition in the Festival’s fourteen year history. Expect pure artistry in this interpretation of JS Bach’s Piano Concerto in G minor. This concert also features Mozart’s Symphony No.31 Paris and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.2 Little Russian. In World Inspiration on 19 October at 11.30am, breeze through the folk-inspired territories of Copland and Sibelius, bask in Tchaikovsky’s radiant score and be uplifted by the QSO’s pursuit of perfection. With stress-free daytime access and public transport options, and no interval, these concerts are an easy and fussfree way to experience classical music with friends. For more details call qtix on 136 246 or visit

Redland City Band Inc. YOU are cordially invited to the Best of Both Worlds “The great classical and Jazz Composers” featuring the Redlands Beginner Concert Band and the Redlands City Stage Band. Come along on Friday 25th July 2014 to the Edgar Harley Hall, Cleveland Showground’s (entry via Smith Street). The concert starts at 7pm, tickets available at the door for a gold coin donation. It will be a great night with a diverse range of music along with some great raffle prizes and great social atmosphere.

The many lives of Moreton Bay PICTURESQUE Moreton Bay – Aboriginal name Quandamooka – conjures up images of sandy beaches, fishing trips and marine life but the beauty of the Bay is not just skin deep. Few know the rich and diverse history of this natural treasure located on Brisbane’s doorstep. Visitors to The many lives of Moreton Bay will discover an intriguing story of endless transformations – from leper colony to wilderness retreat, from whaling station to marine sanctuary. Tales of shipwrecks sit alongside stories of lazy days spent fishing and the memories of those who have lived their lives amidst the Bay’s wild beauty. The many lives of Moreton Bay brings them together as one powerful and revealing experience. Open daily from 10am until 5pm at Museum of Brisbane, City Hall until 12 October, 2014.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Broadway Spectacular 2014 is evolving as one of the most significant years in the history of The Pops. With the 30th Anniversary and Celtic Celebration Concerts behind us, we now look forward to ending the season with Broadway Spectacular and the iconic Best of British. Introducing the Queensland audiences to Silvie Paladino and Kane Alexander, will continue to raise the bar of amazing Australian talent presented this year. The Broadway Spectacular will include music from Chorus Line, Chicago, West Side Story, as well as some of the greatest hits of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Brisbane Sings Choir and dancers from Morton College will add the zing to the spectacular part of this production. Fresh and talented voices will join

with the power and energy from Morton College to present a real Broadway event. In October the Best of British will finish this year of celebrations. Mark Vincent now with his 5th Album at No1 on the Aria Classical charts and Elizabeth Lewis who is currently performing with Victorian Opera will sing some of your best loved last night at the proms songs as well as the wonderful music of the British Isles. Lisa Lockland-Bell will join Mark Vincent in “Best of British” at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Sunday 12 October 2pm. Joining the Pops for the first time will be Choir of Mansfield State High School who will join the QPAC Choir who featured so magnificently in 2013.

Conductor Patrick Pickett has been delighted to lead the revival of this magnificent orchestra. As the other professional orchestra in Queensland, the Pops has grown in size and stature over the last 12 months and continues to evolve as an orchestra that provides great entertainment with outstanding production and stylistic diversity. The final concert for this year is the New Year’s Eve Concert and will be on sale in mid July. Following the triumph of this event in 2013, audience goers will be encouraged to secure tickets early for both performances to avoid disappointment. Tickets are on sale now contact The Events Centre, Caloundra on or phone 5491 4240.

75 years on - Buddy Holly in Concert

75 years on Buddy Holly in Concert will be performed at the Concert Hall in Brisbane on 1 August at 8pm. Let us go back to where it all began - rock and roll at its very best. 75 years on Buddy Holly in Concert is one of the most exciting shows to hit the Australian cabaret and theatre circuit in years. During this dynamic two hour production, internationally renowned Scot Robin, together with his Crickets will perform more than 30 Buddy Holly hits including That’ll be the Day, Heartbeat, Think it Over, Peggy Sue, Raining in My Heart, Rave On, Maybe Baby, True Love Ways and of course, Oh Boy! Tickets available through:

Wynnum Senior Men’s get together

WYNNUM 60 & Better is hosting a senior men’s get together at Wynnum Manly Yacht Club at 10am on Wednesday, 30 July. Guest, Peter Dunn will present “Brisbane at War during World War II”. There will be a BBQ at a cost of $3 and parking is free.

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Entries called for new Redland Art Awards

ENTRIES are now open for the prestigious biennial Redland Art Awards. This national painting prize is now presented by Redland Art Gallery as a major Redland City Council initiative. First held in 1981, Redland Art Awards was established by a small group of local artists known as Redland Yurara Art Society, which is among Queensland’s oldest art societies. The contemporary painting competition, which offers a prize pool of more than $20,000, is open to all Australian artists. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s support for the long-running competition underscored the City’s reputation as a significant regional arts centre. “That this event is now in its 29th year is testament to our thriving arts community and strong cultural appreciation in the Redlands,’’ Cr Williams said. “It is why the Redland Art Awards have become so popular with artists across Australia as well as residents who appreciate and enjoy our galleries.’’ Redland City Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesman Paul Bishop said 390 entries were submitted for last year’s

competition, with 45 short-listed for display. “We are expecting that to be exceeded this year,’’ Cr Bishop said. “This is a highly regarded competition with an acquisitive first prize of $15,000 and $4000 for the runner-up,’’ Cr Bishop said. “There’s also $2500 for the winner of the Local Environment Prize and $500 for the Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award, which is sponsored by Redland Yurara Art Society. “The real highlight though comes on Sunday 12 October when all the finalists go on display at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.’’ This year’s judges are Maud Page (Acting Deputy Director, Curatorial and Collection Development, Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art), Joe Furlonger (award-winning Australian artist and former recipient of Moet & Chandon Fellowship) and Stephanie Lindquist (Director, Redland Art Gallery). Entries for the Redland Art Awards close on 29 July. To download an entry form visit: or contact Redland Art Gallery on (07) 3829 8484.

AIR Brisbane North WE at the Air (Association of Independent Retirees) normally meet at the Wavell Heights Community Hall in Edinburgh Castle Road above the Bowls Club on the third Friday of the month apart from in July when we are having a bus trip for members where we are ending up at a secret French Restaurant, our meeting times

start around 09.230 am finishing about noon. On most occasions we normally have a guest speaker opening our world to subjects of interest. As our name indicates we are geared around financial cost and subjects without giving advice individually. We also run a Financial Group meeting on each second Friday at

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ACROSS 2 Dare to move round others being caught 6 Refusal we follow with good sense 7 Very bad return in paydirt upset 10 Make an act null about sound of a bell 11 Fish on foot 12 Makes amends for trouble some pets can cause 15 Coupon company leaves on top 18 Single draw on marijuana right for one tending the furnace 20 Sip her concoction and pass on 21 In good arrangement like cattle 22 Enraged with spice finally burned

ACROSS 2 Put in custody 6 Common sense 7 Rotten 10 Make invalid 11 Single 12 Makes up for 15 On top of 18 Fire attendant 20 Die 21 Tidy 22 Very annoyed DOWN 1 Body part 2 Slumbering 3 Replaces used parts 4 Drinkers 5 Sinful 8 Plant part 9 Thicker 10 Get back losses 13 Tie up boat 14 Be in plenty 16 Mexican worker 17 Pretty 19 Ardour

DOWN 1 Born with single part of skeleton 2 Resting peacefully as skin returns 3 Replaces what is missing about her sleep-ins 4 Thus models become big drinkers 5 Sinful, vile, untidy 8 Scion’s basal part of tooth

9 Harder to teach when more compressed 10 Recover losses about takeover 13 Firmly fix in space returned 14 One jump - that’s enough to proliferate 16 Sty holds nothing for Spanish labourer 17 Quite pleasant in French city 19 Ardour displayed melancholy way

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Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. LOCAL history, family history, stamp collecting, Aboriginal culture; trams and steam trains; these things plus many more will come together at an open day being held at Enoggera Memorial Hall

entitled 1914-2014 a century of history. The event will run from 9.30 until 3.30 on Saturday 12 July; admission is free. Along this journey of 100 years brought to life by photos, books and audio visual

displays, stops will be made at World War I, the opening of the Panama Canal, Ernest Shackleton’s last Antarctic expedition, the coming of Red Cross to Australia, World War II; The Royal Tour of 1954 and Roger Bannister’s 3.59.4

mile; In 1964 Cassius Clay’s first fight with Sonny Liston, and the Beatles in Brisbane and in 1974 the Brisbane flood. The climax of the day will be our 20th birthday celebrated with a cake which you are all invited to share.

FOR all those born before 1945 We are survivors. Consider the changes we have witnessed. We were born before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams and ballpoint pens, before pantyhose, dishwashers, dryers, elec-

tric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes and before man walked on the moon. We got married first and then lived together - how quaint can you be? In our time, bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not Volkswagens. Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with our cousins. We thought fast food was

Enoggera Historical Society is situated in Enoggera Memorial Hall cnr Wardell and Trundle Streets (refidex 39A10). In keeping with the current centenary of World War I, we have an extensive collection of military photos and books beginning with

the Boer War. Our research and viewing library is open between 9.30 and 1pm every Thursday and between 1-4pm on the first Saturday of each month (next July 5).The hall is not affected in any way by current upgrading of the Samford/ Wardell intersection; park-

ing is available in Trundle Street, wheelchair access is available; Enoggera station on the Ferny Grove line is close by and bus routes 350 390 598 and 599 stop almost at the door. Further details from Dave 3366 3191 or

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what you ate during Lent and outer space was the back of the local theatre. We were before househusbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and commuter marriages. We were before day care centres, group therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yoghurt and guys wearing earrings.

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For us, time-sharing meant togetherness not computers or condominiums. Chip meant a piece of wood, hardware was hardware and software wasn’t even a word. In 1940, “Made in Japan” meant junk and the term “making out” referred to how you did in your exam. Pizzas, McDonalds and instant coffee were unheard of. In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass was mowed, Coke was a “cold” drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was a

Grandma’s lullaby and Aids were helpers in the Principal’s office. We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely before the sex change. We made do with what we had and we were the last generation that was so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby. However, we did make out somehow, even though we sometimes feel a little confused. Contributed by E. J. F.

Who do you call… Seniors Card 137 468 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane) Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254 Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918 National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110 National Aged Care Information 1800 200 422

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THE ‘Harvest’ exhibition is a celebration of food in art. With over 150 works from the Gallery’s Collection, ‘Harvest’ includes magnificent still lifes from the seventeenth century to today, contemporary photography, bold video works, and dramatic large-scale installations, with major new acquisitions of works by Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno. Northern European still-life paintings of the seventeenth century evoked colonial prosperity through depicting food, flowers and spices from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Contemporary artists continue to explore the global trade in food. ‘Harvest’ will consider how globalisation makes available emblematic regional specialities from around the world. Beyond the stories of what the colonial period brought to Europe, this exhibition will also touch

on food moving from north to south, and the impact that this has had on food production in communities, as well as the alternative modes of production often developed from local knowledges. The labour involved in the production and distribution of what we eat is another important area of consideration for contemporary artists - from rice farmer to gleaner, and factory worker to the housewife. A discussion of labour also counterpoints the question of the status derived from food; the exhibition will explore the role of food as a symbol of prestige – whether through exclusivity or sheer excess. The Harvest Exhibition is a free event and runs from 28th June to 21st September 2014. Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Opening Hours Daily 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Major choir heads for suburbs

ONE of Australia’s oldest performing arts groups is heading to the Sandgate Town Hall in a concert on Sunday July 20 at 3.00pm and theWynnum Municipal Hall in a concert on Sunday July 27 at 3.00pm. The programme which the Queensland Choir will present on July 20th in Sandgate and 22nd in Wynnum is entitled “Sunday Serenade” and consists of easy-listening choral music from a wide range of sacred and secular sources accompanied by the Choir’s pianist, Catherin Lynagh. Tickets for these concerts are available from 4MBS Ticketing 3847 1717 or on line at

The Glenn Miller Orchestra THE world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to Brisbane on 11 July to 12 July at the Concert Hall in Brisbane. A brand new concert spectacular featuring 38 musicians, singers and dancers on stage means this tour will be bigger than ever. An added attraction will be a feature of music from the library of The Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band, performed by the Orchestra complemented by The Carnegie String Ensemble. All your favourite Glenn Miller classics will be played. The Moonlight Serenade Singers and The Broadway Swing Dancers will also be sure to entertain you. Tickets available:

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West Moreton Country Music Assn NEIL Duddy is our guest for our social on the 18th of July, he is a great well known local entertainer we look forward to having him as our guest, our club is held at the Ipswich Showgrounds in the Greyhound pavilion Cnr Salisbury and Warwick road Ipswich on the 3rd Friday of each month starting at 7pm until 11pm, all welcome, meals available, members $5 non members $6, lucky door and raffle’s for further information phone Trish 0434 114 656.



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