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THE Aspley State School 125th Anniversary Reunion will take place on Saturday 12th September at Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside from 6.30pm. To purchase tickets go to, email or phone the school on 3863 9111. The Reunion dinner provides a wonderful opportunity for former students, teachers and other interested members of the Aspley community to get together. This is an adult’s only event and will be a night to remember. Tickets should be purchased by August 21st and cost $55 per person. Individual bookings are welcome or get a group of friends together and book a table of eight. Coinciding with the Reunion Dinner, the school will host the Aspley 125 Birthday Blast celebration on Friday

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11th September at the Maundrell Terrace campus. The family focused fun event will include rides, food, entertainment and fireworks. Everyone is welcome to attend. A suite of Aspley 125 merchandise including a commemorative book is now on sale. Information is available via the school’s website. Aspley State School is one of Brisbane northside’s longest established schools. The school is located at Maundrell Terrace, Aspley and has 725 students from Prep-Grade 6. Anyone associated with the school can register for information via the website: or email: or phone 3863 9111. Facebook: AspleyStateSchoolReunion. Twitter: @AspleySSReunion.


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A group of 9 members from the Newmarket VIEW Club enjoyed a social outing on the 13th May at the Mt Coo-tha Botanical Gardens, Toowong. This occasion was organised by 2 enthusiastic ladies, Sue and Doreen, who plan the Programmes for the Club members to enjoy. Further social outings are planned for the months of June and July with a visit to the Victoria Park Golf Club on Tuesday 9th June at Herston. On Wednesday 8th July a visit to the Sandgate and District Historical

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Members enjoying one of our outings

Disposing of electronic waste ELECTRONIC waste (e-waste) includes electronic items such as desktop computers, monitors, mobile phones, printers, televisions, scanners and video game consoles. You cannot put e-waste into your wheelie bin. Brisbane residents can, as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, dispose of e-waste at the transfer stations for free. The transfer stations will accept a maximum of 15 items per delivery of televisions, computers and computer products including printers and scanners free of charge from householders and small busi-

Museum will take place at 10am followed by lunch. Our members and their guests are invited to attend both of these occasions for both fun and fellow-ship. If you would like to be part of this very worthy group at VIEW Club and would like to be involved in our social outings please make contact with either our President Jan Capper on 3325 4300 or Secretary Di on 3300 4519. We look forward to meeting you and making you welcome at our Club Lunch Meetings and Social Events.

nesses. E-waste recycling bins are provided at the transfer stations. Place your recyclable e-waste items in the marked bins inside the transfer station’s shed. Transfer Stations are open form 6.30am-5.45pm every day of the year, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. You can find your nearest Transfer Station at: 1402 Nudgee Road Nudgee; 360 Sherbrooke Road Willawong; 101 Upper Kedron Road Ferny Grove; 728 Tilley Road Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex).

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IN an age of fleeting digital cultivation of ideas and memories, this year’s Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo is set to be an inspiring testament to the enduring sentimental and tangible power of physical photos, keepsakes and paper creations. From June 6th to 8thand open daily from 9am to 5pm all long weekend at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 2, corner of Glenelg and Merivale Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, aesthetes, craftivists, novices, profilic papercrafters and keen scrapbookers alike will be inspired to collate their own original and handmade memories, photos, journals, art and content in new ways when they visit Australia’s biggest and best papercraft event. Expo admission tickets can be bought on the day or online. To learn more and book a ticket online in advance and save, please visit


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community news Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club

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MEMORIES of the Margaret Olley Tour. Recently, 50 members of the Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club made an early coach departure for our destination – The Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah (NSW). Our first comfort stop/morning tea was the Hinze Dam on Advancetown Lake. Our picnic spot was adjacent to the flooding spillway. The walk along the top of the dam wall gave us

great views of the surrounding landscape. We then continued onto Murwillumbah passing magnificent scenery including the Numinbah Valley. The modern gallery building is set on a rural hillside with panoramic views of the Tweed River, surrounding lush farmlands and historic Mount Warning as a beautiful backdrop. For over 3 hours we were totally captivated by this fantastic art

gallery. Margaret Olley is reputedly known as Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life & interiors. In March 2014, the $4 million Margaret Olley Arts Centre was officially opened as an extension to the original Tweed Regional Gallery. There are 24,000 objects in 3 unique rooms that are a re-creation of Olley’s Paddington (NSW) home/studio. This is a permanent display. However, there are 6

Driving when 75 and over EVERYONE 75 and over who holds a Queensland driver’s licence must carry a current Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Driver at all times when driving. You must also comply with any conditions listed on the certificate – you can be fined if you don’t! You can download the Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Driver form by visiting the Government website transport/safe-driving/ . Or ask your doctor’s surgery to download and print the form for you. Complete Part 1 of the form and then ask your doctor to complete Part 2, including the tear-off medical certificate. Once

your doctor has completed and signed the Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Driver form, detach the medical certificate and carry it with you whenever you drive, making sure the review/ expiry day can be read. You must show it to a police officer if they request it. You do not need to do anything with the rest of the Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Driver form, but you are encouraged to keep it for your own records. You do not need to lodge your medical certificate with the Department of Transport and Main Roads unless (a) you develop a permanent or longterm medical condition

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that is likely to adversely affect your ability to drive safely; (b) you have a permanent or long-term change to an existing medical condition that is likely to adversely affect your ability to drive safely; (c) you apply for or renew your driver’s licence at a transport and motoring customer service centre. Medical Certificates are valid for a maximum of 12 months. This means that if you are 75 or over and want to keep driving, you must go back to your doctor every 12 months for a new certificate. In some cases your doctor may want to undertake more regular checks and your medical certificate will be issued for a shorter period. If you doctor issues a certificate for longer than 12 months, you may only use it for 12 months from the issue date. If you are turning 75 and hold a current licence, you may receive a letter from the Department of Transport and Main Roads approximately six weeks before your birthday to let you know you need a certificate to continue driving. If you lodge your medical certificate with the Department, you will receive a reminder around six weeks before it is due to expire to let you know you will need to get a new medical certificate. This reminder is sent as a courtesy, so you should not rely on it as your only reminder to get a new certificate.

other first rate exhibition rooms with changing programs every 8 months. So that was it, once again, a great day tour that was appreciated by all our members. For information about our Club, please phone 07 3885 9484.

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community news Stafford Garden Club

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STAFFORD Garden Club is holding its Annual Friendship day in June. As 2015 is the Fiftieth Anniversary of the club, we are hoping to make it a memorable day. Our guest speaker for June is Spencer Howson. Spencer was born 9th March, 1972 in England and is the very popular “Breakfast” radio presenter on 612 ABC Brisbane. The Club meets on Thursday 18th June at the OES Hall cnr Kitchener and Bohland Streets Kedron. The ladies will have




their usual trade table. Come at 9.30am for a cup of tea and a chat before the meeting. Visitors are always very welcome. The meeting starts at 10am. For more information phone Gloria on 3355 4703 or Kaye on 3357 7660. In May, the Stafford Garden Club had fantastic weather for their bus trip north of Brisbane. Morning Tea was enjoyed in the beautiful Mary Cairncross Park overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. Members were very impressed with the Maleny Botanic Gardens with its spectacular plantings, many and varied water features and distant views. There were plenty of seats and gazebos to help on the way back up the hillside. After lunch at Montville, we visited a fern and anthurium nursery. Many beautiful plants were purchased to take home.

Centenary Evening VIEW Club THE next monthly meeting of the Centenary Evening VIEW Club will be on Monday 13 July. Meetings are held at the Mt Ommaney Hotel/ Apartments 6:30pm for 7pm, cost of the dinner is $35 and bookings are essential. The club is fortunate to have a most interesting guest speaker at this meeting, former local girl Dr. Danielle Harris, now Associate Professor, Justice Studies Department at the San Jose State University U.S.A. Danielle’s topic will be ‘Should Australia have a sex offender registry’. VIEW members enjoy many activities including lunches and coffee mornings and various outings and social gatherings. All money raised from various activities goes to The Smith Family Learning for Life program to help educate disadvantaged Australian children. For more information or if you would like to attend ring Di 3202 9759 or Val 3376 1717 or email centenary

Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. In what activity is a pas de deux performed? 2. Key West and Key Largo are part of what country? 3. Who wrote the play The Importance of Being Earnest? 4. What does the D in D-Day stand for? 5. What do Canadians call their $1 coin? 6. In what sport is there an Australian team known as GWS? 7. True or false: there are no black swans in Tasmania. 8. Who was reputed to be the first Englishman to land on the Australian mainland? 9. What does “QI” stand for in the TV show of that name? 10. What precious metal was discovered in California in 1848? 11. Which folk hero had a girlfriend called Maid Marion? 12. What kind of thing is a Glock 22? 13. In what African country did the Mau Mau uprising take place in the 1950s? 14. By what name is the larynx commonly known? 15. What does a vintner call the smell of wine? 16. The name of which card game sounds like two alcoholic drinks? 17. What is sushi traditionally wrapped in? 18. What river is to the east of Manhattan? 19. On what planet is the highest volcano in our Solar System? 20. What is the largest of the Greek Islands? Answers on Page 8

Great News Australians CEO of Australia’s leading provider of innovative private aged care services, Nick Loudon, has welcomed the Commonwealth Governments announcement this week to improve aged care by reducing regulation on home care funding. “We are living longer and healthier lives and we should all have a choice over staying at home or moving into a care facility without being financially disadvantaged. It is about time Australians were able to choose their own service provider and be in charge of their own care rather than options being limited by pre-prescribed funding directives”, Mr Loudon said. “All people have the right to quality care and should feel 100 percent safe when receiving any type of care, especially aged care”, he added. The Government is investing $7.5 billion over four years for home care packages to assist older Australians to pay for the services they need to remain in their own home for longer.

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This funding combined with the February 2017 initiative to put the funds in the hands of the service recipient will open up competition in the home care sector, leading to enhanced quality, innovation and service delivery. This is good news for Seasons Private Aged Care which have six established communities across South East Queensland. Their seventh has just been announced with stage one of the new $115 million 283 unit community, Seasons Sinnamon Park, scheduled to be open to residents in 2017. Seasons Aged Care is proudly Queensland owned and operated and each Season’s community has its own unique amities which are based on both the needs of the individual community and the location and design of the land upon which it has been built. Seasons CEO Nick Loudon said that his focus was on providing a private home environment for each resident. “Seasons Sinnamon Park has been designed to deliver the security, dignity, respect and choice which we all expect, and that the older people in our communities have earned in building this great country of ours. While each unit will present as a private residence, it will also have been subtly integrated with state of the art clinical monitoring capability and emergency response systems which can be accessed by our residents as they require it”, Mr Loudon said. Couples can remain living together, even when one’s health needs might change, and family pets are welcome. For more information on Seasons Sinnamon Park please contact 1300 506 116 or visit www.seasons

community news Queensland Family History Society: First Ever State Conference ON Saturday 3 October and Sunday 4 October, keen historian will have the opportunity to attend the first ever Queensland local, family, and social history conference. The conference entitled In Time and Place investigates the relationship between these three forms of history. Jointly organised by the Queensland Family History Society (QFHS), History Queensland (HQ), and the Genealogical Society of Queensland (GSQ), the conference will take place at the Riverglenn Conference Facility, 80 Kate Street, Indooroopilly. Three keynote speakers, Shauna Hicks, Janis Wilton, and Dave Obee will present their interpretation of the relationships between family and local history. Shauna is a noted Queensland speaker, who has extensive experience as an archivist. Janis Wilton works at the University of New England in Armidale where she lectures on oral

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history and Dave Obee is a writer and family Historian from Canada. Over the course of the two day conference, there will be eighteen presentation presented by both the keynote speakers and twelve eminent speakers from Queensland. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear some fascinating presentation on all aspects of local, family, and social history and enjoy some time with other like-minded people. Organisation will have trade table, so participants will have a chance to buy the latest family history publications. Details of the conference are available on the website http:// Here you will find details of the program and how to register to attend. You can find information about QFHS on our website For enquiries, contact the Secretary (email:

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positive ageing. The People’s Choice Awards are open to all members of the public. Find the best positive ageing news article and/or photographic journalism from an Australian newspaper or magazine, published between 15 September 2014 to 02 October 2015 and you could win $1000. You could also win $1000 by saying in 50 words or less why you believe the article/photograph you chose illustrates an excellent example of positive ageing. The journalist or

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photographer responsible for creating the winning item will also be awarded a trophy and $500. Entry forms may be downloaded from the OPSO website ( for lodgement by mail or electronically. (All electronic entries must be backed up by hard copy). Items must have been published between 15 September 2014 and 2 October 2015. You can also contact OPSO by telephone on (07) 3219 2572. Queensland based OPSO was founded by Val French AM.

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community news Kind hearts brighten residents’ lives

ALISON Day and Nancy Evans have their own families, hobbies, and health commitments, but they still choose to spend an entire day of their time, every week, in a selfless way: volunteering at Blue Care Wirunya Aged Care Facility in Carbrook, Logan. As part of National Volunteer Week recently, Blue Care staff are paused to say a special thank you to Alison, Nancy and the more than 2300 generous people who donated their time, skills and companionship to Blue Care. Ms Day has been at Wirunya as a carer and a volunteer for the past 17 years. A knitter extraordinaire, she runs a weekly knitting club for residents, creat- Alison Day and Nancy Evans volunteer at Blue ing blankets and knee Care Wirunya Aged Care Facility in Carbrook, engaging residents with fun activities rugs for other residents and working on charitable Africa.”I was inspired to Wirunya,” Ms Day said. projects, such as beanies become a volunteer after “It’s so good to go home for an orphanage in my parents moved into and know that I’ve made

a difference – even if it’s just that I’ve made someone smile, it’s worthwhile.” Like Ms Day, Ms Evans also became a volunteer after her mother had been living at Wirunya. She has now volunteered for more than 10 years, helping run exercises for residents, and arranging high teas, trivia activities, and singing and dancing. “Wirunya’s staff were incredible and a real inspiration to me,” Ms Evans said. “It was good to be able to see the other side of helping support residents, and it makes me feel so useful. “Coming here lifts me up, and I only wish I knew sooner how rewarding volunteering can be.” Although Blue Care’s services are subsidised by governments, the organisation appreciates financial support from the

community, and the assistance of a dedicated team of more than 2300 volunteers. Blue Care works in partnership with clients, families and other health providers to support 13,000 people every day with tailor made services

that maintain their independence, personal wellbeing, community connections and quality of life across Queensland and northern New South Wales. Blue Care is a notfor-profit organisation and service group of

UnitingCare Queensland, which is part of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. For more information about Blue Care or volunteering, please visit or call 1300 258 322.

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THEN join Your City Your Say and contribute to the future of Brisbane. Your City Your Say is Council’s community consultation group, which gives Brisbane residents the opportunity to get involved, have a say and be heard. It’s a chance for residents to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in Council and participate in developing ideas for the future. Brisbane residents aged over 12 years can join (people aged under 18 years will need parental approval). Membership is also open to groups and community organisations. With your input, Council can better address the issues facing our city and can work towards creating a better Brisbane for everyone. Membership is free and you can be involved as little or as much as you have time for –

or you can simply stay informed. Whether you want to be an opinion leader or just quietly keep up with what’s happening in Brisbane, Your City Your Say is a great way to be involved. As a Your City Your Say member, you will be regularly invited to participate in a range of consultation activities. These include online discussion forums, community forums and workshops and newsletters, ebulletins and surveys. Your City Your Say members who provide an email address receive regular ebulletins and invitations to participate in extra engagement opportunities (eg. events and forums). To find out more about Your City Your Say and how you can make a difference, please visit or contact Council on 3403 8888.

Vietnam Veterans’ children receive education funding

FIFTY-SIX students from across Australia (20 of them Queenslanders) have been selected to receive funding under the Long Tan Bursary scheme to help meet the cost of their tertiary education. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, congratulated recipients. ‘I am honoured to award these young men and women, the sons and daughters of our Vietnam veterans, a Long Tan Bursary,’ he said. ‘The sacrifices their parents made during the Vietnam War should never be forgotten or underestimated. Supporting the children of our Vietnam

veterans to gain a tertiary education is just one of the ways the Australian Government can continue to honour their service.’ Each student will receive financial assistance worth up to $9,000 over three years. Applications for each academic year open on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August, and close on 31 October. The Long Tan Bursary scheme is administered by the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. For more information, visit

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community news NSA Browns Plains Branch THE months are flying by and already we have had some great entertainment and fun Coach Trips at our Browns Plains Branch. In June, we are looking forward to going to the Madura Tea Plantation, west of Kingscliff. We will then be going to Murwillumbah RSL for

lunch and lastly to Buck’s Fruit Farm near Chillingham. At the May meeting, we had a very informative 1/2 hour Presentation by Neil Bidner from Fun Over 50’s plus a very interesting 1/2 hour Comedy Show by the man himself. (The Over Fifties have won many awards in the past) Six of our mem-

bers attended the Zone Conference at Lions Club at Richlands on 28th May. A big thank you to the Sunnybank Branch for a super day. Our Committee has been invited to the Volunteers Breakfast at the Logan Entertainment Centre as a thank you for the work they do in our Community.

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As usual, we send a warm welcome to visitors and intending Members to come and join us at our Monthly Meetings and Coach Trips, just phone Bev or Ron on 3809 0697

or 0402 094 887. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each Month at Greenbank RSL at 10am and Coach Trips are on the 4th Tuesday of each Month Departing at 8am.

Trivia Answers From page 4 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Ballet USA Oscar Wilde Nothing, it means the day the operation is to begin A loonie AFL (Greater Western Sydney) False William Dampier in 1688 Quite Interesting (also IQ backwards) Gold Robin Hood Pistol Kenya Voice box Bouquet or aroma Gin rummy Seaweed East River Mars Crete

Disclaimer for Trivia quiz Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some answers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.

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ALL Aged Care has supported older Australians since 1997 and has always delivered a first class service to our valued clients. In the new environment of consumer directed care All Aged Care has brought changes to the way the organisation is run by using strategies like customer service. Our Keys to great customer services are: 1. We keep our promises – we say what we mean and mean what we say 2. We are user-friendly – Information is readily available in a number of formats ie. brochures, flyers, website or by phoning and speaking to the person who answered the phone (not being transferred to others). 3. We play fair – we treat clients fairly, having fair pricing and fair policies 4. We treat clients as unique individuals – we listen attentively, respond compassionately and helpfully. At All Aged Care clients are also more in control of the way their funds are allocated. For people aged 65 years and over All Aged Care provides a range of Home Care Support services such as domestic, centre based day respite, podiatry, speech therapy, physiotherapy and transport. All Aged Care also provides Home Care Packages Level 2 and Level 4 which includes the above mentioned service as well as personal care, medication assistance, meal preparation, and a community nurse. At All Aged Care the experienced staff care about the client’s health and look forward to delivering reliable, innovative and personalised services in a way that offers the client choice, flexibility and control. To find out how All Aged Care can assist you on a day to day basis, call them on 3238 6700 to discuss your needs. You can also email them on or find them on their website

community news U3A Pine Rivers Left: New committee from (L-R back row Andy Doogan (Pres), Betty Slater (Treasurer), Val Doogan (Membership), Di Brown (Course Co-ord), Marilyn Mavin (Newsletter Ed), Sue Maskell (Catering), Front L-R Margaret Harding (Publicity), Lyn Browne (Guest Speaker Coord), Cherie Clouten (Webmaster) and Gloria Gordon (Financial Advisor). Absent (Carl Nielsen).

U3A Pine Rivers will be holding their Social and Information Day on Friday June 19th at Bray Hall, Cnr Cooke & O’Loane Streets, Petrie gathering at 9.30am for a 10am start, finishing before 12 noon. This day is “The Art and Photography Exhibition” showcasing the formidable skills and passion our tutors and students possess for their creative areas. This is your chance to speak to the tutors about any classes or social days they hold. Free admission, members and visitors are most welcome. Morning tea is available for a gold coin donation with raffles on the day. For more information phone 3321 0681 or check out our fantastic updated website or further still, catch up with us on facebook now.

Sunnybank National Seniors FOLLOWING a relaxing drive through Beenleigh and the Scenic Rim, our April Coach group enjoyed a very informative tour through the Canungra Museum of Australian Military Intelligence, proceeding to Canungra Township for lunch, and returning via Beaudesert. Continuing on with the Anzac theme, the Guest Speaker at our April general meeting was a representative from Gallipoli Barracks. Names are now being taken for the “Christmas in July” bus trip to Woodford where a traditional meal will be served. Prior to lunch, members will enjoy morning tea at Centenary Lakes Park, Caboolture and a guided tour of Woodford environs. A visit to the Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy at Tamrookum has been arranged for our September Bus Trip. For information on future tours and monthly meetings, contact Paula on 3423 1421.

New drugs to be listed on the PBS THE Federal Government has allocated $1.3 billion listing new medicines and vaccines in its 2015-16 Budget. Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced there will be new drugs to help Australians beat melanoma, breast cancer and blindness on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The Government will also extend free vaccinations for the debilitating shingles virus to older Australians aged 70 to 79 by listing it on the National Immunisation Program. Ms Ley said the listing of $628 million worth of new cancer drugs also formed part of broader package measures to improve the detection, treatment and prevention of cancer in the Budget. Ms Ley said, “However, new drugs often come with an expensive price tag often out of reach for many patients. “Taxpayers currently spend almost $10 billion annually subsiding drugs on the PBS, with another $3 billion worth of new drugs being consid-

ered by Government for listing on the PBS. “This figure is expected to continue to grow in coming years, with the independent Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee meeting three times a year and anticipated to make well over 100 recommendations for new drug listings annually. “With more and more new drugs in the pipeline in coming years, taxpayers are easily looking at spending $50 billion on making medicines more affordable for patients over the next five years. “That’s why the Government is proposing sensible measures across the pharmaceutical supply chain to ensure that every dollar taxpayers invest in subsidising existing drugs is spent as efficiently as possible so we can continue to invest in new innovative medicines as well.” One in every six dollars of the almost $10 billion spent in the PBS every year is now spent on cancer treatments.


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community news The iconic Paddington Antique Centre celebrated its 30th birthday during May

The Jubilee Singers and Stitched Saxaphone Quartet

THE Centre’s home, the heritage listed Plaza Theatre opened it’s doors to patrons in 1930. The Atmospheric Style theatre, with its huge vaulted plaster ceiling painted “Ricketts” blue, twinkling lights and backlit clouds created the illusion of being outdoors. The building served as a picture theatre until the late 1960s. The floor was then leveled and the space was used as a basketball court before becoming home to

the Paddington Antique Centre on the 13th May 1985. The Centre celebrated its birthday with a weekend of live music including show tunes by The Jubilee Singers and Stitched Saxaphone Quartet. Paying tribute to the old theatre, free popcorn was given to customers visiting the Centre. An exhibition themed “This is Paddington” displayed historic photographs of the area, the Plaza Theatre and the winners and final-

ists from a recent photography competition run by the Centre. The Centre’s café The Vintage Kitchen was full of customers enjoying delightful Devonshire Teas and pumpkin and pesto Plaza Paninis. An amazing hamper of goods (retail valued at $2500) was donated by the Centre’s 50+ dealers and raffled and of course, there were antiques! Plenty of antiques, still at home 30 years later under the same huge blue ceiling.

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Stairlifts are the first stairlift manufacturer to be awarded the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Commendation. All Acorn Stairlifts have been thoroughly tested by both industry experts and arthritis sufferers, and have been proven to be easy-to-use for people suffering from arthritis. Phone 1800 853 556.

Do you know what this is? IT is a real mystery to all the volunteers and visitors here at the Samford Museum. It has been sitting on the front desk for all and sundry to view and make a comment. We have two identical pieces, in fact, both lovingly cleaned and lacquered by our volunteer restorer Alan Morris. The photo gives you a bird’s eye view of the “object”. Now for a description. It is two U shaped pieces made out of brass and placed in front of each other, has five cylinders of equal height 240mm, each with a screw on cap (removable). On the right side of the photo stands two cylinders connected by a small brass tube top and bottom and to the left you will see another three. The centre one is connected at the top with the same sized brass tube to the remaining two. This cylinder has at the top, pointing out a brass spout and at the bottom, still in brass, appears to be some sort of hose connection. The cylinders on the left are connected identically as the first two. The smell inside the caps and cylinders has given much time for discussion. But no one can put a name to it. Each cap inside has a small flat black filled circle and odour. I can assure you if it is identified it will make a lot of people very happy. Please contact the museum on 3289 2473 or Geoff 0417 610 983. Are you retired? Do

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you have spare time on your hands? Are you interested in saving valuable history within the district? Do you like meeting new people or catching up with old friends? Do you enjoy happiness and laughter? Then you are the person to volunteer at our museum. Contact Bev Campbell, Publicity Officer on 3289 2473.

community news Part-time work - often about how you handle an interview ONE of the big question many retirees contemplate is whether or not to get part-time work. Whether it’s to help fill some time, offset medical costs, put some extra spending money in their pockets, or some combination, unprepared retirees can often end up disappointed and unable to secure their ideal job. Often times, retirees set unrealistic expectations for part-time work in retirement. No one needs them to work from 9am-1.30pm on every other Tuesday and on the third Friday of the month. Furthermore, they’re surely not going to pay you $20 or $25 an hour to do it. That makes it important for retirees to set realistic expectations and approach the part-time job market with the right attitude. The best way to accomplish this is to begin looking for opportunities before you jump ship. Asking family and friends about openings, checking online sites, and even striking up a conversation with owners or managers of places you frequent can provide a good sense of what’s available in your area. Realising the role that part-timers usually play can also be a major

Budget savings made mostly off the back of pensioners THE Coalition’s second budget comes at the expense of older Australians, says consumer lobby National Seniors. The 2015 federal budget slashes $2.4 billion from pensions; cuts over $50 million from aged care; and shifts to a single general pool 2014’s flagship mature age employment subsidy. It even ditches a small wound management scoping study for the frail elderly announced in 2013. “Pensions are being slashed to the tune of $2 billion, without corresponding reforms in other areas,” said National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill. “The downgrading of vital mature age employment initiatives suggests there’s no plan for seniors beyond cutting their pensions”. “Older Australians are bearing the brunt of budget cuts, and they have every right to be disappointed”. “To ensure fairness, any changes in the pension must be done

within a clearly articulated retirement income strategy that also considers the interplays of tax and superannuation”. “Announcing pension cuts, without first convincing retirees of their merits, is likely to backfire within the electorate,” said O’Neill. National Seniors’ research shows that the over-45s informally contribute $65 billion a year to the economy. “Older Australians are looking after grandkids, volunteering in hospitals and helping their children into their first homes – they’re lifters not leaners,” O’Neill said. Key seniors budget measures include a tightening of the Age pension assets test, Mature age Restart Allowances changed, changes in the time age pensioners who’ve lived in Australia for less than 35 years from age 16 can be overseas and increases in the PBS safety net threshold.

A new place to call home Working in retirement. A job can often be considered play rather than work

benefit. Acknowledging that you’ll be filling in scheduling gaps, working weekend or odd hours to meet customer demands, or be tasked with a variety of menial work in order to free-up time for an owner or supervisor, allows retirees to understand what they are getting into if they decide to use a part-time job to support their retirement. Every job candidate knows that background and experience matter. But what happens if the

part-time job you’re gunning for requires skills you don’t have or haven’t used in a long time? Well don’t say, “I don’t know how to ..” or that “it’s been a really long-time since I’ve done this”. That highlights a deficiency and may leave an employer wondering about a skills gap. So, turn a negative into a positive by replying, “it’s always been on my career bucket list to …” or “that’s an important area of interest for me.”

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BRENDALE Evening VIEW Club Guest Speaker for June 16th Dinner meeting, will be Sharnelle Harris from Queensland Police, who will talk about personal safety. Dinner meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Wantima Country Club, 530 South Pine Road, Brendale at 6.30pm for 7pm start. Please phone Julia on 3285 2153 by Saturday 13th June to book your seat. Coffee and Chat morning: 1st Saturday of the month at Gloria Jeans, Bracken Ridge Tavern. 154 Barrett St, Bracken Ridge. The next C and C will be 4th July no need to book just turn up. For more information on Brendale Evening VIEW Club phone Trish on 3264 2213. Visitors welcome to come along to an evening of fun and friendship.


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community news Morris Orr, a remarkable life

MORRIS Orr was born 6 July 1918 in Chatswood NSW and went to school at Willoughby where he enjoyed sport, especially football and athletics. He also surfed. These activities were to stand him in good stead when he needed all his strength to survive World War II. In 1934, aged 16 he was apprenticed as a compositor and linotype operator at Frank Packer’s Sydney Newspapers Ltd, publishers of The Australian Women’s Weekly. He was paid the princely sum of 17/6 ($1.75) which rose steadily to 3 pounds 15 shillings ($7.50) when he became a full tradesman. One memorable workmate in the composing room was Ita Buttrose. He remembers the sparks that flew between her and management and also remembers Kerry Packer’s first day at work and the colourful rows between father and son. In 1936, he met a ‘lovely looking

Morris and Joyce Orr

sheila’, Joyce Veronica Fenn at Lunar Park and they became engaged in November 1939, at the start of WWII. Morris completed his apprenticeship in 1940 then joined the Australian Military Forces. He quickly found himself in Port Moresby. He remembers the battalion had to camp with no tents and only one tap for water. They considered

themselves lucky to have mosquito nets! In June 1943 he returned on leave from New Guinea for 10 days. The handsome soldier married his sweetheart and they had a 7day honeymoon at Wyong before he returned to New Guinea. Joyce joined him for a few days in Brisbane then they didn’t meet again until 1944 when his unit

returned to Sydney. Life in New Guinea was hell. Morris endured the Kokoda Track, living on army biscuits, bully beef and the occasional taro, eaten cold – no fires allowed. He helped evacuate wounded along the Track, realising the full horror of war when mates died en route. He himself suffered dysentery and had to return to Pt Moresby walking where able and stretchered when he couldn’t walk. His weight a mere 40kg, the journey gave him nightmares for years. Vivid in his memories of that horror stretch was meeting a Salvation Army Major on the Track, who gave him a cuppa and slice of fruitcake. ‘Best feed I had in weeks!’ he said. Morris was discharged in 1944 and settled down with Joyce in Beverly Hills where two children Lawrence and Lynette were born. Back on Civvy Street, he was promoted

to an executive position at his old job but in 1978 retired on a TPI pension. Morris and Joyce have been married now for 72

happy years and still live independently, the heads of four generations. In July, he’ll celebrate his 97 th birthday and 72 nd

wedding anniversary. Congratulations, Morris and Joyce – you and folk like you are the backbone of our nation.

Get Active Get Involved at Burnie Brae FROM its humble beginnings as a Senior Citizens Centre in 1984, Burnie Brae at Chermside has expanded to become a vibrant hub of active social, leisure and health activities, plus home assistance, care and community services for over 50’s. Membership to Burnie Brae has never been better with many joining to benefit from the low cost fitness activities and organized day and half day trips which provide a hassle free outing for members with an all-inclusive price which includes transport. Healthy Connections over 50’s Exercise Clinic is of great benefit to members looking for affordable, safe and pro-

fessionally supervised group exercise sessions. Staffed exclusively by Accredited Exercise Physiologists, it provides individualised exercise programs for a large range of conditions including chronic disease management, cardiac rehabilitation, musculoskeletal surgical preparation and rehabilitation, weight management and falls prevention. Burnie Brae, not only has weekly leisure and fitness activities for over 50s, but also holds regular education sessions covering a range of topics. The 2015 information sessions have included monthly financial talks on relevant topics, a series of digital technology workshops, Scams education programs conducted by Queensland police and

Karen Stewart-Smith, Manager of Healthy Connections, Chermside with clinic member, Glenda Ryan

dietary information provided by a local nutritionist. Most activities are free of charge and also provide an opportunity for social interaction and discussion. Please ring one of the

Centre’s friendly staff on 3624 2100 for enquiries or bookings for any Centre events or activities. Alternatively email a d m i n @ for further information.

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community news Betty’s volunteer service to The Wesley Hospital etched in time QUEENSLAND BRIDGE ASSOCIATION INC Want to play Bridge? For more Information about a club near you Phone: Queensland Bridge Association

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BETTY Gilbert, who is now in her 80s, grew up in an era when having a good handwriting was considered an important part of schooling. She worked for many years in the postal service in Queensland but when she retired in the early 1990s, her beautiful script and passion for helping others launched an extraordinary volunteer career which lasted for more than 20 years. “After my husband, Ken, passed away in 1991, I decided to become a volunteer at the Wesley – I had got to know the hospital well because Ken, who had cancer, had to go to the hospital for treatment every six weeks. “The Fundraising Manager at the time was Ray Crompton, and he was looking for an ‘Aunt Mary’ to write cards to the children who were born at the

hospital. I said, ‘I think I would rather be Aunt Betty’, and that’s how I signed my name on the birthday cards I sent to children who was born in the Wesley maternity ward. From 1992 until 2014, Betty wrote

birthday cards to each child whose parents could sign them up to the hospital’s “Wallaby Club”. At its height, there were 1,700 members who received cards from Aunty Betty. “Every year the children

or their mums saying how much they enjoyed receiving the cards. And I thoroughly enjoyed writing to them. “When the children turned 11, they would get a final card wishing them happy birthday as by that age they’d graduated from being Wesley Wallabies.” Betty said she made many friends and derived years of happiness as a Wesley volunteer. “I worked every week and for two or three years I worked Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Apart from the Wallaby Club I helped out with a lot of administrative duties. I would receive a birthday loved it.” Volunteering at card, and at Christmas the Wesley is a huge time, two of my friends help to the not-for-profit would help me write hospital. Volunteer Christmas cards to each Manager Maria Wallaby Club member.” Maloney said volunBetty often received teers at the Wesley “fan mail”: “I got many donated 50,000 volunletters from the children teer hours in 2013-14.

Planning for your future – Taking care of Seniors THERE can be a considerable difference between a Solicitor who will take the time to really get to know your situation and one who might simply offer you a “standard” Will. In planning for how your estate will be dealt with when you die there are many variables to consider including some that can be easily overlooked if your situation is not carefully considered. A comprehensive estate planning process begins by carefully assessing your own circumstances to make sure your affairs are managed properly. Spending a little more time to incorporate your wishes into your Will is well worth the effort. Once your wishes are recorded you can relax safe in the knowledge that your affairs will be properly managed when the time comes. Avoiding disputes or any misunderstanding will ensure, where possible, that disappointed beneficiaries and others affected by your Will do not cause unnec-

essary delay and expense in managing your estate. The legal costs involved in managing disputes can often be significant so it pays to get good advice about the potential consequences for your Will up front. An Enduring Power of Attorney is also often at the top of mind for most people seeing a Solicitor to prepare their Will. It is vitally important to choose the right people and give clear directions to them about what you want to happen if you cannot look after yourself. An Advance Health Directive may also be appropriate when you want to be as sure as you can be that your detailed medical wishes are being met. ometimes it pays to think more carefully in these cases and to trust a Solicitor who will ask the right questions so that you and your loved ones are protected. For more information phone Kennedy Spanner Lawyers on 07 4639 2944.

Many doing it tough this winter A GROWING number of our neighbours will face a lonely winter this year with as many as 7%, or 1.5 million Australians predicted to be considered

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isolated or very isolated this year. Having friends around us makes us more resilient to life’s knocks and challenges. Red Cross helps

people of all ages who are doing it tough. We help isolated people reconnect with their communities by assisting them to join social groups

and build new friendships. Red Cross also provides free phone calls to thousands of elderly Australians each day just to check they’re OK. We help people who are homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, those with mental health issues and disadvantaged families who want a better future for their children. Across the Asia Pacific region we are working provide clean drinking water and better sanitation, and help rebuild lives after major disasters. All of our work relies heavily on the generosity of people like you who donate to Red Cross. I’m asking everyone to dig deep before the 30th June to make sure Red Cross will always be there for our friends and neighbours. To make a tax deductible donation by June 30th, call 1800 811 700, go online or use your smartphone to go to our website:

community news Pension policy will fail to be fair THE Federal Government’s move to block access to the aged pension for “wealthy” retirees is “flawed” and will result in “unfair” consequences, according to a QUT expert. The part-pension eligibility threshold for assets was reduced to $823,000 in the Federal Budget, meaning around 91,000 people no longer qualify for the benefit, and another 235,000 will have a reduced Dr Anup Basu, a senior lecturer and pension expert in the QUT Business School, said the policy was designed to be a “fair” change but instead would have “unfair consequences”. “The age pension was always meant to be a safety net for those who did not have sufficient means of sustenance in their old age,” Dr Basu said. “So lowering of the asset threshold should make the pension accessible to only those who are in need of it, and not to wealthy retirees who can look after themselves. “Yet simple arithmetic shows that the changes are deeply flawed.” Dr Basu said a retired couple aged 65 who own their home and have $823,000 worth of liquid assets would be able to draw an annual income of below $29,000 in the current ‘low interest’ environment if they purchased an inflation-protected lifetime annuity based on the rates offered by one of the major providers. “The current pension’s asset test treats annuities at a reducing asset value which may make the couple eligible for part pension in future,” he said. “A lifetime annuity would involve handing over their entire savings to a private provider but gives retirees a guaranteed regular income for lifetime, just like the age pension.

“However, the ‘guarantee’ of a private provider is certainly not equivalent to that of the government as adverse circumstances may change the ability of the provider to pay the promised income in future. So buying an annuity is not completely risk-free investing. “In contrast, a retired couple who own their home and have liquid assets up to $375,000 would receive the full pension and associated supplements close to $34,000 per year, plus the benefits of many other government concessions. “The ‘wealthy’ retiree couple who bought the annuity, would not get back their original savings of $823,000, at least if they live as long as the average Australian. “But the retiree couple on full age pension has full control over their savings. They can spend it in whatever way they want and even leave some for their children to inherit.” Dr Basu said “wealthy” couples could opt to self-manage their retirement assets to generate more income but would face the risks of share market meltdowns and property crashes. “Less wealthy couples, however, would be receiving a risk-free government pension and probably sleeping better at night without having to worry about financial markets,” he said. Dr Basu said the change in the pension eligibility threshold was driven by a desire to save dollars in the budget rather than formulate fairer pension policy for future generations. “In reality, it is impossible to craft good retirement policy by tinkering with age pension while ignoring superannuation,” he said.

NASHOS NATIONAL Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Qld Branch) Inc. Brisbane North West Branch 2005-2015. The branch continues to attract new members and also to assist former NASHOS in obtaining the two medals to which they are entitled. The Association exists for Australian NASHOS called up in the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973. Conscripts who served for countries other than Australia are invited to join as associate members. To determine the advantages of belonging to the association, to apply for the two medals or to locate a branch nearer to your home, phone 3324 1277 or go to For information on Brisbane North West Branch activities phone Dave on 3366 3191. Brisbane North West branch meets at Gaythorne RSL at 10.15am on the 3rd Sunday of each month (next is June 21st) visitors and new members are welcome. After each meeting take the opportunity to enjoy Sunday lunch in the pleasant surroundings of the RSL dining room.

Queensland Public Service Retired Officers’ Association

Back row (left to right) Colleen, Helen and Margaret. Front row is Carmel

NEWS FLASH - QPSROA has dropped its entrance age to 55 (and you don’t have to be retired). The Queensland Public Service Retired Officers’ Association Inc offers Coach trips to interesting points in south-east Queensland including morning teas and a two-course lunch at a very reasonable cost of $50, Theatre parties with group prices at QPAC, Mah-jong; quarterly News Bulletins. Once a year, we offer an extended coach trip exploring various parts of Queensland or inter-State at very reasonable prices. Our Christmas trip is a beauty - coach to Twin Towns, two-hour variety show and smorgasbord lunch at the Coolangatta-Twin Towns Club. The cost to join is just $10 per year, and that includes your partner. Still working? Put your RDOs to good use - come and join us. Phone President, John Griffiths on 3341 8802 or Secretary, Betty Cahill on 3395 7781 for further information.

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community news Probus Club of Pumicestone Passage RETIREMENT can be a challenging time and while many of us embrace the change in lifestyle, welcoming the opportunity to pursue hobbies and travel to new and distant horizons, some can be fearful of the change. After years of being “needed” in the workforce, having a stable income and the camaraderie of colleagues, the void can leave retirees asking “what next?” Or worse, feeling isolated. Not everyone is interested in bowls, tennis or golf, nor has a creative bent. And while volunteering offers immense satisfaction to many retirees; in fact where would the country be without them, it’s not for everyone. Many retirees find their niche in Probus, a club, which is sponsored by Rotary and has branches throughout

Members visit Boggo Road Gaol

Queensland and Australia. The club welcomes semiretired and retired people from all backgrounds and is a wonderful way to enjoy the camaraderie of likeminded people. The Probus Club of Pumicestone Passage, which is located on Bribie Island, caters for men and

women. The club offers a varied social programme as well as the monthly meeting where members and visitors mix and mingle over morning tea, then enjoy listening to an informative, interesting speaker. With emphasis on fun and car-pooling to include everyone, members

enjoy regular outings - the latest being a visit to Boggo Road Gaol where they enjoyed a guided tour. Stories of the prisons dark history were relayed by the tour guide; stories of riots, protests and daring escapes kept members enthralled. Other regular

outings include the monthly dinner group, where members enjoy the experience of different local restaurants. The fishing group, including the ladies, nicknamed the ‘Dollyfins’, is prone to telling fishy stories - like the one that got away. But really, it’s more about the BBQ afterwards where they can enjoy dreaming of the big catch – one day! Picnics in the park and the fitness and coffee group are only some of the varied programme organized by the club’s active and imaginative social coordinator Rosemary. The Probus Club of Pumicestone Passage meets monthly on every 2nd Tuesday at the Bribie RSL 9.15am for 9.30am start. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

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WROCCS MONTH of June on Club day we will be celebrating our eldest member’s birthday who will be 100 years old, with a luncheon at the RSL Wynnum. Thank again, Lavina! Computers, Tablets and Smart Phones - Training for Seniors. Membership is $10. Wynnum Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Inc. Run by Senior Volunteer Tutors. Welcoming all 50 and over’s to learn in a friendly atmosphere with a modern Club Room in the Wynnum area. Computers & tablets available for teaching. Bring your own Laptop, Tablets and phones to class. Monthly meetings are held at Wynnum R.S.L.Club. “Pandanus Room” 174 Tingal Rd, Wynnum on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10.30am (room opens 10am). Next meeting is Tuesday, 9th June. Guest Speaker: On Various Scams facing us today. Classes available week days at Club Base: Computer Basics, Internet Basic and Advanced, Email, Using Windows 7 & 8, Microsoft Word Basic, Excel-Spreadsheets, PowerPoint Basic, Advanced, Photography, Family History, Computer Maintenance, eBay, Skype, Photo Restoration. Apple iPad and iPhone, Apple Mac computer. Android tablets & Smart Phones. Contact Mobile: 0411 806 154, Email: or Website:

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community news Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc.

Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club FORT Lytton at the mouth of the Brisbane River was the destination for this month’s Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club outing. Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club meet on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Queensland Lions Soccer Club, Pine Road, Richlands, 10.30am sign in for a 11am start. New members are always welcome. Date claimers for the next three meetings are June 19th, July 17th and August 21st. For more information on the Club and its activities, please contact Les (Activities Officer) on 3279 9449 or mob 0466 377 618, or email Members enjoying a day out at Fort Lytton

ON Thursday, 2nd July, the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc. meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets. Ann Barton, who will talk about Pelargoniums, is the guest speaker. The title, Pelargonium, covers a wide range of popular perennial plants, the most common being the geranium which comes in many leaf shapes and colours, from miniature to tall varieties. Most are adaptable and trouble free to grow. A pelargonium, with fluted fan-shaped leaves is called “pelargonium”. Its leaves are hairy and the plant grows to about one metre high. Some pelargoniums have scented leaves and there is a variety of perfumes. Their growth is rather straggly. Geraniums and pelargoniums like a sunny position with shade protection in the hottest part of summer. They don’t require a rich soil but it must be well drained. (Nitrogen rich fertilizers should be avoided.) Usually they will tolerate a light frost. Regular pruning is needed to increase flowering and develop a compact plant. This is best done in autumn when the main flowering is over, or in late summer. It’s a good idea to strike some of the cuttings, because if there are humid conditions some of your plants could suffer, and the propagated cuttings will provide a replacement. Also it’s handy to have a spare plant or two on hand to give to friends. If you leave the cuttings out of water for a day or two until a scab or dry skin forms over the cut, this assists root growth. Here’s a tip. During winter, take care when you water the garden. Avoid watering before 9am and after 4pm to save giving your plants a chill. Of course, if there’s a frost, it’s necessary to give the foliage a light spray early in the morning to prevent the plants being burnt when the sun becomes stronger as the day progresses. Also, remember to keep the garden well mulched. This practice conserves moisture and warmth. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets on the 1st Thursday of the calendar month. Morning tea is served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are most welcome. For more information, please phone the President, Pat on 3356 1256.

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ARANA VIEW Club’s Luncheon meetings commence at 10.30am at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. Wednesday 1st July at Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. Guest speaker is Darren Basford who did an extreme marathon across the Atacama Desert in South America late last year. Raffles and a Two-course lunch including tea/coffee $24. For bookings, phone Dorothy on 3351 5196 by 4pm Monday 29th June. Arana VIEW supports 10 Learning for Life students. VIEW is proud to be The Smith Family’s single biggest sponsor of disadvantaged Australian students.

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community news Anne, 91, says it’s good hearing that keeps you ‘young and smart’

“MIND over matter – it’s this stuff that counts in the long run,” said sprightly Anne Brache, 91, tapping the side of her head. The mind and brain are very powerful tools – they can make us think we are young or old; they create ‘reality’ in a sense, because what we think determines what we can and can’t see or do – or hear!” she said. Anne, who enjoys life in the bustling cosmopolitan inner-city suburb of West End, was visiting Bloom Hearing at Toombul to ‘bend the ear’ so to speak of her favourite – “and most trusted” – audiologist Susan Jones. “Comfort, care and quiet consideration is how I’d describe the service at Bloom,” Anne said. “They make understanding new technology easy. They don’t rush into it, they give you time to absorb the wonders of how hearing can be restored and change your life, no matter what age you are.” Susan Jones, who has a degree in Human Movement Studies and a post-graduate diploma in audiology from the University of

Queensland, says she has a passion for restoring good hearing, especially for seniors. “I guess it started in my home town of Bundaberg when as a young girl I took my grandmother to appointments with her hearing specialist,” Susan said. “I was inspired and knew then what I wanted to be. I completed my degree 18 years ago and still enjoy the ability to make a change to people’s lives. For quite a while, hearing aids were OK in quiet surroundings, but today they’re vastly improved with sophisticated new technology that adapts to the wider social environment with the ability to automatically adjust to and control background noises.” Susan said her seniors clients were her best promoters. “Word-ofmouth works and more and more seniors are coming in.” Over a cup of tea, served by effervescent client service officer Sonia Burke, we had a chance to talk to Anne about her fascinating life. Born on Guernsey Island in the English Channel, off the

many great, great grandchildren!” Susan Jones re-joined us, and the subject turned to Alzheimer’s and dementia and the new research that shows good hearing will keep the diseases at bay. According to several major studies, Susan told us, older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to those with normal hearing. “Further, the risk escalates as a person’s hearing loss Sounds good. Anne Brache, 91, discusses new grows worse; those with hearing technology at Bloom Hearing with client mild hearing impairment service officer Sonia Burke (left) and audiologist are nearly twice as likely Susan Jones to develop dementia he took a job as a ferry French coast of compared to those with master in the waters off Normandy, she came to normal hearing. The risk the NSW mid-north Australia as a teenager increases three-fold for coast.” Anne lost her with her father and those with moderate mother and brother on a Australian husband hearing loss, and fiveLance, a Duntroon Royal fold for those with 15-metre French fishing Military College army boat. “We were two severe impairment.” years at sea, stopping off officer, in 1988. She has Specifically, the risk of at many exciting ports on since filled her life with dementia increases her many talents. An the way. We were in among those with a Tahiti when World War 2 avid reader and poet, she hearing loss greater than is a keen photographer broke out in 1939. 25 decibels. In the study and painter and attends “Father was a sea of participants over the classes at U3A (Univercaptain, but he loved to age of 60, 36% of the risk grow hot-house tomasity of the Third Age) to for dementia was pass on her skills. Anne associated with hearing toes in Guernsey and decided to try his hand has four children, eight loss. Anne Brache grandchildren, 12 great at horticulture in joined in: “Nothing’s Australia. Our tomato grandchildren – “and wrong with my memory, please, don’t ask me how so let’s put this down to crops were a failure, so

good hearing, thanks to the advice, care and new technology provided by Bloom.” Bloom Hearing recently moved its clinic at Toombul Shopping Centre to bright new

premises– just around the corner from where it used to be and next to the Priceline Pharmacy. Contact Susan or Sonia on (07) 3256 6363 or visit www.bloom

CWA is now available in the Burpengary area QUEENSLAND Country Women’s Association are pleased to announce that a new group is being formed for ladies to join in the Burpengary area. The first meeting day is 21st July - 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm for 7.30pm at the Burpengary Community Hall, 111 Station Road, Burpengary. This is just one of the new groups being rolled out across Brisbane offering women the opportunity to join and be part of the largest women’s community group in Queensland. Each of the groups will be provided with a mentor to assist the group learn about CWA and its broad scope of activities and options available to women of all ages. CWA is apolitical and non-sectarian Association with a history of 93 years. We advise Government of the day on women’s issues and lobby when necessary. We empower women in leadership roles and learning new skills in friendship and sharing of talents within the groups. Each group has their own unique programme and work towards projects that support women, children and families both here in Qld and internationally. Our invitation is to all women to come along and meet fellow local ladies and you are welcome to always bring a friend. Further queries contact Christine King at or phone Mary on 3172 3652, leaving a message.

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community news AIR Wavell Heights

Caboolture VIEW Club VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women. It is a leading women’s volunteer organization and support network that empowers women to have their voices heard on issues of importance for the future wellbeing of Australian society. VIEW provides women with the opportunity to meet regularly with other women from all walks of life, establish lasting friendships and help disadvantaged Australian children through supporting the work of children’s charity ‘The Smith Family’. On Thursday 7th May, on a beautiful sunny morning, 15 ladies enjoyed a BBQ Breakfast at Beachmere Sands Beach House, right on the

Waterfront at Beachmere. Another successful function. Caboolture VIEW Club celebrated its 17th Birthday on Monday 18th May, with a theme of “Denim & Pearls”. Entertainment was by “Boom Babies”. The Committee made the table decorations out of Denim with a good scattering of Pearls. The Newsletter told the story of “Denim & Pearls”. Next luncheon is on Thursday 18th June. “An Inhouse Day” understanding the ‘Aims and Responsibilities of VIEW’. Come join in the fun and friendship. For more information about Caboolture VIEW Club contact the Secretary, Lesley Court on 5498 8126. New ladies most welcome.

Two happy members at a recent function, Bryan Lepper & Keith Forsyth

THIS shows one of the many social functions we have to give a break to our main subject meetings on Finance etc at our Wavell heights venue, in Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. We meet every 3rd Friday morning at 9.30am till noon in the Community Hall above the Bowls club and behind the Child Care. We have an easy going meeting and morning tea to our member’s delight .The meeting is of a social manner, where our Financial Meetings are held at the Chermside Library on the 2nd Friday, same time and is open to members only to talk about

Finances without making any recommendations. Our Monthly Wavell Heights meeting is open to all, whilst membership is a low figure cost wise. We all generally are self-funded wholly or partially in the 50 plus age bracket and retired, some are fully self-funded whilst others are partially only. We class ourselves as Working For Australians in Retirement. Guest speakers are present at most meetings at the Wavell Heights Hall, plus we have regular bus trips. Partners are invited as members as well. Information contact, Carl Nielsen on 3881 1820 or

Vital support for Brisbane Men’s Sheds THE tireless efforts of volunteers working to improve the lives of men across the city is being recognized, with nine of the city’s Men’s Shed organisations receiving financial support from Brisbane City Council to continue their work. Announcing this year’s Men’s Shed Grants Program at a Greenslopes Men’s Shed, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the group was one of nine that would share in nearly $80,000 to help improve their facilities and services in the community. “Council is proud to support Brisbane’s Men’s Sheds, which provides a safe, supportive and friendly environment for men of all ages and from all cultural and economic backgrounds to gather, volunteer, work, and chat with like-minded people,” Cr Quirk said. “It is through these networks that men learn new skills such as woodworking, bicycle maintenance and furniture repair, while at the same time being a part of a community that offers strong social support. “This national initiative helps to heal and support men of all ages

and backgrounds, by providing shoulder to shoulder help to those doing it tough. “The funds provided in these grants will go towards upgrading and expanding facilities in these men’s sheds, kick-starting new projects and purchasing equipment and materials for participants to undertake new activities.” The organisations sharing in this year’s Men’s Shed Grants program are: Annerley Men’s Shed, Nundah Men’s Shed, Men’s Shed Carina Inc, Sandgate and District Men’s Shed, Eudunda Street Stafford Community Men’s Shed, Wilston Community Men’s Shed, Woodturners Society of Queensland Inc, Mount Gravatt Men’s Shed Inc, Saint John’s Oxley Community Men’s Shed. Since Council initiated the Men’s Shed Grants Program in January 2009, more than half a million dollars has been allocated to more than 40 groups. For more information on the Men’s Shed Grants Program, visit or phone Council on 3403 8888.

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community news The cost of caring

THE Intergenerational Report 2015 prompts us to contemplate the increasing time left us before we shuffle off this mortal coil. So too may we contemplate the financial and personal cost to the family and friends who may end up caring for us. There are presently 2.7 million unpaid family and friend carers in

Australia1 looking after the most vulnerable in our society, including approximately 140,000 who need help with bladder or bowel control2. We know the care needs of people with incontinence are much higher than those of others needing care. In 2009 there were nearly 73,000 primary carers looking

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videos on the Continence Foundation website. The new resources will also outline the available support services, including the National Continence Helpline, which can assist with information and referrals to health and support services. The National Continence Helpline (1800 33 00 66) is staffed 8am8pm Monday to Friday by continence nurse And there’s an emoadvisors who provide tional cost; we know advice, referrals and these carers are twice as resources to consumers, likely to report stresscarers and health related illnesses professionals. Further compared to other carers information about the 3 To draw attention to campaign, the Contithe plight of carers of nence Foundation and people with incontiHelpline is available at nence, the Continence Foundation of Australia 1. ABS (2012) Survey of will launch a national Disability, Ageing and campaign, Tell someone Carers. who cares; phone 1800 2. Access Economics 33 00 66, during World (2010) The Economic Continence Week (June Value of Informal Care 22-28). in 2010. The campaign, sup3. Australian Institute of ported by Carers Health and Welfare Australia, will include (2009), Incontinence in the launch of new Australia resources for carers of 4. (Deloitte Access people with incontiEconomics’ 2011 report, nence including a carers’ The economic impact of handbook, dedicated incontinence in web pages and short Australia.)


after people with severe incontinence; the majority (81%) female, most (73%) spending 40 or more hours each week caring, and more (42%) having their sleep interrupted than other primary carers (19%) 3. There’s also a financial cost; the productivity loss to people who work unpaid as carers of people with incontinence is estimated to be $2.7 billion annually 4.

NEWS Flash ... QPSROA has dropped its entrance age to 55 (and you don’t have to be retired). The Queensland Public Service Retired Officers’ Association Inc offers Coach trips to interesting points in south-east Queensland, including morning teas and a two-course lunch at a very reasonable cost of $50. Our Christmas trip is a beauty - coach to Twin Towns, two-hour variety show and smorgasbord lunch at the Coolangatta-Twin Towns Club. Once

a year, we offer an extended coach trip exploring various parts of the State or interstate at very reasonable prices. Also on offer - Theatre parties (group prices at QPAC) Mah-jong; quarterly News Bulletins. The cost to join is just $10 per year and that includes your partner. If you are still working, put your RDOs to good use and come and join us. Phone President, John Griffiths 3341 8802 or Secretary, Betty Cahill 3395 7781 for further information.

There’s a lot of Wisdom in ‘connecting’ with the family TECHNOLOGY in today’s world offers a plethora of ways to communicate effectively so that every member of a family can keep in touch. From text messaging, Skype, webcams, Facebook, Twitter and emails, the facilitation of communication has never been more available. However, there are times when the oneon-one communication between grandparents, their children and their grandchildren falls through the cracks as IT takes control and keeping in touch becomes more difficult. The solution may be to use a computer to send emails and keep up with family news via connections such as Facebook or Skype. But computers can be complex as many seniors would agree, and there are always fears of a virus attack. Brisbane-based IT company Wisdom Computing may have just released the right product. First, their Easy Access computer is totally immune against any virus tar-

geted at Windows. Secondly, the display on the screen is simple: when the computer is up, you just have to choose between four options – email/ video call, Internet, creating reminders or an advanced option. All the actions are always visible (no new menu pops up or disappears incomprehensibly). Also, visual and text aids – in plain English – help you remember the right button to use. The email/video call module displays your contact with their photos so you email them, read their emails or call them in an easy and error-free way. The Internet module offers the opportunity to enlarge, or reduce, the web page you’re reading. Through the advanced button, you can switch to a ‘guest environment’ with a lots of educational games to entertain grandchildren during a visit. Wisdom also provides keyboards with high visibility keys. For more information contact Stephan at Wisdom Computing on 0449 776 577.


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community news The Gap/Ashgrove NSA Branch

IT was with much sadness the Members of the Gap/Ashgrove NSA Branch learnt of Barbara Everson’s death. Barbara always had a smile, a joke, she made us feel happy, she was a constant support to her family and her many friends, a stalwart member of our Branch. A lovely lady, much missed. Several of our Members have health challenges at the moment. We sincerely hope that the marvels of modern medicines will work their magic for you. Get well soon. On a more positive note, it is encouraging to see the Members maintaining attendance at our monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of every month. We meet at the Ashgrove Bowls Club in Yoku Street at 9.30am. Keep encouraging your friends to support our trips and outings. That is the best way to gather new members, let them see what we do and where we go. The next day trip will be down to Cleveland, lunch at the Grandview Ho-

tel on Friday 12th June and a chance to browse the shops, probably. Contact for activities is 3300 1226. Our Guest Speaker on the 16th June will be a naturopath who will provide an insight into the applications and effects that are provided by natural medicines. July is AGM time! Think carefully about who you want to lead and organise your Branch. At our next meeting on Tuesday 16th June your comments and ideas will be sought. Socialising is an important factor for those of us who now live alone. Keeping contact with friends and being involved with community is what a NSA Branch is about. So Lunch at the Gap Tavern on 3rd July, meet at 11.30am, A Christmas in July Concert Saturday 25th July 1pm at The Gap High School, and interest groups where you can play cards or indoor bowls are all part of programmes offered through The Gap/ Ashgrove NSA Branch.

1.5 million meals on wheels, so it’s time for a super new kitchen

THE Wynnum-Manly Meals on Wheels has delivered more than 1.5 million meals since it was set up 48 years ago – so it deserves the ‘super kitchen’ now in the planning stage and under construction. “We might get a hearty sandwich if we attend the official opening,” Seniors Newspaper suggested. “You’ll get a lot more than that and we’d probably serve up a tasty Pavlova as well,” quipped Ken Edwards, who has been the president for more than 20 years. The new kitchen and community centre will be located at 880 Manly Road, Wakerley, and will be opened sometime around May next year. “Since our fund raising kicked off in 1995

we’ve raised a lot of money – sufficient to complete a $2 million kitchen and community centre,” Ken said. “We also hope to attract some government funding support for the project.” The new centre will be about 4 km away from the present location at Tingal Road, Wynnum. The Wynnum-Manly Meals on Wheels is supported by more than 300 volunteers “but we are always looking for new volunteers to ‘top up’ the help as some are not always able to come in or take off on that well-earned ‘grey nomad’ tour around Australia,” Ken said. Contact Ken and his team at (07) 3348 9460 or email

Don’t get locked out! ENJOY Jack’s Boggo Road tours before they end JACK Sim, the legendary guide on the ‘ghost tours’ of Brisbane’s Boggo Road Gaol, won’t be locked in the cells of the notorious prison – rather he is about to be locked out! Extensive renovations planned for the site at Annerley Road mean Jack’s famous tours will remain open only until October after which they will close for at least 12 months. “It’s a crying shame we couldn’t continue to run the tours in different sections of the gaol as renovations elsewhere were under way,” lamented Jack who says seniors groups were among the most supportive. “We’ve escorted more than 50,000 people, many of them seniors, on the gaol tours since 2010 and the feedback has always been how enjoyable, educational and historically significant they are,” Jack said. “The tours have been one of the mainstays of Brisbane’s historical tourism attractions. We hope we will be allowed to start them up again after the renovations. We can only hope.” Named after the road

50’s Plus Centre activities LOCATED in the Brisbane City Hall, the 50 Plus Centre is a club run by the Brisbane City Council for the over 50’s. Members can socialise, make friends and have fun in an assortment of activities ranging from various classes and workshops to sports to dancing, all at a very low cost. For further information phone Council on 3403 8888 and ask for 50’s Plus Centre. City Sequence Ballroom Dancing: Mondays, 11.30am3pm. Sequence dancing in general is much older than modern ballroom dances and is a form of dance in which a preset pattern of movements is followed. Sequence dancing may include dances of many different styles e.g. line, square and circle dances. Cost: $4. Art in Bark Workshop: Mondays, 9am-12noon. This art form is unique to Australia and utilises the paper bark shreds of melaleuca trees. Different trees produce different colours and are used in replicate landscapes or seascapes. No paints or artificial colours

are used. Cost: $7. To book ph Barbara on 3271 2130. Square Dancing: Tuesdays, 10am-12noon Square dance is a dance for four couples arranged in a square with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square. Square dances were first documented in 17th Century England but were also quite common in France and throughout Europe. Cost: $7. For bookings, call Kay Walker on 3374 0226. Art Class - Sculpture: Tuesdays, 12noon-2pm Using HEBEL stone, a very soft workable medium the class carves 3 dimensional forms in both modern and traditional styles. Cost: $7. For bookings, call Bill Clark (teacher) on 3390 4270. Bridge Classes: Thursdays, 8.30am-3pm The game of bridge has two main parts: the Bidding and the Play. Bridge is a partnership game requiring four layers, sitting opposite your partner at a card table. Come along and learn the finer points of this popular card game. Cost: $1.50. To book phone Fay (teacher) on 3266 6495.

which led to it, that became a boggy quagmire after rain, ‘Boggo Road Gaol’ was officially known as the Brisbane Prison. For 109 years it dominated the skyline of the city. Its stark red brick walls and imposing guard tower on Annerley Road have become iconic for all the wrong reasons. The gaol, the most notorious Australian prison of the 20th century, is haunted by its often violent past. Ghost stories from prison warders and inmates date back to the 1930s and many had experiences they could not explain. Seniors groups considering taking a tour should contact Jack as soon as possible – before they’re locked out in October! Call him on 0409 617 394 or contact bookings manager Tiphani Colls on 0411 111 903 or (07) 3844 0059. Email bookings@boggoroad

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Nerang PCYC Antique and Collectables Fair THE 5th Annual Charity Nerang PCYC Antique and Collectables Fair is on again. Organised by the Automobile Restorer’s Association Gold Coast the fair has generated $28,000 in funds for the Nerang PCYC from the success of our first 4 fairs. There will be Furniture, Glass, China. Estate Jewellery, Model Cars, dolls, toys, books and automobilia and much more from over 40 exhibitors, all for sale at great prices! There will be a display of vintage and classic cars, food and drinks, PCYC Monster Raffle, a free antique appraisal service for those wanting their treasures

valued. The fair is held at the Nerang PCYC, Cayuga Street, Nerang, right next to the M1. Sites are 3m x 3m $60, 6m x 3m $85, table only sites against wall (includes 6ft Table) $40. Limited sites left. All sites are secure undercover and must be pre-booked. We are open 11th and 12th July, Saturday 9am-4pm and 9am-2pm Sunday. The cost is $3 per person, kids under 12 free. For more information or to book a site, call Lyle on 0449 997 149 or or check out our website or find us on Facebook!


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Brisbane Relay Patron goes sky high in the fight against cancer

CHIEF Financial Officer of Brisbane Airport Michael Bradburn is taking the fight against cancer to new heights. Mr Bradburn, an ultramarathon runner, will show his support for local cancer patients as Patron of Brisbane Corporate and Community Relay For Life. The inaugural Cancer Council event will be held on September 12th13th at RNA Showgrounds. Mr Bradburn will complete the 18 hour event solo and has encouraged coworkers to form a Brisbane Airport team, in support of a young colleague currently battling leukaemia. Mr Bradburn, who lost both his grandfather and mother-in-law to cancer said he was honoured to be Patron of Brisbane Corporate and Community Relay For Life this year, and encouraged the community to show their support. “Cancer impacts many families - I hope I can get other companies to see the benefit in helping Cancer Council Queensland raise money and provide an outlet for employees to get together and have some

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positive experiences outside the office,” Mr Bradburn said. “To run through the night with colleagues will form a bond that will help people work more effectively together.” Mr Bradburn, who has completed dozens of distance runs around Australia, including many 100km bush runs, and a 140km road run, said running non-stop for 18 hours was nothing compared to the pain and heartache of a cancer diagnosis. “I am thrilled and honoured to

be Patron of Brisbane Corporate Relay for Life - it will be a difficult event to do solo but if I am in pain or tired, I know it will stop after 18 hours. “For those who have cancer and are having treatment, their pain keeps on going. “Knowing that means I won’t give up.” Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the charity was thrilled to have such a passionate supporter on board as Patron for 2015. “We want to acknowledge Mr Bradburn’s enthusiasm

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for Relay and his efforts to help reduce the burden of cancer on our community,” Ms Clift said. “CCQ’s Brisbane Corporate Relay For Life will make a great contribution to community leadership in our fight against cancer.” Relay For Life is an 18 hour event involving teams of up to 15 people keeping a baton moving in a relay style walk or run overnight, all in an effort to support the one in two Queenslanders affected by cancer in their lifetime. Entry for Relay For Life is just $15 for Under 18s and $20 for adults, which includes a purple shirt and breakfast at the event. To register a team, visit or phone the Fundraising Hotline 1300 65 65 85. More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via 13 11 20 or

Peace, Mindfulness and Awareness ‘A DROP-IN session’ held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9.30am-12 midday. These sessions offer authentic instruction in meditation practice drawn from a centuries-old Tibetan tradition, time and space for meditation practice, discussion about how we can bring the benefits of meditation into every aspect of our daily lives, insight into the relevance of peace, mindfulness and awareness for our busy modern lives, a short video by Sogyal Rinpoche on a different topic each month. These classes are for newcomers to Buddhism and meditation, as well as those who already have some experience with meditation and wish to deepen their understanding and practice. This is not a course, so feel free to come along to any session that suits you. Some upcoming topics are: How to make clear and wise decisions on 13th June and Experiencing the natural freedom of the mind, 11th July. Suggested donation of $10. 2/19 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill, Brisbane.

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dent n e p e d In g in y a t S and What is sundowning?

PEOPLE with dementia may become more confused, restless or insecure late in the afternoon or early evening. It can be worse after a move or a change in their routine. They may become more demanding, restless, upset, suspicious, disoriented and even see, hear or believe things that aren’t real, especially at night. Attention span and

concentration can become even more limited. Some people may become more impulsive, responding to their own ideas of reality that may place them at risk. No one is sure what causes sundowning, although it seems to result from changes that are occurring in the brain. People with dementia tire more easily and can become more restless and difficult to

manage when tired. Sundowning may relate to disruption of sleep patterns or lack of sensory stimulation after dark. At night there are fewer cues in the environment, with the dim lights and absence of daytime noises. A person experiencing sundowning may be hungry, uncomfortable, in pain or needing the toilet, all of which they can only express

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Needs your Help! Looking for Volunteers 65 years + Come and participate in a psychological research study at UQ in St Lucia. Your participation will help us learn more about how psychological processes change with normal ageing. This is a two-part study that needs to be completed in two separate sessions at the university. To make it easier for you, we can meet you at the university bus or ferry stop, or we can provide directions to a car park where you can access complimentary car parking. Part One of this study will require you to complete an eye tracking experiment where you will need to discriminate between tones while you watch videos. You will also be asked to complete some other tasks that require you to make judgments about different images. Participation in Part Two will involve watching brief videos and making judgements. You will also be asked to complete a task where you need to identify different expressions of emotion. Finally, you will be asked to complete some brief questionnaires. To be eligible for this study, you must not have any history of serious psychiatric or neurological illness that has required hospitalisation. Also, it is necessary that you do not currently have any serious eye conditions (corrected vision is okay). As a thank-you and to cover any travel costs, we will compensate each person $40 for completing each session ($80 for the full study). Participation in each session will take approximately 2.5 hours (5 hours total). Your participation is highly appreciated, so if you have some spare time to help us out, or if you would like some more information, please contact Sarah.

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through restlessness. As the dementia progresses, and they understand less about what is happening around them, they may become more frantic in trying to restore their sense of familiarity or security. Many families and carers say that the person becomes more anxious about ‘going home’ or ‘finding mother’ late in the day which may indicate a

need for security and protection. They may be trying to find an environment that is familiar to them, particularly a place that was familiar to them at an earlier time in their life. Always discuss concerns about change in behaviour with the doctor, who will be able to check out whether there is a physical illness or discomfort present, and provide

some advice. Arrange for a thorough medical examination and discuss the person’s medications with the doctor. Sometimes changing the dosage of the time that medication is given can help relieve the symptoms. The doctor will also be able to advise if there may be undesirable side effects of medication. The Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory

Service (DBMAS) is a national telephone advisory service for families, carers and care workers who are concerned about the behaviours of people with dementia. The service provides confidential advice, assessment, intervention, education and specialised support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be contacted on 1800 699 799.

Revolutionary moisturiser is based on natural ingredients BEAUTY and health experts have long promoted the benefits of moisturisers for the skin; the face and the whole body need the right amount of moisture to keep them healthy and avoid possible skin problems. But as people age, there are many factors that rid the skin of moisture. Some beauty products cause dryness while eating habits may also contribute to the quality of skin. Vegesorb, a revolutionary moisturiser based on natural ingredients that “actually work” – and won’t break the bank – has earned the support of the Eczema Association of Australia. Vegesorb is a light, non-greasy moisturiser based on natural almond and apricot kernel oil. Apricot kernel oil does not repel water as strongly as mineral oils, so Vegesorb is able to penetrate the upper epidermis to provide quick, effective moisture to the skin – and it’s safe to use on all skin types, even sensitive skin. Kym Volp, a director of Vegesorb, specifically designed the natural,

unfragranced, vegetable-based moisturiser drawing on her extensive academic and scientific expertise. She graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1997 with a First Class Honours degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry and was awarded the university medal for outstanding academic achievement. After teaching clinical microbiology to undergraduates, Kym took up a position as a research assistant in biotechnology before utilising her knowledge to establish her own business, manufacturing natural therapy products for hospitals and aged care facilities. Vegesorb is also animal friendly as it has not been tested on animals nor does it have any animal content. Vegesorb is available in health food shops and most Queensland pharmacies. Contact Neale Scott on (07) 3885 2882. Email or visit www.

Keep moving through the winer months sufferers of chronic joint pain related to ageing or osteoarthritis are exercising less than they used to – despite exercise being a core pain management strategy. In fact, the Voltaren® Osteo Gel Keep Moving Report found the majority (76 per cent) of respondents experiencing chronic joint pain related to ageing or osteoarthritis are not using exercise and weight training to help manage their symptoms. Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic joint disease, affecting 1.8 million AustraFROM 1 July 2015 the lians nationwide. SympAustralian Government toms may include pain OSTEOARTHRITIS sufferers urged to keep moving through the winter months - the best remedy for symptoms could be just a step away Healthcare professionals are urging people with osteoarthritis to do away with plans for hibernation this winter, after new research from Voltaren® has revealed more than two thirds (68 per cent) of

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launches the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) which provides entry level support services designed to keep frail older people living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Services currently provided through Home and Community Care (HACC) such as domestic assistance, personal care, social support etc, will transition across to the new CHSP. However, there will be changes to fees as per a national Fees Policy still to be finalised. Anyone requiring new or additional services after 1st July 2015, will need to call the My Aged Care Contact Centre on 1800 200 422 for eligibility, assessment and referral. You can choose your preferred service provider.

with joint movement, joint stiffness or swelling, or reduced mobility of the joint. Alex Bongers, Melbourne pharmacist, said, “As the temperature begins to drop, people have a tendency to slow down. As healthcare professionals we recognise that motivation is reduced, which in turn impacts exercise routines. Exercise is key in the management of OA, which means it is more important than ever to keep moving this winter!” Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage that protects the end of the bones is no longer ef-

ficiently repaired. As cartilage is degraded, the bone previously protected by cartilage gradually loses its normal shape and bony spurs may develop on the edges of the joint. The rough, uneven surfaces rub together causing pain. Osteoarthritis guidelines recommend a combination of medication, exercise, weight loss and education to manage symptoms. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to help you reduce the impact osteoarthritis has on your lifestyle, as well as providing up-to date advice on pain management recommendations.


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Canberra Floriade, Bowral Tulips & Spring in the Highlands

JOIN us on one of our Canberra Florida, Bowral Tulips & Spring in the Highlands coach tours departing in September 2015.

For all your Shopping Eumundi Markets & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour Departing Brisbane

EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY Includes: • 3hrs at Eumundi Markets • Tour Montville & Mary Cairncross Park • Maleny Cheese Factory



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QTOUR - Brisbane Day Tour Leader Check other Day Tours departing each Wednesday & Saturday Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour - $49 Seniors Special (includes Noosa River Ferry Cruise) Australia Zoo Full Day Tour - $75 Seniors Special

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Some of the destinations and tours included on this tour are: Port Macquarie, Bowral and the Tulip Festival , Don Bradman Museum, Canberra Floriade , Cockington Green, Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra War Memorial, Gosford, Gloucester, Captain Thunderbolts Grave, Gostwyck Chapel, Manor at Cotswold Gardens, Armidale, Glen Innes, Tenterfield , Stanthorpe and the College of Wine and Tourism. and much more. Great Value Holidays have a comprehensive 8 day coach tour with two different dates of departure being the 16th or 24th September in 2015. The tour departs and returns to Brisbane Roma Street. We currently are taking bookings and will be delighted for you to join us on tour to these fabulous destinations with us. We limit the number of guests traveling on the tours to ensure

Herman’s Tours & Travel 2015 DAY & EXTENDED TOURS

Wednesday 15 July ............ Saturday 15 August ............ Saturday 29 August ............ Saturday 12 September ...... Sunday 27 September ........ Saturday 10 October .......... Saturday 24 October .......... Saturday 21 November ....... Saturday 5 December .........

DAY TOURS from $42

Cruise to the Bremer – Christmas In July ......................................... $89* Tyalgum – Lunch at Flutterbies ........................................................ $86* ‘Evita’ Toowoomba Empire Theatre ................................................ $85 Maleny Botanic Gardens (includes Bird World) ............................... $68 Carnival of Flowers – Toowoomba ................................................... $65* Springbrook – Gold Coast Hinterland .............................................. $70* Redcliffe Peninsula – Includes Osprey House ................................. $45 Eumundi Markets ............................................................................ $42 Annual Christmas Lunch – Bribie Island .......................................... $99* * Lunch Included


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

WHALE WATCH – HERVEY BAY 12 to 13 September 2015 - from $498 SUN PRINCESS CRUISE - QUEENSLAND 4 to 11 October 2015 – from $1250 THE CHANNON – Northern NSW 7 to 8 November 2015 – from $485 NEW YEAR – TANGALOOMA RESORT 30 December 2015 to 2 January 2016 - from $999 pp NEW YEAR – DARLING DOWNS 31 December 2015 to 2 January 2016 – from $999 SEA PRINCESS CRUISE – South Pacific 9 to 20 November 2016 – from $1890 (interior cabin) RING NOW FOR ALL BROCHURES

personalized attention from your tour host/ Coach Captain. The cost of the tour is y $2,199per person twin share. We recommend securing your place by calling Ian, Robyn or Craig at Great Value Holidays on: 1300 722 661 to save disappointment.

Alternatively you can send us an email on info@greatvalue and will send you a brochure. The tour can also be viewed on website www.greatvalue under subheading Coach Tours.

Walk of discovery on Brisbane River JOIN us for a short walk along the Brisbane River and discover the history that lies beneath the concrete. Uncover the ancient landscape of Kurilpa Point and learn about the people who have lived here for thousands of years. The walk is conducted on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30am-11.30am. Meet at level 1 of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) for this free walk. 42 906 1. Bookings: slq.e or phone 38 slq.evv entbrit 3842 9061 Visit: slq.qlod.go or more inf ormation. ffor information.

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Discover the World

WHAT’S on your ‘Travel Bucket List’? Have you ever dreamt of a White Christmas, or a cruise on the crystal blue seas of The Great Barrier Reef; fossicking for precious gems in Outback Queensland; exploring Hong Kong or tasting Tasmania’s delicious gourmet foods & liqueurs? We can make your travel wishes come true as we travel to many fabulous destinations in 2015 and 2016! Why not come on tour with us to the British Isles and Europe which includes a Luxury Danube River cruise. Our ‘’Winter Wonderland’ tour will be an awe inspiring experience you will never forget, travelling from London to Budapest in Hungary -

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see what the other side of the world has to offer at this beautiful time of year. For those who love exploring, culture & shopping, don’t miss out on our ‘Explore Hong Kong’ tour! Hong Kong has transformed from a small fishing village to one of the world’s most exciting cities – you will find many restaurants to tempt your tastebuds, from traditional Chinese food, Western and other Asian cuisines. Hong Kong is a shopper’s haven – from the big department stores to the many night markets that are dotted around the city. A visit to Shenzhen China is a must and you can test your bargaining skills at the multi storied market and come home with anything from

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electrical goods, cameras, handbags, shoes, clothing and more. Did you know Stonestreet’s Travel can book your individual holidays to anywhere in the world? From International and Domestic air fares, accommodation, coach tours, car hire & cruising! Let us save you the worry of putting together your itinerary so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Whether your desired destination may be The Outback, Coast Regions, Wine Country or Overseas, Stonestreet’s has it covered. We invite you to browse through

our list of tours for 2015 & 2016 in Stonestreet’s Coaches Destinations Catalogue or on our newly improved website www.stone

If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly travel team on (0 7) 468 7 5555. (07) 4687

Is Latin America still cket list? u b on your WOULD you like to go but are concerned about safety or believe it’s going to be too hard? Latin America Group Tours can make it all happen in a smooth way because we know where to go. But let the

help us to understand the proper culture of the different places, prepare the groups in a brilliant way and give value for money as the groups are small and we have our own private transport and local guides most of the passengers do the time. Frances. talking for us Nambour I have just completed I heard about Latin my third trip with Latin America group Tours America group Tours from a colleague that having visited with has done a tour with them 8 different them. It was a good countries. My idea because they experience is that Stella ticked a lot of places and Horacio always out of my bucket list. It

was a good idea to meet as a group before departure day to know each other better. Stella was always trying for us to experience as much as we could but keeping always safety in mind. She also help us on our free day with proper advice to where we could go on our own. Kathy. Bli Bli. I heard about Latin America Group Tours form a friend that have used them before. I always wanted to go there but found too hard to do it on my own.

What I was always looking forward was Machu Picchu and I really enjoyed having time for a second visit because I was more prepared on the second day. I was also particularly impressed by Rio de Janeiro as it was friendlier and easy going as it is normally portrayed. Gillian. Melbourne. Contact us to make your dream come true 5492 52 74 or 527 0400 193 040 latinamericagroup June 2015 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 29

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Travel TALES

An eloquent expression of one man’s dream

How many yarns have you begun with ‘I remember once when we were in...’? We all have our favourite In the words of the tourist brochure, travel stories we love to share, especially the funny Olveston, an early 190 0’s Dunedin, New Zealand home is ones you can back up with a photo or two. “an eloquent expression of one man’s dream”. It Don’t just save them for family and friends. Send reflects a lifestyle enjoyed by a select few and is a mus them in to us here at your favourite Seniors t viewing for all tour ists. Newspaper and share with us. We’d love to hear all about your adventures or maybe a handy travel tip or The building consists of 45 rooms and was hom e to a family of four with 8 servants to two that will save fellow readers a lot of hassle. look after them. Reminiscent of “Upstairs Downstairs” You can email them to us at the house was the very epitome of gracious and privileged, with the heading living. Rooms were constructed using oak Travel Tales and remembering to include your name, , kauri and jarrah, each having not only a fireplace, but cen address and daytime phone number. Or post it to us tral heating. The mag nifi cen ce of the furn ishi ngs , pai at Travel Tales, Shop 2, 12 Project Avenue, ntin gs and collections was breathtaking. The Grea Noosaville 4566. Don’t forget a stamped selft Hall was superb, a room in which dances were held addressed envelope if you want your photos whilst the older gen eration watched through a Juliet wind returned! ow from above. A sweeping, carved staircase was All we ask is that you keep the story short and the prefabricated in England and assembled using wooden photos be in high resolution. pins. I guess members of my family may hav e been at work in the scullery or the garden!

Come on – we’re longing to hear those great travel tales.

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Three weddings & no funeral

I met my husband Roger in Antarctica in 1981. Roger was Chief Engineer on the ‘Lindblad Explorer’ and being an air hostess I had acquired an airline discounted pass to join the expeditionary cruise. It was a cruise that changed our lives forever. In 1983, we became engaged in the lovely Vienna Woods in Austria and we were married a few months later on the island of Moorea in Tahiti. We honeymooned on the Orient Express. Now, we had originally wanted to be married in our friend’s garden in South Africa, but in those days you could not easily be married outside. Hard to believe when these days you can be wed under the ocean or sky diving! So, as I was meeting Roger in Tahiti to join his ship for a week or so and because of the problems involved with being married in South Africa, it was decided we marry in a little church in Cook’s Bay on the beautiful island of Moorea. The first problem was I did not have a wedding outfit with me, so I opted for a pretty Edwardian camisole and bloomers I had with me, which happened to be ideal for the Polynesian climate! Now, Roger’s ship was celebrating the 150th voyage to Polynesia, so there were many celebrations, including a sumptuous lunch at a Tahitian Resort, so that served as our wedding breakfast. We then headed out to the airport for our flight to Moorea. Roger had asked the First Officer on the ship to be a witness and so the three of us flew across to the island on the shortest commercial flight in those days - just seven minutes and needless to say, it was an absolutely beautiful setting for our wedding. I had prepared Roger that the wedding might be in French and that I would nudge him, when necessary, to answer “Oui” to any pertinent questions in the affirmative. However, the first problem we encountered was that we needed two witnesses, so we popped next door to the Resort at Cook’s Bay and asked one of the staff if she would be a witness at our wedding. She was only too happy. In the meantime I realised I did not have a bouquet, so quickly picked some frangipani, which the hotel tied up with a pretty bow. So, we were all set. After the short ceremony was over, the Pastor asked if he could invite the Arch Deacon of Moorea to our rather simple celebration afterwards. Of course, we agreed and whilst he was enjoying ample champagne he offered us his business card, which indicated his position as Arch Deacon on the island but on the reverse side it also indicated that he ran ‘Joe’s Taxi Service,’ which we found rather amusing. However, in those days, island people often had two or more jobs. Then came another problem - they did not provide us with a marriage certificate....we just signed a register. Concerned that our marriage was not legal, the Captain on Roger’s ship agreed to marry us on board three days later. It was a wonderful occasion as the ship was decked out with abundant floral arrangements for the 150th voyage celebrations which of course nicely coincided with our wedding celebration. There were many press personnel on board for the ship’s celebration who were, it seemed, much more interested in our marriage! And so we were married for the second time. When I eventually arrived home I contacted my friends in South Africa to say we were married and not to worry about finding a Minister to marry us, when they informed me that they had found someone who would happily marry us in their garden. So two months later we were married for the third time. Another wonderful occasion. Last year, we returned to Tahiti as we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and we wanted to return to the little church where we had been married. We also wanted to find the Minister who had married us, but he had sadly died last year. However, armed with just a photo of our lovely Tahitian witness, plus her name we were able to easily find her as she is now the Mayor of Moorea, so we spent the morning together recapturing the precious moments we shared so many years ago and time seemed to disappear as we slipped into yesterday once more. Again, another wonderful occasion.

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Learn to fly . . . at any age!

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Gorgeous day, perfect for flying up the coast to Noosa and Bribie, and through to the hinterland and back. Well it was love at first flight in the sexy little Evektor Sportstar and Mr. 15 yrs hasn’t stopped talking about it since. We fear that this interest may graduate to jetpowered airplanes soon. Qantas, beware! Leanne Fulton is Inspire’s CEO and she said that “flying training is one of the most exhilarating and fulfilling things you will ever do”. She’s had huge interest from all age groups and the oldest “student” was in her CALOUNDRA Airport is also home to the Inspire Flying 80s. Women are now a major market for flying lessons School, where we dropped by for our 15-year old son’s and the company is a member of Women for Aviation first lesson with Rob Fulton, Chief Flying Instructor. Worldwide. Ladies, this is surely the Next Best Thing!

Hands up if you’ve been to the Sunshine Coast. Well, that’s just about everyone. But if you haven’t been recently, there are some great attractions which should lure you into planning another trip. After all, it’s only 2-3 hours away depending on where you live, so it NO doubt you’ve heard about Novotel Twin Waters makes an easy road trip especially if you have grandkids in tow. Are we nearly there? Resort, on the north side of the Maroochy River. With its unique lagoon/surf/river location this is the ideal place to spend some family time, especially for the memories of those grandkids who demand more action whilst you enjoy spectacular, noisy fly-pasts Happy Hour [oddly timed at 3-4pm]. and of course its vital active Lagoon activities include windsurfing, kayaking and service with the RAAF. catamarans “difficult to capsize” so we were told. Our There are no less than 30 family distinguished ourselves by achieving the other aircraft on display, including a Canberra impossible, while an appreciative crowd onshore bomber, a Meteor, a cheered our graceful parabola into the calm water. BASED at Caloundra exhibits and displays Mustang, a Vampire and How we managed this on an almost windless day Airport, QAM is arguably including, remarkably, one Australia’s first DC3, plus remains a mystery. one of the prime tourism of only six remaining F- various helicopters and The 14 hectare property also includes a golf course, features of the entire 111s to be found at a light aircraft of every cycling tracks and a variety of restaurants and bars. coast. This is a really civilian airport in this description. This is an Buffet style breakfasts are generous and even include exciting find for anyone country. Just inspecting this outstanding collection of a barista stall with excellent coffee at no extra charge, interested in Australian “retired” fighter-bomber in airplanes worth a day trip unlike the policy at some hotels. If you want to stay a night or two, rooms at the resort aviation history with its cosy hangar brings back just on its own.

Take a break and relax close to Home

The Queensland Air Museum

are spacious and comfortable, some with a sofa bed for 2 children and two flat screen TVs to avoid any arguments. And nice touches include even a choice of pillows. So why leave home territory? There’s plenty to do at the Sunny…and there’s always Hastings Street! novoteltwin

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Join us for a Classic Concert Cruise

REDCLIFFE Travel was established in 1948 to provide Travel Services to the Redcliffe community. The agency was established by the late Angelo Cassimatis, a long time resident of Redcliffe. Angelo spent several years in the outback area of Longreach prior to his move to Redcliffe. The current owner Elaine Dobra has had a long association with Redcliffe as a young child she would accompany her family from Longreach to Redcliffe for their annual holiday. Angelo Cassimatis was known to Elaine’s father who always visited the travel agency when in Redcliffe to say hello. At seven years of age Elaine couldn’t have dreamed that she would re-acquaint herself with Redcliffe Travel, more than 40 years later - this time as its owner. Elaine has owned Redcliffe Travel for the past 16 years and has employed highly skilled staff with over 100 years of travel experience. Providing good customer service has always been a priority for Elaine as she spent many years in service industries

- over 30 years in Banking and Finance. In 1994 another Longreach identity, David Kellett, established the 4MBS Classic Concerts Cruises, and ten years later reacquainted with Elaine. Redcliffe Travel has now teamed up with David and 4MBS to provide annual cruises for all Classical Music Lovers. The most recent cruise was 13 nights cruise to New Zealand with 6 exclusive classical music concerts on board, 2concerts on shore as well as 2 music talks and one music film. This cruise was a huge success resulting in many passengers booking for the next cruise whilst on board ship. The next cruise 4MBS and Redcliffe Travel have organised is departing Brisbane on 22nd April 2016 bound for the tropical paradise of Papua New Guinea calling at Milne Bay and Rabaul areas of World War 2 interest. For more information on the cruises please call in to Redcliffe Trave, 93 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe or phone 3284 5192.

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Herman’s Tours & Travel All tours shown include return home transfers - Brisbane Metropolitan Area.

WHALE WATCH HERVEY BAY 12 to 13 September 2015 2 Days / 1 Night from $498pp twin share

SUN PRINCESS QUEENSLAND CRUISE 4 to 11 October 2015 8 Days / 7 Nights from $1250 pp twin share interior cabin

OVERNIGHT ESCAPE THE CHANNON 7 to 8 November 2015 2 days / 1 night From $485 per person twin share RING NOW FOR ALL BROCHURES

CHRISTMAS 2015 - O’REILLY’S 24 to 27 December 2015 4 days / 3 nights from $1388 pp twin share or single

NEW YEAR - TANGALOOMA RESORT 30 December 2015 to 2 January 2016 4 days / 3 nights from $999 pp twin share


31 December 2015 to 2 January 2016 3 days / 2 nights from $999 pp twin share

SEA PRINCESS CRUISE - SOUTH PACIFIC 9 to 20 November 2016 from $1890 (interior cabin)

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Affordable luxury tours

AFFORDABLE because all travel, accommodation, events plus all meals – breakfast, morning/afternoon tea, midday and evening meals – are included in our tour price. We stay in quality motels and eat at the best restaurants where our guests choose their meal from the menu. The only reason you’ll need extra money is for alcohol and souvenirs. Our tours have a maximum of 24 people. Smaller numbers mean more fun and better value for money for everyone. Now, where to go? Your choice, short or extended tours! We have one and two-day short tours or our regular 10-day Longreach/Winton Tours, travelling by coach one way and 1st class sleeper train the other. Our other regular extended tour is a 4-day all-inclusive coach tour, ‘Gem Fields, Experience of Lightning Ridge’. For people who would love to come on a holiday of a lifetime, but feel finding the full fare is beyond them, we have a secure layby system. Yes, you decided where you would like to go and pay a deposit. Then pay the balance as, when and what you can afford. There’s no locked-in contract, just so long as the full amount is paid by the due date. Please ask us for details. Your reaction will be: ‘Yes please, let’s go! What do I do now?’ To secure your seat with like-minded people who just want to have fun and learn to enjoy our beautiful country, please either phone us on (07) 4696 1857 or Free Call on 1800 009 092 and ask for details. You can also check us out on the web at www.getaway

Travel tips When I purchase sheets or lightweight blankets, I save the zippered plastic bags (smaller sizes) they came in. I use them to help organize my suitcase, putting underclothing in one, shirts in another, etc. It’s especially helpful on those trips where I have to repack every few days. Elizabeth J. Kast

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Caravanning through the outback ALAN BETTERIDGE TODAY we would say goodbye to Ilfracombe and head off to Winton, some 180km north west of Longreach. The Landsborough Highway, or as it is more commonly known the Matilda Highway, is generally flat with only a few minor undulations and it was easy to see how driver fatigue could set in if you weren’t cautious. As always we made a number of stops along the way to take in the view or to just take a break and absorb the surroundings. Winton is known as the Dinosaur Capitol of the Australia and the town makes the most of its reputation. 110km south-west of Winton is the Lark Quarry Conservation Park where the world’s only recorded dinosaur stampede. More than 95 million years-old, there are 3300 stampeding dinosaur footprints immortalized in stone. If we had more time we would have

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made the journey but this will be something we will do in the future. Winton’s other claim to fame is its association with the ballad of Waltzing Matilda. Legendary Australian A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson penned the ballad at nearby Dagworth Station in 1895. The first performance of what was to become our national song was at the North Gregory Hotel in the same year. At the Waltzing Matilda Centre visitors and locals alike can discover the romance and legend behind the ballad. On entering you are invited to pull up a stump beside

Free library access as you travel

THE State Library of Queensland has collaborated with local governments to provide free public library services to people travelling through rural areas. The Tourist Card is an initiative of Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ), a network of libraries in regions with populations less than 15,000. The RLQ Tourist Card is available to anyone travelling through outback and regional Queensland, and provides free access to more than 250,000 audiobooks, eBooks, books, music, movies and more for six months. Tourist members can use their membership to borrow items at any rural library and return them to another. To request a free RLQ Tourist Card, visit

the billabong in the theatrette where the ghost of the swaggie tells Everybody is pretty laid back his version of the in Winton story. The Billabong camping on the banks of Theatrette uses state-of- the Long Waterhole, four the-art animatronics and kilometres south of the special effects and is one town. of the highlights of We always find a certain visiting Winton. kind of magic when The centre is also home camped by an outback to the interactive Home waterhole as the of the Legends room, the evening approaches and Outback Regional the air is filled with the Gallery, the Qantilda sounds of thousands of Museum, dedicated to birds of every shape and the aviation and colour as they make their pioneering history of way to the water’s edge Winton and a host of to drink and, for some, to other interesting and feast on the insects that varied historical are disturbed by their artefacts. arrival. We had lunch at the By nightfall the clear Tattersall’s Hotel and outback sky changes from were warmly welcomed the pure blue of the by the locals and it soon daytime to become the became obvious who the home of a million stars and real locals were. satellites can be seen I asked one chap if he making their way across had been in Winton for the heavens. long and he replied: “Yeh, The next leg of our Outback been here all me life so Odyssey will take us far, I was born in Winon.” 360km to the west to the Locals, you see, tend to tiny outback town of Boulia, drop the ‘t’ and always home of the mysterious refer to their town as Min Min lights. ‘Winon’. We spent two (See our continuing journey nights at Winton free in a later edition).

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community news Carindale National Seniors CARINDALE National Seniors had a very well attended meeting on 12th May. We were fortunate to have Marjorie, from one 101 who spoke of the zone conference on 28th May at Richlands Sports Club and the branches who are celebrating their 25th Birthdays. We had a special Mother’s Day morning tea and a raffle to celebrate Mother’s Day. The outing to Springbrook National Park and Natural Arch was a great success with 54 travellers attending. The Guest Speaker for May was Geoff Day from Nerada Tea Company. We learnt much about the different tea companies and where they source their leaves, from and how to make a proper cup of tea and use tea bags. The Guest Speaker for June will be Pastor Charlie Greer – a retired Prison Chaplin of 30 years’ experience who will speak of his experiences, which

should be enlightening. The 23rd June Bus trip will be ‘A Brisbane Discovery’ with a visit to Milton Tennis Centre and then morning tea at Nudgee Beach, then onto Redcliffe for a walk on the Jetty and see The Bee Gees Memorial. Lunch will be at Bikini Cafe. We finish the day with a visit to Costco’s at North Lakes. We are also planning ‘A Christmas in July’ luncheon at St Bernard’s at Tamborine Mountain on 28th July. Carindale National Seniors meets at Carina Bowls Club Stanley Road, Carina on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except Jan & Dec). Bus trips are on 4th Tuesday of every month (except Jan and Dec). We always welcome visitors and prospective members to our meetings. Parking is available in Bowls Car Park. For further information please phone Anne on 3245 3947 or Maureen on 3398 4236.

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Enoggera and Districts Historical Society Inc

THE wet weather that ushered in May caused the postponement of Marchant Ward’s Lanham Park fair, an event in which this society always enjoys participating. We anticipate the beginning of Spring and the rescheduling of this event for Saturday September 4th. We also look forward to joining local schools in their upcoming events, an activity we take seriously as part of the promotion of local history. Local community groups have been invited to join us on our open day at the hall on July 18th when we will

mark the 150th anniversary of Queensland Railways who first came to Enoggera in 1899. More details of this event will be included in our July press release. Enoggera HS has a research library in Enoggera Memorial Hall, cnr Wardell and Trundle Streets (refidex 139A10). We are open Thursday between 9am-1pm and Saturday from 1pm-4pm (currently under review). Parking is available in Trundle Street and there is wheelchair access. For further information contact Dave on 3366 3191 or email

How to use ON Monday, June 29 th at 9am-11am, learn how to search the genealogical records and use family history tools available on The world’s largest online family history resource at Toowong Library, Toowong Village

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OUR next meeting is on 17th June at 11am at the Murrumba Downs Tavern, Dohles Rock Road. We shall be discussing the four proposals that are to be presented to the VIEW Club National Convention in Wollongong, New South Wales in September. VIEW club of Australia is marking its 55th anniversary this year and extends a warm invitation to any local women keen to meet new people and forge new interests. We meet regularly to provide our members with an outlet to help others, enjoy outings and make lasting new friendships. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests, and Education of Women and was established by the children’s charity The Smith Family. We offer women the opportunity to have their voices heard on issues of national interest, and also provide a service to the community by supporting The

Smith Family ‘Learning for Life’ foundation so that young Australians in need can get the most out of their education and create a better future for themselves. In addition to raising awareness and fundraising, VIEW members volunteer their time and talents in many ways. Members read with local children to advance their literacy skills; help children with their homework after school at The Smith Family Clubs; act as mentors to our students; make library bags and donate school stationery packs for home and school use. We are always looking for women from all walks of life to join us so that we can continue our volunteer work with The Smith Family and support local children and families. If you would like to come along as a visitor or a new member please contact Sandra on 3425 2738 or Elizabeth on 3886 4937.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . St John’s Anglican Cathedral free lunchtime concert

Redlands Ukulele Festival

FREE morning concert by The Queensland Conservatorium of Music’s large vocal ensemble on Thursday 4th June 11am-11.50am at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, 413 Ann Street, Brisbane. For further information, visit the website: or phone 3835 2222.

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CATCH the next wave of the ukulele craze when RedArts brings to the Cleveland CBD, the Redlands Ukulele Festival 2015 to be held over the weekend of June 13th and 14th. On offer will be daytime and evening concerts with internationallyrenowned artists as well as a host of Ukulele workshops for all ages and levels to help skill up your playing. Headline acts Ryo Montgomery and Thom Jackson are back

from far and wide will be joining the festivities as well as school groups around the South East to share the joy of this happy little instrument. Check out the festival website with details on all workshops and performances at www.redlands Purchase workshop and concert tickets at Tickets are also available at Binary Music, Plaza Arcade Cleveland. Enquiries to festival coordinator Karen Henderson 0438 546 614.

by popular demand, thing to please everyand this year in one. Ukulele Clubs addition to their concert performances they will be presenting workshops to share the secrets of the pros. Crossword RedArts is also pleased Answers to have the very exciting artist (voted From page 38 the most popular male at the QMA this year) Bobby Alu performing his smooth soul island and afro rhythms on stage. During Bobby’s Brain Training Answers workshops he will From page 39 teach participants Elimination: chords, island strumFish – Anchovy, Carp, Ling, Mullet, Sardine ming patterns and an Prime numbers – Five, Ninety-seven, Seven, island song. If you are Thirteen, Thirty-one a serious ukulele Music – Bebop, Garage, Jazz, Jive, Rock player, you will not Paper – Folio, Foolscap, Quire, Sheet, Tissue want to miss this Remaining: Cloud Nine opportunity to learn Add Up: 31 from some of the best Missing Link: players and performers 1. Lift 2. Care 3. Moon 4. Past 5. Mate in Oz. Also at the The word is: Frost workshops you will learn more about the Blues, Fingerpicking and Cajon Drumming with Ryo, and Strumming Techniques along with new Chord Voicings with Thom, titled Strum On, Think Uke’n Play and Spice up your Sound. Workshops are for beginners and advancing players of all ages, so there will be some-

Women’s Creative Centre DURING July, the Women’s Creative Centre will celebrate 40 years since the commencement of this organisation. If you have been a member, tutor or class participant, we would love to hear from you. A special day will be held in the Greenslopes Mall on the Thursday, 16th July. Contacts: phone 3397 7758, email: or facebook: Women/s Creative Centre Page 36 - Brisbane Seniors - June 2015

community news Brisbane City Council’s LIVE program brings music to City Hall

CELEBRATING Brisbane’s lifestyle and culture, LIVE hosts an impressive list of free concerts to various locations around town, including the Clem Jones City Hall Concerts from 12noon-1pm each Tuesday. The concerts are free, so you have one extra incentive to enjoy some music on your lunch break. Tuesday, 9th June - ABBA Live Tribute. Enjoy an ABBA production presents a concert to honour a world-wide phenomenon that spanned a decade from 1972 to 1982 with hit after hit. Tuesday, 16th June - The Switch Falling somewhere between the worlds of folk, blue grass, roots and country music, The Switch, consisting of Alison St Ledger, Sallie Campbell and David McGuire, celebrate with captivating interplay

between voice, guitar, mandolin and violin. Tuesday, 23rd June - Classic Duets Dynamic jazz performers Cherryn Lomas and Greg Aspeling deliver a concert of classic jazz standards and memorable duets. Tuesday, 30th June - Celtic Connections. A journey through the heartland of the greatest Celtic tunes with Queensland. Police Pipes and Drums, Irish duo Fiddle Faddle and Welsh harp trio, Carisma. Tuesday, 7th July - The Soulmen Blues Brothers Tribute Local band The Soulmen recreate the style and fashion that was Jake & Elwood Blues. Get set to shake a tail feather to songs like ‘Sweet Home Chicago’, ‘Respect’, ‘Rawhide’ and many more.

Come Swing Again with Pops IN August the Pops will present Come Swing Again. This concert will feature international jazz pianist Joe Chindamo performing the music of Duke Ellington and many of the other great jazz artists. This concert will feature the Pops orchestra with its full big band and they will bring some of the music of the great jazz bands to the stage. Also featured will be singer Deborah O’Toole who lead us so brilliantly at

the With Honour We Serve concert. This powerful voice will bring songs by the great swing artists to life with the full big band driving the much love era of music. Swing dance group Empire Swing add that extra touch that will make this concert one not to miss. JMI New Orleans Street Band will make a special appearance before the concert. Concert Hall QPAC 2:30 and 7:30pm. More information visit:

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DRAGONS Abreast Brisbane is celebrating the 20th anniversary of dragon boat paddling by breast cancer survivors world-wide. On Saturday 13th June, we are holding a Come-and-try paddling, kayaking and canoeing session for all-comers at Colmslie Reserve, Col Gardner Drive, Lytton from 8am-10am. This site is where team Missabittatitti and Pink Connections crews paddle. It is a Free event open to the public. We are also

holding a fun cocktail-style Bubbles and Fascinators afternoon on Saturday 13th June from 1pm-5pm at The Gala Room, Colmslie Hotel. This is a ticketed event at only $25 + small handling fee. Note that website contains these news items and a booking link for the afternoon event. No booking is required for the comeand-try paddling session in the morning.

Anything Goes at QPAC

DUE to popular demand, new seats have been released for the much-loved musical comedy Anything Goes at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from late July. For decades, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes has captivated millions with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. American. Created by the Helpmann Award win-

ning team director Dean Bryant and choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, this brand new Australian production will hit Brisbane shores from 25th July at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre. Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. Additional tickets for this hilarious musical extravaganza are on sale now. Secure your tickets now at or phone 136 246.

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Lovers of Musicals take note! CELEBRATIONS continue at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) as the QPAC Choir presents a special 30th anniversary concert, paying tribute to some of the major musicals that have been performed at QPAC in the past three decades, on Tuesday 23rd June. Under choirmaster Tim Sherlock, the 130-voice Choir will present a selection of songs from iconic musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, West Side Story, South Pacific, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Jersey Boys and many more. Each year the QPAC choir invites some special guest artists to join its annual showcase concert. This year the concert will feature third year music theatre students from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and musicians from the Queensland Youth Orchestras. QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said it is fitting that the QPAC Choir will perform a tribute to musicals within the Centre’s 30th celebratory program. “Since the first musical at QPAC, The Pirates of Penzance, which commenced on 7 February 1985, there have been around 134 productions of 57 different musicals at QPAC. “Musicals are the most popular genre with our audiences. In fact each year more than forty percent of our patrons come to QPAC to attend a musical,” said Mr Kotzas. “Over 30 years QPAC has been a place for the people of Brisbane and beyond to come together to attend, participate in and create art. “Since its formation in 2008, the continued development of the QPAC Choir helps meet QPAC’s aim to build communities through the arts, helping define a sense of belonging through a shared participation and love of music. “QPAC Choir’s annual showcase concert is one of the highlights in the choir’s performance calendar. It is an opportunity for members to collaborate with other local guest choirs and artists, and obtain live performance experience, as they showcase the results of many months of rehearsals and practice,” said Mr Kotzas. If you are a fan of musicals don’t miss this concert featuring the QPAC Choir and talented guest artists as they perform all the unforgettable musicals of the past 30 years. To book, go to or phone 136 246.

QCDA Annual Competition and Display THE Queensland Cake Decorators’ Association Annual Competition and Display is on again this year on Friday 19th June 11.30am-4pm, Saturday 20th June 9am-4pm and Sunday 21st June 9am-4pm. The venue is the Community Hall at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, 1644 Logan Road. There is much to see – Competition Cakes and Wedding Cakes on display, Branch displays (all in sugar), Demonstrations on the hour each day, Sprays & Sugarcraft items for sale and Cake Decorating Supply Shops. Our Café is open each day for morning and afternoon teas and lunches, selling homemade cakes and slices, freshly made sandwiches, piping hot soup etc. Please come along, enjoy the day, bring a friend or two, or bring the family, everyone is very welcome. Entry prices are Adults $5, Pensioners/Students ID $3, Children under 5 are Free. Enquiries to State President, AnnMaree Gorman on 0421 018 043 or email


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Samford Historical Museum BEAUTIFUL weather and visitors started to arrive early. Cups of tea/coffee with ANZAC Biscuits was a very popular pit stop. Charlie was kept busy sharing his knowledge and know how on infor-

mation relating to our ANZAC’s. Martin and Michael in the blacksmith shop were kept going displaying their knowledge on the forge. One of our younger visitors, Georgia Fitzgerald of Samford was

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fortunate and happy enough to don a replica of a Viking’s outfit, worn around 1000 to 1200. This very heavy and impressive outfit was made by Martin.

The cakes, jams and book stall certainly had a lot of happy customers. Gwen one of our long standing volunteers crocheted poppies, most impressive and

Music By The Sea Concert MUSIC By The Sea presents Concert pianist, Simon Tedeschi commencing at 7.30pm, Saturday 6th June at the 102 year old Sandgate Town Hall. As a kid, Simon Tedeschi was so focused on mastering the piano that he once rolled up to school in his PJs. Now, having evolved from child prodigy to classical superstar, the formally attired concert pianist is often described by respected critics and musical peers as “one of the finest artists in the world” and in a stunning coup returns to perform for Music By The Sea. Sandgate’s 102 year old heritage listed Federation style Town Hall is renowned for its excellent acoustics and will provide a gracious backdrop for the concert. Meanwhile, in yet another chapter Simon performs to a different beat, engaging in one of his non-musical passions as Official Patron of charitable organisation Microloan Australia. The aim of the Foundation is to help the poor help themselves to eradicate poverty by providing small loans to groups of women in sub Saharan Africa. “As someone who is not an economist, it struck me as being very pragmatic and common sense,” he said. He would like to see more classical musicians adopt a socially engaged focus. “Music is not divorced from the social context in which it operates, he said.” We feel that this concert should be seen by young people, so we have free entry for youth under 18 years of age. At Sandgate Town Hall, Saturday 6th June. For program and booking details:

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gland to live). Gwen was included in the “Comforts Fund” Knitters and Natters alongside Vicki who was busy clicking her needles and shaping her work into a sock, whereas Cynthia was darning socks, the remaining ladies had different sized article to work on. The workers were very conveniently positioned enabling visitors to view the ladies at work. Eileen, the overseer was most impressed with the number of ladies who attended on the day. The men at the BBQ

certainly had a line of people waiting to taste their wares. Damper made by Gordon on site proved very popular, especially when it was served with hot cocoa. A Big thank you must go to all our volunteers and cooks on the day. We are always looking for volunteers to join our band of workers. Contact Geoff on 0417 610 983 or Museum on 3289 2743. Please note: Due to an upgrade, the museum will be closed on Wednesday 10th June for the day.


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community news My life in the Musicals – with John Bowles

YOUNG Talent Time’s child star John Bowles’ journey to becoming one of the Country’s finest stage Performers. Australian music theatre star John Bowles, along with his long-time friend and award-winning singer/actress Michelle Fitzmaurice, perform their new production My Life in the Musicals. The third incredible show in the Musical Melodies series celebrates John’s life of musical theatre performances, from his Young Talent Time days through to current musicals. Beginning his long career as a child star in Young Talent Time for Channel 10, “Little Johnny” was destined for stardom. He went on to star in lead roles in numerous musicals. The biggest role in his career, playing the romantic lead character of Raoul in Cameron Macintosh’s production of The Phantom of the Opera, was performed 1,000 times around the world. Joining John on stage is the extremely talented singer/actress Michelle Fitzmaurice.

Michelle discovered her love of musical theatre at the young age of four in ballet classes. Little did she know this would see her play Agatha in a production of Guys and Dolls! Michelle returns to RPAC after her captivating performance in Showstoppers of London’s West End in 2013. This dynamic duo will perform all your favourite hits from such legendary musicals as Hello Dolly, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cats,

Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and many more. Don’t miss this show packed with great songs and duets spanning 50 years of musical theatre on Wednesday 24th June at 11am. Tickets are selling fast so book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are: Seniors/Pensioners $20, Groups of 10 or more Seniors/Pensioners $18, Adults $26. To book tickets, call the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 or visit (Booking fees apply).

Piano Lessons – “A Musical Journey”

CONCERT pianist Anna Goldsworthy’s deeply-felt memoir, Piano Lessons, comes to glorious musical life. Piano Lessons takes you inside a musician’s journey through a unique performance. Anna Goldsworthy’s award-winning book, which recounts her musical awakening as a young girl, struck a deep chord with critics, readers and music lovers on its 2009 release. Goldsworthy herself stars in this stage adaptation, which elegantly illustrates the intriguing relationship between the young pianist and her Russian teacher. Her musical education started at the age of nine, under the passionate tutelage of Mrs Eleanora Sivan (played by Helen Howard). This charismatic enigma inspires and challenges her young charge in equal measure, as they work through a program of sublime piano pieces, including selections from Mozart, Liszt

Join the family fun at Indigi Day Out

LEARN to cook with bush tucker, weave with weeds and meet a koala during a fun-filled day of markets, environmental activities and toe-tapping music at this year’s Indigi Day Out on Saturday 6th June. Redland City Council Deputy Mayor Alan Beard will open the event and said Indigi Day Out was an annual celebration

of the rich environmental and cultural values of the Redlands. “Celebrating World Environment Day this event will feature all the excitement of Indigi Day Out during the day, with the evening to then be filled with plenty of toe-tapping entertainment from the Folk Redlands Festival of Music,” Cr Beard said. “This

event has something for all ages, with environmental displays, market stalls, native plant sales, arts and craft, food and folk music, along with kids’ activities including native animal encounters, trackless train rides and face painting. “Come along and sample the delicious food on offer from one of the market stalls,

or pack your own picnic basket and simply sit back and enjoy the entertainment and the spectacular surrounds of the awardwinning Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.” Council’s environment and cultural spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said this year’s Folk Redlands Festival of Music would feature an impressive musical line-up, including Italian-born Australian country singer Clelia Adams and mountain music sensations the Hillbilly Goats. “For those

ready for some twilight toe-tapping, there’ll be a barbecue and free bush dance in the evening with music by Stone The Crows,” he said. Entry to Indigi Day Out is free. Onsite parking is available. Saturday 6th June, 10am-8pm at R e d l a n d s IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba. For more information, or a program of events, phone IndigiScapes on 3824 8611 or visit

and Chopin. Re-imagined as a two-handed theatrical story alongside the dramaturgical talents of Michael Futcher, Anna Goldsworthy, playing herself, has created an intimate masterpiece in combining the written word with the musical dimension of her book. She is at once brutally honest, self-deprecating and funny and gives an exquisite insight into what it takes to be a musician and performer. Part concert, part theatrical performance, Piano Lessons will give you a unique insight into what it takes to be a virtuoso; physically, psychologically and emotionally. “A musical journey made in heaven. 90 minutes of pure enchantment.” The Courier-Mail. Don’t miss this beautiful production in the Redland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall on Saturday 4th July at 7pm. Tickets are $28 to $45. To book tickets visit or call 3829 8131. Readers! Please support the advertisers! It’s their support that pays for your paper each month and remember to tell them that you saw them in the Brisbane Seniors Newspaper!

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